all i have….and a giveaway

i have some precious friends of mine who are currently going through the fire. very scary times and full of uncertainty.  one is going through a plethora of tests for multiple health issues of her own. one’s child is having some frightening symptoms and he too is being tested and awaiting diagnosis. the husband of  one of my dearest friends has been unemployed for almost a year now.

they feel vulnerable. afraid. overwhelmed. emotional.

many times in these situations i don’t know what to say. i don’t have the answers. i don’t know the why’s.  i wish i had some profound eloquent word for them, but i don’t. most of the time i feel that all i have is a listening ear and a heart that promises to pray for them.

all i have….a listening ear & a heart that promises to pray.

many years ago i learned how vital both of those things are.

when gregg was sick and during the time i was alone i felt so vulnerable. so afraid. overwhelmed. and emotional.  i remember hearing a friend say “i’ll be praying for you”….yet so many times i’d look in their eyes and almost want to plead with them, hold their hands and say back…”will you? will you promise me you’ll pray for me?”.  it was as if they said “i’ll bring ya’ll dinner wednesday evening”.  while i could prepare dinner wednesday, while i could have extras in the fridge incase they forgot, i was counting on the  “dinner wednesday evening”.  prayer is like that.  we can certainly pray for ourselves.  yet there is something powerful, something so safe and secure knowing another is praying for you.  knowing someone else is there.

i learned then that if i told someone i’d be praying for them, they had my word.

sometimes the “i’ll be praying for you” can almost be a cliche. or a greeting.  we mean well. we really do. yet we walk away & get back to our little world and forget the situation of the person we were going to pray for.  i’ve done it. i have.  but now after being on the vulnerable tender flip side, needing, depending on others, i don’t take lightly the promise of praying.  sometimes it really is all i have to give.

 

one of the most powerful ways to pray for someone is to pray scripture.

psalm 91 is a beautiful scrpture~~

91.11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

91. 1&2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will sayto the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”

my dear friend courtney is a creative genius with a background in marketing.  she is a transparent, tender hearted mama with a heart to encourage everyone she comes in contact with ( you should follow her on twitter, and facebook– constant encouragement).  but her heart for the souls of her children is what inspires me the most.  ( i also shared about courtney here)

courtney has created the perfect tools for you to help teach this powerful resource to your children.  her desire is to empower moms and change little lives through innovation in the home.  this week she celebrates her one year anniversary of launching her business & she’d like to give away a package of scripture cards to one of my readers!

please leave a comment ( or you can post on facebook or tweet as i have handy dandy little linky things for your convenience) & a winner will be selected for a package of Lil Light O’ Mine scripture cards….you will LOVE them!!

& congratulations courtney!!! i love how you’ve shared with me from the start the desire to encourage moms….& allow me to give you all i have….a listening ear & a praying heart for you!!

October 10, 2012 - 8:34 am

Meg - I have seen these prayer cards somewhere before and would love to win a set. I am heading to the website now to check them out. Thanks for sharing.

October 10, 2012 - 9:00 am

Larissa - These are so cute! My son just accepted Christ this summer and these would be great to work into his devotions!

October 10, 2012 - 9:52 am

LLH Designs - Like you, I believe prayer is the most powerful gift we can offer…not just saying we’ll pray, but really doing it. Prayer unleashes the power of heaven into this hurting world. I’ve felt that so much lately…in my own hurt. On a lighter note, I’m crazy about these Scripture cards and would love to have something designed by someone other than myself. ;) xoxo!

October 10, 2012 - 9:57 am

Maggie Patterson - Oh, I want a set of these for my daughter! They would make a great stocking stuffer. Love Paige and Courtney!

