30 episodes

Welcome to my Small Beginnings with Sara podcast. Each episode I will be sharing my personal journey with you, a journey full of new beginnings, from tears of joy to tears of grief. I will be sharing how God has been right in the middle of my own journey. God will be right in the middle of your story, too. My prayer is you will become brave and courageous in your own small beginnings. Get ready to be inspired and encouraged as I share my heart and my life with you. Together, let's discover God's goodness.

Small Beginnings with Sara Sara Thurman

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    • 5.0 • 49 Ratings

Welcome to my Small Beginnings with Sara podcast. Each episode I will be sharing my personal journey with you, a journey full of new beginnings, from tears of joy to tears of grief. I will be sharing how God has been right in the middle of my own journey. God will be right in the middle of your story, too. My prayer is you will become brave and courageous in your own small beginnings. Get ready to be inspired and encouraged as I share my heart and my life with you. Together, let's discover God's goodness.

    🎨 Unleashing Creative Talents for God

    🎨 Unleashing Creative Talents for God

    Today's episode of Small Beginnings with Sara was truly special, I had the opportunity to welcome a dear friend and guest, Nicole Maggart. 
    Our conversation centered around the topic of creativity and how we can harness our creative gifts and talents to serve God. 
    Nicole shared with us her journey of discovering my book on Small Beginnings and how it helped guide her in her own creative pursuits. 
    Together, we explored the importance of surrendering our creativity to the Lord and finding ways to share it with others for His glory. 
    So I ask you, what are you doing for the Lord with your creative talents? 
    Join us on Small Beginnings, and let's explore this question together.
    I wrote three books in 2021. Two about my grief journey-Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Living with Loss and Discovering New Meaning and a Companion Reflection Journal with 100 scriptures to anchor your thoughts on as you grieve and reflect. My first children's book was released in 2021, How Good Can God Be?. I am very proud of this book as it tells the story of my dad and me as I grew up on Texas ranch. The relationship between father and child is a prototype of our relationship with God as His children. All are available on Amazon.
    Come away with me on my Creative Spiritual Retreat: https://www.sarathurman.com/work-with-sara
    Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Discovering New Meaning https://a.co/d/3RvPB7I
    Reflection Companion Journal https://a.co/d/iMJiBW5
    How Good Can God Be? A story about a little girl and her daddy https://a.co/d/7jeLTVI
    100 Days of Creating With God https://sara-thurman.mykajabi.com/offers/Gt7LYvhS/checkout
    27,000 Miles in Love : An Epic Marriage Story Guided by Faith Leaving a Legacy: https://www.amazon.com/27-000-Miles-Love-Marriage-ebook/dp/B0C55SH1HS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=27000+miles+in+love&qid=1694080989&sprefix=27000+miles+in+%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1
    Thanks for joining me on this journey of so many more small beginnings with God. I often reflect on the idea that I only thought there would be one small beginning, and that was me becoming an artist. God had so many more. This set of scriptures anchors my heart to this season of my life. Will you embrace the truth of these holy words as well in this season of your life? Regardless of circumstances?
    Psalm 27:13-14 NLT: "Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."

    • 29 min
    Revealing God's Plan for Creating Lasting Legacy

    Revealing God's Plan for Creating Lasting Legacy

    Hello, my lovely listeners! 
    It's Sara here, and I'm so excited about today's episode. 
    This week on Small Beginnings, I share with you the incredible journey that God has taken me on this year, in 2023, and the revelations He has shown me about legacy. 
    Legacy is a powerful word, and it has been at the forefront of my mind lately. 
    I've been thinking a lot about the kind of impact I want to have on this world, and what kind of legacy I want to leave behind. 
    In this episode,  I will also talk about my personal journey of writing 27,000 Miles in Love and what led me to tell Wayman's Legacy.
    So, grab your favorite cup of coffee and come listen. 
    Happy Thursday! 
     
    I wrote three books in 2021. Two about my grief journey-Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Living with Loss and Discovering New Meaning and a Companion Reflection Journal with 100 scriptures to anchor your thoughts on as you grieve and reflect. My first children's book was released in 2021, How Good Can God Be?. I am very proud of this book as it tells the story of my dad and me as I grew up on Texas ranch. The relationship between father and child is a prototype of our relationship with God as His children. All are available on Amazon.
     
    Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Discovering New Meaning https://a.co/d/3RvPB7I
     
    Reflection Companion Journal https://a.co/d/iMJiBW5
     
    How Good Can God Be? A story about a little girl and her daddy https://a.co/d/7jeLTVI
     
    100 Days of Creating With God https://sara-thurman.mykajabi.com/offers/Gt7LYvhS/checkout
    27,000 Miles in Love : An Epic Marriage Story Guided by Faith Leaving a Legacy: https://www.amazon.com/27-000-Miles-Love-Marriage-ebook/dp/B0C55SH1HS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=27000+miles+in+love&qid=1694080989&sprefix=27000+miles+in+%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1
    Thanks for joining me on this journey of so many more small beginnings with God. I often reflect on the idea that i only thought there would be one small beginning and that was me becoming an artist. God had so many more. This set of scriptures anchors my heart to this season of my life. Will you embrace the truth of these holy words as well in this season of your life? Regardless of circumstances?
     
