Monday, November 16, 2009

God Is . . .

Good November Morning Friends!

Once again, I apologize that it has been SO, so long since I have blogged! My goodness. . . . is time flying by!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of ministering at my brother’s church – Fremont Wesleyan Church – in Fremont, Michigan. It was a WONDERFUL morning of ministry. It always amazes me . . . the way the Lord shows up! He is just so faithful. It is fun to go to church after church. You might find this funny – but churches have different personalities. There are times that I go into a church – as a guest speaker/singer – and hardly a soul greets me. I leave and barely even know who the pastor was. Then, there are churches that have arms that surround me, bring me in, and connect with me. That was the case at Fremont Wesleyan. What a sweet church with a sweet spirit. Thank you to all who were there yesterday – and to the leadership of the church who made me feel so welcome and appreciated. May God continue to grow your church and bless your ministry in the Fremont area!

Do you have a church family? If so . . . I would LOVE to minister at your church! We are branching out all across America. I would love to minister at your church through a concert or a women’s retreat . . . or any combination! Please check out my website at www.sarahschieber.com and contact me regarding booking an event at your church!

My concerts are a bit unique because they are WAY more than just music. I recently went to a great concert . . .but it was all music and very little message. Mostly entertainment. That is fine . . . but it is not what you will get with a Sarah Schieber concert. You know, if a pastor gives up his pulpit on a Sunday morning – that is a HUGE burden to me . . . a huge responsibility! That pastor just handed his flock over to me to minister to. I do not take that lightly!

Honestly, I always get a bit nervous . . . not about singing . . . but about sharing my story. The reality is that my story is not a real ‘fun’ story . . . I struggle to keep it ‘up.’ But, I have to keep reminding myself that people are hurting . . . for many different reasons . . . and mine is a message of God’s faithfulness through the storms of life. THAT, my friends, is a message that transcends ALL ages, races, religions, etc . . . THAT, is a message for ALL people!

So, as my heart continues to heal, the ‘fun’ of my overall concert is returning . . . but, at the same time, the ‘heart’ of my message remains the same . . . God is SO very, very faithful! Jim told me the other night as we were analyzing all of this . . . that the message that stands out the most to him each time he sees my concert is this . . .

I tell people that the God of October 6th – when my life was good and perfect and wonderful - and the God of October 7th – when my life came crashing down around me . . . ARE THE VERY SAME GOD!!!!! If I believed that God was good on October 6th . . . then He was still good on October 7th. If I believed that God had good plans for me on October 6th . . . .then I still had to believe that God had good plans for my life on October 7th and on ALL of those horrible, painful, terrible days to follow – the days when I could barely get from one breath to the next . . . .

Do you know what the truth of the Gospel is friends? The truth is that our circumstances DO NOT change WHO God is! If you believed God was good before you got cancer, before you lost your job, before your child rebelled, before the storms of life ravaged your life . . . .then the reality is that you have to dig deep right now! You have to go back to the foundation of Christ in your life . . . I KNOW it is hard! Oh boy . . . do I KNOW it is hard!

I could not SEE God’s goodness through those toughest days of grief! And I certainly could not FEEL God’s goodness. One of my counselors, though, told me that it is in times like that that we must go back to what we KNOW to be true about God . . . not what we FEEL. Wow! Think on that one for a while.

Today – no matter what circumstances are staring you down. No matter what storm you are facing . . . I simply want to encourage you to go back to what you KNOW to be true about God. What did you KNOW before your circumstances changed? What did you believe before the waters rose?

My friends . . . God is God. Period! The end! Our circumstances DO NOT CHANGE ‘Who’ He is!

8 comments:

Bike said...

well said my sister...thank you.

Julie said...

Sarah, I love your blog...I love thinking and praying over the things you write! What a beautiful writer (as well as singer) you are!
I would love to have you minister at our church...I am going to work on this! :)

Sue said...

Hi Sarah,

I have been to your concert and I agree with you about singing a concert with a message. Thank you for sharing your story with us and reminding us that God is faithful even in the storms. God has blessed you with a beautiful voice and you are using it for His glory.
Thankyou.

Sue

Jennifer said...

I experienced the opportunity for one to witness today in the teachers lounge by sharing about being at your concert last night in Coleman. She spoke of your faith, your story and God's faithfulness. I loved being present to hear Jesus getting the glory for one of his own living out the belief that God is STILL God regardless of the circumstances of life. Jesus shines so clearly through you! Thank you for your faithfulness to continue to sing and speak through your pain. And then to know that it is in that ministry that you have found so much healing as well. God is SO GOOD!

patricia said...

Thank you. Just thank you.

Anonymous said...

I stumbled on your blog because of our Christmas musical. My nephew sang Christmas in Heaven. I decided to look up any info on it. What a beautiful song. What a beautiful testimony this blog is to God.

Blessings,
Sarah
SW Arizona

Paul said...

Hi Sara,
I was listening to you fairly new Christmas song on the radio and was so blessed by it I decided to find out more about you. I was blessed by your testimony. I am a retired police officer and a believer and therefore feel a bond with your husband who "finished his course" sooner than expected. God blessed me with a good wife, Cindy, late in life, and we are determined to redeem the time we have left. You have a powerful ministry and would like to have you come to our area to minister. I look forward to getting your CD. God Bless your ministry as you Press on to finish your course! His Grace is sufficient as you Hold on to His Helping Hand!
Your brother in Christ
Paul

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Your concerts and ministry really are so much more than the music, Sarah, and thank God and you for them! Its wonderful to read that you are having such a happy start to the new year ;D