Sharon Jaynes Power of Words, Uncategorized 55 Comments

Gratitude Changes Everything

I just love Thanksgiving! It is my favorite time of year. A time to remember all that we have to be thankful for! But what about the times when we just don’t feel very thankful. When the job stinks or the kids get on that last nerve. When we’ve got too much to do and not enough me to do …

Sharon Jaynes Uncategorized 171 Comments

When You Feel Discouraged

Have you ever gone through a period of discouragement? Perhaps you’re in one right now. Believe me, I’ve been right there with you. I’ve hidden in the cave with Elijah, under the gourd plant with Jonah, and in the dessert with Moses. Discouragement comes when there is a gap between what you expect and what you experience—when there is a …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory 49 Comments

Thank God for My Dirty Floor

A friend told me of sitting with his father discussing the distribution of his “worldly goods,” when the time came to do so. “My dad had very little joy in his life,” Mike explained. “As we sat there discussing who was going to get what when he died, I saw a pride in him I had never noticed before. ‘I …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Enough, Expectant Living, Living Fully 19 Comments

When You’re Afraid to Jump Into the Deep End of God’s Will

Have you ever been afraid to say “yes” to God? I have. Today I’m writing over at Proverbs 31 Ministries. I thought you could use the encouragement too. Let’s jump in together! I was sitting on the balcony, listening to excited squeals and splashes as children played in the swimming pool below. One particular little girl caught my attention. She …

Sharon Jaynes Balanced Living, Living Free 13 Comments

Sometimes You Just Need to Breathe

It was one of my favorite trees. And it was dying. We live on a lake, and my dying tree was truly a “tree planted by streams of water.” So how could it be dying? How could branches right in the smack dab middle of the bushy green be turning into kindling? It didn’t make sense. I called an arborist …

Sharon Jaynes Enough, Expectant Living, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 32 Comments

When You Feel Like Giving Up

I’m writing over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today this morning. I wanted to share this with you too. By the way, if you haven’t been over to P31’s website, check it out! Can I make a confession? Sometimes I quit too soon. I’ve quit when what I really needed was to press on and press through. Sometimes I’ve …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory 5 Comments

You Are Worth Pursuing

Did you know that God is pursuing you…still?  I was in college when I first eyed my husband. He was sitting on the floor at a friend’s Bible study gathering with his back against the wall, dressed in scruffy jeans and a red flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up his muscular forearms. His thick brown hair and chocolate-brown …