Horizon of Hope

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Light on the horizon, Ocean City, MD

2020 has taken a toll on all of us. I think all of us feel the heavy weight of it. But as long as there is God, there is hope. There is future. There is purpose. There is blessing. He lives and reigns forever and ever. He gives strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 42:5

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 62:5-6

Lately, I have been seeing exciting things happening around me. New babies being born, people falling in love, getting engaged and married. Creativity abounding. Love renewing and strengthening through hardship and trials. All blessings from God above. His way of showing us that there is hope, there is a future.

“Let yourself believe in great things – God is in the habit of making them happen.” – Anonymous

Keep your eyes to the horizon.❤

Love, Lisa

Happy/Sad

Happy/sad. I have referenced that phrase several times lately. Because that is how many of my days lately have been. Don’t be worried. It is not a cry for help, or a sign that I am depressed. As a writer, I enjoy the feeling of happy/sad, as it helps me feel more, experience more, empathize more.

What is happy/sad? Here is my not so exhaustive list, from movie quotes, to songs, to experiences.

-“Your problem is that you’re not happy being sad. But that’s what love is – happy sad.” (Sing Street, 2016)

-The feeling I get listening to “Auld Lang Syne.”

-Watching my husband drive off to work, missing him the minute he leaves, but loving the fact that I love him so much.

-Watching my children grow up into adults, missing those little child hugs, but enjoying our new adult conversations.

-Memories of my dad, now that he resides in heaven. The best of dads, missing him to tears, but so happy because I know we will see each other again.

-Seeing the leaves fall from the trees, the beauty of the colors tinged with the sadness of the bare trees. But knowing that spring will come.

-Remembrances of Christmases gone by, the special doll, the new bicycle. Knowing new memories are being made, every minute, even still. Happy/sad.

I know you all can add to this list, and I would love to hear your happy/sad things. Please comment below. Enjoy all the moments…..happy, sad, and in between. Relish them all. Live and love your life.

Love, Lisa

Here is a great version of “Auld Lang Syne” by Keith Harkin to enjoy.

Action Plan

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When I feel stuck, confused, hurt, sad, unmotivated….I like to come up with a plan. An action plan. It makes me feel a modicum of control in sometimes uncontrollable situations. It gives me a purpose and a drive to get moving.

What do I do when there is no action plan to be had or found? I have felt that way lately in various situations. Sometimes the problems seem too big or too complicated.

I have been thinking about the verse in Micah 6:8:

“He has showed you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

And what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39:

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “

Love God. Love the people I come in contact with. Be just. Be merciful. Walk humbly with God.

These sound like really good action plans to me. Or action prayers, because I am weak. But He is strong.

Love, Lisa

Standing Firm

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today….The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:13-14

When I am afraid…..stand firm.

When I am in trouble, the Lord will rescue.

When I need a defender, I need to be still, and let Him fight for me.

Standing firm like this round tower. A tower of strength, refuge and protection during trouble.

“In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge. For You have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” -Psalm 71:1,5

Love, Lisa

Eternal Things

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How do you write about things of which you don’t fully understand?  Writers are always told to “write what you know.”  But eternal things, heavenly things, the things of God…..how can a human being, while in this body of flesh, ever hope to know or understand or capture or write those things?

Here is what I know:

Jesus died for me.  He did this to make a way for me to be with Him forever in Heaven.

He rose again on the third day.  This was witnessed and recorded by many people.

These people were all willing to die for this report and this eyewitness event.  They never changed their stories under pressure.

He has changed my life completely since I believed in Him.  He has changed the life of my husband’s completely as well.  We are not the same as before knowing Him.  We go through struggles, but the sense of hopelessness, of despair, of meaningless existence…..totally gone.

He has rescued me from troubles and death countless times.  Miraculous rescues.  From waters, from floods, from fires.  From injuries and surgeries.  He has forgiven me my past and given me a fresh start.

He is my ever present Hope.

So I don’t need to know all the details of what I don’t know or don’t understand.  I just tell of what I do know.  Jesus is real.  He is the true Son of God.  He loves me, and He loves you…..so much.  If you are struggling to find hope, to find meaning….He is the answer.  The only answer.  And He will rescue you, no matter where you are, or what you have done.

Please reach out to me if you need help, or a listening ear, or just want to talk.

Love, Lisa