Praying for Your City

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

I live in a wonderful city; we just love living in Greenville, SC. It has a vibrant art scene, great outdoor opportunities, an incredible walkable downtown, excellent restaurants…I could go on and on.

As much as I love so many things about Greenville, there are many people who live here in great need, without homes or jobs, just really needing help. The United Ministries here in town offers a Greenville Poverty Tour, giving a history of certain neighborhoods, and driving you to different areas that are in great need. It is amazing to me that many of these neighborhoods are just blocks away from the vibrant and cultural downtown.

Praying for my city is something I don’t always think about doing. It’s easier for me to pray for specific people or specific needs, but praying in general for my city can feel overwhelming. However, this city needs prayer, and many people that live here need Jesus.

Here are some different ways I have been praying recently for our city; it’s just a starting list - I would love to know your thoughts:

• Unity for churches and church leadership
• Specific organizations that help those in great need (in Greenville, I regularly pray for the Harvest Hope Food bank, Miracle Hill, specific soup kitchens, the Frazee Center, Homes of Hope, some orphan and adoption ministries, etc.)
• Gospel preached boldly in our city and in our churches 
• That our family and others will live more missionally, with God opening doors to new opportunities
• For God to intersect my life with people I can help and assist
• Small businesses in the area
• City and people living here will come to know Jesus and stand in awe of Him
• Peace and prosperity for our city
• Elected officials who help govern and run our city

Praying for my city is not something I think about all the time…what about you? I’d love to know any thoughts or suggestions on what you would add to the list above

In what ways do you pray for your city? 

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Father's Day Coupon

Posted on June 03, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

Have a special husband at home that needs the perfect Father’s Day Gift? What better way to really give to your husband this year than by committing to pray for him over the next 6 months?!

If you’re looking to make a real difference in your husband’s life, prayer is where it’s at. I started praying specifically for my husband a few years ago, and gosh-o-golly, has it made a HUGE difference. I don’t pray because I am trying to change my hubs; instead, I see it as a way for me to continually give his life over to God. 

The Praying for your Husband journal is nothing more than that - a way to point you to Jesus and pray specifically for your husband. What a great gift to give him this Father’s Day!!

Use coupon code FathersDay15 for 15% off our individual Praying for your Husband journals. Offer is good until Father’s Day, June 21.

Start praying today…what a wonderful way to celebrate your main squeeze!

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What I've Been Reading - May 2015

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

This month has been a slower month of reading for me, which is typical based on my work-load and move away from home for 3 months. I also read a few of these electronically or listened to the audio books, so small book stack as well. Make sure to check out my full list of books read this year.

Favorite books read this month:

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta: I needed a fun, non-thinking book when work got busy, and this one did the trick. Suspenseful and exciting, and definitely shocked me a few times (which as a voracious readers seems harder to do these days).  A great thriller; will be checking out more from Koryta.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Truths from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes: You HAVE to do this one on audio book. The guy who wrote this book is the main character, Westley, and he is the narrator for the book (and many of the movie characters make cameos on the audio edition). My mind was blown by many things…who knew that the Rodents of Unusual Size were really little people in rat costumes?!

In This House, We Will Giggle by Courtney DeFeo: Had a friend give this to me, and to be honest, I put off reading it for a while, as the cover and title made me think it was going to be really cheesy. There were parts that lent themselves to being more cheesy for my taste, but overall, I really loved the book - it gave very clear and good examples of how to incorporate the Gospel into everyday life and how to bring some whimsy back into life with young children. 

More or Less: Choosing a Life of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Sinabarger: Books like this always make me a tad nervous when I start, as I am always worried about the guilt that will ensue. I didn’t feel that way with this one - thought it was convicting, for sure, but in a way that made me want to re-evaluate positively.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: This book threw me big time, but I came around to it in the end. It’s definitely different - very mystical and sci-fi, and a little hard to follow in some places. But, there were sections that were just magical, and I felt like some real Gospel similarities in parts (maybe I’m stretching it, but felt like it to me). In the end, I was glad I had read it. 

Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin: These two moms are in the trenches with young children and gave some encouraging words and advice for those who are also in the trenches.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes: After reading The Nightingale last month, I found this book to be similar in some regards. Both are set in war-time France after occupation by the Germans. Both dealt with tough decisions made by women to protect people they loved. I really enjoyed this book, especially the mix of past and present. Good read.

I will be back in August with more book posts. Until then…what have you been reading this month?

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Moving for 3 Months & What's Next for Glowing Local

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

I talk quite a bit on the blog and on Instagram about what the Lord is teaching me and what I am learning about Him. By doing that, I find that I rarely talk about myself…to the point that I have started receiving some comments and e-mails asking if I will share more about me - I was surprised!  This is a great time of year to do that, so here’s some highlights of our life right now:

-I work another job full time. I’ve mentioned quite a bit on the blog about being a working mom and having a heavy work load, but I found out recently that most people thought I was just talking about Glowing Local. Actually, I have a full-time job that is my “main shebang” and run GL on the side. 

-My job causes me to move away from home for 3 months. So, what is this job? I work as a director at a Christian summer camp, doing lots of marketing and relational work. I work from home during the year, which allows me to stay home with my son, but during the summer, it’s full on camp, so I move to camp (with my son) for the summer months.

-Summer-time is amazing and rough. I absolutely love my job - I work at the best place with some amazing people and do so, so, so many things I love. What’s not to love about working so that children can have the time of their lives while also learning about Jesus? It’s great. But, it’s also rough - I move away from my husband, my friends, my life, and have very little free time.

-Summer is an unknown road for Glowing Local. This will be the first summer I have had Glowing Local during my camp work. I don’t know what to expect…it’s already been a tough thing to manage this spring as the camp load has picked up immensely! This summer, I’ll still be shipping lots of journals (thanks to the shipping team aka my husband). I have some great blogs planned and plan to still share what I’m learning from the Lord. But, reality is, I have no free time in the summer. I might go days and days without posting something…I just have no idea. So if I do start to slow down quite a bit, that’s why!

-Glowing Local has LOTS of exciting things planned for the fall. I was hoping to debut some new journals this spring, but with the seasonal nature of my work, spring is CRAZY for me. It just didn’t happen. But, come fall, there will be new products, revamp of the Praying for your Husband journal, new resources and more. I get giddy already thinking about where the Lord is leading this company!

I hope this gives you a better idea of what’s going on over here at Glowing Local and what my life is like behind the scenes. My favorite part about starting Glowing Local has been the community of people I have met and interacted with because of this work - I would have NEVER thought I would have “online friends” (and kind of used to make fun of the whole idea), but I’ve truly met some great folks through Glowing Local - the Lord is so good.

Thanks for the continued support, and be prepared for an unknown summer over here!! As Corrie ten Boom said, “never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” - here’s to that!!

Posted in Summer, What's Been Going On

Praying for your Future Husband

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

I get asked quite often about whether the Praying for Your Husband journal is good for women that are not yet married, and if it can be used to pray for your FUTURE husband. The answer is…YES!

I heard from a couple of single girls who started using it that way this winter as part of their small group time. As women who are trying to seek the Lord, instead of finding love in all the wrong places, the small group committed to praying for Mr. Right, even though they might not know who he is yet.

(Great photo from @angelaols)

Throughout the past few months, the small group has used their Praying for your Husband journals each week alongside their Bible Study curriculum…an easy way to be intentional about laying their desires for a husband at the feet of the Lord, committing their future (and their husband’s future) to the Lord.

What a great way to focus on Jesus during a time in life when the world tells you that love can be immediate, temporary, and self-seeking. 

One girl in the group also found it as a way to stay accountable. She shared that when going on dates, it is easy to get wrapped up in the feelings of the moment, but since she has been praying for her future husband, “I have new perspective. I find myself stopping and thinking about whether this guy has what the Bible calls us to strive for - humility, surrender, kind words - the same things I have been praying for my future husband."

Thanks to the D3 Small Group for sharing their story…love how you are committing your life to Jesus right now!  

Do you pray for your future husband, if you are not yet married?  If you are married, did you pray for him before you got married?

