faith

I Do, Still. STILL.

by Laura on February 12, 2012

In honor of all the hearts floating around these days, I am re-posting a piece I wrote about eight months ago. We were just returning to Asia after a glorious six weeks in the U.S. with family and friends, good bread and better coffee, and I was wrestling with what love looks like, in a […]




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Could Tattooing Be a Form of Baptism?

by Laura on November 19, 2011

Yeah, so neither Matt nor I have ink yet. But as I’ve worked with the generation right behind me (the 20-somethings), I’ve noticed a trend for tats which is much greater now than even in my own college days. It used to be that only the wonderfully-edgiest people sported some kind of celtic symbol on […]




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Prayer Free-For-All

by Laura on September 29, 2011

My authentic-to-the-core husband hates praying aloud in groups so much that he typically won’t do it. Oh, he’ll sit there quietly and have epic conversations with God in his head, but you’ll seldom find him piping up and popcorn-praying-it.  He thinks his talks with God are personal, and he’d just prefer to keep them that […]




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Everything is Spiritual. Except When Maybe It Isn’t.

We were in our mid-twenties when we tasted utter failure in one of our first “ministry” jobs.  It was a train-wreck on every level– landing our family of three into my parent’s basement with no money, no job, and a whole heckuvalot of hurt to muck through. Conflict sucks.  Especially conflict in Christian ministry. And […]




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I’m excited to be guest posting over at A Deeper Story today. It’s a collective site where Christian writers post honest pieces about how faith intersects with modern culture. They ask hard questions and tackle everything from nuclear weapons to eating disorders to issues in the church. I’d be honored if you’d click over their […]




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*Last chance to enter the giveaway for Asian rings, my thanks to you for being involved in this web-space. Just click ‘like’ on the facebook page.  More details are here. There are a few voices in the blog world that truly cause me to pause.  And soak in beauty, appreciate art a little more, and […]




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This is a picture of my friend Kelley and I, taken a few weeks ago on her front porch. Our paths crossed in the small town of Colorado where my husband was the youth pastor to her boys.  She writes, she works, and she literally asks the best questions of anyone I’ve ever met–ever, ever. […]




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When Following God Doesn’t Work Out

by Laura on April 30, 2011

My husband’s not a schmoozer. He’s not one to say something for the purpose of inflating an ego, and he’s not one to walk-in-a-straight-line-and-follow-the-rules, either. He’s more of the envelope-pusher, hard question-asker, brutally-honest type-of-guy.  He’s the person you want for a friend {if you want someone with the guts to call you on your crap}, […]




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The First Year {On My Crap}

by Laura on April 7, 2011

We started this year with stars in our eyes– big plans to save the world and all that.  We were stuffed-full of glossy-idealism and the dramatic-Following.  And maybe I’m being too hard on myself, on us, but somehow, I don’t really think so.  Because when the heat gets turned up, the true gold shines through– […]




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The First Year {Initial Days}

by Laura on March 30, 2011

The First Year {Initial Days}

We Crappy Missionaries are coming up on our one-year anniversary of moving overseas. Yup, it’s been an entire year, already. And in an effort to personally process the past 12 months, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite articles {or portions of them} from this last year during the next few days.  For those of […]




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Construction Begins {But, Before That, Destruction}

Remember several months ago when my brother and sister threw a dinner party at The Cowfish Sushi Bar in Charlotte, NC, to raise money for the construction of a new bath house for the Girl’s Home here?  Remember how encouraged I was by the way they chose to practically love and give– even a world […]




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