Sharon Jaynes Identity in Christ, Knowing God, Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 102 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…

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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 Jaynes Confidence 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…

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Expectant Living, Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 43 Comments

When You Feel Discouraged

Have you ever felt the sting of rejection? That’s a silly question. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t.

When I first started writing, I sent off sample chapters to various publishers. Shortly after, rejection letters came creeping into my mailbox.

“Thanks, but no thanks. “Nobody knows you.” “Your manuscript does not meet our needs at this time.” “Blah,  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Identity in Christ, Knowing God, Listening to God, Never Less Than, Relationships, Trusting God 59 Comments

Leaving the Land of Disappointment

I was so disappointed. I had worked really hard on a project, and to be honest, it was a flop. It seemed that not as many people loved it as much as I did. And it made me just want to pitch a tent in the land of disappointment and quit!

I think the women on Jesus’s ministry team must have felt the same way.  Read more…

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Sharon Jaynes God's Promises, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 41 Comments

When You Feel God Has the Wrong Girl for the Job

Have you ever been in a situation when you felt God calling your name to a particular task, and at the same time you felt that He had the wrong person for the job?

I remember when I felt God calling me to become a counselor at a Pregnancy Care Center during a time when I was going through infertility struggles.  Read more…

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Sharon Jaynes Enough, Identity in Christ, Living Fully, Power of Words, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 41 Comments

Turning “No I Can’t” into “Yes I Can”

I can do it. No, I can’t. Yes, I can. No, I can’t.

Have you ever had that conversation with yourself? You feel like God is calling you to reach out to someone, start a new venture, teach a Bible study, write a book, share a story about your past that you’ve never shared before. But then your fear shouts at your faith to keep quiet.  Read more…

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Sharon Jaynes Balanced Living, Forgiveness, God's love, Prayer, Relationships, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 19 Comments

When Family Gets Messy

My family growing up was one big mess. Fighting. Arguing. Yelling. Crying. And eventually, a lot of forgiving. If ever there is a place to learn about forgiveness…to practice forgiveness…to struggle with forgiveness…it is in the family. And interestingly, it is in the context of family where the word forgiveness first shows up in the Bible.

Let’s dig into Scripture today.   Read more…

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Sharon Jaynes Identity in Christ, Knowing God, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 41 Comments

When You Feel Stuck in Your Faith

Have you ever felt stuck in your faith? Like you can’t seem to grow any deeper? Stand any stronger? Believe any better? I know I have.

Sometimes I feel like a trapeze artist who’s stuck hanging over the vast expanse in a circus tent, wondering why I can’t fly through the spiritual life with the greatest of ease like so many others seem to.  Read more…

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Sharon Jaynes Listening to God, Prayer, Trusting God 149 Comments

Struggling Together in Prayer

I am so glad that God gave us girlfriends who will struggle with us in prayer. I have loved praying for each and every one of you who have posted prayers on The Prayer Wall.

Paul  certainly understood struggling together in prayer.

He wrote: “Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me” (Romans 15:30 NLT).  Read more…