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I just wanted to write and thank you for your article at Crosswalk called, “10 Reasons to Sing through Life.” It reminds me of the many things we have to be thankful for and how important keeping a positive attitude is.
Have a great week!
Glad it blessed you
I ‘randomly’ happened across your blog this evening, not two hours after leaving bible study (we call it community, comm for short, at our church, which really sums up what they are – mini-families within our local body). And I was utterly blown away – we’re reading through 1 Peter!
There was a time I would have said” what are the chances”, now I say “Thank you Jesus”.
I really needed the reminder that our lives are progressing from glory to glory, not mess to beautiful mess.
And even more I needed the reminder that the name of Jesus is a perfect refuge against the enemy. My ostensibly religious mom is a very, very broken person and extremely emotionally abusive. Her words are all too often those of the enemy. To resist the lies she speaks over me, without falling is impossible in my strength, but with Him, all things are possible.
Keep your devotion to Jesus through the sunshine and the storms, that your light may shine before men undimmed. Your adoration for the Lord spills over in every line you write.
Be blessed David. God has great things in store for you.
Read you article in Crosswalk: 3 Lessons to Learn When Stuck in the Hallways of Life.
I am in the hallways And struggling most days…but was so very encouraged. I can’t tell you how much. I know God speaks. He is awesome And faithful.
I will savor this time and praise Him. I can’t wait ‘for the next explosive phase’.
God bless you greatly.
Hi Sherry, I see a rocket type launch about to take place in your life. All engines are firing and you are go for launch. Be excited!
Thanks so much Sarah! I am excited. Thank You Jesus!
I’ve been in a serious funk for the better part of three-plus years now. I’ve been depressed over a job loss and my inability to regain permanent full-time work. I have three master’s degrees, years of management experience and I am a U.S. military veteran – ALL qualities which are supposed to ensure success (at least that is what we are told from young children).
Yet, I have been unsuccessful in achieving that next job. I currently work as a substitute teacher for zero benefits during the day. At night, I sell burgers, fries and milkshakes for minimum wage at a local fast food restaurant. After being at the top levels of city management for many years, I now take orders from kids half my age.
A friend of mine recently sent me your essay, “3 Lessons to Learn When You’re Stuck in the Hallways of Life.” It fits my situation to a tee. I have tried to read it daily since I received it in hopes my heart can heal from such significant career disappointment. I’ve often felt, over the past three years that 1) God is punishing me for something I have done; 2) Society has deemed me if little value; 3) At 45, I might never work a permanent job again; 4) being successful is all in ‘who you know’ and not ‘what you know’ or ‘are able to contribute.’ I could add to this list but you likely get the idea.
I have always tried to do the right things in life although I realize I sin and fall short daily. Nevertheless, I have tried to maintain hope that things will improve in my life. Yet, after 3-1/2 years of trying to secure a permanent full-time job, I have come to the point where I have given up on the idea. As a husband and father of two adult children, I feel like a complete and utter failure for my inability to secure new work.
I will try to keep your words in mind as I go through my daily activities. I know God is in charge and I cannot control that. Yet, as my student loan bills stack up, without the money to pay them, it causes a nervousness as to what the future will hold for us financially. We have already been financially decimated as a result of my losing a $70,000/yr job and not being able to replace it. 2/3rds of our family income was lost in May, 2011 and it has not returned.
I would appreciate your prayers since I cannot seem to say the right thing to God to better my current position. I plan to keep reading your writings.
I am praying for you. Keep your hope up. Keep your faith up. A prophet Doug
Addison spoke a prophetic word not long ago about restoration. I believe you are about to see restoration. God is your provider. His grace is sufficient.
Can I tell you something, I hate hallways! I suppose there is a purpose, but mine feels more like stalling. Most hallways serve a purpose in that they lead you to the next place. I feel like our hallway right now is simply survival. Not only do I not see any open doors, I don’t see any doors at all.
After living and serving in Africa for over 7 years, this hallway feels stifling. I crave that abundant life we hear so much about and I was not created to simply survive…. I’m not wired that way.
I do trust and believe God knows more than I do and your article reminds me of that. I have saved a picture of a small child peering into a dark corridor and the statement that goes with it says, “praise Him in the hallways”. It is a reminder.
Thank you for the encouragement for frustrated hallway dwellers who feel forgotten.
Hello lovely, you are not forgotten. Keep praising in the hallway. I believe a door is about to appear soon.
I just read your article in Crosswalk for Women called “4 ways to have a stress-free Christmas. Beautiful article, Sarah. However, a piece of advice you suggested was that we must first give grace to ourselves. I don’t quite understand how to do that. Could you explain? God’s Peace be with you,
Thanks for writing to me Lori. By giving grace to yourself I mean forgiving yourself. When rushing at Christmas accidents are prone to happen – from burning cookies, to something more drastic. I can become frustrated at myself, but it benefits no one. It is best to forgive myself, let go, and move on. Hope this clarifies things. God bless.
I just finished reading your book “Single Christian Female,” and just wanted to say that it was such an encouragement. Every single chapter I gained enlightenment. Your words have encouraged me to not be afraid of getting back into a relationship, to stand firm in my calling from God, and to give everything for his glory without fear. I’m still struggling with getting over a very toxic relationship I was in and felt like I would never get out of this funk, but reading your book and then finding out you met your husband,has restored my hope that there is someone out there who is designed to be with me. I struggle with my singleness at times, but am learning to rejoice in it. You have given me so much hope and have restored my faith in that God does truly provide when we walk his path.
I have such a great desire to read it over and over again. I love everything you write and even showed my youth group girls some excerpts because the way the world tells us that we need to be in a relationship to be fulfilled, Which is such utter bull, surrounds them every day.
Thank you for writing the truth and may God continue to less you with words of wisdom to spread to brothers and sisters.
God bless you.
I am so glad SCF blessed you and you are sharing it with your youth girls. Everything you said about the book is why I wrote it.
And I wrote it 7 years before meeting my husband. God is faithful. He will not let you down. He has an incredible man for you. Be patient. He is coming.
If I could ask one favour? Your words were so wonderful, could you copy them into a review on Amazon for me? Reviews on Amazon like yours will mean others will pick up SCF and find the encouragement you did. I’m hugely grateful.
Hi Sarah, I have just read your article Expecting off the internet.. I am part of a prayer ministry in Cape Town South Africa and we are busy preparing young adults to live a life of prayer in their pregnancy. To keep it short, you say that God forms the body perfectly and there need not be any worries about deformities etc. One of our pastors son, now 30, was born with huge deformities as well as one of our new young parents` baby, born with brain defects. Surely your statement cannot be true as many babies are born with deformities? What advice can we give young parents that find themselves in this situation, after they have walked God`s path all their lives and we all prayed for a healthy baby to be born by God`s grace. Love in Jesus. Mossie Kruger
Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. Unfortunately he does that to babies also. Deformities are not God’s plan. He creates each baby perfect. Sometimes our experience does not line up with the Word of God. People (good Christians) die from cancer. It happens even though they believed God for healing. I don’t know why. But it does not mean that if I or a family member receives a diagnosis of cancer I will not believe God’s promises for healing for us. We would fight for healing till the end, whatever the end may be.
So I would encourage your couples to believe for healthy and whole babies, and I would encourage those who have experienced otherwise to believe for healing and to keep fighting for it till the end.
I pray every success on your upcoming seminar.