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I started my blog almost three years ago, a year after my son died.

It was one of the scariest and most life-changing things I ever did.

Back then, I took long walks in the park with my dog–part of my grief ritual–to process my thoughts. I wanted to turn my worst loss into something I could use to help others.

Would telling the story of losing my son be a way to help others going through loss?

My private journal was filled with tears, anger, and questions. But in the depths of emotions, there were also nuggets of truth. I found my true hope and joy in Christ, despite going through this terrible nightmare.

God was teaching me things I wouldn’t have learned without going through a deeply painful trial.

I’ve always said that writing is “free therapy”—the chance to spill your guts on page and get some relief. But sharing my thoughts in a public forum was scary to me. I wrestled with doubt.

Could I really talk about my son’s death without sugarcoating it? Would people want to read the hard stuff of life? Would it all point to God?

Because here’s the thing about life: We all face difficulties and challenges. As women, we need to talk about loss, hardships and trials.

In a Pinterest world, where everyone seems to have it all together, it’s good to know some of us don’t. That we’re hurting. We need each other. 

And most of all, we desperately need God.

God uses our losses, mistakes, and trials to encourage others. We can help point others to Christ through our stories.

This blog ministry has opened the door to relationships—both online and in person. I love helping people pursue a deeper relationship with God, to see God work through their struggles and share in that journey of spiritual transformation.

It’s a great honor for me to walk alongside you and affirm the hope you have, the hope that is greater than all the challenges of life.

In this space, I have the chance to reach people I would never reach otherwise.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s Where I Need Your Help!

This summer, I’ve been thinking and praying about this blog/ministry and where it could go. Truthfully, I probably don’t dream big enough. I often doubt. I play it safe.

But I want this to be less about me—because ultimately, it’s about pointing people to the transformational power of Jesus.

And since my largest audience is women, I wondered if you could help me meet their needs? (I do have some faithful male readers too. Thanks you guys! You’re special too, but I need the help of my girlfriends for this one!)

There are so many women who want to find daily encouragement in Christ.

There are women facing discouragement in their roles as parents and wives.

Women are overwhelmed with the stress of trying to manage it all and find time to focus on their own spiritual nurturing.

Listen, I hear ya sisters!

I want to know how to best meet your needs so you can find a greater hope and joy in Christ.

How can I be that friend / accountability partner / shot-in-the-arm that spurs you on this faith journey?

Please help other women find encouragement in their faith journey by doing this ONE thing.

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Here’s how you can be entered in the Giveaway!

I’ve created a very short, personal questionaire that asks 10 easy questions about what your needs are and what kind of content you find most helpful to your life.

This ONE thing would be HUGE in reaching more women.

Help me target your greatest needs by answering only 10 questions.  Many are multiple choice (Multiple Choice = EASY!)

Your answers will be carefully considered and will help generate content and resources that best meet your needs and the needs of other women who want fresh encouragement in Jesus.

Please know that I appreciate your answers because they are truly valuable to me. 

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As a way to say THANK YOU, I will doing a giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner that completes the survey.

CLICK HERE TO ANSWER TEN EASY QUESTIONS AND ENTER THE DRAWING!

Unlike most giveaways with thousands of people, I have a smaller community of friends, so you have a FANTASTIC SHOT AT WINNING THIS GIFT CARD.

Christmas is coming—maybe this can be an early gift to yourself?!?!

Go to my super-short survey now and be entered to win!

Help A sister OUt!

Your answers are truly valuable and will help more women find encouragement in Christ.

P.S. DON’T WAIT TO ENTER THE DRAWING.  CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY AND YOU’LL BE ENTERED FOR AN AMAZON GIFT CARD! THE GIVEAWAY ENDS NEXT THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8th. I will email the winner.

Help a sister out!  I’d love to reward you with a gift card in the drawing!

Complete the Survey: Click HERE Now and Enter the Drawing to Win!

Together we can reach people more for Christ,

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Sara

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