Monday, January 19, 2015

See my heart!


The Lord is doing things in my life that requires my perfect trust in His perfect grace.
It’s hard to ignore the very obvious changes that have occurred on the outside of me in just one short year…
Snapshot_20140108_4He carried me through my year of grace!Lisa 2015
Last year………………...............Chemo…………….............This year
What may not be so obvious, are the many changes that have and still are occurring within.
The outward changes are not so great…I have aged considerably, thanks to early menopause from the chemo, as well as a bit of a weight gain…and some new stress marks on my face..AKA: wrinkles…But the changes that are within are all good ones…My heart…is full of a new love for my Savior, and for my sweet husband, and beautiful daughters, and precious family and friends!

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Thanks to Jesus, I am free to let his love shine through the cracks of my heart…Now there is  beauty where there was once only brokenness.
…Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1Samuel 16:7

~Blessings & Love~ Lisa

20 comments:

Alex said...

Lisa, if I could hug you, I would! You look so especially cute in the last picture, happy, warm...adorable.
The Great Potter has shaped you and brought out even more of your true self, it's wonderful to see.
I am enjoying your picture~ thoughts too!
Love to you!

Sandi said...

You look so sad at the beginning, but so happy at the end!

God bless you

Never Forsaken said...

Awe, thank you, my sweet friend!
((Hugs)) ~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

My Goodness, Sandi..I think you're right!...I guess that says a lot right there, doesn't it?
Blessings to you too~ Lisa

Reformed rebel said...

Lisa you look great in your latest picture! And ~ I absolutely love your sketch.
Love you my friend...Chelle

Brenda said...

I think you look lovely in all three pictures Lisa. However what we are on the inside can far outweigh what is on the outside and the Lord, our beautiful Saviour, healer and comforter is the finest example of that.

'For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.' (Isaiah ch. 53 v.2).
God bless you and your lovely family.

Never Forsaken said...

That scripture is a great example of what we are taught about the difference between what the world sees and values and what we value.
Thank you for reminding me of this scripture, my friend.
I believe growing older and closer to the Lord gives a Christian true grace and inner beauty.
God bless you and your family as well, my friend.












Never Forsaken said...

Thanks, Chelle.
Have a wonderful week, my friend, love you too.

Denise said...

Hi Lisa.
So good to see a current picture of you; better yet to hear that your heart is so filled with love, peace, and joy! That love, peace, and joy is exactly what I see in your new picture! Praise!

Love you dear one; hugs!
Denise

Never Forsaken said...

Hi Denise,
I'm so glad to see your comment...I read your post about change, and not being able to know what the future holds...Well, it's all about trusting that we are in God's hands, and it's him who has written out each of our days...It's like turning the pages of a book we've never read before.
I Love you too, and think of you often, my friend~ God bless~Lisa

child of God said...

You are beautiful inside and out. You've been through so much and instead of becoming bitter and hardened, you are becoming soft, supple and a well of God's peace, love and assurance. Instead of becoming self-centered you are sharing what you are learning and there are many gleaning from your experiences. I see you as a valued mother with very wide skirts and many children learning from and growing from what you have to offer. I guess a good picture would be like a mature strawberry plant with many, many runners flowing from it.

I love you tons hon and am so thankful to know you. :)
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Never Forsaken said...

Thank you so much, Sweetie for such an edifying description!
I think sharing with people from a different perspective on how to live with and overcome whatever comes our way gives us a purpose through God...Otherwise, if we just say that the Lord will carry me through something...and when he does and we say nothing about it afterwards, then where is our testimony? Everything is for a reason...I did not get sick just so that the Lord could save me from death only...but to show people that tough things can be tolerated with the help of Jesus if we believe his promises.
I love you too, my sweet friend...and now I am hungry for strawberries! <3

SuperLux said...

He turns ashes to beauty indeed. I don't know the feeling you have and I may never understand so I feel like faking it if I tell you I know exactly how you feel. I just want to applaud you for being so brave to share your flaws and the beauty that it has brought into your life.

May you keep on inspiring others through your story.

Not to patronize you though, but the pictures show very little change. I don't know about you but I've proven it many times that when I'm going through something, that's when i get more compliments about my look. I feel like God is telling me through these compliments that no matter how messy I'm feeling inside, He can make me feel beautiful still. Sometimes I actually feel like He's smiling down at me at how silly I feel. And telling me, "Daughter, how could you doubt?"

Keep shining your light! :)

Susie Swanson said...

Awww, you are so beautiful inside and out. I wish we lived more close and I'd give you the biggest hug. I've felt the same way this past year and hardly recognize myself in the mirror but God is working it out for both of us. You are the strongest woman and I can just feel your strength and love in your heart. Blessings and lots of hugs from me to you. xoxo

Crown of Beauty said...

The photos, the words you wrote, and the sketch are all beautiful. All the chapters of your life story have a meaning and purpose, nothing in your past is ever wasted. I love the prayer you wrote in your sketch. It's my prayer too. Love you, dear friend. I believe that our meeting one another here in Blog Land is a special gift from Abba Father. You are beautiful!

Jedidja said...

He is faithful, and He cares infinitely more than we can imagine. God is with you on your path. That is so comforting. I love all you photos. You are precious in Gods eyes and in mine :-)

Never Forsaken said...

Hi SuperLux, Thank you so much for your comment, it is very sweet :)
You make a very valid point .
It is when we turn our focus on Jesus, and not on ourselves that no matter what we think we look like on the outside...People will see Jesus in us, his joyful spirit within shining through!
~God bless~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

I wish we lived closer also...I know we would have a great time...I could learn so much from you!
There's a certain peace that the Lord gives us as we go through this transformation...though illness is not at all pleasant, he really does give more grace.
((hugs)) ~ Blessings & Love~ Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

Your such an inspiration and example of what a truly godly and beautiful woman is, Lidia!
I feel honored to have you as a friend as well...Our Abba Father gives us so many wonderful gifts...and they are the kind that last forever.
I needed to be reminded that each chapter holds an important part of the story...but it's not the whole story...it gets better.
((hugs)) <3 ~Lisa

Never Forsaken said...

God is so faithful and so loving towards us...Even during the times when he chastises...it is because he loves us enough to care if we are on the right path...You also are precious, my dear dutch friend!
I must come visit your blog today ... ~Blessings and love to you~

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