Lisa Lickel

About Lisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel enjoys the Wisconsin good life, where she ponders and writes. The author of inspirational novels, she is also the editor of Creative Wisconsin Magazine for the Wisconsin Writers Association.

Live Like a Winner

Live Like a Winner

Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Be strong, Be courageous, Do not fear, Do not dread, Do not be dismayed God goes with you God will not leave you God will not forsake you   I’m an admitted end-of-the-book reader. Okay. So there. But yes, I do understand it when people who really and truly don’t want to know […]

As a Child

As a Child

Matthew 18:3: “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” As a four-generation family we visited a children’s museum this past summer. I’m not sure who had more fun, my dad, or his great-grandchild. As I watched, and played, I remembered advice from […]

Weeds

Weeds

For Beauty… Proverbs 24:26-34  “I went past the field of the sluggard…” And realized it was me. I had stopped in at my neighbor’s house, and we walked around the yard, admiring the neat vegetable garden. I spotted dashes of color over at the back of our yard, and led her over, wanting to show […]

5 Things I’ve Learned From Being a Grandmother

5 Things I’ve Learned From Being a Grandmother

I kept a journal for a while after my own children were born. I had forgotten how much I hated the “advice” I’d been given, mostly to do with sleep patterns and nursing. I gave those journals to my daughters-in-law when they were expecting. I probably should have read them first. Even though I promised […]

5 Things I Learn From Eve

5 Things I Learn From Eve

Five Things I Learn from Eve    Genesis 3:20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.   I’m reading a devotional on doubt as found throughout Scripture for a few weeks. This one from Genesis is obvious—the doubt was already there in Eve’s mind, and fed by the […]

Five Lessons From Hanging Out Laundry

Five Lessons From Hanging Out Laundry

I’ve always loved being able to let my laundry air dry. A woman I used to work for had a saying cross-stitched, “Thank you, Lord, for my dryer,” over a full clothesline. My mom never had a clothes dryer until she retired and moved to a new house. It’s a well-known fact that clothes dryers […]

Show Me

Show Me

Exodus 33:12-23 “Now show me Your glory.”   Moses must have been from Missouri, the “Show Me” state!  After all Moses had seen and experienced, from the first moment of standing on holy ground and hearing the voice of the Lord, to responsibility for a million – million – people…in receiving God’s Little Instruction Book, […]

Convinced

Convinced

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced… (v. 38)             My Uncle Jim started college as a pre-seminary student. He later became a salesman. Years after my own experience with faith, I asked him why he didn’t become a pastor. “Others in the class kept saying things like, ‘Jesus told me this,’ or ‘I heard God’s […]

Legacy

Legacy

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 The people of long ago are not remembered… (vs. 11) Walking through cemeteries is a favorite pastime of mine. As a historian, the gravestones call out to me, telling the story of who once breathed and walked and then died in this place. Sometimes the stories are poignant–drownings or illness taking whole families. […]

Ransomed

Ransomed

Psalm 49:1-12 Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life, there is no price one can give to God for it. (v.7) A neighbor went out on a limb with the sufferer’s prayer: God, if you will give me a clean bill of health, I’ll…I’ll…I’ll (gulp) go to church! She forgot to add for how long […]

Commonality

Commonality

Commonality     Matthew 25:32-33: All the nations will be gathered before Him… My neighbor went to Rome, accompanying a delegation that included her local archbishop. The Pope was to formally recognize him and several others from around the world for his newly appointed leadership. I interviewed her for a story afterward and was touched […]

Parenting is a Patchwork of Love

Parenting is a Patchwork of Love

Proverbs 1:1-9 “…and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Patchwork of Love and Grace It’s such a great experiment, this giving birth and raising children. It’s all mixed up with blessing and curse, glory and grief, never-ending, all-consuming, crossing generations. And the responsibility! My Grandma Ellen taught me to quilt by piecing the squares in the […]

Help-Itis

Help-Itis

Three Ways to Avoid Too-Much-Helping Syndrome It took seven years…at least to my face…before I annoyed a dear loved one so badly she had to leave the room. This is a testament to her, not to me, believe me. It is my special gift to aggravate everyone I come in contact with, some sooner than […]

Lukewarm Compassion

Lukewarm Compassion

Matthew 7:21-24 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name […]

Packing

Packing

Verse: The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not. Genesis 24:21 ESV I’m leaving soon on a short but exciting vacation. A trip overseas. It’s been thirty-five years since I’ve been off the continent and I’m pretty excited. There are rules about women’s clothing in […]

Five Lessons From My Yard

Five Lessons From My Yard

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. Genesis 1:11 ESV Up here in the northern part of the United States, it’s safely well into growing season. They may have […]

Self Study

Self Study

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not, also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.   I came to a disturbing non-revelation while reading Sonia Sotomayor’s biography, My Beloved World. She’s talking about her college days at Princeton working on her senior thesis about Puerto Rico’s first elected governor, and says, “Of course I knew […]

Deadlines and Deadheads

Deadlines and Deadheads

Learning to Tell Time Ruthless—by the time a writer starts making some money in the business, you must learn to become ruthless. Most everyone knows by now that with my fourth contract and third year in a row of being profitable in writing, I took two years off to learn marketing. Really, really bad idea […]