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Laura Marshall

The Oil Lamp

February 24, 2020 |
shine on

Before the glitter of Christmas was put away, I sat quietly on the couch. Nearby, the dogs slept, and the cats’ long furry bodies curved into C’s around each other exclaiming their superiority at warming one another.

My gaze fell upon the blue bottles hanging outside on the porch. Their purpose, windchimes. They swayed splendidly among the snowflakes that sparkled against the dreary wet day, the shining light of white from the electrical current making them glow.

It was a perfect shot. Blue upon white. Not marred by daylight but enhanced by mist. Lore wound itself in my brain while A Christmas Carol and Scrooge skittered in the background.

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Dear fellow wallflower

To The Wallflower On The Outside Looking In…

Are you a wallflower? If you're not, you probably know one. Someone who is often on the outside looking in. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Laura J. Marshall shares more in this post.…

December 23, 2019
The God of all comfort and me.

The God of All Comfort & Me

I sat in the early morning sunshine today. The earth greeted me with birds singing and bees buzzing on the purple coneflowers in the bed beyond the front porch. The days have been long. Worries many. Yet life continued… remained.…

August 19, 2019

The Realty of Life (sick days and all)

I’ve been sick now for a few days. The household is backing up. You know, laundry… dishes… clean surfaces. Don’t get me wrong, my husband and kids have been pitching in. It’s just not the same. Sick enough to call out from work, I’m…

April 15, 2019

You’re the One

The words flashed across my screen. A random email trying to sell something. You’re the One. However, it gave my heart pause, and when that happens, my mind starts to pay attention. The words are something we’d want said to us. The marketing, it’s…

December 10, 2018

Another Day Is Gone

I’m falling behind. I can feel it. I’ve lost my edge. I’m not working as hard or as long. So what, I’ve gotten up early and handled my online job and worked my day job, gone grocery shopping, made dinner. I still need to…

October 15, 2018
Just As I Am

Life Is Worth Living 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,…

August 23, 2018
God is doing a new thing

God Is Doing A New Thing

“Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV Rest your…

June 21, 2018

Do You Ever Feel Misunderstood?

I drew a heart in the sand. Someone came alongside me and pointed to the outline. “A turtle,” he exclaimed. He called his friend over. The woman looked at the stick drawing, the ocean foam lapping closer to the edges. “No, it’s a dog.”…

April 2, 2018
Stepping Out in Faith

Stepping Out In Faith vs Saying ‘No’ To God

Struggling, struggling, struggling. I don’t know why life is such a struggle. Can’t I just sit back in my cozy home surrounded by family and comfort? Okay, so I’ll go to work then I can come home and relax, can’t I? I deserve the…

January 29, 2018
the power of Christ

I’m Surrounded by the Power of Christ

I woke up recently with the dream I was having on my mind. In it, I was getting a tattoo, a tiny cross on my ring finger, above my wedding band. The prevalent thought was how we wear Christ everywhere we go. Later (we’re…

November 6, 2017
Sin can't separate us from Jesus... nothing can.

The Sin That So Easily Entangles

Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:38-39) I just want to leave this scripture here and stare. Write nothing further. Seeing it over a social media feed encouraged me greatly. It’s been a few weeks now of…

August 7, 2017
love yourself

I’m Surrounded By Entirely Too Much of Myself

I’ve spent the week getting beat up. Getting beat up by myself and my thoughts (repeatedly, consistently). By the angry world around me. By circumstances, sickness, and worries. After several days of reading God’s Word through a Bible plan online, I had a revelation.…

May 29, 2017
3 Ways Satan Steals Our Joy: Worry, Condemnation, & Regret

I’m Surrounded by Regret

It’s mid-week again with all its hustle and bustle. The weekend sped by with goals unmet and things left undone.  My mental list checks off folding laundry, keeping up with dishes, making meals, spending time with family. Yet, there is always something I’m beating…

March 16, 2017

I’m Surrounded by Heartbreak

The beeping of the life-monitoring machines have become a commonplace background noise. The high-pitched whir of the ventilator somehow comforting in its constancy. There is life still here. The weightiness of heartbreak of families entwines with worry, hope, and prayers as I do my…

February 6, 2017

I’m Surrounded (By My Own Choices)

Every thing is at my fingertips. I take up my phone for the weather report, a honey sugar mask recipe I stumbled across the other day, to check on a sick friend, order a shirt from my favorite brand, help to care for a…

December 5, 2016