Choosing Joy

First of all, if you homeschool you really should take some time and read through the comments on my last post. It is a PHENOMENAL wealth of helpful information and I am still making my way to a bunch of the links. I’m actually really surprised that there were so many curriculum suggestions that I hadn’t even heard of…so fun.

Just wanted to pop in tonight and say a quick hello. I’m in the middle of a busy week doing some book promo and getting ready to head to the dotmom conference this weekend. If any of you are going, please make sure and say hey. Would love to connect in real life:)

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Along those lines, I really want to ask for your prayer for my friend Sara. I have never had the privilege of meeting her in person but she was a HUGE help with Bloom and has remained someone that I have loved chatting with online and getting to know a little through email and twitter. As many of you know, she has been confined to her house for several years because of disease, but recently she has taken a turn for the worse. Hospice has been with her for a few days and they anticipate that very soon she will be with the Lord. Jess gets updates a few times a day from Sara’s sister and it is devastating to hear what everyone is going through. Sara and Jess have become close friends and Jess got to go to Sara’s house with Elias and Adeline and I can hardly look at the pictures because they are so recent and it breaks my heart that she’s leaving this life.

Sara’s father passed away suddenly last year and she told Jess to tell me that she was going to find Audrey and introduce her to her dad because he loves kids. Oh, the tears of those words. I can barely even process what that feels like.

I know what Scripture says and I believe that it’s true. Better is one day in His courts…

But tonight I am aching for Sara’s family and all of those who she has blessed with her beautiful, selfless, Christ-centered life. She has chosen joy even in the worst of days and her example will be with us long past her breath. There are so many negative things about being online, and so many “downsides.” But the truth is, the other side is amazing. Sara has been in community with my dear (in)courage sisters and has “attended” my church alongside us through Crosspoint’s online services. It has been real relationship and it has been an honor to be a part of.

I’m reminded tonight of the power of a willing servant to impact a watching world.

If you would like to read more about Sara, please click over to her site. It is being updated by her family members and close friends. Also, Jess has been doing updates as well so check over there as well.

And please pray for everyone involved…and that the weight of glory would replace the burden of grief as we anticipate her homecoming.

We love you, Sara.

May we choose joy at every opportunity and display the heart of Jesus as beautifully as you have.

With deepest affection and many tears~

A


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  • http://ahappygirl.com Tahnie

    Sara is SUCH an inspiration to me, she moves me to handle my own life threatening illness with more grace, more light, more strength, and more gratitude. 

  • Anonymous

    Angie, can you please share this with your readers? Urgent prayers needed for a mom with a week old baby and 4 yr old. Suffered massive brain bleed and in ICU! thanks! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=253571274681255

  • Coby

    I’ve “lurked” on Sara’s blog and read some of her posts at (in)courage.  Truly, she is such an example of gratitude, contentedness, and living what she believes!  Continuing to pray for her and all involved.

  • http://differentparent.com/ Wick

    1 Corinthians 2:9 “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear
    has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who
    love him”  May God be near Sara and her loved ones…

  • http://www.thegiftofmondays.com/ colleen laquay urbaniuk

    i only know sara through her blog but somehow God has put such a deep burden on my heart for her this last week.  not a burden in the sense that it’s a struggle for me, but more a burden to be praying because it’s such a struggle for her.  i have to think that as much as the world is telling her she will be leaving soon, there’s still a part of her that isn’t ready to go. maybe it’s just me. maybe it’s just a selfishness that doesn’t want such a great heart to leave so soon and to leave so many words unsaid. but i can’t let go of the thought of her. i can’t let go of the thought of there is still so much to be done.  i can’t help but pray that God isn’t done with her yet. and even as i type those words, i know. i know that this life isn’t the real “done”. that this life we leave behind is only a glimpse of what is to come.  and so i pray for days still left to live, and words still left to be said and joy still waiting to be shouted.  for sara. for me. for all of us.

  • Jen

    I have been praying for Sara! 

