Seeing Beauty



Traffic Jam vs. Cool Cows on the Mooove?

End of warm temperatures vs. beautiful changing leaves and fuzzy sweaters

Daily irritations over life issues vs. being alive to go through these things and growing stronger afterwards

Aches & pains vs. having a body in which to have aches and pains

All of us have things in this life which weigh us down and can try to steal our joy.  But there are always two sides to almost anything I can think of, and if I can just flip my mind around to the positive side, it makes a huge difference.  Finding the joy in this day, in this moment.   “When you stop seeing beauty, you start growing old.”  (Summer Rain, U2)  I want to be young in the Lord, because He sees things as they are.  He sees beauty and creativity and life and love and potential.  He sees hope of an abundant, full life in Him.  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10)

Blessings to you on this day, and may you (and I) have thankfulness overflowing.       Slainte, Lisa



The Bovine Ladies of Portmagee

These cows are the cows of a certain Portmagee, Ireland farmer.  These cows are unafraid and unwaveringly trusting of that farmer.  In the three weeks that we stayed next door, we watched these cows walk up and down the roads, going from one field to another, never checking for oncoming cars, just assuming that they will stop.  And the cars always did, sometimes for 10 minutes at a time.

This post is really part two of my prior “Leap of Faith” posting.  These wonderful mooing bovines had so much faith in their “shepherd.”  (Yes, I realize they’re not sheep, but you get what I’m getting at…)  Their leader said move out of this field, and they do.  He knows that there is better and newer grass over yonder; the cows don’t know that, but they trust him and go.  Now, the interesting part….we are smarter than these sweet cows, right?  Yet, God will try to lead me and I resist.   I pull against the change and plant my feet wide in protest.  May God be patient with me, and help me to trust and not fear.

Slainte, Lisa