our full life: week thirty

Hello Friends,

Week 30 was pretty great. I don’t have pictures of every wonderful moment, but sometimes that’s okay. It meant I was just LIVING. Enjoy!

thai night.jpg Thai for dinner. This was such a great recipe!

roasry.jpgAt a stop light admiring the shadows. My mom gave me a cross to hang in my car years ago and it’s been there ever since.

home.jpgThis is home. And I never want to leave.

luke.jpg Community and babies. ❤

birthday celebration.jpgBelieve it or not, this was someone’s birthday party! I mean 3 chandeliers…whoa.the del.jpgThe Hotel Del from below.

palm streets 2.jpgMy happy place: Coronado at sunset.

Have a great week ahead. What is one summer thing you want to do this week?

xo sarah

this abundant list

HAPPY Saturday!!! ALSO, thanks to everyone who read my Gospel Wednesday post from a couple days ago and gave such sweet encouragement! If you didn’t get the chance, take a minute to read about the struggle I have been facing with false body image.

Now, here we go with some weekend links!

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  1. Making this recipe for a family of 8 next week and I hope it satisfies!
  2. Finally had the chance to read this wonderful post – from infertile to fertile: a letter from an adoptive mom who got pregnant.
  3. All the time.
  4. Kitchen upgrades for the weekend.
  5. A quick trip to Michael’s may be in order after seeing this simple beaded necklace.
  6. How cool (no pun intended) is this DIY modern cooler?
  7. I wish I could wake up every morning to my dream breakfast!
  8. Aaaaand another genius breakfast idea.
  9. Florence has to happen someday…WOW.
  10. Gotta love the side braid. Enjoy this short DIY.

Enjoy the weekend! We are heading to Coronado…my favorite place in the world! ❤ What are you up to?

xo sarah

gospel wednesday

GW

Hello friends,

I am humbled and hesitant to share something I have been struggling with lately. It exposes my sin and makes me feel incredibly vulnerable. However, I think it’s a good thing to be honest, to be open, and to – in fact – be broken.

The “something” I have been struggling with is a false body image.

Negative thoughts run through my head constantly: I’m getting fat, my shorts are tighter than last summer, I have so much cellulite, I thought I had abs, I am not strong enough, people probably think I’m lazy, they are so much better looking, my husband would probably be more attracted to me if I was 15 pounds lighter, if only I could have that body…on and on it goes.

Writing those things out is, in a word, embarrassing. I don’t like admitting that I idolize having a great body and the approval of man (as opposed to the approval of God). I also don’t like admitting my perfectionism and pride. But there it is…in the open now. This struggle with body image is so frustrating and has become an area of my life where I have placed too much of my hope.

The truth is, all my hope should be in Jesus, in his Gospel, and in his love for me. That should be enough (because it is enough). His great mercy for me, a sinner, should satisfy me beyond measure (and it does).  Therefore, it is not a matter of whether or not Jesus IS enough for us, it is a matter of whether or not we BELIEVE that He is enough for us. Can we (myself included) believe, speak, shout out, “I am God’s beloved daughter in whom He is well pleased!“?

Jesus is the one who loves perfectly and who makes us HIS own. He is also the one who died on the cross, forgave our sin, and accomplished righteousness on our behalf. Now when God looks at us, He only sees the perfect blood of Christ and is WELL PLEASED. Amen!

In the book Because He Loves Me by Elise Fitzpatrick, she explains the idea that when we sin, there is something about the Gospel that we are not believing. I know that this is true for me. When I believe the false ideas about my body, I am not believing that God is well pleased with me (because of Jesus); I am not believing that I already have all the approval I could ever hope for (because of Jesus); and I am not believing that the work God did in saving me and changing my heart is beautiful enough.

Here are a couple of ways I will battle through this:

  1. Give it to God in prayer. Every bit of it! Let God work in me through this struggle. Trust Him completely with it and remember that He will never leave my side. Ask Him to help me believe the Gospel fully.
  2. Look to Scripture. The Bible is my source of truth when I am tempted to sin. I will be working toward memorizing these scriptures:
  • Psalm 139:14 – I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
  • 1 Samuel 16:7 –  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
  • Proverbs 31:30 – Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
  • 1 Peter 3:3-4 – Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
  • James 3:16 – For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
  • 1 Timothy 4:8 – for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Hopefully this post was helpful for those of you who have also been struggling with false body image. Hopefully you can come to repentance and believe the Gospel in its entirety. Hopefully you know I am praying for you as I pray for myself.

God bless you. xo sarah

in Christ

 

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our full life: week twenty nine

Week twenty-nine was all about being outdoors, feeling the sun beat down, and quality time with my love sweet love.

Enjoy “our full week” with a few snapshots below!

AW 2014.jpgSometimes my job means going to a water park. It was like a paid vacation day!

BN 2014.jpgHandsome Hudson.

BN 2014...jpgBeach bonfire as the sun starts to set.

