(Comments closed, winner of the giveaway is Jessica from @mommasgonecity, congrats lady and thanks for all of your comments, if you haven’t read through them you really should. Inspiring words.)

With perfect timing, two of my dearest friends sent me this necklace from their etsy shop. The R House Couture.

Be Still Necklace

Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Hymn #124 from the LDS Hymnbook

They sent me another one to give away to you.

Hope Necklace

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. From the 13 Articles of Faith originally written by Joseph Smith.

Their shop is full of inspirational necklaces with simple words such as “fear not” “all is well” “courage” “grace” and “faith.” The idea came to help pay for court costs Mrs. R has incurred while fighting to keep her little boy. Each purchase includes cards from couples hoping to add to their families through adoption. The idea was to make gifts for both birth and adoptive mothers. I however think they are perfect gifts for any woman who needs a boost.

Like me.

I’m already a huge fan of buying handmade. I’m an even bigger fan of  buying handmade to help keep a family together. Please look at their shop and keep it in mind as a gift for those women in your life who carry so much. They are more than happy to produce custom orders.

To win the custom “HOPE” necklace from The R House Couture and me simply tell me what quote, scripture, hymn, song or saying that gets you through difficult times. I will pick one random comment Wednesday October 7 at midnight. Open to anyone in the world. Because we all need hope.


  1. As you know, I am not an overly religious person. That doesn’t mean when things get tough I don’t try and ask for some help.

    And! Even though I’m not a member of a 12 step-program (yet), for some reason I always recite the Serenity Prayer.

    God grant me the serenity
    To accept the things I cannot change;
    Courage to change the things I can;
    And wisdom to know the difference.

  2. Those are beautiful necklaces! One of my favorite quotes is:

    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
    Albert Einstein

  3. My all time favorite hymn is Amazing Grace. I love this song. Every time I hear or sing it, it reminds me of my Grandmother. Thank you for this nice giveaway.

  4. The Prayer of St Francis – it was sung at my wedding (by my grandpa).

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love;
    for it is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

  5. I simply go by the “do unto others” motto.

  6. mommabird2345 says:

    What I usually do when overwhelmed, is to pray. I fully believe in the power of prayer. It has helped me so much throughout my life.

  7. I am an adoptive mom of two and when we were waiting for our first someone said that while waiting the phrase that got them through was “pray to God and swim for shore”. It hit home at that point in my life and continues to do so today.

  8. I love the Great Love Chapter with ending of “Faith, Hope, and Love, but the greatest is love.” But you have to have faith and hope.

  9. Be Still My Soul, is by far my favorite Hymn. Lately I have been drawn to the words in the Hymn, Where Can I Turn For Peace. Both Hymns testify of The peace that God gives, and it buoys me up when I think of those words.

  10. If everyone threw their problems in a pile, you’d grab your own back as fast as you could.

  11. “The future of this world has long been declared; the final outcome between good and evil is already known. There is absolutely no question as to who wins because the victory has already been posted on the scoreboard. The only really strange thing is in all of this we are still down on the field trying to decide which team’s jersey we want to wear.” ~Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

  12. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
    My favorite scripture. Quoted at conference yesterday. It helps me feel comfort regarding my own infertility, and now the waiting that comes with adoption. Love the necklaces.

  13. 5 ¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    Proverbs 3:5-6

  14. I love the hymn “Just A Closer Walk” It’s old school but sometimes those are the ones that comfort you the most.

  15. My favorite scripture in hard times is Psalms 61:2 ” . . . when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” I have calligraphied it on the Greg Olson Picture of Christ holding a child while standing on a rock in a river and pulling another child up (I think it’s called “Be Not Afraid”) and have it sitting by my bed.

  16. If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

    Has been repeated a lot in the last several weeks.

  17. “Fear not I am with thee…” How Firm a Foundation. Can’t sing that hymn without crying. Sad I know, but it meant a lot to me during one of THOSE moments.

  18. When I need a boost, I sing “We are standing on holy ground.” It gives me peace and is a reminder that our time on this earth is but short.

  19. I love How Firm a Foundation and Abide with Me. They are my two favorite comfort hymns.

  20. I am trying to find the positive side to things. Like when I went to check on my napping baby boy, only to find that he had taken off his diaper and had peed everywhere. At least it was just pee! I love hymns. One that I find myself humming often is “There is Sunshine in My Soul Today”.

  21. I could really use some hope right about now. Grieving is kicking my butt and I’m not coping so well.

  22. I love the verse of “how firm a foundation” that says:

    Fear not, I am with thee…

    I’ve said it a million times to myself as we’re fighting for our baby too.

    Hang in there. Love you.

  23. This is so amazing. I cannot contain myself. hang in there, the Lord knows each and every one of us. I know it.

  24. I listen More than words by Extreme – so lovely words

  25. Today I’m being encouraged by Jeremiah 17:7, 8:

    But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
    whose confidence is in him.
    He will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
    It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
    It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

  26. Whenever I am down, or depressed I always sing “Count your many blessings”. This helps me to remember how truly blessed I am! It doesn’t take long to feel better about my situation and know that I can make it! : )

  27. Where Can I Turn for Peace (Hymns #129) is my favorite…

  28. The one that gets me through hard times is
    “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
    Romans 8:31

  29. My current favorite is 1 Corinthians 2:9.
    “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

    I think over it everyday while waiting for our baby to join up through adoption.

  30. The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
    – Vince Lombardi


    I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Even though I am not a football fan, his approach to playing really resonates with how I’d like to live my life.

    sending you good vibes!

