Thank you for this opportunity to share! My name is Sarah Bryant, and I live with my family in rural Kansas, where we operate a family farm. I was homeschooled by my dedicated parents, and am so thankful for the godly upbringing they have given my siblings and I. I am eternally grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior, for redeeming my soul and giving me eternal life (John 17:3)! I love family conversations, making and preserving memories, photography and graphic design, playing piano and harp, homemaking, and memorizing God's Word.
What made your homeschooling experience unique?
My parents have tailored the educational curriculum that my siblings and I have used in our homeschooling, according to our individual interests and talents. They have also been very flexible in our “formal” schooling, incorporating real-life learning experiences in our education.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The diversity of creation, unique cultures, and beautiful landscapes that the Lord created are fascinating to me. There are so many places that I would find interesting to visit, but Holland is of particular interest.
What caused you to start writing?
At the age of 13, I began a magazine for Christian young ladies, which gave me many opportunities to write. Through the years, both of my parents have encouraged me to develop my writing skills, and my father, being an excellent writer and editor, has given me many tips as he has edited my writings through the years. My motivation for writing springs from a desire to share the Lord with others, and to encourage young ladies to seek Him faithfully.
On top of being an author, you run The King's Blooming Rose Ministry. How do you balance all your obligations?
Priority and time management is certainly a very important lesson to learn, and can be a challenge. My highest priority, besides my relationship with my Lord and Savior, is my family. Other responsibilities can only be carried as I am diligently supporting my parents, serving my family, and investing in my siblings. Under my parents' authority and with their support, the Lord has allowed me to seek to encourage young ladies in their walk with Christ through KBR Ministries. We publish a quarterly magazine and provide various other resources that challenge girls to embrace their God-given roles as daughters.
Did your magazine, The King's Blooming Rose, effect your books in any way?
The writing opportunities that the magazine presented to me at a young age, certainly helped prepare me for writing my first book, The Family Daughter, when I was 16.
What is One Thing I Desire about?
As the Lord was teaching me beautiful things from His Word, I began to realize how “stale” we often become as Christians—especially those of us who are homeschoolers, who have been raised in Christian homes, and take for granted the godly truths our parents have instilled in our lives. We know how to fit into the “right Christian circles” and say the “right things”—but often, we do not personally know the Author of our salvation. As a result, we tend to lose sight of what really matters in this earthly life—because how do we passionately love a God we do not really know and adore?
One Thing I Desire is penned to encourage young ladies to seek and know our Redeemer through His Word, that they would be enraptured by Christ's great work accomplished in the Gospel. For the grandeur of this One Thing will spur us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
Who will enjoy this book?
Although it was written for girls and young ladies, it is applicable to any age group because it deals with the topic of our relationship with the Lord Jesus.
Do you have any final thoughts?
I would encourage you to embrace the potential of your youth, and live for the glory of your Creator. Regardless of what skills He has bequeathed to you—whether it be writing or something else—live to bring honor to Christ. This earthly life is so brief in light of eternity. “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Serve the Lord right where He has placed you today. “Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). God bless you!
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