How to Live a Satisfied Life

How to Live a Satisfied Life

August 18, 2015

“Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life.” Genesis 25:8a (NASB)

Sarah Mae

I was lying in bed one morning, my sweet daughter Caroline tucked in close, as I rubbed her head.

She had come down a few minutes earlier to snuggle. It was early, 5:30 a.m., but the sun shone through my bedroom window, gently easing me awake.

As I stroked her soft hair, I kept thinking about how much I love her and how she is growing up so fast. Six years old now.

Four years ago I wrote about how exhausting it is to tend to little ones, especially at bedtime when you’re spent and just need a break. But how yet, even in the crazy hardness of it all, God made it so that our little ones would need us. Close, and soothing and available. I find that those words are just as true today. She still needs me, pulled in close, surrounding her with comfort and love.

And so I do this. I let her get into bed with me in the early-morning hours because I don’t want to miss it — this precious time, this cuddly, sleepy, warm, tender time. I know it is only for a season, and one day, it will be gone. But I have the here and now; I have today to take it in and enjoy.

And this is how I want to live, taking in these moments so that I can look back on my life and not regret that I missed them.

Every day I get the opportunity to start new. Every day I can begin again. Maybe I missed it yesterday. Maybe I got too busy or I got sucked into Facebook, or I just didn’t want to play with my kids. Those are the moments that keep me up at night. Those are the moments I need God’s grace to cover me so I can start over. I need His help every day.

This loving, this mothering, this living that I’m doing requires sacrifice and work, and I need daily reminders of this truth, or I will let the days carry me off, one rolling into another. I don’t want to regret my days because I don’t want to regret my life.

Here’s the thing about regret: We can’t escape it because we can’t escape sin.

We will have things and times and decisions we will regret over the course of our lives. The key to really living, to living unregrettably, is not to have no regrets, it’s to know and choose to begin again. It’s to be fully awake to our decisions. It’s to choose the direction of our lives the best that we can, with who we are and where we are. It’s to trust God, walking forward in faith, knowing that He delights in us as we delight in Him and the good things He gives us.

We can live in such a way that at the end, we can die satisfied with how we lived.

Satisfied. Not perfect.

Abraham died satisfied with his life, but we know that he sinned and made poor decisions in his life. He didn’t live perfectly, but He followed God by faith, and he lived a well-spent life. He died satisfied.

When we sin or fail or botch up something again, we can decide to move forward, learning from it, and beginning again and again and again. This is how we keep on.

This is how we live a satisfied life.

Heavenly Father, thank You that You don’t leave me in my mess. Thank You that Your mercies are new every day, and that I can begin again. Help me to never forget Your grace, and please help me to live a life that is well-spent. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor — it is the gift of God.” (NASB)

John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (NASB)

RELATED RESOURCES:
If you’ve ever felt like the waves of life keep rolling over you and you can’t seem to get a hold of them, Sarah Mae gets it. Check out Sarah’s new book, Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure — Right Where She Is, where she talks more about how live a satisfied, meaningful, beautiful life.

For more on living a satisfied life, visit Sarah Mae’s blog or LongingForParis.com.

Enter to WIN a copy of Longing for Paris by Sarah Mae. In celebration of this book, Sarah’s publisher is giving away 10 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 10 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, August 24.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Picture yourself near the end of your life, sitting in a rocking chair on your porch, reflecting over your years. What do you wish you had done more of? What do you want to change?

Ask God to help you become fully awake to your daily decisions. They add up to a lifetime.

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Comments

  1. I want to live with abandon for Christ, but I need guidance. Perhaps this book could be a catalyst for this process in my life?

  2. God knows I really need to learn this…i just realized other day I’ve lived in “the grass is grenner over there” and ” if I could just have ____ I’d be happy” my entire life and i didnt even realize it! This article came right after, God is opening my eyes to this….we all need to learn to live in the moment & take nothing for granted.

    • I appreciate this reply. I too, have always thought to myself the grass is greener on the other side but it surely isn’t. Thanks, it lets me know I am not alone in having thought this exact same thing.

  3. Diana Magallano says:

    I am working away from home and it will be a delight if I win a copy so that I can learn more about living a satisfied life. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  4. My heart would love to reflect and praise his wonders! What a joy to draw close and ponder how God desires us to be! Would love a copy to pass on to friends when done&my beautiful daughters as their journey is beginning in this big world.

  5. the days have started to carry me off lately! Thanks for the reminding me to live!

  6. I am struggling to enjoy life during a difficult season. Any wisdom would be great!

  7. Terri Contreras says:

    Love reading books that help me strengthen my walk with Christ! Would love to snuggle with a great book of encouragement & strength!

  8. What do you wish you had done more of? What do you want to change?

    I wish I would have created more fun-filled, loving memories with my daughter. Stressed less about work and whether or not I was a good leader. Enjoyed life by traveling. Volunteered more.
    I would change my mind and heart. I wouldn’t worry so much about everything. I would spend more time with my daughter and less at work.

  9. Mallory Roberts says:

    As a mom to 3 little girls I am often overwhelmed and stressed with the daily grind. I would love this book!

  10. Miranda Miller says:

    As a mother to two young kids, I am guilty of rushing through life and being self absorbed. At least, that is how I used to be. My kids were taken from me. .Now, I realize how much I took for granted. My kids are back in my care praise the Lord, but they are still some days I take them for granted. I get discouraged from the constant bickering. My kids are 6 and almost 4 so they fight all the time it seems like. God reminds me that my kids are normal and mostly well behaved kids when we are out in public and I see other kids. When, I get too discouraged I get reminders from the Lord that He is always with me and to remember what it was like without them. In other areas of my life, I am not satisfied. For example, me and my kids live with my parents and sometimes I feel,discouraged that we have to live with them and I can’t support them by myself. I would love to win this book to remind me to be satisfied with the life I am living in this season of my life.

  11. Stacey Pharris says:

    It’s so crazy how God works! I was just thinking how mundane it can be being a stay at home mom, but telling myself I need to enjoy it…and then I read this devotion! Just the reminder I need. I can get into a slump at times and I think this book would be the perfect nudge I need to pull me out of my slump and help me to count the simple blessings I have right in front of me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Jacqueline Laucirica says:

    I feel like the waves of life keep rolling over me. Thank you in advance for this opportunity.

  13. Sylvia Henderon says:

    Each day that God gives us is an opportunity to “begin again.” I would take time to listen more to my children and grandchildren. Be more engaged in those things that matter in life, the celebration of family and friends, I would give God more time to just talk with Him and to listen. I would learn to love more, laugh more and not worry about things that I have no control over. Pay it forward.

  14. The title of this book speaks to me, and I am intrigued by the lessons it may hold. I do try to stop and appreciate each day as it unfolds, and love on my children in the quiet moments. But as the mother of very little ones, it is often hard to escape the impatience that fatigue brings and I need to turn to God more in those times.

  15. I would have spent more time in The Word and less time in the world.
    Funny thing how that one letter “l” led me astray.
    Good news is I have Jesus because did love the worLd.
    GOD IS LOVE. Amen!

  16. Cameron Austin says:

    I want to live a life well spent too…Living in His purpose & for Him in whatever that moment might be. The little mommy moments…Snuggles in bed…offering hugs…playing & laughing..letting go & connecting even when there’s more on the to do list…asking for forgiveness.

  17. I would love to receive a copy of this book! If it’s more of what I read in this devotional then I know it would be great for my heart. I’m in such a place now of trying to find joy in my day to day and enjoying my life and laughing more. I have such a hard time with having walls built up and needing to let them down. This devotional was so encouraging to me and if I don’t get to win this book I would definitely love to buy it!

  18. Tonight I found myself counseling my 12 yr old daughter who made me aware she is full of tons of worry and seemingly hopelessness (possible depression or feeling of dread or both) – and at a time I’m feeling fairly hopeless, uncertain and a failure myself. I’m now left feeling on a mission to pour myself into her to help her cope. I’m praying I can be her hero and through my attempt to reach out and “save” her, that I’ll feel a sense of peace and content and gratitude about my life since I’m feeling lost simply because I’m losing perspective. I pray also that through her struggles and our forthcoming talks and prayers, that she will begin seeing why we need God and how He works in our lives. Somehow I need to also divide myself between two younger daughters as well, while keeping my business going and some care taking for a woman who is demanding my help although I don’t want to be involved. Do we have more demands as moms these days or what!? This blog post was immediately helpful as I cannot live a life with the guilt and regret of not helping my children who need me, by putting them to the side while I’m tempted by other distractions and “demands” I perceive. To me, it was a gentle reminder how precious my children are and if I’m too distracted (or selfish), I might not see or have the patience or time to learn how serious their needs may be!

  19. Melanie Steere says:

    I’m often questioning whether or not I’m doing enough in life and what God considers “enough”. I’d like a copy so I can learn how to live satisfied, and I know a few people who could also benefit from that knowledge.

  20. A great post for every mom with young kids…and grandmas with little grand kids! 🙂 My daughter is visiting with my two littlest grandchildren (2 &4) and I’ve been exhausted with getting up earlier than usual, running after balls, pushing cars, drawing all those fishes so Miss Eden could color them all and making the next meal or getting the next snack! 🙂 But I am so grateful they are here and so thankful they still want to play with grandma! 🙂 I know in a few short years this will change… so I am choosing to be exhausted but satisfied! 🙂
    Thanks for the great reminder!

  21. Thank you for sharing Sarah. I want to live more of a satisfied life. I don’t want to have any regret when reflecting over the years. I want to change and spend more times with my girls and play with them. Please Lord help me to do that. I would like to win a copy of your book for myself then pass it along to a friend.

  22. I am a young recently married Christian woman, needing something more in my life. I feel like no matter what, I am not satisfied even though I love Christ and have a great life. I would love a free copy of the book please!

  23. Me encantan sus devocionales. Cada mañana los leo desde Cataluña (España) y son de gran estimulo para mi. Me gustaria que me tocara el libro

  24. Marlene Ward says:

    I would

  25. The thief came and destroyed and stole and killed my marriage . My husband walked out in the middle of the night, telling no one. My three children and I awoke and he was gone! He told social services I was emotionally abusing my children, leaving them and I to face the fear and humiliation of an interview with a social worker. He accused me of hitting him (whereas in truth he’s been the one physically and emotionally abusing me) along with a host of other lies, but I thank god he parted the waters and let us walk through ,revealing his truth to the social worker. I live with an acute anxiety disorder, and have done for years, this makes simple day to day tasks difficult, rather than joyful, but praise God each day I discover his truth that his mercies are new each morning. I cling to Isaiah 43 and trust in His truth that as I pass through the waters, He will be with me and my children . Perhaps this little book will remind me that I am a child of God and despite my guilt and shame, instead of staring into the abyss of my regret, I will see a life satisfied in Christ.

  26. I need to stop running missing out on all that really matters
    I need to make time to make friends and stop this feeling of loneliness

  27. Brandy Martinez says:

    I would love to receive a copy of your new book. It seems like I am always rushing around trying to do all I can & be all I can & I seem to miss out on the moments in life. And I come to regret not having are sharinng that time with my children. I need a lesson on slowing down & enjoy life & all that it has to offer in the moments & the little things.

  28. Donna Smith says:

    My life 3/4 lived, Still , I WANT,NEED, Have to Have MORE of JESUS! It’s been a LONG Road recovering from NOT 1, But, 5 Strokes! I should be dead but, God’s Not done with me yet, Rent & utilities take up my disability check, so there’s not much left for anything! This book would be a BLESSING, Praise Jesus! God richly bless you & your team.

  29. I would love to have this book to read and share with my daughter!

  30. I need to wake up today cleansed. I am not proud of who I was as a mommy yesterday. Thank you for this post. I would love your book for myself but also to share with my other mommy friends that feel the way I do right now.

  31. I would like this book as I have been saved for almost 6 yrs but am falling into old habits & feeling so dissatisfied with my life even though I have been given so much. I want to put God first every day & live for him & not myself. Maybe this book can help me get on track again and remember who I am in Christ.

  32. Kristie Morrison says:

    My husband of 26 years recently moved out because he is experiencing a personal crisis in pretty much every area of his life. I literally woke up one day to a changed man who decided to give up. We had always had a good marriage so this was like getting hit by a train. I am trusting God to bring about healing in his heart, mind, and spirit as well as bring restoration in our marriage. We do not fight and talk daily so my life is one huge bizzaro world gray area. I am trying to find the balance between contentment in my spirit, hope, faith, and joy all while I grieve and struggle with the unknown future. I desire to once again feel satisfaction in my life.

  33. Henriette says:

    When I’m looking back at life I want to think “I’m thankful” and have few regrets because I chose to live it while I had the chance. I have realized that I’m not living life to the full extent, I’m lonely and I feel like I’m on the outside looking in. I don’t want that to be my legacy. My biggest worry is getting old and thinking “I wish I had done this or that, said this or that”. To have missed out on life.
    I want to look back on a life that’s worth celebrating, because even through the hardest times, the days when you almost couldn’t get up and it felt hopeless, you stood tall and soldiered on. I only pray that God guides me on that path, to see the opportunities, to reach for them, and to be grateful even at the little things.
    I feel blessed that I’m still alive, which tells me that God needs me. His plan is not done, and so I can’t be.
    I need to change my perspective, and realize that even the smallest things are gifts from God. I need to appreciate what I have, what I’ve been given in this life, and not be so concerned with what I haven’t.
    Thank you God, for making me strong and for catching me when I fall.

  34. Nellie MOLDEN says:

    I need “fresh” truth reminders daily; and then, share them with my son “weekly”.

  35. I would love to have Sara’s book so I could give it to my sister. She is overwhelmed with life and circumstances. She has just began to try to make life changes and renew her life in Christ.

  36. I’m deeply saddened when I think of all the moments I may have missed by being dissatisfied with my life. God help me to see the beauty in the life you have given to me! I want a life well spent for Jesus.

  37. Natalie Tichbon says:

    I constantly battle with this feeling of unsatisfaction in my life and would love to read this book to help me in my journey.Really enjoyed reading this blog and can relate very much xx

  38. I would love to have this book. Seem like a very interest title n I would like to pass it down to my daughter. Thank u n may God bless u. And I love u all.

  39. I was a mother of three teen-agers – 19, 18 and 14, until God gave me another child during a mid-life crisis. I was miserable and cried everyday. Now i spend my days thinking about how i would be able to raise this little one whom i love so much. I keep thinking how much life would be better … and pray that somehow God would give me comfort and assurance that everything will be all right.
    I am a working mom and the stress and exhaustion of everyday demands keep me awake at night. Struggling to provide for the older ones and taking care of the little one. How I long for God to give me peace and contentment and strength and joy and satisfaction and everything else. Perhaps, it is a lesson I need to learn – to find beauty in my here and now, to trust God that He will bring us through, and to find contentment and joy within.

  40. I absolutely loved the devotion today. It truly spoke to my heart; blessing me beyond expression.

  41. Akinniranye Funmi says:

    Thanks for this post- it’s so timely. My womb isn’t empty for the first time after 2years of waiting *Happy and grateful-i’m carrying my first baby* although exhausted and tired of the kicks, aches…longing for and peeping to the next stage *motherhood*. I’m encouraged to enjoy the moment (waking up early to work, my sweet baby kicks, my stretching ligament and muscles)for its only for while as I count down to my EDD. Will love to have a copy of the book- I desire it as am about to enter another phase of life. God Bless you.

  42. I’m a 50 yrs-young wife,mother of three adult children and grandmother of three, one of whom we help raise. I’m increasingly frustrated by what seems to be lack of consideration on our daughters part to take more care of her daughter, while she takes on more in her life in addition to her college and then leaves us with the toddler on most of her weekends off, insisting she needs a break. My husband and I also work full time and have raised a family. While I love our family dearly, I am struggling with the constant care and juggling of a toddler at this age. Please keep me in prayer… I feel about to fall apart somedays. I have two other granddaughters who need Nana’s energy too….

  43. This would be a perfect read for me while sitting here watching my mother suffer through Hospice care for the last four months. It has been a difficult process and has shaken me to the core. I look forward to reading it one way or the other. Thank you.

  44. I just needs the words to go with how I feel sometimes. This book seems true for me, and I would like to read it.

  45. Loved today’s devotion, life does tend to pass you by if you don’t stop and appreciate the small things, such as that precious time with your little ones, or not so little ones. Our oldest left for college this week. That’s part of life nowadays but still tough on a mama. Id love to win a copy of your book, so that I can read and learn from it and then I can pass it on to my college girl. Thanks again for daily words to help us be more like Christ.

  46. Susan Jackson says:

    I would love to read this book. I’m going to be 60 in two months and I live with a lot of regret that I need to get rid of.

  47. Holly Glover says:

    I would love a copy of longing for Paris!!! As a mom of 2 and working full time there are more days than none that I stay worn down and I don’t feel beautiful or adventurous and that’s when the enemy stats whispering to me you are just not enough!!!

  48. Christine Evans says:

    Great devotion today. It encourages me to not miss those “God moments” that He puts right in front of us throughout the day.

  49. I live with do much regret. I feel as if God has forsaken me. I don’t even know how to begin to pick up the pieces of my brokenness. Maybe I’m cursed. Maybe too many mistakes have been made. I want peace. I want to be whole.

    • You are loved and special. There is nothing in your past, present or future that God can not forgive and make you whole again

  50. I sometimes feel like I am the Queen of Regrets. Constantly weighing myself against my potential, I become overwhelmed by how much I still need to do to make my life count. And then I realize that my life matters so much. Each time I look into my son’s big brown eyes; each time I am able to witness his delight in discovering the world around him and be part of the unfolding miracle of his life, I stand a bit taller. I need to be a whole person for him. For myself. For my generation.

  51. Where I am. I keep longing to be somewhere else – at least in terms of my career. But, I want to learn to trust Him with where I currently am. Or, to trust Him enough to make a move. Would love to read Sarah’s book.

  52. Just brilliant. From experience it gets more difficult as my family gets older…and I do also. Focusing on the here and now is often more difficult without stepping into regret (s). Thank you for your words. I am lifted this day.

  53. Susan Dority says:

    Thank you for this Inspiring words today! ! I appreciate and love the message you Shared and desire to draw close to him daily. We make mistakes but,it is Important to ask for forgiveness and to forgive Ourselves and move forward! ! If I am picked for a Free copy it will be for me!! I throughly enjoyed this Inspiration today! ! Praying God’s blessings on you for Sharing! ! This was Awesome! ! Much needed in My Life today!! Thank you!

  54. I’d love to read this book because I’m facing a similar situation. My inside self is longing for something, but it doesn’t seem to be possible.

  55. I would love a copy of Longing for Paris. I live a daily struggle of being contenc where I am in life. Thanks!

  56. I am struggling to live in a marriage with a drug addict, and I really want to learn how to be content in it. I want a pure life for my Jesus, and in the end have Him say, “well done good and faithful servant.”

  57. Thank you for this blog! This is not my season yet, kid wise, but I am preparing to re-enter the classroom as a teacher and student with many demands on my time, as I complete my last year of Ph.D. Coursework before beginning my dissertation. I love the work that I am doing, but it is daunting sometimes. I lean towards travel and fantasy a little too much when the stress is as high as the demands and have been reminding myself of the importance of living in the present. I am in a serious romantic relationship for the first time in a long time as well, and if this heads where we hope it will, with the Lord’s blessings, I want to have these words of wisdom to remind me of how to keep my priorities straight and be content ahead of and during the next set of
    Life adventures.

  58. Daily decisions DO add up to a lifetime! I wish I could harness them and guide them better, with more aim about where I want to end up. 🙂

  59. Karin Furrh says:

    I would love to read this book! I know and want to cherish each day of life on earth, but I do find myself always thinking about what’s next and try to tell myself to stop and enjoy the present moment. I would share this book with my sister as she is a busy, working mom just trying to keep up like so many of us today.

  60. Kim brown says:

    “Mom don’t worry”, ” dear you worry to much”. These words I hear daily from those in my life. I try to live remembering things are not happing to me but for me. Trusting the hand of god in all things. But underneath my worrying takes over. Words of encouragement, reinforcement, and soothing daily living may be just what my good father has in store for me next!!!!! God blessing in ways I never expected or foreseen. All this as I sit here upset with worry after flooding my rental home, wording not knowing what the landlords reaction will be, worry of the cost to repair…the message of today’s message, and of this book, can I just say God’s timing is amazing!!!!!

  61. I would love to have a copy of Longing for Paris. I am in a season of life that if I am not careful I could become discontent with life. I am facing many changes, some by choice, most are not.

  62. MyLinh Bahtijar says:

    Being on 24 with soon to be 3 kids its hard to see joy all the time. Even though you think you should be equipped with it since you have jesus for strength. I want my kids to see the love i have for Jesus- andbot be a frantic mother or my poor husband seeing me so angry all the time from life demand.

  63. Rebeca Salt says:

    This topic hits home. With my beautiful daughters, I often ask myself…”Am I doing enough, am I loving them enough and in the right ways, is there anything I could be or should be doing differently to model Christ in their lives?” And, I know, because, like mankind, I am “fallen” and “imperfect.” I would absorb this book and hopefully learn that self-doubts do not come from God. Forgiveness, love, and grace comes from God!

  64. My heart is a restless mess so often. I struggle with the everyday mundane and long for an adventure of service. I would love nothing more than to be able to invest myself in full-time ministry opportunities. I work a 40 hour a week job and am a Pastors wife, a Mom, a Sunday School teacher, a children’s ministry servant and a praise team member, but I find myself wishing I could do more for my church family all the time. I have to pray for satisfaction where I am in service daily and ask for God to help me serve where He has me, but I remain so unsatisfied in the routine. I would love to read your book and have the wisdom for myself and be able to share it with the other working Moms around me.

  65. This book screams BOOK CLUB. Sounds like a wonderful companion to the book I am currently reading: “Notes from A Blue Bike”… I cannot wait 2 start it..

  66. Longing for Paris seems like a great book about growing where you’re planted. What mommy doesn’t need that?!

  67. One of my biggest fears in life is reaching the end of my life filled with regret. This was so good and the perfect love I needed to hear to drive out my fear. I hope I win a copy of this book! I would love to dig deeper into living a satisfied life.

