Surviving Sarah Podcast: Episode 14

My last post, I told the story of how God asked me to "close the door, take time to heal, and fall in love." Over the past few months, I haven't been writing as frequently, but have been invited to do some pretty cool things. Last week I was asked to speak at a large ladies event in my hometown. It was an honor to be asked, but even more an honor to be able to talk about my Dad all night. I was able to meet some of you who follow along with me through the valleys and mountain tops of our story.

I often sit behind this computer and type my heart out to you. It's honestly scary some days, and it's not often that I am able to see where my words land. But that night, to be able to wrap my arms around some of your necks, see your sweet faces, and the eyes that read these words, was such a blessing. I can't thank you enough for following along. And it brings such joy to my heart when I am able to hear what Father is doing in your hearts and in your sweet families.

I was also able to be on a friend's podcast recently. I met Sarah Bragg at


last October. I saw her walking up to my table and thought, "Gosh, she's so cute!" She just sat right down, introduced herself to me, and it felt as if we had been friends for years. She is an amazing mom, beautiful writer, and home girl knows how to dress! She has written a book for middle school girls, and has spoken all over the country. After talking with her, I knew her heart beats for the Kingdom. And that is exactly the kind of friends I want to have!

God called her that weekend to start a podcast. And she's one of those people that decides to do something, and just does it! Her podcast is amazing! I get so excited every Tuesday, because I know her next episode will be sitting in my inbox. You need to go to ITunes, search for her podcast, Surviving Sarah, and then subscribe! Follow along on her blog too! I promise you won't regret it!

I was so honored when she asked me to join her for Episode 14. We talked about everything from our love of coffee, to books I'm reading, and the hard that has filled my last few months with our sweet boy. I shared our whole journey through infertility and the sweet moment I held Selah for the first time. So if you're new around here, it will be a great way for you to get caught up with our little story. But also, how awesome is it to hear someone's voice?! Even though when people call me on the phone, they ask to speak to my mom. Wow. Anyways...

You can listen in to our conversation here:

I'm breathing in His beauty today.The sun is shining over here, friends! And if it isn't where you are, He is still working in your waiting, and making beauty from all of those ashes! So lift your face, sweet girl!

All my love,


Close the Door and Fall in Love

God has given me this burning passion to love on women. Whether I am writing, speaking, leading a Bible study in my living room, or drinking coffee across from a sweet soul, this is my calling. I’ve floundered around for a few years with how to get started, let’s be honest; I still feel I’m floundering. But God has said to walk forward and that’s what I’m doing.

Last October, I went to a Christian women’s blogging conference called,


. It was my second time attending and I was expecting big things from the Lord. I wasn’t sure what He would do, but the posture of my heart the whole weekend was open hands. I expected to receive lots of practical things to help grow this blog, increase followers, and reach more hearts. My deepest desire for this space and ministry in the future is Psalms 52:9, “For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”

Instead, I came home from that weekend with a simple task from Him, “Close the door, Jessica. Take time to heal, and fall in love with Me.”

And that’s what I’ve done.

It has been beautiful. And hard.

Writing has always been a way I process things, and when the Lord asked me to close the door for a while, I wasn’t sure exactly what He meant by that. I realize it’s been some time since you’ve heard from me, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been praying for you, sweet reader.

I’ve been learning so much lately about what it means to embrace suffering, rather than resisting, and wishing it away. Behind closed doors, in the secret of my time with Him, I’ve been learning more about who I am in Him and just crazy He is about me. He’s been training my heart to live more fully in my identity as His daughter. And His Spirit has been poured out in fresh new ways in my life.

So I realize there hasn’t been much traffic around here lately, but I want you to know that what He has been doing in me, I’m praying for Him to do in you.

So dear friend, thank you for following along. I cherish you and love each pair of eyes reading these words. You are a blessing to me.

The beginning of Spring is always filled with new promise. Lots of new things to come!

I'd love to know what He's been doing in you!