October 10, 2012 - 9:58 am

Diane - Great blog today! I agree, sometimes “I will pray for you”, “you are in my thoughts and prayers” just comes out as easy as “Good Morning”, “Have a good day”. And, you wonder will they or will I really have time to pray for them. Courtney’s prayer cards are the best, I have given them as gifts and they are always loved by the receiver. I love you and I love Courtney for all you do for us, you are two very special people. xoxo

October 10, 2012 - 10:14 am

Kerri - I love being “introduced” to other ladies of faith! I can’t wait to read about Courtney! Ava went to Vacation Bible School this summer and I am proud to say that at the tender age of 4, she truly has Jesus in her heart! She would love these! Thank you for sharing my sweet friend! And I will be praying for your friends too! XOXO

October 10, 2012 - 10:21 am

Nikki - I love those scripture cards!!

October 10, 2012 - 10:31 am

sheri - You are such a wonderful person Paige! xoxoxox

October 10, 2012 - 10:41 am

Ashley - Need more scripture around my house and hidden in my heart – I would love to have this in my living room – conversation piece with believers and non-believers!

October 10, 2012 - 10:48 am

carrie - i love these cards! how precious they are. i need 2 sets….one for my family and one to give as gift to my sister’s family. so glad christmas is coming up! thanks for the chance to enter.

October 10, 2012 - 10:59 am

Julie J - I needed those words today. Thank you for sharing your heart.
I also think the scripture cards are pretty amazing.

October 10, 2012 - 11:03 am

Becky - I have recently found your blog, Paige, and I think there is a reason. Your words speak to me very deep down. I am on a journey to help my 7 year old continue to grow into a tender hearted, selfless, giving young man. These cards would go a long way in my teaching and modeling as we walk the path together.

Thank you for sharing, it is so appreciated.

October 10, 2012 - 11:59 am

Dina - I love these cards and needed to hear this today!

October 10, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Alecia - Those cards are PRECIOUS!! Sooo cute…and helpful in hiding His Word in our hearts! I read the previous story about her as well…sooo fun how God uses the blogosphere to bring His daughters together. Love it…I’ll certainly be following her on twitter & fb…sharing as well! Best of luck everyone!

October 10, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Rachael - Wow, what a great idea…I love those cards! And I have 3 little men who would put them to good use:)

October 10, 2012 - 12:23 pm

Cameron St. Clair - What an encouraging truth, Paige–thank you for sharing your heart. I’d love some scripture cards~I admire creative-types like you and Courtney who find ways to make scripture come alive!

October 10, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Liz Schweitzer - I love these Scripture cards. I have bought some before for gifts, but would love to win a pair for myself.

October 10, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Cathy Henry - I love these scripture cards! I too learned how important it is that when we say we will pray, we must pray! i have been thru times when people said they were praying for us, and I actually felt their prayers being lifted towards the Lord for us. So, when I say I will pray for someone, I DO! Love, Love having that open line of communication with our Savior.

October 10, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Cabogirl - I’ve seen these cards before and have admired them….they would be great for my three girls! Today is actually a day focused on prayer with my prayer group…we spend one day a month specifically praying for certain needs and then we will meet tonight to pray some more and share a meal together. So thankful for being able to pray for one another….and to know others are praying for me….a priceless gift. Thanks Paige!

October 10, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Rachel R Adams - paige – these are so sweet! i love the design and most of all the promises they bring. praying for a friend in need is truly such a priceless gift. when my son was so sick for so long i had so many praying… but one woman in particular prayed for us and with me!!! it was such a treasure and it is something that when i look back on that dark time in my life, that is one of the silver linings. out of all the things people did for me, for our family, for my son, it is that precious gift that i think of first. since that happened, i too will pray for friends, and when i say it, i mean it… because i believe in the power of prayer. you are a sweet friend. they are lucky to have you in their corner. lots of love.

October 10, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Lindseyz - I have been eyeing these cards for awhile now! Would love them for our house to display and work as a family in memorizing scriptures to store in our hearts <3

October 10, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Heather - I love these. And Courtney is such and inspiration! I would love to win a set of these beautiful cards.

October 10, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Kate - These would be perfect for my growing family! Thank you for your words of faith you share with all of us.

October 10, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Jennifer - I am so glad you posted this! It is a great reminder and I feel the same way. I know when someone tells me they are praying for me it means the world!

