Sarah’s Birthday Blessings

I have understood my calling and purpose on this earth clearly since age 16, and have tried with all my heart to surrender to the plan for which I exist, though it is a call to sacrifice my own comfort to give life and nurture life eternal.

I batch work social media and approach it with purpose.

I’m always losing my phone because I don’t carry it around with me.

Switched to decaf, because I was having unexplainable anxiety issues. Better now.

Stress Free homeschooling- Thinking Tree Books & Dyslexia Games, I needed to simplify homeschooling so I published 300+ books for my kids over the past 15 years. I create their curriculum based on their passions, career goals and hobbies and invest in their business ideas when they are young teens. They pick majors at age seven. They love their learning environment, so there’s very little stress and struggle.

I fill my home with friends and worship God with my friends and family.

I don’t keep my blessings in my closet, but see them as seeds to be planted.

Favorite Colors: my husband’s eyes, leaf green, candle light and sunset

Favorite Songs: The Magic Hour by Andrew Peterson & Arrive by my daughter Anna Brownie

Favorite Books: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boon & The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer

Favorite Photographer: my daughter Esther Brown @estherscsnnon

Favorite Artists: Mary Cassatt, my mom Georgia Weyant Janisse, and daughter Rachel Brownie

Most Impactful Spiritual Teachers: Francis Chan, Chuck Smith, John Hwang

Favorite Personality: Whatever Jenna Marshall is!

Biggest Life Challenge: International Adoption of five precious kids five years ago.

Best Friend: Joshua Brown

Greatest Example of Faith in action: my mom & dad… and George Mueller.

Current Favorite Place: Indiana Fun-Schooling Co-op at Olive Branch Farm

Past Favorite Place: Austria, Italy and Croatia

My Personality: Enneagram 1 wing 2

INTJ on a quest to be filled with the Spirit and have a life filled with the fruit of the Spirit- because my natural personality and my relentless inner critic is super challenging to deal with. If it were not for Jesus I’d be a master-mind villain.

My Blog:

Women often feel hopeless because none of us are out there saying, “I’m okay, I’m blessed, strong, content, peaceful, fruitful, thriving and loving life to the fullest!”

I struggle too, grieve, cry myself to sleep a couple times a month, and rarely give myself enough grace… because I’ll never be enough or do enough.

Guess what? You will be fine when you realize it’s OK and normal to not be enough or do enough, because Jesus is the only source of the “enough” we long for.

Some say “God will never give you more than you can handle.”

After 47 years of trusting God and experiencing SO MUCH more than “I can handle” I’m here to let you know this statement is bad theology.

It should be said, “God will never give you more than HE CAN HANDLE”

Cast all your cares upon Him, He cares for you.

True life, peace, contentment, and real joy is in KNOWING Him personally, trusting Him fully, and being LOVED and LED by Him though His words and the still small voice of peace. A life of joy isn’t found in absence of grief, loss, struggle, betrayal and pain. A life of Joy is found in living in the light of eternity, with an eternal hope of glory, while engaging in heaven on earth.

I’m in a place in my relationship with God where my times of prayer and communication with God draw me into the throne room of heaven. In time alone without distractions I sit with Jesus in heavenly gardens and wrestle with deep spiritual issues in heavenly courts where my Good Father is on the throne, and Jesus is the mediator, and by His Spirit I can come into a place of conversation with God where heavenly purposes are unleashed on earth. Read the book of Hebrews, Ephesians and Romans to get a grasp on what it is to be present with God. He welcomes us into His presence, and when we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth we do transcend time and space and join with the angels around His throne. And all the pain and beauty of this earth fades in the light of His power and Love. And pretty much nothing in this earth matters more than His smile, and the words to come– “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the JOY of your Lord.”

So here’s my yearly selfie and some words of hope for this life in the body, as well as the life of the soul…. This year I only wish to LOVE the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength… and love every person on my path and in my realm… as myself. What’s it look like to love, care for, welcome, bless, and nurture others on that level? Jesus show me.

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