When You Walk with a Limp (A Guest Post for Michelle DeRusha)

photo by Tina Howard

Today,” I said to Nasreen and Deidra, “I feel like one of my legs is longer than the other. I’m all out of balance—I keep missing steps.”
I shifted from one foot to another as they giggled and raised their eyebrows. We were on a retreat together in the Texas Hill Country and it had rained almost every moment, forcing us to stay inside by the fire and have strange conversations about disproportionate legs.
Well, I am from West Virginia,” I joked. “They always say hillbillies have one leg longer than the other from a lifetime of walking the slopes.”

It wasn’t until hours later that I looked down at my feet and realized what had been tripping me up all day.

What an honor to write for Michelle DeRusha’s Spiritual Misfit series. If you haven’t read Michelle’s memoir yet, you’re missing out on some kind of wonderful! But first, head over to her blog and read the rest of my story. 


  1. says

    Sweet Laura…I just finished reading your post at Michelle’s place. Oh. My. Word. As always, your words speak to me. This line, “the more I realize I will never understand the mysteries of God” that is something I am finding too.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Michelle is right, your words are like music.

  2. Lynn D. Morrissey says

    Laura, I’m so grateful to Shelly Miller for introducing us! You are just the sweetest thing, as Michelle says. I love that idea of keeping a playdate with God. I talk about “spicing up my dates” with Him, and it sounds like the same thing. I have often rendezvoused with the Lord in intimate meetings in my journal (and often in a park, streetside cafe, hotel lobby, etc.) as a way to feel we were having a special meeting. I have always drawn especially close when I write my “love letters” to Him. I shall look forward to reading about *your* dates. Thank you for drawing us to the heart of Jesus!

  3. says

    Lynn, it’s so nice to hear from you! I’m grateful Shelly connected us, as well. My weekly playdates have revitalized my spiritual life–I like the way you say it, “spicing up”. God is so good, isn’t He? When we draw close to Him, He draws close to us. It makes me feel such gratitude. Love to you, lady.

  4. says

    Mary, your last couple comments have meant so much to me. You are such an encourager and I am so grateful for you. Aren’t you glad that we don’t have to have all the answers? When I was younger, that used to bother me. But the older I am the more grateful I feel that God is too big to wrap my understanding around.

    I am sending you so much love. I hope we get to meet up again one day!

  5. Douglas Jenkins says

    How many of us are stumbling, and we have no idea why? Or won’t admit to the why?
    You have fixed, or God has fixed, many of your “short-comings.” I admire you for that. My prayer are for those others….

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