Laughing and Crying. Say a Little Prayer For Me, Please? - Sarah Mae
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Laughing and Crying. Say a Little Prayer For Me, Please?

Friends, I’m almost finished with writing and editing my first traditionally published book.


For those of you who don’t know, I’m writing a book with Sally Clarkson called, Desperate – Hope for the mom who needs to breathe. It comes out in January published by Thomas Nelson.

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I’m so excited.

And feeling a bit crazy.

I go between wanting to laugh hysterically (as in, send me to place with white padded walls) and cry during this editing process. I believe so much in this book and its message, but fine-tuning it is overwhelming. I have only two-weeks left to have it done, ready, complete (aside from copyediting). How can it be done in two weeks? I need months more time to get this book the way I want it! But, I don’t have months, I have weeks, which are really just a few days. I have bits of time carved out and then, it’s out of my hands {deep breaths}.

You probably won’t see me here over the next week or so as I’ll be drowning in rewriting and editing and bible study creating during the times I would normally be blogging. Would you pray for me, please? For energy, clarity and focus? I’m sort of a nervous wreck trying to finish well while at the same time trusting God with the limitations I have. I really, really appreciate your prayers.

Once I get through this editing process, the fun begins; you all can help me choose the cover of the book! Love that part. By the way, have any ideas for what the cover should look like?

Alright, back to crazy land. Love to you all.

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  • achristianmom

    I will look for this blessing when it comes out! prayers being  lifted 🙂

  • kristinapetrella

    Praying for you!  I’m only editing a wee bitty thing and it is somewhat overwhelming so I can only imagine what you are going through!  Hugs, friend!

  • Jolanthe

    Hang in there, girl!! 🙂 I have some long plane flights ahead of me in the upcoming weeks and will pray for you then! 🙂

  • Janelle

    You can do it! You’re amazing. I hope to one day publish a traditional book… you’ve living an amazing dream-come-true. I pray only the best for this process for you and the final product to be exactly what God wants it to me.


  • Amy Tilson

    Praying for you because I need this book!  How soon can I get it??  Anyway, I see myself as a mom underwater and I need to come up for air.  You’ll do great!

  • Sweetie

    Praying for clarity, for time outs for vision and fresh perspectives and for rest

  • Myevidentfaith

    Prayers said and will continue…

  • Misty Krasawski

    Praying for you, dear girl! I know you’re doing an awesome job and can’t wait to see it!

  • Sarah

    So excited for you! I envision a cover of a woman on her knees with her head bowed (like someone begging for mercy…someone who is desperate to be heard!

  • Gretchen

    Praying for you!  And looking forward to the book…

  • Lorilee

    So excited for you!  I will totally pray for you for the the next two weeks.  It will be great.  You are a writer 😉  (loved your forward in Jeff’s book) 

  • brooke

    Cover Photo: plain background (whatever color you like), with a rope hanging from the top. Make sure the end of the rope is frayed.  (IE: at the end of my rope, frayed, etc.)

    *can’t wait to read your book.* will be praying for you! any chance of sending a desperate momma an advance copy? 😉

    • Sarah Mae

      I plan to have some advance copies at some point! 😉

  • Danise Jurado

    I pray the Lord truly inspires you and encourages you and that His grace will give you all that you need…
    2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need you will abound in every good work”
    Blessings to you –

  • JeriT

    Praying for you all. God Bless.

  • Mary Bonner

    You have my prayers…for energy, clarity and focus…and some peace about the process.

    I’m sure you will NAIL it!

  • Julie

     BREATHE 🙂  The title alone says it all… so excited for you and for all us moms who need to read your message!

  • Christina Alderfer

    God can multiply your time. He did it for me in a big way during my senior year of college when I had a full course load, internship, part-time job and ministry responsibilities. Praying for you.

    Isaiah 30:8: Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.

  • jasmine

    Sarah, I’m praying. I love Amy Tilson’s description of a mom for the Desperate cover. Some moms feel like they are drowning, so a woman rising up out of the water for air would be appropriate because your book is about hope and victory. 

  • Piper

    May God give you EXACTLY what you need when you need it!! Its all HIS anyway!

  • Rosann

    Trust in the Lord, my friend.  He’s got your back on this one.  Only great things will come from your sweat, laughter, and tears.  Praying for and with you…


  • Kristin

    Praying for you Sarah. May you rest in His capable arms as you do this thing he has called and equipped you to do. He’s got this and you and His strength will be made perfect, so perfect, even in your weakness and then it’s all about Him. Love what He is doing through you girl and love that we all get to reap the benefits! Can’t wait for the book!

  • Sally Clarkson

    Sweet one, You are exactly who God wanted to write this book and He is in your room, with you and writing through you–as He has done through out the centuries. We are praying here for you, too, knowing that your voice is just what is needed to make this book one of hope, understanding and beauty. Write on!

    • Renee Swope

      Amen to what Sally said!!!

      Praying for you sweet friend. This is going to be an amazing book and I’m so excited about it. Remember,  you have been appointed and you are already anointed to put the final touches on it. BUT I know it’s hard.

      Still this I know even more…He will make sure it’s just what HE wants it to be! 

  • Sundi Jo Graham

    Certainly lifting you up in prayer. 

