A Life Available to Him by Doris Lisemby

My name is Doris Mitchell Lisemby. As foreordained by God, I arrived on June 19,1918, to my parents, Wallace and Jewell Graves Mitchell. I am the eldest of ten children and was reared on a farm in Cleveland County, Arkansas. At an early age I learned the meaning of hard work and deprivation caused by the great depression of the late 1920’s and 1930’s.

Most events during the first twenty-one years of my life were rather ordinary. I graduated from high school in 1936, married Ray Lisemby in 1938 and was a homemaker merely existing from day to day. Then God touched my sinful life.  On August 9, 1939, I made my profession of faith in Jesus as my Savior, as did my husband.

Satan was aware of my vulnerabilities and God’s plan for my future so he determined not to let go of my life. He knew he could not reclaim my life but did his utmost to hinder my Christian witness. So the struggle between flesh and Spirit began.

God is patient and loves me in spite of my weaknesses. He loves me because of who I am- His adopted child- not because of what I do or don’t do.

Though I am one of the least of God’s children, through many years of sanctification He has blessed my life and used trials to mold it into a vessel to honor Him.  Although not a promising candidate based on my poor high school grades, I earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. I taught in schools in both Arkansas and Texas over 32 years, spending the last 20 years as a speech therapist.

I retired from the teaching profession in 1980, but God had other plans for me. Evidently much pruning was necessary because my life underwent some sorrow and suffering.

Since retirement I have undergone colorectal cancer. I lost my husband to lung cancer and then my parents a few months apart. I’ve outlived five siblings and my only daughter who died at age 54. At 89 years of age, I left home and friends in Arkansas to live in Florida with my elder son and his family.

I’ve suffered much during my retirement years; however, God has also given me the privilege of serving. I’ve worked with Missions Service Corps and local missions I’ve had the privilege of teaching children, college students and adults in Sunday school, as well as serving in other capacities through church.

Though limited in skills, He has given me the ability to use a computer. Using only my forefinger for typing I have written sixteen books… most written during my nineties. My last was printed and bound at age 97.

I do not know God’s plan for my future, but I am convinced as long as I make my life available He will give me something worthwhile to do. He knows my sincere desire is to wear out… not rust out!

Doris Lisemby