Songs in the Night

Several years ago, I had the privilege of sharing part of my story in Miracles and Moments of Grace: Stories of Survival. Here’s an intro from the editor.

In June one year, newlyweds Joshua and Sara Schaffer moved to Colorado, and in that sunny state they felt like they were on vacation every day. Early one morning, Josh kissed a sleepy Sara good-bye and headed off to Keystone ski resort. It was the last time Sara saw her husband alive, and the beginning of her tidal wave of grief, as she writes about in her story, “Songs in the Night.”

To get a copy of these many inspiring stories, you can link to the publisher store, or buy at Amazon.

If you would like a personalized, signed copy from me, the cost is $20 (including shipping and gift wrapping, if applicable.) I’d be honored to send a copy to you and/or a friend. Simply email me to request copies at:

Blessings, and may the true Hope of the world fill you with joy today!

Look Up to Know Good

In the bleakness of winter, God gently invites us to look to Him and His infinite blessings.

IMG_1643“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
–Matthew 6:26


“I will lift my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” –Psalm 121:1-2


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You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. –Psalm 16:11

Videos of The Fall Retreat

Last weekend’s retreat in Keystone was amazing. I can’t let you taste Dani’s food (scrumptious.) There’s no way to capture the smell of autumn in the mountains (clean and crisp.) And, I can’t recreate the richness of the fellowship (amazing women of God, each and all.)

What I can and will do is share with you the teaching. The links below are for the first two videos. Three more to follow. Get out your Bible, and let’s go!

Refresh your faith.

            Stand with strength.

                        Know God and be encouraged.


Watch Session One

Watch Session Two


“Great topic, fresh new insight and great, deeper content. Loved it!”  -Becky P.

“Sara’s exuberance about the Bible and its teaching is contagious. She makes the Bible stories come alive.”  -Laura L.

“Sara is a gifted speaker. The lessons were both highly intellectual but easy to understand and relate to real life. Truly left feeling encouraged and, well, smarter.” -Shana J.

“Enjoyed the use of the Old Testament. [Sara was] so enthusiastic and brought the Bible material relevant to our spiritual lives.”  -Arlene T.

You Really Are Not Alone

sunsetID-100186777A couple of weeks ago I gave the following talk at my Wednesday Bible study. Depression is a chronic struggle for me, and I’m thankful God’s Word deals with it honestly and transparently.

If you or someone you know also deals with a troubled heart, here’s a gentle reminder: put your hope in God. He is a sure, definite, reliable, all-powerful Hope. Especially in the darkness of depression, I’m thankful I can rely on Him.

I invite you to listen and read along in Psalm 42. Blessings to you, dear one.

Something New!

I’m thrilled to announce the release of two new Bible studies!

Now available at many major online retailers including and Just search for “Sara Sophia” or click on the links in the post below.

GROUP DISCOUNT: If you are interested in purchasing copies for a group study, please order through me directly at to receive a 40% discount on purchases of 5 or more books.

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Why, Lord? Discovering God in Difficulty

by Sara Sophia Schaffer

Over 2600 years ago, a man named Habakkuk dared to ask, “Why, Lord?” God’s
astonishing reply holds answers for all of us. Find hope for life’s challenges in this remarkably relevant ancient book. This personal Bible study with questions and leader’s guide is perfect for individuals and groups. If you’ve been asking God “Why?” discover Him through His Word.


Fight the Good Fight CoverFight the Good Fight: A Study Guide for 1 & 2 Timothy

by Sara Sophia Schaffer

Equip yourself to fight the good fight of faith through this personal study of 1 & 2 Timothy. Perfect for groups or individuals. Includes instructions for inductive study, leader’s guide and discussion questions.

How to Stop Hating Someone

She betrayed me.
Others started to make assumptions about me.
Lies swirled and rumors started.
They were whispers. At first.
But then something I said contradicted someone’s conclusions about the whole situation, and the accusations crescendoed.
The betrayal stung.
The lies spread like fire.
I was burned. And it hurt.
Anger grew, bitterness tempted me and I begged God for help.
He showed me Jesus in the garden being kissed by a friend and then handed over to the Romans.
A betrayal wrapped in affection—twisted, evil, typical.
God also reminded me of Jesus washing His betrayer’s feet, offering him mercy until the last moment. And I saw Jesus crying out “Forgive them!” from the cross.

