Sharon

Is Shame Ever a Good Thing?

Sharon Forgiveness, Spiritual Health 10 Comments

Is shame ever a good thing? That’s a question I’ve been wrestling with for the last year. About a year and a half ago I wrote a post for Her.meneutics called How “Modest is Hottest” is Hurting Christian Women. In it I criticized the way women are shamed for the way they dress, and my remarks about shame invited some …

Feeding on God

Sharon Parenting, Spiritual Health 4 Comments

Tomorrow Isaac will be two weeks old (!!!) and this past Saturday we “took off the training wheels,” so to speak, when my parents went home and we were left alone with our son for the first time since his birth. So far, the transition into parenthood these last two weeks has been a really positive one! Sure, we wish …

Dancing to the Music of the Gospel

Sharon Spiritual Health 4 Comments

This week I unearthed an excerpt from a book that I had forgotten about, although I have posted it here before. I used it for a lesson I taught on Ephesians 2 Tuesday night, and it is just as powerful to me today as it was 2 years ago when I first read it. Don’t you love when you happen …

The Unhappy Marriage of Confidence and Doubt

Sharon Self-esteem, Spiritual Health 5 Comments

As far as ministry is concerned, this week was a great one for me. On Tuesday I spoke at a women’s event at my church that went incredibly well, and on Friday I delivered my first class lecture. Following each teaching opportunity, I received wonderful feedback and encouragement from those in attendance. I felt like God not only used me …

Before the Storm

Sharon Discipleship, Spiritual Health 6 Comments

This summer I’ve had the real pleasure of leading a book club at my church in which we are reading Shauna Niequist’s Bittersweet. Each session, I kick off the evening with a little bit of teaching before the women are dismissed into smaller discussion groups. During our last meeting, we focused on the “bitter” part of “bittersweet,” reflecting on the …

Clean Ears and a Grateful Heart

Sharon Spiritual Health 3 Comments

This week I learned two very important lessons: To be grateful for the gift of hearing, and the danger of using Q-tips to clean your ears. However, the link between these two lessons is probably not what you’d guess. No, I did not burst my ear drum with a Q-tip. The story is actually a lot more grotesque than that, …

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 …

Oh How He Loves Us

Sharon Love, Spiritual Health 4 Comments

Last night my Bible study did something a little different. One of the girls in my group led us in a session of “guided prayer” which, if you are unfamiliar, involves visualizing your prayer.  The guide leads you through a series of steps by which you ultimately encounter Jesus and share your requests, anxieties and cares. I found the exercise …