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Show some heart for Blaine


I got an email from an old friend last week.  Now that I am 40, I have a lot of old friends.  I don’t mean that in the aged sense, but more that I have known this girl for a long time — since I was 11-years-old in fact.   We were best friends and signed all of our novel-length notes– BFF. We even shared one of those jagged half-heart necklaces where one bestie’s end was engraved with Be Fri and the other bestie’s with the letters st ends.  In retrospect I am not sure why anyone would want a necklace that says st ends.  Yet at the time I thought my st ends half-heart necklace was beyond cool.

If you recall, 11 can be kind of tough.  There is some funky stuff going on with your body, you’re a tad emotional and you vacillate between knowing exactly who you are and not having a clue.  (It actually reminds me a lot of 40, now that I think about it.)

I know the necklace was a bit “You complete me” a la Tom Cruise to Renee Zelleweger in the movie Jerry Maguire.   But, it also meant I was part of something bigger than myself, and who doesn’t want that?

Anyway, the point is my childhood BFF sent an email wanting a bible verse…from me.

Never did I think I would be the girl to dole out bible verses.  However, start a blog about works of mercy and somehow people know you as a God girl!

Really, I was so glad she did contact me because I learned of an incredible work of mercy that she is involved in.  I love it for at least 500 different reasons, but it might seem tedious if I tell you them all.

She needed a bible verse that pertained to hope or healing for an 11-year-old girl.  It was for her friend’s daughter, Blaine, who had just been diagnosed with leukemia — for the second time.  She was four years old when she was first diagnosed.  It had been in remission for seven years, and unfortunately is back.

My friend's daughter and Blaine (right) in 2010

My friend’s daughter and Blaine (right) in 2010

My boys are 11 and 8-years-old and I still carry children’s Benadryl and Tylenol in my purse just in case they sneeze or get an ache.  So of course, when I read leukemia, my stomach felt like it was in the middle of a crunch, even though I wasn’t doing situps.

My heart hurt for her mama.  I can’t imagine going through a real illness like that with my children one time, let alone two. Yet somehow, even though I’ve never met her, I believe she will find the strength to get through it a second time because love, especially love for our children, somehow gives the smallest of us herculean strength.

My friend needed a bible verse because she was going to be part of a prayer book that listed, for every hour of the day, a scripture chosen by participants.

Truthfully, I don’t know the Bible as well as I should.  Still, there is one verse that I know by heart and think it is perfect for any age.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11

So I sent her that verse along with a few others that I found that I thought were appropriate.  I also asked her to tell me more about this book they were making.

It is called a Ring of Encouragement.  In it will be pictures of friends who are praying for Blaine, next to the bible verse they chose.  She can flip through it and see the faces and verses of love that have been chosen for her throughout the day.

That really seems like the best kind of medicine.

It made me smile to think of that young girl looking at the pictures of people in different parts of the country, who love her, are praying for her, and believe that she has a hope and a future.

I believe that.  And I want her to know.  I don’t think it matters that she doesn’t know me, that I am just some 40-year-old “God” girl who came to know her brave fight from someone I first met at the same age she is now.    I think maybe it matters more that she doesn’t.  That someone out there who she’s never met is praying for her.

But how cool would it be if we all did this?!  If we all offered a prayer for Blaine?

Please join me by sharing  a bible verse, inspiring quote or encouraging message so she knows we are all praying for her healing.

Just leave it in the comment section, and I will make sure she sees them.

Here’s a chance for us to be part of something bigger than ourselves; to take the best pieces of all of us and send a healing message to Blaine that she can carry in her heart.  No necklace needed.


Author: Lara Patangan

Mercy me, I’ve got work to do… is a blog I started on my 40th birthday to chronicle my experiences spending the year doing corporal and spiritual works of mercy. No longer on the cusp of a new decade, I am still here finding that much work remains – in the world, my community, my relationship with God and perhaps most challenging, within myself. Please sign up and join me as we share the work that matters most – being better people. In hopes that when the decades cease to pass the world will still whisper of the graces left in our wake.

