Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Boneyard Beach

Oh, the Place I Have Visited in 2017


Big Talbot Island




Big Talbot Island State Park is a Florida State Park located on Big Talbot Island, 20 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville on A1A North and immediately north of Little Talbot Island State Park.

Massive century-old live oaks, cedars and palms growing on the dune bluff fall onto the beach below as Big Talbot’s dunes naturally erode into the sea. Weathered by the sun and sea, their gargantuan skeletal remains lie in eerie rest on Boneyard Beach. Like driftwood, they are a protected resource that offers not only unrivaled beauty, but are a source of shelter and food for coastal wildlife.


Walking the beaches of Big Talbot Island is a surreal experience. Due to the rapid rate of erosion, layers of hard-pan soil are exposed creating unique sand formations along the shore that resemble cooled lava.

Big Talbot and Little Talbot are two of only a few remaining undeveloped barrier islands within Florida.


Be blessed and be blessing!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Drftwood Beach


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Driftwood Beach


Visiting Driftwood Beach feels like stepping back in time, looking at ancient ruins of a long-forgotten era. The ancient driftwood monuments line the beach with is located on the north end of Beach View Drive of Jekyll Island Georgia; part of the Golden Isles community.




In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.  God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:1, 9-10 (NIV)



Be blessed and be blessing!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Jacksonville

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Jacksonville

This is a little fact I did not know, Jacksonville Florida is the largest city by population and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. Wow!



Jacksonville is a city rich in history and culture, it’s worth the detour if you’re every driving on Interstate 95. The downtown area buildings make a beautiful cityscape lit up at night. The Landing, Omni Hotel, Friendship Fountain, BB&T,  the Wells Fargo, CSX and EverBank are just a few of the buildings and structures seen in these photos.




Be blessed and be a blessing to someone today! Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with all your might... Ecclesiastes 9:10a (NIV)



Friday, December 1, 2017

Cumberland Island


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Cumberland Island


Cumberland Island National Seashore is Georgia’ largest, southern most barrier island. 
Dungeness before it burned (Web Photo)

 Revolutionary War Hero General Nathanael Greene acquired land on Cumberland Island in 1783. Following his death, his widow Catherine Greene, constructed a four-story tabby home that she named Dungeness. Thomas Carnegie and his wife Lucy began building another Dungeness on the original foundation in 1884. The ruins of the 4-story Dungeness tabby home that was destroyed by fire in 1959 is still standing today. The Carnegie family members donated it to the National Park Foundation in 1971. In 1972 Congress created Cumberland Island National Seashore.





The First African Baptist Church was established in 1893 and then rebuilt in the 1930’s. During the 1890’s, the Settlement was established for African American workers. It was the site of the September 1996 wedding of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.


Wild horses roam freely on the National Seashore. As the saying goes, "if you don't bother them, they won't bother you. So, with that in mind, I kept a respectful distance.



Be blessed and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Abide




Abide & Belonging

What are you the branch of? And do you bear fruit? Have you known that you were meant to bear fruit? Did you realize that as a branch of God’s vine you are meant to bear fruit?

So many Christians read their Bible, listen to worship music, attend church on Sundays, but they don’t bear fruit. In Matthew 28:19 it says that we should spread the good news and make disciples. Let’s change the perspective. A branch can’t bear fruit when it isn’t connected with the vine. A vine without branches can grow but won’t bear fruit.

A branch gets all it needs from the vine. It doesn’t create its own fruit, but it bears the right fruit that comes from the vine. An apple tree won’t bear pears. So when you stay connected with God and align your life with his purpose, you will bear his fruit.

A healthy branch grows. When you start to grow, fruit will be the result. Fruit also needs time to grow. You might not even recognize it at first. To grow to your potential, God may cut off some branches which aren’t healthy, but in the end they weren’t helpful anyway. Abide in the Lord.



Be blessed and be a blessing!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving





Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

Psalm 9:1 says, “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
No matter what challenges we face, there’s so much to be thankful for. This is the season that we usually take time to reflect on our many blessings.
How has the Lord blessed you?

What mighty things has the Lord done for you?

How will you celebrate this holiday season? What traditions have you and your family established so that you will always remember God’s goodness?

Praise Him and commit to Him that you will never forget the amazing things He has done for you.


Be blessed because the Lord has blessed you to be a blessing to others!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Into the Word




The Spirit Guides Us

Time after time the Scriptures help us make sense out of life’s puzzles; it confirms its divine origin again and again as it makes sense out of our experience in the real world and points the way to harmony.



The Holy Spirit is the divine author of all Scripture. The eternal Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love and delight between the Father and the Son, is the author of Scripture. Here are a few scriptures that speak about the Word of God…

Therefore, it is true (Psalm 119:142) and altogether reliable (Hebrews 6:18).

It is powerful, working its purpose in our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:13) and not returning empty to the One who sent it (Isaiah 55:10–11).

It is pure, like silver refined in a furnace seven times (Psalm 12:6).

It is sanctifying (John 17:17).

It gives life (Psalm 119:37, 50, 93, 107; John 6:63; Matthew 4:4).

It makes wise (Psalm 19:7; 119:99–100).

It gives joy (Psalm 19:8; 119:16, 92, 111, 143, 174) and promises great reward (Psalm 19:11).

It gives strength to the weak (Psalm 119:28) and comfort to the distraught (Psalm 119:76) and guidance to the perplexed (Psalm 119:105) and salvation to the lost (Psalm 119:155; 2 Timothy 3:15).



The wisdom of God in Scripture is inexhaustible. If this doctrine is true, then the implications are so profound and far-reaching that every part of our lives should be affected.

I pray you spend some quite time reflecting on the truth of God's Word and seal it in you heart.


Be Blessed and be a blessing!


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