Tucked In

As a child, it was comforting to be tucked in, snug and warm in a familiar soft blanket. When the blankets were all around, it seemed that nothing could get me from under the bed or outside in the hallway. And when the bad dreams came, a hand of comfort from a caring parent could calm and send me back to sleep.

So I was so encouraged this morning to discover a treasure of a Bible verse:

“You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.” – Psalm 139:5

Tucked in by God. Protected by His blanket of angels. Patted back to calm by His mighty hand.

What an image of peace. Of His great love for us. Of protection. Of safety.

You are loved, I am loved. Beyond imagination and measure.

Love, Lisa

Protected And Safe

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Darkness swirls through my waking dreams, fears and irrationalities

But the comforting pat from a mother’s hand in the night to calm me

Huge waves threaten to force me back to shore

But the strong arms of a father lifts me up and over them all, into the glory of the ocean

Fears of being alone and unloved rise up

But the constant embrace of love from a husband’s arms reminds me over again otherwise

Unknown futures and fears of illness and pain lurk

But The Father, the Holy of Holies, the Prince of Peace shelters, calms, saves, gives hope

Protected and Safe

c 2020 Lisa Lyons

All At Once

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It happened seemingly all at once. The sky darkened, the wind pushed the tree limbs horizontal, cold rain slashed the windows, howls screeched around our almost 100 year old house. Quick fear, followed by a quick prayer. The verse that brings so much peace came to mind….Be still and know that I am God.

These days of 2020 have produced so much panic and change, that even a benign cold front can make me freak out for a moment. But God. But God. That is what keeps me going, keeps me stable, keeps me at peace. He never changes or panics or leaves. He is God. I just have to be still.

Moments later, the sun is out, the rain has stopped. All is well.

Love, Lisa

Surrender Things

 

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I noticed something this morning.  The dear hummingbirds, which we adore and feed and watch daily, do not share well.  There has been major fighting and buzz-by dive bombing, bird bullying, and intimidation tactics this morning over the newly filled feeder.  As always, God uses his creation to show me things in myself.  When I am worried about me, about what I get, about what I deserve, things turn ugly.  I become filled with anxiety, anger, entitlement, and arguments.

If the dear little birds just realized that we will continue to fill this feeder faithfully for them, that there is plenty for all, that the sugar water will keep on coming…..they could surrender and drink and be filled.  Peace.

That is what I need also.  Surrender control.  Trust without knowing.  Peace that passes understanding.

“”Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you.”  – Psalm 55:22

Love, Lisa

Capturing My Thoughts

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Minds can run wild sometimes, and mine tends to run towards anxiety, things I can’t control, what ifs, discontentedness.  Something that has really helped me lately with this is focusing on this verse:

“….bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”   ~2Corinthians 10:5b

and this one:

“….let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”  ~Hebrews 12:1b-2a

Try this the next time you are anxious:

~Breath deeply for a minute or more.

~Focus on Jesus, picture Him walking towards you on top of the stormy seas with no difficulty

~Thank Him, ask Him to help you calm the seas.  Remember He said, “Be still!” to the waves and wind, and they were.

~Breathe, pray, relax, thank Him, remain focused on Him.

This helps me very much, and I hope that it may help you as well.  Love and hugs, Lisa