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Daily Devotional: True Happiness (1/31/12) - 01/31/12 03:20 PM
Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Prayer Starter: God, I know that true happiness comes from giving, not receiving, I want to live the life of true happiness that comes from forgetting about my selfish desires and seeking to give to those around me. (3 comments)
Daily Devotional: Making the Most of Your Time (1/30/12) - 01/30/12 07:57 AM
Daily Devotional: Making the Most of Your Time Ephesians 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Prayer Starter: Lord, I want to spend time agreeing with, not fighting, the great work You are accomplishing in me. I thank You that when I start to waste time, You always remind me that You love me and that Your timing is always best. (2 comments)
Daily Devotional: Guarding Your Heart (1/2/12) - 01/29/12 06:08 PM
Daily Devotional: Guarding Your Heart Proverbs 4:23 More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it. Prayer Starter: Lord, I only want my heart to be filled with thoughts and desires that are from You. As I spend more time in Your presence and focus solely on You, I know that my heart will change for the better, affecting the rest of my life in godly ways. (0 comments)
Daily Devotional: Through Christ Who Strengthens You (1/28/12) - 01/28/12 10:11 AM
Daily Devotional: Through Christ Who Strengthens You Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Prayer Starter: Lord, like Paul, I want my contentment to come from You, not my circumstances. Show me every day that Your plan for me is perfect and that I don't need to worry. (2 comments)
The stuff in the lower right hand corner is a pump at a gas station. It looks really odd in the picture, so I thought I would explain what it is. No oceans, waterfalls, beaches, snowstorms, just a nice relaxing sunset in the Heart of Oklahoma.
Daily Devotional: Living with Contentment and Satisfaction (1/27/12) - 01/27/12 09:34 AM
Daily Devotional: Living with Contentment and Satisfaction 1 Timothy 6:6 Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have. Prayer Starter: God, I want to be content and satisfied with where I am, right here, right now. Give me the strength to choose to be content every single day. (0 comments)
Oldest's 12th Birthday: Homemade Cake - 01/26/12 01:03 PM
Oldest's 12th Birthday: Homemade Cake We used a special cake pan that is shaped like a baseball cap. My wife bakes the cake(s) and I make the icing, fondant and do the decorating. It is very hard to get dark colors out of the icing. The colors on the cake look much light than what the photo shows. I was very happy with the way it turned out, since I only had about 2 hours to make all the icing and then decorate it.
My time was limited because my son would not make a decision on what he wanted. (7 comments)
SNUBA: Family Tries to SNUBA Dive - 01/26/12 12:54 PM
SNUBA: Family Tries to SNUBA Dive The definition is from Wikipedia: Snuba is an underwater breathing system developed by Snuba International. The word Snuba is a portmanteau of "snorkel" and "scuba". The swimmer uses swimfins, a diving mask, weights, and diving regulator as in scuba diving. The air, however, instead of coming from tanks strapped to the diver's back, comes through a long hose from tanks on pontoon rafts on the surface. Snuba often serves as a form of introductory diving, in the presence of a professional, insured guide, and following a half-hour lesson (but not requiring scuba certification).
Daily Devotional: Visualize Your Victory (1/26/12) - 01/26/12 10:17 AM
Daily Devotional: Visualize Your Victory Deuteronomy 28:13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, Prayer Starter: God, I believe that I can experience Your freedom. Today, I visualize the free person I can be in You. Empower me as I live to please You and walk in the authority You've given me. (1 comments)
Daily Devotional: A Willingness to Change (1/25/12) - 01/25/12 10:04 AM
Daily Devotional: A Willingness to Change Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, Prayer Starter: God, You have given me a choice, and I choose life! I know change is hard, but I ask You to help me. With Your help and my willingness to change, I know I can overcome any obstacle.
