Why Women Need Women

Sharon Friendships, Women's Ministry 0 Comments

On Friday I was having the WORST day! It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong did, and I was in a terrible mood. Poor Ike had to deal with an impenetrable wall of grumpiness. I was SO ILL. Oooh it was bad. Fortunately, I had plans that night. It was my first “girls night” since I’ve moved to …

Discipleship and the Theology of Play

Sharon Discipleship, Friendships 0 Comments

“If man knows himself to be free and desires to use his freedom, then his activity is play.” –Jean-Paul Sartre This week in class I’ve been learning about the theology of play. I’d never heard of this term before, and it honestly struck me as a strange topic. What do theology and playing (ie. doing what you enjoy) have to …

Pretty Girls Need Hugs Too

Sharon Community, Friendships, Marriage 7 Comments

I recently heard a story about some seminary professors who were discussing whether it is appropriate to hug students. One male professor felt it was perfectly fine for the faculty to hug their adult students, in response to which another professor asked, “What if it’s a pretty girl?” The first professor promptly replied, “Pretty girls need hugs too!” I share …

Homesick

Sharon Church, Community, Friendships 3 Comments

This week has been the first since our move that I have experienced real, aching homesickness. Until now I thought I had successfully dodged it–Ike and I have been having a lot of fun and we’ve stayed very active! The northern suburbs of Chicago are just gorgeous with lots of lakeside parks to explore, and with Chicago practically in our …

When Christian Friendships End

Sharon Forgiveness, Friendships 16 Comments

As someone who feels particularly called to women’s ministry, I am a little ashamed to admit that during my years as an adult I have had a number of catastrophic fallings out with friends. Despite my belief that this behavior was supposed to have ended in high school, some of my biggest blow-ups have occurred since graduating college. After every …

Why Women Compete

Sharon Audio, Friendships, Girl Stuff 2 Comments

This week I spoke at the Women’s Bible study on Philippians 4:1-9 (Audio at the bottom). This passage has an interesting beginning to it because Paul starts by admonishing two female leaders in the church. He never specifies what the problem was, but he encourages them to be of one mind and to live together in harmony. When I first …

The Miracle of Intimacy

Sharon Community, Friendships 1 Comment

The following is a post I wrote several weeks ago for another blog to which I contribute: Equip. It’s the blog for my church so be sure to check it out! Several months ago my small group got so big that we had to make a decision: keep accepting new women, or cap it off? We’d been together for years and …