Inside the Castle Walls

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We all crave safety and security.  Some of us are more adventurous than others, but no matter what adventure you may take, it sure is nice to be snug inside the place you call home with a nice warm cup of tea in your hands.  Through the ages of time on this planet called Earth, people have come up with all kinds of ways to feel safe….castles, walls, ring forts, round towers, weapons, tunnels.  But there is an amazing secret, yet not secret, protection plan that never will fail.  Yes, you may get hurt sometimes, you may have pain or sickness, but nothing will happen to you that does not strengthen you and make you better.  Want to know?

Jesus.  “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.”  Nahum 1:7

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”  Psalm 34:19

“Do not be afraid.  Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today….The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”  Exodus 14:13-14

And you will be safe within his castle walls, forever.  Blessings, Lisa

Layers

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There’s always more than what you see.  As you draw closer, the layers reveal themselves.  Some layers beautiful, some not so much.  But the reality is what it is.  The old, the new, the wishful thinking, the what ifs, the maybes.  All layers, all life, and I am thankful for the opportunity to discover the layers as I go.  Slainte, Lisa

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  ~1Corinthians 13:12

Ring Forts

Thousands of ring forts can be found all over Ireland.  This particular one, Leacanabuaile, is located in Cahersiveen and is in great shape.  “Leacanabuaile is one of only a few Irish Forts to have been excavated and those excavations revealed both Bronze and Iron Age objects suggesting that there was a farming community here from an early date.” (http://www.visitcahersiveen.ie/places_to_visit_detail.php?item=169&full=y)

Protection for people and farm animals in early days.  Looking at them now, it’s hard to imagine living inside their stone walls on the open grassy mounds.  But at the time, I’m sure it was a blessed protection from the elements and other harmful things.  The thing that always strikes me, though, is that the same God who protects and cares for us is the same God that protected and cared for them.  And history rolls on…

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2

Slainte, Lisa