8 Lessons to Learn from 2018

8 Lessons from 2018

What did God teach you in 2018?

Looking back over the year, God taught me things in unique places and people in 2018. I wrote a little about each one during the year. If one resonates with you now, the links are under each picture.

Maybe you can use one for 2019.

1. There are no dead ends with God.

This dead end street in Panama City took heavy losses from Hurricane Michael in October. Charles was growing despondent.


No Dead End Here

 2. Pay attention when the bad thing does NOT happen.

Jenna heard the shots. And then she saw the shooter.

man shooting at traffic

When the Bad Thing Does NOT Happen

3. No prayer is a throwaway.

The quiet Hispanic lady needed to tell me something. She said someone prayed over her 4 years ago. And now this?

No prayer is a throwaway. God is better. Lisanotes

Is This a Throwaway Prayer?

4. Grace always comes with refills.

The wind picked up. The paper blew onto the bottle. All the communion grape juice was now spilled on the ground.

Grace comes with refills

You’ll Always Get a Refill

5. Being in the majority may feel comfortable, but it can be detrimental.

Jeff and I looked around the comedy club. We were definitely among the oldest. And among the whitest.

Being in the majority feels comfortable. But it also can be detrimental.

When You’re the Minority

6. Be a planter, not a shooter.

The grocery store mom was yelling. I was uncomfortable. Words are either bullets or seeds.

Bullets or Seeds

Are Your Words Bullets or Seeds?

7. Raise your hand when you agree.

Averie is 7. She says things like this a lot: “Raise your hand if you know want to play a game” or “Raise your hand if you’re ready to eat.” Then she asked me: “Why do people raise their hands at your church?


Raise Your Hand If . . . 

8. Give everyday grace generously.

The man is clearly blocking traffic as he walks down the road. Yet no one is honking at him. Why not?

God gives grace generously_James-4-6

Give This Kind of Grace Generously

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What’s one lesson you learned in 2018? What do you want to learn in 2019?

Please share in the comments.

11 thoughts on “8 Lessons to Learn from 2018

  1. Joanne Viola (@JViola79)

    Lisa, every one of these lessons were so good. I remember many of these posts 🙂 I am so grateful for all God has taught us through this past year. Every lesson becomes so precious in our memory. I look forward to what God has in store in the year ahead. Blessings!

  2. Linda Stoll

    Dear Lisa … Yes, I remember some of these posts … and for good reason! Your learnings have benefitted all of us who follow your journey.

    I’m so grateful to do life with you, friend. May you and your sweet family have the loveliest of Christmases!

  3. floyd samons

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Lisa. It saves others from as much pain!

    Your number two flat rattled me. I can just imagine how nerve wracking that had to be for Jen.

    May you and yours be blessed this Christmas season.

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