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 …

How to Stop the Train

Sharon Spiritual Health 6 Comments

You know I’m a huge fan of marriage counseling, right? If you visit here much, you’re going to hear me talk about marriage counseling, because I think EVERYONE should do it. Seriously. Marriage counselors are such an incredible resource. Ike and I love ours, and she has given us so much great advice over the years. Along those lines, I want to share …

When You Don’t Feel Passionate About God

Sharon Discipleship 5 Comments

I will never forget the first few months of my relationship with Ike. The early days of dating are SO intoxicating! Everything is new, constant butterflies in your stomach, simply the sight of them is exhilarating. Their smell, their touch, sends tingles up your spine. About a month after we “officially” started dating, Ike took a summer job in Charleston, SC, which has got to be the dreamiest …

For the Other Mothers

Sharon Seasonal 3 Comments

  Mother’s Day is this weekend, which has got to be the most emotionally tangled day on the calendar. It touches such a tender spot in many of us, both good and bad. I want to name that and to acknowledge it, especially for those of you who are in a raw place this year. I also want to share where I am this year. …

What If Everyone Agreed With Me?

Sharon Church, Community 1 Comment

  What if everyone agreed with me? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot the past few days. Or should I say daydreaming about it, because that’s really what it amounts to. Every time I read a mean comment, or a stereotype, or an opinion I just plain disagree with, I ball up my fists and growl, How could they POSSIBLY think that? My righteous anger …

Book Giveaway: Looking For Lovely

Sharon Book Reviews 29 Comments

  It’s that time of year, when I will find ANY excuse to get outside and enjoy the weather. Just before sitting down to write this, I flung open my windows to breathe in the warm breeze and listen to the crickets sing. It’s spring–summer is just around the corner!–and I have JUST the book to help you ring it all …

Book Giveaway: Breaking Busy

Sharon Book Reviews 12 Comments

  Friends, I have SUCH a treat for you today. Today I’m talking with the one and only Alli Worthington about her new book Breaking Busy. If you don’t know Alli, GET TO KNOW HER, because she is killing it. Alli is the Executive Director of Propel Women, she co-founded BlissDom, the single largest international women’s small business conference in the world, and the first time I …

Sisters in Calling

Sharon Community, Self-esteem 11 Comments

Last week I attended a writers conference in Grand Rapids that–due to no fault of its own–I had been dreading for weeks. The conference itself is fantastic, but I have a real love/hate relationship with writers conferences. On the one hand, I love seeing old friends, making new ones, and learning more. On the other hand, writers conferences dig up a lot of …