Hey hey hey!
I've been thinking about starting something like this for aaages. But I didn't feel the timing was right until now.
This is a place of raw, honest, authenticity.
I want it to be a place where I can share new revelations and encourage others. For the last four years I've woken up in the middle of the night or have been distracted in the middle of meals, conversations, lectures and bus trips with thoughts I want to share. Messages of hope, of grace, of life.
We are living in a time where there are so many sad eyes on happy faces. We are surrounded by so much heartbreak and too many lost souls. Everyone is searching for something, but many just aren't sure what that is. I believe we're all looking for love, a saviour and a great story of triumph. Just look at any popular film, if it doesn't have a love story, a saviour of some sort or a gripping battle between good and evil lets be honest it probably isn't going to do well. The biggest box office hits of all time are: Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and The Avengers; just sayin'.
It's something that is just a part of all of us, we want love, acceptance, someone to rescue us and we don't want evil to prosper.
Anyway, thats a post for another time. I just want this to be somewhere I can share all those thoughts that are buzzing around. Before I go on further, heres a little bit about me.
My name is Sarah Florence Galbraith, I'm 21 and I recently married an incredibly loving, kind and faithful man, Bradley (more on him later). I'm studying a double degree in Business and Communications. I was born in Tauranga, New Zealand, so I will forever claim that I'm not an Aucklander, although I was raised in Howick / Bucklands Beach. My parents are my heroes and I have an incredible younger sister who has taught me so much about generosity and grace.
Since my first holiday when I was one, my favourite place has been Waihi Beach, NZ. Although Ramsau, Austria is a very very very very close second. I love inspiring and compelling books, snowboarding and the crisp mountain air and of course a good chocolate self-saucing pudding.
I'm flawed & (still) worthy. I have spent my life so far battling crippling depression and anxiety. My heart breaks for others who have been, or are going through battles of the mind. They are so much harder to understand, work through and talk about. But I have seen incredible breakthrough and know there is so much hope for us all. It doesn't define me anymore. Healing is possible.
But when it all comes down to it, my faith is what defines me.
I unashamedly live for Jesus.
He set me free from the depression that clouded my view for so long. He set me free from suicidal thoughts. He protects, he loves, he forgives. We serve a God of love, of peace, of joy, of grace and of freedom. It's the truth.
I know there are some pretty horrendous views about what it means to have faith in Jesus. Many of us have been seriously hurt by people who claim to be Christians. I myself have been truly hurt by the church and the actions of those in leadership, those that were meant to be loving and gracious. It just reiterates the fact that none of us get it right all the time and we all need grace.
I want to try shed some light on things such as these and some questions that people get so caught up on.
So that's me, a bit about who I am and who I stand for. I hope you'll stay and read on in the future.