5 results for author: Laura Urista


Five Generations: A Legacy of Love – by Laura Urista

One of my most treasured possessions is a black-and-white photograph of five generations of women in my family. Over the years several people have mentioned to me how unique and rare it is to have a five-generation photo. Pictured here are my great-great grandmother Mietz (seated in the middle), my great-grandmother Fiebick (seated on the far left), my grandmother Olga (affectionately called “Grandma Dee Dee”) and my mom, Charlotte, holding my oldest sister, Sandy, on her lap. This photo was taken in the summer of 1946. I wish I knew more about these wonderful ladies of my lineage. I do know that great-great-Grandma Mietz and great-Grandma ...

The Power of God’s Love by Laura Urista

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.—1 John 4:7-8 (my emphasis)     In the scripture above, we are admonished to “love one another for love comes from God.” The word translated into our English word “love” throughout this passage is the Greek words agapao (verb) or agape (noun). Agapao refers to the supernatural love of God, but that is only part of the meaning. Agapao also refers to the love which arises from a “keen sense of the value and worth of the object loved.” When ...

Connected To The Vine by Laura Urista

Have you ever read a familiar scripture and suddenly it’s as if someone flipped on the proverbial light switch? I experienced one of those aha moments when reading John 15:1-12. I thought to myself, “Hey wait a minute, did it always say that?” So I checked several translations just to make sure! In John 15:1-12, Jesus is talking to his disciples about the vine and the branches. I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. ...

This is the Best Issue Ever!

What Others Are Saying About the September 2021 Plain Truth “For many years, my husband and I have read every sentence of the mailings we receive from you, and we are always blessed, encouraged and educated by your writings. But the September 2021 issue of Plain Truth (and the accompanying Partner letter) is the best issue ever!      Not only are all of the articles right on the money for concerns we and our family, friends and neighbors have, but the wording of all articles makes us even more eager than normal to hand on our copies to them.      If there ever is a long-term solution to the ...

Got Corona Cabin Fever? by Laura Urista

Are you starting to feel edgy, irritable, impatient and like you desperately need a break from your spouse, kids or other family members living in your home? Does the old adage “familiarity breeds contempt” describe your current living situation? You’re not alone. Due to the Corona-virus pandemic and “stay-at-home” orders, most of us have been stuck at home for a few weeks now, and many are experiencing a phenomenon commonly known as “cabin fever.” House of Anne Frank “Cabin fever” is a term used to describe being isolated, confined or stuck in a similar routine, place, or position for a prolonged period of time. It can cause ...