  68. I get to still have these moments with my grand children- treasures indeed, moments to stop and be thankful for all God has blessed us with.Thank you for reminding us of these times and to choose not to live regretfully.I’d love to give this book to my daughter. Thank you and have a beautiful, blessed day

  69. It’s so easy to just keep passing through the rythm of days, weeks, and months only to turn around and you and your kids are another year older. I often think, how did I get this old? Time passes by faster and faster the older we get! I want to learn how to better savor each day with joy and no regrets, experiencing His peace no matter where I am in life.

  70. I needed this devotion this morning. Living without regret is something I really struggle with. I would love to read your book and then share with my sister. Thank you!!

  71. Sometimes life can be overwhelming. I need reminders to be happy in the here and now. It sounds like your book could help!

  72. thanks for this great devotion. Hits close to home… Would love to read the book as I continue on life’s adventure and follow Jesus.

  73. Wow! This topic was great I was just asking God to guide me to make some important decisions. The time has come where I can focus more on me and want to feel content,satisfied and enjoy every moment. I think this book would help me and encourage me to move forward in faith and enjoy this new stage in my life.

  74. What a wonderful and much needed reminder. God is so good.

  75. Rebecca kernan says:

    I’d love a copy

  76. This devotion couldn’t have come at a more opportune time in my life. I’ve spent the last 13 months at home taking care of my baby. I don’t regret making this decision because of the joy it has brought me. Although exhausting at times, I’m incredibly thankful I was able to do this. Recently, I’ve been considering taking a part-time job. I prayed about it and asked God for something that would just fall into my lap. I didn’t want to go on this frantic search. He has answered my prayers and currently I have 2 job offers. I’m having a difficult time making a decision. The second job is a place I didn’t see myself at because of all the changes they’ve made but yet I feel that’s where God is leading me. His ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Countless times he has lead me on paths I would’ve been able to go without his gentle shove. A copy of this book would be great as I start a new chapter in my life to live it with purpose and without regret.

  77. Catherine Teoh says:

    Hi Sarah Mae – it is so true that if one lives by faith in Christ, one can be an overcomer. Most of us have a weak faith – at least i do! When things go pear-shape i become overwhelmed but i still hear a little voice that keeps me going until i see the sun smiling. God is good all the time and your gift is much appreciated so i can be strong in Christ when i am weak in myself.

  78. Teresa Ligon says:

    Exactly what I needed this morning! My mom passed away when I was young so I cherish moments when my kids want to snuggle, but I struggle with laziness some days. I long to go out on adventures and see the world, but I can’t so I just don’t do anything. Sounds like I could learn a lot from Sarah’s book!

  79. Christa Long says:

    I have been in a transition period this summer. It has caused me to think more deeply on my life and choices I’ve made not only for myself, but my family. I feel an almost lost sense and can’t seem to find my direction. I have been very restless and feel a change is on the way. I just want so badly to be satisfied with life and the everyday mundane.

  80. I’d like to win a copy of this book to share with a dear friend!

  81. Just learning to live a satisfied life…. 🙂

  82. This is definitely a timely post for me! The paragraph about being able to start over every day and the honesty in which you wrote about how sometimes Facebook gets more time than the kids – I have been there too! I’ve been wrestling with wanting go do all that God has for me in the day. I want to make choices that lead to a happy/healthy me and especially happy/healthy children. I often wish there was a formula “x amount of time with the kids = happy/healthy kids”. I am learning to get my time in with God and soak Him up so that I even have something worth giving to my children. So again – sorry for being long winded- thanks so much for sharing!!

  83. Anne Lindsey says:

    My son is sick. The kind of serious long-term illness that leaves me scared and emotionally and physically drained. He requires a lot of me and my husband. And we give it to him, because he his our child and his life is more important to us than the exhaustion we feel. He’s almost 11 years old now, and over the last 11 years I’ve struggled to remain present at times. Our present is hard. It’s filled with life-threatening medical procedures, recovery care, pain, and fear. I find myself knee jerk reaction is to take on big tasks or dreams for myself so that I’m distracted from the present. I realized yesterday while driving home from a ling day of doctor’s appointments that rather than leaning in to a busy lifestyle to cope with my fear, I need to lean in to Jesus. Jesus can provide relief and comfort if only I give him the chance. I am weary and weak, and Jesus is calling me to him. I think this time I will go.

  84. When I sit on that rockihg chair, I think I’ll be wishing I stopped to play more. Trying these days to stop and savor the moment, to be still, and to relax and play. Some things (folding the laundry, sweeping the floor) can wait until tomorrow.

  85. I want Christ to be my one desire. I want Him to be all I want and need. I want Him to be my One True Love. I want to find my security in Him, trust Him despite the “reality” my eyes my see. I want to live in faith and believe in His great adventure. I don’t want to just survive, I want to thrive for His glory. I want my soul to burn so bright for Him that I can’t help to keep Him in and others can’t help to see Him.

  86. This devotional really stuck with me. I have a nephew that is 25 and has already “messed up” his life. What encouraging words given here, that each day is new. We all screw up, but each day we can try to live this satisfied life.
    I also teach teenagers and these word ring true with them too. I have a posted up that says “Live a life of no regrets”, but this devotional helped me realize that with sin we will always have regret, but it’s what we choose to do with that regret is what matters.
    I would appreciate this book!!

  87. This season of my life has taken me down a difficult path of twists and turns, some self inflicted. The reminder and knowledge that tomorrow is a new start with Christ’s love, strength and forgivness is truely an inspiration.

  88. This devotion is perfect for me today. God is almost humorous at times, when He does these kinds of things. Giving you want you need, when you need it…even with devotions and encouragement. My only child starts Kindergarten in 2 days, and I needed the reminder not to get caught up in the rat race of school beginning but to enjoy the moments. We talk about being content at my house a lot, and this devotion is also a good reminder of it. Thank you for these words. They were a blessing.

  89. Discontent is something I realize has been robbing me of blessings God has given me. Hoping this book will help give me encouragement to change.

  90. Loved your blog post. Thank you for sharing your hear. Very insightful and packed with Godly wisdom. I pray that we can all step out in faith with our daily life choices and trust Him with the rest. Choosing wisely begins with trusting boldly!

  91. I struggle with life…. But after reading Anne Linsey’s sharing. I have to say my heart goes out to her. If I win this book I ask you give her my copy. She needs it more than I do. God Bless her, her husband and her son. I will be praying for them. And thank you.

  92. Yes. I need this book! That has always been my struggle- being satisfied.

  93. ELIZABETH OKUMU says:

    Since i got children(4) and the relationships(2) went awry,i have punished myself by thinking of the better decisions i would have made.The what ifs….i just can’t seem to let go on and bask in the new day and beginnings that come my way.
    Sometimes it seems life has passed me by and it’s opportunities and am unable to enjoy the here and now moments.
    I question and wonder,is there anything good in this life anymore…am i better than the dead????
    Today’s devotion was an eye opener…and the book LONGING FOR PARIS…would be great

  94. I’d love a copy of this as I struggle with this as my kids get older!

  95. marissa n. says:

    I’d like a copy of this book as i am going through another challenge in my life that sometimes threatens my faith in Him…I’ve always wanted to live somewhere live my own life but always think about the people i love whom i couldn’t beae to leave.

  96. Lord, help me never again to skip a chance to cuddle one of my kids in lieu of getting work done.

  97. I would give the book to my daughter. She is a new mom and I see and feel her struggles. I feel this book would help her in a lot of ways

  98. I love the fact that we can start anew each day & that we have the opportunity to keep moving forward even when we make the same mistakes over & over again. God is not done with me yet.

  99. Mallory D says:

    Discontent with my life is swallowing me and I’m struggling everyday to start anew. Thank you for your words this morning, they have awakened my soul. Your book sounds amazing and sounds like the perfect vacation read.

  100. I needed this today. I know I don’t always treasure my time. I’m thankful for the chance to continually start fresh.

  101. This book sounds just like what I need in my life right now. Thank you Sarah for writing it!

  102. Thank you for the reminder. It was just what I needed this morning.

  103. Wendy Garner says:

    Thank you Sarah for this devotion and your book.

  104. Jill A. Murphy says:

    As I approach this season of my life with so much changing….I feel this exact way….every day it seems like I make one step forward and 3 steps back…pulling me into the darkness…so hard to get out! I would love to keep the pedal on go!!!

  105. Each day it’s more and more difficult for me to find any positive to hold on to. Each day is a struggle. I know I’m not alone in my struggle, but would love a copy of the book…to have something positive to read…. As a reminder that everyone has issues and needs guidance.

  106. It’s been a rough few months in this household. My desire to run away or disappear looms large and makes me feel like a lousy mother. Seems like this book might be exactly what I need for my weary soul!

  107. Ashley Simpson says:

    Such a timely devotion this morning. As I struggle with knowing which direction to take with my business, with my chosen career path, I have been dealing with a lot of feelings of regret and should haves. I don’t always delight in God because I spend so much time thinking about the things I didn’t see or do or the people I didn’t help, where I would love to learn to spend that energy thinking on the ways God has blessed me, the things I HAVE experienced, and the joys rather than the disappointments.

  108. “To choose the direction of our lives with who we are and where we are.” How many times have I day dreamed of being somewhere else or someone else to escape my circumstances, when I could have been choosing to begin again right where I am? God didn’t put me here to dream of another life, but to fully live out the one I have! I’m looking forward to reading Sarah’s book!

  109. Karla segelquist says:

    We are in the midst of a storm . My daughter in law whom I love dearly has been unfaithful and is on the verge of divorce. We are praying that God becomes real to her again and brings her home. I believe this book would be great for her. Thanks for sharing you love of Christ.

  110. I would love to dive into this book for my next read! Growing closer to God and helping me to be the woman he created me to be!

  111. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the good reminders in this devotional. Would like to read more

  112. Kathy Paige says:

    I would love to be a recipient of this book. In this new season I have to have more of Him! Teaching me a more excellent way will help me to embrace my satisfied life…

  113. It’s so easy to long for something ‘better’ – I would love to read a book that would help me slow down and live a satisfied life. 🙂

  114. Lea Shelly says:

    I would love to read this book, i love reading christian books that help us grow and strengthen us in Christ.

  115. Angela hobgood says:

    Oh yes I have dealt with this for some time now. The daily trenches of real life can get over bearing. We are a blended family with 7 beautiful kids….the modern Brady bunch…. We have them all full time and they each need you in different areas and also I gave up my long time medical career to go to work in my new husbanda business. I have days where I feel the stress can over take me and I wonder why I feel run down and exhausted all the time……no joy….. But I know God has a plan in this and I am needed here now for these kids and to help my husband in his business. Selfishly I miss working with my patients and my comfort zone but I have to stay faithful and hopeful that God is using me in ways I can’t see right now. Count it all Joy… God is good…. It is a daily battle in the mind and heart and against Satan to stay in a positve mindset and not want to grumble or act selfishly… I could easily quit and go back to work in medical field or not invest so much time with all the kids but they all need me to help with our oast brokenness our mending of hurts from divorce …and my husbands need support and encouragement in the daily grind of business. So here lies my mission field in regular everyday life and satan loves to try and mess with my thoughts and feeds me lies to turn my count it all, joy and work unto the Lord into selfish ambutions and greed….thank the Lord I have women like you and the living word to help me fight the battle everyday

  116. Lisa Philpot says:

    My children have grown and I have been a single mom for years and for the first time in my life I am wondering”what now?”. What am I supposed to do with the rest of my life? How do I choose which path to take? This might be a good read to help me see God’s plan.

  117. Gilian Ajodha says:

    Good morning…I’m truly thankful for reading these blogs every day. I am more so than for August 18th message. I know that God wanted me to hear this. This means so much to me. Keep the mess going. God bless

  118. I live with regret most of the time. I wanted a family of my own and to be a medical doctor. However due to endrometreosis I couldn’t have and almost died from it! Due to my medical disabilities, I was told medical school would be to rigorous and I listened like a dummy. I don’t know why God chose the single life for me, but it is so hard and difficult. I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist and help children on a daily basis, but how do I stop regretting?

  119. LATONYA PORTERFIELD says:

    There are days (much like today at this very moment) when I feel that I just can’t hold it together or keep up with life. I’m constantly playing catch up and that is not living satisfied. I know that I will have challenges, trials and tribulations but there has been no relief it seems. I’ve been going from one test after another and I just feel like I’m on this roller coaster that just keeps going up and up. I have so many regrets before I found Jesus and I want to live a satisfied life right where I am…but I’m unsure if I’m doing it right.

  120. Kelly Cook says:

    What a blessing that God gives us a chance to start new each day and glorify Him!

  121. I would very much like to read this book. I am learning more and more to enjoy each moment but so often have regrets. This book would give me great advice and insight into this. Thank you.

  122. Erin Burton says:

    I’d like a copy to remind me that it is ok to jump into the next day and I don’t have to hold onto regrets.

  123. Beth Higgins says:

    I would like to get this book, at this time I live too much in regret. I would like to break free from that.

  124. I am so in the season of early mothering- two little girls that are 3 and 1 and I don’t have a choice but to work full-time. I am blessed with an incredible job, but I struggle daily with the fact that financially I have to work while many other mommas get to stay home. Truthfully, I may not even be cut out to be a SAHM, but that doesn’t make it any less hard. I have to pray all the time that God would help me stay in the present and help me to enjoy and survive these days without missing too much. I also have to thrive in thanks for the blessing of this very job that keeps me from the girls, even though it often times makes me sad. The idea of this book is very interesting to me simply because my heart is always longing, and maybe Sara Mae’s words will touch my restless heart.

  125. Seneca Popovich says:

    I have slipped into the mundane, the routine, and I struggle to find the beauty of it all as I grasp for the joy of The Lord to help keep me afloat.

  126. Cindy Horton says:

    As a mother of 4 I get it wrong daily. Thank God for his mercy and grace

  127. For a friend who seems to be letting bitterness steal her joy.

  128. Kathy Leverett says:

    I am in a season of life where I am struggling. I would love to receive this book to read and then to pass it on to another struggling Sister.

  129. I lost my job of several years a few days ago and am feeling a little lost. I don’t want to waste my days and am trying to begin again with this new phase of my life praying for God to show me what’s next. I want to live a beautiful satisfied life and not dwell on bitterness and regrets. Would love a copy of Longing for Paris, and thank you for today’s timely devotional!

  130. I would love to read this book! I want to be a better mother and wife.

  131. In my life, I have made many wrong decisions …. I haven’t trusted The Lord as I should have. I am learning that putting aside my wants and waiting on Him is the best way! It is wonderful to know that His mercies are new everyday!

  132. Too much longing for more, for different, for something else, even when God has given me so much care, love & provision. I want to know Him more, to be satisfied, and to know whether He is satisfied with me.

  133. I just returned from my annual trip to the beach. During this time I allow the water to wash over me, cleanse me, and help me to start anew. I was blessed to attend a service where our priests were rowed out on a boat and they blessed the ocean. As I stepped into the holy waters I felt renewed and ready to live my life with purpose for the next year. Now that I am home, I am having trouble with where to start. I feel that this book will help me return to the beach next year feeling satisfied that I spent the year in a way pleasing to God.
    Thank you for considering me for one of the prize books.

  134. Anne Walker says:

    My best friend from high school, 45 years ago, sent me a text last night asking me if I wanted to go to Paris with her in the spring. Also, I went with my daughter shopping last night and age bought my granddaughter a shirt that had a picture of the Eifel Tower that says meet me in Paris. When I saw this post this morning I knew I needed to read this book.

  135. Great devo this morning! I am a working mom and one of the things I strive to do when I take a day off is, when I take my daughter to school I will park the car and walk her to her classroom. I get confused looks from some people. I think they feel like I am babying my daughter but I don’t do it everyday and she WANTS me to walk her to class so, I am going to enjoy this season. There is going to come a day when even the thought having me walk her to class might be a total embarrassment to her.
    Thanks so much for the reminder to live a satisfied life!

  136. What a timely reminder! Thank you for pointing us back to God’s grace and mercy that are ours everyday.

  137. Debbie W. says:

    Once again God brings me an appropriate message this morning. Even before I began reading this devotion this morning I stopped to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and water my pepper plant which had been neglected for two days. I struggle daily with the sin of contentment and living a satisfied life. But as women don’t we all at some point in our busy lives? I would welcome the opportunity to receive a copy of this book. Have a blessed day and enjoy God’s glory. It can be found all around us.

  138. I can relate to what she said about struggling with a dark secret and it actually comforts me in knowing that I’m not alone. “Oh how darkness magnifies our struggles, making us feel dirty and so alone.” All I need now is some direction on how I can overcome this. I hope God brings me closer to people that will be a helping hand so that I too can be one to someone in need. I feel Sarah Mae can be a helping hand for me through her new book. God bless.

  139. I struggle with this every day. Thank you for the reminder that God’s mercies are new every morning. I would love to read this book and then pass it along to a friend at work who I know struggle with very similar things.

  140. Mari Taylor says:

    In the grandmother season of my life and just need to be reminded to live every day to the fullest and be thankful for time with not only my grandchildren but especially with my adult children!! Love my family so stinking much!!

  141. My daughter & I have had a very hard time recently. I would like to read this & share encouragement with her.

  142. Barbara Davis says:

    My daughters are 19, 17 and 12. I always had snuggly nights where we would just all lay on “the big bed” and laugh, talk, and be silly. But, life gets busy and you miss out on times. I am a doubter and regretter. This book may be a good source to get me over those feelings and to live in the here and now.

  143. BarbaraSarmiento says:

    I could use the book for my life and to share with others for their lives. Thank you God bless your ministry.

  144. What a great book to read and share. It’s one thing to have Paris on your bucket list, but quite another to find that same beauty right where you are.

  145. Lisa Dotson says:

    In my crazy, hectic life of 4 kids and 3 jobs, I long to live a satisfied life. It feels like when I get 10 things done, I have left 11 undone. In my profession (teaching), the idea of being “satisfied” or “content” seems frowned upon because we are constantly pushed to do more and do it better.

  146. Jessica lawson says:

    This really hit home in my heart. For years I have been very unsatisfied. I think reading this book could shed some light to help me learn to find satisfaction in my life even when it’s messy. This book sounds really interesting.

  147. Megean Denney says:

    I would love to win this book because some days are a real struggle for me thinking that the grass is greener on the other side.

  148. Holley VanDenBerg says:

    The days are flying by and I want to live them satisfyingly. Thank you for the reminder (and the giveaway)!

  149. Jacky Pileggi says:

    I would love to win this book for me 🙂

  150. Tamy Pollman says:

    I would love to win this book for my daughter. She is struggling with things that her ex husband is trying to do. This is also the month of the anniversary of her dads death who died 16 years ago. There are times that she needs her dad and even though I do my best to help her and it’s just not the same. Thanks for considering me for this book. God bless

  151. Jamie Evans says:

    To live a more satisfied life!

  152. I love what this says about living with no regrets. I’ve always wondered how people that say that they have no regrets do it. In reality they are choosing to begin again walking in faith. This makes me satisfied.

  153. Jen Dotinga says:

    I need this and a friend needs this. I just moved into my own place. I am struggling to not over spend to make it homey. I want it perfect because in my mind that will satisfy me. I know it won’t but I still think thatt way.
    Also my friend is looking for joy and satisfaction in not the right places. She is needs it more than I do, to be reminded that this world will not satisfy you.

  154. I have done things in my life that I am not satisfied with. I am trying h as Rd to get past all of them. This book would help me to do that. I would also share it with others when I am done. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Praise God!

  155. Elizabeth says:

    I would love a copy of this book. Joy is something I think about on a daily basis. With littles at home, sometimes it is hard to feel like I am capable of the endurance needed to run this race. So very thankful that my endurance comes from the One who is more than capable.

  156. I can relate to days rolling into one another. I also put high expectations on what my home life should be like. Then when I don’t meet my own expectations, I’m filled with regret.

  157. I have spent so much of my life thinking if only I lived here , or did this or said that I would be happy I just want to be content right where God has me. maybe I could find some guidance in this book.

  158. Susan Lew says:

    This book sounds like exacty what I’m needing right now. Although life is good, I indeed feel the waves crashing over me where I can’t touch and can’t seem to find my way out of the break.

  159. Rebecca Frey says:

    I would like a copy of the book because just as many other women I need help to stay the course. Because I cannot do it alone.

  160. I would love to win this book! I can really relate to Sarah Mae and enjoyed reading her book Desperate.

  161. Pamela Graham says:

    Your posts remind me Jesus is always near…for my heart is hurting and worry is too much. Thank you. Pamela Graham

  162. Great devotion today. Thank you!

  163. I would love a copy of this book, all encouragement accepted. after I have read this book I would share it with my sister.

  164. I need to learn to find Joy right where I am and stop thinking that if I could just have that one more thing I would be happy. My life is wonderful if I would just learn to see it.

  165. I need help with this everyday. My daughter in Love passed away 2 years ago, leaving 3 young children and my son. I moved in and am a 24/7 grandmother. I know God has me HERE for both a season and a reason, I want to learn to be satisfied with where I am

  166. I read the Proverbs 31 devotion every day, and am always so blessed. Sometimes to laughter sometimes to tears. It has been a season of tears for me. Feeling like I have once again failed miserably with decisions I have made and not meeting the expectations of the “world.” I want to be an Abraham, feeling no regrets at the end of my days. I desire to become so satisfied with the woman I am not the woman that everyone thinks I need to become. This book may be a perfect read at this time in my life. Thanks for sharing your devotion this morning!

  167. I think it is so important to live in the moments because it’s thoes moments that you can’t get back I ask that God give me the grace to see as he sees an not let percious moments pass me by. I want to learn more and leave a legacy for my children to enjoy life it’s a gift from God put it in his hands and ask him to guide you through all the difficult circumstances and situation in life, and Learn how to dance and sing in the rain. I too want to enjoy the journey and go home empty and used up for the father. I think the book would be a wonderful resource that will help me with this as I help others.

  168. I would love to win a copy of your book to give to my daughter who is raising two wonderfully made little ones! Thank you!

  169. I love this post and would love this book! Sarah Mae you have a way with words that is soothing to the soul. It’s all about grace, God’s grace and our acceptance of it. Us Mama’s are so quick to beat ourselves up, instead we need to forgive ourselves and start fresh, each and every day.

  170. Cindy Miller says:

    I have really been struggling with the demands of being a mom. My kids are little, and my husband works horrible hours, so I don’t get much help. I am often exhausted and often overwhelmed, but your devotion this morning reminded me that today can be different. I love to think that every morning can be viewed as a new beginning. I get so wrapped up in just trying to make it through the day, that I don’t enjoy the little moments.

