The Glorious Groaning

On a day like today, even the trees seem to be groaning, yearning, reaching, stretching for Heaven. It’s like they can’t get close enough to the beauty of what God has created.

I have been filled with a strange and strong longing this week. Yearning for something. The weather has been so gorgeous, and you would think this would produce the opposite effect. Yet this kind of jaw-dropping beauty stands in stark juxtaposition to the ugliness I am seeing on the news. It illuminates the difference between the Here and the What Will Be so clearly. I love being alive on days like this, love experiencing all the amazing blues, and greens, and bird songs. Yet I know that so much better is waiting in God’s Heaven, where there is no more pain, no more weeping, no more conflict. Thus, the groaning.

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly, as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.” – Romans 8:22-24a

I am truly thankful that Jesus will make all things right and new when He returns. I am waiting eagerly. Love, Lisa

Look Up!

The Virginia afternoon sky

Between personal family concerns, gas shortages, and world conflicts, I was feeling burdened and anxious today. Too much news and too little God. The fastest way for me to shut down these worries is to go outside. I just spent a glorious hour in God’s sunshine, looking up. Looking up at the sky, the clouds, the mountains, the birds. Feeling God’s breeze upon my face. Here are some wonderful verses that He placed in my mind as I enjoyed the hour. Hope they encourage you as well.

The sky:

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:28

” ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’ ” -Acts 1:11

The mountains and hills:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:1

“Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” -Psalm 90:2

The birds:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” -Matthew 5:25-27

Thank You, Lord, for Your reminders to me to look up. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Love, Lisa

Counting the Shades of Green

County Antrim
Near Portmagee, Co. Kerry
Springtime in Virginia

How many shades of green can you count?

This is officially the time of year for me when I yearn for greens, for yellows, for color. So I look at our photographs, and remind myself that, yes, spring is coming.

It’s almost here….hang on. Love, Lisa