Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fun Times!

We had a great time at the Inspire Women Awards Luncheon on Friday. I was honored to be recognized alongside  Beverly Terrell, Lesha Elsenbrook, Debra Lee, and Steven Alvis. These four are all leaders in our community and it was a little surreal to be named among them and standing alongside them. I was especially thankful to have my parents and my brother, Cary, with me, as well as some of my sweet friends! They gave me the strength I needed to be there while still recovering from chemo! 

My special prayer for the day was that I would not vomit when I went up to receive the award! Thankfully, my queasy stomach remained calm. The only issue I had besides fatigue, was the drawing up of the muscles in my hands and legs. I had trouble actually cutting my food and feeding myself which was kind of comical. Then, as I stood at the side of the platform waiting to be called up to receive the award, I was just hoping that my legs would actually cooperate and I would be able to climb the steps and hold the award with my hands and not grab it with my arms! Everything turned out fine and we all had a nice time. Here are a few pictures for you:

One of the sweetest parts of the whole day was that my mother had the privilege of saying the opening prayer. When she did she shared the following verse from Psalm 116:2:

"Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!"

Isn't that a beautiful picture of God's love for us, He bends down to listen; and what an amazing promise we can hold on to! And what a great gift to know that my mom is praying for me! 

Thank you, Inspire Women, for all you do to inspire women to change the world!


  1. Laura you looked beautiful girl! We are so proud of you and can think of no one better to receive this award. We are continuing to pray!! Have a great day in the Lord!!!!

  2. Laura, first of all Congratulations! I know that Your Heavenly Father was there Holding your hand, so proud of His very own Princess Warrior!!!!
    - I am continuing to pray God's Word - full of Super-Natural Power - for you!
    But (through it all) - thank YOU, that Laura Will HOPE Continually, & will yet praise YOU more & more. Thank YOU that she is going on in The Strength of YOU Lord God, and continuing to talk of Your Righteousness, even of YOUR'S only. (Ps 71:14/16)
    Thank YOU LORD God - for YOU are a -
    Sun (yes Laura, which you can bask in....) & a Shield, and YOU "are" right now giving Laura Grace & Glory. Blessed is Laura Shook for she trusts In YOU!(Ps 84:10-11)
    Thank YOU that each & every single day, when Laura cries to YOU, YOU are Strengthening her WITH: STRENGTH IN HER SOUL!" (Ps 138:3)
    Praying & Believing with love in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (marcus' mom)

  3. I am humbled to say I have never seen that verse... or maybe not translated like that but WOW... brought tears. How beautiful that visual. Wow.

    And, don't you just look stunning in red!!!!!!

    You have a very touching sense of humor that shows itself in your writing.

    I usually end up having a smile and tears all in the same moment when I read your posts.

    Love you!