Saturday, August 14, 2010

Spiritual Sunday "Jesus Loves You"

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What we are is God's gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.  ~Eleanor Powell

A local hospital library bought copies of my book to circulate in five sister hospitals. I'm amazed they did because the only thing that worked to break through all the darkness....was the touch of His gentleness and 'amazing grace.'  I put that in my book. I made it clear....nothing else worked....Only Him.   

I'm humbled knowing my story will be made available for others to read and to hopefully find the hope and freedom that I found in Him.

I never meant to write a book. I just needed to get the memories out of my head. As I wrote....it dawned on me...just how far down He went to pull me out.  I owe Him.. I have to tell what He did....how He reached down with a love so great..it got through and freed me. I was ashamed before - not wanting anyone to know those things that happened....so I never told. I kept it all inside. I got an email the other day....Your book came to me as a message of hope. Now I know....I will tell....and keep telling for others to be free.
He accepted you at your worst...and He's proud of who you are....Jesus loves you....He loves you just because......



33 comments:

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Dear Sara,

Each time I read your posts, I have goose-flesh. I love your honesty, your warmth, your faith, your courage and your words.

You give me SO much strength EVERY TIME you write.

My hurt dissolves in a way every time I come here. Will it suffice for me to say, "I love that I found you here"??

God bless you, dear girl.

Wanda's Wings said...

Freedom from all you suffered is a wonderful thing. Keep telling your story. It heals!

Cinner said...

Sarah, how exciting for you for your book to be in local hospitals, there is so much wisdom and help you can give others. Gentle recovery one thought evoking post at a time. Your faith is so strong and inspires me. hugs my friend. be well.

Bernie said...

Sarah, what a wonderful thing knowing your book is helping others. You have made lemonade out of lemons and I am so happy for you. God is good.
You are such an inspiration for all of us. Have a wonderful Sunday.....:-)Hugs

Just Be Real said...

Hallelujah Sarah! I love to read how God is moving and using you. Wow, I know you probably keep pinching yourself, asking if this is really real? Yes it is dear! And I am proud to know you and enjoy your excitement along with you. Blessings and hugs.....

Stuff could always be worse said...

Wow, I am slow...Did not realize you had actually wrote a book! So glad your story is helping others.
kim

Dolores Ayotte said...

Nikki...I love the quote you used at the start of this post. Two peas in a pod. You made me smile again today. Good stuff!

Mildred said...

This is wonderful news. Praise the Lord.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Sarah, I received your book and I can't put it down as the tears come down my face. I think that this book will be a blessing to so many people.May God be with you during this journey to help others.
God Bless,
Ginger

bj said...

Thank you for coming by.
CSN is an online store that has just about ANYthing you might want.
I wish you good luck in winning it. You can leave as many comments as you want to give you a better chance at winning. :)

Now, I am going back and read more of your amazing blog.
xo bj

Ruth said...

What a beautiful song you chose! thanks for sharing. Blessings, Ruth

Virginia said...

I thank God for you, for your wonderful testimony, and willingness to be so open with your struggle. What you have put into words was very hard to do but so many I am sure have felt a pain similar like yours and your story may bring hope to those who are going through trials and tribulation. God works in mysterious ways through us, around us, with us, for us and in spite of us. May your own words and God’s love continue to create in ALL of us a thankful heart.
Our Lord is AMAZING!!
Sweet Blessing,
Virginia

Lisa notes... said...

What a wonderful story. I’m so glad God used you to spread His message to others in that way. I’ve never heard this song by Michael W. Smith – what beautiful words to make us each feel so special. Trusting God to continue healing all of us!
Blessings,
Lisa

Renee said...

What a wonderful news, Sarah...Your strength and courage is helping so many....May God continue to bless your story reaching out to more and more people in need.

Nana Jul said...

Only Him....His open arms, His Mercy, and Grace unspeakable...His story thru YOU!!
Sarah, girl... He is using you as a voice in the wilderness. This is the good (mending and giving hope)in ALL things - For His Purpose!
Keep your eyes on Him Always!
Love,
Julie :)

Ginny said...

Thank you for your visit and kind words on my blog. I see you have three. I am really loving this one, your story is so inspiring! Jesus did come to set us free, didn't he? Writing is such a healing thing. And when we can write about things that happened to us that are so hard to talk about...and then get that acceptance, it is so freeing. you have some wonderful variety on your blog, a little bit of everything, humor for sure. You cracked me up with the Costco Flintstone remark, but so TRUE!! Now I will always think of that when I'm in Costco, you have a wonderful whimsical way of thinking!

Ginny said...

I forgot to tell you, I saw in your profile you like "Mary Did You Know". It's one of my favorite songs, I love the version by clay Aiken. I just signed up to follow you. Hope you have a blessed Sunday!

Glenda said...

What a beautiful, powerful testimony! I love stories about God's immeasurable grace - and yours is certainly that! Keep writing and touching the lives of others. Isn't it wonderful to find your purpose and place of service?

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving kind words!

Karen said...

Great news about the hospital...your inspiring story of God's grace and mercy is going to bless so many....

Pat@deepintheheart said...

Loved reading about what God has done in your life. God is always enough, isn't He...

Clif said...

Great news, great post, great video. Keep telling your story and HIS story.

Anita Johnson said...

So glad your book will be in the libraries...so often books with a Christian perspective are overlooked. Thank you for sharing your story so openly.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Your book is going to keep helping so many people for years to come! & now having copies at some hospitals... that is Awesome!

I would not have overcome so much, to be here now, without God's help and grace either! Thank you for sharing your stories, to help people like me. :-)

Blessings & Hugs,
Coreen

char72 said...

I'm so proud of you and the way God is using you and your book to bless others. I haven't read your book yet, but I plan to read Clif's copy very soon.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Catherine said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and you kind words!

Lisa said...

Sarah,
I am praying and believing God that every single person who needs to hear your story will get to. You are such a light in a dark scary place. Thanks for being you.:)

JOE TODD said...

Great post and video.I'm pretty sure your book would be very helpful to a good friend of mine but I don't think thay would read it. I have bough other books and they just sit on the shelf.

Patrina's Pencil said...

Sarah,
That is comforting news to have your story available where hurting people can read it. I pray a special blessing over your book - May god give His FAVOR to you and your story that others will be blessed by your brave honest sharing.

Hugs to you, gentle spirit

Patrina <")>><

Whidbey Woman said...

God is good! Praise His holy name!
He is using your story to reach out to others in their pain... offering healing, forgiveness and strength for tomorrow.

Denise said...

I am so happy to hear this, love you.

daylily777 said...

Great News !It is so good that you are reaching out to others that are wounded too.
Blessings,
~Myrna

Charlotte said...

A friend and I were talking today about things in the past that have caused us to feel shame throughout our lives. We tend to want to hide them away and forget they ever happened, when it is the very opposite that actually sets us free from them. God forgave a long time ago, but we take so much longer to forgive ourselves. As we pull those things out of hiding and give God glory for delivering us, we see them for what they are-powerless. What the enemy meant to destroy us, God uses to help others as we share with them our victory over them...and in that very act, God changes what was meant for evil to something good. (perhaps like your book?)

We were talking about things we chose - sin. It is different when something is done to you, and you didn't choose it. But shame comes in many forms. I heard someone (Beth Moore I think) say once that you know when the devil is using something against you because he always signs it with shame.

Praise God...He has set us free! Free from past suffering or sin...free from shame!

Dena E's Blog said...

Wow what an honor about your book.. Praise The LORD !!! Its ministering to others,,,Wowzers again!!!
May Gods Blessing Be all over you~~~and Heres a Hug from me to you too~~~Dena