Watch and Pray

“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.  

Watching and praying.  Love, Lisa

Eternal Things

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Outer Banks, NC Sound image captured by Ed Lyons

How do you write about things of which you don’t fully understand?  Writers are always told to “write what you know.”  But eternal things, heavenly things, the things of God…..how can a human being, while in this body of flesh, ever hope to know or understand or capture or write those things?

Here is what I know:

Jesus died for me.  He did this to make a way for me to be with Him forever in Heaven.

He rose again on the third day.  This was witnessed and recorded by many people.

These people were all willing to die for this report and this eyewitness event.  They never changed their stories under pressure.

He has changed my life completely since I believed in Him.  He has changed the life of my husband’s completely as well.  We are not the same as before knowing Him.  We go through struggles, but the sense of hopelessness, of despair, of meaningless existence…..totally gone.

He has rescued me from troubles and death countless times.  Miraculous rescues.  From waters, from floods, from fires.  From injuries and surgeries.  He has forgiven me my past and given me a fresh start.

He is my ever present Hope.

So I don’t need to know all the details of what I don’t know or don’t understand.  I just tell of what I do know.  Jesus is real.  He is the true Son of God.  He loves me, and He loves you…..so much.  If you are struggling to find hope, to find meaning….He is the answer.  The only answer.  And He will rescue you, no matter where you are, or what you have done.

Please reach out to me if you need help, or a listening ear, or just want to talk.

Love, Lisa

Surrender Things

 

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I noticed something this morning.  The dear hummingbirds, which we adore and feed and watch daily, do not share well.  There has been major fighting and buzz-by dive bombing, bird bullying, and intimidation tactics this morning over the newly filled feeder.  As always, God uses his creation to show me things in myself.  When I am worried about me, about what I get, about what I deserve, things turn ugly.  I become filled with anxiety, anger, entitlement, and arguments.

If the dear little birds just realized that we will continue to fill this feeder faithfully for them, that there is plenty for all, that the sugar water will keep on coming…..they could surrender and drink and be filled.  Peace.

That is what I need also.  Surrender control.  Trust without knowing.  Peace that passes understanding.

“”Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you.”  – Psalm 55:22

Love, Lisa