Devotional: Jesus Unlocks the Chains

One thing I’m excited to start sharing here on the blog is a weekly devotional. God has walked with me through a lot of hard stuff this year, particularly this summer, and I feel called to start sharing some of the things I’ve learned and experienced. This is deeply personal, but I hope it encourages you in your walk with the Lord. And obviously this is all new for me, so bear with me as I figure out the best way to do these devotionals.

Jesus Unlocks the Chains

Sometimes it’s easy to feel like we’re constantly circling around the same mountains. The same struggles. The same issues. That’s how I felt this summer. I was burnt out, tired, and just in a very low place which seemed to be following me for a good chunk of the year. Nothing bad was happening in my life, in fact things were great. The kids were great, everyone was healthy, life was good, but personally I was struggling mentally. May and June were the worst. I found myself dealing with a lot of anxiety, racing thoughts, constantly imagining worst case scenarios, etc. I’ve struggled with anxiety before, but this was different. This time it felt more intense. I felt like my mind was under a very real attack from the enemy. It was absolutely awful. So I did the only thing I could do–I started spending more time with Jesus in prayer, more time in the word, more time listening to worship music, etc. I even started writing my favorite Bible verses on little notecards that I carried with me everywhere. I did everything I could to break the stronghold the enemy seemed to have on my mind.

Very slowly, things started to improve. But it often felt like I’d take one step forward and three steps backward. I got really frustrated with that up and down momentum, asking God why He couldn’t just make everything better, calm my mind, and silence the lies of the enemy. I just wanted to feel good again.

Then something big happened. On July 30th, I had a moment with God that I’ll never forgot. He spoke to my heart in a way that was truly life changing.

I woke up early that morning, feeling heavy and dealing with some of the same emotions I’d been feeling for months. I grabbed my Bible and started to read, but after a few moments of that I still felt unsettled. Anxious. Frustrated. Disappointed in myself with my continued mental struggle. Reading the Bible always calms my soul, but that morning it just wasn’t hitting me like usual. So I got up and went for a walk. I started listening to a Charles Stanley sermon, which is another one of my favorite ways to settle my mind and spirit. But again, that wasn’t helping. Finally, I pulled out my earbuds and started walking in silence. Then I began praying, talking to God and confessing to Him all of my frustrations, anxieties, and deepest fears. I poured my heart out to God, just like I had done many times over the summer already, but this time there was a deeper sense of desperation. I confessed that I *know* I should trust Him fully, but I continued to feel fear over so many things. Why can’t I fully surrender? Why can’t I live in peace? Why do I continue to hear these intense lies of the enemy? Why can’t I feel like my happy self again? I spent several minutes pouring out my deepest fears to God and you better believe I was crying. It was one of my lowest moments of my life. I can only imagine what my neighbors were thinking as they saw me walking down our dirt road that morning.

After pouring out my soul, I asked God to speak to me. To silence the voice of the enemy in my mind and any other distractions so I could clearly hear JESUS. I asked, “what do you want me to know? what do you want to say to me, God?” and in that moment, like a movie playing in front of me, I could see myself standing with chains around my feet and ankles. I was chained up, like a prisoner, and tied to the enemy. The enemy was standing behind me, laughing, happy and fully pleased with himself. And I looked scared standing there in front of him–I looked worried, afraid, and defeated. Then I could see a crowd standing around me and my family was there–Matt, as well as my mom and dad. But they could do nothing to help me.

And then I could see Jesus. He was walking towards me, through the crowd like a strong, fearless warrior. He walked right up to me and took my face in His hands. He said, “Sarah, it’s ok. You are safe with me.” Then he took out a key and unlocked the chains around my feet and ankles. I could sense the heavy weight of those chains as they fell to the ground. As this was happening, the enemy was cowering in fear with absolutely no power to do anything. Finally, Jesus picked me up and cradled me in His arms like a child carried by a protective father. He walked away with me in His arms and I sensed Him say, “I will carry you, you are safe with me.”

By this time the tears were flowing uncontrollably and I was physically shaking. I’ve sensed the Holy Spirit speak to my spirit over the years, but never anything quite like this experience. It was so real and so powerful. It was absolutely beautiful. I have never felt peace or joy like I did after that experience.

I finished walking home and immediately wrote down everything I saw in that prayer. That was a very real, personal breakthrough moment for me. It truly felt like a gift. And I’m still replaying it constantly in my mind, trying to understand the details even more. Now any time those lies and fears from the enemy come back into my mind, I remind satan that my Jesus unlocked the chains, I am no longer his prisoner. I belong to Jesus and I am set free.

JESUS WINS

In this life, we all carry our own chains and burdens. Whatever it may be, we all go through very difficult seasons–sickness, financial hardship, family troubles, anxiety, depression, rejection, the list goes on and on. But I just want to encourage you to take those burdens to Jesus. Pour your heart out to Him. Tell Him how you really feel, even if you’re ashamed of it. And then ask Him to speak to your heart. Ask Him to tell you what He wants you to know. Ask Him to fill you with the strength to endure life’s battles. I promise, He will show up for you.

Since that experience on July 30th I have began to feel more and more like myself again. The clouds have started to part and I feel a new sense of hope and purpose. It was an experience I will cling to for the rest of my life.

Lastly, I want to remind you that Satan is truly the father of lies. He wants to trap us in his pit of despair any chance he can get and he delights in having us as his prisoner. He loves when we believe his lies and most of all wants us to doubt that God could really know our story or care about us. But Jesus knows your name. He created you for a purpose and He wants to have a relationship with you. He will never leave you alone. He will never abandon you. He will carry you through all circumstances of life, no matter what comes.

I hope you find encouragement in this story to trust Jesus with your whole life, your burdens, your worries and fears. He is our protector, our provider, and our refuge. You are always safe with Him.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you.” Exodus 14:13

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257 Comments

  1. 9.13.23
    Priscilla Stringer said:

    I love it! I have lots of anxiety too

  2. 9.13.23
    Mary said:

    I so needed this right now. My 54 year old daughter died on August 20th, the last 8 months have been Hell on earth for me. With prayer, friends and love I have been able to find some good.
    Praise the Lord.

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      Oh Mary, I am so so sorry and heartbroken for you. I wish I could give you a big hug right now. I’m praying in this moment for God to give you comfort and peace in your heart.

      xoxo,
      Sarah

  3. 9.13.23
    Christa said:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! What an amazing experience! I look forward to reading your weekly devotional.

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      thank you for reading Christa!

    • 9.22.23
      Denise said:

      Wow, so powerful Sarah.. beautiful, love to hear encouraging but hard stories where HE changes us for the better and validates what we already know.
      💚💚Thanks for sharing your heart.
      Hugs, love you dear sister.🤗🤗🙌💚

  4. 9.13.23

    Beautiful story! ❤️ I love that you were given a clear picture to help release the fears.

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      Yesssss, it was such a gift. I meditate on it every day!

    • 9.13.23
      Buncie Givens said:

      Love this!!! Very uplifting

      • 9.15.23
        Maureen Kelly said:

        Thank you for sharing your personal story. It brought me to tears in a good way!

  5. 9.13.23
    Debra White said:

    This was beautiful! Thank you for sharing this encouraging testimony! It’s so true! Sadly the devil is out to harvest souls so that’s why it’s so important to trust Jesus, stay in the word and stay prayed up!!! May God bless you Sarah🥰

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      Yes, amen to that Debra!

  6. 9.13.23

    When I read this the first time I immediately wrote you to say thank you for your honesty and for sharing. You help me so much with similar struggles. Thank you, thank you!! ❤️🙏🏻❤️

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      So many of us struggle with the same things. Thank you so much for reading Julie, I appreciate it!

  7. 9.13.23
    Patty said:

    Thank you for this encouragement. I too suffer with anxiety and am having some struggles right now. Sometimes, it escapes me and I forget that all I have to do is hand it over to Jesus and he will help me thru. Thanks Sara. Stay light hearted.

