Broken Together

BrokenIt’s been a while since I’ve posted… thanks for sticking out the time with me.  The posts I have done have been pretty surface.  My mind has been spinning in circles for a while now.  I haven’t even been able to string two sentences together lately.  I hope that, as I write this, it makes sense.

The world tells us that we need to have it all together.  The perfect family, the perfect life, the perfect job.  If we don’t, we need to just try harder until we get there.  Until we reach perfection.  Perfection.

~  a state of completeness and flawlessness.

Completeness.  Flawlessness.

Impossibilities in this life.

None of us, no matter how hard we work, can attain this.  We can work hard to have a great body, a great job, a great marriage… but the fact is that all these things are flawed.  Incomplete.  We cannot attain perfection.

I heard this song by Casting Crowns and it talks about how we can be broken together.

Most of you don’t know much about me and we’ll probably never meet in real life, but one thing that you should know about me is that I am a real person.  Those people around me, that have been drawn into my world, get me.  They get the real me.  Many people know how broken I am.  My flaws, my incompleteness is not something that I hide.  I fail, often.  I am prone to anxiety and tend to leap to the worst conclusion in a heartbeat.  You know what, these are things that I am working on, but I’m grateful that I don’t feel the need to present a picture of completeness.

Why do so many of us feel that we need to have it all together all the time?  Sure, the world may shake their heads at us and condemn our brokenness.  Choosing to ignore their own and pretending that it doesn’t exist, glossing on another layer of paint to coat the chipped paint below.

Would it be so terrible if we could just sit down and discuss what we are struggling with?  The battles that are going on inside us?  Recognizing that no one is perfect?  That we are all broken?  Would that cause the world to stop functioning?

Could we all still press through this sometimes difficult, very confusing, often fantastic thing that we call life?  Knowing that the person that you sit next to in your office who is always on top of their workload, the person you sit next to in church who always looks fantastic and is always smiling, that sister-in-law who seems so confident in everything, are fighting the brokenness tooth and nail… and failing.

Or, could we do more than just press through it?  If we were able to see through the layers of gloss to the chipped paint, if we were able to strip off the gloss to the view of the very real person below, could we maybe learn to be broken together?  Could we maybe mend a few holes, supporting each other in our pain and grief and wondering, and allow God to put some pieces back together for good.  True, there will always been crack, chips and brokenness… life is just like that.

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But… wouldn’t it be better to be real?  Instead of hiding, instead of being so terrified of what others might think, to be able to be free.  To be who you are and be able to work together to mend brokenness.

Until the day that we are made complete – made perfect – we could be broken together… instead of broken alone.

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Tornado Chasers: Season Two

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Last winter, Reed Timmer began a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the 2013 storm season for TVN. While I didn’t have much to give, I gave what I could and I am so glad I did. While I wasn’t able to go ride in the Dominator or even chase in person with the guys, I felt like I was on each chase with them. Thankfully, the TVN team filmed each experience and produced an online series called ‘Tornado Chasers’. I’ve just finished watching the last episode of the season and it was awesome! The season was full of amazing storms (some of the most powerful they have ever seen), some scary moments and some really tough times. I’m glad I was able to help out, even though it was just a bit, because I believe that these guys are doing their best to save lives. The chase is one thing, but these guys will stop chasing an amazing storm in order to help with search and recovery. (Something I saw a few times this past summer).  While it can be amusing to watch Reed freaking out about a storm and to see the faces of each man as they approach a monster storm, I know that the mission of this team is to learn more about tornadoes and I really enjoy watching them do just that.  From the homemade probe launchers to the sophisticated Dominators, this team is committed to the science of saving lives.  It’s awesome! photo (7) If you find weather, tornadoes or storm chasing fascinating, you should check this online series out. It is so worth the money to see some of the most amazing tornadoes and beautiful storms.  Also, you can help support this team as they work hard to learn more and hopefully save many lives in the process. RIP Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young. I know the TVN team will do all they can to carry on their research and I know we will all carry their memory with each storm that we watch or chase.  (I wish I’d been able to meet you guys.)

Get the 2012 and 2013 Tornado Chasers series here, with 15% off:

Tornado Chasers 15% Off

Also, check out my Chaser Chats here!

Chaser Chats

Here’s a clips and a FULL EPISODE for you to check out!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGKUUtxJ7dU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLhYRwkA4ok http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2OtHEt7Qk4

Noel’s Homecoming Service

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For those of you who weren’t able to view the live feed of Noel’s Homecoming Service on Thursday, you can click on the image above to view it.  Noel’s Uncle Mark edited it together for us.  There was some cost involved to get it live streamed for us so, if you are willing, please leave a tip on the page.

