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I’m working like a busy bee preparing for our Just RISE UP! online Bible study. Would you believe me if I told you that as I type the study I talk out loud as if I’m talking to you? I love doing this kind of thing!

READ MORE HERE about the Just RISE UP! online Bible study!

***If you do not yet have your copy of Just RISE UP! never fear! You can download chapter 1 for free to get your started with our first week’s study on November 3rd. Click HERE to download.

Who’s ready for a giveaway??

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I am giving away a signed copy of Just RISE UP! and a Lisa Leonard designs InScribed Necklace.

Click through the options below to enter to win. A random winner will be chosen MONDAY, November 3rd.

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When My God Shows Off

Everyday I take my “lunch break” and I catch up on the daily news. (I’m a recovering news junkie) With a mouth full of PB&J on wheat bread, a particular story caught my attention. Maybe it was because this story was not about the latest terror or protests or political scandal. Maybe it was because I was just in a quiet, introspective mood…a mood to really think deep about things during my break from writing that day.

The Comet has a name: Siding Spring. I honestly don’t know the significance of that name but I like it. Siding Spring made it’s debut on our news cycle this week because after a million years, it was bound for a close encounter with Mars. Did you catch that? For a MILLION years this huge mass of space matter has made it’s way through space. And, thanks to modern technology, we have the opportunity spectate the event.

The thought of this ancient comet swirls around my mind and makes it’s way to my heart as I make sense of it in my simple minded way…

What is the purpose of this massive universe that we live in yet don’t fully experience or see for ourselves?

Why would God create such a universe that expands beyond the knowledge of even the most intelligent of our society? 

What do we, as every day people not employed at NASA, do with the knowledge of the great expanses of our universe created by God Almighty?

What? Why? What

Because HE CAN.

Because HE is God. And we are small. Thank goodness He is God and gives us a glimpse into His big-ness, His grandeur. I feel small. And I should, don’t you think? For in my small-ness there is no room for the pride which erupts in my know-it-all heart and mind. There is no room for us to elevate ourselves and our grand plans because it is simply an impossibility. God is BIG and we are small.

That is it. Period.

But, oh in His big-ness and graciousness our Lord is not pre-occupied in the vast universe. No. He reaches down His strong yet comforting arm and loves us…His prized creation.

And He Shows Off.

My God shows off.

Your God shows off.

You see, the comet making it’s million year old appearance makes me smile. If God shows His might and power and great-ness through a comet, I am confident He will show off in my life and in yours.


But do we have eyes to see and hearts to recognize His glory when it is right in front of us?

Today I’m looking for God to show off in even the mundane in my life. I’m looking for His favor as He pours out joy and peace when I need that grounding as my mind spins in turmoil even when I perform tasks as unloading the dishwasher. I’m looking at God showing off as I hear the sweet breaths of my six year old who finally settles down and rests after a long day of play and school. I’m looking for God to show off when I come to Him with my need for approval and acceptance. He whispers through His Word and into my heart that I am approved and accepted no matter what.

Let us not forget that our Great God does not need our applause or our adoration when He shows off. No. He doesn’t need it, but wants it. There is something that releases in us when we put aside our own ego and make much of Jesus. We have the privilege of joining in with the heavenlies to praise the One who makes the earth spin, the moon reflect, the sun radiate, the stars burst with beauty.

Yes. My God shows off daily.

Yes. Your God shows off big time.

O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth; Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies. {Psalm 8:1 The Voice}

Will you stop today and thank Him for His big-ness and for your own small-ness? He is worthy of our notice and admiration.

How is God showing off in your life today? What challenges do you find in opening your heart and mind to see with faith-filled eyes His goodness? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment!
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***Don’t forget! The Just RISE UP! online study starts November 3! It’s not too late to sign up and take part. CLICK HERE for info.

Why We Should Do This Together

Sometimes I feel like an island. All alone with my ancient macbook and a passion to talk about Jesus with anyone who will listen. But, I sit here alone on my couch (my office) in my sweaty t-shirt and workout pants and my comfy blanket that I still hang on to from my college dorm room. (Many many years past college, of course!)  I long to connect with those who love Jesus and who desire be challenged to live out our faith in new, exciting, sometimes uncomfortable ways. Will you join me? Let’s do this together!

Because though we do not see each other face to face, we can in fact, come together and spur each other on. We can spur each other forward to new levels of worship, faith, humble postures before God AND THEN shut down our computer and do life with those around us…do ministry.

Why should we do this together?

Because I want to be apart of that generation in Psalm 145 that makes much of Jesus! Let’s not miss out!

Will you join me November 3rd for a 5 week Just RISE UP! journey? 


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Are you looking at the faith of others who are bold in belief and just don’t know where that comes from?

Are you ready to RISE UP! and make changes in your life to reflect your love for Jesus?

Are you sitting on the couch of complacency just waiting to ignite your faith and make a difference with your life?

Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous

***I invite you to join me in a 5 week journey full of interaction, renewal, transformation as we RISE UP! and make Jesus famous.

Just RISE UP! Online Study Starts November 3rd!

The What: Just RISE UP! online study will be a time to connect with other women who desire to “do life differently” as we study God’s Word and read through the book together.

It’s Free! All you need is a copy of Just RISE UP!, your Bible and a journal.

The Who: This study will be lead by Sarah, (me!), the author of Just RISE UP! Want to know if this study is for you? Let’s first start with who this book is NOT for…

 Just RISE UP! is not for those of us who have it all together and live a perfect faith. It is not for those who already have the Bible figured out to the letter. If you are a woman who loves Jesus (even if you’ve only known Him for five minutes) and craves something bigger than yourself, then Just RISE UP! is for you. If you need a breakthrough in faith, Just RISE UP! is for you. And if you think it’s thrilling (maybe even a bit frightening) to contemplate a big, bold belief in the King of kings, then once again, Just RISE UP! is for you.

The When: The Just RISE UP! study starts MONDAY November 3 and will finish up December 5th. It will be a FIVE week study where we read through the 5 chapters of Just RISE UP! together.

**Hosted HERE on LIVE IT OUT! blog

**Everything will be “go at your own pace.” You can always check in on the blog and work through the study when it is convenient for you. (I’m usually in my p.j’s!)

The How: All you need to do is SUBSCRIBE to LIVE IT OUT! blog (if you are already a subscriber, you are set!) Every time I post a new week’s worth of content, you will receive an email. Easy-peasy!

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**Every Monday I will post a new video with an intro to the chapter. On Mondays I will also post the Bible study and journal questions for the week.

**Every Wednesday I will check in with some guided prayer prompts.

**Every Friday I will invite you to take part in a regular feature on LIVE IT OUT! called THE LIST. It’s just a fun way to evaluate life and get to know other women.



***Be sure to order your copy of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous. Click HERE to find out where to buy it.