Upheld: Ordinary women discovering an Extraordinary God
By Grace Lane
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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Faith’s Top Ten List
Top 10 Desserts (in no particular order because all desserts are incredible!)
- Italian Ice
- 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
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