January 3, 2021
Sarah knows from experience how our mind can control and run our lives, but not always in the way God intends. Her latest book, Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus, teaches how to engage with Scripture in 17 different thought-life problem areas. Today you'll get to hear about 3 of those problem areas and you will be encouraged.
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In Sarah's words:
I grew up as a child of divorce with deep fears of abandonment, and I faced several seasons of depression. I also married another child of divorce, and neither of us was emotionally healthy when we met. I have also suffered from passivity and codependency as a victim of emotional abuse. When I began reading the One Year Bible in 2003, God began changing my thoughts through the powerful truths of his Word. I began to see how God loved me and valued me, which boosted my self-worth. This newfound identity in Christ helped me set boundaries against toxic behaviors. Though it was a difficult struggle that continues today, I have learned the power of overcoming trials where they begin - in your mind.
Sarah Geringer is a speaker, artist, and author of Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus and three self-published books. She is currently writing a teen girl version of Transforming Your Thought Life, to be published in fall 2021.
She is on the devotional writing teams for Proverbs 31 Ministries, A Wife Like Me, Devotable, Hope-Full Living, Kingdom Edge Magazine and Woman 2 Woman Ministries.
When she’s not reading over 100 books per year, Sarah enjoys painting, baking, gardening and playing the flute.
Her daily must-haves are hot tea, dark chocolate, and fresh flowers.
She lives in southeast Missouri with her husband and three children.
Sarah writes about finding peace in God’s Word at sarahgeringer.com.
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Sarah's go-to recipe for cold weather is:
Ultimate Baked Potato Soup (and doubles as an appetizer)
- 6 large Russet potatoes, or 3 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes (your choice)
- 1 T vegetable oil
- 1 T kosher salt
- 3 T butter
- 3 T flour
- 1 t. seasoned salt (I like Penzeys Seasoned Salt)
- 1 t. freshly ground black pepper
- 2-3 cups milk (I use skim)
- 1 14-oz. can fat-free evaporated milk
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cayenne pepper
- Additional salt and pepper to taste
- Optional toppings: shredded cheddar or Colby cheese, sour cream, crumbled bacon, sliced green onions
Scrub baking potatoes. Wipe dry with clean towel. Rub with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until tender when knife is inserted, about 1 hour. Cool until able to handle.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out insides and set aside. Reserve the skins for other use (great for potato skin appetizers, and they freeze well in resealable bags).
In a large stock pan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour, seasoned salt, and pepper. When roux is light brown, slowly whisk in 2 cups milk, about 1/2 cup at a time, until mixture is incorporated. Pour in one can of fat-free evaporated milk, which gives the soup wonderful body and richness. Season with nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Heat through on medium-low heat, stirring often with whisk.
Place potatoes in milk mixture. Heat through and emulsify with an immersion blender, or put batches in a blender and pulse until mixture is smooth, adding more milk as needed. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.