From The Top

Brimstone Hill Fortress, built in the early 1700's on St. Kitts.  An amazingly-preserved fort with 7 foot thick walls.

Brimstone Hill Fortress, built in the early 1700’s on St. Kitts. An amazingly-preserved fort with 7 foot thick walls.

We made it, one step at a time, about 100 steps, and stopped…turned…looked….aaahhh!  Totally worth it.  Whatever staircase is facing you today, don’t think too much about how big it is, or how many steps you have to go.  Just take that first step, then another, then rest awhile, and continue.  You will reach the top eventually; there’s no rush.  And then the view from the top….aaahhh!  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”  ~Philippians 4:13DSCN0729

A Word I Don’t Like


OK, that new weather word “derecho” is officially getting on my nerves.  It’s a new catch phrase being used with alarming frequency by the Weather Channel and Accuweather clans.  Part of my annoyance with this word is that for the first two days I told people about it, I was mispronouncing it.  I said, “DEH-ri-ko.”  Evidently it is a much more sophisticated word, “deh-RAY-cho.”  Live and learn.  The other thing that’s bugging me about this word is that it is a pretty big, scary straight line wind storm, and they keep saying it may head our way.

I think I will stop thinking about this word now, and think instead on my refuge, my safe harbor in any storm, my rock.  “For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.”  -Psalm 57:1  Yes, the storms will come and go, but Jesus remains the same forever.  Wherever you are today, pray, stay safe, and trust in God, your refuge.  Blessings, Lisa

The Perfect Fortress


This morning I awoke to the news of the meteor crashing near the Ural Mountains in Russia…around 1000 people injured from shattering glass and explosions.  We have been to Russia several times and her people hold a special place in our hearts, so I have been praying for them this morning.  Praying and thinking….when things out of our control happen, where do I turn?  Where is my hope?  Jesus is my hope, my strong and mighty fortress that will never, ever change or fall; my future that is steady and predictable and good.

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”  – Psalm 62:1-2
Whatever comes your way today, run fast and hide in his fortress; He will protect you and never leave you.  Blessings, Lisa