Daily Devotional: Breaking Bad Habits (1/24/12) - 01/24/12 11:35 AM
Daily Devotional: Breaking Bad Habits Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Prayer Starter: God, I'm done living with bad habits. I make a choice now to take the authority You've given me over temptations that want to boss me around. I will follow Your Holy Spirit into new and better habits. (6 comments)
Sunset: Cruise Ship Shots (A Few More) - 01/23/12 11:00 AM
Sunset: Cruise Ship Shots (A Few More) Just a few more shots from our vacation. I enjoy watching sunsets over the ocean. I watched the sun set every evening while on vacation. Nice and relaxing and it was a nice time spent with my wife on the 'patio' of our room. The kids watched TV during most of the sunsets, but I was able to get them to watch a few with us.
This one looks like a river of molten metal flowing down a waterfall
Daily Devotional: God Will Direct Your Journey (1/23/12) - 01/23/12 10:52 AM
Daily Devotional: God Will Direct Your Journey (1/23/12) Psalm 37:23 A person's steps are made secure by the LORD when they delight in his way. Prayer Starter: God, Your Word says that You direct the steps of the godly. I trust You to guide me on the journey You have for me, and I know that when I get off tract, You will always be there to help me recover and keep going. (0 comments)
Daily Devotional: Look From the Place Where You Are (1/22/12) - 01/22/12 07:56 PM
Daily Devotional: Look From the Place Where You Are Genesis 13:14 After Lot separated from him, the LORD said to Abram, "From the place where you are standing, look up and gaze to the north, south, east, and west, 15 because all the land that you see I give you and your descendants forever. Prayer Starter: God, regardless of what's happened in the past, help me to look up from where I am now. I thank You for Your new beginning for me. I will boldly step into it and walk out Your calling for me
Daily Devotional: God Works Through People (1/21/12) - 01/21/12 12:33 PM
Daily Devotional: God Works Through People John 16:13 However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth. He won't speak on his own, but will say whatever he hears and will proclaim to you what is to come. (CEB) Prayer Starter: God, I ask to be guided by the Holy Spirit. I believe that You are speaking to me, and I want to know what You have to say. (CEB) (2 comments)
Daily Devotional: Set Aside Distractions (1/20/12) - 01/20/12 10:26 AM
Daily Devotional: Set Aside Distractions Isaiah 29:9 My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. Prayer Starter: God, like Isaiah, my soul longs for You. I know that I need to listen to Your voice more than anything else. I know that as I set aside distractions, You will be faithful to meet with me. (1 comments)
Daily Devotional: 7 Ways to Practice Peace (1/19/12) - 01/19/12 03:10 PM
Daily Devotional: 7 Ways to Practice Peace Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Prayer Starter: God, lead me into Your peace that passes all understanding. Show me the daily steps I can take to walk in Your peace for me. (0 comments)
Daily Devotional: Experiencing God's Peace By Living in the Now (1/18/12) - 01/18/12 06:07 PM
Daily Devotional: Experiencing God's Peace By Living in the Now John 16:33 "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." Prayer Starter: God, I know that You have overcome any and every obstacle, so I ask You to help me live in peace that You've provided for me. Show me how to trust You as I live 'in the now.' (1 comments)
Daily Devotional: Share the Gospel by Meeting Practical Needs (1/17/12) - 01/17/12 10:58 AM
John 16:33 "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." Prayer Starter: God, I know that You have overcome any and every obstacle, so I ask You to help me live in the the peace that You've provided for me. Show me how to trust You as I live 'in the now.' (3 comments)
Sunset: Cruise Ship Shots - 01/16/12 11:53 AM
Sunset: Cruise Ship Shots Since Orange is the color of my College Alma mater, Oklahoma State University (Go Cowboys!!!) these are two of my favorite pictures.
Taken on one of the last days as we headed back to port.
