Confession: At the beginning of the summer, I thought I couldn’t do it all. To put it simply, I was overwhelmed. I could go on to list the reasons but I’ll spare you the drama and just leave it at that. I started prioritizing everything in my head. What things can I eliminate from my schedule? What things should I be doing that I’m not? What things should take priority over the others? You know the drill.
I was able to properly categorize everything but one: GLOW. It’s not something that I HAVE to do, but I love it. It’s the easiest thing to let go of, BUT I can’t just up and quit. How will I be able to maintain writing weekly posts of substantial content AND do school?
Despite the busyness, I knew GLOW was something that I was supposed to continue. Not only do I enjoy writing, but also I am so grateful for the relationships that have come through this community of women. This blog has been pivotal for my personal spiritual growth (read our story here). All that to say, here was my internal dilemma: I know GLOW is supposed to continue, but how can we make it work amidst the busy schedules?
Minus a few mini freak-outs, I stayed relatively calm on this issue. I felt a peace about it and I wanted to be able to look back and know that I was faithful (for the most part). And then, out of the blue (as God does best), I met Lauren. She quickly jumped on board with our mission and I knew she was the perfect fit – an answer to my prayers. (Read more about Lauren here.)
It may seem like such a small thing now that I am re-living this experience, and to be honest I feel silly even talking about it. But this was just one of the many small ways that the Lord pulled through. Once again, His grace was sufficient.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
…And His grace continues to be sufficient! Today, our little corner of the web has even more news to share! We are adding another member to the bunch – Sarah (as always, God is good).
Sarah Tarleton will be joining the team as a twice-monthly contributor. You can expect her posts to go up approximately every other Friday. I encourage you to connect with Sarah personally, but first I’ll give you a brief introduction.
Sarah is a great friend of mine living in Fort Worth, Texas. She majored in English at Union University, has four ridiculously cute kiddos, and is heavily involved in her church. She is super talented at decorating (she’s one of those that has a way of transforming a dull place into something beautiful for $5), dresses in the cutest of ways (thanks, Target) and can tear it up in the kitchen (which comes in handy since she and her husband are the men’s dorm parents on the campus of Southwestern Seminary). I admire Sarah in many ways – her love for the Lord, her super-mom skills and her ability to juggle a hectic life and still excel at everything are included in the long list. Sarah is the friend you meet at Panera for lunch and stay for hours sipping on refillable coffee (seriously…we did that last week), the girl you call when you need someone to listen, the friend you invite to your Jamberry Party.
Read a bit from Sarah herself below:
I am a disciple of Christ, wife to a handsome M.Div. student who loves to preach, and momma to four 5-and-under precious, feisty kiddos who each have their own hashtag on my instagram (#nerdalert). The hubs and I actually met as MKs in Moscow, Russia, and the six years I spent living overseas in Europe and Asia gave me an unquenchable love of traveling, as well as a fierce desire to live my life looking at people through His eyes and loving them with His compassion. In this season of life my days are spent quizzing my husband with Greek flashcards, playing dress-up with my kids as a stay-at-home mom, cooking homemade meals for starving seminary students as dorm mom, and helping lead the MOPS group at my church in Fort Worth, Texas. In between I read a lot of books, take a lot of pictures, and constantly rearrange our furniture.
Sarah’s first post went live last Friday (read it here if you missed it). Even though you will be hearing from Sarah more often on the blog, be sure to take five minutes and connect with her personally. You can find her through any of these platforms:
Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
God has placed the right people in our paths at the right time to make GLOW what it is today. When you feel like you can’t do it all, just remember – His grace is sufficient. Our flesh is quick to retreat when times get tough but if there is something the Lord has placed on your heart, He will provide the means to make it happen. After all, His power is made perfect in our weakness!
God continues to bless our community of women. Please let us know how we can pray for you and thanks for joining us on this journey.
Oh, and speaking of journey…our one year anniversary is coming up in a couple weeks! Stay tuned for a fun week celebrating as we embark upon year two.