Saturday, December 4, 2010

Spiritual Sunday "Taking my Candle"

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"As we are liberated....our presence automatically liberates others." MaryAnne Williamson

When I started blogging....I did it for me. I did it to get the memories out...to find some sense in everything that happened. But now...I realize it's not about me anymore. A 13 yr. old emailed me. Told me she found my blog....reads it every night to give herself hope. Her story is heartbreaking. All she wants is a family who will love her....care for her the way families are supposed to.

I never want to take for granted what He did. I didn't have the strength to break free. He did what I couldn't. What nothing could. He took over my fight... brought me into the winners circle. He did it. Now I want to go back to the darkness....and shine His light for others to find freedom too.

Please pray for O. ...for a miracle....for her to have that family. 

I want to take my candle....and go light the world.

40 comments:

Cindy Adkins said...

Good morning, Sarah--
How are you, my sweet friend? Great, I hope.
Oh my gosh, I can't imagine how that girl found you...That is a miracle. You are lighting your candle all over the place!!! We never know how the Lord will use us...and He is definitely using you to help others...I think your light is a bonfire! It just gets brighter every day.

I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season...I love the lights and decorations...so, so beautiful! Have a great weekend.
Sending love & hugs your way,
Cindy

Whidbey Woman said...

I agree with what Cindy says. I am praying for that girl right now. I know in my heart she will have a Christmas miracle! Amen? AMEN!!!!

sewingseedscraftylife said...

What a beautiful example of beauty from ashes you are...I will pray for that sweet girl and that your light will continue to shine brightly in this dark world. Blessings, Patty

Dianne said...

Dear Sarah,
Yes, it is not about us but sometimes that is a hard lesson to learn. I'm glad that your gentle and sensitive spirit has realized that not only were you saved for yourself but to take the light of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.

It is amazing how much darkness one candle can dispel. Go forth with joy and confidence dear sister, knowing that Jesus has gone ahead of you.

Great song!

Love, Dianne

Joan said...

Sarah, God can take the most horrible and difficult circumstances of our lives and turn them for good. In spite of the hardships you faced, you have turned them around and are reaching out to help others. I pray for this young girl and thousands others like her who need to hear of the blessed hope found only in Jesus.

MTJ said...

Hi Sarah,

I will join you in praying for O, that God hears her sincere desire for a loving and secure family.

Keep shining your light Sarah.

Blessings and peace.

MTJ

High Heeled Life said...

Your post touched my heart more than usual ... perhaps because it hits a little too close to home. We are trying to create a family ... (since the accident I have been strongly advised by doctors to not carry a child) we have 5 embroys waiting ... but something tells us that there is yet another child(s) already born that need us... to hear this sweet girl needs a family .... and knowing there are so many families out there like us, who want nothing more than reach out and be that family (for family is not defined nor bond by blood ~ but by caring, loving, protecting and guiding)... our systems and all the red tape and backed up files make waiting a too long a journey...

I pray for this young girl that God is listening and through a Christmas Miracle brings her together with a family. xo HHL

Debby@Just Breathe said...

How wonderful is this. I will pray for O and I am so happy she found you. If you can help just one person then God has blessed you. ((HUGS))

Stuff could always be worse said...

This is a great testimony for your blog! Thanks for helping others...So happy she found you!

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for letting God's light shine through you and touching others, Sarah. Blessings to you!

Cathy said...

Thanks for that great song. Praying for O...
It is wonderful how you are reaching others.

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

This gave me goose-flesh.

Dear O...,
I am praying for you. God is surely guiding you. I know He is because you're on the right track! :) Happy Holidays, dear girl!

Ginny said...

How sad. You are giving her something that her family should and does not. At least you are there.

Renee said...

I know what you mean, Sarah. I love when God takes something so personal and necessary and healing for us and turns it into helping others.
You definitely do that. Lifting that young girl up in prayer.

Pain to Purpose said...

Will be praying. It's amazing when you find out what God is doing with your own story.
Carrie

Julie Musil said...

I'm praying for her...and I'm thankful you're here, blogging not only for yourself, but for others. What an amazing gift.

Virginia said...

Keep it up, Sarah ! You are inspiring people through your story and your faith.
Blessings,
Virginia

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Praying for your new little friend O. God will protect her and hear her prayers.
It is so wonderful God is continuing to use you to spread his love.
Blessings, Annette

Susy said...

