I have spent the vast majority of my life battling with three key things: Am I worthy? Is God enough? Is God really in control? When I started to truly explore my faith and started seeking answers to those very questions, I was shocked to find that many of you are battling those same feelings.
I guess every good story begins somewhere around the middle. Nothing all that exciting happens early but still sets the stage for the rest of the plot. I grew up in South Alabama in a tiny little town nestled right near both the Florida and Georgia state lines. My mom was a homemaker and my daddy was a blue collar man who worked for John Deere for as long as I can remember. I have a younger sister and we had a smorgasbord of different pets growing up that we never managed to keep alive (insert story of a parrot and a bottle of Clorox, a hamster and a vacuum cleaner and a rabbit with a deadly carrot). All-in-all I had a pretty typical childhood. Around age six I had my first, "why is God doing this?" moment. A question I would find myself returning to over and over and over again throughout my life.
For a lot of years, I thought that there was something wrong with me because of my faith. Am I really saved? Would I even go to Heaven if I died? 'Real' Christians don't have these kind of questions or ever get angry with God....surely I am doing something wrong. I was living my life constantly in a state of fear that maybe I wasn't who I thought I was. I can honestly say that I have prayed hundreds of times for God to save me because I thought what I was feeling wasn't normal and that my worry, doubts and thoughts had to mean that I wasn't a "real" Christian. Fast forward to today, 2020—almost 21 years after I asked Jesus to come into my life—and I have learned that doubt, fear and worry within our faith isn't only normal for believers, but it's also a turning point in our faith. My purpose here is to encourage other women (and men, too) to embrace that doubt & allow God to work through it.
I believe it's not only okay but essential to our spiritual growth to live life on a constant roller coaster ride of steadfast faith and shaky belief. Some people disagree, but I believe it's in those "middle moments" of not being certain or confident about what's going on in our lives that we see Christ and His wonder shine the brightest.
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- sarah -
My best friend & husband of 12 years. He's a military guy with a heart of gold. He is definitely the better of the two of us (but he won't agree).
The most loyal little boy you will ever meet. Has a heart the size of Texas and dreams of nothing but playing football for Nick Saban & swimming with sharks.
The ideal middle child. He's a go-with-the-flow kind of kid who loves Fortnite, Goldfish Crackers and making us all laugh. You'll see him on SNL someday.
The pink caboose to this chaos train. She's almost 3, idolizes her brothers but keeps us all in line. Can be found playing makeup or making us 'breakfast' at all hours of the day.
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