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Sarah Joy Albrecht

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Sarah Joy Albrecht

<p>I&rsquo;m <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.glamdring.org/wp/colophon">Tom&rsquo;s wife</a>, the mother and homeschool teacher to five great children &ndash; and yes, I&rsquo;m &ldquo;too young to be their mother.&rdquo; I am also a provisional <a rel="nofollow" href="http://bradleybirth.com/">Bradley Method</a> natural birth instructor and I&rsquo;ve been known to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sarahjoyalbrecht.com/awards-bylines/">write an article here and there</a>.</p> <p>As of November of last year, I live in rural northern Japan. When we first arrived, a short-term missionary was helping at church and asked if I was a missionary. I said, &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s just say I&rsquo;m an &lsquo;accidental missionary&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s not why I&rsquo;m here <em>per se</em>, but I can&rsquo;t help but share my faith wherever I go. It&rsquo;s pertinent to every area of my life. <strong>Christ is so important to me, I can&rsquo;t stop talking about Him. </strong></p> <div class="wp-caption alignright"><img title="Albrecht Five" src="http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs141.snc1/5209_124332741198_693471198_2838286_2319689_n.jpg" height="404" alt="The Albrecht Five" width="250" /><br /> <br /> I tend to be very transparent in life, as I realize that everything is open and laid bare before the Lord (<a rel="nofollow" href="http://biblegateway.com/bible?version=49&amp;passage=Hebrews+4%3A13-16" class="bibleref scripturizer_tooltip">Hebrews 4:13-16</a>) and that I have nothing to hide from God or from others. Blogging helps to hold me accountable to what I believe, because it solidifies it in writing. I hope that my blog is of encouragement to those who read it and that it will convey the testimony of one whose life is not her own, but bought with a price (<a rel="nofollow" href="http://biblegateway.com/bible?version=49&amp;passage=1+Corinthians+6%3A17-20" class="bibleref scripturizer_tooltip">1 Corinthians 6:17-20</a>).</div> <p><strong>That being said, I fail every single day, and I want my readers to know that I do. My biggest struggles are perfectionism, pride in my accomplishments, and anger (almost always with myself, in a very debilitating way). </strong></p> <p><strong>Life isn&rsquo;t all sunshine and roses. It can be very unfair, grueling, painful, heartbreaking, humiliating and lonely. However, the purpose of my blog isn&rsquo;t to give glory to these things, but rather to a God who is faithful in all circumstances. In my writing, I intentionally focus on lessons learned and things that remind me of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://biblegateway.com/bible?version=49&amp;passage=Philippians+4%3A4-13" class="bibleref scripturizer_tooltip">Philippians 4:4-13</a>. In hard times I often read through my old posts, eat my words, and count my blessings.</strong></p> <p>Please let me know how I can best pray for and encourage you.</p> <p>PS: If you really want to know more, you might consider reading <strong><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sarahjoyalbrecht.com/2008/10/21/todays-the-day/">what I would like read at my funeral someday</a></strong> as well as these two quirkier &ldquo;Things About You&rdquo; posts&hellip; although, I warn you, my life is such an adventure and my ideas so random, you&rsquo;re never going to be able to figure me out completely <img class="wp-smiley" src="http://www.sarahjoyalbrecht.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /><br /> <strong><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sarahjoyalbrecht.com/2009/01/08/tagged-by-diana-on-facebook-16-things-about-you/">Tagged: 16 Things About You</a></strong></p> <strong><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sarahjoyalbrecht.com/2009/01/28/25-random-things-about-me/">+9 more = 25 Things</a></strong>

Stories by Sarah Joy Albrecht

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