Stress Point Giveaway with Sarah Martin

While I ready myself for our Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference next week (and feed three freshman football players after their morning workouts1) I am having a few friends offer giveaways.

Today, meet my friend Sarah and hear about her book Stress Point.

About her:

Sarah Francis Martin has a passion to encourage and relate to women in their twenties. Her relevant and conversational style will lead young adult readers to live out the kingship of Christ in everyday life in order to find godly success, purpose and well being.       Her ministry, LIVE IT OUT!, is a space for 20-somethings to connect with one another and grow closer to Jesus (www.liveitoutblog.com).

About her book:

Want to ditch the drama and thrive through your twenties? Body image. Friendships. Career. Money. Dating. All these issues and more serve as points of stress for the 20-something woman, and combined they can make for a decade of drama in a girl’s life. Sarah is the slightly older girlfriend who’s been there, done that, and got the not-so-cute t-shirt. Through this interactive Bible study, Sarah helps young adult women address each stress point by encouraging them to wait on the Lord, worship Him, and make Him the focus of their lives.

Her interview:

~ Sarah, what prompted you to write Stress Point?

After working with the She Seeks, a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries for 20-somethings, I noticed that our readers were in need of resources that speak directly to the single/college/career stage of life. I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to share with young adult women how they can put Jesus in the center of every single area of life.

~ What do you feel are the greatest stressors a woman faces in her twenties?

In addition to the typical stress of dating and navigating relationships during this decade,  the topic of money, career, body image and making a difference in the world are just a few stress points. This is such a transitional and even weird stage of life where young adult women are navigating life now that they are “officially.” It is difficult to work through these stress points when we don’t have a center of focus on Jesus.

~ What do you hope your readers discover as they experience your book?

It is my prayer, hope and dream that young adult women will see that they are not alone in their stress points. I also hope and pray that after they’ve conversed with me by reading the book, they will put Stress Point down, pick up their Bible and have some meaningful conversations with the Lord.

~ Anything older women can glean from your book?

Absolutely. We all face stress points in life yet often lose our way as to what matters most. I think women older than 20-somethings (our “slightly older girlfriends”) will learn how to what I call, LIVE OUT! the Kingship of Christ in every area of their life.

Also, Stress Point is a great resource for parents of 20-somethings. Not only would they get a glimpse into the mind and heart of their daughters, Stress Point makes for a great graduation gift!

Thanks Sarah!

Now, if you would like to be entered into a drawing to receive a signed copy of Sarah’s book, answer this question:

~IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 20’s: What is the biggest stresser you face?

~ IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 30’s OR ABOVE: What is one piece of advice you wish you could go back and give your twenty-something self?

Go……..

(Winner announced Friday)

56 Comments

  1. If I could go back and re-do my twenties it would be not to worry myself about what other’s thought about me, that is their problem and not mine.

  2. Mid 40’s
    Do NOT listen to the inner voice that does not love you as much as God does! Learn how much God loves you so you can love others more richly.

  3. 50’s.. don’t believe other peoples opinions of you is who you are, and don’t assume people don’t like you. Just don’t assume!!

  4. The one thing I would tell my younger self is that it isn’t necessary to compare yourself to other wives and think that you are less beautiful or that you have to do everything they do just to prove you love your husband. He loves you for who you are and the way you love him back, not because you can accomplish more than all the other wives you know AND he doesn’t want you to look like all the other wives, he wants you to be the person he married – beautiful inside first which makes you beautiful outside because you glow with the love of God.

  5. I am well over 30, I would go back and tell myself not to compare myself to others. To look to Jesus for my approval, not to others. To trust Him in all areas of my life.

  6. I would tell my almost 20something daughter that the most important thing to think about at this point is life is her future regarding her relationship with Christ. I see her not making that a priority now (as I did then) and wish that she would see the error of her choice now instead of later!!

  7. 30s…..but knocking on 40s door! ;)

    I guess my piece of advice would be to enjoy where you are at and not get caught up in what
    others think. Always remember that you are working for eternity and christs glory!

  8. What a great question. I’m in my 30’s and there’s so much I would go back and tell my 20-something self if I could. I think most importantly, I would share that so much of what seems
    “big” now won’t even be memorable in a few years and it’s good to try and take the long-view.

  9. At 60+ I would tell my 20 self to listen to the Christians and visit their church. And then to wait on God to guide your steps and not rush each step. He knows your gifts and who your spouse will be if you are to marry, so do not settle for anyone less than one who love Jesus more than you.

