On Covering Nakedness

Sharon Gossip 5 Comments

This post is the third and final installment in a brief series on gossip. To read Part 1 click here, and Part 2 here.   An ark. When people hear the name Noah, that is what they imagine. They picture an enormous wooden boat, animals marching two by two, a cataclysmic flood, and a promise-infused rainbow. It’s the story that …


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 …


Sweet, Delicious, Irresistible, Empty Talk

Sharon Gossip 4 Comments

This post is Part 1 in a short series about gossip and taming the tongue. This week Ike and I had an incredibly awkward encounter with someone. It was the type of encounter that was uncomfortable in the moment, but hilarious after the fact. It was one of those experiences that makes for great party fodder, the kind of thing …

Gossip in Marriage: The Ugly Truth

Sharon Gossip, Marriage 4 Comments

One of the things I love most about my husband is that he’s always in my corner. No matter what happens, even when I fail, he still loves me and thinks I’m awesome. He has seen my ugliest sides but still thinks I’m great and wants to be married to me. I am SO grateful for that kind of support. …

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 …

The Gossip Diet

Sharon Gossip 6 Comments

Right now I’m in North Carolina for a very brief visit, and with all this running around I haven’t had much time to sit down and compose a blog. So in the spirit of my last post, I thought I would re-post an entry from 3 years ago when I fasted from gossip during Lent. I know that sounds weird, …

The Lazy Conversationalist

Sharon Communication, Gossip 2 Comments

In November I posted a blog in which I cited the following statistic: A study in the New York Daily News found that  “80% of normal conversations consist of gossip.” Ever since I discovered that statistic I cannot get it out of my head! I think about it all the time in my conversations with others. Every time the topic …

Speaking of Hoochie Mamas

Sharon Girl Stuff, Gossip, Jealousy, Self-esteem 7 Comments

Alright, it’s honesty time. In the spirit of being transparent about my own short-comings I hope you don’t think I’m a big fat jerk! So here goes… One of the things that I have to actively resist doing on a fairly regular basis is criticizing other women who dress inappropriately. It’s so tempting to snicker in my husband’s ear whenever …

Blog Friends: Meet Ike!

Sharon Church, Gossip, Ministry 1 Comment

As most of you know by now, I am getting married this summer to a wonderful man named Ike, and it’s about time I introduce you to him. To the left you can see a picture of Ike with some fake lawn deer. That’s Ike. Now Ike is probably going to kill me for putting this on the internet, but I’m …