Someone Listens

A Poem by Lisa Enqvist
Something new
Waits beyond the mountains
I refuse to hear
I refuse to see
Another world
Cannot replace
all that I am
Someone listens, nods and smiles
Understands my pain
Torn up roots and broken branches
and grow again
This poem was written by Lisa Enqvist in 1962, describing the power of Christ’s listening ear, in her aunt Göta Wallenius (born 13.3.1913 and died 12.2.2003). Lisa said her aunt helped her survive, just by listening.
Göta Wallenius
Father, thank You that You always hear our hearts. Thank You for sending Göta Wallenius to sit next to Lisa and listen to her aching heart. Thank You for binding up and healing Lisa’s broken branches and for replanting her torn up roots into Your heart and affections for her. Thank You for letting her poem fall on my own freshly pruned branches and dangling roots. Thank You for reminding me of how you once sent a Finnish woman my way also to clasp my hands, invite me to share my story and weep with me.
Father, let this Word fall on other freshly pruned hearts and dangling roots also. Replant our dangling roots into the good soil of Your heart and loving affections for us. Show us how each uprooting and pruning is growing our delight in You and uncovering Your true heart and affections in us. Grow bountiful leaves of healing and abiding fruit from the branches you have cut back. In Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen.
Join us tomorrow for a beautiful short story by Lisa about tree roots.
Author Bio

As a teenager, Lisa Enqvist decided she would never be a missionary, never return to her father’s Gospel ship “Ebeneser,” never marry a missionary, never have kids who might feel as rootless as she was. And, she prayed, “Please, God, don’t ever send me to India.” But God knew Lisa better than she knew herself and gave her what her heart truly desired: all the things she asked Him not to give her, healing her heart more and more through the process.

Lisa is a co-founder of a Children’s Home in Thailand. She grew up in China and Sri Lanka as a missionary kid. She now lives with her husband in a small town on the West Coast of Finland. She and her husband adopted four Amerasian children in Thailand. They have given Lisa and her husband Håkan eleven grandkids. 

Today, Lisa writes personal and family stories based on saved letters, documents, and personal memories. Since receiving her mother’s old letters in 1983, she has written four memoir books in Swedish and one in English: MISSIONARY MOTHER – Around the World with Five Kids. Rheumatoid Arthritis has challenged her since writing her first book. 

Lisa is a registered pediatric nurse. Her earlier writing experience consisted of newsletters to sponsors of children at the Bethany Children’s Home and regular letters to family and friends scattered around the world. She has saved numerous family letters.

She attended several Swedish writer’s seminars in Finland. After reverting to English in 2011, she completed a course in writing for children and youth at the Institute for Children’s Literature and a Memoir Writing Course at Creative Writing Now. She also wrote articles for FaithWriters Challenge. 

She is a member of Everything Memoir Private Group and West Coast Christian Writers. She has attended two Online conferences with the WCCW.

Her book MISSIONARY MOTHER – Around the World with Five Kids, is available from:

and other online bookstores.

Lisa blogs at:


  1. I love this sweet poem of Lisa’s that expresses so gently the power of listening! Thank you, Anna, for connecting my path with Lisa’s and joining us together on this journey of following Jesus. I pray that you both will be so blessed this week as you share the stories of God’s writing within your lives.

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    1. Isn’t it beautiful, Bettie? Just like the heart of Jesus in our friend Lisa. I am so thankful for how He weaves His Body together, oceans apart and yet in Spirit One. Thank you for your love and prayers for us both, Bettie. May God continue to overshadow you and your family in His mercy also and publish more stories to His glory.

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  2. Thank you, Anna, for weaving this little poem into your blog. And thanks for inviting me to join in a fellowship with many friends, who also are listeners, though we are scattered around the world.

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    1. Isn’t our family in the LORD such a balm? So blessed by His weaving the world over and the gift of His heart in you, Lisa. Honored to share the gift of His listening heart through the poem He gave you. Love you

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  3. Beautiful poem and what a precious memory of Lisa’s aunt who listened and encouraged her. And the song you linked to “As the Deer Panteth for the Water.” It’s one of my favorites and the verse was in the psalm I read this morning for my devotions. Blessings and love to you and Lisa. xoxo

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    1. Isn’t it? It so moved my heart. Even her photo speaks volumes to the love of Jesus present in her. And oh how I love how He affirms His Word to us. Blessings and love to you too xoxo

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