Peace for the Journey, a Giveaway

You have to ask yourself why you are writing. And then you remember that when you get discouraged. No matter what anyone tells you, you have to remember. God will honor that.
—-Faith Elaine in a recent telephone conversation.

I was ready to give up.

My novel was passed over again and I just didn’t have the energy to keep trying. I took my despair to the blog and was amazed at the response.

There were others who felt the same way.

But one.

She called me the next day. She held my head up. Gave me words of encouragement. Told me things I knew, but needed to hear a fellow sojourner say.

She showed me love.

She even offered to buy me a beer. Some day I’m going to take her up on that.

She helped me remember why I write.

I’m proud to say that Elaine Olsen is my friend. She is a woman of words. Words that shed peace. Peace for the Journey.

Today I am celebrating with Elaine the release of her devotional book: peace for the journey: in the pleasure of his company.

I have been enjoying these words in my quiet time this week. I would like you to share in the peace as well. Leave a comment on this post by Sunday afternoon, May 23rd for a chance to win an autographed copy of Peace for the Journey. And in the meantime, visit Elaine over at her blog. You are going to love her.Leave a comment on her blog for another chance to win the book. Then come back here and let me know you did so.



  1. says

    how beautiful it is when fellow believers encourage one another rather than compete or get jealous. I am encouraged by your and Elaine’s interaction. thank you for sharing!

  2. says

    The gift of encouragement is a special one. I’m so glad the Lord placed her in your life Laura.
    I will go visit her now!

  3. says

    What a privilege to have a friend who holds you up and encourages you. You are that friend to many of us and I thank you for that!
    Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

  4. says

    Back at you friend; friends like you are the reason I believe in this blogging craziness. I heard a well-respected editor say one time that he thought blogging was a waste of bandwith (whatever that is…). I took it to mean that he felt our “journaling” (his words, not mine) on-line was pointless. I suppose if no one read our stuff, and we were completely isolated in our world of words, then there would be some merit to his thoughts.

    I happen to believe words are a gift, regardless if they are perfectly stated or not. Words reflect the interior pulse of another human being, and last time I checked… human beings were top priority to God. Thus, I’m so very glad to read your heart and to feel your pulse with every word.

    You’re a worthy read my friend, and I’d be happy to invest in those words whether they’re published through Zondervan or at Kinko’s!

    I’m not kidding.

    I love you.

  5. says

    I love Elaine! I can’t wait to get her book! I have already been by her place today and left her a comment on her post. 🙂 Hope you have a great day Laura!!!

  6. Anonymous says


    You are one of the brightest lights in the blogosphere.

    I’m so thankful to know you.


  7. says

    How wonderful that you were able to talk to her…. and that she was able to encourage you to keep writing, to keep going.

    Laura your writing is beautiful. Please don’t give up. I am so blessed every time I come here. I truly am.

    You are a breath of fresh air to me and a blessing more than I can tell you.

    I would love to be entered in your drawing – and am grateful for the chance. If I don’t win, I will still buy a copy! 🙂

    Love you!

  8. says

    I already have a copy of the book on my nightstand, so you don’t need to include me in the giveaway. But just wanted to pop in here to say how much I appreciate both of you.

    And yes, Elaine, I would agree. Laura helps us live well, love well. And so do you, dear Elaine.

    So … I’d buy you both a beer … or a nice glass of cabernet sauvignon. 😉

    Love you both.

  9. Gretchen says

    Being published is not the equivalent of being good in one’s skill. Continue to go for it, girl!

  10. says

    This is so timely for me… I keep asking God WHY am I so compelled to write during this crazy busy season of my life?

    Yet, I remain compelled. There is no other term that defines how I feel better. Some nights I can’t sleep until I type the words He is whispering in my ear. Other times I let my boys enjoy the Wii or cartoons for a little longer so I can get out of my head onto something “tangible” the revelation I am receiving… I am so blessed to be in this art walk of words. So filled by ones who have lived past my season of life to tell of their victories, their tragedies, their tender kisses from the Father, and their battle scars from life.

    That is why we write isn’t it? So we can fuel another’s fire. Refresh a parched friend. Inspire another to walk in his/her destiny. Amen Sisters. Write on!

  11. says

    Thank God for encouraging friends like Elaine!

    And YOU…don’t give up…I am with you in spirit on this writing/publishing journey! We will lift each other up!

  12. says

    I am proud of Elaine and for others : ) who continue to press on, knowing God WILL use their gifts. Don’t enter me in the contest. After I move, I am ordering Elaine’s book. blessing,b

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