– SARAH RICHARDSON { Esther 4:14-16 } –

Hello, dear brothers and sisters. My name is Sarah, I run Kingdom Work Blog and am soon moving from my small town roots in North Carolina – flying across the pond to Stourbridge, England for a year. I’m passionate about encouraging others through words and stories, which is why I am about to share my story with you.

I’ve been greatly blessed to have been raised in a loving Christian home my entire life. I grew up in a family of regular church-goers, my brother and I homeschooled Kindergarten – High School Graduation. He hasn’t reached that point yet, but I graduated high school in 2017.

I made my decision to ask Jesus Christ into my heart when I was about five years old. I remember it pretty well: my dad was reading me a bedtime story about a little girl whose grandmother had passed away, and the little girl was asking her father about Heaven. I remember talking to my dad about it, and I wanted to go to Heaven when I die. We prayed together, with my mom, and I was baptized soon after.

I remember steadily going to church with my family, being involved in my Sunday School class, AWANA, and the children’s choir. We went to the same church for many years, not moving churches until the Lord called us to the change as I was going into middle school. That was a difficult time, leaving all of my friends and familiarity (remember, I was homeschooled!), but looking back, I’m so thankful for the adjustment.

This time of transition and going into middle school was tough, but the changes that the Lord sprung from it triggered the series of events that strengthened my faith and really made it so much more personal and my own. He brought me out of a potentially dangerous and controlling relationship with a guy friend I’d had a crush on for years and years – this was a particularly painful and dramatic change, and I will never forget the lessons that the Lord taught me, and the mercies He showed me through cutting those ties. I joined the youth praise team, where I learned teamwork, leadership, and the significance of worship. I was a part of the praise team from 8th grade until I graduated high school, playing guitar and singing, organizing events and learning administration.

The summer leading up to freshman year, our youth pastor had us to a quick exercise to practice true listening for God. He told us to go to separate corners of the youth room, as secluded as possible, and get on our knees. He said to clear our minds of any distractions in our lives, and just seek out what God has for our futures. It could be near future or far future. Mind you, this was when I was probably about 14. The things that were really important to me at that time were boys, being liked by everyone, and probably some other distractions. It was hard to clear my mind from my own concerns so that I could hear God… but when I did, it was very evident that He was calling me to go on the summer mission trip that year to Belize. My passion for missions and ministry had been cultivating for a long time, but this is when I was able to really see it happening! This is the moment where I felt like I was in a rocket ship that had been preparing for takeoff my entire life, and God just pressed the ‘blast off’ button.

I obeyed God, even though I was terrified. I had never even been on an airplane before! The Lord truly worked in my heart that week.

The next couple of summers, we only had stateside mission trips, where I was able to learn about the cultural differences between my southern hometown, and towns in the north (more specifically, Ohio). The Lord really had me focus on the worship team, and put me in a leadership position on the team. This was my favorite part of all of my high school years, learning how to be a good leader, administration skills, and most importantly – the importance of worship. The impact that leading worship had on me, and seeing the impact that worshiping the Lord through song had on others, was an absolutely beautiful experience. In fact, it still is.

I reflect now because of the lessons I’ve learned throughout the years leading up to this moment, being a 19-year-old typing out her life for you to read and maybe even ponder. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.

I’ve lost friends to arguments and differences, I’ve been angry at the Lord when He called my grandfather home on Father’s Day last year. Loved ones have left, trust has been betrayed, sickness and disease have taken over. But the Lord has enriched the soil in which my roots grow through those wildfires.

He will use your story, no matter the amounts or nature of your ups and downs, or your moments of being a blind and hard-hearted human being. No matter if you have a story similar to mine, or the complete opposite. God is the Ultimate Redeemer, and if you are His child, then he will use your story.

I have two life verses that I hold very close to my heart, the first being Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”(ESV)

This has meant different things to me over the years, but the lesson remains: if you are focused on the Lord, then the desires of your heart change to what He wants for you. So this verse doesn’t mean “if I obey God, He will give me _____” – this is a worldly perspective. No, it doesn’t mean He will give you the raise you want, the good grades you want, or the partner you want. It means your wants will change to something from a godly perspective. This is very similar to saying, “Your will be done, O Lord.”

This is something that has helped me discern God’s will throughout the years – taking me on some of the greatest adventures that I’d never, with my limited human imagination, dreamt to be possible. In fact, it brought me to England the first two times and is taking me back there, as I mentioned earlier. (Here’s a link to a more detailed post on my blog about that: https://kingdomworkblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/24/3814-miles/

It’s also brought my heart together with one of the most wonderful, caring hearts I’ve ever known, and we have had many adventures of our own.

The other verse (well, quite frankly, I adore the whole story of this Biblical superwoman) is Esther 4:14, 16 – “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this… If I perish, I perish.” (CSB)

This woman shows us what it means to boldly obey the Lord, even if it means death here on this earth. Her story shows me that things happen when they happen for a reason – and the Lord works all things for the good of those who love Him.

With that, I bid you ado. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and may you be emboldened through this story.

