Where Was God?

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Have you ever wondered if God cares about the affairs of humankind? To what extent is He involved in what’s going on around here? These questions came to mind recently as I studied the story of King David. I’d love for you to join me on this episode of Expect Something Beautiful as I mull over these questions and come … Read More

The Disappointing Parachute (New Podcast Episode)

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast, Faith

This story makes me pause and ask the Lord if I am trusting in anything that will ultimately let me down? Am I counting on something as empty as modern technology? Am I putting all of my hope in circumstances, connections, health care plans, good works, my family, my bank account, my politics?  I wonder if I’m about to make … Read More

Look up! (New Podcast Episode)

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast, Faith

Back in high school, my cross-country coach would pop up in the most unexpected places along the race route. Maybe I’d be facing the steepest hill on the course or in the middle of a long stretch in the blazing sun, or on a particularly rocky trail in the middle of the woods or sprinting to the finish line – … Read More

A Box of Rose Petals (Podcast Episode + Free PDF)

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Motherhood

When you sacrifice for others out of fear, guilt, or an effort to please other people, you are going to feel bitter. You are going to feel unfulfilled. And you won’t see the beautiful growth you were hoping to see. BUT if you lay your life down in God’s love for you – and sacrifice for others because you are … Read More

Having a Catch (new podcast episode)

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Faith, Stillbirth

If you are feeling distraught, if you are at the end of your rope, if you are discouraged, feeling empty, even bitter; this episode is especially for you.  In those moments when we can’t wrangle our emotions to line up with the truth of God’s Word, we can at least grab a hold of God’s truth and play it over … Read More

Mom to the Rescue

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Is there someone on your mind who needs a helping hand, a prayer, and a dose of hope? May this episode of Expect Something Beautiful stir you up to do whatever it takes to reach that person. May God give you a great idea and may He make the way for you! May He surprise you with His power and … Read More

Keeping time like God does

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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)

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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