  8. 9.13.23
    Angie said:

    Thank you Sarah! I have been struggling much the same way! Sometimes we just need that sweet slap in the face❤️ XOXO

  9. 9.13.23
    Sharis J Norris said:

    Sarah~ First, thank you for sharing this deeply personal experience with our Savior. Second, I’ve had 2 such experiences with God, each during a very difficult cancer journey. They can be hard to share because they are so personal,and it can be difficult using human words in Godly moments. Your sharing has certainly blessed my heart, and will be the blessing desperately needed by someone else that God is wanting to comfort

  10. 9.13.23
    Lauri said:

    Thank you so much for this blog post. I’m sure it can feel very vulnerable to share an experience like that. It was beautifully written and definitely was something I needed to read.

  11. 9.13.23
    Mo Larson said:

    Wowza….that was very powerful & so humbling & real….thank you for sharing this & I look forward to more inspiration…you are amazing❤️

  12. 9.13.23
    Sally said:

    Thank you for sharing that Sarah. It was beautiful and as I read the part where Jesus unlocked the chains and carried you, I had actual goosebumps on my arms. I will surely remember this the next time the enemy tries to steer me away from Jesus: which, unfortunately, happens daily. 🙏😍

  13. 9.13.23
    Sheri said:

    Loved reading this again! So awesome, to God be the glory 🙌🏻🙌🏻

  14. 9.13.23
    Lisa said:

    Oh Sarah, you have the most beautiful, kind heart and loving soul. I, too, struggle with similar debilitating thoughts and it is such a blessing to hear God speak to me through wonderful people like you. Thank you for your open and honest devotional. God loves you and He loves me too!

  15. 9.13.23
    Xaimara said:

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙏without a doubt He is with us!

  16. 9.13.23
    Lori said:

    Thank you for being obedient and sharing! Wow, I sure needed to hear this!!! I too have been experiencing everything you have described for the past couple of years. I’m on a healing journey and crying out to hear from God! I’m not there yet but your words give me great encouragement that I will get there. We serve a mighty God & I will continue to walk this path with Him. Thank you for your vulnerability and sharing your heart! 🙌🙏

  17. 9.13.23
    Jeannie Ward said:

    Thankyou for sharing. I’ve been feeling many of those same emotions. 💖

  18. 9.13.23
    Nicole said:

    So good! Love that your sharing your holy moments, thank you! #Godwins

  19. 9.13.23
    Leslie said:

    Wow! What a beautiful testimony! Thank you for sharing your heart with us!

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      thank you for reading Leslie!

  20. 9.13.23
    Carol Lukas said:

    Thanks for sharing ! ❤️

  21. 9.13.23
    Shelly said:

    Thank you for sharing such a personal experience. While it can be hard to share private moments, I believe it strengthens those around us! I have been going through significant personal struggles this past year, too, and also had a powerful answer to my prayer. God confirmed his hand in my life and his love for me when I needed it most. We are not alone. He is there for us if we will just let Him into our lives. ❤️

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      I agree Shelly, sharing those hard moments strengthens those around us too. And at the end of the day, it’s not about me, it’s about GOD and how He is moving. HE is always there for us!

  22. 9.13.23
    Susan said:

    That is a special, God inspired moment in your life that you will always remember. What a gift! Praise Jesus!

  23. 9.13.23
    Roxanne said:

    Thank you for sharing. That was awesome. I struggle with my faith and I have a hard time praying. So these devotionals will help. I seem to pray when I feel I need Jesus. I need daily encouragement 🙏🙏🙏

  24. 9.13.23
    Mary Lou Edwards said:

    This was so good, Sarah! Thank you for sharing your heart. I’m looking forward to more devotions in the future!🥰

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      Thank you for reading Mary Lou!

  25. 9.13.23
    Michelle said:

    Amen
    Thank you for sharing I look forward to reading these weekly.

  26. 9.13.23
    Connie said:

    Thank you so much for deciding to share your devotions! I loved your story of being set free from the enemy’s stronghold. The Lord is sooo loving and wants only the best for us. Such a vivid and wonderful description!
    Blessings! Connie

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      amen to that Connie, the Lord only wants what is best for us. And in teh struggle there is always opportunity to grow closer to Him.

  27. 9.13.23
    Sara (another one😊) said:

    This is beautiful! What an amazing gift you were given. I am so inspired by your sweet, honest spirit and the faithful example you set of spending time in the Word and prayer! I struggle to quiet my mind and to keep a faithful routine of prayer and study and you always encourage me! Thank you for your example and witness!

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      thank you for that Sara, I appreciate it so much! xo

  28. 9.13.23
    Andrea said:

    Great read. Needed to hear this today.

  29. 9.13.23
    Susi said:

    WONDERFUL! Now whose crying? We all suffer with our demons and those chains, but the Lord is so gracious and comes to us as our Saviour, our Comforter,our Confidante, and Best Friend. Always! Thank you for sharing this with us (readers). We all need to be reminded continually what a great and amazing Lord we serve. He gives grace upon grace.

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      amen to that, Jesus is our comforter and best friend. NOTHING in this world compares to the peace I feel when I spend time in His presence.

  30. 9.13.23
    Joanne said:

    Awesome Sarah, thank you for sharing. We all have some sort of chains & I pray every night for them to be gone. I just want my family, gand kids and friends to be safe, sound and without chairs. Your story was such an inspiration to me. thank you

  31. 9.13.23
    Barbara Tressel said:

    Beautiful! I have been having these same struggles the past few months. I am convinced it’s because the enemy knows he’s losing me and tightens his grip. It almost feels physical. It is SO necessary to read His word continually throughout the day, I have verses written and posted everywhere! I record them on my phone and play them back when I’m on the stationary bike or treadmill. Jesus is my champion and I just want to stay close to Him. He truly is the author and finisher of our faith. I know we can trust in His love for us. What comfort that brings! Thank you for sharing your story, Sarah.

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      Oh I know exactly what you mean Barbara. I love your idea of recording verses and listening to them while you’re working out. Beautiful!!

  32. 9.13.23
    Kim Stanley said:

    This so something I needed to read today! Thank you for sharing

  33. 9.13.23
    Tracy Combs said:

    Thank you Sarah so much for sharing your very personal story. I look forward to reading the devotionals.

  34. 9.13.23
    Stacy said:

    I love that you are gifting us with your personal messages. I suffer from anxiety at times and I welcome your messages and offerings of help for healing! I remind myself of when Peter took his eyes off Jesus while walking on the water and began to sink. I continuously remind myself to keep my eyes focused on HIM! Thank you for sharing your personal story.

    Stacy

    • 9.13.23
      Sarah said:

      that is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. If we keep our eyes on Him, we can do ANYTHING.

  35. 9.13.23
    Abbie said:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I struggle with anxiety too and It’s inspiring to hear how your relationship with God brought such peace and clarity in the midst of struggling with fear. Your story inspires me to continue looking for God to show up, and to trust in what He says.

  36. 9.13.23
    Brenda said:

    This is such a beautiful example of how much Jesus loves us. When we sincerely call on him he is sure to answer and meet our needs. Thank you for sharing such a personal story. I needed this reminder today.

  37. 9.13.23
    Cate said:

    So amazing, Sarah! God is so good! Thank you so much for sharing this encounter with Jesus!

  38. 9.13.23
    Lisa said:

    Thank you for sharing! I needed this today! Look forward to the devotions.

  39. 9.13.23
    Jane Miller said:

    Thank you for being brave and sharing your story!! I to have struggled and still have days where I get attacked! It’s so real and you sharing your story to my mind is you have freedom !! I love your stories and that you are real !! Keep on the faith !!

  40. 9.13.23
    Missy Sherrick said:

    This was just what I needed to read in my current life chapter. Thank you for sharing and for your vulnerability.

  41. 9.13.23
    Lisa said:

    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing! I too struggle with anxiety & fear. God is do good to us! Blessings from NC.

  42. 9.13.23
    Kim Wood said:

    Thank you for sharing such a personal and powerful testimony! Praying you continue to walk in the peace that only the power of Jesus can bring! Blessings 🫶🏻

  43. 9.13.23
    Peggy said:

    This devotion is so beautiful. Please continue your weekly devotion.

  44. 9.13.23
    Melanie said:

    I cried at “Sarah, it’s ok”. I have anxiety as well, so I felt such relief and happiness hearing that. I look forward to your devotionals. Thank you for sharing.

  45. 9.13.23
    Lora said:

    Bless you, and thank you!

