I’m a Christ-following stay-at-home mom with 4 kids under the age of 10. When I am not wearing my mommy hat, I enjoy getting away with husband, studying my Bible with a cup of coffee by my side, and catching my breath from the demands and stresses of life. In my spare time, which is pretty much never, I have grown to love writing and speaking about what the Lord is teaching me in His Word and through the suffering that He has allowed in my life. I have had the privilege of writing for Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Revive Our Hearts, Christianity Today, Unlocking the Bible, Crosswalk, and Challies.com, and I recently co-authored a book on suffering with my sister-in-Christ, Kristen Wetherell (find her blog at http://kristenwetherell.com). I am humbled and excited to announce the release of our book, “Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections That Help You Grasp God’s purpose in Your Suffering”. It’s available at https://www.thegoodbook.comAmazon, and many local bookstores.fullsizeoutput_25dd

I have been set apart for two reasons. First and foremost, as a servant of Jesus Christ, I have been “set apart for the Gospel of God” (Romans 1:1).  We have been told in God’s Word that following Christ would not be easy. In fact, we are called to take up our cross daily and follow Him. That’s no easy task when my flesh is constantly seeking its own will, comfort, and desires. But through the trials and suffering of life, Christ has increasingly loosened my grip of control in my life and continues to show me that everything this world has to offer is worth giving up in order to have more of Him.

The second reason I have been set apart is because I have been given a unique calling to raise a son with a neurological/behavioral disorder, which we now have good reason to believe has been the devastating effect of Lyme’s Disease. I myself, have finally been diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease after battling long-term struggles with chronic health issues and, as increasing health problems continued to grow in all 4 of our children, it finally became clear that I passed Lyme Disease to each one of them. This awful disease has ravaged our family and left us fighting – no, clinging – for hope, joy, and strength with every breath we take. This has been a painful, heartbreaking, and even scary journey at times. Many days, survival is the only goal I can reach. It’s been an exhausting, wearing, confusing journey, which at times even feels hopeless. Although we often feel alone, as if no one can imagine what life is like for us, God tells us that nothing is new under the sun. We all know pain, in one form or another. Therefore, my hope is that the Lord will use my pain and heartache to encourage others to come to know Him as their Savior and point them to His all-sufficient grace for whatever road they are on. I pray that He will speak through me to those who need to be reminded that there is a greater hope than anything this world can offer. As my hope in this world has increasingly faded, my hope in the Lord and promised eternity in His glory has increasingly grown.

So how do I travel this hard road that God has chosen for me? It’s lonely, exhausting, and sometimes seems as if there will be no end. But moment by moment, He is teaching me to let go of what I think I want and need and, instead, fix my eyes on things of eternal value. I often fail and, at times, feel like I’m holding onto faith the size of a mustard seed. But Christ will be faithful until the end. Until then, I take up my cross daily and seek to follow him as He writes a story in my life that is so much bigger than me.

Clinging to Christ,

Sarah Walton

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  1. Hi Sarah, I help author Randy Alcorn with his blog. He would like your permission to reuse your article (www.desiringgod.org/articles/pray-them-home) on his own blog (www.epm.org/blog). Desiring God has let us know they’re OK with that as long as we get permission from the author. Thanks for your consideration!

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      1. How can I live with Lyme
        The pain and fear is too much
        I wish God would heal me to last year so l could cope

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  2. Sarah, thank you so much for strengthening your brothers by penning “Pray Them Home.” I have three, maybe four, out of five children who have rejected Christ. I made a small cheat sheet of your article and saved it in a memo on my phone so that every time I begin to worry, I pull it up and start praying for them. Thank you for being faithful.

