Birds In the Shop

There was once a pet shop that specialized in selling exotic birds from all over the world. Each was beautiful and unique in its own way.

One was flamboyant, colorful, loud, opinionated. She squawked and preened and positioned herself all day for best effect.

Another was more subdued and quieter. Muted browns and dark reds, quiet moaning coos, but still beautiful. She preferred to be left alone and remain still.

And then there was the singing bird. The one who, if she had her way, would sing all day. Not particularly colorful, but when she sang, her true beauty and uniqueness shone. The other birds became annoyed with her, and by looks and glares, they convinced her it was best to remain quiet.

All of this continued for many days, weeks, months. The tension in the shop was palpable, even though the birds all had their own unique wonderfulness.

Until one day, the shop door was propped open. A warm spring wind was present, and the shop owner wanted to feel the hope of spring on his face. He did not notice that the songbird’s cage had been left slightly ajar after the cleaning. All he saw, moments later, were the joyful tailfeathers of the singing bird as she flew away to freedom. He heard her singing voice, and he smiled.

After that day, the other birds decided they missed the singing bird, and they were kinder to each other. They let each other be who they were. All birds who were created uniquely and beautifully. And sometimes on a warm spring day, they would hear the beautiful song of their friend, the singing bird.

Blowing Out the Candle

Tomorrow is this blog’s first birthday…a whole year old!  🙂  When it started, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go….it was all so new.  Like a newborn, I marveled at the process and delighted in the newness.  As time progressed, the blog has been learning to sit up, crawl, and now is beginning to walk.  And with time, the blog is changing, as we all change through life.  It will be interesting to see where it is this time next year when it reaches the “terrible two’s.”  haha  Thank you for sharing this first year with me, for the supportive comments, the love, and the likes.  My wish on the candle?  For blessings for you and your families, and for you to know without a shadow of a doubt how much God loves you.  Slainte, Lisa

Infusion of the Life Force

My husband and I used to act out a scene together from the play “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday” that said:  “I need an infusion of ze life force!”  For some reason, we always liked that part and laughed a little too much, and still quote it today at random moments.  Usually when we’re tired and exhausted.  Well, I feel that way this morning; definitely needing a big life force infusion, pronto.  Of course, I have the caffeine from my morning tea already in full swing, but more life force is definitely needed.

I need the Source of life, the One who made me, who knows me, who loves me unconditionally.  Jesus.  He said, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty….The Spirit gives life.”  (John 6:35, 63a)

As Sheryl Crow sings in her song, “The Light in Your Eyes”:

You gotta talk to the One who made you
Talk to the One who understands
Talk to the One who gave you all the light in your eyes
All the light in your eyes                                                  (c2004 Sheryl Crow)

Right about now I could make a lame reference to “May the Force be with you,” but I will refrain.  Oh wait, I already said it.  🙂  Have a wonderful, blessed, God-filled day.  Slainte, Lisa

The Solace of a Sweet Song

The sound of a sweet voice singing a pleasing tune can bring amazing peace and solace to the soul.  This is Marianne Knight from Celtic Crossroads; she has an interesting mix of celtic & appalachian in her voice.  Enjoy “Ned of the Hill.”  It sounds better if you close your eyes and just listen.  Slainte, Lisa

Feeling, Seeing, Hearing, No Words

This isn’t quite me, yet! 🙂

Some mornings you wake up, ready to write your new blog.  You log on, and stare at the “Add New Post” heading.  Nothing.  No theme or topic pops up into your mind.  Uh-oh…it’s going to be a picture only or a video day, you say to yourself.  But, rebelliously, you don’t want that; you want to write something.  You look around…blue skies, green trees, bright sunshine.  All very beautiful and inspiring.  You hear amazing music in your mind, and words and musical textures swirl around, waiting to be discussed at large on the blog.  Still nothing.  You feel a myriad of feelings, some good, some grateful, some confused and anxious.  But you don’t want to share all of that today.

So I continue to stare, and mindlessly type these words, and this is what you get.

Yeah, buddy.

“Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don’t.”  (Almond Joy commercial, 1970’s)

“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”  (Romans 8:26b)

Enjoy your day, feeling, seeing and hearing…even if you have no words to express it all.  Slainte, Lisa

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