Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The new blog is up and running

If you care to read all about my so called life, it's at ontheporch1611.blogspot.com

Check it out!

Monday, May 30, 2011

New address


New blog is www.ontheporch1611.blogspot.com

The other address is not my blog. Whoops.

-- Laura

It is Time

So now that I have been in Mississippi for a year now I've decided to move my blog to www.ontheporch.blogspot.com. So I will be over there now. Time for a new chapter! Check it out.

-- Laura

Monday, November 22, 2010

So Much to Be Thankful For

Wow! I think it's time to start the blog back up again. It seems that my posting comes and goes depending on my life circumstances. Maybe it should be more of a constant thing so I can continue to chronicle my journey with the Lord. Today I had a few moments at work to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for. Wow! It was a lot!

Besides the normal family, friends, my relationship with Jesus, etc...I added to the list a new job, a new home, a new puppy, and new friends! It's been quite a year! God has blessed me in so many ways this year. I was looking back over my post from two years ago and am astounded of the progress that I have made only by the grace and mercy of God.

Yet there are friends of mine for which the holidays this year will be different. There have been people who have lost loved ones or watched as a husband/father continues the battle for his life, fighting the horrible disease of cancer. Another friend will navigate this holiday season as a single mom for the first time ever. Her children will have the "two Christmas" situation that so many other children have each year. So what do they have to be thankful for? All of those people would tell you that they have tons of things to be thankful for even in the midst of a dark season of life.

What about you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? In my post two years ago, I read a quote "the gifts given tell a lot about the giver." What has God given you that tells about who He is in your life?

Have a grateful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Perplexed

For quite some time now I have enjoyed listening to the Cornerstone Church podcast on iTunes. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this church, this is where Francis Chan was pastor. I say "was" because in April he and his wife made the decision to leave Cornerstone and follow God's leading on their lives to...who knows where. They are spending time discerning God's will for them. He is convinced that part of what God is going to have him do is work among the inner city people in a large metropolis such as LA. Since I am reading Radical, this struck a chord with me. It seems to me, that Francis and his wife are living out a life modeled after Christ, going where God leads even when they don't know exactly where that is. However, some people (namely pastors from two large churches) don't agree with me. Check it out below:

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100902/pastors-question-francis-chans-decision-to-leave-megachurch/index.html

I read this article this morning and have been thinking about it all day. These two men are well-known pastors of large "mega" churches and yet they are critical of what Francis is doing. How does that look for Christianity? For those who are questioning the church today and looking at it through a microscope, what are they seeing today? I'm just not sure we should be critical of a man who is living a radical lifestyle....hum...sounds like someone else I know.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Recent Musings

It's really time to get this blog stuff back on track. There has been so much going on in my life lately that it's been quite a whirlwind. As I posted earlier, I started a new job this summer and things are going great! I love coming to work everyday and ministering to children and their families in Mississippi. Yet, part of me wants to be back in Texas for just a little while. My friends are having a really rough time right now and that hurts my heart. Both of them have been extremely influential in my life, helping me to find my way back to the things of Christ and falling in love with Him all over again. For such a time as this, I cannot go back to Texas. What a lesson in dependence on God!! All I can do here is pray for my friends and be available to them via text and phone. I can only hope they know how much I care for them.

I am also processing a new book Radical written by David Platt. If you haven't found that book yet, search for it right now and start reading. It's some serious stuff! Reading that book has challenged me to live a life that is totally sold-out to Jesus and the only reason this is a possibility is because of His grace and His mercy in my life. I have also had the privilege of listening to Tom Richter speak and he goes right along with the book. Crazy coincidence? I think not! God is up to something in my life. What is it? I don't have a clue. Check out this in John 12:3

"Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus' feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance."

That nard, that expensive perfume, was all that Mary had. It was worth a year's wages. Just think about a bottle of perfume being worth $40K! That's crazy! Yet she gave it all to Jesus. My question is: how much of my jar of nard (my life) am I willing to give to Jesus? Mary gave it all!

So after the message last night on that very passage, I continue to feel lead to go back to school. So, I'm going to do it. Where? I don't know. When? Hopefully, next semester, Lord willing. There are some things that need to be done before then in order for this to become a reality. But I'm just going to take it one step at a time and see where the Lord leads me. After all, if I'm to give my whole self to Him, I'm following His lead anyway. All I have is His. Hang on for the wild ride!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

WOW! What a Ride It's Been!

Have Mercy! It's been a crazy Spring and Summer so far! I have taken a new ministry position in Mississippi and love it! God is continually teaching me many things about myself and how to live with a "Kingdom perspective." In this transition time in my life, I find myself wanting to dig deeper into Scripture and into the truths contained within those pages. It's going to be a pretty neat journey as I search God's Word. The staff at my new church began the year by reading the One Year Bible. I have jumped in about mid way through the year, but am excited to be on this journey with them. I have never read through the entire Bible in a year, and this will be a great way to start this new chapter in my life.

I also went to Lifeway yesterday and picked up a new devotional book where I will be studying the book of Malachi. I have never studied that book before, but based on a recommendation from a friend, I thought I should give it a try. I know God has lots in store for me there.

This Summer has been a blast so far! I find myself laughing and smiling everyday! At VBS last week I was reminded that even on those days when we don't feel like praising the Lord, we should tell our soul to wake up, get it together and praise God. That's what I have been doing on those days when I am just too tired....it makes life much more enjoyable. You should try it sometime. Need Biblical backing for it....look in the Psalms. I don't remember which one, but it's there. Look it up!

Leave your comments telling me what God is doing in your life and how I can be praying for you.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What did I decide?

So many new people have found my blog and it's so exciting. I have read everyone's comments and it seems like people are interested to know what my decision was on going back to school. I haven't made the jump yet into another three years of school. There's too much going on right now for me to get my act together to go to school. One day soon...I sure do hope so. The desire is still very much there...everyday...but this semester and even the Fall are not the right times right now. Maybe 2011. Only God knows for sure.

So with that settled, what's going on in my little world? Today, speaking with a friend of mine, I told her that I was trying to get my head on straight. I think that best sums up my current state. I'm a little crooked but I am finding that I'm beginning to straighten up. What I find amazing is that once again, through it all God is walking with each step of the way. Through the last couple of months I have been so glad to have God leading me through this journey. It's amazing how God continues to speak to me through different people and through His Word. I am learning so much about falling in love with God and really wanting to do His will for my life, whatever that may be.

I still don't have all the answers to the things I want to know about why certain situations are the way they are or how they got that way. I don't know what God is teaching me each day, but the more I follow God and truly seek Him, the more I am beginning to be OK with the unanswered questions.

One thing that I know God is teaching me is that what matters most is not what others think, but what God thinks about the things I do or don't do and about how I live my life. As I continue to strive to make choices that please God, I will remind myself everyday that I don't have control over my life...that's for God..and it's His opinion that really matters. I know He thinks I'm pretty cool and has a great plan for my life. Some days that's easier to believe than others, but yet in my heart I know it's true. So, God and I continue walking side by side, everyday, and the things He's revealing to me are absolutely amazing!