I love being able to interview different young ladies across the country and hear how the Father is working in their lives! Today we will be hearing from a young lady that has been an inspiration to me. I do not remember how I “met” Sarah … I believe I found a link to her website on another friend’s site and we began swapping magazines. I have enjoyed receiving and reading the King’s Blooming Rose magazine and was especially excited for the opportunity to review a copy of The Family Daughter – a book that Sarah published somewhat recently.
Shining Stars: Tell us a little about yourself …
Sarah: Greetings of joy to you dear sisters in the Lord! I am honored to share with you a bit of what the Lord is faithfully teaching me. My name is Sarah Bryant and I am 19; I live with my parents and siblings on a farm in Kansas. I have four brothers and one sister, each of whom I am so grateful for. My parents have chosen to teach us to work hard on the land; I am grateful for the ways my parents have promoted a love for home-life and family in us.
Shining Stars: What is your testimony (how did you become born-again)?
Sarah: I am blessed to have been raised from a young age in a Christian home, where the Word of God is taught. When I was 7 or 8, I remember having a great fear of transgressing against the Law of God, and every night reviewing my actions of that day and realizing I had broken at least one of the Ten Commandments. This gave me fear as I would ask for God’s forgiveness; it was through this realization that I came to peace through the atoning blood of Christ Jesus for my sins. Throughout the years my Savior has taught me much and grown me through His Word. During this past year I have seen so much of His mercy both in my life and in the world around me. His hand upholds every movement and protects us; His plan for me as His child is so far above what I can imagine—let alone deserve (Isaiah 55:9). Thus, I have been learning to thank the Lord Jesus and trust Him for the future He has for me—no matter what it includes, I still have been given the hope of eternal life worshiping the One who saved me. This is what complete surrender means, I believe, when we are saved by His blood—being willing to give our all to our Creator.
Shining Stars: What led you to stay at home?
Sarah: My parents have taught me the importance of a woman’s role in the home as a mother and homemaker, thus instilling in me the desire to prepare for this calling. My primary focus during this season as a daughter at home is to glorify God by honoring my authority, blessing my family, and learning skills that will benefit a future family. In His Word, I am encouraged in being a daughter at home even if the world pressures otherwise. Sometimes weird looks or incredulous stares are a bit uncomfortable, but when they begin to discourage and cause me to desire to meet worldly expectations, a long devotion time with the Lord—reading His Word and reviewing His precious promises (favorites are Psalm 16, 20, 51, and 116)—my focus is renewed on pleasing Him alone.
My father foresees governmental restriction of our homeschool rights in the future, thus desires me to obtain a degree so that in this case I would be qualified to homeschool any future children God grants. When I was seventeen, I began taking college classes through a very conservative college, from home. I have studied theology, ethics, and other subjects taught from a Christian perspective. This has pushed me to study the Word of God more and firmly establish my own Biblical convictions.
Shining Stars: What are some ways that you serve your family?
Sarah: I have so much to learn in becoming a joyful servant and to serve my family in every possible way, but thus far God has given me the opportunity to serve through our family business (web design and maintenance, photography), various home improvements (painting, decorating, cleaning, remodeling), cooking our lunches, striving to support my brothers in their life-purpose (encouraging them in their skills and gifts), and encouraging my siblings in God’s Word.
The ways a daughter can physically serve her family will vary, but the key ingredient is developing a servant’s attitude. This is a constant prayer for sanctification in my life; just this morning, once again I was convicted of my need by Ephesians 6:5-6: “Be obedient…as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Not only should I serve for Christ’s sake, but I should also do it as true service from my heart, because Jesus set this example for me and gave His all…for us!
Shining Stars: Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
Sarah: Two books that have blessed me much in my walk with the Lord are Stepping Heavenward (Katie’s love for the Lord is a constant challenge to me) and Ever, Only, All for Thee (a biography of Frances Havergal). The latter has been an inspiration to memorize more of God’s Word, and to “link” verse references in the Word to similar passages. It has been my goal this summer to read theological and mentally-involved books rather than light books or fiction before going to bed.
