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

Things I See, Things I Don’t See

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Double Top mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains lies very close to our home. It stands there as a protective and reassuring figure of strength and resilience. The mountain looms large, beautiful, sometimes foreboding.

But yesterday, my daughter and I were driving in a neighboring county and saw the Blue Ridge mountains, stretching out in a long chain, ringing around our county and beyond. Absolutely beautiful, and altogether different.

There is beauty in the things we see close up and personal, things we touch and see and hear and interact with daily.

There is also beauty in things we step back from and try to see from a different and more remote perspective.

As I negotiate, try to rationalize, and grapple with the constant turbulent emotions of 2020, I realize that God used those mountains yesterday to remind me to step back. To try and see things, as best I can in this finite and limited body, with a more eternal perspective. This is not my permanent home. Someday very soon I believe, we will see Him as He is. We will be in a place where all is made new, made right. I am trying this morning to fix my eyes on Jesus, the best thing in this life that I can ever see.

Love, Lisa

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