Reconsidering My “Princess” Status

Sharon Self-esteem, Women's Ministry 9 Comments

Over the past 10 to 15 years there has developed within evangelicalism a language about men that is uber-masculine. The shift was aided by the publication of books like Wild at Heart by John Eldredge and the Promise Keepers movement. As men have decried the dangers of being a passive husband and father, the church has men encouraged to be …

Taking Off Your Makeup

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Self-esteem 5 Comments

When it comes to makeup, I’m the kind of girl who has managed to get by with the most meager knowledge of how to wear it. I know the basics, but anything venturing near the realm of real makeup competence is beyond my skill level. I wear just enough to cover up the circles under my eyes without flirting with …

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 …

Just the Way You Are

Sharon Body Image, Encouragement, Love, Self-esteem 4 Comments

All you hopeless romantics out there are probably familiar with the plot-twisting scene from Bridget Jones’ Diary in which Bridget–the insecure, unlucky-in-love heroine of the film–hears something quite shocking from a man in her life, words so unusual that even her friends  are stunned to hear them: “I like you very much. Just as you are.” Just as you are. It’s …

All Glamour, No Substance

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Marriage, Self-esteem 4 Comments

There is a Psalm that captures my imagination every time I read it. It’s Psalm 115, and in verses 4-8 we read about the consequences of looking to idols instead of God: “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes but do not see. They have ears but do …

Ugly Leah

Sharon Self-esteem, Spiritual Health, Women's Ministry 4 Comments

This weekend my church had a guest pastor named Jerome Gay who totally knocked it out of the park with a fresh approach to the character of Leah. He preached on the topic of identity, and offered a reading of Genesis 29 that has some powerful implications for women today. I don’t know about you, but I’d honestly never given Leah that …

Preoccupied with Beauty

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Girl Stuff, Self-esteem 2 Comments

The other day I was looking for a book at a Christian bookstore, and whenever I go I like to swing by the “Women’s Interest” section just to see what women are writing about these days. On this most recent visit, I noticed how many of the books dealt with the topic of beauty. A surprisingly large percentage of the …

When Super Models Aren’t Super Enough

Sharon Body Image, Pop-Culture, Self-esteem 7 Comments

Over the years I’ve posted a number of blogs about body image and how tremendously the images of women in the media shape our understanding of beauty. And while most of us realize that these images represent a tiny percentile of the entire human race–and likely an unhealthy, semi-starved percentile at that–it turns out these women don’t even live up …