Find PEACE and Win Your War on Worry

You've got 24 hours to watch the broadcast on Periscope!

I’m doing a little series over on Periscope to help you find PEACE in your War on Worry. I did my very first broadcast with this topic in mid-August. That broadcast was an overview (and a bit of a chaotic hot mess with it being my very first broadcast and not knowing what I was doing). But this topic really resonates with the Making It Real Ministries community, so I’m going to do some short scopes (that’s what we call periscope broadcasts) that dig in a bit deeper to the various concepts.

I’m working on a way to archive these so you can watch them later, here on my blog. But for now, you’ll need to join me on Periscope. My Periscope handle is @LauraNaiser. Not sure how to use Periscope, read this. You’ll have 24 hours to watch the broadcast, but jump on live if you can. It is so much fun to interact with you live!

My plan is to broadcast on Fridays around 11:45 am CDT but that may vary a bit depending on my family’s schedule.  Be sure to turn on notifications when you follow me on Periscope and you’ll get notified when I go live so you won’t miss it. I will also post reminders on Facebook and Twitter so if you follow me on either or both of those, you’ll get those, too. If you’re on the Periscope broadcast live, you can interact with me via the chat box and ask me questions.

I’ve made you a step-by-step guide to find PEACE in the war on worry. And on the second page, I’ve listed the armor of God and some thoughts about each piece and how it helps us in our fight against fear. Download the cheat sheet anytime. Just click on the image or button below and I’ll instantly email it to you.


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 And if you want to make a spiral of memory verses like I use, you can download my printables to get you started.

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Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll email me or leave a comment on my blog, Making It Real Ministries Facebook page, or send me a Tweet and let me know how you’re doing in achieving PEACE!


Wednesday Meet Up at Cianfriani’s Coffee (or on Periscope)

Are you waging a war with worry? Come meet up with me at Cianfriani’s Coffee on the Square in Georgetown at 9:45 am Wed, Aug. 12 and I’ll share some things I’ve found helpful in my own battle. I’ll also share this on Periscope (@LauraNaiser) beginning at 10 am. Even if worry isn’t one of your problems, please come hang out with us. We will have fun and share some valuable info and Scripture to help your real life intersect with God’s truth and grace!

If you can’t make it in person or you have a conflict at that time, you can get the info on Periscope. If you join us live on Periscope you can chat with us and ask questions. Or if you’re busy around 10 am tomorrow, you’ll have up to 24 hours to watch the broadcast.

To find out more about how this works, read my post on Why I Love Periscope and How It Will Benefit You!

I’ve made you a simple step-by-step guideto getting on Periscope;
just click the image or button and I’ll email it to you. Get Your Step-By-Step Guide

And mark your calendar for next Tuesday, August 18 at 11:45 am when I’ll be scoping about an amazing book I’m reading right now. It goes on sale that day (I got a sneak peak copy from the author – how cool is that?) and I will be giving away a copy to someone who joins us on the broadcast.  Wayne’s book is full of God’s truth and grace and will help you find hope and peace in the midst of life’s frustrating, bewildering, or painful seasons.

I bet you have some friends who could benefit from one or both of these broadcasts. So please use the share buttons to share on your social media or forward this to some friends.

See you tomorrow!


Why I love Periscope and Why It Will Benefit You

Get the Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Interacting with Me on Periscope

Have you heard of the new social media platform called Periscope? It is only a few months old and I just learned of it a week or so ago. When I first heard about it I thought it was the silliest thing ever. Until I watched a few “scopes” by some of my favorite bloggers.  I was hooked and I’m excited to try it out. I’ll tell you why in a second. But first…

First, what in the world is Periscope?

If you’re unfamiliar with Periscope, this app allows you to livestream video from your phone so you can interact with someone you like to learn from, engage with, or find interesting. “Scoping” is what they call broadcasting on Periscope.

Here is how it works.

I’ve made you a simple step-by-step guide to getting on Periscope;
just click the image or button and I’ll email it to you.   Get Your Step-By-Step Guide

It’s really simple! Here is the basic overview: When I “scope” I talk to you via live stream video. While you are not on camera, you do get to interact with me and the other people on the scope through the chat feature.

You can type in your questions and comments on the chat bar and those scroll over the screen. You can also send me some virtual love and encouragement by tapping the screen which makes little hearts float up the side of the screen. (Doing this live is scary so seeing some hearts is really encouraging).

Of course, you can also just watch the broadcast without chatting; in fact, the app limits the chat to the first 200 people to log on to the scope. After that, you can watch but you can’t chat.

When I go live you’ll get a notification on your phone. Then, you jump on and join the fun. If you can’t make it live, you have 24 hours to watch it, but you won’t be able to interact, ask questions, and make comments. So jumping on live right away is best! After 24 hours, Periscope automatically deletes the video and you’ll miss out on that helpful content.

Why I love Periscope…and why I think it will benefit you:

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Come to Women of Faith in Dallas with me! Claim your spot quick…

Women of Faith will fill the American Airlines arena in Dallas on October 2-3, 2015. And I want you to come with me!

