If stones could talk, I bet they’d say
Just sit and listen to our day
The things we’ve seen, the people here
Could make you laugh and cry and cheer
History comes, history goes
But we have stood and never show
The stress, the rain, the wind, the woes
Because we are stones that time froze
We always will support each other
And be here for you to soon discover
c2021 Lisa Lyons
Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy. That little voice inside my mind that tells me all manner of negative things.
“No one wants to hear what you are thinking/writing, so why say it?”
“You are not a good writer.”
“There are so many books in the world, why write another one?”
“What I am saying is not original/interesting/witty enough, etc.”
And on and on and on it goes. Things the devil wants me to think, to shut me down, to keep me from being the person God created me to be.
I have a choice. I can choose to listen and shut down, or remind myself and push through. Listen to lies or listen to truth. Not that I am the greatest writer in the world….I am not saying that. But all of us have something to say, some truth that God is revealing in our lives, something that might encourage someone else who is going through something similar.
Here are some things God says about me (and you):
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17
” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” -1John 4:18
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” – Ephesians 6:10
And on and on and on it goes. Praise God. I choose today to listen to Him and to His Word and to His love. I am so thankful.
Write well, my friends. Speak love, speak truth, speak of Christ. Love, Lisa
Baby bird looks out from her lofty nest
Wonders what she will do next
Her other siblings have all flown
But she is just scared and alone
She feels a gentle nudge above
A mother’s beak, her father’s call
She hears her siblings singing loud
Soaring upwards towards the clouds
She feels the sun, she feels her wings
Begin to open, stretch, and then
She knows that she is not alone
The love, the leading cheers her on.
Stepping out, she feels the air
Beneath her wings, she rises there.
c2021 Lisa Lyons
Disclaimer: What follows is me trying my best to be honest about something that is very hard to get my head around. There are no good, perfect answers for any of it, but I just needed to write. Thanks for reading.
Life passes at a dizzying pace. The days, weeks, months, and almost a year now of waiting for COVID19 and its accompanying lockdowns and restrictions to be over. Waiting for life to go back to normal. Waiting not to worry, to eat inside without fear, to get on the airplane without a mask and multiple testing, to go to a concert, to hug people at will.
The past week or two, I have kind of hit some sort of wall. The “I’ve had it with this crap” wall, to put it very bluntly. There needs to be joy, there needs to be life, there needs to be hope.
I am so thankful that Jesus Christ is my Savior, because He gives me a hope and a future that no government, no leader, no disease can take away. I can guarantee you there will be no masks and plenty of hugging in heaven. 🙂
But right now, right here on this earth…..Jesus has left me and you here for a reason. To smile, to laugh, to share joy with others who are losing hope fast. I look around me and I am seeing a loss of hope in many eyes….even my own at times. There needs to be a balance to all this crazy caution and protection….we still need to look for and find and seek joy in this life. To maintain and nurture the human relationships and interactions that actually make us human. I am not against masks and disease protection…I have asthma and have to be careful. But there has to be balance, and my fear has to be countered by my faith.
And this seizing of joy goes way beyond COVID19 and mask-wearing. It extends to every aspect of this life. The sad aspect of all these lockdowns is that we are forgetting how to be joyful, to laugh, to touch, to connect person-to-person.
So, what is the answer to all this? The only thing I have found, other than my faith and praying under my breath almost all day, is CARPE DIEM. “Seize the day.” Live in the immediate moment. Look people straight in the eyes, smile at them with your eyes. Don’t think so much. Don’t try to fix unfixable problems. Just look out the window. Feel the sun on my face. Or the strong wind lift my hair. Or hug my husband or my child or my doggie. Read an amazing book, and not one that makes me nervous or scared. Watch movies/shows that celebrate traditional family values, make me laugh, make me realize that life here is a gift from God, it is good. Do something, anything, that makes you feel creative, makes you feel alive, brings you joy.
Carpe Diem. Seize the day. We cannot get it back. This day, this life. And seriously, if you have faith in God, in His Son Jesus Christ, who is the author of hope….share it. So many people need hope right now.
Stepping off the soapbox now…..thanks for listening, my sweet readers. Love, Lisa