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Devotional: For the Wayward Heart

“My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me and I will heal your wayward hearts.” Jeremiah 3:22

I’ll be honest, my heart was wayward this week. I felt discouraged and inadequate, primarily related to my work. Having a performance based job isn’t for the faint of heart. With success measures based on things like story views, click rates, likes, comments, etc, it’s hard to not feel defeated when those numbers aren’t where they need to be, despite your best efforts and energy. It’s a weird thing to have a job based on the world’s opinion of you.

Yesterday I was praying and telling God that I think He got the wrong girl for the job. I’m an introvert at heart. I’m really not comfortable sharing my day-to-day activities with thousands of people on social media. I don’t even like social media. This really isn’t a good fit for my personality, God. And as I was pouring my heart out to Him, I felt the nudge to open up my Bible and read the book of Jeremiah.

By the world’s standards, Jeremiah was a miserable failure. For 40 years he served as God’s spokesman to Judah, but no one listened. During that time people ignored, rejected, and persecuted him. His preaching was unsuccessful by the world’s standards, but in God’s eyes he was one of the most successful people in all of history. Jeremiah endured and walked faithfully in his calling from God, regardless of the outcome. God’s approval alone was Jeremiah’s measure of success.

That was exactly the encouragement my heart needed. And maybe you need it too.

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” Jeremiah 1:5

Like Jeremiah, God knew each one of us long before we were ever conceived. He thought about us and planned for us. So when we feel discouraged or inadequate by the world’s standards, let’s remember that God has always thought of us as valuable. He has a special calling for each one of us, yet we must guard our hearts from things of this world (goals, approval of others, material possessions, etc) that compete for our total commitment to God.

The world’s opinion is not a measure of success that matters to God. Let’s walk in that freedom today!

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  • pam
    May 10, 2024

    That is wonderful as a reminder every day! Walk in Gods love and light and NOT the world’s view of us! Those opinions only pull us from what God says about us! Proverbs 3:5!! Never trust our own understanding of a situation. Live by faith and not opinions of others. God created us exactly how we are! Perfect in His sight.

  • Cindy
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you – I needed to hear this today

  • Heather Jarvis
    May 10, 2024

    What a great reminder. Thank you, Sarah! I love how you share your faith.

    Thank you! God bless!

  • Jackie Sutton
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you! I needed that today. I love your content and how you’re always real!

    Jackie

  • Roxann Ikeda
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you for being transparent which reflects strength beyond measure. You bless me in more ways than you know.

  • Charlotte Wilson
    May 10, 2024

    Amazing. Your faith has encouraged me to go to church. I’m 51 and have attended a service. I’ve been going for a year. I was baptized with my husband last week. Your words are heard and appreciated.

  • Colleen
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed this. ❤️

  • Margery Lawler
    May 10, 2024

    I love how you share your faith. Often your words will somehow encourage me or motivate me. God has also hand picked your followers. Thank you for doing this.

  • Annie Spencer
    May 10, 2024

    Such a beautiful and timely reminder for me, Sarah, thank you!! My favorite part of following your account has been seeing your growth in Christ❤️🙌🏻

  • Becky
    May 10, 2024

    Sarah I discovered you over a year ago and can’t follow everyone that I subscribe too but you caught my eye again over the last month.i am much older but love following you gals on IG. You give me inspiration. When you get to be my age mid 60’s some of the desire goes out the window due to health reasons etc. I am a young person at heart and a Christian. Don’t let the world tell you that you are not good enough! I love your style and ideas. I am not an everyday frlly type gal. I garden and live just everyday casual. You hang in there sweet girl and keep pressing on!
    Love from a Tennessee gal!!

