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Sara Frankl entered into the arms of Jesus on September 24, 2011, but her legacy of choosing joy lives on. Her blog, Gitzen Girl, is about her commitment to embracing the story God had for her. Her illness stripped her of the potential for a job and family and status,...

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  1. You have such a way of thinking and then writing about those thoughts. I have always said you live a “big” life. Who knew that was the meaning of Sara? Its very fitting when I think of your illness and yet, I am glad that you don’t let that define you in a restrictive way.
    Still have Angie’s book on my wish list, but I too know it will be worth the wait!!
    Love and blessings to you, Sara!

  2. What a powerful story you are living and sharing and learning. Thanks for honestly including us in the journey.
    I was reminded when I read your post about my missionary-hero Amy Carmichael. I read once that she prayed one morning and wrote in her journal for God to use her life in any way to bring Him glory. That same day, as she was walking her property for rescued children from temples in India, she fell into a hole and somehow injured her back. For the next 20 years or something, she was bedridden. But in was in those years that she authored nearly 20 books (I am getting some of the details wrong, I am sure . . . ). Everyone said that if she hadn’t been confined to her bed, she would never have “stopped ministry” to write. And none of us would have her written words today.
    So, keep writing . . . we are listening.

  3. Beautiful story. I was just watching something on tv yesterday about this exact thing, how important it is to recognize the “point” or reason for even the bad, inconvenient, or frustrating things that happen to us. You have certainly hit the nail on the head!

  4. Oh what a precious heart… thank you for opening up to us all with your struggle and your insight. I’m new here to inCourage, and I am so blessed by each of you who share.
    Like you, I’m in a narrow place. Not because of my name or my own infirmity, but because of my role as a mom to two very challenging girls. I just posted a different kind of story on my blog this week, and it shares your heart of grief, brokenness, redemption, hope…
    You’re a kindred spirit! Hang in there!
    -Laurie
    http://livingpower.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/mylivingpower

  5. Thanks Sara, for sharing your life. I don’t remember if I commented on it, but I love your note on feathers, too.
    I just wanted to share a devotional book I just finished with you,Daily Devotions inspired by 90 minutes in Heaven.
    I, too, live in pain, but it’s nothing compared with what you live with. Don Piper the author, also lives in pain. I found it so comforting to read the words of someone else whose life did not turn out as planned and who daily faces challenges of restricted living (altho again, nothing like your own limitations)
    Just wanted to share it with you. Hope your pain eases today.
    Your sister in Christ, Gail

  6. “He has saved me from living a narrow life.”
    my sweet, friend….you are so full of wisdom!
    you ‘get’ it.
    i love you SO.

  7. this made me think of a scripture I ran into a while back …
    Micah 2.7a Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted? (NKJV)
    the spirit of God in you is not restricted Sara which so perfectly represents what you have written about 🙂

  8. Oh wow, such a great message. As always, thanks for sharing your journey with us. You never fail to make me think, and that is a wonderful gift.

  9. .. .and through your trials, and narrow spot, and constriction, you choose to glorify the Lord. It seems entirely likely that THAT’S the plan.

  10. Sara, this was such a beautiful post. I love your heart so much and your capacity to find the beauty everywhere is incredibly inspiring. God’s redemption is present in your story and I am honored to call you a friend. Sending you tons of love and lots of hugs from the Carolinas.

  11. God is speaking through you to all of us and it is inspiring. You are so beautiful and courageous. Thank you for your unflinching honesty. XO, Pinky

  12. Oh, Sara, this causes me to sing that old hymn, “I am free from the cares of tomorrow, I am free from the guilt of the past. I have traded my shackels for a glorious crown. I am free. PRAISE THE LORD! Free at last!”
    I am reminded of David having to hide from Saul. That though his movements were restricted, oh, how his spirit did magnify the Lord, Most High!
    May God richly bless you dear Sister, for you are experiencing a freedom that many will never come to know without accepting Christ as their Savior.
    Your words and spirit are a sweet aroma of praise before our Lord and King!

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