gospel wednesday

GW

Hello friends. This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I was reminded this week how often I need reassurance. I know the truth, I believe it, and by God’s grace I will persevere, but because I have weakness I seek reassurance.

I think we all do. How often, in your close personal relationships, do you ask to be reassured?

Are we okay? Are you upset with me? Do you forgive me? Do you love me? Have you forgotten me? Are you having fun? Do you like it? Am I doing a good job? How do I look? Is there something in my teeth? (that last one is just for laughs!)

Now think: how often, in your relationship with God, do you ask to be reassured?

I believe the Gospel and I am being sanctified to apply it to every area of my life. However, like I said before, I have weakness. I struggle. I am vulnerable. It’s during those times that I must return to my Savior and be reassured of His great love, forgiveness, and approval. Please take some time to reflect on the verses below and be reassured in how greatly God loves, saves, forgives, approves, gives, leads, and cares.

Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:6-8For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Colossians 2:13-14And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Romans 10:9-13because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John 6:37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Matthew 11:28-30Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Romans 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Please soak these truths in. Feel God’s grace being lavished upon you. Understand He will never leave you and has forgiven His beloved children.

I, like many of you, am prone to wander. I will need to be reassured of these truths anywhere from one to one thousand more times today. I am so grateful Jesus is always there to come running back to. All glory be to Christ!

xo sarah

 

our full life: week twenty

stratford breakfast.jpgBreakfast by the Harbor.

cocos fire.jpgThe devastating Cocos Fire. Praying for the displaced families, strong firefighters, protection, and relief.

cocos fire 2.jpgSmoke and ash from the hills of San Marcos.

may sun tea.jpgSun tea. Strawberry herbal for me and earl grey for B.

love story.jpg Love Story.

sweet seating .jpgMy seat at the Loveall Wedding.

loveall wedding.jpgI’m so glad I brought my handkerchief.

card basket.jpgGifts for the newlyweds.

Lavender Farm.jpg A dreamy evening at the Lavender Farm.

loveall laughter.jpgIsn’t she lovely?!

baby hazel.jpgWe got to meet our niece HAZEL! A sweet little love and the perfect addition. ❤

Enjoy the week to come friends!

xo sarah

this abundant list

TAL MAY.jpg

  1. A young artists photo project about fashion from the 1920s until today.
  2. How is your New Year diet resolution going?
  3. I think our little place would benefit from a key throw table.
  4. I’m loving these cookies for so many reasons. They capture my love of honey.
  5. A fantastic craft for all those random party napkins.
  6. The SD Wildfires have been discouraging to say the least. This article reminded me how we must continue to love in the face of great evil.
  7. When I am all out of the cleaners I’m currently using, I’d love to try these homemade and all-natural cleaning alternatives.
  8. I’m a sucker for a good bran muffin and creamy cuppa joe.
  9. The Calvinist. SO GOOD.
  10. This on some whole grain seedy toast. YES please.
  11. OBSESSED with this lamp. It would be a perfect in our bedroom.
  12. Spice up your life!

Enjoy the weekend friends! Spend time with loved ones. Make a margarita. Read a good book. Get some Vitamin D. Thank God for every breath.

xo sarah

our full life: week eighteen & nineteen

Blog burn-out. This is what happens to me when life is sad, confusing, and hard. I don’t feel like writing and sharing as I normally do. I know there is probably others out there that can relate.

If you read my last blog post you saw that my sweet student Katherine was really in a scary place with an intensive brain surgery and threat of brain cancer.

I felt like I couldn’t live life normally. My days felt sad. I wanted to hit rewind before all this happened. Still, I believed God is good. We were all waiting on Him. Here is some incredible news her father shared with us:

The oncologists called back…and here is what we learned. The mass was so unique, it shows up in less than one in a million, that they sent it to the top clinic in Boston for a second opinion. They are actually going to write an article on it. We are praising God that it’s not malignant. It was some sort of vascular malformation that they don’t even have a name for yet. We are rejoicing over this news! Thank you for your prayers! Please keep praying for her full recovery. They will continue to do MRIs on her, the next one in three months, to monitor her head, but they are projecting a full recovery. When Katherine got the news that it was not cancerous and the prognosis was good for a full recovery, she couldn’t stop smiling. Tonight when I prayed with her before bed, she actually thanked God for using this to grow her faith and trust in God. Wow! The first thing she wants to do when she’s all better is to go surfing.

Amazing amazing news. I was blown away and brought to tears. Our God is absolutely in control and deeply loves us! It was a joy to hear of her smiling. I love that smile! Now we continue to pray and lean on God for the days to come.

Here is a glance at what the past couple of weeks looked like for us.

crates and barrel.jpgWork errands at Crate & Barrel. Sometimes work errands are awesome.

Sweet Kathernie.jpgVisiting this sweetheart was a blessing. Her hope in God is inspiring and profound.

student bowling.jpgBurritos & Bowling!!! Our girls definitely missed Katherine.

porch sitting.jpgPorch-sitting in my new sun dress. Enjoying the heat. Giant glass of ice water in hand.

dads jungle.jpgMy dad’s jungle of a backyard. I think I have taken pictures of it before…but it sure is growing!

Dads flowers.jpgTake me away.

snack texture.jpgNight time snack. So many textures.

red fix.jpgNot my usual coffee order. Eliminating caffeine, sugar, and acid for a few weeks. Good thing I love all tea.

p&r marathon.jpgParks & Recreation marathon last weekend. We love Lil’ Sebastian.

That’s about it everyone. I think I’m slowly coming back into the swing of things so hopefully you will hear from me more.

I wanted to leave you with some of the lessons Katherine’s father has been learning that we can all relate to.

Here are some lessons we learned, or relearned that I would like to pass on:

  1. When Jesus says follow me, the story is about Him and not us. God has so graciously written us into that story, but it is His story.
  2. Our sovereign God is a good God and He can be trusted, no matter what may happen.
  3. He will always be walking with us, even if we are not walking faithfully with Him. It’s not so much that we are clinging to God, it’s that He holds on to us.
  4. The trials we face are never wasted by God. Therefore, let’s make sure we don’t waste those either.
  5. Those with a limp lean hard into God. We have been leaning hard!

AMEN!

Until next week, friends!

xo sarah