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2 months ago 12
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I just returned from the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Nashville, and it sure was a great event. This event started well over two decades ago and is a gathering of photojournalists with an emphasis on the faith component of working in that field.  Over many years I made wonderful friends, brothers and sisters at this conference so after a five year absence it was great to return and be with them!  We had some marvelous fellowship and connected with a lot of fear freinds.  The students were great and we tried to help them in any way we could.

 

I spoke Saturday afternoon and as always I prayed the Holy Spirit would take over and apparently He did, we all were moved by what was shared under His insipration, all the glory goes to God!  It relieves all stress when you don’t need to take any credit!!!

 

I got home around 8:00 pm last evening to be greeted with a tv news report about multiple examples of how society is attacking Christians.  While I was not surprised, we are in a spiritual war after all, I must admit I went to church this morning agitated about the examples shared in this news report!  God has a way of getting us back on track!  While I was grasping at straws to find the right response to my anger over the criticism from the world, our guest speaker at church offered a more modern, cut to the chase, definition of Grace and Mercy.

 

Here goes;    Grace is when we get what we don’t deserve, Mercy is when we don’t get what we do deserve!

 

I went to the alter to pray for a freind and while kneeling and praying for him God opened my eyes to the solution to my dilemma.  In spite of suggestions that Jesus doesn’t talk to us, He certainly did to me this morning (and has for years!)  While I was stewing about the mistreatment of fellow Christians, Jesus reminded me that even though He was God’s Son, and part of the Holy Trinity, men beat Him, spat on Him, mocked Him, threw dice  gambling for his cloths and nailed Him to the cross to die an excruciatingly painful death, yet, He looked down at these people and said,  “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

 

Case closed.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 months, 1 week ago 16
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50 degrees vs 82 degrees, I sure miss Aruba!!!!  But, it’s great to be home, and I can’t wait to see all my brothers and sisters at Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Nashville late this week!

 

Got out yesterday to try the DJI gogles and man is that a trip, it puts you in the drone, just like when I flew the ultra light except, your  not risking your life!  I found a nice local road with bare trees to try to craft a composition!

 

Joy Behart on the View, (not sure if I spelled her name right and frankly could care less), said of VP Mike Pence, “that it’s one thing to talk to Jesus, but to say He talks to you!!!!????  Well sister, He does talk to us, wish for your sake, you knew that for yourself……

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 months, 2 weeks ago 5
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The last morning in paradise!  It’s been a great and more importantly a restful week!  Sherelene and I will head to the airport around 12:30 to return the rental car, slog through both Aruba’s and US  Customs and then board the plane around 4:00 for the return flight to Atlanta, and then on to Knoxville, arriving at 10:00 pm this evening.  It’s been a great week and a great celebration of our anniversary which is actually Valentine’s Day, my birthday and a continued celebration of Wes’s recovery from lymphoma.  After the timultuos year 2017 was, it is great to start 2018 like this!  Once again, we are so thankful for all of your prayers for Wes and our family and for God’s amazing response to those prayers!!!!!

 

The folks at the resort have been great, the Aruban people are really nice.  Weather has been almost perfect and Sherelene is good an tan and well rested, and I got a few more shots than I usually do on Caribbean trips!  I learned a lot about the drone and it was a great place to work on my flying skills in high winds!  Best of all, I got my required and desired number of naps!!!

 

Thanks for coming along with us, we’ll be home soon!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 months, 2 weeks ago 19
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Most mornings Sherelene and I have enjoyed a great breakfast delivered to our room and eaten on the patio, over looking the Caribbean Sea!  This morning Sherelene contacted the chef and had a Birthday Breakfast surprise for me, and she got me, I was really surprised!  The service at the Ritz Carlton is wonderful and they went all out to make this morning extra special!  What a sweetheart my bride she is!!

 

 

What a great way to start a day in which I have to face that I’m now 72!!!!  I never dreamed I would live this long, and I’m thrilled to be here, I pray, serving Him!  Let me thank my bride for her 48 years of being the greatest partner ever!  Next week on Valentine’s day we celebrate our 48th Anniversary!  I want to thank my wonderful family for all the love they have shared with me, and my 6 great, wonderful grandchildren, many of whom are not children anymore, and are now true friends!!!!

 

Next let me thank dear friends like Jack Graham, Jim Haverstock, Jim Begley, Carl Turner, Charles Stanley, and I better stop here before I leave someone very important out!!!!!  So many wonderful friends and you know who you are!!!!  To my brother Homer, who just retired and now we can actually have time to spend time together!!!!

 

On this, my 72nd year of this life,  I have so much to be thankful for, most of all, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with out whose Grace and Forgiveness this life would be meaningless!

 

I might make an image or two later today, but for now, I need to recover from that chocolate cake!!!!!!

 

Blessings

 

the pilgrim