Entries by sarahp

Listening Ears

It’s difficult to admit, but I’m not the greatest listener. I enjoy debating and discussing things, but mostly, I enjoy sharing my own opinion with others. I can honestly say that when I’m having a heated discussion with someone, I’m more interested in convincing them of my point of view than understanding theirs. Can you […]

The Weight of Words

Have you ever skimmed through Proverbs just to see how many verses it has on the power of words? I have, partially because words are so important in my career and partially because I’m not always good at holding my tongue. Suffice it to say, Proverbs has a lot to say about words, and most […]

Jealousy vs. Gratitude

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had someone else’s life? What about someone else’s job, house, car, vacation, or clothes? If we’re honest with ourselves, we have all felt jealousy at one time or another. Jealousy can sneak up on us and rob us of joy. I catch myself doing this when I’m trying […]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Proverbs 11:12 (ESV)   Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. On our first trip to Honduras in 2000, my husband, Mike, and I stayed with a wonderful host family, Rigoberto and Emma and their three children. Not one of them spoke English. We communicated by using a Spanish-to-English Bible […]

Adventure(Us): 3 in 30 – Resources

Start the Discussion: Click here for printable message notes. Click here for printable message discussion questions. Click here for printable LIO Bible Study.  Click here for the discussion video and unpack what it means to live out the message principles during the week.

Taste Your Words

“Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.” – Anonymous Words are powerful. They have the power to bring life or the power to bring death to a soul. We have all been victims of careless words. I still remember a day on the school bus when I overheard a couple of […]

Your Words Have Weight

There is a gift we each possess that holds immense power. While this gift has no physical dimension, it’s weight and impact are indelible. It’s something we all value but most of us treat far too casually. When used as God intended, this gift can provide help, healing, and happiness. But used recklessly, as it […]

Anger Begets Anger, But Gentleness is Fruitful

My husband and I just went on a weekend trip to Chicago. We quickly noticed the large crowds of people walking and many cars struggling to turn at intersections because of the pedestrians exercising their right-of-way to cross the street. There wasn’t a single time we crossed a street without hearing a driver somewhere honking […]

Reinforce Your Foundation

My father was a cement mason. As a young child, I spent many weeknights accompanying him as he prepped his “extra” jobs. I cherish the memories of the time we spent together, riding in his pickup truck, windows down, singing at the top of our lungs while my dog howled. I remember how hard he […]

Need a Wake-Up Call?

As we continued our series, Adventure(Us), this past weekend, our church stepped into a new idea that was fun and adventurous. Each campus had three speakers teach live for 10 minutes, totaling 30 minutes of teaching. Thus the name “3 in 30.” For this week’s LivingItOut, each day we will focus on a proverb from […]