Sarah Markley
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I'm the mother of two little girls, the wife of an amazing husband who'd rather play the guitar than anything else and I love to write. I spend my weekends watching my daughters ride horses and play soccer. I blog daily and my greatest wish is to see women healed...

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  1. That is one of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes … in fact, my husband used it last night while teaching Bible study at our church.
    Beautiful reminder, Sarah, thank you!

  2. You write about where I am in my ministry. God may call us into hardship and fortify us for the work, but I don’t believe God calls us into work that sinks our souls. I hear the joy in other voices when they talk about their work. Joy for me is elusive, and I don’t believe that is how God wants life to feel. Finding the right work through which to minister is essential, but that, too, can be a challenge. I ache to serve with joy.

  3. Yes, we were! We were made for so much more than this! Amen! And I’m so glad that God will take us where we need to be, I pray we each let him do his work in us and through us!

  4. I do. I was just telling my husband last night that I hate my job and I hate where I am at right now. But, for the life of me, I have no idea what I am yearning for. I am not a writer. I am not a wonderful mother that is so great a nurturing. I suffice for the daughter I have. But, what is next? Where am I really supposed to be?

  5. LOVE this post. I have been feeling this way…told my husband I want more for me, us, our family, our friends, our neighborhood, our congregation…& I think God wants more for us too. It’s not that things here are bad (they aren’t perfect, mind you), but I just have that sense about things. I anxiously await how God will answer:).

  6. Good word for me this morning.
    I’m an “I Love Lucy” girl – and that episode is one of my favs 🙂 And yes – that is how I feel sometimes – good example.
    That C.S. Lewis quote – is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings and rest and peace to you,
    Kate 🙂

  7. Excellent post. There used to be a guy on the Ed Sullivan Show who would spin plates on tall poles. As a child, I was so excited to see him quickly moving back and forth to keep them all spinning and not fall. As an adult, I feel like that guy all too often.
    Sharing this on my Saturday Shout Outs this week, if you don’t mind.

  8. This is beautiful and very raw. I love how well you expressed your vulnerability.
    I think often, is this all there is to my life?

  9. Searching for the “something more” and realizing that it takes time, learning and discipline is where the frustration sets in.
    We reach for what is close, hoping it will fill the need. We are (I am) inpatient creatures. The something more is a slow to unfold, beautiful thing worth waiting for. I have to remind myself of that today and everyday.

  10. Ohhhh . . . I think you were at my house yesterday . . . Thank you for your encouragement . . . I needed it!

  11. Wow! I’ve had so many of those same thoughts! Thanks for the reminder that God DID create us for extraordinary things! He WANTS to use us!

  12. This post was raw and real. Thank you for sharing it.
    I especially loved – I know that I know
    We need to sometimes remind ourselves of what we know that we know?? Somehow it seems new again.
    Wishing you sunny days, peace, and love in your life always.

  13. Your words of the soul met me face to face today and many other days. As I read through your piece, I kept thinking “God is there and he is working through you and your family.” I remember when my children were younger and still at home and the feeling of so much to do, so much not done, so much not heard, so much more? And although the times and experiences are different in this “faze” of my life, those thoughts are still there. Last week I felt such despair and then in the same week I experienced a high in personal achievements and marital communication… go figure.. God was there through it all and I just needed to really listen and feel his presence to know that. Thanks so for sharing in such a relative way. God keep you and yours in the palm of his hand!

  14. Yes. This reminds me of Carolyn Arends song, “Reaching.” I am learning that when no answers come, when the sidewalk does come to an end, when I’m not allowed to even try doing things my own way anymore…that there is something greater. When God speaks to dream bigger, and I find myself on my face on the carpet crying out that I don’t know how…I know there is something greater. I’m reaching for Him. I’m reaching for the high reward found in Jesus Christ. I’m reaching for the extraordinary living water who satisfies my thirst, so I don’t thirst anymore. It’s Himself. Jesus Christ.

  15. Yes! Our Heavenly Father loves us too much for there not to be more for us. I often find myself thinking that I know that there’s more for me (and my family) but are we allowing it to be?
    For me, I find that when I stop and truly look at and enjoy my children, share an honest conversation with my hubby, or minister with my singing and/or art from a place of love…”more” has been right there waiting for me all along!
    Your writing made me think…and remember. You have my sincerest thanks!

  16. We are with you, Sarah. Just if we can hang on to those glimpses of something more, moving and being worked out in us and through us, it will give us the hope we need to keep reaching for Him and all He has for us. God bless you and love on you big time today! deb

  17. This goes through my mind when I am laying, able to do nothing, and I rhino those words. And I try to remind myself that maybe I’m going through this pain that allows me nothing, so I can learn and do something more with what I learn. I think I am meant for more. I’m often just too impatient to wait for it. But it will come.

  18. Oh my goodness, your words today were like salve to my soul…so many times I have caught myself saying that very same thing. It is in those moments of strength that I remember I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” and that He DOES have something more extraordinary waiting for me.
    Thanks for sharing your words and your heart!

  19. we sort of wrote about the same thing today … love the CS Lewis quote and yes, we were made for more and for another place … navigating our way through this other world is the tough part

  20. I’m reminded of the Switchfoot song “Stars”. When I forget what I am living for, who I am, and that there is more, I can just look up to the stars and be reminded I’m meant for more than what this life offers. But I can try to navigate as gracefully as I can while I am here. Not always easy, for sure, especially when my children were fighting. I used to hide out in my bathroom or under the covers. Beautiful post.

  21. It’s one am and my husband is not home. After doing a little online research, I just found out that the “concert” he is supposed to be at (and home from) is not really a concert, but live music at a bar. I was beyond livid, holding my 4-month old daughter, wishing and hoping that this is not happening. I’m mad, scared, hurt, and angry that once again he is getting drunk with a bunch of single, non-believing men. I was preparing for the argument ahead, knowing it would not end well and I would probably feel worse off afterward than I do now. But as I am sitting here waiting for the inevitable, I decide to hop on here and read today’s entry. Thank you for reminding me that even though my marriage is barely holding on and my future is unknown, there is something more out there. Thanks you, and thank God, for reminding me that there is something extraordinary- something not of this world- to look forward to. I am God’s child and he is with me now, with open arms to comfort me. Instead of starting an argument, I will try to find a way to talk to my husband with the love God would want me to show him. Now I can go to bed, knowing that despite what my husband is now doing, God is with me. Now I can sleep in peace.

  22. I know now more than ever I was made for something extraordinary, but I admit that it hasn’t taken the form I expected. When my third daughter is born in 10 weeks with a disability, I will take on a life I never dreamed of, but a life I KNOW WITH ALL OF MY SOUL God intended for something extraordinary.

  23. When I read this post a few days ago, I didn’t have time to comment. I’ve said those very words amidst the daily sometimes ugly, uninspiring challenges. I want a grander purpose that lifts me from the daily grind of learning to live in the spirit. We all are so human and so broken some days. When I get there, I KNOW I need to pull away for some quiet with my Abba just to center myself again letting all that is happening in my life fall into its proper perspective. Sometimes life is just so chaotic that it is hard to find time to get centered by praying. That’s when I know I have to pray on the hoof as Ruth Graham once said. I believe God understands our frustrations and knows how hard it is to live here some days. And yes…we were made for better things…but for now we hold on to our faith and to Abba to see us through the difficult, messy days. I’ve found there are messy days and tranquil days and that is life here on planet earth. I am just so grateful for the love and strength of my Abba as I try with human, clay feet and hands to be his ambassador amidst the chaos of difficult days.

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