  171. Ashley Tippens says:

    As I took my 20 year old niece out to lunch for her birthday yesterday I was mentoring her on some issues of life and I told her this very thing- live without regret because I have had so many in my life. Some days it is extremely hard to get past them although I know God is so gracious. I would really like to read this book!!!

  172. Martha hatcher says:

    I would first read it and then share with my daughters. If it is half as good as this devotion, I will have to buy more. Love sharing great books. Reached within my soul. Thank you.

  173. Christina Shimp says:

    I live a wonderful life but somehow find myself discontent most days. I have dreamed of going to Paris since I was a little girl so when I saw the title of this book I laughed out loud.

  174. Jessica Sharp says:

    I would like yo read this because because I struggle with the regrets in my life. I would like to finally be done regretting and truly start living.

  175. I desire to live a satisfied life unto the Lord and I feel this book will help.

  176. It seems like we are all searching for that perfect satisfied life throughout our lives…. I am no exception, many moments while my kids were growing up, I tried to capture precious moments with them, only to see them disappear as they grew up. I would love to read your book.

  177. Julie Ward says:

    Thank you for the great message. It is great to know that we can start over each day with no regrets.

  178. We can’t seem to settle where we are. I would love this book.

  179. Lindsey Parker says:

    Thank you for this timely devotion. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up and think we will never get things right. With God’s strength and grace we can live each new day, trusting in Him to guide our days.

  180. I am a newly Single Mother of two boys and I find myself needing God more and more each day. I can so identify with the woman described in the passage. I have a true desire to live each day more abundantly, I want to enjoy each day and for a few days I am able but then I get lost and need help. I would love a copy of the book to help me get through this transition in my life. I need to know how to enjoy life and not just wish it away.

  181. Amanda Hughes says:

    This devotion really touched my heart. I am at a different place in life struggling with God’s plan for me and my purpose right now. Where I fit in and what I’m gifted to do is not as apparent as it once was. I know He is in control of my life and my family. I sincerely want to be satisfied with my life and not believe the devil’s lies that lead me to discontentment. I would love to read this book and know I would benefit from it! Even if I don’t win a copy, I’m sure I will purchase it!

  182. Sarah B. Rich says:

    To begin each day again, completely living the Lord’s love and purpose in deeds, thoughts & words, and feeling my human efforts are enough must be the most peaceful contenting gift. Thank you for offering the opportunity to learn better with this publication. I strive anew each day and will share the book with my Girlfriends in God Bible Study group.

  183. michelle szefler says:

    I am just like so many others and really need a daily guidance to be reminded that life is precious & sweet. I get so caught up in my finances, my messy house, laundry, the dishes, the kids misbehaving, my job, that I often get upset or complain about not having enough time for me or for my girls. I often feel sad or depressed about how i am treating my girls. They are my precious gifts, and I know that. I just forget so many times. I too want to feel satisfied with the life i am living, just not sure how to do that.

  184. Janine firestone says:

    I would give this to my daughter. She is raising three little boys. Thank you

  185. Johnnie Keck says:

    I’d love a copy of her new book!

  186. Maritsa Ruiz says:

    I desire to live a life for my Lord Jesus..and finally letting go of all my past regrets. I would love to share the book with my daughter also who is at a crossroads in her life. She is 14 yrs old and is moving up to high school. We have talks of living a purposeful life, one for Christ – and I think this book would be a great bonding experience. Thank you.

  187. As we begin another school year, I’ve been thinking about my 3 kids and reflecting on many things. Where did the time go? Have I spent enough time with them? Was it quality time? Have I effectively modeled what a Christlike wife and mother looks like? And many other questions. I like your quote about how life is not about having no regrets, but about knowing and choosing to begin again. I made a choice this summer to let go of the things I can, to put off until tomorrow what’s not important, and really make more intentional time for my family. Praying to God he will help me be a good time manager and discerning of where I need to be devoting my energies for Him. Thank you for this devotion!

  188. April Ettestad says:

    Gods grace is amazing! I need to learn how to accept it and realize I don’t have to work for it. I believe this book can help me. God Bless! ❤️

  189. Chris Stouffer says:

    Hi,
    I would give this book to my sister who is 55 and finally at a place where she may listen. Her life has been very hard, because she thought she was in control of it, so she kept living with the pains of her bad decisions. Now her kids are grown and her life is her own. She thinks. I’m hoping and praying that now she will be ready to trust Jesus and really live.

  190. Wendy Turner says:

    Good stuff! I would like to enter to win the book! I think it is definitely something I need to read myself having a new little one, but then I would pass it on to other women who could benefit from it. 🙂

  191. I’m a teacher and I’m about to start a new school year. I love teaching. Truly I do. Since having my daughter in 2014 it’s become a struggle for me, though, because I want so badly to be home with her and our circumstances just don’t allow for that right now. Something I’ve been trying to see is how God wants me to view this as my ministry. This is my ministry because this is where He has me right now in my life and I can’t dwell on the fact that I’m not at home with my daughter because not only will I not be effective in the mission that God has given me as a teacher, but I will not be effective in my mission as a mother either. I would like to read the book to reinforce what I’ve been working on for the past year and a half – to be content right where I am, right where God has placed me.

  192. Great devotion. I would like to win a copy

  193. I don’t need a reason to read this book! I would simply love to read it, it sounds like it could impact my life positively!

  194. Laura Jeruzal says:

    With 3 little children at home I would love to win a free copy of your book and learn how to savor the moments with them and live without regret!

  195. I want to find more satisfaction in places that I already live out Gods love.

  196. How timely! I woke up to one child wanting her baby doll and a specific book, and another with a bad dream. The latter was up before 5 and in bed with us, and he kept me up at times until we got up. I needed this perspective. I have the choice to choose kindness over crankiness today, and I will choose kindness.

  197. I would love a copy of this book. I’m in a season of change. I feel like this book could be very helpful in giving me more perspective in al that God has been showing me.

  198. Deanna Offerdahl says:

    What a wonderful reminder to treasure the little moments of joy, in our day. So often, as a mom, I get frustrated at the lack of time, that I feel I have in my day. Truthfully, that is a lack of, “me” time. How different my days flow, when I start with a thankful heart, for all of those little distractions and opportunities I have to love on and teach my children. After all, they are “a gift from God,” and my job is to raise them to know Him. Change of focus is a good thing. Thank you 🙂

  199. I want to live with no regrets, to be content and blessed with what I am given. Need encouragement because life is hard.

  200. Jennifer miller says:

    Would like to win longing for Paris. I’ve been very ill this past year and previously was always rushing around, trying to do this and that. Just want to appreciate everyday now with my family.

  201. No matter what stage of life we are in we almost always seem to be looking for the “greener grass.” It’s hard for us to be content and thankful for the season we are in. It’s a hard lesson to learn but a very important one. Thank you for the reminder!

  202. I too am longing for Paris. I would love to read about your journey.

  203. I am often longing for things instead of being satisfied and present with what I have. Having a reminder to be focused on the present to be satisfied with my life, that’s a necessity for me.

  204. I’m going to Paris this fall! But still my heart is so full of worry, fear, and unrest. I would love to read this book

  205. As a 27 year old single woman, I struggle with this topic greatly. I find I live my life waiting for it to begin, once I meet a good man, get married, have children., etc… I have buried myself in working, which is not hard to do as a teacher. I have so many regrets and feel like I have wasted my youth and never enjoyed a moment of it. I keep praying for my curcumstances to change but they never do. Thank you for your ministry!

  206. I’ve been longing to visit Paris all my life. I heard it was a beautiful place. Sometimes, when you have not visited a place you dream and imagine yourself there. I believe this book would enhance my imagination and dreams. I believe this book would take me to Paris and beyond. I am also in a season whereas I am deeply searching for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure. Joy in a way that brings me inner peace. Beauty in terms of inward love and adventure in which to capture the essence of life. God is faithful. I believe this book would truly bless me in this season of my life.

  207. Once again God spoke to me through a P31 post. I have been trying to do exactly this– own my choices. As I do daily battle with pain, depression and anxiety and my comfort food addiction, I am struggling to own each choice. Eating the doughnut at work will not help anything but the craving. I can so identify with this post because as I hobbled into an outdoors store I grieved over the life I wish I would have lived the past 20 years. It would be easy to let that keep me down. But yesterday I went to the gym straight from work. I am restricted to water exercise but I did the best workout I could. I wish I would have read this 20 years ago but as you say today is a new day to begin again. I can never get those years back so my life will never be perfect. Hard words for a perfectionist… But through “His grace which is sufficient” for me I can begin again and own my choices and live a satisfied life. A life that is pleasing to Him as well. Thank you so much for answering your call to write. This is EXACTLY what my heart needed today.

  208. This book might help me to stop and slow down because I feel restless when I just sit with my kids during the day. I do not want another year to go by and feel like I missed them when they were just in the next room.

  209. I would like to win this bookfor myself. The description of this book, along with the devotional, grabbed my attention and called out the matters of my heart. I’ve been dealing with regret and longing to figure out how to live a life without regret and to live a life trying to reach personal goals without feeling as if I would neglect my family. If would be nice to win this book. If I do not win, I will be purchasing this book.
    Thank you for the devotional.

  210. This devotional spoke to my heart. I would love to read the book as well.

  211. I have wanted to see Paris since I was a child. I even majored in French in college! I still hope to see Paris someday, but today I just want to be present in life – serving and loving God, not sitting on the sidelines or wasting time, but fully embracing where I am and who I am.

  212. Wow! This was exactly what I needed today, thank you. I have been feeling kinda beat up by regret. Thanks for the reminder that I CAN CHOOSE to start over today and every day from here on out. I would love to read the rest of the book. 😉

  213. I am a grandmother and enjoy snuggling with my granddaughter making memories as I did with my daughter! Special morning conversations are so sweet as we wake up and start a new day! Meme ( my name given to me by my sweet Sofia) I love waking up with you , when you come to visit! It makes my heart happy!! No sweeter words have been spoken.

  214. Jill Nikunen says:

    My prayer is also “a well-spent life.” I would love a copy of this book! Great devotion today, very timely.

  215. I “have longed for Paris” perhaps a Paris that doesn’t exist. I keep giving up on my dreams because I keep expecting perfect conditions to exist. I keep wishing away my life instead of living and owning it one day and one choice at a time. I pray for wisdom but turn away from God’s strength in my daily battles. I think your book is exactly what my heart needs to hear. If I won I would read it and pass it along to my daughter.

  216. Christine Glynn says:

    This devotion touched me. My daughters are teenagers now, and those moments are few and far between. I would love to read this book.

  217. I would love to read this book. My journey has me currently really trying to seek Him and know my everyday life is filled with purpose in his holy name, and that I don’t need to continuously be looking to fulfill something outside my current role. I don’t want to live a life of regrets!

  218. kimberly williams says:

    Would love to share book with my daughters and daughters in law…they are at a busy season in their life….looking forward to rocking on porch with family sharing God’s love….I AM BLESSED!

  219. Sue Ellen Meadows says:

    This devotion spoke profoundly to me today and brought me to tears. I didn’t realize how much of a burden I was carrying inside from holding onto regrets in my life and, some days, feeling like I am failing at everything. I allow those things to consume me and take my focus off my faith and God. I wake up every morning worrying and wondering about things I have no control over and allow it to eat away at my faith. Your words restored me. I would so much appreciate a copy of your book to absorb the message you have to carry with me to free myself from this habit of looking back.

  220. Mandy Hawkins says:

    Every time I read the title of Sarah Mae’s book I think it was written about me: “Longing For…”. I have longed; strike that, obsessed over moving for seven years. I’ve prayed, journaled, tried pushing open doors; all to no avail. I’m left wondering what I’ve made of my last seven years. I’ve spent them dying inside and it’s leaking out to the ones I love. I’m at the point where I’ve lost hope in dreaming big, but I know that’s not of God. His word doesn’t lie when it promises fullness and joy. I don’t want to feel stuck. I want to feel complete and content in Jesus.

  221. I’m at the other end of this season and am so missing those snuggly pajama foot days. I would not trade anything for the new born baby smells, the little one crawling in bed mornings, the elementary (and even older) nightmare in the middle of the night “stay with me” requests. Once they are out of the house, those moments don’t happen in the same way. Embrace the now. My now is a cup of coffee with my husband and pup. Uninterrupted quiet times with Jesus. Deep long time love and a renewed sense of adventure for next. Thank you for the reminder that every season is sacred. Don’t waste any of it in regret. Move forward. We won’t do any of it perfectly – we aren’t Jesus. Seeking a satisfied life – that is possible when we are walking with Jesus in the now.

  222. I’d love to live a satisfied life where I am!

  223. Christina Calabrese says:

    I would read it with my 12 year old daughter who would be enamored by the title. I want my kids to understand life is a journey with many choices. They need to make those choices count.

  224. Liz Feldman says:

    I would love to read this book. My husband and I both need to hear it. God has given us jobs that are difficult and I often find myself longing for something different. But I want to follow God’s will, not my own!

  225. As I read this devotion, I realize how thankful I am that His mercies are new every morning! That He is the God of second, third, as infinitum chances! I don’t want to regret my life, but to be satisfied, knowing how much He loves me!!!

  226. Hello, I am not sure where to begin. I do feel daily that I am not living a satisfied life. I feel like I have so much to do and no time. I really want to be able to catch up to my life. I feel like I am not spending time with my family, I always have something to do instead. The crazy thing is that I will always have things to do instead of putting God, my husband and children before getting the housework done and everything else. My kids are growing so quickly and I keep thinking they wont be at home much longer. They are 8 and almost 12. I would really love a copy of your book. I am hoping to earn some ways to change the look of life for the better. Thank you

  227. Thank you for blessing your readers with this beautiful truth and encouragement!

  228. “I don’t want to regret my days because I don’t want to regret my life.” This is a powerful line for me.

  229. In the daily grind of life I always need reminders to choose joy. I would love a copy if this book. Thx!

  230. Leslie White says:

    i missed out on a trip to paris in high school when i had to move to another state.
    paris has since always intriged me and has made me wonder…what if….
    i frequenty visit pinterest for pictures and recipes from paris and love shows that highlight paris life. i love the story of julia child.
    we all long for something.

  231. Satisfied life…..To be content….rest in Him!

  232. I could definitely use this. I need to be reminded every day. I try to live in the moment, and enjoy all that God has given me. As I realize that my teenage children are creeping closer to the time when they will leave for college I try to spend as much time as possible just enjoying their presence.

  233. I have heard good things about this book from a friend who got it early.

  234. Great devotional to remind us all to enjoy the everyday moments that we will one day miss. Our children grow up too fast. I would love to give this book to my sister in law. The title sounds reminds me of her, and I think it would be great for her to read.

  235. Me! I would love to win a copy of this book.

  236. I found your book to be intriguing and very refreshing and I am looking forward to hearing more from you. We need more books like this. How to live a satisfied Life touched me. And I plan to share it with my wife. May God truly Bless you.

  237. I’d love to have this book! We’ve been working on downsizing out “stuff” and I’m finding the less I have, the less I want!

  238. my husband and I were just talking the other day how we feel like the characters did in the movie groundhogs day. The same thing over and over every day. We have 3 school aged children, a baby that just turned 1 last weekend, and are expecting our 5th child in less than 5 weeks. I feel so overwhelmed and busy that it’s hard to cherish these moments with them all as they are growing up. My prayer has been to sow down, and try to enjoy each child every day and not regret these years. Thanks for the reminder that I’m not alone and that God has appointed me here for such a time as this!

  239. Joy Cheshier says:

    So true, I so glad we get to start each day new every morning. I pray today the God gives me the strength to love just as He loves me.

  240. I want to be the hands and feet. Soaking up His love and goodness filling my heart with joy. Taking His love and goodness and using it to serve. Use me Lord. God bless you and thank you for this ~

  241. This book sounds wonderful! I have a good life, but lately especially I find myself just not being as satisfied as I should be with the way things are. I have a Beautiful Smart Talented 6 year old daughter that has matured and grown up much more than I had ever thought she would by this point in her life. I find myself wishing that she was more responsible while at the same time wishing that she was more babyish too. I know that I need to be content in the moment, not complaining, and accept the peace that only God can offer, but I’ve been having a hard time doing this.

  242. That’s’ what I want – to live a life of purpose, to be content with where I am and what I have and to be grateful

  243. I pray and long to know how to live in the present. To accept what is and to know God’s will and grace RIGHT now. How to begin anew. I KNOW this is His will, so I know it is His gift to me right NOW. Thank You Jesus!

  244. Just last night I cried as I “longed for Paris”. I married young and chose to be a stay at home mom. I have no regrets on that decision, and like so many others, wish those years could continue on forever. My children have both followed God’s will for their lives and I am so proud of them. The problem is, I still haven’t figured out what it is I want to be when I grow up, or rather, when my kids have grown up. I have supported my husband in his career and he is soon ready to retire and planning for his retirement job. I should explain that he is a police officer so is required to retire rather young, due to physical demands of the job. So last night, I was thinking, here he is retiring and I am 47 years old and don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I want my entire life to count. Once both of the kids were in school, I worked part time in the school they attended so I could be on their schedule. Now that they are no longer at home, I am “longing for Paris”.

  245. I’d love to read this book! I feel like I can relate to the search for being fulfilled in some amazing adventure, rather than my daily life. But God wants to make my daily life the most amazing adventure by putting all of my trust in Him.

  246. Thank you for this timely message! Just last night I was exhausted and didn’t want to play dolls with my daughter. I was regretting it even as I told her “I’m just not into this tonight.” Sounds like a great book; thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  247. Kasie Miller says:

    At the mercy of 3 little ones, I’m constantly seeking to not only survive but thrive during these challenging and exhausting days. This books is just the encouragement I could use!

  248. I would love to win this book as I pray all the time for God to help me to be thankful and content with all He gives me.
    Looking forward to your contact!

  249. Maggie Voth says:

    I would love to read it myself and then pass along to my sister, Tanya, as we have been chatting about this subject a lot lately!

  250. Linda Kauffeld says:

    Thank you so much for this devotional. It is good to know that we cannot live the “perfect” life, but with each wrong decisions or mistake we have God’s unfailing love and forgiveness and we can get up and go again in His grace. That at the end, if stay steadfastly faithful and ready to repent when wrong, we can look back at a satisfied life. This was such a blessing to me,

  251. God has blessed me with the opportunity to live with and see my grandchildren grow up. I need to use every chance to love on them, even when I’m longing to have my quiet time each morning. I would love to read your book and then share it with my daughter in law. Blessings to you!

  252. Dreams vs. reality, searching for joy right where you are? I think every woman needs to read this book. We often watch romantic comedies and disney movies that have us longing for perfection and fantasy. For some reality in comparison can be disappointing. I think learning to recognize your present gifts and finding joy in everyday life is essential. Sounds like a great read! I would love a copy!

  253. I so needed this today. I would live to have this book to help me find my satisfied life.

  254. Our pastor always say, we don’t have to start over – just start again and that is so encouraging. We will fail but His mercies are new each day. Praise God we don’t have to start over!

  255. Remembering to make the most of every moment is an ongoing struggle for me! My wish is God will show me where and how He needs me -every day. Thank you for your wonderful words today! They really spoke to my heart.

  256. This sounds like a great book! I’m less than a year from being 60, and I’ve always wanted to go to Paris, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to. As I grow into this season of my life, and the changes it brings, this could be a helpful read for me
    and many other women. I would so love to win a copy of it.

  257. Mahogany Kees says:

    Hi every morning I read my emails from proverbs 31. This morning to my surprise I read this one. It was the most touching and uplifting one yet. I can relate to this. When my daughter was that age until now at 18 she still sticks very close to me. I love her so much and we have a very beautiful relationship. So I agree with Sarah live life beautiful everyday to the utmost. May God bless you all.

  258. I would love to win a copy of this book!!

  259. Pam Shuler says:

    I need this book. I am never satisfied with myself.

  260. Johnette Peck says:

    Six years ago I had breast cancer, & it woke me up to the fact that life is short. It drew me closer to God & made me enjoy life. I now need guidance & a reminder to do this daily as I have taken life for granted again.

  261. Joyce Smith says:

    My children are grown and my husband and I are now “empty nesters”. I prayed to God to please help me find a new purpose in this season of my life. He has granted me several opportunities to remain busy and working but for some reason I just do not feel satisfied and keep looking for more. I would love to find that inner peace and enjoy what he has blessed me with.

  262. Would love to read it myself and learn from it, and to also share with a friend that is newly searching and learning the words of the Lord.

  263. Connie Miller says:

    I need other point of view on how to live now and be happy.

  264. As a Titus-2-style group leader, I’d love to read this and then have it to share with the younger women in our group, those who find themselves in this very situation! I love your encouragement and honesty.

  265. This is one area I could definitely used help in. I sometimes have that nagging, longing feeling that I don’t know how to fill, and I’ve come to realize that I can’t fill it with more STUFF, but it needs to be filled with more of GOD and FAMILY. It’s not an easy shift to make and I could definitely use the help, and I’d pass the book along to friends too!

  266. Sounds interesting and helpful. Thanks.

  267. Barbara Hale says:

    I also want to live a satisfied life where Jesus has placed me. To bring others in my neighborhood to Jesus feet. To hear, ” well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into your rest.” #no regrets

  268. I struggle daily with keeping my focus on the here and now, second guessing decisions I’ve made in regards to my children, and just trying to ‘do it all’. I try so hard to be the person I think I should be, and lose sight of the fact that Jesus has made me who He wants me to be. This devotion was just what I needed today! I would love the opportunity to read Sarah’s book.

  269. Gail Fredrickson says:

    Love the title of this book. I have always wanted to visit Paris especially to enjoy the food but being 66 and entering a new season of my life I don’t think it is possible. I remind myself daily that it is important for me to live a satisfied life right where I am. My husband was diagnosed with cancer and my son’s wife just left him. And I have so many friends with mountains in front of them. Thank you for your encouraging words today.

  270. Linette Miller says:

    I woke up to the fact that I have been living my life for everyone else, not for God and not for myself. I am working very hard to honor the wonderful person God made me and follow his Spirit in me and the desires he places on my heart. it is a difficult balance and I am learning to walk it with his help.

