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Domestically Challenged? Me Too. Let’s Have Some Fun Cleaning Together.

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Oh, you know, just AIR GUITAR MOPPING. As one does. Obviously.

That’s right, cleaning fun.

Because I have to clean one of two ways: Happy, fun, turn up the music, WOO HOO, “let’s dance!” cleaning, OR candles lit, jazz or acoustic music, slow and steady cleaning. The slow and steady cleaning I usually do if I can get everyone out of the house (daddy date!). Any other kind of cleaning is depressing for me. And for my kids because it usually involves me yelling at them something like, “HURRY UP, get it done, DADDY’S COMING HOME SOON!” Not my finest moments.

So back to fun. I think, if we’re going to clean, we might as well have some fun with it! And also, not go it alone. I want to be encouraged and inspired to not only make my home a welcoming, warm, happy, peaceful place, but I also want to link arms with other women so we can KEEP ON.

“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13

“…let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” Hebrews 10:24

And because I believe so much in lifting one another up and being a “keep on” and “begin again” friend, I wrote a book to do just that for all of us out there who are trying to make a home. It’s for those of us who aren’t naturally inclined to cleaning, but who want to create a place where love is sown in and grace takes root. And also where you don’t trip over all your things (there’s a story in the book about this actually happening to my old land lady when she made an unexpected visit into my apartment in college and it’s a doozy!). Read all about the book HERE.

If this is you, then I am TICKLED to tell you that my new book, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way is NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER!!!!! Yes, the original form of this book was the 31 Days to Clean eBook. YES, it’s been updated and revised and I’m particularly happy with the WHOLE NEW Mary Challenges section!


Isn’t it so pretty?!

Let me break it down for you:

HMHMW (so much easier this way) is broken up into 31 short, daily chapters to help you practically and spiritually. And even though I wrote from the perspective of a non-natural cleaner (I WANT A MAID), I have been told by several Martha types that the book encouraged their hearts to be more like a Mary. Sidenote: The title of “Mary” and “Martha” is based off of the stories of the two sisters in the Bible, Martha being the one who “gets it done” and Mary who chooses to sit at the feet of Jesus. You can read their story in the book, and of course, in the Bible.

At the end of each days reading are two challenges:

The Mary Challenge: Scripture and questions to encourage your heart (these are all new)

The Martha Challenge: Cleaning tasks that help you get your home in order (WE WILL HAVE FUN! Because I include things like, “eat a cookie” at the end of your tasks. :) ) TO NOTE FOR ALL THE SERIOUS CLEANERS OUT THERE: No, there is nothing new under the cleaning sun as far as the cleaning tasks go. My goal with the book is to relate, encourage, and inspire, and have some fun along the way with devotionals, stories, Scripture, questions and FRIENDSHIP. We will clean together. BUT I will say that I doubt any other cleaning book tells you to eat cookies, hire a maid if you can, AND let you off the hook if you miss a day! 😉 Let me say again, this is written by a non-cleaner, but a TOTAL people lover who wants to and believes it a worthy mission make a home. You’ve been warned. :)

Where were we…

Ah yes.

Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean Home and a Satisfied Soul is available now for pre-order (although apparently it’s already in bookstores), and comes out officially on March 15th! If you order today, you’ll probably have it by next week! FUN.

And because I like fun (can you tell?), I have GIFTS FOR YOU!

One of my favorite things about launching a book is giving you all gifts! It’s like a birthday. I mean, it is a birthday, a book birthday! HAPPY {almost} BIRTHDAY BOOK!

Free for you:

Purchase the book this week (or next) and get for FREE:

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If you are longing to go deeper into the heart of the Mary Way, this journal companion is for you. Spend 31 days leaning in and resting in the One who satisfies our souls completely. Based on Mary of Bethany’s interactions with Jesus, 31 Days to a Satisfied Soul takes you deeper into the heart of God by offering four daily components: Receive, Reflect, Pray, and Remember. Receive what God has for you through Scripture, reflect on what might be hindering you to find soul satisfaction, pray God’s Word and will into your life, and remember a key thought to hold close.

  • The 31 Days to a Satisfied Soul Journal – PDF Version (The paperback is on sale now on Amazon!)
  • A printable pack with Martha challenges checklist, calendar, and quote graphic

You can purchase the book anywhere books are sold. See below for details on how to retrieve your free gifts.

Buy Now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever books are sold!

Want to buy more books to give out or so you can do a Mary Way Club study (details and guide coming soon)? The next gift offers are for you – read on!

Purchase 5 or more books this week (or next) and get for FREE:


“I love, love, love this book! Sarah Mae is a fellow struggler. As a recovering messy I appreciate that. Rather than detailed spreadsheets and overwhelming to-do lists, Sarah offers practical advice and gentle challenges that offer hope to our cluttered homes as well as our cluttered hearts. I wish I would have had this book back in the middle of my struggle.”

Joanna Weaver, bestselling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

And for something extra special, the wonderful folks at Givingtons will give all of you a FREE paperback copy of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World when you order your books through them! Plus, when you order through Givingtons, your purchase supports one of a list of causes you choose, such as The Exodus Road or Preemptive Love Coalition, organizations our family loves and supports.

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You are welcome to purchase the books from anywhere you please, but if you buy 5 or more from Givingtons you get the free book. If you don’t purchase from Givingtons, you will still get the other gifts, just not Joanna’s book.

Yes, I want to Purchase from Givingtons! WOOT!

I’ll stick with Amazon or Barnes & Noble please!

Purchase 10 or more books this week (or next) and get for FREE:



Is this Mary and Martha tote not so cute?! You can read more about this tote HERE!


