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Comparing Yourself to the Woman on Stage

Sharon Jealousy, Self-esteem 1 Comment

Last week I got an e-mail from a friend that asked this question: “There is a trend lately with Christian women [speakers and writers] encouraging other Christian women to stop striving for perfection, comparing ourselves to other women, and buying tons of stuff to replace God in our lives. The issue I have is they are preaching this while wearing a …

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If Envy Were a Fever

Sharon Jealousy 12 Comments

I can’t believe it’s been over 40 days since I last wrote here! God took me me on quite a journey over Lent, and I’m excited to share some of that with you. The last 40 days have been great. Better than great, in fact. They’ve been peaceful and full of joy. After I got over the initial reflex of …

The Elusive Virtue of Humility

Sharon Humility, Jealousy, Ministry 2 Comments

As some of you may remember, last year I fasted from blogging and used the season of Lent to re-examine my motives as a writer. It was a valuable time for me that brought some of my sinful tendencies into the light. Ever since then, I have spent a lot of time and prayer reflecting on the reasons for my …

The Myth of Effortless Perfection

Sharon Body Image, Jealousy, Self-esteem 6 Comments

This week I attended the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit, and I will confess that I began the conference with a skeptical attitude. Lately I’ve found myself re-evaluating a lot of the leadership rhetoric that so pervades the evangelical church, wondering how much of it is even based on Christ. That is a post for another day, but suffice …

On Love and Jealousy

Sharon Community, Jealousy 2 Comments

In my last post I took a cursory look at the Tenth Commandment’s admonition against coveting, and I specifically explored the warning against coveting another person’s spouse. While I did not intend to imply that single people do not struggle with this temptation, it was largely absent from my experience as a single woman, which is why I haven’t given …

Commandment #10

Sharon Communication, Jealousy, Marriage 2 Comments

This is a little weird to admit, but for the majority of my adult life I gave almost no thought to a very particular section of the tenth commandment. Until recently, I read through the tenth commandment as if one part of it was not even there. It was that irrelevant to me. In case you need a refresher, the …

Speaking of Hoochie Mamas

Sharon Girl Stuff, Gossip, Jealousy, Self-esteem 7 Comments

Alright, it’s honesty time. In the spirit of being transparent about my own short-comings I hope you don’t think I’m a big fat jerk! So here goes… One of the things that I have to actively resist doing on a fairly regular basis is criticizing other women who dress inappropriately. It’s so tempting to snicker in my husband’s ear whenever …

The Root of Jealousy

Sharon Jealousy 2 Comments

In the last two weeks I’ve written a couple posts about the nature of jealousy, and before I close out the topic I wanted to post a final thought from Tim Keller (since he generally says everything better than I do!). This comes from his Bible Study “Praying through the Psalms” and it highlights the reality that jealousy isn’t simply …