I’m a claims adjuster, helping people and insurance companies make sense of loss. I work out of my home in the rural Midwestmost days, and other days, out of yours. When I’m not crunching numbers or scaling small buildings, you can find me with a stiff cup of coffee and a book on the sofa, in the introvert’s hideout on Facebook, or avoiding Twitter (@lwlindquist). I’m married to a teacher, coach and all around wonderful guy and have two sons in high school.


You can also find me at PoetiClaims, where my poetic alter-ego adjusts words into lines, as well as at Making Headroom, where I’m chronicling a year of weekly trips for prayer and quiet at a nearby monastery. I’m also an editor at Tweetspeak Poetry,  a premier play-place for poets, word lovers, and poetic artists and photographers; award-winning press, and home of an Oprah Magazine Summer-Read Title..


For an idea of what we try to do around here, try something from this sampling of a few of our favorites:

On Being Found
Ripped Open
When Treasure Holds Us
You’re Not From Around Here
The Big Thing
Small Things
Series on John 9
Dogs Like This Don’t Bark
A Story of His Faithfulness
We Can’t Handle This Much Jesus
Becoming Men
Eight Days a Nobody

Photo Credit: Bear Rose Photography & Design, Milbank SD

16 responses

  1. insertgracehere

    Found you at More Than Just Adam’s Rib.

    So glad to stop by! I love this! LOVE how you were able to paint this picture of who you are after seemingly struggling with it. NOT who you are. Telling us who you are. ;D

    I agree, The Word and words–too of my favs.

    Great to meet you!

    Rena Gunther @ insertgracehere.com

    2009/07/05 at 5:29 PM

  2. I loved reading this!
    It was nice getting to know you more….
    sending a virtual Starbucks treat.

    2010/02/15 at 9:30 AM

  3. Deb, you’re very sweet. On a day like today, better make it a Venti with a triple shot!

    2010/02/16 at 3:57 PM

  4. Thanks for sharing a little bit of who you are. I too love God and appreciate all that He’s done for me. Also, congrats on being freshly pressed. Loved the history.

    2010/05/31 at 1:03 PM

  5. I found your blog because of your featured post on WordPress, and I am so encouraged by your writing. I’m also refreshed by the fact that WordPress was willing to highlight a blog that is openly Christian. I am a missionary teacher in Taiwan, and my WordPress blog is all about my life and ministry here. I’ll definitely be adding your blog to my blogroll. Thanks again for sharing!

    2010/06/01 at 3:57 AM

  6. I love every bit of this “about,” and you’re right, they’re hard to write. Great to connect through High Calling Blogs! 🙂

    2010/07/29 at 9:07 AM

  7. Lyla, You reflect Him well. I’m glad we’re friends. You are a gift. I love what you’re “about.”

    2010/07/29 at 8:12 PM

  8. Matt Woodley

    Hi Lyla:

    I’m Matt Woodley the author of the Folly of Prayer. First of all, I love your blog and I love your writing. It’s fresh, direct, simple but profound. Thanks! Secondly, thanks for your series on the Folly of Prayer. I loved the selections and the photos. I feel honored that you were able to ponder it and then recast it in your own beautiful words. May God continue to bless your ministry of writing.

    Matt Woodley

    2010/09/23 at 7:27 AM

  9. I read your stories and am always moved and wanting more today…meeting you….thanks for that and for writing here.

    2010/11/12 at 12:33 PM

  10. Hello miss Lyla. Your site looks different than I remember. I think it’s been awhile since I was here last. It is beautiful. Your images and words are glorious. Thank you for your kind words re: my typos over at THC. I have met the nicest folks through that community. I count you as one!

    May God gift you and yours with all you need for Christmas.


    2010/12/22 at 1:11 PM

  11. How PERFECT this description of who you are, Lyla. You make me smile very big to know you better. 😀

    2011/02/28 at 11:40 AM

  12. Hello,
    I’m preaching on “courage” this Sunday based on the story of Gideon over here in Detroit, MI, and found your blog doing research online. REALLY like your Gideon series and the way you write in general. You are an incredibly good writer and have awesome insights into scripture. God has certainly blessed you with his Spirit and a plethora of gifts!

    You should write a book. What topic are you most passionate about? Do it for the glory of God.

    2011/05/23 at 8:15 AM

  13. robinb333

    Very nice to meet you!!!

    2011/06/29 at 9:09 AM

  14. “If love is God’s first language, Spanish must surely be His second.”–Oh, wow. You sound just like my mom when you say that.

    2011/10/02 at 7:41 PM

  15. Lyla, I am just now reading this for the first time. Thanks for making me smile.
    And you always bless me.

    2011/10/12 at 10:09 PM

  16. Have I told you that you are my favorite writer?

    2012/02/24 at 9:30 AM

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