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. Weâ€™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,Â RebekahÂ awakens to the daily light that comes from realizing how often and simply the Lord touches her life.Â JeniÂ nurtures a child with special needs and learns that strength and support are only a prayer away.Â ElizabethÂ forges a new path towards renewal and regeneration after she exits the roller coaster ride of her spouseâ€™s addiction.Â FaithÂ discovers the beauty of reminders from a loving Heavenly Father that she has worth and the precious gift of agency.Â DawnÂ 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.Â The following character sketches will give you a little insightÂ aboutÂ each author.
Writing about motherhood and her husbandâ€™s health struggles, Rebekah lives true to the meaning of her nameâ€”to bind. Lifeâ€™s experiences have shaped her into a wise, steadfast daughter of God who has the beautiful ability to make others laughÂ throughÂ her clever wit.
Jeniâ€™s stories revolve around the lovingÂ care of her sonÂ with special needs.Â Knowing that he will not live out his childhood, sheâ€™s armed with strength and determination to give him the best life possible. TheÂ bright hopeÂ Jeni finds through the Savior will encourage the lowest of hearts.
Elizabeth is passionate about sharing the Light of Christ. Youâ€™ll feel this in reading aboutÂ the challenges she facesÂ with her spouseâ€™s addictionÂ and divorce. Through sophistication, uplifting words, and a touch of spunk, sheâ€™s a modern-day disciple â€œgathering in the foldâ€ and feeding His sheep.
A woman of intuition, Faith has a distinctive gift for understanding people.Â Her personal goal in life is to help women recognize their potential in whatever role they fill.Â She writes about herÂ battle in overcoming abuse as a child andÂ herÂ fight with low self-esteem.
A single mom for ten years, Dawn not only believes the motto â€œLight trumps darknessâ€, but she lives it every day. Her short storiesÂ are aboutÂ finding God after a heart-crushing divorce. DawnÂ touches many lives through her unwavering testimony and simple ways.
1 – What got you into writing?
My wonderful elementary school teachers who hand-made little books so we could “publish” our stories.
2 – What message would you like your story to leave with the reader?
Use love and faith to defeat fear. Also, you’re not alone!
3 – What advice to do you have for other aspiring authors?
Write, write, write, and then get a great critique group.
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