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Laura Marshall

Life Is Worth Living Just As I Am

| August 23, 2018
Just As I Am

“If you have the boys mow, leave the back yard for me.”

Those words slipped out of my mouth before I could call them back.

I’d just had a moment with God.

Having woken up and glanced in the mirror before my morning shower, I decided to forgo washing my hair and wear it crazy. I mean, sticking-up-in-twelve-directions-and-praising-God-all-on-its-own crazy hair.

New to short hair, I’d been washing it every single day because of this same issue. This day, I am going with it. I run my fingers through it to make it all stand in the same direction and laugh aloud at myself in the bathroom mirror.

And that’s when I feel it. The smile of God. He is laughing with me.

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