Wednesday, August 12, 2009

guess who...

... is the featured baby this month at Baby Be Blessed Dolls?

This guy!

Doesn't he just look ecstatic? :)

Seriously though, I'm sure you've seen these adorable dolls on other sites, and they are great! They are custom-made, and you get to pick out a verse to have stitched on the tummy.

You can see some examples here.

They are being so gracious to not only make a doll for Jonah, but one for Gabe too! I'm so excited. But I need your help. I'm having a hard time picking out a verse for each of them (so many good ones!). I have a couple ideas, but I'm afraid I'll miss out on the "perfect" verse for each one.

So if you have a great verse in mind for either (or both) doll(s), could you leave it in the comments? And any I don't use, I'd love to compile to pray over Jonah - words of faith, hope, and healing - I can't think of anything better.



Kelsey said...

That's great and double great that they are making a doll for Gabe too!

Jennifer said...

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
- Philippians 4:13

For Jonah's doll :)

Tricia said...

Congratulations, Jonah! I will think about a verse and get back to you.

Gramma in Indiana said...

the "for I know the plans I have for you" verse or the verse about "before you were knit in your mother's womb, I knew you" (or however it goes. I'm too lazy to look it up)

Michelle said...

Hahahaha, Gramma in Indiana and I are on the same wave-length, I guess. I was just thinking of the same few verses that she quoted.

It's Psalm 139 and there's some good words from verses 13 to 16.

I was actually thinking that God already has our lives planned out and knows how long our lives will be, so I thought of this particular verse that you could use for either Gabe or Jonah:

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

I'm sure any verse you choose will be God-honouring. (I'm Canadian, so pardon the letter "u" in honouring.) :O)

Michelle Found
Picton, Ontario, Canada

Katherine said...

How awesome! I am so excited for you and can't wait to see how the dolls turn out. What a blessing their ministry is!

You know me and Bible verses; I don't know any. Why do I have that mental block? I have no idea. I was always so terrible at Bible Drills ... they always freaked me out. Talk about flop sweat.

I'm sure everyone will come up with great ideas for you, though, and I can't wait to read them all.

Love ya!

Diana Lopez said...

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."
Proverbs 18:10

"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called."
1 Timothy 6:12

Jenifer said...

Based on Jonah's birthday:
Joel 2:27 - "...I am the Lord your God..."

The Pelhams said...

Psalm 139:13
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

There is nothing imperfect about Jonah, God knit him together perfectly!

Jenifer said...

Based on Gabe's birthday:
2 Timothy 4:22 "The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you."

Anonymous said...

I think Jeremiah 29:11 is my pick, but also I love this one I picked out for my son, Samuel, as a life verse at his baby dedication.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14.

Jenny said...

This one sounds almost too harsh for sweet Jonah, but when I read it I was reminded of Jonah's struggle and his ability to teach others about Christ.

2 Cor 12:7-10

Brothers and sisters:
That I, Paul, might not become too elated,
because of the abundance of the revelations,
a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan,
to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.
Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me,
but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness."
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,
in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and constraints,
for the sake of Christ;
for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Kimberly said...

That is very cool!

Brittany said...

Well, why would they have picked anybody else? I mean look at him! He is so stinkin' cute! :) As for the verses, this is one of my all time favorites:

Romans 5:3-4
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

singing mama said...

My fav verse is Zephaniah 3: 17 - The Lord your God is with You he is mighty to save. He takes great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love and He will rejoice over you with singing.

Luv singingmama

Jennifer said...

That is so great. We just love Jonah, he is too cute, and it is amazing of them to want to make a doll for Gabe too.
My favorite verse is in Mark.
"Let the children come to me."

Anonymous said...

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


Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14


We live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7


Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:7


"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear ... "

1 John 4:18


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

Hope that helps...:)

Abby said...

Psalm 139: 13-14 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."


Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.

Amanda said...

I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds. 2 Corinthians 7:4

Katie said...

Rory is beating the screen of the laptop and yelling "Jonah! Jonah!". Well, she was. Me typing is apparently not interesting enough and she left. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks... now I've got to wipe of my computer.

