Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Power to be Strong

Linking up with Charlotte and Ginger who every week host  Spiritual Sunday

"Toni Morrison said, "The function of freedom is to free someone else," and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or a way of life, tell your story. Risk freeing someone else" Anne Lamott

I never imagined when I was fighting so hard to survive...that there would come a day I'd stand up and tell others to never give up....to hold on....to grab onto hope with everything they have....and know the darkness will evenually fizzle out. It'll lose its power. It won't last forever.

I never imagined that I would stand free....find my voice....and give hope to people who are where I was. For so long....I struggled alone....fighting in my own strength...feeling myself slipping further and further down.....

I never imagined.....He would reach far down with a love so incredible.....it broke the hold of the darkness. But even after He touched me....there were many times I felt the pull of the darkness trying to push me down again....But now, I had an anchor. I held on tight....refusing to loosen my grip on Him. 

I've learned that the power to be strong....and the wisdom to be wise.....lies in holding onto faith even when it seems totally useless.  I discovered faith is a verb....an action.....it's something you do....and I discovered faith trumps everything else.

In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn........

18 comments:

Patrina's Pencil said...

"I've learned that the power to be strong....and the wisdom to be wise.....lies in holding onto faith even when it seems totally useless. I discovered faith is a verb....an action.....it's something you do....and I discovered faith trumps everything else."

You have learned a great TRUTH, Sarah. You have triumphed. You are a glorious picture of His Glory shining through our darkness all the way to VICTORY!

Your spirit connects with others who are on their way to victory. Your words of testimony and faith and gentle encouragement serve to offer a steady hand to those that come behind you.

Each path is unique and although different - have a common need. We are ALL in need of gentle RESTORATION.

God bless you for your testimony of FAITH and RESTORATION. I stand with you on that path. A many stranded cord is not easily broken! Let all REDEEMED of the Lord say so!

Hugs for a beautiful, restful weekend
Patrina <")>><

Teri Lynn said...

You inspire me each day to hold on and fight for my faith and my healing. Thank you.

Ginny said...

A very fitting song for this post. I think I have this album, if it's the one with "In The Air Tonight"

Lisa notes... said...

God is so faithful to not waste any lessons. Whatever he teaches us, we're to go teach others. So thankful for your ministry to share his love to others who know pain like you do. You are definitely strong in his strength!

Renee said...

You always inspire us Sarah with your strength and courage and openness to share.

Saleslady371 said...

Jesus is such an awesome anchor! I love the way you describe His strength in you!

Charlotte said...

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn" - I love that...and it is so true. I also like your words, "faith trumps everything." The lens of faith puts everything into its proper perspective.

I'm so glad you are free to stand and share your story with others. Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you!

High Heeled Life said...

Beautifully said!!! As a survivor of my own detour in life .. I too well how that darkness can come and try to pry one away for the safety of faith and belief! Stay strong my friend .. you inspire me to not give up and hold on tight!!xo HHL

micey said...

thanks for stopping by and for encouraging the way you do.

Cathy said...

Thanks for sharing that neat song. Thank God for His awesome power to heal and deliver.

Whidbey Woman said...

Love that song... Love your message. The power to be strong. Praise God. He has given us the strength to persevere; to make it through all the trials and tribulations we face.

Joan said...

Be strong and courageous - for the Lord is with you.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Sarah, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for your concern and sharing with others.

Pamela said...

What an inspiration to keep on the journey. So thankful God is with us every step of the journey.

I hope your week is full of joy and peace, Sarah.
Blessings,
Pamela

not accidentally tuesday said...

Very fitting for all of us. I feel that sometimes we feel like letting go---but up from The Spring comes the courage to hold on. Thanks for coming by Not Accidentally.
Ann

Carol said...

Wonderful post, Sarah. A testimony to His omnipresence and unchanging nature - two of my most favorite things about our God!

Love Unawakened said...

Very encouraging!!

Charlotte said...

It's wonderful the way God takes control and lives are changed forever. I'm so glad you responded to his love and became the great example you are to so many.
Blessings as you continue to live for Him and let your light shine.
Charlotte