The Whisper Within

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

Can you wait for your sour grapes to turn sweet ?


As I breathe in the grape sweetness of wine in the making, my eyes dance at the miles of the vines kissing the horizon.

Dents form on the sides of my mouth and give way to dimples. I cannot disguise my smirk, gushing like grapes in the wine vat.



I feel like Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun when she says , “I got my wish .Everything I asked for …”

Fifteen years ago I could not afford a “happy meal” for my kids and now I am here. I got my wish.

Diane’s character runs parallel to my life. Divorced, loses it all,sad, wandering without direction, jumps to a foreign country( I think California qualifies as foreign ) but like all Rom-Com movies , the heroine’s train changes track .

Ms. Lane narrates at the end of the film , “They say they built the train tracks over the Alps between Vienna and Venice before there was a train. They built it anyway. They knew one day a train would come. Any arbitrary turn along the way and I would be elsewhere. I would be different.”
And so would I.

Diane’s soothing voice closes the film like dew on magenta grapes.
“Unthinkably good things can happen. Even late in the game. It is such a surprise.”
I tilt my sun hat to cover my blushing. The last few years have been a complete surprise. I never envisioned that my sour grapes would turn sweet .

“I don’t know where the path is leading but I know who is leading the path .” Proverbs 4:10

Embrace the twists of turns of life and dare to be surprised. I intend to.
Maybe like the movie, a Tuscan Villa has my name on it with an American gentleman who lives in Florence, ready to carry me over the threshold.
If that is God’s plan, I’ll be all in ; like a grape stomper-barefoot and all.

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.

2 thoughts on “Can you wait for your sour grapes to turn sweet ?

  1. Love that movie (and yes, I know it’s odd for a guy to like that movie). Also – why limit your dream to an American gentleman ?

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    • Haha! Well, if my life is to mirror the movie ( without any cracks of breaking storyline ) an American man approaches her speaking Italian requesting to speak to the American writer … but since I am neither Diane Lane or a writer .. I guess my options are open like a 3 way mirror –I can glance in multiple angles and get a completely fresh look . Here’s to fresh eyes & being surprised.


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