Hi my name is Lisa. I’m a twin, mom, wife and a children’s pastor. I love being all of these, but the one thing I love being most is a child of God’s. We all have a story, a story that God is writing into our lives. Mine is messy, complicated and sometimes painful. But it is also beautiful, with God’s love woven into each fragmented piece.
You see, God saved me even before I knew I needed saving. My story doesn't have nail biting ups and downs. No damsel’s in distress and princes coming to the rescue (although I think my husband is my prince charming!) In fact, I think my story is pretty typical in many ways.
I found my Lord and Savior at 17 years of age. He held promises of unconditional love I had never known before. I found community with people I never dreamed I could have before. I found acceptance.
But life has a way of coming at you at speeds you never imagined. And the enemy in his subtle and beguiling way can creep into a life unbeknownst to anyone. After years of believing the lie that all I had to do was try harder, be smarter and be better than, I gave up. I surrendered.
I wish I could tell you that I surrendered into the arms of Jesus willing, humbly and accepted his mercy and grace – gracefully. But I didn't. My surrender was awkward and uncomfortable and messy. I don’t think God wanted a pretty surrender. For me, I had to be broken, completely and utterly broken.
God has a way of peeling back layers of your soul, spilling your broken mess out in the open. Maybe not for everyone to see, but there is no denying what I saw. I saw the rough hard edges of a life that had not only believed a lie, but embraced it. God saw a beautiful mess. A soul that was his from the beginning. His child, who he loved so very much he would sacrifice for her. Sacrifice so much for her……and you too.
This journey I've been on has some very rough patches and some beautiful moments that only God could put together. God has done and is doing a beautiful work in me, through me - and in you too. Yes I have a messy story, but God can use that mess for his purpose. God is using this mess for his purpose.
Today, instead of embracing a lie I embrace grace. God's grace. My story is still being written as is yours. This space is to you and me to tell our stories. Trust me when I say it won't look perfect and it will probably be a bit gritty. We'll have some fun along the way and learn much about Jesus. Together we will work out our faith in this space. I hope you'll join me in this journey.