Mend and Send

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 3 Comments

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but when it comes to topics like insecurity, or shame, or low self-esteem, there is a certain way to approach them. Do you know what I’m talking about? Both inside and outside the church, there is a script for these topics, and that script is affirmation. Piles and PILES of affirmation: affirmation about God’s love, about who you …


What She Really Means When She Compliments Your Shoes

Sharon Beauty, Body Image 1 Comment

Have you ever received a compliment that made you feel worse? I once received one of those compliments at a women’s church event. It wasn’t a back-handed compliment and it wasn’t intended to make me feel less than. It was sincere as can be, but something about it made my spirit lurch. I walked into the room and greeted some …


There is Power in the Peep-Toe

Sharon Body Image, Modesty 2 Comments

On Friday I flew to North Carolina and spent the weekend with some long time friends. We rented a house by the beach, burrowed in with good food and wine, and we talked. A lot. I could devote a whole series of posts to unpacking the last few days since it was so good, so sweet, and so needed. Instead, …


Jesus and the Post-Baby Body

Sharon Body Image 9 Comments

I still remember sitting in that tiny room at the OB’s office, waiting to hear the results of my glucose test. I was at the stage in my pregnancy when I couldn’t get comfortable in any position, and the examining room didn’t help. I was perched high on a stiff bed covered in crumply, white, sanitary paper. I lay down …


You are not an object. You are a person.

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 5 Comments

I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since I last posted! Sorry folks! Last week Ike and I flew down to North Carolina to surprise my mother-in-law for her 60th birthday, so I had to go silent on social media. I didn’t want to risk spilling the beans. Fortunately, she was TOTALLY surprised and delighted to see us (and by …

What Really Happened in the Garden?

Sharon Body Image, Sex, Theology 5 Comments

I think there is some confusion among Christians about what happened in the Garden of Eden immediately following the Fall. The confusion is not universal, but over the last couple months I have noticed some troubling statements in blog comment sections about what the Fall and the curse mean for us today. To be a little more specific, some Christians …

Skinny Pregnancy?

Sharon Body Image 8 Comments

Now that I am well into my second trimester, I am loving life! No more nausea, no more fatigue, and I am reveling in the euphoria of post-sickness health–you know that feeling when you’ve been sick for awhile so you appreciate health with a new ecstatic gratitude? That’s how I feel. Since the first trimester ended, pregnancy has really been …