Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory 14 Comments

God Sees What You’re Going Through

I’m posting over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today. I thought this might be an encouragement for you too. God sees what you’re going through! One day I was sitting on the patio with my new stepfather, Pete, waiting for the grill to heat up before placing steaks on to cook. My mom opened the door and gave Pete …

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 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 …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Living Fully 96 Comments

The Rag

Today’s blog is short and sweet. Oh so sweet. Last weekend I spoke in Palmer, Iowa, surrounded by wheat fields, cornfields, and soybean fields. Combines worked through the night. Lights beaming. Engines roaring. Men working. Bringing in the last of the late harvest. On Saturday, we experienced a harvest of a different kind. Hearts. Souls. Lives. I stayed in a …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Dealing with Your Past, Dreams of a Woman, Living Free, Prayer/Spiritual Warfare, Trusting God 8 Comments

If You’re Going Through a Hard Time and Don’t Understand

Yesterday I wrote a devotion for Proverbs 31 Ministries. In light of all that happened in Texas this past Sunday, I’m thinking maybe you might need this encouragement too. I had to go back and read the words I wrote to remind myself of the truth of 2 Corinthians 4:18. Yep, sometimes we need to preach to ourselves. So we …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Expectant Living, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 30 Comments

How to Shrink Your Problems

I want to see God today. Don’t you? What I’ve discovered is that there is nothing that will shut my eyes to seeing God’s presence and working in my life than ingratitude. Ingratitude leaves us groping about in the dark for what will never satisfy the longings of the soul. The cure comes in capsules of praise, thanksgiving, and a …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Prayer, Trusting God 75 Comments

Daddy’s Got You

It was a bit too early. Little Tripp was snug in his mommy’s womb and not quite ready to meet the world. But the doctors decided it was time for his grand debut. My niece, Emily, developed preeclampsia in her last weeks of pregnancy. The doctors waited as long as they could, but decided it was best if Tripp were …