Adore with Sara Hagerty
I haven’t always felt like I was loved. I’m sure you can relate. Not knowing my biological dad until I was an adult, I always felt this inner sense of abandonment. Then, during my “lovely” teen years, I was abandoned by numerous boyfriends, too. I’m so thankful that at age 17, I opened my up heart up to God’s love. I dared to trust that He loved me, even in my messed up state. And that trust in His love has changed everything.
When we know we are loved, then we allow our roots to go deep into who God says we are.
When I feel God’s wild affection for me, I step out, daring to be brave and take risks.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
I am free when I trust God’s love.
Free to open my heart to others.
Free to take steps of faith toward the dreams He has placed on my heart.
Free to be confident in who God made me to be.
This freedom comes from viewing myself in the reflection on His gaze. And to do this I need to look up. I need to lift my eyes off my current circumstances and turn my attention toward Him instead. And as I gaze at God (in my heart and my imagination), adoration comes—for who God is and what He’s done.
When I adore, I remember who God is. When I adore, I build a bridge to His heart. It’s a two-way bridge, and the small love I offer is returned 100-fold. And when I feel loved, I faced the day in ways I never would have dared before.
My guest today is Sara Hagerty, and today we’re going to be talking about adoration, trust in God, and her book, Adore.
Sara says, “I stumbled upon adoration about 10 years ago and didn’t realize how much learning to talk to God from my raw place of vulnerability and with His Word in hand would change my insides. Each of us can be transformed through an accessible conversation with God in adoration.”
Sara and I talk a lot about how adoration has changed us. And, since we both adopted older kids, we talk about that too.
“Two years ago when I realized my big kids’ stories of pain weren’t going to fit into my idealistic picture of family, I had a choice there to surrender or press through my idealism,” Sara says. Boy, can I relate!
Sara and I really open our hearts. I know you’re going to enjoy today’s podcast!
Who is Sara Hagerty?
Sara Hagerty is married to her best friend, mama to seven, book nerd, and author. God continues to surprise her by how He intersects the middle minutes of her day. Sara writes in the extra margins of her life, so as to put language to how He intervenes in her story … and to invite you to see new ways He might be intervening in yours.
You can order Adore HERE.
About the Book:
For anyone who longs to experience God in the thick of life’s demands, Sara Hagerty’s Adore offers a simple, soul-nourishing practice for engaging with God in the middle minutes of your day.
None of us signed up for a conventional experience with the unconventional God, yet too often the spiritual life can become routine, dare we say, even boring.
In Adore, Sara Hagerty gives us all permission to admit “I barely know You, God,” and with this honest admission, to scoot a little nearer to this familiar stranger. Adoration is the simple practice Sara discovered for starting where you are and letting the grit of your day greet the beauty of God’s presence.
Adoration is for the woman who feels frenzied and fearful in the middle minutes of her day. It is a simple practice for 7:37 a.m. when the children are waking and the dryer is already humming but also for the 12:17 p.m. lunch break and for 5:53 p.m. while stuck in traffic.
Adoration is the place where we put how we feel in front of God’s Word, and watch what happens to our insides. It’s what you were made for. Join Sara in this soul-stirring journey through thirty attributes of God which you can walk through at your own pace. Learn how the simple habit of adoration—in the middle minutes of your day—can help you see God with fresh eyes, and talk to Him right there. Experience a new way of engaging with God in your everyday. Adore will show you how.
Walk It Out Scripture
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
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