My husband and my first golf experience revealed a core issue in our marriage. My husband plays golf. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s good at it. Unlike me, who has been on a golf course twice. And, I spent more time playing in the cart than in the game. However, my dad taught … More Different, Not Wrong
Far back, as long ago as I can remember, I believed perfection was the key. I remember spilling a bottle of milk on the kitchen floor as I attempted to “help” my mom with the groceries. As a devastated three-year-old, an expectation formed in my soul and proved itself over and over in my life … More Letting Go of Expectations
The scene above may be humorous, but fear is nothing to joke about. God wired us with a healthy sense of fear to protect us from danger. But when fear dictates our lives, we can become trapped in patterns that destroy us. Here are a few things I’ve been learning about fear lately: Fear steals … More What Are You Afraid Of?
Having just completed my next book, Dangerous Ground, I’m extremely aware of what goes into writing a novel. Usually the beginning is the easiest. An idea grabs me, and my creative instincts take over, spinning a new tale with ever-evolving characters. It’s fun to get to know the players and see what they will do … More My Story’s Not Finished Yet
It’s been nearly three years since the idea for my next book, Dangerous Ground, began rattling around in my head. Bits and pieces flew at me on the road, in my sleep, in the shower and, well, just about everywhere. It’s quite a journey to write a book. Surprisingly, the idea originated with a writer’s … More The Writing Journey
Sometimes in order to find light, we must journey into darkness. I stumbled upon this great video of Kristene DiMarco, worship leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California, who tells the story of her time spent in San Francisco when she found herself in the middle of an overwhelming, dark place. God used that season … More Journey Into Darkness
“I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck and tear off the chains…” Nahum 1:13 Say what? This verse from the old testament prophet spoke of the ancient oppression of the Assyrians. The Lord promised his people that their freedom would come from his hand. So what does that have to do … More Are You in Chains?
“Stubbornness is an unintelligent barrier, refusing enlightenment and blocking it’s flow.” Those words grabbed me this week. They are the words of Oswald Chambers in his devotional My Utmost for His Highest. What gripped my attention was “unintelligent barrier.” Have I ever allowed stubbornness to block the flow of enlightenment or understanding in my life? … More “I Want What I Want”
A number of years ago, I was walking one evening with some friends, when the husband stopped suddenly and bent down to pick something up off the pavement. He handed me a penny and said, “Laura, God cares about the small things.” Those words came at a time in my life when I struggled to … More What Are Your Small Things?
God asked Cain. Cain was the eldest son of Adam and Eve. You probably have heard of them even if you don’t read the Bible or believe in God. I think it’s common knowledge that he committed the first act of murder in history. But the interesting thing is that God tried to help him … More “Why Are You Angry”