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Glowing Back Donation Update

Posted on May 05, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

Glowing Local began a little over 6 months ago with the main goal of allowing our family to be more generous with our finances. The goal from the beginning was to raise $1000 for both Harvest Hope Food Bank and Mocha Club, two organizations you can read more about on the Glowing Back section of our website.

With $1000, Harvest Hope Food Bank will be able to pack 100 boxes of food for the hungry in our local area.

With $1000, Mocha Club will be able to continue their orphan care efforts in Malawi through the Lizulu Orphan Care Center.

As of today, through your purchases of our Praying for your Husband journal, we have raised $602 for both Harvest Hope Food Bank and Mocha Club!! I am beyond humbled and thrilled for us to support such great work by such hard working individuals.

Over half way there…with about $800 to go. I’m excited to see us fully fund these programs over the next few months.

Thank you for your support of Glowing Local, which in turn supports Harvest Hope Food Bank and Mocha Club!

Posted in Glowing Back, Harvest Hope, Helping Others, Mocha Club

What I've Been Reading - April 2015

Posted on May 01, 2015 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

Lots of good books for another great month of reading. Make sure to check out my full list of books read this year.

Favorite books read this month:

What’s Best Next? by Matthew Perman: This book was so very good. It is a business book from a Christian perspective - how being a Christian should affect how we get things done. I picked up so many things and keep returning to it. Definitely a perspective changer!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: This one kept me up later than usual because I just couldn’t put it down. I love stories of WWII, and this one gave a perspective of what it was like living in occupied France, with a look into French resistance efforts. Told from the perspective of two sisters, definitely a riveting read.

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar: Our book club read this month, and one I enjoyed so very much! The story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 2 months; this book was really interesting, really eye-opening, and one I find myself telling people about over and over.

Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle: I liked Shankle’s first book Sparkly Green Earrings, and loved Antelope in the Living Room, so I preordered this months ago…definitely did not disappoint. Funny, with a great look at some serious issues, while also bringing in Jesus - best of everything. Very good.

Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt: Added this to the list after reading about it on a blog, and when I got it in the mail, the cover made me wait a while to actually pick it up. But, it ended up being one of my favorite books of the month - easy to read and a great look into middle school. It was also funny and touching in many ways - and just plain fun.

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio: I seem to be picking up quite a few books that start off with an older person recalling a past event and then ending with that older person reconnecting in some way with the past - same idea here. A love story set in the Pacific during the war, it was a good story and easy read; definitely enjoyed it.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon: I have been trying to knock out two Outlander books a year, so finished up the 4th one this month. It took me about 200 pages to get into it, but after that, I really enjoyed it, flying through the rest of the book. I would rank this one better than the 2nd and 3rd books - it was great.

One: Impossible Starts Here by Suzanne Mayernick & Gwen Oatsvall: Talk about a convicting and thought-provoking book! Looking at how two families came to say big “yeses” to God, adopting multiple children (even some with special needs and one with HIV), this book was a big push to love “One” - to say yes to loving that one person God is pricking your heart to love. Great and very Gospel-based. Loved it!

Food, A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan: I listened to this one on audio book, and I’m glad I went that route. A very funny book narrated by it’s comedic author, this book was funny, easy, and enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud in the car multiple times.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I am late to the game on this one, but did enjoy this teen love story. I wished the ending had given me a little more - felt like I had too many questions unanswered at the end. But for a romance that did a great job delving into some pretty big teen issues, it was good overall.

Other books read this month:

• Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber: Really liked this memoir. Definitely edgy, but didn’t bother me. Thought she did a great job talking about some big problems holding people back from loving others in the church.
• How Do You Tuck in a Superhero? by Rachel Balducci: This book popped up under the Christian genre for me, but definitely wasn’t religious-based. Funny stories!
• Do the Work by Steven Pressfield: Easy and simple read to get motivated.
• Ketchup is a Vegetable by Robin O'Bryant: Funny book given to me by a good friend. Definitely read parts aloud to my husband!

What have you been reading this month? Read any of these books?

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