The other day I was browsing a discount store with my husband Ian. (It’s one of our favorite things to do on a day off to see what kind of sweet bargains we can find!) We were in the book section & I found a whole shelf of different bibles. They had some really nice ones in there! I’ve been meaning to get an inexpensive (but cute!) bible that I can use as a journaling bible, so I was seeing if they had any that struck my fancy. I came across an NIV with an ADORABLE raspberry pink leather cover. Checked the price tag– “$6.99!? Bargain! So I snagged it. I wanted my first page in it to be something really meaningful to me, because that’s the kind of person I am. I like everything I do to have meaning and I especially love my art to be intentional & symbolic. So I was taking my time, waiting for the right passage to journal. About a week after my bible purchase, my mom called to give me an update on my friend Emily.


Emily has been undergoing treatment for Melanoma that doctors discovered a little over a year ago. Her treatment has involved surgery, radiation, regular shots of vile medications, endless prayer. Her name has not left my prayer list since the day I first found out. Through her treatment program, she was scheduled to go in for some scans this month, & my mom was calling to tell me the results. Em had an abnormal PET scan with some questionable spots, so she will be undergoing another biopsy in January.

I’m not the kind of person that does well with this kind of news because I immediately spring into action. I want to be able to DO something. So that day mom called, I whipped open my new bible to Jeremiah 17:14 & started the 3 Ps: painting, pasting, & praying! At that moment when my heart was anxious & my friend was in need, I turned to the only thing I can 100% count on. I turned to the Almighty being from which I receive ALL of my blessings: God. There was no more pondering what the first page in my bible should be– I knew.

A few days later, Emily announced it on Facebook & wrote this post:

“Hear our prayers God! I had an abnormal PET and will be having a biopsy in January. This is a season of miracles and we are asking for our prayer warriors! My God is mighty. My God is all powerful. My God is my Father and He will carry me through. ‘Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.’ Jeremiah 17:14.”


It’s no mystery to me how that scripture spoke to her when she was writing that post because it’s the same passage I was praying over her days before! God is already working before we even begin to pray. I praise Him because He is the source of every blessing in my life. So it’s Him that I return to to give thanks & pray for comfort & relief for my friend. I pray that he brings her strength, peace, & ultimately healing in this time while she waits for the biopsy. When prayer is the only thing you can do to help, prayer is also the BEST thing you do!




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  1. Pat 8 years ago

    Thank you Elaine. For all your prayers. Love you!

  2. Melissa 8 years ago

    Love the pink Bible and bright colored journaling! Inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing your heart and I’ll be praying for your friend and her test results.

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