Sharon Jaynes Living Fully, Relationships, Trusting God, When You Don't Like Your Story 27 Comments

God Puts to Use What He’s Put Us Through (and What We’ve Put Ourselves Through)

Chris, one of my friends, was in a seminary class when someone raised his hand and asked the professor: What is your best advice on how to be a good pastor?”

“Empathy,” the professor replied. “Have empathy.”

Then Chris raised his hand. “How do you get empathy?

With a trace of sad knowing in his eyes,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Expectant Living, Living Fully 28 Comments

When You Want to Feel Closer to God

Have you ever felt that your love for Jesus has just grown cold? Maybe you feel that way right now. If so, keep reading…

Most of us come to Christ with a certain “inloveness”—a stirring of emotion mixed with an inexplicable knowing that we’ve discovered our reason for being. But some years into our spiritual journey, the wonder that swelled during the early years ebbs into routine religion laced with busyness.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Listening to God, Living Fully 49 Comments

Seeing God in the Everyday

When is the last time you experienced God’s presence in a real and tangible way? Let’s think about that together today. I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a friend of mine.

Bob told me about a visit to Vietnam where he met with a leader of an underground Christian church. This leader, who had spent a large part of his life in prison for his faith,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Expectant Living, Identity in Christ, Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 91 Comments

Trusting God in Trying Times

One phone call and my life crumbled into a pile of dust easily blown away by shock and unbelief. In a moment, my trust in God was tested as never before. Could I trust Him with this?

Trusting God would certainly be easier if we could see Him and His angel armies face to face. But even though we can’t see the physical realm,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Expectant Living, Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 112 Comments

No Plan B

Sometimes when I’m reading the Bible, one little sentence jumps out and grabs me by the heart. That’s what happened when I read 1 Kings 19:19-21. This was the day that Elijah the prophet called Elisha the farmer to take his place. Here’s the verse…

“He burned the plowing equipment…” 1 Kings 19:21

Okay, this might be the strangest Bible verse I’ve written about,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Listening to God, Living Fully, Trusting God 157 Comments

Hang On and Trust God

Have you ever felt that this thing called life is just too hard? I know I have.

I remember when my son was four-years-old and I was trying to teach him how to snow ski.  The first day was just horrible…at least it was for me. I felt like a down-covered workhorse as I lugged two sets of skis in one arm while dragging along Steven with the other.  Read more…