This is the generous gal who is offering the totes to you for free! Her name is Erica and she works with Mary & Martha. This is us at the MomHeart conference last weekend. She is dear! Thank you Erica!

Erica is also offering all of you 20% off on any Mary & Martha item! Head here to shop!


  • The books, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World AND The Lifegiving Home! Again, to get the free books, you HAVE to buy from Givingtons. (See note under purchase 5 books.)

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Scoot me on over to Givingtons to get the books!

Or buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere books are sold!

Very Important if You Want to Receive Your Gifts!

In order to receive these free gifts, please email a copy of your receipt to using the subject MARTHA HOME MARY WAY. This promotion is running from 12:00am EST on 3/7/2016 to 11:59EST on 3/19/2016.  Your receipt must show the purchase of 1 or more copies of the book during this time period to receive your free gifts. Once your receipt has been reviewed, you will be sent an email confirmation and further details on the delivery of your gifts. Please allow a few days for a response and for the receipts to be processed!

Just so you all know, I’m basically going to be having a two week party to celebrate this book, so be prepared. :)

Love and cleaning fairies and happiness to you today! SM

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For those who are carrying a burden of heavy doubt

Not too long ago God covered the moon with an eclipse, and the first person I thought of during that spectacular event was my friend Logan.

For it was by a covering of the moon that Logan that a veil fell from her eyes and she began to see God, to see His character and His brilliance and His majesty, and that He was indeed a miraculous God who could do anything.


And not just see Him, but believe Him, believe He was the God of possibility and hope and miracles and delight.

It was that covering of the moon that weaved in Logan a profound journey of curiosity…of a willingness to watch God and see Him and trust Him in all of life’s heartache and adventure and unanswered questions. But mostly she learned to curiously pursue the unfolding of hope.

And we are all in desperate need of hope, aren’t we?

Everywhere we turn there is heartache and anger and bitterness, and the fact that we live in a 24-hour social media culture means there is always more critique and pain and wickedness to view. We are bombarded with the weight of the world and the brokenness of it all. Voices and questions and accusations are constantly directed at the church and at God, even from those who claim His name. Because we are all just so broken, and when hope dims our souls dim and we begin to see through a muddied lens, a loss of clarity.

We begin to lose our curiosity and replace it with a burden of heavy doubt.

“Did God really say?” whispers the enemy in our ear, and we lean into the doubt because it feels so real, and maybe God isn’t so good or kind after all. I mean, how could a good God do this or that or let that happen?

I’ve felt those things and I’ve heard those slithering whispers—haven’t we all, if we’re honest with ourselves?

Logan, through raw vulnerability, takes the dark and the whispers and the secret hurts of our hearts and she shows us through her own vulnerable stories how to get curious when pain arises and things aren’t right. She then holds out her hand of experience and study and faithful prayer, and she offers us the greatest gift to an aching soul: hope.

If you are questioning or in a wounded place, or are just feeling the dullness of a life that wasn’t what you expected, Logan’s words will bring you relief and dare I say, revival to your soul. After reading Curious Faith you will find yourself wanting to know God more; you will want to have Him tenderly explore the parts of your soul that need healing, and ultimately, you will find freedom in places that have previously been locked up.

As Logan so beautifully says, “God’s goodness is a vast river of promise, but if we want to experience it, at some point we have to decide to believe it for  ourselves and jump in.”

Time to jump.

The above is an excerpt from the foreword I wrote for Logan’s new book, Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility. 
Curious-Faith-3D-cover-2Through these precious years of friendship with Logan, I have been able to witness a deep, curious, abiding faith in the woman who has written the words in this life-giving book.

I have witnessed Logan go through deep heartache and yet held on fiercely to her God, always believing in the hope was to come.

I have watched her take on adventure in faraway places, not for herself, but in order to bring the Kingdom of God to bear through her faithful service.

And I have been inspired by her generosity, one that gives without any trace of expecting something in return.

Logan is one of the most authentic, generous, faithful, open-the-door-wide-to-possibility souls I know. She is a gift, and her hard-fought wisdom words are a gift to us all.

“When we see enough hard things in this world, maybe some piece of us decides that maybe God just can’t handle things. So, we lose our curiosity in Him. We lose our hope. Eventually, we don’t really believe that “all things are possible” like the Bible says. A curious faith in a limitless God we might have had as children is replaced with an explainable faith bound by limited possibility as adults…

If God really is powerful, if He really is good, then why can’t I see it? Maybe we miss what could be right in front of us.

When I watched God cover the moon that February night from my kitchen, something within me shifted. Looking out my back door, He put His power on display for me to witness. An orange reminder suspended above that whispered of hope and change. It wasn’t just an eclipse of the heavens, but of my heart. As God did it, He uncovered my own curiosity for more of Him.

In that moment, I realized that there was a whole lot of God that I didn’t know. There was a power and a gentleness that I was missing. I perceived tiny pieces of Him that I’d never seen before but wanted to experience. Since then, everything about my faith has been different.”

You can pick up Logan’s beautiful new book, Curious Faith, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever books are sold.

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My 2012 Reading List

I’m beginning in July because clearly I’m a little late to the 2012 book reading party. Here we go…

The One Year Bible (Yes, I realize I’ll be reading this into the new year)


Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events (this is more of a reference)

The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you?

A Marriage book (I’m keeping this one a secret 😉 )

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (finishing this up)


Prayer On Fire: What Happens When the Holy Spirit Ignites Your Prayers

Rescuing Ambition

Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir


This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

One Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool Moms

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God



Transforming Together: Authentic Spiritual Mentoring

Mentor Like Jesus

The Blue Castle


Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption


God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture

Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry

Read all the books I’ve read in 2012 here.

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