  271. I so struggle with wanting an adventurous life and at the same time finding contentment. Im never satisfied!!! I want to learn to find satisfaction in the life God gave me and not always wishing it looked different or better yet, like someone elses life!! Im sure i could benefit from this book greatly and would love to share it with others!

  272. My son and his family are struggling with life right now. He needs to come closer to God and let the past go and learn to be satisfied with what he has. I love Proberbs 31! It has changed my life for the better. Thank you so much.

  273. Thanks for the reminder to cherish the time I still have w my daughter, who is 15.

  274. Unreal!!! You are getting posts to this blog every minute since you’ve opened it! I’ve skimmed them, and I see the need in all their lives, and I personally feel the need in my life to have a home Bible Study on this topic. God seems to be nudging me to instigate this in my area so many people could be reached. I will keep praying for His guidance on this possibility in my life and the lives of those who have responded to your blog. May God continue to work through you to reach a hurting world.

  275. Thank you for the reminder that I have been hearing from the LORD. The last of my five is still living with me. A precious sophomore. Life isn’t the same as it was for the older ones. They had a father there with me. When I became a widow, life changed so fast and continues to change. I preach change is a good thing, but it hurts so bad at times. I grieve for a bad attitude I have at work because I really know its not worth having it. I grieve for the change happening right next to my house. The greenspace of wildlife is disappearing for the new development. My tranquil spot at the end of the street is no longer. Or, is it? Tranquility is from within. The Prince of Peace resides in me. Thank you again. I so appreciate what you shared. And you are right, enjoy those times with your little ones. One of my little ones provided me with a little one. I remind her to enjoy her. Time goes fast.

  276. I would love to read this book because regret is something I am so aware of. It is hard to find the balance of time spent withmy boys, ttaking care of my house and finding time to rest.

  277. Elaine Segstro says:

    Walking forward and trusting, knowing that God always loves and forgives. I would love to read your book.

  278. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. I needed this right now.

  279. Raising my children was the most rewarding times in my life. Now as adults we still share great times and there are the Grandchildren!!!! Time does go by fast enjoy every minute. It does get tough sometimes but the good always out way the bad days. I always use to think about the song Thank God for Kids, The nearest thing to heaven is a child. My cup runneth over!

  280. I would love to give this to my sister. She would be blessed by it.

  281. Well I read your devotion today and since Friday, August 14th I’ve been experiencing waves. my 92 year old mother has been admitted to the hospital. She has congestive heart failure and not doing good. Doctors are talking about hospice. No money to bury her when she goes back home. Thanks to God she’s a believer!!!! So happy!! But fear comes in waves so does denial. Also in 2 months time, I will be a grandmother for first time!!! What a blessing!☺️ Even preparing or trying to prepare myself for moms passing is a blessing because of Jesus!!!!yet fear sets in and doubt arises. You know what, I don’t even care if I get the book!! Just reading the devotions and having a place where I can write how I am feeling is enough for me. I am so thankful that I saw Proverbs 31 on my friends computer and I know the Holy Spirit have the desire to find out about it!

    Thank you so much Father for these women that write on a daily basis to help and inspire other women throughout the day with Your Word and their own experiences and growth. I know without Your loving kindness, grace, and mercy, we won’t be able to face the day. Thank you for Proverbs 31 and most importantly, thank you for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

  282. MARIA BONILLA says:

    I FEEL LIKE IM BEING TOSSED BY THE WAVES OF LIFE. HAVING TROUBLE TO UNDERSTAND WHY BAD THINGS ALWAYS HAPPENS TO ME. MY HUSBAND LEFT ME AND FILED FOR A DIVORCE HE SAID HE DOESNT LOVE ME THAT HE MADE A MISTAKE. I JUST CANT UNDERSTAND WHY HURTFUL THINGS KEEPS HAPPENING TO ME. I THOUGHT I DIDNT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THESE THINGS IF I MARRIED ANOTHER BELIEVER BUT I WAS WRONG. I WOULD LIKE A COPY OF YOUR BOOK HOPNG MAYBE IT WOULD SOME HOW HELP ME.

  283. Penny Wilkerson says:

    I would be honored to win a copy of Sara Mae’s book…..I have 3 grown children and feel as though I missed out on so much of their childhood b/c of my OCD and not living each day as a new beginning. I have a grandson now and another one that will be here in about 14 weeks. I desire to be a better Nana to them than I was Mamma. God bless you in your ministry. Your devotions help me see my life in a much better way.

  284. Thank you for your beautiful writings. As the wife of a farmer, mother of 3 adult daughters, daughter of an ill mother for which I have living with me, and a grandma. There are days where you just want to run away. It seems though God always places the words I need to see or hear in front of me. He always provides when times are thin and protects when we need protection. I look forward to seeing what your devotions bring to me next. Thank you and God bless.

  285. What a great title for your book! How inventive and yet appropriate for the content…nailed it! I would love to read your book!

  286. Kiescha Johnson says:

    Wow that was just what I needed to read this morning! Thank you

  287. I needed this today! I find my self overwhelmed with life right now. I am living in survival mode everyday. It’s a difficult and exausting place to be. I try to start my days off leaning on the Lord, but usually end up pulling away to try to control and fix things on my own-which we all know doesn’t work! I would love to read your book and get my life back on track

  288. Sandy Dominguez says:

    Life is a rush for me and my family trying to survive in this rough world and many times I forget how to live happy and help my daughter to grow up great and happy. Work absorbs me but I have not choice to keep going so the waives of life carry me off with no hope and purpose. My heart once had faith and great dreams. I am desperate to recover my faith and walk with Christ along with my family as I dreamed once. This article was a great reminder of precious moments and memories that I would love my daughter and I to treasure in our hearts forever. Living a satisfied life for me is seeing my daughter walking with Christ and become a woman of God. She is 6 and I believe I still have sometime to make this happen if I only can find the way.

  289. Heather Allen says:

    I would, perhaps selfishly, keep this book for myself. I have four children, ages 12, 10, 5, & 4. It is so easy in the hustle and bustle of our everyday life to lose my focus. My purpose as a mother is to be the loving, patient, nurturer that our children require. It is even easy to forget that the little love moments that my husband and I steal between refereeing disagreements always have little eyes watching. It is easy to forget that we are leading by example.

  290. Carmen Grace says:

    To live a satisfied life is something I think we all would like it so hard in today’s world to be satisfied. The world teaches us to always want more. I struggle with this daily this devotion truly hit home for me. Would love to have a copy of this book.

  291. Blessings- I feel everyday is a tossing of waves. Its hard when you have to show everyone that you are strong, busy at work, in the home and in the church ministry. I feel like little by little things within me are falling apart and I know prayer/fasting does help but having someone who knows how to keep living and not giving up and reading a book that can perhaps lift me up would be a blessing. I don’t want to quit on everything God has given to me my family, work or ministry. Thank you

  292. Elaine Nunn says:

    For me its worse than the waves rolling over me not begin able to catch them, its like i’m going down for the third time and my “life preserver is out of reach”. Sounds as if your book could bring a ray of hope Thanks

  293. This devotion hits very close to home. Healthy relationships and the satisfaction they bring are a struggle for me. I am often overwhelmed by how people who love each other can hurt each other without intending to. Would love to read the book and then pass it on to someone else who is struggling too.

  294. I want to continue being Bold in my faith and obedient to God. One fine morning when this temporary life is over, I will stand before him and I want to hear the words well done good and faithful servant, well done. My job while I’m here on earth is to Love God and Love people. See them the way that God sees them, not saying that it’s going to be easy, but it is definitely the way to living a satisfied life. Seize every opportunity to share your faith, because you never know when a seed has been planted, I want us all to make it to heaven, but the reality is that we all won’t.

  295. I would love a copy of your book. My husband and I are separated and he is keeping the children from me based on lies. I am only able to see them every other weekend right now but I am fighting everyday to wake up and be productive and do everything I cam to get them back. It’s hard and I have had many setbacks but I’m focused on pushing through and not letting them get the best of me. I think your book would be the encouragement I need to help me continue to push through to victory..please pray for me thank you.

  296. Janelle Stuart says:

    Why i am writing to receive a copy of the book Longing For Paris. I wish i could say that I need it to bless someonr with but at this phase in my life I need it for myself. Living in constant fear has hinder me from aggrrsively pursuing my passions. I has kept me feom using the gifts that God has given me. Im at a age now where time is quickly running out, thats how it feels. Im living a life of lies, because I tell myself I cant. Im just stuck, stuck in a loveless marriage, suck at home because I cant find a job, stuck with disrepectful children because I dont want them to endure punishment. So Im requesting to be choosen because im tired feelibg and living a stuck life. I want to be happy and I know that Im a shell of the person I can be. So like a crab I want to move into the shell of the person God created me to be.

  297. I struggle with the busyness of life. Instead of enjoying each moment with my kids (in the car, at games, at practice, etc), I gripe and complain about never having time to clean the house or watch my tv shows, etc. this book would help me get a grip, and lead me in the right direction.

  298. Always up for some encouragement! Thank you.

  299. This book explains exactly where I am in my life. Thank God for people like Sarah Mae who share their stories.

  300. Jill Brookshire says:

    I struggle daily with contentment/satisfaction with/in my life. I feel guilty about my chronic illness stealing precious moments away that could have been spent with my kids. Both tell me they don’t want to have kids because of all of the physical/mental illness issues in our family. It makes me feel sad and somehow responsible. Yet, I know that is a place where God does not want me to reside. Choosing to begin again with help from my Lord and Savior is a positive way to live satisfied knowing that He will also work in my childrens’ lives and their decisions to be parents one day. I would love to read more about your thoughts!

  301. Anna clark says:

    I have been thru 2 marriages that were unfortunate. My picker likes to pick addiction and hurt. I am back in NC…home…and I am learning to b single and love it. I am growing and learning. I will b single until God sends me my complement. I want courage to explore, to fail, to not b afraid of trying new things…of God and me being enough…living in the moment and actually knowing what my dreams are today…I will keep walking.

  302. I’d love some encouragement from Sara Mae! And I’d love to know which croissant won, as once upon many years ago I lived in Lititz, Pa too! 😀 I miss the delicious aroma from the Wilbur chocolate factory.

  303. I would really love this book. I don’t think I’ve been living my life in the right way the way i would like too. I have four children have been a single mom to them i wish i could have shown them more love and have been there more for them. I like that i csn start new everyday and i would like to learn how to start new with regrets. I want to learn to love my self more and forgive myself for all my mistakes. I would like to be a better person in every way i can a better daughter a better sister a better mother a better grandmother a better friend a better worker! I’m happy i got to read this today gives me hope that i can do better each day one day at a time.

  304. Mari-carmen says:

    With 3 kids 8 and under, and a full time job, being run over by the day is the norm. Feeling anxious and like a hamster on a spinning wheel these days. I’d love this book!!

  305. Karen Taylor says:

    Thanks for the devotional, my boys are 20 and 18. Long ago were the snuggling days. I lived through divorce and mental health disorder. I want to know God’s peace in my life and how to reach the goals of living a long and satisfied life. It’s rough. But I do try. I have my daily devotionals and pray time. But I would love to read your book for further direction

  306. A friend sent me your daily message and I live each day, new in the Lord’s Grace and Hope. I have a son with multiple disabilities and I also have stage III breast cancer (in remission). I have dealt with all of this while watching my mother deteriorate her life, addicted to prescription pills. Today she is well. My faith in God is what got me through. I would love a copy of your book.

  307. How exciting! I am homeschooling my last child at home and it’s so hard to be engaged all day every day since there aren’t sailings at home to play with. I needed this reminder that it is so very short and parenting is a sacrifice. would love to read this book!

  308. Rebecca R says:

    I’d love to share this book with my closest friends- we all work together but each own our own business. We all struggle with the duties of our work life and family life. Always trying to find balance in our days. I want us all to live a life of abundance and joy. Thanks!

  309. I am in a transitional season, my last child now in high school, yet I am beginning again by watching my one year old grandson. I find myself wondering, is this all there is for me, watching children all the time, locked away from life? Maybe your book will set me straight!

  310. kathy wyg says:

    Good Morning….To Miranda Miller @ the top of the board..congrats for getting your kids back

  311. Latricia Worsham says:

    I would like to have a copy of the book because I am 37 yrs old and have no idea what or where I am going in life, I have a daughter at 17 then another daughter at 19 and my last daughter at 21. Would not give anything for them, Their ages now are 20, 18 and 16 and don’t need me around as much. And with my house empty just me and my husband I feel empty. I know he is there and my husband is awesome but I have no clue what to do with myself now. I don’t know what I want. Before my husband now I was raising all 3 girls alone so I threw my life into my girls and now I don’t know what to do with me. Please help. #desperatetofindme

  312. Beverly Dilges says:

    Tks for these good words today. As we are older, we wonder and do remember when we could have been more there for our children and now that they are adults, regret things that are brought to mind. Thanking God that we are blessed with children and hope that we are still available when we need each other. Such a great post!

  313. I loved today’s devotional! I really spoke to me and made me feel thankful that I enjoyed those fleeting moments when my own daughter was very young. They’re precious memories to hold now that she is in her teens. I’d love a copy of Longing for Paris because I am in the time of my life now where I have more time for myself, yet still do not have the means to travel. I’ve always thought I would love to visit Paris, but perhaps I could find the beauty and art and satisfaction right where I am, too. Thank you for sharing your story!

  314. I’m a dreamer. Sometimes my daytime dreams prevent me from living my life and enjoying the right now. I’d love to hear what Sarah Mae says in Longing for Paris. What do I do with all those longings long enough to love my life as it is today? 🙂

  315. Christy Bearden says:

    I would love to have a copy.

  316. Elizabeth says:

    I am slowly finding my footing after some slippery times. I will take all the encouragement I can get. Thank you!

  317. Blair Edgar says:

    I feel spent but not well-spent lately. Parenting challenges are overwhelming me and trusting God with my life and my children’s lives is what I am trying to focus on. I would love your book during this season of my life!!

  318. kathy wyg says:

    Good Morning…To Miranda Miller….congrats for getting your kids back & the fact that
    you are living w/your parents…not the end of the world…you have a roof over your head..& food on the table..I WOULD SAY YOU ARE BLESSED RIGHT NOW…& your
    kids/their grandparents get to see each other all the time…win win to me…&

    To Susan G…enjoy their presence….Susan…ours is across the country…..

    have a blessed day….guys…………kathy wyg

  319. I need these daily reminders because I know Satan tries to keep us so busy, we don’t take time for the really important things in life. And we miss great opportunities to spend time with our family.

  320. Tamara Asher says:

    I would love to receive your book! It sounds like exactly what I need to hear! I am a first time mommy of a 2 month old baby Girl and a nurse turned stay-at-home mom and wife. While seeking God, I am trying to figure out this new life and all the joys and tears it has brought! Thank you for your article, I would love to read more in your book!

  321. Lisa Caprio says:

    Your devotion spoke to me this morning. I just took my youngest child to college and I pray I prepared her well. We are now officially empty nesters and I find myself wondering what to do with my time. I have been praying that God will shoe me the direction to take. I don’t want to just waste away this time. I would love to win your book. Thank you

  322. Jennifer McCullough says:

    Oh how I long to be fully awake and not just marking this day and the next off a calendar. We do have three boys and I know those moments are farther apart. I need perspective to live in the now and to realize I do wanna live a life well-spent and satisfied.

  323. I praise God for His Word and gentle reminders (sometimes not so gentle) like in this devotion that His mercies are new every day. My yesterdays do not define my tomorrow! May God bless you for being obedient by sharing your heart.

  324. Jennifer Shores says:

    I would love to gift this book to my mother, my first best friend in life and the women who taught me everything I know about faith. She has gone through tremendous adversity including poverty, enduring a broken family, being a caretaker to 4 family members, and countless deaths close to her. After loss of her husband (my father) and her mother (my grandmother), she has been in a season of sadness and at a loss to find her identity. She struggles with weight issues and now has been diagnosed with a debilitating illness. I long for her to be able to find joy and peace and comfort in this time of her life despite the trials she is enduring. Help me give her the gift of finding joy in her walk with God.

  325. Destiny brown says:

    Oh my goodness… I so needed this today. I am currently dealing with some issues with my 11 year old daughter… But honestly I have issues too. And this really hit home with me … This book sounds great and would like to read it… itnis now on my book reading list!

  326. I am 53 and want to end life well. So many people in Scripture start out strong but don’t finish so good. I belive that is because as we get older, we get more comfortable and complacent. I still want adventure. I want to live my whole life with purpose and meaning and not just for myself. This book sounds like it would be a great encouragement!

  327. Martha Rodriguez says:

    After experiencing the worst storms of my life with my husband and my daughter battling cancer one after the other, I thought I’d never have a “normal” life again but God showed me how to find joy and live the moment during the storm. I seeked Him like never before, it’s all I had to hold on to and he was my rock, he was my peace, my joy, His Holy Spirit filled me. I pray for that feeling to continue and grow even more in my life, I’d love to have this book, to see other perspective and see what more God has to say about being satisfied with one’s life today and now.

    thank you,
    Martha

  328. It sounds like an encouraging book.

  329. This is the word I needed to hear today! This book sounds like exactly what I need at this time in my life. I want to live the satisfied life through Christ!

  330. Would love to read Sarah’s book & pass it on!

  331. Heather Purvis says:

    I’m not sure how to get past regret….how to stop that heartache of my sin and make today better than yesterday. Maybe this book could help?

  332. My sister’s birthday is in a few days, I would give this book to her. She does so much for her kids and now is raising grandkids.

  333. Debbie Belknap says:

    My Granddaughter is a senior in high school and longs to go to Paris one day. She lives in the place of poverty and never quite enough. Her heart loves Jesus , but she is looking for her future and I want her to be on God’s course for her life, the future he has for her of life and life more abundant. We share a special bond in our longings and I would like to share this book with my granddaughter.

  334. Tiffany T. says:

    Oh to find joy where we are planted!! How I would love to have that in my daily activities and routine. I definitely get caught up in the rush of day-to-day life that I forget to find joy, happiness, gratitude right where I am, in the moment I am in. This book could inspire me to open my eyes and heart to the happiness I am standing in.

  335. Kristie Hays says:

    As a working mother of five, the youngest who is battling leukemia, I often find myself daydreaming of just a minute of time to breathe and revert to the girl version of me; care-free, a little wild and spontaneous, funny, magnetic, and FUN. But then, the guilt of this brief yearning to escape takes over as I look around at the gifts God has given me and the need my famy has for the “woman” version of me and I find myself feeling overwhelmed and tired and thinking things like, “well in two years when Riggan is done with treatment….,” or, “after Grace and Isaac graduate from high school I can…..” I know in my heart that God is using me and has a purpose for me right now, in this exact moment of my life and it is not his intention for me to long for two or five years down the road before I feel excited about what’s before me. Sometimes I just need a reminder of that, so thank you for today’s message 🙂

  336. I want to be able to handle frustration without becoming angry. I want to look at things in light of the big picture. I’m working on not comparing myself with other women in any way because I believe that hampers me in my walk with God.

  337. Yes, I would like to live a satisfactory life and fulfill what God has purposed for me.

  338. I am sitting at my desk, almost in tears, because over a year ago I hurt my husband. I don’t believe that he has forgiven me because this past year I barely get a peck on the cheek. No affection, we are only surviving. But as I set here this morning feeling like finally confronting him and telling him I want a divorce, I read my emails and this devotion was there. I smiled at God and said thank you for speaking to me. I do have that MAJOR regret in my life but I want my life with NO regrets and being completely satisfied. I have asked forgiveness, and I know my Lord and Savior has forgiven me. Thank you for the words that God gives you.

  339. I actually struggle with knowing what to choose and being overwhelmed the older I get. My children are adults now, when they were young it was easy to know to “pick” them.

  340. Sharon walker says:

    This book for me would be answered prayer

  341. After a season of loss, I am yearning to find God’s purpose in my circumstances. I have lost the joy I once had with my children, my husband, and family. I am trying to find joy and to be happy with the life and wonderful things and outdoor God has blessed me with, but I can’t shake this negative attitude and sadness. To find the joy from God would help me bloom where I am planted, and lift my soul. I would love a copy of this book, for myself, and then to pass on. <3

  342. Regrets. The story of my life. Lord, teach me to start over each morning knowing I am forgiven. Teach me to live in this moment and to be thankful for your underserved grace and tender mercies!

  343. Isabelle Johnson says:

    What a perfectly fitting word for me this morning. My prayer is to make my day count and to value it as the precious gift it is. Even in the Sermingly routine and mundane, God can be found. Thank you for the reminder

  344. I have always said my grass is always greener even when it’s brown! However, I needed this reminder today because I want to treat my empty nest days the same knowing that each day is precious to us. I have been working on focusing my energy on God first each day since I have gotten lazy with that over the past decade. He is bringing me fresh Word daily to guide me back where I need to be!

  345. I would love a copy as reminder of WHY I should live a satisfied life due to being blessed beyond measure, as well as how to focus on being satisfied!

  346. I want to live a life full of purpose and have no more regrets. I struggle with my past and the choices I have made. It is very hard for me to change my old ways. Maybe this book could help.

  347. Jamie McHale says:

    I would love to read this book!

  348. Christina says:

    This is all very true. It is so hard to begin again, again. After failing so many times in the same area, I know that the key to finally moving on is to once again take God’s hand and let Him lift me up.

  349. I would love to win a copy of this book. Often at times I feel like as soon as I wake up in the morning and my feet hit the ground that I am in a dead-run to get everything accomplished. It is a constant battle for me to remember to stop and take the time to enjoy what I am doing. My little one just started school and as I sit and reflect on how did we get here so fast I am saddened that I did take more time to stop and appreciate those little moments with her when she was younger more. I want to become fully awake to my daily decisions so I can begin living a more satisfied life.

  350. Dori Sheese says:

    You wrote “exhausting it is to tend to little ones,”, but I think it is exhausting tending to my 18 year old, who is going off to college this week. We are at a crossroads, and some things are not going well with the transition, so I ask for your prayers! I would love to have a copy of the book, to help me focus on my daily life, and not worry about tomorrow, to remember that God is already there taking care of tomorrow.

  351. Tina Patterson says:

    Simply. To help learn to be happy where I am, with whom I’m with, at any given moment. To remember the lord has put me in theses places or situations for a reason. Every day is learning experience. To get more comfortable with the uncomfortable.

