zaterdag 31 december 2016

The Creator - Blessed 2017


Oude Kerk, Veenendaal

"There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing,
but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus."
~Blaise Pascal
Pensées

Blessed 2017 !


zondag 25 december 2016

Honor her for all that her hands have done


My dear mother turned 73 today!
Thank you Mom, for everything you've done and are..


"She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done."
~Proverbs 31:25,26,30


vrijdag 23 december 2016

Jesus has overcome the world



"Joy is based on the spiritual knowledge that,
while the world in which we live is shrouded in darkness,
Jesus has overcome the world."
~Henri Nouwen


woensdag 21 december 2016

Dare to love



"Dare to love and to be a real friend.
The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer
to God as well as those whom God has given you to love."
~Henri Nouwen



donderdag 15 december 2016

If God was cultured



"If God was cultured, as most Christian people wish He was,
He would be useless to Christianity.. But God is a Wìld Man. Thànk God"
~Rich Mullins


zaterdag 10 december 2016

Loves you as you are



"God loves you as you are, and not as you shòuld be,
for we will never be, as we should be."
~Brennan Manning


vrijdag 2 december 2016

Peace, love and joy



"Power, success, happiness, as the world knows them, are his who will fight for them hard enough;
but peace, love, joy are only from God."
~Frederick Buechner




donderdag 1 december 2016

It is His joy



"No one need be downcast, for Jesus is the joy of heaven,
and it is His joy to enter into sorrowful hearts."
~A.W. Tozer




woensdag 30 november 2016

Where it cannot be found



"I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love
where it cannot be found."
~Henri Nouwen


vrijdag 25 november 2016

Through a forest wilderness








"The clearest way into the Universe is
through a forest wilderness."
~John Muir



vrijdag 18 november 2016

All the beauty


Kasteel Prattenburg, Utrechtse Heuvelrug

"All the beauty we have looked for in art or faces or places—and all the love
we have looked for in the arms of other people—
is only fully present in God himself."
~Timothy Keller


donderdag 17 november 2016

Where there is darkness, light



"Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life."

~Francis of Assisi


woensdag 16 november 2016

Behold



"Behold, the day of the Lord comes."
~Isaiah 13:9


zaterdag 12 november 2016

I went to the woods



"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately..."
~Henry David Thoreau


dinsdag 8 november 2016

At the door of God's mercy



"A ragamuffin knows he's only a beggar at the door of God's mercy."
~Brennan Manning


zaterdag 5 november 2016

Small things brought together


Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, nov. 2016

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
~Vincent Van Gogh



vrijdag 4 november 2016

From the ashes a fire shall be woken


 Jachthuis St. Hubertus, Hoge Veluwe

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.


From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."
~J.R.R. Tolkien


vrijdag 28 oktober 2016

Strengthened in the faith



"So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers."
~Acts 16:5


donderdag 27 oktober 2016

Going to church



"Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore then going to 
McDonalds makes you a hamburger."
~Keith Green


dinsdag 25 oktober 2016

Sandals on your feet



"With your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet
and your staff in your hand.
Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover."
~Exodus 12:11


maandag 24 oktober 2016

Your goodness and love



"Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
~Psalm 23:4


vrijdag 21 oktober 2016

Completely fearless and in constant trouble



"Jesus promised his disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless,
absurdly happy, and in constant trouble."
~William Barclay


maandag 17 oktober 2016

Sees what he sees



"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see."
―G.K. Chesterton


zondag 16 oktober 2016

Produces Hope



"More than that,
we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."
~Romans 3:3-5


zaterdag 15 oktober 2016

One thing I ask from the Lord



Psalm of David:
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord."
~Psalm 27


woensdag 12 oktober 2016

Every walk with Nature


The Burren, Ireland

"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."
~John Muir


zondag 9 oktober 2016

To the Rabbi



"The unwounded life bears no resemblance to the Rabbi."
~Brennan Manning


zaterdag 8 oktober 2016

Abide in the shadow



"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
~Psalm 91:1


vrijdag 7 oktober 2016

Past tears are present strength



"Past tears are present strength."
~George MacDonald
Phantastes


woensdag 5 oktober 2016

My portion forever


Kölner Dom, Cologne


"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever."
~Psalm 73:26





dinsdag 4 oktober 2016

Look at Nature's loveliness



"I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness."
~John Muir

This is at one of my favorite spot's in the whole world. It's called "The Burren"
and it's on the Atlantic westside of Ireland. My beloved Ireland ...
In the background a part of the great Galway Bay.
This is ancient land and even kind of holy ground ..



zondag 2 oktober 2016

I try more and more


Portrait of young woman with dog Puck, by Thérèse Schwartze,
ca. 1879 - ca. 1885. Oil on Canvas, 144cm × 103cm.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2016.


"I try more and more to be myself,
caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove."
~Vincent Van Gogh


zaterdag 1 oktober 2016

What is unsayable



"Often secrets are not revealed in words,
they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth
of what is unsayable between two people."
~John O'Donohue


vrijdag 30 september 2016

Only You could make it


Beara Peninsula, Ireland

"This life has shown me how we're mended and how we're torn 
How it's okay to be lonely as long as you're free 
Sometimes my ground was stoney 
And sometimes covered up with thorns 
And only You could make it what it had to be"
~Rich Mullins


donderdag 29 september 2016

My nature


Köln

"There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature."
~Jane Austen


dinsdag 27 september 2016

Come to love it


Hulshorst, Holland

"Nobody tells you, when you get born here,
how much you'll come to love it but how you'll never belong here." 
~Rich Mullins


zondag 25 september 2016

Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken


The Burren, county Clare, Ireland. With the Atlantic ocean. June 2015
My favorite landschape in the world.

"Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where
you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house
where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. 

Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor
and Jesus loved the broken."
~Rich Mullins


zaterdag 24 september 2016

His own mercy



"He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness,
but according to His own mercy."
~Titus 3:5


donderdag 22 september 2016

Our hells and our heavens


Rijskmuseum - Amsterdam
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"We are frail, we are fearfully and wonderfully made 
Forged in the fires of human passion 
Choking on the fumes of selfish rage 
And with these our hells and our heavens 
So few inches apart 
We must be awfully small 
And not as strong as we think we are."
~Rich Mullins

woensdag 21 september 2016

Is this for ever?


Self-portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1887
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

"You may not always be able to say what it is that confines, that immures, 
that seems to bury, and yet you feel I know not what bars,
I know not what gates — walls.
Is all that imaginary, a fantasy? I don’t think so; and then you ask yourself,
Dear God, is this for long, is this for ever, is this for eternity?
You know, what makes the prison disappear is every deep, serious attachment.
To be friends, to be brothers, to love; that opens the prison through sovereign power,
through a most powerful spell.
But he who doesn’t have that remains in death.
But where sympathy springs up again, life springs up again."
~Vincent van Gogh
brief 133, or int.: letter 155




dinsdag 20 september 2016

Creator - Re-creators






Details of some paintings at The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Do you know at least two of them? :-)


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