  46. 9.13.23
    Bonnie McMinn said:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It was a blessing and I pray many others were touched by it also! God bless you!

  47. 9.13.23
    Kathryn said:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going thru such a dark time in my life right now. This gives me hope and encouragement. I look forward to reading your devotional each week.

  48. 9.13.23
    Rachelle said:

    Thanks for sharing Sarah. I have my days, it’s always wonderful to be reminded that Jesus has us, He will not leave us.
    Jesus has set us free.

  49. 9.13.23
    Mena said:

    Sarah,

    This was so beautiful and look forward to these snippets of your faith and wonderful belief of how much God loves each one of us. ❤️

  50. 9.13.23
    Brandi Champagne said:

    Wow! This was absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this story and for painting the picture so clearly for us all to see. Grateful Jesus unlocked those chains for you and will be praying He does the same for me. God Bless you!

  51. 9.13.23
    April said:

    Beautiful!!

  52. 9.13.23
    Buncie Givens said:

    Love this!!!

  53. 9.13.23
    Carla Norbeck said:

    Wow! So powerful! So so happy and glad you shared!!! Many continued blessings to you, your family and our troubled world! Hugs

  54. 9.13.23
    Susan Remington said:

    Thank you for sharing something so personal.
    Its my belief that in these last days that the enemy is stirring up much anxiety in Gods children.
    He knows his time is short. Your experience with the Lord was absolutely beautiful! He loves each of us so much.
    My daughter suffers from anxiety also and its gotten so intense she was hospitalized with seizures from it. I know the Lord has a calling on her life…. so of course the enemy sends in turmoil.
    I pray God continue to manifest Himself to you and that you always remember His word is the finale word.
    God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power of love and a sound mind!

  55. 9.13.23
    Sari Mabe said:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It’s truly our privilege to get to “know” you.

  56. 9.13.23
    Barbara Hightower said:

    The power of Jesus Christ IN us to defeat our enemy – the toothless, roaring, prowling lion who can do NOTHING but attempt to scare us and keep us in bondage. Thank you for sharing your journey, knowing and believing that He who is IN you is greater than he who is in the world!! God’s purposes for our lives are only revealed moment by moment. I am praying for you to continue to cling to Truth and shine bright for The Gospel of Jesus Christ in boldness… and with JOY that cannot be stolen!! 💝🎚️🙏🏼 📖 🥰

  57. 9.13.23
    Ruth martin said:

    Dear Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing. I believe we serve a wonderful merciful god and his mercies are new every morning. There have been times in my life that I to have felt and heard the lords presence and he has given me a peace and reassurance. I pray that god continues to give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. Again, thank you you for sharing with us.

  58. 9.13.23
    Jennifer Bean said:

    Thank you for sharing, I truly needed to read this today! I walk and pray everyday and sometimes I struggle as well, but I keep coming back to Lord always. Sending you love and prayers❤️

  59. 9.13.23
    Lyndsey said:

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed to hear this so much. I also deal with anxiety and have since I was a child. People who have never dealt with this have no idea how your mind can just constantly race and wonder. I am a true believer in Jesus but I often struggle to lay it at his feet. I pray for chains to be broken and so this testimony hit home. Thank you again and I love following you on IG.

  60. 9.13.23
    Sarah said:

    Thank you for sharing, Sarah! I really needed to hear this! It gives me hope and encouragement in my dark days I look forward to the weekly devotionals. XOXO

  61. 9.13.23
    Brandy said:

    Loved every word of this!! Needed to hear it, thank you for sharing.

  62. 9.13.23
    Rhonda Kerr said:

    Thanks so much for always sharing what’s in your heart 💜

  63. 9.13.23
    Julia said:

    The only thing I can say about this is “Thank you”. Thank you so much for sharing. I have enjoyed your Instagram page for a while. And now your blog has been such an encouragement.

  64. 9.13.23
    Sharon said:

    Thank you so much for sharing your personal testament for our Lord! That’s how Satan comes.. to steal and lie, to make us feel anxious and create confusion in our minds. We have to stay vigilant in prayer and in his word. Praise and glory to Our God who saves us from the snares of the evil one!

  65. 9.13.23
    Judy said:

    Thank you for sharing❤️

  66. 9.13.23
    Amanda said:

    I knew I needed to read this. Thank you 🩷🤍

  67. 9.13.23
    Orfa Gutierrez said:

    This is what I needed to hear today Sarah… I needed to be reminded that God has never left me..I struggle with anxiety myself and am dealing with some personal issues and I need Gods reassurance that it will be ok…

  68. 9.13.23
    Meredith said:

    I cried reading your story of your beautiful personal encounter with Jesus. How special that was to see & feel him carry you to safety. I need everything you are sharing that keeps you in tune and in close proximity to the Savior. Thank you so much for sharing.

  69. 9.13.23
    Mary said:

    That was beautiful. Made me cry, tears of joy. Thank you for sharing this I can relate on so many levels. I am having a lumpectomy on Friday and my mind has been going through all those emotions you described. Not today Satan! Jesus is my savior! 🙌

  70. 9.13.23
    Kelli Sanders said:

    Oh Sarah- thank you soooooo much for sharing! I needed to read this TONIGHT! I, too, am struggling with a diabetic son who is 29 and so out of control with his disease that I fear death is in his near future. I have been praying but obviously God is trying to speak to me and I’m not listening. I’ve had so many sleepless nights recently and instead of worrying myself back to sleep, I need to dig deeper in His word!

    Thank you thank you thank you…… I haven’t fully given this to God. I just need to be patient and let Him work!

  71. 9.14.23
    Pam Slagle said:

    Thank you for having the courage to share your story. You are so genuine, unlike so many other influencers. I truly look forward to your posts. You are an inspiration.

  72. 9.14.23
    Jennifer said:

    Beautiful I will look forward to ready these because my heart feels heavy and sometimes you feel like giving up.
    Thank you for sharing 🙏

  73. 9.14.23
    Lisa said:

    Thank you Sarah. Your story speaks to many of us.

    Thank you Jesus for always loving us and protecting us from Evil.

    We give our lives to you Lord.

  74. 9.14.23
    Gloria said:

    Thank you so much for sharing as what Satan uses for evil, God uses it for your good! I believe that the attacks from the enemy are getting worse and worse as we get more closer to whenever Jesus is coming. Every passing day is one day closer. I’m in our church choir and sometimes we sing break every chain with amazing grace mixed in with the song and I will think of what your encounter 🙏💕

  75. 9.14.23
    Dawn said:

    Thank you Sarah for sharing your struggles with anxiety and your faith in God. I have struggled with anxiety my whole life and frequently reach out to our Lord to quiet my mind and settle my soul. I look forward to your devotionals. Thank you and God bless!

  76. 9.14.23
    Shela said:

    I’m glad I found your page. I have had many hard days this summer too. Sometimes I think, the closer we get to God, the harder the devil works on us. JESUS WINS! ❤️

  77. 9.14.23
    Shawne said:

    Thank you for this I myself have been struggling with anxiety and worry

  78. 9.14.23
    Kelly said:

    Sarah! The reason I’m reading this now as I’ve been up since 4 am dealing with anxious thoughts… After being in the word I was checking emails and almost deleted yours as I follow you on instagram and figured I was pretty caught up… there was no coincidence in me reading this…. You have been such an encouragement to me this morning… I adore your feed…. Thank you for sharing and always coming across so authentic and approachable.. you just spoke truth to me thank you so much I can’t wait to hear more of your devotions… you were a light in the darkness for me this morning

    • 9.14.23
      Sarah said:

      oh Kelly, I’m so glad you took time to read this and it could comfort your heart. I’ve had many nights up dealing with anxious thoughts and I’ve found that’s the best time to talk to God. Pour out your heart to Him. xoxo

  79. 9.14.23
    Catherine said:

    My heart is happy for you!

