1 John1 John 4:10 This is real loveβ€”not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (NLT)

What a beautiful scripture and truth. God is love. ❀️ Another week over (basically over) and another interlude for you to enjoy. Happy Thursday, and a very Happy Birthday to my momma! πŸ’œπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰

Blessings πŸ’› Sarah


Joy, Joy, Joy!

JoyMy poor husband. I’ve had Christmas music on repeat since before Thanksgiving. Normally this wouldn’t be the case, but one of our very favorite bands (Rend Collective) came out with a Christmas album on the 17th. I can’t stop listening to it. It’s simply glorious! And since I already had one Christmas album blaring, I just HAD to put my other albums on and make a little Christmas mix. Probably the most random mix of artists and genres too. A little Rend, mixed with Patti Page, throw in some Bing Crosby, and a dash of The Carpenters and there you have it. My extremely random and quirky Christmas mix. If I could only find my 98 Degrees Christmas cd…. That would absolutely be added to the mix. I am not ashamed to say it, I loved, loved, LOVED those boys from 98 Degrees!! They were hunky and could sing so much better than the other boy bands (if you’re honest about it!) 😜. It’s probably a good thing I can’t find that cd because I think the hubs might just have something to say if I was constantly jamming out to that overly synthesized teenybopper poppy pop pop-ness.

If you couldn’t tell, I love music. Completely and utterly love it. You could even say borderline obsessed with music. Nothing can lift my spirits quite like a good song. And I mean good. I’m super particular and picky when it comes to music, almost like a music snob… Wait, make that a music connoisseur. There, that sounds better! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad (very much so) that there are an array of different styles of music too since there are some genres that I just can’t stand. Even instruments too. Like the harmonica… Eesh!! My ears hurt and I can feel a headache coming on just thinking about them. πŸ˜‰

Isn’t it so wonderful that our Lord and Savior isn’t a people snob like I’m a music snob? Liking us based on our style and how it makes us feel at a certain time; like we are with so many things in life. Jesus doesn’t care if we can sing, can’t sing, play an instrument or not, have platinum albums or don’t, are rich or poor, etc. (I think you get the idea). Jesus doesn’t just put up with us either, he loves us! So much!! Not based on anything we’ve done or will do either! Ephesians 2:8-9 says: God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (NLT) I love that so much. I mess things up all the time, I’m not very talented, I’m not wealthy, or celebrity status, and I probably never will be. It’s nice to know that I don’t have to have that kind of status for Jesus to love me and have died for me. He loves us ordinary and the extraordinary celebrity peeps, all the same! That calls for a reason to celebrate, for us to be full of joy!! It says in Psalm 5:11 – But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. (NIV) And in Psalm 126:3 – The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (NIV) Let’s have joy not only this holiday season and when the Christmas music stops, but all throughout the year!

To get you joy-ing, jam out and enjoy the Rend Collective song below.

Blessings πŸ’› Sarah

Silence The Cell Phone

It’s Tuesday. What in the world happened to Monday?! Before I knew it the day was over. At any rate, I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and long weekend. 😊 Now, time to get back into the swing of things.

We’ve all seen the advertisement at the movies. Whoever sponsors it, we are always so kindly reminded to “silence our cell phones now”. I have yet to hear a phone go off in a theater. Maybe that loud vibration – that’s supposed to be silent, right? – buzzing away, but I’ve never heard an audible ring or beep or some random rap song that no one has ever heard of but the person who owns the phone…. 😜 So it always baffles me when we are in church and I hear a phone ring! Full on ring. In church. Come on people! I think church is just a tad more important than a movie. Why can’t we just power-down? Unless you’re on-call or someone who is extremely important, why can’t we just turn off our phones? Yes. I said it. Turn off our phones. For an hour? Or even two? Forget the silencing, just shut it off.

I like to think back to the era before cell phones. No, not that long ago, but around the late 90’s. I grew up when cell phones weren’t all that big of a deal. I even had a pager. Yes, a pager. (Do they still make those?!) And let me tell you, I thought I was so cool! 😎 Then I remember when I was around 16, I wanted to get a cell phone (time to upgrade, right?! πŸ˜‰) so my parents had me get a job to pay for it all by myself. I now owned my very own flip phone. I could call whoever I wanted! AND if I waited until after 9pm, the minutes were free! Gosh, that makes me chuckle. Do you remember that? Now we have so many minutes we don’t even know what to do with them! Remember texting back then?! What in the world was texting?! I don’t even know if my super rad flip phone had texting capability? πŸ˜† I cringe just a bit when I see little kids these days with a fancy phone, most often fancier than mine. The hubs and I joke that when we have kids the only phone they’ll have is the one that calls 911 and home! Hah! Maybe things will change if and when that day ever comes, but for now we are sticking to our guns. πŸ˜‰

When did our society become so dependent on cell phones? Even to the point where we can’t use the bathroom without it! Have you ever heard someone answer their phone in the bathroom stall at a store? πŸ™ˆ I have. Ew. That my friend, quite frankly, grosses me out. When they answer it’s never anything urgent either, like “Oh no! I’ll be right there!” Or “Timmy did what?!” It’s always just a simple conversation like nothing is even happening. Um. You’re on the john. Can’t the conversation just wait a minute? Besides that being totally awkward and weird, it’s pretty dirty too. Public bathrooms are almost always disgusting and you’re going to pick up the phone and place it on your face (up to your ear (whatever)) and talk into it?! 😷 Ok, ok, so maybe I’m being slightly germaphobic, and maybe I’m the only one who feels that way, but the point I’m trying to drive home is shut it off. Silence it, ignore it, just call them back (or text) after you’re finished. Why are we so dependent on these devices?! If this cell phone era is here to stay, (and I’m pretty sure it is) the least we can do is be polite. Put down the phone once in a while, have a conversation in person with a treasured friend or family member. I’m very thankful for cell phones to be able to talk to those near and far. I have many friends and family that don’t live just a drive away, but don’t forget about the special times together – in person, when possible. πŸ’œ

The Word tells us over and over to “Be still”. One of the more known verses (make that chapters) in the Bible on being still would have to be Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV) I just love that. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Take a minute, close your eyes and just and think about that. How beautiful is that picture? Look at those action words too. Wow! God wants us to have peace, to relax (Not to be lazy though. Please don’t think I’m condoning laziness, I’m not!) and he wants us to be refreshed! Here’s the best part. Look at what the Lord requires from us to attain this peace and rest and relaxation. Nothing. The Lord has done it all, he is our shepherd, we lack nothing in him. Resting in the Lord, taking time to pray, meditating on his word, and voilΓ  we reap all those benefits, the best benefits! Such a simple thing to do and how often we blow it off. In this world of go, go, go, we need to slow, slow, slow, down! Be still. Take a break from not only your phones, but the business of life. Let the Lord lead you besides quiet waters, let him quiet your soul. Boy how I need this reminder everyday.

Blessings πŸ’› Sarah