The Unexpected Warrior

What do you think of when I say “warrior”? What do you see? Do you see a roughly cut man with bulging muscles, sweaty and dirty? How is he dressed? More importantly, what does God say about being his warrior? Does God mean me? I have found myself lately in a lot of turmoil. I am in the middle of a storm, a fight no doubt about it. As I read, Jesus continues to tell me to be “strong and courageous”. If I am totally honest with all of you there are times that I am tired of being strong …

How To Boil a Frog

Do you know how to boil a frog? No? Well let me tell you that it really is pretty easy. All you have to do is put them in cold water then slowly and gradually turn the heat up. As I was getting ready for church this morning, I couldn’t put this image out of my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking about how many times that I have been this slimy green amphibian. Things start happening and the heat gradually turns up. I never see it coming. I should but I never do. There is little doubt that Satan plans this for Christians lives. This …

Hello From the Pit

  Have you ever felt like you had been thrown into a lion’s den knowing the lions were hungry and ready to eat? Be honest, I’m sure you have felt that way at one point in time.  I know I have.  Matter of fact, I feel like I live down there with the lions a lot of times. Every day, I wake up surprised to still be alive but at the same time in awe of my Savior that continues to shut the lion’s mouth.  That doesn’t mean that it is not a nasty place to be.  Imagine, living there among the bones, …

Hope

      When I said I would write about hope during the Advent season, I thought it would be easy. Hope is a wonderful thing, right? So surely the words would flow easily, giving way to a hope-filled post. Only, when I started to write, the words simply wouldn’t come. I wrote “Hope.” at the top of the page and it just sat there, as if it were mocking me. You see, lately I’ve been afraid to hope. It seems like every time I get my hopes up about something, it all comes crashing down around me—my heart in …

Prayer Changes Things…Beginning With Me

I can remember the day my sister called me with panic in her voice. As I sat in my office as a new temp hire at Stephens Inc., I remember her screaming to the top of her lungs that her then boyfriend had a gun to her baby’s head. As I visualized this scene, thoughts of this pattern of behavior that I had become accustomed to with her begin to play out in my mind. Such as the time she went to jail because she drove her car and ran over her then boyfriend, or the time her children were …

My Hope, My Faith

Sometimes life’s deck of cards deals us a hand we would like to “pass on.” If only we could have a new set of cards, a new set of circumstances, our life would be so much better. It’s that “the grass is greener on the other side” mentality that so many of us have adopted. That line of thinking, however, leaves us disabled and ineffective in our world. We aren’t the dealer of our cards. Our lives are not in our own hands, and because of my faith I can say I’m ok with that. You see, I’ve seen the …

Encourage One Another

The last few years have been an incredible time of growing and learning in my faith journey. I have learned so much that I want to share with other women to encourage and inspire them in their lives. Women are just such incredible people! We are CEO’s and writers and architects and teachers and wives and moms…and most of us, no all of us, will have struggles, uncertainty, tragedy, and hard times. We all have good days and bad days, hard seasons and seasons full of happiness. It is in those hard times we especially need each other. Support, a …

Go Ahead and Love Yourself

Love is in the air…It’s February, the month of Love, and I am thrilled to be taking over My Journey of Faith for Faith Post Friday this month! Hi!! My name is Sarah, and I am going to be your looooove coach! Not relationship love, though we’ll cover some of that too. I’m talking about God’s Love! Specifically, how to use love to drown out hate as a woman of Faith. And we’re going to start with YOU!!! I don’t know about you, but I struggle with making time for self-love. I feel like we, as women, are pressured by …

A Thrill of Hope

Doesn’t that phrase just sustain you even now as you are reading it. A thrill of hope. The heart-racing, butterfly producing, anticipation of something exciting, something of incredible and possibly life changing impact. A thrill. This Christmas song is one of my favorites. I think of it at least once each day of December as I do my best to keep my focus on the point of Christmas. I love Christmas, so. much. My heart for Christmas is the reason I volunteered to man the blog this month. I have loved reading the words of each MJOF ministry team member …

Be Different

I can’t believe October is about to come to an end and we are beginning a new season.  A season that brings cold weather, fires, family gatherings and change. Fall is a constant reminder of change.  From the leaves changing colors to the ground covered in leaves as they fall preparing for new growth in the coming spring. The season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming quickly. So what I would like to leave you with as October comes to an end, is a challenge.  A challenge to make this season new.  This holiday season can become very materialistic very …

Truth Over Feelings

As I have shared in my previous posts.  God has me examining my heart.  He is refining me.  He is slowly chipping pride away. I have always loved to write.  Most of the time it comes so easy.  But for almost a year I have struggled to put my thoughts to paper. I have found myself asking God “where are you” and felt most of the time I sat in silence.  My heart aching to hear from my heavenly Father.  To speak to me in the ways I have felt Him before.  Longing for just a whisper.  Feeling like God …

Hidden Grief

Hey friends! I’m back for my last blog post on Invisibility. So far I’ve covered Motherhood, Social Media and Unanswered Prayer. Whew! Who knew there were so many ways we can feel unseen? These have been heavy topics so I really wanted to write something light hearted today. But after praying and giving it a lot of thought, I felt strongly that God wanted me to share with you about grief, particularly “hidden” grief. Hidden grief is a deep sadness we carry with us daily. It’s buried underneath smiles, productivity, serving and even laughter, but it’s always there under the …