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 Gift of Being an “Emotional Woman”

Sharon Encouragement 5 Comments

For the last few weeks I have been a HOT MESS. I can’t get into the specifics of why, so I will leave it at this: I was feeling very burdened for a tough situation, and I became very emotional about it. Like, WEIRDLY emotional. I think there was one week when I cried every day. Thankfully I climbed out of that place, but …

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What Is Your Promised Land?

Sharon Encouragement, Perseverance 4 Comments

The day before he died, Martin Luther King Jr. predicted his own death. His haunting, prophetic words were delivered in the famous speech, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, which ended with the following: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s …

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How Becoming a Mom Taught Me about Grace

Sharon Encouragement, Parenting 2 Comments

A few weeks ago my son did something he had never done before. In our kitchen there are a few cabinet doors that are not yet baby-proofed. Of course, my son knows exactly which cabinets they are, and he targets them every morning. Normally I notice when he is headed toward a cabinet and I brace it shut with my …

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I Will Rest, But I Will Not Quit

Sharon Encouragement, Suffering 11 Comments

Lately I’ve found it incredibly difficult to write, and there’s a reason for that: I’m tired. No, exhausted. I wish I could blame my fatigue on the spotty sleep schedules that come with parenting a small child, but the exhaustion runs much deeper. I’m not sleep deprived; I am spiritually and emotionally drained. Without going into the details, Ike and …

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The End of Fear

Sharon Encouragement 9 Comments

Last night I tossed and turned for hours. It was so strange–out of nowhere, I woke up with an overwhelming fear for my son’s safety. I was afraid that some day, somewhere, when I am not there to protect him, he would fall. Like, literally, fall–off a balcony, down some stairs, or over a rail. As random as that fear …

If You Knew How Much I Love You

Sharon Encouragement, Parenting 4 Comments

It’s hard to believe that only 3 weeks ago I met a little boy who I already love so much. There are few relationships in life that can truly be described as “love at first sight,” but motherhood is certainly one of them. Even before he was born, before I knew what he looked like or what kind of personality …

Are You Ever Afraid of God?

Sharon Encouragement, Sanctification 6 Comments

This week I faced my first real speed bump as a mother-to-be. I failed my glucose test, which means I might have gestational diabetes. For some reason I took the news REALLY hard. Part of the reason is that I was so totally surprised by it. I don’t have any risk factors, I am healthy, I eat right (for the …

Jesus Is Not Like Me

Sharon Encouragement 3 Comments

This weekend Ike and I had dinner with some friends who had just seen Blue Like Jazz, the film adaptation of Donald Miller’s popular book. They both loved the movie and they anticipate it will start some much-needed conversations. As we munched on Portillo’s hot dogs at our dinner table together, we couldn’t help but dive into some of those …