Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"An Elderly Woman"
Photo by Todd Cravens on Unsplash

Here lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about aging. Not sure why since I am not one for dreading a certain age, like 55 or 60, or often wishing I was something I am not yet or have already passed. I am 55 and am proud to be 55. To me, every day that I wake up, get out of bed and start another day is an awesome experience for which I am thankful. Many people do not make it to this age while others pass it and keep on going. Some people truly groan about the age they have reached and complain about their aches and pains. Not sure why, since they are alive and can enjoy life’s blessings.

This weekend, I caught up with my favorite cousin-in-law. She’s my wife cousin or something along the lines of the family. At 89, she has slowed down a bit but she keeps going at what she can. In the course of conversation, she mentions that she does her best to keep a positive attitude, so her mind stays good. She has some assistance daily, for about 4 hours, but doesn’t want more assistance than she really needs.

I met this awesome lady when she was 67-years-old. At that point, her husband had recently passed away a few years prior. Back then, she was full of energy and running a bed and breakfast type of place to keep herself busy. I noticed that she knew what times of the day made her miss her husband more than other times. Or, when times of the day would make her sad. So, she developed a routine which kept made her focus on other things since she loved her husband so much. I can’t say I blame her as it’s something I would have to do if my wife goes to heaven before me.

I can’t remember any moments of the lady’s complaining. Seems she never did. She focused on the positive and the good things in her life. Often, that was what the family was doing and how good life is. At nearly 90, she is still doing it. Whether now or when she was younger, she always smiled and had a cheerful tone in her voice.

So, I am not worried about aging. I am not afraid of the future or what may come my way. While, in my human existence, my body might get ill or whatever, myself- my soul or being, is afraid. God is in control of the future and me.

Another blessing of being a Christian is looking back and seeing how God has been taking care of me throughout my life. He has never failed to guide my steps in the right direction for what His Will was for me.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus Christ and God’s Plan of Salvation for you, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Railroad Photography! "As the Freight Rolls Through!" #RailSafetyWeek

"As The Freight Rolls Through!"Art of the Freight Car Series, 2
(C) Allen Pearson

Capturing freight cars rolling through town has gotten to be one of my favorite aspects of photography. I enjoy watching the trains and finding the art in the scene as it happens.

Whenever I am photographing, I remind myself of the rules of the railroad. It doesn't matter if I am photographing Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, the rules are the same. Stay off the railroad tracks! Stay off railroad property! Not only is it dangerous to trespass, it is against Federal law.

Remember your actions as a photographer are seen by others whether through images, online, or printed copies. If you photograph in illegal locations, you will be giving other photographers, young and old, ideas which could lead to trouble for them.

The "As The Freight Rolls Through" 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 Railroad Photography Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

#railsafetyweek

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Rail Safety Week! September 23-29, 2018, Attention Photographers!

Railroad
(C) Operation Lifesaver, www.oli.org

Whether taking selfie-photos, photographing children, animals, graduation, prom night, family portraits, and even railroads, or trains themselves, it is illegal and very dangerous to use the railroad tracks as a background for your photography.

Stay off the tracks! Keep you and your clients off the tracks. For more information on Operation Lifesaver, please visit, www.oli.org.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


Deer
(C) Allen Pearson

"But I will sing of your strength,
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love
in the morning. For you have been to me
a fortress and a refuge
in the day of my distress."

- Psalms 59:16

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"The Passing Light"
Photo by John Westrock on Unsplash

He Will Make All Things New
by Max Lucado

Make 2 Peter 3:13 one of the building blocks in your foundation. It reads, “In keeping with God’s promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” God has promised to reclaim his creation. He is a God of restoration, not destruction. He is a God of renewal, redemption, regeneration, and resurrection. God loves to redo and restore.

“I am making everything new!” he announced in Revelation 21:5. Everything new. The old will be gone. Gone with the hospital waiting rooms. Gone with cancer. God will lay hold of every atom, emotion, insect, animal, and galaxy. He will reclaim every diseased body and afflicted mind. I am making all things new! This is God’s promise. And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

Interested in learning more about God's Gift of Salvation for man? Please visit Peace With God.

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson


"For we do not wrestle
against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against
the authorities, against the 
cosmic powers over this
present darkness, against
the spiritual forces of evils
in the heavenly places."

- Ephesians 6:12, ESV

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday's Thought!



