Sharon Jaynes Living Fully, Relationships, Trusting God, When You Don't Like Your Story 27 Comments

God Puts to Use What He’s Put Us Through (and What We’ve Put Ourselves Through)

Chris, one of my friends, was in a seminary class when someone raised his hand and asked the professor: What is your best advice on how to be a good pastor?”

“Empathy,” the professor replied. “Have empathy.”

Then Chris raised his hand. “How do you get empathy?

With a trace of sad knowing in his eyes,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Expectant Living, Living Fully 28 Comments

When You Want to Feel Closer to God

Have you ever felt that your love for Jesus has just grown cold? Maybe you feel that way right now. If so, keep reading…

Most of us come to Christ with a certain “inloveness”—a stirring of emotion mixed with an inexplicable knowing that we’ve discovered our reason for being. But some years into our spiritual journey, the wonder that swelled during the early years ebbs into routine religion laced with busyness.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Forgiveness, God's love 13 Comments

When You Need a Little G-R-A-C-E

There it was.

Carved in wood.

The evidence could not be denied.

My niece, Anna, dropped her kids off at school and then went home to clean up a bit. She removed a hairbrush, school papers, and yesterday’s jewelry from her dresser. And there it was. She couldn’t believe her eyes.

A nail.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Identity in Christ, Trusting God, When You Don't Like Your Story 25 Comments

Moving Beyond Disappointment and Grief

Grief is a funny thing. I can’t think of many who haven’t experienced grief in some form or another. So let’s talk about it today.

Grief is a natural response to a loss. It could be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of a dream. Grief is a complex weaving of emotions that accompany the loss of what was or sometimes the emptiness of what wasn’t.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Identity in Christ, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, When You Don't Like Your Story 42 Comments

The Other Side of Why

2020 and beyond has been filled with the question “why”? So let’s go there today. I’m sharing over a Proverbs 31 Ministries today and I thought this might encourage you today too.

Many years ago, my son, Steven, and I sat on the floor in his room playing a card game. This summer was proving to be the best ever.  Read more…