this abundant list

tal oct 31

 

  1. Every good list should start with a bit of prayer.
  2. Hey, all you bloggers – how cute is this print?
  3. Every fall party needs a couple good antipasti // cheese platters.
  4. My husband told me that this is my spirit animal. I was too tickled to be offended.
  5. Thank you Shutterbean. Thank you. I will be enjoying these tonight in the hot tub.
  6. I would love to put together a list like this one for all my readers. It was a goal of mine to do more recipes this year. It didn’t really happen, but it’s not too late to try.
  7. I think this pillow would be super cute with opposite fabrics!
  8. Why must you cost so much Anthropologie?
  9. So excited for next April! Florida here we come.
  10. Inspiring words and great thoughts on being chosen.
  11. Jealous of my husband’s visit here last week. At least he brought me home jam!
  12. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Seriously, though!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo sarah

 

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gospel wednesday

GW

Good Morning Friends!

A couple of weeks ago I was on a walk with a close friend and we were discussing something that we both had in common. Something that is new and amazing. Something that doesn’t come around in every season of life. Something that seems too good to be true.

Contentment.

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It’s hard to specifically describe what has happened in my heart, but something has definitely occurred and I am so grateful. The most wonderful part of this contentment is Who my happiness and satisfaction has ultimately come from…but more on that in a moment.

For a few years now I have really struggled with feeling like I just couldn’t get to where I needed or wanted to be. I desired to be valuable in terms of my job status, living situation, take-home salary, and personal achievements. I was very concerned with impressing and attaining the approval of my family, friends, and acquaintances. And for a few years now I haven’t had the ability to shake a person’s hand and present myself with a, “Hi, I’m Sarah and I do something super important sounding for 40+ hours a week and I make a great salary,” or “Hi, I’m Sarah and I accomplished exactly what I expected I would at 26 years of age.” Writing it out is funny because I know how silly, empty, and misguided it really is.

It has been a hard few years for me with lots of rejection and many tearful conversations. I knew the truth that satisfaction can only be found in my God and King…but at the same time I guess I didn’t fully believe it; it wasn’t sinking in. God has been trying to show me time and time again, through MANY shut doors, that who I am in Him (forgiven, alive, loved, adopted, redeemed, rescued, protected, provided for, wanted, righteous, His daughter) and who I belong to is infinitely more valuable and incredibly more important.

So how have I been able to experience contentment NOW, after all those years of rejection, discontentment, and misguided desires? The answer is simple: Jesus carried me. Jesus never left me and never let me go. Jesus brought me through and showed me His grace. Jesus taught me that satisfaction, true satisfaction, can ONLY be found in HIM and His love displayed on the cross. I have used this verse so many times to describe God’s love because it never returns void: Romans 5:8 – “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

That being said, there is no special pill or 5 step plan to true contentment. The way to contentment, or a state of happiness and satisfaction, is found in Jesus. Spending time reading Scripture, praying to God, and being in community with other believers – these are essential as well. But at the end of the day…the only thing we can be truly satisfied in is our Maker, our King, our Jesus. To quote John Piper, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

As my friend and I continued to walk and talk about what God has been doing in our lives we encouraged one another in the contentment He has given us for this season. We were both stirred up to be so thankful. God has humbled both of us so that we can see His goodness, mercy, perfection, and immeasurable love. It is my prayer that whoever is reading this might find contentment in Jesus as well. He is SO good!!!

Please be encouraged by the Scripture below and reflect of God’s greatness, holiness, trustworthiness, faithfulness, thoughtfulness, planning, generosity, creativity, and power. Be satisfied in HIM.

PSALM 104

O Lord My God, You Are Very Great

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, you are very great!

You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment,

stretching out the heavens like a tent.

He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot;

he rides on the wings of the wind;

he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.

He set the earth on its foundations,

so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment;

the waters stood above the mountains.

At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.

The mountains rose, the valleys sank down

to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass,

so that they might not again cover the earth.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills;

they give drink to every beast of the field;

the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;

they sing among the branches.

From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

You cause ithe grass to grow for the livestock

and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth

and wine to gladden the heart of man,

oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,

the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests;

the stork has her home in the fir trees.

The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

He made the moon to mark the seasons;

the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is night,

when all the beasts of the forest creep about.

The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.

When the sun rises, they steal away

and lie down in their dens. Man goes out to his work

and to his labor until the evening.

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable,

living things both small and great.

There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

These all look to you,

to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die

and return to their dust.

When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke!

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the LordLet sinners be consumed from the earth,

and let the wicked be no more!

Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!

PSALM 104

Many prayers to you.

xo sarah

our full life: week forty three

Here’s what our past week looked like:

Date LWC Date Night! Land & Water Co. in the Village. sashimi Umami Bowl. Not my favorite, but Bret was a big fan!

