Posts

My New Website

“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”

Psalm 33:4

I have some exciting news!  Today is my due date with baby boy number 2 and to celebrate I’m bringing you my brand new website.  I’m so excited to share it with you.  It really turned out well and I look forward to using it as a tool to reach the nations.  Please join with me in this grand adventure!

Read more

Growing in Grace

Strong CedarIt is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises [with musical accompaniment] to Your name, O Most High,

To show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night,

With an instrument of ten strings and with the lute, with a solemn sound upon the lyre.

For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works; at the deeds of Your hands I joyfully sing.

How great are Your doings, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep.

A man in his rude and uncultivated state knows not, neither does a [self-confident] fool understand this:

That though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to be destroyed forever.

But You, Lord, are on high forever.

For behold, Your adversaries, O Lord, for behold, Your enemies shall perish; all the evildoers shall be scattered.

10 But my horn (emblem of excessive strength and stately grace) You have exalted like that of a wild ox; I am anointed with fresh oil.

11 My eye looks upon those who lie in wait for me; my ears hear the evildoers that rise up against me.

12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].

13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].

15 [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

~Psalm 92 (AMP)

God’s Promises

IMG_1499

“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”  ~Psalm 33:4

There are so many promises in God’s Word for His children.  These promises have been my anchor through the storm.  I have been clinging with all my might to the promises of God knowing that He will never fail me.  So in these next couple of weeks I want to dive in to these promises with you.  Let’s take a look at all that God promises us when we follow Him.  I’m looking forward to this new study with you.

1.  God will bring good through this.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, 

to those who are called according to His purpose.”  

