Unbiased

When a person is analyzing an issue fairly, they look for unbiased truth. No commentary, no opinions, no slant. It is the only way to see a problem and possible solutions in a clear light. One of the most frustrating parts to me of this whole pandemic and the resulting world chaos has been finding the truth. Which news coverage is unbiased? Who has no hidden agenda in their reporting? What can we believe?

I am a person who would definitely like to know these answers. But I truly believe that there are no unbiased news sources anymore, unfortunately. There are news sources that I agree with more than others, but all have their slant, their bias, their worldview.

The only truly unbiased source of truth that I have found is found way outside of the news realm. It is the Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Judge of all, Savior and Redeemer. He has been here long before we all were, and will be here when the end of this world comes. He will be our God through all of eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth, one with no viruses, no bad politicians, no confusion, no pain, no crying. He will wipe away every tear and answer every question.

“I AM the way,

the truth,

and the life.

No one comes to the Father but through Me.” -John 14:6

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

Virginia springtime

Look for the truth, seek Him, and He will give you peace in these troubled times. Because our times, our histories, our stories, are all in His hands. Love, Lisa

True Confessions of Pandemic Endeavors

Ok, I am a little late on the bandwagon, but the first months of the pandemic had me rather stunned. Like a small rabbit who is scared, I just sat, stayed very still, and waited for it to hopefully pass quickly.

The months passed, and by May, I did something I said I would never, ever do. I went and bought houseplants! Any houseplant that had ever had the misfortune of crossing our threshold before COVID19 met its untimely death shortly thereafter. But….I was overcome with the urge for green living things in our home, even if it would be just a temporary gladness. Miracle of miracles…..all seven of them are still alive at this writing. Even poor little Niamh, our African violet. (Yes, we named them all. 🙂 ) She is not looking too grand, but I have great faith that she will pull through…..just make it to the springtime!

We then passed into the “let’s try to cook from scratch” phase, which is another thing that I am the very worst at. Let’s just say….that phase has passed, sadly for my long-suffering husband. We are back to the “walking to the refrigerator/freezer stage, holding the doors open for far too long, whilst we pray for something amazing, different, and easy to present itself for dinner.”

I also decided about summer time 2020 that I needed to learn new things, to stimulate my languishing/stressed out brain. Enter Duolingo Russian. All was going well until I needed to type Cyrillic on my nonCyrillic keyboard, use much copy/pasting from a Russian typing site, and you guessed it….it’s over. I have now decided that Swedish might be the way to go, but I will keep you posted. haha

I keep toying with the idea of learning to sew on a real sewing machine. But I have no sewing machine, and seeing the above patterns of my language learning and cooking, I have no desire to see an expensive purchase sit around my house unused. Any of you sew out there? How hard is it to learn how to use the machine from a YouTube video? (I think I just answered my own question. lol)

Anyway…..just wanted to document this Pandemic journey a bit. To talk about what is the elephant in the room for all of us.

Thankfully, God has made us to be creative creatures, like He is. He will keep us going, day by day, until this time in our history has passed. Enjoy whatever is keeping you interested today.

Write below…..tell me what has been your best/worst pandemic endeavors and experiments.

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

Emily Files Wedding

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

Eva Swenson 1919 or 1920

My paternal grandmother, about 5 years old in 1919.