FT chat Blurry FaceTime from Austin, TX.

bran dinner No husband at home = cereal for dinner! 🙂

evening palms Evening walk home. I don’t know about you, but I love power lines and palm trees.

vining Helped my dad work on his garden on Friday. Wrapping vines and hoping for the best.

big gulps Iced tea Big Gulp after lots of yard work.

sunset colorsIt’s just too good. Carlsbad sunsets for the win.

bnf 3Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch.

bnf 1 Hello Birdie. I want to pet them…and at the same time stay far, far away.

bnf 2BAAAA.

bnf 5Beauties in a wheel barrel.

bnf 4BNF is a magical place.

bnf 6The crew. ❤

Enjoy week 44…live it UP!

xo sarah

our full life: week forty two

Here’s what this past week looked like:

lunch dateMy first pho experience. It was pretty much what I expected and I enjoyed it; especially with one of my favorite people there to talk to.

oh what JOYOh what JOY! It was a good mail day on Tuesday. Can;t wait to make so many of these recipes.

the habitWe finally got to try out The Habit with my dad. This was the aftermath.

pandemicDouble date game night. So fun to see the boys get really into it.

good day AHHHHHHHHH.

good old days Foot shot with some of my favorite peeps.

watercoloring Water color projects and flower tea with sweet Tiffany. ❤

aliyaYes, this baby is really that cute. She is such a doll!

Have a wonderful week and make memories, readers!

xo sarah

gospel wednesday

GW

Today’s post might be a bit controversial, but it is a desire of mine to see God’s good truth proclaimed boldly and in grace. I was inspired by the quote below:

false belief

 

What are your initial thoughts after reading it?

For some of you, this may be encouraging and empowering. You may have faced a lot of hurt or abuse in a relationship. You may have been sinned against and treated with hate. You are possibly reading the quote again and finding that it sounds freeing to be able to take control of your life in such a way. If that is you, I am so sorry for your hurt and your pain. I am so sorry that you have been sinned against and taken advantage of. That pain is real and sin deserves punishment. (Romans 6:23) But, please, stay with me as I share some of my own thoughts on the matter.

I do not like this quote all. In my eyes, this quote is anti-gospel and self-absorbed. I am not unaware that we have all been hurt and that there are people in our lives who make almost everything hard. Trust me, I get that. However if God, the TRUE “CEO” (But, He is so much bigger than that man-made term) of this universe, acted in this way, then we would all most definitely be terminated. Why is that? Because we have all sinned against God in the worst and most horrific way; by killing His Son whom He sent.

See how Jesus was wrongfully accused in Luke 22:23-24 :: A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted.”

And how he was mocked and beaten in Matthew 26:65-68 :: “Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, He deserves death.” Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”

And lastly, how Jesus was killed in Mark 15:37-39 :: And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he8 breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

If Jesus were to evaluate the people in his life, in the way the quote above suggests, then everyone of us would be terminated. The God of this universe, Jesus, is bigger and more powerful than a simple CEO. The comparison is truly laughable. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13). He has been given ALL power and ALL authority in Heaven above and on earth below (Matthew 28:18-20). He has more control and sovereignty than we even begin to give Him credit for. And what does God decide to do with all of His power, authority, and control? He SAVES us. He FORGIVES us. He ADOPTS us. HE makes us his own, forevermore.

See, even while He hung on a cross, how Jesus evaluated the people in his life, Luke 23:34 :: And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He didn’t demote or terminate them because they made his life hard, or sinned against Him, or put Him to death…He didn’t do any of that. He would have been justified to terminate them, but he didn’t. He LOVED them. He forgave them…He forgives us. 

Praise be to God! Romans 5:8 shouts of His LOVE :: “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And for those who are trusting Christ for salvation, we see in Romans 6:8 what an amazing gift we have:: Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” If you didn’t catch it the first time, here it is again – Colossians 3:3 :: For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Such good news! 

Hopefully now you can see why I feel that the quote above is so anti-gospel. However, I have re-written the quote in light of how I feel Jesus teaches us to live. Please be encouraged and rejoice in the God of your salvation!

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How has either of these quotes affected you? I’d love to hear your story.

xo sarah

our full life: week forty & forty one

Hello there! Welcome to the last 2 weeks of our life:

surfer sessionSunset walks with Susie Q. and some surfer dudes.

vital picBouldering with some awesome Jr. High peeps.

protonLast proton therapy (we PRAY!) for this beauty. Please keep praying for Katherine.

loss notesIt is hard to put into words how much the Loss Conference blessed my heart. I will be writing about the things I learned and some relationships I love in weeks to come.

loss lunchMy food theme last weekend was carbs. And boy oh boy, it was delicious!

sunshineYou are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

ctc 10 Coffee & Tea Collective for iced cold brew.

morning timesI love arugula on eggs and iced tea in jars. I also really love my new book : Prone to Wander.

nektar date Nektar date. Love these huge prints.

hs ceilingWork from above.

erosion I love living here.

music prepMusic prep for The Fields. One of my favorite parts of the week.

cooking club 10Cooking Club going strong with this dish. Butternut squash soup topped with walnuts, blue cheese, and granny smith apples.

paradise Bird of paradise for my pleasure while I lounge and read.

rest dayThe perfect Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy & rejoice the week the Lord has made!

xo sarah