Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 184 Comments

What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?

When I was six years old, I skipped off to first grade with a fresh box of crayons, a crisp green dress with Swiss polka dots sleeves, and a fresh hope that I would be good enough—that someone would at least like me. But first grade only confirmed my fears. I wasn’t good enough after all. From the time my …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Forgiveness, Identity in Christ, Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Uncategorized 78 Comments

How Taking Hold Makes All the Difference

I was alone, or at least I felt that way. Women huddled in happy clusters chatting about first one thing and then another. Some propped babies on their hips. Others clutched Bibles in their hands. Most wore smiles on their faces. I wore one too. But it wasn’t a reflection of what was in my heart. The upturned lips were …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Dealing with Your Past, Dreams of a Woman, Expectant Living, Listening to God, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 52 Comments

Rest in the Here-ness and Near-ness of God

Have you ever been in a situation when you felt God calling your name to a particular task, and at the same time you felt that He had the wrong person for the job? That’ exactly how Moses felt when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. He cried out, “Who am …

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, General Inspiration, Listening to God, Living Free, Marriage, Uncategorized 37 Comments

When We Ignore the Warning Signs

It’s been hard. Really hard. These past five weeks have taken their toll. I’m amazed at how such a little thing turned into such a big deal. Ever been there? One word turned into a world of argument? One decision turned into a downward decline? One email turned into an erased relationship. One mistake turned into a messed up menagerie …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Dealing with Your Past, Forgiveness, General Inspiration, God's love, Living Free, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Trusting God 175 Comments

Let It Go! God Has.

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already mid-January. I hope you’ve been refreshed and revived with the start of a New Year. I love the word, “new”. Don’t you? Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Today, I’m praising God for the newness …

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Living Free, Living Fully, Trusting God, Women in the Bible 5 Comments

When You Feel Weighed Down, Worn Out, and Bound Up

  I was riding down the crowded streets of Mexico City in a cab when I saw her. She measured about four feet high, backed curved, bent at the waist at a ninety-degree angle, and fingers gnarled and twisted shut. Like an upside down chair, her face was parallel to the dirty sidewalk. Feet, dirt, trash. That was her view …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Forgiveness, God's love, Living Free, Living Fully, Trusting God 36 Comments

When You Forget…Remember Grace

Ann. I just love her. In just the few years I’ve know her, she has taught me much about gracious, grace-filled living. My friend Jill has the privilege of being a companion to Ann two days a week. But Jill is more than a companion…she is Ann’s friend. Last week Ann called Jill in a panic. “Jill, there are birds …