What Remains

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Sometimes what remains after time is not what was.  Actually, that is true almost all of the time.  But what remains can be beautiful and the changes usually produce a tempered strength and new perspective.

The woman who has gone through years of heartaches and trials…her face has changed but there is wisdom and steadiness, true beauty in her eyes.  She is beautiful.

The man who has faced day after day of work, the routine day in and day out, yet he perseveres in his great love for his family, his need to take care of them.  The years have turned him from boy to man, and he is beautiful.

The home that used to be glossy new, but has faced rain, wind, children’s pounding toys, floods, and time.  The old house now sits with graceful wisdom, having gone through family after family, holding their dreams, their hard times, their togetherness.  It is beautiful.

Time will change all things, but it can be beautiful.   “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed, changed,  into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” ~2Corinthians 3:18

You are beautiful; shine today for God.  You are made in His image.  Blessings, Lisa

 

 

Layers

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There’s always more than what you see.  As you draw closer, the layers reveal themselves.  Some layers beautiful, some not so much.  But the reality is what it is.  The old, the new, the wishful thinking, the what ifs, the maybes.  All layers, all life, and I am thankful for the opportunity to discover the layers as I go.  Slainte, Lisa

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  ~1Corinthians 13:12

Overcome the World

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“In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus, John 16:33

This picture says that to me…we might face government fiasco, wars, unrest, financial distress, feel the need to build forts and have big guns, but there is something greater.  The mountains, the sky, the One who made it all.  Jesus.  And He has overcome.  Joy and blessings for your day, Lisa

A Glimpse of a Country

My darling husband and I just returned from a  25th anniversary cruise of the Southern Caribbean, and had a marvelous time.  Now that we are back to reality (!!!) and away from the sun, sand, total spoiling, and relaxation, one of the biggest things that stands out for me is all the wonderful local people we met along the way.  We decided to be independent explorers on each island, and just hire local taxi drivers when we got there to take us to cool places and tell us about them on the journey.

Two standouts were Delaney on St. Kitts and Ralph on Barbados.  Two extremely intelligent and interesting men who seemed to know everything about their countries.  I tell you, I would be a terrible taxi driver for Virginia, where I live.  People would get in my taxi, ask me some questions, and I would be like, “well, ummm….let me think….”  🙂

Delaney was a mechanical engineer who had lived on St. Kitts all his life, had an 87 year old mom that we waved to on her front porch as we drove by, and had snowy egrets camping in a tree outside his neighborhood to ward off the tics.  Ralph likes to travel to Florida, but always comes back to Barbados, had 11 brothers and sisters, and sings in an amazing baritone in his church choir.  We had a blast singing in his cab to Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, and sixties Motown.  He says that goat’s milk has great health benefits and stopped at a goat farm for 20 minutes to get a fresh glass for himself on the journey.  🙂  Good times, nice people, wonderful memories.  Have a great weekend!  Slainte, Lisa

Delaney(trying to scurry out of the picture)  taking us through Brimstone Fort on St. Kitts.

Delaney(trying to scurry out of the picture) taking us through Brimstone Fort on St. Kitts.

 

Ralph from Barbados, on the path to North Point.

Ralph from Barbados, on the path to North Point.

 

 

Far Away, So Close

Things that appear beautiful from far away can sometimes be not so attractive when you’re close up. The cracks, blemishes, or trash around the object detracts.   Or sometimes, the closer you get, you see more intricate details and brilliant colors, and the true beauty reveals itself.  Here are two sets of pictures, far away and close, for you to consider.  Let me know…which is more beautiful to you, far away or so close?  Slainte, Lisa

Bray’s Head Tower in the distance on the far hill

 

 

 

 

 

Bray’s Head Tower up close

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Leacanabuille Ring Fort far away

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Leacanabuille Ring Fort up close

 

 

*”Stay (Faraway, So Close)” – U2, Zooropa