Strength from the Past

I have been quiet.  It happens when I don’t know quite what to say.  I don’t want to just add to the vast plethora of information and feelings that we are all trying to discern and sift through.  So, I haven’t wanted to write.

But today, I was walking past the photographs we have in our living room of our grandparents.  It hit me that they all went through the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919 and also reeling with the end of WWI.  I don’t know the details of what happened to each of them during this time, as they never talked of it.  And I never asked, being wrapped up in the self-focus of youth.  I wish I could talk to them now about it.

I cannot tell you how this has heartened me.  The same God who strengthened them will strengthen us.  It will be hard, it is hard, but we will make it through this time eventually.  Strength from the past.  Hope for the future.  Trust in our God.

Love, Lisa

nannie and granddaddy

My maternal grandparents, engaged in the mid 1920’s

Emily Files Wedding

My husband’s maternal grandparents, married in the mid 1920’s.

Eva Swenson 1919 or 1920

My paternal grandmother, about 5 years old in 1919.

 

 

The Unchanging

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In these days of uncertainty, people are searching for safety, security, hope.  Something that is unchanging and steady.

“I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:13

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8

“I lift my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2

The Unchanging.

Love, Lisa

Soul Healing

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Physical healing is a wonderful thing.  But all of us, if we are honest, need healing of our souls as well.  The deep part of us that makes us us.  The part of us, that is different from every other person on this planet, placed in us by God at our conception.

Here are some things that God uses to heal my soul:

……a sunset with all the colors of a masterpiece

……the sounds of the ocean crashing on the shore

……my favorite songs cranked loudly in the car

……quiet time, reading God’s Bible, words of how much He loves me, no matter what

……going outside, doing just about anything, but really seeing, smelling, feeling, listening

……singing, with no holding back

……playing the piano, getting lost in the notes

……seeing, hearing the eyes and smiles and voices of those I love

…..praying and pouring out my heart to the One who made me and cares forever what is going on in my life.

This list could go on and on.  But it is good for me to remember.  Because soul healing helps everything….the body, the mind, the heart.  I encourage you to make your own list soon, and go after some of that soul healing.  Blessings on your day.  Love, Lisa

 

 

 

A Different Plane

Scenario:  Dismal looking day, dark and foreboding clouds overhead.  You settle into your airplane seat, buckle up, and say several prayers for safety through the weather.

The plane taxis, lifts, and ascends through the clouds. Bumps and turbulence along the way cause your heart to lurch several times.

Fifteen minutes later, you are above the cloud level.  The sky is brilliantly clear; sunlight all around.  No turbulence and clouds look angelic below your wings.  You can hardly believe it is the same day, the same sky.

Present Day:  I choose today to look beyond the clouds, beyond the turbulence and the worry.  To look up to the One who controls the skies and flight.  The Lord Jesus alone gives peace.

Love, Lisa

 

 

You Might As Well Smile

 

I was raised on a wonderful musical diet growing up.  Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Lawrence Welk, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Englebert Humperdinck, classical music, orchestral arrangements, swing, hymns, choirs, you name it.  My parents usually had something wonderful playing on the large wooden record player cabinet that sat in in our front hallway.

Anyway, with all the alarming and constant bombardment of bad news in the world, music can treat most of what ails me.  Put on a good song…..poof, the worries are gone, and I’m singing.   I would love to hear from any of you….what kind of music makes you feel better?

Enjoy this old classic from Glen Campbell.  Love, Lisa