Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

2172Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!  I am thankful for all the people, like St. Patrick, who have shared the amazing news of how much God loves us.  That’s a great thing to celebrate.  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

*St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, July 2001*

Playing Your Heart Out, Even If No-One’s Listening

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As a musician, it’s sometimes hard to perform your best when no one seems to be enjoying it.  But yet, some of my best times playing music are when it’s just me and God, the stillness of a room, the banging of the piano keys, the not worrying about the performance, just talking in the best way I can to Jesus.  To me, the best music is that way….a heartfelt conversation, a pouring out of emotion and feeling and angst and joy and whatever else makes up these human hearts that we have.  And all of that is not dependent on crowds or audiences or attention.  The One who made us is always listening, always attentive, always ready to hear what we are saying or trying to say.  Thank you God.  Blessings, Lisa

Signing the Wall

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Yep, I’m a big U2 fan.  And yep, we signed the U2 Wall in Dublin.  If you look closely at my then 7 year old son’s facial expression, he was rather horrified that his normally law-abiding parents were writing on a wall.  Why post this?  U2 were guests on Jimmy Fallon’s first show last night, and were fairly awesome.  🙂  Whatever kind of music you like,  crank it up and enjoy a song right now.  It will help your mood, I promise.  Slainte, LisaIreland 2_0004Ireland 2_0005

What Do I Know?

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Trinity College, Dublin

What do I know?  I laughingly say that I am learning that I know very little.  🙂  When I was in my 20’s, I prided myself on being an educated, intelligent person who felt she could figure out most things if given enough time.  But I tell you, as the 30’s and now 40’s are rolling by, I don’t know as much as I thought I did.  And if nothing else will do it, parenting will show you quickly that you really can’t control everything and figure everything out.  Life is a complicated business, with more turns and thrill hills than a rollercoaster.

What do I know?  I know that I love my family, my friends, music, God.  I know that I am thankful that my dog is laying on the floor next to me as I write this.  I know that a little bird is singing his head off outside my window.  And I know that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:38-39)  And that’s enough to know.  Blessings on your day, Lisa