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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

A Lesson in Dishes

It’s funny the odd places or things with potential of teaching us a lesson or remind us of God’s unfailing love.  Even doing something as simple as washing dishes.  There I was, soapy water up to my wrists, scrub brush in my hand mentally morning the absence of a dishwasher, when my thoughts suddenly changed.  Instead of complaining I tried to find things to be grateful for in washing dishes, and  I found these…Having dishes to wash…Hot running water…The gift of the dishes.  (I’m sure there are others, but these three were the first that came to mind.)

There’s always something to be grateful for.  A silver-lining if you will.  As I was on the verge of forgetting that, I was reminded once again of God’s provision.  He has provided so much in the past four months.  I think we too often forget about how much God has given us and instead morn and complain about what we don’t have and what we think we need.  It might seem a bit over zealous, but can be a very good practice to look for something to be grateful for when we are tempted to complain.  When you have to do the unpleasant chores, like cleaning the bathroom (no one likes that one…), be thankful you have a working bathroom to clean.  (Trust me, that is something to be thankful for indeed.)  Or taking the trash out to the bin on the curb – you can be thankful for the fact you don’t have to collect the smelly bags in your car and take them to the dump yourself.

You probably remember your mother reminding you of this and also remember rolling your eyes before the words were completely out of her mouth.  (Guilty.)  Well, it’s true.

It’s so easy to complain, even with all we have and all God has blesses us with.  We have to make the effort to remember our blessings and the goodness of the God washing out for our needs.

What things have you found to be thankful for in odd places?

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  1. Rachel Redman

     /  March 4, 2014

    Hey sweet friend,
    Be encouraged! It’s easy to forget how much God has blessed us with, I totally agree. I can sympathize with you over lacking a dishwasher…I was my family’s “human dishwasher” for a looonnng time :). Have you ever heard the song. “Dirty Dishes,” by Scotty McCreery? Check it out…it’s one of my favorites and might be a blessing to you. It always reminds me that life’s little blessings are found in the strangest (and most unlikely) places. -Much love, Rachel

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  2. Hello Rachel!
    Thank you so much for your comment. I have heard that song and love it. Makes me want to cry every time I hear it. 🙂 Hope everything is well with you and your family. Miss you all.
    ~Much love in return, Laura

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