Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Expectant Living, Living Free, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Uncategorized 81 Comments

News Flash! The War is Over!


I sat with my first cup of coffee on Saturday morning, reading the Living Section of the newspaper.

Steve, a non-coffee-drinker, read the editorial page.

He stopped to read an article out loud. It is a common practice between us. Even though we know the other will read it eventually, when something stirs us,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Living Free, Living Fully, Trusting God 98 Comments

The Beauty of Boundaries

Talk to any mom and ask what a two-year-old’s favorite word is and most will agree. It’s “no.”

When my son was two years old, it certainly was his.

“Steven, put up your toys,” was met by, “No.”

“Steven, time for a nap,” was countered with, “No.”

“Steven, eat your green beans,” was resisted with,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Dreams of a Woman, Expectant Living, Forgiveness, Living Free, Living Fully 86 Comments

Do You Feel Stuck?


That’s exactly the quandary I found myself stuck in several years ago.

After I had gone to college for two years, I returned to my hometown to work as a dental hygienist. But the following spring, I felt a tug to return to college and continue my education. I prayed and looked into various programs, but couldn’t get clear direction from God.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Expectant Living, General Inspiration, Living Free, Living Fully 22 Comments

When Everything is Not “Just Fine”


I can still remember the Saturday night rituals at my house when I was six-years-old.  My mother wound my sun-streaked ash blonde hair in what seemed like a hundred pink sponge rollers.  She’d swipe her middle and pointer fingers through the sticky jar of blue Dippidy-Do, slather it on a swatch of hair, and then wind the sponge round and round.   Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Forgiveness, General Inspiration, Living Free, Motherhood 95 Comments

Getting Out of God’s Way


He ironed. I watched.

I stood in the door frame of my guest room, watching my nephew, Jonathan, iron the wrinkles out of his crumpled shirt – the rumpled creases out of his crumpled heart.

He ironed and talked. I watched and listened.

Jonathan, my twenty-seven-year-old nephew, stopped by for a visit on his way to a wedding in my hometown.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Dreams of a Woman, Forgiveness, General Inspiration, Living Free, Living Fully, Trusting God 108 Comments

What To Do With a Broken Dream


I’ve been thinking about broken dreams lately.

We’ve all got them. Just different ones.

So what are you going to do with yours?

[tweetherder]Could it be that God is waiting for you to give Him the broken pieces of your shattered dreams so that He can make a beautiful mosaic from them?[/tweetherder]

Could it be that you are clinging tightly to the shards and refusing to let them go?  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes General Inspiration, Living Free 99 Comments

A Sucker for Sin

I have often heard the phrase, “A picture paints a thousand words.” So today, instead of writing a thousand words, I’m just going to write a few. I’m going to let the picture do all the talking.

A friend of mine from El Paso, Texas,  gave me this sucker as a souvenir from her hometown. It was supposed to be a joke,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Expectant Living, General Inspiration, Living Free, Living Fully 10 Comments

When Insecurity Gets Your Down

 (Beginning August 1, the content of my blog will be completely different from the Girlfriends in God devotions. So if you are not signed up for my blog at www.localhost/sjold, please do it today…and invite all your friends. We’re going to have more give-a-ways, more personal interaction, and more inspiration than ever before!)

Speaking of winners. The 3 winners of a copy of my latest book written with Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland,    Read more…