Meet Laura

you are so welcome here

I’m Laura and I’m glad to hold the door open for you. What a gift to sit with you a while. Me? I am a morning person. And I love the sound of the wind in the trees. Jesus is my first love. After many years of the try-hard life I am finally learning to accept that He loves me too. I have a passion for sharing stories that draw others closer to Him.

A recovering list-maker left empty from trying to earn grace, lately I’ve been stepping into Christ’s invitation to come to Him like a little child—with open hands, surrendered to the Greatest Love.

This journey led me to write a book: Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World. It’s the story of how God wooed me closer by inviting me to play. It’s the story of rediscovering passion in my God-life. It’s the story of how I run after the Blue Flower every day.

what’s this about the blue flower?

I was reading a book by C.S. Lewis once and came across this:

…And every day there were what we called “the Green Hills”; that is, the low line of the Castlereagh Hills which we saw from the nursery windows. They were not very far off but they were, to children, quite unattainable. They taught me longing—Sehnsucht; made me for good or ill, and before I was six years old, a votary of the Blue Flower.

Lewis’s description of this stirred longing as a child resonated with something inside of me and I set out to discover just what a “votary of the Blue Flower” is. I found the story about the blue flower that so inspired a nation it became a symbol for the whole of German Romanticism. For Lewis, the blue flower represented the longing for life as it was intended to be—life before the Fall. The blue flower represents that God-shaped hole in all of us.

I’ve made a spiritual practice of chasing the blue flower. Once a week I make a date with God to step out of my ordinary.

other stuff

I live in a little valley in West Virginia with my family. I fall in love with my husband over and over again each day. We have two beautiful boys who carry my heart around wherever they go. Being a mama is my favorite thing. It sure has taught me a lot about how God loves us.

I have an M.A. in clinical psychology and work in a medical rehabilitation hospital, helping patients and their families cope with traumatic diagnoses such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. I believe in the healing power of story and often use storytelling in therapy. Serving others through writing is my joy. I do some writing and editing for The High Calling and share some stories at TweetSpeak Poetry. When I’m not lurking in the comment box in those places, you’ll find me crafting stories here.

I have published two books of fiction for teens, Brody’s Story and Derek’s Story; together they are the Wings of Klaio series (so far!). I am active in the women’s ministries at my church and am a regular speaker at churches throughout my region. A couple years ago I completed a Lay Preacher program and have found great joy in filling pulpits of the little country churches that are tucked in the hills around here.

I’d love to talk to you sometime about marriage, faith, family, books, and all the crazy stuff of life. Check out my contact page and feel free to drop me a line anytime. I would love to hear your story.

God bless and remember this: we are all votaries of the blue flower.

All my love,

Laura