  • Karen Kershner
    May 10, 2024

    Love this! Totally needed to hear this (or read I guess 🤣) Especially with Mothers Day coming up. I often wonder if I did a good enough job as a mom when the kids were younger mostly my youngest who struggles with mental health stuff. Could I have done something different to help him? I’m hoping HE knew and why he picked my son to be mine for me to be there for him? I don’t know if I’m even making sense 😊I think you’re doing a great job and I would’ve never guessed you were an introvert 🤔

  • Rachel Uptain
    May 10, 2024

    You’ve done brilliantly, and God definitely is using you in this space. ☀️

  • Lizz Combs
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you for this devotional! I’ve been feeling similarly this week. Refusing to listen to the lies of the enemy and getting on with the business of why I was created to bring HIM glory.

  • Keitha
    May 10, 2024

    I neede this also!!! Struggling with a family member that cause so much trouble and enjoys it! I’m tired of it and need to find a way to take care of myself! You’re an encouragement! Thanks for this and Gid bless you!

  • Grace
    May 10, 2024

    Sarah this is so true. We beat ourselves up more than anyone else. We have value, but don’t often see it in ourselves. God has lead you this far, on this platform for a reason. Seasons change along with people changing. I’ve followed you for along time. You are a sweetheart. You wear your heart on your sleeve. 🙏💖😍

  • Gloria Bohl
    May 10, 2024

    Don’t stop sharing what God is teaching you as the enemy wants to silence your mouth. Thank you for sharing this devotional as I needed to hear it too. God is for us and uses the least qualified person to do a mighty assignment to demonstrate the power of God….just like Moses 🙏💕

  • Tina Garner
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you for sharing this. I have been feeling this for a long time. I know it’s the enemy but sometimes the noise of untruth is louder than the truth. This is truth straight from the Lord. Thank you for following His calling on your life.

  • Shela
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you! ❤️

  • Kim Farris
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you for the encouragement to my day . 💗💗💗💗💗

  • Beth
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you for sharing this. The Lord is using definitely using you Sarah. Your faithfulness to share your heart and what He is doing in your life has blessed me many times and I can imagine many, many others too.

  • Angela King
    May 10, 2024

    🥹the world’s opinion is not a measure of success that matters to God.
    Amen!

  • Leyking
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It has blessed me today. I needed the reminder. ♥️

    You are a blessing to everyone who sees or reads your posts. I love seeing your posts about decor but mostly, I look forward to the spiritual encouragement you provide.
    I don’t love social media but when I created an IG account, I only did it to follow people I could relate to. Mainly faith and decor.

    My husband actually recommended I do it because FB was too overwhelming for me to handle. I only keep friends and family on that account. ♥️

    God bless you and your family! Hope you have a beautiful weekend! 🌸

    Btw, my daughter’s name is Sarah Mei. Love your name. 🫶

  • Sherry Doyle
    May 10, 2024

    Hi Sarah, I have been following you for quite sometime (3 houses ago😉) and as we are not in the same age group (I’m 64) I have always loved your content, affordable DIY’s and all the real you share with us. But I have to say I have loved you more since you have been sharing your faith!! That’s real! I agree with you about not liking social media, as a grieving mom I take to SM for inspiration from like minded (grieving) individuals that I can grow with and learn from on this very difficult journey ( that never ends)😢 For years I have wanted to share my story and help others and I have gained confidence from SM! I now facilitate a Grief Group and have wanted to write devotionals but have hesitated on that, but YOU have inspired me to start and learn from your process. I also enjoyed your Podcast and understand why you are not doing that. God has you right where you are suppose to be, being real, being faithful and an inspiration! ❤️

  • Liz
    May 10, 2024

    Love this. Our identity is in Christ alone. We are all Sojourners here! Our citizenship is in Heaven!

