Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Identity in Christ, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Uncategorized 15 Comments

Miss Masterpiece…That Would Be You

It was truly a work of art. Yes, one eye was much larger than the other, the nose resembled a giant squash, and the ears looked like saucers on the side of his head. But my kindergarten son’s self-portrait unveiled on parents’ night is a masterpiece I’ve treasured through the years. As I looked at Steven’s drawing, I noticed it …

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 184 Comments

What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?

When I was six years old, I skipped off to first grade with a fresh box of crayons, a crisp green dress with Swiss polka dots sleeves, and a fresh hope that I would be good enough—that someone would at least like me. But first grade only confirmed my fears. I wasn’t good enough after all. From the time my …

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When You Wonder If You Got What It Takes

Back in the 1960’s there was a song titled, “You Got What It Takes.” I don’t remember the song from when it debuted, but I have heard it since. Dinah Washington and Brook Benton weren’t the only ones singing “You got what it takes.” Peter said it too. He wrote this about God, “His divine power has given us everything we …

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Taking Hold When You Cannot See

He sat behind me in the Boeing headed west. Perhaps “sat” is not the right word. He didn’t speak, but I felt him rummaging about. Occasional kicks and pushes against the back of my seat let me know he was there. Little boy noises. Restless, “get me out of here” stirrings. And then I saw fingers. Five little feelers exploring …

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When Comparison Kills Confidence

If there’s one thing I know it’s this: Comparison is the devil’s tool that has kept many of us gals from stepping into our God-given destinies…and it’s time to stop! You know I’ve been camping out with Moses by the burning bush for over a year while writing Take Hold of the Faith You Long For. When we meet up …

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When You Want to Live Bold But Are Afraid

I was sitting on the balcony of a condominium at the beach with my computer in my lap. In the background I listened to the excited squeals and splashes as children played in the swimming pool below. One particular little girl caught my attention. She appeared to be about six years old and wore bright yellow water wings wrapped around …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Expectant Living, Identity in Christ, Knowing God, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 21 Comments

Do You Believe God Tells the Truth?

God speaks to me in the comics. I know. That’s weird. But He does. Pickles comic strip features an older couple named Earl and Pearl Pickles. Take a look at this one. And there you have it! In the wise words of Earl Pickles, our problem is that we don’t really believe everything we know. We go to Bible studies …