With Him

As many of you may have heard by now, sweet Sara is with her Father.

I’m leaving tomorrow to attend her wake and funeral with Jess, and all day I have been praying about it. I have so many thoughts and emotions welling up inside of me, and although I wasn’t as close to Sara as many of her dear friends, her life blessed me so much.

I spent my quiet time this morning in 2nd Timothy…reading and re-reading while I considered the beauty of a life well-lived. Over the years I have learned to listen to the holy nudges Jesus gives me when I’m reading and I need to write more about what I have learned. I’m processing that, and thanking Sara for leading me into a place of quiet reflection.

I’m preparing my heart for this week and also for the work that I need to do in my own life in order to bring glory to Him the way that saints (like Sara) have done before me.

I want to write more, but Charlotte just woke up and dinner is about to burn. I need to go be a momma for now, but my fingers are pounding out the letters as quickly as they can, because, well…you never know how much time you will have to say the words you want to say.

I was praying you all earlier today, praying that we could be the kind of community that blesses one another and loves well. I thought about Sara and the way her blog represented the face of Jesus so well…

We live in an age where we get to have glimpses into one another’s lives in ways we never have before, and I want to encourage you to be bold in your faith. You never know who might click over, wondering about this Jesus and what His people are like.

If someone were to come to your blog today, would they walk away saying this?

She is compelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I saw that in Sara.

In her living and in her dying.

It’s our privilege to share Him with a watching world, and tomorrow I will get on a plane to celebrate the life of a woman who did that exquisitely.

I get goosebumps on my arms thinking of the words she has already heard, and can feel tears well up inside as I consider the magnitude of beauty she is experiencing.

Well done, good and faithful one…

May we all hear those words one day, and in the meantime, may we live lives that anticipate them.

With love for Sara and prayer for those who will walk with a limp until they see her again~

Angie


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  • malloryjones

    Beautiful post, and so, so true. Praying for you and Jess in the next few days, because I know it will not be easy. <3

  • http://www.dominicandkristin.blogspot.com kasmith03

    So beautiful Angie. I wished I had spent more time getting to “know” Sara while she was here. As I go back through and read posts she has written I can see the face of God through her. Prayers as you both prepare to say good-bye to a friend and celebrate the legacy she has left all of us.

  • http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com Lisa

    I will keep all of Sara’s friends and family in my prayers during this difficult time.  May the Lord give you comfort and peace.

  • Coby

      This was beautiful, Angie.  I have been pondering Sara’s life and example, how she just let the light of Christ shine in her – regardless of circumstances – and I stand amazed and encouraged.  Praying for you and Jessica, and for Sara’s family!

  • http://itwasbroughtonbylove.blogspot.com Southern Gal

    Another beautiful tribute to Sara.  Praying you and Jess will be a comfort to her family as you gather to celebrate her life.

  • Kristy_mommy

    Angie  I am so sad I didn’t know your friend Sara!! It sounds as though she left a wonderful legacy behind. I wanted to take an opportunity to tell you how much I enjoyed what you shared at the dot mom conference this weekend! It was evident that you allowed God to shine through you to a group of moms starving for His words. Mrs. Esther taught a break out session on the legacy and heritage we can leave behind for our kids and I can only think your children will be forrtunate no name you as their mom. Thanks again for sharing YOUR story so boldly, even if you didn’t get far from the podium. It was an awesome 40 minutes!!

  • http://www.crazymiracle.com Amanda

    Angie, thank you for this reminder.  May we all reflect Jesus the way our sweet Sara did.  Praying for you and Jess.  Praying for us as a community that we can truly live what Sara taught us.

  • http://www.tinyurl.com/ghana2011 JD

    Praying as you continue to live in the balance between grief and joy.  Sara’s legacy, like Audrey’s, have left indelible marks upon our lives – and we are never the same.
    “Well done, good and faithful one…May we all hear those words one day, and in the meantime, may we live lives that anticipate them.”There is but one word to follow such exquisite truth…  ”Amen.”

  • Laura Dare Morgan

    Angie,
    I’m so thankful for this blog (and every other)!  Oh, that our desire would always be to glorify God and lead others to His Word!  He is most lovely!!  I will be praying for you today as you celebrate the life of a precious sister in Christ.  ~Laura Dare Morgan

    “The passerby can see a cord of so conspicuous a colour, if it hangs from the window:  it will be well for me if my life makes the efficacy of the atonement conspicuous to all onlookers.  Let men or devils gaze if they will, the blood is my boast and my song.”- Spurgeon
    http://thedaringlife.blogspot.com/

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XEN6SEG6ETAHYXCZZEIZ5LHKPU Laura Jinkins

    She was/is an amazing woman …. I am still having a hard time thinking of her in the “past tense” because she LIVES … just not here on this mortal ground.  I’m down in Texas and won’t be able to attend her wake or funeral, but I will be thinking of and praying for her family and all of us who “will walk with a limp until we see her again” … what a beautiful way to illustrate the strength of her support to all the lives she touched through her words, her friendship, her love.

  • http://www.elisvalley-perfectlove.blogspot.com Jennifer Hill

    Praying for all of Sara’s family and friends as they say a final goodbye this week.  This was a beautiful post.  Thank you for keeping us updated on sweet Sara, whom I’m sure by now has introduced sweet Audrey to her daddy!

  • http://ashleywb.blogspot.com AshleyB

    I read about Sara’s passing with a divided heart; I’m happy for her that she has no more pain and that she is in the presence of the One she lived for.  I’m sad that her words won’t quietly come onto my computer screen, reminders of shameless love and the choice of joy. 