  80. 9.14.23
    cathy said:

    Sarah,Thank you for sharing – I am 63 with grown daughters and I still struggle. BUT GOD has been gracious to me through the years, and I continue to strive, and then rest. You know that when our children struggle, we feel their pain. My eldest (38) had surgery and was in pain. I went to visit my Mom (nursing home with dementia) and I shared with her about her granddaughters pain, expecting nothing, and grateful she remembered her name. She said to me,”well, we need to pray ” She took my hand and she proceeded to pray as if it was 10 years ago, before her dementia, remembering everyones names. Sarah, God blessed me. I am glad for our Father in Heaven.. He blesses, He meets us in our time of need, as only He can. Submission is a beautiful word when it comes to our Father(and our husbands :]) Keep using your platform for Him. Be transparent, real and give all the Glory to Him. God bless you always, Cathy

  81. 9.14.23
    Alicia said:

    Beautiful! Might have to take a walk myself. May He continue to bless you.

  82. 9.14.23
    shelly Gore said:

    Thank you for this Sarah, my twin sister just had a massive stroke and she is my world. She has a long road to recovery and it breaks my heart. I need Jesus to help me be strong through this. You are amazing and I enjoyed reading this . ❤️

  83. 9.14.23
    Becca Watt said:

    Sarah,
    While I am so sorry you experienced all those feelings, what an amazing testimony to how God really is a chain breaker! Continue to share these stories and devotionals! have been blessed by them!

  84. 9.14.23
    Angela Scalf said:

    Thank you so much for your openness and sharing this story. The Lord is so good

  85. 9.14.23
    Linda Skinner said:

    Thank you for sharing. Your story is encouraging. In July my husband had bypass surgery. I have every thing over to God & I was at peace. My family was supportive but they questioned my peace during this difficult time. I had given this surgery over to God to guide the surgeon & my faith was strong.Thank you for sharing.

  86. 9.14.23
    Breanne said:

    Hi! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve tried to DM you but it hasn’t worked. Do you have recommendations for a daily devotional? Thank you!

    • 9.14.23
      Sarah said:

      Oh yes, so many! Jesus Calling is awesome. I also love Everyday in His Presence by Charles Stanley, and Jesus our Perfect Hope also by Charles Stanley. Sorry I didn’t see your DM, it’s hard to keep up with those!

  87. 9.14.23
    Denise said:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story! God Bless you

  88. 9.14.23
    Gina said:

    That is an amazing experience to share. Our hope is in Jesus but the enemy
    will continue to rob us of that peace and joy if we allow him to. I am so thankful you had this experience with Jesus. It is a daily struggle so stay strong. We will fight this battle until we are home with Him but we know He
    is there fighting for us and HE WINS!
    Blessings to you and your family.

  89. 9.14.23
    Barbara said:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this precious experience with us.

  90. 9.14.23
    Sarah Brock said:

    You have me in tears. So powerful! Thank you for sharing this testimony. Truly inspiring!

  91. 9.14.23
    Michelle Miller said:

    Yes indeed! We are free in Christ. He fights our battles and is our strong tower!
    Thank you sharing your real struggles. It is a encouragement to know just how God moves and shows Himself to us in our times of need.
    Look up the song…I trust in God/elevation worship.
    Ps. 34:4

  92. 9.14.23
    Ali said:

    God is always with us. He knows our futures besides our pasts and presents. Sometimes he’s very small and shows up in subtle ways and sometimes he’s more obvious. We just need to take time in our days to spend quality time with him. Give him our best time of the day not necessarily the leftover part of our day. Just take time to truly listen and quiet our minds and listen to what he has to tell us or show us. As long as we keep our focus on him and not the problems or worries that we or world might have. He’s a God of miracles. Like a parent, sometimes his answer to our question or concerns or worries might be No and sometimes it might be Not Now or Not Yet but sometimes it might be Yes. We just have to wait patiently and be open hearing, seeing or experiencing what he has to share with us when it’s time. He knows the perfect timing

  93. 9.14.23
    Jennifer said:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’ve felt many of the same things you were experiencing, and looking for some answers too. This hit home, and love the encouragement this message brings 💕

  94. 9.14.23
    Pam said:

    What a powerful and exciting experience of Jesus being with you (us)! Thank you for sharing this beautiful real life moment with Jesus!!! We all need to hear this!!!! Thank you for stepping out to share with the world!!!

  95. 9.14.23
    Pam said:

    Oh my goodness, I don’t ever read somebody’s blog, but watching stories this morningsomething told me to click and read your blog and as I read tears fell down my face….thank you for sharing, I too am struggling with something,my life isn’t horrible but I needsomething and I try to live like Jesus wants me too but feel defeated at times….thank you for sharing

  96. 9.14.23
    Sara said:

    This meant so much to me. Thank you for opening your heart for all of us to see. I needed this so much. Like yourself, I have struggled with anxiety this summer. I believe your prayer was a reminder in my life as well. God bless you Sarah..

  97. 9.14.23
    Dawn said:

    Thank you for sharing! I needed to hear this.

  98. 9.14.23
    Armida Digiambattista-Pitre said:

    Thank you so much, I also suffer from anxiety.Letting go and trusting is Duffy. I pray every night about various things like “ let my children live a life without addiction “, there is no reason to believe they are but I can’t help my thoughts going there. What you have taught me is to fully release and have full trust in our Lord Jesus, thank you❤️

  99. 9.14.23
    Laurie Pounds said:

    Thanks you, what a beautiful story! It’s easy to think Satan isn’t real but he is and he’s constantly looking for opportunities. Thanks for the reminder.

  100. 9.14.23
    Lisa Capers said:

    Thank you for sharing this.. We have an amazing awesome God!😊
    Hope you are feeling better each day.. Will you please keep my husband & me in your prayers. He has quit his job after 9 1/2 years for working for this owner who screams and yells at everyone.. He was about to have a nervous breakdown.. Please say a prayer he finds a good job as well..

  101. 9.14.23
    Wendy said:

    This was beautiful Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing! I suffer with anxiety as well, I feel exactly what you were describing! God is good and I struggle with fulling letting go to. Please continue your journey with providing a devotional, it’s going to be wonderful!

  102. 9.14.23
    Ina Monn said:

    Thank you Sarah, from
    the bottom of my heart, for sharing this very personal experience!
    I needed to read this, for so many reasons!🙏🏻
    I love your blog/insta/podcast!
    Bless you!
    All the best to you & your family❤️

  103. 9.14.23
    Carol said:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Like you, I carry a lot of fear, worry and anxiety and I am very close to Jesus. I pray to him everyday. It’s nice to have you on this platform expressing your deepest thoughts and bringing Jesus with you is wonderful as I think people exclude this part but I thank you for sharing and for your journaling along the way which helps so many of us. Thank you for all you do and God bless you to many more peaceful days ahead 🙏🏻❤️

  104. 9.14.23
    Cindy Blizzard said:

    Thank you so much for sharing. So many people are suffering with anxiety and depressing thoughts, it is too easy to turn to the world’s way to help instead of God’s way. The enemy will lead us down wrong pathways and try to make us think we are not worthy, but we are the righteousness of Christ Jesus, we are new creatures. God’s love is so overwhelming and the enemy will try everything in his arsenal to deter us from walking in God’s love and His ways. I thank God for you and your obedience to share your walk in faith of an all consuming loving Father! God bless you!

  105. 9.14.23
    Tonya said:

    You have no idea how much I needed this! I’m 54, single and work as a school secretary, so I don’t make a lot of money. I became a first time homeowner 4 years ago at the age of 50 (up until that point I’ve always rented my entire adult life). While I’m so grateful to God to not only put me in my desired neighborhood, but with a cute house, but now I’m constantly anxious about bills (how will I pay my property taxes each year; how will I ever afford any updates that are needed, etc). My mom told me “God would not have allowed me to get in my home if HE didn’t think I would be able to keep and maintain it”. I’ve never had anxiety before but I’m always anxious about finances and bills, other than that everything else is great (although I would love to make more money, I do love my job; my adult children are doing well and I have 5 of the most adorable grandchildren, with 1 on the way). So my prayer is just to trust God and know HE will always provide and give me peace!

  106. 9.14.23
    Tracey Bower said:

    Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing! I truly felt like you were describing me. I have dealt with anxiety before but this year has been really tough. This gives me hope so thank you❤️

  107. 9.14.23
    Cathy Krueger said:

    I am soo soo very touched by this testimony!! This brought me to tears!! I am a strong believer myself and have been on a huge struggle since we lost our daughter 2 years ago to fentanyl. I, myself have been praying/reading his word and still feel trapped/lost!! This soo gives me hope, encouragement to stay strong and knowing Jesus is carrying me through!! Thank you for starting to do this!! I do believe that God called you to do this!!