Sweet Sarah. I can't imagine what you've had to overcome ~ but I see great strength and courage in your being willing to "go back" to help others into the peace and safety of Jesus. My heart is touched for the 13 yr old as well, and will be praying for her. That's always been one of my favorite songs. Blessings.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

This brings tears to my eyes. I will pray for this young girl. Sarah may the Lord be with you and your family.
God Bless and a hug,
Ginger

Loren said...

Sarah it does not surprise me at all that you and your story are touching others. Your heart is so full of love and compassion and you truly are a godly example of all the Christ! Being a willing vessel for HIM, allowing your story to encourage others is sooo God!
Love you friend! Keep shining for Him

Karen said...

Isn't God good?! He restores what the enemy has stolen and makes you a conduit of His grace and mercy!

Marydon said...

How beautiful that this child has found you, she will receive all His blessings & love & find joy in life. Lift her oh, Lord, for this I pray.

Have a lovely winters day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Seams Inspired said...

Thank you for sharing! I'm praying for your new bloggy friend, O, right now. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the depth of emotion I feel for this little girl as I read through your post. God Bless her and hold her tightly as she searches for a family.

Glad to have found you through the Sunday Song blog hop. Happy Sunday! :o)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Sarah,
So many stories, so many lonely people! I am so happy this young girl found a friend in you. May she find the loving family she seeks. I will be praying for her too. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

Christmas Blessings,
Sandi

Andrea said...

GOD is not going to stop now...HE has so much planned to do in and through your life. HE will continue to use you in ways we can not even imagine.
Hugs,
andrea

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

Psalm 27.10 for 'O' ...
no matter what version, the foundation is SURE!
and her reassurance ~
you've always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in. The Message
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will hold me close.New Living
Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child]. Amplified
10 If my father and mother leave me,
the Lord will take me in. New Century
all versions avlbl at Biblegateway.com
blessings to you, sarah & to 'O'

RCUBEs said...

I wasn't at work when it happened that the facility's power suddenly was turned off! Imagine the deep darkness that surrounded my co-workers and some of them admitted they felt panic deep inside, as they were not able to see, despite the fact it was daytime outside. But the prison having no windows and having thick walls, just made it so dark when the electricity was off.

Until someone turned on a flashlight, followed by the others. And they related how their fear went away when one light combined with others just illuminated the Clinic and they could see.

You are one of that flashlights, willing to share His light and I pray that like this girl, your story will encourage many, many more. The Lord knows her heart and may she feel in her heart that there is Someone Who truly loves her. God bless and protect you always. "Stay strong!" :)

char72 said...

I love this song. Thank you for taking your candle to the blogging world. I am praying for this young girl too. Hopefully it will lead her to the true light who can change her life as he has yours. Thank you for blessing us again with this beautiful post.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Sue said...

And you are taking your candle and lighting your world, Sarah! God is using you in ways that you don't even know about. All He wants is willing hearts, and hands for HIS SERVICE, and you certainly have that. I will be praying for your new friend.and you as you are led by the Spirit.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful song by one of my favorite singers. Kathy T. has a heart for God too.
Much love,
Sue

myletterstoemily said...

how wonderful to have ministered to a sweet, young
girl out of your own heartache.

well done.

dunlizzie said...

May God give you wisdom for words to say Sarah as you continue to minister through your testimony and love. May God give O peace and an overwhelming sense of His love. There is nothing too big for God. He is good, and in Him we are overcomers. God bless :)

Nana Jul said...

Praying that O feels God's love, and I'm so thankful she found your blog...a safe place, a place overflowing with gratitude to the LORD, the one who broke away your chains. A place FULL of encouragement, and HOPE. You are a light shining on a hill!
Love ya and will add "O" to my prayers!
Julie

Debbie in CA : ) said...

My breath has been taken away at the beauty of your words. So true: It isn't about us/me . . .it is all about Him -- the light of the world. We fall at His feet and He lifts us and lights our way. The glow brings others. Keep on shining sweet one.

Annesphamily said...

I am praying for this precious child of God. He will see her through all these troubling times. Sarah, you write so beautifully You have such a marvelous talent for writing. I am so blessed to know you. Anne

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a wonderful opportunity for sharing God's Love, Sarah. Praying for O! Christmas blessings!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I think you are already shining your light, Sarah!

Finally Free said...

Dearest Sarah,
So glad O found you. I have been the recipient of many others shining their light in my life. Now it is my turn.

Thankful for you, my friend.

Blessings,
Tammy

Cindy Adkins said...

Hey Sarah,
I just came over to say "hi" and hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!!!
XO

Dee said...

With the Lords quidance and reading your blog...she will one day wake up singing like you did.♥ Blessings to you and your new little friend.