30 thoughts on “Show some heart for Blaine

  1. “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13


  2. Isaiah 41:10- Look to God’s Promises for Strength

    ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand


  3. For to his angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways.

    Psalm 91:11


  4. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    ― Maya Angelou

    What a meaningful way to let this brave child feel encouraged in knowing that everyone who hears this story is cheering her on. We will all find the perfect prayer or quote to encourage her and hope that our feelings transcend through our messages to her and her family. Blaine, I hope that you can feel the compassion and encouragement that my family is sending your way.


  5. Psalm 91:14-16
    Those who love me, I will deliver;
    I will protect those who know my name.
    When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.
    With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

    Psalm 91 immediately came to mind. I prayed this for myself in my time of need & prayed this for my Mother when she was ill. I hope it gives some comfort. I’ll be thinking of Blaine & her family & keep them in my prayers.


  6. James 5:13-16 – The Prayer of Faith
    Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is poweful and effective.

    I just found this book marked in my Bible. Kind of wanted change on all of the “hims” and “hes” to the feminine, but I am sure she will get the point. I am adding Blaine to my prayers. You are truly doing good Lara!


  7. Lord, when doubts fill my mind,
    When my heart is in turmoil,
    Quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19
    God bless Blaine, we will add her to our prayer list.


  8. “Promise me you will always remember – You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think” ~Christopher Robin to Pooh

    Blaine – please keep these thoughts in your mind and know that they are true and are spoken from God . My heart and my prayers are with you.


  9. Isaiah 40:31
    But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    They will run and not grow weary,
    They will walk and not be faint.
    Blaine and family will be in our prayers. Wonderful work, Lara !


  10. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    Deuteronomy 31:6


  11. Let the Lord have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about your and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7

    Lara, This is so beautiful and I love the ring of encouragement!
    I have something that was given to me that I would like to pass on to Blaine. I will send you an email with more information and to get her address.


  12. Psalm 30:2
    O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.


  13. Romans 12:12
    Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.


  14. From Philippians chapter 4 verses 4-9

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.


  15. 1 Peter 5:7
    Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.


  16. Psalm 31:24
    Be strong, all of you who put your hope in The Lord. Never give up.


  17. Matthew 5:14-16
    “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”


  18. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand. It is I who say to you, Fear not, I will help you
    Isaiah 41:13


  19. Psalm 91:1-2


  20. This verse is from my friend Laddy for some reason Word Press gives her trouble commenting on my site 😦 but she sent me an email for Blaine and I am posting on her behalf. Thanks Laddy and all of you who have taken the time to share your encouraging words. John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


  21. The Foot Print Prayer for Blaine : FootPrints in the Sand
    One Night I had a dream. I dreamt the that I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
    For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
    One belonged to me, and the other belonged to the Lord.
    When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along my path of life, there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened to be at the very lowest and saddest part of my life. This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
    “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There has only been one set of footprints.

    Blaine, trust in the Lord. He is your guide and will light your path through the darkness. Do not let the darkness scare you for the Lord will always have lights on for you. Just keep an eye on that light, and your fear will subside. The light means that he is helping you find your way to him. Use your weapons of defense that God bestowed on you: your hope, your strength. and your trust in HIM. Use your courage and faith as your compass. Find your way to him. He He is waiting for you to give you the gift of health you so deserve. I know that you will find and be well again. We will pray for you everyday.


  22. A Prayer for Blaine

    Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child Blaine and grant that she may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give. Relieve her pain, guard her from all danger, restore to her yours gifts of gladness and strength, and raise her up to a life of service to you.
    Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    Blaine, my prayers are with you and your family.
    Trust in God and he will answer your prayers.

    God bless you and your family.


  23. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You


  24. The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10


  25. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    -Isaiah 41:10

    Bless you, sweet girl.


  26. Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.


  27. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. —Deuteronomy 31:8


  28. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28


  29. “Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1O)


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