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Sharon

The Surprising Way I Struggle with Self-Image

Sharon Community, Friendships 2 Comments

When I was about 25 years old I spent a summer working as a hospital chaplain. It was a hard job, to say the least. Every day I was confronted with death, grief, brokenness, and suffering. By the end of it I was emotionally drained, and it took me months to recover. In addition to the demands of the job, …


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The Wide Gate to Superficial Friendships

Sharon Friendships, Gossip 3 Comments

This post is Part 2 in a brief series about gossip. To read Part 1 click here. Whenever I write about the topic of taming the tongue, whether I address gossip, sarcasm, or other speech related vices, I always meet with a similar critique. Without fail, one or two commenters almost always protest, “But you define it differently than I …


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When You’re Drowning in the Shallow End of Friendship

Sharon Friendships 21 Comments

Ever since Ike and I moved to the Chicago area 3 years ago, things have mostly been great. We love school, we’ve had a blast exploring the city and going on adventures, and then the crowning moment of it all: we had our son. In so many ways, the last 3 years have been a season of great joy. However, …


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Why Do I Feel Lonely If I’m Never Alone?

Sharon Community, Friendships 7 Comments

Community can be so elusive, can’t it? I didn’t fully understand the rareness of true, heart friends until I moved away from North Carolina 2 years ago. Starting over is much harder than I thought it would be, but cross-country re-locations are not the only obstacle to community. Another barrier to community can be life stage. As a single person, …


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What “Iron Sharpening Iron” Does Not Mean

Sharon Friendships, Sanctification 8 Comments

Just before Isaac was born, my parents and my mother-in-law made the long drive from North Carolina to Illinois to come stay with us and wait for the baby. They arrived well in advance of his due date, but as luck would have it Isaac was a week and a half late. Between my parents’ advanced arrival and the week …

The Great Friendship Debate

Sharon Friendships, Love 5 Comments

One of the issues Ike and I have struggled with ever since we’ve been together is the question of cross-gender friendships. By “struggle” I don’t mean that we’ve wrestled with jealousy or inappropriate intimacy with someone of the opposite sex. Instead, we’ve struggled with how to articulate cross-gender friendship in a manner that is both wise, honoring to God, honoring …

Women and Competition: The Ugly Truth

Sharon Friendships, Gossip, Wisdom 4 Comments

Today I read an article that made me very sad. It was written by a woman whom I respect, though we disagree on some things. This particular article (about which I will not disclose any more details than what I have here) arrived at some conclusions that I do not share, but what disappointed me was the author’s tone. It …