Hello again, Friends!
While it would be impossible for me to catch you up on the past 12 months, I thought I'd at least try to give you a quick recap with the hope that I will be more consistent with updates moving forward.
Last fall was remarkably busy for all of us! Josh traveled to California several times as well as to Montana and then followed that with a full holiday ministry schedule. In the meantime, the boys and I were very active in a homeschool co-op at our home church and I led a small group in our Women's Bible Study, in addition to teaching a few times.
Late in 2018, Josh felt the Lord leading him to take a couple of months off from touring. This would be a significant step of faith, but we knew that's what the Lord was asking of us. We saw clearly as 2019 approached, the reason Josh needed to be home. My health struggles, which had begun early in the year and progressed throughout, peaked at the beginning of 2019, leaving me with a great need for help both around the house and with homeschooling. What a blessing to have a husband who was obedient to God's direction and so gracious in his willingness to step up and carry our family through that difficult season.
During his time at home, He was also able to work on the hymn cd that had been so long in coming. Hymns from an Old Country Church was released late this Spring. (Check it out HERE)
As this year progressed and my health slowly improved, we began putting a lot of effort into our garden. Working on our garden provided me with such refreshment and encouragement and provided our boys with an at home Science and P.E. classroom! :) It also provided an affordable way for me to eat mostly organic (which has been an important piece of recovering from illness) and a way for us to all eat healthier on a budget! Our garden was incredibly fruitful this year, providing us with a freezer and pantry full of produce to eat throughout the winter. Praise the Lord for his bountiful blessing!
Of course, the year has included far more than a cd and the garden. Josh continues to travel regularly for ministry. He spent several weekends in Montana and then this past weekend was the first of three in a row in California. You can find his full schedule at www.JoshSnodgrass.com/tour Meanwhile, the boys and I stay busy with schoolwork and church activities.
Josh also faithfully disciples our boys with daily Bible Study and as a family we continue to look for ways to serve in our local church and reach out to our neighbors!
As always, we would ask for your prayers for direction for our family. We are so grateful for the touring ministry as well as the opportunities to serve locally. However, it is often difficult to balance the two with the needs and priority of our family. We recognize our absolute need for God's direction and ask for your prayers that we would listen and follow well!
Fall Getaway - just the two of us!
(Thanks to my mama who hung out with our boys while we got some much needed R&R)
Happy October Morning! I hope you're morning finds you with something pumpkin spicey in your life :)
My morning is full of warm coffee, cinnamon candles and pondering the meaning of life...
Ha, just kidding - about the meaning of life part, at least!
My title question of "What am I here for?" actually applies quite literally to "here" - as in, this blog.
If you've been around for long, you know that after blogging fairly consistently for a few years, the past three years have been incredibly inconsistent! In fact, my last post was more than a year ago!
And yet, every year when I get the notification from my hosting site that this domain is up for renewal, we pay for another year of hosting. Why?....
Good Question. It's the one I keep asking.
In reality, each year, Josh and I do consider canceling this service and thus forfeiting the domain name StillLearningToFollow.com and considering my days in the blogosphere complete. But we always feel confident that is not what God would have us do.
"Someday," we say, I will be writing here again.
And so, this morning during my morning quiet time with Jesus, I found myself asking again -
Why, do I still have a blog?
And even more specifically, How can I bless, serve, and participate in this ministry that God called us to, while remaining faithful to my clear call to stay home with the boys?
How can I serve the people that God has put in our lives, all over the country - without going all over the country?
How can I aid in the growth of this ministry without neglecting my ministry to my boys (specifically homeschooling) and my ministry to the local church body that God has planted us in?
Unfortunately, this post is not a post of answers,
only those questions...and two requests.
First - Will you pray for me? I believe the Lord has something for me to do here. I believe He can give me time and help me balance priorities properly. I even believe that I might be getting some clarity as to what that would look like and what His purpose might be for this blog.
But, I so desire God's direction! I need His wisdom!
So, will you please pray for God to direct my steps and that I will follow His voice above all else?!
Second - (and this one takes extra courage to ask)
If you're reading this, will you post a comment? Not only will it help me to know that there are people who would still have interest in reading my ramblings, but it would also help to know who you are and how you heard about this blog? I believe this is a ministry and if I am to serve you well, it would help tremendously to know who you are.
Thank you, Friends! I'm praying right now for God's blessing and direction for each of you - as we each seek to learn how to follow our Master!
Here we are in the middle of May, moving quickly into Summer Mode! Josh’s ministry schedule is very full for the summer and the boys and I are looking forward to joining him on a couple of his trips.
