I have been quiet, I know. To be very honest, I have been mourning. Mourning the loss of freedom of speech, thought, debate, reason. Mourning the loss of what was and what I thought things would be. This all sounds quite dour and morose, I know. But it is a real thing, and I think many of us are feeling it.
God always reaches closely when we need comforting if we are paying attention. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4 He is gently reminding me this morning that this world is not my home. That there is a place prepared for me, and He is coming soon to take me home with Him. A much better and more beautiful place. A place with beautiful God freedom, sane thoughts, reason, harmony, peace, healing, resurrection. Praise God!
As I did 31 years ago when I accepted Christ into my heart, I am again pledging my undying allegiance to the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. He is in control, He will make all that is wrong right, He will restore.
My job now is to keep hope, keep looking up, try to let others know that God is faithful and that Jesus loves them so much that He died for them. That He wants a relationship with them.
Thank you, Lord, for the comfort this morning. You alone are King. Love, Lisa
Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy. That little voice inside my mind that tells me all manner of negative things.
“No one wants to hear what you are thinking/writing, so why say it?”
“You are not a good writer.”
“There are so many books in the world, why write another one?”
“What I am saying is not original/interesting/witty enough, etc.”
And on and on and on it goes. Things the devil wants me to think, to shut me down, to keep me from being the person God created me to be.
I have a choice. I can choose to listen and shut down, or remind myself and push through. Listen to lies or listen to truth. Not that I am the greatest writer in the world….I am not saying that. But all of us have something to say, some truth that God is revealing in our lives, something that might encourage someone else who is going through something similar.
Here are some things God says about me (and you):
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17
” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” -1John 4:18
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” – Ephesians 6:10
And on and on and on it goes. Praise God. I choose today to listen to Him and to His Word and to His love. I am so thankful.
Write well, my friends. Speak love, speak truth, speak of Christ. Love, Lisa
“To shut your eyes is to travel.” – Emily Dickinson
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney
I am so thankful for my imagination. It provides endless entertainment, thoughts, and travel. Imagination is not bound by the body’s constraints, monetary concerns, or COVID19 restrictions.
Books can fuel the imagination, as do movies set in wonderful locales. Even looking outside my window and noticing what my local yard birds are doing, provide endless “scope for imagination.” (Anne of Green Gables 🙂 ) Listening to their tweeting on this wintery, icy morning gets me imagining the conversation and the plan they have to find food and warmth. Maybe they are plotting a trip to a Florida beach as I type this. 🙂
As the weekend comes, I will be traveling and adventuring. In my imagination for now, and hopefully in reality in the months to come.
Please feel free to comment below and share your imaginings, your dream travel locations, your favorite travel memories….anything. We can share them together.