Up and Out

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One of the reasons I love Ireland so much is that there are so many things that direct your eye upwards and outwards.  For example, in this photo my husband took near Carrick-a-Rede Bridge in County Antrim:  Upwards – dark cliffs in the distance shadowed by the overhead approaching storm clouds, white and gray and steel and blue and green.  Outwards – water, cliffs, beach, pathways, green pasture, hikers, buildings, adventure, etc.   My mind clears, I feel free and almost weightless.

I don’t know about you, but I spend far too much time looking inward instead of upward and outward.  What to do about this problem or that problem, or who am I, what am I supposed to be doing, what is my purpose?  Things are much, much better when I focus up and see Jesus’ face….who He is and what He does, and how He is over all.  And then focus out and see others, their needs, their hurts, their joys.  Writing this in a blog makes it seem easy and very tidy, but it’s not.  It’s hard business.  I’m so glad that God is stronger than me and more patient than me.  He patiently keeps redirecting my gaze, and amazingly never gives up on me.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  ~Hebrews 12:2-3

“…’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” ~Mark 12:30-31

Love, Lisa

Wide Open

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Honesty can scare because there is no hiding

Words and feelings bare and exposed

Wide open

Honesty can heal if honesty is kind

Words and feelings showing care and concern

Wide open

Honesty is found in the face of Love

The One who died for us and all our words and feelings

Arms wide open

Mercy wide open

Heaven wide open

c2017 Lisa Lyons

 

Love Does No Harm

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“Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

~Romans 13:10

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A lion, tiger and bear who are best friends at a Georgia animal rescue home.  This touches my heart, and challenges me.  Blessings to you today, Lisa

http://ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/animal-trio-show-people-how-love-their-enemies

Perspective…perspective…perSPECtive…PERspective

It’s hard to see the houses for the flowers.  It’s hard to even notice the beautiful water, or the rocky beach, or the hillside.  My eye is just drawn  to the flowers.  The camera’s perspective is focusing, aiming, and adjusting to capture the flowers.

The people living in those houses over on the far hill can’t see these flowers from where they are.  They are living their everyday lives, and they are not thinking about those flowers.

When I am stuck in a situation that seems overwhelming or all-consuming, I sometimes can’t see anything else.  I don’t see my flowers.  But I am trying, with God’s merciful help and love, to change that.  He’s showing me that in the middle of everything, He is there, and beauty and truth and love is still there.  And that I need to stop, take many deep breaths, and look.  God’s mercies are new every morning.

Slainte, Lisa