The first time I met Sarah I thought she was a ray of sunshine and joy. This young mom has such a beautiful countenance and a love for serving Jesus. Please take the time to read, Inspiring Women Life With Sarah, you will be blessed!
Inspiring Women Life With Sarah
A Little About Me
So, I am a PK, I was born out east in Annapolis Valley. When I was two we moved to a community in the prairies of Ontario, where my Dad took his first senior pastor position. We had a lovely little home with lots of room, fields and farmers all around, a school and our church as well. My siblings and I spent much of our time exploring, catching snakes, frogs and even the occasional dumpster dive at the school. My parents were involved with church ministry running pioneer club and regularly hosting missionaries. When the missionaries came I would spend as much time with them as I could. They would always bring cool coins for me and I just hung on their every word. I wanted that in my life – that was my goal.
When I was seven we moved and from there, one choice at a time, I began living for me. At nine years old, I had my first cigarette and from there it only got worse.
Through my teenage years, I struggled with several addictions, all with the same goal; SATISFACTION.
I had at one point said the sinner’s prayer and would wander back to the cross during camps but it never seemed to “stick”. Finally, when I was twenty-two years old I became sick, each month I would return to the hospital and they would give me pain relief, suggest another specialist, and send me home – not knowing the cause of my pain. At the time, I was working at a newspaper selling ad space. I loved my job and the perks that came with it. My life seemed great, and as I drove from client to client I would listen to snippets of the Christian radio.
One day I was listening to a sermon series and this verse was shared;
I realized I had just turned away, with my back to him – all I had to do was turn around and embrace Him. I prayed “God I don’t have the strength to deal with the things I have in my life, you have to do it for me.”
One of my clients who occasionally talked faith with me, invited me to church with her, and I went. I dug into the word in one of the classes offered by the church, and found restoration for myself and cleansing for all I had done. I was even healing on the inside. I enrolled in Bible school the following year, through an amazing turn of events, and God provided all that I needed to attend.
I would never trade that year for anything else. I needed His wisdom.
Bible School is an incubator of protection and teaching. It took me from milk to meat and ignited that desire to have my nose in the best book ever. It stirred in me that desire to go into the mission field – though I had kinda made up in my mind that I wanted a husband too.
Oh, contentment is such a struggle for me.
Through wise teaching and discipleship that I had, I learned to lean on Christ for my future, whatever it would hold. It took me six months to resolve to myself not to make school about finding a spouse. After all, I was twenty-three and feeling a little behind in life. Then, on January 29th, I met him – though I didn’t yet know it. Funny thing is that I prayed I wouldn’t meet any “distractions” on that ministry trip. Isn’t God so funny?
Since being married, with two sweet children, my focus has shifted, though not entirely.
I still want to go into the mission field and share the word with those who don’t know it. But I am realizing that my neighbors don’t know the gospel, and some of them haven’t heard the name of Jesus. Schools have omitted the word. I look back with fondness to several people who were in my life when I was a youth:
Mrs. Gillespie – the kind Sunday school teacher who opened her home as my friend’s hangout. She provided a safe place and a listening ear. Her steady faith and tolerance for the trials of teenagers were admirable. So I open my home.
My late Grandma Tot – What a woman. Such a legacy she left. My mom and I visited often in the last few years before she passed and we would be talking and she would just stop us and say “Let’s pray about that.” She knew pretty much every hymn by heart. Music was a part of her. I must get that from her. I want my prayer life to be as hers. PTL!
These two were quiet, obedient women of God. What an example!
My Typical Day
This has recently changed to include homeschooling and activities, goes kinda like this;
When I wake, I read for 5-10 minutes if I have the freedom to do so. We do a few chores together, my son is a real helper. I have always involved him, and he has grown to love it. So we work and eat breakfast and then we dive into homeschool.
The kids enjoy the Bible together, it has been wonderful to watch my 2-year-old learning new verses every week. Just the other day in the van I heard “Gensis won won, In da ginning God created the heaven n da eath.” She is feisty, but she is a lover of Jesus in the simplest way.
