Sharon Jaynes God's love, Knowing God, Trusting God 28 Comments

The Father Ache

Father’s Day is coming up in just a few days. For some, it is a lonely day because the dad they loved has passed away or is absent from their lives.  For some it is a painful day because of past memories and disappointments. Wherever you are on the continuum of happy to heartbroken this Father’s Day,  keep reading to be reminded that you have a Heavenly Father who is the best dad of all.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Trusting God, When You Don't Like Your Story 20 Comments

Can I Trust God?

Have you ever wondered if you could trust God with your story? With your circumstances? With your struggles? With your dreams? Let me share why I had trouble trusting God as a new Christians…

I hopped up on the counter at the soda fountain and placed my five-year-old feet on the spinning stool in front of me. Dad sipped on a Coke and talked to the lady behind the counter with the red-and-white-striped apron tied around her waist.  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 Dealing with Your Past, Identity in Christ, Trusting God, When You Don't Like Your Story 25 Comments

Moving Beyond Disappointment and Grief

Grief is a funny thing. I can’t think of many who haven’t experienced grief in some form or another. So let’s talk about it today.

Grief is a natural response to a loss. It could be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of a dream. Grief is a complex weaving of emotions that accompany the loss of what was or sometimes the emptiness of what wasn’t.  Read more…

Sharon Jaynes Trusting God, When You Don't Like Your Story 38 Comments

Sometimes Healing Takes Time

I like instant. I like brewed coffee in a minute or less. I like microwaved leftovers in 45 seconds or less. I like instant text, instant online shopping, and instant movies at the click of a button. But sometimes healing takes time.

I’m not a fan of process, but would rather have immediate results. One of my favorite words in the New Testament is “immediately.”

  • “Immediately they received their sight” (Matthew 20:34).
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