The cloud drifted in front of the sun and I thought it was a cool picture. (6 comments)
Daily Devotional: Share the Gospel by Meeting Practical Needs (1/16/12) - 01/16/12 09:51 AM
Daily Devotional: Share the Gospel by Meeting Practical Needs Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' (ESV) Matthew 25:40 Then the king will reply to them, 'I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.' (CEB) Prayer Starter: Lord, I want to put action behind my words. Show me how I can practically help the people You bring across (1 comments)
Daily Devotional: God Works Through People (1/14/15) - 01/15/12 05:24 PM
Daily Devotional: God Works Through People 2 Corinthians 8:5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by will of God to us. Prayer Starter: God, I invite You to work through m. I choose to lay down selfishness and pick up love so that I can be used by You to change the world. (2 comments)
Daily Devotional: Complaining Is a Sin! (1/14/12) - 01/14/12 09:37 PM
Daily Devotional: Complaining Is a Sin! Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Prayer Starter: God, I want to live with an attitude of gratitude, starting right now! I thank you so much for loving me and for blessing me. Help me see the positive things in life and to thank You for them. (0 comments)
Thought the tanker might look neat in the foreground.
Second Shot as we moved North and the tanker moved South
Wanted one shot without the tanker. That way I could compare later and see which one looked better. I don't have a preference, personally I just like the sunsets.
A little more cloud cover and a lighter orange tint to the same sunset. (6 comments)
Daily Devotional: Pray Persistently (1/13/12) - 01/13/12 09:54 AM
Daily Devotional: Pray Persistently James 4:2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. Prayer Starter: God, remind me to bring my problems to you. I'm tired of living in my own strength I need Your guidance and Your direction. As I seek You daily, I will put my trust in You.
Again, these Daily Devotionals are from Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life It is a 365 day program based on the English Standard Version (ESV). At times (1 comments)
Daily Devotional: Letting God's Love Overcome Past Hurt (1/12/12) - 01/12/12 10:51 AM
Daily Devotional: Letting God's Love Overcome Past Hurt Ephesians 3:19 I ask that you'll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. Prayer Starter: Lord, i believe You can help overcome the hurt and pain of my past and use my healing to help others. Help me to experience the love of Christ and make me complete with all the fullness of Your life and power. (3 comments)
Daily Devotional: Change the Way You Think (1/11/12) - 01/11/12 09:09 AM
Daily Devotional: Change the Way You Think Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Prayer Starter: God, I want to experience Your power in my thought life. I choose to focus on Your goodness and Your love for me. No matter what negative thought comes my way, I know that You are so much bigger and better. (3 comments)
Scuba Diving in Belize - 01/10/12 11:46 AM
The pictures are not very good. Bought a cheap 35mm underwater camera. I couldn't get the flash to work most of the time, but these are the ones that are somewhat viewable.
I don't know the type of fish. He just had a nice blue multi-color.
They are a nice yellow because the flash worked this time. The background is actually colorful, but the flash doesn't go far enough to pick up the color.
I had never seen a Lionfish in the wild before. They have poison in their dorsal fin. According to National Geographic their stings are (13 comments)
Daily Devotional: Be a Mouthpiece for God! (1/10/12) - 01/10/12 09:24 AM
Daily Devotional: Be a Mouthpiece for God! 1 Peter 3:10: For "Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;" Prayer Starter: Lord, I know that my mouth is a powerful tool that can be used for You or for the enemy. I submit my mouth to You. Show me how to speak Your truth into my life and into the lives of others.
Something I need to work on is speaking more clearly. By that I mean thinking my replies out, but voicing them and then (1 comments)
Carnival Cruise Sunset Near Cozumel - 01/09/12 12:24 PM
Carnival Cruise Sunset Near Cozumel, Mexico The sunset shots got better and better as the cruise went on. I would take 6 - 12 shots every night. These are some of the better ones, IMO. This is the final shot as the sun disappeared that night. The next few are from the following day. These are some of my favorites.
