Gladness and Grace

What a whirlwind week and a half it has been!! Full of lots of highs, lots of lows, and an overwhelming amount of GRACE.

First off, MELANIE CAME!!!!! [FYI: If you don’t know Melanie, I am SOOO sorry. We’ll have to arrange an introduction. Call me. You’ll never be the same :) ]

Mel came to Big Sandy for a Chalk Art Course being offered on IAA’s campus. That course just happened to coincide with my birthday – which was perfection!! It has be SO GREAT having Mel here!

I can’t tell you how many years I longed for a kindred spirit and would pray and ask God for a friend. And then somehow, when I least expected it, least deserved it – My Lord sent Mel. She has stood by me, listened to me ramble, made me laugh myself goofy…. made me stay up til midnight on my birthday and then comforted with Scripture when I cried over getting older :) Ah, thank you Father!!



My dear, sweet, best friend and sister Catherine organized a birthday party for me on Saturday! I think it may have been my coolest, most thought through, prettiest birthday party in a looooong time! SO SWEET! Catherine and Mel decorated and baked and cooked beyond their hearts’ content! Several of the gal from ALERT came over and we had a sweet time! Thanks, y’all, for investing in me, for making me feel special and loved! Y’all are priceless. I am BLESSED.

My department at work threw me a surprise party on Tuesday, which was SO sweet! I was very surprised! You know, I can’t remember ever having a birthday like this one – surrounded by SO MANY dear ones taking their time to let me know that I am loved.



…if only Mom and Dad could’ve been here :( *siiiiiiiigh , pout* :(

So, I mentioned at the top that I’ve had lots of highs and lots of lows. As for the “lows” part, I’ll just sum that up by saying that our Precious Lord “giveth more grace”. He sent me family and friends to encourage me, lift my spirits, and to just hold me. *Tears*

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

My Lord also showed His power and mercy by encouraging me through His Word and through His presence. Ah, I’d love to share with you how He encouraged my heart through Isaiah 53-55. Maybe someday, maybe just in bits, maybe it’ll just stay hidden in my heart. We’ll see :)

So, each of you are precious to me. I wish I could just sit with each of you over a hot mocha in a cozy place….and talk. Talk about LIFE. Talk about YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW. Talk about JESUS. One more reason to look forward to heaven.

Ah, our God is GOOD!!

AND!!!!………A special thanks also goes out to Josh for updating my site – Great job, Josh! I love the changes you made! Well done, my friend! Thanks for investing so much time and effort and talent! BTW, have I mentioned that you won the “Josh Wychopen of the Year Award” for last year? Well, you did! And wowsers, was the competition ever TOUGH! Almost as hard as winning the “IAA Graphic Artist of the Day Award” ;)

4 Responses

  1. Mom Says:

    Hi, Sarah,
    But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches
    in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19
    Love ya, Mom

  2. Sarah Says:

    Aw!!! Thanks, Momma! I love you SOOO much and miss you tons! Have Dad hug you and you hug him back – both hugs from me. Ok?

  3. Rachel Says:

    I’m so glad your birthday was so special,Sarah!
    I hope I can find a good excuse to come visit soon!
    Love You! :-D

  4. Perky Says:

    Ah, dear Rachel! I miss you!!!’d love it if you could come! That would be so great! Just let me know when!!

    We are having a Valentine’s Weekend Couples’ Conference and, on the Saturday evening of that, a banquet for conference couples and IAA staff couples! Wanna come for a few days??? T’would be SO GREAT!!! :)

    Love you, dearie!! Tell Little Neal that I say HI!!!!