Friday, November 7, 2014
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
Fear leads to paralysis, telling us that we are nothing before the powers that bring us brokenness and pain. But Christ became nothing so that the powers that seek to overwhelm us would be subject to the calculus of God, in whom weakness becomes strength, the last, become first, and nothing becomes everything.
This is an Anhinga from Everglades National Park circa 2013
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
For Christians, the end never justifies the means in anything, for the end rests in God and God's promise in and through Christ Jesus. We are called not to focus on the "good we could do if" but rather that God has called us to embody God's love and to be God's ambassador here and now.
Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Spring 2012
Monday, October 27, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Yet even now, says the LORD,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love
Golden Orb Spider, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, October 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
With what shall I come before the LORD,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Blue Heron, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, October 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.
1 Peter 3:14-15
American Alligator, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park October 2014
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
Goldenrod, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, October 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes
Zebra Longwing on Spanish Needle, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, September 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast
Bee on Spanish Needle, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, September 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O LORD, you know it completely.
Skipper feeding on Spanish Needle, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, September 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I will lead the blind
by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
and I will not forsake them.
Phaon Crescent Butterfly, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, September 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Along the canal, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, September 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
Morning dew, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, September 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
American Alligator (Mother and baby), Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, September 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to use,
to bring forth food from the earth,
White Peacock Butterfly, Shark Valley Visitor's Area, Everglades National Park, August 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
Swallowtail on Firebush, Long Key Natural Area, August 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground;
for it is time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
White Peacock Butterfly, Long Key Natural Area, Davie, Florida, August 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth
Butterfly on Mexican Sunflower, Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach, FL, August 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Butterfly on Purple Porterweed, Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach, FL
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Agrippa said to Paul, "Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?" Paul replied, "Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might become such as I am — except for these chains."
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus
Blanket flower, Parsonage Butterfly Garden, July 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
"Those who desire life
and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
and their lips from speaking deceit;
let them turn away from evil and do good;
let them seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11
Snowy Egret, Lover's Key State Park, July 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The sun shall no longer be
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give light to you by night;
but the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
The French Broad, Hot Springs, North Carolina, June 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may spring up,
and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also;
I the LORD have created it.
At the Wild Goose Festival, June 2014