  • Kristine McGuire

    Praying for you. Congratulations on this book. A very exciting opportunity. 🙂

  • AmandaEspinoza

    Dear Sarah,  As you spoke to me, I speak to you… Prophesy over yourself… You will not go crazy, God has given you the gift of time and talent… He wants to use you… He will use you. Be at peace and let His Spirit do the leading. You will succed! You have our prayers! God is with YOU! 

  • Jennifer

    Praying for you Sarah Mae, that the Lord will guide your hand and your heart as you complete this book.  And also that He will continue to use you to draw people to Him, through your blogging and through your books.

  • Vicki W.

    Praying for calmness for you as you finish up the book.  I know it will be terrific! I am a mom of 2 grown children, and I wish you were around then, I sure could have used an encouraging word!

  • Tricia Goyer

    Praying for you Sarah Mae. Remember God sees the finished manuscript DONE! Not only done and on the shelf, but done in someone’s hands as they read it and are impacted. HE is our great Author and Finisher of our faith…how amazing He’s invited you in the process!

  • Debbie T

    Praying Sarah Mae. And remember that God is not limited by time or space. It is His message you are penning to mamas like me. He will make it perfect, you don’t have to.
    And just know that the laughing crying place means God is at work… been there this week myself!

    Cover? I see a woman drowning, reaching up toward a mighty hand to save…

  • Sarah Cooper

    Yes, YES! You can do this, Mama! Will be praying for you every morning, and as you’re brought to mind during the day (as I’m struggling to breathe…which means you’ll be frequently prayed for from this struggling mama). May this two weeks be one you remember as a special time of grace.

  • Michele

    Praying for you, Sarah Mae!  You are such an inspiration.  I’m finishing revisions to my first workbook/ ebook/ Bible study because of your example.  I’m writing to Christian moms to help get out of survival mode and into the abundant life Jesus gives.  You’re living it! May God continue to everything your hand touches because you hide His word in your heart.  Can’t wait to read it!

  • Michele

    Praying for you, Sarah Mae!  You are such an inspiration.  I’m finishing revisions to my first workbook/ ebook/ Bible study because of your example.  I’m writing to Christian moms to help get out of survival mode and into the abundant life Jesus gives.  You’re living it! May God continue to everything your hand touches because you hide His word in your heart.  Can’t wait to read it!

  • Jarmila V. Del Boccio

    How exciting, Sarah Mae…and what a perfect co-author! I have read Sally’s “wholehearted child” book over and over again. I’m looking forward to yours when it comes out. I will put your request on my prayer list…thanks for being specific.

  • Lauren

    I can’t wait to read it! I know God’s power will sustain you! Praying for peace and rest as you finish up! 

  • Arabahjoy

    Praying this will surround you and sustain you and be your mantra for the next two weeks: “He who has called you to this is Faithful, and HE WILL DO IT!” I Thess. 5:24

    Praying, friend!

  • Cheramy

    you have brought such an amazing encouragement to my heart from your blog posts. i will be in prayer for you as you bring forth God’s truth to help so many of us in this “mommyhood” joy. thank you ahead of time…

  • emily p freeman

    Oh, how I hear you, friend. My page proofs are due tomorrow and it is…taxing. You are not alone – you say it so well – laughing and crying. Oh yes. That’s exactly it.

    look forward to seeing the finished work! (and I’m sure you are as well..)

  • Tyrean Martinson

    Praying for you, and knowing that God has it in His very capable hands.

  • Charise McNutt

    Sweet Sarah, spend more time in prayer than studying and as you are feasting on the Bread of Life He will give you the strength, energy, and grace to do all that you need. He will expand your time and bless every minute you have to write (and with your sweet family!) Praying and upholding you before the throne! He’s already carrying you! 

  • Charise McNutt

    I look forward to reading the book! 

  • Ccl

    He promises to supply our EVERY need for what HE has called us to, created you for before the foundation of time! Amen… good thing God’s economy isn’t our , what’s two weeks to God? Nothing…. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!!!
    Prayuing for you and your sweet family!

  • Erin Ulrich

    I’m praying for you friend, and I can’t wait to read your words!

  • Lis

    You got my prayers!

  • Meredith

    I know how this feels! My first book was published in November, and in addition to several times in the writing/editing process, I cried also the day the box of published books arrived at my door. 🙂   It is scary and exhilarating and hard and overwhelming and wonderful all at the same time!
    You can do this! God has given you the strength to do it, and the words to say are those that He wants you to say.

  • Monique

    Please know that there will be prayers for you all over the world!

    Love from Holland

  • Traci

    Praying!  I’ll be thinking of any good cover ideas and let you know!  Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations 

  • takeya

    im praying for you, you got this, you have God everything will be just fine.. About the cover i thinking about a mom with lots of diffent thought coming from her head and in the distance a cloud w/ the light of jesus shining down , well im still thinking for you but that was a start lol

  • Wendy Gunn

    Will be praying for you, Sarah Mae, and know the Lord will help you as  you cry out to Him! Just a quick question: Is that you on the Fairfield Inn commercial??? Sure looks like you! Just wondering:)

    • Sarah Mae

      Haha, nope! 🙂

  • Janelletaliercio

    Praying for you. Congrats on the book. 

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