Sharon Jaynes Expectant Living, God's love, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God, Uncategorized 29 Comments

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 …

Sharon Jaynes Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God, Uncategorized 82 Comments

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, Dealing with Your Past, Dreams of a Woman, Expectant Living, Listening to God, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, Trusting God 52 Comments

Rest in the Here-ness and Near-ness of God

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? That’ exactly how Moses felt when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. He cried out, “Who am …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Dealing with Your Past, Forgiveness, General Inspiration, God's love, Living Free, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Trusting God 175 Comments

Let It Go! God Has.

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already mid-January. I hope you’ve been refreshed and revived with the start of a New Year. I love the word, “new”. Don’t you? Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Today, I’m praising God for the newness …

Sharon Jaynes Expectant Living, Prayer, Trusting God 20 Comments

When Your Heart Needs More

It was a bit too early. Little Tripp was snug in his mommy’s womb, and not quite ready to meet the world. But the doctors decided it was time for his grand debut. My niece, Emily, developed preeclampsia in her last weeks of pregnancy. The doctors waited as long as they could, but surmised that it was best if little …

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Living Free, Living Fully, Trusting God, Women in the Bible 5 Comments

When You Feel Weighed Down, Worn Out, and Bound Up

  I was riding down the crowded streets of Mexico City in a cab when I saw her. She measured about four feet high, backed 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 …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Dealing with Your Past, Expectant Living, Forgiveness, God's love, Living Free, Living Fully, Trusting God 36 Comments

When You Forget…Remember Grace

Ann. I just love her. In just the few years I’ve know her, she has taught me much about gracious, grace-filled living. My friend Jill has the privilege of being a companion to Ann two days a week. But Jill is more than a companion…she is Ann’s friend. Last week Ann called Jill in a panic. “Jill, there are birds …

Sharon Jaynes Dreams of a Woman, Expectant Living, General Inspiration, God's love, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Trusting God 26 Comments

A Higher Place

911 Mom punched in the numbers and waited for the ambulance to arrive. She was having intense abdominal pains and the vomiting wouldn’t stop. I got the call, and for the next six weeks sat by her bed and watched her slip away. We talked about everything from the distribution of her material possessions to the best shampoo for shiny …

Sharon Jaynes A Sudden Glory, Confidence in Christ, Dreams of a Woman, Expectant Living, Listening to God, Living Fully, Renewing your mind with the Truth, Trusting God 71 Comments

Who Do You Think You Are?

  I’m getting ready to get on a plane and head to Kentucky to speak at a women’s event. And a memory slid it’s way into my mind. Remember who you are and whose you are. You are not doing this on your own. See, it was my first large speaking engagement about eighteen years ago. Four hundred fifty  women …