Sand in Every Crevice

Sharon Spiritual Health, Suffering 8 Comments

If you hang around here often, you know that one of my big passions, the thing I talk about all the time, is calling. I am such a believer in Christians using their gifts for the Kingdom of God, and I’ve given a lot of my attention toward women in particular. It’s what I wrote my PhD on, for Pete’s sake! …

The Hardest Lesson

Sharon Suffering 0 Comments

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Cor. 1:3-4 One summer while I was in seminary, I interned at a hospital as a …

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When Your Abuser is a Christian

Sharon Spiritual Health, Suffering 3 Comments

I wish you could meet my friend, Ingrid. Ingrid Faro and I first met through Trinity, where she was working on her PhD in Old Testament. Since then she has graduated and is now a professor at the Scandinavian School of Theology in Uppsala, Sweden. She is brilliant, but that’s not what I love most about her. Ingrid has survived …

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The Knotted Heart

Sharon Sanctification, Suffering 2 Comments

I used to think of my sin as a single thread of yarn woven into my heart. If I could just pinpoint the thread and grab hold of its end, I could pull it right out. Like a loose string on the hem of my dress. Over time I have come to see my sin differently. Now, I see my …

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I Will Rest, But I Will Not Quit

Sharon Encouragement, Suffering 11 Comments

Lately I’ve found it incredibly difficult to write, and there’s a reason for that: I’m tired. No, exhausted. I wish I could blame my fatigue on the spotty sleep schedules that come with parenting a small child, but the exhaustion runs much deeper. I’m not sleep deprived; I am spiritually and emotionally drained. Without going into the details, Ike and …

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The Sacred Ache

Sharon Sanctification, Suffering 4 Comments

Hey y’all! I know it’s been a couple weeks since I last posted. For the past two weeks I have been in North Carolina visiting family, attending weddings, and throwing baby showers. Ike and I also squeezed in a quick trip to Charleston where we celebrated our anniversary and ate way too much delicious food. The trip has been wonderful …

On Fear: A Lesson from Labor

Sharon Sanctification, Suffering 2 Comments

Isaac is a week old today, which is pretty hard to believe! The craziness of the labor and delivery all seem light years away. Instead of taking the time I would like to reflect on my experience giving birth, I’ve spent my days nursing, changing diapers, and getting to know this tiny little guy who has entered our lives. Although …

When The Words Won’t Come

Sharon Suffering 2 Comments

I am very heavy hearted today. I had planned to write a different post for today, and I will probably write it later this week, but I am just too burdened to write much. I don’t know if you’ve ever felt that way–the reality of this broken world confronts you so powerfully that it sucks the life right out of …

The Sacred Ache

Sharon Suffering 11 Comments

Ever since I moved to the Chicago area for school, people always ask if Ike and I will move back to North Carolina when we graduate. Although I don’t know the answer to that question with any real certainty, I tend to give an optimistic response. Ideally, we would like to head back to North Carolina, or at least somewhere …

A Lesson from Peter’s Wife

Sharon Discipleship, Suffering, Women's Ministry 4 Comments

Did you know that Peter was married? I’m sure I learned this fun fact at some point during seminary, but I had forgotten about it until this week when my pastor mentioned it. Peter’s wife doesn’t enjoy much remembrance because she doesn’t appear directly in Scripture. In fact, the only biblical reference to Peter’s marital status comes from Matthew 8:14– …