Four Things Gentleness Is Not

Sharon Self-control, Spiritual Health 2 Comments

I have this theory about raising girls. It’s based on my own childhood and the messages I received, and the theory goes like this: As children, boys are taught the importance of controlling their strength. Of all the rules, “don’t hit girls” is chief. Boys are taught their power is for protecting people, not hurting them, so we teach boys the appropriate …


The Brain on Lust

Sharon Purity, Self-control, Sex 5 Comments

Today I’m doing a little celebrating! Yesterday marked the last day of the last class of my doctoral coursework! Wahoo! Now, I still have at least a year and a half left of comprehensive exams and dissertation writing before I can reach the PhD, but the end of coursework is definitely a milestone. Plus, coursework is the most baby-incompatible part …

The Quarrelsome Wife

Sharon Marriage, Self-control 5 Comments

Every time I read through Proverbs there are a few select proverbs that, as a wife, I read with fear and trembling. Proverbs 27:15-16 is one of them: A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. Doesn’t that description sound awful? I never want …

A Fashion Fast

Sharon Self-control, Spiritual Health 5 Comments

Alright ladies, it’s confession time. Something I have written about in the past and continue to struggle with now is my affinity for shopping. My husband and I aren’t exactly bazillionaires so I don’t go on crazy shopping sprees at high-end stores, but that’s part of the reason I’ve been able to excuse the problem for so long. The habit …