Life happens. Ordinary and extraordinary events fill the days and nights, but regardless of the circumstance, God is there. We’re five friends who, over the course of a decade, learned to recognize the heavenly touches in our lives. We share our stories in a series of short vignettes, as glimpses of the profound and practical ways God lifts us.
First as a newlywed and then as a young mother, Rebekah awakens to the daily light that comes from realizing how often and simply the Lord touches her life. Jeni nurtures a child with special needs and learns that strength and support are only a prayer away. Elizabeth forges a new path towards renewal and regeneration after she exits the roller coaster ride of her spouse’s addiction. Faith discovers the beauty of reminders from a loving Heavenly Father that she has worth and the precious gift of agency. Dawn opens her mind to the understanding that no matter what happens peace can abound and everything will work out.
In Upheld: Ordinary women discovering an Extraordinary God we invite you to walk with us, explore the nooks and crannies of life, and have joy in the knowledge that you are not forgotten. As you read, we hope you will also discover God upholding you in your own life.
Five women have joined together under the pen name, Grace Lane, to write about their personal experiences in hopes to inspire and uplift others. The following character sketches will give you a little insight about each author.
Writing about motherhood and her husband’s health struggles, Rebekah lives true to the meaning of her name—to bind. Life’s experiences have shaped her into a wise, steadfast daughter of God who has the beautiful ability to make others laugh through her clever wit.
Jeni’s stories revolve around the loving care of her son with special needs. Knowing that he will not live out his childhood, she’s armed with strength and determination to give him the best life possible. The bright hope Jeni finds through the Savior will encourage the lowest of hearts.
Elizabeth is passionate about sharing the Light of Christ. You’ll feel this in reading about the challenges she faces with her spouse’s addiction and divorce. Through sophistication, uplifting words, and a touch of spunk, she’s a modern-day disciple “gathering in the fold” and feeding His sheep.
A woman of intuition, Faith has a distinctive gift for understanding people. Her personal goal in life is to help women recognize their potential in whatever role they fill. She writes about her battle in overcoming abuse as a child and her fight with low self-esteem.
Top 10 Things to do with my kids:
10. Play board games
9. Play the "guessing" game to different topics at dinner time.
8. Attend a play or concert together
7. Go swimming!! Play at the beach.
6. Make a movie together, or watch their movies they made
5. Read books and write books together
4. Try new foods together!
3. Bake goodies to share with neighbors
2. Watch movies together after making popcorn or a yummy treat
1. Go on an adventure, even if its in our own backyard.
Top 10 Desserts (in no particular order because all desserts are incredible!)
Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream and lots of fresh berries
Homemade vanilla ice cream with peaches
My grandma's poppy seed bread with lemon icing
caramel salted ice cream
Blueberry Cheese Danish
Greek Chocolate Mousse Cake
Mango Mousse Cake
My feet touch the cold, bare floor and the weight of my body against my tired limbs almost makes me fall. I grip the bed rail, find my strength, and hobble to the bathroom. I stare at the reflection in the mirror; I look terrible though I know that’s how I’m supposed to look given the situation.
I think about all of my emotional scars etched in my soul through painful times in my life. I would love to erase them, yet I know the significance they have played in shaping me into the woman I am today. No, a scar is not pretty but what can emerge because of it, is beautiful. --Faith