Living. by Sarah Olfelt

Okay,

wow, it's been a while since I've jotted some thoughts down on here, but here I am. Some words that have been on my mind recently are joy, perspective, resilience, and life. All words that have been shaping the way I wake up in the morning and go about my day. 

Joy-- All throughout my childhood I was a bubbly little girl, always wanting to talk to people, always wanting people to feel loved and cherished. I obviously had my times of crying and scream fits, but what kid doesn't, honestly. I pray that I am still that little girl (minus the screaming fits, crying is okay). I find myself, more often than not, focusing in on little things that steal my joy so quickly. Peoples opinions of me, pleasing others, and other little obstacles that throw me off guard all too easily. Joy is something so much deeper than allowing those little things to affect it. It's deeper than any happiness this world could try to sustain in us. Joy shines through the clouds that hover above us. Joy is abundant through our God, eternal. 

Perspective-- This goes hand in hand with joy. Why? Because when I wake up in the morning, the way I choose to have my attitude from the start of the day is how the day will go. I was listening to a song the other day called "Moving Forward" by Colony House and some lyrics that vividly spoke to me were these:

"My eyes are open, my heart is beating, I found the one that gave me reason to live."

lyrics that remind me to change perspective. Rather than letting all of the little things cloud my heart, spirit, and mind with negativity, allow the simple truths to GUIDE your life. Waking up in the morning and thanking our Father who has simply given us another day to fully LIVE is quite the way to start your day. Such a slap in the face honestly. This life is not our own. Wake up and speak thankfulness over your life, and goodness. You have breath, you have life. 

Resilience-- Remembering that there are battles we are going to face on this earth, but not allowing them to define us or swallow us whole. Personally, being in college is really hard for me. There are hundreds of things I want to go out and do, I feel anxious when I am here, and I have never truly found a community here that I feel like home in. Sometimes I feel lonely and just question everything I am doing. But again, perspective comes into play here as well. I'm honestly so thankful I have the opportunity to be in college and learn everyday. Many people across the globe would do anything to have this opportunity, and I find myself complaining. Reality check. But remember that we all fight our battles, but none of us are alone. We all go through something and it's okay to not be OK. But you aren't alone and try not to allow things of this world to weigh you down when the truth is that we will rejoice in the Simple Gospel! In our Lord!

Life-- What is life to you? I think that a lot of people have so much potential, have so much burning inside of them, but leave it there. I think a lot of people merely exist, rather than live. I pray that we all take a step to try to live. To breath life. And being fully alive to me is to chase after the light that our God beams from above. To run after His ways. And once we choose to do that, life will become more abundantly full than we could ever imagine. I'm actually just giddy thinking about a life lived fully ALIVE. I want to do that. I think a lot of us want that. So let's do it.

 

& please remember,

you are so loved,

Sarah 

the constant pursuit by Sarah Olfelt

"I will continue the pursuit no matter what the opposition." 

One of my all time favorite Youtube vloggers, Casey Neistat (guilty of charge, I love vloggers), said this in one of his videos. A few words that took my attention immediately. Why? Because this is the way I want to live my life for the Lord. No matter the challenge, the stumbling block, the hesitance, the unknown, the opposition, I will continue to run and dig deeper into who our God is. 

And so often I find myself not living this way. I pray to live this way, but often find a gap between me and God. Honestly, I so often allow things like worry and acceptance from others to creep into my life and cause me to stumble, and it becomes disgustingly important to me. Important enough to create that gap between God and I. and ya know what, I absolutely hate that gap. Every day I want to wake up asking God to close that gap, with more of HIM. For him to use me for His kingdom, His glory, His purpose. While reading through Corinthians this morning, these verses just hit me! like what!? 

"What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. I would like you to be free from concern." 1 Corinthians 7:29-32a

seriously this book we have to live on is INCREDIBLE. When we doubt, question, hesitate... the answers are in there! That verse is straight up encouragement for us in this world. It is not ours, and will not ever be ours. Our lives are not our own! So live with that everyday pursuit and purpose in Christ!! It's a freaking freeing thought honestly. and beyond that, it's the most freeing way of LIFE. It's just LIFE ABUNDANT. We do not hold the weight of this world, for it too shall pass!

"take away the space between us & fill it with more of you" <--- a little something I want to say each morning. 

 I am on the constant journey of running head first into God's unending love, overflowing grace, and magnificent power. If you are struggling with this, you aren't alone. I'm sure many of us find ourselves in this same boat or with a little gap that we want to immediately fill. But that worldly short term satisfaction will do nothing for us. Christ and His love is the only thing that will sustain and completely fill us and bridge that gap in our lives. 

But hey, guys. Let's work together on this. Let's strive for our lives to be cemented in Christ and who He is. We are nothing without Him! Pray more, love more, encourage more, smile more, hug more, THANK God more. 

okay....

my random blurp is done. 

 

you are so loved.

Suffering by Sarah Olfelt

"Christians are not promised life without suffering, but the certainty of God’s provision and protection provides confidence of a safe haven. He is faithful to His promises. If you belong to Him, you will find security in God in even the most distressing circumstances." 

That quote has been a testimony to my life currently. And I know I am not in this boat alone. We have all suffered, whether that be small or big, we have all been through things we couldn't fathom going through. Then we wrestle with God and ask questions like; "Why me? Why now? I can't do this." 

But really, we CAN do this. We all have hurdles, we all have struggles, we ALL feel like we are falling apart at some point. But that does not mean GOD, the AWESOME, ALL powerful Father of ours is not putting these in our path for a purpose. I believe that God does give us things we cannot handle at times, but He CAN handle them. We are called to fall back and rely on God in good and bad. Without Him, we cannot do it. And if we try, we fail. I am learning, more and more, that I cannot do this crazy life alone. The strength I need on the day to day is from God. It's not mine, nor will it ever be. 

I just want everyone to know that no one is alone. We all have different stories full of heartache and joy but we can be there, standing by one another to listen and to love. I am so passionate about listening and loving those around me and I think we all need to be aware that we are surrounded by people that contain and carry tons of joy and hurt. We are human, we all struggle, don't try to hide it, rejoice in the struggles and sufferings; for we can gain strength through it. 

love you all.