Category Archives: Bible

Who Knew?

My new look!
My new look!

Who knew that something as simple as a broken wrist would be so very challenging?  Not me.

With breast cancer,  the plan was set for the year, give or take a few port complications and a hospital visit.

4-RED Devil Chemos

4-Taxol and Herceptin

Herceptin to continue for a year


Radiation (35 rads)

and go from there….

Broken Wrist

I was only told that I need a cast. Somewhere the communication regarding immobilization of your hand was totally left out.  What does it cause? In my case, every tendon from the wrist to the fingers needs to learn how to work again. (My interpretation of conversation with the Physical Therapist)

My observations…just a week ago, I noticed my 7 month old grandson working on the same fine motor skills that I was working on.


I realize that I am blessed beyond my wildest dream.  I have a roof over my head, a family, friends and a MIGHTY GOD. Material possessions do not matter to me. It’s the daily blessings that go unnoticed such as tying your shoes.

Who knew? God knew. In Deuteronomy 33:26 (ESV) the Bible says: There is none like God…who rides through the heavens to your help.

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Renewal of My Soul


Along came a beautiful hummingbird and then his mate a couple of minutes later. They fluttered around the aloe plants and obtained the nectar from the aloe bloom.  Now, we had lived at that house 14 years and I had worked in the yard at all times of the day and I had never seen a hummingbird, much less a pair of hummingbirds.  Then, I remembered a verse in the Bible about God taking care of the birds of the air.

Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

I sat in silence once again but it was a good silence.  The kind of silence and time with God that renews your soul.  I knew God had my back in all of this.  I knew God was in control.  I went inside and began to review notes in my devotional book.  I read the notes from the Sunday that I was in the hospital, March 15, 2009.  In those notes was a phrase…“I know God remembers me.”  If fact, that phrase is listed 73 times in the Bible in reference to God taking care of us.  Then,  I listened to my favorite praise and worship song, “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker. Here are the words to the first verse/chorus:

I have a maker

He formed my heart,

before even time began

My life was in His hands

He knows my name

He knows my every thought,

He sees each tear that falls

and hears me when I call

He, my God, remembered me all along.  I just needed to go to the source of strength. My spirit had been renewed by some quiet time with God and the hummingbird visit.  I only saw them one more time after that day and haven’t seen them since.

I will look for them again this April/May.

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What Does ‘Be Still’ Mean?

There are at least two verses where the Psalmist is telling us to ‘be still before the Lord.’

  • Psalm 46:10 …Be still and know that I am God…
  • and Psalm 37:7 … Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him;…
Powerful verse that continues to encourage me.
Powerful verse that continues to encourage me.

My Thinking

This tells me to ‘hush, hush, hush…Laura’. Hush your mind. Hush the negative voices in your head and stop trying to figure it all out. It’s up to me (God) to figure it out for you.

What God is trying to tell me

‘I am the Lord your God…I’m the one who made you. I’m the one who knows the number hairs on your head, before and after chemo. I’m (God) the one who’s here for you. I’m the one who has hope for you. I am here to give you good. I am here to see you through the hard times…so just be stillJust be still, Laura.

Just be still and let me (God) do my work. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. You are not on your own. You have me (God) to rely on. You don’t have to plan 5 steps ahead.’

Me the ‘A’ Type Person

You see …I am an ‘A’ type personality and I like to set goals, especially career goals.  I’m going to get my Masters by 2002, become an Assistant Principal within 3 years and then a Principal within 4-5 years. But these verses always brings me back to my center. It’s all about God’s plan not mine.

I have learned through various life experiences, parenting teenagers and through cancer that God never gives us more than we can handle, even though it doesn’t feel that way to us when we are going through the hard times.

Be still and know that HE is God.  He has it all under control.

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Be Blessed.

Enjoy The Journey

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

I prefer to set goals rather than the traditional resolutions because I am constantly striving to improve.  I am a goal oriented person and set daily goals for myself.

The year 2014 was full of 1st’s for me:

  • Resigned my position with the local school board after 23 years of service.
  • Prioritized my family over work.
  • Became more involved with my grandchildren.
  • Started the ‘Laura’s Journey’ Facebook page to encourage, inspire and empower others.
  • Started as a blog.
  • 6 year breast cancer survivor as of 12-26-14

2015 will hold many more firsts...some I don’t even know about.  My goal, not resolution, is very basic. My goal is to be healthy: body, mind and soul.

Body…I have been eating clean since July 1, 2014.  I have room for improvement in this area.  I am walking my first 5K, Race For A Cure, this month.  I hope to walk many 5K’s for different causes in 2015.  This time, I walk for all who are fighting breast cancer.  I walk to celebrate all survivors and to remember those who lost their battle to this horrible disease. It will be the first time that I will be recognized as a survivor.

Mind…I want to continue to fill my life with positive influences and have the courage to leave the negative influences behind.  The words you speak over your life are very telling.  When my girls were little, I would speak into them positive statements..

  • when you go to college…not if you go to college
  • when you get a car…not if you get a car
  • God has your plan…don’t worry
  • also, you could be president if you wanted to…

The world was open to them.

Soul…For me, this is my most important area.  I want to spend more time in my devotions seeking God’s direction. I want peaceful relationships with those in my inner circle.  Finally after 3 years, I am making progress toward peace with my dad’s death.  I was going to go see him on Saturday but he died on Monday.  I missed my opportunity. (This also comes under ‘mind’) For me, my soul still aches from that decision but I know he is in heaven.

