Welcome to this online community. This is a place to remember that it’s all grace. Which is different than it’s all good. It isn’t all good. Some things suck. Like hungry children. And climate change. And heartbreak. If you’re looking for a place where it’s all smiles and daisies, keep looking. But if you’re looking for some honesty and hope, spritzed with tears and laughter, come on in.  I invite you to join me on this wild ride through the joys and hair-pulling-out moments of living with purpose.

Laura J CollinsAbout me: I grew up in a small town in north central Missouri, the daughter of a minister and a public school teacher. I began writing short stories in the second grade which my mother lovingly mimeographed with that beautiful fuzzy purple ink. So I blame her encouragement for the fact that I am now starting yet another blog. Once I hit middle school I gave up the solitary acts of writing and playing piano for the more social fields of acting and singing. After majoring in English at  a pretty awesome Quaker community, I found myself moving into a career that allowed me to act and sing and write and do so many of the other things I loved most in life: I became a minister. Ministry for me was like a favorite pair of jeans. They feel best after you’ve worn them in a bit, but then they begin to grow a bit tight around the middle until one day you have to admit, as much as you love them, you just can’t wear them any more. By that time, married and the mother of a young son, I began an exploration of other ways to weave the loves of my life into a new career. Or maybe even a new calling. It’s been a winding road, with both heart-stopping and heart-breaking views along the way, and I’m still winding. Today I live in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountain town of Asheville, NC and serve as an Associate Minister at Unity of the Blue Ridge; my son is off at college now studying mathy things I can’t begin to explain; and I live within an easy drive of my most amazing, if remarkably stubborn, nonagenarian mother. It’s a good life and I’m so very grateful to have it.