Keeping time like God does

LauraChristianity, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast

Ugh, how often do I find myself feeling impatient with myself, my children, my husband, or anyone else who may not be keeping up with my ideals. The best days are those when I turn to God for help, when I open my hands in surrender and say, “Help me to keep time the way You do, Lord.” In these … Read More

Bible Study and Bumper Boats

LauraAll Posts, Bible Study, Christianity, Discipleship, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Ministry

As the school year begins, many of us church-going-folks are signing up for small groups, Sunday School classes, and Bible studies. How are you feeling about all that? Excited? Ready to dig in and learn? Or are you feeling overwhelmed? Discouraged? Maybe even disinterested? I’ve been there. If that’s how you feel, this episode of Expect Something Beautiful is *just* … Read More

Why Garth Brooks was singing to the sweet corn at 5 a.m.

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

One of my favorite things about living in the country is discovering the secret tactics of well-seasoned gardeners, farmers, hunters, and whoopie-pie bakers. One summer, I needed some gardening techniques when a critter nibbled our precious sweet corn before we had a chance to harvest it for our picnic. We were crushed. And we wanted to make sure it wouldn’t … Read More

You’re never too far gone. (New podcast episode)

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

When I was a kid, my dad had one big rule: “Don’t do gymnastics in the house.” Did I listen to him? Nope. This podcast episode is about one time when I totally disobeyed and found myself in quite a disaster. It’s also a story about God’s good heart to welcome you and me home every time – every time … Read More

Big Decision To Make? This will help. (New Podcast Episode)

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast

Life is full of tough decisions. Sometimes, we make the wrong one simply because we don’t trust God’s good heart for us. Let this episode of Expect Something Beautiful strengthen you to choose the good thing, the best thing. God wants you to have a good life (and I don’t mean the “prosperity gospel” type of good life), I mean … Read More

Hope for the woman who hates men

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Faith, Marriage

Have you ever said, “I hate men”? You’re not alone. A lot of women say it. I’ve said it. For every woman who says it, there is a unique reason why. And there’s a personal invitation from her Creator to be healed, strengthened, and empowered with love. I used to say, “I hate men,” but I don’t anymore. Here’s why. … Read More

Splish Splash! Two fun episodes about swimming (and so much more).

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast, Motherhood

The way we respond to our children in their moments of distress could impact them for eternity. Just think: our help could teach them to expect God’s help. Our comfort could warm their hearts to receive God’s comfort. Our smiles could open their eyes to look for God’s smile. Even though we’re only human and we mess up aplenty (I … Read More

Tired of serving? I sure am. Here’s what to do next. (New podcast episode!)

LauraAll Posts, Christianity, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Motherhood

My friend didn’t ask much. And yet, when my kids and I returned home from serving her, we were wiped out… for DAYS. I couldn’t help but wonder, why am I so weak? And why can’t I bounce back faster? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, I invite you to listen to this episode of my Expect Something Beautiful … Read More

Fight, Flight, Freeze…or Faith? (And a new podcast episode!)

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

When you’re faced with a crisis, do you tend to fight, run away, or freeze like a deer in the headlights? I, for one, react every which way when the going gets tough. Sometimes, we’re served well by our instincts: they kick into high gear at just the right time and we do the right thing. Other times, they disappoint … Read More