Being a teacher in my own home has been a goal of mine for a while, and I am loving it so far!
While Levi has his video lessons, I can run here and there a bit, but mostly do little chores like dishes or laundry, or attend Jewel while I listen. After lunch, we usually get outside to for fun and exercise. Then we have quiet time, nap or books, puzzles and sometimes a show.
Later, I involve the kids with a pick-up of the living room and prep for dinner. Levi loves to grate cheese, make and butter toast or chop softer fruits or veggies. He is really kitchen savvy for 4 – did I mention how much I love this!!? Jewel hasn’t really found her calling in the kitchen yet, but she is getting the idea of organizing the silverware drawer.
Usually, during this time we will have music on and break into random dance parties, which in turn add lots of comedy into my day. Jer comes home and usually we eat together, and he is off to work around the house on renovations, or taking extra work to pay for our renovations.
We are in the process of flipping a house.
So I will sometimes be staining shelves, or painting a room, or helping hold up something heavy! Once the kids are in bed, if I am exercising self-discipline, I will work my Plexus business for about an hour or two, chat with Jer, or watch a movie once in a while, together. I imagine my days will change greatly over the next couple of years, as our projects dwindle and we will be able to do more together.
I would love to do more together, and often feel a little responsible that my husband is working so hard because I was so crazy excited to buy this house when we saw how cheap it was! Truly, it is a lot of hard work and most days we are just too pooped to work on us.
It’s a real struggle to find a balance between work, Jesus and Jeremy.
I’m reminded that it takes Jesus – to improve my work and my marriage. It also helps that I have a large group of girlfriends who study the Bible together and bear each other’s burdens. Often I allow myself to feel so weighed down with everything that is going on around me. It’s easy to lose perspective of what is important. I did end up being a missionary – my job is to share Christ with my little ones and to learn Christ-likeness in my marriage. I need constant reminding of this. Will I ever truly be content with my lot? I do hope so, but even if I don’t I pray that I never cease to strive for it.
Joys In My Day
I enjoy dance parties with my kids- really they are just like me! I love to watch the progress and think back where we were when we bought this house. We really have done SO much (roof, septic, wood stove, well, relocating master bedroom, creating two bedrooms out of one and redoing the kitchen.) We are close to halfway!
I love that my husband understands my need for time away from home and out of the house.
He relieves me almost weekly for a few much needed hours. I am grateful for the extra work he has been offered that has benefited us! I am so glad that my neighbor continues to come over. Even though she doesn’t hear the end of Jesus and salvation. May there be fruit one day. I am full of joy for the opportunity I had to host my young cousin for the summer. I was able to pour into her day and night. There are so many things to be grateful for. God really has given me an abundant life, I just need to take a step back to admire the work he’s done and will continue.
My biggest dream right now, after we finish our house and take a break, is to build a tiny house and spend time travelling. The plan is to go to the States in the winter and come back here through the summer months. I hope to achieve this through my home business, which will support us as we are out on the road; but honestly, my husband is so handy and I am sure he will be finding lots to do along the way.
Another dream is to involve my family in ministry internationally, while they are young – just short trips of discovery.
I have enjoyed these trips myself, and have family abroad, in ministry. It seems like every part of the world has much to offer in perspective. I want my children to see how other believers are living and loving God.
Through my life to date, it is evident God has been there to guide me, protect my steps and bring me back on track. He has been in every detail, providing and encouraging my spirit on. Through my youth, discovering my need for him, my wonderful year of growth at Word of Life Bible Institute, through the thick and thin of renovations and balancing my life of children husband work and home-
Thankfully He is, I couldn’t do life right, without Him. HE brings satisfaction into my life.
If you’d like to contact Sarah about Plexus or to just chat, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
I love how Sarah has such a heart for sharing Jesus with others. Another Inspiring Woman, Nikki, shares how unworthy she felt for the ministry she was placed in. Read: Life With Nikki
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