Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Create in me a clean heart,
O God,
and renew a right spirit within me."

- Psalms 51:10, ESV

Monday, June 18, 2018

Railroad Photography! Art of the Freight Cars, Rail Art Series, 1

"Blue Freight Through Belvoir Virginia"
Art of the Freight Cars, Rail Art Series, 1
(C) Allen Pearson

Art? Yes, art. Though many people consider the graffiti painted on freight cars as graffiti, vandalism, and destroying railroad property, which is my thoughts, it isn't going away so I've decided to create  "artful" beauty of it in this photograph and in my series, "Art of the Freight Cars, Rail Art Series."

For me, freight trains and the myriad of railroad cars have always been a fascination for me. There are cars hauling fuels, oil, foodstuff, computers, new cars, chemicals, and almost everything you have or use or see in your daily life.

I am not sure why trains, especially freight and coals, keep me so fascinated. It's not unlike me to take an afternoon, get my dog Noah, grab my camera, and my radio scanner and head out to the local railroad crossing and watch these awesome machines go through town.

The "Blue Freight Through Belvoir, Virginia" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroads Photography Gallery.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Car
"Antique Car"
(C) Allen Pearson

Father’s Day!

Father’s Day has rolled around once again. Since my father passed away a few years ago after a tragic fall, I haven’t had reason to celebrate or commemorate the day so I usually let it go by- kind of ignoring it. However, the day does remind me of how awesome my father was.

In many ways, I didn’t “celebrate” Father’s Day in the way many people do when my father was alive. Oh, I know, you think I am a horrible human and need to re-think things or be punished somehow.

Well, no. Why do I need a holiday or a designated day to honor my father? I should be doing that all the time, year-round, showing my love for him. Granted, Father’s Day is the only time you can get those goofy greeting cards that never really say what you want it to say so you buy one that’s kinda close t your thoughts.

Over the years, I took time to do things with my father such as grilling steaks, going to the car shows in Washington D.C., going to Tower Records and Bookstores, enjoying music together, doing some home repairs together which was a favorite thing of his, and I made sure he knew that I loved him.
Car
"Car Show in Manassas"
(C) Allen Pearson

Yes, ultimately, I celebrated Father’s day with my father and honored him. We usually went out to dinner somewhere and gave him a gift. It was later in life that I learned what he liked most were the many times we celebrated the day with my grilling dinner for him.

My father was a Christian man with a strong faith in God. He read his Bible and had devotions every day and he lived a life that he thought would be pleasing to God. He took his family to church every Sunday and Wednesday. When the church had a revival or any other special event, he took us to it. I remember we had family devotions too. His Christian example was the greatest gift that my father could have ever given me. Though he could not “make” me a Christian because it’s a decision I would have to make, he led the example that caused me to consider becoming a Christian and eventually do so.

As you celebrate Father’s Day, remember to tell your father you love him. If you live near your father, take him to dinner and give him a big hug. Be sure to tell him “thank you” for all he has done for you. After all, without him, you wouldn’t be here or be the person you are.

Happy Father’s Day.

If you would like to learn about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Car
"Car Show in Manassas"
(C) Allen Pearson

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Do not be slothful in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer."

- Romans 12:11-12, ESV




Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


Hawk
"Cooper's Hawk"
(C) Allen Pearson

Many years ago now, I discovered the art of digital photography. I found it to be an awesome way to create memories of life as it happens. Not long into learning the techniques of photography, I began to explore photographing nature. I still remember some advice given to me by an instructor at Ritz Camera, "Yes, there are rules in photography which you should learn and pay attention to when you photograph. However, do not let these stop you from exploring and even breaking the rules. You never know what you will discover and learn. You might create a work of art!" While I never really created a work of art, I have had many great years of exploring nature.

"Spring Phlox by Tree Stump"
(C) Allen Pearson
As I took the instructor's advice, I decided I needed to have a unique perspective on my photography work. While there are many great nature photographers in the world, each has their own "focus." I decided mine would be to photograph the unique beauty of nature, to find it's brilliance which is often overlooked and share through photography. Also, I wanted to do it in a way which respects nature. So, I learned quite a bit about nature and what I would be photographing.

