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Sarah Kovac

In Capable Arms - Living the Life Embraced by Grace
 

I am a wife, mother, speaker and author. A disability forces me to do most things with my feet, from chopping up onions to brushing my son's teeth. My days are a little different, but when it comes to the important stuff, you and I are the same.

Born with a rare birth defect called AMC that left her arms hanging almost useless at her sides, Sarah Kovac’s 29 years have been full of challenges. At the age of 2, she began using her feet to feed herself, and they have been doing the work of hands ever since. Sarah graduated high school in 2001, and went on to attend Missouri Western State University with a scholarship to play the trumpet there. After trying out several majors, she finally settled on English, with an emphasis in journalism.

During these college years, she met and married Adam Kovac, who is also from St. Joseph. Prior to Sarah’s senior year, Adam and Sarah were excited to learn that they were expecting a baby. Public reaction to her pregnancy was mixed, as some were concerned that Sarah might not be physically up to the task. Without a doubt, being a mother has presented Sarah with a whole world of new and shifting obstacles. In the beginning, she wasn’t sure how she would even hold him or get him in and out of a crib. The moment she adapts to Ethan’s needs, he grows and his needs change. Parenthood has been an exercise in patience and creativity for both Sarah and Adam, who often is given the difficult task of standing back and allowing his wife to struggle through a situation.

They have been glad to discover that there has been no difficulty they couldn’t handle as long as they leaned on each other, and God. In April of 2010, Sarah was reading the news on CNN.com and saw that they were asking for stories of families dealing with disabilities. She uploaded a video of a typical morning for them (i.e. her feeding and changing him with her feet), and two days later Sarah and Ethan were CNN’s headline news.

She was honored to meet other individuals with AMC when she spoke at the AMC Conference, and has found tremendous joy in speaking encouragement to parents of children with the disability. In 2011, Sarah signed with The Blythe Daniel Agency, and entered into contract with Abingdon Press in the spring of 2012. Her first book, In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace, will be released in hardcover September 17, 2013.

Topics!

Hello My Name is:

We all have things that come along in life which would define us, but does it have to be that way? Must I live under the label life has given me? Failure. Addict. Cripple. Abused. These things may happen to us, but you and I choose who we will be. This talk will make you question how you see yourself, how you see others, and inspire you to be the person you can be, despite what life may tell you.

Adjust Your Sails:

Though the wind may be strong and against a little sailboat, a skilled sailor can still get where she needs to be. If she is aware of what things she can change (her sails), and what things she can’t (the wind), nothing can hold her back. When forces larger than us threaten to push us backwards, can we adjust our attitudes and allow even adversity to pull us forward? Attendees will be asked to consider what is really holding them back. They often find that the situation itself is not the true obstacle, but rather their approach is what binds them.

Pain, Re-Purposed:

God isn’t wasteful. Even our most painful experiences are often used as integral parts of His plan for us. Imagine what redemption could feel like if you surrendered even your most painful, shameful flaws and hurts to Him. Imagine those hurts bringing healing to others, and therefore becoming sources of joy rather than pain. God is in the recycling business. What beauty could He make from your ashes?

Don't be a Chicken:

Chickens will literally peck each other to death when they detect a wound. Jesus sets the ultimate example of what God can do through us when we make ourselves vulnerable. We see Jesus, on the cross, naked and dying… as vulnerable as it gets. And in that act of vulnerability is our very salvation. But how can follow Christ in vulnerability and openness if we fear being “pecked” to death by the people around us? This talk boils down to a.) what God can do with a vulnerable heart, and b.) how we can create a culture where vulnerability is not so scary.

Reviews:

“Sarah is a wonderful speaker with an inspiring message, her sense of humor and personality make her a rare gem.” Denise Rinard, Learning Resource Coordinator

“I loved having Sarah Kovac visit us at our spring women’s conference, ’In His Arms.’ Sarah is amazing! She’s warm and friendly and is so confident with her ‘disability’ that she doesn’t seem to have a disability at all. People of all ages will enjoy her and will come away from her presentation with a fresh appreciation for the way God works in our lives. I can’t wait to read her book!” -Marcy Lucas, Women’s Leadership Team

“I believe that handicapped individuals as well as those who have never suffered severely from a physical disability have much to learn from Sarah.” Stephanie Glenn, Attendee

“Sarah shared her struggles with humor, dignity and grace. Not everyone has AMC but we all have barriers and she in a inspiration in dealing with barriers and overcoming challenges.” Kim Hubbard, Attendee

“Sarah’s presentation was excellent. She kept the audience engaged and had a great story to tell. I received feedback from my students on how they enjoyed hearing from our guest speaker. My students appreciated our guest speaker and gave them inspiration to take their education into the field of their choice. Thank you Sarah for sharing your story which I personally took so much from.” Shaun Riggins, Campus Director

“Sarah Kovac has an inspirational message that appeals to any age level. She has an amazing life story that encourages all of us to keep going and trusting God, no matter what we face in life.” Jeanette Marriott, Event Coordinator



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