  352. So many times I have just wanted to ‘run away’ and I have friends that have felt the same way. I would like to read this book but would also love to share it with my friend Liz, who is going through a very tough season of ‘Longing for Paris’.

  353. God is amazing how He answers prayers and directs our paths through each other! This devotion resonated with me so much! I am 51 and in that empty nesting state of mind…..It is definitely a time that the enemy wants me to look over my life and note what I haven’t done or accomplished in my family, career, relationships and mostly spiritually. I continually have to recognize his lies and remember I serve a God of Grace, Jesus ! Thank you for the reminder of Abraham………… that God is not done with me yet! I feel discontent, that the Lord wants me to be bold in my next steps (new season) but it seems I remain stuck in a continual cycle. There is always comfort in knowing you are not alone in these feelings and your devotion and book struck a cord for me to respond in request for a copy……….. I would first read it and then pass it along to other women who I know are in our shoes! Thanks for sharing your heart and reminder of God’s grace and love!

  354. Thank you Sarah for this reminder. I am struggling with this and finding the joy, peace and satisfaction in what God has already blessed me with. And YES – life is flying by and you do try to soak it in, but some days there are not enough hours in a day and you are just flat out to exhausted to soak in life – especially with those babies God has entrusted to us. God bless you and thank you for this reminder in the devotion and for writing this book!

  355. I have been struggling lately with not living in the moment and wishing for a different life filled. I take on too much and try to fix everyone’s problems.

  356. Nicole Schmidt says:

    I would love to win this book so that I may continue to grow in my walk with Christ

  357. I suffer from chronic illness and when things are really bad. It’s hard to feel satisfied and a part of the world…relationship take energy and it just seems that by the time the hay and stubble of the world gets done there’s not time or energy for the relationships that feed my soul. I just feel this book would be awesome for me grasp these dark days of life.

  358. It’s my birthday on Monday so what a great bday gift to receive!

  359. I’d love to win this book! It sounds like something I really need to read.

  360. Marlene Scott says:

    I will be 60 years old next month. This is my year to start the next decade of my life – differently. By that I mean, I have committed myself to a new career in friendship or social marketing with a product that I believe in and I have committed myself to live a life that will exemplify what I believe a Christian should be. I want to take advantage of what life holds for me and I pray each day that I am not blind to what He sets before me. Time is so precious and we have to take advantage of every single moment. Whether it be a big thing or a small thing, do it for His glory!

  361. This post should have been titled Satisfied, but not perfect. It was right on time for where I am in my life. I’ve been struggling with time management; balancing work, school, a small business, and my son, but the latter is the one I try my hardest not to ignore because I am hoping to raise someone more than just a body. I want to raise a man who knows and loves God, in order for me to do that, I have to show him how to be satisfied in each moment. Thank you again.

  362. Thank you for this! As a mother and Christian, this advice hits home, and challenges me to be intentional about how I spend my life and my time. I would love to learn more from your book.

  363. Thank you so much for this insight. I am right in the midst of struggling with feelings of guilt over several things I haven’t done good enough with my kids, or things I’ve messed up on with them. I needed this so bad and know God was speaking through you to me. I would love to read your book.

  364. Kimberley Harwood says:

    This was divinely perfect that I read P31 devotional this morning. I struggle with regret of not being the “perfect” mom and fear I am missing the mark in leading my three children on their God given paths/destinies. I love the line .. Satisfied not perfect life.
    Also, as I was reading the devotional while my 8 year old daughter is tucked right next to me asleep. She endured (2) first time seizures last week so we are in uncharteted waters so to speak in handling her life/medical care centered around God’s wisdom and direction. Made me cherish this last week of sleep deprived nights during her care. When she sleepily wakes at 3am and her little arm is reaching for me calling momma I know my purpose. Reading your devotional just reminded me how very blessed I am and the great gift of beginning new each day.

    Your book would be such a treasured tool right now as I am daily battling fear/regret with our new situation and my mommy duties. I want to glorify God in all I do so I am constantly working on growing in the Lord.

    Your ministry is such a blessing !!

  365. Terra Eavenson says:

    Hit the nail on the head! I am the mother of 7 in a blended family and sometimes I have to remember that the cuddles in the night or the missing the toilet (looking at my boys) are temporary times. Giving them memories and skills for their futures is what matters most. Would love to win this book so that I have something to read while I try to relax in the bath at the end of hard days!

  366. Thank you for these wonderful reminders

  367. Andrea Loy says:

    I would love to read this book. I struggle some with dealing about yesterday( which I know I have been forgiven) or focusing on worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. When I just need to focus on the moment and not regret doing what I need to do today. Thanks

  368. I am a grandmother of 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am 67 years old, returned to working full time 3 years ago after my second divorce, have had a difficult time getting out if that marriage, had issues with my aging patents, hired a companion who ending up stealing money from therm, my mom fell, had a brain bleed, has recovered with some significant dementia issues, fired the companion, had you hire an attorney to help withh that issue, my car died, my father passed away, my wallet was stolen, my mom was placed in a dementia unit in another state from where I live,legal counsel will not let her move near me, they say she is too frail to make the move. People say that I should write a book, the point is this, life happens, I feel so blessed, because God has me just where He wants me. My faith is stronger now than ever! I am grateful and thankful for where I am. I could never have gotten through that without Him. I would enjoy the read and share it with others. That is what I an trying to do each day. May God’s light shine through me, so that others may come to know Him through me. Have a blessed day.

  369. I’m right here in this right now. Thank you for this post! Can’t wait to read your book!

  370. A great book for my daughter. It is hard to wait for Answered prayers, but to be satisfied with the here and now !

  371. It is like you spoke directly to me today. I am a zombie right now and want desperately to rejoin the land of the lving!

  372. This is something I would greatly enjoy reading and applying to my life.

  373. I would love to read this book, because I need more adventure in my life, as long as it’s according to God’s Word, the Bible. I need to follow him more, and find out the great things he has in store for my life.

  374. I would love to read this book. Why am I also yearning for something else? Why do I have regrets about how I raised my kids and feel bad about it. I love the Lord and I want to live a life worthy of him.

  375. I recently made the decision to put my teaching career on hold to be a stay at home mom to my 3 kids 6 and under. I have been struggling for some time with the concept of being happy and satisfied with life without constantly wanting something different. This book seems to really address the issues I’ve been struggling with.

  376. Kate Semer says:

    My MIL is 82 and in serious health in the hospital right now. When the surgeon spoke with her and the family about risky surgery, she responded, go ahead, I’ll go home either way. That filled my heart and mind, I can think of nothing else but her life and how gracefully she has excepted the possibility that she may not live through this latest health scare. She is a dynamic, tough, role model for all of us and we lover her dearly, hoping God is not finished with her yet, but knowing she will see Jesus face to face if her time with us in up.

  377. It will be for me/ I enjoy reading. I might be giving this book to a friend for a gift.

  378. Just returned from an absent-minded life. I’m glad your devotional was part of my return.
    Thank you.

  379. I would love to be a winner!! I am seeking God first in my life so that my life will have true meaning and satisfaction. I love the saying “It’s not how you begin it is how you finish.” May God help me to finish strong for Him. It is good to know that His mercies are new each day and I don’t need to get “stuck” in life because He helps us to begin again and again. I appreciate this devotional so much. I am thankful for all the ladies at Proverbs 31. These devotionals are a blessing to me and help me to grow in my relationship with Christ.

  380. This is timely and God told me to read this first before other devotionals today! Thank you Sara for writing this blog and the book! Praise to Our God! I read the other remarks left and want others to know God puts nothing more on us than we can bear. We wouldn’t want someone else’s life. We just think we would when we have our eyes on something other than God’s will. I’m trying to focus on God’s will everyday with my life and I see these precious ladies are trying to the same. That is it “Keep on keeping on. Never quit.!” Praise God in all things! All these sweet ladies need this book. Is there an inexpensive download version? Our Paris is what we make it it! today! Start with loving God with all our hearts to find heaven here on earth for a moment with him to refresh our spirit and hear the Holy Spirit tell us the next step. Love with all the fruits of the spirit friends. Loving today – not wasting it. I’m pushing forward as this is hard for me right now so I choose not to waste today. I can’t do anything about the past. I would love this book but, I see all these ladies need it which makes my day that through the trials we really are together in this world one day at a time. I feel refreshed that through struggles there are people really seeking him and we are not alone – he is with us always. He is the giver of peace, The peace maker, and counselor of all to all. Blessings to all! 🙂

  381. Nereida Sanchez says:

    Awesome, I would love a copy for myself and women I am coaching/counseling and ministering to. Dealing with guild, anxieties, desperation, depression and lack of hope and faith. God Bless You!

  382. Tammy White says:

    I honestly don’t know what a satisfied, meaningful life with no regrets means. I struggle with regret everyday of my life. I made some bad choices and they affected my children in ways that I can never forgive myself for. They were not hurt physically but I don’t feel like I was a good mother and mentally unfit for a time, I did not know how to handle life and my spouse abandoning me. I can’t go back and get that time back with them and everyday I am covered with guilt and regret. I guess I think maybe your book might inspire me somehow to look beyond my regrets and try to move on and past to start again the right way.

  383. Mary Driediger says:

    I am at my season of life where our 2 boys are out of high school and still dealing with rebellion from one. Have guilt and regrets of ‘should have done this or not that’. I am claiming God’s grace is new every morning and hope that I can say at the end that I am satisfied!

  384. ALLISON SMITH says:

    Oh, how wonderful that she expressed herself and how most of us feel! I can’t wait to read the book; winning a free copy would be super! I struggle with being so hard on myself and worrying what others think, that I miss so many precious moments – beginning new everyday- I love that! Working on no regrets!

  385. ” When we sin or fail or botch up something again, we can decide to move forward, learning from it and beginning again and again and again. this is how we keep on. This is how we live a satisfied life.”
    Thank you!!! I needed this today. Thank you!!!

  386. Peace, joy and grace in the now, but not yet. I need continual encouragement to enjoy the season of life that I’m in…with just my husband, dog and job even though we long desperately for children and have not been able to conceive for nearly 3 years. How can I best serve and encourage my husband? How can I minister to those I work with by the way that I live my life, while struggling to rid myself of a daily bubbling of discontentment? Maybe this book will help!

  387. We all go through difficult times in our lives, some more than others. For these reasons, we are who we are. Sometimes challenges keeps us stuck in the pain and just when we think we can bury the memories of these trials, boom, another challenge. I would love to win a copy of this book to learn how to overcome these obstacles and move forward to serve the Lord and not to dwell in the pains, which are minute to what our Lord Jesus Christ endured for our salvation. Please consider my post so I may win the book and share with others once I am done reading it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  388. This really spoke to me today. I’m in a very busy season and I feel that I often don’t live up to my standards as the mom I should be. This reminds me that I get a new chance everyday and I should strive to be satisfied, not perfect!

  389. I think I would really like this book. I read the article and it made tears come to my eyes. I am in need of moving on and choosing only what God wants for me. It has been heavy on my heart lately. Thank you for sharing.

  390. I would give this book to my daughter in-law. She is expecting her 3rd son, while living in a tiny apartment in Chicago, while our son attends Moody Bible Institute and interim pastors. The oldest son is 4, the next one is 2, and # 3 is due any time now.
    She put her education on hold in able to devote herself to her family. We are blessed to have her as a daughter (in-love). I think she would enjoy this book.

  391. I think I would really like this book. I read the article and it made tears come to my eyes. I am in need of moving on and choosing only what God wants for me. It has been heavy on my heart lately. Thank you for sharing. I teach a ladies group and I am constantly looking for something to fill us with joy and positive attitudes.

  392. Bridgette says:

    I pray for God grace and mercy to live a satisfied life in Jesus name. I would appreciate winning a copy of this inspiring book, which I am thinking is intended to do just that “Inspire!” I intend to be blessed by the book and share it contents with another or others in an attempt to further inspire and uplift. Love you GREAT women of God . . . .Thanks for the book!

  393. I would love a copy of Longing For Paris! I have struggled for years looking for meaning and purpose in my daily life, always feeling like there’s something more for me than just being a wife and mother. Though I love being those things. But I am thankful that each day is another new beginning, and a new day to be a better wife and a better mom. And I crave some sort of adventure. I think this book would be a very interesting read!!!

  394. As the wife of a Pastor who moves every 2-3 years, it’s hard to not constantly be looking for the next thing. Lately my prayer has been to find joy and contentment where we are right now. This book looks like exactly what I need to help guide me to that place of peace, joy, and learning to be content.

  395. I can so relate to this. I have 3 kids – 9 yr old and 7 yr old twins and am so overwhelmed by caring for them, their dad, the house and working that I often forget to take the time to really appreciate how blessed I am to have them since we struggled with infertility issues for years. My 9 yr old son is really good about bringing me back to reality when he tells me that I have “my mad face on”. I hate the thought that might be his memory of me from his childhood – always aggravated and stressed. I could really use some tips on living in the moment and cherishing my time with them and not stressing about my long “to do list”.

  396. Jeanette Beck says:

    I know God wants me to read this book. Retiring 9 years ago really changed my life style because you have to learn to be content, happy and blessed because God has blessed me. But there are times I would like to do more but cannot do it. I know that God has always supply my needs. As my mother used to say, “Your wants will not hurt you.”

  397. Barb Mathison says:

    I would love a copy of Longing for Paris. After reading it to discover new ways I can feel satisfied, I would pass to someone else. I find myself wondering if I really make a difference in others lives and want to see how I can become a true servant of God in everyday situations. Always striving to do better. Thank you for your consideration. God Bless. Barb

  398. I’ve been feeling this so strongly lately and questioning the feeling. Sarah hit the nail on the head: “Thumping on my soul, these longings for beauty and art and adventure wanted to be seen; I couldn’t ignore them. But I didn’t know what to do with them. Were they just selfish things trying to make a comeback into my life, or were they justified in wanting to be acknowledged?” I could’ve written these words myself.

  399. I know I’m not living my life to its full potential and I know I have made choices in my life that leave me with daily regret. Especially when it come to family. I’ve missed out and I am still missing out on so many blessings. I know I can only move forward by staying in Word daily and strengthening my relationship with God, that’s what needs to be healed first. I know in his timing he will heal those relationships. I just thank Him for allowing me to come to the cross everyday and lay those burdens at His feet, so that I can live the life He wants me to live and glorify His name.

  400. Laura Mae says:

    I think this book would help me a lot!! I constantly struggle between the need for adventure versus the need for normalcy.

  401. yes.. I would like to win a copy for myself. This is definitely something I struggle with and I’d also like to be a better example for my 4 children 🙂

  402. Lindsay Salapka says:

    I am a planner by nature so I oftentimes look ahead rather than focus on what God has placed right in front of me. I would love to read this book in order to gain perspective on how to enjoy the moments that I have with friends and family.

  403. I would like to have the book because I struggle feeling like there is no meaning to my life.

  404. sandy mune says:

    i would love to read your book. If I win I will be sure to pass it on to someone else to enjoy as well. My youngest daughter just left for her 3rd year of college. As I read about snuggling early in the morning that is what my daughter would do also. She still enjoys it. I miss those time. Enjoy they go up fast.

  405. Tessa Garnes-Beausejour says:

    I simply want to live life in the moment and be mindful off all that God has placed around me. Even the things that appear mundane.

  406. Kirstin Noble says:

    This book sounds perfect for me! I just feel so restless! I want to enjoy my life the way it is, embrace what God has for me in this moment at this place, but I can’t keep from wanting to escape it at times! I don’t want to be sick, I just want to be a normal 25 year old, single woman. Yet I know God has a plan for me that far exceeds my imagination and desires!

  407. I thank the lord for my life. I’ve been truly blessed with great parents, siblings, children, a marriage that is hard work and great life experiences. I do live with regret and I often wonder what my life would be like if I made a different decision. It really bothers me because I find myself going through the motions and this isn’t how I seen myself spending the rest of my life with my husband and kids. I want to learn how to be at peace with my life and truly enjoy what the lord has blessed with me. I need to read Longing for Paris, to hopefully be inspired and learn how to live my life in truth. Once I am done reading the book, I will be a blessing to others and share it with my family and friends.

  408. I could really relate to this statement:
    “If you’ve ever felt like the waves of life keep rolling over you and you can’t seem to get a hold of them …”
    Sometimes I seem to have control but often those waves seem to hit. And recently, at least, one gullywasher hit and it’s been difficult to not regret saying no to an opportunity when I really desired to say yes. I’m thinking Sarah’s book might be able to help me move on from that. Thanks!

  409. I’d like a copy of this book to read with my husband. As our family grows we find ourselves rationalizing the WANT for more by saying we NEED it now that we have so many. We NEED to be centered on what matters!

  410. Mikki Jo Howard says:

    I need to learn to how to start over and live out loud for Jesus!

  411. Lyncoya Pinchon says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I feel like no matter what I do and how much I try to do right and live satisfied, I can never get above the water. I believe that God is keeping me and I know my faith understands how faithful he is to my life. I needed this today bc I’ve been sad and depressed lately bc I’m so misunderstood and no one seems to understand or take time to try. But I believe God is going to do something wonderful and I know He’s working right now in many areas of my life to bless me but I know He’s going to put me on another level and I do not want this spirit of sadness and hurt on me. I feel like the enemy distracts me and that God is trying to help me remove people from my life that are close but their spirits aren’t conducive to where He’s trying to place my feet. I am also struggling with an issue and I want to be obedient, but my flesh is weak. I tell God bc I know He is the only one who can strengthen me in my weakness He is made strong. I am depending on Him more than ever bc time and time again I see that man is mere man selfish and thoughtful of only one’s self.

  412. I think this book would be a great read for me since I am learning to live my life in a satisfied manner–no longer wishing for the weekend or this or that but enjoying and living in this moment and being grateful for it.

  413. Today’s post came exactly at the right moment I needed it. I have been trying to put my toddler to sleep and he just won’t. He cried and went into tantrums waking his baby sister up 5 times. I’ll then have to put the baby to sleep and try to get him to sleep again in which the cycle just kept on continuing. My toddler then ran out on me and went to my mother-in-law. I have been very tired and wanted to cry. Instead, I thought of opening my devotional and here was God’s message. I only have a short time with my children and I should try to make the most out of it but sometimes I just feel sooo tired and get mad at my child. I then feel guilty when I see him cry. After this, I’ll go to my son and get him to sleep with me. I pray God gives me strength and wisdom that I be able to act as good parent to my child. He knows how much I love my children but I could use all the guidance and encouragement especially during hard times.

  414. Jennifer Goodykoontz says:

    Just finished a life group through my church studying “The Best Yes”. Great read. Need my next great read! 😉

  415. I am on a new journey in my life. After many long years of marriage to and abusive husband, I have finally step out on my own. I want an even greater life full of joy, beauty and adveture and I am so excited to see what God has in store for me. He has blessed me so much this far, can you imagine what is yet to come?!

  416. Shirley Herman says:

    Thank God his mercies are new everyday. He cares for us so much. I would very much like a copy of Longing for Paris. I want my life to be beautiful and satisfying for Jesus.
    Thank you.

  417. WOW! God is speaking these words to me. I’d love to win the book and see what else God has to say to me. Thanks for the words today!

  418. Kim Timmons says:

    what a good read that I needed today. I often think of how I missed the mark & let the thoughts of yesterday or what I should have done pull me down. Sarah’s book sounds like the new thinking my mind needs. I know that is our battlefield & I struggle daily & for far too long. I’d love to win this book so maybe I could give my friends a break & finally find my way 🙂

  419. Wow! Did this really hit home! I so often get frustrated and tired from the daily hum drum of life that I don’t appreciate the moments with my little ones. They soon will be grown and I will look back and wish I could do it over. Today I will embrace them and the moments!

  420. Today’s post came exactly at the right moment I needed it. I have been trying to put my toddler to sleep and he just won’t. He cried and went into tantrums waking his baby sister up 5 times. I’ll then have to put the baby to sleep and try to get him to sleep again in which the cycle just kept on continuing. My toddler then ran out on me and went to my mother-in-law. I have been very tired and wanted to cry. Instead, I thought of opening my devotional and here was God’s message. I only have a short time with my children and I should try to make the most out of it but sometimes I just feel sooo tired and get mad at my child. I then feel guilty when I see him cry. After this, I’ll go to my son and get him to sleep with me. I pray God gives me strength and wisdom that I be able to act as good parent to my child. He knows how much I love my children but I could use all the guidance and encouragement especially during hard times.

    I would love to own a copy of this book as part of my guidance and reminder that life can be tough but God is always here for me.

  421. Thank you for this post. God’s timing never ceases to amaze me! My little girl just turned 6 and will be headed to Kindergarten this year and I am struggling with it. Where has the time gone? Was I a good enough mom while she was home with me? Did I do enough with her? I regret that there were days that I took her (and her brother) being at home with me for granted and would give anything to have the time back. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone in this and while I cannot take back the time spent I can make sure to use future time to the fullest.

  422. Kristen T says:

    After the day I had yesterday with my little one, this totally hit home. When it was bedtime, she needed me for comfort even though she wouldn’t leave me alone all day and would cry if I set her down. I just need to relax and let God do his work, and I would love this book–I think it would help get the idea across.

  423. Dodi Hart says:

    My daughter and son in law have their own business and have have had waves and waves of turmoil, mistrust, family dynamics, and exhaustion. Although they have been so blessed, and trying to follow God’s will in their lives, something is missing. I believe this book would help them to prioritize relationships, employees, finances, and keep getting stronger in their faith.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

  424. Our family is struggling with everything but we still cling to JESUS Christ and his Love he has for us all. I’d love to read this book & share it with others. Thank you.

  425. Wow! I needed this reminder. There’s been so much in life that’s has come and gone and I don’t want to miss anything. I don’t want to live in my regrets…I want to be able to begin again and again with Jesus. Thank you for this post it means a lot. It spoke to my heart. It reassure me that I’m not alone in my mess. Thank you!! (:

  426. Jennifer H says:

    As I’ve read through the previous comments each echo what I’m also feeling and going through. I’m right in the thick of it with a 2yr old and 6 month old and learning to lean into and trust God more each day for His new mercies and strength. I’d love to read your book and share it with all of my mom friends. Thank you!