    Psalm 27:13-14 NLT "Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."

    • 25 min
    It's Personal: Removing My Ring 💍and asking God the BIG Question

    It's Personal: Removing My Ring 💍and asking God the BIG Question

    Hey y'all! 
     
    It's always a pleasure to have you join me on Small Beginnings with Sara. In this episode, I couldn't be more thrilled to share my journey from 2022 with you. 
     
    It's was a year of adventure, growth, and learning. Above all, God was so faithful that year in revealing His mission for me in His Kingdom. 
     
    You will hear my heart as I recount the moment I removed my wedding ring after two years since my beloved Wayman's passing. And I found myself asking God if He was enough for me if I never got married again. The answer transformed my perspective.
     
    I am excited to share this vulnerable moment with you all and hopefully inspire you along the way. 
    I can't wait to hear what y'all think!
     
    I wrote three books in 2021. Two about my grief journey-Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Living with Loss and Discovering New Meaning and a Companion Reflection Journal with 100 scriptures to anchor your thoughts on as you grieve and reflect. My first children's book was released in 2021, How Good Can God Be?. I am very proud of this book as it tells the story of my dad and me as I grew up on Texas ranch. The relationship between father and child is a prototype of our relationship with God as His children. All are available on Amazon.
     
    Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Discovering New Meaning https://a.co/d/3RvPB7I
     
    Reflection Companion Journal https://a.co/d/iMJiBW5
     
    How Good Can God Be? A story about a little girl and her daddy https://a.co/d/7jeLTVI
     
    100 Days of Creating With God https://sara-thurman.mykajabi.com/offers/Gt7LYvhS/checkout 
    27,000 Miles in Love : An Epic Marriage Story Guided by Faith Leaving a Legacy: https://www.amazon.com/27-000-Miles-Love-Marriage-ebook/dp/B0C55SH1HS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=27000+miles+in+love&qid=1694080989&sprefix=27000+miles+in+%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1 Thanks for joining me on this journey of so many more small beginnings with God. I often reflect on the idea that i only thought there would be one small beginning and that was me becoming an artist. God had so many more. This set of scriptures anchors my heart to this season of my life. Will you embrace the truth of these holy words as well in this season of your life? Regardless of circumstances?
     
    Psalm 27:13-14 NLT "Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."

    • 21 min
    No More Waiting

    No More Waiting

    I have jumped off the boat and restarted my podcast after a two and half year rest. So in these first episodes, I am sharing my heart reflections of what has happened in my life. In this new season, I am going raw and real. Authentic and no script or editing. So thanks for your grace as you hear my mess ups. But "perfection is the enemy of progress" according to Winston Churchill. So season 2 of my Small Beginnings with Sara has launched. 
    In this episode 1 I share about my 2021 year. It was a year of crying. A year of reflecting. A year of finding places of thanksgiving. A year of small beginnings as a widow. A year of loss and more grieving as my dear friend, Ann (episode 7 of Season 1) and creative mentor loss excutive functioning due to massive strokes. A year to count my blessings and to continue to be brave and courageous with each new day. Will you join me on this journey?
    I wrote three books in 2021. Two about my grief journey-Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Living with Loss and Discovering New Meaning and a Companion Reflection Journal with 100 scriptures to anchor your thoughts on as you grieve and reflect.  My first children's book was released in 2021, How Good Can God Be?. I am very proud of this book as it tells the story of my dad and me as I grew up on Texas ranch. The relationship between father and child is a prototype of our relationship with God as His children. All are available on Amazon. 
    Reflecting on Grief and Moving Beyond Pain: Discovering New Meaning https://a.co/d/3RvPB7I
    Reflection Companion Journal   https://a.co/d/iMJiBW5
    How Good Can God Be? A story about a little girl and her daddy https://a.co/d/7jeLTVI
    100 Days of Creating With God https://sara-thurman.mykajabi.com/offers/Gt7LYvhS/checkout
    Thanks for joining me on this journey of so many more small beginnings with God. I often reflect on the idea that i only thought there would be one small beginning and that was me becoming an artist. God had so many more. This set of scriptures anchors my heart to this season of my life. Will you embrace the truth of these holy words as well in this season of your life? Regardless of circumstances?
    Psalm 27:13-14 NLT  "Yet I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."

    • 22 min
    025 Give God Your Best Yes with Michelle Hagen

    025 Give God Your Best Yes with Michelle Hagen

     Y'all, you are going to love my podcast #25 that completes my first season of podcasting. It is perfect since Michelle Hagen was instrumental in helping me get Small Beginnings with Sara off the ground back in May 2020. She held my hand the first night way past midnight as I was uploading and learning "all things podcasting." I am very grateful for my new virtual friend and recently got to meet her in person when Michelle came to my house for lunch while she was in Texas this Fall. This woman of God speaks from her heart with such love and strength. She is always thinking of others. 
     