  108. 9.14.23
    Terry Moore said:

    Wow Sarah this spoke to me. I’ve been struggling with anxiety and fear of the future for my youngest granddaughter who has a rare genetic disorder called Cystinosis. You reminded me I’m NOT alone. Thank you so much!!! God bless you and your family.

  109. 9.14.23
    Peggy Kyllo said:

    Sarah,
    I started following you for decor content. I eventually had to stop because I was feeling like I had to “keep up”. Feelings of envy over what influencers had and comparing my life to them. Coming up short in my eyes.
    After awhile I Re followed you when you started your podcast. In particular the one where you shared how your mom gave you a Bible and your favorite passage was Ephesians 3:14-19
    I started following a podcast called the Bible in a year with FR Mike Schmitz.
    Being raised in the Roman Catholic Church we were discouraged from reading the Bible.
    I’m in my 70s
    New to reading the Bible, your sharing this passage in Ephesians is one I read daily and I can honestly say I feel moved as if I feel Gods Presence in my soul as I read it.
    All this to say thank you.
    Your testimony is making a difference.💗

  110. 9.14.23
    Anna Crabtree said:

    I had a similar experience and this really moved me into tears just thinking about it. Tears of J-O-Y!! It’s joyous to be visited by the Lord, isn’t it?!

  111. 9.14.23
    Lori said:

    Sarah, this is powerful & I’m sure you felt vulnerable to share. There is so much power & beauty in your vulnerability. The way you recounted your prayer made it easy to visualize Jesus, your savior & the enemy, desperately trying to take hold of you but dying off in defeat. Your account solidifies that we can find everything we’re looking for & need in Jesus. Thank you for sharing 🙏🏻💜

  112. 9.14.23
    JeanAnn said:

    Love this!! This is my story also! I think as women we are taught that it’s our responsibility to handle it all. I sometimes wonder if the real anxiety the enemy throws at us is not only worst case scenarios but will we be able to handle them. Which is a big fat lie because we won’t have to, if those “what ifs” really happen! Jesus will be right there!! I too love and listen to Charles Stanley! He taught one time that the “surely” in those verses also meant “rest assured”!!! Rest in Jesus! He will never fail or forsake us!
    PS I’ve never commented before on something like this lol Just a wife and mother from Arkansas trusting Jesus as I go ❤️

  113. 9.14.23

    Sarah…so powerful! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been praying + chatting with the Lord a lot lately in hope of the idea e that only He can provide…I hope to have the ability + know-how of how to hear Him clearly. I’m trying. Thanks again for sharing this beautiful story and I’ll be looking forward to following along on your journey. ✌🏼
    🤍🤍🤍

  114. 9.14.23
    Suzanne Pangrac said:

    Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing

  115. 9.14.23
    Meagan said:

    Thank you for sharing this I have always enjoyed following you but this is different thank you. I appreciate your openness and vulnerability.

  116. 9.14.23
    Kathy said:

    Love this amd thank you for sharing!! Also, miss your podcast. xoxo

  117. 9.14.23
    Amanda said:

    It’s so easy to look at others and think that they don’t struggle and life is easy for them. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your anxieties and trials. We all need to know we aren’t alone in this world and the path that we walk others are also walking. It’s easy for us to feel isolated in our tough times. Thank you for sharing! I needed to read that today! Such an encouragement!

  118. 9.14.23
    Jessica said:

    Thank you for this! I too am going through a funk and suffer with anxiety. I have been trying to get closer to Jesus and just figure out what I should be doing, personally! Happy to hear you got some clarity and peace!

  119. 9.14.23
    Sarah said:

    This devotion brought me to tears. I too struggle with the weight of things and this is such an incredibly beautiful reminder. Just know God used you and this to speak to me❤️

  120. 9.14.23
    Andrea said:

    I loved this testimony when you shared it on your story and I loved it again today. I so struggle with fear and imagining worst-case scenarios. I’ve been a Christian almost my entire life and know I should trust, but find it hard sometimes. This is a beautiful reminder of Jesus, our redeemer and protector. Our savior. Not only from sin, but from the enemy. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing. God bless.

  121. 9.14.23
    Chris said:

    Beautiful! So appropriate in this time in my families life! Thank you for your openness, strength and your vulnerability to share. It helps to understand and know what others are going through and that God really does answer.

  122. 9.14.23
    Sabrina Charles said:

    Thank you so much for this. It gave me such a sense of peace Sarah.

  123. 9.14.23
    Kelly said:

    This spoke volumes to me today. I too have so many days that I feel unmotivated. Thank you Sarah!

  124. 9.14.23
    Shar said:

    Thanks so much for opening up and sharing this, such a great confidence builder in seeing that Jesus saw you and spoke directly to you. I have a lot of fears too especially around my grandkids and public schools and just so unsettled about the world and our government leaders. I need one of these moments too, but I have such an easy time being in God’s word, but not so much of a prayer life because it gets so hard to explain it all, and I do know He already knows but frustrates me that I can’t explain it. Anyway, looking forward to hearing more. Thanks again for sharing. 🙏✝️

  125. 9.14.23
    Audra said:

    Surrender all!! Daily. Beautiful testimony that God will carry us as long as we are humble and always broken-hearted. We all have chains that can hold us back. What were the chains representing?
    I love you my dear sister in Christ❣️

  126. 9.14.23
    Cathie said:

    This is a great story. I agree with you in everything. Jesus will always be with you in 24/7. God bless you for this.
    Thank You with smiles.
    Cathie

  127. 9.14.23
    Kim Butler said:

    All praise and glory to God, the Father! Thank you Jesus for your blessing on us! Thank you Sarah for sharing. I know that even when things looks like everything is going great from the outside, our inner being can have such struggles. I know mine is being worthy of His love. God bless you for being obedient to Him and His call on your life. ❤️

  128. 9.14.23
    Laurie said:

    Thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing your story. Too often on social media, blogs, etc. people only tend to share the perfect and pretty of life. And although that is wonderful sometimes, it helps to hear stories like this to know that when we’re struggling, we are not alone.

  129. 9.14.23
    Linda said:

    Wow! So powerful. Thank you for sharing…
    Gave me strength too!

  130. 9.14.23
    Kay Knudsen said:

    Thank you for sharing your heart And encouraging me and so many others. Jesus is enough…He is always enough.

  131. 9.14.23
    Sandy Mccrea said:

    Oh Sarah..that is such a beautiful experience. I am so glad that you shared that. My eyes were welling up with tears. I also feel anxious n sad sometimes. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways. I have no reason to feel the way I do sometimes. I have to remind myself of all the wonderful blessings He has given me n He always rescues me from difficult situations or decisions I have to make. Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you many blessings for you n your family. You truly are an inspiration. God bless

  132. 9.14.23
    Tami said:

    My moms in prayer group just prayed the word “peace “ today and that’s what God gave you. I love that you’re using this platform to share. Please be sure to share in the future, the gospel and how the non-believer can have Jesus in their life every day. I will pray for you as you go forward with His Truth.

  133. 9.14.23
    Stephanie said:

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to read right now. My anxiety and depression had recently reared it’s ugly head after many years in remission, and it completely reset my mindset. Thank you for posting this. I look forward to your future posts!

  134. 9.14.23
    Sharon Goins said:

    So thankful what God has done in your life. He is my rock in all things. I look forward to your devotionals!!

  135. 9.14.23
    Elizabeth Neville said:

    Wow thank you. I really needed to read this and hear your story. It helps me to be reminded that in Jesus my burdens are lighten.

  136. 9.14.23
    Chase Turner said:

    Chills! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story. As a anxious person myself, I needed to hear these words way more than I realized.

  137. 9.14.23
    Susan said:

    Thank you for sharing! I too struggle w/anxiety and pray my adult children will not struggle with it as well.

  138. 9.14.23
    Jamie said:

    Thank you for using your testimony to help others!

