Sharon JaynesIdentity in Christ, Listening to God, Prayer 144 Comments

Prayer Can Change a Man’s Heart

Allan was a tough man. Raised by a single mom with five siblings, he learned how to scrape his way through life and climb to the top of humanity’s heap through sheer determination and grit. He married at nineteen, had his first son at twenty, then a baby girl at twenty-five. Over the next two decades he advanced from driving a delivery truck at a lumberyard to becoming part owner of a building supply company.  Read more…

Sharon JaynesIdentity in Christ, Listening to God, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 87 Comments

When Comparison Kills Confidence

If there’s one thing I know it’s this: The measuring stick will get you stuck! Comparison is the devil’s tool that has stopped many of us gals from stepping into our God-given destinies…and it’s time to stop!

I camped out with Moses by the burning bush for more than a year when I was writing the book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For.  Read more…

Sharon JaynesIdentity in Christ, Living Fully, Power of Words, When You Don't Like Your Story 16 Comments

Retraining Verbal Reflexes

Have you ever let words fly out of your mouth and then thought…I can’t believe I just said that!!! I call those verbal reflexes. Here’s why

One day I was driving home from the beach in July Fourth holiday traffic. It was Southern muggy hot, and cars were a throng of metal on wheels. Everyone was going faster than the posted speed limit and I was trying to keep up.  Read more…

Sharon JaynesIdentity in Christ, Knowing God, Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 106 Comments

When It’s Time to Stop Moping

Have you ever been so discouraged that you just wanted to stay in bed and pull the covers up over your head? Maybe that’s where you are right now.

I’ve hidden under the covers a time or two myself. OK, well maybe more than two. I felt that way this past Christmas when my son and his wife couldn’t make it from Chicago to North Carolina because of the snow storm.  Read more…

Sharon JaynesConfidence in Christ, Enough, Identity in Christ, Knowing God, Relationships 74 Comments

I AM is the God Who Fills in Your Gaps

Do you remember the first Rocky movie? (I just looked it up and there have been eight.) In the very first film about the Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa falls madly in love with the very demure Adrian who works at a Tropical Fish pet store. Adrian is very intelligent, shy, and cautious. Rocky is, well, none of those things. In one scene,  Read more…

Sharon JaynesIdentity in Christ, When You Don't Like Your Story 59 Comments

Remembering Your Story

Steve and I were headed to the coast and stopped for our usual lunch break—Chick-fil-A—Just twenty minutes from our destination, it was one last time to fill up on sweet tea. While Steve purchased our nuggets, I took our Bernedoodle, Molly, for a walk in the grassy area between Chick-fil-A and Dunkin’.

Molly sniffed, stretched, and well, you know.  Read more…

Sharon JaynesChristmas Inspiration, Enough, Gratitude, Identity in Christ, Knowing God, Relationships 119 Comments

Just What You’ve Always Wanted

Yard sales. I’ve never really liked them. But when we were preparing to move from our home of twenty years, we decided it was the best way to clean out the clutter and make a little money.

We displayed our lovely attic décor on makeshift plywood tables and waited for the bargain babes to descend. Two hours before the advertised opening time,  Read more…

Sharon JaynesGod's love, Identity in Christ, Lovestruck, Trusting God 22 Comments

Comparison Kills Contentment

I was checking out my Facebook posts and feeling a little bit left out. It seemed everyone was having a big ole time with family and friends, and well, I wasn’t. It was Christmas time and it appeared that all the family gatherings were picture perfect…and mine wasn’t.

Pinterest postings of perfect sausage pinwheels. Facebook pics of glittery table setting with Christmas China and matching napkins.  Read more…

Sharon JaynesConfidence in Christ, God's Promises, Identity in Christ, Living Fully, Power of Words, Prayer, Trusting God 29 Comments

When You Feel Empty

A sign was posted on a telephone pole by the grocery store: “LOST DOG with three legs, blind in left eye, missing right ear, tail broken, and recently castrated. Answers to the name of Lucky!”

Perhaps you feel just about as “lucky” as that lost dog. Hobbling along. Impaired vision. Broken tail. Well, you get the picture. There was a woman in the Bible who also felt like she was out of luck and had nothing to give.  Read more…