My Friend Lisa’s Journey to Joy

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Lisa Buffaloe. Her journey to joy fascinates me.

Lisa says, “I’m not a perfect wife, perfect mother, or perfect at anything. I keep a fairly clean house, cook semi-decent meals, and love to write. I’m a real life mom with real life problems.”

Because of chronic illness, for almost eleven years, Lisa rarely left her home except to attend Bible study and church. She attended occasional writers’ conferences, but came home exhausted. Lisa wouldn’t want to relive her dark, lonely years, but she wouldn’t trade them for anything. During this difficult time, Lisa discovered day-by-day dependence of God.

In 1999, Lisa and her husband were living in Illinois and went hiking in the woods where they observed a deer. Later, Lisa found a tick. “It was so tiny,” she said. “Nothing compared to the ticks we’ve seen in Texas.”

While gardening in October of 2000, Lisa felt as though she’d been hit by a sledgehammer. Unable to see or walk, her husband rushed her to the emergency room. She was misdiagnosed with labrynthitis, meaning an inflammation of the inner ear.

“Over the years, I was poked, prodded, and diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, swollen jugular vein, autoimmune inner ear disease, kidney infections, kidney stones, and hearing problems. One doctor thought I had a brain tumor. Another considered multiple sclerosis or lupus. I’ve had constant use of steroids to try to stop the unending dizziness, tumors, cysts, numbness, headaches, bleeding problems, eye problems, nerve damage, and the list goes on and on.”

Finally in January of 2006, a neurologist made an accurate diagnosis.

Lisa tested positive for Lyme’s disease. After being referred to an infectious disease specialist, she began thirty days of IV antibiotics. She soon felt better and hoped she was well. Two months later, she met someone with Lyme’s who asked her a few health-related questions. Her new friend suggested she might still have active Lyme’s. Lisa traveled to a Lyme literate doctor and began taking antibiotics again, but this didn’t cure her illness. Soon she battled a blood infection that nearly took her life.

Lisa wouldn’t have made it without her Bible, God’s love, and her husband and son. Her family gave her a reason to get up each morning.

Lisa’s struggles extended beyond Lyme’s disease. She discovered by putting her experiences on paper, God brought light to the darkness of her past. By writing honestly, Lisa was set free from memories of sexual abuse. Wanting to help other women, in February of 2007, Lisa started a personal blog. Daily, she writes from her heart. She considers her blog a filling station where readers come, fill up, and gather strength.

Lisa Buffaloe’s story to wholeness gets even better. In August of 2011, after suffering from a three-day long horrific migraine, she prayed for healing. Deep in her soul she heard God say, “You are healed. Be healed little one.”

Instantly she felt a rush of heat go through her body. Her headache vanished and she knew, without a doubt, she’d been healed of Lyme’s disease.

Recently, Lisa experienced another surprise. A childhood desire she’d all but forgotten has come to pass. Growing up, her family moved often. Though blessed with a few friends, she was a loner. Lisa remembers going to bed at night as a child with a tiny plastic radio-shaped pillow. More than anything, she wanted to be a deejay. Following eleven years of isolation and after much healing, Lisa’s dream came true.

Lisa Buffaloe now hosts her own radio show called, “Living Joyfully Free.” Every Monday morning, she airs a new interview. Her program is about finding freedom, hope, and joy in the journey.

Lisa wondered after being quiet for so long, if she’d know how to talk to people. The Lord seemed to say, “You’re a host. You’ll be listening.” This thrills Lisa. She’s all about listening to people and loving on them.

God is faithful. Often, He brings about our hearts’ desires–even those unspoken childhood dreams.

To find out more about Lisa, visit her website and blogs, Fliterary and . Be sure to visit her radio show too!

Lisa Buffaloe lives in Idaho with her husband and son. She’s an author, speaker, blogger, and radio host. Her favorite quote is, “In my deepest wound, I saw your glory and it dazzled me.” St Augustine


  1. marie says:

    So inspiring! Thanks for sharing, Julie.

  2. Such an encouraging post. Thank you for sharing, Lisa and Julie!

  3. Thanks for sharing Lisa’s inspiring story today on your site, Julie! I love how she glorifies Jesus all the way through it all and inspires us to do the same! 🙂

  4. I’ve met Lisa – Hi, Lisa! – and marvel at her strength and determination. Kudos, Lisa, for stepping out in faith.
    Hugs & love.

  5. Thanks for sharing this Julie. I will certainly check out Lisa’s work. Love how God’s joy is discovered and shared!

  6. Joyce dykes says:

    Hello Julie,
    Thanks for sharing this amazing story. It inspired me.

  7. You’re so welcome, Joyce. Thanks for letting us know it inspired you!

  8. Julie, thank you so much for sharing my story. I’m so grateful God allowed our paths to cross. You are a blessing!

    Thank you, Marie, Joanne, Stephanie :), B.J. (Hi!!!), Tom, and Joyce! Our God is an amazing, Joy-filled, and joy-giving God! Blessings to you all!

  9. Wow, Lisa, I had no idea you had been through all this! I’m praising God with you for your healing and your new ministry. Praise God, He doesn’t waste any scars!

    Thanks for bringing Lisa’s story to us, Julie!

  10. Hi Vonda, I love that God restores every internal and external scar with His loving, restoring touch. Our God is such a wonderful God!

  11. Lisa, you’re a beautiful person inside and out, and so vital and determined. You’ve lived through an amazing journey and come out on the other side for the Lord and His glory. Best wishes for success and may the remainder of your life be pain free so you can have the strength to continue helping others. BJ

  12. Julie, I’ve been blessed to call Lisa my friend for a few years now. We’ve walked through some intense stuff together, and Daddy must just think she is all that and a bag of chips because every time I see her, every time we talk on the phone, every time I read her writing, it is obvious He is right there with her. Not only is it obvious He is WITHIN her. It is obvious He is with her, and I can feel His joy. He glows with pride for His daughter. She is such an example of joy despite the pain, and when I walked through my hardest season ever, she was with me, pouring into me, pouring HIM into me. So many days when *I* would have rather stayed in bed, she came along beside me and encouraged me in Him. As someone who loves her, I am sorry she was given the road she was given because it was hard, and it hurt. As someone she loves, I’m thankful for the road God gave her because when I took a hard road, she knew how to walk it with me, and she never flinched. She took all those lessons, all His love, and poured it right into me. She is an amazing woman…because she has learned how to let God be amazing through her.

    • What a beautiful testimony of friendship, Jerri. You said it so well. For sure–whenever I’m around Lisa, it’s HIS love I feel. Thank you so much for commenting. We are so blessed to know her. 🙂

    • Awww Jerri, thank you so much for your sweet comment. I’m so grateful God allowed our paths to cross. Thank you for allowing me to be your friend and to walk with your through your seasons of hardship. You bless me, sweet friend!

  13. Thank you so much, BJ! I am so grateful for God’s healing and restoration. He walked with me through the fires, held me close, and blessed me with so many blessings! Our God is AMAZING!

  14. What an amazing story and testimony! I’ve been stressed to the max today, worrying about a work situation, and pretty indulgent with the self-pity. Reading this reminds me that God’s grace is more than sufficient and I really have nothing to whine about. Needed that reminder!

    • Jane, isn’t it wonderful to know that no matter what we are facing, our God is “more than sufficient.” I love that He is always there and will meet us at every point of our every need. 🙂

  15. Grace.
    When reading about Lisa’s journey I thought of God’s sweet grace. He uses everything in our lives to bring us closer and gives us grace for the journey.
    Thank you Julie and Lisa for sharing and helping my faith to grow.

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