The Whisper Within

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


Happy Sunday! Before church, I sip my coffee and thank God for the usual:

My kids



The beach

I take another sip WAIT! My health!

I almost forgot, for years, I was so sick. Every morning I woke up like I had the flu, feeling like I was plugged into an electric socket being shocked, and burning like a match. I only weighed 105pounds! I was miserable.

But NO LONGER! Yesterday I found myself skipping the streets of Santa Barbara with a friend. As we walked by a vintage shop, a pink dress caught my eye. I threw a smirk at her and said. “What are you wearing to the wedding?”

I tried on the dress. I bought the dress.

Yes it is obnoxiously pink!

I could wear a dress from my closet, but just like the pink dress, I’m in a new season of cotton candy fun.

It could be sweet or sticky but I am willing to indulge in the gooey messiness.

What about you?

Dance more! Be silly more!

Buy the pink dress!

Ecclesiastes 9:7 “Seize life! …God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.”


I have to admit that this morning, getting out of bed, I was not feeling my normal silly joy, but instead was overwhelmed from a night of listening to sirens warning of evacuations for potential mudslides.

I got out of bed and looked up at the ceiling and said, “Ok!God, let’s do this!”

I started my workday, called a few clients, and then decided to call a special client, my brother-in-law.

Before I called, I pulled up his profile and looked at his age, and thought,How is Doug going to be 60? Wait! If Doug is going to be 60, that means my sister is going to be 60. How is this possible?

An image quickly flashes through my memory of a perfect summer day watching my sister Debbie ride bareback her horse,Blazer.

Recalling that memory, I thought, if Debbie was 16 then, I was only 12.

I grabbed my cell phone, tapped my sister’s name and within seconds, we were reminiscing about the good old days.

I hung up the phone and thought, I am going to be 56 next month. Ugh!

I walked to my bathroom and put my hair in pigtails to feel like I was twelve years old again.

I continued working, the rain blew over, and the sun came out. My work day is completed. I look over at my office partner and say, “Kipper time for a walk.”

As I walk down the rain soaked sidewalk I thought,I am not getting any younger. What am I waiting for? When am I gonna start living my purpose?

What is my purpose? To be the best financial advisor? No!

Maybe it is my age speaking or maybe it’s a brand new start to a brand new year? Or maybe it is the realization of friends, family, and clients who have passed this year.

But whatever it is, I want to be silly Lisa who had this contagious joy to share the JOY of JESUS!

What is your purpose? Please comment! Love to hear!

“For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.” Philippians 2:13