hard questions

There are a few things I’ve learned about doubt over the last three years of risk and failure, of transition and struggle. First, I’ve learned that the people who tell you that you shouldn’t ever have experience doubt if you are really following God and are on the “right” path, are probably smoking crack. You’re human. […]


My husband says I’m the writer of the family, and that he’d rather just stick to the speaking-bit. And maybe he’s right. Because he rarely writes but every time he speaks publicly he brings people to cry tears or draw swords. The man seeps inspirational leadership. And these last two years, I’ve seen him endure […]



by Laura on December 4, 2012

My friend had a marketing guru say to him once that if you get to the end of the month and you haven’t failed at something, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. And I appreciate this sentiment. And think there’s validity in it. Because humanity’s natural tendency it towards fear. We think about the might-be’s […]



by Laura on November 21, 2012

I haven’t written in a while because I haven’t been able to think-up anything dramatic. I’ve been looking for some tear-jerker moment, some exotic story from my current life, and I keep coming up empty. I’ve been listening and half-writing this-or-that in my head, but I get through the first paragraph, and I can feel […]


The Gospel of the Brothel

by Laura on November 1, 2012

My husband has been into over 300 bars and brothels in SE Asia looking for victims of sexual exploitation, and the strange thing is, he’s  re-learned the Gospel more powerfully in that setting than anything he’s ever experienced in a church building. Funny that he would find Jesus in a strip club.  But he did, […]


When You Land in a Dramatic Story

by Laura on October 4, 2012

“Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.” -marianne williamson We’ve been back in the United States after living […]


As I send my kids to public school for the first time this week, I have been reminded of the importance of asking them the right questions. Matt and I have been doing little “coaching sessions” for them in the mornings– how to be friendly, how to recognize a bully, how to respect the teacher, […]


The Box God Just Won’t Stay In

by Laura on August 12, 2012

It’s hard to reconcile the two lives I’ve lived in the past two weeks. One overlooking rice fields, the other at the foot of Pike’s Peak. One with Mississippi-summer-heat by 9 am, the other too chilly even for my cutest of skirts. One with scooters flying and orchids climbing, the other with bikes on trails […]


It’s a strange thing to watch fires literally consume what you love-– an even stranger thing to be aware of your utter inability to do anything about it. The small mountain town of Woodland Park that we call home in Colorado is surrounded by wildfires right now. For the past several days, we’ve watched our […]


Responsible semantics should not be underrated. The words we use when we communicate, especially when talking about Christian ministries when we’re raising funds to support them, are extremely important. Take, for example, the overuse {and misuse} of the term “human trafficking.”  Honestly, two years ago, I was fairly confused about it, too. I painted most of […]


Peace Like a River

by Laura on June 15, 2012

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way . . .” – Spafford, It is Well with My Soul I guess I’ve always thought of peace like a stable dock in the middle of a raging ocean during a hurricane. I’ve thought peace, a sense of rightness which anxiety can’t touch, would be the calm […]