Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spiritual Sunday "I can Almost See It"

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"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing." Vince Van Gogh  

Yesterday I spoke at a Women's Centre. I told my story. The women told me I inspired them....they asked if I would come back and do another workshop. And the Director said she wants to  take me to present to service clubs and agencies to show that recovery and healing is possible no matter how broken someone's life is. I felt pumped....knowing God is using what I lived to make a difference. Then I came home. And it hit - discouragement. A huge ball of discouragement. No reason for it....but it stayed and niggled at me for the rest of the night. 

Sometimes I just get tired of the fight and the climb. Sometimes I just wish my life was normal...like other people's. But there is a strength in me...that fighter that won't stay down.  I know... 
There's always gonna be another mountain, I'm always gonna make it move....and I'll keep on moving, keep on climbing, and keep the faith.....



34 comments:

Dee said...

Bless your heart...it IS a struggle but it will get easier over time. There are layers of wounds and scars that the Lord will heal. He only does one layer at a time. Just keep walking through those doors he is opening for you and see the awesome place he will take you. That discouragement is from the devil..he does not want you to reach the top of the mountain and will pull all kinds of nasty tricks. Just tell him to get.

Ruth said...

Oh Sarah.. i feel the same way at times...discouragement hits hard. but like you said there is always going to be a mountain and we got to keep moving... by the strength that He provides.

Love this song Vid. thanks for posting. Have a beautiful weekend!!

Dianne said...

I think the fight from satan is proof that eternal good has been done. When I am ready for the assault from him, then I tend to handle it better.

Oswald Chambers says we want to stay on the spiritual mountaintop most of the time, but it is down in the valleys where the true battles are fought and won.

God is with you, even there, especially there!

Love,
Dianne

I am so proud of you and your service to others!

Lori Laws said...

Your post sounds so familar. It seems whenever there's a great Spiritual thing, the enemy quickly comes in to try and distract us from God. This is my life too!

But with Jesus, we will ALWAYS make it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend also:) Blessings!

Annesphamily said...

Satan is so good at discouraging us. Just when I think I am going full speed ahead with the Lord that rotten Satan discourages me! Some days I feel like throwing up my hands and letting it all go and then I hear that voice and I know He is never going to stop loving and carrying me through life's trials. You are one amazing woman, don't let that devil beat you at your greatest hope. Never feel hopeless or lost again. Just trust Him and remember you have many friends who are struggling on this side to. Plus you are so talented and you were able to lay down your entire journey so far for all to see. Never let go of what God has given you. You are so well loved. I personally am so proud of you and all you have done with your life. I am a whimp next to you. Hugs and Many Blessings Anne

Whidbey Woman said...

The discouragment is from the enemy. He does not like what you are doing. So remember to "put on the full armour of God." It also helps to cast him out. I learned this prayer as a child:
~ In the name of Jesus Christ, in the power of His body and blood, I cast out Satan and all of his works.~ God bless you,Sarah.

Mevely317 said...

Oh Sarah, there's lots I don't know - but I sooo believe Whidbey Woman's comment above.

And please, don't be disenchanted, believing everyone else's so-called "normal" lives. That's often a myth.....

YOU, my dear, are beautifully and wonderfully made!

Ginny said...

When we are doing well in God's work, the devil wants to mess it all up. You have been given a gift and have found your voice. Take it and give thanks, don't let anything ruin your joy in this. Your life is different because people are to learn from it. When you get discouraged, just pray and thank God for showing you your place in his plan.

Clif said...

Great video. I am thrilled that you spoke to this group and that you will be given other opportunities. Keep on keeping on. Satan's greatest tool he uses against Christians is discouragement. However, evaluate each opportunity to speak and accept only those you feel good about.

Saleslady371 said...

Precious sister, you are one in a million. So sorry about the discouragement. Must have been a fabulous message because the enemy attacked.
Hugs,
Mary

Wanda's Wings said...

You encourage me so much. I really fight discouragement too. You are really making a difference. That is what is so important and wonderful. God is using you more than you will ever know. I want to personally thank you for all the encouragement you have given me.

Lisa notes... said...

Yes, it can get so discouraging when there's always another mountain to climb. But what a blessing your journey is to so many people. I admire you so much for your willingness to share your story. May God continue to give you strength for another day...

Renee said...

What you are doing for others is such a blessing, Sarah. So sorry discouragement set it...hopefully you can be aware of it, acknowledge it and be able to move past it...Sending hugs your way...