  427. Lensey M. says:

    This spoke directly to my heart this morning. I am the mother of two small children and so often, I get caught up in what “needs” to be done instead of taking a moment (or a lot of moments) to just enjoy my babies while they are still babies. I would love a copy of your book and would then share it with all of my friends who are young mothers trying to adjust their lives to be meaningful for their children and for God. Clearly, you understand just how tough that is!

  428. Twila Heidelberg says:

    I’m longing for “Paris” in my own life. I want to find the joy, beauty and adventure right where I am. I pray Gods plan in my life everyday. Thank you for reminding me that I can begin again, again & again.

  429. Caroline Dwyer-Gray says:

    I would so love this book. I am going through a lot of changes. I’ve a lot of regrets. God is doing wonderful things in me. I’m hungry for knowledge.

  430. Our family is struggling with everything but we still cling to JESUS Christ and his Love he has for us all. I’d love to read this book & share it with others. Thank you.

  431. What a great word today. Especially loved, “Every day I get the opportunity to start new. Every day I can begin again. Maybe I missed it yesterday. Maybe I got too busy or I got sucked into Facebook, or I just didn’t want to play with my kids. Those are the moments that keep me up at night. Those are the moments I need God’s grace to cover me so I can start over. I need His help every day.” and “We will have things and times and decisions we will regret over the course of our lives. The key to really living, to living unregrettably, is not to have no regrets, it’s to know and choose to begin again. It’s to be fully awake to our decisions. It’s to choose the direction of our lives the best that we can, with who we are and where we are. It’s to trust God, walking forward in faith, knowing that He delights in us as we delight in Him and the good things He gives us.”
    Those two paragraphs really spoke to me this morning. Thanks so much for this!

  432. I feel like the title of this book was written for me………..always longing for Paris instead of celebrating where I am. I can’t wait to read this book!!!

  433. Shirley Boren says:

    My grand-niece talks about Paris, and going there someday. As she longs , I don’t want her to miss what is right in front of her Now!

  434. Reneé S. says:

    I feel like I have lost so many moments in my 51 years being to busy to live in the moment with my kids…..they are all grown now so those times are gone like a vapor but maybe its not to late to for my grandchildren. Even when they are with me, I still don’t take the time to really grasp and appreciate the time like I should and I see my children repeating my behavior with their own kids. Maybe I can still impress on them that like is short and their babies will only be small for a while….maybe I can get them to put their phones down or turn off the TV and really nurture their children like they need to be nurtured. I see it all around me….parents that are present physically but not emotionally. Our message in church yesterday was “If you don’t turn around now you are going to get where you are going”….It’s time for me to turn around. I will be buying this book even if I don’t win a copy. Thank you for this message today.

  435. Thank you for this message toady – Lord You are always on time. I needed to be reminded to not only go easy on those around me but go easy on myself as well. Not perfect but living by FAITH.

  436. I would love to win this book because for many years I have to wanted to be anywhere but where I am now and I find it so difficult to let that go and just learn to love where I am and work hard here instead of a wishing for a different life.

  437. I’d love a copy of this book, because I’m in a new season of my life where I could use a little help learning to be content again. I became a stay-at-home mom this past year, and it has been a bigger adjustment than I expected. I love being at home with my daughter, but I also miss the fulfillment that comes with working and bringing home a paycheck.

  438. I would love to share this book with my Son and daughter-in-law. Their lives are so busy with new jobs.
    And they both strive for everything to be just perfect. So want them to know the time with their children goes
    very fast. Hold on to them and enjoy God is there for you….

  439. SandraAnn says:

    I would like a copy of this book to learn more ways that would help me to have a satisfied life. Thank you

  440. I needed this post today. I have long struggled with letting go of my sins and not dwelling on regrets. I have an 18 month old who keeps me on my toes and I don’t want to look back at this precious time and feel like I missed moments with him.

  441. Becky Foutz says:

    This sounds like the kind of book I would like to read, and then pass on to a friend or relative. I would love to be able to do that!

  442. I am a teacher and really thought God was calling me back to being closer to my family. Unfortunately it is looking like I’m still going to be in the same job and place that has overwhelmed me and hurt me for the last few years. I want to learn to be content and satisfied right where I am. I want to have a life well-lived instead of feeling like I’m always waiting for the next step or the next thing to come along. I would love a copy of the book because it sounds like it deals more directly with those thInga. Learning from others is a great way, in my opinion, that God can teach others and has really helped me in the past.

  443. I would like to read this and share with my daughter. I wish I had more of this teaching when my kids were little.

  444. This book would help me focus on the things I need in my life and not what I want. I have a lot of things going on in my life. Trying to go back to school, be a mom to my kids, and encouraging my son to go to college. I have purchased most of the books that are suggested to buy. I thank Proverbs31 for bringing me the word each and everyday.

  445. Dea Mygrant says:

    This book sounds lovely and I would love to read it. I could pay it forward and give someone else the book too ;). Thank you for considering me ❤️

  446. If I won a copy of this book, I would give it my mother. She has a desire to start a women’s ministry and I think it would be very encouraging for her. She has great passion for ministry and I think this would help her in this next phase of life.

  447. What better place to live. In the moment. “For such a time as this.”

  448. I want to make good choices everyday and God is aiding me to do just that! I would love to have a copy of this book to keep on keepin on!

  449. Lois Hazel says:

    My daughter, Megan, is hardworking single mom. She has a solo law practice and often works long hours after tucking in her 7 year-old son. I think this book would be a blessing for her.

  450. I’m in the midst of a struggle to determine my purpose and find satisfaction in my current circumstances. I would love a copy of Sarah Mae’s book to read and reflect on during this season!

  451. WOW…thank you for todays devotion just what I needed…I am a mother of 3…a 23 year old getting married next month a 19year old I just moved into college and a 5 yes I said 5 no typo:), that just started kindergarten this week searching for that being satisfied life is what I strive for everyday! I get closer some days than others but go to bed with regrets of failing at work, with my marriage or not giving all 3 kids the attention they needed…oh how the devotion made me stop and thank God for all my blessings and for his abundant grace that helps me start each day over!!!

  452. I don’t have kids, but I know what it’s like to get so wrapped up in life that I forget to care for others. And being single and dissatisfied with my “life stage” is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. This book sounds great for me!

  453. Jan Naylor says:

    Thank you for your post today. It is s refreshing to read encouraging and strengthening posts that help you get back on the right track. I feel lately that my life has been a such a failure. Things I thought were rich and sweet have since been reduced to times of utter failure. Your book may just be the ticket (besides God’s Word) to pressing on, starting anew and finding that renewed sense of purpose–living a life of purpose right here, right now. I am thankful of how God works through His Word and through His people. May God bless you today for sharing your heart and encouraging mine.

  454. I would love a copy of your book! Being a mom of two young girls can be exhausting at times. I have to remind myself to live in the moment and soak every drop of it in both the good and bad. blessings!

  455. I ask, I pray and I am waiting to receive but sometimes I feel the good Lord has overlooked me. My daughter is 13 now and after a very nasty divorce I find myself alone. I struggle with the loneliness and with parenting as my daughter needs me less and less. I almost wonder what my purpose is in this life and how do I live a Godly life day to day full of hope and promise for my future.

  456. Timika Adams says:

    This morning I woke up feeling down because I am where I would’ve never dreamed of being. I just graduated school with no job (3 months now) and I’m single. So it is hard to wake up seeing how everyone is being blessed and I’m here. I always wanted to travel, but it is hard when you don’t have any income coming in. I love God with all my heart and I know I am going through this for a reason. This book will help me embrace this season and keep my focus on God and not my situation.

  457. Layne Baird says:

    Wow did this devotion speak to me today. In the throws of daily life- wife, mama to 4 young boys, homeschooling and more can just take so much out of a person. Sometimes, instead of enjoying the journey God has me on, I’m simply trying to survive. I would love a copy of your book to help remind me to take those moments- to live with no regrets- and to love the journey God has for me. Thank you for your ministry.

  458. Krystal Hobgood says:

    Oh, wow. WOW. I just discovered the Proverbs 31 Ministries website this week, and I look forward to meditating over it each day on my lunch hour. It has already changed my outlook on life. I would love to win a copy of the book so that I can continue my journey toward living a more satisfied life. Thank you so much for this offer to women!

  459. How wonderful to read this devotional realizing that to be satisfied with every day and to have no regrets is the ultimate test of a life well-lived. I’ve passed the days of cuddling with kids and even kitties, but I know how important it is to savor the presence of loved ones and to live at peace despite differences of opinions. So great to know that everyday is an opportunity to trust God and walk by faith and deal with difficulties by abiding in love.

  460. Because I’d like to live a life with no regrets. Thanks!

  461. In my season of life with children at home and caring for my aging parents it is hard to make time for me. I need to make time for myself and to seize precious moments in time so that I can live a satisfied life

  462. Linda McClellan says:

    My children are grown and my daughter has been through so much raising 3 children of her own by herself as a single mom and always has room for another one that for whatever reason needs love and affection that their mother can’t give at that time. She is moving back home (Yeah!!) in October with a new son she has legal custody of because his mother can’t take of him due to serious health problems. They’re all staying with my husband and I for about 3 months and I would love to give her this book. She’s Christian and I know she would love it especially at this difficult time of relocating. She’s driving from Montana to Texas with the 4 children, 3 cats, and one dog. She is such a loving, giving person. God bless you all!

  463. Beautiful post…. I have an 8 year old that still gets in my bed late at night or early in the morning to snuggle. It really is such a sweet part of motherhood. For all the things that I don’t get right… loving my kids unconditionally is one thing I do get right. I know her sweet little kid chubby face and rounded forearms will soon thin out as she grows into a pre-teen who may not make time for me like she does now. I was to soak all that up. Great memories to cherish! This post makes me want to check out the book for other nuggets of wisdom to help us momma’s who get caught up in the daily grind.

  464. Kate Kullman says:

    Your prayer at the end of your post gave me chills. This is all I want and yet, I find it so hard to do so…in the season of my life as a single mom of a college student and high school student. As I figure out how to do everything alone as my children are growing into their own and spreading their wings…this looks like a book that I need.

  465. Debbie Burns says:

    I would give the book to my daughter. She will be married September 4th in Colorado.
    I would love to give her this book before she decides to have children!:)

  466. I would love to win a copy of this book. It would help me out personally but also several women I work with would love it. We try to be a strong net in faith together at work and we all have life issues going on that this book could help us on. Thanks for the inspiration today.

  467. As a mommy of four, sometimes I long for a little bit more of an adventure. I adore and love my kids so very much, but it’s sometimes easy to feel sorry for yourself with the devil’s help. I think this book would be encouraging to me and other mom’s I know. 🙂

  468. To begin again, live without regret! Amen! This reading today hit home because I’m visiting my sisters, and after some time past present and future gets brought up. In the past I’ve let my feelings be hurt, argued a point or been envious of their lives. I’m the only sister with children. Today I can make a decision to live without regret of opening my mouth when I could listen and count my blessings before I feel jaded. Begin the day again knowing God is Love may I try to live coming from a place of love also.

  469. I would love a copy of this book. Too often I wish away the season I am in.

  470. Robbie Hughes says:

    I really enjoyed your blog and especially the verse at the beginning.
    Robbie Hughes

  471. Eileen Arnold says:

    It is awedome to know that in life there are “do overs”. We are human and all make mistakes. For those of us like myself that fall prey to perfectionism . . . pray. Pray again. Pray to God that he continue to show us that we are not in charge and that His way is the path. He will take the weight off our shoulders.

  472. Great devotional especially as I am in a similar season of my life where the busyness of having kids can compete with anything else I have to get done. I would love to read this author’s book to find hope and encouragement to be an awesome mother despite everyday issues and time constraints.

  473. Sheila L. says:

    I am Nana to 13 beautiful grandchildren. My 3-year old granddaughter lives with me now without her parents. I know that I have regrets for not spending more time with my daughters when they where growing up. I feel God has given me my granddaughter to love and take care of. I want to be here for her, I want to do what is right for her but some days are so very hard.
    I think your book may help me with this.
    Thank you for your message today.

  474. I would love to have this book to use as guidance to keep me on my spiritual journey. I am reading, studying, praying, but there is always more to know!

  475. we all forget how crazy busy things can be and how we regret things we have not done because we took time do something else.
    i’m hoping this book can keep me grounded in the day and not reflect on what was or what wasn’t

  476. I would love to read this book! As my third son enters school this year I really have been reflecting on how to best use my time and remain just as present with my 3 sons, even as they grow older. I want to go to sleep each night with a full heart, not a heavy one.

  477. I would definitely enjoy reading this book. I need more help focusing on me and my time with God and that he’s blessed me with these little kids and not that they are so hard to handle. Basically changing my perspective would help tremendously. Then I could pass it around to the other moms at church or my MOPS group.

    Thanks
    Brandi

  478. I would love a copy of Sarah’s book because I have three little boys and I want to learn to live well here and now. There is no time to waste. I want to begin today 🙂

  479. I would love to read this book & also share it with my daughter who is the mother of my 3 precious grand babies!

  480. I’d love to have a copy of this book! This totally goes along with the journey God has me on right now.

  481. This was such a timely word for me today. I’ve been allowing myself to get carried away with tasks and all the little things that consume my day with small children, and feeling devoid of purpose. Praying for God to make me fully awake to my daily decisions!

  482. At an empty nester I spend a lot of time looking back with regret instead of living in these moments.

  483. Thank you my precious Jesus for the opportunity to begin anew each day with your grace and mercy.

  484. Thankful for these words of encouragement today! I am the mother of 2 boys – 2 years old and 6 months old. Recently I have been struggling with controlling my anger and frustration with the lack of sleep and constant chaos surrounding our toddler. I fight the urge to look forward to the days when I will get more sleep, the boys won’t be in diapers, the toddler won’t scream, yell, throw,etc….. I pray that the Lord can teach me how to be content in each day, in each moment He has given me with my precious children. I know I am blessed but my sinful heart looks to find fault in what God has provided me. Sounds like “Longing for Paris” is a book I need to dive into!

  485. Denise Hillman says:

    I have spent time thinking about things in my past that I regret. I want to be able to let go of the past mistakes and instead keep my focus on God and pleasing Him so that one day when I stand before Him, he will say, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

  486. April Phillips says:

    I can releate to Sarah Mae’s book cover in that I always seem to be searching for beauty and peace and something perhaps better that where I am right now as a mom, wife, part time employee and child of God. I would love to recieve a copy of your new book, “Longing for Paris” for more encouragement and have enjoyed many heartfelt moments as I have been reading “Desperate”

  487. I have NO regrets about the time I didn’t spend with my kids when they were young.

    My kids and I “grew up” with James Dobson telling us how to live, especially as a stay-at-home mom. His approach was that there was only ONE WAY to do it and that was be at home full-time. Now I totally disagree. I will encourage my daughter and d-in-law to have kids, get the dads, including my son, to be hands on dads and let MOM have some much needed time off.

    Guilt is only if you’ve compromised your morals. I will not let the enemy invade my peace and serenity. God is pleased with me. Only He knows my heart.

  488. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement today! They were just what my heart needed. I would love to read your new book. I am always so encouraged by your insight and wisdom:-)

  489. I wish I could say I am living a life that i am satisfied with. That is far from the truth. I very frustrated and unsatisfied with where I am nor do I know the right direction to go. Plus I feel neglected and unsupported by God. I don’t wish to feel this way but I do and not sure how to turn it around, there aren’t many if anyone I can actually say this to without being judge or condemned. I’m ready for a change and really need it to happen sooner than later.

  490. Christy Wilson says:

    I would love to receive this book!! I was blessed by your devotion today and hope to be blessed by your book as well concerning living a satisfied life.. At the end of the day, we all desire to have lived a satisfied life❤️

  491. I’d love to win a copy of Longing for Paris!! I would love to have a book that my daughter and I can read together to learn a little bit about how to live a satisfied life. My daughter’s boyfriend just broke with her because he felt like he could not give her the time and attention she deserved as a girlfriend and she is dealing with emotions of feeling unsatisfactory and wondering why!! Maybe this book could help her be satisfied with her life where God has her right now! I keep telling her that if it is meant to be, he will come back but if not, God has someone better and more perfect out there for her. That she just needs to be satisfied with this season of her life!

  492. You have given so much to think about and how I do have some regrets over what I’ve said and done, especially with my son, who is 23 now. I want to live a life that’s well-spent. I just don’t know where or how to begin, and I don’t know how to articulate it to God.

  493. I would love to receive a copy of ‘Living in Paris’ because I feel like I am on my son’s hamster wheel … I try to look at each new day as starting over and many times I feel defeated within the first few hours! I have a few friends that would love to read it once I am finished!

    Looking back, I would say I would have liked to have been more present at whatever it was I was doing. I feel like I always have been focused on the next thing going on or was worried about something getting dirty if we pulled it out. If I could do it all over, I wouldn’t worry so much – and smile more!

    Also, I would have worked harder on my part of my marriage that failed so the kids didn’t have to experience divorce and separate homes. This took precious time away from so many moments that we could have spent together!

  494. Grace Crapitto says:

    I would love to read this book and share with all of my family. I would love to live the rest of my life with no regrets and die having none. What a wonderful blessing to learn to trust God to help me be where I need to be in this journey.

  495. I would love to have a your book. I like to read anything that can help me grow in my daily life. I have a seven year old grandson and his mother that lives with us. It get so hard at times. I haven’t seen your page before but I will go to it each day for devotions and Bible Studies.

  496. I NEED THIS BOOK. PERIOD! Thank you for constant encouragement,

  497. The past few years, I feel like I am often struggling to simply survive each day. We have had a number of family crises so perhaps that is to be expected. I still, though, long to live a more satisfying, meaningful life. I want to die knowing that I gave my best to God–not perfectly, but determining as often as necessary to start afresh in the wonderful grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  498. I lived most of my life feeling like God had and was continuing to fulfill His promises in very evident ways. I saw God winks all around me and felt His prescence so tangibly. I trusted that He would always be that near….then 2 years ago things changed. …..medical issues were discovered and they have continued to worsen at a very rapid speed-surgery was required and is likely to happen again soon…….I am now faced with some agonizing decisions that are terrifying and that I don’t see how I can not have regrets after the decision is made-regardless of what decision is made….. I don’t feel like I even know how to seek and pray for guidance and dicernment……I never thought I would be faced with something this difficult in my life and I am truly seeking in every way I know and yet I feel like I more confused than ever….. I would love to rcv this book to help guide me through the healing process that inevitably will be a difficult process!!!

  499. I would give the book to my son’s wife, My Daughter-in-love. She is a young Christian and I think this would be a book to help her in her walk with Jesus.
    Thank you for this offer.

  500. I am experiencing the waves of life right now! I have my wonderful children that I am trying to have family fun with, I am working as a temp for the city, I have ministerial duties and I want to have quite time with Jesus. I know that this book, which I will be getting for me, than sharing with my sisters in Christ is definitely needed.

  501. Kay Speidel says:

    I look forward to my Proverbs devotion every day. Today’s especially hit home. I am very discontented,we need to downsize to another house (retired, no income only, fastly disappearing savings)but moving seems overwhelming—it costs $25 sq yd to take things to the dump, always too dry to burn them, rural area so hard for yard sale, long way to donate to charity–and both of us– our energy and $ running out. We need prayers and answers to our prayers for guidance and peace.

  502. Corrine Appel says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I struggle with not believing that I am beautiful and that God does and always has a plan for me. I feel this would be a great resource for me to learn and grow more in my life and I would pass it on to my friend s. God bless!

  503. Heather Gummo says:

    This post reflects how I’ve been feeling lately about my children. It’s a tough season, but it’s a short season. I’m trying to soak in the delightful moments to remind me that they outweigh the not-so-delightful ones. This book sounds like a great read!

  504. Patricia Allan says:

    I was widowed at a very young age, as was my mother, and we both had children to raise, so, as Scripture says, Jesus, My Lord, and Savior, also was my ‘husband’, and my ‘provider’. I have lost my husband, my parents, and five of my siblings. Being the oldest of seven children in the home, I had to be ‘the responsible one’, and I am still living with that to this day. God gave me a ‘spirit of hospitality’, but sometimes, I say “yes”, when I should say “no”. I am a ‘hopeless romantic’, and love the Hallmark movies, because they all are so ‘pure’ and always have a distinct, but powerful message of forgiveness, growth and that ‘Love conquers all’. I have always dreamed of Paris, and God gave me the opportunity to travel and visit there many years ago in the midst of my working years. I would love to return via Sarah Mae’s book, “Longing for Paris”, and will make a note to order it when I have the funds. Thank you so much for my daily Devotionals which I forward and re-post to so many women. God Bless You all..

  505. I was just sitting here feeling the weight of my hurried, unkind actions toward my 4-year-old son while putting him down for a nap when I read this devotional. So encouraging. I am living with the weight of my regret, and instead of allowing God’s daily, new mercies to refresh me, I choose to not forgive myself (for raising my voice, for rushing through the mundane instead of cherishing it), believing that my precious son, the one we prayed for for almost 4 years, deserves a better mommy than me. Your words remind me that every day I do have a chance to start again; that God’s GRACE does allow me a fresh start, and now I just have to remember that God does not expect me to be perfect; He just expects me to be teachable. Thank you, Sarah!

  506. I ‘d love to have a copy of this book. I want to read about how to live a satisfied life now. I don’t want to have regrets later. I want to live life in the present and do it to the best of my ability. I know that there will be in sights into living the best life now.

  507. It would be Awesome to receive a copy of this book! I am turning 40 this year, celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary, and my only child is beginning college! This is definitely a mile stone year for my family and I!

  508. Sara Dearborn says:

    I am trying to be satisfied with my stage of life and not wish away these precious years with my family. Would love to focus on some biblical insight into living life abundantly in Christ!

  509. Sylvia Maltzman says:

    Hi. I’d like to win a copy of Sarah Mae’s book because I really need to learn how to enjoy li Gfe. I’ve been programmed to do and do and do, but I haven’t seemed to learn to just enjoy being alive. I’d like to get at least a glimpse of that.
    Thanks and God bless you,
    Sylvia

  510. It has been a very difficult year with moving states away from family, new job for my husband, very hard pregnancy and am now in the throes of new baby awesomeness. I love my family but unfortunately I often find myself longing for a different life. I want to appreciate and really love my life where God has put me now in this moment. Even if I don’t win, this book is definitely on my to-buy list.

