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Choose Joy 2015

Choose Joy 2015


For many of you following me at Sandy’s P.O.V., you didn’t know me in my past blog life when I was blogging at Uncompromising!.   I posted a lot of personal stuff and about my faith.  I was reading a lot of Christian blogs and I found this blogger, Sara (click to see her website), who just spoke to my heart.

Unfortunately, I was reading her posts at the very end of her life.  She was 38 years old and living with a disease called ankylosing spondylosis. Interestingly enough, I had a friend who was living with A.S. as well.  But my friend, Phyllis, wasn’t really living.  She was willing herself to die and on 12/31/2010 she did.

When I say Sara was “living” with A.S., she was living every day.  She wasn’t waiting to die.  She and Phyllis chose to live their lives in very different ways. I don’t want you to think that I’m being critical of Phyllis.  Because I am not.  What I did learn was that we can choose to live a joyful life or a miserable life.  I want to choose joy.

After Sara died on 9/24/2011, her friends wrote a lot about her and about how she helped them walk through life.  One blogger got together Sara’s doodles.  There were a bunch of “Choose Joy” doodles in her handwriting and in block print and people were getting them as tattoos and I wanted one.  I picked my tattoo design pretty quickly but sat on it until 2012, when my son turned 18 and wanted to get his first tattoo.  He and I went to get our tattoos together in May 2012 (click to see my 1st post).

Fast forward to October 2012 (click to see my 2nd post), and I was doing security for a large concert at our church.  My mom and I were assigned to be with Lindsey McCaul, the only woman traveling on the tour.  She asked me about my tattoo and as I was talking about it, she said that she knew Sara’s story and had been working with a songwriter to write a song about Sara or the choose joy motto.  You can see my picture with Lindsey HERE.

Fast forward again to 7/22/2015 and an email that I found in my inbox from Laura, Sara’s sister.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to hear about Laura’s project – Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts – Sara’s book written by Mary Carver.  It’s due to be released 1/5/2016, but you can pre-order it now.

I, also, recommend that you check out Choose Joy Foundation – The Sara Gitz Frankl Memorial Foundation to find out more about Sara, Laura, and the rest of the Frankl family.  Reserve your book today!  I promise you, you won’t regret it.  There was something special about Sara and her words and her life continues to speak volumes nearly 4 years after she went home to be with the Lord.


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