Rock,Water, and Wind Things

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Power of God crashing right up against each other.

The waves, relentless in their pursuit of the shore, rolling, tumbling, crashing.

The rocks, steady, ancient, solid, holding fast.

The wind, roaring, searching, cleansing.

I will fix my mind today on the things that do not, will not, change.  God things.

Love, Lisa

 

*Cliffside Slieve League, County Donegal, Ireland

Furry Things

 

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Honesty morning.  Hard night sleep, pain in ankle.  Feeling sorry for myself more than a little.  But then the soft warm nose comes nudging close beside me.  The big brown eyes look at me, asking, “Are you alright?”  The curly warm hair on his back presses into my side as if to support me if he could.

Finnegan.  My wonderful cockapoo dog.

Something good and true and admirable to think about this morning.

Thanks, buddy.  🙂  Love, Lisa

Think About These Things

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I don’t know about you, but I need to refocus.  To turn away from all the bad, and focus my eyes and my attention on the beautiful, the true, the right, the things of God.

Therefore, a new look to the blog, a new title, a new outlook for this world-weary soul.  I am going to try my very best, with the Lord’s help, to focus on the good.  To think about these things.  Because the things of God never change and bring great peace.

Hummingbirds, puffy white clouds, sunlight playing amid the dark green summer leaves, the roar of oceans, the castles with stories, the people who love, Jesus who knows and loves me completely.

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  – Philippians 4:8

Love, Lisa

Strength from the Past

I have been quiet.  It happens when I don’t know quite what to say.  I don’t want to just add to the vast plethora of information and feelings that we are all trying to discern and sift through.  So, I haven’t wanted to write.

But today, I was walking past the photographs we have in our living room of our grandparents.  It hit me that they all went through the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919 and also reeling with the end of WWI.  I don’t know the details of what happened to each of them during this time, as they never talked of it.  And I never asked, being wrapped up in the self-focus of youth.  I wish I could talk to them now about it.

I cannot tell you how this has heartened me.  The same God who strengthened them will strengthen us.  It will be hard, it is hard, but we will make it through this time eventually.  Strength from the past.  Hope for the future.  Trust in our God.

Love, Lisa

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My maternal grandparents, engaged in the mid 1920’s

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My husband’s maternal grandparents, married in the mid 1920’s.

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My paternal grandmother, about 5 years old in 1919.

 

 

The Shield of Christ

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Protection.  Safety.  Victory.  Power.  Love.  Righteousness.  Forgiveness.  Life eternal.

The Shield of Christ.

“He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”  – Proverbs 30:5b

“Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.” – St. Patrick’s Lorica

Comfort, peace.  Love, Lisa

 

*Celtic high cross, Clonmacnoise, Ireland.