Things I See, Things I Don’t See

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Double Top mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains lies very close to our home. It stands there as a protective and reassuring figure of strength and resilience. The mountain looms large, beautiful, sometimes foreboding.

But yesterday, my daughter and I were driving in a neighboring county and saw the Blue Ridge mountains, stretching out in a long chain, ringing around our county and beyond. Absolutely beautiful, and altogether different.

There is beauty in the things we see close up and personal, things we touch and see and hear and interact with daily.

There is also beauty in things we step back from and try to see from a different and more remote perspective.

As I negotiate, try to rationalize, and grapple with the constant turbulent emotions of 2020, I realize that God used those mountains yesterday to remind me to step back. To try and see things, as best I can in this finite and limited body, with a more eternal perspective. This is not my permanent home. Someday very soon I believe, we will see Him as He is. We will be in a place where all is made new, made right. I am trying this morning to fix my eyes on Jesus, the best thing in this life that I can ever see.

Love, Lisa

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Perspective and Permanence

 

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“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

-2Corinthians 4:17-18

Step Back

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The pier is fuzzy.  I’m too close.  My camera lens searches and focuses on the water beyond.  Clarity, perspective, focus.

Life…sometimes feels fuzzy, unclear, unfocused.  Maybe I need to step back a step or two, or twenty, and see it better from further back.  Not disconnect, but give it more perspective from not being right on top of each situation.  Trusting God more, trusting others to figure things out, trusting that God will work all out for the best end.  Easy to say, hard to do.  Pray for me, and please always let me know if I can pray for you.  Slainte, Lisa

God Knows No Distance

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“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”            ~Psalm 139:9-10

Sometimes our feelings say that God is far away, but He’s always right here, right now.  It’s usually me who has moved away.  The amazing thing is that as soon as I say His name, “Jesus….” , the distance is breached.  We’re close, He’s listening.  Be encouraged today.  Slainte, Lisa

The Way It Looks

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The old priory wall is tall; I am not.  In fact, I look positively wee in comparison.  Which I say with a certain amount of glee, as I’ve never considered myself wee at any point!  🙂

My Christmas to-do list is huge; my time and energy is not.  But is getting it all done really the point?

Life is here and now, and seems big.  But eternity with God lasts forever, and from what I’ve read, sounds amazingly stress-free and joyful.  And when I’m there, looking back, this will all seem wee.

“Living simply means concentrating on what’s important in light of eternity, and not taking the rest of life too seriously.”  -Annie Chapman

Blessings, Lisa