Oh Those Mondays

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Track 2: Mondays. Song type: fun, comical, little bit of country and swing. The Point: Part of Let Go.

So, we had just moved to Germany. We were just barely in our home, complete with borrowed military furniture until our own stuff would arrive. But we were finally out of the hotel on base after almost 3 months. Ah. Life was so very busy at the time, and I didn’t want to get up the next day and do school with the kids, I didn’t want to think about all the to-do’s coming up already, and the weekend was already over. Oh, those darn Mondays!

And so, at around midnight, I began to write about it. I put my complaints to a tune, and as I did, I realized that I needed to let go of my ‘wants’ and see things from a different perspective. One day, I might miss all this crazy busy life has going on. One day, I will be old and frail, I’ll be missing my kids and wishing I could run around checking off the boxes of all the errands I want to accomplish. One day, I won’t have so much to do, and I’ll probably miss it.

Do you complain about what’s going on in your life? Do you need to let go of certain wish-it-could-be’s or if-only-I-had’s? It can be as easy as 1)Pray: talk to God about it, and give it to Him. Let go of the complaints. 2)Try to put in it’s place some gratitude (I’ll be talking about that at the end of this series with the last song, stay tuned!)

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Christmas Concerts

This year, we are looking forward to seeing the Sound of Music, go to a Christmas Circus, and attend the Nutcracker – but another big highlight for me is getting to be on the other side of the scene – it’s been a very special and honored privilege to take part in putting on a couple of Christmas Concerts. And not just that, these are concerts with a purpose.

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The purpose has been two-fold: to support a group called Kainos, and to provide those who would attend in support of that Human Trafficking Awareness organization with lovely, relaxing, and meaningful Christmas music.

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And the end of the Sicily Vacation Story…

And it happens to be the end of the month also. I have been playing a lot this month, these last good days of summer. I’m told that today will be the last hot day we have here in Germany – so it’s back to work, back to waking up early and getting school going with kids, back to a lot of things that I really did take a break from over the summer. I always find ending things kind of bittersweet. But I’m glad I shared here some key thoughts and words about our vacation in Sicily. It’s a nice way for me to be able to look back too, and remember the lovely Sicilian countryside, the sweet family time, and the dear dear friends who gave 2 weeks of their lives to spend time with us. Ti voglio bene con tutto mio cuore!

(written June 22, 2015)

“The morning that my hubby left, we enjoyed a relaxing time at the campagna until he had to drive off. The kids played with their Nonno as he drove them around in his forklift, let them help feed the animals, and what not. Hubby and I got his suitcase finished. And we enjoyed one last yummy meal together before he took the rental car and left for the airport.DSC00528

The rest of the day was a day of repose for me as well: Mamma took Cloe and Zeke for the afternoon, and I went with the girls for a treat at the spa for the afternoon. It was fun :)…

The next day, Sunday morning, we went back to Arinella beach, Mamma, Manuela, the kids and I. It was very packed, but we still found a nice spot to relax and take in the beauty of our last time playing at Arinella. The kids and I made up a song on the way back: Playing at the beach (echo), the sun and sand so lovely (echo), we’re swimming with the fishes (echo), and drinking in the beauty. Arinella, la bella spiaggia; Arinella, la bella spiaggia.DSC00504

And there’s nothing quite as wonderful as playing at the sea, then eating wonderful grilled fish from the sea. Which is what we did.

That evening, I shared the song, Pace. It was so dear to my heart to play that. The song had kept me company almost this entire trip. And it spoke to the people of that church as well. Paolo played base with me, and Marco on the drums. In the end, I sang it along on stage, but because I’d been playing it all the time, my family and a couple of friends were singing with me from the congregation…. Continue reading

A Little Reflection

So I’ve been needing to start on my vacation tidbits, but honestly, I was allowing the political tone of the world to get me down. So this morning with my coffee, I read this post by my fellow blogger, Don, and was listening to this song I wrote at the same time. Here are both for you. I pray that if you’re down, it reminds you to look up.

The Life Project

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It’s Sunday again; what better day for a little reflection?

Has God been filling your life with blessings?  Has he given you peace in a tough situation?

Well, you see what I mean by reflection…

We spend so much time and energy running ourselves ragged these days, and so much of our lives just rushes by in a sort of blur; we need a moment, so it’s time to seize the moment.  Let’s give thanks to God for all He is doing in our lives, let’s thank Him for all of the ways He’s blessed us.  Let’s recall the great things He has done, like sending His Son to die for our sins.  Let’s take a minute to give Him the praise that is His due for all He is doing in His Body, the Church.  Let’s praise Him for all of those who have come to know Him recently…

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No Reason :)

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Okay, I’m going to admit to you, I have nothing pointed to say, no focus for this post, no reason or great inspiration to share. I just wanted to give you something.          

A photo to say, “breathe.” A song to say “relax.” And some scripture to say “be encouraged.”

Soldier’s Memories

Soldier’s Memories

I’ve recently released a single, called Soldier’s Memories. And while you will see a more introductory blog about this song soon, and the partnership unfolding that will mean proceeds from the single going to benefit soldiers and their families, for now, I’m going to post some very personal thoughts about it. What I’ve written below is not directed to you, the reader. It’s a mixture of praying and reflecting. But I thought I’d let you snoop in on my thoughts and listen in:

Lord, thank you for the encouragement with the song, soldier’s memories. I’ve been a little discouraged about it. Feeling like moving forward with this song has been like fighting through a bog. But I know You have plans for it. You have people to touch in special ways with the words of this song. I’m so thankful for my dad and the way he has stepped out to use this tool. Please bless him and give him wisdom of words and understanding as he speaks with people that hear it. And thank You for the stories of how it is effecting people. Please help me to follow Your leading with it.

 

I want to remember a couple stories so far of my dad telling me of people hearing the song. He carries it around with him on his tablet, and plays the song for people when the opportunity is right.

 

My dad has told me about 3 instances now where it has impacted a person. One was in Florida for an older gentleman who was involved in the Vietnam war. My dad told me that the man was deeply touched by the song. He turned around and purchased it himself from itunes after hearing it. What it meant for him I don’t know exactly, but I do know that my dad told me the man said to say thank you for the song. It spoke to him.

The second time was for a guy at soccer practice. This man had been in desert storm in the 90’s mostly after the action. But that doesn’t mean the song didn’t effect him, that he doesn’t have wounds that need healing: after hearing the song, the man walked away to his car – forgetting his wallet and keys on the picnic table. He returned for his keys…and forgot his wallet. He came back the third time. I’d like to know what the song made him think. Lord, what does he have deep inside that he needs to give to You? Please free him from his demons and please give him the guts to open up to someone and talk about it.

The third time my dad just told me about that happened today. But before I mention it, I want to say that the song for me still holds power. God has given me those words. And once in a while, I still get choked up and cry while I play the song. Continue reading

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I finished a task today I’ve been meaning to do for a while. It was one of those back burner kind of things – you know the ones. As a mom, it’s on the end of the unwritten list of things you’d like to get done, but the problem is it’s for yourself…so it does not go in priority 1,2, or 3. It’s down around 9 or 10. Why did I end up getting it done then? Well, I really didn’t want to go to the grocery store, the kiddos were playing really well together, and I’ve got the living room to prove it 🙂

I typed up the lyrics of all the songs God has given me to date. And to this day (with one more actually completed today) that totals 33. Now that doesn’t include my solo piano tunes (which the first ones are recorded, yes, and for sale at itunes and cdbaby. Shameless self-promo, insert here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melissaroland), but just the words to all the songs I’ve written with, well, words.

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