"Storm Clouds and Lightning"
(C) Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash
Hurricane Florence
by Allen Pearson

My week began on a curious interesting note.  Maybe even a bit stressful. Maybe even frightening or scary. I heard the weather forecasters on the radio and TV and read on the internet and email blasts that doomsday was coming with this incoming Hurricane. All of this while the storm is still making waves in the Atlantic and hasn’t come ashore yet. Not to mention, there was quite a bit of uncertainty to where the storm would actually come ashore.

With the threats of a “monster” storm and “will be devasting” and my own assessments of the weather maps, it’s possible the storm would come to Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area though not real likely. However, since I have an awesome wife, a dog, and a cat, I needed to prepare or at least make plans to prepare later in the week.

As the week the progressed, it seemed the storm was getting scarier and more frightening by the minute or by the forecast. I made plans to pick up a few items at the store, made sure we had plenty of food and treats for the dog and cat, double-checked my supplies of AA batteries for my weather scanner and a few other necessities.

I didn’t pay strict attention to the weather mid-week. It looked like, to me, that the storm probably would not come ashore in Virginia though we might get some of the remnants which isn’t that unusual since we are experiencing rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane, maybe Tropical Storm, Gordon.

While working this week and partially paying attention to the storms, I got to thinking. With all the frightening terminology, like “frightening,” “horrific,” “devastating,” or “monster,” repeated on every weather forecast, why am I not panicking, running to Costco and buying everything I could possibly ever need and then some and then running for cover?

For me, it’s because God is in Control. If I needed to prepare for the absolute worst of storms, God would have impressed on my heart what needed to be done. He would provide the wisdom to do what needed to be done in the storm too. Also, my faith in God provides confidence, comfort, and peace, because I know without a doubt He is in control and is His Will. Just as He is in all parts of my life.

If you are frightened or scared or needing a friend to love you, please visit Peace With God to learn more about God’s Plan of Salvation for man.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Colorful Frieght" - Art of the Freight Car Series, 2

"Colorful Freight"
Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series, 2

(C) Allen Pearson
"Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series" is about the beauty of art found on the trains roaring by or the landscape by the railroad tracks, and items found around the railroad tracks.

I hope you will follow my work at Allen Pearson's Photo's - Railroad Gallery and by subscribing by email to receive blog posts by email.

The "Colorful Freight" 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 Railroad Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Seek the Lord
and his strength;
seek his presence
continually!"

- 1 Chronicles 16:11

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering September 11

Flag
"USA Flag"
Photo by David Beale on Unsplash

Today, I take a step back away from my photography to fly a flag in honor of the victims and their families killed in terrorist attacks on September 11. Also, I am saluting all the First Responders who immediately went into dangerous situations unlike any other where they could have been seriously hurt maybe killed to rescue those in danger.

For me, the day will always be remembered as I wondered whether I would see my wife again. She had to travel by metro subway from Washington D.C. to Springfield, VA near my office. Cell phone services were jammed so I prayed we would connect. We did. The "Kiss and Ride" lane at the metro never looked so good!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Billy Graham"
(C) Allen Pearson

Have You Responded to Christ?
by Billy Graham

Jesus loves you so much that if you had been the only person in the world, He would have died for you. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Jesus laid down His life for you. And then something else happened. On the third day, He rose again. He is alive! And someday, the Bible says, He is coming back.

Let Him come and change your life. He will give you a new love for everyone. You will be concerned about your neighbor. It will make you a new father, a new mother, a new boy or a new girl. I am going to ask you today to receive Christ. Say today, “I am willing to turn from my sins; I want Jesus in my heart.”
Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, 
Thank You for valuing a relationship
 with us so much that You gave Your life
 to save us from sin. 
Please deepen my understanding
 and appreciation of this great gift, 
and take my life and use it for Your glory. 

In Your Name. 
Amen.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer."

- Romans 12:12, ESV

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Candles Burning"
Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Who Are You Burning Your Candle For?
by Dr. Adrian Rogers

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit 
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13

We preachers are fond of saying, “Get right with God. You may die!” It is far better to say, “Get right with God. You may live!” The greatest joy in life is living for Jesus. Why waste more time? There is a life to live.

Friend, the best thing that you can say about a life lived without Christ is that it is a wasted life. Billy Sunday, a revival preacher from the 1920s, said that the deathbed repentance is “burning the candle of life for the devil, and then blowing the smoke in God’s face.”

If you are not saved, it’s not too late for you to be saved. If you want to be saved--wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, Jesus wants to save you. Repent and believe and you will be saved.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit http://www.lwf.org/assurance-of-salvation.

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.