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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

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A Choice

Choices.  Life is full of them.  Big and small choices — life changing and every day choices.  When I was hunting for a theme for my novel CHOICES the themes of patience, (or waiting on the Lord) and trusting in Him completely came to mind.  Not only were they the latest lessons God was trying to teach me, but they applied to what Kate (the hero of CHOICES) had to learn as well.  Here she is, thrown into a world that in her own mind should not exist, falling in love with a man in it.  Talk about a test of faith.  Not only does she need to have patience in waiting to see if she will ever make it home, but she also has to trust God that somehow, He was placed her there for a reason, and trust Him with the love she feels for Terren.

It recently hit me, (yes I know, I can be slow sometimes…), all of these — patience, trust, faith — they are choices.  We can choose to trust God and give Him everything, or we can choose to trust in ourselves and our own abilities.  We can choose to have patience and wait, or we can plow full steam ahead without considering the consequences.  And there’s more… even though He is in complete control, God lets us choose our own path.    

As human beings, God gives us free will, He lets us choose, but He is still in control.  For a long time, even though I believed this, it was hard for me to understand, until now. 

Last month I went job hunting.  Before I started filling out applications or handing out resumes, I gave the outcome to God.  He was doing this with me.  He already knew where I was going to work.  He was in control.  After only one day of job searching in town, I got a phone call about on interview.  Let’s just say I was supper excited, but even so, I went into the interview with the mindset that this may not be the job God had for me.  I hoped it would be, but only God knew the outcome.  So God and I went into the interview.  Here’s the funny part, afterwards, as I was walking out of the store, a still small voice whispered in my ear, “No, this is not your job.”  What?!  Seriously God?  Couldn’t You at the very least let me get out of the store before telling me?  Honestly, it made me laugh, just goes to show that God has a sense of humor.

Low and behold, I didn’t get the job.  Was I disappointed?  Maybe a little frustrated with God?  Well, no.  I was disappointed for maybe three seconds, but I had given it all to God.  In the end it was His choice and I had left it at that.  I was free to say or do anything in the interview, but God already had it all taken care of.  So even if I felt like I blew it, if it was the job God had for me, I’d get it. 

I had made the choice to let God come in, takeover, and do things His way.  It’s amazing the peace you have once you make that choice.  You suddenly have no reason what-so-ever to worry about anything because He’s got it taken care of.

Making that choice is not easy, just ask Kate and Terren, or me — you give up your control on everything — but let me tell you, it’s worth it.

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