Friday, November 9, 2018

Devotionals for the Heart: Sara's story


He is There
A devotional by Sara L. Foust

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

My faith is thin. I am not gonna lie. I am physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually exhausted. It has been that kind of year. You know, where you have wave after wave slam into you and by the eleventh month, your snorkel is the only thing above water. And that, just barely.

I am not the kind of person who has usually done a “word for the year” challenge. But this year, without even really thinking about it, the word “Courage” came to me very early on. I knew I would need immense amounts of courage to go on my mission trip. I thought that would be the biggest obstacle I would face. I was wrong.

My son has been diagnosed with autism.

My daughter has begun mental health therapy.

My marriage has come to the beginning of the end.

My TMJ needed joint surgery with a disc removal and skin graft.

My church isn’t my church anymore.

And the year hasn’t come to a close yet. What I’ve learned is this: Through it all, God loves me. No matter what decisions I make. No matter what mental state I am in. He loves me. Unconditionally. Unendingly. Unblamingly. Just love, like pure spring water. Clear, unaltered, unhindered love. And it is the only saving grace I have, the only beacon of light when things look dark. It is real. It is honest. It is time-tested and true.

So, rather than the above list in the cons column, here’s what I’m choosing to focus on:

My son spoke to his Pre-K teacher for the first time a few weeks ago. And he’s learned a ton of new words that he uses freely at home.

My daughter is sleeping through the night, most of the time in her own room, and she is confident and happy and growing.

My marriage produced three beautiful children and I learned immense amounts about myself.

I only have two TMJ joints, so, even if the other one goes caput, I’m halfway through surgeries.

My church family, though I am not able to be present with them, loves me still, and God will bring me to another church home.

God is never going to leave me. He is never going to leave you. And more than anything in this world, He wants us to cry out to him in the middle of that black ocean called worry, fear, dread, sickness, divorce, temptation . . . whatever your ocean is called, He is there. He is always there.

~*~
Author Bio:
Sara writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. 

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Tennessee Mountain Writers.

Her debut novel, Callum's Compass, won second place in Deep River Books' 2017 Writer's Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com.

2 comments:

  1. Sara,
    It’s so amazing to me that we see a person and think, why can’t I be more like her or him? Why do they seem to have it all together when my life is falling apart? When in truth we all suffer from something underlying in our lives. Thank you for sharing your story.
    I have so many things going on, that sometimes I just want to find a place to runaway to. But I know we can’t runaway or hide from our problems. I try to always ask God to take them away or if it’s His will, to carry me through.
    I have a step granddaughter who has autism. We didn’t know how she would be with all of us. But she has become a blessing to me and my family. She actually comes over and gives us a hug and communicates with me. I am glad she is in my life.
    I think that if I didn’t have God in my life, this world would just eat me up. But I know that whatever is happening or whatever I’m going through, He is, and always has been right beside me, helping me to push forward and get back on track, heading for the goal.
    Thank you for this article. It has helped me to remember that none of us is perfect. We all have our problems. But to remember Who we need to turn to.
    I have a lot of your books and love them.
    Blessings to you and yours
    Kathy

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy. Sometimes I wish I could run away too, but you are right that doesn't solve anything. It is all the more sweeter isn't it when an autistic child chooses to love on you? So sweet! I will pray for you right now, that God will help with your trials and give you joy today.

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