If you want to follow along in my 30 day challenge be sure to check out the 30 Days to Peace: How to Minimize Strife & Enjoy Your Life.
I’ve had a lot happen in the last two years of my life, more than I ever saw coming in all honesty. Some things I took well and felt like an even stronger woman for surviving, while other things ripped away at my heart and tested my faith. I suppose this is life and I imagine that the emotions I have felt over the last two years, more especially over the last six months, are simply a part of my own humanity. Knowing those things however, does not make the experience any easier.
I honestly believe I have had more lawyers than friends in these last two years which is rather unfortunate if you think about it. Being a public figure of any type is challenging, being a naive public figure is even worse. I’m pretty sure I just graduated from The School of Hard Knocks, here’s hoping I don’t have to go back for another degree.
Six months ago, a situation that I’ll admit I did not see coming occurred in my life, I was fired from the very business I created and built. In all truth, I am still not sure how it happened or why it happened but I can tell you it hurt like no other pain I have ever felt in my life.
I began that business as a way to help feed and support my family and as a single mother, it was not easy to lose. Since that time, rumors and lies were spread around about myself and my family. I felt crushed, I was embarrassed and confused and honestly unsure about our financial future but I knew God was not done with me yet.
In the middle of the hurt, I felt like God was leading me down a new path which lead to PeaceLoveandSarah.com being born. I’ll admit I created this website for my own therapy. I am a writer by nature and needed an outlet where I could not only encourage other people but, encourage myself and survive the storm.
As the storm increased, the toll was felt on my body as I endured six weeks of sickness, intense pain and multiple doctor visits and ER trips. I struggle with many of those issues still today.
About four weeks ago I decided that whatever I was doing was obviously not working. I was fighting the fight, I was enduring but, my attitude was worsening and my heart was still broken. I decided it was time for peace in my life and I made a public commitment to pursue peace. It takes around 30 days to form a new habit so I titled the series, 30 Days to Peace.
For the last 30 days I have journaled this pursuit publicly and hopefully many of you have been blessed by it. The road to peace is not easy and I will tell you honestly that some of my battles are still continuing but, what God showed me in the last 30 days has completely transformed my life.
After all the years of reading the following verse, it finally got into my heart,
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” -Exodus 14:14 (NKJV)
After all this time I finally realized, I had to let it go and let God fight for me and trust that he has already won the battle. It took two years but, I got it and 30 days ago, I made a commitment to pursue peace.
As the series began, I had no idea what would come of it, I was merely hoping for just a little peace in my own life, but what I got was so much more. Two weeks ago, miraculous events started to take place. I was notified that the business God placed in my heart and allowed me to build, that I lost only six months ago, would potentially be available to purchase. Therefore, as of February 28, 2014, I became sole owner of Money Saving Queen, LLC.
Let me say to you that from all accounts, owning 100% of my former business appeared completely impossible. In fact, I had nearly given up hope of such a thing, except that I knew God was not done yet.
Why didn’t it happen six months ago or six years ago for that matter? Because I could not have handled it then. I cannot explain the drastic changes God has made in my life in the last two years and I cannot explain the changes that have taken place in the last month, but I do believe God has been working on my heart in such a way to prepare me for this next adventure.
It’s time to take the business that God gave me so many years ago and let God steal the show. I was wrapped up in national news segments, a national show, a radio show, appearances, etc. that only drew me further from God and even further from the purpose that he has for me. It took a bit of a slap in the face to get my head on straight, but now it’s time.
This 30 Days to Peace transformed my life, when I finally sat back and let God take hold of the situation, he moved mightily in ways I never expected.
While I still intend on blogging on this site (PeaceLoveandSarah.com) and on my other site, FoodAllergyEats.com, I am happy to announce that I will also be operating MoneySavingQueen.com. I ask that you give me a bit of grace as I begin this journey again, operating three websites alone is no easy task but I also thank you for your continued support and prayers. It is amazing what peace can do.
Sarah Ann is an author, speaker and media personality committed to honesty, vulnerability and authenticity. She has a passion for empowering people who are willing to be honest and walk out life in Christ together. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Theology and Apologetics, she also owns a clothing company, Ascent516.com and is the creator of SarahAnnSpeaks.com and the Sarah Ann Speaks Podcast. Sarah is featured daily on GEB TV.