“Accepting we are accepted for no other reason than that the God of the universe loves us is the hardest thing you and I will ever do.” Stephan Bauman from his book Break Open the Sky The God of the universe loves you. Can you wrap your mind around that? Until we do, we … More Loved and Accepted
“God does not want to punish us for clinging to our past—He wants to love us into our future.” Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Sometimes we hold onto our past as if by letting it go we will lose something, when in fact, we lose more by clinging with a tight fist. Moving forward means we have … More Letting Go
“Perfect love casts out all fear.” I know the Bible tells me this, but there are times when I’m still afraid. Maybe fear comes from a job loss, a diagnosis of illness or an approaching storm. We can feel afraid when the power goes out, a car swerves into our lane or our child isn’t … More Love Dispels Fear
Every day we are faced with situations that seem impossible. Whether it is an illness, the ruin of a relationship, a sudden traumatic event or even goals and dreams that seem out of our reach, impossibilities surround us. But God says that nothing is impossible with him. I’ve had a number of impossibilities in my … More Impossible?
I’m not a trained or licensed counselor. That’s my disclaimer. But I have read dozens of books, spent hundreds of hours in counseling and led groups dealing with addictions. Most importantly, I’ve experienced addiction in some way for the majority of my life. Either being addicted or living with one. Here’s the simple truth. Whether … More The Effects of Addiction Trauma
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?
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?
What if you’re influenced daily by the internal voices you hear? We’ve all seen cartoons depicting a character torn between the voice of an angel on one shoulder and a pitchfork devil on the other telling him the right or wrong way to handle something. While the visual may be a comical representation of good … More Who Are We Listening To?
A Journey of Broken Faith I’m all about taking our lives forward into more abundance. When we deal with our past, God can heal us, offer us hope and redeem the broken places in our heart. That’s why I’m so excited about my new book, Rachel’s Son. Rachel’s heart has been broken by the murder … More A Sneak Peak
All I want for Christmas I already have. I can’t imagine that on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day you would spend your time reading my blog, but if you’re here, thank you and Merry Christmas. My opening line may sound cheesy, but it’s actually true. Jesus was born on Christmas (okay, so please don’t go … More All I Want for Christmas