BN 2014..jpgThe colors! A picture is great…but nothing beats seeing the real thing.

blueberry morning.jpgCandied pecan waffles with a cinnamon drizzle and blueberries! I love being home with Bret for breakfast together.

lagoon sky.jpgThank you.

lagoon day.jpgLagoon day: chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’, all cool.

tigers blood.jpgTiger’s blood.

village.jpgUpstairs in the Village for a date night with friends!

wc winery.jpgFirst time to Temecula Wine Country. We took a picnic, bought a tasting, and enjoyed great conversation with family.

wc winery..jpgMy sweet Granny and I cheers-ing! Fun fact: my Granny is about 4’10” tall. This is true of most grandmas, but look at how cute she is!

Enjoy your week ahead! Give thanks and make memories. And stay posted for Gospel Wednesday!

xo sarah

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty seven & twenty eight

“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end. (Jo March)
― 
Louisa May AlcottLittle Women

Here we are…beginning again. Another FULL couple of weeks. Another Monday. And another day to breathe breath into our lungs and give thanks.

ori.jpgHolding sweet Orabelle at Beach Night with our church. Baby fever!

apple rolls.jpgPrepping for our Fourth of July Brunch. I’m getting ready to cut the caramel apple sweet rolls. Thank you Pioneer Woman! They were a hit!

IMG_7273Bret & I hosted our second Red, White, and BRUNCH and had a blast! Nicole (and her daughter Gigi) took pictures at the party because I totally flaked. THANK YOU ❤

IMG_7276Orange Vanilla Fruit Salad, Veggies, Prosciutto Gruyere Croissants, Cheddar Croissants, Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls, Donuts, and Bacon & Egg Pizza with Arugula. Brunch = Carbs! Am I right? (picture by Nicole)

IMG_7284The kiddos finished their brunch treats and played together finding berries on bushes.(picture by Nicole)

IMG_7217Selfie: exhausted after brunch, enjoying the sun, and relaxing with my hubby.

protien cure.jpgFor real sugar hang-over on July 5th. Breakfast consisted of protein and veggies.

bret shopping.jpgBret be shoppin.

flower hill.jpgSucculent envy.

selfie fail.jpgTried to take our picture by a pretty mosaic at the mall. Major fail. Please ignore my HAND and focus on our marital bliss. 🙂

whole foods coffee.jpgIced Cold Brew & Iced Americano from Whole Foods. Both with almond milk. YUM.

book tales.jpgBook shop on date night. I always think book shelves are pretty.

birthday girl palomes.jpgBirthday Girl Paloma! She is the kind of friend you always pray for. Creative, compassionate, gentle, and just the perfect amount of wacky silly.

2 palms.jpgPalm besties.

bread pudding bistro west.jpgBread Pudding ya’ll. This was like whoa!

ranch workout.jpgA workout in Encinitas is just what the doctor ordered. Beautiful!

GNO jhi.jpgDress up like cows…$30.00 of free food! SCORE for Jr. High Girls Night Out.

games gno.jpgIce cream, cappuccino floats, and UNO at Vinaka. It’s nights like this that remind me why I love Jr. High kids.

fresh lemonade.jpgMaking fresh squeezed lemonade. SUMMER time!

IMG_7269The best days of summer are beach days. Enjoyed going through more of Psalm 19 with the Jr. High girls.

Thanks for letting me go on and on in photos. Enjoy week twenty nine!

xo sarah

gospel wednesday

GW

The love of Jesus.

Have you thought about it today, yesterday…ever?

It is my prayer that one lost soul would read this and come to faith, come to life, and deeply love Jesus. That one lost soul would read about the LOVE of Jesus and be humbled, amazed, and broken before the King of Kings. That one lost soul would be at peace in their Makers arms.

When I was fourteen I was brought to my knees by the love of Jesus. I always knew there was a God, but at that age I suddenly became very aware of love. Not just any kind of love, but the love of Jesus found in the gospel: forgiveness of sin, healing, comfort, freedom, rest, redemption, righteousness, and an everlasting relationship.

Enjoy this prayer about TRUE Love and believe.

LOVE

Lord Jesus,

Give me to love thee, to embrace thee,

though I once took lust and sin in my arms.

Thou didst love me before I loved thee, 

an enemy, a sinner, a loathsome worm.

Thou didst own me when I disclaimed myself; 

Thou dost love me a son, and weep over me as over Jerusalem.

Love brought thee from heaven to earth, 

from earth to the cross,

from the cross to the grave,

Love caused thee to be weary, hungry, tempted,

scorned, scourged, buffeted, 

spat upon, crucified, and pierced.

Love led thee to bow thy head in death.

My salvation is the point where perfect created love

and the most perfect uncreated love meet together;

for though dost welcome me … rejoicing.

this love is not intermittent, cold, changeable;

it does not cease or abate for all my eternity…

…Thy infinite love is a mystery of mysteries,

and my eternal rest lies in the eternal enjoyment of it.

– A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

Enjoy your Wednesday! If you would like to share when you first experienced the love of Jesus, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

xo sarah