10 Favorite Posts from 2015

These stories aren’t necessarily the most visited or most commented on. But they involve people and stories that touched my life.

Perhaps they touched yours, too.


1. Are you impatient with your impatience? 

My attitude was bad. Is it hard for you to be compassionate with yourself? The grace we give others is the same grace that God wants us to give ourselves.

Are you impatient with your impatience?

2. It’s ugly out there 

The fierceness online can get out of hand. Would we say the same thing in person that we type as a Facebook comment? Is it more important to be known as a faith-defender or a Jesus-lover?

It’s ugly out there

3. If you can’t do it every time

I wanted to do her favor, but I was scared it would start something. If we can’t do it every time, should that stop us from doing it this time?

If you can’t do it every time

4. Can you be quiet?

She asks us to keep silent for the weekend. Really? God may do his greatest work through our “waste of time.” Is it harder for you to speak up or to be quiet?

Can you be quiet?

5. Find the weird one

I take a deep breath before I enter his apartment. There is an unusual person in your life, too. How do they need you? How do you need them?

Find the weird one

6. Everybody can do something. What will you do? 

I watch this homeless guy. He’s using what he has, doing what he can do at the library.

That’s all God asks of any of us, right?

Everybody can do something. What will you do this week?

7. When racism hides 

I knew this flag story would be retold to their friends up north as something they found in Alabama. 

But it matters less how we look; what matters more is how we are. Where do you see racism hiding?

When racism hides

8. Who are you avoiding?

All I see is a dad who wants to talk to his kids. All relationships—even cracked ones, even ones separated by death—are eternal. Do you have a relationship you’d like to repair before it’s too late?

Who are you avoiding?

9. When I am embarrassed to be white

Then it fell, her final question, the zinger: “Were those people black?” I wanted to lie. When have you been embarrassed about who you are?

When I am embarrassed to be white

10. Admit you don’t know

I didn’t know. But Patrick would. If I would just ask. When have you had to admit you didn’t know? Who have you had to ask for help?

Admit you don’t know

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Thanks for reading along in 2015! I’ve loved having you with me. Let’s see what God will show us in 2016. Please share your thoughts in the comments.


12 thoughts on “10 Favorite Posts from 2015

  1. Sharon

    Lisa, I am always blessed by your thought-full writing. I love the way that God speaks through you. I am consistently encouraged, challenged, inspired, convicted – and always come away with *food for thought*. It’s a joy to know you, and to share in the journey of faith with you.

    Looking forward to more *notes* in 2016!

    Merry Christmas, and GOD BLESS!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thank you for those kind words, Sharon. Ditto for how I feel when I read your blog. I love how God spreads insights through each other’s stories. Have a blessed Christmas!

  2. Jerralea

    I always love the end-of-the-year wrap-up posts. Kudos to you doing it before Christmas!

    I noticed that I missed the one about “Can You Be Quiet.” I would love to try a retreat such as that. I don’t think I’d have trouble not talking, but no reading or writing would be difficult for me. I always think a time of silence brings some kind of revelation. Maybe there will come a time in my life when I can find out!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      If you get a chance, I do recommend the silent retreat! Yes, the not reading or writing was the hardest part. I can go without speaking without TOO much trouble, at least for a little while. ha. But not reading? That is difficult! 🙂 Praying you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

  3. ~Karrilee~

    Love this! I did a Year in Review last year and had forgotten all about it until I linked up next to you for Small Wonders… what a great way to reflect over the year and to hook up any new readers to posts that really meant a lot to you! Great idea and lots of great material to read here! Merry Christmas!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Karrilee. I like doing these posts for myself as much as anybody else because I like to be reminded of all the places God showed up! It’s so easy to forget about the little moments throughout a year. Have a blessed Christmas!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Just keep going, Andrew. Your energy is too precious right now to look backward. Stay in the present and anticipate a better future ahead! Blessings to you this Christmas. I’ll be praying for you and for your wife as she ministers to her coworker by housesitting.

  4. Dolly@Soulstops


    I so appreciate your heart and honesty in your writing. I’m thankful when I read what God has been showing you and blessing you and blessing others through you and your heart. Merry and blessed Christmas to you and yours 🙂

  5. floyd

    I recall all of them. Good picks. Those are the ones that stirred my heart and spurred my soul too. So appreciate your seeking heart… kinda has a way of dragging mine along with you!

    Merry Christmas to you and your whole clan, Lisa! God bless you abundantly, sister.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Glad our hearts have been dragging each other along for quite some time now, Floyd. 🙂 As long as God is leading us, it’s all good. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

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