The Song

Portmagee, Ireland

Days and weeks without a song

Reticence enfolding

Thoughts swirling quickly but never formed

Outward form withholding

But birds kept singing on and on

And blue skies filled the morning

The trees broke forth in full array

The scent of flowers forming

You say if I will not sing out, the rocks will praise Your Name

I choose to sing, to praise, to say

You are my God, the Way

c2021 Lisa Lyons

Look Up!

The Virginia afternoon sky

Between personal family concerns, gas shortages, and world conflicts, I was feeling burdened and anxious today. Too much news and too little God. The fastest way for me to shut down these worries is to go outside. I just spent a glorious hour in God’s sunshine, looking up. Looking up at the sky, the clouds, the mountains, the birds. Feeling God’s breeze upon my face. Here are some wonderful verses that He placed in my mind as I enjoyed the hour. Hope they encourage you as well.

The sky:

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:28

” ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’ ” -Acts 1:11

The mountains and hills:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:1

“Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” -Psalm 90:2

The birds:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” -Matthew 5:25-27

Thank You, Lord, for Your reminders to me to look up. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Love, Lisa

If Stones Could Talk

Fahan Beehive huts, outside of Dingle, Ireland, 2001. These huts were built in the 12th or 13th century.

If stones could talk, I bet they’d say

Just sit and listen to our day

The things we’ve seen, the people here

Could make you laugh and cry and cheer

History comes, history goes

But we have stood and never show

The stress, the rain, the wind, the woes

Because we are stones that time froze

We always will support each other

And be here for you to soon discover

c2021 Lisa Lyons

Joie de vivre, Part deux

This is what I am trying to do lately. Not think and figure and plan…..just watch and listen and be. I fail many, many times at this, but the times where I can rest in the beauty of what God has made and Who He is…..what joy.

“You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” – Psalm 16:11

Love and joy to all of you today, Lisa

Hop, Hop, Hop

Once I saw a little bird
Go hop, hop, hop,
So I said: – little bird,
Will you stop, stop, stop?

Then I was going to the window
To say “How do you do?”
But he shook his little tail,
And away he flew!
(Nursery Rhyme)

I spent many a wonderful moment this morning watching a group of robins hopping about in our late winter yard. Their deep rich orange breasts moved up and down, as their tiny feet propelled them through the short yellowed winter grass.

One would hop a few feet, look about, and then his mate would follow shortly behind him. No flying at all from any of them, just hopping, looking, and hopefully, eating something.

It seemed a good sign to me, that indeed, spring is on its way.

“He rocks in the treetops all day long, hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song

All the little birds on Jaybird Street love to hear the robin go tweet-tweet-tweet

Rockin’ robin (tweet-tweet-tweet), rockin’ robin (tweet-tweedilly-tweet)

Go rockin’ robin ’cause we’re really gonna rock tonight.” – Jimmie Thomas

Hop on, little robins, hop on. 🙂 Love, Lisa