God’s Story

Too Much….

This summer I began writing on a life-long interest, survival and resiliency, only to discover that my friend Penny Freeman was doing the same. Here are her thoughts:

I am learning about resiliency for my new life stage (sixth decade of life, fourth decade of marriage, having less energy, a weaker body, and grandchildren who expand my heart and my desire to run until I am dead).  Resiliency fascinates me because I am staring down [...]

What is Bothering You Today?

Are you overwhelmed? Anxious? Are there too many pending deadlines weighing on you?

I went on vacation this summer intending to work several hours each afternoon. We arrived at the beach Saturday afternoon. I planned to begin writing on Monday. For years, I’ve been reading and meditating on rhythms of work and rest. Sometimes I even practice what I’m learning. It took me a full day and a half, however, to recognize the humor of [...]

By |September 27th, 2016|Shari Thomas|3 Comments|

The Art of Storytelling

When you look at your life, what do you see? How do you make sense of the world around you? How is your story similar to or unique from the stories of others? Do you tend to compare yourself to others? Do you tend to blame others or yourself when you don’t get what you think you deserve?

We approach the questions of life with certain presuppositions—filters through which we [...]

Purple Wallpaper

When I was a little girl, I would stare at my purple-flowered wallpaper and contemplate the meaning of faith. I was comforted that I didn’t need much faith—I only needed faith the size of a mustard seed, which I learned was very small. My hope was quickly dashed when I discovered faith couldn’t contain any doubt. Why would it even matter to have a tiny amount of faith in the first place if doubt [...]

By |September 10th, 2015|Shari Thomas|6 Comments|

The Verdict

I first met Terri at the Nashville airport when we were sharing a ride to Parakaleo’s Basic Training Event. One of the goals in our training is to knead the truths of the gospel into our every day lives. We know God loves and accepts us but how does that impact our every day lives?  This is how Terri explains it…

The verdict is in! The gavel came down. The court is adjourned!

A conclusion [...]

From Small Beginnings…

Tami Resch and I were diligently working in her basement in 2005. We had grand plans to develop a system of coaching, care, celebration and connection for women like us. Women who were busy raising kids and starting churches.

Like other moms, we worked in between cooking meals, doing laundry and driving kids to and from after-school activities. That year, Tami and Steve’s youngest, Katherine, was enrolled in dance classes. So we packed up her dance [...]

The Mother Heart of God

This weekend I’m attending a baby shower for my daughter, Michaelanne, who will give birth in June. We’ll also be celebrating Mother’s Day together. I’m excited but I’m also ambivalent.

My child is entering the world of parenting from which there is no return. She has the opportunity to experience amazing joy and heartbreaking pain. She can choose to stay alive to the agony of a broken world (which we experience daily as mothers) as [...]

Five Years of Being Cancer Free

I’m waiting in the radiology room at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center downing my pre-scan cocktail all the while imaging a much more tasteful drink I plan on having with John later tonight. After this round of appointments we celebrate five years of being cancer free!

My journey with cancer has not been typical, if there is such a thing as typical. After being given my diagnosis I was asked back for another appointment, which was [...]

What is Keeping You from a Deeper Trust and Rest in Christ?

Bundled in layers of woolen garments with melting snow dripping from my hat, I slip into the cathedral, seeking a quiet place for prayer. I am overwhelmed, anxious and depleted.

2014 ended with beautiful news: our oldest daughter, Michaelanne, is expecting her first child in June, and our youngest daughter, Becca, will marry in October. But it also ended with difficult news. As I approach the five-year mark of being cancer free, the lymphatic system [...]

What Do You Deeply Long For?

Ruthann Batstone, a counselor who is also on Parakaleo’s staff, asked us this question on our last staff call. We were asked write down our answer and to do the same for the next two questions:

What would happen, how would your life be different, if you got what you longed for? What would happen if you didn’t get what you long for?

We then shared how this simple experience of longing impacted us.

Some of [...]

By |December 24th, 2014|Shari Thomas|3 Comments|