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Do you ever find yourself on your knees, crying out to God for wisdom and patience when, all of the sudden, out of nowhere, you realize-- there's chocolate in the pantry and both boys are napping. Tell me that I'm not the only one.
There are so many times that I feel pulled in different directions. (I realize a chocolate craving doesn't fully necessitate a true 'pull'. Okay, wait. Have you tried Trader Joe's Sea Salt + Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds? Because those actually do have the power to pull me away from something.) It's especially difficult when I feel that a lot of those 'directions' are good ones. I'm not going to sit here and say: get off Facebook, delete your Instagram account, throw away your television and don't you dare join Vine. What I will tell you is this: let's ask God to give us the understanding for what really matters in this life and how to balance those things, too.  I pray often that I would be able to grab ahold of that. To cry out to Jesus, chocolate-laced breath and all, and ask for wisdom and success in the things that really do matter. For myself, last year's study of Romans fundamentally changed or challenged my thinking on many of these ideas. I'm thinking about double dipping in Romans. Anyone want to join me?






As I passed through my dining room yesterday afternoon, I noticed the late afternoon shadows and two little matchbox cars leftover from the morning's play. I couldn't help but stop and think about how quickly my time is passing with my boys and how much I dearly want to make the most of it. But I get weary and discouraged. And so, as I sit here writing, I'm praying for you. And me. I'm praying that God would help us to succeed at the things in life that really do matter. Soli Deo gloria. 

p.s. This is the second installation of Heart Art for this year. I have been so challenged by Francis Chan's quote, "our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter". I chose a simple olive wreath, the highest prize of the ancient Greek olympics to symbolize 'importance'. This watercolor/calligraphy print will be available in my Etsy shop for $12.95 + shipping.

10 comments:

  1. OMG I know the exact TJ's snack you are talking about...I just can't buy them because I eat them all! Love that Francis Chan quote.

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  2. I love this quote and the print you designed for it. I want one. When will it be in the shop?

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  3. This is a great post, Sarah. Romans is also my favorite book of the Bible. It has literally changed my life and I return to it often, especially chapters 6-8.

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  4. That's beautiful, Sarah. You're definitely not alone, especially where the chocolate is concerned. I need to make a trip to Trader Joe's! Thank you for sharing this quote. Such a good one!

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  5. Shanna,
    Thank you, friend! They are available in the Etsy shop now. I just finished loading them. They won't, however, ship out until February 20th because of printing/waiting for proper packaging to arrive. Hope that is okay!

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  6. Oh boy. That quotes is full of POWERFUL words. I read it, then read it again...slowly. My stars. So can we PLEASE read Romans and discuss together as a community? Will you lead the way? I will be following right behind you, close on your heels. I have had a tough week. I have been working, hard, mothering and care giving for mine and other's kids. It is the greatest work on this earth and yet has left me filling so empty this week. When we are empty it is hard to give to others. I am struggling with peacefully being in this beautiful phase of my life, and not looking into the next one to find fulfillment. I think motherhood is a honor. But the current that flows, the pieces that make up me, not all of them fall into line with the act of mothering. It is a constante work in me, I know it is. It just is uncomfortable sometimes and I am struggling with that this week.

    I do believe the good Lord gives us what we need, when we need it.

    This here little blog is a vehicle for that. Thank you.

    And yes...to the chocolate!

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  7. Vicki,
    I think there are so many of us who join you in the "I love what I do; I struggle. Period." I am eternally grateful for this little space where sweet mothers, sisters in Christ, and family members join me to remind me that both the ugly and the beautiful are all turned together by the hand of God to make the perfect picture for each one of us. I know for myself, whenever I get really discouraged, I start reading something about someone who is (or was) in a deeper place. Right now, I'm reading through a book on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Wow. Talk about encouragement for appreciating where God has me, even if it isn't perfect. (!)

    So, about the Romans thing. I would love to go through Romans this year. It might turn out to be a once-a-month posting. But, thank you so much for the encouragement to do this. A friend of mine just wrote this morning and said she would be interested in going through it. . .so. . .I'll keep you posted! I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts. Hugs from me!

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  8. Thanks love! I was also wondering which version of the Bible do you enjoy for Bible study and reading? I have a couple in the house right now and was just curious what you used. Hope you have a warm, cozy weekend with the ones you love.

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  9. I am feeling so many of the same things. Sometimes I tell my husband that I feel like a rubber band that is about to snap. Constantly re-evaluating, re-prioritizing, re-balancing -- this is life.

    I love the new art! I received your beautiful creations in the mail this week and cannot wait to put my "heart art" in our bedroom that I am slowly re-doing.

    I am definitely going to have to look for those almonds next time I am in Trader Joe's. Maybe I can justify a trip today?

    Thank you for your words that always encourage me. You bless my mama-heart so much!

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