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 Dealing with Your Past, Motherhood, When You Don't Like Your Story 34 Comments

Disqualified? Says Who?

Have you ever felt God nudging you to do a specific work for Him and thought, I’m just not qualified! Oh girl, I’ve felt that way just about every time I’ve said “yes” when my knocking knees said “run.” And you know what what? Sometimes those feelings of being unqualified don’t go away once we start moving in the obedience direction.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Dealing with Your Past, When You Don't Like Your Story 19 Comments

This is Not How I Thought My Story Would Go

Have you ever thought, this isn’t how I thought my story would go? I certainly have, and I bet I’m not the only one.

After years of negative pregnancy tests, I mourned because life wasn’t turning out like I thought it would. There would be no gaggle of laughing children filling my home, no crowded kitchen table at mealtimes,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Enough 13 Comments

Don’t Sew on the Label

If you’ve ever felt like a failure, you’re not alone.

We all struggle with feeling like a failure at one time or another—maybe as a mom, as a wife, as a friend, in ministry, at work, at holding our tongues, at loving the unlovable. Life brings us lots of opportunities to fail.

How often have I made a simple mistake,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Dealing with Your Past, Enough, Living Free, Living Fully 25 Comments

If You’ve Messed Up, You’re In Good Company

 When is the last time you messed up? I mean really messed up? Mine was last week.

When I trip and fall, I have a decision to make: stay in the dirt and grovel in defeat or get back up and keep moving forward.

Many women are living in silent defeat, comparing themselves to other women who likewise are living in silent defeat.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Enough, Living Free, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth 45 Comments

Being Grateful Amid Disappointment

What do you do when life just falls apart?

I wish I could tell you each time life throws me a curveball, I strike up a chorus of “It Is Well with My Soul.” I wish I could tell you that when my baby died, I hummed “Jesus Loves Me.” Or that when the pregnancy test came back negative for the thirty-sixth time,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Uncategorized 83 Comments

You Are Worth More

I’m sharing a devotion over at Proverbs 31 Ministries today. I wanted to share this with you too. Here’s what I want you to know: You are worth more!

As a little girl, I never felt I was worth very much.

I always felt I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough or good enough. I sensed my parents tolerated me but certainly didn’t delight in me.   Read more…

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Dealing with Your Past, Dreams of a Woman, Living Free, Prayer/Spiritual Warfare, Trusting God 9 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.  Read more…