Watch and Pray

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” – Matthew 24 :42-44

This is one of my very favorite songs written by Twila Paris on her album, Beyond a Dream, 1993. Watch, pray, rejoice. Your Savior and Mine is coming. 🙂

Love, Lisa

The Nature of Truth

The ocean’s ebb and pull in Barbados

If you drop an orange, it will fall to the ground.

Birds are created to fly and soar.

Humans need water to survive.

The sun is hot.

The oceans have their tides.

God is God.

His Word stands forever.

And the truth of His Word does not change, will never change.

Man cannot change the definition of truth any more than he can change the force of gravity.

Unchanging forevermore.

In a world that is writhing in uncomfortable, nonsensical change, hold tightly to God’s Word.

Be brave, be strong, be resolute, in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Love to you all, Lisa

“But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” – 2 Timothy 2:29 NLT

“The entirety of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” – Psalm 119:160 NKJV

Pushing Through

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

Being

Belvedere Gardens, County Westmeath, Ireland, 2015

What is life? the young one asked

And why are we all here?

What is life? the old one asked

How is the purpose clear?

In Him we live and move and have our being

The sum of all our lives

Is found in knowing, loving Him

Who made us, formed us, created life

And breathed us into being

c2021 Lisa Lyons

My daughter is taking biology this semester. They discussed the question, “What is life?” I realize that there are valid observational qualifications for life. I don’t negate that. But all I kept thinking over and over again in my mind was, “Life is God. In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

What a comforting thought to be held together, to be created by Almighty God, who has made all things. Beautiful things….oceans, mountains, waterfalls, pine trees laden with snow, hummingbirds, cuddly puppies.

Praise God for life and for being our entire being.

Love, Lisa

Snow

All photo credits, Amy Lyons 2021

Snow came to Virginia. Heavy, wet, white, covering, pure snow.

The hush that comes with snow came also, the peace, the stillness.

Some of my favorite snow and winter quotes:

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, at the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, when he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” -C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:1
8

“And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.” – Matthew 28:3

Thank you, God, the giver of the snow and the rain and the wind and the sun. You give us so many good things, things that bring joy and peace to our hearts. You are so good. Love, Lisa