Rock of Ages

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” – Psalm 18:1-2a

Near Glencolmcille, Ireland. Ed Lyons

“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2

Giant’s Causeway, Ireland. Ed Lyons

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” – Matthew 7:24-27

Cahir Castle, Ireland, built in the 12th century. Lisa Lyons

Love to all of you, Lisa

Writing Standstill

I am working on a novel. Yes, I said it out loud. A little scary to actually commit it into writing. 🙂

But I have hit a roadblock in the plot. Not sure where the characters are going next and what should happen.

So….I haven’t been writing at all, which makes me feel like I am wasting precious time. We only have so many hours on this earth.

The more I think about it though…..isn’t that how we live life? We move ahead, living our lives, sometimes without a clear plan or path. That is why the Bible is so very precious to me….it gives me direction and a path to follow when I have no clue. And it gives the right direction and path, every time.

I am thinking I just need to start again….begin writing and see where it goes. There are always the cut and delete options. My poor characters have stayed still long enough.

Advice is always welcome from any of you readers who are writers…..how do you move past a standstill in your creative process?

Write well, live well, love well. Love, Lisa

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

If-Then Statement

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Those of you who know me will be laughing quite a bit at my next sentence.

I have been thinking about math this morning. Or more precisely, Geometry. (riotous laughter ensues)

If-Then Statements, the kind we used in the proofs that I never really understood.

If something happens or is true, then something else true will occur. (Apologies to all the mathematicians and scientists out there who are seeing all my errors. 🙂 )

If-Then statements work if both sides are true. The if and the then. The hypothesis and the conclusion. A conditional statement.

All of this pondering was triggered by reading a Bible verse yesterday. I have been thinking about it ever since.

If you seek Him, then He will be found by you.” – 1 Chronicles 28:9

My seeking Him must be true and sincere. God will be found by me if I seek Him. God never lies and is always true, so there is no problem with that part of the statement. The weak link here is the hypothesis=me. I must seek him in spirit and in truth. I must seek Him with my whole heart, soul, and mind. I must seek Him even when I’m tired, or stressed, or angry, or hurting. Especially then.

Such are the workings of my mind this morning. Thank you for listening. You are patient readers. Lol. Love, Lisa

If you seek Him, then He will be found by you.” – 1 Chronicles 28:9

Horizon of Hope

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Light on the horizon, Ocean City, MD

2020 has taken a toll on all of us. I think all of us feel the heavy weight of it. But as long as there is God, there is hope. There is future. There is purpose. There is blessing. He lives and reigns forever and ever. He gives strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 42:5

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 62:5-6

Lately, I have been seeing exciting things happening around me. New babies being born, people falling in love, getting engaged and married. Creativity abounding. Love renewing and strengthening through hardship and trials. All blessings from God above. His way of showing us that there is hope, there is a future.

“Let yourself believe in great things – God is in the habit of making them happen.” – Anonymous

Keep your eyes to the horizon.❤

Love, Lisa