…The less I have, the more content I tend to be.

But the more I gain, the less content I seem to become…

Why is it as humans, we have a tendency to praise God when we are blessed with a little, but once He blesses us abundantly, we often forget Him in the midst of all our blessings? We begin to worship the blessings rather than the One from whom the blessings come. It is sad how we are often needed to be broken before we turn to Him.

… So I will make an effort to praise Him regardless of calm or storm; to be content in every situation I am in. For I know my God, and I know he has a plan. Because sometimes, when everything is going smoothly, life tends to slip you by. You are too caught up in yourself, you don’t even appreciate the moments as the come.

So. You want to live? You want to really live?

… Then count your blessings.

And praise Him.

Today I am thankful for the little things:

-Patience: with me, with the world, with God.

-The Beatles on vinyl, repeating over and over until the lyrics are burned into my mind for the remainder of the day

-Quiet mornings when the only sound is the steady blowing of the fan and the sound of my pen scratching it’s way across paper.

-Sunshine spilling through the glass panes of our window and settling softly on this page upon which I am writing.

-New/Old clay pots gifted to me by my grandmother and sitting patiently on my bookshelf awaiting the next plant which shall make it’s home in itself.

-Exciting ideas that slowly find their way into your heart and nestle there for a while and just when you start to forget them, God brings people/things into your life that confirm everything.

would we still be strangers?I wonder sometimes when I see people walking by.  When I see strangers.

Who are they?
What is their life?
What are their hopes, dreams, goals, fears?
What is it that makes them so… them?
I wonder about their mysterious life—how their story is unfolding and what ways I am unconsciously related to this stranger.  I wonder where they go and why.  I wonder who is responsible for their tears and who is responsible for their smile.  I wonder if they feel loved on a daily basis or if the weight of simply living life on this earth is slowly becoming unbearable.  I wonder:  Where does this human being place their hope?  And is there any way I can change their life by the way I live mine?  Will a simple smile in passing make much of a difference?

And I wonder… do they wonder about me too?  Do they wonder where I’m from or where I’m going?  Do they wonder what I’m like and what I love?  Or do I just pass them by, an insignificant stranger, no different than all the others they pass by in their lifetime?  I wonder many things.

Surely I can’t be the only one—who imagines things—who makes stories up inside my mind?  Just think of all the stories belonging to each person; how dearly I wish to know them all—at least more than I know now.  The terrible, the wonderful, the beautiful, the ugly.  I want to know the story of each stranger I encounter.

And I wonder.  Would we still be strangers if either of us worked up the courage to say ‘hello’?

 

// 8.3.16

  • Autumn Gracie - This is beautiful. So, so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Stremlow - Sarah, that is amazing. Often when I fly, I look down and wonder the same things about all the people below. I fear for the ones who may be fearful, (usually makes me tear up) I wonder about the families and how they are living and if they know God, if they are happy or so sad. I think about all the people I don’t know and if ever our paths will cross. Someone I don’t know today may be a part of my life tomorrow?? And on and on I go wrapped up in imagination. You are a good writer and will be very inspiring to others. That may be how you will touch the lives of people you may never meet. Love you granddaughter!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you so much for your beautiful words, Grandma. I am glad someone sees the world as I do. Love you xxReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Ahh I love this!!ReplyCancel

God works in mysterious ways.  These last few days He has been stirring my heart– drawing me closer to Him in my moments of doubt.  I am imperfect.  But I am learning.

I often put too much faith in myself.

And not enough faith in Him.

But I know that my God can do great things.  Even when He stirs up my life, turns everything upside down; I am learning to trust Him.  And I am learning that more often than not, change is a good thing.

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“I feel like everything we know is on the verge of changing into something amazing.”

– scribbled thoughts from a couple weeks ago.

