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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

So Much More

God calls each and everyone one of us to something special.  The world may not see it as a thing worth seeking after, but in God’s eyes it is worth so much more. 

Over the past several months God has been stirring my heart to really seek after His will for my life.  For a while I was just getting by, doing what was expected of an adult my age – go to school, work on that degree, go out and get a job, start planning to be on your own – but now, all that has changed. 

For a while now I’ve been feeling convicted that college is not something God wants me to pursue, but with the pressure of those around me, even friends and fellow Christians, I ignored that conviction and labeled is as fear.  After all, everyone goes to college, right? and if you don’t, you must unintelligent.  I’ve been fighting this for a long time, and now I’ve finally been able to let go. 

After countless prayers, and seeking God’s will, I believe that God has called me to stay at home and focus on learning to be a better homemaker, and to begin writing full-time and make my main focus my family and serving them.  When I finally embraced this calling, I suddenly felt overwhelmed with peace and joy.  The feeling you get when you accept whole heartedly the Lord’s leading and tune yourself to His will, that feeling of joy, it’s beyond words to describe. 

I dusted off my copy of So Much More by the Botkin Sisters (a book I always meant to read but never did) and began reading.  I don’t think my heart was ready to accept what Anna Sofia and Elizabeth had to say about a daughter’s role when my mom first handed the book to me, but now, I’m drinking in every word.  Praise God for his persistence and His grace with me, it seems to take forever before I finally surrender and really let Him change my heart.

The school quarter is almost over, and once it’s done, I won’t be going back.  I’m so excited to see where God leads me as I continue to turn my heart fully towards my family and seek to be a true keeper at home.  Part of me is a little scared, I’m still praying about a job and what God wants me to do for an income (or not want me to do), and I know there are those close to me who will not see my choice as I do. Even so, I know I am supported at home.  I am so very thankful for my parents.  They’ve been so patient with me, I haven’t been the daughter to them that I should have been, but they’ve always supported me and guided me.  I praise God for them each and every day. 

So here I am, throwing off the chains of modern feminism, cultural expectations, saying so long to the status quo and beginning a journey to become the Godly woman and daughter God has called me to be.

 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put of the armor of light.  Romans 13:10

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.  II Timothy 1:9

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6 Comments

  1. God bless, Laura!! ❤

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  2. Amen! 🙂 You have always been a great testament to me of one who seeks to follow God’s will.
    And hey, now we’re breaking the status quo together in not taking college classes. 😉

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  3. Pippin

     /  December 7, 2011

    God bless you in this path, Laura!
    It’s exciting to hear how He’s directing you now. I wish you the best in this new phase of life! 🙂

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  4. storygirl308

     /  December 14, 2011

    Thank you so much guys! 🙂 Your support means a lot to me.

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  5. Rachel Redman

     /  February 13, 2012

    Laura, hello from your long-lost friend, Rachel! I am so proud of you for reading So Much More!! Choosing to not go to college, daring to be a homemaker, and serving your family is something you will never, never regret. As the Botkin ladies so aptly put it, part of our culture’s lie is telling us women, “you can’t be smart unless you go to college, you are wasting your time unless you have a job, and you aren’t serving the Lord unless you are a foreign missionary to a third-world country.”

    What a horrid lie that we often believe. I’ll tell ya, some of the young ladies I know of (including the Botkin ladies) that live at home, are some of the most well-read, most intelligent, most BUSY, people that I know of. They aren’t sitting on their couch eating bonbons. They are busy serving in their fathers’ homes, and I can say, as I am thankful to be a stay-at-home daughter, that it is so fulfilling to be learning and serving at home, rather than being indoctrinated at a college that doesn’t teach me how to be a homemaker, but teaches me independence that will harm me and my marriage, should the Lord allow me to marry someday.

    A young lady I know of wrote this article on the value of what you do in the home…check it out: http://raisinghomemakers.com/2012/a-homemaker-is-worth-how-much/

    Love, Rachel

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    • storygirl308

       /  February 13, 2012

      Hello Rachel! (What timing, I was just thinking last night of sitting down and writing you a letter. 🙂 )

      Thank you so much for the comment! It is a horrible lie that the culture has feed young woman and I was tiered of swallowing it. God is amazing how He works in people’s hearts and minds, I’m so thankful for the Botkin sister’s, their book and their testimony for young woman.

      I hope you and your family are doing well! Miss you all!

      God bless!

      Reply

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