Good Defender

LauraAll Posts

I wrote these words on a large sheet of paper and hung them by my son’s bunk bed: “You’re a good defender, Malachi! – Coach Eric” And, on another sheet of paper, this: “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” … Read More

We Are All Teachers

LauraAll Posts

QUESTION: How will our faith travel through time, from one generation to another? ANSWER: Through teaching! And the teachers are…you and me. 😉 Don’t worry! God will give us everything we need to teach the next generation about Jesus. I hope this episode gets you excited about your incredible calling!

Where Was God?

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

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

Sometimes It’s Hard to Obey

LauraAll Posts

What do you do when you KNOW what is right according to God’s Word, but you struggle to obey? My toddler taught me an important lesson: sometimes you simply have to CHOOSE between obedience and disobedience. I hope this story strengthens your resolve to obey the Lord, even when other choices, voices, and vices vie for your attention. Most of … Read More

My Marriage Needs Help

LauraAll Posts

Marriage hasn’t come easily to me and my husband, Ryan. It has required more time, energy, and attention than we ever expected. As we celebrate our 20-year anniversary, we are far from perfect, but we believe every ounce of effort has been worth it. If you are feeling discouraged about your own marriage, I hope our story encourages you.

Flip the Script

LauraAll Posts

Do you ever feel like you are repeating a negative conversation over and over again? Maybe you fall into the back-and-forth because you’re trying to solve a problem, but your script doesn’t solve the problem… and often makes things worse. I’ve been there. The Bible gives us clear inspiration and instruction to replace life-taking words with life-giving words. I hope … Read More

Getting Past Mom-Guilt

LauraAll Posts

How do you get past mom-guilt? I think it has to do with seeing your situation clearly. We can move forward once we can identify what’s causing us to feel guilty in the first place. Then, we can take it to the Lord and determine our next best step. Freedom awaits! If you struggle with guilt in any area – … Read More

A Gift for Mother’s Day!

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Book

If you are a mom (or you know a mom) who could use a little boost… …a boost of good cheer, an infusion of strength, a dose of encouragement… Then this book is for you! Here’s what you’ll learn: * How to get to the end of the day and feel like your time and energy went toward something constructive * … 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