Oh hey Friday…

Since I basically copy everything Annie does already (girl can rock some leopard print), I figured I’d give this link up at September F A R M and {the farmer’s wife} a shot.

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My sister and her family have been in town these past two weeks and it has been great. I miss them terribly when they are gone, so it’s been good to get some QT in.

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I’m really not understanding how it is November 7th. I honestly feel like yesterday was July. I recently had to grow up and buy a planner/calendar. I was overbooking my life and forgetting everything. Now I feel like if I lose it, I will not be able to function. Maybe I’ll just throw it away so I can do just that. Functioning is for losers.

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Speaking of losers, my friend Brendan (not a loser, honestly) sent me a reminder that this video exists. I’m passing along the favor to you fine people. Laugh, it’s hilarious.

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This post from Olivia makes me want to stop painting nails and just give ’em a breather because they are so brittle, but I don’t think I can. It has been quite some time since they have been on the naked train. Has anyone seen my willpower anywhere? (Also, these two posts are gems. Gems, I tell you!)

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Last one, okay, I leave you with two things.

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Go to this Instagram account and follow it and laugh.

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“The best thing for us is not what we consider best, but what the Lord wants of us!” -St. Josephine Bakhita

This quote has been my daily “I am sanctified in the present moment” reminder.

Enjoy the weekend, friends!

meanwhile in the present…

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I read the book of Esther a few nights ago. Good read. Highly recommended by the Holy Spirit. He gives me good tips pretty often. You should look Him up.

I can’t stop thinking about one line in chapter four.

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This line is delivered by Mordecai to Esther regarding saving the Jews from certain death when she first comes back to him and basically says I can’t…
“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
 Gut check for ol’ Esther. She goes on to save her nation.
I know this was said like four hundred something years B.C. but, like most things in our faith, it applies today. If we think about it, it can pertain to us in almost every situation. We are constantly given opportunities to glorify the Kingdom, to love, to be present to others. How often do we complain or not see the possible fruits of a situation and give up before we even get started? The root of this reaction is because we focus on ourselves, on human weakness, instead of Jesus, instead of His strength, instead of trusting in Him. I constantly look forward or behind thinking that those moments will be better than today, but I miss so much in doing so. I miss the opportunities He places me in by wishing it away.
One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever been given was a few months ago while at Adoration. After ugly crying/divulging to my friend that I felt inadequate and get in my own way and I’m not perfect so how can I do xyz… he said, “Sarah, you’re important, but you’re not that important, (points to monstrance) He is.”  That sentence made me do a few things, 1. stop crying (PTL) 2. laugh and 3. realize that He is bigger than anything I am ever trying to do. I put myself in front of him in so many ways, not just in ministry, but in my relationship with Him. I think about me me me instead of just adoring Him. Instead of seeing how I can be of service to Him in any given situation.
Recently, I was reading some FJS and happened upon this little nugget of greatness, “If you will whatever God wills, you will always have exactly what you want. When you want anything else, you are not happy before you get it, and when you do get it, you do not want it. That is why you are ‘up’ today and ‘down’ tomorrow. You will never be happy if your happiness depends on getting solely what you want. Change the focus. Get a new center. Will what God wills, and your joy no man shall take from you.” -Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen This is just  another great reminder to be on board with the J Train. He is the joy that knows no bounds, trying to get to know Him better.

Esther’s prayer before going to implore the king to spare her people is pretty bomb. It will be my prayer to find my joy in Him alone and not be scared of my own shortcomings.

“My Lord, you alone are our King. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you…From the day I was brought here till now, your servant has had no joy except in you, Lord, God of Abraham. O God, whose power is over all, hear the voice of those in despair. Save us from the power of the wicked, and deliver me from my fear.”

Have a great day, loves!

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Hi all!

I just wanted to stop in and say hi and I hope that you are having a great Monday!

Next Sunday is the first day of the Synods of Bishops on the Family (October 5-19, 2014). Super exciting!

The worldwide day of prayer for the Synod of Bishops was yesterday. If you missed it, not to worry, that whole thing about God being outside of time works in your favor. Here is some great information on it from the USCCB about what a Synod is, what this one is about, how we can pray etc. Here is a letter from Pope Francis to families. And here is the “preparatory document” to you know, prepare.

In case you wanted any of that information, there it is.

This is the prayer Pope Francis provided to us to pray for the Synod especially.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

And here is a meme of Pope Francis because it feels right.

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I hope you all have a great week!

recently.

Recently (not so recently, actually), I was eating lunch at a picnic table and I was drinking a cherry coke. Cherry cokes are a necessary evil the cubicle trenches on occasion. Ants are one of the naturally occurring annoyances of sitting at a picnic table outside in Florida (maybe in the rest of America too?). I have always had a great love of watching ants, they are rather fascinating creatures. If you’re ever bored and need something to do, put a french fry on the ground and time them. They can finish that baby off prettttty quickly.

