“The Lion King”: A Trigger Warning for Fatherless Kids

The Lion King - Featuring the voices of James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and JD McCrary as Young Simba © 2019 Disney Enterprises I’ve never been a Disney-movie mom. My kids haven’t seen any of the Disney movies I grew up watching. So when the new “The Lion King” movie came out this week, I wanted to show my kids the original version first. I haven’t heard super great reviews of the new CGI version, … [Read more...]

Audio: Interview with The Wise Idea Podcast

My children and I on Memorial Day Christopher Harris, the host of The Wise Idea podcast, reached out to me recently to interview me about my life as a widow, mother and minister. It was a good interview. I hope you can glean some wisdom from it. http://www.thewiseideapodcast.com/episode073lifestorieswithlaurenjones/ … [Read more...]

When the Widow Gets Engaged

So, my boyfriend of two years proposed, and I accepted. I’m very excited to begin my life with him as he’s been a very close friend since we met in college, we’re so compatible, and we just genuinely enjoy each other. However, it is an adjustment for some people because for the last five years my testimony as a young widow with children has been a major part of my ministry. I’ve had the … [Read more...]