Saturday, December 24, 2011

Have A Glorious Christmas!

Christmas Eve...
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Safe travels to all who are traveling,and a wonderfully blessed Season spent with friends and family.
I hope that you will be attending Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Services at your local place of Worship, or wherever you are.
I'll be attending at Mission Valley Christian Fellowship, with Pastor Leo Giovinetti,
in San Diego, California.
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Merry Christmas! Merry Merry Merry Christmas!

Sunrise over Malibu


Hope Animal Rescue
Malibu, California


Trailside


 Blue Skies


Good Night San Diego

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Thank you and Enjoy your Christmas Season...
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa Monica Mountain Trails {Malibu Canyons}

I've just come from visiting my youngest daughter and her family in Malibu.
They have a sweet place up on a Ranch in the Canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains.
The trails are exquisite up there, providing the much coveted afternoon sunlight, which is essential for
some wonderful sun flare and back lighting.

I hope you enjoy my photographs taken on my daily walks through the trails near her home.
Included here, are the gorgeous residents of the Ranch.

 
Encinal Canyon Road


The view from the trailhead...
that little patch of light in the center is the Canyon Road.

The Guardian

 
High Voltage

Leaf Eddy


California Oak


The View From the Top



Backbone Trail


Santa Monica Mountains

another switchback

Calienté


Agave


Sun Setting Over the Arena



Breeze and Ryan
 Resonate


My daughter...
 All dressed up... "Wicked" at The Pantages

River happily showed me around the Ranch. ...every day. His favorite thing is to go see the horses.

Hope Animal Rescue






Sweet Baby Juno


Precious "old man" Bruno... 14½ years!

Bruno and juno...
Soakin up some warm rays ... it was pretty chilly up there.

You Light up my Life!

♫ Look Over Yonder.... What Do You See... ♫



...well, I suppose we'll have to get up to the rest of the trails next time....
I've already made this a much longer post than I like... {don't want you to lose interest..}
There are just sooooo many photographs I want to share with you.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Season of Joy


 

 

A Season Of Joy

by Randy Robison



As we plunge into another holiday season, complete with obnoxious commercial distractions and endless debate about the appropriateness of religious symbolism, let’s not forget one simple truth: when we help others, we create happiness for ourselves and those we help. Whether it’s by serving a meal to hungry people, giving a new coat to one in need, or any other act of human kindness, Christmas is a wonderful time to demonstrate the love of Christ. As we do, we “rejoice” in the sense that we create joy, both for the giver and the recipient.

Helen Keller said, “Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.”
Working to alleviate the suffering of others not only serves their needs, but it takes your focus off of yourself. It’s hard to complain about your problems when you’re personally involved with someone else’s problems. This shift in perspective should foster a sense of happiness.

The beauty of this path to happiness lies in its simplicity. All of us can help someone in some way. It just requires stepping outside of ourselves as we give time and effort to improve someone else’s life. No measure of service or sacrifice is too small.
It should be noted that helping others involves sympathy (compassion for someone) or empathy (sharing in their pain), but not a complete assumption of their burden. Psalm 55:22 says, "Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you..." (NAS) Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28, NAS)

                           Helping others means meeting some of their needs while pointing them to Jesus. We are clearly told to allow Jesus Christ to take our burdens. Taking others’ burdens can do more harm than good if we are not careful. We shouldn’t compound our own suffering with the suffering of others, but join with them in casting all of our cares upon Him. God can handle it; we cannot. Presuming that we can may invite additional and unnecessary hardship. It is only through obedience and an overflowing empowerment of the Holy Spirit that we can share in and alleviate the suffering of others without being overwhelmed by it.

One simple, but easily overlooked, way to help someone is through prayer. When people run out of practical options, they sometimes say, “All you can do is pray.” It’s treated as a last-ditch effort when our human ability fails. Even Christians fall into this trap because prayer deals with the unseen. It wars against “principalities and powers.” It focuses on changing people’s hearts and minds. But the natural human inclination is to measure effectiveness by immediate, visible results. So we consciously or unconsciously consider prayer an option only when we’re out of options. Still, it’s one of the most powerful forces in the world.

Praying for others always changes someone, but it’s not always the “someone” we expect. Whether the person for whom we pray responds as we wish is out of our control, but that doesn’t mean we should not pray. At the very least, our act of bringing another person’s concerns or condition before God changes us. As we take another’s burden to the Lord, He touches us as He takes that burden upon Himself. That touch is worth the experience of intercession. It’s an open invitation for God to bless us as we share His concern for someone He loves even more than we do.

Make this month a true season of joy – God’s joy. Pray for others and help them when you can. Then you will live out the truth that helping others is as much about finding God’s happiness for yourself as it is about impacting the life of someone else.

Randy Robison is the author of God Wants You To Be Happy (Harvest House).
You can follow his “happiness tweets” attwitter.com/jamesrrobison

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For me, there is no better way to end the day than watching the sun go down.
To see the evening sky change to the deep, golden blue...
the pinks, purples, and red or yellow or orange glow,
is one of the most fascinating of natural phenomena...
No two sunsets are ever the same.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, there was not a cloud in the sky.
In San Diego, the weather had been a glorious 84 degrees during the day...
It is Winter, however and once the sun set, the night air did turn chilly.

I've included some of my most recent sunset photographs.
These were made on 26 November at Sunset Beach, California.

The new moon was the bareset sliver of light. Once it rose high into the night sky,
the shadow of the full moon was completely visible,
and cast a gorgeous, otherworldly reflection across the ocean waves.

I pray that you will enjoy the wonderful Devotion, written by Randy Robison,
dedicated to the real reason for this Christmas Season.

I hope too that you will enjoy the beautiful sunset photographs.
{the small black spots in a lot of the photographs are surfers.. enjoying the evening surf}

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I wish you a safe and Happy Christmas!

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