I recently began using a Prayer Partner notebook (by Becky Tirabassi) during my daily devotion time, in which I record worship, prayer requests, praises, and special verses the Lord shows me. It has already been a blessing to go back and see the prayers the Lord has seen fit to answer, as I believe that recalling past providences in life is vital to growing in our faith.
Shining Stars: Do you have a ministry? If so, please share about it.
Sarah: My main ministry is my home. I have to remind myself how important my influence is in my home, and that the attitude I have effects my entire family and in turn those they come in contact with. The Lord has been convicting me of my need to be more loving and gentle toward my family, and to display a more constant joyful attitude. For example, I may be hurriedly washing the dishes so I can work on something else, and in the process drop and break a bowl. I can have a sour attitude about this inconvenience, or clean it up patiently. Or maybe I am in a hurry to finish the dishes, and while I am inwardly joyful, my furious scrubbing gives the appearance that I am unhappy about doing this task. Whatever the tasks or trials of life, however small they may be, if I make it my diligent prayer to show joy and support, this attitude can be a reflection of Christ.
From my home, it is also a desire of mine to spur other girls in their walks with Christ and their family-life. When I was newly thirteen, the Lord gave me the opportunity to encourage girls who may be facing life-defining choices through. That year, The King’s Blooming Rose magazine was born, and by God’s grace has grown throughout the past 6 years. I am so grateful for all that the Lord has taught me through its publication and the ways He uses it. KBR Ministries expanded when the Lord further encouraged me to write and publish a book entitled The Family Daughter. In it, my desire is to humbly encourage other girls at home to serve their families with joy and contentment.
Shining Stars: Do you have a home business? If so, please share about it.
Sarah: Photography has been an interest of mine since a young age, and last year God blessed its expansion into a photography home business – Sarah Lee Photography. I love this work and am stretched by the opportunities He has given me to further my skills through family and children portraits. I love capturing the spontaneous joys of children and candid family fun; lately I also have been tackling the challenge of night sky photography. I am continually amazed by its intricacies and echo, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2).
Shining Stars: What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
Sarah: From a fellow daughter at home, I just want to encourage you dear ones to be content with the stage of life you are currently in. Look for the blessings that the Lord has encircled you with, rather than your unmet desires; never let a day go by without thanking the Lord for His love, for a beautiful world and comfortable home, for the joys of human life and for physical health (you are alive, right?). Each night, lay your head upon the pillow with a sigh of contentment and thanksgiving to the One who has granted you breath that day and has brought you through dangers unknown! Thank Him for the family He has given you to dwell with, even if sometimes the struggles that accompany living in harmony may be discouraging. Purpose to “mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us…” (Isaiah 63:7) Do not be envious of another family who “seems to have it all together,” or compare your life with a friend who is married, or a couple who is blessed with children. Comparison is destructive to a joyful attitude—I have experienced its pain! Rejoice in what God has given you today, because truly it is the best thing for you! Our heavenly Father knows what is best for us and He desires to teach us eternal lessons that will benefit us for all eternity.
Finally, I’ll like to close with this thought—seek the Lord Jesus in His Word on a daily basis. Memorize God’s word, meditate on it, study it, pray over it, ask for understanding, delight in it—love the Scriptures! If you are yet unmarried, make the most of the time you have to uninterruptedly study God’s Word and to hide it your heart for a future time when you might not have as much time to abide in it. Rise an hour earlier than normal to have more time with the Lord. The promise of Psalm 119:2 is so true: “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” Christ truly rewards those who seek Him with their all. Make the Lord and His glory your first and highest goal in life, “and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12:31).
Blessings and love to you, dear sisters!
Sarah Lee Bryant …www.kingsbloomingrose.com
Thank you so much for sharing with us, Sarah! May our Heavenly Father continue to reveal Himself to you as you draw closer to Him and encourage other young ladies to walk in His ways.
I hope that this has been a blessing to all of you. If any of you are interested in doing an interview, please email me for details. My hope is to interview both unmarried young ladies who are staying at home and serving their families, and also married ladies who were stay-at-home-daughters and are now stay-at-home-wives! If you qualify, please let me know!