Simplifying Sarah

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When the world says “Nope, not possible!” God says “Oh yeah, just watch me move…” sometimes I like to think of God as being a dude and being like ‘You think it’s impossible? Lemme see about this doubt…’ No utilities shut off, bill is paid (only $60 to pay this week), other bills are either paid or handled for this week, and just going to repay tithe next week. God is so good!

-Mrs. W.

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I’ve been reading The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. It’s been getting me thinking about holiness, and even what it means to bless God, to somehow show him something REAL that means something, in return for all He is, and all He has done. So, if you know me you know that I love to google. I found this site: The Talk Place… the particular blog I read was titled “What does it mean to bless God?”.. and the author has several challenges for the reader to use… and this is where I’m going, today.

“But Herein lies the greatest challenge. Because God is Holy, only a gift given in the right spirit is a blessing. If we don’t give to God freely and joyfully with only the expectation that God is to be Glorified. Then our gifts are as filthy Rags. This is what it means to Bless God. It means to give him Honor, Reverence, Glory and to acknowledge his power, through our words and our songs and daily lives. And to do all this freely and joyfully. So is Blessing God something we should be doing in ways apart from singing? Yes it is! God is indeed worthy and we should look for ways to Bless him all the time. We should be writing that poem that Honors Him. We should be singing that song that praises Him.
Yes we should feel free to say “Praise the Lord” in a moment of Joy or relief.  It is a good thing to find ways to praise God up to others. It is a true gift to God when we find something that Glorifies Him. God The father is deserving of being revered.
Lets renew our commitment to God in such a way that He might be Revered, Honored and Glorified. Lets renew our commitment to Bless God.”

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So what is your shared blessing to God? I’ll comment with mine, as I think and pray on it more! Let’s bless Him, together!!

-Mrs. W.

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I know I haven’t posted a ‘daily devo’ blog all weekend, but I haven’t given up doing them. Saturday, I read that devotion with Mr. W. and talked about it with him, instead of blogging about it, and Sunday was church all day- I was in the word all day, and didn’t have my Stanley book with me. So, today I’ll blog again, about my devotional, and maybe a little extra.

One week ago, Mr. W. and I had serious discussions about our marriage, where it was, and where it was going… we also had discussions about wanting to change it’s direction, and other changes that must occur in order for overall, big change, to occur.

  1. We’re looking for a new apartment, something closer to my job, and a fair landlord.
  2. We’re looking to be by ourselves, for the first time in over a year- we got a roommate when we were married for only 3 months, and we never got the ‘honeymoon period’… We deserve it!
  3. We’ve changed churches already, that was a huge weight off of Mr. W.’s shoulders… He did a praise dance at church last night, the first one in about 8 months… first time dancing with banners and everything, in 8 months… it was incredible. He is incredible… and seeing God work through him is ABSOLUTELY incredible.
  4. Mr. W. got hired in! He is no longer a temp, he is an employee!! AND, in 30 days (from today), he’ll be eligible for Union Benefits, as well as another pay raise!! Today is his first day making serious money, and I am just amazed at how quickly God answers earnest prayers, once we are right with Him (and not just seeing him as a genie in a bottle to rub when you are feeling needy).

Overall, I can tell I’m standing at the beginning of a new season, looking into the horizon of what good is going to come. It’s a fresh start, and a new beginning… I’ll say it over and over again- AIN’T GOD GOOD!?!?!?! (I know it’s not gramatically correct)…

Blessed, despite of “me”,
-Mrs. W.

I feel like I’ve been experiencing so many changes in life, lately. I’m learning a few things about change, and I guess my first ‘real’ post on wordpress can be this blog. Just a few thoughts I’ve had running around my brain.
When everything changes…

Where are you?
When everything changes in life, where do you go? Do you turn to God, to your church, and to your brothers and sisters in Christ… or do you turn to “the world”? The world can only offer superficial things, depression, heartache, loneliness… possibly happiness, but not true joy. I’m noticing more and more that I used to turn to the world, even though I loved God. It wasn’t that I didn’t know better- I just didn’t think about my actions, before I acted out… this definitely led to some instability and depression. Now, I’m trying to stop freaking out when stuff starts cracking… I’ve been turning more to God- letting him pick up the pieces, count them, and put Humpty back together again. My glue kind of sucks, even when I’m successful in and of myself. However, God’s glue is more potent than Gorilla Glue.

Who are you?
When everything changes in life, who are you? I’ve been thining lately about things I’ve seen and done in my past, as well as things I’ve seen others do. I’ve seen people go through times of change and lose their identity. One minute you know them, and the next minute they act completely different, and sometimes it makes you think ‘Who are you, and where did _____ go?’ Those moments are OUCH moments. Ouch when you have to ask someone that, because they’re typically offended, and ouch when it’s your turn to be asked those questions… It’s like- hold up, whoa, stop for a minute, sorry for the inconvenience, but in whom does your identity lie? I’m guilty of saying I’m a Daughter of the King, but when it comes to harsh changes, questioning that same King. In those times, I need to ask myself “Hold up, who are you- and where did Sarah really go?”

What are you?
When everything changes, what are you really made of? This isn’t really a point as much as it is a question. I’d say that concerning Mr. W’s job changes we’ve dealt with since marriage, that I’ve consistently been in a whirlwind of change. Sometimes it feels like just when the winds stop blowing, and things start to settle, I see the trees blowing softly again, the winds starting all over again. My faith needs to be built on solid rock, not shifting sands. There is nothing worse than a windy day at the beach when you get sand blown into your eyes. It’s happened to me before, and it basically sucks. If you build your faith, and your foundation on something shifty, it’ll ruin your vision and your perspective.

Once again, Mr. W is changing jobs. We’re hoping and praying that this job will be the one he gets hired in full time. It’s been since December of 2008 since he’s had a full time permanent job (not through a temp service). I feel as if my glue bottle is empty, and God is the only one I can turn to. People ask why he is changing jobs so much, and I don’t have an answer- I just don’t know. All of this has helped me grow into a woman who turns to God, and who isn’t afraid of asking for help from her church family… I’m also no longer afraid of boldly proclaiming that I am a Child of God, and that I’m pretty sure I don’t have bones, I have steel rods that keep me standing. 🙂 Okay, maybe no steel rods, but I’m solid.

Where, Who, and What…Three questions to ask yourself in the midst of change… and maybe just maybe, the “Why is this happening to me?” won’t overtake you as much.

Praying God’s Best,
-Mrs. W.