Sharon Jaynes Power of Words, Relationships, Trusting God 132 Comments

Words That Breathe Life

Have you ever had times when you felt like you just couldn’t breathe? Stress weighs you down and the “to-do list” becomes the “too-much-to-do list.” Sometimes we just need a friend to come and breathe life into us. And one of the ways they do that is with words.

When I was in my teens, I went scuba diving with some friends.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Living Fully, Power of Words, Relationships 141 Comments

The Dancing Church

I don’t know about you, but a few of my greatest lessons on how to love other people haven’t come from church folks. For example, one came from a dance club. You read that right.

Nestled 50 feet off Highway 17 in Pawley’s Island, S.C., rests C.J.’s Beach Club. For years, Steve and I eyed the clapboard building tucked in the grove of myrtle trees,  Read more…

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 Power of Words, Relationships 45 Comments

We Need Each Other

God has not called us to go through life alone.

Looking out my den window I noticed two of my neighbors puttering slowly down the street. Ernestine, with her bald head snuggled in a woolen cap, held tightly to Patti’s supporting arm. Patti’s chestnut hair, just two inches long, shone like a victor’s crown of a cancer survivor.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes God's love, Prayer/Spiritual Warfare, Relationships 243 Comments

Red and Yellow, Black and White

A burning in my heart has been singeing my conscience for quite some time. The flames rise and relent with the nightly news and the NY Times, but the smoldering tension never quite goes away. Just when I think the embers have settled into a comfortable glow, the winds of injustice stoke the cinders and ignite the flames of prejudice as human beings brush up against each other with ignorant hatred and irrational hostility.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Power of Words, Relationships, Uncategorized 33 Comments

Words That Breathe Life

Have you ever had times when you felt like you just couldn’t breathe? Stress weighs you down and the “to-do list” becomes the “too-much to-do list.” Sometimes we just need a friend to come and breathe life into us. And one of the ways they do that is with words.

When I was in my teens, I went scuba diving with some friends.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Power of Words, Relationships, Uncategorized 34 Comments

Grandma’s Hands, Your Hands

On a shelf in my living room sits a black-and-white photograph of a young girl taken in the early 1900s. Her hair is pulled back with an oversized bow peeking from behind the edges of her head. Her dress is typical of the times, with puffed sleeves and a brimming lace collar resting on her shoulders. She isn’t smiling, and she appears to be somewhat awkward,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Marriage, Power of Words, Relationships 269 Comments

I Can’t Believe I Just Said That

What if your most snarly comments were caught on tape? Yikes! That’s exactly what happened to me. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy one of my most embarrassing moments!

My friend Catherine and I set out for a stroll through the neighborhood, just before the fireflies emerged to start their party. We chatted about raising boys, husbands and decorating dilemmas.  Read more…