Together is the Best Way

This morning, I’ve been counting blessings.

Sleeping in my own bed is one of them. So is making coffee in my very own kitchen—enjoying a cup of my favorite brew slowly. Taking Bonnie out, usually an annoyance is making my heart sing today.

The past couple days, we’ve been in the hospital with one of our boys—an unexpected emergency surgery under our belt and now the tired from a week of worry settling in.

While I was waiting for my boy to come out of surgery, my wise friend Lane messaged me. She’s been reading Playdates with God and is part of our Facebook launch team.

“I read your chapter on Super Soaker [that’s chapter six] this morning,” she wrote.

“You know, our enemy, the accuser, the liar, is so much like that pesky squirrel. Satan wants to grab what’s not his.

As a mama & now grandmother, I know how hard it is having aching children/grandchildren. For me, doubts and worry can creep in fast and steal what’s meant for the beauty of the songbirds, so to speak.

In the middle of such trials, I sometimes can choose to stay in worship, rather than worry. Not always, but sometimes.

Reading about your super-soaker-squirrel fighter, I thought of how much this weapon is like fighting Satan off.

We zap him with what he doesn’t expect and we go forth, in your words, ‘feeling the presence of God powerfully…’ with laughter as our companion.

Perhaps in this day, in this moment, you can do in the hospital what you did that morning with the obnoxious squirrel…zap the enemy and laugh.

You know what I mean? Just keep your eyes on Jesus, then, when necessary, zap the enemy of his stealing/conniving ways, lifting your eyes off of Jesus just long enough to take aim, then turn right back into Jesus, laughing.”

Just another reason I need to read the book I wrote.

And I have been. Re-reading. Because I need reminded, as I say in chapter ten, that the power to overcome death does not rest in my hands.

I love hearing how Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World is impacting you as you read. I’d like this space to be a place to share any posts or thoughts inspired by the book. Just link up below or join the conversation in the comment box so we can join in, visit, or share.  The official release date is October 7, but folks have already been receiving their pre-ordered books. So let’s share here and walk this walk together. Together is the best way, after all.


  1. lindalouise says

    I’m 3/4 of the way through the book Laura. It is such a sweet blessing. Thank you for this. Praying for your dear boy and that all will be well.

  2. says

    Knowing you are holding my book, Linda, means so much to me. I’ve been so grateful for your companionship on this writing journey. And thank you for praying for Teddy.

  3. Maureen says

    Blessings for your son, Laura.

    I have been reading ‘Playdates’ slowly, the better to sit with each chapter’s message.

  4. June says

    Laura, it is so like God to speak to you, back through the words He gave you long ago – I love it! I can’t wait to get my copy! Prayers and blessings for your son. May all things be well soon.

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