The Truth about Joy on a Rainy Monday Morning

Truth time.

The facts of this morning in my corner of the world:

  1. It’s raining….and has been raining for many days in Virginia.
  2. It’s Monday morning….enough said.
  3. I slept poorly last night, with many upsetting dreams.
  4. I want to eat toast and jam, but am trying to avoid sugar for ankle issues.

So….with these circumstances seemingly stacked against joy, I am trying my best to find very little things that bring joy. So far this morning:

  1. Warm Irish tea in a big mug.
  2. My favorite ever-present morning omelette.
  3. I made myself get on the exercise bike, reluctantly. But now I feel better.:)
  4. Singing some music, loudly. The two that made me feel the best this morning….”Amen (Reborn)” by for King and Country…..and “Happy Together” by The Turtles.
  5. Writing this blog. Always helps me feel better.

.”Then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.” – Leviticus 26:4

I am always happy to hear from any of you, your little ways to capture joy on a rainy Monday morning. Love to all of you, Lisa

**In case you would like to sing along also….

Hope and Rest

Co. Kerry, Ed Lyons

Have you been feeling weary lately? Reality and its grim companion, the constant news, have been taking a toll. All of us long to rest and live above the stress somehow.

I would be so selfish if I did not share with you the gift I have been given. In 1990, I heard a radio broadcast that changed my life. That no matter what I had done, it could be forgiven and forgotten, forever. That Jesus died to pay for it all. That He rose again on the third day, and that everyone who believes in Him will never die. They will live forever with Him. Since that day, I have a constant Friend and Savior who gets me through the hardest of days and the best of days. I know I am never alone, and that I am loved beyond imagining.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

“Whoever comes to me, I will never drive away.” – John 6:37

“In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Lay it down, talk to Him, give Him your burden. He is strong enough to carry it all. He cares enough for you to do that. He is there, right now, waiting.

Please always feel that I am here to talk if you need to, or if you need me to pray for anything for you. I don’t have it all together, or have all the answers, by any means, but I know the One who does.

Love, Lisa

Tucked In

As a child, it was comforting to be tucked in, snug and warm in a familiar soft blanket. When the blankets were all around, it seemed that nothing could get me from under the bed or outside in the hallway. And when the bad dreams came, a hand of comfort from a caring parent could calm and send me back to sleep.

So I was so encouraged this morning to discover a treasure of a Bible verse:

“You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.” – Psalm 139:5

Tucked in by God. Protected by His blanket of angels. Patted back to calm by His mighty hand.

What an image of peace. Of His great love for us. Of protection. Of safety.

You are loved, I am loved. Beyond imagination and measure.

Love, Lisa

Riding the Waves

The wave lifts, you feel your board rise, then with a great surge of power, you drop and the force of the great water propels you to shore like a rocket.

That is how it felt to me when I caught a perfect wave.  I was never a surfer, but would boogie board for hours at a time in times past.

Confronted with big waves, waves that were taller than me, I had four options:

  1.  Dive under it.
  2.  Jump over it.
  3.  Go back and sit on the shore.
  4.  Get past the break line, and turn and line up for the ride.

Lately, my life is pretty much the big waves.  They seem a bit scary, but they are also beautiful.  Powerful and alive.  I have the same four options.  If I can manage past the break line, power through with God’s power, turn and look around me, I will be on top of the wave.  His strength will propel me to shore, and what a ride it will be.

Praying God’s power for you today as you paddle past the break line.  Love, Lisa

You Might As Well Smile

 

I was raised on a wonderful musical diet growing up.  Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, Lawrence Welk, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Englebert Humperdinck, classical music, orchestral arrangements, swing, hymns, choirs, you name it.  My parents usually had something wonderful playing on the large wooden record player cabinet that sat in in our front hallway.

Anyway, with all the alarming and constant bombardment of bad news in the world, music can treat most of what ails me.  Put on a good song…..poof, the worries are gone, and I’m singing.   I would love to hear from any of you….what kind of music makes you feel better?

Enjoy this old classic from Glen Campbell.  Love, Lisa