THe color differences from day to day and even minute to minute were amazing. (3 comments)
Daily Devotional: Faith to See Yourself Through God's Eyes (1/9/12) - 01/09/12 09:36 AM
Daily Devotional: Faith to See Yourself Through God's Eyes 1 John 4:4: You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. Prayer Starter: God, I believe that You love me and that You have given me the power to overcome. As Your child, I will act on the faith You have given me every day, trusting in You and overcoming any obstacle that comes my way. (4 comments)
Daily Devotional: Finding the Fun (1/7/12) - 01/07/12 02:35 PM
Daily Devotional: Finding the Fun Proverbs 17:22: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones Prayer Starter: Lord, Your Word says that a cheerful heart is like good medicine. Thank You for helping me to find joy and fun in life! Sometimes you just need to smile at others and it brightens their day. And it takes little effort from you!!
Chirstmas Cruise: Sunsets - 01/06/12 11:00 AM
Chirstmas Cruise: Sunsets I never woke up early enough to get a sunrise while on the cruise. I was able to get some really nice sunset shots. Below are a few of them. I have some that I like better and will post them in the future.
This one is a little dark to get a good sense of the boats, but it is one of the few with land or anything else in the scene.
Same day. I just turned enough to get a direct shot of the sun or at least where it should be.
ANother (8 comments)
Daily Devotional: Throwing Fear Outdoors (1/6/12) - 01/06/12 09:29 AM
Daily Devotional: Throwing Fear Outdoors 1 John 4:18: There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. Prayer Starter: God, only Your love can cast out my fear, so I put my faith in You. I know that Your presenceis with me and that You will lead me through any fearful situation I face. I receive Your love. (0 comments)
Daily Devotional: The Importance of Finishing (1/5/12) - 01/05/12 10:47 AM
Daily Devotional: The Importance of Finishing John 17:4: I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. Prayer Starter: God, like Jesus, I want to be able to say that I have completed the work You have for me. Thank You for working in me to give me the power and the desire to live for Your pleasure and finish my course with joy! (1 comments)
Christmas Vacation Pictures: Belize - 01/04/12 12:27 PM
Vacation Pictures These are from the cruise ship as we arrived in Belize. Did you know Belize has NO public beaches? They send out a pilot boat to guide the cruise ship to its docking point. The cruises ships do not go to a dock, they just drop anchor(s) and you must take a ferry where ever you go.
My wife took this one as she and the kids were ferried into Belize. Their snorkeling excursion got cancelled because of high winds and strong currents.
Boat ride into Belize.
Sunset as the ship was leaving Belize for Cozumel, (10 comments)
Daily Devotional: Free To Be Relentless (1-4-12) - 01/04/12 09:45 AM
Daily Devotional: Free To Be Relentless (1-4-12) Philippians 3:10 The righteousness that I have comes from knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the participation in his sufferings. It includes being conformed to his death (CEB) Prayer Starter: God, I want to live a new life, relentlessly pursuing You and Your promises. I trust You to help me become all You created me to be and experience true freedom. (0 comments)
Spanish vs English A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. 'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.' 'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.' A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of (10 comments)
Daily Devotional: When It's OK to Say "No" (1/3/12) - 01/03/12 09:28 AM
Numbers 11:12: Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, 'Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,' to the land that you swore to give their fathers? (ESV) Numbers 11:12: Did I conceive all these people? Did I give birth to them, that you would say to me, "Carry them at the breast, as a nurse carries an unweaned child," to the fertile land that you promised their ancestors? (CEB) Prayer Starter: God, sometimes it's hard for me to slow down and say no to more responsibility. (1 comments)
Daily Devotional: A Sustainable Life (1/2/12) - 01/02/12 10:01 AM
Psalms 23:2: He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; Prayer Starter: Lord, show me the unsustainable areas of my life. I submit them to You. Lead me into Your rest and peace today, so that I can enjoy my life and serve You for years to come.
Daily Devotional: Boundaries Have A Purpose (1/1/12) - 01/01/12 04:30 PM
Proverbs 3:5-6: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; don't rely on your own intelligence. 6 Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight. Prayer Starter: God, I recognize the need for boundaries in my life. As I read Your Word, show how to apply Your healthy boundaries in my life today. NOTE: These are from Joyce Meyers: Promises for Your Everyday Life - a Daily Devotional
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