He is Risen

Easter comes annually and I struggle to find time to focus on resurrection. Spring Sing dominated Easters as a child and it still overshadows it. Lads to Leaders convention in Nashville is also Easter weekend so the last three Easters have been spent in a church bus returning home from the Opryland hotel. I love both of these activities, and both serve a wonderful purpose.

But focusing on the resurrection is hard to do in the midst of the such time-intense activities. What does it really mean that Jesus defeated death? Do we begin to understand that? I don’t think so. At least I know that I don’t.

Many people are familiar with the Hallelujah chorus. It’s commonly performed around Christmas, though in Handel’s Messiah it is used to celebrate the resurrection. You may want to stand. As the reverend in To Kill a Mockingbird said, “Jean Louise, stand up, your father’s passing.”

Hallelujah Chorus is beautiful, but not my favorite part Messiah. I cannot hear the next part without crying, so somebody bring me some kleenex. Worthy is the Lamb and Amen Chorus are the final part of Messiah. The end of the story, when we all reach our eternal home with the Lord.

I cannot wait. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

I love to stand in the middle of the room with this on, eyes closed, letting the music wash over me. If music can provide a glimpse into heaven, this music does.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by his blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:12-14)


Just for fun

Spring Sing is an annual event at Harding. It was “born” in 1973 (I think) so we kind of grew up together. It’s become one of the biggest recruiting weekends for the university and youth groups from all over country come to see it. There are four performances every year and each one sells out our 4,000 seat auditorium.

If you’ve never been to it, it’s hard to describe. It’s a student-created musical production and follows a similar format each year. Outside judges come in and awards are given. It’s very competitive. When we were in school the award money went back to the student organizations; now they donate it to local charities of their choice.

Before moving back to Searcy, Keith and I would often bring groups up for Spring Sing weekend. When we did, we usually took them to either the Friday night or Saturday afternoon show. However, one thing that EVERYONE should experience at least once in their life is a Saturday night Spring Sing show. It’s the last performance, the bugs have all been worked out and at the end, the awards are given out.

But that’s not the reason you should go. You should go because of the ENERGY that is in the building. For several years in a row I would drop in just in time for the finale and awards and I could physically FEEL the wall of energy when I walked into the auditorium. It’s hard to describe. The student performers are there, alumni are there, parents are there and they’re all a part of the dynamic.

So for those of you who never have experienced Spring Sing and for those of you who have and miss it, settle back and check it out. This is the finale from last year’s show and it was captured by an audience member so you get the full effect of the energy level in the audience at a Saturday night Spring Sing show.

Now — who wants tickets?

The ABC’s of me at 40

A- Attached or single: Attached

B- Best Friends: Too many to list. God has been very good to me.

C- Cake or Pie: Key Lime Pie

D- Day of choice: Saturday

E- Essential item: books

F- Favorite color: Deep purple

G- Gummy bears or worms: bears

H- Hometown: Searcy

I- Indulgences: Books, music, movies

J- January or July: January

K- Kids: Becca, Noelle, Emily, Caleb, Daniel

L- Life is not complete without: Jesus,my family,my friends

M – Marriage Date: May 30, 1987

N- Number of Siblings: 2 brothers, 1 sister

O- Oranges or apples: Either

P- Phobias or fears: Snakes, loneliness, abandonment, failure

Q- Quotes: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

R- Reason to smile: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so!

S- Season: Fall

T- Tag three friends: Denise, Suzanne, Maury (blogger) Jessie, Lara, Julie (facebook)

U- Unknown fact about me: I refused to shake Bill Clinton’s hand in the summer of 1983.

V -Very favorite store: Amazon.com. You can buy anything and have it delivered to your house.

W- Worst habit: Procrastinating

X- X-ray or Ultrasound: Uhm — ultrasound I guess?

Y- Your favorite food: Unfortunately I can find something to like about almost all of it.

Z- Zodiac:Pisces

Being Nostalgic

Today is my fortieth birthday. I’ve definitely spent some time being contemplative about the serious aspects of life, but I’ve also been thinking about how much FUN life has been. Challenging and very difficult at times, but oh-so-good all the while.

All through school I shared my birthday with two classmates so — of course — when my birthday rolls around it makes me think of those years at Harding Academy. So instead of posting about the deeper issues that have been a part of my thought processes, I’m going to share some of the fun music from the 80’s with you. Admittedly, this is not what I listened to most of the time. Even then I was more of a 70’s music fan, but these are the songs that were a part of the collective consciousness of growing up in the 80’s.

Hard to believe the MTV generation is turning 40. There are LOTS of good memories stored here. Enjoy!

Need You Tonight by INXS

And I can’t embed it, but this list would not be complete without Michael Jackson’s Thriller. One week we had a substitute teacher for entire week and we watched this video every day. HA!


Pictures As Promised

Even with the snow, I was at work yesterday so these aren’t kids-playing-in-the-snow pictures. They are pictures of the campus of Harding University where I am blessed to work each day. Believe it or not, it’s Spring Break so the campus was empty, which allowed me to wander around and take pictures wherever I wanted. Some of you may recognize a few of the Harding landmarks.

Administration Building

Administration Building and the recently renovated Lilly Pool.

The Bell Tower. Legend says that if you walk under it with a member of the opposite sex, that you will marry that person. Yeah, right.


Just to prove it was me!

The famous Harding swings. “Three swings and a ring.”
Yeah, there’s a lot of marriage myths here.

Where I go to work every day!

Isn’t this cool? Daffodils covered by snow.

This little guy came and posed for me. I’m not making this up.

The view from upstairs looking south.

The view from upstairs looking north.

So there’s my snow day! I wish I had pictures from this morning too. The snow was all gone, but there was a very Bronte-ish fog covering all the fields between our house and town. I love fog and storms and all sorts of weather that most people grumble about. There’s beauty — sometimes fierce beauty — but beauty in all of it.

So why have I been so busy?

So you may ask yourself, “What exactly has Lisa been up to? Why has she not been blogging lately?”

Though I seriously doubt that any of you stay up at night wondering that, I did think I’d catch you up a little. First of all, there’s work. I love my job and love my co-workers but it definitely takes a lot of time. Then there’s that lovely little thing called grad school. I’m in class until 8:00 two nights a week and spend 4-5 hours a week — at a minimum — doing homework.

And then there’s all the other stuff. Life stuff. I’ve been helping develop and plan a women’s class at church. I helped with the WINGS conference. Oh — and I was a bridesmaid this year too! My best friend from forever got married for the first time on February 9. Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Her last meal as a single gal! Chinese food at the mall!

Sweet little flower girls. Aren’t they lovely?

And this is me and Samantha’s mom. Isn’t she beautiful?

And here is the lovely bride! I like the way this picture turned out.

Softball season has also started. Here are a few pictures from tonight’s game.

Caleb clowning for the camera.

Caleb took this one. I kind of like it.
Much more me than the dressed up picture from the wedding! 🙂

Searcy High Lady Lions 2008! They won both of their games tonight, by the way.

Look at my baby girl playing third base!

And now she’s batting!

And now she’s running the bases! I really like the — I don’t know what to call it — but the way the two players are in line so that you can see both the batter and the runner about to go. Would that be perspective? Maury? Do you know?

So there’s life in a nutshell. Work, grad school, church, friends, and family. Trying to balance all five is exhausting at times. That’s why we have a lot of nights where we do exactly what we’re doing now: watching a movie (Nanny McPhee, one of my favorites) and just hanging out at home. It’s not exciting but it’s life!

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