Mostly though, we’re excited to cultivate relationships that God has begun here in our area, while cultivating the ground in our backyard. :) That’s right, my garden last year was a complete and utter failure, but I am optimistic (perhaps delusional) about more success this year. Of course, in my defense, I'm working in a garden plot that was incredibly overgrown and FULL OF ROCKS when we moved in. AND I have to combat every garden "dilemma" known to man (think slugs, aphids, ear wigs, paper mildew, birds, and perhaps a sneaky rabbit or two!) I have kale, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, carrots and onion seedlings all poking out of the ground currently, and have only lost 6 or 7 seedlings to vicious slug predators so far! Victory! ;)
Last weekend, I had the privilege and blessing of attending the Women's Retreat with our new home church. It was a precious time of teaching, worship, and fellowship. What a gift to have that time away to begin to develop relationships with the women at my church. Two days after I returned from that retreat, I drove to the ranch (where we lived before moving here) to spend two and a half wonderful days with the couple who own the goat ranch and are "family" to us. During both of those getaways, I was reminded repeatedly that the Lord is my Shepherd. I felt the peace, comfort, and refreshment that my Savior knew I needed! I came home renewed and ready to face the challenges of parenting and homeschooling, that have left me feeling a little weary lately. I am so grateful for that time!
Speaking of parenting and homeschooling, T-1 and T-2 finished their annual testing this week and our homeschool co-ops have ended for the year. So we are transitioning into our summer school routine. If you’ve followed this blog for long, you know that we school year round, but our summer schedule is much lighter. We’ll do Math most days and then sprinkle our other subjects (mostly lots of reading aloud) and some fun field trips and projects throughout the next few months.
As I said earlier, Josh’s schedule is quite full! God continues to open doors, allowing him to connect with new churches, which is always exciting! Because Josh has many churches that he’s been to several times, he spent time early this year prayerfully studying for a new message to share at repeat churches. Also this Spring, Josh began a new CD project. He is in the early stages of recording, so there is no release date yet, but I'll let you know when we have more info.
In a few weeks, we'll be traveling to Montana as a family. Josh has a very busy ministry schedule while there, but we'll also enjoy some family day trips and time with Josh's parents and grandmother! We have a few other camping trips scattered throughout the summer and look forward to our big adventure of traveling with Josh to California in the fall.
Well, that's your update for now! As always, thank you for your prayers! Blessings to you! Keep following the Good Shepherd!
Here are a few more pictures from the past few months!
Basement Room project - My New Office
Date Night Hike by the River
We all know I’m a lousy “blogger”. I put "blogger" in quotes because I really can only claim that title because I have a website where I occasionally write or post pictures. There is no consistency or predictability to how often I will post or what the content of my post will be. When it comes right down to it, I didn’t actually intend to be a “blogger”. I started this blog in 2013, when our family went into full time ministry on the road. I wanted a way to share about what God was doing in and through our family, with those at home. I wanted my friends and family to share in our adventures and we desperately needed their prayers. This began as a private blogspot page, but eventually we saw the need for something public. We met so many wonderful people at the churches and concerts, who wanted to be a part of this journey with us, we needed a way to share stories, pictures, and prayer requests with them. So in 2014, I launched stilllearningtofollow.com, where this blog has been posted since then.
As our ministry continually changes, so does my activity on this site. There have been periods where I have been able to and/or inspired to write very frequently. Then there have been many times where months pass between posts. Of course, that is NOT because nothing is happening in our family and ministry! HA! Usually, it is quite the contrary. As a homeschooling mama and a wife to a hubby in full-time touring ministry, my life is full and I am always prayerfully (and yet so imperfectly) trying to balance my moments. Balancing priorities is one of the greatest challenges for any believer (in my humble opinion) and this is certainly true for me. I cannot tell you the number of times over the past couple of years, when I have seriously considered blogging my “thank you and goodbye” post, admitting that I am just not able to blog the way I used to. However, the Lord always whispers to my heart that He is not done with this blog yet….Honestly, I really don’t know why. I often have no idea what my Amazing God is doing, but He’s always doing something and it’s ALWAYS GOOD! :)
So, I’ll keep this site up and I’ll post as often as I can. I am grateful to know that there are still those of you out there reading and praying. We need you just as much today as we did 5 years ago, when we embarked on this adventure! One Hope One Truth has changed and the boys and I are not participating the way we used to. But rest assured, we are still a family on mission! We are still seeking to use the gifts God has given us to share the hope of Jesus to a lost and dying world, and to brothers and sisters in Christ who need reminded that Jesus is ENOUGH! He is our hope, our peace, our comfort and our joy! Even when life leaves us gasping for breath or weeping in sorrow, Jesus remains our source of Life!
P.S. When I wrote this post, I also wrote a second with updates on our family and some pictures from the past few months. Sooo, that post will go up on Saturday. Be sure to check back then! :)
Hi! I'm Sarah
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The Gospel of Luke
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The Seventeenth Swap
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