When You Feel Invisible, You Glorify God.

LauraMarriage, Ministry, Motherhood

An 80 year-old woman joined our women’s Bible study today after 25 years of caring for her ill husband. Over the past 5 years, he has required her constant care and company, so she hasn’t had the opportunity to attend Bible studies or to serve in the church. He died in January. So, here she is stepping out into the … Read More

What’s the One Thing You’d Say to a Bride-to-Be?

LauraMarriage

As the snow melts and the sun rises on this Saturday morning, we’re preparing for a bridal shower. This house will be bursting with women who dearly love a young woman and want to shower her with support, gifts, and encouragement. My favorite part will be when we balance our coffee mugs and brunch plates on our knees, sit around a … Read More

Today’s Sigh of Relief: (You Can’t) Make This the Best Day Ever!

LauraHealthy Living, Marriage, Motherhood

I’m a sucker for self-help books and blogs that coach us how to live without regret and to make the most out of every day. But I’m also a critic of this type of writing because its “no regrets” message is the candy-coating of a big, fat cultural lie. We see the lie everywhere. It’s scripted on the pillows at Target, … Read More

When a Person Just Needs a Shot of Adrenaline

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Motherhood

We were at Great Wolf Lodge – the indoor waterpark – when I saw my look-alike. A woman on vacation; a woman stressed out.  I could relate. Her son had (more than) everything he needed – cute surfer suit, rash guard, goggles, swimmer’s ear head wrap, and flotation device. She had thought of it all! He was ready for a … Read More

Why Continue in the Word of God?

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Motherhood

It’s one thing to repent of idolatry. It’s another thing to repent of worshiping God as if He were an idol.

Lately, this has caught my attention.

When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt and led them to the Promise Land, He told them that they must not worship Him the WAY other people worship their gods. Perhaps we think, “If the world is sacrificing holiness, covenantal relationships, and familial responsibility to serve Achievement, Fame, and Money, I’ll offer the same thing to God. He’ll love it.” That sounds a bit extreme, but after some soul-searching, we may discover that it is how we think more often than not.

It’s possible that when we think we’re worshiping God, we’re really just giving Him something that he hates.

My Complaint About Marriage. (The “Wedding Verse” in Real Time.)

LauraAll Posts, Marriage

This has been my complaint about marriage over the years: “Why can’t we both be in a good place at the same time??” It seems like whenever I am weak – dragging along in a chocolate-addicted, exercise-averse, temper-sizzling, cranky depression – Ryan is amazing. His skin glows from the 10K he sprinted before his 45-minutes of devotions. His hair stays trim, … Read More

Does life’s brevity haunt you, too?

LauraAll Posts, BEST OF, Marriage, Motherhood

I heard the concept “18 Summers” and near-about panicked. If you haven’t heard “18 Summers” yet, the idea is for mothers to savor each June – August because we’ll have a measly 18 summers with each child at home. I quickly did the math and realized that I’m half-out of summers with our oldest. That sent me into a tizzy. … Read More

Two Free eBooks to Check Out

LauraMarriage, Motherhood

This past month, I’ve had the honor of writing articles for two different eBooks – both, as it turns out, purpose to bring you hope. Hope Renewed: Real Stories of God’s Promises Fulfilled is a beautiful compilation of stories from the Sisters in Bloom writers. Click here for your free copy and let God’s promises fill you with hope. Hope … Read More

Our Plans for Valentine’s Day

LauraAll Posts, Marriage

Ryan and I made the mutual decision to stay home for Valentine’s Day this year. The girls will enjoy an annual Valentine’s Day shebang with some friends in the afternoon. In the evening, I’m finally going to jump in and try my hand at a Valentine’s Day Dinner. To keep things fun and simple, I think we’ll try the Heart … Read More

Tune in To Marriage

LauraMarriage

Mark Driscoll has begun a wonderful sermon series on marriage to accompany the release of Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together. Ryan showed me how to use the Mars Hill app on my iPhone (it’s free!) so I can listen to the sermons while I walk on the treadmill in the morning. Look for it! And … Read More