Sharon

There is Power in the Peep-Toe

Sharon Body Image, Modesty 2 Comments

On Friday I flew to North Carolina and spent the weekend with some long time friends. We rented a house by the beach, burrowed in with good food and wine, and we talked. A lot. I could devote a whole series of posts to unpacking the last few days since it was so good, so sweet, and so needed. Instead, …

Sharon

Raising Girls Who Honor Their Bodies and Love Themselves

Sharon Modesty, Self-esteem 5 Comments

About a year after I graduated from college–nearly 10 years ago–I overheard a conversation between several young men that I have never forgotten. Back then the show Newlyweds was popular, a reality series following the marriage between Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. The young men were discussing the show, and they landed on the topic of Jessica Simpson’s “hotness.” The …

The Woman Who Said No

Sharon Beauty, Modesty 14 Comments

Over the years I have read the story of Esther many times. I’ve even seen the Veggie Tales movie version. It’s a powerful story about a courageous woman, and who can forget her defiant words in the face of her darkest hour: “If I perish, I perish.” What an awesome woman of God! Yet despite my familiarity with the story, …

The Cultural Component of Modesty

Sharon Modesty, Purity 8 Comments

Following my last post, I was surprised (and pleased!) by the number of commenters who asked me to write more. I thought for sure that my post had dragged on way too long, so your responses tell me that this is a topic about which you are interested in learning more! As I looked through the newest comments on Caryn’s …

The Immodesty of Pregnancy

Sharon Beauty, Modesty, Purity 17 Comments

On Thursday, my friend and colleague Caryn Rivadeneira wrote a provocative and controversial post for Her.meneutics in which she addressed Jessica Simpson’s latest cover photo for Elle Magazine. In case you haven’t seen the photo, Simpson posed au naturale in all her pregnant glory, and Caryn responded with a–what I could call–redemptive perspective. I call Caryn’s perspective redemptive because she …

Modesty as Ministry

Sharon Modesty 7 Comments

By now you’ve probably noticed that I have been thinking about modesty a lot lately. I wrote a post for Her.meneutics last month and then I wrote another post on this blog, both of which contain some critiques against the current conceptions of modesty. My reflections on the topic have been motivated by two key ideas: First, God created the …

From Vanity to Modesty

Sharon Modesty 4 Comments

These last 2 weeks have been significant for me as a writer. In case you didn’t hear, I wrote a post for Her.meneutics on modesty called “How ‘Modest is Hottest’ is Hurting Christian Women” (I did not come up with that title, by the way), and it has received a lot of attention. Very rapidly, it became the most read …

A Woman Without Discretion

Sharon Beauty, Discipleship, Modesty 4 Comments

This week I start a new class and my life is about to get super hectic, so I thought I would re-post a blog I wrote a couple years ago (before I was married, as you will notice) that is admittedly one of my favorites. Let me know what you think! *** Every Fall, the North Carolina State Fair comes …