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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Guest Blogger ~ Monika Drake of My European Touch

This week's guest blogger is Monika Drake. I met Monika through an Etsy group, the Cottage Style Street Team {cssteam in etsy searches}. At first I noticed her amazing home decor mosaics {be sure to visit her shop} and then as we visited more on the online group, I saw what a kind, caring lady she was ~ always having uplifting things to say to everyone. Please welcome Monika in the comments at the end of her story... a story that will leave you in tears as it did me.


~ Monika's Gifts ~

As human beings we so often make plans for our life’s and I think sometimes GOD just smiles about our ignorance…

I have to speak about our gifts given by the grace of God. I have been singing God’s praises ever since I was 2 years old.

In October of 2008, going through anterior cervical spine surgery, I was told that there would be a 98% probability of vocal damage and my voice would be gone. Singing; I should not plan on it ever again.

The surgery was successful and the surgeon WAS able to safe my speaking voice. What a blessing. Now I was praying and hoping that my ability to sing God's praises would come back. Nothing happened! Even though I was told and warned that this could happened before the surgery one is never prepared for this when you have been singing in church for 55 plus years. I started mourning my loss, grieving; I practically had tunnel vision and could not think of anything else. My sorrow and cries were so deep, part of my very essence and who I am- was gone. After month of such emotional, painful grieving process I could not handle this anymore without something breaking in me. One evening I said my prayers and just gave my pain to GOD. I fell asleep and awoke startled, felt emotionally lifted and light, I had a vision of the most beautiful gold beaded triple cross, a Chrismon Ornament I had seen somewhere. The Crosses at Golgotha. I had vision in my mind of our poor Christmas tree from the year before, it was not pretty at all.. GOD had reminded me of the other gifts he had graciously given to me, creating with my hands. Immediately I jumped out of bed, stumbling to my craft closet. Remembering 2 large glass jars of pearls beads I had for 5 years not knowing what to do with them, and started beading on a piece of fabric. I did not quit until 3 AM in the morning and was so delighted and happy.

GOD had heard my cries, and his answer to my pain was totally different, unexpected, but filled me with joy and lifted me. Essentially that was the beginning of my Chrismon Team, stitching for Christ. We made 195 Chrismon Ornaments, I was able to teach some of them who never held a needle in their life’s, 17 lady’s met with me every Friday afternoon faithfully.

I really do know that GOD has HIS plans for all of us and we just have to do his bidding. This time, and so many other times in my life GOD has shown me the way according to HIS plans and not mine. I don’t know about you, but I forget so easily that GOD is in charge and asked me to use all the gifts I have been given. They are not mine to keep, I need to share.

It is now over a year after the surgery and GOD has blessed me again with my Singing voice. How rich I am to receive such a gracious gift from GOD a second time in my life.

Monika S. Drake

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Monika, thank you so much for sharing that inspiring story with us! :)

Take Care and God Bless,


  1. Lovely post, Monika! Praise God for His faithfulness to us! =)

  2. Wonderful post by Monika. Such a great testimony!

  3. A beautiful and inspiring testimony, Monika.

    Blessings to you always.


  4. Thank you, Honeysuckel Lane, for presenting Monika's story today. It's truly inspiring. I'm so happy the Lord caused our paths to cross on the castteam.

  5. Monika - your story is such a lovely testament to our wonderful God! Thank you for sharing. ::Jill

  6. Monika what a touching testimony. GOD IS GOOD! He gave you another passion and you are SO VERY talented with it.
    It is a joy to see what you create.

    What an awesome blessing to have your SINGING and Praising voice back!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Monika, thank you for sharing your story. It is always so wonderful to see how God's grace is so healing.

  8. Oh my goodness, Monika...what a lovely and inspiring story. I'm so glad that you got your singing voice back WHEN God decided you should be able to sing again.
    Lovely post!

  9. oh my goodness, Monika - what a story and what a message to all of us!! Many times, my plans and God's plans have been totally different, hehe... but His plans are always what is best for me! Thank you for sharing and reminding us who's in charge!!

  10. Thank you for sharing your encouraging story. I'm passing it on to my daughter who's also had her struggles. xx


  11. Amazing testimony Monika! God's plan is perfect, as we see over and over! Hugs,Kath

  12. Lana, thank you for allowing me to share at your blog when you were short a writer. It certainly was such an honor.
    All I am doing is "spread the word"...

    Thank you all for commenting on my life experience. May it be an inspiration throughout yours...

  13. Bonjour Monika,
    What a wonderful and uplifting post. I am so glad that your prayers were answered.
    Thank you for coming by and following along. So sorry it took me so long to come and visit you. I am now a follower of your beautiful blog and will be back again soon.
    WIshing you a good week and Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Wonderful praise! Thanks for sharing your personal story!!