While I was learning about the awesome world of nature. I learned what an interesting, complex, and fascinating world it is. One critter exists to feed another one or this plant serves this purpose or that one. It all comes together to create an incredible universe for us to live.

Another aspect of nature that I never really gave much thought too is that I know the Creator of the awesome beauty that I love and photograph. I met Him many years ago when I was just a child and my parents took me to church. I got to know Him even better when I became a Christian not too many years later. Sometimes, it's sometimes hard to comprehend how the complexity and beauty yet so simply beautiful of the natural world can be. How could any of this just come together? God created it in His time. He created you too,

Do you know the Creator? He is God who loves you more than anything in this universe. If you would like to follow Jesus and become a Christian? If so, please visit Jack Graham, Power Point Ministries.

"Humble Bumble and Purple Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson

Friday, June 8, 2018

Garden Perspectives! "Dahlia Brilliance"

"Dahlia Brilliance"
(C) Allen Pearson
My Garden Perspectives Gallery shares the unique perspectives of nature found in the garden. The Dahlia flowers with their awesome array of colors have gotten my attention recently as one of my neighbors has planted several along his property.

The "Dahlia Brilliance" is available on print products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Let no corrupt talk
come out of your mouths,
but only such as is good
for building up, as fits the
occasion, that it may give
grace to those who hear."

- Ephesians 4:29, ESV

Monday, June 4, 2018

Network Blogs Service Closing Soon! Subscribe by Email

Blog
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission


A few days ago, I received an email to alert me to a change coming with Network Blogs. As of Wednesday, June 6, 2018, they will be discontinuing their services for blogs using their services.

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Blog
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission



Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Concert
"Gaither Family Fest in the Smokies"
(C) Allen Pearson

Last weekend, I had the blessing of traveling with friends to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to attend the annual "Gaither Family Fest in the Smokies." The event is an awesome weekend of Southern Gospel Music featuring many of the genres notable artists like the Gaither Vocal Band, The Booth Brothers, The Isaacs, The Hoppers, Lynda Randle, The Easters and the list goes on. The artists sing Southern Gospel songs and hymns in their various styles which is really an awesome way to hear music from artists you are not familiar with.

"Clouds in the Smokies"
(C) Allen Pearson
Every year, soon after the concert starts on Friday night, it begins to give you an idea of what heaven will be like. The atmosphere is full of music, love, and often a bit of clean humor. It is a time of rejoicing and celebrating the blessings God has given us and for laying our problems, heartaches, and headaches aside and focus on God and His Magnificence which Bill Gaither, Kevin Williams, and others draw us into through the beauty of music. 

Also, I love this time because I get to hear my favorite songs from over the years and hear some new ones.  Although I have to admit, the music never fails to remind me of my father who was a Minister of Music and Songwriter who loved to sing solos using many of the Gaither songs. One evening, I aged myself 35 years when I remembered the debut of the song, "He Touched Me" written by Bill Gaither.

Another part of the weekend I really enjoy is hearing how "human" the artists really are. Sometimes we think we are the only ones in the universe going through a particular problem as we don't know someone who is going through it or all of our friends are living the perfect lives while we are still trying to get ours together. When an artist shares about God helping them with a problem, it's a blessing to hear their story. I was particularly humbled and blessed to meet a man named Daniel Ritchie who has struggled through physical difficulties all of his life. Though he has had significant struggles, he didn't complain about them but focused on God's Power to use them to help others.

The weekend features 5 concerts with a grand finale-type celebration on Sunday evening. Then reality hits as its time to head home and back to all the problems, heartaches, headaches and crises of the world. While it can be difficult to leave this taste of heaven, those who are Christians, accepted Christ as their Savior, know we will one day leave this world and go to heaven where there will be no more pain, problems, headaches, and heartaches.

Yes, the problems will most likely still be there but having Christ in our hearts, living in our lives, makes these trials easier to handle and go through. It is a peace which goes beyond our human understanding.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation for man, please visit, Peace With God!
"The Nelons in Concert at Gaither Fest"
(C) Allen Pearson