The group ticket rep said they are expecting the largest attendance in the 20 year history of the organization. So, I could only get a small group of tickets and may not be able to get more. But the good news is, you can claim your spot now and get better seats for less money than if you booked on your own. Plus, we’ll have a lot more fun together, don’t you think?

Not familiar with Women of Faith? Check out this quick video to see what the excitement is all about…

Looks fun, doesn’t it.


You can even order your box lunch for Saturday when you order your ticket.

Don’t wait, these tickets will go very fast and I may not be able to get more.

(If I sell out, I will try to get more tickets for our group; and if I succeed I will issue those in the order people signed up for the waiting list.)

Deadline to order is next Tuesday (August 4) at 5:00 pm but I’m pretty sure they will be gone by then. So call your friends and claim your spots now!

I would love for you to tune in on Saturday, January 3, when I join Evelyn Davison and Cathy Endebrock on the radio show, Love Talk. The Show airs at 9:00 am and again on Sunday at 3:00 pm. We will be talking about how to have a GOOD START – perfect for the start of a new year!

If you live in the Central Texas area (New Braunfels to Waco) you can tune in at 1120 AM. If you’re outside that area, they broadcast worldwide via the live stream on their app or website. You can download the app via your app store (search for 1120 AM The Bridge).

Can’t listen live? No problem. Visit and listen via their archives. (Allow at least one week for them to post the show to their archives.)

If you enjoy the show, I’d love for you to drop them an email and let them know. The email is available at the bottom of the Love Talk Network website.

I’d appreciate if you’d help me get the word out about the radio show. Please use the share buttons to tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc. to tune in and get off to a GOOD START in 2015.

Date: January 3, 2015
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Appearance: Love Talk Radio Show
Outlet: Love Talk on KTXW 1120 AM The Bridge
Format: Radio
Laura and Justin at the Bethlehem Toy Shop

If you’re in the Georgetown area this Friday evening, stop by the Christmas Stroll on the Square downtown and visit me in the Toy Shop of Bethlehem Village. Meander through the streets of Bethlehem and connect with the reason for the season! This is a photo of my son Justin with me at the Toy Shop from a previous year. I love this event. Be sure and stay for the Nativity play which runs every 15 minutes or so.  We will be there Friday, December 5, from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. I’d love to see you!

5 Life Lessons Learned in My First Year of MIRM

This week marks one year since I launched Making It Real Ministries. It has been an adventure and I’ve learned much. As I reflect on this past year and the lessons learned, I am deeply appreciative for all God has done. I’ve had a front row seat to observe his strength demonstrated through my weakness. (see 2 Corinthians 12:9)

I’ve been humbled to see him touch the lives of hurting people. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people. All in all, I’m so glad I said yes and stepped out on faith to answer what I perceived to be his call.

Photo courtesy of © Billy Alexander

While the following lessons were learned from my journey this past year, I doubt they are unique to me. I would love to hear how you see these same truths evidenced in your own life or to hear what lessons God has taught you lately. 

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Come Join Me Saturday for Beth Moore Simulcast!

This Saturday, Beth Moore’s Living Proof Live event will be simulcast across the country. My church is one of only three in the Austin, Texas area offering the simulcast. I will be at the event and would love to worship and study the Word alongside you and your friends. I’ll be staffing the Bible Study Registration table all day, so I will be easy to find. Please stop by and say hello!

Click on the image below to register via the Women’s Ministry page of Main Street Baptist Church’s website (scroll down to bottom of page).

The event is FREE, though we will be taking a love offering to help cover expenses.

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You can come on your own or invite some friends to join you. We will be taking a break for lunch and the church is located just off the beautiful, historic town square of Georgetown. There are cute shops and restaurants, so plan to make a fun day with your friends! And if you’re coming on your own, meet up with me and we will go have lunch together.

See you Saturday!

P.S. If you don’t live in the Austin area, but want to view the simulcast, visit Lifeway by clicking here to find a location near you or watch on your own.

Remembering the Fallen

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) These words of Jesus echoed in my mind as I reflected on the men and women we, in the United States, honor this Memorial Day. In today’s post, I curated some information and links to several articles and resources I found meaningful as I prepared for my own personal observance of Memorial Day. I hope you’ll join me in pausing this day to remember those who fought and died to keep us free. And as we remember them and their sacrifice, may we also remember the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior which provides us with the greatest liberty: freedom from sin and to be in right relationship with God.

Photo courtesy of iStock © Phototreat

History of Memorial Day

This national holiday began in the post-Civil War era. In the years after the war, communities gathered to remember family and friends who died in the war. Officially, the ceremony held in Waterloo, N.Y. on May 5, 1866 was recognized by Congress as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. Town businesses closed their doors and residents flew flags at half-staff in honor of local veterans of the Civil War. Two years later, May 30 was established as Decoration Day, a time for the nation to honor the fallen by decorating the graves of soldiers with flowers.

After World War I, Decoration Day, also known as Memorial Day, encompassed remembering soldiers who died in all American wars. In 1971, an act of Congress designated Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May. In 2000,  Congress passed “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.” All Americans are called to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. (Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

Resources for Reflection and Remembrance

I pray these articles and resources assist you in your observance of Memorial Day. Just click on the article title (in purple, bold type) to open the article in a new window.

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