(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. I have always loved Footprints in the Sand. It is such a comforting image for me. Thank you.

  2. My 30-year old sister had her first child last January. She was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, and she has been fighting for her life everyday since. We continue to pray for a miracle. The bible verse she has chosen during this battle is Isaiah 43:10.

  3. Jeremiah 29:11-12: “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. You will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you”. It gives me goosbumps typing it….I love this verse and cling to it.

  4. Isaiah 41:13
    For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do Not Fear: I will help you.

  5. To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  6. The first thing that came to my mind was “Put your shoulder to the wheel”. That’s the one I sing when I feel I need to just press forward through whatever is slowing me down at that moment.

  7. The entire Hymn of “How Firm A Foundation”. But especially this verse:
    7. The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
    I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
    That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
    I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never,
    I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!
    Because it gives me strength and resolve. And it makes me cry a little.

  8. “I’ve read the last page of the bible. It’s all going to turn out all right”. – Billy Graham.

    Goes along with the “be still and know that I am God” mentality – he is in control, and knows every hair on my head. Who is to fear when God is on my side?

  9. The chorus to one of Bebo Norman’s songs, I Will Lift My Eyes –
    “I will lift my eyes to the Maker
    Of the mountains I can’t climb
    I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
    Of the oceans raging wild
    I will lift my eyes to the Healer
    Of the hurt I hold inside
    I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You.”

  10. My song of the moment is “How Firm a Foundation.” I was singing it at the Woman’s Broadcast a few Sat. ago and just had to stop b/c the spirit was whispering to my soul that the things that are upsetting me in my life right now will be okay. This verse is the one that runs through my mind:
    Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
    For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
    I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
    Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

    It’s made a little bit more special b/c while I was still Primary President it was the song of the month (maybe Feb?)

    Just writing this/reading the words has me all choked up and teary eyed. Geez…I’m a goober.

  11. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
    1 Corinthians 16:13

    Sometimes you need a little pep talk, so I go with God’s words or Knute Rockne.

  12. We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer, life because of our quiet.
    -William Butler Yeats

    This helps me to keep things in perspective when it feels like the walls are caving in on me.

  13. Amy in StL says:

    Several years ago a friend’s boyfriend date raped me. I cut this quote out and have it at my desk so I see it daily:
    I can be changed by what happens to me,
    But I refuse to be reduced by it.

    In the face of such uncertainty,
    Believe in these two things.

    You are stronger than you think
    And you are not alone.

    It’s gotten me through a lot of woes and stopped a lot of tears from welling up.

  14. Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have ~ Margaret Mead

  15. I have always loved the Serenity Prayer:
    Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

  16. “thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment”

    some days (especially lately) it’s the only thing that keeps me going, I know my trials won’t hurt forever

  17. Not a scripture, but “God blessed the Broken Road that led me straight to you” reminds me that even though ALL my kids came to us through emotionally difficult adoptions, God had a purpose and it is all in His time, with His plan.

  18. “And the day came when the risk to remain was greater than the risk it took to blossom” Anais Nin

  19. Remember how I asked you about white ink tattoos? For a long time (and still kind of do), I wanted to have “Be Still” tattooed on the inside of my left wrist.

    Perhaps just a necklace speaking that same simple reminder would do.

  20. I think that all mothers have some kind of struggle that they need God’s love to help them through. For you it is infertility. For me it is raising a child that will never do most of the things that other children – or adults do. The struggle dosen’t matter though, he is there for us. The scripture I return to when I need help dealing with my motherly struggles is: Isaiah 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; [Here comes the part that comforts my heart when I am anxious] He gently leads those that have young.
    he is gently leading you Casey, and all other mom’s who need his comfort which is, dare I say, all of us.

  21. I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children seeking bread.
    from Birkat hamazon, the after-blessing for bread/meals

  22. “Trust in the Lord”

  23. My favorite hymn that gets me through is the 3rd verse of How Firm a Foundation (hymn 85)
    “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.”
    When I feel the most alone, that song brings angels with it.
    Even singing it in church makes me cry.

    If I win please choose someone else. I just wanted to share.

  24. Give it to the Lord

  25. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

    – Helen Keller

  26. I was deployed to Bosnia in 99. I was 19 and a newly wed. As a medic, I spent a lot of time dealing with sick and (unfortunatly) the injured. There were several times when we were called on to provide additional security for the base camp…during a time when local insurgents were threatening to shoot “soft targets” AKA us.

    I was assigned to a post where the floodlights had been shot out just hours before. I tried to remember the words to my favorite hymns as I walked my patrol. Suprisingly enough, none of the primary songs I learned as a child turned out to be what I needed. By the end of the eight hours, I only had one song running through my head. Amazing Grace. I can only remember singing it in church once or twice, but somehow I knew all the words and I felt less nervous and scared. I still go back to that night whenever I hear that song and remember what it was like to ponder the words as I sang to myself that night.

  27. From an old Brit WW2 poster, I love the saying “Keep Calm and Carry On”.

  28. I love the hymn How Firm a Foundation, especially the verse that says:

    The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
    I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
    That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
    I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!

    I also love the line from Come, Come Ye Saints:

    Fresh Courage Take. Our God will never us Forsake.

    Also, the Nie Nie Dialogues blog always helps lift me up.:)