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FamilyLife and my heart on the table

Walking into the lovely studios of FamilyLife where Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine were waiting to interview me felt like a surreal dream.  I sat in a leather chair and for 30 minutes, poured out my heart.  Because I didn't rehearse or plan, I just dumped my heart right there on the table, hoping that their talented production team would edit out all the parts where I sound like a goober:) or, more importantly, the words where God is not glorified as the Faithful One.  (Father, please let my story always and only glorify You.)  As of the time I am typing this, I have not yet had the guts to listen to the broadcast that airs across the nation on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012.  My trusted friend Becky listened and said I did not defame the name of Christ, for which I am relieved:)  Actually she emailed, "I loved the interview!  You don't need to feel afraid to listen to it - It's encouraging, warm, funny, godly and you did not share too much information!  I know God will use it for His glory in the lives of many women who are struggling in their marriages and with motherhood."  My story is complex (just as I'm sure yours is) so other than a heart dump in front of Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine, I am unsure of how to share.  I ache for God to be glorified.  If there is a way that my scars can bring healing to another's journey... or if my words can glorify the Most High God... then I want to keep on showing these scars and opening this mouth.  Not for fame.  Not for self-healing.  Not for money.  For His glory and for the healing of His people.  So... here's the link I'm not brave enough to click.  If you listen, I hope you draw closer to God and that you clearly see His great faithfulness.  much love, Lis

Lamentations 22-29 from The Message Bible:

22-24God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He's all I've got left.

25-27God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It's a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It's a good thing when you're young
to stick it out through the hard times.

28-29When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.

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I just listened as I do everyday to FamilyLife ... you were great! Thanks for your honesty and God bless your ministry to your precious boys. I loved the end when Dennis said you were a courageous woman and you said "Praise God! Jesus is awesome!" That brought tears to my eyes. I'm a mom of 3 (9,8 & 4). NOTHING better! You are right! Praise God! Jesus is awesome!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya Price

I just listened to the broadcast. It was AWESOME!
I think it's really interesting to hear the backstory of your life and what was going on during 2007-2008. I talked to you on the phone a couple of times during that period.
We moved to AR from MO in 2006, and I had a job where I commuted 2-3 hours each day. When I listened to KLOVE on the way home each afternoon, I felt like you were my friend, which was something I really needed. Even though I was a mom to five sons and a wife, I was so lonely and angry at the fact that we moved to AR, to a place I felt abandoned by God. In fact, God was more present in AR and helped me grow in ways I hadn't planned.
And I have to tell you, Lisa, that God used your ministry in the afternoons to help me get through some very dark days in my life. And I will always be grateful for the time you were there, encouraging me (and all other listeners) to keep running the race God set before us.
The story you told about you and your husband sounds very familiar to the one of my husband and me, and it just reiterates that God can use broken people for all kinds of great things in this world to bring others to a place of restoration.
I'm so thankful for you, Lisa, and I'm praying God will continue to bless your family.
Who knows... maybe we'll meet someday!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy Hammer

I am here on your blog because of this very broadcast. I occasionally listen to family life radio and just happened to need something in the background as I processed tomatoes. Not really happened - it was God's design. I had just asked (cried, begged....) Him to confirm his purpose for my life or restore my joy in where He has me right now. He used your story and your heart for Him (Which was SO evident) to break my heart and help me see more clearly. I really am blessed to have stayed at home with my 3 girls for 7 years now but was beginning to lose confidence in His call. Thank you for being so honest in your story and for giving God the glory. I was truly encouraged and renewed. Praise God...

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissaM

Wow! Just yesterday (8/16) I was talking to one of my children about you. How you were my favorite KLOVE dj and wondered where you were and what you are doing now. Then the next day you were on my ipod as I listended to Family Life! I'm so happy for you and your family. Thanks for your honesty about your struggles and letting God use them for His glory!
P.S. When I listened to you on the radio, I used to think "she sounds like Amy Grant." I was an Amy wannabe, too! Except I can't sing at all. I just had the long, curly hair :)

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

I listened to your broadcast and knew instantly that you ARE God's radio girl...and you can speak right into the hearts of people and guide them directly to their FAther God! You my dear are "awe" some and then some! Thank you for ripping yourself open to Dennis, Bob and all of us listening...you mirrored hope and complete trust in God. Hugs, hugs, hugs!!!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracey Eyster

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