Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Gratitude, Trusting God 6 Comments

When You Want More Joy in Your Life

As we’re headed into Thanksgiving week, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. Gratitude and thanksgiving are so important for your soul. It’s not just what God wants from you; it’s what God wants for you. Gratitude has been called the “memory of the heart.” Praise and gratitude bring up pictures in our minds that say, “Remember when…” Isn’t that …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Confidence in Christ, Trusting God 8 Comments

Sit Down and Be Quiet

Have you ever noticed this pattern in the gospels: the disciples get in a bind and Jesus bails them out? Hmmm. It sounds a little bit about my life. How about you? In John 6:1-15, we find the disciples in a precarious situation. Their lawn party had turned into quite a bash. The guests far exceeded their expectations, the disciples …

Sharon Jaynes Trusting God 153 Comments

Are You Emotionally Crippled?

I was riding down the crowded streets of Mexico City in a cab when I saw her. She measured about four feet high, back curved, bent at the waist at a ninety-degree angle, and fingers gnarled and twisted shut. Like an upside-down chair, her face was parallel to the dirty sidewalk.  Feet. Dirt. Trash. That was her view of the …

Sharon Jaynes Enough, Expectant Living, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 35 Comments

When You Feel Like Giving Up

I’m writing over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today this morning. I wanted to share this with you too. By the way, if you haven’t been over to P31’s website, check it out! Can I make a confession? Sometimes I quit too soon. I’ve quit when what I really needed was to press on and press through. Sometimes I’ve …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Listening to God, Living Free, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Trusting God 17 Comments

When You Feel Like God is Far Away

Have you ever felt like Jesus was on vacation or lost your address? Have you ever cried out, “God, where are you?” I know I have. A crisis of belief occurs for most of us during difficult situations. We know that God is all-powerful and could rescue, heal, or save us at any time. So we tend to feel abandoned …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Enough, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Trusting God 64 Comments

When You Tell Yourself, “I Can’t Help Myself!”

Have you ever said, “I just can’t help myself!” I’ll admit, I have. I think we all have. But is that really true? Jennifer stood in front of the mirror staring at the overweight woman looking back at her. Just two years ago she’d lost 120 pounds, and now 80 of them were back. I can’t keep this weight off, …