Ep.087: How to be Genuinely Happy Even in the Waiting with Lisa Harper

Do you feel like you are always waiting? 

My husband Justin and I are right in the middle of that wait ourselves on trying to start our family. At times this waiting season can be excruciating for me because it feels like everything else is simultaneously on hold. We can’t be happy in anything else until this one thing comes true.

While that obviously couldn’t be further from the truth – at the time it seemed almost all consuming. It was the ONLY truth I was telling myself.

What about you? Are you waiting on…

  • The next promotion
  • The new house
  • A loved one to be healed
  • To become a wife
  • Or a mother? 

If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you feel like your prayers aren’t even being heard, but then, as if on cue, just tell everyone:

“I’m fine, really.” 

And continue on – putting on another layer of lipgloss hoping it will cover more than just the lack of color on our lips– but also the little white lies we speak through them.

Trust me, no judgement here. I get it. All too well.

And if you haven’t heard it yet today, let me be the first to tell you:

You DO NOT have to FAKE it until you MAKE it.

I could go on a long tangent about that – but we’d be here for ages. 

So what if I told you that you could be happy – yes, genuinely happy – while NOT faking it through the hard stuff? Without pretending to be happy in the waiting?

You see, today I had a conversation with Lisa Harper, best-selling author + speaker, and she understands the everyday struggle. She gets it. BUT! That’s because she has figured out the secret. Ready?

Focus on the 99, not the 1. 

Let me tell you what she means here.

If you shift your focus to the 99 answered prayers and not solely on the 1 “in the waiting”, you WILL be able to hope for the future while STILL finding extreme joy right where you are.

Now, this isn’t to undermine the extreme difficulty you are going through. Because those circumstances will most likely still be there. 

But, you CAN grieve for your heart’s desire AND worship at the same time.

Tell me, what would your life look and feel like if you had:

  • Extreme joy

  • Genuine happiness

  • True contentment

Seriously. I want you to visualize that right now and put yourself in that place.

Because I do TRULY believe that is possible for you. Even in this very moment.

Focusing on those 99 answered prayers is the tool in your toolbox to help propel you there.

And of course, in true Lisa-humor fashion, I just loved when Lisa added to our conversation that we don’t have to wear Spanx with God. Can I please get an amen?!

SO! If you are ready to take off those Spanx and faux smiles and embrace happiness in the waiting – make sure to tune into today’s episode with Lisa Harper where we finish the rest of this life-giving conversation.

We dive into:

  • The freedom you will find in understanding how grief and worship can go hand-in-hand

  • Ways that you can embrace happiness in the middle of the wait or long slow climb

  • How to be equipped to find rest in the moment by focusing on the ‘99’ instead of the ‘1’

  • The unique way that pain is not punitive, but rather a promotion 

Friends, You CAN wish God would change your circumstances, WHILE simultaneously loving your life.

Why? Because, there is a miracle to be had TODAY, not tomorrow, not 10 years from now, but TODAY!

You are going to be blown away by Lisa’s wisdom, her story, her good news story, and her humor! I can’t wait for you to listen!

More From This Episode 

Connect with Lisa on Instagram and at and don’t forget to pick up her newest book ‘LIFE: An Obsessively Grateful, Undone by Jesus, Genuinely Happy, and Not Faking it Through the Hard Stuff Kind of 100-Day Devotional’ wherever books are sold. 

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