I’m Sara and I’ve spent too many years of my life trying to play catch up, keep up and prove myself worthy. And it’s exhausting.
I grew up going to church, but it wasn’t until I was 16 that I became aware of the relevance of personal faith and a relationship-with-Jesus life. My decision to follow Jesus with a surrendered heart started me down the path toward freedom. But freedom would come slowly, as I continued to battle proving myself while also trusting God’s abundant promises. This new life also made me aware of my deficiencies and intensified my loneliness in the void I felt of community, mentors and a support system. My hope for my future life included deep friendships, a rock-solid marriage, godly children and a home that was a place of comfort and blessing. My dream was to know God really well, stop living in fear, learn how to risk, do the hard real-life work, and experience God’s promised abundance. I knew the WHAT, but I didn’t yet know the HOW.
My search for "how" has become life-long. How do we battle the culture of hustle? How do we find community? How do we avoid accidental decisions? How do we grow in faith and godliness? How do we cast a vision for our life and actually get to walk into the dream? How do we really experience God?
I’m not a girl who has it all figured out. I mess up and then try to cover up and act like I have it all together. And then I humble myself. And ask for forgiveness. And admit my pride, and my fault and my insufficiency. But all of the inadequacy of my own story just keeps driving me to the complete adequacy of God’s.
I’ve learned to seek out community, mentors, resources, and encouragement. I have invited, initiated, planned and made myself vulnerable to others. And I have chosen to intentionally show up again and again. Despite doing it wrong. Despite rejection. Despite fear. All of my story has been lived out in the context of a God that keeps reminding me He is faithful, even if I am not.
My story started in Seattle, then transplanted to Colorado in high school, and has continued here ever since. I love the Colorado sunshine and wide open spaces but still travel to the Northwest frequently for time with family, fish and chips, and cool ocean air. I’m married to the cute guy I met in line for the cafeteria freshman year of college. Blake has been God’s greatest gift to my life: challenging me, comforting me and pushing me toward God for the past 25 years. Married at 21, we became parents at the tender ages of 23 & 24 when Ethan was born, and it still seems incredible to me that he’s now off at college. Wyatt (16) and Allison (14) weren’t far behind, and then to complete the family we have 2 dogs named Ranger and Wrigley. My story isn’t finished but somehow getting to the point where my kids are starting to launch, I suddenly feel the urgency to share the hope I have found along the way.
I’d love to journey together, as we battle to see God in the midst of our culture of hustle, defeat, overwhelm and survival-mode. Let's simplify this life we’ve made complex. Let’s learn to see God in both the trivial and mundane everyday details as well as in the big life-altering moments. Let’s learn to hope, and be equipped to walk into the intentional, abundant life that God has promised each of us.
"I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14