I remember loving this lady’s singing (way) back in high school. So tonight I catch the credits of the movie “The Family That Preys” and the closing song made me pause….”is that?…could it be?…yes it is Gladys and it’s no Midnight Train she’s belting!” Now she’s gone and got me loving her all over again. Thank you lady!
I know, some of you will be thinking I’m so far behind on this song sung some four years ago, huh? Well don’t. It is as much a song for the soul tonight as it was in 2008!
“…Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance….
I was lucky enough to have a personal tour of The Morris Meditation Garden at the heart center, Harris Methodist Medical Center in Fort Worth (Texas) today. I discovered a number of oh-so-appropriate Scripture plaques…
….scattered about the garden. 10 or so plaques made me pause and let a few moments of the day slip on by
And the Garden had several gurgle-fountains…did I mention my new Canon G15 Point-n-Shoot is now all of 1 week old (not too bad for a rookie with a brand new shooter)?
Funny thing happened on the way to the church the other day.
It started with…oh wait, first a lead in: A typical Sunday morning routine of mine when driving to church is to plug my iPod (iPhone actually) to the truck stereo and get to singing with a playlist simply labeled “Sunday”. Of the hundred or so gospel/Christian music owned, the songs in this playlist are my favorites. This list numbers 24 songs as of today, and is populated with “standards of the faith” as much as it is with more contemporary songs that stir my spiritual soul.
The early morning peeks over downtown Fort Worth on the historic First Christian Church (this is a way cool building...been in it, got the personal tour one afternoon just by dropping in on the staff and asking about the building); http://www.fccftw.org/
Now if you just so happen to watch the video, and you don’t catch yourself smiling, then I’ll come see you to massage that hardened heart of yours. It is, after all, the season to be jolly. So be it! Stop it with the political moaning, employment groaning, life-is-not-fair bellyaching, and the unsociable Facebooking for but a few minutes…and sing a Christmas song, for crying out loud, that might make others smile for all the right Godly reasons.
Just when I figured I had heard most of the standards of the faith, and most of the popular Christian Gospel theses days sang and/or performed at church, Denton Bible throws one at me this morning an inspiration that I’ve been singing all day:
I will say I prefer Kendall (leading the choir), our 3 soloists, and the 50-60 folks in the Denton Bible Choir singing their version. It gets the hair on our arms standing up and it makes even the worst singer a part of the choir for nearly 5 whole minutes!
Most regular readers to this blog know I am a bit bonkers about photographing sunrises and sunsets. So for a change in scenry, I happened across this early morning sunrise photo on Saturday while driving through Flower Mound.
Nothing like an inspirational glimpse at God casting His morning light on the steeple of His house. And I doubt He minds much with the red hawk sitting on the cross of His house of worship either.
Even though Tommy wasn’t in the pulpit this morning, DBC was nonetheless humbling.
Even though oversized but wearable clothes were in the closet, Bass Pro got a bunch of my money (and the smaller sizes purchased brought a proud grin to my face).
Facing the western horizon, the sunset would have been in my face but instead tucked itself behind the clouds (and underexposed the shot intentionally)
Even though my tonnage-loss program is strict in the “oh-no-you-don’ts”, the three pulled pork nachos, 6 rooster tails (fried onion strips), chopped salad, and a couple bites of fried peach pie with homemade ice cream was absolutely divine.
Even though it was a cloudless, hot summer day, the sunset tonight was pretty…cool.
But it was my internet find with a Yahoo.com article this evening that caught my attention. Having just been involved with a pro bono design for a Veterans Memorial in my hometown, an article read (and heard) on the controversial 9/11 Memorial quickly drew my interest.
As you may have noticed from an earlier-in-the-day post, I stopped at the In N Out Burger in Allen Texas for lunch today. It truly is a treat to indulge in this, a favorite fast food burger place of mine (I’ve been munching on those since the mid-80′s whenever I traveled to California and the opportunity presented itself).
I had the Double-Double (aka as the #1) today. Delicious, right?
Dang right! If I’m eating fast, I love my In N Out Burger burgers!
Many times in my life, music has moved me emotionally and spiritually to places I never imagined. Tonight I reflect back on a dear family friend lost today. She was a special lady and mother to OFSIL Becky. Today also stirs memories from within our soul. It is music, this music in particular, that always seem to ease my spirit, conquer my thoughts, and soothe my welcoming heart. Watch them if you want, I do hope one of these five favorite songs of mine give some comfort to a grieving family. Continue reading →
This has been a Saturday unlike others in recent memory.
We had the Hickory Creek Veterans Memorial dedication this morning. That, my limeyfishers, was an impressive service!
It got up to 105° this afternoon. Thankfully I had several hundred photos to go through and upload to Flickr.
Enjoyed an evening of praise music courtesy of the Glengormley Methodist Youth Choir (from Belfast, Northern Ireland). What fun, what inspiration!
And finally for the second night in a row, the Queen and I chased off a family of 4 racoons from our front yard (don’t you know, the Queen is very intolerant of any of her subjects being an nuisance and annoyance). Continue reading →
“No man is good enough to be a dog” – an old saying Pastor Tommy recited this morning in his sermon at Denton Bible as he was speaking of the loyalty and devotion had by Mary Magdalene for Christ…
Most of you know, or have figured out dogs have curled up next to my heart since I was a young boy. You might imagine then when Pastor Tommy told the story of Greyfriars Bobby to close his Easter service it tugged on my heart strings much like it did Tommy’s.
This blog’s Friday post “How Great Thou Art” touting Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill singing the hymn of the same name, now has a TV version YouTube of better quality than the fan-there video posted…if interested.
I’ve watched this performance countless times since Friday night – it does not get old:
Holy Cow! Who watched Carrie Underwood duet with Vince Gill tonight on the AMC’s “Girls Night Out”? I did, four times! What those two did with “How Great Thou Art” brought back childhood church memories (Sunday services and funerals), brought on the teary eyes, and bought you to your knees!
“How Great Thou Art” is one of about four r-e-a-l-l-y favorite hymns of mine. Even though it is sang less on Sunday these days, it still spiritually moves people in untold ways. It truly is, as my dear friend Pastor Brother Bill is known to occasionally remind his congregation, “please rise if you are able and join us singing a standard of the faith – so you better sing it as such”.
What better way to end a Good Friday…and an Earth Day? (I’ll just hold on to the Earth Day post I had ready until next year). Inspirational stuff…a good YouTube isn’t out yet, but this one will give you an idea of the performance if you missed it (or want to hear it again, and again, and again) despite the cell phone camera shake and fan excitement.
Sunday’s sermon at Denton Bible Church was particularly good today. Pastor Tommy Nelson was on his game, or maybe it only seemed that way since what he was saying, spoke to(of) me…but then I have yet to find a sermon where Tommy was not on his game.
Today was about bitter people, their unhappiness; how God does not want one to elevate oneself, nor become self-righteous, arrogant, offended, vengeful, and judgmental as that is what causes the bitterness and lets Satan into your life. He assured us all that “the upholding of the kingdom of God does not rest on me (you, us)”. Those causes of such things…well just “let it go”. Know: God can and will handle it for me (you, us) instead. And in so doing (“letting it go”), those that can hold their tongue are truly blessed – those that cannot are a curse on man in His image. Continue reading →
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I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.