Posts Tagged ‘nearness’

He is Sufficient for Us

On day 38 of quarantine, I continue to marvel at the selfishness and panic of so many people. It’s been a vivid, sobering reminder of the chaos and sorrow of those who reject Christ. I can’t help but think of when Jesus said it would “be easier for a camel to fit through the eye…

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Gospel of Nearness

For about a decade now the Spirit has been teaching me that the Gospel is so much more than being saved from sin. It’s more than the promise of “heaven” and it’s more than being recruited for a life of service. The Gospel includes all those things certainly but none of them are the best…

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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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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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I’m Sara, and I’m a Fearaholic

I’m Sara and I’m a fearaholic. I’m Sara and I’m a fearaholic. I’m addicted to fear. I’m a chronic overthinker which only makes matters worse. My fear consumes me. It causes me to be self-centered and mean. I know Christians aren’t supposed to fear because “perfect love drives out fear” yada yada but realistically speaking…

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Talitha Cumi, “Little Girl, Arise”

– – – – – – – “Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mark 5:41, NKJV). His words felt far off. I could hear His tender, insistent whisper but I scarce believed it was real. I had accepted my fate.…

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