Someone who really knows us, truly loves, actually helps
What we all yearn for
Searching through all the options, leaving a bigger hole in each dug pit
Running from Truth, feeling it is too strict, too archaic, made up
But finally surrendering to an unconditional, all-knowing, always present Love
Being known to Him without saying a word, He has always known
Never again the same
Never again alone
c2023 Lisa Lyons
“Come, see a Man who told me everything I ever did.” – Samaritan woman after meeting Jesus at the well, John 4:29a
“They said to the woman, ‘ We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.’ ” – Samaritan villagers, after being with Jesus for two days and hearing his words. – John 4:42
Rather than thinking, “My sin, my shame, my failure,” she remembered, “His forgiveness, His grace, His life.” -excerpt from “The Grace Awakening” by Charles Swindoll
I have been re-reading the book that God used to show me how much Jesus loves me, to help me break free, and be saved. I heartily recommend reading it, even if, or especially if you have been a Christian for a long time. Grace and grace alone. Jesus and what He did. Him, not me, thank goodness. Praise God for His indescribable gift of freedom and mercy.
Like the perfect new glasses when you haven’t seen clearly for so long
Like the sound of new birds tweeting in their nest when you have made it through the winter
Like life where there was death
Like hope where there was despair
c2023 Lisa Lyons
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” – Jeremiah 31:25
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth….you know him, for He lives with you and will be in you….the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14:16, 17, 26
When my dear Nannie was in her 90s, she would call herself an “old stick.” We would always lovingly tell her that she was definitely not an old stick and that she was beautiful. That God still had a purpose for her. We talked a lot about how she could pray for people. That she had the time and the heart to do so. And I know she did. Nannie loved her God, loved her church, and loved her family. And so she prayed to her heavenly Father as she sat in her chair. She was a fruitful, beautiful branch attached to the Vine.
Sometimes I feel hopeless in many situations. What can I do? What can possibly help? The only thing that can help many times is prayer. Turning that person or situation over to Jesus our Shepherd.
When you don’t know what to do, pray. If you don’t know God, pray. Ask Him to show you that He is real. He will.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5