Creating a Culture of Rest

Sharon Sabbath 4 Comments

This week I am continuing my series, Hear the Esther Generation, which spotlights the voices of twenty-something women. Today I am SO pleased to introduce you to Julianne Clayton, who I had the pleasure of meeting back in February. Julianne is a writer, speaker, and pastor’s wife with a background in student ministry. She and her husband, Brad, live in Tallahassee, …

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The High Capacity Woman

Sharon Sabbath, Spiritual Health, Stewardship 5 Comments

In case you hadn’t heard, last Monday was kind of a big day for me. I successfully defended my dissertation, which means I am officially DONE with my PhD! WOOHOO! This moment has been four and a half years in the making, so I’ve been on cloud nine all week! <—Cue the cheesy grin! Right before I walked into the …

A Pregnant Pause

Sharon Parenting, Sabbath 7 Comments

Today is a beautiful day! Not only does this day mark my third wedding anniversary to Ike, but we are just a week and a half away from our son’s due date (August 17)! In the weeks leading up to our first two anniversaries, I spent the days reminiscing about our wedding and all the happy memories surrounding it. This …

Tithing Your Schedule

Sharon Sabbath, Spiritual Health, Stewardship 1 Comment

Hi friends! Ike and I have been traveling all over creation, which is why I haven’t been on here the last week. This weekend we went to the mountains with some friends and we were completely disconnected from the outside world. No internet, very little cell phone service, and hardly any clocks in our cabin. I admit there was a …

Rest: A Much Overlooked Pillar of Leadership

Sharon Leadership, Sabbath 1 Comment

As Christians, we live in a performance based culture that measures success according to how much you can cram into your life. The more you do, the more you’re doing, so to speak. This mentality has, by and large, infiltrated the church, and you don’t have to look beyond the church’s leadership to see that. Many pastors are over-worked and …

When You Don’t Have Time to Give

Sharon Sabbath, Stewardship 0 Comments

When it comes to giving our money to the church, my husband and I have tried to abide by two basic principles: 1) Give generously on a consistent basis, and 2) Budget our money in a way that allows us to be generous at unexpected times. For instance, say that a family in the church has an urgent financial need. …

Less is So Much More

Sharon Encouragement, Sabbath, Spiritual Health 9 Comments

The other day I was having lunch with one of my good friends and she asked me how I was doing. I smiled and told her, “I’m actually doing really well! In fact, this is probably the happiest I’ve ever been!” No sooner did those words escape my lips than my smile changed into a frown of concern as I …

A Sabbath of the Mind

Sharon Discipleship, Encouragement, Sabbath 0 Comments

As I have mentioned in several posts before, I am currently in the throes of planning a wedding. It’s fun, but it’s also kind of insane. I never thought it was possible to put this much time and energy into an event that will last only a few hours. And while the planning process began in excitement and anticipation, it …