  10. In my 40?s now, I wish I could of learned back in my 20?s How to wait longer for God’s answer. (That’s something I’m learning Now)

  11. Oh if I could give my 20 year old self some advice it would be to really understand that God is the love of my life and to not look for a man to fill that God shaped space in my heart.

  12. What I tell my 20 year old daughter is to WAIT on the LORD. Look to Him first, and everything else will fall into place. Not waiting for Gods timing leads to regret.

  13. My biggest stressor so far has been learning to love myself (inside and out). I am learning to see myself through gods eyes rather than my own. There are still days I struggle with this. But with Gods help I know I can conquer it!

  14. 20’s- my biggest stressor is my own fault, I am trying to work full time to support our family of seven, go to school full time so med school is not so far off in the distance, and be mom, wife and active church member! Most days I hit the bed at 8 (as soon as I tuck the kids in) and do not want to get up the next day. Thanks for writing on this topic, it is much needed!
    Hugs, Jennifer

  15. I am 33 with 9 children & I would tell my yonger self to find my worth in God not in this world as I had tried to do in my 20’s.

  16. JI can so vividly recall many stressors during my early married life. I married at 17 so you can see that a lot of change had to take place in my life quickly. Thank God He saw me through it. One word of advice I would give to younger women is that when you have children, take advantage of every moment you can have with your child. I worked when both of my children were small. It was very stressful in that my husband’s job required him to travel a lot so he was not usually at home during the day. Looking back, I wish I had paid less attention to housekeeping, laundry needs etc. and spent more time with my children. If there is any way that a young mother can stay home with her children, I strongly advise her to. They grow up so fast. Thanks for allowing me to enter for the book drawing. It sounds like something I would certainly enjoy.

  17. I’m from the 30+ gals and the one piece of advice I would give myself would be to place God at the center of your life girl and give him all your worries and cares. With God anything and everything is possible but without God nothing is possible. The other piece of advice I would offer myself would be to not worry about tomorrow, but focus on today as today is a wonderful day that God has given to us to rejoice in. Blessings to you!!!!

  18. In my 30’s now, I wish I could tell myself back in 20’s that I should wait longer for God’s answer. Perhaps if I did then I would have seen HIS blessings now.

  19. You know, I am 37 now. I have been married 16 years, have 6 children, and weigh 15 pounds more than I did in my 20’s. But, even though I am aging; baby belly, gray hairs, everything settling south…. Being in the mid 30’s is not nearly as much a drag as I would have envisioned at 22. I don’t stress about appearing successful to the world. I can’t afford to obsess about my body image, & I don’t get mad everytime my sweet hubby leaves something on the counter… (what does a box on the counter matter in the grand scheme of things when I consider the mountains of laundry and dishes in the sink! ;-)
    So, yes, this book is perfect for our 20’s crowd! If I could have a redo, I’d just spend more time memorizing God’s word and visiting the hurting. While I had time to focus on my spiritual growth. :-)

  20. “slightly older girlfriends”
    It doesnt necessarily get easier just becasue you get slightly older. I still struggle with pressures of life, pressures of body image, and the only stress reliever that is a complete is allowing the Lord to give me the strength I need to get thru those things. Placing Christ, where He truely belongs, at the center of my life is key.

    Valerie

  21. I’m in my 20’s
    My biggest stressors right now are money and balance. Between being a wife, ministry, kids, and everything else balance can be tough.
    Sounds like a fabulous book.

  22. From a “30+” gal: Take your time, learn patience, and don’t “settle” for anything or anyone. God has wonderful blessings in store for each of his daughters. We find ourselves in a rush wanting for things (or people) to happen immediately. We get impatient for answers, impatient in our loneliness, we even get impatient waiting in line for the microwave at work to quickly grab a bite to eat so we can get back to work! God wants us to wait patiently for Him and to rest in Him. Remember to slow down enough to find rest in Him each day and to be patient enough (especially in those big decisions) to make sure all you do is in His Will. He will bless you for your patience. :o)

  23. being in my late 30’s now, I wish I could tell my 20 something self to just relax and enjoy! I spent so much of my time worrying about whether I would find a spouse, etc. and I should have just trusted God to know what was best for me!

  24. 20s
    My biggest stressor would probably be striving to be a great wife. We were married a year ago and it’s been an amazing journey so far, I’ve learned a lot along the way, but when I fail it’s stressful. Sounds like a great book!

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