Weekly Photo Challenge — “Down”


“Down” was the paramount feeling of all the people living in this little hamlet of Sunnyside, Illinois, who could not even find the lane they traveled in their daily schedule, let alone use it. Sunnyside Lane was under deep water for almost two weeks during an unusual period of flooding in the area.  A couple of the neighbors who owned boats managed to get some people and supplies back and forth, but life was a lot more difficult for quite a few citizens until these flood waters went “down,” and the road re-appeared.

A good friend of mine, Pastor Ralph Brandon, was born in Sunnyside and still lives there, along with his wife, and two of his children who also make their homes close by. He is well known for his gift of sharing serious Gospel truths wrapped up in the “down-home” humor of stories about the “down-home” friends and neighbors from Sunnyside. Many of those nuggets of humor and truth are now available in Ralph’s book Stories From The Sunnyside of Life.  If you think you’d like to know more about it or possibly order a copy, you can visit his publisher’s website at StEllenPress.Com.

An Interesting Conversation


Time: Creation, Day 6

Place: Heaven, looking down at Earth

Participants: God, One Inquisitive Angel


Angel to God: “What are you doing, God?”

God: “Creating a man.”

Angel: “What are you going to do with him?

God: “Love him.”

Angel: “What will he do for you?”

God: “Give me pleasure.”

Angel: “Will he give you pleasure that is different from what the rest of your creation gives you?”

God: “Oh, yes.  He will be a speaking spirit just like me, who will have the ability to choose by his own free will to love me and communicate with me constantly.”

Angel: “Have you thought that he might use his free will to choose not to love you?  He could end up giving you a lot of trouble.”

God: “Oh yes, he will give me a lot of trouble.  But he is worth it!”

Oh, that we would see ourselves as God sees us!



Are We Having Fun Yet? God Is!


Are we having fun yet?  God is!

The Bible says that God takes great delight in us and rejoices over us with singing. (Zeph. 3).

It tells us that He enjoys listening in when we talk to each other about Him and that He is writing down our names in a special book because it gives Him pleasure to do so. (Malachi 3).

It also says He laughs at his enemies because He knows they are defeated. (Psalm 2).

And the New Testament tells us that Jesus was anointed with gladness above all of His contemporaries. (Heb.  1).

So it makes sense that God’s Word admonishes us to rejoice always. (Phil.4).  And we have good reason to do so, because we have a God who loves just hanging out with us and having a good time.

So whatever else is on your list for today — stop and make a little time to hang out with the Lord of the universe. He’s waiting to enjoy some time with you.