  139. 9.14.23
    Terri Levine said:

    Sara, thank you so much for this! Your honesty is profound. Just yesterday we learned that a friend had taken his own life. I am so saddened by this and to know he felt this was the answer. I pray that he was a Christian and that Jesus was there showing he was the true answer. It is so heartbreaking. I have felt these chains in my lifetime also but thank God He is continually showing me my past does not define me and each and every day He is here for me. Thank you again for your honesty and being open!

  140. 9.14.23
    Marilyn Ruff said:

    Thank you Sarah💗

  141. 9.14.23
    Amelia said:

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I always look forward to your stories and posts. Life has been hectic over the last year with going back to school, and last week I found out I was accepted into my dream nursing school. God put the desire to go back and he has continued to lead me to where I am now including my passion to serve those who are sick and hurting. Lately, I have been doing my best to prioritize talking to him everyday. God is so good.

  142. 9.14.23
    Paula said:

    Sarah, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this vision God gave you; I read it through tears. So often we forget that God’s power is so GREAT and REAL, the enemy cowers at His NAME!

    Be blessed!
    Paula

    http://www.dimplesonmywhat.com

  143. 9.14.23
    Tam said:

    Thank you for being so brave & sharing your story! Amen!! Jesus wins!!

  144. 9.14.23
    Alicia Rush said:

    Thank you for sharing! Wow! What a gift from our Heavenly Father to speak to you like that!
    Keep sharing, it encourages and strengthens us all!

  145. 9.14.23
    Charity Schadt said:

    Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing your heart. God is good! I look forward to your weekly devotions. Thank you for your encouragement.
    Charity

  146. 9.14.23
    Heidi Wynn said:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love your heart for Jesus and can’t wait to read more!

  147. 9.14.23
    Alisha Hauck said:

    Such a wonderful story, thank you for sharing your experience of Jesus and the love he gives to us every day.

    Zach Williams – Fear is a Liar
    this is a wonderful song that I love to listen to throughout my day.

  148. 9.14.23
    Jenny said:

    I love that you shared this story. It’s been a struggle for me for sometime, in a fog with a heavy heart and tired body. I keep going, but it’s not getting easier. I’ve allowed the enemy to stop me from immersing myself in the word of the Lord. Thank you, thank you. You shared your fight and it’s given me hope. God Bless you!!!

  149. 9.14.23
    Jan Jones said:

    Thank you so very very for starting this faith filled blog. You are always very inspiring on instagram every dsy but this blog is even more so. i will look forward to a nrw message from you each week. God Bless You Sarah.

  150. 9.14.23
    Erin said:

    This is such a touching story. I am trying to hold back tears as I read this in front of my daughter. When you posted this the other night, I said I’ll come back to it later to read but didn’t that evening. I feel like this needed to be posted again to tell me, Erin you NEED to read this. Thank you for sharing this with us and I can’t wait to read the next one!

  151. 9.14.23
    Kathy Wheeler said:

    Beautiful testimony. I truly needed this right now.
    Thank you for trusting us to share something so personal to you. Love you to pieces.

  152. 9.14.23
    Martha said:

    I love this devotion! It was exactly what I needed after a hectic few days at work. I have also been having difficulty making time for God and His word.

  153. 9.14.23
    Heather said:

    Thank you for sharing that. I needed to read that today.

  154. 9.14.23
    Jen said:

    Thank you for sharing this …god is great and I needed this .

  155. 9.14.23
    Amy O. said:

    My goodness my Mama and wife heart needed to hear this. As a mother of a child( better say adult ) since he’s 19 is about to be on his own ( next door) but regardless moving out soon and it’s killing me. With a husband whose been A LEO for all of our marriage and now recently retired tons of changes are happening and I’m not sure I like it . God and prayer are a wonderful tool if we use it. Your amazing testimony was breathtaking and just truly amazing. God is shining in your light and in your daily walk .

  156. 9.14.23
    Brandi said:

    Love this Sarah! God is so good all the time, what a great reminder of his love. Thank you for sharing such a sweet story. So very thankful for his love and the tender mercies he bestows upon us. 🤍🩷

  157. 9.14.23
    Faith Buchheit said:

    Omg this is fabulous. I’m so sorry that you were feeling so defeated. Thank you so much for sharing. I feel the same way. I will be speaking to satan the same way you have learned to. It’s awesome your feeling better.

    Thank you
    Faith

  158. 9.14.23
    Kim BUMGARDNER said:

    Sarah: I can’t tell you how close to home this hits. I Thank you so very much for sharing your experience and know with doing that you have given me a direction to hopefully and sincerely find my own peace. 🙏
    I so look forward to hearing more.
    Bless you for being what I needed today. 💞

  159. 9.15.23
    Susy said:

    Thank you so,so much.I’ve struggled with Anxiety as well. So encouraging. I love what God showed you and did for you. God is using you! I’m excited to read your devotionals

  160. 9.15.23
    AnnMarie said:

    Thank you for this Word of encouragement.

  161. 9.15.23
    Krista said:

    Thank you for sharing. I look forward to the next one. It’s so important to hear things like this.

  162. 9.15.23
    Valerie Melsheimer said:

    As I was reading my bible this morning I had remembered you had mentioned writing in your blog. This was a needed testimony. Sometimes you don’t feel full filled and you reminded me to keep trying until you get there. I struggle with anxiety too. The always waiting for the next shoe to drop this year has been hard. This was a great help. Thank you I look forward to the next one 😌

  163. 9.15.23
    Jessica said:

    Sarah,

    I don’t see your attack this year as just a coincidence. Look at this new chapter you are starting for Gods kingdom. I don’t believe Satan is all knowing but I do believe he knows when he sees someone capable of doing mighty works for the Lord and I think he sees the “warning signs” that you are about to break into new levels for God. He wanted to stop you from breaking free to move on into this new chapter. I truly have seen these kinds of tricks in my own life, and Satan has no new tricks. With that being said, if this new chapter was intimidating enough for Satan to attack you to try to prevent you, imagine the amazing works God is going to accomplish through you in this new season. Praise be to Jesus! He is so good. This is a new chapter for you but just a page in the new story He is writing in you. God has so much good in store for you and there is so much good to be done through your hands!

    • 9.15.23
      Sarah said:

      You just brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for this encouragement Jessica. All I want is to glorify God with my life. xoxo

  164. 9.15.23
    Marthe said:

    Thank you for sharing your heart. I am very anxious about certain things. One of them is flying and dealing with medical problems. God gave me His peace beyond all understanding when I flew to Europe for a wedding. It was unbelievable.

  165. 9.15.23
    Gail said:

    Sarah, this was a beautiful encouragement for me. I have been so down for months and this made me realize I can get up with the Lord by my side. Thank you for sharing such intimacy and being vulnerable so I can get better. In His Love,
    Gail

  166. 9.15.23
    Amber Fannin said:

    Wow!!!! So amazing 🤍 thanks for sharing 🤍 can not wait for the next one🤍🙏🏻

  167. 9.15.23
    Marlene said:

    That was a wonderful moment for you and I know Jesus is always there for us. I am 75 my sons are grown and my grandchildren. My husband died several years back but I am never alone and Jesus is my best friend, he stops me from doing crazy things and makes me think. I have been a Christian since I was 6 and have learned a lot and know I was a trial for him, cause I’m very independent. Your doing great and it makes this old lady feel good to hear wonderful stories from younger people.

  168. 9.15.23
    Kristi said:

    This is beautiful Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing this incredible moment. I have also been feeling the anxiety and spiritual warfare as I question what I’m doing. This is a great message to remind us that He is our refuge and trusting in him completely and forgetting about what others think is what I am striving for. Christ is our identity and sometimes that’s so hard on social media.

  169. 9.16.23
    Allison said:

    Thank you for sharing your experience and using your platform to share your faith!How powerful that was! I love the scripture Do not be dismayed. What a wonderful savior we have.

  170. 9.16.23
    Jeanie said:

    Wow!! Your story and words helped me today! Thank You!

  171. 9.16.23
    Lauren Lee said:

    What a powerful testimony to how much God loves us!! Thank you for sharing and being vulnerable! ❤️

  172. 9.18.23
    Tammy said:

    Thank you

  173. 9.18.23
    Charlotte said:

    Thank you Sarah for sharing your encounter with God with the rest of us. I believe it is so important to share our personal testimony, because that helps build the faith of the listener. i had my own encounters with God last year while going through a deep valley at work. Praise the Lord that He worked it out and carried me through it. God bless you as you continue to share your faith.