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  3. Hi Sarah! I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful book. Your faith, writing, and ever growing love and trust in the Lord is inspiring. Other than the Bible, it has been a lifeline for me. I too suffer from Lymes, Hashimotos as well as other co-morbid conditions. As a mother of two boys with special needs, some days just seem to be about survival. Thank you for sharing that there is purpose and beauty in suffering. Here’s a verse that has given me comfort “ I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”-Psalm 27:13-14. If you feel comfortable, I would love to send you and your sweet children a package of some of our favorite goodies. We too are on a special diet-gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, and dye free. Please feel free to email me. Lifting you and your family up in prayer and may God continue to richly bless you!❤️

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    1. Wow, Kim. I’m so encouraged and blessed by this. I’m so sorry for how you have suffered, but praising God for how he has strengthened you and given you the eyes to see his greater purposes in your pain (even if it’s just a glimpse). I’m humbled and incredibly grateful that he used HWIH to be a part of that process.
      You are so sweet to want to give to us when you yourself are struggling as well. What a picture of comforting others out of the comfort we have received from Christ. I will see if I can email you to at least chat more in person. Thank you, sister, for your encouragement and taking the time to share how God has helped you though the book. Blessings to you and your family, Sarah

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  4. Dear Sarah
    Concerning Lyme. Perhaps this will help you:
    http://mmstestimonials.is/lyme-disease.
    I have taken the stuff and can vouch that it’s difficult and therefore gradual, and the die off Herxheimer reaction may make you feel worse for a bit, but I’ve read in several places that Lyme can be killed by MMS solution. Google Jim Humble
    Your doctor will not approve using what is in effect water purification drops to self medicate, but read, read, read! At any rate, I kid you not, I started the introductory tolerance phase and even that cured me of flu in just a few hours, with no harm. Don’t be afraid of it.
    The Lord bless and keep you all.
    Bella

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  5. Dear Sarah,

    By way of introduction, I am Adrian from Singapore.

    I first came across one of your articles on Sunday and, through the course of this week, I have read all of your other articles posted on the Desiring God website. I am very moved by your life’s story and very blessed by the Biblical concepts you had shared in your articles.

    I noticed from you have co-authored a book entitled “Hope When It Hurts”. Just so you know, I would try to purchase a number of copies of this book to give away to my friends and colleagues, for I believe it will be a great encouragement to others.

    God bless you. And thank you for being such a blessing, even to people who are living half way around the globe from where you are!

    Regards,
    Adrian

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    1. Wow, Adrian, thank you for that encouragement! I pray the book will bless and encourage anyone who reads it. I love that we can be connected through Christ even though we are continents apart. To God be the glory!

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  6. Dear Sarah,
    Thank you so much for the articles you write. We have especially been encouraged by the articles on Desiring God. Before I ask you a question I would like to introduce myself. My name is Marieke den Butter, I am married to Jaap and we have 8 children. I am Dutch. Together with my friend Wilma Samyn I wrote a book with encouragements for mothers, that was published in the summer of 2016 (100 bemoedigingen voor moeders). We have a facebook page where we post about 3 encouragements a week. (www.facebook.com/100BVM). Since the beginning of this year we have a website where we post more in depth articles for Women. (www.sieraadvoorgod.org). We really love the articles you write for Desiring God and we would like to ask your permission to translate them into Dutch to post on our website. We will give the credit to you and we will mention that we found the article on Desiring God.
    Thank you so much for your commitment to Christ and for encouraging others to hope in hurt.
    May God bless you,
    Marieke den Butter

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    1. Hi Marieke, Thank you for reaching out and I appreciate you asking for permission before using them. Yes, that is perfectly fine to translate them to post as long as you use proper credit as you said you would. Thank you for reaching out and may God bless your ministry richly. ~Sarah

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  7. How can l live with Lyme
    The agitation is killing me
    I get no sleep,one hour a night
    I am going demented
    It is destroying my family too
    Please can God help me

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    1. I’m so sorry, Joey. Lyme is such an awful disease. Praying right now for God’s mercy to lead you to the help you need and that he would strengthen and comfort you with his presence.