Sometimes, I like to create pools of water for them to drink from and/or swim in. Sometimes, I like to create pools of cherry coke for them to drink from and/or swim in. They like it, I think.

The fate of one poor ant was not all that amusing though. The ant, let’s call him Kyle, drank from the cherry coke pool for about six minutes straight and from there pretty much had a seizure. I feel bad. I do. Especially since the seizure caused Kyle to fall into a neighboring pool of cherry coke and drown. RIP Kyle.

I couldn’t help but see a little bit of myself in Kyle.

I tend to get very excited about things, use that excitement to start something, stay excited for about six straight minutes, and then (not have a seizure, PTL) hit a bit of a speed bump, and drown/quit it.

It’s a rather frustrating tendency of mine. Don’t get me wrong, this does not apply to all areas of my life, just something I have noticed as of late.

One great example would be this here blog. I’m sure the world was like, WHAT HAPPENED TO SARAH? WHERE DID SHE GO? WHY DOES SHE NOT TYPE THE WORDS ANYMORE? when I stopped posting five times a week (read: post ever). (yeah). (right). (not).

I have had a few people that have asked me why I stopped posting (hi, mom). The main reason is my laptop stopped working. Poof, Apple went byebye. I still have no idea why and I am too lazy to take it up to the bar of geniuses to solve said issue. I will do this soon. Soon as in this weekend. Christopher moved to the great state of Florida (super exciting times) about two months ago, and I’m going to ask him ever so nicely to do it for me. I really do not like the Apple Store. That was a major setback in blogging world. I tried going back to ye olde PC to do it and it was like learning to walk and then just deciding to crawl instead. I just could not do it.

Yes, this is probably a lazy excuse, but I’m sticking to it.

I got super burned out by blogging as well. Creative outlets are great but it began to feel very strained and unnatural. Five times a week is no easy task and I applaud every blogger who does so, it’s tough stuff.

I have taken the past months (almost year) as an unannounced sabbatical to reevaluate what I want to do with this blog. I want it to be honest. I want it to enrich myself and those whose eyes fall upon it. I want it to glorify God and not this world. I want it to do what the name expresses, set all afire. Set all afire with His love.

What does this mean going forward? I will be posting again! (yay says the crowd). It will not be every day, but it will be more consistent than never.

I hope this post finds you doing well and I hope you are excited to hear from Set All Afire again.

I also hope you find the time to watch some ants as the summer slowly slips away. It’s pretty great.

color me…poppy

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Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!

We made it.

It has been quite the week…wait…scratch that….new year.

It has been pedaltothemetal since I landed from visting Christopher for his birthday and new year. (‘Twas a lovely visit, thank you for asking). Work and youth ministry have been eventful to say the least. We just had our confirmation retreat last weekend and it was gorgeous and full of ze Holy Spirit and rather refreshing. I don’t think I have caught up on sleep though.

My sister, brother-in-law, and nieces have been in town since the 4th and it has been muy fabulous. I love those little bebes to death and getting to spend time with my best  friends has been priceless. Quite literally.

How about all of you? Has the first seventeen days of January been as actionpacked, resolved, and exciting as you were expecting?

Yes? Good. No? Even better. I hope you’re relaxing.

A while back, you may recall, I mentioned how I needed to take a blog break. I just was getting burnt out, creatively speaking. I realized that I am not a person that thrives on being 110% creative 24/7. It.is.exhausting. I was so set on blogging daily that I began to just make chotsky left and right. So, now, instead of being determined to be creative. I am just going to let the creativity surprise even me.

Like last night, when everything I happened across was poppy. Starting with those leeetle sockies. I love it. ‘Tis a great color because it can be so many different shades without the color police breathing down it’s neck. Here is what I am currently loving in this babely shade. Any favorites?

(Is it spring yet?)

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combo sunnies / cece leather ballet flat / embroidered emblem cap / crane & co merci card set / snowflake fair isle trouser sock / e-nuff is e-nuff essie polish

Talk to you soon, m’dears.

Natural Response

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A few months ago, I had a conversation with someone who said that Mass does not feel like a natural response of worship. At the time, it caught me off guard because to me, a cradle Catholic, I have always viewed Mass as the utmost form of worship. How we respond shouldn’t necessarily matter, the sacrifice of the Mass is not about me. It is so much more than that. I’m not the only one either, “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324). We actually get to receive Jesus Christ: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist, at Mass.

I’m not sure if it was meant that the stand sit stand sit stand sit stand kneel sit stand  aspect of the Mass was a difficult one to process as being the best way to center on what is happening.

