Something Out of Nothing

Sharon Encouragement 6 Comments

Last month my youngest son began day care, which means I now have two mornings entirely to myself. Each day, in those first moments after the front door shuts and a hush falls over the house, I breathe the quiet into my lungs, I throw open the windows, and I light a candle that reminds me of Charleston. Then I sit down at …


The Good Girl’s Rebellion

Sharon Spiritual Health 5 Comments

I’ve been sitting on this post for several months. I first began to write it after a conversation with some friends from church. We were talking about our spiritual journeys, and mine was pretty uninteresting: I was raised in the church, I followed the rules, and I never needed to learn the hard way. I always did what was expected of me, and I …

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The Campaign for Character

Sharon Politics

For the past few weeks–months, really–something has been bubbling up inside of me. Over the weekend, it came to a boil. I think the Spirit is urging me to speak about something, so I have spent a lot of time praying, asking for the right words, and opening my heart to the wisdom of God. In a culture like ours, when listening seems …

In bloom

Marriage, Kids, and So Much Touch

Sharon Family, Marriage 10 Comments

It was the end of a long day, and I was exhausted and ready for bed. I crawled under the covers, pulled them up to my chin, and let out a long sigh. Our youngest son was five months old, so I breathed in the peace and quiet. No children were crying. No babies needed holding. No diapers needed changing. It was nice. My husband …

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Big News!!!!!

Sharon Uncategorized 43 Comments

Oh friends, where do I even begin? I’m so excited to FINALLY share some major news in my life, and I hardly have the words to say it. In a way, this announcement has been ten years in the making, because that is how long I have been writing and blogging. And now it’s finally happening. A ten year long dream is becoming a …

Fast and Pray

A Call to Fast and Pray

Sharon Current Events 10 Comments

Like many of you, I will never forget where I was the day of the mass shooting in Newtown. I was at the gym walking on a treadmill with a tiny tv attached to it. The news of the shooting broke, and I stopped dead in my tracks. I stood there staring into space, probably for a few minutes. Then, I looked up …


When Comparison is About Something Else

Sharon Discipleship 7 Comments

Last week I had a chance to hear my friend Lisa speak at a church in my area. It’s always fun to sit under the teaching of women I love, and Lisa is no exception. She is passionate about Jesus and has an unbelievable gift for teaching. She killed it. Here’s what else I love about Lisa–she is hysterical. SO stinking funny. I …


An Open Letter to Average People

Sharon Current Events 4 Comments

I’m sitting here staring at my computer screen, not knowing how to begin. I have written and deleted, and written and deleted, because nothing I can say will do justice to the horrors of yesterday’s events. My heart is grieving, crying out, and despairing on behalf of Orlando. Yesterday I sat in church processing it all, and my mind was in turmoil over the complexity …


Four Things Gentleness Is Not

Sharon Self-control, Spiritual Health 2 Comments

I have this theory about raising girls. It’s based on my own childhood and the messages I received, and the theory goes like this: As children, boys are taught the importance of controlling their strength. Of all the rules, “don’t hit girls” is chief. Boys are taught their power is for protecting people, not hurting them, so we teach boys the appropriate …


The Hardest Lesson

Sharon Suffering 0 Comments

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Cor. 1:3-4 One summer while I was in seminary, I interned at a hospital as a …