Randy Bayne

Author: Randy

  • Steps of the Godly

    Life doesn’t always take us in a direction we want to go. That’s no surprise to anyone. We all go through difficult times. They are inevitable and built into the fallenness of our human condition. Though we at times will walk paths filled with heartache and difficulty, we can have confidence, as children of God, […]

  • God’s grace is still enough.

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    Following the 2016 election a lot of people went into instant panic over the realization that Donald Trump had won. It wasn’t unlike the panic that occurred following the 2020 election of Joe Biden, with the exception that four years ago there wasn’t an attempted coup. There was panic in 2016, and some who claimed […]

  • The Moon and the Stars Which You Have Set in Place


    I originally posted this in November 2014 and while reviewing my past posts decided this one should go up again. No re-writing. This is it as it originally appeared. The Moon and the Stars Which You Have Set in Place It is one of those things that is only seen about once a year, and […]

  • A Return to Starr’s Mill

    After setting a goal to post weekly I decided to take some time off for holiday celebrations and get past all the election angst which took over the Internets. I ended the year with a post about focusing on Jesus. Don’t worry. I won’t be reposting it here, but I do hope you will go […]

  • Focus: Jesus

    If this post looks similar to my last post, it is, a little bit anyway. The time has come for me to write my annual Christmas post, and having done one a couple weeks ago I decided to use it as my template. Mostly because I really don’t know what is going to fall out […]

  • Christmas 2020: Still About Jesus

    Christmas 2020 will be celebrated differently than we have normally celebrated in the past. With all the “restrictions,” whether forced or self-imposed, it may feel like The Grinch has been successful at stopping Christmas, but just like in the Dr. Suess classic, Christmas will come just the same. Sitting with my morning coffee and looking […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving

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    I’m late, and left wondering if anyone will actually see this post. It’s the day before Thanksgiving after all, and who is going to be paying any attention to blog post, the Internet, or anything online, except the Butterball Turkey Hotline. Thanksgiving is going to be different this year. Very different. For us anyway. For […]

  • A Day at Hydrangea Farm Market

    A new shop, new to me anyway, opened in Haralson, Georgia recently. It is called Hydrangea Farm Market. They had their soft opening in September, but Marcie only recently found their page on Facebook. Haralson is only a 30 minute drive from home, so we had to go check it out. It is a farmhouse […]

  • The Way I Saw It

    Like many of you, I watched the documentary, The Way I See It, about Pete Souza’s time as the Chief Official White House photographer. I was more interested in seeing and learning about this photographer’s work than about the politics of the movie. The images he captured of the Regan and Obama White House years […]

  • 6 Simple Thoughts on Social Media Posting

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    Tucked away in the last chapter of a letter to a young pastor named Titus is a great list of things I think all of us need to be reminded of. These are things we should always be doing anyway, but in these final days before voting in the 2020 election begins, they seem to […]

  • Eastern Swallowtail: Photo of the Day

    We took a walk by the lake today. Marcie wanted to take a look at some work the POA had done, and the lake trail seemed like a good place to walk the dog. Since I wasn’t planning on photographing anything my “real camera” got left at home. Make no mistake, phone cameras are excellent […]

  • Four Promises from Psalm 28:7


    “The LORD is my strength and my shield;My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;Therefore my heart exults,And with my song I shall thank Him.”Psalm 28:7 Four Promises from Psalm 28:7 All of us have times when we feel alone or lost; like a boat in the vast expanse of ocean. Surrounded by nothing […]

  • Deer in the Backyard – Photo of the Day

    A deer paused to look in my direction as I stood hidden behind the dark screen on the porch. I slowly braced my lens against the open doorway being careful to not expose myself too much and risk the deer running away. The late afternoon light was fading fading fast and I knew I would […]

  • Do Unto Others

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    “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you.” ‭‭— Matthew‬ ‭7:12‬ ‭ Looking through my social media feeds, it is easy for me to conclude that many people have little or no desire to be treated well. No desire for grace or mercy. No want of forgiveness. No giving […]

  • Wild Babies Visit the Backyard

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    Wild Babies – Photo of the Day, May 14, 2020 The goslings visiting our yard the past few days finally settled down enough for me to get a picture of them this morning. Four of them anyway. The other two insisted on running around the yard. Probably trying to keep mom on her toes. These […]