Things of the Light

I love castles, but they can be rather dark affairs inside.  When the light floods in, through an open doorway, exposed crack, or window, it is a glorious thing.  You realize how very much you were craving the light, needing it, waiting for it.

Here is Donegal Castle in Ireland to illustrate.  Note to where your eye is drawn.  The light illuminates all else, reveals the beauty.

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I can focus on the darkness, or I can focus on the light.  And I choose the light.  Love, Lisa

“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” -John 1:5

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (Jesus) – John 12:46

 

 

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 Hummingbird Doesn’t Need Strong Feet to Fly

Hummingbirds have feet, but they are very small and are used for perching, scratching, and other low key movements.  But a hummingbird doesn’t need strong feet to fly.

I have had several wonderful moments with hummingbirds in the past few years, and I feel that God is using this amazing creation to show me something very important.

In 2015, while I was struggling mightily to walk months after an ankle injury, I was pretty low.  We were on vacation at a lake house, and I was unable to participate in any of the family activities, like going down the stairs to the lake, or boating, or taking a walk.  I told myself it was ok, but it gets you down after months of the same.

I sat there on the porch alone, and a beautiful hummingbird flew and hovered directly in front of my face…..within a foot.  He stayed there for almost a minute.  I felt so amazed and uplifted, and thought about it the rest of the day.

The next day, I was sitting in the same chair, and he came back AGAIN!  And again, hovered and beat his beautiful wings right in front of me.  I knew God was sending me a sign that there is always hope, that there is always something to be excited about, that He is always with me.

Fast forward to Christmas 2019.  I had just had my fourth surgery on the same ankle since 2016.  Feeling a bit low again, as the cycle of injury and surgery seemed unending.  I opened up my present from my son and daughter-in-law…..a hummingbird necklace.  They did not know about my hummingbird experience.  It brought me to tears.  God is the same; He is still with me.  There is always hope.

The hummingbird doesn’t have strong feet, but oh, how he flies.

Praise God.

Love, Lisa

Friday Music

If you haven’t heard Benny Andersson play the piano, you are missing something wonderful.  He is the Swedish composer behind ABBA, Chess, Mamma Mia!, and Kristina fran Duvemala.

His album, Piano, was released in 2017, and is on near constant repeat in my house and in my car.  Melodies and piano, simple and complex all at the same time.  Sparkling, brooding, hopeful,  full of room for the imagination to run wild.  Music that makes me want to sit down and play the piano immediately.

Do yourself a favor and get a copy.  Enjoy, and have a wonderful, blessed weekend.

Love, Lisa