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Embracing My Journey with Anxiety

I share because I know someone needs to be reminded today that facing our fears and embracing our heart doesn’t always make us feel brave. Sometimes it makes us feel like we’ve actually completely lost our mind this time, but facing that feeling is the real bravery. Sometimes we need another brave, vulnerable human to look us in the eyes and remind us of that.

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Smile, Wait, Hold On; 3 Steps in My Mediation Practice

“I mediate on Your words all the day long.” – Psalm 119:15 “Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 “Mary sat at the Lords feet, listening to all He said.” – Luke 10:39 My understanding of meditation in young adulthood was limited to study of scripture. Studying scripture is critical and lays the…

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The Nest; A Memoir & Reflection

A memoir of my December 30, 2017, when I moved from The Nest to Chicago, and a reflection on what Twenty-Eighteen has held. If you were part of my life in Winona Lake, this post was written from the overflow of my heart to you:  What can a year hold? Twenty-Eighteen held more than I…

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Advent Musings pt 3: Am I Calling God a Liar?

My first two Advent Musings have spoken of the nearness of God. I’ve encouraged us to pursue intimacy with God this Advent. Intimacy with God can be a daunting subject. In this third post, I will dive deeper into practices that have helped me experience this “rooted-to-my-toes” nearness of God. Redefine the Gospel The gospel…

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Our New Song

On Sunday evening, Adam turned on “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, which was our song in college days, since we started dating again, and was our first dance at our wedding. As I heard the first notes start to play, I smirked knowingly. “Oh hey,” I called from the kitchen, where I stood making snacks…

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Heart at Home

The heart of God loves the daily rhythms He has created. Fullness has been placed in front of us in the holiness of the ordinary; the sacred space of morning coffee, the honor of a work day well done, the peace and fellowship of a dinner with strangers or the closest of friends. When we…

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Home

All the cliches of the first week of marriage are true: We woke up Monday morning, stunned at how our love seemed to have grown overnight. Having the pressure of the wedding over and our vows made, we felt a huge weight off our shoulders and a deep peace that passes understanding rooted in our…

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The Lord is in your Midst

The Lord is in the midst of you, you will not fall. In times of overwhelming gladness, He is in your midst In times of tears that will not stop, He is in your midst In times of anxiety that won’t let go, He is in your midst In times of dancing til the break…

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Hi, My Name is Sara

A couple weeks ago I was feeling really anxious. As always, Adam was listening patiently to my worries and scurries. In a fit of exasperation with myself I exclaimed, “I hope this anxiety is ok with you. It’s not gonna go away when we get married. I’m just an anxious person.” (So annoying, I know.…

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Nothing Can Separate

I long to be more firmly rooted in the Love of Christ in a way that changes me. In my first moments every day, before I really know I’m awake, I long to be soaked in Love. I long for my first thoughts to be that I dwell in unspeakable Love. I pray that Psalm…

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