Sharon Jaynes Forgiveness, God's love, When You Don't Like Your Story 37 Comments

The Step We Trip On

It was a Saturday college football game and I was doing what I like doing best—not watching the game but observing people. My seat was on the end of a long row of Carolina blue bleachers, and a steady flow of fans walked up and down the concrete steps. After a while, I noticed that four out of five people walking up the stands tripped on the step right in front of me.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Enough, Forgiveness, God's love 323 Comments

Second Chances

Aren’t you glad that God gives us second chances…and third…and fourth…and…

Perhaps one of the most memorable and heart-touching stories of grace and forgiveness is recorded in Luke 15. It’s what we’ve come to know as the Story of the Prodigal Son. This young man demanded his inheritance while his father was still alive, spent it all on riotous living,  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 Forgiveness, God's love, Identity in Christ, When You Don't Like Your Story 50 Comments

God’s Always Working

Have you ever wondered where God was when your life was falling apart? Oh friend, let me assure you, He is always working behind the scenes. Just because we can’t see that He’s working, doesn’t mean that He isn’t.

I remember when  I met my husband at a college Bible study while we were in college. There he sat with the sleeves of his red flannel shirt rolled up over muscled biceps.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Forgiveness, Lovestruck, Marriage 41 Comments

Healing When Your Heart Has Been Rubbed Raw

One day I received an e-mail from a woman who was still bitter over a statement her husband made to her cousin ten years ago. She and her husband were preparing to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and she was dreading it because of his careless words a decade before. She wrote, “Please pray that God mends this title [sic] piece of my heart that has fallen to the ground.”

The word title was a typo—she meant to type little.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Forgiveness, God's love, Uncategorized 12 Comments

When you Need A Little G-R-A-C-E

There it was.
Carved in wood.
The evidence could not be denied.

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. And a name. L-i-l-l-i-a-n … carved into the top of her dresser’s walnut surface.

Seven-year-old L-i-l-l-i-a-n hadn’t even bothered to hide the weapon used to commit the crime. The nail lay just where she had left it. Right on the dresser by her name.