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Sara Frankl entered into the arms of Jesus on September 24, 2011, but her legacy of choosing joy lives on. Her blog, Gitzen Girl, is about her commitment to embracing the story God had for her. Her illness stripped her of the potential for a job and family and status,...

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  1. I’m having a ‘line in the sand’ moment right now. Thank you for the picture – it’s so helpful. You can be pretty sure what I choose! It is kind of obvious when you think about it that clearly:-)

  2. as soon as i saw the picture, i said “it has to be sara!!!”
    you already know how i feel about you and your strong faith. oh, how i wish this wasn’t your life. but what a thing of beauty it is. what a thing of beauty YOU are.
    love you

  3. Wow.
    Just – WOW.
    I could choose God, or I could choose fear – but they can’t coexist…. I chose God…
    Thank u, Sara….

  4. I’ve battled my own “fear”! I have to make a conscience decision EVERYDAY to choose not to live with fear!
    It can grip you and torment you in everyway!
    I love 2 Tim 1:7
    For GOD has not given me a spirit of fear…but one of power, love and SOUND MIND!
    Good to cling to when satan is lurking with fearful stuff!

  5. What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing. I get what you are saying, in a different way. My youngest daughter was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome. I’ve had to choose between fear and God. People have wondered why I’m not crazy bitter about my girl’s situation and gives me the opportunity to share John 9:1-3: As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
    “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

  6. I just love your perspective. It is so inspiring to me. Thanks for always taking the time to explain to us how you came to this point and this acceptance. How you are able to always choose joy. You are amazing.

  7. Sara, I have always dreamed of your words having a broader audience and now you are here! I am so thrilled at this opportunity for you and so excited I get to read your words regularly here at (in) courage.
    I have no doubt when you took fear off the table, and chose to follow him instead, you took your first step to becoming strong at the broken place… Sending love! Thanks for the (in)couragement

  8. I’m tickled you’re going to be a regular here! (In)courage has become one of my favorite online places!
    Thanks for your example of choosing God even when it’s hard. It’s such an affirmation to me!

  9. These posts are always so inspiring and they remind me that I am not the only only one with problems! Thank you! I have God to lean on as I go through the changes that MS has brought to me.

  10. Sara, Both of your (in)courage posts have touched me so much. When I was struggling with a late stage illness, I used to go to bed afraid that I’d never wake up. One night when I was praying I realized He had me in His arms even at my sickest. It was a huge turning point in my illness. I wish I knew of your blog back then. I’m sure it would’ve given me strength. I’m so glad to have found it now. You are truly an inspiration, and I look forward to reading more of your blog and your contributions. Thank you for putting into words what so many of us need to hear.

  11. Wow! Sara your post really touched my heart. God is an amazing God and will lift us up and carries us through so many daily trials and life tragedies. I am filled with joy for you that you chose life!!! You chose Him instead of fear. God is really using you to minister to all of us. Thank you for sharing your story and heart with all of us. You have been such a blessing to me today. God bless you, Sara!!

  12. Bringing your words and your wisdom into my own brokenness today. And into the places that don’t seem to be broken after all.
    Thank you or writing this.

  13. thank you, friend, for reminding me that my choices are simple (though not easy) — Him or fear. i choose fear so often. right now, even. but i want to choose Him. i want to choose trust.
    i’m not exactly sure how.
    maybe that sounds silly. but… shrug… i really don’t know the “how” part.
    “And I trust Him to make me whole in the image of His sight, not mine.” — i need to readjust my perspective on that one, remembering that His ways are so not my ways.
    thank you for pushing me toward Him.
    i love you.

  14. You give life the best perspective. Not only is your glass always half full (and then some), it’s a beautiful crystal goblet that reflects His light in everything you write. You are an amazing woman and I’m so proud to know you.

  15. Thank you for this post friend. I love the line “I could choose Him, or I could choose fear. But I couldn’t choose both

  16. Thank you for sharing and encouraging me with your testimony. It speaks to me because I have 2 children with a genetic disorder. It’s been very difficult but I pray that my children will know the Lord more and cling to Him through their lives as you have. And that they will bring Him glory through the struggles as you are doing.
    God has shown me that we all have disabilities, but some are more visible (and more difficult) than others. We will all be perfect with Him for all of eternity! 2 Cor 4:16-18
    God’s love and blessings to you~ x

  17. Thank you thank you thank you for your post. I have been struggling with fear. I think I will read it again. and again. Please keep sharing.

  18. Thank you for this post. My Father was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis 1year ago and my step mother left him. It has been a hard year because we also found out my dads sister also has it. I live in fear that I will soon get this disease because I already in my 20’s have lots of problems even before my dad was diagnosed. I want to say THANK YOU for allowing me to see things a little clearer. I choose HIM also so therefore I have to let go of the fear.