If there is one thing to know about me, it’s that I have a lamp I absolutely love! I go to its soothing, inviting light first thing every morning and return to it whenever I need or want its illumination throughout the day. My lamp provides many different kinds of light, but...Read More
Dear Readers ~ When I read this devotional written by my friend Daniel Moore, the Director of Strategy & Recruitment at Affirm Kenya, I was blessed and challenged. I pray you will be, too–on your own journey towards “true fulfillment!”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
I want to begin today by saying this is an amazing promise we have from Jesus! He has come to give us life, so abundantly that it overflows and we can’t help but sharing it with everyone! When we grasp this truth and really implement it into our lives, I believe that we can’t help but transform this broken world.
Unfortunately, I often return to the things that give me temporary pleasure, ignoring the lasting joy and abundant life that Jesus offers. Selfishness, pride, greed, laziness and so many other things get in the way, making me think that the gratification of these selfish desires will bring me lasting happiness. Even good desires, when taken out of context or placed above God, become idols that provide only a façade of joy. I was reading Tolstoy’s Ana Karenina a few months ago and came across a quote that resonates with me to this day. He says, “Vronsky meanwhile, in spite of the complete realization of what he had so long desired, was not perfectly happy. He soon felt that the realization of his desires gave him no more than a grain of sand out of the mountain of happiness he had expected. It showed him the mistake men make in picturing to themselves happiness as the realization of their desires.”Read More
So there I was–sleeping. It was my first night on safari in the Masai Mara of Kenya, five months ago in August 2012. I had spent the last week at CURE International’s hospital in Kijabe, a city near Nairobi. I don’t remember hearing a sound in or outside my tent, or being afraid at all; I simply woke up to “CURE Moms.” The words were not audible–instead just sort of floating within my mind and heart. It was almost three o’clock in the morning.
I wasn’t remotely groggy; rather, I felt a peaceful alertness. For a while I lay in the dark absorbing the thoughts invading my mind, but then reached outside the mosquito net for my laptop. I needed to start writing down the ideas I believed my heavenly Father was giving me.Read More
This revised blog post is dedicated to each and every person suffering this Christmas due to the December 14th massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. My prayers are with you.
I have always loved Christmas Eve’s candle lighting services. But seven years ago, on December 24, 2005, I knew I would not be going to our church’s service that night. It was a very dark day for me… I had spent most of it in bed, alternating between crying and trying to sleep. Less than 48 hours before, at the 19-week ultrasound of my fifth child, I had learned the baby within me had a couple abnormalities that could prove “fatal,” my doctor had said. I would need to have an amniocentesis to learn with certainty if my baby would live or die. And because it was right before Christmas, this department of the hospital had already shut down. I was told I would need to wait until the following week to learn the fate of my baby, another precious son.
I had no idea how I would make it through Christmas weekend. I had no idea how I could possibly be a happy mommy to my four other darling children–ages 9, 8, 6 and 3 at the time. I didn’t want to rob them of their Christmas joy, but, honestly, I just wanted it to be Monday.Read More
Do you ever feel time is flying by–uncontrollably fast? That it was just August, and you blinked, and now it’s November? That’s how I feel! I think, as a mom, the Fall months are especially susceptible to disappearing before our eyes. With two kids in high school, one in junior high, and one in elementary school, “normal” life is already full; add on all the extra, unforeseen events–happy or difficult–and somehow the end of summer has become the beginning of winter. During these months my blog has had to take backseat to other priorities. But there’s always a silver lining….
Back in September, while contemplating my “Food-of-the-Month,” I happened to read the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42. I’m guessing I had been praying for HELP in juggling the many activities, needs and concerns in my family’s life with my own when Jesus‘ words became personal to me. Instead of “Martha, Martha…” I heard “Laurie, Laurie, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”Read More
Dear Readers: This is a copy of my latest email newsletter. If you are not on my email contact list and would like to be, please enter your information at the top of the right margin. I send a newsletter about every two to three months. Thank you for reading–God’s richest blessings on your day!
Dear Friends and Family,
My heartfelt thanks to those who prayed for my time in Africa–and especially for Emmanuel! Your prayers were answered in bountiful ways! Before I went, I believed God was taking me halfway around the world to witness the transformation of a baby boy. Now home and reflecting back, I think my heavenly Father had in mind another life He wanted to change.
Emmanuel is doing great! Already two months post-surgery, the bandages on his hands and cast on his leg have been removed. Emmanuel’s surgeon has personally let me know of the excellent prognosis. This darling little boy will now grow up able to walk and run on two legs and enjoy the use of both hands. Thanks to God and a four-part surgery at CURE International in Kenya, 10-month-old Emmanuel has been given new life!Read More
It’s been my lifelong dream to go on safari in Africa. But after my amazing week at CURE Kenya, I didn’t know how even the famed Masai Mara could possibly compare. I had felt God’s Presence and Love so powerfully at the hospital! It was bittersweet to leave such a meaningful experience and start a new, totally different adventure the same day… especially one that wouldn’t be as overtly “Christ-centered,” I thought. But grateful for the opportunity–not to mention during peak season of the wildebeest migration–I asked God to open my eyes, ears, heart and mind to whatever HE wanted to reveal. With my family back home in the States, this safari was a vacation with my “first love” (Revelation 2:4). I was excited to take Jesus’ hand and follow wherever He’d lead… physically and spiritually.
The morning before my first game drive I prayed: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5). “Teach me” He did! It didn’t take long to sense God’s glorious Presence just as strongly as at CURE Kenya–albeit very differently. “All day long” my eyes feasted on image after image of the stuff dreams are made of, and I SAW different truths of Scripture… just like I had “seen” Psalm 23 the day I met Emmanuel! My amazingly creative God revealed Himself to me in ways I couldn’t have experienced anywhere else on the planet. There’s much more, but these are five highlights of what “God my Savior” showed me….Read More
Yesterday it was raining–a somewhat out of the ordinary occurrence here in Colorado Springs. Moist and verdant, the outside world looked remarkably beautiful and peaceful. Ever since the wildfires in our city this summer, I view rain as soothing love from heaven. Our land desperately needed it then. My soul desperately needed it yesterday.
Perhaps you or someone you know is dying for refreshment… emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically. Maybe it feels like all of the above. Whether it’s raining where you are or not, we can rest assured God’s love ALWAYS reigns. We need only “be still” and let His soothing water flow over and through us (Psalm 46:10).
For several weeks God has been using my precious puppy as a role model of rest… again. Some of you may recall when, last December, Pebbles suffered intense pain and no longer had use of her hind legs. She had emergency surgery, and her doctor prescribed “rest and love” for six to eight weeks. You can imagine the state of my heart when, last month, she started having similar symptoms again.Read More