Transparent Gold

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Sunset on the sound in Duck, NC….I couldn’t help but think about this description of how heaven is, how God lets us see little glimpses of the amazing beauty that is waiting.  “And the street of [New Jerusalem] was pure gold, like transparent glass…The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.  The Lamb is its light.”  ~Revelation 21:21b, 23

Holding on to that light and that love of Jesus, Lisa

Protection

DSCN0818When you are in the Caribbean, sun protection is crucial.  The sun is warm and beautiful and relaxing, but can also pack quite a punch on your skin.  So the weathered palm branch huts, the sheltering trees along the edges of the soft white beaches, all provide that welcomed protection after swimming in the perfectly clear blue waters for a while.

When I was younger I used to see God’s guidelines as restrictions, laws, things that were no fun and not very loving.  But with time, I now see that God’s guidelines are full of love, protection, mercy, and grace.  Because He loves me, He wants me to be safe, to be protected.  How wonderful.  Like sitting under a big palm tree on a hot sunny beautiful day.   Slainte, Lisa

Light

What is it about light that is so wonderful and comforting?  We humans are attracted to light, whether God-made or man-made.  Even as a child, I was happier when I was playing on a bright sunny day or a lit room.  When the clouds roll in, I instinctively look and yearn for the break in the clouds, for when the sun will return.  I think that God has placed that longing for the light, the Light, inside all of us….because light reflects who He is.

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“I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  – John 8:12

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“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” – 1John 1:5

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“There will be no more night.  They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.  And they will reign for ever and ever.”  – Revelation 22:5

Blessings for your weekend…whether the sun is shining or not, it’s always right behind the clouds, just waiting to come back.  🙂  Lisa

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone…and then Back Again

We had a wonderful relaxing beach vacation last week.  A mix of sun, clouds and rain, just like I like it.  The clouds and the rain give me a “break”…a good excuse to curl up on the sofa with a book and stop going so fast.  Anyway, on our last day on the beach, my dear husband informed me that the trusty umbrella, our protector from the harsh sun’s rays, the umbrella that I am always in charge of carrying (since he is carrying everything else) did not make it home the day before.  Which meant that I had LEFT it, the poor little defenseless umbrella was left to the ravages of the ocean’s waves all night alone.  We scoured the beach house, the dunes, the decks, the stairs in vain…no umbrella.  Meanwhile, I am feeling low and pitiful for myself…not only did I forget the only thing I was in charge of, but the sun was beating down unmercifully and I could practically feel myself burning despite my sunblock.   As I sat in the beach chair, I sent my daughter on one last “scouting” expedition down the beach to see if she saw it.  And lo and behold, there it was…lying in the sand incognito.  We reclaimed/asked the nice man whom it was sitting with if he had found it, and Presto!  He gladly gave it back to us.

I have never been so happy to be sitting under an umbrella.  Which goes to illustrate the song lyric, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”  Of course, as things go, it was cloudy and pouring rain within the hour, but those few minutes were precious!    Here is a picture of our lovely umbrella, in the rain of course, back at the beach house.  This time I was extra careful to bring him home.  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

The Outer Banks