Laura Smith was raised on a dairy farm in Northeast Minnesota. She married two weeks after graduating high school, and four years later, faced divorce and single parenting. Fast forward five years, Smith re-married and looked forward to an amazing life together with her new husband, two daughters along with another child or two only to be faced with disappointment, loss and heartbreak. Through it though, they somehow managed to grow and strengthen their relationship and faith.
Now, aside from Smith’s full time job, she also does wedding, senior and family photography. She is involved with their area Bethel Sozo healing and deliverance Ministry, which was birthed out of Bill Johnson’s church in Redding California. “It is amazing!” shared Smith.
Smith has worked in a wide variety of jobs that helped influenced and inspired her writing. “I have had numerous working experiences from night auditing, nursing assistant, Medical record technician, medical receptionist, cashier supervisor, and now as a medical coding specialist. Every one of those places I encountered hurting people and that always made me want to write inspiring things to help them dig out of the dark pits they had fallen into,” shared Smith.
However, Smith at a very young age started to show signs one day she may grow up to be a writer. “Too young to even know how to write my own name, I would sit on the kitchen floor at my grand parents’ house and ‘write’ stories, and then read them out loud while my grandparents played cards with their friends. It was all gibberish, but I knew it was very inspiring!” shared Smith. “I also started writing inspiring articles for a previous employer’s monthly newsletter. I have had one poem published many years ago that won an award, and currently, I write regular medical coding articles for my employer’s quarterly provider newsletter. I also do presentations for our local coding chapter.
Her debut book, In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost is Smith’s spiritual journey through, divorce, single parenting, raising a bipolar child, desiring a baby so desperately and then after being told it wasn’t possible, becoming pregnant and then losing the miracle through miscarriage. “I share the most intimate and painful moments through those experiences, and the amazing vision the Lord gave me when I was at the deepest part of despair that instantly healed my broken heart, gave me hope and a purpose to live again,” shared Smith.