My name is Lisa, I am married and have three fun, loving, and energetic kids in elementary school. Although I still consider Missouri home, we live in Snohomish, Washington, which is about 30 minutes outside of Seattle. I am a very busy wife and mother, but I am also a registered nurse and lactation consultant. I love all my jobs but when I do have “free time” I love reading my Bible, working out, and spending time with friends and family.
Have you ever felt like life was going along just perfect and then God nudges you and presents you with a challenge? Well, three years ago, that is exactly what happened to me. We had just moved from Seattle to Missouri and I was finally home after 3 very long years in Seattle. We had built our perfect home in a perfect subdivision and had perfect neighbors that had become fast friends. They had introduced us to the perfect church and life was good. At least that is what I thought! What more could one ask for?
God started to speak to my heart and what I started to realize was I was living MY perfect life but, what I had missed while living MY perfect life, was the happiness of my children and husband. My husband was unhappy with his new job and although he put on a great face, he was miserable inside. Also, my children were struggling both academically and socially in school. God made me realize that I was being selfish and that the perfect life wasn’t the perfect house, in the perfect subdivision with the perfect friends. It was my family’s happiness, which meant I needed to put aside my feelings and desires and put them first.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
However, this would not be easy for me. I knew the way to make them happy was moving back to Seattle, which for me is a very big deal. I don’t like anything about Seattle! It is crowded and there is always traffic. The people are not friendly and stay in their houses. I don’t even like the tall trees and architecture of Seattle. Mostly though for me, it is the weather. It is cloudy and rainy nine months out of the year. Anxiety and depression is something that runs in my family and the weather in Seattle causes overwhelming anxiety and depression for me. Knowing I would be once again facing all these challenges, I turned to the Lord. I was overwhelmed, scared, and sad. I prayed often and asked for strength and guidance. I knew I could not do this alone.
Shortly after I arrived in Seattle, I met a neighbor and she introduced me to a church. I knew the moment I walked into Northview Community Church that my being here was part of God’s plan. I started to get involved with the church. I joined a women’s bible study where I met a great group of ladies who treated me like their own daughter. I would get almost daily encouraging verses via text message.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
A few months later I went on a ladies retreat. I was nervous because I knew no one. I was told I was being placed with 3 other ladies in a cabin and they had known each other for years. I prayed for the Lord to bless me with some good friends with kids that my kids could play with. By the end of the weekend, I had formed a very special bond with these 3 ladies that all had kids. I knew the Lord had put each of those ladies in my life. They have not only become my good friends, but have become my prayer warriors. No matter how down I am about the weather or people or traffic, these ladies pray with me and support me. They not only were put there by God to help me, but also to bring me closer to God. My faith has grown deeper because of their guidance and presence in my life. I know without the Lord to talk to, and these ladies to pray with and live life with, I would have never made it. I thank God every day for His presence in my life and for the very special way He placed the right people in my life at just the right moments. He truly is amazing.