Transformed by “YES”: Lisa’s Story
My friend and journaling partner, Lisa Rodrigues, is learning to listen to God with a ready answer. She is starting each day with a “Yes” to whatever the Lord asks of her.
Lisa’s heart and life are an inspiration to me. I’m grateful she said “yes” to my request to join other friends who are sharing their unique perspectives about how God is transforming them.
Here is Lisa’s story about being transformed by “Yes”
Hello, dear ones!
I am a 55-year-old wife, mother, daughter and friend who is trying to say YES to Jesus during this pandemic. Wow, this is quite a task!! I have many days that are very hard, and I want to say NO, haha!
Saying "Yes" is very rewarding, difficult, and challenging all at the same time.
John 15:4 from the Passion Bible reads:
"Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."
Such powerful words to live by daily regarding where we get our fuel!
God is helping me change my attitude towards difficult people in my life and to live with a heart full of love the best that I can. This requires that I commit to prayer and studying the Word like never before.
He has put it on my heart to really plug into life with my 85-year-old parents, which has been such a joy.
Also, God has brought some others onto my path during this crazy Covid time to love and serve. I have found that these opportunities are definitely right where He wants me!
I'm really trying to take each week or day and see what happens when I say YES to God.
It has been rich, hard, intimate and beautiful all at once. God has been teaching me and challenging me each day to listen and learn from Him.
On this pathway of learning to say “Yes,” I'm learning to love more deeply and desire Him above all else.
I'm also experiencing real peace. The kind of peace that He describes in John 14:27:
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
I will continue to strive to stay in this peace so I can experience God's best for me. It is a daily choice that I need to make to live more fully.
A daughter of one in our Journaling Group echoes Lisa’s message in this simple and powerful print that I have hanging up in my house:
“There is no replacement for simple obedience”
Pull Up a Chair: Sitting Still
Photo by Melissa Askew on Unsplash
To “be still and know I am God,” might be a good way to say “Yes” to the Lord today. As you sit quietly before Him ~ not informing, not begging, not speaking at all ~ just listen with a heart ready to say “Yes” to His Whisper.
Thank you for joining Lisa and me. In the quiet reading today, has the Lord given you the opportunity to say “Yes” to Him as you reach out in love to another? I pray His sweet peace follows.
And thanks for sitting still with me today. :-)