As I thought more about it, I had a problem with the way my gut response sounded to this statement. My first reaction was one of incredulity, quickly followed by anger. I have spent my entire life going to Mass and having it as my best way to worship. This felt like a personal attack on my relationship with the Lord. I did not have a good answer to why it is a natural response, not man-made, to best worship and nurture a relationship with Christ and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Today’s gospel from John 1:29-34 gave me the answer I have been trying to articulate for severals months.

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

This was John the Baptist’s natural response to seeing Christ.

This is what we pray in the Lamb of God, the priest echoes this prayer right before we receive communion. It is difficult for me to find any other words that are appropriate in that moment. Some may say that it is not a natural response because it was given to me by the Church, but if it is good enough for John the Baptist, it is good enough for me.

Obviously, it is the perfect springboard into a deeper prayer, preparing my heart for who I am about to receive into my heart.

I guess that is the point of all of these words, is Mass does not have to be tailored to my natural response to Christ, but rather how it lays the seed to a more beautiful bloom than I would ever be able to come up with on my own. It is about the heart and making it a fit and abiding place for Christ.

NYE

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2013 is coming to a close at a very quickly, like tomorrow. Yes? We all agree then, it has gone by very quickly.

I hope everyone feels good and prepared for leaving this year and starting off the next. 2014. Weird.

I remember celebrating New Year’s Eves when I was younger and my sister, best friend, and I would run around the last hour trying to squeeze everything in for the last time that year. “I AM GOING TO THE BATHROOM FOR THE LAST TIME IN 1999! I AM DOING A CANNONBALL FOR THE LAST TIME IN 2000! I AM PLAYING PRETTY PRETTY PRINCESS FOR THE LAST TIME IN 2001!” Yes, these are real examples. Did anyone else do this? I am going to do this again this year, head’s up Chris.

There was always so much excitement for the ball to drop and for everyone to yell and scare dogs by setting off illegal fireworks (still do not understand that) and kiss and wish each other a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And it IS exciting! It is exciting that we make it second to second, let alone year to year. I can hardly handle the surge of the New Year because I am busy looking around at how everyone else it reacting. It is one of the most heartwarming moments to witness. It is difficult to find a sad face and that is how it should always be. The holiday season brings out the best in people and NYE is just icing on the Christmas cake. It is one of the best ways to count our blessings and re-focus on what is important in life. I sometimes scoff at people who make New Year’s Resolutions, but in the right context, they can be rather great. Me thinks I shall ponder mine. Better late than never. Pretty much my motto these days.

New Year’s Eve is also the greatest because it will for always make me think of my favorite scene from my favorite movie.

 I am always so proud that Meg Ryan went stag on NYE, but I wish she would have been wearing a different outfit. She looks so slammin’ in menswear during the entire movie and then decides to go all 80s promdressgonebad on us. Oh well. At least Billy Crystal gave the people what they wanted, as per usual.

She should have worn one of the ensembles pictured below.

What will you be wearing to kick off 2014?

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left: top / necklace / skirt / loafers

right:  top / jeans / booties

Spice up your life, happy 2014!

P.S. Happy Birthday to the best panda in all the land.

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…so yeahhh

Long time no blog. Sorry about that. Kinda.

The fall kind kicked my in the teeth with busy and leetle naive Sarah didn’t expect it. But, hey, that’s life.

I will take the time in another post to talk about the other reasons why blogging needed to take a back seat for a few months. BUT, since it is the day after Thanksgiving and I just really cannot stop looking around the interwebs for deals, I figured I would share my  fav-or-ite deals on ye olde Black Friday. Since 8:30 pm on  a Friday is prime blog reading time. Right.

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Ray-Ban Clubmaster II / Cable-Knit Pocket Sweater / Chevron Infinity Scarf / Chrystie Street Large Anisha /

 Crystal Posy Collar / Lylee Ankle Boot

Also,

sup, Lucy?

Say hello to my newest niece!

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~blog ya l8r~

{WISHFUL} Thursday 2.0

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Happy Thursday, world!

I hope you are as excited as I that it is Thursday! This is one of those weeks with something to do every night, which is great! I just forget what it is like to have a life sometimes and when it shows itself again, I’m always caught a little off guard. : )

I’m sure you can relate.

Here are the {wishes} for the week, coming at today, instead of yesterday, because I was preoccupado with safe-environment training. If you don’t know what that is, you haven’t lived yet.

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Confetti / Watch / Hustle / Piggy / Stack Ring / Halo Ring / Snakeskin Flat / CapToe T-Strap Flat / Top Knot / Belt / Scarf

That “Top Knot” print by Elizabeth Mayville for Waiting On Martha makes me think I have a stalker, because in case we haven’t met, all I wear is stripes and top knots.

What are you lovelies {wishing} for this week?

color me…teal

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Colors / Pillow / Ring / Tumbler / Sofa / Eyeshadow

I love this color palette, don’t you?

Here are some ways to work it into the daily grind.

Have a good one : )