And that’s the secret. Forgive them.

Whenever the hurt surfaces, forgive. When a mean comment comes to mind, forgive. When the pain of what was lost returns, forgive.

Each layer, every time. Forgive.

It took time—years—to feel fully free of the hatred and anger. Sometimes I still grieve over it all, but hatred has not won. Love has.

Lord, You see every betrayal. You understand the sting and injury that result better than anyone! Give me the ability to forgive. Give me an understanding of the grace you’ve shown me that I might forgive others and live free. Amen.

  • Be Up to Know Good: Read about Jesus’ betrayal first-hand in John 13 and Matthew 26 and His words from the cross in Luke 23.

In a Monday Mood

Four down. Eight to go.

Eight full weeks until school starts again.

Who’s counting? Yep. Me.

But I pause this Monday—another summer vacation day of Legos, playing outside, Netflix, art camp and swim lessons—to think back. (I can pause because of art camp. Selah.)

The first of three months has been better than I hoped. Despite two rounds of summer colds, we’ve had a lot of fun.


It’s so easy for me to drift into thoughts of what’s next 

that I can easily overlook the right now.


My six year old learned to ride a bike.

My eight year old has devoured half a dozen chapter books.

There have been countless houses made of small colorful bricks, doll parties, Vacation Bible School and two trips to the local water park.

Both my girls are learning to swim.

And I am learning to walk.

I walk slowly enough to see the crayons strewn on the floor with a smile. Someday there will be no crayons, no living room floor art sessions. But they are here now, and they are wonderful.

A promenade up the stairway to my daughter’s room leads to an unexpected conversation with a brilliant eight year old.

Strolling through a mall, my girls and I stop for a while to enjoy a fountain. We spend almost as much time just being here as we do in their favorite stores.

For most of my life I’ve had a plan. At age 20 I made a 100 year plan for the rest of my potential 120 year lifespan. I’ve set and met goals, run a marathon, managed several of my own businesses and recently have been actively pursuing a career as an author.

But whatever I do, I need to walk. My eyes need to see and ears need to hear what is happening here and now. It’s so easy for me to drift into thoughts of what’s next that I can easily overlook the right now.

So yes, I’m counting down until school begins, but I’m also looking back a bit, and loving my life today.

  • Be Up to Know Good: Read through Galatians 5:13-26 and focus on keeping pace with the Spirit. May we, like Enoch, be those who faithfully walk with God.

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Dealing with the Shadow of Depression

Depression is a shadowy disease. Recently, it once again darkened the edges of my world.

First I ignored it. Then I admitted it. Now, I’m fighting back.

King David once cried,
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?”

My cry has sounded more like this:
How long do I have to wait, God?
Will wait my whole life and never know fulfillment?
Why does my life, my very good and very blessed life, feel so small?
God, would anyone really miss me if I just disappear?

In this midst of his mental anguish, David also remembered God’s character:
“But I trust in Your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in Your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for He has been good to me.”

Truth: God is good. He hasn’t been holding out on me. The enemy works hard to convince me otherwise. This tactic of diminishing God’s greatness and goodness is the oldest trick in the Book. The serpent told Eve there was more to life than God had offered her. So she reached out and grabbed more for herself. Bad idea. For Eve, and for me.

Instead of finding my own way, may I wait with the transparency of King David—telling God when I’m stressed and then remembering Who He is.

In shadows, depression, discouragement or whatever struggles may come, there is a way to fight back. “I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.” Yes, He’s been so very, very good.


  • Be Up to Know Good: Read and pray Psalm 103. It lists the benefits of believing God, and it’s written as a prayer.

My $5 for Your Two Cents

Lately I’ve been praying a lot about why I blog.

And I thought I’d ask you a couple questions.

Click here to take a 90 second (if you take your time), 5 question survey.

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Stories for Change

At 8 this morning on KPOF my friend Elsi Dodge talked about our latest compilation book, Stories for Change for Camp for Change.

We’re excited about this project because 100% of all financial gifts go directly to Camp for Change—an organization that sends foster kids to summer camp at no charge to them.

In exchange for a donation of ANY AMOUNT, you get a compilation of poems and short stories put together by our writing group, Write from the Heart.

Go directly to Camp for Change to contribute. Then make a comment below or email me to let me know, and I’ll mail you a signed copy of the book. No gift is too small (or too big!), and contributions over $3 are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your generosity.