Laura and Chris Swymeler said...

Hi Patrice-
This is Laura from BabybeBlessed, we are so excited to make these dolls for you!! Give that sweet baby smooshes from us!! Here are my suggestions mainly focused on Gabe...

John 16:20
"..and ye shall be sorrowful but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. "

John 16:22
"Now you are having pain. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."

Psalms 73:26
"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever."

1 Peter 5:7
"Cast all your cares upon him; for he careth for you."

Isaiah 41:10
"Fear not; for I am with thee, be not dismayed for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, I will hold thee with my righteous right hand."

Revelations 7:17
"For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."

Psalm 139:16
"Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them."

John 14:27
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."

Philippians 3:20-21
"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself."

Misty Rice said...

I see so much of mommy in him. Precious beautiful boy.

Anonymous said...

1 Samuel 1:27 - I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I ask of him.

calle23 said...

"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 hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

The Allen Family said...

This became one my favorite verses when my son was born.. "Every good & perfect gift comes from above.." James 1:17

Jonah & Gabe are both that...good & perfect gifts! :)

Alison said...

I agree with Laura and Chris, my FAVOURITE verses are Psalm 73:23-26 which may be a bit long, but you could just have verse 26
'My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.'

Candi said...

Isaiah 40:31..."They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint."

This is the scripture that my workplace, bases its philosophy of care upon. I swell with pride then promptly tear up every time I hear it.

Also, the Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."

Laura A said...

What a wonderful gift! I went to the site and the dolls are so sweet!

I know several posters have already suggested these, but here's my list:

1. Psalm 139:14

2. Isaiah 41:10 (my 3-yr old says the first part of this at night to keep her from being afraid)

3. Jeremiah 29:11-13

4. Psalm 127:3a - "Behold,children are a heritage from the Lord..."

5. Psalm 27:1- "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (Really, the whole psalm is good, but you probably don't have that much room!)

John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Can't wait to see what you decide!

Praying from TX!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Jonah and Gabe! Ahhh, I love me some Jonah pics!

My choice for a verse?

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

Ahhh, I love that verse! Seriously, I could say it over and over to myself. Is that weird? I just love the part about "a hope and a future."

Anyway, that would be my pick :)


Crystal said...

Patricia--I don't usually comment but I have been reading your blog for the past couple weeks and you are amazing --Do you know that?????

You are an amazing woman of God who loves Jesus like crazy and I love reading your posts! I love Jesus too!!!

Your Jonah is so so so so precious --your little guy has just captured my heart thru your blog.

I just wanted to tell you --you are amazing and so is your little one--I love following your blog--thank you for sharing it with us! :)

In his name

Anonymous said...

Patrice, it has been a while , I have had a hard time playing catch up since Jamaica.but I do make it a point to stop by and check in on ya everyday, Jonah just gets more adorable by the day!!!!
How sweet the dolls are and as for verses I like Isaiah 41;10, it is one I was given by a freind when I was sick, and I catch myself going back to it often.
looking so forward to spending sometime with you and Jonah on the 25th
praying always for a healing
love ya Gina

Shari said...

That's so neat Patrice! He is just a cutie! How about Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. For Jonah!

For Gabe: Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

I hope it's an encouragement. Have a good Thursday!

RLR said...

I really like Psalm 139:16 for Gabe.

Here's one of my favorites that I like for Jonah:
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.

How exciting that Jonah is featured this month! I'll have to hop on over...

Anonymous said...

"Be Still and Know that I am God."
sorry don/t know exactly where that is at.

Anonymous said...

Hi I never post but I love:

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.


Jill said...

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 hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (for Jonah)

I just love that one!!!!

Jill said...

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:14 (for Gabe!) :)

Anonymous said...

I read them all, and this one:
Anonymous said...
1 Samuel 1:27 - I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I ask of him.

would be the one I'd vote for.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog since I saw your story in the Winston Salem Journal. I love seeing Jonah grow it is very encouraging.
There is a saying I think of everytime I read your blog. I read it in a card years ago "Where there is love, there is a smile to make, to make things seem more worthwhile."
Keep it up. Thanks Malissa

The Ryals said...

