Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happy Memorial Day 2012

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to ALL!
Our Combat Field Medic daughter, Tara drove through the night from Fort Campbell, KY and will spend the weekend with us. It was two years ago on this Memorial Day that Tara left us for basic training and to begin her military service.
I am learning to sneak out of the house for photos with her Army toys while she is sleeping.
Thanks to all of you brave men and women who serve this country now and for those of you who have served in years past when our country has called upon you! God bless you and your families!
I will be taking a short nikonsniper break to enjoy the weekend with our reunited family.
nikonsniper steve

The Mall Parking Lot Ghost Town

This was once a thriving mall. It used to be very difficult to find a parking spot here. Now weeds have broken through the pavement like the wild wild west. This isn't a rare photo! This picture of pain is now visible all over America with no real end in sight for many unemployed workers.

OK, I'm Ready! TAZE ME!

OK, Our personal family medic has arrived. Let the Baird family Memorial Day games begin. TAZE ME till my heart stops, then start CPR! I wanna be able to say I was in two places at the same time.

What Are You Doing?

What are you doing? Is it just me? Do you remember hearing that question echo in your ears as a kid? I think my Mom and Dad asked me that question a thousand times. Trust me, I had them wondering what I was up to.

Here is a passage of scripture that asks me that same question. It is very thought provoking but in some ways it makes me want to reach more to anyone out there. Especially YOU! Yeah, you! God placed you in my life in this very small way. I hope to encourage you to seek the Lord in deeper ways.

James 2:14-26
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

So, what am I doing?
I can say I am a apple tree … but are there apples on my limbs?
I can say I am a follower of Christ … but is there anything more Christ-like evident in me?
Help me Father to be more conscious of this in my life and to take action. Hear it, do it!

James 1:22, But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

hear it, do it!

nikonsniper steve

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Beautiful Photography Award #5

This month's winner of the NikonSniper "Beautiful Photography Award" is ... Montana Girl of Montana. Check out these birds and wildlife in Big Sky country. I am never disappointed when I drop in on this blog for a peek.

Montana is on my radar for future travel. Thanks Montana Girl.

nikonsniper steve

East Commute

Ice Cold And Crystal Clear

The Reagan Oval Office

Northern California Rush Hour

Lake Michigan View

Another Basket Case