Surrender

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I love to try to fix things. I love to try to offer the perfect advice that will make everything alright. I love to be there and try to put myself in their place and help.

All of that is well and good, but many times, what is really needed is for me just to listen.

That’s it.

Surrender control, surrender thinking that somehow I know what is best, surrender trying to fix everything.

The only thing I can control is how I love God and love others. God is strong enough and more than capable of fixing the problems of the world. Infinitely more qualified and wise and in control.

Love, love, love. That is what I can control. Surrender to love. Big, expansive, never ending, unconditional, smiling, laughing, hugging love. Running headlong into a field of daisies love. Yelling loud from the top of a mountain love. Nestling deep into a comfy bed of blankets love.

Surrender, Lisa. And love.

Love, Lisa

Action Plan

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When I feel stuck, confused, hurt, sad, unmotivated….I like to come up with a plan. An action plan. It makes me feel a modicum of control in sometimes uncontrollable situations. It gives me a purpose and a drive to get moving.

What do I do when there is no action plan to be had or found? I have felt that way lately in various situations. Sometimes the problems seem too big or too complicated.

I have been thinking about the verse in Micah 6:8:

“He has showed you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

And what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39:

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “

Love God. Love the people I come in contact with. Be just. Be merciful. Walk humbly with God.

These sound like really good action plans to me. Or action prayers, because I am weak. But He is strong.

Love, Lisa

Find That Child

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People are more than what they do

The car they drive, the kind of shoe

People are more than what you see

The soul inside that yearns to be

Free as a child, running wildly through the grasses

Tumbling madly into the waters

Knowing that they can do it all again and again and again

With no agenda, no worries, no difficulties

Look deeper, if you can, into their eyes and find that child

And give it freedom to come out awhile.

c2016 Lisa Lyons

 

Is Your…?

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Is your eye drawn to the blue in the sky, the oncoming or outgoing storm cloud, or the angel rays coming down on the left of the picture? Comment below. I love hearing how others see things. God made all of us to be such individuals, seeing the world in our own ways. 🙂 This picture was taken standing on the rocks on the outskirts of Doolin, Ireland. Slainte, Lisa

P.S. The Ballycarberry castle ruin won by a substantial margin yesterday over Cahir Castle as your go-to place for the day. Thanks for traveling with me yesterday! 😉

A Glimpse of a Country

My darling husband and I just returned from a  25th anniversary cruise of the Southern Caribbean, and had a marvelous time.  Now that we are back to reality (!!!) and away from the sun, sand, total spoiling, and relaxation, one of the biggest things that stands out for me is all the wonderful local people we met along the way.  We decided to be independent explorers on each island, and just hire local taxi drivers when we got there to take us to cool places and tell us about them on the journey.

Two standouts were Delaney on St. Kitts and Ralph on Barbados.  Two extremely intelligent and interesting men who seemed to know everything about their countries.  I tell you, I would be a terrible taxi driver for Virginia, where I live.  People would get in my taxi, ask me some questions, and I would be like, “well, ummm….let me think….”  🙂

Delaney was a mechanical engineer who had lived on St. Kitts all his life, had an 87 year old mom that we waved to on her front porch as we drove by, and had snowy egrets camping in a tree outside his neighborhood to ward off the tics.  Ralph likes to travel to Florida, but always comes back to Barbados, had 11 brothers and sisters, and sings in an amazing baritone in his church choir.  We had a blast singing in his cab to Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, and sixties Motown.  He says that goat’s milk has great health benefits and stopped at a goat farm for 20 minutes to get a fresh glass for himself on the journey.  🙂  Good times, nice people, wonderful memories.  Have a great weekend!  Slainte, Lisa

Delaney(trying to scurry out of the picture)  taking us through Brimstone Fort on St. Kitts.

Delaney(trying to scurry out of the picture) taking us through Brimstone Fort on St. Kitts.

 

Ralph from Barbados, on the path to North Point.

Ralph from Barbados, on the path to North Point.