  174. 9.19.23
    Wendy Price said:

    Thank you for this testimonial!! I believe that satan knows he does not have a lot of time and he is on the attack. He is a liar. Thanks be to God that we do not have to fear anything at all. He is in control of all things and we as humans want to be in control. It is something I struggle with. I give my problems and struggles and worries to him then take them back. I have to keep reminding myself he handles things far better than I even could. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. I love that verse in Proverbs. Have a great day and I love this blog:)

  175. 9.23.23
    Jan said:

    Enjoyed the read, inspiring and I am not at all religious. I have been feeling very similar lately
    Except I’m a 68 yr old lady
    Feeling my life is over, I’m anxious, no joy to look forward to. I will reread what you wrote. I’m glad you’re feeling better, I’ll get there.

    • 9.25.23
      Sarah said:

      Jan, thank you for taking the time to comment. Things will get better! Hang in there and trust that God has amazing things in store for you. xoxoxo

  176. 9.27.23
    MK said:

    I have been struggling with my relationship with Jesus. Not my faith, I believe he is real and I believe he has saved me, I just struggle holding up my end of the relationship. I struggle with digging into the word each day. I struggle with prayer. Sometimes I wonder why I even pray, I don’t even know if he’s listening. But this is proof he is good. This is proof he loves us and cares for us so deeply. This is so encouraging. Thank you for sharing this personal gift with us. I’m looking forward to these devotionals each week!

  177. 9.27.23
    LeAnn C. said:

    What a beautiful and powerful story! I loved it. I have been in a difficult season this Summer as well, and the enemy wants me to believe I am a failure and there is no hope. Thank you for sharing this story. It was EXACTLY what I needed!!! I pray God continues to bless you and your family, and I look so forward to reading more of your devotionals!

    • 9.28.23
      Sarah said:

      That’s exactly what the enemy wants you to believe. He wants us all to live in defeat, discouragement, and fear. I’ve been in that season myself this year. But I cling to this truth–God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) We can turn that verse into a power statement and BELIEVE it with all my heart.

      • 9.28.23
        LeAnn C. said:

        Amen Sarah!!! We will believe God’s promise that there are great things in store for us! He has us in the palm of His hand!!! Thank you for this beautiful story!!! You are an inspiration!!!

  178. 10.1.23
    Mary said:

    Sarah,
    I’m so happy that you are listening to Charles Stanley, a solid Biblical preacher. I would also like to suggest Jack Hibbs, whose teachings are also Biblically based and is committed to teaching the Scriptures verse by verse.
    Praise God for the strength and healing that you have received.

  179. 10.20.23
    Amanda Brooks said:

    This is absolutely beautiful, Sarah. I love how God is using you to help others. You are so precious and a gift to this world❤️🙏

  180. 10.27.23
    Hayley said:

    Thank you!! I struggle too with some of these same things. I just felt peace as I read your words. Keep it up! 🩷

  181. 11.26.23
    Margie Green said:

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing. This is so encouraging.

  182. 11.26.23
    Nancy said:

    I love this! I’ve been struggling with focus and anxiety. I feel like I’ve made so much progress this past year and I’m so close to achieving some goals I’ve set for myself. But every time I get close to finishing something, there’s a setback. I keep going but sometimes it feels like trudging through mud. Your words give me something new to focus on.

  183. 11.26.23
    Hayley said:

    Beautiful! I’m so happy you let the Lord in. I often struggle with the same things. Thank you for sharing your story with us.I pray God continues to bless you and your family.

  184. 11.27.23
    Elizabeth Haendiges said:

    Thank you for sharing your personal struggles and grace from God with us. This helped me in more ways than I can express, and will be forever grateful for your willingness to minister to your followers.

  185. 11.27.23
    Eleanor Downie 😊 said:

    Amazing ,I pray a lot as have the birth of our first grandson , but we had life changing news for him and his mummy ( my daughter) I pray for a miracle and reading your message has told me to keep praying he is the best wee boy and brought us joy … I follow you on Instagram I live in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿…. Thank you

  186. 11.27.23
    Annette said:

    Second time reading this and I find it more beautiful and uplifting than the first time. Thank you for sharing this deeply intense experience with us.

  187. 11.27.23
    Mandy said:

    Thank you for sharing this! We all need to be reminded of his steadfast love <3

  188. 11.27.23
    Julie King said:

    What a beautiful testimony Sarah! I feel like I can relate to feeling down and defeated. I’m happy to know you found your breakthrough and hope mine comes soon. This is what I love seeing on social media. The bold honest truth to proclaim Jesus is King!

  189. 11.27.23
    Kari said:

    Wow! Thankyou for sharing ❤️

  190. 11.27.23
    Tracie Mcentyre said:

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve been battling with health issues which have brought on so much fear , anxiety and negative thoughts. You sharing your story gives me hope.

  191. 11.27.23
    Kelli Sanders said:

    Sarah,
    I needed to read this today. I, too, struggle with anxiety/ stress induced OCD. I’m a Christian who has been waiting for THAT “break through” moment for a long time. I pray constantly but I feel as though it is not enough.

    Each month I say I’m going to dive deeper into His word, I’m constantly chasing what I feel like is to get HIS confirmation- but is actually I guess, wanting to feel His presence near me?….,, I need Jesus to let me know DIRECTLY that He hears me and knows I’m trying. It all sounds silly when I read this back.

    I’m so happy for you that you had that break through this Summer. It gives me hope and inspiration at same time.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

  192. 11.27.23

    Thank you for sharing this Sarah! So encouraging!💕

  193. 11.27.23
    Lori said:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony it is a beautiful thing when we trust in the Lord and live by faith!

  194. 11.27.23
    Heyward Geddis said:

    LOVE this and needed it! What a great reminder of our Savior: loving, merciful, strong and the ultimate healer! Thank you for sharing!

  195. 11.27.23
    Cynthia said:

    This is absolutely a powerful devotion and encouragement to me. Thanks so much for sharing your faith, love and hope of Jesus!!! Huge thanks Cynthia

  196. 11.27.23
    Kim Barfield said:

    I needed to read this. I am place right now that I am so tired, have no energy to do anything..feel a bit lost. Thank you for the reminder to turn to God. Your story is beautiful and a true testament of how powerful God is. Thank you!

  197. 11.27.23
    Amy said:

    Thank you for sharing this amazingly beautiful moment 🙏

  198. 11.27.23
    Fran wieseman said:

    Sarah I just found your blog on instagram. Been watching you for a year what a wonderful lift for my soul every morning!! God is good 🙏🏻 I do struggle with everyday thoughts straying away from God and it is so difficult to keep up but I love him and know he is my savior!!

  199. 11.27.23
    Jonni said:

    That was such an encouragement to me and what I needed today – thank you!!

  200. 11.27.23
    Beth Kerrigan said:

    Beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  201. 11.27.23
    Oleda said:

    Beautifully said. My prayer is that God will help us to be warriors not worriers.

  202. 11.27.23
    Lisa said:

    This brought me to tears! Thank you so much for sharing. Good is so good! I deal with anxiety and fear at times as well. Leaning into gods word has been a saving grace for me.
    I hope you have a blessed day!🙏🤍

  203. 11.27.23
    Cheryl Earp said:

    Thank you for this. It’s been a hard summer for me as well and my sister is really struggling. I’m going to forward this to her. God bless you and your family

  204. 11.27.23
    Gwen Ingle said:

    Oh Sarah, how I needed to read this. I have been in the pits of despair for over a year with something I could never see myself or anyone in my life going through. The loneliness I feel is awful. I’ve prayed every day and waiting for any sign….
    Thank you for giving me hope

  205. 11.27.23
    Cynthia R said:

    Thank you for sharing your spiritual experience with God. He is always with us we just need to let him in and lay all our worries and burdens at his feet. May you continue to walk with our God. He’s Beautiful 🙏🏼❤️

  206. 11.27.23
    Valerie Fernjack said:

    Jesus has come to me A couple times when I was A A very Young, I remember very Clearly🥲

  207. 11.27.23
    Cynthia Mcelwee said:

    What an absolutely beautiful testimony of Gods deliverance and how much Jesus tenderly loves and cares for us. Thank you for sharing this.

