The Whisper Within

" Believing that God powers strange coincidences and the journey that lies ahead."

From Bad to Good… Learning the hard lessons.


lisa buck tooth

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I was different but not in the normal way that one wants to be. My first recollection of this was in second grade. I was not pretty by normal standards in fact my nickname was “Buck Tooth Beaver”. Kids can be so cruel. If I couldn’t be the “pretty girl” at least I could be the “smart girl” or “nice girl”. At times it was very painful to be teased, but at other moments I knew it was NOT who I was. I knew deep in my soul that I was special. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Succop told me so. (God bless her, wherever she is today!) She wrote on my report card,” You can truly tell Lisa has Jesus in her heart through her words and actions. She is Jesus’ little lamb.” (I think my mom still has that report card today if you want to see it! Ha!)

Mrs. Succop had the kindest spirit and inspired me to have a caring heart. She was an example of a servant and I wanted to be like her. Years later, as a CFP®, I take my calling to serve very seriously. I am blessed to serve wonderful clients who have trusted me through the good and bad times of the stock market…. And some downright UGLY times.

Sometimes you have to go through a little ugly to end up prettier on the other side… Growing up on five acres in rural Chicago, my dad taught me and my three siblings that horse manure made the crops grow. Sometimes you just have to dig deep, shovel the sh##, and be patient and the garden would flourish. Same can be applied to investments. Even though last August the market stunk like manure; the DJIA was around 15,400 but if you dug deep and did not abandon your crops, a year later The DJIA(8/29/16) closed at 18,668. History has shown that some of the ugliest sectors, the year following can be the best sector. Will this be true for oil investments?

Patience paid off for my clients this year and patience also paid off for the little eight year old, “buck tooth beaver” . I embrace the hard lessons. God sometimes brings us through the tough times, to build trust. As a CFP® I am thankful my clients have learned to trust me and know that eventually things do turn around…and I am thankful for those mean girls too. They gave me the motivation to work harder, be smarter, but most of all, just like my childhood days shoveling manure in the barn, they dished me the crap… so I could blossom. I learned the hard lesson that with the right amount of “crap”… eventually everything would be smelling like roses.

…Romans 8:28 “And we know God works all things for good for those who love him.”… EVEN The Bad stuff!

So what is your ugly story? How did your “bad” turn to good? Where did patience finally pay off?

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Author: Lisa A. Riehm

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I have been single for the last twenty years raising my two beautiful children, Jake ( 26)and Tarah (25). I am a originally from Chicago but by listening to “The Whisper Within” I have recently moved to Southern California. I love to run, hike, bike, swim, and practice core yoga but have been sick for the last few years fighting Lyme disease. GOD will heal me but in the meantime, I choose to be happy and not settle for ordinary. I believe in the Fairytale, crave the butterflies, and surrender that God has the plan. Follow me on FB at The Whispers Within.

14 thoughts on “From Bad to Good… Learning the hard lessons.

  1. Lisa you have always been a beautiful soul and a beautiful woman inside and out. I remember you telling me about being one of Gods special lambs…..till this day I believe it! I love ready your blogs and knowing that life it working out just the way God has planned. Love ya girl!

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  2. aww thanks Geri! That means a lot … Things do have a way of working out if we are patient. I hope to keep staying patient.


  3. God gave me the best thing ever , my son , but I dident worry about the future , I didn’t plan for his future , now it breaks my heart that I can’t put a roof over his head , we had some bad luck , hurricane sandy finished us off financially , I hope god shows me the way to fix things ,Mainly my broken heart ,I’m trying to find happiness helping others , and praying all the time , god bless you ,,billy .


    • Billy~
      Hello. I am so sorry that you have gone through all this. I can Sympathize!!
      I became divorced in 2002, a few months later my ex became a paraplegic after I was already struggling financially with a 5 & 6 yr old. We were broke for years but God eventually helped with the financial end. little by little month to month ( like daily manna in the Old testament) he provided… I ran into more hardships… but that is why I wrote the unpublished book ” The Whisper within”. It is proof that when I listen to God he shows me answers. God moved me CA… now I am sick fighting lyme disease but I know he is with me,,, And With YOU!!!
      What is your son’s name so I can pray for you both?
      Much Love, Lisa


  4. Trust … A whole lotta sleepless nights & of course hard work!


  5. Thank you for visiting my blog. This is the first post I would read of yours and I totally love. I am following you right away too.

    It is true that patience pays off. God’s word tells us to be “imitators of those who through faith and patience inherited the promise.” Aren’t you an example of this? Regards.

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  6. Victor -wow . Very kind of you to say but daily I have to surrender & look up & ask GOD ” tell me what you want me to do & I’ll do it ” otherwise … I fall victim to trying to carve my own path & getting frustrated in my own doubts . This is ammunition for the devil . Patience in myself & in God’s timing is understatement …thanks for the encouraging words . Can’t wait to read more of your blogs.
    Blessings to you ,


  7. I love your attitude , if you were closer to Ct. I would ask you to have a coffee with me , keep up the good work ,,,,Billy ,,


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