August 17, 2010

Cleaned Up

Greetings everyone.

Clean up is going very well. We are kind of at a stand still right now. Most everything is done we are just waiting on walls to dry.

For the time being, I am staying with the Rhodes. I leave for the states in 3 weeks, around 20 days, for another 3 weeks, so hopefully by the time I get back we might have a livable apartment.

All here is good, finally coming down off the adrenaline rush. We had another thunderstorm sunday night. Of course, shortly after midnight I awoke thinking I heard someone banging on the door so I jumped up and ran out to answer it, only to realize it was thunder I was hearing... so I lay in bed for another hour or so trying to calm down and drift back to sleep.

Morgan just left to go back to the states. I am getting ready to go back. Still trying to figure out how to shrink a PDF file to send out my last news letter, although its nearly time to send out another!

I think thats all for now. Slowly starting to meet with readers again today!

Be good and do good!

Sarah B

You don't drowned by falling in the water, you drowned by staying there. ~Edwin Louis Cole

August 12, 2010


I really liked this today and thought it was applicable so I thought others might like it too.

Handling Burnout
The best time to deal with burnout is before you burnout.

In 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 Paul shares seven principles that will help you run the distance and last in ministry –

1. Remember God's mercy (v. 1): God has given us our ministries. We don’t have to prove our worth through our ministry, and we don’t have to wallow in our mistakes. You don’t have to earn your place as a pastor or leader in the church.

2. Be truthful and honest in all you do (v. 2): Maintain your integrity because integrity produces power in your life, while guilt zaps your energy. You need to finish with your character intact. Your integrity includes how you handle the Word of God. Don’t distort it or make it confusing.

3. Be motivated to work for Jesus’ sake, not out of selfish desires (v. 5): We need a right motivation. We should start as servants and end as servants, not celebrities. You need to learn to live your life for an audience of one, and that one is Jesus Christ.

4. Realize that Christians are only human (v. 7): We must accept our limitations. The quickest way to burn out is to try to be Superman. Humility is being honest about your weaknesses.

5. Develop a true love for others (v. 15): Churches thrive, grow, and survive when love endures. You must love your people or you won’t last in the ministry

6. Allow time for inward rejuvenation (v. 16): I have a motto -- Divert daily, withdraw weekly and abandon annually. You need to take time off to re-charge.

7. Stay focused on the important things, not distracted by momentary troubles (v. 17-18): Keep your eyes on the goal, not the problem. Only God who sees the invisible can accomplish the impossible. To be a winner in the marathon of ministerial service, we need trust God even when things don’t make sense. If we run from problems, we’ll never mature into who God wants us to be.

Be good and do good,

Sarah B

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. ~Bo Bennett

August 7, 2010

Blessings of the Body

Today was an exhausting day to say the least.

It started at 4 am with Larry pounding on the door. As I frantically ran around the corner to see Karen and Larry standing there, Larry was saying the water was about to come in.

We picked up as much as we could and got it as high as we could. Not good enough. Within an hour there was about 3 feet of water in the apartment. Total that morning was just above my waist.

The water started to go down around 8:30 so we headed back downstairs to start the clean up. By 9 all sorts of people were showing up! We worked all day until almost 8 pm cleaning out all of the water logged contents of our apartment and the sullivans house.

I have to say that it is and was such a blessing to be a part of a family, the body of Christ. We had people coming from everywhere to help! It would have taken us all day to do it with just the 7 of us (Larry, Pam, Morgan, Karen, myself, Roy and Tiffany) but we got it done in about 12 hours! it is truly a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful family.

be good and do good!

Sarah B

A tree is known by its fruits.

August 4, 2010


zoti qoftë lëvduar Albanian
هللويا الشكر لله Arabic
Алелуя Bulgarian
哈利路亚 Chinese
aleluja Croatian
aleluja Czech
Hallelujah Danish
Hallelujah Dutch
hallelujah English
halleluuja Estonian
hallelujah Filipino
Hallelujah Finnish
alléluia French
Halleluja German
αλληλούια Greek
הללויה Hebrew
हलिलुय Hindi
Алелуя Hungarian
pujian kpd Tuhan Indonesian
hallelujah Italian
ハレルヤ Japanese
할렐루야 Korean
Halleluja Norwegian
هللویا Persian
Alleluja Polish
aleluia Portuguese
Aleluia Romanian
аллилуйя Russian
алелуја Serbian
aleluja Slovak
aleluya Spanish
Haleluya Swahili
halleluja Swedish
คำอุทานสรรเสริญพระผู้เป็นเจ้า Thai
elhamdülillah Turkish
алілуя Ukrainian
bài hát ca ngợi Vietnamese
haleliwia Welsh
כאַלאַלויאַ Yiddish

a shout or song of praise to God.

Its nice to know no matter the language, the meaning of the word is the same.

Be good and do good,

Sarah B

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. ~Ralph Waldo Emmerson