fbpx

Lori

WE ARE IN DANGER.

Why do I disturb hobbits?

Because you and I are at risk of losing heart.

It’s a long way from the ground to glory with many “dangers, toils, and snares.” I need your companionship, and you need mine.

I’m just another woman, following Jesus in a small town, in the smallest state, in her own small way. 

My heart’s desire is that my life and my words will inspire other believers to persevere together in Jesus Christ against all odds.

You and I share a story because we’re part of His story. The story of everyone who knows there is a greater adventure out there, and keeping our heads buried in the Shire is no longer an option.

Of course, we love comfort, of course we want to keep to ourselves and enjoy the safety of home, but we live in times that call for believers to be brave, to take action, and to set comfort aside out of love for Jesus and for those Jesus loves.

The adventure is upon us. My dream is that none of us will lose heart. That each of us will awaken to our significance. That all of us will know how our stories connect with the greatest story and that every believer will be mobilized to live up to his or her design because each life matters.

In this great battle for souls, on this outpost of glory, we must be determined that no believer is left behind.

We are those who refuse to skim across the surface of faith.  I write for all of us who have been unsettled from comfortable places and moved to follow Jesus into the adventure of our times.

You answered His knock at your door, too, and it’s why He’s led you here. Welcome! Join us. Like us, you have a heart for deep water, deep woods, deep space, deep thoughts leading to a deeper exploration of faith in Jesus, yes?

We may be common souls from small places and simple lives, “But, we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” Hebrews 10:39 ESV

If you’re here, you understand what I’m saying. You’re seeking the courage, companionship, and skills to take hold of the path God has set before you.

Let’s find it together.

You and I don’t want to remain stuck in life’s small stories, give into small-minded thinking, or settle for a lesser life than God has in mind for us.  We want to engage with His great story and live the larger adventure.

But doing that, means facing giants, being uncomfortable more often than we can bear, and allowing others to come alongside.

I am not bold, brave, strong, or self-confident. Like Tolkien’s hobbits, I like to be cozy, comfortable, and eat my meals on time.

I want to be settled, but when Jesus knocked on my door, I loved Him immediately. I also learned then that settling in, interferes with traveling on the narrow road to the heart of Jesus Christ, our true home.

So, I write posts about faith designed to disturb the hobbit in all of us and inspire us to forget ourselves (and second breakfast) long enough to join the adventure. 

 I write to incite the faltering believer to join the ancient adventure.

I write because it’s the best way to speak my mind without being interrupted. 

I write so that others who are considering giving up find the strength to hold on.

You and I were assigned to these times, to this adventure. We need one another to make our way home.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO CONTACT ME DIRECTLY, MY EMAIL IS lorisroel@gmail.com.

Oh, you want some facts?

  • I’ve followed Jesus since I responded to a televised Billy Graham altar-call in my early childhood.
  • Baptized at eleven.
  • Degrees in Biblical Studies and Psychology from Barrington Christian College (now merged with Gordon).
  • Fifty-something.
  • Wife to one husband for over thirty years (most of them good, the others under grace)
  • Retired homeschool mother to two adults with their own families and stories.
  • Holder of a day job working with families in crisis
  • Author. Speaker. Part-time giant-slayer.
  • Black belt (but, that’s another story.)

Lori's Books