Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

Well, as promised, I am back! I really appreciated the rest and that I didn't lose all of you in the process. I hope your Christmas was great and that you are going to have a very safe and prosperous new year. Missed you all and so appreciated your kind wishes.
Over the holidays, I experimented with more abstract colors. I also woke this morning to a great fog opportunity. Chicagoland has still not been hit with anything substantial in the way of snow so many of the photos I am taking these days are not all that different than late fall shots. I look forward to bringing as many new photographic opportunites into the mix this year as possible. We shall see what God allows to pass in front of my lenses this year. Stay tuned. Great to have you back.
God bless. Happy New Year!
NikonSniper Steve

New Years Party

Sunrise On Fog Hill

Farmer's Bridge

Christmas Peekaboo

When Our Soldier Came Home For Christmas

Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Well, folks, as you know it's that time of year again. I usually take an extended break from the blog at Christmas so I won't be making posts now until December 31st. So that's it for 2011. Your comments will be displayed here as usual but there will be a few days without any new postings. I need to just soak in the time with family.

I am looking forward to the best Christmas of my life at a time when I am still seeking employment. Christmas isn't about the exchange of gifts for me. It is about the birth of the Savior and spending time with my family. Our whole family will be with us this Christmas and I am really just so happy about this coming event.

As I have said in previous years ... there's no chance I'm quittin' on the blog. I hope I can shoot and post photos for the rest of my life ... but a rest is good for the mind too. In fact, I have spent a great deal of time praying that God might make this a way for me to pay my bills.

I want to thank you all for your kind wishes at this season. I hope you have a blessed Christmas with your families. I pray you have travel safety. May God bless you with His mercy and grace. Wise men still seek Him today.

Catch you in a few days.
NikonSniper Steve

Wishing You Comfort And Real Joy

In The Christmas Shopping Twilight Zone

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I'll Be Home For Christmas

In a few hours our Army Medic daughter, Tara, will board a plane in South Korea and will begin the long journey back to us for Christmas. We have really missed her goofy laughter and smile from all our family gatherings.We are counting the hours now.
Tara left for South Korea last year about this same time after her AIT graduation and did not take any summer leave in order to get extended time over the Christmas holidays with us. I can't wait for this Christmas just to see all our kids, their wives & husbands and our 6 grandkids all under one roof for celebration of the birth of the King. I am crazy looking forward to this years celebration.
Stay safe kiddo! Prayers for you.
Love, Pops

Frozen Landscape

Smoke On The Water

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chores Are Done When There Is No Sun

Room To Horse Around

Strength In Trials

So many families have members that are unemployed or underemployed during this Christmas season. It can be a very tough and stressful time of the year. I pray that you know the Lord and can find strength and encouragement in these Bible verses. In fact, these verses are great for any trial you are experiencing.

Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 23:1-3 - The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Psalm 25:2-3, 6 -In you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.

Psalm 31:24 - Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 33:20 - We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 33:22 - May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 37:7 - Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 39:7 - "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

Psalm 42:11 - Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 62:5 - Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 65:5 - You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,

Psalm 119:114 - You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

Psalm 119:116 - Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 23:18 - There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Isaiah 40:30-31 - Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Lamentations 3:21-22 - Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33 - "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Romans 5:1-5 - Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 8:24 - For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

Romans 12:12 - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:10-11 - He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Galatians 5:5 - But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.

Ephesians 1:17-19 - I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,

Philippians 4:6 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:12-13 - I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 - We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 - May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

1 Timothy 6:17 - Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 12:7 - Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?

1 Peter 1:13 - Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

God bless your families with good employment opportunities!
NikonSniper Steve

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Walking The Clouds Over Bryce Canyon

Stormy Banks Of Oregon

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Are you weary and in need of rest? Do you need a trustworthy place to run? Do you need to be saved from your present trial? Do you need protection? Do you need confidence in your future? Do you need help from above? Consider calling upon the Lord!

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge--
10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Riding Northern Fences