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How to Stand With Aleppo

Sharon Current Events 2 Comments

All day long, I have felt a bit paralyzed by the news coming out of Aleppo. The scale of the evil somehow keeps growing, and I confess I am tempted to despair. Or to tune out. It would be so easy to turn off the news and finish my Christmas shopping. I imagine a lot of us are feeling that way about Aleppo. …

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On This Day Before the Election

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I don’t have to tell you tomorrow is a big day. We all feel it. We’ve felt it. It’s been an ugly election season that  keeps getting uglier. It’s been gross, made all the grosser by social media. It’s like the internet is the real-life embodiment of James 3:5–“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” James might as well have added, “I’m …

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Don’t Let It Get Inside You

Sharon Current Events 6 Comments

I’m taking a break this week from my series on love, to tell you a short story. A number of years ago, Ike and I endured a hard season of our marriage. It had nothing to do with our relationship with one another, but came from an outside force. There was a person in our lives who was toxic, and they turned our world …

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A Call to Fast and Pray

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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 …

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An Open Letter to Average People

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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 …

Love on the Internet

Sharon Current Events, Evangelism 2 Comments

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 Twenty years ago a book called The Five Love Languages made its debut, and it has since revolutionized the way married couples think about communication. You’ve probably heard of it, but in case you haven’t …

The Question No Parent Wants to Ask

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Every now and then I’m reminded that following Jesus is hard. It’s hard. Much harder than I like to believe–mostly because I don’t let myself live the hard stuff. Not often, anyway. Most of the time, Jesus helps me to have a better life. Jesus is the reason I have a good marriage and a wholesome family. He protects my kids, and …

The Bravest Choice

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A few weeks ago I saw something on Facebook I had never seen before. A long-time acquaintance, who I knew to be a committed Christian, announced that she was pregnant. At this stage in my life, pregnancy announcements are about as common as Tuesdays, but her news was a little different. She wasn’t married. For a moment I was confused. …

A Pinprick of Light

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Yesterday was a weird day. It began with an emotional toddler who would not be pacified no matter what I tried. Stupidly, I took him to Michael’s to “quickly” exchange an item. And thus my nightmare began. Apparently, my son didn’t want to go to Michael’s–he wanted to stay in the car, or go somewhere else, or who on earth …