Hi, I’m Sarah. And I’m an introvert.

It’s true.

I’m an introvert.

Surprised?  Depending on what phase of life you know me from, you might be, or you might say, “Well of course you are!”

For most of my life I felt like I had to either change my personality to be more extroverted or just apologize for my introverted ways.  But the Lord has really taught me so much in the past few years about the way He creates people differently and how each individual personality is needed to complete the body of Christ and impact the Kingdom.

This time apart from Spencer has reminded me of how great of a team we are.  There are several ways we are different.  But we have learned that our differences can really compliment each other.  We’ve learned to communicate about how we each process things, deal with being around groups of people and different personalities, and handle various situations.

I am someone who really enjoys alone time.  Give me a comfy chair, cup of tea, and book and I’m happily content.  Being around lots of people or even just spending lots of time with people individually can wear me out.  I always need time to rejuvenate and rest afterwards.

But Spencer has a way of reenergizing me. Being with him constantly encourages me.  Being with him allows me to feel safe and comfortable being me.  He always ministers to my heart.  He loves me for me.  His love has taught me more about the love of Christ than anything ever has.  And I’m more than ready for him to be home!

All this to say, I’ve been reminded of my introverted personality while Spencer has been gone.

And I’ve been reminded of how God has created us all differently for a reason.

So whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, be who you are with confidence knowing that God has a reason for creating you the way He did.

Maybe you aren’t quite sure what you are and need to learn more about yourself.  The best book I’ve read that helps you figure out your personality is Vessels and Flowers. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Vessels-and-Flowers-ebook/dp/B00A2ZJ3S8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372033876&sr=8-1&keywords=vessels+and+flowers  The authors do an excellent job of revealing the ways different personalities function.

Once you begin to understand your own personality, you can better understand how to serve in the body of Christ and expand the Kingdom.  Our God is so creative and amazing.  He knows what He’s doing.  He is faithful and can be trusted.  It’s time to embrace who He has created us to be and serve Him in the best ways we each can not expecting others to be who they aren’t.  Let’s begin to appreciate different personalities.  The Kingdom will grow when there is unity in the body.

I’m an introvert.  And I don’t need to apologize for that.

 

Celebrating One Year!

Time really does fly by.

It has been a year since our wedding.  Today, June 16th, we celebrate our one year anniversary!

There won’t be any lavish date planned, no fun outing to the park, no antique store hunting or spontaneous adventure.  We are separated by an ocean and celebrating from afar today.  If anything, this time apart allows us to dwell on how blessed we are to have each other and be on this crazy journey of life together.

In just a year, we have grown tremendously as a couple and as disciples.  It is truly amazing how the Lord uses marriage, in a way like nothing else can, to show us the gospel, teach us, grow us, guide us, and mature us.  Marriage can teach you in such a tangibly raw way how to love, forgive, serve, encourage, and a whole plethora of behaviors and characteristics.

Spencer is an incredible husband.  He has a beautiful heart and makes a remarkable leader.  He is smart, generous, funny, loving, hard working, and encouraging.  He truly is my best friend and the perfect teammate for me.  And he is going to be such an amazing father.

We are so thankful for all that we have experienced this past year and look forward to the rest of our years together!

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This Book Will Change Your Life

Punch fear in the face.

Escape average.

Do work that matters.

Those are the subtitles to Jon Acuff’s newest book Start.  And this book most definitely delivers those messages.  Whether you are a student trying to figure out what the next step is, a stay-at-home mom figuring out how to best serve your family, a fifty-year-old back in the job market, or just desiring to live to your fullest potential this book is for you.  In fact, I would recommend this book to everyone.  It’s just that good.

Acuff invites you into his own personal journey of taking the steps necessary to get to where he is in his dream job.  He vulnerably shares his story, failures and triumphs.  He writes in a personable and humorous way.  He gives practical applications and plenty of real life stories from people.

At one time, even just a generation ago, there was a very distinct path people followed in their careers.

In your 20s you were in the period of learning.

In your 30s you were in the period of editing.

In your 40s you were in the period of mastering.

In your 50s you were in the period of harvesting.

In your 60s you were in the period of guiding.

People went to school, picked a field of work, stuck with a certain company for their working life, and then retired.

But things have changed.  Factors like the internet, social media, fleeting idea of retirement, and a new generation’s desire to be significant have completely changed what it takes and looks like to be successful.  So now, those five stages (learning, editing, mastering, harvesting, guiding) can be applied to any age.

The words of Acuff really do apply to all sorts of walks of life.  He will challenge you, inspire you, encourage you and cause you to investigate your own passions, desires, fears.  If you allow his words to sink in, you will be a better person for it.

 

Read Start.  It really is more than just a book.  It is a movement.  God truly is using Acuff to build His kingdom and encourage disciples to embrace the abundant life God offers.  This book can change your life!

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When My Heart is Heavy, I Choose to Trust

Uncertainties and sadness, mourning and grief filled this past week.

Sometimes words don’t satisfy.

Words fall short when it comes to a heart laden with troubles.

Our church family dealt with losses.  My family faces business and financial uncertainties.  I’ve learned of the hardships and losses friends are facing.  And Spencer and I are separated by an ocean right now.

Without going into the details of it all, the circumstances were more than enough to bring me to my knees and remind me of where my hope and trust lie.

Even on the darkest nights, hope is alive.  Because on the darkest night in history of the world, when hope seemed to be crucified, hope was being birthed.  The necessity of the crucifixion brought forth the miraculous joy of the resurrection.  And the beautiful promised resurrection brought forth the majestic ascension.  Hope burst through the darkness.

Therefore, it is more than okay that I don’t have the right words.  My words aren’t needed.

Peace, encouragement, comfort can only be left to the Counselor.

The Scriptures provide healing, joy, restoration, and hope.

And the glorious gospel reminds me that my trust is secure in my Savior.

When uncertainties surround me, I can fully trust in the promises already poured over me.  When fear begins to knock, I can claim the peace found in Christ.  When troubles abound, I can stand in the sweet joy that can be attained only through suffering.  When I don’t know what to pray, I can rest in the certainty that I have a High Priest that understands and intercedes.  And when my heart is heavy, I will choose to trust that my God reigns now and forevermore.