Furry Things

 

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Honesty morning.  Hard night sleep, pain in ankle.  Feeling sorry for myself more than a little.  But then the soft warm nose comes nudging close beside me.  The big brown eyes look at me, asking, “Are you alright?”  The curly warm hair on his back presses into my side as if to support me if he could.

Finnegan.  My wonderful cockapoo dog.

Something good and true and admirable to think about this morning.

Thanks, buddy.  🙂  Love, Lisa

Think About These Things

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I don’t know about you, but I need to refocus.  To turn away from all the bad, and focus my eyes and my attention on the beautiful, the true, the right, the things of God.

Therefore, a new look to the blog, a new title, a new outlook for this world-weary soul.  I am going to try my very best, with the Lord’s help, to focus on the good.  To think about these things.  Because the things of God never change and bring great peace.

Hummingbirds, puffy white clouds, sunlight playing amid the dark green summer leaves, the roar of oceans, the castles with stories, the people who love, Jesus who knows and loves me completely.

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  – Philippians 4:8

Love, Lisa

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

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My maternal grandparents, engaged in the mid 1920’s

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

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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