Hello, dear brothers and sisters. My name is Sarah, I run Kingdom Work Blog and am soon moving from my small town roots in North Carolina – flying across the pond to Stourbridge, England for a year. I’m passionate about encouraging others through words and stories, which is why I am about to share my story with you.

I’ve been greatly blessed to have been raised in a loving Christian home my entire life. I grew up in a family of regular church-goers, my brother and I homeschooled Kindergarten – High School Graduation. He hasn’t reached that point yet, but I graduated high school in 2017.

I made my decision to ask Jesus Christ into my heart when I was about five years old. I remember it pretty well: my dad was reading me a bedtime story about a little girl whose grandmother had passed away, and the little girl was asking her father about Heaven. I remember talking to my dad about it, and I wanted to go to Heaven when I die. We prayed together, with my mom, and I was baptized soon after.

I remember steadily going to church with my family, being involved in my Sunday School class, AWANA, and the children’s choir. We went to the same church for many years, not moving churches until the Lord called us to the change as I was going into middle school. That was a difficult time, leaving all of my friends and familiarity (remember, I was homeschooled!), but looking back, I’m so thankful for the adjustment.

This time of transition and going into middle school was tough, but the changes that the Lord sprung from it triggered the series of events that strengthened my faith and really made it so much more personal and my own. He brought me out of a potentially dangerous and controlling relationship with a guy friend I’d had a crush on for years and years – this was a particularly painful and dramatic change, and I will never forget the lessons that the Lord taught me, and the mercies He showed me through cutting those ties. I joined the youth praise team, where I learned teamwork, leadership, and the significance of worship. I was a part of the praise team from 8th grade until I graduated high school, playing guitar and singing, organizing events and learning administration.

The summer leading up to freshman year, our youth pastor had us to a quick exercise to practice true listening for God. He told us to go to separate corners of the youth room, as secluded as possible, and get on our knees. He said to clear our minds of any distractions in our lives, and just seek out what God has for our futures. It could be near future or far future. Mind you, this was when I was probably about 14. The things that were really important to me at that time were boys, being liked by everyone, and probably some other distractions. It was hard to clear my mind from my own concerns so that I could hear God… but when I did, it was very evident that He was calling me to go on the summer mission trip that year to Belize. My passion for missions and ministry had been cultivating for a long time, but this is when I was able to really see it happening! This is the moment where I felt like I was in a rocket ship that had been preparing for takeoff my entire life, and God just pressed the ‘blast off’ button.

I obeyed God, even though I was terrified. I had never even been on an airplane before! The Lord truly worked in my heart that week.

The next couple of summers, we only had stateside mission trips, where I was able to learn about the cultural differences between my southern hometown, and towns in the north (more specifically, Ohio). The Lord really had me focus on the worship team, and put me in a leadership position on the team. This was my favorite part of all of my high school years, learning how to be a good leader, administration skills, and most importantly – the importance of worship. The impact that leading worship had on me, and seeing the impact that worshiping the Lord through song had on others, was an absolutely beautiful experience. In fact, it still is.

I reflect now because of the lessons I’ve learned throughout the years leading up to this moment, being a 19-year-old typing out her life for you to read and maybe even ponder. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.

I’ve lost friends to arguments and differences, I’ve been angry at the Lord when He called my grandfather home on Father’s Day last year. Loved ones have left, trust has been betrayed, sickness and disease have taken over. But the Lord has enriched the soil in which my roots grow through those wildfires.

He will use your story, no matter the amounts or nature of your ups and downs, or your moments of being a blind and hard-hearted human being. No matter if you have a story similar to mine, or the complete opposite. God is the Ultimate Redeemer, and if you are His child, then he will use your story.

I have two life verses that I hold very close to my heart, the first being Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”(ESV)

This has meant different things to me over the years, but the lesson remains: if you are focused on the Lord, then the desires of your heart change to what He wants for you. So this verse doesn’t mean “if I obey God, He will give me _____” – this is a worldly perspective. No, it doesn’t mean He will give you the raise you want, the good grades you want, or the partner you want. It means your wants will change to something from a godly perspective. This is very similar to saying, “Your will be done, O Lord.”

This is something that has helped me discern God’s will throughout the years – taking me on some of the greatest adventures that I’d never, with my limited human imagination, dreamt to be possible. In fact, it brought me to England the first two times and is taking me back there, as I mentioned earlier. (Here’s a link to a more detailed post on my blog about that: https://kingdomworkblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/24/3814-miles/

It’s also brought my heart together with one of the most wonderful, caring hearts I’ve ever known, and we have had many adventures of our own.

The other verse (well, quite frankly, I adore the whole story of this Biblical superwoman) is Esther 4:14, 16 – “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this… If I perish, I perish.” (CSB)

This woman shows us what it means to boldly obey the Lord, even if it means death here on this earth. Her story shows me that things happen when they happen for a reason – and the Lord works all things for the good of those who love Him.

With that, I bid you ado. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and may you be emboldened through this story.

North Carolina

-Sarah.

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