Sarah Markley
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I'm the mother of two little girls, the wife of an amazing husband who'd rather play the guitar than anything else and I love to write. I spend my weekends watching my daughters ride horses and play soccer. I blog daily and my greatest wish is to see women healed...

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  1. Good morning Sarah! I just began writing about adultery today. I plan to come from both angles, but I wanted to say thanks for your story. We all need to hear about the realities of adultery.
    Am I willing to give God a year? I’m trying…

  2. Thank you so much for your openness. I actually did give God a year of my time as a single woman because the men I chose to date were so ungodly and wrong for me. One week before my “year” of being single my husband asked me out on our first date. I have never been so grateful for a year in my life. I have never been happier and I have a man who is far more amazing than I ever thought I’d be with. You’re post was a great reminder of God’s faithfulness to me 🙂 Bless you, Brooke

  3. I was going through my google reader, trying to figure out what to read this morning before work when I saw the title, “Give God a Year”. It’s wild because that’s exactly what God has been impressing on my heart. Though my experiences aren’t the same as yours, I’ve been battling with one defeat after another over the last few years and I truly feel like God has shown me it has everything to do with the fact that I haven’t given Him control, my whole heart and my whole life. I am challenged today. Thanks for writing this Sarah, I know it is a deeply personal matter, but you have blessed so many for sharing your life with us.

  4. So good, Sarah… thank you for this. This past year was just such a year for me (though for different reasons) and I learned not only how to heal but that it always looks differently than we imagine.

  5. Sarah,
    I so admire your courage in transparency. Thank you for showing us that our struggles and strongholds do not have to be in vain. When we let God’s light shine on our dark sins, He will transform our brokenness into beauty. No situation is “too far gone” for Him!
    May God bless and keep you this New Year and always.

  6. AGAIN a year to give, not only in mine but in HIS. Many of my past givings soaked in caution, tempered with smallness, treading reality. Secretly whipsered to Him this week, I’m giving Him dreams. Not just the ones I’ve imagined. No, better. Ones He’s imagined for me.
    Sarah, thanks so much for your courgeous journey, and even more courgeous sharing!
    (Ps. Like Brooke, in singlehood, I gave God a year. In the end HE gave me a Husband to share many more.)

  7. Thank you for your honesty. :o) Too many times christian women hide behind their masks and miss the opportunity to testify about what God has done. Have a blessed year in the Lord!! :o)

  8. i love your honesty! thank you for being so open. i am so encouraged to give god this year…to start fresh, refocus and grown! thank you!
    grace & peace

  9. Back in October/early November we hit bottom financially. It was bad. We started seeing our pastor for counseling and wisdom, started tithing on every penny, started praying. Our pastor basically said the same thing– give God a year and see what happens. It’s only been 2 1/2 months and He’s already done’ so much. Thank you for the reminder.

  10. mmm, love this! so speaks to my right now because God has totally called me to give Him a year and placed that vision and call on my life for a specific area.

  11. Thank you for being so open and honest. For sharing something so deeply personal.
    Congratulations to you and your husband for choosing the hard road, the road that meant that you had to work for your marriage. If only more people did the same.

  12. Sarah, thank you for this authentic post. So glad I tackled my overflowing Google reader today. What will it look like to trust God more than my fears for a year??? I’m excited to find out.

  13. WOW. Sarah. WOW. You are so brave, it is powerful to see God’s love and power through your confession. I am so humbled by how you made Christ bigger than everything.
    I am relatively new to (In)Courage, so I was blown away by your story. I just watched the video and it is incredible to see the love you & your Hubby have for each other — locked shoulder to shoulder to share such a vulneraable and victorious time in your life.
    You guys are beautiful couple, reflecting great courage and Christ
    “You do what you gotta do…”
    It’s wonderful you were willing to share everything and not sugar coat it. Amazing.