    Can’t get my mind to stop writing a response to your homeschooling blog.  Here is my 2 cents worth…
    Think of homeschooling as just part of your day to manage….just like a meal.  There are seasons when we are able to plan an elaborate, beautiful, tasty meal—with all the fine extras to adorn the table.  Then there are seasons when a good basic meal will satisfy and fulfill the needs that are there.  There will be seasons in your homeschooling that you will be able to sit long and enjoy a subject or in depth study of something (especially when you get independent readers/learners).  Then there is this season that you find yourself in…it’s ok that not every teaching session/season is filled with all the fine extras.  Sometimes a good workbook that does the thinking for you—that satisfies and fulfills the need–is a blessing.  A short time of instruction and an adequate amount of practice and review per subject is all a 3rd grader/1st grader needs.  (And just because something is on a worksheet, doesn’t mean it all has to be done.)  It’s ok to “get it done” in this season.  Enrich it with good books at bedtime or read-aloud time.  Get online and study a bug they find.  Bob Jones is a good curriculum that has done all the work for you.  Shelf the dvds and use the workbooks.  Teri Maxwell’s (www.Titus2.com) book Managers of their School is a wonderful resource on how it looks to manage your home with school being part of it.  It has been life changing for me this year.  Blessings!    

  • Connie L Amato-Mahle

    Such a bittersweet life-story, Angie.  My heart goes out to Sara and her family! 

    May comfort and peace be brought to them and uplift them in the heaviest of times…

    Love & friendship, friend.

  • http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com Lisa

    I will keep her and her family in my prayers.

    Many blessings,
    Lisa

  • http://livelifeartfully.blogspot.com Jennifer

    I am already missing Sara & her words. I know she will never be forgotten. She was just a powerful example in my life, especially when I was going through diagnosis a year ago. We have been so gifted with her sweet heart & words.

  • Lynn Worley

    Praying right now!
    Psalms 40:16-17  Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
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    My email address

  • Alyson

    Am praying now for Sara and all who love her and know her.

  • Kristen

    I have so many things to say / ask.  I feel like I was compelled to see this post on this day.  I’m contemplating the writer’s workshop in NYC… and – I really want to go, but … well – I’ve been unsure if the selfish reward of living my dream will outweigh leaving my 3 under 3 at home.  And then I came here – and see your blog… about writing and speaking and blogging.  I just wrote a blog post 2 days ago.  With the blog post, I attached a song.  It was a letter from the mother of a child with special needs to the expectant mother… guess what my heart’s song was – “I will carry you.”

    Anyway, thanks for the inspirational post and blog.  I would love if you came to check me out @ http://www.alittlesomethingforme.com

    Kristen

  • Liesl Irwin

    I have been so inspired by Sara’s journey these past few years and I have such mixed feelings about her recent turn for the worse in her journey with this disease.  So sad for those who love her and are watching as her body shuts down; yet also rejoicing with her as she is, as she puts it “on her journey home.”  I will be joining the wonderful blog community in praying for both Sara and her close friends and family, as we celebrate a life well-lived, giving glory to our Heavenly Father all the way.  I am confident that when the Lord does welcome her home, He will definitely be greeting her with “well done, my good and faithful servant.”  Thank you, Lord, for giving us a real-life, tangible example of the faith you call us to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.l.kempf Ryan Lee Kempf

    I loved your story On TBN last night  it was so touching !!! thanks for sharing and being so transparent

  • http://threedoodles.blogspot.com/ Alicia

    Hey Angie! I just wanted to thank you so much for coming to the dotmom conference this weekend. Thank you for sharing your story and allowing us to share as well. It was very encouraging to hear other stories of grief, helping me to know i am not alone. 
    Have a great week :)

  • Lynn Worley

    Praying!
    2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
    Prayer Bears
    My email address

  • Holmes Bk

    Angie,

    I don’t have my own blog, but wanted to comment.  I have a disability hearing in the morning (Tuesday) and am scared beyond scared.  Part of my disability claim is my depression.   It has been severe leading up to this hearing.  Severe enough to scare me.  As you can  see I have many fears (too many to list here).  Please pray, pray hard!
    Bonnie

    • Behrhorstikristi

      Angie, Jesus died for you sins and your sicknesses, your griefs your sorrows. they have been bought and paid for. Take your healing for what Jesus gave.
      I go to a power filled Church and Love God with all I have. Jesus said speak to the mountain. So faith comes by hear and hearing the word of God. Read the Bible and trust in God. Don’t look to man as your provider.Look to God. and he will heal you. Let go of your sorrow and ask for forgiveness and repent of anything you might have done. Remember God is a forgiving God and a mercyful God. I am praying now for you…. kristi.

  • Behrhorstkristi

    God does not give you a spirit of fear.. There is know fear in God..
    Your words matter. What you speak is what you are going to get. God spoke everything into the earth, so he is waiting for us to speak faith filled words.