Preparing for Lent

How are you preparing your heart for the upcoming Lenten season?

Growing up in the church, I experienced Lent as a season of solemn contemplation.  As a girl I was taught to consider my sins and how much I needed Jesus’ redemption on the cross.  This practice of inward-seeking has stayed with me over the decades.  Lent is the season when I ask God to search me for hidden sins.  Each year he reveals new pockets of disobedience, and I grow closer to him through repentance and obedience.

This year I’m writing a new Bible study to help me recognize hidden sins.  It’s called The Fruitful Life: Addressing Common Sins and Growing in Faith.  This book is a study on the fruits of the spirit and their common opposites.  Those nagging sins like impatience, anxiety, and indulgence which seem to hang around no matter what I do to prevent them.  I’m writing each chapter with a personal story, then a look at God’s way, Jesus’ example, and the Holy Spirit’s empowerment.  I know I can’t get past my nagging sins without God’s help.  I’m writing this book to help you and me uncover hidden sins and grow closer to God.

If you have read my previous books Newness of Life and Christmas Peace for Busy Moms, you are familiar with my writing style of brief chapters, intended for busy women with hectic schedules.  I write books that I have time to read in my own busy schedule as a wife and working mother of three.  My goal is to breathe God’s peace into your life through the books I write.  I hope you’ll join me for The Fruitful Life, when it goes on sale March 5, 2017 and also in the online Bible study March 6 – 31, 2017.

Here’s what’s new with The Fruitful Life:

Shorter length.  This book has only 9 chapters, so it’s a bit shorter than my past books.  This is perfect if you are in a busy season but still want to do a Lenten study.

Hand-drawn illustrations.  I’m an artist as well as a writer, and I’m going to feature hand-drawn illustrations on the blog and in promotional materials.  I can’t wait to share the drawings with you!

Prayer Calendar.  I’m designing a special Lenten prayer calendar to go along with this study.  I’ll make it available to everyone who signs up to receive my newsletter and other free gifts like 5 Days to Greater Peace (see signup below)

Deeper Bible Study.  In the book I will have two reflective questions per chapter.  I’m creating a more in-depth study guide for those who signup below.  You can also join my Facebook online Bible study group to interact with other readers March 6 – 31, 2017.

Please comment below and let me know if you plan to join me for The Fruitful Life!


Looking for new life in your current season?

Newness of Life will help you apply Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 so you can understand God’s plan in your current season.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

No matter what season you are in, God is teaching you valuable lessons to grow your faith and trust in Him.

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  • Kristi Woods

    Best wishes with the launch and study, Sarah. Those hidden sins are well-best laid bare, and our Savior is excellent at guiding us faithfully. Love it! #testimonyTuesday

    • Sarah

      Thank you Kristi!

  • The closer I draw to the Lord, the more peaceful I become from the inside-out. This study sounds like a fine one as do your others. Peace is a perfect covering for the times we live in too.

    • Sarah

      Thank you so much! Peace is my favorite virtue to write about. I hope you will consider joining the study!

  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    Great study! I grew up in a baptist church and I don’t know if this is normal or not, but I was never taught about it. Honestly, my dad was always at work and my mom home-schooled us as best as she could, but we didn’t have much Bible made mandatory. I grew up reading the Bible on my own from God speaking to me s a child and drawing me to him. I would like to learn more about it though! I have to go to God daily about this because I feel the weight of sin frequently. I don’t know if that makes me a weak Christian, as the Bible talks about – but I know He is helping me to keep my eyes on Him rather than on every little mistake I feel I make. When I do that, I love from a more joyful place rather than downcast…which I experienced for years. Does any of that make sense? LOL I ramble…. I am glad we crossed paths. I ave a feeling I am going to learn from you!!

    • Sarah

      Meghan, my grandma was Baptist, and I don’t believe her church focused on Lent either. But her Baptist faith spoke worlds of wonder into my Lutheran upbringing. I’m so glad that I learn from the many different perspectives in the body of Christ. It’s lovely to know you grew up reading the Bible on your own, and I think you’re on the right track with daily confession. Yes, your words make sense to me, and I am also very grateful we have crossed paths. Question…are you attending She Speaks this year? I will be there and would love to meet you in person!

  • Although I didn’t grow up observing Lent, I’m thankful now for the mindfulness that it encourages in me.

    • Sarah

      I am thankful God gave me Lent as a spiritual tradition, and now I can help others see its value. Thanks for stopping by today, Michele.

  • Looks like an amazing study! Lent definitely can be a powerful time if we are intentional and bring our hearts to the Lord.

    • Sarah

      Thank you Nicole! Yes, it is a powerful time when mixed with intentional efforts.

  • Melissa Wentzel

    What a wonderful idea for a study, Sarah! In my personal experience, working with a book or a small group eases the challenges and magnifies the joys of the Lenten journey. I will be holding you and your readers in my prayers as this season approaches.

    • Sarah

      Thank you so much Melissa! That is kind of you to remember me and my readers in prayer. I appreciate you, and I’m praying blessings on you today!

  • Dani Muñoz

    Looks like a very helpful study! I appreciate your desire to write and style the book to cater to busy mommas.

    • Sarah

      Yes, Dani, I put several passages in their which apply to busy moms like you and me!

  • Exciting, Sarah! I’ll definitely order your new book, when it releases. Look forward to reading. And, how did I miss that you’re an artist? I love that. I’m sooo inept at drawing. I admire those who can do it. — Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today. ((Hug))

    • Sarah

      So glad you’ll be one of my readers, Brenda! I’m working on my drawings this weekend, and can’t wait to share them. Blessings on your week!

  • This sounds wonderful. I love the idea of studying the fruit of the spirit and the contrast of those common sins that just the opposite. Looking forward to seeing your artwork as well!

    • Sarah

      Yay! Glad to see you here Charlie! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Marsha Hays

    Sounds great, Sarah! It’s so easy to overlook those “little” sins of the heart. May God use your book to draw others into a closer relationship with Him.

    • Sarah

      Thank you Marsha! Blessings to you!

  • Hi, Sarah, your Lenten study sounds wonderful! I’ve already committed to another study and picked up a devotion as well. Otherwise, I would sign up for your study. I’ll definitely be checking out some of your other publications, though! Have a blessed weekend!

    • Sarah

      June, no problem. The book is good for anytime, but the study is tailored to Lent. Thank you for checking out my other books as well. It means a lot to me!

  • This sounds like a beautiful study, thank you!

    • Sarah

      Hi Heather, thanks for your visit! I hope you check out the book. Blessings to you!