I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and writer. Sometimes in that order--sometimes not. I love to encourage people in the daily grind we call life.
Where does that encouragement come from, especially as I continue to grieve the death of my daughter and walk through trials like everyone else in this fallen world? There's only one answer--the power of the Holy Spirit.
I'm a child of God. I believe Christ is the only way of eternal salvation and have accepted his total sovereignty over my life.
Christ is my greatest encourager. I pray, in all that I do and write, his love shines through.
Look around and stay awhile. I hope you'll feel encouraged in your walk with Christ. Please contact me with any prayer requests you may have. I'd love to pray for you!
"... you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 NIV
"For You are good and ready to forgive, O Lord. You are rich in loving-kindness to all who call to You." Psalm 86:5 NLV
"Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory ... For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Romans 5:2,5 NLT
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8 NIV
Laura Hodges Poole is a Christian writer with five books and dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories to her credit. She has contributed to anthologies and ghostwritten two nonfiction books. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Reach Out Columbia, P31 Woman, WOW-Writing on The Word, Christian Devotions, Evangel, Christian Home and School, Our Town, and Independent Mail. Her Christian romance novel, Return to Walhalla, released in March 2018. Her Christian novel, Hope's Gentle Touch, released in October 2020. She also has novellas and a devotional available on Amazon.
Laura is a 2019 Selah Award finalist, the 2016 ACWC Badge of Honor winner, a 2014 ACFWGenesis semi-finalist, and a 2012 RWA Emily finalist. Her credits include being a writing conference contest judge in 2017-2019. As an editor and member of The Christian PEN, she enjoys mentoring and helping other writers polish their work. Her passion is encouraging others through her blog, A Word of Encouragement. When she’s not writing, you might find her hiking, playing the piano, or being crafty. A mother of two, Laura lives in South Carolina with her husband and son.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Gainesville, FL
Thanksgiving 5K - 2017 in SC -
Reedy River Falls Park, Greenville, SC
A few snapshots from my life.
Twin Falls, Pickens County, SC -
Featured in "Return to Walhalla"
Chatlos Memorial Chapel - The Cove (Billy Graham Training Center) Asheville, NC