Thursday, February 25, 2016

If I'm Honest About Blogging ...

If I'm being totally honest about the process of blogging, I don't love it in its entirety. Don't get me wrong, I love writing, but there's a lot more to it than just writing. I sometimes get overwhelmed trying to edit graphics and keep up with what all the cool fonts are. Which is, by the way, why there are like only two on here. HTML gives me a headache and I can only do anything design-y on this blog because of google and youtube.

So, the art of blogging isn't my favorite. But you know what keeps me here?

You.

Yes, you sitting right there, wherever you are. Coffee shop? Dorm room? Queen-sized bed with way too many children clambering for your lap? Yep, you. I write for you.

I love to read comments and emails that say, what you wrote helped me so much! Not because it validates me as a person so I can say "Oh look, I helped them. Muah-ha, I'm awesome!!" but because it validates something deep and, I believe, God-given within me.

I've known for a while now that encouraging people makes me excited. Maybe it's one of my spiritual gifts, who knows. But, I love it. I thrive off of it. I love sitting down with someone and connecting on a deep heart level and coming away from the conversation saying wow, I learned so much ... and I think they did too. 

At the beginning of 2012, I picked a specific Scripture verse to pray over each member of my family for that whole year. For Micah I picked Proverbs 29:17 and for Josh, I think I picked that one in 1 Peter about husbands helping your wives with the dishes* ... 

And for me? This is the one I prayed over myself:



From the ministry that was born later that year as a result of Evie's diagnosis, I feel like the Lord really answered that prayer. Not to my glory, please don't read it that way, but to the glory of a God who allowed me an opportunity to do something that made my spirit come alive. 

So please, tell me, how can I best encourage you? What do you like to read? What topics are your favorite? Is there anything you'd like to see more of here? Do you think my graphics are so unimaginative compared to those of other blogs? (Don't answer that last one ... I already know ... womp womp).

I still don't know if I'd really consider myself a blogger. But, I am a girl who loves connecting with women as we help each other along life's journey. Life is hard, tedious, happy, crazy, and a thousand things in between, but connections are crucial for survival. Thanks for letting me be a part of yours <3. 

ps ... I have something brewing on the horizon ... would you please pray for me if you think of me?

* 1 Peter something: Husbands, as much as is within thee, after thine family has supped, assist thine lovely wife with the dinner dishes. And be not afraid of also changing a diaper, as the Spirit moves, for she may have grown weary of wiping that which is unclean. And lastly, open thine eyes to the housework possibilities that await those who diligently seek; for running the vacuum for thine wife will cover a multitude of sins.

8 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love you and your blog Sarah. I would just continue to seek to share whatever the Spirit leads you to. Chances, are what you share will just meet people where they are at. �� A lot of your posts have been encouraging to me and not because we often share the same life challenges or trials but God is simply using His word through you to meet me where I am. What a blessing to be able to minister to others. Keep it up, friend!

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    1. Thank you Vanessa ... I definitely want to meet people where they are <3

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  2. I started reading your blog after Lauren Casper linked to it right after Evie's diagnosis. I was newly pregnant when Evie passed, after years of trying, and the way you handled it all - the good and the bad that you chose to share - really helped me keep my eyes on the Lord, and remember that it is He who satisfies. My temptation is to trust Him when I need Him, like when we were waiting and longing for a baby, and then turn my hope and find my satisfaction in the "stuff" when things are going well - not just the answered prayer of pregnancy, but myself as a wife, mom, employee, homemaker, etc. But you've shown us how to keep our eyes on only Him through your highs and lows, which is really helpful as we are about to enter year two of trying yet again. "In every season we are satisfied, For just one reason, Christ was crucified." Thanks for sharing your heart and encouraging other women like me.

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    1. Emily, you are so right. I find myself doing that as well.
      Thank you for letting me share my heart - it really encourages me just as much.
      I'm praying for you right now as you try again for another sweet baby <3

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  3. Sarah, I love your blog! You are such an amazing inspiration and a wonderful woman. I am praying constantly for wonderful things for your future! God bless you!

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    1. Courtney, thank you so much. I appreciate all the prayers, more than you know <3

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  4. From one grieving mother to another, I love your blog. I like how "real" you are. The good, the bad, the ugly, you tell it all. So many people misunderstand what walking with God through tough times looks like. I still quote your prayer ,"Please Lord, I don't know, just...the best." I love that prayer because its real and shows how much we need God to direct us through it all. So I guess I like anything you write, but especially the grief stuff:)

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    1. Thank you RyAnne, I definitely try to be honest. Speak the truth in love, as my pastor would say.

      I love that prayer too. It definitely acknowledges our weakness and how small and unwise we are compared to God's greatness.

      The grief stuff ... yes. It helps to know that we aren't alone in those feelings, for sure. <3

      Thank you for your support. It keeps me going!!

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