from a local park near where we are staying (not from my trip to Ohio!)
This past week I went on a whirlwind of a trip back to the Midwest to visit family. Every year, my cousin helps me pay for a ticket to fly out to spend a few days with her! She's one of my very best friends and I'm always grateful for the opportunity to see her and her family. That being said, it is always a very busy week filled with driving, laughing, junk food, and late nights! :) Between not wanting to miss a moment of our short time together and the time change from the west coast to the east, by the time I get home I am sleep deprived and brain dead! I'll write more about my trip later.
After arriving home late Friday night, we all slept in Saturday and then spent the day relaxing together!
Yesterday was a busy day of ministry! We left our trailer at seven in the morning to drive two hours to our morning church service. It was such a gift to minister at that church. God's hand was on every aspect of this service! It was a last minute booking due to an unforeseen opening in our schedule and we were so grateful this pastor was willing to have us at such late notice. We see now that it was God's plan all along to have us there. We began the morning spending some time with a few church members praying over the service. It was a blessing to be able to be a part of that precious time of prayer! Then the worship service was awesome and the congregation was very responsive! The Holy Spirit was definitely working and it was a privilege to be a part!
After church we spent some time visiting with several different people and then two church members took our family to lunch. These sweet ladies were a riot and filled our lunch time with encouragement and laughter!
With a few hours to kill between our church services, we took the boys to a park and let them play!
Our evening service was at a church where we did a Valentine's Banquet last year. It was fun to share our ministry with them and see familiar faces!
After a long drive back to the trailer, we all fell into bed pooped but grateful for the day! God is good and we are so thankful for His work in and through us!
another picture from the park shown above - has absolutely nothing to do with this blog post ;)
This week we are going to try to re-establish a routine. Josh will continue working on booking ministry events for the summer and fall (our spring schedule is already full!). He's also practicing diligently so that he can begin recording a new instrumental CD when we're back home! (and all his fans said, "Woohoo!")
The boys and I will continue our homeschooling which will include a research "project". I told them that we could take a break from their normal Science curriculum and spend some time at the library learning about Great Pyrenees and Komondor dogs. Researching the breeds and also doing some research on obedience training and grooming! We'll go home better prepared to take care of Curly! :)
just a few more pics from the beautiful hike we took last weekend
As I continue to seek God's direction for this blog, I have spent some time reading through past blog posts. For those of you who haven't been reading my musings and ramblings from the beginning, this is actually the third location for this blog. I like to think of it as my outline, rough draft, and final copy! :)
When we embarked on this great adventure, I started a blog on blogspot.com to keep family and friends updated. I shared a lot of very personal information and pictures, so I kept that blog private. The only people who could access it were those I invited via email.
As we continued to grow in our ministry, I had many people approach me at concerts asking if there was a way to stay in touch, keep up with our adventures, and find updated prayer requests. So, a little less than a year after we embarked on our crazy journey I started a public blog. It was still a blogspot blog, but this one was accessible to anyone. I tried for a short time to maintain both the private and public blog, but it was just too much. I stopped posting on the private blog just a couple weeks after starting my public blog.
Finally, last August I decided it was time my blog was bona fide so I registered my domain and moved my blog here. Although my official "following" is small, I feel all legit now! :) (that is until I visit someone else's blog)
Soooo, as I said, I've been going back through old blog posts and thought it might be fun to share a few of my very first posts. I even got permission from my two "not so little" cuties, to include pictures of them! :) Which, by the way, I guarantee will be the best part of these "throw back" posts. (You'll have to wait until next week's throwback post though for the pictures to start! :( Sorry!)
So, here you go! Enjoy!
