Sunday, October 26, 2014

Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Display


The "Field of Flags"
is at Twin Lakes Baptist Church
Mountain Home, Arkansas this week.

Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial is a none profit organization dedicated to raising funds to erect a permanent memorial park to honor and remember fallen heroes from Arkansas.

If you live in the area, please take the time to stop by and check it out.

To see one of my heroes, click HERE!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eclipse on 10/23/2014

It was rather cloudy, but when I darkened the photo with the
contrast I saw a green dot...

It seemed to move depending on the angle of my cell phone camera.

And I couldn't get a good focus if I tried to zoom in too much.

The clouds moved away for a bit and I got a couple of shots.

I know I'm no expert, but I thought they were very interesting.

And I'm not really sure what I was capturing...
It didn't really look like an eclipse to me...
but it was unusual...

But I am neither astronomer or professional photographer.

...And then the clouds came back.

But it did remind me of something from the Bible!
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven:
And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn,
And they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven
With power and great glory."

"So you also must be ready,
because the Son of Man will come at an hour
when you do not expect Him."

Thanks for dropping by!
To see my name of God on Rocks collection,
click HERE!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Who da Thunk It?"

In and Out of the Fog

This morning as I was driving home from my sister's place,
I couldn't help but think about how FOG and GRIEF are related.

Sometimes I would drive out of the fog into the sunshine,
thinking I had left all of it behind,
...only to enter another wall of it a few miles further.

Like grief, I often feel like I have left it behind,
when suddenly there it is again, and the tears flow.

This parallel of fog and grief
reminded me of some verses King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes.

You may remember his famous words that say,
"a time to be born and a time to die".
He is the author of this quote, too:
"All come from dust, and to dust all return".

But he also said:
"As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother's womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,the Maker of all things."

"the spirit returns to God who gave it"

But this is the verse that jumped out at me!
"None of us can hold back our spirit from departing.
None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death.
There is no escaping that obligation..."

I never expected to be comforted from the book of Ecclesiastes!
Nothing I could have said or done could have changed the outcome. 

As my brother Dave used to say when he was amazed by something,
"Who da thunk it?"
(Or in better English...
"Who would have thought of that?")

"The LORD gave,
and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the Name of the LORD!"

Later this evening I hope to have another post on Rock4Today
featuring a name for Jesus painted on a rock!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


...And Honesty

I've faced it before...
Lives seemingly ended too soon because of illness or tragedy...
Why would THIS death affect me so deeply?

I struggled with a title for this blog post...

"Learning to pray again"
(Well, I never really stopped praying, just not sure what to pray now.)

"Unanswered prayers"
(He answered, but it wasn't the answer I wanted...)

"Learning to trust again"
(I know God is trustworthy; His thoughts and ways are just so beyond my thinking.
The bigness of God and my inability to understand Him and His ways
have intimidated me somewhat!)

"When your faith is shaken"
(I believed God could heal. Why did He not?)

Many of the stages of grief were not strangers to me,
...but anger?
This was a new feeling.
I didn't want to be angry at God,
but I had to admit I was.

Have I truly accepted this death?
Not really, but I'm working on it.
...Or probably, God is working on me about it!

I think Job summarized this thought the best when he said,
"But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and He will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!
I will see Him for myself.
Yes, I will see Him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought."

Max Lucado, author of the new book on prayer entitled "Before Amen"
 has a short two minute video that has been helping me
in understanding God's answers to prayers.
You can watch that video by clicking HERE.

My other blog can be found on
(Writing the Names of God on Rocks)