Goodbye and Farewell


This is my last blog post here.

No crying, brave souls. You can still follow me by going to my website and filling out the little form that says “add me to your list” so I can send you free things and newsletters with more posts from my site.

Yippee!

I’m grateful for all the friends and followers I’ve made in these past four years. It’s been quite a journey of learning to write and sharing my heart. My prayers will continue to be with all of you who have intersected my life.

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What Involves Change, Boxes and a Notice at the Post Office?


We’ve all done it.

It’s a given at some point in each person’s life.

This past year, my husband, Brendan, and our two youngest kids did it. It’s not usually fun. Never easy, and requires many hours of back breaking work. Even with professionals.

I’m sure by now you’ve solved the simple riddle. The answer?

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But I’m not talking about my physical location, I’m talking about my blog.

Laura’s Confessions is packing it up and heading out the door.

You know how sometimes you just need a change? Or maybe you’ve outgrown your place? Perhaps you have some issues with your landlord…

Well, the time has come.

Due to a variety of reasons (some listed above), Laura’s Confessions will take up permanent residence on Laura’s website, laurabennet.com, starting July 1st! I’m pretty excited about my new location.

For the past 4 years, WordPress has been my home, and I’ve really enjoyed it. But last year, I began an author website and have been feeling a little torn between trying to keep both entities up and running. Then WordPress began making some changes. While, I’m certain most bloggers here love the new format and find navigation absolutely wonderful, for me it’s created more of a challenge to post and respond to my followers.

I feel awful for those of you who have fallen through the cybercracks!

So since my contracted time is coming to an end (like a lease), I’ve decided now is the time to make the break.

I realize I will lose some friends with my move.

It makes me sad, but it can’t be helped. Just as I miss my family and friends in my last physical location, there are those with whom I will only be able to keep touch through Facebook.

But isn’t it great that you can still follow me there and on my new blog?

Simply look for me at laurabennet.com and you can keep in touch, follow my blog AND have access to my books as well. And if you sign up with your email, you’ll get a free gift and quarterly newsletters!

You can’t beat that.

It’s sad, I know. But I hope to see many of you still following Laura’s Confessions on my website. And I have some new confessions too. Like about how I’m dealing with mold sickness, what I’m learning about essential oils and how I’m implementing a healthier lifestyle for my family.

It’s all good.

Hope to see you soon!

A Good Quality of Life


Bill has been the most inspiration to me as I’ve struggled with chronic illness due to mold sickness. His gracious, honest perspective in the face of such a tremendous physical challenge, encourages us all to examine what is most important in life. Thank you, Bill!

Unshakable Hope

I’ve been thinking a lot about quality of life issues lately. More specifically, I’ve been trying to figure out why some people that (in the natural) possess virtually everything we think would make for a good quality of life, yet they’re miserable. Conversely, many others have almost none of the ingredients that we think must be in the mix for a good quality of life, but they seem perfectly content.

I think about this issue more and more as life with ALS becomes an even greater challenge. If ALS takes its natural course, the victim will die of respiratory failure. The muscles needed to breathe become weaker and weaker to the point where you just can’t breathe anymore. Oftentimes the flu or pneumonia are just too much for those with advanced ALS and can speed up this respiratory failure.

I had a severe case of the flu in February, and…

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Christian Artist Feature – Laura Bennet


John Mark Miller, Christian artist, musician and author has done a remarkable job showcasing various Christian artists. Thank you, John Mark, for this amazing blog post!

The Artistic Christian

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“Words well used reach deep inside and stir our hearts…testimony overcomes the enemy.”

Laura Bennet

Christian writer Laura Bennet knows a thing or two about miracles. Though she has lived in California for most of her life, her husband and three youngest children claimed Australia as their home until just recently. “Brendan and I met online, Skype dated and married five and a half years ago when he moved with his children here. I have four grown kids, so together we have seven children and eight grandchildren!” The remarkable story of the way God drew this family together from across the world inspired Laura’s first book, The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater.

Though Laura has spent most of her career working as either a teacher or a homeschool mom, she loves reading and has always wanted to write. “Books take us to another world where we…

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What Is Joy?


2014 was a rough year.

Continuing illness from our house with mold, landlord issues, lack of employment, moving across country, saying goodbye to friends and family, and then a job loss took its toll on our family.

So when our pastor, Matt Keller, at Next Level Church here in lovely, balmy Florida began talking about choosing joy during his holiday sermons, you can imagine my divided thoughts and emotions. Yes, I know God’s good, and in all of it, he has done incredible things.

But we were challenged to choose joy. In every setting. You know the verse in James, “Count it all joy, brothers…”

REALLY??

Interestingly enough, around the same time, I was contacted about Margaret Feinberg’s new book, Fight Back With Joy. Would I be willing to write an honest review if I were provided a few chapters?

Naturally I said yes.

I don’t think this was a coincidence. Joy seemed a struggling commodity in our lives this past year. I wanted joy. I need joy. Maybe my word for this coming year should be “joy.”

Margaret says in her book that she always thought of “…joy as a natural byproduct of a life well lived.” I think that is what I believed too. But if that was the case, then I hadn’t lived well the previous year, had I?

Was joy the measure of whether my life was good or bad?

It couldn’t be. And if joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life, something God grants me then couldn’t I have it for the asking? Couldn’t it be cultivated in my heart?

What is joy anyway?

This is what Margaret Feinberg reveals in Fight Back With Joy.

And she goes a step further, showing how she chose joy in the midst of a diagnosis of cancer. Say what? Who does that?

In her typically engaging, lay-it-all out there way, Margaret shares how her life-threatening challenge created a compelling platform for discovering and communicating what true joy is and what it meant in her darkest time of need.

Defiant joy that declared darkness would not win.

We are encouraged that joy doesn’t deny hardship. It doesn’t sugar-coat our trials and pretend they are easy. No,

…joy is a weapon we use to fight life’s battles.”

Wow. It seems my battles have been joy stealers. The concept that I can choose joy to fight gives me hope and fills me with – joy!

Margaret goes on to explain all the ways God gives us joy. Such as through embracing his love for us, looking for joy in each good thing, being blessed by people God sends to refresh us (like Philemon for Paul in the Bible) and choosing to create moments and situations of hilarity. Those are only a few of the thought provoking and uplifting discoveries this encouraging author offers.

I nearly cried when my first few chapters came to an end.

This is a book I needed. And I have the inkling that many others do as well. We need this honest look at how to deal with the trials of our lives. Life, especially these days, is rough. Not everyone is facing cancer, but as Margaret acknowledges, every one of us has dealt with or is going through some difficult situation.

And God intends for us, enables us to live in joy.

Even in the darkest, most heart-wrenching of times. Not putting on a fake smile of “Everything’s great!,” but existing with something deeper and stronger in the midst of pain or sorrow.

I for one need that.

Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your story. Thank you for showing us how to fight in life with true joy.

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you readers! I appreciate you more than you can possibly know 🙂