October 10, 2012 - 2:06 pm

April Deals - The scripture cards are beautiful! What a wonderful way to help memorize scripture for our children and ourselves.

October 10, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Donna Talley - Love the scripture cards! What a wonderful idea.

October 10, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Andrea - Would love, love, love these! xo

October 10, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Katelyn Hensley - What wonderful encouragements these cards would be! Love them!

October 10, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Deborah - Love them. Thanks for the opportunity.

October 10, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Mary - Thank you for putting into words the thoughts I had this very week about praying for others… So VERY true… thanks for the reminder and also the chance to pass along these tools to my daughter who now is in the mommy-stage of training up 4 of her own :)

October 10, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Sara - I would love to have these cards to help teach my daughter about our family’s faith.

October 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Rebecca - Your blog is such a blessing to me! I’ve been following you for several years now ~ so many times your words have been an encouragement to me. Thank you Paige. What a wonderful give-away. I would love love these Scripture cards!

October 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Ashley R - We just recently started emphasizing memorizing scripture in our home. I would love to use these cards with both of my children, and myself, to help us learn more scripture.

October 10, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Tanya R - Many things can be taken away from us, but having His word imbedded in your heart is something permanent and there for those dark hours where we’re feeling vulnerable. afraid. overwhelmed. emotional. You are living testament of His faithfulness and you truly are a wonderful friend to those in need. Blessings Paige!

October 10, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Laura @ Pruning Princesses - LOVE these scripture cards and interested in your blog. I write one too, about raising girls. My girls are younger. New follower.

October 10, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Michele - Your words really spoke to me today as they always do :) Love the scriptucre cards too.

October 10, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Julie - My granddaughter has just started going to “church school”. These would be great for her!
Thank you for the giveaway,
Julie

October 10, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Ruth - Love these scripture cards! They are displayed in my office, and they are a wonderful reminder to me of God’s word.

And yes, I too have learned the importance of those words, “I’ll pray for you.” I think it’s important for us not to take them lightly when we say them–I usually pause before those words come out of my mouth. I always want my actions to back up my words.

October 10, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Becky C - This is just what I need! I’ve been praying for new ways to share God’s ways with my 3 teenagers!

October 10, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Michele - Love them. :)

October 10, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Cindy Douglass - Love these cards. What a beautiful way to be reminded of God’s love for us.

October 10, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Tammie - Paige, Thank you for being you and being so honest even in times when you may get grief or rude comments from people whom don’t realize there is no person that can have control over what another person does in their life. Thank you for making my life better.

October 10, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Holly - My first visit to your site. I love it. Will be back often. There is nothing like the power of prayer.

October 10, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Deidre - I have wanted these cards for SO long. I love them.

October 10, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Julie - LOVE these cards so much!

October 10, 2012 - 10:02 pm

Vickie - I love these scripture cards…they would be great for my daughter at EKU…thanks for the give away!

October 10, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Our Family for His Glory - These are so adorable and perfect for teaching our little ones God’s Word! :)
~Jessica

October 10, 2012 - 10:42 pm

Jami - Thanks so much for sharing Courtney’s talent with us! Absolutely beautiful!

October 10, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Joy G - Beautifully written, Paige. Beautifully written.

October 11, 2012 - 12:02 am

Mary Anne - I have twin 6 week old boys, and while they are too young now to understand traditions and to learn charity, I want to start them as soon as they will understand! These are the perfect little ways!

October 11, 2012 - 12:20 am

Wendy - The cards are beautiful. What a wonderful idea.

October 11, 2012 - 6:58 am

julie bauhs - Beautiful cards and another beautiful post Paige. Thanks for the chance to win!

October 11, 2012 - 8:09 am

Catherine - These would be a wonderful prayer and teaching tool! Paige, your post today is spot on. Thank you.

October 11, 2012 - 9:25 am

Mary Lynn - I would love a set of these cards for my kiddos! Thanks!!