Thank you again to all of you who have been praying for Caleb and Alex at this difficult time, and for all your prayers for Noel as she spend a wonderful fifteen days with her family.  Caleb and Alex would like to thank you all for your prayers, so click here to see the message.

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I hope that you will continue to join with me in praying for them as they adjust to life.  Please keep sharing Noel’s story.  God has blessed us all as we watched this beautiful little girl have fifteen more days with her family than the doctors said was possible.  We serve a mighty God and so many can still be touched by Noel’s amazing story.  You can click on the picture of Noel below to see the sideshow from the homecoming service.  I love the video of all the prayer warriors in the hospital room.  I always cry.  I adore her little smile at the end too!

Noel's Slideshow

Thank you again for praying with us.  I am amazed at the outpouring of concern, prayers and love. Not only has little Noel touched my heart, but so have all of you with your thoughtfulness for my friends.

Caleb and Alex fund.

Here are the other posts for Noel:
Noel at home

Happy One Week Birthday Noel

Blessings

Two Week Update

Urgent Update

Sorrow and Comfort

Until We Meet Again

Memories of Noel: The Darkness and the Light

 

With gratitude,

Sarah

Until We Meet Again Noel

Dear friends,

thank you for your outpouring of prayer and support for Caleb and Alex.  They feel it all.  Thank you for sharing Noel’s story all over the world.  I am amazed at how many countries have been, and are, being touched by Noel’s life!

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There are many of you mourning with Caleb and Alex and they have been kind enough to work out a way for everyone to be present at her homecoming service, if you so chose.  If you would like to view the homecoming service, it is happening tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10:00 am MDT.  You can click on the grey link below and the video will begin as soon as the page is loaded beginning at 10:00am.  You do not need to log in to view the live feed.  If you cannot be there for the live feed, there will be a YouTube posting after the service.  (I will link the YouTube video as soon as it is available.)

Homecoming Service Link

Please continue to pray for Caleb, Alex and all those who love Noel as they say goodbye for now.  I join with them joyfully in the knowledge that we will see precious Noel again.  Thank you Lord!

‘Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.’ ~ Hebrews 10:23

‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.’ ~ Hebrews 11:1

Please feel free to continue to leave prayers and messages for Caleb and Alex.  

Also, please consider making a donation to Noel’s medical (and funeral) costs by clicking the green link below.

Caleb and Alex fund.

A year after Noel went home, I ask Caleb and Alex some questions about the journey… here are their answers!

This is a wonderful song that I find so encouraging.  I love the lyrics.

Here are the other posts for Noel:
Noel at home

Happy One Week Birthday Noel

Blessings

Two Week Update

Urgent Update

Sorrow and Comfort

Until We Meet Again

Memories of Noel: The Darkness and the Light

 

Blessings, Sarah

Sorrow and Comfort: Noel Update

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As I write this, there are tears on my cheeks and an ache in my heart for Caleb and Alex.  This is the update that I was hoping not to have to write.  Yet… here it is.

Noel’s uncle said it beautifully a few hours ago:

“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21b)

About an hour ago, little Noel started having more serious breathing issues. About 15 minuets ago, the Lord, in his wisdom, took Noel from us. There are many emotions that cannot be adequately expressed in a short post like this. I know that we are all deeply saddened and mournful over this loss but we can also be grateful that the Lord allowed us to be with His little princess for so much longer than anyone ever expected. We rejoice in the answer to prayer that she has been, in the testimony that she has given, in the way she has brought others to see God’s love and come to know Him, and most importantly in how she has brought Glory to the King.

We will miss you little Noel Sattelmeier but we take comfort knowing you are in the Lord’s hands.”

As I look back on the days Noel was here, I can’t help but be amazed at the lives she touched.  Thousands visited my blog and cared about her.  Thousands saw the miracle that God had worked in her life.  God has reached across the world with her face, her heart… her story.  What a beautiful legacy.

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I fell in love with her before she drew her first breath and grew even more in love with those dark eyes and beautiful face with each picture.  She touched my heart.

Noel,

I never got to meet you in person but you are so dear to me.  I treasured getting to know you through pictures and through your families updates.  I’m happy that you are in the arms of our Saviour though I know that there are arms down here aching for you.  I can’t wait for the day I get to see you face to face.  Where ‘He will wipe every tear from our eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain’.  On that day, precious girl, I will give you the biggest hug and rejoice with you.  I love you.