16 Days Out
May 15, 2013
I can hardly believe, we are just over 2 weeks from leaving...embarking on this crazy adventure! Our rooms here at my parent's house look like the Tazmanian Devil has been for a visit and my brain kinda feels the same way. I'm very excited and (only by God's grace) not too stressed, but I do feel like my mind is constantly going in a million different directions. In addition to normal stay at home mommy/wife stuff, I'm also juggling homeschooling, booking, teaching at our homeschool co-op, planning, packing, dentist appointments...ahhhhh! :) Not to mention, trying to get as much time in with family and friends before we're gone for 3 months! The boys are very excited and can't help but talk to anyone who will listen about their upcoming summer adventure.
God has been so faithful to confirm that this is His plan for us. That makes all of the craziness exciting, but not frightening! ~ "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 ~ From the time Josh and I got married, we have been praying for God to remove Josh from his extremely difficult and painful framing job and bless us with a full-time music ministry! Thank you so much to all of you who have prayed with us for this. God has so generously and mercifully given us this opportunity and we are grateful beyond words! Currently, we have 26 concerts in June, 17 in July (we didn't book quite as much in July because we'll be in Billings and want to have lots of time with Josh's family - we have a new niece and nephew there we haven't met!), and we have just begun booking for August. God is opening doors and directing our steps and we continually seek Him. We know this is His mission we're on and we want to make sure we are going and doing what He wants for us!
My plan is to use this blog to keep you all updated on ministry and family news. I know that so many of you have been and continue to be faithful prayer warriors on our behalf and we ask that you please continue to do so. We know we can't do this without God's provision, protection, and guidance. I'm only going to share this blog with friends and family, so that I can feel comfortable sharing more personal details about struggles and joys that our family experiences. We love all of you and are so blessed to have you as part of our "family"!
Sometimes when I sit down to read the Bible, God uses His Word to speak so directly to me that I feel like He is sitting at the table with me teaching me! Of course, it doesn't always happen that way. Sometimes I read the Bible and don't necessarily feel like it touched me or like I know how to apply it to my life. I know that reading God's Word is always good for me though, so I press on trusting God will use what I read even if I don't really know how.
Yesterday though, was one of those "God speaking right to my heart" times.
Josh and I have felt the attack of the Enemy a little more than usual lately. I'm not sure why, but it seems like Satan has doubled his efforts against us.
The specifics of these attacks aren't want I want to tell you about though, I'd much rather tell you about how AWESOME the God who fights for us is!
What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Yesterday I went looking for that verse! I wanted to remind myself that he who is against us has NOTHING on the One who is for us! But let me tell you, I was blown away by ALL that God had to say to me as I read the context of Romans 8:31!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:28-39 NIV
God is so gracious and kind to call us and empower us to love Him AND to promise to work all things together for my good!
Satan can accuse and strive to condemn me over and over, but the reality is that I am washed clean by the blood of Christ! Not only am I forgiven, but I am God's chosen daughter. He loves me and fights for me!
Nothing, NOTHING can separate me from the love of Christ!
I am a conqueror because of Jesus! I fight on the winning team! God is for me, so no one can successfully stand against me! Praise the Lord!
If you are a follower of Christ, then all of these truths apply to you too! Praise the Lord!
I know a post full of pictures is overdue, so here you go! :)
Would you believe that nothing actually fell out on me!? I'm not sure how I escaped a knock out by honey and garlic powder, but I am grateful to live to share the picture! :)
Valentine's Day Banquet 1
Valentine's Day Banquet 2
Puzzle fun in the RV park clubhouse!
One of our favorite things about this RV park is
the nice smooth patio for playing LEGOs outside!!!
Thursday night's College Group worship!
We're settled now in the Sacramento area where we'll be for the next month! We're looking forward to a break from towing and no more threatening spice attacks! :)
Hi! I'm Sarah
I'm so glad you stopped by! I pray you find encouragement and a reason to smile while you're visiting! If this is your first time on my blog, be sure to START HERE.
You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Ezekiel & 1 Peter
(the Bible in a year)
The Gospel of Luke
(Women's Bible Study at Church)
The Seventeenth Swap
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
(family read aloud)
by Jamie C. Martin
Mother and Son:
The Respect Effect
by Emerson Eggerichs