Letting the Wind Hold You Up

There have been many memorable moments in our Ireland journeys where the wind felt like it was literally holding us up, pushing us along, carrying us on the distinctive Irish scent of salt air and green fields.  Moments that took your breath away, pushed all the worry far from mind.

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Braving the winds outside Glencolmcille, so we could hear the sheep below.

 

 

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Our son braving knock you down wind in 2011 in County Kerry

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The beauty of an isolated windswept beach, County Kerry.

Sometimes, the wind that feels like it could knock you down, actually holds you up.  And rewards you with beauty and clarity unknown before.

“He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.  He makes winds his messengers.” -Psalm 104:3b, 4a

Lean into the wind.  He will hold you up.  Love, Lisa

 

Letting Love Win

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Love can win, every time.

It is easy to get lost in blame, anger, resentment, self-pity.

It is hard to let go, to forgive, to love even if the other person isn’t sorry or doesn’t realize they’ve hurt.

But love frees, forgiveness lightens, God works through sacrifice.

Light will always shine brighter than the darkness.

Kindness can sift through the hardest ground.

Love can win, every time, if I will be open and not let my pride stand in the way.

(officially ended sermon to myself….hope it encouraged you as well.  🙂  )

 

 

A Tree Full of Good Thoughts

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One of my favorite things about our Christmas tree is that it is full of memories.  Most of the ornaments bring back a rush of remembrances and good thoughts that make me smile.  This particular ornament, for example:

Bought in a small shop in Dingle, Ireland in 2001.  We had gone to this shop around 1 PM, and saw a sign saying that they were away and would be back sometime in the afternoon.  (no time specified, which I thought was wonderful and so unusual to my American time-driven upbringing)  Sometime around 4 we went back and found this.  It sparkled so beautifully in the light, and we loved it.

Seeing it now, I am right back there, in that small intimate shop, with Ed and Joshua.  Good times, good thoughts flow through me, and I smile.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends.  Love, Lisa

What I’m Waiting For

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What I’m waiting for….

Christmas, peace, family getting together, walking better, eggnog

Music, losing weight, Jesus coming back, hugs, understanding

Always waiting, but maybe,

By always looking forward I’m missing the now

The beauty of right now….the messes, the expectation,

The reaching for something, the trying, the loving

The starting over again new each morning

Knowing that God’s faithfulness is there through it all.

c2017 Lisa Lyons

Talking About Pain

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Talking about pain is a funny thing.  Some days I want to ignore it, and try to act like I used to.  I push through, laugh, pretend, and then collapse in my trusty recliner a few hours or a few minutes later.

Other days, I need to talk.  I need to let it out, to vent, to cry, to have someone tell me that it’s going to be alright, to let the volcano erupt a bit.  And then rest, and pray, and just be.

The thing I am most grateful for is for my family and my friends who are there for me, whether I’m talking about it, or not.  The people who love me irregardless of how far I can walk, or how grumpy I may be acting that day.  The ones who can get me laughing.   To all of you…..I love you and I appreciate you.

If you are out there in internet world, and need to talk….I am here.  And better yet, there is One who will never leave and never forsake you.  Jesus is here also, and listening.  🙂  Love, Lisa