  31. I have two favorite Hymns that inspire me when I’m unsure of life. The first is, I Need Thee Every Hour
    1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
    no tender voice like thine can peace afford.
    I need thee, O I need thee;
    every hour I need thee;
    O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

    2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby;
    temptations lose their power when thou art nigh.

    3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain;
    come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

    4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will;
    and thy rich promises in me fulfill.

    5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One;
    O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son.

    The second one is, How Firm A Foundation, especially verse # 3,4 & 5
    3. “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
    For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
    I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
    Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

    4. “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
    The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
    For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless
    And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

    5. “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
    My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply.
    The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
    Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

  32. Be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.

    D & C 68:6

    This brings me so much peace.

  33. I love the saying:
    Grab life by the horns.

    President Hinkley came to our area and spoke and there was a sign in the building he was speaking to us that said that. He told us that we should always remember that when life is getting tough to Grab life by the horns.

    That saying always helped me through our adoption journey.

  34. Such a moving hymn. What gets me through is this hymn:

    Michael Joncas

    You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide in His shadow for life, say to the Lord: “My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!”

    And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand.

    The snare of the fowler will never capture you, and famine will bring you no fear:
    under His wings your refuge, His faithfulness your shield.


    You need not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come.


    For to His angels He’s given a command to guard you in all of your ways;
    upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.


    Thinking of you, friend.

  35. “Hope teaches that there is reason to rejoice even when all seems dark around us. No matter how bleak the chapter of our lives may look today. Because of the life and sacrafice of Jesus Christ,we may hope and be assured the ending of the book of our lives, will exceed our grandest expectations!”
    Pres. Uchtdorf

    Love you!

  36. i read d&c 6 for the first time in july 2003.

    i didn’t read it again until my first inpatient in december 2007. i had to blot the pages of my scriptures so they wouldn’t be ruined by the salty tears.

    d&c 6.

  37. My all-time favorite is the song Amazing Grace.

    My current is the line “The sun comes up and we start again” from Mason Jennings.

  38. That hymn you quoted was played at my best friend’s niece’s funeral. It still makes me sob when I hear it.

    I love:
    Come thou fount of every blessing
    Tune my heart to sing thy grace
    Streams of mercy never ceasing
    Call for songs of loudest praise
    Teach me some melodious sonnet
    Sung by flaming tongues above
    Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
    Mount of thy redeeming love

  39. Doctrine and Covenants 78:17-19

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are alittle children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you; And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good bcheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours. And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.

  40. “This too shall pass.”

  41. “No other road, no other way, no day but today.” -Rent

  42. On our way to the doctor where we learned we had lost our baby, we listened to Chris Tomlin’s version of “Amazing Grace”.

    I’ve listened to it hundreds of times, but hearing those sweet words on the worst day of my life, gave me peace beyond understanding.

    “My chains are gone
    I’ve been set free
    My God, my Savior has ransomed me
    And like a flood His mercy reigns
    Unending love, Amazing grace”

  43. There are a few that I love but this one have been helpful recently.

    “In the middle of every difficulty lie opportunity”
    -Albert Einstein

  44. I get songs stuck in my head super easy. Sadly, it’s usually only one or two lines. A few weeks ago I could not get an annoying new Primary song “I am a Builder” out of my head- and of course it was just one line, over and over.

    “My Heavenly Father sent me here and He knows I can be Strong and Righteous as I build my Eternal Family”

    I know that song was never intended for a grown woman struggling to get pregnant and build a family, but in a single instant it certainly felt that way.

    It’s silly, yes. But it’s given me a little perspective that I thought I’d lost.

  45. P.S. “Everything will be okay in the end, if it is not okay, it is not the end.” Love that in its sick and twisted way.

  46. “the worth of a soul is great” (in the sight of God).

  47. My favorite would have to be the hymn “Be Still My Soul”. Maybe because so often I have to remind myself to pause the world and remember what truly matters.

  48. “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris – the second verse –
    “How beautiful the heart that bled
    That took all my sin
    And bore it instead
    How beautiful the tender eyes
    That chose to forgive
    And never despise”
    Musically it’s just a gorgeous, clean, smooth song. Emotionally, it’s a reminder of His grace and love & what we should strive to be to others.

    Saw this today & thought of you 😉
    http://lifeandloveinthepetridish.blogspot.com/2009/10/more-hallmark-rejects.html (So NOT in the mood of the song, but still – God knows you need a giggle 😉 )

  49. This hymn was my bouy through a nine-month battle to keep our adopted son. It’s a less popular hymn, but has such a beautiful melody and old-world lyrics. This song gave me HOPE.

    Lead, kindly light, amid th’encircling gloom;
    Lead thou me on!
    The night is dark and I am far from home;
    Lead thou me on!
    Keep thou my feet,
    I do not ask to see
    The distant scene –
    One step enough for me.

    I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that thou
    Shouldst lead me on.
    I loved to choose and see my path but now,
    Lead thou me on!
    I loved the garish day, and,
    Spite of fears,
    Pride ruled my will.
    Remember not past years.

    So long thy pow’r hath blest me, sure it still
    Will lead me on.
    O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
    The night is gone.

    And with the morn
    those angel faces smile.
    Which I have loved long since,
    and lost awhile!

  50. When I was a young girl, my dad was part of a Gospel singing group, they even made a few albums, which we have recently made into cd’s. Anytime I am feeling lost, I love to listen to my dad sing about our love for the Lord. There are both soul stirring hymns and uplifting hymns on the album and they always make me feel better.