My story

The End of the Rope

I picked up my Bible and hurled it out the tiny window of our basement apartment. The thin pages wrinkled. The leather cover folded.  But there it hung, caught between the iron bars of our city window. “I can’t succeed at anything, I thought, not even throwing my Bible away.”

I was at the end of my rope. Finished. Disillusioned. We were church planters in a foreign country, in a global city, in a language [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Shari Thomas|21 Comments|

How Do We Experience Inner Soul Rest?

Is it possible to live with rhythms of work and rest in today’s society? More importantly, how do we experience inner soul rest? These questions surfaced after my last blog post, “Too Much.”

We’re not the only ones asking these questions. Time’s cover story last week was dedicated to the rising depression and anxiety in teens. The drama in junior and senior high school is magnified to a tipping point as teens struggle to [...]

Mother of the Bride

It wasn’t until I sent photos of the two choices for my mother-of-the-bride dress that I took a really good look at the pictures. One looked like I was trying to dress like a bridesmaid and the other conjured up images of the deserted bride, Miss Havisham, from Great Expectations.

“What was I thinking?” My swirling train of contemptuous thoughts raced down an all too familiar path. “Do all my clothes look that bad on [...]

Lymphedema as an Open Platform

I received several emails after I posted the blog about struggling with lymphedema. Thank you for sharing so openly, trusting me with your stories and encouraging me in mine.

While I write openly about health issues, areas that I find much harder to navigate are ones that can’t be talked about publicly. Suffering is increased when we are alone, when others don’t understand or belittle our difficulty.

Entangled lawsuits, [...]

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 [...]

Monday Morning Blues

This weekend I spoke at IMG_7548the Liberate 2015 Conference in Florida and Tami Resch, Abby Hutto and Maria Garriott, all Parakaleo girls, spoke at the Women’s Leadership Training Conference in Atlanta. This morning the four of us received the following [...]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Shari Thomas|1 Comment|

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 [...]

God’s Story, My Story.

I GREW UP IN A FAMILY OF STORYTELLERS, and many of the stories told were from the Bible. I heard about two undisciplined sons who died for their folly and their fat, priestly father who obviously fathered poorly and did not care well for his people. Upon learning of his sons’ death, he fell over dead. I thought, “Les­son One: Don’t be foolish! Lesson Two: When I have kids, I better [...]