Singer Laura Story still makes time to visit Spartanburg
Like many newlyweds, Laura Story and Martin Elvington had their life planned out.
Martin would finish his degree in graphic design in Atlanta, the couple would move back to their hometown of Spartanburg and Laura would be a stay-at-home mom.
“Within a few months of moving to Atlanta, Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor and the whole plan fell apart,” Laura Story said in a telephone interview. “Ten years later, we are still in Atlanta. We had a plan for our lives that was very comfortable, but God had a different plan.”
That is the message of Story’s Grammy-winning song, “Blessings,” and her book and soon-to-be-released Bible study, “When God Doesn’t Fix It.”
“We have seen a lot of healing in his body, but we have not seen complete healing,” Laura Story said. “He lives with a vision deficit and a memory deficit which make our lives very complicated, but the more people I talk with, the more I find that most everyone has something in their life that they have prayed would change or go away, a circumstance that God has yet to answer,” she said. “We kind of have two options: we can choose to believe that God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want because he doesn’t exist, doesn’t care or isn’t capable, or we can respond in faith and say that if God hasn’t fixed this thing yet, there must be a good reason why and ask Him to show us how to use the brokenness of our circumstance to minister to other people.”
She chose the latter.
The choice to pursue ministry impacts every aspect of Laura Story’s life. The couple are parents of three — a 3½-year-old daughter and 16-month-old twin sons.
“Our lives don’t look like we thought they would and they don’t look like the people around us,” Laura Story said. “I travel doing music and the kids are able to travel with me. Even though it is very different from how I grew up, it is all I’ve ever known about parenting and all my children have ever known.”
Life on the road presents challenges, but has its funny moments too, she said.
“I was on the way to a really nice women’s conference when Josie was about 6 months old,” she said. “While we were on the airplane, she peed through her diaper, all over my jeans and her clothes. I had to steal one of those Delta blankets and fashion it into clothing. (Josie) walks into the conference in a too-big diaper we had found on the plane, a Delta toga and a huge smile on her face. I remember thinking you can’t make this stuff up.”
By the time daughter Josie was 18 months old, she had visited 48 states.
Through all of her travel, Laura Story still makes time to visit the place that she calls home.
“Spartanburg is where Martin and I met and fell in love,” she said. “I love that you can walk around downtown and it is small enough that you will see people you know.”