Charlotte said...

To whom much is given much is expected. I don't know where I hard that or whether it is from the Bible or not. I just know it immediately came to my mind when I read your post. You have been blessed and you are blessing many many people because of it. Thank you for blessing me and so many others who link to Spiritual Sundays. And don't let Satan discourage you because I know he is trying to do just that.
Charlotte

Charlotte said...

heard that - not hard that. Should have proof read before I posted.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Sarah,
What a message you are bringing to others! Whenever God gets the glory you can be sure old slewfoot is right behind to discourage you! Take heart and remember that the Lord is using you to bring hope and healing to others as well as yourself. We're all proud of you! Sending you a big hug!

Blessings,
Sandi

Joan said...

It is easy to get discouraged - I often do and then have my own personal pity party.

I like the Van Gogh quote. When I took my first writg class the instructor gave another of his, "if you hear a voice inside you saying you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." (I inserted write instead of paint and think of it often when I feel discouraged about my writing).

Blessings
Joan

micey said...

keep climbing! God loves you!

Carol said...

That's right! The enemy knows you're serving God and doing some major damage to his evil schemes.
We're lifting you in prayer!

Cinner said...

I am so glad your speech went so well, and that you are asked to do more. that is such a wow feeling. Those normal lives...I am not sure they exist...everyones normal I think is different. Keep climbing...don't get discouraged, you have helped so many. God loves you. Your a special woman, don't forget that my friend.

Denise said...

I love you, please do not get discouraged. You keep climbing, I am behind you, giving you a great big push.

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

I feel you, Sarah! I'm so proud of you! You are my inspiration. Know that. I'm sending you all my love.

Crystal Mary said...

Many of us have a strong story to tell.
Not many know mine, yet those who do, don't know how I made it. But, in Him, nothing is impossible. At times it rears its ugly head, as satan wants nothing better than defeat Gods own...But Jesus promise rings true,He never leaves nor forsakes us. hugs. CML

Natasha said...

You have chosen the perfect song to go with your story. Sometimes it is hard to go beyond our comfort zone but when we face our fears head on we can achieve so many wonderful things. Good luck to you Sarah as you face another hill to climb-you can do it. Just imagine what the view from the top will be like!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Arti said...

Loved the post... Very beautiful indeed.
Move all the mountains and in forward:)

Lisa said...

The enemy never changes his strategies but I have to say one thing. He is very consistent. We would do well to remember how Jesus handled the devil...with the Word. It is sharper than any two edged sword. God bless you sweet Sarah. You have pierced a huge hole in the prison the devil tried to put you in and you are leading others to freedom with you. God has big things planned for you and blessing upon blessing to take the place of all your past sorrow.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Oh! Sarah, You continue to bless so many, Just keep climbing those mountains, and when you get there, How great to hear "well done thou good and faithful servant."
Blessings to you,
Sue

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

What a blessing you are. Just think of all the people the Lord is giving you the opportunity to touch.I'm so sorry you were feeling a little discouragement when you got home.I will keep you in my prayers. What a beautiful song, I have never really listen to any of her songs before it was my loss.
God Bless you my friend,
Ginger

Marydon said...

G'morn Sarah ~ I always preach 'never let anything get in your way of happiness nor success' ... I try to be positive tho it isn't always easy. I trust in Him to help me forge ahead every single day.

Have a beautiful Sunday ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Donnie said...

Someday's "One day at a time"...really feels like 24 hours. I'm praying for you.

The Paint Splash said...

Today is the first time I have visited your post through Spiritual Sunday. I was moved by your post. I don' know what you have faced in your life but it sounds like,with Christ, you are a surivor. I pray today you feel all his love and pleasure. In Hhis love, Debbie

Nana Jul said...

Girlfriend....Definitely have confirmation here!! Whoa! PRAISE GOD!!
Put your JESUS ON, and then your hiking boots....You are definitely a mountain mover with God!
Love ya!!
Julie

Ann said...

Your blog is such an inspiration to me, I can tell you have suffered great pain but have been gloriously healed through the name of the Lord. Don't let discouragement get a hold on you. Bless you,
Ann

Gaia said...

Hi Sarah, unable to read your 'Writing' site at all. It seems to be blocked my my high tech comp haha. I will try my luck again sometime. Thank goodness you have other interesting sites... :)