  • Amber Fannin
    May 10, 2024

    Love that you shared this❤️🙏🏻

  • Marie
    May 10, 2024

    Thanks for sharing the reminder. Sure needed it today💕
    God bless your day and all you set your heart to do💕

  • Annette Scarnici
    May 10, 2024

    That you for the beautiful reminder. Have a blessed Mother’s Day 😊

  • Misti Moore
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you! I needed to hear this. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m not worth a whole lot. We have our youngest still at home(high school), but our daughter just graduated college last week and our oldest son is 24(married his high school sweetheart), but no longer at home:( ! I should be reinventing myself about now, but I feel stuck and kinda blah. My stay-at-home blessed mama life is nearly ending(2 yrs). It slipped by so incredibly fast! So, I needed to hear that God loves me and He’s not done with me yet:)! My next chapter will be even more glorious, if I can even imagine that! I can’t understand how people live that don’t know Him! Thank you for the time that you take to bless others w/ honesty, love and grace!! Misti <3

  • AnnMarie Switzer
    May 10, 2024

    Wowza! Thank you for sharing this word. It spoke directly to my heart and mind. Thank you for your obedience and encouragement.

  • Kathy Pearson
    May 10, 2024

    Loved your words. I think you do social media well, I’m not into sharing my life strangers ( probably why I don’t do it)😂. I will tell you you kill it with the word of god. Just saying

  • Lisa Miller
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you!! I needed that as well. Remember just do you.

  • Cheri
    May 10, 2024

    Sarah this is so inspiring. Honestly I don’t know what it would be like to be an influencer that God he called me to accounting? Never the less, we all question if we are the right person for the call, whatever he has us do. For now this is where you are at let your light shine and be you God will do the rest. You are only responsible for being obedient which doesn’t include worry. Keep following you are on the right path. ❤️❤️❤️

  • CAROL FRANZ
    May 10, 2024

    Love this

  • Brenda Ann Ericksen
    May 10, 2024

    Thank you for sharing your heart ♥️

  • Rachel Munro
    May 10, 2024

    Love this!

  • Nicole
    May 11, 2024

    Thank you for being so real and open with all of us.
    It sounds like to me God is using you through this platform to reach women today to encourage them to be themselves and it’s okay to be vulnerable. How many influencers share God and share their true heart. I know there are some but it’s few and far between. Stay strong, stay focused and know you are doing HIS work. You are being a vessel for Him. ❤️

  • Jessica Glynn
    May 11, 2024

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I needed this! This week was hard at work for me also and trying to please people is never an easy thing. God definitely puts us in hard places to teach us valuable lessons.

  • Connie
    May 16, 2024

    Thank you for continuing to share! Love reading your devotional!

  • Jessica
    May 16, 2024

    Thank you for sharing. The world is a different place with social media and much of it is not kind. Please know there are many who love you and your content. The others do not matter. Some that criticize are actually ones that are miserable with themselves. It’s true. I’m 50 yrs old and I have experienced it over and over again. I do not listen to a person’s thoughts on me when they have a life and are a person I would not want to be. It took me 40 yrs to get to this point but my goodness, it feels amazing. Have a great summer with the babies. ❤️

  • Sara
    May 16, 2024

    Stay on your path! I cannot imagine the pressure of being constantly on social media in today’s world! You are unique and have content interesting to women of all ages! Keep up the good work and God will continue to bless you!

  • kimberly
    May 16, 2024

    wonderful words. you speak truth.

    kim

  • Sheilah
    May 16, 2024

    I’m not a believer but the message isn’t lost. This world is not where we are headed.

  • Courtney
    May 17, 2024

    Thank you… I also needed to hear this today. I have felt as if I have the world on my shoulders this week. I feel as if I am here solely for everyone else’s needs but I am just lost in the dark. I know that I should have a servants heart and serve in humility. Your words and reminder today brought tears as I was reading. Thank you for not giving up and being a light in this dark world, for putting meaningful and inspirational blogs for us.

    • AN
      > Courtney
      May 17, 2024

      May the Lord Bless you and keep May the Lord shine His face upon you. God Bless Courtney🙏🏽🙏🏽😊

  • AN
    May 17, 2024

    Thank you for being real/ you😊🙏🏽