 

It is true.  It feels as if the whole world is holding it’s breath before we tip into a transformation that will change everything.  But right now, I’m stuck in the in-between.  It feels like I am stationary while everything; everyone changes around me.  But I know that while I may not see it during the process, God is changing me too.  A few days ago, I wasn’t sure how I felt about all this change going on.  I wanted everything to stay the same.  I was comfortable where I was and I didn’t want anything to change.  But God knows better than we do.  So while everything may feel like it’s crashing down all around you in this storm of change, don’t cry or try desperately to hold onto the things which are not meant for you.  Instead, let it go.  And let God handle it.  I promise, He has it under control.

 

“Change is uncomfortable, foreign, and most definitely something outside of our comfort zones.

God uses change to shape us into who He has called us to be.  Imagine if nothing in your life ever changed.  How would you learn?  How would you grow?

Sometimes change means letting go of something you thought you’d hold onto forever.  It sometimes means hot, blurry tears, and impatience with God.  It sometimes means being angry with Him for a moment for allowing all this to happen to you.  But it also means in the midst of your frustration, remembering the undeniable, beautiful truth.  That out of all the changing things in the world today, our God will never change.  He is the same today, tomorrow, and always.

So sometimes change means losing everything you thought was safe and wonderful in exchange for the loving arms of our everlasting Father.  But what loss is that really?  No, it is gain!  It means taking a step in the dark and trusting that God will guide your steps and catch you when you fall.

Because God?  He has far greater plans for us than our comfort zones will allow.

Change is uncomfortable, and foreign, but most definitely so so worth it.”

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In a way, I think it’s somewhat symbolic that my first post on my new blog should be about ‘change’.  Let me know what you all think of my new design!  Leave me a comment below.

  • Gracie - Girl, this is so beautiful. And the new look is totally dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - Wow I love the way this looks! You did a really lovely job :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - The new design is lovely, so elegant and simple! And yes. Just yes. I have had a lot of similar thoughts this past spring and early summer. Reading this was encouraging for me as I am still adjusting to all the changes. So beautifully written. And I love your outfit and that peony!ReplyCancel

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  • Maureen Poertner - Love your comments about change. God is always in control. Love your new format and the photos as always. You are amazing!ReplyCancel

“oh, but darling, the adventure is far from over.

think of all the places you’ve yet to go.”

-S.C.

I am not yet done gathering stories. There is so much more I’ve yet to see; so much more I’ve yet to do; so many stories I’ve yet to create.

But.

I am so grateful to be home.

Home is an adventure in itself. I’m collecting pieces of a story here as well. True, these days are perhaps more mundane than those spent traveling the world and the unknown, but these moments and stories collected at home are so much dearer to me than any others. This is where my story began, and this will always be where my heart belongs.

All this being said, I will willingly go wherever God calls me and if it just to happens I might travel the world in the process, I’d be okay with that.

But for now, I’m only dreaming of a San Diego skyline.San Diego skylineSweater & a Pen | City Fashion

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dress | thrifted

boots | thrifted

necklace | Claire’s

Photography | Dan and Melissa

I’ve taken a short hiatus from blogging for these last couple months, but I’m glad to finally be back at it again! Our #6monthroadtripadventureandstuff has officially come to an end. Despite the April snow, I’m overjoyed to be back home. It feels oh so good to sleep in my own bed after several months in a tent! Now that we have regular internet access, I should be getting back into my routine of blogging so be sure to look forward to future posts–this creative mind of mine has some crazy ideas that I’ll share with you all soon! ;)

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I promise I will post more from our trip once I have all the photos together and organized. Until then, enjoy this photo of these cute postcards. Over the last half year traveling across the country, we have visited many National Parks. Now I can display this vintage collection in our house, serving as a small reminder of all the memories made on this trip. It’s been a crazy adventure, and I’ll miss it a little, but there’s nothing quite like home sweet home.

  • Julia - Just wanted to say I hope you had a wonderful trip, I am so happy I got to see little bits and pieces of it! I am looking forward to your future posts!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you so much darling xoxo! I look forward to posting more as well :)ReplyCancel