Thursday, January 26, 2012

a giveaway to cheer me up

Hi guys-

Had a rough morning today. Just bein' honest. I know that I should be super duper grateful for God's grace on me during this current trial I am in. But, it's hard to be "up" all the time, you know?

Benjamin's been telling me for a week now how he's got this big science project/presentation that he wanted me to go to. I wanted to be there for him SO BAD. He's worked so hard! Clint came home from work on his lunch break so I could go over to the school and support my big boy. I did my best to rush over there to see him and his project. But I was too late, and had just missed it. The science teacher took me over to the empty classroom and showed me Benjamin's project that was in a corner with the rest of the projects. It was amazing. Benjamin had just gone up the big stairs to the cafeteria for lunch. I had just missed him. And I wanted so badly to run up those stairs to give him a big hug. But, I knew it would hurt too much physically for me to make it up those stairs. So, I hobbled back out to my van and drove back home. I cried like a baby all the way back. I am ready to be a normal mom again. I am ready to be "fully present" with my kiddos again. I am ready to do the dishes and the laundry. I am ready. If only my body was, too.

So, I knew that doing a giveaway would be just the thing to cheer me up today. 

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment with an encouraging scripture. 

That's it. 

And if your number is chosen, you'll win one of these:

Personalized Hand Stamped Antique Brass Tiny Initial Bow Necklace
(brass disc can hold up to three characters)

spread the word! :)

I'll pick a winner on Sunday night around dinnertime.


  1. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
    And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
    II Corinthians 12:8-10
    I think of this verse often when I am feeling down and out! It is hard to feel awful and not be able to do the things we feel we need to do, but the Lord know and has been there himself. He knows how you feel and will give you the strength you need to get through it! I will be praying for you!

  2. "But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the one who lifts up my head." Psalm 3:3
    love you sweet friend and praying for you.

  3. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

    May the Lord wrap you in His arms, care for you, and bring healing.

  4. He who began a good work in you will be FAITHFUL to complete it.

    No clue what the reference is but I love that one. He's never failed you and He's getting you through this even now! Completing this work of sharpening. :) Love you,lady. I wanna win this, by the way. :)


  5. Ps. 42:11 - the words of King David as he too struggled with rough times...
    "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

    We must hope it God and praise Him! If you have some good praise music...turn it on...blast it! Sing along with it and know that He is with you. God bless!

    (PS....something I have to remind myself constantly and don't always do...but need too!)

  6. The one I've been carrying lately....

    Exodus 14:14 "The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

    I'm not always good at remembering the last part. ;) Been a trying day for me too, but you're right, giveaways sure to help lift the spirit...I've got one today too if you want to enter! :)

  7. What comes to mind... "Rejoice in the Lord, always* He is near! ... do not be anxious for any*thing* ... but in every*thing*... give thanks, by prayer and petition... and the peace of God which transcends every*thing* (all understanding!).. will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil4:4-9

    I've been listening to the song by Josh Wilson. "Fall Apart" - ever heard it? Hmm... that's a story for us all.
    Rest in Him, Lora. Best to you!

  8. Anonymous3:33 PM

    the Lord your God is with YOU. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you and quiet you with his love and REJOICE over you with singing! Zeph. 3:17

  9. Hi Lora-

    Just that you made such an effort to be there shows what a huge heart God has made in you! You are a WONDERFUL mother! God sees the heart and I'm sure Benjamin sees it too!

    "IF the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;
    though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand."
    Psalm 37:23-24

    Still praying and praising Him too for all the good He is doing!

  10. This one did it for me this week:
    Excerpts from Psalm 19 - The Message
    "But me he caught - reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out
    Of the ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning.
    They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me.
    He stood me up on a wide-open field;
    I stood there saved - surprised to be loved!

    Every day I review the ways he works;
    I try not to miss a trick.

    Suddenly, God, you floodlight my life;
    I'm blazing with glory, God's glory!
    I smash the bands of marauders,
    I vault the highest fences."

    Thanks for sharing life so honestly. Don't know you, but I have indeed been praying for you.

  11. "The grass withers, the flower fades but the Word of the Lord stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

  12. This is one of my all time favorites. I hope you feel better soon.

    But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

  13. "The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

    I've been praying for you during this time. You are such a blessing and I hope you continue to find peace and strength and healing.

  14. Praying for you friend! I hope you feel better soon! And the Lord is taking care of your babies and their hearts!

  15. Oh, Lora, I am praying for you! This has to be hard, but you are right, the Lord does not give you more than you can handle- with his help. My favorite verse that always comes to mind is Jeremiah 29:11. I am sure you know it also, and it is such a good one to remember! Many ((hugs)).

  16. Oh I'd love to be entered into the competition. I love your craft, you are so clever with what you make!

  17. ”As the rain and the snow come down from Heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. “ – Isaiah 55:10-11

    He brought me to your blog today, Sunday 01.29.2012. I will be lifting you in prayer, Lora. Your blog is so sweet. Your family, Beautiful. Blessings to you, New friend and Sister in Christ ~ Jo

  18. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
    18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    I can sympathize how you are feeling. I had surgery on tuesday and the pain sucks, as does watching everyone do everything without you :( I have 4 kids and I hate that i cannot give them my all. But the reminder of scripture is something I needed to hear. Thank you and praying you feel better soon.



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