A Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

May you always know a love that shares

Their time, their comfort, their life and cares

Like someone who gave up his worldly ease

To return to a land of former captivity

To share the Love that knows no end

To set you free from guilt and shame

Patrick came back to Ireland so long ago

Out of love and calling did he go

E’en though he faced his painful past

No pain on earth could stop his task

And so today, my wish for you

To know the Christ that so loves you.

And just as St. Patrick once declared,

“The Lord is greater than all: I have said enough.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

-Lisa Lyons, 2023

Image: Beautiful County Donegal, Ireland, Ed Lyons

A Rabbit Trail of Joy

I have recently stumbled onto the rabbit trail that is the Jesus music of the early 1970s. This was no doubt spurred on from the wonderful new film, “Jesus Revolution.” I didn’t become aware of contemporary Christian music until the 1980s, and so there is a whole catalog of sonic greatness out there to discover. And I have thoroughly enjoyed it…. the unbridled joy, the rawness of the recordings, the energy. I like the fact that they are not perfectly produced and engineered. They feel immediate, and very real. People excited about their new faith in Jesus. Here are a few gems I have been listening to. If you know of others to suggest for my rabbit trail listening pleasure, feel free to suggest! Have a blessed day! Lisa

Love Song, “Little Country Church,” 1972
Mustard Seed Faith, “Sweet Jesus Morning,” 1975
2nd Chapter of Acts, “Jesus Is,” 1971

*I listen to 2nd Chapter of Acts all the time but had never heard their early songs from the 70s. This is their first single; the lead singer is 13-year-old Matthew Ward before his voice changed, along with his sisters.

Postscript….If you haven’t seen “Jesus Revolution” yet, we heartily recommend it!

The Most Important Question of Your Life

“But what about you?” He [Jesus] asked, “Who do you say I am?” -Mark 8:29

You may have read this before, or heard it, maybe a thousand times.

But your true, real, considered deep in your mind and heart answer is the most important decision and answer of your life.

No over-exaggeration here.

Think about it.

Love and blessings to you all, Lisa


Rather than thinking, “My sin, my shame, my failure,” she remembered, “His forgiveness, His grace, His life.” -excerpt from “The Grace Awakening” by Charles Swindoll

I have been re-reading the book that God used to show me how much Jesus loves me, to help me break free, and be saved. I heartily recommend reading it, even if, or especially if you have been a Christian for a long time. Grace and grace alone. Jesus and what He did. Him, not me, thank goodness. Praise God for His indescribable gift of freedom and mercy.

Blessings for your day, Lisa


The Refreshing

God’s Spirit is refreshing my weary heart

Like a wind on a still, airless day

Like cool perfect water after a dry, parched time

Like the perfect new glasses when you haven’t seen clearly for so long

Like the sound of new birds tweeting in their nest when you have made it through the winter

Like life where there was death

Like hope where there was despair

Overflowing refreshing

c2023 Lisa Lyons

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” – Jeremiah 31:25

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth….you know him, for He lives with you and will be in you….the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14:16, 17, 26