Author: Sarah B Anderson

The Mother You Never Knew You Needed

This year, Mother’s Day turns 102. Although Anna Jarvis created the holiday in 1908, it wasn’t an official holiday until six years later when Woodrow Wilson signed it into law. It was a day created out of a prayer Anna overheard from her mom, that there be a Memorial Day for mothers to commemorate all they do. And so, two years after her mother’s death, Anna went to work to realize her mom’s hope. It didn’t take long for a simple day with simple intentions to become much more complicated. Just a few years after it had been signed...

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Why Certainty is Overrated

Several years ago the television series LOST ended leaving behind a sad and depressed group of people who still pine for it—or at least one fan (me) feels that way. For the diehard fans, when the season finale aired, there was a division created. You either loved it, or you hated it. The great thing about the show was how many questions it raised. You never had a sense of having everything figured out. There were smoke monsters, polar bears and hatches and somehow they all went together. Sort of. And for years as the series progressed, people wondered...

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The Making of a Saint

Ms. Marilyn lives next door to us and is the mom to two grown boys and one grandbaby. About seven months before we moved in, she became a widow. Every night she walks her dogs arond the neighborhood and nearly every weekend she’s in her yard taking meticulous care of the flowerbeds and the landscaping. Every once in a while she’ll ask Rodney for help in moving some heavy furniture. But that’s about it. It seems we ask for her help more than she does ours. “Do you mind lending us some butter?” “Can we borrow your extension ladder?”...

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Searching For Sugar Man

A couple of years ago, Rodney talked me into watching the documentary, Searching for Sugarman. It’s the story of a man named Sixto Rodriguez who played the local music scene in Detroit, Michigan in the 1970’s. With his Bob Dylan-esque voice, he was discovered and signed to a label—a deal he quickly lost when his career never really went anywhere. But without knowing it, his music made it’s way to South Africa where it became the voice and inspiration of a younger generation desperate to end the government-enforced apartheid that enslaved their culture. The country grew so enamored with his music...

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What’s Your Word?

Remembering Brennan Manning Everyone has a word. A word we would use to describe God and who we understand Him to be. Rob Bell said, “We shape our God, and then our God shapes us.” In other words, who we believe God is, ultimately determines how we see ourselves—and how we think He sees us. I don’t know what your word is, but I know what I want mine to be. April 12 marks three years since writer, priest and public speaker Brennan Manning passed away. I remember it because Rodney and I were in Charleston, South Carolina celebrating our 7thanniversary....

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Hi! I’m Sarah

Hi! I’m Sarah, wife to Rodney, mom to Asher and Pace, and writer—although I’m still trying to figure out how to do all three of those things. Sometimes I like books more than people, and all of the time I like French fries more than salad. I live in Georgia but I dream of the mountains.
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