    These words were in her obituary and they struck me to my core this morning: 

    “I will not be ashamed to stand before God; I will fulfill God’s plan by living the
    best life I can with what I am given; I will be aware and present in every moment; I will love what I have and not yearn for what I lack; I will spread the Joy, not the fear; I will be intentional in all things. Sara taught us that there isn’t a situation in life that isn’t covered by these goals. This is how her friends knew her, and it’s how she wants us all to remember her.

    One of Sara’s favorite quotes is: ‘Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.’ ~Victor Hugo”

    My prayer today has been for her family and friends to go to the One Who is Awake with their love, pain, and grief.

  • http://www.faithinbetween.com brittany

    Love these words about Sarah, Angie. She blessed my life abundantly, and I am grateful that so many have captured her heart and chosen joy as we say goodbye.

  • Alyson

    Angie, I could not have said this any better. I have not had a chance until today to get on either of the blogs. Prayers and blessings to all who were a part of Sara’s life or touched by her as I was.

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

    i’ve struggled with that lately, the wondering if i’m bold enough for him. i know i have moments of boldness, glimpses of it, but i want every breath to be bold, every word i write, every word i say. but this world tugs at me and pulls me away at times. i have moments when i feel like people have grown tired of  the “Jesus girl” image and i wonder if it even really matters, if anyone really cares. and then i find someone like sara, who i never knew but whose words touched me, whose life made mine better, whose joy makes me want to keep trying. i have no answers, only questions. but the questions make me seek Him. the questions make me trust Him. the questions make me love Him…even more.

  • Kaye

    Thanks for sharing your heart once again.  Will be praying for you and your precious friend Jess;  for peace, comfort and safe travels. 
    May we all live to reflect HIM in all we do.  Listen, listen, love, love…
    Blessings, prayers, love and hugs…
    Kaye
    Psalm 46:10
     

  • hebrews12two

    Angie: Beautiful post.  I too am doing some hard looks at my heart.  Sara just spoke joy…her soul bled grace… her words dug deep into souls of strangers.  It is a beautiful thing.  And now reading your book “What Women Fear”. Seeing your struggles, seeing both you and Sara and Ann and many others who write so eloquently of God breathed words  that you all are real, are human are like me.  That I too can CHOOSE JOY. CHOOSE GRACE. CHOOSE EUCHARESTIEO.  That I too can be for Him. That it doesn’t take perfection, it takes laying it all down and trusting God to do what we can’t. Oh Angie.  I hope you are finding comfort among Sara’s friends and family this evening and I will pray for your hurting heart as well as I sit in the funeral room along you tomorrow.

    Shine~ http://shineliketheson-mymotherhoodtrail.blogspot.com/2011/09/shes-homeasking-spirits-guidence.html

  • http://thepartythatneverquits.blogspot.com Jen

    Gosh I miss her. So very much already.

  • Lynn Worley

    These words are so comforting. He’s known all along how long Sara was going to be here and the comfort that you were going to need at this time as well. He’s with you. He’s with all who love Sara. He’ll get you through this by His grace. Praying hard!
    Isaiah 65:24  And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
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  • http://www.OctoberAlways.com Sarah

    I came to Sara’s story late…. in her last days on this earth. And I wept over her posts and the posts of her friends who loved her so much. What a beautiful woman, what a beautiful community. I am thoroughly encouraged to be bold and to always strive to yield my words to His purpose. Many prayers for you as youtravel to support and love.

  • http://differentparent.com/ Wick

    Blessings on Sara’s family and friends.  May we join her in the work of the Kingdom, looking forward to the day all things are made new…

  • http://www.jennadamsblog.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Sarah, was truly an amazing woman. Her life was a challenge to go deeper with Christ. I pray that I can, in some small way, emulate that in my life…I know her funeral was beautiful and God-honoring.

  • Hollyo1

    Amen!

  • Lynn Worley

    Still praying in Seattle!
    Psalms 5:11-12 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
    Prayer Bears
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  • http://www.gracetags.com Janelle@GraceTags

    She was incredible. And she’s dancing with Jesus now. I pray people see Jesus in me… it’s my deepest heart longing.

    Janelle
    GraceTags

  • http://candydavidandmarygarner.blogspot.com/ candy jones

    Hi Angie, I do not leave comments often but I am praying for Sara’s family and am happy for her she is in  Heaven with our Lord.  Happy in that way,not that her family and friends are so very sad.

    But you mentioned how you were doing your prayer time in the morning. I was wondering if you could share how you “do that”. I only have 2 girls and one is in school.  Plus, I am so easy to slip into I have to read my Streams in the Desert (LOVE), my Bible, my Power of a praying Parent or Wife, go over my prayer list (I make a new one every month) and go over my Sunday School lesson. I do all of this feeling like I have to get it done and then I do not even enjoy my time with the Lord.  If you could in your spare time (HA!) write a post on what or how you do it or refer me to something you have already posted I wouldso appreciate it.
    Love your blog and your love for the Lord and people.

    • Nicki

      Find something ‘new’. I am participating in the Maximizing Your Mornings challenge and while it is hard to get in a good groove it is worth it. Sometimes it’s even better to share such a great experience with others. Email me – faithstepsnfootprints@gmail.com – you can jump in with us or we can even just chat back and forth too.
      DV-NMV

  • Lynn Worley

    Praying!
    Psalms 31:5  Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth (7-8)  I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
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