Anger Makes Me Angry

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20 NIV) Oooooh, I get so angry at myself when I get angry. I know anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires, so when I feel a wave of anger rush over me—I also get angry about getting angry. Anger and I have a longstanding difficult relationship. In the old days, people called it a “besetting sin.” The word “beset” implies persistent. I honestly don’t struggle with a desire to steal. Most days, I don’t have trouble with envy, but since toddlerhood, I’ve had to fight against anger, […] Read more »

Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Luke 12:27 ESV It’s the simple things. The common daylily that opens its lovely petals at dawn and by dusk is already fading … each magnificent flower lasting only a day, then quickly replaced by another. A shimmering rainbow hanging out of a dreary sky. Monarch butterflies dancing among the flowers. The laugh of a baby, innocent and happy. Isn’t it lovely that our Lord taught us to stop and consider the small things? In this huge, busy, troubled world, Jesus bids us pause and really look at tiny things—and learn from them. Consider the intricacy of […] Read more »

Spiritual Strength Training

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. (Hebrews 12:11-12 NIV) Ray and I are not year-round bicyclists. Here in New England, the season is short and the time off long. After a winter of no biking, even if we have kept up with other exercise, we don’t just hop on our bicycles and go thirty miles. Not even close. Typically, our first ride gets off to a slow start as we gather up our scattered gear, remember to pack the Band-Aids and cell phone, inflate the tires … you get the idea. When we’re finally on […] Read more »

Our Last Challenge ... June 28

Well dear ones. We are DONE! I hope you enjoyed pondering the little word "selah" with me this June. I learned SO much! Feel free to comment below or email me, to let me know what you learned: sharon@sweetselah.org.  May God bless you with many wonderful "selah" moments with Him this summer! Love, Sharon Read more »

Challenge for June 27

What are your top five reasons for meeting with God? Email me at sharon@sweetselah.org and share them. I'd love to hear them. I will comment later in the comments below and share mine with you. Enjoy your day, and may your time with God be sweet. Read more »

Challenge for June 26

I've loved repeating my memory verse, Psalm 84:5, over and over these past few days. How about you? Now I need to go give my card to my husband so he can listen to me recite.  Read more »

Challenge for June 25

Yes, today we are sharing what we are learning in whatever study God has led us to, next. I picked back up in Exodus and am catching up with my Scripture Union readings. Here is what I read today: Exodus 13:22 "Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people." I loved that God was leading them. By day and by night. Always. That pillar, that represented His leading, was always there. My prayer: "Thank You that You never leave us or forsake us ... even now." Read more »

Discovering Selah

How I learned to weave times of rest into the busy fabric of my life Dear Reader, This post was originally written two years ago, when I was just beginning to think about starting Sweet Selah Ministries. I am sharing it again right before our ministry takes an annual “Selah month” and rests in July. No new Musings will be posted until August 2018, but I hope you will browse and enjoy some of the archived blogs. I’ve found that taking a chunk of time off each year is a great way to stay fresh and creative in this ministry. A time to “step away” from social media and just be “Sharon” at home with my hubby and my little dog. My team appreciates the […] Read more »

Challenge for June 24

A Sweet Selah Day is a day, or part of a day, set apart for you to be with God. My goal is to set aside one day a month for this blessing of time. I love my days with God! I normally spend 5-6 hours in quiet, reading the Word, reading good Christian books, singing along with CDs praise songs, and walking in nature (by the ocean whenever I can!) They are days to decompress. Days set apart for listening and being still. I hope you'll try one. Start with 2-3 hours and expand from there. My next Sweet Selah Day is scheduled for July 3rd. How about you? Have you put a date on your calendar? Oh I hope you DO!! You won't […] Read more »

Challenge for June 23

What's your reading plan now that our reading plan has finished? I'd love to know. I have gone back to the reading plan I use, that takes me through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice every 5 years. I like the bite-sized chunks. We are currently in Exodus. You can check it out if you are interested here: https://scriptureunion.org/encounters/ Read more »