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Lisa Whittle  Wild heart, tamed by God. Over the top about family. Feisty work in progress. Jesus is all I know.

4 things I’ve learned to expect for at least 24 hours in the aftermath of any undertaking for God:
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1. Exhilaration (short lived)
2. Weariness
3. Discouragement
4. Discord
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#2-4 always catch me by surprise, even after 15+ years of doing this. After the initial fulfillment high, I’m tired, in a way that beckons real, true rest. I’m discouraged, feel in some way inadequate, exposed or shamed and even often, completely defeated. I fight with people I love and often behave poorly.
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I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to ever think serving God, especially from a stage, is something it isn’t. And when your #2-4 comes, I don’t want you to think you are doing anything wrong.
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Here are some suggestions to combat.
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1. Pray.
2. Set boundaries around the 24 hour after mark: no “must dos”, no taxing brain activity, no major decisions made.
3. Go to bed. Sleep.
4. Be with safe, trusted people.
5. Read the Word. Cling to the promises to fight the lies.
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This is good for a book launch, conference or other event, after a Sunday sermon or ministry effort of really any kind.
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❤️🙏🏼 #MinistryStrong

I have so many questions about the shoes...🤔 Thank you @milkandhoneytees for reminding me I’m not yet at THAT level. 😂🙌🏼

We are not part Jesus follower, but with a side hustle. We are all His. It’s all His. Offer your whole self to the Creator. Offer Him your craft, “Christian” or not. If you can’t feel good about what you offer to the Creator, re-think your craft. And as always: we follow the perfect example —> “the Word was with God and the Word WAS God.” John 1:1 #notesfromWORDS

Turns out, I don’t have a lot of good words left. I know when to shut up and just say, thanks, God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1 #wordsconference

4 friends + some extra people. 👀 Love you all! @jamieivey @jana_burson @sharonhmiller

This is the face of someone bursting over the hubbub around the WORDS Conference tomorrow and just happy about life, in general! Before you dismiss me as simply the peppy, positive kind: you’re wrong. Pessimist/“realist,” here. I’ve worked and am working on pulling down the negative strongholds and that includes age/weight/all the things. I’m throwing on green jewel-tone slides from a millennial store if I want because they were $10 and I find them DARLING. I’m not trying to be young, again- I quite like being my age. But I’m all about being youthful. I stopped saying “I’m old” as a general practice about a year ago even as a joke (ok sometimes I still say I’m a granny), because words matter. So my girls out there who say it on the regular: no more of that! Youthful, not young. Life is a gift! GO GET IT. Happy Friday! Ps: By popular demand, we brought back the Friday 5 on the #5WPD. Today is a personal fave of mine: 5 things bringing me joy right now - fashion stuff, practical stuff, book stuff! The link is my stories with a quick and easy swipe up. 🙌🏼

I adore IG, but one of the downsides is how sometimes in the name of sharing we wind up exposing our covert soapboxes aimed at people who do things differently than us wrapped up in clever captions. I am a big believer in the freedom of our own social footprint to say what we want, but I also am weary of digs in the name of inspiration. I really want us to value words and our Jesus witness more than that. #preachingtomyself
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There are faith non-negotiables...convictions worth speaking up about. And then there are a lot of things we folks just do differently, and those aren’t the same. As we grow, we make room for people to have a different way of doing their laundry, cooking their bacon, running their ministry, parenting their kids. And we generally feel less judgmental about that because we know that for them, our way might not work. Maybe that’s a subtle plug for maturity and by virtue, a jab at needing to grow up, too. #preachingtomyself
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I don’t know. It just kind of hit me today when I saw something on here that didn’t pass the simple sharing authenticity sniff test. (And yet something I’ve been considering for awhile.) I don’t ever want any of you who come here to feel an air of superiority coming from me. I’ll be praying about that in myself- that I always say what I mean and mean what I say without an air of superiority or a back door slight to another. (That happens too much, I think, and I highly doubt God likes us throwing Him around to make our point.) The truth is: no one is ever inspired by someone else telling us in a round about way we are doing our laundry wrong.

