Hill, Mountain

Hill, mountain…whichever it is, it is beautiful, rocky, steep, and gives a feeling of forever, permanence.  Like the ocean, it points to God and gives me great peace.

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It’s not a hill, it’s a mountain
As we start out the climb
Listen for me, I’ll be shouting
Shouting to the darkness
Squeeze out sparks of light      (U2)

May God bless your Monday with smooth hills, peace, and sparks of light.  Slainte, Lisa

The Imperfect Can Sometimes Rock

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When it comes to old castles, our family likes them less perfect, and more, well, imperfect.  The perfect castles tend to come complete with tour guides and the admission cost that tends to come with them.  (Although I’m mixed on that…those admission costs could help in keeping these wonderful old castles intact for another generation to enjoy.)  But we love to explore these wonderful rocks on our own sometimes, and just imagine.  🙂  Don’t miss the beauty in the imperfect.  Blessings, Lisa

“Grace makes beauty out of ugly things.”  – U2, “Grace,” ATYCLB

Journeys and Adventures

Have you ever packed a suitcase when you didn’t know where you were headed?  Have you ever taken off on a car trip without planning your final destination, just drove and drove until you stopped?  I have, and hope to again someday.  It is a remarkably untamed, unplanned, and unpredictable feeling of an adventure.  Scary at the outset if you are a planner, but sometimes just what we humans need to let go of control a little.

One day, when God calls me home at a time when He knows is best, I will be headed off on one of those grand adventures, not really sure what it will be like, but definitely sure that if Jesus is there, it will be amazingly great.  And until that time, life is such a gift, and I’m going to try to love, and encourage, and enjoy, and see, and treasure as much as I can with God’s grace.

“You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us has seen;

A place that has to be believed to be seen…

Walk on, walk on…what you got, they can’t deny it, can’t sell it or buy it…..walk on.”

(“Walk On,”  U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind)

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

May God bless all of your life’s journeys and adventures with His love and mercy.  Slainte, Lisa

Hill or Mountain

Sometimes when I look at something that’s ahead of me, whether it’s a literal mountain hike or one of life’s other hurdles, it looks huge.  Gigantuan and overwhelming.  But if I can just start, just put one foot in front of the other and begin, little by little it usually gets done.  And then looking back later, I realize it really was more of a hill and I shouldn’t have had the big freak out.  🙂  Here are some of our favorite hills/mountains that we have tackled.  Step by step.  Blessings, Lisa

“It’s not a hill, it’s a mountain, as you start out the climb…” (U2, I’ll Go Crazy, NLOTH)

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Carrantuohill, County Kerry, Ireland

“And step by step, You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.”  (Rich Mullins, Step by Step, The World As Best As I Can Remember)

Bray Head Trail, Valentia Island, Ireland

Bray Head Trail, Valentia Island, Ireland

Lisa’s Top 5 St Patrick’s Day Countdown…Number ONE!

Giant drumroll please……….number one on my top Irish groups/singers is here.  Let’s countdown my favorite 5 so far:

5. The High Kings  4. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh  3. The Chieftains           2. Cara Dillon

And Number 1 is U2.  They have provided the soundtrack for many moments in my life, and I appreciate their music so much.  Here’s a favorite concert moment, “Where the Streets Have No Name” from Boston 2001.  “What can I give back to God for the blessings He’s poured out on me?  I’ll lift high the cup of salvation; a toast to God.    I’ll pray in the name of God;
I’ll complete what I promised God I’d do…”  (from Psalm 116; The Message) Be blessed today, and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!  Slainte, Lisa