October 11, 2012 - 9:30 am

Donna Mayo - These are beautiful scripture cards, thanks for the chance to win a set.

October 11, 2012 - 9:35 am

Kelly - These prayer cards are wonderful! They would be perfect to share with a sweet little one. Prayer is such an important thing to instill in your kiddos from the beginning. Thanks so much!

October 11, 2012 - 9:58 am

Kellie - Love this – “I’ll be praying for you” is very powerful, but you are right, we MUST stand behind our word! Love those little scripture cards!!!

October 11, 2012 - 10:19 am

Cindy Darnell - I would love to win these scripture cards for my little boy!

October 11, 2012 - 10:34 am

Meredith A - I would love to win these beautiful cards for my two little girls!

Meredith
Brookfield, WI

October 11, 2012 - 11:03 am

Shannon Dillard - <3 scripture cards!

October 11, 2012 - 3:32 pm

Melea Fry - I am a director/owner of a private preschoo, Giggles & Grins Preschool in the small town of Green Forest, AR. I am always trying to find neat new ways to incorporate the word of God into my everyday teaching and preparation for Kindergarten. I would absolutely LOVE these cards to share with my little ones! Thank you for your time! P.S. I love reading about your family, seeing your beautiful photography, and your love for Jesus! A true inspiration!<3

October 11, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Jane - While I’m not a Mum, I can certainly attest to the need for more scripture in my own life. What a fabulous habit to develop during these years (hopefully before children) that I can pass on in years to come!

October 11, 2012 - 9:20 pm

Amy - So many women commenting, so many moms that want their kids to know and love our Lord, and we all like pretty things! I don’t see much ugly on Pinterest, you know?? I don’t have an Ugly Board at least. I’d love those cards!

October 11, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I’ve seen these before!! I love how cute they are too.

I love what you said about telling someone you’ll pray for them. I never say that lightly anymore either. If I say I will, I DO.

Love catching up for a few minutes girl. Missed ya. ;)

October 11, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Suzie - Love the cards… So true about prayer.

October 11, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Lori Martin - Love these cards, so excited to be introduced to Lil Light o Mine :)

October 11, 2012 - 11:11 pm

Jane - Oh, how these make my mama heart swell! I love surrounding my littles with the word. Thank you for sharing such a sweet resource!

October 12, 2012 - 12:56 am

Michelle - I, too, the sustaining power of others’ prayers when we have been in such great need in our lives! When we commit to pray for someone, we should do it as if their life was depending on it.

Would love a set of those prayer cards for our family.

October 12, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Polly Walters - love these cards…so cute..

October 12, 2012 - 2:25 pm

betsy - i absolutely love these.
thank you, paige, for blogging.
you are one of my favorite reads!

October 13, 2012 - 10:09 am

Shannon - I have seen these prayer cards before and have always thought them to be so lovely and would love to have them around my home! Thank you for the giveaway!

October 14, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Joanna - I’ve seen these cards before and I love them! The power of prayer is unbelievable!

October 4, 2013 - 12:18 am

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October 9, 2013 - 10:59 pm

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validation, identity and a pageant

 

 

 

 

 

 

often times we look for, we long for, we need the acceptance “award” ( if you will) from others to define us.  to affirm us.  it’s so easy to fall into the trap of  looking for the validation of our identity to come from those around us.

age 16

has there ever been a time in your life when that validation from others was more profound?

 

we aren’t a pageant family.  i’m not a stage mom.  the entire concept seems foreign to us.  so when emi asked to compete in the Miss Parkview Pageant at her highschool i had my concerns.  would we find the right gown?  would it cost a small fortune?  would emily be able to keep up with her academic responsibilities and all the things/meetings/obligations expected for the pageant?  would she find a meaningful quote?  would she present well at her interview? ….and the actual evening? i think the moms were more stressed than the girls……would her curl hold?  would she remember her quote?  would she trip on her gown?  would she have fun?…..

in all honesty i didn’t put much if any thought into the ” would she win?” aspect…

until my emily walked out on stage.

