Whoa.

April 28th, 2011

giving flower

It’s 10:41pm and I’m seeing my email account has 1330 emails and more coming in every second.

All emails are requests for the free download link to 31 Days to Clean (my gift to those who spread the word about it during the promotion, which is now over).

Apparently, E-Junkie (the service I use to send the download links) has a free email link limit, and so does gmail. I can’t send out anymore ebook links for at least 24 hours. So, THANK YOU all SO much for spreading the word, I am grateful and excited, but please have patience as I get your ebook link to you – it may take a few days.  :)

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For those of you who missed the promotion but would like the book, you can get it on Amazon Kindle here or as a PDF download here (both only $4.99).

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Again, thank you all so much for your support of the Ebook! MUAH!

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Psst…it’s now 12am EST and I have over 2060 emails.

Photo Credit: Giving Flower

Giving Up So We Don’t Fail

April 27th, 2011

In the shower

One more push of the snooze button and I’ll get up. I made a promise to my husband that the first thing I would do in the morning is shower because I hadn’t for three days.

6am and I pull my bones out of bed and tip toe around wood-floor creaks, slowly easing my way towards the bathroom. I never use my husbands shower, but since it’s downstairs and I’m desperate not to wake the little ones I use it. “Which way do I turn the faucet so it gets hot?” I complain to myself. Cold, cold, and no C or H. Finally the water heats up and I allow myself to relax (even though I know at any moment my four year old son could come groggily in looking for cuddles – he’s the early bird in our family). I think to myself, “why don’t I shower more? I know I’m tired, and my time is so limited to myself, but seriously, this is bad.” Then I remember why I stopped “scheduling” showers.

I always fail.

As I stood under warm wet drops, I realized that I had given up on so much more than showering, I had given up on pursuing my ideals. I had given up even trying.

Life got hard and long and mundane, and every failure led to depletion in my spirit. Somewhere along the line of seven years with husband and babies and dishes and laundry I unknowingly gave up. I’d been believing the enemy, the liar of the generations, that whispers, “you will never change.”

How foolish that I’ve believed the defeated one instead of the risen One!

I know I will fail – I’ve got a swarm of sin-bacteria buzzing through my spirit – but I have someone to stand in the gap when I do. I have someone changing me from the inside out. I’ve got a new heart and a pure spirit under this skin eating away that sin-bacteria. I have God in me.

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekial 36:26, ESV

If you are like me and you feel weary and worn and like giving up most days, will you choose with me today to keep going? To not give up, no matter how many times you (we) fall? To push through the lies and grasp for the truth (even in the dark)?

Jesus has got our back. We’ve already won.

Let’s do this.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9, NASB

“…it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace.” Hebrews 13:9, ESV

“With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort..” 1 Corinthians 15:58, MSG

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Photo Credit: In the Shower

FREE Copy of 31 Days to Clean! *UPDATE* Promotion Now Over

April 27th, 2011

*UPDATE* This promotion has now ended! You can purchase the book for $4.99! :)

From RIGHT  NOW until midnight tonight (EST) you can get 31 Days to Clean – Having a Martha House the Mary Way FREE just by using the hashtag #31daystoclean in a tweet and linking to 31daystoclean.com OR by blogging about the ebook!

Once you do one of these two things, email me (or DM me @sarahmaewrites) with your email address and I’ll send you a download link!

Ready?

GO!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)

And thank you so much for spreading the word!

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Top 10 Things I’ve Learned From Selling an E-Book

April 26th, 2011

#morningcoffee (Caffè macchiato) Day29

Photo Credit: #morningcoffee
  1. Give Yourself Ample Time to Make Your Ebook Ready For Release. When I was getting ready to release my Ebook, 31 Days to Clean – Having a Martha House the Mary Way, I set a hard deadline and began to promote when it would release. I gave myself a week to have completely ready a first draft, unfinished manuscript. Don’t do that. Read the most obvious reason below…

Read the rest over at S.Bryant today!

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On Friday, sweet Emma went to Jesus. Would you consider sending a card to the family? It’s completely free – find the information here.


The Secret

April 25th, 2011

"So tell me now, where was my fault In loving you with my whole heart" -Mumford & Sons

The secret is this: you’ve got to be wholehearted.

The dirty little secret is this: being wholehearted requires your whole heart…and it is the hardest thing to give.

The push-pull of our hearts desires make it very difficult to be wholehearted to something eternal. I want to be wholehearted, but my sin-flesh-heart leaves holes and gaps where selfish ambition has eaten through.

