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TO RISE UP AGAIN

Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."

- Ernest Hemingway


I've been a bit quiet lately. Thank you to everyone who has kept up with me and been patient with my silence. I have been tired in many ways and, while I have not stopped trusting in God, I have felt weariness, both in the natural and in the spiritual.

Image of a woman, whose back is towards us, sitting cross-legged in the middle of a road.

I promised honesty in this blog, from the beginning, so I admit that I have had to pray through physical exhaustion and spiritual fatique, as well as strong emotions unique to my current circumstances. I want to say that I have been fighting the battle (with God) but I don't really feel like I've been fighting. I feel like I've just been sitting in the middle of it, not really doing anything.


Everyone sets up their tent in the valley at some point in their lives. It happens. But then we have to decide whether we are going to start building a permanent residence there or pack up our tent and refuse to remain in the valley. Truly, that is a daily decision. Daily decisions to pack up and keep moving will eventually get us out of the valley to higher ground.



I was led to 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 which says, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."


Brick wall in background with fire along the bottom. An anonymous quote that says, "There's nothing better on the other side of quitting."


I want to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

And I don't believe that I will hear that if I give up.

So, I had to decide which I wanted more - to remain temporarily comfortable or to finish the race strong, knowing that I had persevered and faithfully kept getting up each time I was down.


Proverbs 24:16, "Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes."


Honestly, I would rather be in a storm with Jesus

than on the shore without Him.


Who hasn't been tired or frustrated or discouraged or lonely or disappointed?

We can all relate.

But we cannot give in. That is exactly what Paul is telling us in 2 Corinthians 4. These weights try to weigh us down but we have to kick them off. We are pressing on for a far greated thing. This is temporary. And we are more than conquerors.


Quote by Nick Vujicic, "Failure is not important, how you overcome it is."

We always have a choice.

We can succumb or we can overcome.

We can leave things damaged or fix them.

Keep moving to the mountaintop or camp out in the valley.


I promise you that whatever comes your way - you can overcome.


Purple, spotlight background with quote that reads, "There are no limits, only obstacles, and any obstacle can be overcome."


"Making a mistake is falling down; failure is not getting up again." ~ Helen Keller

Prayer:

"God, if you won't remove this - then use this. I can try to do things without You but I know that if I let You do things with me instead, my life can be so much greater. There is so much that I can't control but I am learning that my lack of control means a greater dependency on You, God. So, when I feel out of control remind me that that isn't necessarily a bad thing, because I need to give the reigns over to You anyway. When I feel tired, remind me that You are the source of strength unimaginable. When I lack wisdom, thank You for offering it freely. When I fall, let me rise up again. Your preparation might not be my desire but I choose to trust You. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' Name I pray this. Amen."



Love,

Sarah Jane

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vjminter
Dec 19, 2023

The strength and perseverance that you have from your unwavering trust in the Lord is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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sjwright2worship
Dec 19, 2023
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Thank you. The faith of those around me has encouraged my faith. As much as I trust the Lord, I wouldn't be standing without my friends and children. I appreciate you. Countless times in the last 6 months, I've been helped up by those around me.

So grateful.

Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

Psalm 89:18, "Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord, our King."

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Lalitta Blosser
Lalitta Blosser
Dec 18, 2023

Sarah, thank you for sharing your heart and walk with the Lord thru difficult times in our lives. I love and agree with what Annette wrote. Love you.

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sjwright2worship
Dec 19, 2023
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Litta, thank you. Thank you for your continued prayers and support through this time. From organizing my pantry - to letting me hug you and not let go until I was ready - to praying behind the scenes. Thank you.

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annetteziesch
Dec 18, 2023

I can tell you from one who is only feeling the harsh winds of your storm from the sidelines, you are weathering your storm WITH God. I’ve watched the stages you’ve gone thru and with each stage you have found the strength to move forward to the next. That’s not only your determination it’s your faith that God has more!

Love you Sarah ❤️

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sjwright2worship
Dec 18, 2023
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Thank you so much. You don't know how much your words mean to me. Thank you. ❤️

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