Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Blogging, Overthinking, and Us

I have a post at my new blog home called: Blogging, Overthinking, and Us.

I hope you like it.

I am keeping this blog open for one more month (I'm getting hit with spam on this one), so if you want to keep following me, sign up on my email list on my

For a little while, I will just have this blog redirect to the new blog, but eventually, this one will go down, and that is where you can find me.

I hope you follow me there.

RPW (aka Lora)


Unashamed said...

Hi Lora,

I don't know if you remember me, I used to blog at Ask A Lutheran under the name "unashamed". I remember communicating with you when your husband was considering a call he got to our former parish in Waterloo.

You wrote a post back in 2010 titled What God Has Joined Together. At the time, I was going through cancer treatment, my husband was having an affair and my marriage looked like it was over.

What you wrote has always stayed with me, and became an anchor for me as we struggled to work through the devastation. "The Gospel for Married Folks" is how I came to think of it. When I was full of doubts and despair, I grabbed into that gospel promise. HE will sustain our marriage. He promised.

It has been a long road for us and over the last 7 years there have been times when that promise was the ONLY thing that kept me from giving up. It's only been the last 6 months or so that I have been able to confidently say we are past all danger of divorce. Seven years - fully 25 percent of our marriage together - that's how long it took to repair things.

If I hadn't have taken the long view, I'm not sure I would have stuck it out. Seven years is a long time to live with uncertainty and sometimes the only certainty that I had were those words you wrote - it is God's promise that will sustain me and this marriage. If our marriage depended on the strength of the promises we made to each other, we'd be screwed.

I don't know if I can find the words to express how profoundly that post affected me, but it did. It began a mindshift within in me, starting with my marriage and my relationship with my husband and then into other areas of my life until it permeated how I looked at EVERYTHING. My mindset has shifted and narrowed in focus to a single, overarching question: Where is the Gospel in this? That's it. Whatever is going on in the moment, where is the Gospel? What is the comfort of the Gospel message for this situation, right here, right now? Find the Gospel, then cling tight to it, for there is where you find certainty.

God sustained my marriage, Lora, just as He promised. I thank the Spirit for prompting your heart to write what you did, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for faithfully responding to that prompting.

Ewe said...

I know you haven't changed that often, but I feel like I can't keep up with where you are blogging! I hope I don't lose you in these changes. Every once and a while I look up an old blog post of yours. Is that going to be possible once you change? I am thankful for some of your old blog posts-it seemed to come at the right time that I needed them.

RPW said...


Change the link on your blogroll to When I change the code to direct people over to that site, I'm really not sure what will happen. But I'm not coming back to Blogger.


RPW said...


Thank you so much. Wow. I am humbled and I don't know what to say. That idea has gotten me through some hard times, too. God bless you.