Life is one big push-pull and sometimes I feel like I’m the Monkey in the middle.

Will I ever say, “I’ve got this!”?

Do I have this life or does it have me?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24

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Recommended: Seasons of a Mother’s Heart

Related: The World is Begging You To Show Up

Photo Credit: So Tell Me Now…

For Your Spirit (Links)

April 22nd, 2011

Golgotha - Place of a Skull

Golgotha – Place of a Skull

“and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.” John 19:17-18

Is God Good? by Dana at Rosecommon Acres.

“As I knelt on the floor, the weight of a dresser on my back, trying to keep my son’s head and neck straight as I rolled him to his side so he wouldn’t aspirate on his own vomit . . .{Was God amazing?}”

Odd Traditions by Sara Sopia at tout-est-des-roses.

“When the fantasy of the giant pink rabbit ends, we don’t want our Savior to end up in the same cast-off pile.”

During Holy Week, When Children are Anything but “Holy”… by Arabah Joy, at Arabah

“I grew up in a home where religious parents were never pleased. I believed God was like that too. And I’m suddenly aware of the false god I just might be representing to her. Of late, my prayer has increasingly become, “Lord, show me how to parent this in a manner in keeping with Your character.”

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Want to join in with Me? I’m doing the Homemaker’s Challenge beginning May 1st – link-up with me here!

My Kids Easter Basket is a Beer Box – Beat That! (Thanks Dad!)

April 21st, 2011

Dad, you are, THE BEST.

(Oooooh, a package from Grandfather…)

(Classy dad)

(The note mattered…it did…really…)

(You are paying the dental bills, yes?)

(They’re not excited or anything)

(THANK YOU GRANDFATHER!!!!!!!!!)

Putting Down Your Dukes

April 20th, 2011

Angry Baby

It hurts when we feel wronged.

When we want to scream “FOUL!” and cry and say, “but…” and “how could they?” and “I am so hurt.” You want to fight. It stinks. And it feels unfair. But just like I am a mess and if you peeked into my heart you’d see all kinds of ugliness and lies and wounds, others are kind of a mess as well. It’s why we need grace; it’s why we need to extend grace.

Oh it is HARD!

But a heart is a funny thing and it beats out hurt disguised as something else: anger, shame, toughness.

So again,

grace.

Lord please help me to get out of myself long enough to remember the heart sickness we all have – sin. Help me see my own sin…help me assume the best about others. Help me to remember your wild, amazing grace and all the ugly that it covers because of your blood.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.  So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:21-24

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Photo Credit: Angry Baby, bsolidblue

Following the Wind

April 18th, 2011

Desert Fury

“I’m willing to leave the familiar, I’m will to leave what I know if you go with me. I’m willing to go where you lead me, I’m willing to do what you say, if you stay with me. Crossing over, leaving all I know behind, crossing over and not knowing what I’ll find. Crossing over leaving all I know behind, crossing over knowing it’s You I’ll find.”

-Kathi Wilson, From the Nothing Will I Withhold CD

Sometimes it is easier to be in bondage in the familiar than to be free in unknown places.

God is like the wind. He goes where He pleases, and no one knows where He is going, but His people follow. When the Israelites were rescued from slavery and led out of Egypt by a cloud and fire, they thanked God one minute for His power and complained the next that He took them from filled bellies and “security.” Even though they saw the glory of the Lord, they still turned their hearts back to their oppressors. And don’t I do the same.

To follow the Spirit is to have faith; it is to let the wind of God set our course.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” Ecclesiastes 11:5

From the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Q4: What is God?

A4: God is a Spirit (Luke 24:39, John 4:24), infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

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Photo Credit: Desert Fury

The Good Kind of Gluttony

April 17th, 2011

Oil Lamp

Burning the midnight oil…that’s when the fears come.

Alone with the computer, searching for affirmation; searching for “good enough.” The wired wireless draws me in and offers me life. But it’s empty and it gnaws at my heart like an unfed belly.

Trying to find life in something other than my Jesus always fails me. I’m thankful it does because in my starvation I crawl to Him, the only One who can feed me life.

So I take a seat at His full banquet table and I sense He is telling me to take what I need. I take. And I eat and I swallow life down into my spirit where His meets mine and I am nestled and nourished. I can’t get enough.

I want more, and He offers more, and He offers drink and it is all so good. This is the kind of gluttony that results in a fattened spirit so I’m taking all the calories I can cram in.

He is better than ice cream.

And there is always enough to go around.

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Photo Credit: Oil Lamp


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