    Michelle is amazing and full of wisdom about all things mamahood, transitioning from career superstar to a stay-at-home mom with postpartum depression. She has an amazing podcast called The Busy Years and knows how to juggle a small business and mamahood and just the important things in life. Be blessed as you listen and learn from my friend Michelle how to give God your best yes. 
     
    Michelle is a sales strategist, podcast, and the cheerleader we all need. With over 10 years of experience, Michelle helps women entrepreneurs take their sales and profits to the next level by them helping them refine their offerings, build systems and processes and creates sales cycles that sell. She also hosts the beloved podcast The Busy Years - Where Motherhood and Business Meet, she brings together guests who speak to women right where they are in the middle of motherhood and business. She is a midwest wife and mama to two spirited boys and can be found most mornings with messy hair, leggings, and a great cup of coffee.




     




     
     









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    • 50 min
    Living in the Playground of Creativity with Noel Yang

    Living in the Playground of Creativity with Noel Yang

    What a treat to be able to interview Noel Yang for this episode. Noel is one of the creatives I mentor one-on-one. Her story of small beginnings is so inspiring. Her near daily practice of creating has brought such freedom in her life. She describes her creative journey with God as discovering the playground of God instead of a tightrope walk. Noel is learning to trust God more as she embraces her new pathway as a painter. She describes her exchange of working for God to now living a life of rest, creating with God. She feels such joy from God and a deep satisfaction as she continues to explore her small beginnings of her pivot from film to painting. I know you will be inspired to take the next step in your own journey of creating as you listen to this episode.
    Noel Yang is a Taiwanese artist living in New Zealand. She has been a film director/producer for 15 years and is now a painter creating vibrant abstract and realistic works with collectors over North America, Europe and Asia. Her desire is to create beauty and touch people through her work. You can connect with her and buy her original paintings and prints on https://www.noelyangart.com/ and follow her on her FB https://www.facebook.com/noelyang  and IG https://www.instagram.com/noelyangart/
     
    Small Beginnings with Sara now has 44 five star reviews.  I am so blessed for my listeners.  I thank God for this amazing start as a podcaster. Please subscribe and listen each week and share with your friends when you know your friends could use some encouragement in their own journey. 
    Connect with me and follow me on my social media pages. I love getting to know my listeners.
    Have you read my book Small Beginnings: A Journey to the Impossible? It is available on Amazon in paperback (b&w), hardback (color), Audible (I read my own book) and Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1734156015/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1585602550&sr=8-4
    Here is a link to get Chapter 1 of my book Small Beginnings for Free. Sign up: https://sara-thurman.mykajabi.com/small-beginnings-take-the-next-step-landing-page
    Click to follow me on my Instagram @actsoneeightblessings; I have a  feed I think you will enjoy. Note:  I am taking a social media fast until December 15 to begin writing my next book about my grief journey of losing my husband earlier this year. 
    https://www.instagram.com/actsoneeightblessings/
    FaceBook at Acts 1:8 Blessings, my business page. You can like and follow me there.https://www.facebook.com/actsoneeightblessings/
    And I have a growing private free creative Facebook group called Creative Community with Sara Thurman that has lots of positive encouragement on your unique creative journey. Ask to be invited.https://www.facebook.com/groups/2964002270283282/
    https://SaraThurman.com There is so much on my website-my art work, my ecourse info and link, my blog, my story, my membership, my signed book and more. Check out my website to connect with me. I will be blessed to hear from you.
    Can you please help me tell others about my podcast, Small Beginnings with Sara in the huge podcasting world? I am all major podcast platforms. Thanks so much!
    Wow! Thanks, dear ones. It really means a lot to me to have you subscribe and leave a review. Choose your stars and write just one sentence about my podcast. Without you listening, my podcast would not matter. Exciting at last count, Small Beginnings with Sara has been downloaded in over 25 different countries and we have nearly 5000 total downloads in our sixth month. This makes my heart so happy for the name of Jesus and stories about His goodness to be going to the ends of the earth. 
    So I want to leave you with this question and I hope you can ask it and answer it better after listening to Small Beginnings with Sara. As my Mama said frequently during her last years,"How Good Can God Be?"
    Many Blessings,
    Sara Thurman
    Podcast Music-Jenni Fletcher

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Lindash4 ,

Inspiring

I have so enjoyed this podcast. Sara has been open & vulnerable to share her life’s journey. Sharing that leaning on our creator was her strength & encouraging others in their creative giftings whatever they may be.

ickeydo ,

New

thanks for your having a heat for starters

Ann Younger ,

The Real Deal

I’ve known Sara for almost two decades. Her wisdom and encouragement is priceless. I was with her on the flight from NC when God told her to start a Podcast...I can clearly see Him moving mountains in the lives of people, not just the artists, globally. You will not be disappointed as you listen to Sara and her guests. These stories and teachings are about and from real-life people who live every-day lives.

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