When Super Models Aren’t Super Enough

Sharon Body Image, Pop-Culture, Self-esteem 7 Comments

Over the years I’ve posted a number of blogs about body image and how tremendously the images of women in the media shape our understanding of beauty. And while most of us realize that these images represent a tiny percentile of the entire human race–and likely an unhealthy, semi-starved percentile at that–it turns out these women don’t even live up …

Should Christians Participate in Beauty Pageants?

Sharon Body Image, Girl Stuff, Modesty, Pop-Culture 5 Comments

It’s been a couple months now since the controversy surrounding Carrie Prejean first blew up. Since then Prejean abdicated her Miss California throne and has been touring the Christian speaking circuit supporting traditional marriage and Christian values. I just watched a video of her appearance at Liberty University, and in it she is considerably more composed and articulate than she …

The Unending Battle Over Body Image

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 1 Comment

This is an old post, but when I went to the gym yesterday and saw a dozen girls who were 10 pounds underweight killing themselves on the treadmill, and THEN I felt insecure about my own size, I decided it was time for this reminder. This is something that we women all need to hear on a regular basis… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ …

A New Kind of Eating Disorder

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 1 Comment

As a minister to women, I frequently work with young ladies who suffer from eating disorders. Though I personally have never struggled with this particular issue, it clearly plagues a large percentage or our present female culture. It is almost indiscriminating when it comes to age group–women from the age of 11 to 50 are fighting their bodies as they …

Saving Sarah

Sharon Body Image, Friendships, Girl Stuff, Relationships, Self-esteem, Women's Ministry 1 Comment

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re in college and your boyfriend is rushing a fraternity. You two have been dating for awhile, and you really like him a lot. He’s a total gentleman, you get along great together, and He loves the Lord. He even feels called to the fraternity as his mission field, and hopes to be a light in that particular darkness. …

Let’s Get Naked

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 1 Comment

For some reason I have a high number of male friends who really enjoy being naked around one another. There’s nothing weird or sexual about it–they just like the freedom of it I guess. In fact, some of them consider it to be a valued form of quality time! I even knew some guys in college who lived together and …

What is Beauty?

Sharon Body Image, Girl Stuff, Self-esteem, Women's Ministry 3 Comments

One of the topics I spend a lot of time writing, teaching and speaking about is beauty. Beauty is a central theme in women’s ministry because all women desire it. And in the face of this desire, women’s ministry fights to protect God’s standard of beauty when culture perverts it. But having said that, what is beauty? If we are …

The Desire to Be Beautiful

Sharon Body Image, Girl Stuff, Self-esteem 2 Comments

Well right now I am on the other side of the world visiting Southeast Asia. I probably won’t disclose the exact location until I get back, but if you want a hint I can tell you that Passion will be doing a concert here on August 3. That’s all I’m going to say! So far the trip has been amazing! …

“I’m Doing It For Me”

Sharon Body Image, Pop-Culture, Self-esteem 3 Comments

The other day I saw a t.v. show interviewing women over the age of 30 who’d decided to have plastic surgery. Specifically, they’d all had breast implants. Now this was a bit surprising to me. When I think of breast implants, I think of women in their twenties who are perhaps hoping it will boost their specific careers. But that …