Sharon

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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Here I Raise My Ebenezer

Sharon Perseverance, Trust 5 Comments

I still remember the first time I learned that “ebenezer” was more than a scrooge-y character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I was taking an Old Testament class in seminary, and when I came to 1 Samuel 7 I read about God’s saving intervention in the face of great peril. 1 Samuel 7:10-11 recounts, While Samuel was sacrificing the …

One of Those “I Hate the World” Kind of Days

Sharon Love, Perseverance 8 Comments

There’s a bumper sticker floating around–you may have seen it–that reads, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” There are a lot of days when that phrase really resonates with me, and today has been one of those days. Maybe “outraged” is a little strong. Maybe angry, discouraged, or frustrated are better words. But either way, today I woke …

Escape from the Tower

Sharon Encouragement, Perseverance, Women's Ministry 5 Comments

On Tuesday night I spoke to a women’s group at church about one of my favorite passages for women: the Armor of God. Whenever I read Ephesians 6:10-20 I like to think of myself as a mighty woman warrior for God! (And not in the dogmatic, “attack people with proof-texted Bible verses” sense, but in the “fighting against the powers …

I Wonder if Mary Had Morning Sickness

Sharon Perseverance, Seasonal 3 Comments

This question occurred to me today as I listened to a Christmas song about Mary. I don’t know why I’d never thought about Mary having morning sickness, but then again, I’d never given much thought to her pregnancy at all. Artists rarely depict Mary in her pregnancy, a reality which may explain my lack of thought on the matter. When …

The Story of a Thorn

Sharon Encouragement, Perseverance, Suffering 3 Comments

Have you ever wondered why Paul, in 2 Corinthians 12, refers to a struggle in his life as a “thorn in his flesh?” Today we take that language for granted because it’s a phrase that people use all the time. But why did Paul coin that phrase? Was there a reason? This weekend I heard a sermon that sparked my …

In Honor of March Madness

Sharon Perseverance 0 Comments

This weekend Duke and UNC face off for the last game of the regular season. If you live in this part of the country it’s a REALLY big deal and I just so happen to have tickets to the game (woot woot!). So in honor of this big weekend, I’m re-posting a blog I wrote a couple years ago about …