march 19, 2019

Spent some time doing some work around the house today…and taking some pictures.

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Took a trip to the grocery store before dark and saw the moon.

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It feels good to work and not think so much.  Although one of these days I’m going to write my thoughts on the progression of my spiritual life and thoughts.

Peace

Jim

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March 17, 2019

I’ve been thinking a little less for the last few days and putting more time in taking pictures.  I got a few good ones I think.

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Birds are some of my favorite subjects…I like shore birds too but unfortunately I don’t live close to the shore.  Plenty of good subjects in Tennessee though.

Peace

Jim

March 11, 2019

Worked with a friend today cutting logs from this fallen oak tree.  A portable sawmill will come on site and saw into lumber.

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Two more cuts (one about where I’m standing) and we’re ready.

My friend Joe is one of the best guys around…very hard worker too, he cut up most of this by himself.

A good way to burn off some energy and clear the mind from things that bug you.

Peace

Jim

March 10, 2019

Thinking about following Jesus and how our example is to be one that causes others to want what we have so that ultimately the Kingdom grows not only larger but closer to what Jesus had in mind when he taught us to pray (Matthew 6:9-13).  I was led back to the sermon on the mount where Jesus taught the people.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

How are we at being light? 

People who claim to follow Jesus are supposed to be light, produce light, be sources of light…yet some are barely a flicker every once in a while.  I don’t know why that is I just know it’s true from examples.

Following Jesus is being light so that others see us and want what we have…and ultimately they begin to follow Jesus and become light so that others see light in them.

Be light.

Peace

Jim

March 9, 2019

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Lent began with ash Wednesday as last years palms became this years ashes.  Lent is a time to reflect, a time to think, and a time to remember.

I mentioned giving up having to be right a couple of days ago…how have we done with that? 

Hopefully many have put aside their frustrations and focused on peace.  Having a mind tuned to peace can be liberating as frustrations are boxed up and secured away from our sightlines.  Don’t be tempted to open the box and be drawn in to a cluttered mind.  Ponder peace.

Peace

Jim

March 8, 2019

Just some random thoughts running through my mind this evening.

Today is the third day of Lent and I’m really enjoying avoiding all types of negativity.  Actually I generally avoid it anyway because it makes me angry. 

If people could disagree without degrading each other I might listen to them, but when people have to make their point by humiliating each other I turn them off. 

Whatever happened to agreeing to disagree and walking away as friends?

Just wondering.

Peace

Jim

March 7, 2019

Especially right now in the United Methodist Church there is a lot of confusion.  There is much argument about who is right and who is wrong.  And I think…

Why does everybody think they have to be right?

Why is it so important to have to be right?

Throughout history (even Bible times) what people believed to be right turned out to be wrong and vise versa.  It seems that the least somehow became the greatest while the greatest were humbled – some of the least were humbled too. 

I am often amazed that Jesus came along and turned about everything we can think of upside down and wrong side out…there was often a lot of frustration in his wake because he didn’t seem to fit the mold of what was thought to be right.

So after studying Jesus’ life I quit trying to be right so much and I decided that:

“I choose to follow Jesus with whomever also chooses to follow Jesus and allow the fruit we produce to be what defines us.”

Most of us differ in some parts of our belief system, nobody seems to get it all right all the time.  Luckily we serve a forgiving God who from the beginning seemed to somehow know that we wouldn’t always get it right…and this God offered some Good News because we couldn’t get it right all the time.

The season of Lent is upon us.  Put aside having to be right and think instead about how we can follow Jesus realizing that we might have to take a deep breath sometimes.  If we’re following Jesus what does it matter who is alongside us?

Want to give up something for Lent?  Try giving up having to be right all the time…just for 40 days…and see if the peace of God (Philippians 4:7)  that transcends all understanding doesn’t guard our heart and mind.

Peace

Jim