i was completely blown away.  my sweet girl was poised. she was confident.  she nailed her quote.  the quote that was connected to who she was.  the quote that gave a glimpse into her heart.  she didn’t trip or fall.

and she took my breath away.

i’ve never seen her more beautiful.

the night before at practice she seemed a little nervous.  a little unsure of herself.  but on saturday night she rose to the occasion and blew me away….and not just because i’m her mama:)

 

emily might not have brought home the crown that evening.  what emily did do was have the courage to walk across a stage, to give a glimpse into who she is, to lay that out before others and truly be judged.  i sure couldn’t do that now, much less at that tender age of 16.

 

i’m currently in a beth moore bible study at church called “believing god”.  just this very week we talked about believing we are who we are in christ. while it certainly isn’t a beauty contest or a perfection contest our identity is in Him alone.  not a crown.  not a house in a gated community.  not in a size 4 pair of true religion jeans.  not in mothering perfect children making perfect grades.  and certainly not in the validation of a panel of judges.

i’m not trying to spiritualize a simple sweet pageant at our local highschool nor am i trying to patronize my sweet girl.  i know emi and her sweet friends will see this entry and for them i want them to be reminded who they are. where their validation and their identity is given.

sweet girls ephesians 1.3-8 says You are blessed with all the spiritual blessings.  You are chosen.  You are redeemed.  You are completely forgiven.  You are lavished in grace.  He delights in You.  You are adopted.  You are accepted.  You were fearfully and wonderfully made.  You are loved.

and You did amazing saturday evening!!

October 9, 2012 - 7:40 am

Lori H - Breathtaking! And sweet to boot it sounds like.

October 9, 2012 - 7:58 am

Donna - She looks stunning. That may be one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen – and she looks perfect in it.

October 9, 2012 - 10:14 am

linda - Paige, what beautiful, beautiful words and…..what a beautiful, beautiful daughter. Blessings to you.

October 9, 2012 - 10:19 am

Suzanne - But of course,
she was already
a winner, in so
many ways…..

A beautiful memory
for a beautiful girl.
How amazing to lay
your soul out like
that ~ a triumph in
itself!

xo Suzanne

October 9, 2012 - 10:19 am

Deborah - What a beautiful princess of God. An absolutely lovely dress.

October 9, 2012 - 11:15 am

Michelle - I love the beauty and authenticity of your posts. Lovely, amazing daughter!

October 9, 2012 - 11:37 am

Andrea - What a beautiful self assured young lady. I see why you are so proud…..to define herself in front of everyone…..so determined…and at the young age of 16. Congrats to her …… she will do great things.

October 9, 2012 - 2:09 pm

tiffany day - oh beautiful indeed!

what a wonderful evening to share with your daughter!

I love that we have opportunities to see inside our kids – to see their heart – that we otherwise wouldn’t.

you are the best kind of proud Paige – always and you resonate that!! I so wish I could meet you in person!

xoTiffany

October 9, 2012 - 2:30 pm

tara - She is absolutely beautiful, inside and out.

I know you were truly proud of who she is.

I’m so glad she finds her identity in who Christ has made her to be.

October 10, 2012 - 8:52 am

Carol Spinski - What a radiant beauty your sweet Emily is~ Just a slice of heaven:)

Blessings, Carol

October 11, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Kim from 3 peanuts - Emi is so beautiful. I adore her and I love what you wrote. She is such a shining example of Christ’s love.

October 11, 2012 - 3:58 pm

jen@thecottagenest - It sounds like it was an amazing experience for her. Life is about more than winning, isn’t it? I think it’s good that we all have opportunities to learn that and she did so while looking beautiful I must say!

October 12, 2012 - 10:04 pm

Tammie - Paige, I have to say that you have one amazing, beautiful but most of all a daughter that you prove to us that you are so so proud of and you have all the right to because she is showing her Mom what an amzing daughter she is and that you have raised her properly. You show daily in your blog what a proud and wonderful mother you are. She is stunning in her photos.