Sara Barratt

About Sara Barratt

Sara Barratt
Sara Barratt is a youth leader, writer, avid reader, chocolate lover, and “I Love Lucy” fan. Her passion is exhorting teens to wholeheartedly use their lives for Christ, and daily fall more in love with Him. A regular contributor for The Rebelution, Sara has been published on numerous other blogs including Lies Young Women Believe, Know Your Value and The Overflow. Connect with her on Facebook

Life…is light.

Life is Light by Sara Baratt

Life is Light by Sara Baratt

A few weeks ago I attended our local crisis pregnancy center’s fundraising banquet. As I listened to the speaker share her powerful story and passion for the pro-life movement, one phrase stuck with me.

Life is light.

Later as I mulled over these three little words, the powerful meaning behind them struck me.

The light begins at conception. It starts to glow as each cell knits itself together, and shines a little brighter as they transform into tiny, yet perfect, fingers and toes, and forms a little set of lungs and powerful beating heart. It’s revealed through the mommy’s radiant face and swollen tummy, and the awe in her eyes when she feels that first strong kick.

And then that little light of life is born into a dark world. A place where true light is rare and smothered and darkness seems often to win. A place where the purity of innocence is crushed and the depravity of sin triumphs. A place where hurt is deep and heartbreak painful.

Even the brightness of new life can’t overthrow that blackness.

Enter the Greater Light. The only One who can take on the darkness and win.

This Light came into the world the same way—as a baby. But it came from Heaven as God made flesh and righteousness personified. This baby’s cry was the sound of love. The sound of hope, redemption, forgiveness. This Light’s name was Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace—Jesus.

With that one name, the drought of hopelessness broke. The darkness trembled—the Light had come.
And He lived for 33 years. Until one day, He submitted to a cross made of wood, and the light in people’s souls was doused as they pierced Holy flesh with nails of iron. There on that cross with a cry of “It is finished!” the darkness seemed to win, as the purest, brightest Light of all time gave way to the darkness.

Until…three days later, the Light returned in blinding, brilliant, glorious brightness. Death conquered, darkness crushed, hope and forgiveness purchased as a gift for all who believe.

And the light, oh the light, given freely to all who loved it, replaced the fragile, flickering light of our humanity, with the never-ending light of eternal life.

Because eternal life…is light.

This glorious, circuitous cycle continues, breathing new life into many. It lives on in us, revealing our weaknesses and transforming them into the purity of Jesus.

And His commission to us continues.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden…let your light so shine before men…” (Matthew 5:13-16)

We have the light, my brothers and sisters.

Darkness was fought and conquered so light might be ours and so we might share it with the world that needs it so desperately. Every person you meet is crying out for love, hope, and light. The light in our hearts.
Life is indeed light and you only get one chance to shine.

I challenge you today, to go out into the dark world and share the light in your souls. It was bought at a price greater than we can fathom. Light is precious and rare.

Life…is light.

So, Christian, go out and live like it.

By | 2018-01-31T02:31:05+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Life is Short, Christian. Live it Well.

Life is Short, Christian. Live it Well by Sara Baratt

Life is Short, Christian. Live it Well by Sara Baratt

Life is short.

Over the past days, I’ve come face to face with this fact. A week ago, we received the news that a Godly woman in our community had been diagnosed with cancer. As shocking as this seemed, even more so was the news that came a few days after—the doctors could do nothing for her and had sent her home on hospice care. At first, there had been hope, now none remained. That evening I stood in my kitchen, praying, “God, please heal her. You are God over all sickness and disease. All diagnoses and predictions. Nothing is too hard for You. Please…do a miracle.”

Not even five minutes later, my mom received a text saying this sweet woman had passed into the arms of Jesus.

I was stunned.

My first thought: “Oh, God, you gave her a miracle. She’s with You now.” My second thought: “For what is life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)

Two weeks. That’s all she had from the first diagnoses, to the day she went to be with Jesus. Two weeks.
That night reminded me that life is a vapor. There is no promise of tomorrow. No assurance of our time on earth. We make plans. We have goals, but we never know if the remainder of our life will consist of two decades, two years, two weeks, two days, or even two hours.

That’s why every day—every moment—is a priceless, incomparable gift. A gift bestowed on us from a loving Creator, but one we’re never guaranteed of. And sadly, a gift we so often abuse.

What would our lives look like if we lived with our eyes focused on Heaven, instead of the petty cares of this world? How much deeper and sweeter would our relationships become, if we recognized the heartrendingly short time we have with those we love? How different would our priorities be if we knew the length and breadth of our days?

Our perspective on earth is narrow. Finite. Temporal. Oh, for God to give us grace to comprehend the infinite, and understand the eternal.

