Straight and True

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“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.  And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.  All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.  But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” 

~John 3:17-21

Jesus is good, kind, wonderful, yes.  But He’s also a straight shooter; says it right out, plainly.  Who He is, why He came. But always with love, and out of love.   And I’m so thankful for that.  I love people who are honest yet kind.  When they speak you know there’s no pretense or falseness.  Speaking the truth with love.  Choose life, choose hope, choose Jesus.  Blessings, Lisa

Life Without Jesus….I Couldn’t Do It

A Facebook friend recently announced, “I no longer know if I believe in God.”  He/she is now publicly and openly debating the existence of God and Jesus in what they feel to be a highly intelligent and logical way.  I can’t even think of the words to say; all I feel is utter sadness for this person.  To lose hope in the only hope.  Jesus is what keeps me going, what keeps me moving and breathing and hoping and living.  And I can’t explain it logically to this person; I just know it.  So I’m praying for him/her.  Because Jesus is strong enough, big enough, loving enough to bring them back to himself.  Please join me in praying, for this person and all the others who need that hope, those answers.

“When people say, you know, ‘Good teacher,’ ‘Prophet,’ ‘Really nice guy’….this is not how Jesus thought of Himself.  So you’re left with a challenge in that, which is either Jesus was who He said he was or a complete and utter nut case.  You have to make a choice on that.”  ~Bono

So, so thankful for Jesus.  Blessings, Lisa

 

The Light

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“The Light”

The walls are rough, time has done what it does

But the Light is sure and steady

The window calls out through the hardness

Come to the Light

The Light warms and comforts and illuminates

Time cannot touch it.

c2014 Lisa Lyons

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “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

Flawed But Beautiful

The two dogwood trees have flaws.  There are hollow spots in the trunk, yet the trees are still blooming, producing leaves.  They are still beautiful.  They still provide wonderful shade while I’m waiting for Amy to get off the bus; one of them has a bird’s nest nestled in the branches.

Yesterday, I talked briefly with an older gentleman sitting on a bench outside Walmart as I was leaving.  We talked about the sun coming back out and other weather-related discussion.  I noticed a cast on his arm, and asked if he had broken it.  He told me of trouble he had had with his skin as he was aging, and said, “I looked in the mirror this morning and almost broke it.”  He laughed halfheartedly, but I said, “We all see things in the mirror that we don’t like sometime, but I think you look great.”  He smiled and we said goodbye.

Flawed but still beautiful.  We all have our things, things we would change or fix or erase or improve.  But our God sees us as His creations, beautiful children that He has made and that He loves.  He can still use us, despite our flaws, hollow spots,  failings.  Thank goodness.    Have a beautiful autumn weekend.  Slainte, Lisa

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4: 13)

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:11)