Dreaming

The best of dreams forms in my mind

The green, the blue, the grey

The castles long forgotten stand

The stones that go on forever

Sheep that roam, seemingly boundless

The laughter, the warmth, the people

The place I breathe and dream the best

Ireland

c2021 Lisa Lyons

I dreamed last night about Ireland….so hence the poem. I am excited for the day when we can finally travel there again. But for now, I am going to pet my dog, call my husband, look out at our mountain, and listen for any winter birds that may be hanging around for a Virginia winter. Have a wonderful day, wherever you are in the world. Love, Lisa

Permission to Dream

Outer Banks, NC seagull, dreaming seagull dreams 🙂

You have permission to dream. It is ok, actually more than ok; it is necessary to dream. God has created each one of us. We all have a unique personality and a unique reason that we are here on this earth. When we live and move and breathe in Christ Jesus, He gives us desires and dreams and goals. He has given us a mission each day, even if its just smiling at your neighbor, or being extra kind to your dog, or doing the laundry with a good attitude.

Life can try to beat those dreams out of us. Especially lately. COVID and the other problems of the world try to tell us there is no hope, no use, no way. But Jesus says, “With man this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

I am praying actively that Christ will bring my dreams into alignment with His. That He will continue to bring me out of my COVID and fear-induced stupor and into action for Him. I am trying to wake up each morning and be excited again about life and the day and what it holds. And I know that God, who loves me more than I can even imagine, has plans for me that I cannot fathom. That there is no age or circumstance where it is too late or impossible. I am giving myself permission to dream, and I am excited.

“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul.” – Proverbs 13:19a

“Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4

It’s ok to dream. Love the Lord with all your heart and soul and mind, and He will direct your steps. I would love to hear from you. Please write in the comments below. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa

Swimming for the Surface

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The sea was relatively calm. Once she got past the small breaking waves, it was easy to swim. But the thoughts kept coming. She decided to swim down, into the deep of the water for a moment. She saw dark murky sand in the water through her slightly opened eyelids. The pressure of the water pushed hard against her head, her body. She could feel the pulse of the tide also. Random pieces of seaweed and a possible jellyfish brushed against her skin.

Finally, the need for air arose. She stopped the motion of her arms, her legs, and released. Her body rushed towards the air. Simultaneously, a gulp of fresh salty air, sun on her face, seawater on her hair. She felt young again with no responsibilities or expectations. Relief and joy flooded her soul. Simple joys, water and air and sky and sun. Good things. God things.

The thoughts were clearer now, not so murky and cluttered. New her, new dream, new day.

Whatever it is that you are dreaming about, maybe that is God nudging you to go for it. You have permission to dream and to go after your dreams, no matter how old you are, no matter if COVID is in the world, no matter if politics are a mess. God is on His Throne. He made you and gave you this day, today. Since God is in control, there is a bright and glorious future. Grab on to Him and your dreams, let go, and swim for the surface. Love, Lisa

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” -Isaiah 43:18-19a

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” -John 8:36

Round and Round

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Date formed: 1474 A.D., Donegal Castle Keep Stairs

Feet trod: Countless

Battles Waged: Unknown

Imaginations Kindled: As many as are willing

Dream a little today; it always makes my day better.  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

*For those interested in more history of the Donegal Castle, check this out:

540 Year Old Trip Stairs

The Trip Stairs

This amazing spiral stairway, built of stone, was designed to give the O’Donnell Chieftain a few strategic advantages during combat . . .

  1. The steps are uneven and vary in height, to trip the unsuspecting assailant – hence their name!
  2. The steps are narrow, so potential invaders would have to ascend in single file, making it easier to overpower them.
  3. The stairway turns clockwise going up.  That gave the right-handedO’Donnells more leeway while sword-fighting defensively downwards.  It also forced any potential invader to either sword-fight with his left hand, or awkwardly maneuver his sword around the stairwell’s solid central axis.

Found on http://www.ourdonegal.com/donegal-castle.html

Created to Dream

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“Never lose sight of the desires God has placed within you.”  ~Anonymous

“I don’t want to see you hesitate, when you’ve been called to explore

And I don’t want to see you weary, when you’ve been made to soar…

In case you didn’t know, you have permission to dream.” ~Enation, Permission to Dream

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14 (NIV)

It’s easy to get down, be uninspired, to be bogged down in the details.  But God has created you in His image…a creative, inspired, alive, and dreaming person who is one of a kind.  Rejoice!  Lisa