Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Here we go...

"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."

-James 1:2-5

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father."

-John 15: 1-8

For those of you who don't know, Andrew and I have been going through a financial "drought" for a while. It has caused an array of emotions and reactions in both of us: frustration, anger, tears, resentment, bitterness, and pretty much every other negative thing you can think of regarding relationships... with others, each other, and with God. I had always kinda considered myself to be a person with strong faith in God. This, however, tested me beyond my previous belief that God would take care of us.

If you want to know the full story, I'd be more than happy to share it with you. You might be surprised to know that I'm really an open book when it comes to things like this. To sum it up: God's timing is beautiful... and perfect. If God had not brought me through this summer of drought, I would not have seen my desire to start a blog about the creativity & passions God has blessed me with. I will probably write about life sometimes, but I'll try to keep the creative side strong.

I'm nervous about it. Very. I'm one of those people who wants everyone to like them. I don't want people to know my flaws, from sentence structure to lack of faith. But honesty has proven so powerful to me in my life that I cant't keep away from it. I am no expert at anything... but I will try to share my passions. I hope they inspire you to find yours.

So here we are. I don't know how often I will post, but I would love your encouragement to keep this up.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sarah.
    So glad you've started a blog. I will look forward to hearing and seeing from you.
    Financial drought is so tough. We are in a constant state of that. So we can relate.
    much love to you and yours.