  511. I so need to learn how to live in the now and find new meanings. I left an abusive marriage five years ago and started over after 22 years of just taking it all. These last five years have helped me to grow past where I was but there’s still a long path ahead. I need to heal my heart and heal past hurts. I’ve come a long way but consistently look for more ways to improve and more ways to learn and grow. I thank God He’s not done with me yet and I thank Him for every day I continue to spend with my family, MA

  512. I loved Sarah’s first book and it changed my perspective in parenting but also let me know its ok to feel overwelmed at times with all my little ones at home! I do try hard everyday to be satisfied and content with my life in this season and truly enjoy all the little moments of watching children grow…truly a blessing. I would love to read her newest book too!

  513. What would it be like to remember every day is a chance to try again. After struggling with addictions in the past I still feel shame when I come into contact with certain people. People who don’t even know! I would love to read this book so that maybe I can get the tools to teach my children how to live with no regrets!

  514. Tina Schaller says:

    I would. Love to read the book,as I am in a time of my life where I am looking for answers to mylife. And how not to regret what I have done in the past.

  515. Puleng Maleho says:

    Because for the longest time I thought I was alone who felt like this… The thought of someone out there who understands, gives me hope. Want to know how she made it through to the other side and how it feels

  516. Cathy Arias says:

    i struggled for years and felt regret over all the bad decisions I made. I recent found God again and am looking for strength from God to choose to not regret but look forward and just choose to accept that I’m not alone and turn to Jesus as many times as I need to in order to move closer to God and be ready to move over into God’s new kingdom where there will be no more pain, or sickness or sorrow or tears, except for tears of joy!! Amen!

  517. This is not how I thought we would spend our retirement years! We have been caregivers for my parents for 7 years. Dad died in 2013. My 87 YO mom has Alzheimer’s and had a stroke on Easter Sunday. My MIL is 87 also but lives 100 miles away. My husband does her yard work and takes her to her dr. appts. I need to know how to be satisfied with my life as it is now and not longing for the life that I thought we would have.

  518. Regina Drews says:

    I need to be reminded to keep my feet planted on the ground and my mind focused on our GOD. We live in an opposite world with everything focused on more, and more, you need bigger and better. Living satisfied is a great way to keep remembering to TRUST GOD EVERYDAY and stay satisfied with our living. I would love to have her book.

    Thank You!!

  519. Lilia Garcia says:

    I would love to win the book “Longing for Paris…”
    I am 61 years old and by the grace of God I became a born again Christian around 2007. In the last few years I have been going through my two sons divorce one having got custody of his two girls (8 & 10 years) for which I have had to be practically a mother to. It’s been a challenge that I never imagined I would have to deal with. The youngest started Kindergarten with us and she is now starting 3rd grade so you can only imagine how exhausted I find myself feeling. Not to mention having to help my middle son (who has been separated for 4 years now) with his 3 boys every other weekend ( he works long hours) and sometimes during the week Therefore, I find myself feeling tired most of the time.
    Although I must say I do love my grandchildren very much and I really do try to enjoy them, I find my greatest joy in reading scripture and Christian books. Longing for Paris… sounds like a book I would truly enjoy. Lilia

  520. This post really resonated with me. I am a world traveler with a bad case of wanderlust, and a Francophile. I have visited Paris 3 times, and long to return. As a busy wife and mother, I’m realizing that I need to make the most of each moment, instead of just surviving the seasons. I think that this book would provide great spiritual perspective on my own “longing for Paris,” without the price tag, long flight, and jet lag. Honestly, I could use some help with being happier at home.

  521. “Be happy!” is the message the world gives us. But in the midst of trials and disappointments, happiness is furthest from the truth. Satisfaction in Christ and the life we have now is a learning process. A process we can beat ourselves up for failing, or beginning fresh each day. Thank you Lord for your grace. Would love this book as a tool to see the beauty in my life, now.

  522. I would love to have your book, but if I don’t get it your encouragement helps me through the day. GOD has blessed me in so many ways and your encourage with GOD has been a Blessing. Thank you!!

  523. I will soon be 56 and I am at a crossroad in my life. I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere. I belonged to a church, but then it split leaving me wonder if i even want to stay as a member there. I haven’t been going to my church home, but visiting other churches. My job is not what it used to be, I have coworkers that are devious and have stabbed me in my back. i used to be happy there, but now trying to figure out if I should look for something else I’m angry and don’t know why. I feel like a failure and I haven’t accomplished anything. If I were to die today, would anyone have anything positive to say about me? I feel like God does not hear my prayers and maybe I’m not praying the way he wants me too. I need some direction, guidance, a vacation perhaps. All I know is that I feel lost. I’m through venting now!

  524. My children are in their older teens now, and I am realizing how many “moments” I missed with them because I was too busy or too tired. Not many of the plans I made for my life have worked out, and I seem to be unable to live fully in the present because I spend so much time regretting the past or fearing the future. I would love some guidance in finding contentment or peace of mind right now, right here.

  525. So much of my life has past me by with problem after problem. These last few years I’ve opened up to be the person God has created me to be and now want to give Him the glory living life to the full. This is still a daily challenge but I now try to admit my wrongs and ask for help to do better in my heavenly fathers strength. I hunger for more of God for His guidance, His love, His peace, the contentment that only can be found in Christ my saviour. Having this book would not only impact on my life but of the ladies of the church as I would love to share it with them. God bless

  526. Vicki Prosser says:

    I was just talking with my husband last night and told him I was tired. I have had an ordeal for over 2 years that resulted in a job loss and blame for doing a job I was told to do. It still is not over. Just as I received more bad news about the incident, I was told my contract on my current job was cut almost in half. I like having a part-time job that allows me to care for family and my self, but knew we could not afford that large reduction in our income. I have been praying about our current situation and know that God has always brought us through them. Fatigue and age are knocking on my usual resilience. I needed the devotion today just for those reasons. Thank you.

  527. deborah reams says:

    Enjoyed today’s message so much, How to Live a Satisfied Life. So many times I have asked this very question to myself. My response has been: Whatever state I am in to teach myself to be contended. So, I have learn to remember, who I am, and where have I been, and to thank God for everyday of my life with HIM…. Please enter my name to win a free copy How to Live a Satisfied Life. Again, I appreciated this message today. Keep up the great work in the Lord…….

  528. I would love to read this book 😀

  529. Michelle Jourgensen says:

    Would love to read this next.

  530. Michelle Barrett says:

    My husband and I are really struggling to get this Marriage right. There is SO much baggage and pain. Seeking Gods Help with ALL of my broken Heart.

  531. Jenifer Williams says:

    What an awesome read!!! Would also love to get a copy of the Book Longing for Paris!! Thank you!!!

  532. Jennifer Crawford says:

    This year has been tough. God has promised to reveal Himself in a new way to me and I’ve yet to see it, but I know it will happen.

  533. Brandy Rider says:

    As chaotic as my life has been with a new little one and an 8 year old, I would love this for my late night reading cravings. Life as a single mother is not easy!

  534. Cheri Ruff says:

    Would love to have a copy of the book!!

  535. I would love to win this book. I struggle with being satisfied with my every day life, this book literally sounds like she’s speaking to me.

  536. This would be a great book to read because the title sounds like me- always thinking of a better alternative instead of rejoicing in what I have!!!

  537. I work from home as a caregiver and I homeschool my teenage daughter. I don’t get out much and feel like I’m missing out on so much of life.

  538. Sabrina Fevens says:

    Oh, how I long for Paris lol. Even though this isn’t a book specifically about Paris and after reading this devotional, I see that we are not alone. It’s a struggle living in a sinful world. But it’s great to know that God’s not finished with us yet! This book would define give perspective.

  539. So inspirational–I can’t wait to read more.

  540. I would love the book for myself!

  541. So glad we serve a God of second (and two thousands) chances!

  542. Amy Wehrle says:

    We just had our second child and life is just crazy. But when I look at my sweet little ones I feel a sadness because I know that so soon they will grow and change and I will never have these moments back. It is hard and it is exhausting and there are days when I so desperately need a break. But would I give it up? Not in this lifetime.

  543. Shannon Rice says:

    I desperately need to learn to enjoy the here and now and what I have. The years are slipping away and I have let the day to day stresses steal time that should have been spent enjoying what I have and who I have in my life.

  544. Vicki Jones says:

    I would love to have this book

  545. I would really love to read Her new book!

  546. Stephanie Kelly says:

    Would love a copy! As a new mom, learning to not only be content but to be joyful in every situation is something I’m working on!

  547. I need to learn how to be satisfied today. Psalm 23:1 is something I recite to myself over and over, daily. This book would give me added perspective.

  548. Nancy Jonnson says:

    Yes…this

  549. My daughter-in-law, who is having our first grandbaby!

  550. I would love to win because I want to look bag on my life knowing I saw the beauty in each day, each moment of my life. : )

  551. I’d like a copy of this book because 1. I love Paris 2. I’m so busy all the time, it would make a good opportunity to take a break and read for once!

  552. I would actually like the book for myself, but wouldn’t mind at all passing it along to another friend. I have been praying exactly about this recently. Sometimes it’s like my days just roll one into the other and I feel like I could have been more productive, could have been a better mother and wife, could have been less frustrated/stressed, etc. I know it’s normal to have these days, but it is comforting to know we all have these thoughts and regrets but are given the wonderful gift of another day and starting anew. I know when I look back someday, I want to be like Abraham and feel satisfied with how I lived my days.

  553. I have so many things in life that I want (including going to Paris, my favorite city in the world) and I often have to remind myself to be content with what the Lord has already given me. This book would be a great reminder that I’m not waiting for anything to satisfy me, I’m not missing out on things other people have, and I’m not waiting to start “the good part” of my life. Plus, a few girlfriends and I want to start a weekly devo together, so I’d share this with them because I know this is something they struggle with too.

  554. This book sounds so interesting! I would love to read it and share it with my friends.

  555. Would love to read this and then share with my sister. We both are stay at home moms and boy do we need to hear this!

  556. I really need to learn to be satisfied with where God has me right now. I have moved to California ( where I have never wanted to be ) and I am having to learn to be grateful for the little things. I am having a hard time with the weather and feel that my health has seriously declined. I need to learn how to live in the moment and be thankful for every thing He has blessed me with. When I read this blog, I knew it was for me.

  557. Lisa Edmonson says:

    Sometimes I just need a little reminding

  558. I would love this book so I can learn to be satisfied (more than just thankful for my life) with life after cancer.

  559. As a new Christian I would like to win this book because frankly I need all the help I can get in how to walk with Christ. Encouragement from books has kept me going, I would like the opportunity to be encouraged through your book by winning it.

  560. I’d love to win this book to help the hours go by faster while the kids are away at school, my baby is in kindergarten and it’s pretty lonely now. I’d love some encouragement instead of the depressing things on television!!

  561. Crystal Arsenault says:

    This excerpt resonates so well with me! I would love to have a copy of this book to help close the gap I have created with our dear Lord. I struggle every day to stay on HIS path for me. I have improved in my prayer life but still have a long way to go. I have always struggled to see His will for my life and really need to learn how to discern His answers to my questions!

  562. Laurie Zuspann says:

    I would love to win this book to give to my daughter. I believe this would be such a great help to her heart and spirit at this particular moment. Thank you for you ministry to women and their needs in the world we live in today <3

  563. I love Paris and my house in Richardson, Texas – most of the time, till I visit my buddy’s adorable house.

  564. It brought tears to my eyes as I read it… I can relate to as I see one of my boys going to college and my eight year old girl growing as fast as well. Working moms are always so much stress that I really don’t know how to handle life without JesusChrist in our hearts…

  565. For me to have a constant reminder to be satisfied and fulfilled with where I am in life. To stop looking back or forward contemplating what things were like or will be like. I need to live where I am and be satisfied, and to look around and see the people that are there around me. To be nurtured by them, but also to nurture them.

  566. amy morgan says:

    I would love a copy of this book! After being a single working mother, I remarried and had two more. The older of these two is about to turn four and it has been a long road to say the least. It was very hard for me to be a stay at home mom again almost a decade after my oldest from the previous marriage was born. I struggled with depression and had a hard time enjoying any of my moments. I love beingg with my boys now more than ever, but I am still learning to live in the moment! I definitely don’t want to miss any more moments and I also want to learn to give myself more grace on the rough days. Thank you for your ministry!

  567. I would love to read this as a mother of three youngins!

  568. I would love to read this book. I am not content with anything in my life right now. As a stay-at-home mother to two very young boys, I find myself frusterated, lonely and sadly I am just plain miserable right now. I want to enjoy my children, my marriage, my life but I just find myself wanting to seek joy and peace in worldly things. I know that if I do not change my attitude now that I am going to look back someday and regret my life.

  569. Longing for Paris – For myself as I now prepare to sit in that front porch rocking chair; for my last child as she sets out on her journey with a 4 year old!!!

  570. I am really needing to learn this, to be happy where I am. And especially to work through the regrets. Or at least learning to move on, start over, forgive myself.
    Thanks.

  571. Dana Webber says:

    I would love a copy of Longing for Paris as I struggle daily. The demands of motherhood can overwhelm me and then the guilt takes hold. I am leaning on His grace day by day, thankful that the Lord forgives, thankful that He is using the current seasons of my life to mold me to be more like Him, thankful that each day is new.

  572. I struggle with this, as I raise 4 little ones and have given up my career after obtaining a law degree. I would love to read this book.

  573. I am a mother of a 3 and 4 year old, a full time student, and my military husband’s wife. I am trying to remind myself on a daily basis that I need to slow down and just be, but I haven’t been able to do that. I also need to take those quiet moments and enjoy good, that where this book would fit in.

  574. We live in a culture where being content and satisfied are foreign concepts. I talk with women all the time who say, “if only I had better children, or a godly husband, or a higher paying job, etc. etc., THEN I would be happy.” I would love to have a resource to pass along to these ladies to help them see that they can be satisfied here and now with all that God has already blessed them with.

  575. I’ve been praying about starting a small group in a few months for working moms. This seems like it would be a great book to study for that group!

  576. I think this book would help me. I definitely had a different plan for my life. I seem to get stuck in the past and regret the choices I have made up to this point. This book sounds promising.

  577. Joy…….a word that keeps coming to my mind all the time lately. Unfortunately it is because I am longing for it. This time and place in my life I feel as though I have lost the joy I once had and I desperately want it back.

  578. Longing for contentment sprinkled with excitement beyond the shackles of the ironing board

  579. As a Social Worker everyday I strive to exemplify God’s love, parenting, and mercy with my clients. I am not perfect but I strive and I am satisfied. I dream about the very topic at hand, “nearing the end” and being satisfied able to face God and say here is what I did with what you gave me.
    Thank you for the post

  580. Would love to read this book!

    • Forgot to add — I need to learn how to be content with where I am. The description of this book intrigues me.

  581. I would LOVE to read this with my daughter and consider it for my next group study!!

  582. Nancy Steinke says:

    I would share with the ladies in my bible study group

  583. Cheryl Zachary says:

    Really enjoyed reading this, would love to have this book and share it with my daughters!!! 🙂

  584. I love the title of this book- Longing for Paris! Who wouldn’t want to go and travel to Paris! I really hope to live a life without too many regrets.

  585. I am currently a stay at home mom with my three boys. On a day-to-day basis I don’t feel I am doing justice to my children as my patience is tested, lunch sits on table for hours, house is a mess, etc. However I try daily to enjoy every moment with my kids because I have one chance and work will be there in years down the road. This book would help me with daily devotions to continue to enjoy this phase of life!!!

  586. I would love this book. After surviving a brain injury that left me feeling like I have no joy. I am still looking for answers what is purpose of my life.

  587. I would love to read this book and share it with few others.

  588. Keesha Woloszyn says:

    I am 29 years old and am currently going through my second divorce. I was 21 when I went through my first, but I thought this time would be it. I expected so much happiness but as it turns out, I wasn’t enough. I have two daughters, one from each marriage. I have once turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain, the disappointment, and abondonment i have felt all my life and had even come close to suicide. Then one day the answers to all of my problems were clear. I needed to build a relationship with God so that his grace could help me get through each day and be there for my girls. My girls are 3 and 9 and they need me as much as I need them. I would like to win this book to help me continue my growth with God and find inspiration in my purpose.

    Thank you,
    Keesha W.

  589. Kristy Strop says:

    Oh my gosh — I always tell my family that I’m going to France one day! I have all of the Rick Steve’s Europe programs on the DVR and I really just cherish watching them and imagining traveling there one day — I watch as I’m folding one of the 5 loads of laundry that I’m behind on…or cooking dinner and clearing the table. When I saw your book – I KNEW it was written for me :)! I pray everyday that Thank GOD for everything that I have..but some days..France is just a daydream away.

  590. Sheila Linam says:

    I really need this right now.

  591. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and am 3 weeks post bilateral mastectomy. I would love to win a copy. To remind me to slow down and live life. What is really important. thank you.

  592. I am a mother of 3 (21, 16, & 15). I have found myself going through the motions each day and not enjoying the moments. Realizing life happens and I am missing out.

  593. I would love to read this book. I think it could really help me get through the new journey I’m on.

  594. Dana Adkins says:

    Often times we get so wrapped up in the things that we are doing that we forget to stop and reflect. This would be a great book to reflect with. I am looking for a book that I can use in my women’s group to possibly help someone learn to reflect.

  595. I have four kids, work fulltime and my husband and I work opposite schedules. I need this book. lol

  596. Stephanie J says:

    I really enjoy hearing from Sarah and I would love to read her new book.

  597. Tiffany Brown says:

    I would love to win this devotion book!! We all fall short, but thank God for his mercy. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!

  598. My heart always aches to be somewhere else. I have a beautiful family and wonderful friends, but I need to learn to appreciate my life where it is. Hopefully this book can help!!!!

  599. This post drew me in and is so in touch with what I struggle with on a daily basis, I would love the chance to read further and try to live without many regrets.

  600. Mary Rose says:

    Would love to win. Sounds great!

  601. Leah Eash says:

    The title of the book completely resonates with my heart and desires… Would love a copy because we can never have enough encouragement in this life nor too much truth, and I need both so desperately!

  602. Marcy Hoffpauir says:

    Would love to receive a free copy of Sarah’s book. Sounds like something I have been dealing with lately, trying to figure my life out at this point and dealing with dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

  603. Trying to live abundantly in the here and now, enjoying each moment as they come.

  604. Patty ottum says:

    I’d love to win a copy for myself… Because I need it! (Homeschooling mama to 3 kids 6 and under), but then I would definitely share it with friends, especially if it’s as good as her last one!

  605. I would love a copy of this book because I often struggle with being content in my own life.

  606. This really spoke to me. I think we moms tend to carry a lot of guilt for our failures, imperfections, or short-comings. But things like this remind me that we are ALL in this together — and our guilt means we are striving and longing to do better as godly women — though we need to let go of the unforgiveness we harbor toward ourselves, which keeps us bound to regret, and instead accept that we are WONDERFULLY MADE and belong to a God who can and will help us through ALL things. God gave me my two beautiful children because He believes I am the best person in the world for them — if I will just surrender to Him and let Him mold me as He pleases. Thank you for reminding me how blessed I am to be a Mom! I would love to read more in your book — because the world has a way of helping us forget these truths!!

  607. Kathy snyder says:

    I’d love a copy for encouraging myself and others. My parents have a lot of serious physical issues. I was visiting three to four days a week March to june. Still going alot. They live 4inutes one way. I would share with two dear friends battling lung cancer. One of which just lost dad from cancer last Friday. It would encourage my parents also. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!!!

  608. Kami MacIver says:

    I love encouragement of small moment living. I would love to win this book!!

  609. Allison R says:

    I have 4 kids ages 6.5, 4, 2.5, and 6 months. So many times I feel exhausted and worn out from theor demands and at the end of the day I find very few joyful moments when I reflect back on our day. I want that to change. I want to find joy in my children and my life.

  610. Becky Cortez says:

    I want to learn how to let go of regret. Don’t want to live with it all my life. Would like to read this book and share with others facing the same thing.

  611. heather w says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  612. I have been working to stay in the moment with the kids!

  613. Ashley white says:

    I need this book!! I live a busy life working fulltime as an er nurse amd raising three little girls with the love of my life. Sometimes i feel like i go through the motions all to often because of sheer exhaustion. I pray that i make the best decisions by my family and my patients. I pray that God guides me in the right direction in life.

  614. Kathryn Sawyer says:

    I would love a copy for myself!

  615. Would love a copy of this book. Have been feeling very trapped, isolated, and like a failure lately. Never having enough…time, patience, affection, love. Falling short. Needing a reminder of grace.

  616. Missy Terry says:

    I need this reminder to try again tomorrow. I tend to regret what I don’t get accomplished daily.

  617. I just came downstairs after a major argument with my six year old. She’s 6, but going on 25. I am worn out. I love her with every fiber of my being, but I’m exhausted with the struggle that we seem to find ourselves in daily.
    I should mention that I also have a New baby at home – 4 weeks tomorrow. Life is hectic right now.
    This may sound silly, but I long for Paris daily. It’s my favorite place. I went there in college, and there are days when I really feel if our family could pack up and move that all of our problems would be solved.
    I need to learn to be satisfied where I am, in all the craziness of the day to day. I would love a copy of this book to help aid me in learning that lesson.

  618. Jan Schaffner says:

    What a great reassurance. We all have a wonderful life in front of us, we need to grab tight and hold on. I would love to win a book!

  619. Rachel Anderson says:

    This book sounds wonderful! I’m looking for a study option for a neighborhood bible study, and this sounds perfect!

  620. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am a mother of 3 wonderful boys and 1 of which is special needs. Somedays are harder than others to see the blessing in all things. I am also at a crossroads in my life right now with trying to figure out God’s next path for myself and my family as either staying as a working mother or staying at home to homeschool my youngest son with special needs.

  621. Maria Medramo says:

    I lovey children and have been reading proverbs 31: 28. I was lead by God to face book to post thus verse when I saw the entry for the book giveaway. I love to read. I am trying to become closer to God and hear him only!!

  622. Christa Hollis says:

    This is the EXACT message I needed to hear today! I’d love to win so that I can read the rest! Thank you for your words!!

  623. Corie Adams says:

    Please pick me!!! I am a mom of three boys and I sooo need to read this!!!

  624. kathy davis says:

    I would love love love to read this book, we all need to be satisfied in ilfe.

