Author Archives: laurieetta

November 28

The Abundant Life

[Jesus said,] “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10b Well, it’s here. The push for us to buy, buy, buy is in full swing. Newspapers are bulging with ads and sales designed to make our pocketbook a little bit lighter. The stores want us to buy a great […]

July 14

“Life is difficult”

In the summer of 1978, I spent a couple of months in California with my cousins. We had a blast and made many memories. This past week I had the pleasure of going home to Montana for a family reunion and my cousins from California were there. As you can imagine, there was much reminiscing, […]

May 26

What are you worth?

Say that I am standing in front of a group of people and I pull a $20 bill out my purse and say, “I’ve got a $20 bill here and it’s yours if you want it. Who wants it?” I imagine many people would raise their hands. I tear up the $20 bill and ask, “Who […]

March 11

Words are Not Spaghetti

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21 If you’ve ever spent any time in the comment section of a blog or website, you will sadly understand this guy’s description: comment boards on websites are a place where civil discourse goes to die. But that’s not the only place civil conversations […]

January 09

Three Signs of a Miserable Job

In the common American model, the job is central. We are frequently more defined by what we do than by who we are. When meeting a new person, the conversation normally goes as follows: “Hi, I’m so-and-so. What do you do?” From that one brief answer, we make conclusions about that person’s intelligence, education, income, and value […]

December 09

Being Helpless

Every year on the first week of December I take a group of women to New York to do mission work. In the past, I wrote about seeing a woman lying on the cold sidewalk of 5th Avenue of NYC and how hopeless I felt not knowing how to help her. A similar thing happened this […]

July 07

Care, Not Cure

I don’t know about you, but when someone comes to me with a problem, my first instinct is to want to “cure” it. But most often what people need is just someone to listen. Listening without fixing is of great value and much-needed. Doesn’t sound too hard? Oh yea, just try it! It is hard […]