Hope and Rest

Co. Kerry, Ed Lyons

Have you been feeling weary lately? Reality and its grim companion, the constant news, have been taking a toll. All of us long to rest and live above the stress somehow.

I would be so selfish if I did not share with you the gift I have been given. In 1990, I heard a radio broadcast that changed my life. That no matter what I had done, it could be forgiven and forgotten, forever. That Jesus died to pay for it all. That He rose again on the third day, and that everyone who believes in Him will never die. They will live forever with Him. Since that day, I have a constant Friend and Savior who gets me through the hardest of days and the best of days. I know I am never alone, and that I am loved beyond imagining.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

“Whoever comes to me, I will never drive away.” – John 6:37

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

Lay it down, talk to Him, give Him your burden. He is strong enough to carry it all. He cares enough for you to do that. He is there, right now, waiting.

Please always feel that I am here to talk if you need to, or if you need me to pray for anything for you. I don’t have it all together, or have all the answers, by any means, but I know the One who does.

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

Sea and Sky

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God has placed images all around us to show us how to proceed.

I can look at the ground beneath my feet, the pebbles that trip.

Or I can look at the sea, the sky, the clouds, the blue.

I can look forward in hope of the future, or look longingly backwards toward the past.

I am constantly presented these choices….hope or despair.  Trust or fear.

The sea and the sky are calling me onward.

Love, Lisa

“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.  For the Lord is your life.”

-Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a

 

 

Plans and Hopes

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Planning to do this or that; a list of things to come

Thinking of what could maybe be, or maybe not be

But fixing my eyes firmly on You, my maybes fade away

Into the surety of what is, what will be, what will always be

Love, hope, forgiveness, mercy, healing

My mind quiets and settles at Your feet and in Your care.

 

c2017 Lisa Lyons