L-R Michelle, Sophie, Lisa, Debra, Paula at our friend Jenni's wedding
wow… It’s been an incredible couple of years. I am so thankful to have met Lisa two years ago.
Lisa had an infectious smile. Seriously, think “Stereotypical, gorgeous Texas Woman” and that was Lisa. She could line dance. She could wear the fanciest high heals with confidence. She could walk into any room and instantly have new friends. She would do anything for her friends. Need an encouraging text? Have a bad day and want to have a shoulder to cry on? Want a nice note in the mail via snail mail out of the blue? one word: Lisa.
On our first small group meeting, she shared about her recent health issues, how she had a very rare tumor and surgery to take it out cost her part of her lung. It sounded serious, but we all prayed with her and thanked the Lord that so far, she was able to move forward, increasingly with distance in time from the illness.
We celebrated together a year ago when she had a clean scan. No tumor!
We laughed together until we cried at her parents house for our small group retreat last spring. I don’t even remember what we were laughing at, but it was marvelous.
Also last spring, she sat a boy (my now husband) down for a conversation about “his view on relationships” drawing out info to pass along to me. (I had no idea she did this until after!) After my hubby & I started dating, I learned that she had numerous conversations with him, including a “Don’t you break her heart! Don’t you String her along!” conversation.
We cheered her along, prayed for her, as she traveled to Bulgaria in the summer to train and equip christians as well as to work with orphans.
She encouraged and uplifted me as we worked together to be wise and make good financial decisions.
We prayed profusely as word that the tumor was back and she needed surgery again. When the September surgery didn’t go as well as hoped, we prayed, we laughed, we visited, we believed that God’s plan is unknown to us and it is better than we could imagine.
We cried when the tumor was back again 2 weeks ago and the outlook was not good.
We knew the end was coming quick. We know that God loves Lisa more than any of us.
And today we celebrate.
With tears in our eyes, but a song in our heart, we know that Lisa is with our Heavenly Father.
She is no longer in pain. She is no longer sick. She is no longer fighting. No longer struggling with the things of this world. She is with the One who loves her. Peace and Comfort. Warmth and Light. And a place where she can once again, use her beautiful voice to praise the One paid her debts and will one day raise her life up from the dead.
Finally I ask, do you know the One? Did you know that he paid your debt (just like he paid Lisa’s & mine?). And he promises to raise your life up from the dead. Both litterally in the future (we’ll all die) BUT also Now.
Live life abundantly, because that is why he came. Lisa lived life to the fullest because of Christ. I hope my life Count’s for Christ as the example that Lisa set did. I hope that one day, it will be known that I lived Life Abundantly, because of Christ.
John 10:10b I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.