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

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

Covering

The beginning of the snow in Virginia, December 2020

Snow comes down, slowly, gently

Covering what was… with what is

Snow makes beautiful what was mundane, marred

Covering what was… with what is

The blessed covering, the quiet, the peace

c2020 Lisa Lyons

“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” – Psalm 32:1