Snow

All photo credits, Amy Lyons 2021

Snow came to Virginia. Heavy, wet, white, covering, pure snow.

The hush that comes with snow came also, the peace, the stillness.

Some of my favorite snow and winter quotes:

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, at the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, when he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” -C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:1
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“And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.” – Matthew 28:3

Thank you, God, the giver of the snow and the rain and the wind and the sun. You give us so many good things, things that bring joy and peace to our hearts. You are so good. Love, Lisa

Stillness

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“We all hunger for stillness, whether we know it or not.  There is a great attack on us to distract us from this powerful place with God.  Be still and know that He is God.”  ~based on Psalm 46:10

I long for this, for the peace, the quietness, the nothing for a time…..listening for the small still voice of God in the quiet.  Blessings, Lisa

Old church in Orange County, Virginia

Stillness

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It’s good to find quiet, to find a place where there is no noise.  When I discover those places, my soul sighs almost audibly.  “Aaahhh….”  As a musician and a mother of 3, there are sounds, notes, laughter, conversations, “discussions” between siblings (!), washing machines, phone calls, doors opening and closing.

But sometimes, it’s quiet.  And I treasure those moments.  As much as I love the noisy love and excitement and hubbub.  When we were in the Rock of Cashel here in this photo, we could feel the quiet and the stillness.  Talking seemed inappropriate.  “Be still, and know that I am God” rang through my mind.   Standing, breathing, knowing, sensing that Love that keeps extending itself through all our life.   On your busy Monday, I pray that you can find one little moment of your day like that.  🙂  Blessings, Lisa

Music Vs. Stillness, Before & After

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When there is music, there are notes all around, sounds vibrating, tones mixing together to make harmonies.  When there is stillness, there is quiet, sometimes small background noises, but mostly just quiet.  And I love both.  I love the stillness the most after the sounds of the music.  It’s like after a big party…you’ve had fun, laughter, great conversations, good food and drink.  Then they go home, and your home is silent and still again.  The difference is overwhelming at first, and you just sink into the quiet.

The differences and contrasts in life are what make this life fun and exciting, and sometimes peaceful and quiet.  We all need a little of both.  I’m so thankful that God made music; it’s just about my favorite thing in the world.  But I’m equally thankful for the stillness, where I can be at rest and listen for His Voice.

Slainte, Lisa

After