The smallest person that lives in our house, wears these mismatched socks, and generally manages all our lives with her Enneagram 1ness, drove us to her cheer practice, today. We nearly died 74 times, enroute. I’m kidding. No, I’m not. Forget everything you’ve been told. Motherhood is nothing but prayers and intimidating experiences. The real warriors in life are parents of kids with driving permits. Jesus take the wheel WAS WRITTEN FOR US. FYI: Please ask me to do nothing else the rest of the day. I’ve climbed the mountain. #parenting

Most of you already know this, but my best friend of 23 years got her neat and tidy life wrecked by God some years back and she naively dove into the foster care system because Jesus freaks just start running to the needs. I don’t have time to tell you about how not cut out for it she was, how it “became her Africa,” all the crazy ways the church by and large hasn’t understood what she’s been doing or why (please don’t get me started), but I wrote some about it in I Want God.
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This is petty and dumb, but sometimes when she would talk about her foster care circus (not at all being disrespectful - other words don’t seem adequate for the complicated, hi/low beautiful/hard picture I’ve come to know), I would get a twinge of the wishes and then a wave of guilt. “I should be doing that,” I would think. It’s not that she had painted me a pretty picture. It was the worry that I wasn’t doing the right something with my life. As most dark mental roads go it led to the extreme - maybe, just maybe, I wasn’t doing anything at all.
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She told me a story yesterday (I wish I had time to share here, but the abbreviated version is on my Twitter, FYI), and as always, it deeply touched my heart. And in that moment there was none of the usual want or guilt. Instead, this thought: she and I are fighting for the Gospel, together. Her, there. Me, here. Her, doing her something. Me, doing mine. God knows what each are and why he’s asked each of us to do them. We don’t have to get it. We just have to do our something to the glory of God.
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Can you imagine if we all just did our somethings? Rather than waste time double checking with God, pining over someone else’s something, thinking ours is not worthy enough?
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If we all just did our somethings, what a powerful team we would be. How much Gospel would be spread. How much Jesus would be lifted high.
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This is the way He set it up. Individual something. Team Gospel. Let’s go. (ps: super quick how to find your something in my stories. Hope it’s helpful.❤️)

I think this is such a powerful 5-word prayer from my guest host @sharonhmiller on the #5WPD, today. Defiant = resistant, unable to be deterred. Yes, this is the joy that I need.
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Confession: I have severely needed more joy lately, and August tends to bring that out. It’s hot, the rush of school, and the reminder that the bliss of vacation and summer break can’t be bottled, no matter how much it’s a want.
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As my friend Sharon says, Phillipians is a masterclass in joy, which is why I chose to dedicate the #5WPD to it all month. It’s also why I chose her to be my guest, today, to set up our month-long look at this amazing book, because I adore wise Bible teachers.
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It’s one you won’t want to miss. Swipe up in my story or click the link to my podcast in my profile to listen. Joy-Jesus-Philippians-Paul-defiant joy all month. YES and AMEN.
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#podcast #christianpodcast #joy

Absolutely taken by her. Also absolutely thrilled that I have my own personal videographer/photographer/editor in my home. Coming for you, #wordsconference. Don’t underestimate this one, world. She’s tiny, but mighty. ❤️💪🏼 #shaelove

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears (all literal) since 1995 went into the making of this pic. Also: years of diapering, toddler name calling, hugs, fights, meals, sports, piano lessons, field trips (BLESS THE LORD, IT IS FINISHED) lectures about grades, prayers, boat rides, laughter, love and HISTORY. We didn’t just arrive here, tada. We worked for it. We are still holding tight and asking God to anchor us, since He’s all we have. And we made it through the family pics no one wanted, selah and amen. Thank you @sydneypressleyphoto for your talent and patience with our crazy bunch. You young photogs IMPRESS ME. ❤️

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