Upheld: Ordinary women discovering an Extraordinary God

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.

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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.

A single mom for ten years, Dawn not only believes the motto “Light trumps darkness”, but she lives it every day. Her short stories are about finding God after a heart-crushing divorce. Dawn touches many lives through her unwavering testimony and simple ways.

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Top Ten List

Top ten desserts?? piece of cake! -no pun intended.  lol

1. Chilis Molten Lava Cake
2. Chocolate dipped Strawberries
3. Ooey Gooey Brownie
4. The "Maris" chocolatey caramel center cookie from Ruby Snaps
5. Sour cream Chocolate Bundt cake with Ganache Frosting
6. Cutlers Mint Brownie Cookie
7. Tres Leches
8. Nielsens Frozen Custard--Raspberry Carmel Cashew...extra Cashews
9. Reeses Big Cups
10. Dicks Market Custard Bismark Donut

Top 10 bucket list items:
1. zipline through a jungle
2. sleep in a treehouse hotel
3. do temple work in 75 different temples by my 50th birthday (currently working on #58)
4. to skinnydip (or "chunky dunk") and feel free
5. to try out and make the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
6. to return to the Philippines where I served my mission and serve the Philippino people
7. to experience a moment of great courage
8. to be a graceful ballroom dancer
9. to enjoy deep connections and fulfillment with family and friends
10. to live intentionally and savor the moments that matter

Today is an “Endure to the End Day.” In a moment of desperation, I decide that a bite of New York Style Fudge Swirl Cheesecake is the only way to survive the next three hours..

I wait till the children are occupied, then I sneak upstairs to the fridge....I remove the plastic wrap . . . I take my first bite . . . and my second . . . . 

The children suspect something and ask me what I’m eating.

“Booger Cream.” It’s the first thing that comes to my head— no one would want to eat Booger Cream . . . right? Wrong. I forgot I live with little boys; it’s a fatal mistake.

“Can I have some?” asks my oldest son.

“I want some!” says my second son.

“Nummy-num!” says the baby. 

Imperceptibly, the day transforms into an “Enjoy the Journey Day.” The boys and I giggle about Booger Cream for the next three hours. I learn that laughter offers a great way to overcome tribulations, big or small. --Rebekah

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