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real life.

December 16th | older posts

reallife2reallife3real life doesn’t follow my plan.

sometimes, real life hurts.

and i want to pretend it isn’t real.

but it is real.

and even in the midst of the hurt

real life has a lot of beauty.

there are times i have to look harder,

but it’s there

waiting to be found.

i want to live a real life

and be willing to experience the pain

and willing to look for beauty.

24 Responses

  1. tiffany says:

    Sending you a hug and an Angel of peace! Hoping all is well!

    You are a beautiful person – inside and out!!


  2. deezie says:

    Love the pictures and the post,
    I totally agree with you
    enjoy this beautiful day

  3. I’ve experienced this feeling so often in the past. I just have to tell you how beautiful your heart is expressed through your blog. I’m so happy you contacted me, so I could “meet” you. Your little David is absolutely precious by the way.


  4. Amber says:

    Your blog is so beautiful. I love your blog and the wonderful jewelry that you make. You are very blessed and have a beautiful family.

  5. lisa says:

    Beautiful pictures and lovely poem/thoughts. So great to remember. Nice for my birthday, too. Thanks :)

  6. Ramona says:

    life is hard.
    hopefully you will get a reprieve soon.

  7. Jenn says:

    I feel the same way today…. discouraged, yet trying to remember to look for the joy. Because I know it’s there.

  8. Gina says:

    such fitting words for this journey. thanks!

  9. Jenny says:

    ” All things work together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.” Find comfort in this promise today!

  10. vicki says:

    Sending hugs to you….I feel your words. I may have different hurt and different beauty, but inside it’s all the same. I needed to see this today. Many thanks to you. xo

  11. Whitney says:

    Perfect. I am not sure when or how I came across your blog, but please know that your peaceful thoughts and way with art makes me feel like the world is not so scary after all. Thank you for sharing your time, talents and amazing family with us!

  12. Laura says:

    I sure have ups and downs, too. May the Angels send it to you. Hugs, Lisa

  13. odelsa says:

    Lovely, I needed this today.

  14. Whitney Bray says:

    Isaiah 61…… bestow on them a crown of BEAUTY instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

    I was just telling my daughter, Lily-11, last night that the Lord will take something horrible (in our case, a divorce) and turn it into something beautiful if we allow him. He has PROMISED us a Hope and a Future. You are right, it is hard to see Beauty sometimes in the midst of Life….but we will always, always find it when we look “Up” instead of “Around” at our circumstances.

    Praying for you today!

  15. Hugs to you, Lisa. I’m sorry if you’re hurting.

    I truly understand. Today is the one-year anniversary of my grandma’s funeral. It’s hard to forget some of the hurtful times… and look for the beauty around us. It’s a challenge, but one that helps us heal.


  16. I think “real life” is the beauty and the pain all combined. I’ve been through real pain and I know what it is to want to escape….. to a tropical island! However, Christ helps lighten the load. Of course, you know that. I’m reminded that He redeems all things. In other words He makes what is unacceptable and unpleasant, pleasant and acceptable. Only He can do that! Often world changers are born out of pain! Lisa, YOU are a world changer!

  17. Theresa says:

    Thank You…This is a reminder that I need at times.

  18. you are some kind of amazing. i love you.

  19. Kimberly says:

    Through our suffering we discover what is real – it is amazing how God uses our hurt to reveal such goodness to us.
    I am sending a hug and prayer your way – you are loved beyond all measure.

  20. Robin says:

    Great sentiments, Lisa. I was thinking along those lines this morning too. The Lord just really calmed my anxieties and worries by reminding me that I am his daughter, my husband is his son, and my daughter was/is his daughter first. What a loving heavenly Father we have!

  21. Jennifer says:

    I happened to come across your website by accident, and I must say that your jewelry is truly amazing. I can say with certainty that I will be doing business with you in the very near future. However, my reason for writing you now is, after reading some of your blog posts and viewing your pictures, I felt compelled to tell you that I sense that you have such a sweet spirit. It reflects, not only in your jewelry creations, but in your writings as well. A refreshing quality this day and age, and truly inspiring.
    Abundant Blessings to You and Yours,

  22. Marnie says:

    Where there is pain beauty always follows.

  23. lauren jordan says:

    Thank you for this…I needed this….My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Debbie says:

    The hard days make the good ones even sweeter, don’t they?

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