2020 has taken a toll on all of us. I think all of us feel the heavy weight of it. But as long as there is God, there is hope. There is future. There is purpose. There is blessing. He lives and reigns forever and ever. He gives strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 42:5
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 62:5-6
Lately, I have been seeing exciting things happening around me. New babies being born, people falling in love, getting engaged and married. Creativity abounding. Love renewing and strengthening through hardship and trials. All blessings from God above. His way of showing us that there is hope, there is a future.
“Let yourself believe in great things – God is in the habit of making them happen.” – Anonymous
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
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 3:20
“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” – Hebrews 11:16
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household.” – Ephesians 2:19
“For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” – Hebrews 13:14
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” – John 14:2
May these verses bring you certainty, peace, and focus. Turn your eyes towards Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
Moments before this photograph was taken, our skies were dark and turbulent. The remnants of what was Hurricane Zeta were exiting to the east. Then, in a blinding second of golden glory, the sun illuminated the trees. God is His excellent wisdom left the black clouds behind the mountains for dramatic effect.
What was dark became light.
The ash tree, which sadly is dying and must be removed soon, looked amazingly vibrant.
Golden light bathed all in its path, and all was breathtakingly beautiful.
This is what Christ does. He makes all things new. He turns darkness into light. He can make what is dying in you come to life in a beautiful way. In a blinding second of golden glory. Love, Lisa
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” – Jesus, Luke 21:34-36
I am praying, not as much as I should, please have mercy on me, Lord Jesus.
I am watching, not as much as I should, please have mercy on me Lord Jesus.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:23
Turning my eyes away from this world and onto God is hard, yet becoming increasingly easy. I don’t want to see the things that try their best to bring terror to my heart through the news reel. I want to focus on my family’s faces, feel their hugs, hear their voices. Enjoy quiet times together in the family room. I want to read Jesus’ words, because he always knows just what to say and how to say it. I want to focus on the things to come, the things of God, the things of heaven, the things that matter.