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    2. I promise it will get better! From experience I know that It is hard to keep faith in something. I prayed for my mother for 2 years and I still am! She dose drugs and is not the best person. It hurts me and my other siblings. But when I would keep faith I would feel better and be happier. But when I would let every little thing get me down it would just tear me apart and I would lose faith then that pain would never leave. As soon as I thought about it and prayed, keep my faith up, it changed my whole perspective for the better. I know it’s hard trust me. But when you give it all to God you feel one million times better! It may not be fixed right away but it takes time. God wants to use your story and use your pain to create something beautiful and help others. Try to stay focused on that and keep trucking. I will keep you in my prayers!

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    3. Joey, I can so relate. Another relapse and more co-infections. But I can tell you our Living God is the only way. Are you in treatment? There are many protocols and finding what works best for you, under a LLMD is crucial.
      Some times we have to try new things, others it takes a lot of time, maybe years. It is such a complex disease.
      Blessings to you,
      Lea in Orlando

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  8. This really helped me! I was really wanting to talk more about my pain but needed some help getting started. I did y’alls bible plan on the Holy Bible app, it was amazing! God bless you! Continue doing great things for God, I hope I can open up more and do great things too!

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    1. Hi Sara! I’m so glad it helped you! If you enjoyed the Bible app devo, you might enjoy the whole book (since that’s what the devo came from)! But thank you for your encouragement. Praying for you, your mom, and your family right now.

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  9. Hi Sarah-I am so thankful for your book “Hope When It Hurts” I am working through it my self right now but also bought several copies to pass out to other people. I praise God that you are living out 2 Corinthians 1:3-4! I am striving to do the same in my life.

    What intrigued me to buy your book in the first place actually came from your introduction. I couldn’t believe how it mirrored EXACTLY what my family is suffering through right now! It is your first paragraph in your story. You don’t go into detail about your high school trauma but what you do reveal sounds amazingly similar to my daughter, Hannah’s, story. She just finished high school having suffered through peer abuse which resulted in a full-fledged eating disorder and depression. She hates herself and is angry all the time. The darkness during this has, at times, been almost unbearable. Hannah is seeing a counselor and desperately desires to get better but is impatient in the process.

    Could you share more about your story’s “first paragraph?” What was the turning point for you that caused you to give up your attempt to live for Christ AND for the world? As a young woman what did committing yourself to following Christ look like? What steps did you take in that pursuit? How did you break free from your downward spiral? Hannah needs hope from someone who has walked this same path. I know this is why God brought me to you.

    Looking forward to your reply!

    Holding onto Jesus,
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter, Hannah. If you’re ok with it, I think it would best if I email you. I will try to do that shortly!

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  10. I am so thankful for your book. When I read the chapter “The lonely path to the summit, “ it spoke directly to me and what my life has been the last few years. In 2015 my son suffered a traumatic Brain injury. We weren’t given much hope, for 21 days we didn’t know if he’d survive. God raised him up and he’s alive, I tell people I have a walking miracle at my house. I’m so thankful to have him, but he definitely has some life altering challenges. I know it’s all part of God’s plan, but no one can relate. They say I should just be thankful and I’m lucky to have him. But this chapter ministered to me, I feel that loneliness that you speak of. Thanks for spilling your heart and trials will others, this book encouraged me so much!! Have you written any other books?

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    1. Hi Patrice! I’m so grateful to hear how the book (especially the chapter on loneliness) encouraged you. I’m so sorry to hear about your son. It makes a lot of sense that you feel the loneliness of others assuming you just be grateful and not really understanding or seeing the daily struggles you continue to carry. I battle that when I hear someone comment on how “normal” my child seems whenever they see him…not realizing that most people don’t see the incredible struggles we deal with on a daily basis because he works so hard to hold it together in public. Over and over I have to trust other’s opinions to the Lord, asking Him to help me rest in His truth and the peace that He knows and sees all. Anyway, I’m so grateful that the Lord spared your son, but I pray that He will also equip you for the days ahead as you help him navigate and live his new normal. Anyway, as for your question – no I have not written any other books as of yet. It is possible that I will be working on a new one in the very near future, spun off of Hope When It Hurts, but for married couples. Stay tuned!

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