About Lauren

 
First thing you need to know about me- I'd be happy to clean your house if it gets me out of cleaning my own.
 
Ok, perhaps that's the not the most important aspect of my personhood, but it's true.
 
I'm a Loved-By-Jesus Jesus-Lover and that's about the only thing that gets me through most days.
 
 
I'm a mission-minded mother, and would love to get out there and just help people. For now, I help others by birthing and rearing awesome little people- 4 to be exact. By the grace of God, I am surrounded by little sinners and saints who are learning the value of Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Joy, Peace, and Love in a home where we are not free of mistakes, but free to make mistakes.
 
I am chronically ill. I have rheumatoid arthritis and a cocktail of other "issues." I hesitated putting that out there. I don't like being defined by what I can't do. (Who does?) Only recently I was inspired by other chronically ill people who have shown me that my illness can be a highway to healing for others, and they'll never be able to see it if I am putting Detour signs all around it. My illnesses have no authority over my heart- but they sure can point to the One who does.
 
I am married to the most awesome human being I have met in my lifetime. He's a pastor after God's heart and God's people. I never intended to marry a pastor- I actually cringed at the thought. Yet, here I am and I can't imagine any other life.
 
I jam to Toby Mac, Britt Nicole, Mandisa, Fernando Ortega, Bach... Anything I can dance or sing to. I learned that from my mother and mother-in-law. I hope my little ones learn it from me.
 
I'm working on being courageous and not short-changing God... this blog is partly about that.
 
I'm working on finding joy all the time. I'm working on gratefulness.
More importantly, God is working that in me. The blog is about that too.
 
I have a degree in Theology from Concordia University River Forest- you might want to know that.
And I write- curriculum, devotions, Bible studies. All for the glory of God and the equipping of His people. All people.
 
Any questions?
 
May God use your time here to bless you. That way we can be blessed together.