I love Jeremiah 29:11-13, It's one of my favorite verses. Those verses have strengthened me while in the midst of many different trials.

Julie said...

Lots of good suggestions here! I'll add a couple I haven't seen yet:

Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us?

Ephesians 2:10 We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. (One translation uses the work "masterpiece" instead of workmanship--I love that image for Jonah!

Melissa said...

For Gabe 'Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest' Matthew 11:28

Jen in Florida said...

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

Lorraine-bo said...

The Lord recently brought this scripture to mind to encourage Jonah's parents, Stellan's parents, and Kate McRae's parents:

"I have chosen and consecrated this temple [Jonah] so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there."
- The LORD in II Chronicles 7:16

For Gabe, I found this because the Lord has already chosen Gabe to bless with his inheritance:

"Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?"
- James 2:5

Whatever verses you use, I know the Lord will use for you :) What a sweet blessing for y'all to have them make these dolls with scripture for both of your beloved boys :)

Lorraine-bo said...

PS - it's been really encouraging to read over all of these suggestions ... Psalm 73:26 mentioned above seems like a very good consideration, too!

biblemm said...

I just received the doll I ordered for a family in our church, their first child was born sleeping and some time later they gave birth to a baby girl. They always want her to know she had a big brother. On the patch I chose the scripture:

Psalm 121:8 The Lord will watchover your coming and going both now and forevermore...

Know that a family in Pa is praying for you! :)

Jennifer Finney said...

I haven't taken the time out to read all of the suggestions, but this is a verse that I keep so close to me as a mother of a stillborn daughter.

This would be for Gabe of course:

John 16:22
"Now you are having pain. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."

valerie in TX said...
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valerie in TX said...

Hi, I just found your blog today through a link on someone else's blog. I wanted to leave a comment because your sweet baby Jonah is precious, and I have a sweet boy named Jonah, too!

I love Is. 41:13
For I am the Lord your God who takes you by the right hand and says to you, "Do not be afraid. I will help you."
I love, love, LOVE this verse.

Also Is. 43:1
But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, and He who formed you, O [Jonah], "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name, and you are Mine!"

Jer 1:5
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you."

Blessings to you and your precious family!

Krystal said...

I don't comment much, but I wanted to let you know I check on Jonah pretty much daily and pray for him. Love the writing, Patrice, especially your humor.

Anonymous said...

So we fasted and entreated (trusted) our God for this, and He answered our prayer. Ezra 8:23

During my pregnancy with my 7 month old I kept asking DH what we were going to name the Baby. And, after months of thinking about it he finally came to me and said "I have a name!! Ezra." A short while (weeks maybe?) later I was cleaning out some old spiral bound note books and I would open them to see what was written inside. Well, I opened this green one. And right there on the first page-in my hand writing was EZRA 8:23. It was confirmation that our Baby was to be named Ezra. And, for a middle name-it's Mark...after Mark 11:22-24 (the verse I stood upon before and during the pregnancy. THAT verse would be awesome too but, it is probably too long. We didn't find out the sex until Ezra Mark was born. I forgot to mention that Ezra is my answered prayer after MULTIPLE miscarriages.

Your blog has touch me DEEPLY. Thank you. Sharon Ferguson

Sandy said...

Look at Jonah sitting up!! Been on vacation, no internet access, had no idea this precious guy was sitting up now! My, how he's growing too!

Have you choosen your bible verses yet?

Love and Prayers,
Sandy in King

Tricia said...

Exodus 23:19-21

Melissa said...

Gosh, there are so many great verses suggested. I'm sure the Lord will lead you to just the right one.

I have a suggestion for Gabe's doll. It was a verse that confirmed to me what my heart needed to know after losing my own babies:

"I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." 2 Sam. 12:23b (King David speaking after the death of his baby)

It fits with what you wrote in the "3 Things" post, about one of the three things you know being that you WILL see Gabe again.