Sara Frankl
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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. THANK YOU!! That was simply powerful!! I pray my eyes will be open to “the little details in the lives of those around me”!! Mighty Christmas!!!

    • I notice, in my life, it’s the little things people do that change my world even more than the big things. I’m trying to keep my eyes open, too 🙂

    • Thanks, Amy. Funny how, when I write, I end up challenging myself more than anyone. Glad we both heard what we needed today.

  2. Thank you for writing this, Gitz… I love you and your heart. And I can see it shining beautifully when you write. You ARE, despite unfathomable obstacles, doing everything you can in life. Not a moment wasted. You are an inspiration to me.

  3. Gitz, you are living this post. You do everything you can to help, bless, brighten the lives of others and bring delight to God’s heart. Thank you for who you are and for the way your words change us. XOXO

  4. To try to do everything we are called to do when it’s time to do it. Sara, you put it so well that the Sgt., Joseph, and Mary all focused on right where they were, and executed the next, best, step. Thank you.

    I will pay close attention to the little things close to home amid this season of big. And I will commit to accomplishing the next, best, step.

  5. Sara,
    I will take the challenge with you to notice the little things, to notice the details.

    What a great statement- “You gotta just try to do everything you can, when it’s your time to do it.”

    What is the “everything” I can be doing?

    • I think we tend to look at the big picture so much that we can forget the details… I know I’m guilty of it. I love that we are taking the challenge together 🙂

  6. Sara, you are glitzening Christ in this post, to bring us in to the season. Right where we are. You inspired me. Right here, as I lean here over the kitchen counter Monday morning with gray skies. Thank you for your heart & your words. Love, Bonnie

    • Thank you so much, Bonnie. I’m learning the “what I can” part of that statement… no matter how simple or small our worlds can feel, there are such big differences to be had. You make them all the time 🙂

  7. I love this post, Sara! As you noted, it’s easy to believe that Joseph and Mary knew the outcome when in fact they didn’t. They were obedient despite the social norms and the possible personal harm. This is such a good reminder to obey, to simply take the next step, and to do my best when it is my time to do it.

    • I’m embarrassed how many times I’ve missed opportunities because I thought to much about the implications instead of taking the action. Blows my mind to think of what they did all those years ago, without knowing the reward or consequence.

  8. You are a blessing. I’ve read your writings before and I am amazed at your insight. I pray you have abundant blessings this Christmas. Keep writing and sharing your heart.

    • You are so kind… me writing would be so empty without people like you reading and sharing my life. I’m very grateful.

  9. I love that we both get to post on the same day sweet Sara 🙂 My first core value for the workplace is “do what you can, when you can.” It’s something I have tried to abide by for my own personal expectations of customer service in my work life… had never thought about bringing that challenge home too… wow 🙂 Thanks Gitz for always helping me see new opportunities in my life to be better and grow more… hugs to you

  10. Pierced. Such an appropriate word…it describes the feeling so well.

    Thanks for this reminder. God…using ordinary people to do extraordinary works among us, and through us, and for us.

  11. I have never really thought of it that way before, that Mary and Joseph didn’t know how it would all turn out. That their future was just as much a mystery to them as ours is to us. Trying to do everything you can in that moment, in that day? Wonderful, beautiful plan. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. I’m just catching up on posts in my googlereader and boy am I glad I did! This post was simply amazing. It is so easy to think that way about everyone in the Bible and not realize that they had to have faith and do what they could just like we do (well just like us but in a totally different world!). And I certainly don’t want to be one to not answer when He calls me and ignore the nudging.
    I will take that challenge too!
    Thank you:)

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