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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

(in)courage, Crosspoint, Faith, gitzengirl, Jessica Turner, Pete Wilson

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

Charlotte, gitzengirl, Household

Boxes

They’re everywhere. And I am really trying to avoid the fact that they aren’t unpacking themselves.

The important thing is that we are in our new house, and as I type Todd is reading Bible stories to the girls (Abby, Ellie and Kate are sharing a room) while Charlotte is quiet.

That last part is noteworthy.

Some days are better than others but in general she just has a hard time around feeding. She has reflux but the suggestions I got from the doctor don’t seem to be helping and it stinks to see her so frustrated. I am nursing her but she isn’t really good at it yet so I’ve been bottle-feeding her breast milk most of the time. We have given her formula as well but that’s pretty sketchy. As if on cue, she just started screaming. It was right before Adam’s rib got yanked out.

So, anywho, where was I?

Oh yes.

Reflux.

Any thoughts? We have tried cereal in her bottle and the medicine the Dr. gave us (I forget what it’s called and I would need to stand up and walk to find out, so let’s skip it) but she still seems upset. Feel free to email me or leave any suggestions you all have in the comments so we can all read them. As it turns out I am wide awake in the middle of the night and can stop back and catch myself up…:)

As far as life in general, we’re doing great. Blessed to have a wonderful house and incredibly sweet neighbors. We have received four plates of homemade cookies so far and have spent hours outside chatting. It is the kind of neighborhood where people just sit on their porches and drink coffee, waving to all the people who go by. I asked one of the neighbors if they had ever had any problems and she said that the teenagers get into mischief in the summer. When I asked what she meant she explained that they occasionally flip garbage cans upside-down and don’t stop fully at the stop sign. Then she told me that she and her friend used to sit outside and launch tennis balls at anyone that didn’t at least slow down. Her friend even ordered a siren online and they would turn it on to scare the speeders. I’m still laughing about that one.

We are completely surrounded by girls so the kids are loving it. They invited several of them in and went to play upstairs and a few minutes later I heard “Mighty to Save” in three part harmony and I decided we needed to have a chat about homeschooling.  I did make Auntie Annie’s orange rolls for them all and I even transferred them to a plate to make them appear homemade. Bonus.

So, as you can see, I haven’t had much time for blogging, what with my baking and all.

I just wanted to stop in and say hello and pretend I had some adult interaction…anyone?

Before I sign off from this incredibly inspiring and insightful post, I do want to mention something more serious and I hope you all will join me in praying for my dear bloggy-friend Sara. Many of you know her as GitzenGirl, and if you don’t know about her I hope you will click over and share some life with her. She is an amazing lady and she is going through an extremely rough time. Her father passed away unexpectedly and due to chronic illness she isn’t able to travel (or even leave her apartment for that matter). I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I just wanted to ask you all to be in prayer for her and her family. Sara, we are all loving you from afar and asking the Lord to comfort you in ways we can’t. Your dad sounds like a hero, and now I know where that spark in you came from. Praying, praying, praying…

As always, feel free to share your prayer requests here and know that the Lord is listening.

He is, in fact, mighty to save.

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Love to all,
A