Happy Friday!

When I sat down at my computer this morning, I had every intention of writing a devotional, blog post.  So I started looking through my pictures to find one to accompany the message of it.  An hour later, here I still sit at my kitchen table, thankful for what ended up becoming a trip down memory lane…

 The last stop on this morning’s trip down memory lane was this one.  This is a picture of my grandparents’ refrigerator.  Can you tell that they love their children and grandchildren very much? 😉

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Even if it takes time away from your busy schedule, I hope that you will do something today to remember all the ways that God has blessed you and abundantly shown His love towards you.  Whether it’s looking at pictures on your refrigerator, iPhone, or dusty, old frames, remember and give praises to God.  Have a very happy Friday! 🙂

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine, 

Sarah 🙂

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Eagerly waiting for our Savior

Are we eagerly waiting for Christ?

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Whenever my family’s dogs are outside, they are so excited to hear a car coming down the driveway.  They run to the gate, so excited about our arrival that they will jump, bark, and wag their tails frantically.  The only reason why Lacey looks  still in the previous picture is because she’s giving me that look to say, “Sissy, what are you doing with that camera? You’re supposed to come play with me now!!!”

Although this is just a funny, little story about “man’s best friends,” I’m here to say that there’s something that we all can learn from these dogs.  And it’s this: they eagerly wait for the arrival of their master.

“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many,

will appear a second time,

not to deal with sin but to save those who are

eagerly waiting for him.”

Hebrews 9:28

Isn’t this image beautiful?  If you have the time, please read 9:11-28 to get the context of this verse.  Essentially though, those verses before verse 28 explain Jesus’ role as the High Priest–one who would not just make sacrifices on behalf of His people, but the One who BECAME the sacrifice (v 11-12).  Because of His death on the cross, Jesus Christ paid the price that sin required: death.  Since he never sinned, He was a perfect sacrifice, not only for the sin of those people of that day, but for all those who would believe in Him to the end of the ages (v 26).  He took the judgement of wrath for sin that we deserve, and so now, all of those that truly believe in Him as their Savior rejoice with the truth of Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

In our day to day lives–our waking up, going to work (or class), cleaning the house, etc.–do we remember that we are also waiting for the arrival of our Master?  Even more than this, are we EAGERLY waiting for Him?

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

Sarah 🙂

Under the Texas sky

Houston, Texas.  The Rodeo.  Even if I spent a few hours writing about every single detail of the trip, still I would not be able to express just how amazing the trip was.  One thing that I can very easily say, though, is this: certainly I have never seen as many rhinestones, sequins, and other sparkly things ever before!

During all of those fun times at the rodeo, I especially found myself oohing and ahhing over the precious, little children dressed up like cowboys and cowgirls.

That’s right… They were absolutely precious!

We ate wonderful food, especially “Tex Mex,” which apparently is just called Mexican food over there! 😉

 I even got a small taste of my life-long dream to own a horse one day,

and I loved every second of it!

Most of all, I was so grateful for the invitation to come and join this wonderful family on their trip!  They even took me in as one of their own 🙂

 All in all, it was a trip that I will never forget!

 Whether in a crowd of 75,000 people or standing alone next to a horse after a trail-ride, there I was under that big, Texas sky…

…and I thanked God for every bit of it.


Hello from Houston!

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Hello and “yehaw” from Houston, TX! For the past few days, I’ve attended the Houston Rodeo and also gone horseback riding. It’s been an incredible trip, definitely the best, first trip to Texas that I could have ever asked for. Now I know you were wondering, but don’t worry… I have taken PLENTY of pictures! As soon as I get to my computer, I will share them (rather than writing posts with my iPhone like I’m doing right now. 😉 )

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Thank you so much for your patience, and I can’t wait to write back soon!

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,
Sarah 🙂

Isaiah 55:10-12

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace, the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Isaiah 55:10-12