“Chase the Lion”

Last night, I was talking with one of my best friends, and he shared with me his favorite quote.  I LOVED it.  Today, I want to share it with you too! 🙂  Thanks, Brent!

“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Grab life by the mane.

Set God-sized goals.  Pursue God-sized passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without Divine Intervention.

Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes.

Keep seeking God.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.

Expand your horizons.  Accumulate experiences.

Consider the lilies.  Enjoy the journey.

Find every excuse to celebrate everything you can.

Live like today is the first and last day of your life.

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God.

Burn sinful bridges.  Blaze a new trail.

Criticize by creating.

Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.

Don’t try to be who you are not.

Be yourself.

Laugh at yourself.

Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

Chase the lion!”

-Mark Batterson-

The Work of His Own Hands

Do you ever stop and think about who you really are?

Now that I am able to call myself a senior in college–ah, scary!–I am asked more and more, “Sarah, what are you going to do once you graduate?  What do you want to be?”

For me this is always a tough question to answer.  Usually, I let out a sigh from the deep breath I took after anticipating the asking of this question.  Only then do I begin to answer with, perhaps, the one word that can answer it better than any clump of words that I put together… Well…..

In all of my attempts to answer the scary question, “What do you want to do with your life?”, I found that there was a better question that I should focus on instead: Who am I and what is my identity?

With a first thought, I would say the following are basic parts of my identity: the daughter of Leigh and Bruce, sister to Brad, Spanish major, wannabe author, lover of music, so on and so forth.  But even with these responses, I am missing the much bigger picture.

A verse that I have read every single night before going to bed for the past week is Psalm 138:8.

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;

your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

-Psalm 138:8-

After reading this verse for a few days, that’s when I found an answer to one of my life’s biggest questions: Who am I?

The work of God’s hands.

This is one of those truths that is stated repeatedly, so much that it could be overlooked or not appreciated for the depth of its significance.  The work of God’s hands, His own hands.  (Even more bold though, is that the Psalmist can even stand before God in prayer and demand to not be forsaken… Something that as I write this now, I want to think about more…continuing on though…)

In addition to Ziploc bags, DNA tightly wound into chromosomes, or a breath-taking sunset, we are the work of God’s own hands.  His love for us will endure forever, and no matter what doubt we have about ourselves or the future, He will fulfill His purpose for us.  What greater of a promise is this than anything we could ask of Him? With the fulfilling of His purpose for us, we can rest assured that whatever happens in life will be overcome,  even overwhelmed with His love.

So the next time you’re wondering who you are or what you want to be, remember this: YOU are the work of God’s own hands, and He will fulfill His purpose for you.  We’ll just have to wait and see and TRUST that He will reveal what that means.  Much easier said than done, right?  😉

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Romans 8:25

God WILL fulfill the purpose that He has for your life.

You are the work of His hands.

With all of my love,

sarah 🙂

Ah! It’s spring cleaning time!

Do you know what time it is in the Hollinger house?  Spring cleaning time!

For the past two weeks, I’ve been running around by moving out of the house I lived in at MSU, spending a few days at my grandparents with all my stuff in my car, moving into my new apartment, going back home to Nashville for this week, and then I will move back to my new apartment in Starkville.  That’s where I’ll be for most of the summer, but for now, I am moving and shaking from place to place!

With all of these moves, I’ve had the opportunity to sort through my clothes and other things.  In many ways, I was shocked to think, “I keep all of this stuff with me?!”

“For I testisy that they gave as much as they were able,

and even beyond their ability.

Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the

privilege of sharing in this service.”

2 Corinthians 8:3-4

With this mind, I’ve been reading 2 Corinthians 8 about giving generously.  Most times when I read this passage before, I always assumed that they were talking about giving our money generously, even above what we can afford.  What I see now though, is that this passage refers to ANYTHING that we can give: clothes, books, our talents, ways to serve others, etc.

Notice, the Macedonians–the people that this passage is referring to–says that they pleaded for the PRIVILEGE of giving above their means.  Isn’t that incredible?

So right now, here I am.  My mom’s closet is done, and my yellow bedroom is next!  Wearing work clothes and a sense of determination to boot, I pray that God will give me this sense of privilege through cleaning out and giving beyond my means.  If you are doing spring cleaning, I pray He will do the same for you 🙂

For the past couple of days, I’ve had the great joy of spending time with my Pappaw, Aunt Cindy, and my wonderful grandmother, “Mammaw.”We’ve had so much fun watching the news, the Weather Channel, and drinking Pappaw’s strong coffee with Splenda since it’s “fully leaded”–our way of saying very dark and strong.  While enjoying this slower pace of life here in a small town of Mississippi, I’ve found a warmth of love and responsibility in living with family.

“As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” 

Psalm 103:13

This is just a quick post to ask for your thoughts and prayers today as Mammaw goes to the doctor.  Also, this is just a wonderful opportunity for me to show off this picture of me with my beautiful mom and Mammaw.  Aren’t they both so pretty? 😉

“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart

with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,

which in God’s sight is very precious.”

1 Peter 3:4

have a wonderful day 🙂