Sharon Jaynes Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 21 Comments

Leaving the Land of Disappointment

Have you ever felt discouraged and disappointed? Silly question. We all have. Keep reading and you’ll see how Mary Magdalene handled those same feelings. Let’s see what we can learn from her. Sometimes you expect you’re getting a Rachel and you wake up with a Leah. Okay, I know that example might connect better with a guy, but you get …

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Forgiveness, Living Free, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 28 Comments

The Scab You Won’t Stop Picking

I wonder if you’ve ever had hurt that just wouldn’t heal. I know I have. In today’s post, I’m talking to both of us. Maybe, just maybe, there is something we can do, or rather stop doing, to help the process. Five-year-old Brooke was sitting in the backseat of a minivan while her mom and I ran errands. “Mommy,” she …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Trusting God 6 Comments

Can I Trust God?

Do you ever have trouble trusting God? I get it, we all do. This post is just for us occasional doubters. I hopped up on the counter at the soda fountain and placed my five-year-old feet on the spinning stool in front of me. Dad sipped on a Coke and talked to the lady behind the counter with the red-and-white-striped …

Sharon Jaynes Enough, God's love, Identity in Christ 3 Comments

Chosen by God

Have you ever felt that you were overlooked or ignored…like you were a nobody? Well, take heart, girlfriend. You are not alone. In the Bible, we read the story of when the prophet Samuel went to anoint the next king of Israel. By God’s instruction, Samuel traveled to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse. He knew where to go and …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Gratitude, Trusting God 6 Comments

When You Want More Joy in Your Life

As we’re headed into Thanksgiving week, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. Gratitude and thanksgiving are so important for your soul. It’s not just what God wants from you; it’s what God wants for you. Gratitude has been called the “memory of the heart.” Praise and gratitude bring up pictures in our minds that say, “Remember when…” Isn’t that …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Confidence in Christ, Trusting God 8 Comments

Sit Down and Be Quiet

Have you ever noticed this pattern in the gospels: the disciples get in a bind and Jesus bails them out? Hmmm. It sounds a little bit about my life. How about you? In John 6:1-15, we find the disciples in a precarious situation. Their lawn party had turned into quite a bash. The guests far exceeded their expectations, the disciples …