~Romans 8:28

 2.  God has a plan.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord,
‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
~Jeremiah 29:11 
3.  God gives perfect peace.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; 
not as the world gives do I give to you.  
Do not let your heart be troubled, not let it be fearful.”  
~John 14:27 
4.  God provides incredible 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.’
~Isaiah 41:10 
5.  Nothing is impossible with God.
But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”
~Luke 18:27 
6.  God holds nothing back.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
~Psalm 84:11
7.  God will meet every need.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
~Philippians 4:19
8.  God has the power to heal.
‘For I will restore you to health
And I will heal you of your wounds,” declares the Lord…
~Jeremiah 30:17
9.  God will wipe away every tear.
“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
and there will no longer be any death; 
there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; 
the first things have passed away.”
~Revelation 21:4
10.  God will bring victory.
“He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.”  
~Proverbs 2:7-8 (NIV84)
Dear Father God, I cling to each one of these promises.  I know that you are faithful and true.  You will never leave or forsake me.  I know that you have a perfect plan.  May you continue your good work in my dad and may he have many years left to serve you.  I pray that he will have the strength to cling to your promises during these difficult days and that he will trust you with every step ahead.
Trusting in the Author of Life,
Sarah
~~~~
All the above verses are from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted.

Pressing On

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  ~Philippians 3:12-14

One of the greatest moments through this whole journey was this moment above.  A couple friends of Dad’s had asked if they could put a benefit together for him.  Of course we said yes.  They had asked this during their very first visit to see dad in the hospital.  Then they went to work to put this beautiful event together for dad.  Many people pitched in to make this event a success.

Read more

Home Sweet Home

10245455_10203465847639447_854251035040958158_n

“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”  

~Psalm 29:11

This will be my last week writing on the blessings from my Dad’s accident.  I could continue as the blessings keep to pouring in, but I want to get started on another study with you.

The time had come for my dad to come home.  He came home July 14th.  What a sweet day it was.  My sister Abigail picked dad up from the nursing home in Crosby and helped him get settled in.  Paul, Zion, and I were on a flight to get there by the evening so we could spend dad’s first week at home with him.

There were many sweet blessings that came out of this…

1.  We had several people come to clean dad’s house, weed his garden, and mow his lawn so that it was all ready for him to come home.  10561694_10152558390204889_8039921515983248228_nThank you family and friends for helping us make dad’s transition back to home a sweet one!

2.  It was a huge blessing to be able to spend this first week at home with my dad.  It was an honor to serve him and watch him enjoy the comforts of home again.

3.  Dad’s homecare nurse was a Christian.  That’s always a bonus!

4.  We had a nice family fire one night roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.  It was a sweet time to enjoy just being family.

Zion riding around Papa Ray's yard.

Zion riding around Papa Ray’s yard.

5.  Seeing my dad on his riding lawn mower.  He was like a little boy in a candy shop.  So happy to be doing something independently and without the help of anyone else.  He tore around that yard like it was a racetrack.  It was fun to watch him come back to life a little bit.

IMG_4300

6.  Asking my dad if there was anything else I could do for him.  I really didn’t feel like I was doing enough.  Dad’s communication was still fairly limited and he was pretty quiet most of the time. He looked at me and said, “You are doing just fine.  All my children have really blessed me.”

7.  It was fun to watch dad interact with my son Zion.  He pretended like he knew what Zion was saying and they had a sweet conversation back and forth.  It was fun to watch my dad be Papa Ray.

IMG_43448.  Watching my dad water his garden.  Every simple thing was such a joy to me.  I took a picture of my dad watering the garden and he looked at me with a look that said, “Really?”  It was a big deal to me, but to him it was life as normal again.

9.  Playing cards with dad.  We had some sweet conversations over cards and just enjoyed fellowship time together.

10.  My husband was able to be with us the whole week.  This helped a ton.  We were a team and that made it a ton easier!

11.  My aunt Susan flew in to take care of my dad for two weeks.  She started where we left off.

10475672_10203418465294918_4789648035145127411_n

My sweet aunts… Dad’s lovely sisters!

12.  The loving touch from my aunts Paulette, Denise, and Susan.  All of my dad’s sisters have been deeply touched by watching their brother go through this and have been a huge encouragement to us.  There is an extra dose of love that they have really poured out on us through this.

IMG_430513.  Watching my dad push Zion on his swing and make him laugh.  Oh, these are the moments I always want to remember!

Have you counted your blessings lately?  What has the Lord done for you?  How will you celebrate God’s amazing work?  Please don’t waste your time worrying, fretting, or being anxious.  Your time is valuable.  Redeem it by finding the greatest things to focus on.  Find the time to count your blessings and see that God is faithful.  He will never fail you!

Dear Father God, Thank you for bringing dad home!  And thank you so much for allowing me to be there for his first week at home.  I continue to be so grateful for your tremendous work in my dad’s life.  May you continue your healing in him and may all of this serve to advance your glory!

Counting My Blessings,
Sarah

 

Moving On Up

Dad’s move to Crosby was a great move.  The first blessing in this move was being accepted in to Crosby’s program.  We were hoping dad would be here because that meant he was a little closer to home and made visits from family and friends just a little easier.  The lake near by and the opportunity to fish didn’t hurt either.  The move to Crosby was a good one and dad continued to receive the therapy he needed to help further his healing.  10437364_10152965648793047_6866206911606870122_n

Here are a few of the blessings from this phase of the journey…

Read more

Do you trust me?

An excerpt from the book "Lead Me, Holy Spirit" by Stormie Omartian

An excerpt from the book “Lead Me, Holy Spirit” by Stormie Omartian

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.  

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  

~Isaiah 55:8-9

Read more

How Priceless

“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.

How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.

For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.”

~Psalm 36:5-9

Great is Thy Faithfulness

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning;

GREAT is YOUR FAITHFULNESS.”

~Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

If you were to take a tour of my home, there would be one thing you would notice on almost every wall.  The Word of God is pretty prevalent in our home.  There are many good reasons for this!  I love words!  And I truly believe that the power of these words continue to transform my life.  It is so refreshing to walk around our home and be reminded of God’s Word often.

This above vinyl wording is on a wall in our bedroom.  It’s right above the door to our master bathroom.  The great thing about these words is that every morning I get to wake up to them.  I wake up to this reminder, this promise from God.  I wake up remembering that God is Faithful and He always will be.  I celebrate this daily!

Read more

Forever Faithful

Keep walking! God's faithfulness is coming through. You never know what's around the corner!

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them– the Lord, who remains faithful forever.”

~Psalm 146:5-6 (NIV)

Lately, I have come across a few people who are hurting in many ways.  There are a lot of tough things going on in people’s lives.  One common theme is a desire to see God come through.  A desire to be victorious!  I think it’s so important to stop for a moment and look at God’s record of faithfulness.  I want to explore how faithful He has been and how faithful He will be.  God has a record of being faithful at least a Gazillion times.  More times than we will ever be able to count.  It’s hard to see His faithfulness at work in our lives at times because we see things from our perspective.  We see things unfinished, full of pain, agony, often bewildered by circumstances, and just frustrated by the lack of control we have.  We need to take our eyes off of the circumstances and put our eyes on the One who is in control!  The One who never steps off the throne, never says He’s too busy, never calls it quits, never says He’s having a bad day, so He can’t help us.  He is always there!  We just have to stop and become available.  Stop and listen!  Stop and allow Him to work!  Stop and get a new perspective on the current situation!  Let’s look at God’s record of faithfulness and compare it to our lives.  Let’s see how He has been faithful!

Read more