I’m sure you’ve heard the acronym YOLO—You Only Live Once. As liberally as many people interpret this, I want to bring it back to truth. We do only live once, but that also means we only die once.

Our one life doesn’t mean we should use each scant day to satisfy ourselves, or attempt to seek fleeting pleasure. If anything it means the exact opposite. We only live once—we need to make
it count. Make it last beyond us. Make it change our world. Our lives are not our own, because our death is covered with the ransom of Christ’s blood, and our lives redeemed by the power of the stripes across His back.

Because He died, we live.

Because He died, death has lost its sting; the grave, its victory.

Because He died, we have hope for today and every day that stretches into eternity.

Life is short. Live in awe and worship, and wide-eyed wonder. Love deeply and fiercely. Choose joy and act with boldness. Use your words to proclaim truth and bring glory to the name of Jesus.

Life is short. Live it well.


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By | 2018-01-31T02:34:05+00:00 September 30th, 2017|0 Comments

The Two Sides of Surrender

The Two Sides of Surrender by Sara Barratt

What is surrender?

How do you know if you’ve surrendered?

What does surrender look like in the life of a Christ-follower?

Have you ever wondered these things? Brooke has. She writes:

“I grew up in the church, and accepted Christ at a young age. I’ve served, taught, listened, learned, and will continue to do these things. I’ve heard hundreds upon hundreds of sermons preached on the topic of “surrender”. I do know what it is, and how it’s vital in our Christian walk…but exactly HOW do you surrender absolutely everything to God? That’s something I never did learn, and I’d like to.”

Sadly, these questions are rarely answered in today’s Christian culture. Surrender is a vague, “Christianese” phrase, spoken of often, but never explained. It’s associated with hands lifted high in worship, but rarely explored farther.

Here are my thoughts:


The Inward

Like everything, surrender begins in the heart. By nature, our hearts are hard and bent toward rebellion. We want to control our circumstances and make sure things turn out our way. We’re each born in rebellion against God, so the first step of surrender is learning to unclench our tight fists of control, and relinquish our will.
This battle of flesh against spirit is only won by constant saturation in the presence of God, making daily choices to spend time in prayer, Bible study, and worship. This in and of itself is an act of surrender. As we quiet our hearts before God, He reveals areas of hardness and stubbornness, and gently transforms our mindset.

Surrender is a constant, day by day process of subduing our human desire to control and placing the control back in Christ’s hands. It’s choosing to live in complete submission, and allowing the refining light of God’s word to expose areas of rebellion.

Surrender begins as a posture of the heart as we bend our will to match God’s, offering our lives in worship and dedication to the King of Kings. It starts as we say, “not my will, but Yours be done.”


The Outward

Relinquishing control begins as a heart attitude, and mindset of submission, but that’s not where it ends. Willingness to surrender is the foundation for our actions of surrender.

One area I constantly surrender is my desire to someday be married. In my current state of singleness, it would be all too easy to attempt to force a relationship by throwing myself at every single guy I meet, or creating a profile on every dating site available. However, because I long for God to write my love story, I’m willing to give up control of this area of my life. Because of my attitude and mindset, I’m not desperately searching for husband, or attending every singles event within a 50 mile radius.

The same concept applies to every circumstance. For example, it would be contradictory to surrender our media and entertainment use, and then view a movie we know isn’t honoring to God.

A mindset of surrender and an outward show of control cannot coexist. The two are diametrically opposed. We can’t say we surrender all to God, and in the next instant, take back control.


Putting it all together

Surrender is, in essence, submitting our lives to Christ. Saying we’ll do what He asks, speak what He prompts, and go where He leads, no matter the cost. It’s letting go of our own plans and agendas, and allowing Christ to overtake and consume every part of us.
It’s giving all, because He gave all. It’s worship in action. It’s entrusting Christ with all of our dreams and fears, deepest desires and hidden, most precious longings, because we love Him more, and desire Him most. It starts in the heart, leads to lifted hands and silent tears, then moves through every nuance of our day-to-day lives.

Brooke, I can’t tell you what all of this will look like in your life. Nor can I glibly offer you a step by step method that guarantees absolute surrender, with a pretty bow of blessings to follow.
But one thing I can say. It’s worth it.

Despite the fact that it’s hard. Despite the fact that our human nature chafes against it. Because our moments of surrender are the source to discovering greater depths of the presence of God, and opening up the doors for lavish worship to flow from our hearts.

Today, I challenge you to search deep within your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring revelation of areas in your life that needs surrendering. As He does, be faithful in the action that follows.
Believe me, it’s worth it.


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