Hello to all my readers, and to those of you finding me here for the first time,
Welcome to my blog! My name is Sharon Hodde (sounds like “Hottie”–I’m not joking) Miller and I love writing about Christ for the women in his church. I live just north of Chicago with my husband, where we are both pursuing our PhD’s at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. My degree is in Educational Studies with a focus on evangelical women in higher education. I am also a regular contributing author to Her.meneutics, Cultivate Her, Ungrind, and Faith Village. Most importantly, I am a Christian, and if you want to know more about what that means, click here.
To give you a little history about this blog, I started it several years ago in conjunction with a Bible study I was leading at the time. I wanted to walk alongside my Bible study members as they lived life and followed Christ, but it is difficult to be so holistic in just one sitting each week. I desired an additional outlet for teaching and encouraging those young women with the truths of Scripture, so I started blogging.
Out of that Bible study blossomed a new ministry called She Worships.
Why “She Worships?”
While “She Worships” isn’t exactly the catchiest name, I chose it for a very specific reason. Romans 12:1 tells us, “Therefore…in view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” As this verse teaches, the Christian life is to be defined by worship. We are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, which means that each day is a sacrifice of worship to God.
Not only is Romans 12:1 the call of every Christian, but it runs against the grain of many women’s ministry resources today. If you ever wander into the women’s section at a Christian bookstore, you’ll find books about dieting, self-esteem, beauty and marriage, but worship isn’t a super popular topic. Unless you dress it up, it’s not a big seller.
While the culture doesn’t care much for worship, God certainly does. And as Romans 12:1 tells us, worship doesn’t just exist in a church. It’s a lifestyle. It permeates everything we do. Defined that way, worship is actually quite an undertaking.
Although I use this blog as a platform for teaching and encouraging, it’s primarily a reflection of the lessons I’m learning about God and discipleship, and the topics can range from theology to dating! Given that premise, the language of this blog will be most familiar to Christians who have been following Jesus for awhile. If you are a young Christian or not a Christian at all, and some of the language or logic of my arguments is confusing (or you simply disagree), don’t hesitate to ask me about it! I am eager to talk with anyone and everyone as I continue to learn what it means to follow Jesus and worship him on a daily basis.
Worship is not for Sunday morning alone. Nor is worship for the Christian super-elite. It is God’s good plan for those who love Him. And as I have learned to worship God in my marriage, my friendships, my job, the grocery store and when I’m driving in my car, life has gotten even sweeter. I hope you will join me!
To contact me about speaking, writing, or questions about my blog, you can e-mail me at Sharon(at)sheworships(dot)com.