  208. 11.27.23
    Catherine Keit said:

    This was so beautiful ! Thank you for sharing 🩷 I needed to see this today. I have recently been struggling with anxiety , and a feeling of being “down”, which is not in my character. Especially at the holidays. But, somewhere inside , I feel empty . And I don’t like it. I was just thinking , I need some more Jesus time 🙏🏻🩷 I LOVE THE LORD with all of my heart . He has seen me through some very dark times …… I know he will not forsake me now. Thank you again for sharing !! Happy Holidays

  209. 11.27.23
    Brandi Escamilla said:

    I love this so much for you. God is so great.

  210. 11.27.23
    Georgia said:

    Wow, I had chills reading this! Thank you for sharing this.

  211. 11.27.23
    Kendra said:

    Beautiful Sarah, praise God for the freedom only He can bring!

  212. 11.27.23
    Sandi White said:

    Powerful testimony! Praise God for His Mercy and deliverance! Always faithful. Thank you for sharing.

  213. 11.27.23
    Steffani Moskovitz said:

    Thank you for sharing! That visual the Lord gifted you will stay with me. It helps for me to have a visual.

  214. 11.27.23
    Cynthia said:

    Thank you for sharing Sara! I find myself saying “Not today Satan, Jesus is my savior and I have been redeemed” multiple times a day. Sounds a bit corny but definitely helps me turn my mindset when negative thoughts creep in. I usually follow with a quick prayer for things I’m thankful for in that moment.
    God Bless!

  215. 11.27.23
    Mary Welch said:

    Thank you so much for sharing ! I just love your story , it’s so encouraging & a daily reminder that we can trust Jesus ! He is the only one who will lead us thru anything ! 💙

  216. 11.27.23
    Judy said:

    I’m struggling. I have a 37 year old beautiful daughter with disabilities and a rare seizure disorder. Her seizures are harder to control as she gets older. I pray and plead to Him to spare her this pain. I don’t understand his plan for this her

  217. 11.27.23
    Darleene Moore said:

    Thank you for sharing your devotion experience 🙏

  218. 11.27.23
    Angela Badilla said:

    I recently went through something like this and a friend invited me to Ladies Bible Study and I have felt so much better!!

    Thank you for sharing!! ❤️

  219. 11.27.23
    Vicki Moak said:

    This is truly a Word I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing your very personal story. Your testimony is a reminder that the Light shines in the darkness. I knew I was meant to read this. Felt that “nudging” when I saw your post. The three scriptures at the end were confirmation. This past year the Lord has pointed me to Matthew 11:28-30 many times. Years ago when I lost our first baby, I meditated on Isaiah 41:10. Working with men & women in recovery over the past 10 years, I have received comfort from the Exodus verse. God used you in my life tonight.

  220. 11.27.23
    Susan Ashburn said:

    Thanks Sarah for this powerful reminder! May God bless you richly in this upcoming holiday season and in 2024. – Susan

  221. 1.2.24
    Kim miller said:

    Wow thank you for sharing that Sarah
    Boy did I need to read that
    Amen

  222. 1.3.24
    Karoline said:

    What an incredible encouragement and thank you for sharing!
    Sure needed this 🙏🏻❤️

  223. 1.3.24
    Kelly said:

    Thank you for sharing!
    You might want to consider writing a paper back devotional to share with this world. Maybe 1 for every day of the month to follow♥️

  224. 1.3.24
    Matty said:

    Wow this is so powerful and beautiful at the same time.

  225. 1.4.24
    Monica said:

    What a beautiful testimony. Our God is a wonderful God. Thank you for sharing.

  226. 1.6.24
    Heidi Hoyt said:

    So needed this today! I feel those chains and am praying for peace. Thank u❤️

  227. 1.6.24
    Joy Monico said:

    Hi Sarah. I started following you again bc I saw you started daily devotionals. I read the first one today and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Ur story so resonated with me. I’ve been struggling with terrible anxiety since last spring. I have a great life, healthy family, wonderful kids and husband, job I love. Ive been diving into my faith and scripture and praying for this to be lifted. Also going to therapy and changing my medication. Im praying for a breakthrough. Thank you for sharing your story. You’re right. The devil is always lurking, trying to break us down. We need to stay steadfast in our faith and can’t let him win. You’re doing God’s work.

  228. 1.13.24
    Deedra said:

    Sarah, what a profound way in which God showed Himself to you! Thank you for sharing this❤️

  229. 1.13.24
    Terri B said:

    This really touched my heart. I’ve been going thru hard years with depression and anxiety. It feels like the hits never stop. From stage 3 cancer, to finding out about my cheating husband of 21 years, to divorce and losing all my worldly things, to my son getting into drugs and going to Juvi and not speaking to me, to my mom dying. My heart is so crushed and I’m so lonely. I never thought my life would look like this. I cry out to Jesus every day and I don’t think he hears me. Sarah you are such a beautiful person with a beautiful family. I’m so glad you are feeling better. Anxiety and depression are horrible. I’m clinging to the hope that someday I’ll feel better and loved and not alone. It may not happen on this side of heaven. But I hope so.

    • 1.15.24
      Sarah said:

      Terri, you’ve been on my heart since Saturday when I first saw your comment. I’m praying that God would reveal Himself to you in a new way. I’m praying He would be the savior and redeemer of your broken heart, giving you comfort and peace that surpasses understanding. When you’re feeling down, anxious, or lonely get your Bible out and read it. Let the comforting words of things like Psalm 91 seep in your heart and mind. Close your eyes and visualize His strong, protective wings shielding you and being your armor (Psalm 91:4). Visualize yourself sitting next to Jesus, confessing your pain and hurt, and lay all those burdens at the His feet, releasing them to Him. (Matthew 11:28).

      From my experience over the last year, I found that I had greatly underestimated the power of reading the Bible and spending significant time in prayer. It’s truly the best thing you can do when you feel that way. LET Him be your best friend, your comforter. It’s not something I can explain in words, but I promise the more you earnestly seek that time with Him, the better you will feel–the stronger you will become. It doesn’t happen over night, but like all good things it takes dedication. Trust the process and remember that God, your maker, knows your name. He knows your story, Terri. He created you and He will carry you (Isaiah 46:3).

      Sending you lots of love. xoxo

  230. 1.14.24
    Michelle said:

    Thank you for sharing with all of us I can imagine that was hard to share your personal struggle and what you experienced. I am so grateful you did ! I really needed to read this it was meant to be . I know the day will bring many struggles for me with our son with his own shackles and what you experienced I will think about all day long that with Jesus anything is possible. Thank you so much for sharing 🥰

  231. 1.18.24
    Kendy said:

    Amazing words, I just love this posts, thank you and God bless

  232. 3.29.24
    Pam Selig said:

    ❤️Love this! Thank you

  233. 4.9.24
    Donna Warren said:

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR HEART WITH US, SARA. I, TOO, HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION BECAUSE I DEAL WITH CHRONIC ADRENAL FATIGUE.

    SOME OF MY DAYS, I CAN HARDLY WALK BECAUSE MY LEGS FEEL LIKE THEY WEIGH A TON, I DEAL WITH BRAIN FOG, DIZZINESS AND MY CHEST FEELS LIKE I HAVE A DOZEN CARS ON IT.

    BUT I, TOO, PICK UP MY BIBLE AND THE WORDS IN IT REFRESH, RESTORE AND INVIGORATE ME. I WATCH CHRISTIAN TELEVISION SHOWS SO THAT I CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AWESOME GOD. I LOVE TO SPEND QUIET TIMES WITH THE LORD AND I LOVE TO LISTEN TO INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.

    THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH AS WELL AS YOUR STRENGTH.

    MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND CONTINUE TO BE WITH YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY OF LIFE. AND I PRAY THAT HE CARRIES YOU DURING THE TIMES WHEN YOU NEED TO BE CARRIED.

  234. 5.20.24
    Rhonda Rogers said:

    Such a beautiful story! And just what I needed! Thank you Sarah