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. Sarah,
    As you already know…I’m an early riser lol. I get up when it’s still dark outside, but every morning I have to step outside on my porch and look up to see the moon and the stars. It’s my way of getting in tune with God and acknowledging His greatness. Most mornings I am fortunate enough to be greeted with His awesome display, so it makes me appreciate it all the more on the mornings I don’t see the stars. Good for you that on days when you are out of step with God, you don’t let the guilts get you down, you just readjust and do things differently. Amen to that! Thank you for a unique perspective on seeking the light!

  2. Sara,
    Thank-you for reminding me that I am one of the fortunate ones that can look up to a blackened star filled sky.

    I will be stepping out of the normal this week to unfamiliar grounds……

    Take Care,


  3. Your words remind me to be thankful that I grew up out in the country, no street lights, lightning bugs flickering through the fields… I always think of God’s promise to Abraham that his offspring would be as numerous as the stars – and imagine one of those heavenly sparkles has my name attached to it.

    I am also reminded in art that contrast is a powerful thing. Lights seem lighter against dark, and shadows seem darker against light. We need both to appreciate the beauty. 🙂

  4. Years ago at the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we were vacationing with two of my nephews when they were just pre-teens. The one was afraid of the dark but didn’t want to let on he was afraid. To help him save face and to let him know there was nothing to fear, I told him look up at the stars. He looked up and forgot to be afraid, he was too much in awe. For the rest of the trip, whenever night came he was eagerly gazing up at the stars.

    At the UP, we can see the Aurora Borealis, it is breathtaking…..

    I need some get away time to just be with God, in the Word, and looking up at the stars. Life has gotten heavy.

  5. You’ve caught me in what I would have called a dark place in my life, yet I can relate. I like what you added about not beating yourself up, just making the corrections you need in order to get back to where you need to be with God. I’m getting alone, in my dark place, and looking up toward the light, and not beating myself up for finding myself off the path. Bless you!

  6. I grew up in Carson, CA and know just what you’re talking about. I was in my twenties the first time I saw the Milky Way. But from my growing-up home, I was actually able to count the number of stars I could see.

  7. Hi Sara,

    Thanks so much for this beautiful post. I pulled an all-nighter and I am feeling mentally and physically drained. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. God is always on time.:)

    We all need a break sometimes. We need a break from our overly-scheduled lives. A break from social media. A break from our overactive imaginations and minds.

    I am planning on scheduling a break this week to just be.

    God bless,


  8. Such great truths Sarah. Although I live in Oregon (most of the time), we travel through LA often to visit family in Mission Viejo. It’s true, I don’t think of looking for the stars in the big city. We did live part time in the CA desert in one of the ‘dark skies’ communities you mentioned. Although I wasn’t fond of the ‘light police’, they have protected the community from the ‘light pollution’ you speak of. We could go out after dark and look at all the constellations…most of which I could not find or name…but I did find the big and little dipper each time. 😉 Your statement, “It’s like something you didn’t know you needed until you realized you were starving for it.” is such a huge truth! I think we are all ‘starving’ to just sit at His feet, rest, feel His peace… His presence… and His love…
    Thanks Sarah

  9. Hello my friend. I love this post!! Great reminder to keep what I’m focusing on in check. To not take for granted the Light that I see all the time.
    I think you should plan a trip to NC soon so that we can have a good cup of coffee and sit under the stars together. Jen’s got some good ones at her house;)
    Hope the closeness of the One who loves you the most is hovering over you today.

  10. I’m praying about what taking a break looks like for me this week; I am tired and it is hard to not compare myself to others who are doing more than I am; if you can pray about this with me; that would be great.

    • Angie,

      Prayers for relief from the stresses that you feel. Don’t worry about doing as much as others. Do what you can and rest your tired body and soul.

      May God bring rest to you now!

      Blessings 🙂

  11. A day like today, the first day of fall is the perfect time to hit the reset button and start everything new and refreshed, if we can find those moments for pause. For me it is the days I take a long morning walk.

  12. Sarah,

    I used to live in a big city and did not like all the hustle and bustle. I didn’t feel like I felt God there. Always had a longing to move to the country. Well God answered my prayers and I live in the country. Each night I can look up and see the many stars. I also have quiet and majestic mountains to look at. I feel blessed because after hectic work days I can go to my sanctuary and feel God there!

    Blessings 🙂

  13. I need to hear this…thank you! I definitely feel out of step with God right now. This past week has been busy, and I am struggling to say no to what feels like the right thing to do; to step away from the “light” to see the real light. Thanks again!!!! xxx