Pushing Through

Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy. That little voice inside my mind that tells me all manner of negative things.

“No one wants to hear what you are thinking/writing, so why say it?”

“You are not a good writer.”

“There are so many books in the world, why write another one?”

“What I am saying is not original/interesting/witty enough, etc.”

And on and on and on it goes. Things the devil wants me to think, to shut me down, to keep me from being the person God created me to be.

I have a choice. I can choose to listen and shut down, or remind myself and push through. Listen to lies or listen to truth. Not that I am the greatest writer in the world….I am not saying that. But all of us have something to say, some truth that God is revealing in our lives, something that might encourage someone else who is going through something similar.

Here are some things God says about me (and you):

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17

” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” -1John 4:18

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” – Ephesians 6:10

And on and on and on it goes. Praise God. I choose today to listen to Him and to His Word and to His love. I am so thankful.

Write well, my friends. Speak love, speak truth, speak of Christ. Love, Lisa

The Upward Climb

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She is climbing, steadily, steadfastly.  Head down, feet searching for firmness.

She will not give up.  That is thankfully not even in her mind.

She will keep climbing, keep trying, keep walking.

Upward, onward.

 

Love, Lisa

Lisa

 

Photo: Silver Strand sheep, County Donegal, Ireland

Running Down the Hill

IMG_3311Here is a picture of my oldest daughter running down a hill on Valentia Island.  Remember when you were a kid (or maybe you did it yesterday) and it was so awesomely fun to run down a big hill, fast, almost out of control?  I do, and I always loved it.  What I didn’t love was the feeling at the bottom.  I was usually alone, and looking up, there would be this immense (and much bigger suddenly) hill to climb back up.  But I’d pluck up my childhood energy and go back up, and then guess what?  Sometimes I’d do it again!  🙂

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Sometimes I have times in my life that are like running downhill….seamless, effortless, no problems for a time.  I’m running, I’m happy, no resistance.  Other times are definitely the climbing back up part.  I’m trudging, I’m resolved, I have the teeth gritted with determination to finish.  But oh, the feeling when I make it back up to the top.  The view, the feeling of accomplishment, and the knowing that downhills are coming again.

Whether you’re running down or headed up or simply enjoying the view, may God give you His joy and strength today for the journey.  Slainte, Lisa

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:11

“We walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7

The Beauty of Slow and Steady

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I love the tortoise in the “Tortoise and the Hare.”  He never gives up…he believes in his little turtle heart that if he doesn’t stop and just proceeds at his slow and steady pace, he has a chance at beating that egotistical rabbit.  You all know the story….rabbit snoozes, overconfident; and that persistent turtle claims the gold medal.  🙂

I have recently begun working out after a long period of not doing so.  Muscles that have lain dormant for probably all of my adult life are now screaming to life, causing me to have to rest a day between workouts in order to go back and do it again.  But I know I need to be a tortoise, to be slow and steady and persistent.  My body will adjust eventually, right?  haha  I realized last night that just a little bit each time is key; trying not to overdo it and paying later is crucial.  And now I’m going to say it, the wonderful phrase you’ve all been waiting for….”Slow and steady wins the race.”  Pray for me that I will be a good little turtle.  😉  Slainte, Lisa