Discipleship Preparations: Inward Focus  

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17


I feel a smile form as I watch the young mom in my church chase her three, small children around.. Only 8 years ago, that young mom was me. I remember the fun of seeing my children’s budding personalities, the nights of cuddling and rocking them to sleep, and the overwhelming sense of new love as each one was born. Yet, in the midst of strolling through memory lane, my mind wanders to the hardship, the loneliness, the desperate prayer for guidance as I gasped for air, drowning in this new layer of womanhood. I remember wondering if anyone noticed that I wasn’t as good as the next mom, or that I hadn’t wiped my children’s faces after breakfast, or that I’d tiredly yelled instead of softly taught them this morning; but mostly I wondered if I was simply being a good mom. Different women would come into my life for a moment to give encouragement or advice, but then disappear as quickly as they came. Oh, how my heart longed for them to stay.

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About Sarah Chadbourn

Sarah and her husband, Jonathan, are from third-generational ministry families. Their ministry experiences began in France as church planters. They then moved to a small Illinois town to help strengthen and experience the God-guided growth of a struggling church. Sarah’s husband is the Pastor of Education at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Groveland, Illinois, where she enjoys the busy life of a pastor’s wife. Sarah earned a degree in Nutritional Counseling from Calvary Bible College where she and Jonathan met. She enjoys writing, counseling, and speaking God’s truth to women of all ages. In her free time she enjoys playing piano, jogging, reading out-loud to her five children (ages 5-12), and decorating her house.

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