Category Archives: Random Thoughts

This if for all the other things that go through my mind that’s not related to Christian or Photography thoughts.

Old Barns

A little blue sky, a little green field, a small patch of woods and an old barn.

When I first saw this old barn, the first thing I thought was that it was just an old barn. There was nothing that really grabbed my attention except for the fact that it was standing all alone, surrounded by the trees. I liked the way the boards had been angled on the walls and the red tin roof served to make it all complete. So I decided to capture the shot if, for no other reason, just to have the photo. It really didn’t strike me as something special.

But then, a while later, I was going through the photos on my computer and found the old barn. I started to look at it and did a little editing to help bring out some of the colors. Then it was cropped to help the composition. And before I knew it, I had a photo that I wanted on the wall of my house. I ended up ordering it in a 16×20 metallic paper print that makes all the detail and color pop. And it’s really pleasing to me when I view it. Just looking at the print brings joy to my heart.

Different barn, same day

This second barn was just down the road a little way from the other barn. I liked the way this one also sat at the edge of a small patch of woods and the way the tree branches hung down from where I was standing. Again, there was nothing about this shot that really grabbed your attention, but I liked it so I took it and went on my way.

Then, just like the other barn photo, I did some editing. First I added some detail, did some cropping and made a few adjustments to the lighting and after some editing, I found another pic of an old barn that I really liked. This one is different due to the look that the increased details added, but I think its got a good look. It pleases me and that’s what I was after.

Both of these photos lived in my computer for a while. The basics of the photos were there but they needed some work to really make them pleasing to me. In a way, my walk with God has been like that. I wasn’t perfect and was a long way from fitting the description of Christian. But over time, God has edited me. He’s removed some things, He’s added other things and has brought me out of things that were harmful. God has also taken care of me during sickness and He even delivered me from what the doctors thought was certain death. And He has not only delivered me that time but He has protected me so many times even when I didn’t know I needed protection. In other words, He has kept me and He has been so very faithful.

But still, I’m not perfect and there are things in my life that need some work. But I know that God will keep and sustain me. He has promised that He would never leave me nor forsake me. And sometime in the future, God will look at me and decide I’m a finished work. Then He’ll take me home to live forever with Him in heaven.

Now, isn’t that a most wonderful thought?

Finally February

It’s finally February. February 10th to be exact. I have been doing my impersonation of a black bear. I’ve been hibernating since late fall. Haven’t done much and haven’t been on here. I always dread late fall because I know the winter is coming. And as I’ve gotten older I have lost my enthusiasm for winter weather. When I was younger I would be very excited when the weather buy would predict snow. I couldn’t wait to get out in the old 4 wheel drive and have a little fun in the snow. Going places just to see if I could get there and back without calling for help. Now, I dread the snow and even though I still have and old Ford Expedition 4 wheel drive, I just can’t get excited. It’s more of an inconvenience now than fun. I get cold, and when I fall it hurts a lot more. So much for getting older.

But now it’s finally February. That means that spring is coming and the dark days of winter and January are slowly fading away. I’m now looking forward to warmer weather and sunny days. Can’t beat a combination like that. And the days are beginning to get noticeably longer. I don’t like it getting dark at 5 pm, it’s much better later in the day.

Anyway, that’s enough complaining. I sincerely hope you have had a great January/winter and that all is well. Remember that Jesus loves ya and that He paid it all on the cross. Have a great day.

Jesus paid for our sins……..
 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Romans 6:9-10

Out On The Grill

First grill of the summer!

This photo kind of represents two different things. First I love to grill on Weber grills and this is the first time I’ve used mine since last fall, so it felt good to be out and have something on the grill again. Second those steaks were good and the vegetables were pretty good too. First time that I’d made vegetables on the grill. I had always meant to do that but for some reason just never had.

I think the best thing that this picture represents to me is that God has blessed me once again. I came down with the covid-19 virus on Thanksgiving Day.  I went to the hospital and they admitted me and I stayed there for seven days. I was in a covid-19 isolation unit which was not a lot of fun.  No visitors could come to see me or anything like that and everybody that came in had to be suited up so that they didn’t catch the covid-19 virus. After I was able to come home I was still on oxygen 24/7. I had to constantly be fed oxygen because the O2 levels in my blood were low. Being at home and stuck on oxygen was really lonely. Everybody would leave and go to work or whatever they had to do and that would leave me here with my oxygen  concentrator, and it wasn’t much company.

Eventually my 02 levels began to hold and I was able to come off of the oxygen 24/7. I still have to use it at night when I sleep but I’m not on it during the day. Thank God for that! The photo above is the first time I’ve used the grill this year and it’s a testament to the faithfulness of God. He lets us do things and he lets us enjoy things that lot of times we take for granted. Like being able to enjoy grilling food. Seems like such a simple thing but I couldn’t do it for almost 3 months on account of the oxygen that I had to have. But now I can go back and grill again and I thank God for giving me back that little piece of my life.

Covid-19 was not fun but I’m glad that for now, it’s behind me. I don’t know what’s in my future, no one does. Except God. But I do know that whatever my future holds God is going to be there to help me to deal with it and to help me to move on. And I hope he has a couple of steaks with some veggies on the grill too. I hope everyone reading this has stayed away from all the virus stuff and I hope everybody’s been healthy.  Y’all have a good day and may God bless.

Early morning

I was just getting up and beginning to get my wits about myself when I heard the lawn mowers outside. The guys showed up early today. They wanted to get an early start to their day, so they did.

Now they are gone. They went to other jobs that were waiting. And I’m here with my morning routine completely rearranged. I’ll be ok, just have to restart my day.

That’s how life is. We get com cc zfortable with our routine, then something happens and our routine is tossed out because life has thrown us a curve. We respond to whatever life has thrown at us and deal with it. Then later we get settled into another routine. It may be different than the old one, but it’s still a routine.

In my life, I’ve had lots of curves come along. Things would be moving along just fine then something would happen and all my plans would be gone. People die, jobs change, your health changes, and there’s many more things that can happen.

That’s why I’m glad to have Jesus in my life. He helps pick me up, dusts me off and helps me to get back on the right path for my life. He doesn’t magically take away the pain and suffering, but he helps me to go through the pain and suffering. He lifts me up. He cares for me.

I didn’t mean to post anything this morning. But isn’t it great how that a little routine interruption caused this small testimony to be here. I hope you gave a blessed day.

It’s a wonderful day!

Just Thinking Out Loud

Hickory smoked ribs.

I’ve got a lot of friends on Facebook that have gotten tired of Facebook, so they’re moving around to different social sites trying to find something that they would use.

That got me to thinking that it may be time for me to dust off this WordPress site and start using it everyday, or at least every week. I promised myself I was going to do great things with this site but so far I haven’t done anything great with it. For that matter I haven’t done much mediocre with it either.

So I posted a picture of my hickory smoked ribs and that pic was all it took to make me want some ribs. So I guess I’ll hang it up for now and maybe go fire the grill up. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the grill out back trying to find myself. So far I’ve found ribs, pork butts, burgers, all kinds of appetizers plus a few pounds that I’ve kept on myself. So we’ll see what happens here. Y’all have a good day and if you like those ribs leave a kind comment.