More Thoughts from New Member Laura Stevens

What is the most deeply satisfying part of your everyday life?

Every meal. I love food. I love breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I am deeply satisfied with food, and it is definitely the way to my heart. God uses good food to teach me that he loves me, and the best part is that this happens at least 3 times a day!! If you think about it, many if not most of Jesus’s conversations happened around food and several of his most renowned miracles involved food. I am not saying that food is everything, but I am saying that it is amazing and that it is a joy that my Father and I share.

What inspires you to be courageous - to show up and be yourself - day in and day out?

The beautiful people of Honduras come to mind when I hear "inspire" and "courageous." I have been to Honduras three times on mission trips to an Orphanage in Guimaca that houses around 600 children. The majority of these children have lived through hell and have come out the other side victorious. I am consistently horrified by the stories of these sweet children and then amazed at how joyful and loving they are daily. I have never seen the effects of our Father’s love more evident than in the poverty-ridden country of Honduras. I rarely go a day without thinking of the sweet little friends I have in this country and especially my precious little boy Jeremias that I sponsor. It is these children that inspire me to show up and live life and be courageous and love deeply every day because I have seen this in them and seen the difference they make.

What is the most generous thing someone has done for you in the last month?

The guys in my student ministry love to spoil us on Valentine’s Day, and this past week they gave us a night where we all got dressed up. They served us “formal” desserts (CHOCOLATE!) and we had a fun night talking with them and playing games. We even got a rose out of it!

Do you have a mantra, Bible verse or famous quote for following Jesus with joy, rest, courage and generosity?

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.'" -Lamentations 3:22-24

What is your favorite word? Precious

What is your least favorite word? Saggy

What sound or noise do you love? A toddler’s giggle.

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