Dear Friends

Dear Friends,

It is a stormy, gray day here. The pool is closed for the season, and most of our kids are starting school today. The tops of the trees are already tinged crimson.


There is such a cornucopia of all the feels.

Grief at the end of a glorious summer…

Good bye to some of the rhythms and relationships that come with vacation, lake time, and outdoor sports…

The excitement and uncertainty that comes with new beginnings and new locker combinations.

Maybe even more than January 1st, September marks a BEGINNING.

We’re inside more, and more dependent on information – the weather report, full email in-boxes, school forms to sign, volunteer requests, schedules to keep straight, more meetings, the up-coming election, the WORLD situation for Pete’s sake!

September can feel like JUST. TOO. MUCH.

So, two quick thoughts and then you can go drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

You know I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical from the blog this summer. You’ve been kind to encourage me and inquire when it will be over. It’s been good, and the Lord has prompted me to work on some other writing projects that I’m both excited and scared about.

As I’ve prayed about this space and whether/how to continue, the one thing I’ve been concerned about is clogging your in-box with anything that’s not a value add to your life. We are overwhelmed with so many good resources! So I’m going to be more careful. I will post less, and try some shorter posts (We’ll see how that goes!) but I pray God will use what He gives me to send you for His purposes and that you will be encouraged.

My friend James preached at our church this past weekend. In his message he shared the irony that the statue of Atlas holding the world, outside of the Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan is across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In the cathedral is a statue of Jesus as a boy, holding the world in His hand.

So this September, in the midst of busyness, take a deep breath and remember, Jesus holds the world. You don’t have to.


The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Psalm 93:1


  1. Your amazing writings, be they a single word or a combination, bring
    energy, challenge, and inspiration into my day. . .every single day! Park of that
    comes from seeing your smile and actually feeling your energy as I read. .
    the first time, and the second time, and every time after that wheher I am
    alone or sitting with someone or a gathering . .. . He comes alive thru your
    easy words. .. and WE ARE ALL BlESSED. Please find a way to continue!

  2. I may not comment a whole lot… My one introverted side… But I LOVE your posts Laura! They fill my cup (like a hot spiced latte!). And I hope you will keep them coming as long as they bring you joy to share! I treasure your words of wisdom, your heartfelt contemplation and your beautiful photography… Only a gift derived from His Holy Spirit filling your soul! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Oh Liz, I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement! I try to write in response to God’s prompt to use my “flour and oil” in a way that honors Him and encourages others regardless of whether there’s a visible or audible affect, but there are days when I wonder if I’m not just flinging words into a void 🙂

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