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Why Hurt People Hurt People

Sharon Forgiveness 5 Comments


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Two summers ago, Ike and I endured a situation that we never hope to relive. I can’t go into the specifics of it, but the bare bones of it is this: we were treated horribly by a person we could not escape. We were forced to be around him for a period of time while he disrespected us, degraded us, …


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Why Haters Never Change the World

Sharon Forgiveness, Freedom, Spiritual Health 6 Comments

On the whole, I am a lot angrier a person than I would like to be. Someone cuts me off in traffic? I get angry. Someone posts an insensitive political rant on Facebook? I get angry. Someone writes a mean-hearted comment on my blog? I get angry. Someone mistreats my husband? I get angry. Some of my anger is justified …


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When I Think I’m the Better Parent: Thoughts on Blame and the Cross

Sharon Forgiveness 3 Comments

About a month ago I noticed something scary taking root in my heart. It all began after I mistakenly came to believe that Isaac only gets hurt with my husband. Has anyone else ever felt that way about their husband? Men tend to play rougher with their kids, and that’s a good thing–it teaches our kids to take risks, and …


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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 …

The Wrong Kind of Healing

Sharon Forgiveness 5 Comments

Opening Note: I know it’s Valentine’s Day, but this is NOT a Valentine’s Day post. Not even close. BUT, this topic has been on my mind a lot lately, so I hope it will speak to the people who need it today! Anyone who has had even the tiniest smidgen of counseling training has probably been told that there’s no …

C.S. Lewis on Forgiveness

Sharon Forgiveness 2 Comments

“To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. This is hard. It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single injury. But to forgive the incessant provocations of daily life – to keep on …

Mean Thoughts

Sharon Forgiveness, Leadership 4 Comments

As some of you know, I wrote an article for Her.meneutics a few weeks ago that incited the rage of my readers. In all honesty, I was utterly shocked by the response. The article, titled How to Talk About Having Children, was not intended to be controversial. In fact, I thought it would go right under the radar as one …

When Christian Friendships End

Sharon Forgiveness, Friendships 16 Comments

As someone who feels particularly called to women’s ministry, I am a little ashamed to admit that during my years as an adult I have had a number of catastrophic fallings out with friends. Despite my belief that this behavior was supposed to have ended in high school, some of my biggest blow-ups have occurred since graduating college. After every …