Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Dreams of a Woman, Expectant Living, General Inspiration, Living Fully, Women in the Bible 2 Comments

What About Mary? What About You?

The story of Mary always touches me at the core of my being. What an amazing encounter for a girl so young. God’s plan of redemption was held by the thread of a teenage girl from Nazareth. Who knew it would be so strong? We don’t know exactly how old Mary was at the time of Gabriel’s proclamation. Commentaries have …

Sharon Jaynes Confidence in Christ, Expectant Living, God's love, Living Free, Living Fully, Uncategorized, Women in the Bible 10 Comments

Where is God When Women Feel Forgotten

Yesterday I blogged over at Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience. I thought you might enjoy the post. I hope you feel as loved as you are. She was beautiful. She was bright. And she was mad at God. I sat across the table picking at a salad and trying to digest Jan’s words. Her startlingly teal eyes were tinted with …

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, Expectant Living, General Inspiration, Names of God, Women in the Bible 11 Comments

When God Shows Up, Don’t Forget It

  “Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water,” (Genesis 21:19 NIV). Yesterday we looked at Hagar and how God spoke to her in her deepest time of need. Let’s visit that one more time, because Hagar, like you and me, forgot about her encounter with God. When Hagar encountered God the first time, she fell …

Sharon Jaynes Dealing with Your Past, Women in the Bible 8 Comments

She Didn’t Have a Happily Ever After…But She Could Have

Today’s Truth “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of …

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The Widow’s Mite

Today’s Truth “Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny” (Mark 12:41-42, NIV). Friend to Friend Beatrice woke as the morning sun peeked through the closed shutters of her sparse bedroom. Every joint in her tired old body creaked like a …