Author Archives: Sara Hagerty

How to Stay in Love with God

How to Stay in Love with God

A few years ago, we sat with a younger couple over dessert — listening to their lives, learning them. Fifteen years and six kids separated us (they had none). Our bedside book stack held books about raising teens and finding God in pain. We were tired from early morning baby cries and late-night conversations with

The Storied God: How His Word Heals Our Stories

In your strings is hid a music that no hand hath e’er let fall, In your soul is sealed a pleasure that you have not known at all; Pleasure subtle as your spirit, strange and slender as your frame, Fiercer than the pain that folds you, softer than your sorrow’s name. — G. K. Chesterton,”The

God Who Uses Delay to Grow My Belief

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. — Psalm 62:5 IN THE GRIT We’ve visited the same stretch of beach nearly every year for twenty-five years. There is not enough distance between visits for my memory to lapse. When I’m back at the beach, I can access being seventeen

The Hidden Way: Becoming a Friend of God

Wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. — Matthew 26:13 NIV The darkness of the Christmas Eve sky contrasted with the streets below, all of them aflame. Strings of multicolored lights and inflatable snowmen and light-skinned Marys and Josephs lit the night.

Winter and Spring: God Is Good

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Sit & Listen Saturday featuring Devotionals Daily audio devotions. Enjoy reading as well as listening to your devotional today from Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty. As Nate and I celebrate twelve years since the day that little boy in big-boy skin asked that naive wee thing to marry

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A Forever Change in Perspective

It was a bitter cold Sunday in December when my heart wore the weather. At the time, we were attending a church teeming with prolific twentysomethings. Most all the women my age (or younger) were pregnant, nursing, or carrying their six-month-olds strapped to their chests in a tight wrap. They came on Sundays, in droves,

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Why I Adore God – Adoration as Exploration

I had a lot of ideas about God that weren’t actually God’s ideas about God. When our lives initially got stretched through our marital pain, the picture I had of Him couldn’t stand beside the struggles we were facing. My prayers felt rote because of how I saw the One to whom I was praying. Then with each successive

God Is In Your Suffering: Every Dark Day Is an Invitation

It came as a series of text messages, before texting was commonplace. I was buried deep in my Bible, and God was singling out my husband. First, Nate alerted me that “the business financials are bad.” At the time, our dark season of waiting for children was lingering longer than we’d anticipated. We’d had infusions

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