Take pride in how far you’ve come and have faith in how far you can go. In all of life’s craziness, remember to enjoy the journey.

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Happy New Year!

Be Blessed.



I love Christmas.  I love the gathering of friends and family and seeing those who you haven’t seen in months or years.  Most of all , I love the lights at Christmas because it reminds me of the verse…Jesus is the light of the world.  The exact verse is John 8:12 (ESV) “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Since I love Christmas so much, I even shocked myself when I considered skipping the decorations this year.  Then Paige, my eldest daughter, reminded me that Christmas was at my house and Madison and Wyatt, my grandchildren, would be coming over.  For me the true meaning of Christmas is all about Jesus coming as the baby in the manger and eventually giving his life for us.  So after 33 years of Christmas, I chose to simplify Christmas and get back to the true meaning. I have found that lighted garland is my friend and I basically used that as a staple of decoration.

Christmas 2014
Christmas 2014

I even decorated the tree in non breakable ornaments.  I love a gold and cream tree.  My decorations are gold and cream silk poinsettias, gold poinsettias, roses, pinecones and berries.  I didn’t even realize that no ornaments on the tree were breakable when I decorated this year but it was very evident when the adults and children were hitting a plastic ball around the living room after all of the presents had been opened.  The ball accidentally hit the tree and I said, “No problem.  Nothing on the tree will break.”

Eventually the house was quiet again and it was time to clean up.  I thought to myself, I love the way the house looked this Christmas and how will I remember what I did 11 months from now. So I took pictures of each area and put copies of the pictures in the Christmas tubs.  I packed up the decorations by room and labeled trash bags. (see picture below)

Christmas Packing Hack 2014
Christmas Packing Hack 2014

Now, when I unpack the Christmas tubs, I will know exactly where the garland or wreaths go. It was the easiest after Christmas clean up in years.  My husband was elated.

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Be Blessed.


Thanksgiving: 3 Things I Want My Grandchildren To Know

Madison's first Thanksgiving Back Row...Case, son-in-law, Me, Doug, my husband Front Row...Paige (holding Madison) and Kelsey
Madison’s first Thanksgiving
Back Row…Case, son-in-law, Me, Doug, my husband
Front Row…Paige (holding Madison) and Kelsey

Grandchildren are one of the most amazing blessings that you will ever receive.  I am very blessed to live near my grandchildren.  I now have three grandchildren. They accept me for who I am and are thrilled by the smallest things: shadows and hide and seek.  I want them to know these 3 things about Thanksgiving:


The story of the first Thanksgiving originated in 1621. The Pilgrims suffered many hardships that year and the Wampanoag people befriended the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag people set aside a day to thank God for their blessings. President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a National Day of Thanksgiving over 200 years ago.  It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday.

Facts and Traditions

Thanksgiving is the only American holiday that is not overshadowed by lights, costumes, gifts, decorations,and possessions. The typical menu includes turkey, dressing/stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.  Some people call it ‘Turkey Day’. Thanksgiving is about family, togetherness, kindness, good will, gratitude and giving.


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is about God, family, friends and gratitude.  The Pilgrims and Wampanoag people sat down for the first meal for the purpose of giving thanks to God, just pure gratitude.  The word ‘thanksgiving’ is mentioned 30+ times in the Bible.  One of may favorite verses is…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

That means…we need to thank God more and worry less. Just ask God for what you need. Talk to him like he is right beside you. (my interpretation)

I want my grandchildren to know that every day can be filled with thankfulness and gratitude.  Every day, we need to have a kind word for another person and look for opportunities to bless others.  Thanksgiving is not confined to one day but it is a state of mind.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Be Blessed.

Why Share My Story Now?

5 year breast cancer survivor
5 year breast cancer survivor

When you receive a diagnosis of cancer, your life changes forever.  From that point on, you are known as the one who has cancer.  Some people deal with it by talking to everyone about every detail.  That just wasn’t me.

I remember sitting in my office telling the principal and the principal’s secretary that my chemo, in all reality, would last 15 months.  For the next 15 months of my life, I would have to go to the cancer center and receive various forms of chemo through my port. I fell apart. I just sat there and sobbed. I know my health was more important than my job but I loved my job.  I loved working with teachers and seeing the students everyday.

My way of updating the staff and friends at other schools was to designate my precious friend Gale to send updates to keep everyone informed of my progress. My dear friend Moe kept the assistant principals updated.  I prayed, spoke as if I was already healed and immersed myself in worship. I am a woman of faith and I put my trust in God to bring about His divine will.

It took years for me to be able to talk about my diagnosis and progress without tearing up.  I eventually became the principal at my own school.  I began to share my story with those who needed words of encouragement. Inner healing began to take place every time I reached out to help others,  Now, I can passionately tell my story and in doing so I become stronger.  In reflection, maybe some of my hesitancy was because I was given a 56% chance to live 5 years.

Now, I am ready to share my story and help others. One of my favorite verses is: 1 Timothy 4:16 (Living Bible) “Keep a close watch on all you do and think.  Stay true to what is right and God will use you to help others.”

I think it is important for everyone to know that the journey is different for everybody and we need to respect personal boundaries.

Many Blessings to you,