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IMG_3658The party started Friday night with special guests arriving for…

gourmet dining…


plus ice cream and a special time to open my gifts…

with help…


a complimentary photoshoot…



and so much laughter that we may have been banned from two establishments…

or at least left a sufficient impression that we might not want to go back any time soon.

We rested and recuperated on Saturday so we could finish the celebration weekend with a trip to the ballpark where we, once again dined on the finest cuisine…


entertained ourselves with peanuts in the shell…


Left our mark….


ate more ice cream….


and put another birthday for Lola in the books.

Precious times…

and yet over them hangs the shadow of the sorrows of a hurting world…


Daily the news is filled with angry voices and displays of violence.

With social media and 24/7 news coverage of every tiny detail of every situation…twitter feeds, Instagram posts, Facebook, talking heads…we are bombarded with so much information that it threatens to shut us down.

We simply were not made to take on the whole world, let alone our own little corner of it.

So today…I encourage you to take hold of your Father’s hand…


Ask Him what YOUR assignment is today, in this 18th day of July in the year of our Lord, 2016…where can YOU be His hands and His feet.

What prayers can you lift?

What difference can you make?

Listen to His agenda for your day…and then…

walk it out with Him right where He has placed you…


He created all the people of the world from one man, Adam, and scattered the nations across the face of the earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and when. He determined their boundaries.

His purpose in all of this is that they should seek after God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.  For in him we live and move and are! As one of your own poets says it, ‘We are the sons of God.’     Acts 17:26-28 Living Bible (TLB)




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  1. Love, love your messages, Laura!! Thank you for them!!
    Arrived home from a wonderful get-a-way with two of my precious ones, and two precious friends to find a sweet package from a dear one……my winnings!! TaDa !! I will begin reading it tomorrow, as our assignment is to house sit for our son for the day. ( another story, another time) Perfect day for reading . I did flip thru it and my eye caught the part about “closets”!!! I actually groaned and wailed a bit!!! Oh my goodness! This book is written for me! Don’t know if I can read this! God give me strength and energy to DO something about whatever I am called to do with this book. So….being the trooper I am and the winner I’ve become, I will make an old college try to read it, heed it, and make you proud.
    Thank you, Laura, for the book! I so appreciate it! And…so love you!

    1. Yay!!! so glad it arrived! I hope it blesses you as it did me. No condemnation in what she writes – she is all about encouraging and helping us look at our “stuff” in a different, godly light! Please share any insights gleaned! Love and hugs Susie <3

  2. thank you for your beautiful words. God Bless! My son is a policeman in a suburb of Chicago close to where I live. He stopped by while on duty. He and his partner had been following up on a case close to our house, so he drove by our house and hit the siren. I was bringing in groceries and turned around to see his smiling face. He’s 30 but for a few minutes I saw that little boy that always wanted to be a policeman. He got out of the squad car to give me a hug of course he was wearing his bullet proof vest. I hugged him extra tight and said a prayer for his safety and the safety of all .

    1. Oh Mary…I read this with a lump in my throat and tears stinging my eyes. I understand…when I look at that 6’2″ son of ours with facial hair and a real job in the real world…I still see that beaming little blonde tot that made me laugh out loud with his enthusiasm and preciousness. Thank him from all of us for what he does. How we pray for our public servants with great fervency and how we must continue to pray not only for their protection but for their willingness to continue to go into places of danger to maintain law and order. I was so blessed to read the comments of many leaders who have expressed support for the police. We live in difficult times and I know there are some who misuse their authority, but we are blessed by many many more who serve the public with the sacrifice of their lives. Prayers over your son today and over your mom-heart <3

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