  625. Jackie Thomson says:

    I would like to read this book and possibly share it with my “mom” friends around me. In the devotion, the things that keep her up at night are mentioned. I can relate to this. Thank you for the giveaway.

  626. It would be such a blessing to win this book. I am a (new) homeschooling mama to my 6 year old son with special needs as well as my 3 year old little lady. Thank you for the opportunity to win this.

  627. Janelle Thorpe says:

    Paris has been such a part of my life and longing as long as I can remember. I joke that my heart is shaped like the Eiffel Tower. In addition to that sweet connection with the title, I am the single mom of one incredible little boy that I often don’t feel worthy of having. I am so thankful for him but feel desperately that time is slipping through my hands and I’m not making the most of it. I look back at when he was a baby and tear up immediately, wishing I could have some time back to soak it all in. Thank you for your beautiful devotional. I look forward to reading your book (whether I win a copy or not.) 🙂

  628. I am working to build my trust and faith. Each day is a challenge and this book can help me stay on track with focusing on the blessings of life.

  629. I would read this book and then give it to my sweet step-daughter who has blessed me with a precious granddaughter named Caroline. I couldn’t help but smile and think of her when I read your devotion of the sweet little smuggler with the same name….

  630. Carla McClendon says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book as it relates so closely to the place I am in life these days!

  631. Connie young says:

    This book sounds like just what I need right now. Trying to feel satisfied while my kids are getting and don’t need me as much and I know I still need to be home to take care of them and my husband. Thank you ❤️

  632. I would love to win this book to give to my mother.

  633. Keisha C. says:

    I would love to read this book and be reminded of the daily blessings of each day.

  634. This book sounds awesome! I feel so overwhelmed and would love to read this book!

  635. Enjoyed your Devo today.
    I lead bible study and think your book would be great for our group. Please pick me to win!

  636. I’d wish I’d been more fully present and more fully aware of His presence,power, and purpose in my life. I already have such a deep longing to live ALIVE, and I truly hope that He will continue to work in me and my life and help me to truly do exactly that…for His glory and for the good of my family, others, and even me.

    I am so glad I read this post, because it sounds so much like how I feel, and it is good to know I’m not alone. <3

  637. I want to be softer with my family and friends. I want to be happier right where I am, so that throughout my life, I can feel satisified.

  638. So need this today! Have an only child, and we usually but heads. Love her mire than the stars!

  639. I don’t like that I look at others whether on FB or in person and think my life would be so much better if…

  640. Brooke katz says:

    I would like to win a copy because recently I’ve been having an identity crisis trying to find my happiness and identity in a job or friendship instead of in God I have been longing for things that aren’t what God wants for me I need to get my mind on God

  641. As I am entering a new season in my life, as a single mom, I’d love to find beauty and joy in what has happened. I’d love to read this book!

  642. This book looks amazing!

  643. Would love to read this one!!

  644. So thankful for each new day

  645. Sheila Hall says:

    I’m trying to live a meaningful life and be where God means for me to be in my life.

  646. I am in the exact place this book describes right NOW! How I would love to be content where I am!

  647. Jessica Wilson says:

    I struggle with living my life fully where I am. I have goals and dreams and can’t wait to live them but need to learn how to live fully where God had me now. This book could help me learn how to do that better.

  648. Tiffany Farmer says:

    i can’t explain how much this resembles me and my feelings! I struggle with this everyday. I have another baby on the way and it makes me think more how much i need to save these moments. I would LOVE to win this book

  649. I am trying to be fully present in my two kids life’s everyday and it’s not as easy as it sounds. Working and having a 5 year old and a 6 week old…there are a lot of responsibilities that I have and just not enough hours in the day. I need to remember to ask God for help, would love to find the time to read this book!!!

  650. I’d love a copy to read and share as I’m trying to live in the moment instead of always wishing for the *next* thing/moment.

  651. So thankful that I can begin each day anew, trusting in Gods grace…

  652. would love to read this book so I would know how to live my life and what to do

  653. I need to let God fill my heart with gratefulness of what I have instead of what I don’t. I want to be fulfilled in where he has me in life with my marriage, work and my kids. Sometimes I feel I am missing what is in front of me.

  654. The title of this book caught my eye on amazon…it went straight to the wishlist for someday.. hopefully soon. =) Learning a rhythm of Grace, of living, seems to be want God wants to teach me most these days.

  655. Lorraine cummins says:

    Would love a copy.. I’m a widow heading to Paris in September… Perfect book to read while in Paris!

  656. Kelly Hawk says:

    I would love to win this book for my younger sister (who loves Paris) and who I believe would benefit from this book. As a young woman she is searching for meaning in relationships, work, school, etc. and I would love for her to see who she is in Christ right where she is (although I could learn that too, for myself). God bless you! And thank you for this opportunity!

  657. The title grabbed my attention. Im not an avid book reader but this sounds like something that would be encouraging and something to pass on to someone else to encourage!

  658. Christy Miller says:

    This spoke deeply and straight to my heart. I need to learn and practice daily, if not hourly, being satisfied with the life God has blessed me with, because sometimes it doesn’t feel like a blessing. Was that to honest? I’m a Mama of three very energetic boys ages 13 (14 on 8/27), 8 and 18 months and I’m also a self employed hairstylist with very big career aspirations. There are days when I am solidly grounded in the truth that being an obedient woman of God is my most important job, loving my husband and boys with everything I have…and then there are the days that I get caught up in being a “boss lady” and listening to the worlds definition of what a successful woman is. Those are the days that end with me in my bed going over all the ways I could have given more of myself to my family, the nights that are full of guilt for buying into the worlds lies and believing that God designed me to experience “Stuff” and not to show grace to the people put in my daily mundane life. It’s hard to give all of myself daily and some days I want to run away from it all. I want to ignore the little demanding and complicated people put in front of me and I wish I was the mom on Instagram, the one whose kids are perfectly dressed while they vacation in some fancy place and all I can think is “why am I stuck cleaning throw up off of Legos?” I need to be content with all I have, in seasons of feast or famine, and to be deeply satisfied with the blessings I have been entrusted with and I feel like this book could help me on my journey.

  659. What an encouraging book for all of us Mamas. I would enjoy reading it because I, too, like so many others, always wonder if I’m doing good enough in the daily lives of my children. Learning to be satisfied and fulfilled….and not mistakenly trying to be perfect….what a lesson for all of us. 🙂

  660. Pick me! This book sounds awesome!

  661. Danielle Ware says:

    Hi Sarah! I can relate to the thoughts & your heart you shared. Regarding not having regret this is what I think about a lot as we’ve gone through mental health struggle with 17yo daughter.
    Want other mom’s who have experienced the hurts, tears of this journey like we have to know He never leaves our side, even in the dark times. God is unchangeable & near to us, always!

  662. As a new mom who previously gave up a great career(one that actually gave me a paid trip to Paris!) I find my self dissatisfied with the every day mundane. and missing my travels and wondering if I will ever get to do that again. Life with a toddler is less than glamorous and though I love being a mom, and know the Lord has blessed me with so much! I still some days feel like I am doing nothing of value. This book would be perfect for me right now!

  663. I have a wonderful life that I am grateful for but have also moved every few years and now that time has come again. The gypsy wind in my head is calling and I truly cannot go anywhere. So I am feeling trapped in my head. I want it to go away once and for all! Thank you and bless you!

  664. Jenny Herndon says:

    Would LOVE to get a copy of this!!!

  665. Ammie O'Donnell says:

    I would love to receive this book! I am a mom of grown ups…I have tried to live the Proverbs 31 life and failed more than I succeeded, but I woke up every morning trying. I have a married 23 year old who is at the point she and her husband are planning children. I have a 21 year old getting ready to graduate college next year as a Christian Elementary Teacher. My youngest is getting reading to graduate high school in May. He is the baby and the only boy! Makes life interesting! I loved this devotion today and I plan on looking this book up in the near future! Thank you for sharing~

  666. Cheryl Girkin says:

    I would give a copy to my daughter, she has 4 small children and some days, she is so tired, it is hard for her to see the joy in the small things daily.

  667. Stephanie K. says:

    Thank you so much for this. I needed to hear this today. i beat myself up everyday about the things I could have done or should have done differently. I fail at being in the moment too often. It’s a good reminder I can start new everyday.

  668. Heidi Kemp says:

    I seem to have lost sight of my Joy. Discontent and. So sad. At times. I know my life is full of blessings and wonder but I need to refocus and see things anew. Would love this book as I begone this journey

  669. The cover of the book got my attention 🙂 then when I read today´s devotion I got related with what she said about how we can decide to move foward and begin again and again and again. That is so true.
    Thank God for His mercies are new every day 🙂

  670. Karina Robledo says:

    I’m a single mother of two. I get up every morning and always try to remind my self of how merciful our father is but there are days in which I question on whether or not he is listening. I ask for forgiveness because my heart feels so heavy and worn out that I sometimes do not see the goodness that surrounds me. I think this book will give me a boost to remind me how much I am worth as a human being, mother, daughter, aunt, sister , cousin, and friend to many.

  671. Even as we age we have these feelings of not enough.. Would love to read this book

  672. I would love to win a copy of this book just to read way to be satisfied with the life that God has given me and how to have joy and be content in it.

  673. The book title drew me in immediately. Longing for something new, different, or “better” has been in my mind a lot lately. Would love to read more from Sarah Mae.

  674. Shelley jones says:

    Wow! Powerful! Loved it ! So thankful for Gods amazing grace that we can begin each day fresh and new.

  675. Sometimes life just feels like a wreck. My son has a bad run of days at childcare, I’m looked over at work again, etc. I look to God for the inspiration that I need to wake up the next day and face it all again.

  676. MT Sakura says:

    I can’t even describe how much the title of this book resonates with me. I’d love to win it, but probably won’t.

  677. Kimberly Robinson says:

    I would love to win this book for myself. I am constantly battling myself with learning to spend more play time with her and spending less time on facebook. Every now and then a special moment will sneak up on me and make me wish i had enjoyed it more rather than getting caught up in the drama of social media.

  678. I would really love to read this book. It sounds like it speaks right where I am right now in my life. I’m in the midst of many new changes and feeling a bit lost. I need to be content with where I am right now today!

  679. I love devotionals. I was caught by the title. I would probably share this with my daughter ND my daughter-in-law.

  680. Alery patton says:

    Very inspiring. I needed to see this post today.

  681. Heather Hale says:

    This helps me so much with 4 kids, a full time job, and a husband in college I feel like I mess up more than I do right. Thank you

  682. Would love to win a copy of this book for myself bcs it fits this season of life as I have a longing for full time ministry but am a homeschool mom. Loved “Desperate” and have a feeling this one will be just as good!

  683. Alondra Garcia says:

    I am going through a very hard time in my life and would love to learn what this book has to offer!

  684. I am looking for a full-time job position right now and it has been a struggle to find one for the past few months. I am a housewife (no children) and work on a freelance basis currently online. I find myself daydreaming all of the time about what life would be like if I could just land “that” job outside the house. I am learning how to be okay and content where God has placed me for this time, but it is difficult. I saw a review for this book a few weeks back and immediately searched for the title in my library’s system, but they don’t have. Since we are on a tight budget right now, it’d be wonderful to win this book!

  685. Anna Kasper says:

    I would love to read this book and share it with some of my friends who struggle with these issues in our daily lives. Oh, and it has something to do with Paris!!

  686. I would love to read this book! Have a newborn and toddler so in a challenging stage but I know it goes by so fast and I want to treasure this time.

  687. I’d like to win one of these books to give to my granddaughter.

  688. Carrie Jacobs says:

    I am a mom of 7. One married, one in college, and 5 still at home. I struggle with seeing the positive I have accomplished somedays. My focus tends to be drawn to the things I didn’t get done, or didn’t do well. Could really use some joy, and I love books.

  689. Angie Collins says:

    I would love to win this book because it seems to touch on what I’m dealing with. Every day I wonder if I’m spending enough time with my family or am I doing enough for them. I also wonder if I’m doing what I’m wanting to do to be fulfilled in my life. Time flies by & I just need to capture & cherish every moment I can.

  690. Wonderful devotion!

  691. I’m a new mom and adjusting to being home with my daughter while my husband is at work. I would love to win this book for myself for my quiet time. Thanks!

  692. Melissa Hagopian says:

    This was a very timely devotional. My son is yelling working with his therapist and my older child is being cranky and moody and stormed upstairs. I have to keep focused on all the good and get through the evening. Reading this devotional was a blessing. Thank you

  693. Laura Ramos says:

    It seems like all I have been doing these past several years is working and not really living. I constantly say to my family and friends..Someday I want to go to Paris. I feel like I have allowed my life to become a cage for me with no escape. I truly do want to travel to some beautiful place one day and just relax and enjoy myself. I have conditioned myself to believe that is not possible being a single mother of a bad divorce. My family is thriving, but for some reason I have forgotten about me. I saw the cover of your book and it opened up something in my heart that I long for…

  694. Laura Williams says:

    I would have to read this for myself, as I struggle with being happy right where I am, but would also gladly share with friends!

  695. I am a first time stay at home Mom of twin girls. We have had a rough start due to their premature birth and one of them being diagnosed with a neurological disorder. I have been on house arrest with them for many months and it has caused a depression. I feel like we are all missing out on something instead of enjoying the present time and what God has already provided. I am interested in this book as I feel it would be helpful to lift my spirits.

  696. Kathy Mackay says:

    Mostly I want to share it with my newly married daughter do I pray for Daily to live a long godly life as a wife and a mother.

  697. I want and need to be present with my daughters and enjoy just being with them & playing with them. I’m constantly thinking of other things I should be doing and not just enjoying the moment.
    I know I would enjoy this book and benefit from it!

  698. Wendi Gratrix says:

    Thank you!! These face paced days, it is hard to remember to be still and be satisfied. Would love to dig deeper into this

  699. Amanda glotzbach says:

    Thank you, Lord, for placing these words in front of me when I needed them most! Mommy-ing is tough, but I’m so grateful for women who allow God to speak through them by being encouragers!

  700. Beth Tagliarini says:

    Saw this book at life way the other day and had to force myself to put it down!!! This is my next “to buy” book!!!! Can’t wait to read it!

  701. Erin Powell says:

    In a time of great transition right after finishing my Masters Degree and relocating for a new job to a new place, I am learning more and more to trust God daily and that His plan is sovereign that He determines our every step. Transition many times brings about transformation. Also, in preparing for marriage as well as becoming a mom, I think a focus on womanhood in bible studies and growing in faith will be very beneficial. I think this study will help me dive deeper in to God’s word and being more and more in His presence.

  702. This devotion described to a tee the feelings I am struggling with at this present moment. I have recently been made a single mom and time management has been an enormous struggle. I don’t want to miss a second with my sweet boy but it’s hard because things have to get done too! I want to live a satisfied life! I don’t want to have regrets especially when it comes to time with my son!!!!

  703. Longing for Paris…ahhh. I’ve longed for a myriad of things through the years. As a soon to be empty nester with opportunity to revisit all those longings, I want nothing more than to be home with those loved ones leaving way too soon. If I won this I would pass this along to a younger mom who is longing for her own Paris.

  704. I am in a very transitional season in my life. I’m struggling to hear God’s voice. I would treasure anything that would point me towards His will.

  705. Amy Miller says:

    I have struggled with feeling like I haven’t spent enough time with my kids for the day or not paying enough attention to my husband and pray to God to help me with my struggles and to be a better Christian. This book sounds like I could definitely relate and learn something from it.

  706. linda wilson says:

    Would love to read the book, however, it seems that some of the comments I read there are people that need it more than I do. Whoever wins it I’m sure they will enjoy it.

  707. veronica pope says:

    Just what I needed today

  708. Been wasting a lot of days this summer stuck in a bad relationship, not wanting to let go but knowing I need to. Tired of it taking all my energy and keeping r from living in the present

  709. Brande Kennedy says:

    Being in a state of depression is so difficult when you have three kids, financial issues, struggling to be a good wife and still get your daily chores done. I read the exert and immediately thought this is what I need to read because through it all I still need to find the joy – daily!

  710. I would like to win a copy of this book because I could use some wanly encouragement.

  711. Ivonne louie says:

    To whom it may concern,

    Hello, I want to say thank you for the article you wrote. It was a reminder that God indeed send us our children to love and confort them. I at times feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed. It is very true that our children need our love and it is only temporarily that they will need our love more than when they grow. When they are young they need comfort and will show they need it but once they grow into adults they will go their own ways. I would love to receive a copy of this book which I feel I can learn alot from. And I can pass it on to someone in need. Thank you for your time God bless.

    Ivonne Louie

  712. I would love a copy of Longing for Paris because I am constantly looking to what’s next in life. Longing for other things, wishing away my existence. I recently heard a sermon in which the man preaching said, “We are not called to be faithful in the future, but rather we are called to be faithful right where we are, in this time and place.” That has stuck with me, but I’m so used to trying to figure out what’s next that I forget to enjoy what’s right here.

  713. Andrea Fisher says:

    I used to think when my 3 were little it was exhausting and that I wasn’t soaking in every moment like I should have been. In the meantime, I have realized that I missed so many little moments by feeling overwhelmed. Now that they are older, my youngest is 6, I am trying to squeeze out every moment they will give me. I am hoping this book can help me continue down my path of realizing that I be an exhausted mom but know that God’s grace is new every day!

  714. Having a three year old and twin one year olds and I sometimes find myself stressing out over small, menial things (explosion of toys on the floor, laundry not done, dirty dishes, beds not made, etc.). After the twins were born, one was diagnosed with a severe heart defect and transferred immediately to a different hospital for heart surgery. She only has and will only ever have half of a heart. This has changed me and my life drastically, and I now more than ever want to remember that all of that small stuff shouldn’t matter so much or affect my mood. I just prayed last night (and most other nights)that tomorrow I’ll do and be better. I want my children to see God’s love and patience in me. I don’t want to miss the enjoyment of these precious, numbered days. I’d love to read this book and have a tangible, written resource/reminder of all this. Thank you!

  715. Elvia Rigsby says:

    I needed to read this devotional. For the past little while I have felt that my days are just never-ending. I am a single mom with a full time job, and full time kids. I work at home so my kids and I are around each other 24/7. I’ve been focusing on how much I have to do that I just want to do NOTHING after I’m done with my job. Literally, asking the kids for peace every afternoon, instead of enjoying time with them.
    I really need some guidance, peace, focus, and grace to get me through this busy life.

  716. I can totally relate to this as I’m sure every mother/woman can. I actually came across this book in the airport and was drawn to it just because of the cover. I didn’t really have time to see what it was about. I had no idea it was a Christian book. I had completely forgotten about it until I saw it here. I would love to win this book!

  717. I would love to win a copy of this devotional. I feel this is a representation of my life. I need to remember the precious moments in life with my kids are the most precious ever. I want to find joy in everything I do, not just for my family, but for myself too.

  718. I needed this message right now. Thank you! This is something I struggle with daily and have just been given a new challenge to add to the chaos. I would love to read your book!

  719. Sofia Schultz says:

    For the past few years I have really been lost. I have a wonderful life and a wonderful husband, but I feel like something is missing in my life. I was crying this morning before work so frustrated at myself. I need a new direction.

  720. Melanie F says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds like a great read. I would love to learn to be more satisfied in life with Jesus–as so many other “things” pull my attention from the best, Jesus. Thanks for considering me.

  721. I believe that God meant for me to come across this…the story about the mother and daughter tha t comes together around 5-5:30 in the mornings to lie next to each other…we df o this each morning as my husband gets up for work…there’s a catch though…my daughter is 26 and suffers from dep so badly…she has low self-esteem and is afraid to socialize…I try my best to help her but it’s not working…not even counseling….she hates life and has said that she didn’t ask to be here…I’m having such a hard time as for the past months I’ve been struggling with Diabetes…I’m depressed scared but I pray everyday and believe that God we is and will help but it’s difficult for us to have good times with laughter because I know she’s not happy l. I’ve told her I want to enjoy life with her and ironically we both would love to go to Paris but even Paris will not cure her but I hope she’s better soon because my years are slipping away and we’re not really enjoying our time.

  722. pat arnold says:

    I would love to give this book to my daughter as a tool for raising her little daughter. I have many regrets of not spending enough time playing with my daughter’s when they were little. I always thought a clean house was more important. I know different now, but it is to late for me to go back. I want my daughter to know that spending that quiet time with her baby is the most important. Thank you.

  723. Kassy Vitela says:

    I believe that I am in need of this book because I have been on a journey of self-realization that I need to be a better person for me before I can be a better wife/mother. I have been working on my self-esteem and I’m starting to feel better, but my journey has only just began…

  724. I have been blessed with five healthy, beautiful children…all under the age of seven! And I feel like the waves keep rolling over me and I cannot catch a break or a breath. I know that, only through Christ, will I feel renewed and refreshed. I think this book would be a wonderful read for me. To be sTusified right where I am…and to take joy in every moment.

  725. I tend to move on to the next thing or focus on the to-do list. I need encouragement to live in the moment, be satisfied with where I am, and appreciate everything that God has given me.

  726. Would love to have a copy of this book for myself & to share w/my friends

  727. I would love to read this book.

  728. Princess Clark says:

    I need the book because I am really struggling in my life. My husband is extremely harsh to me. I’ve isolated myself without local friends. I don’t know how to be happy. If anyone reading this lives in Jax. Florida, you’re welcome to contact me for socialization. Thank you.

  729. Melissa A Nercessian says:

    Wish I would have not worried so much and keep attention to insignificant things. I wish I would have trusted God more. Believe that I am a strong woman with faith and that God would not abandon me. He has a plan.

  730. I would love and enjoy this book. I teach kindergarten and after working with that age group all day and then coming home to a 3 1/2 year old and 6 mo old I can sometimes feel like I don’t have enought patience and I hurry through things I need to take time and enjoy more such as bath time or story time.

  731. This is just what I needed today. My little girl is growing up right before my eyes. I do get wrapped up in day to day stresses and miss out on time and memories. I would love to win this book so maybe it will help to to relish in God’s grace. And keep me grounded and satisfied.

  732. Lisa Prumbach says:

    I want to treasure these years with my kids. Time goes by so quickly, I don’t want to rush ahead, they are growing up so fast.

  733. I have been to Paris twice, yet Paris does not provide satisfaction. Only God can satisfy. Thank you for this timely devotion, as a single Mom of two school-aged childre