Have your cheeks ever hurt from grinning too much? Twice in my lifetime I have greeted the day with sore cheeks. The first was the morning after my wedding day. The second was the morning after I went snorkeling on a coral reef.
I was laughing at God – yes – laughing at the sheer joy God must have had in creating all these amazing creatures with such incredible beauty and variety! It was almost too much to take in!
My mind was blown again recently when I heard the number of galaxies in the universe surpass the number of grains of sand on the earth. If King David were living today, perhaps he would pen the words of Psalm 139 a little differently?
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand [galaxies of the universe]
Just this week, the church choir I am privileged to accompany sang these words from Psalm 147 in Chris Tomlin’s song, Indescribable...
Now THAT is something to grin about!!!
Enjoy my video below of Cosmos set to Hubble images!
Shock and Awe is one way to put it! I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard for me to process that I am actually 60 years old. Maybe because I'm the youngest in my entire extended family, or maybe because my parents both died young, I never really pictured what it might feel like to be 60!
I remember when I was in my thirties having a conversation with a friend of mine who was in her sixties at the time. (Of course I thought she was old ha!) She said to me, "Oh, being in your sixties is a wonderful stage of life! You can look forward to it!" She lived to be in her nineties and though that conversation seems like just a few years ago, I am counting on her words being true!
At some point, we do stop wishing to be older. I am sure that magic number is different for everyone. I don’t remember the exact age, but I remember the EXACT MOMENT when I stopped wanting to be older.
Well, you know the saying, “I wish I was as old as I was when I first thought I was old”! Never a truer saying, so that is why I am heeding my mother in law’s advice and reminding myself on this milestone birthday...
“BUT YOU'RE STILL SO YOUNG!”
Many things in life are like that, we get out what we put in. I am finding that marketing is very similar. I can track direct results any time I do any type of promotion.
I can see how many times each song has been played, as well as the geographical location of those streams. These maps show the countries where my music has been streaming the last 90 days. Pretty Cool huh?
Lest you think these listeners are making me rich...right now it's just a trickle. Hopefully, this trickle will continue to grow with time, but only if I keep learning, working, and promoting. I have learned that artists who make an income with their music have worked very hard over a long time to get there. Successful artists promote themselves.
Self promotion is really distasteful to me.
I hate it actually - it is WAY out of my comfort zone! So then, why do it?
Just the other day I was feeling kind of low and wondering if I should just stop all this “internet stuff” and go back to the way things were when it was just me and my piano. After all, playing and writing is the fun part for me! That very day, I received a text from a friend who said she had been feeling really sad. She started playing my Pandora station and was “so blessed….feeling a sense of purpose and peace…thank you from the bottom of my heart!” she said.
Can you imagine how that made me feel? It was just what I needed to keep going!!!
Peacemaker has gone through an evolution of sorts. It first started as an idea for a love song, hence the two distinct themes written like a conversation. The story in mind was a husband and wife expressing their willingness to sacrifice in order to make peace. I abandoned the idea of lyrics and finished it as an instrumental piece. It went through many versions before I finally finished it.
In keeping with the original idea, I titled it “Peacemaker” because sacrifice normally IS involved in making peace. It takes open and honest communication on both sides and a willingness to give up something. I based it upon the scripture verse Romans 12:19, If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Easier said than done, I know!
This is the good news of Christmas, that God came to earth to reconcile man to Himself!
He started the conversation, He took the initiative, He made the sacrifice, He paid the price, He gave...
I pray you experience the peace of His love and forgiveness this year as never before!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to jointly verbalize our thanks, but quite honestly, my answers are usually the same….good health and family. While those two are still at the top of my list, this year I have a very ODD THANKS at the top of my list, at least near the top – Technology!
Or how about the Christmas when microwaves were new on the horizon and I said, “Whatever you do, DON’T get me a microwave!” The instant flush of color in my husband’s face told the whole story.
With all the projects I have had going on this year though, I have gained an appreciation for the fact that we live in an AMAZING day and age!!! We can literally learn pretty much anything we want to learn on the internet! It just takes time and persistence.
I’m sure you can guess what came next…."What’s an encyclopedia?" LOL!!
With all of the disasters around the world this year, I am sure most of us will be expressing thanks for the gift of life and our basic needs...food, water, shelter. I have been on enough missions trips to never take clean drinking water and a hot shower for granted!
If you have any trouble finding something to be thankful for this year, take a look at this clever video that went viral....if you haven’t seen it already!
May each of you have a very blessed Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for YOU!
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