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What She Really Means When She Compliments Your Shoes

Sharon Beauty, Body Image 1 Comment

Have you ever received a compliment that made you feel worse? I once received one of those compliments at a women’s church event. It wasn’t a back-handed compliment and it wasn’t intended to make me feel less than. It was sincere as can be, but something about it made my spirit lurch. I walked into the room and greeted some …

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Does This Make Me Look Fat?

Sharon Beauty, Self-esteem 6 Comments

Sarah laughed right in God’s face. Do you remember that story? Sarah, the wife of Abraham, was old and barren. She was long past her child-bearing years, so when she overheard the Lord telling Abraham that she would conceive and bear a son, Sarah laughed to herself saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I …

The Woman Who Said No

Sharon Beauty, Modesty 14 Comments

Over the years I have read the story of Esther many times. I’ve even seen the Veggie Tales movie version. It’s a powerful story about a courageous woman, and who can forget her defiant words in the face of her darkest hour: “If I perish, I perish.” What an awesome woman of God! Yet despite my familiarity with the story, …

On the Path to Perfection

Sharon Beauty, Self-esteem, Theology 13 Comments

This past weekend I attended the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing. I didn’t really know what to expect (it was my first “writers conference” in my life!) but my favorite part was, by far, connecting with other Christian women writers. Shout out to all you amazing ladies! One of the writers I FINALLY got to meet was Amy Julia …

The Immodesty of Pregnancy

Sharon Beauty, Modesty, Purity 17 Comments

On Thursday, my friend and colleague Caryn Rivadeneira wrote a provocative and controversial post for Her.meneutics in which she addressed Jessica Simpson’s latest cover photo for Elle Magazine. In case you haven’t seen the photo, Simpson posed au naturale in all her pregnant glory, and Caryn responded with a–what I could call–redemptive perspective. I call Caryn’s perspective redemptive because she …

Looking Good For Your Man

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Marriage 5 Comments

Well it’s almost mid-May in Chicago which, I am learning, means that Spring is finally  starting to peek out from under the frozen tundra. It’s not in full bloom, mind you, but there are some flowers here and there and I finally put away my down coat until next winter. In case you were wondering, I really miss North Carolina. …

True Sisterhood Podcast

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Self-esteem 2 Comments

In my last post I told you about an interview I had scheduled for this this week on the True Sisterhood Podcast. Today I want to fill you in on how it went! The podcast format is like a Christian, radio version of The View. The podcast features four women of different ages and gifts who get together each week …

America the Beautiful

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Self-esteem 4 Comments

About a month and a half ago I posted an entry called Taking Off Your Makeup, and this past week a version of it was re-posted on Christianity Today’s blog for women, Her.meneutics. Surprisingly, Christianity Today has a wider readership than my personal blog (please note sarcasm) and I received a lot of wonderful feedback as a result! For example, …