The Waiting

It is hard to wait. A little unnerving, a bit unsettling. When? How? What will happen?

I am currently waiting for Ian’s rain and wind bands to hit Virginia. I am watching the strange cloud formations in the sky, seeing them move in an unusual direction. I feel the oncoming rain in my bones. (And yes, I know that makes me sound 100 years old, but it’s true! 🙂 )

We are not expecting anything like the terrible storm that hit Floridians. I have been thinking and praying for all of them so much. We could get 2-6 inches of rain, depending on how it tracks. Tucked into the side of a mountain as our century old home is, it is a little concerning.

But these times, these waitings, these storms…. these are the tests of faith. Do I believe that God protects me? Do I trust that whatever happens is for the best? Can I rest in that, and not fret?

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” – Isaiah 30:18

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

“My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.” – Psalm 130:5

I tell you what I am waiting for the most. That glorious, amazing, transformational day when the Lord Jesus reappears to gather those of us who love Him, those He has saved by His great sacrifice. That day is worth all the waiting.

Read this slowly, out loud if you can. Rejoice and wait in the blessed hope:

“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sins, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” – Hebrews 9:27-28

Blessings, Lisa

Praying that all affected by Hurricane Ian will find a place of safety and aid.

Praise You In This Storm

I have been singing the bridge of this song on repeat this morning…..

“I lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth…”

Here is my cover of “Praise You In This Storm” written by Mark Hall & Bernie Herms.

Praise God for music….refocuses me in an instant. 🙂

Be blessed today. Love, Lisa

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

Blue Again

County Antrim, Ireland

Waves crash in, then water pulled back to sea

The fury spent upon the sand, the grains absorb the weight

Darkened clouds roll furiously and fast across the sky

But pass in time to leave the blue again

Emotions strong and sad and furious roll in and crash

But they roll out again

They do not last

They will pass

Life will be blue again

The Son, the Light, the Hope will come

c 2020 Lisa Lyons

Thinking this morning a lot about emotions and grief. They come in waves, in moments, in phases. But one thing for sure, they will pass. Things usually feel better in the morning, or the next day, or the day after that. I am so thankful that God has put nature all around us so that we can see these things in action. Storms come, storms go. Dark clouds cannot hurt me. They will pass. The worst of ocean waves will give way to calm, smooth seas eventually. And Jesus is here to help us through all of these times. Love, Lisa

“He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.” – Psalm 107:29-30

Fix My Eyes, Lie Down, and Rest

The storm came out of nowhere. The waves which once gently lapped the edges of the wooden boat were now crashing wildly over the sides. The wind ripped one of the sails, rendering it useless. We knew there was no hope, and began crying. Some calling for help to the heavens. Some weeping quietly inside.

Then we saw Jesus. He was sleeping, so quietly in the corner of the boat, totally unconcerned with the storm. We awoke him, terrified. He saw our fear, heard our cries. He had mercy on our unbelief. Peace, be still! The waves were quiet instantly at His command. The wind ceased without a moment’s hesitation. The boat ceased its rocking. We fixed our eyes firmly on this One who controls all things. Hope, rest, peace all found in One Person, this Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. We laid down and rested. He did the same, and we knew we would always be safe with Him.

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The prescription I am ordering for myself for this week and the weeks to come: fix your eyes on Jesus, lie down, and rest. He is always in control. Praise to God! Love, Lisa