Every heart longs to be seen and understood
Every heart longs to be seen and understood. Yet most of our lives is unwitnessed. We spend our days working, driving, parenting. We sometimes spend whole seasons feeling unnoticed and unappreciated. So how do we find contentment when we feel so hidden?
In Unseen, Sara Hagerty suggests that this is exactly what God intended. He is the only One who truly knows us. He is the only One who understands the value of the unseen in our lives. When this truth seeps into our souls, we realize that only when we hide ourselves in God can we give ourselves to others in true freedom—and know the joy of a deeper relationship with the God who sees us?Our culture applauds what we can produce, what we can show, what we can upload to social media. Only when we give all of ourselves to God—unedited, abandoned, apparently wasteful in its lack of productivity—can we live out who God created us to be. As Hagerty writes, “Maybe my seemingly unproductive, looking-up-at-Him life produces awe among the angels.”
Through an eloquent exploration of both personal and biblical story, Hagerty calls us to offer every unseen minute of our lives to God. God is in the secret places of our lives that no one else witnesses. But we’ve not been relegated to these places. We’ve been invited.
We may be “wasting” ourselves in a hidden corner today: The cubicle on the fourth floor. The hospital bedside of an elderly parent. The laundry room. But these are the places God uses to meet us with a radical love. These are the places that produce the kind of unhinged love in us that gives everything at His feet, whether or not anyone else ever proclaims our name, whether or not anyone else ever sees.
God’s invitation is not just for a season or a day. It is the question of our lives: “When no one else applauds you, when it makes no sense, when you see no results—will you waste your love on Me?”
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Founder of IF: Gathering and Author of “Nothing to Prove”
Katie Davis Majors
Author of “Kisses from Katie” and “Daring to Hope”
Wife of Dennis Rainey and mom of six married children. Co-founder of FamilyLife, author of Letters to My Daughters, The Art of Being a Wife, blogger and creator of EverThineHome, the holiday and home collection from FamilyLife.
Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times Best-selling author of Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All and Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World, Wife and Mother of three
Author of “Teaching from Rest: The Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace” and “Read-Aloud Revival” (Zondervan 2018)
Songwriter, worship artist, “The Glorious in the Mundane” Podcast
Ruth Chou Simons
Author of “GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart”, founder of gracelaced.com
Author of “The Story of With”
Author of “The Friendships of Women” and “He Calls You Beautiful”
Author of “The Lifegiving Home” and “Different”, blogger at SallyClarkson.com and host to “At Home with Sally and Friends” podcast
Author of “Deep unto Deep”
Author of “Mom Set Free”
Susan Alexander Yates
Speaker and Author of many books on parenting and her new “Risky Faith” and “The One”
Author of “Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons”
Jennifer Dukes Lee
Author of “The Happiness Dare” and “Love Idol”
Author of “No More Faking Fine”
Amy Julia Becker
Author of “A Good and Perfect Gift” and “Small Talk”
Professional Marathon runner, Co-Founder The Hall Steps Foundation
Pastor’s Wife, DesiringGod contributor, Author of “Messy Beautiful Friendship”
Speaker and Author of “Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility”
About Sara Hagerty
Sara Hagerty is a lover of God, a wife to Nate, and a mother of seven-four adopted from Africa and then more through miracle pregnancies. She's also a bestselling author and speaker. As a lifelong admirer of words, Sara has experienced their power to revive. Raw words written in tearful honesty and shared with her readers. Words whispered in hidden places as conversation with God and worship to Him. Today Sara's words offer God's hope to readers facing unexpected life circumstances. You can follow her on Instagram @sarahagertywrites.
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