Please continue to pray for Caleb and Alex and family.

Thank you Jesus for two weeks with Noel.  For the cuddles, kisses and love that her family was able to share with her.  For each moment that they had with her.  Thank You for working this for good, even though we cannot see all that will come of this.  We look forward to the day that we meet those in heaven who were touched by her life.  Thank You for bringing comfort and peace to her family now.  Sear the memories into their minds and may those memories bring great joy to their hearts.  We pray that Noel’s life and story would still draw others to you.  May Caleb, Alex and their family continue to be a testament of faithfulness and  trust as they move forward in You.  Draw them closer to You and closer to each other.  Amen.

To everyone who is reading this and to those who have been following Noel’s story, thank you for your prayers and support.  We are so grateful, and hope that you will continue to pray for Noel’s family and for her life to continue to draw others to the Lord.

Please feel free to leave prayers and notes here for Caleb and Alex.  I will be sure to get them to the family.

Blessings, Sarah  (Matthew 5:4)

Here are the other posts for Noel:
Noel at home

Happy One Week Birthday Noel

Blessings

Two Week Update

Urgent Update

Sorrow and Comfort

Until We Meet Again

Memories of Noel: The Darkness and the Light

 

URGENT Noel Update!

I’ve just heard from Noel’s Grandmother and she’s asked for urgent prayer!

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Here’s the message:

Prayer warriors, we are needing prayer desperately for our Noel!!!!! We had to have the hospice nurse over to give her morphine for her air hunger. Her breathing is very labored and holds her breath now quite often. She is fighting for each little breath!! Please pray for Alex and Caleb also.

Please join us in praying for this beautiful family.

Father God, we pray now for little Noel!  God, please even out her breathing and bring calm and peace to her system.  Lord, we ask that your healing hand be on her little body.  You know what’s going on in her body, better even than any doctor.  Give Noel strength to fight through this.  Also, be with Caleb and Alex as they wait and pray.  Bring peace to the family and help them remember that You are sovereign.  We ask Lord that this be just a bump in the road towards a long and healthy life for this precious little girl!  Please God.  Amen.

Thank you for your prayers and your support.

Love, Sarah

Here are the other posts for Noel:
Noel at home

Happy One Week Birthday Noel

Blessings

Two Week Update

Urgent Update

Sorrow and Comfort

Until We Meet Again

Memories of Noel: The Darkness and the Light

Noel: Two week update!

Happy Two Week Birthday Noel!

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Two weeks ago, God blessed Caleb and Alex with a beautiful baby girl.  The doctors had no hope for her… yet, here she is!!  You know why?

Because our God is a God of hope!!  There is always hope, because there is always God! 

He has proven himself over and over throughout history… and over and over in the life of this precious little girl.  One of Alex’s dearest friends, Jennifer, posted some beautiful thoughts on Noels name and I wanted to share it with you!

Noel WordsI watch as people visit my blog from all over the world and I know that this wonderful little girl is touching people everywhere.

Today Noel’s family is giving her an increase in formula as the nurse has advised.  Sadly, it won’t be cake or ice cream but it’s still a wonderful thing!!

Noel is too young to understand this, but we aren’t.  God… the God who placed the stars, He is using her in His plan.  I don’t know why it is under these circumstances but He is reaching out, through her, to so many.  Please continue to pray for healing and expect with me to see Him move mightily!!  Thank you again for all your prayers, are your thoughts and all that you have blessed this family with!  They are feeling your support and are so grateful!

We praise You, Lord, for these two weeks as Noel has grown!  What a blessing she is to her family and to us.  To watch You work in her life and see Your great power is so amazing.  We praise You for she is fearfully and wonderfully made!  You created her and You are sustaining her.  We trust in Your unfailing love and we know that You have a plan for Noels life.  A plan that we are watching unfold and a plan that is drawing myself and countless others closer to You.  We pray that You continue to work in her life and may she have many years with her family to come!  We pray for Your hand of healing to be on her.  Mend all of her, Father God.  Show the world Your power as so many eyes are on this little girl!  Be also with Caleb, Alex and those who are caring for her 24/7.  Please give them energy and wisdom!  Amen.

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Love, Sarah

Here are the other posts for Noel:
Noel at home

Happy One Week Birthday Noel

Blessings

Two Week Update

Urgent Update

Sorrow and Comfort

Until We Meet Again

Memories of Noel: The Darkness and the Light