Permission to Dream

Outer Banks, NC seagull, dreaming seagull dreams 🙂

You have permission to dream. It is ok, actually more than ok; it is necessary to dream. God has created each one of us. We all have a unique personality and a unique reason that we are here on this earth. When we live and move and breathe in Christ Jesus, He gives us desires and dreams and goals. He has given us a mission each day, even if its just smiling at your neighbor, or being extra kind to your dog, or doing the laundry with a good attitude.

Life can try to beat those dreams out of us. Especially lately. COVID and the other problems of the world try to tell us there is no hope, no use, no way. But Jesus says, “With man this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

I am praying actively that Christ will bring my dreams into alignment with His. That He will continue to bring me out of my COVID and fear-induced stupor and into action for Him. I am trying to wake up each morning and be excited again about life and the day and what it holds. And I know that God, who loves me more than I can even imagine, has plans for me that I cannot fathom. That there is no age or circumstance where it is too late or impossible. I am giving myself permission to dream, and I am excited.

“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul.” – Proverbs 13:19a

“Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4

It’s ok to dream. Love the Lord with all your heart and soul and mind, and He will direct your steps. I would love to hear from you. Please write in the comments below. Have a wonderful weekend. 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

Plans and Hopes

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Planning to do this or that; a list of things to come

Thinking of what could maybe be, or maybe not be

But fixing my eyes firmly on You, my maybes fade away

Into the surety of what is, what will be, what will always be

Love, hope, forgiveness, mercy, healing

My mind quiets and settles at Your feet and in Your care.

 

c2017 Lisa Lyons

Little Donkey

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I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014 to come!  Keep faithful to what God has planned for your life; keep moving forward, just like the little donkey.  Even small steps will get you there eventually!  Blessings, Lisa

“Little Donkey” ~Eric Boswell

Little donkey, little donkey, On the dusty road.

Got to keep on plodding onwards, With your precious load.

Been a long time, little donkey, Through the winter’s night.

Don’t give up now, little donkey, Bethlehem’s in sight

Ring out those bells tonight Bethlehem, Bethlehem.

Follow that star tonight, Bethlehem, Bethlehem.

Little donkey, little donkey, Had a heavy day.

Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way.

Little donkey, little donkey, On the dusty road.

There are wise men waiting for a Sign to bring them here.

Do not falter, little donkey, There’s a star ahead.

It will guide you, little donkey, To a cattle shed.

***To see the cutest little real-life donkey I’ve seen in a while, check out Rocket Man’s video at http://donkeywhispererfarm2010.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/rocket-man-loves-to-be-scratched/  ****  Adorable!

The Beauty of a Dream

God is faithful, and He showed me that again this morning.  Joshua, my oldest son, is going to James Madison University this morning, and I had been feeling rather blue about him not being around as much.  Yes, I am so proud of him; yes, I am excited for him, and yes, I also know that we will still see him a lot.  Yet, I found myself sitting around looking at pictures like this one…and you know the end result of that.  :\

Joshua, age 7, on a ramble in Ireland.

Yesterday, I wrote this quote on J’s facebook wall:

“God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.” – Anonymous

This morning, on my daily inspirational flip calendar, there was this:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

Coincidence or God’s reassurance & plans for Joshua?  You know what I think.   Then I went outside to walk my sweet dog, and there were angel rays..those beautiful sun beams that shine through the lifting fog and kiss the ground.  And God knows that I love them.  It was like He was speaking very loudly to me of His love and care for me and our whole family.  So, to make a very long story shorter, I feel better…Joshua has exciting plans ahead, dreams to dream, and a purpose from God to fulfill.  And I get to watch it unfold.  How cool is that?  🙂  Slainte, Lisa