Hi, friend! My name is Sharon. I am glad to meet you. Have you found your way here because you are a weary soul? Whatever your reason for visiting, I hope you will feel respected and nurtured.
Let me introduce myself. I grew up as the oldest of seven children in a loving family. My husband and I have been happily married for over thirty-four years. I have two hard-working sons, who each have loving wives; and I have two splendid grandchildren.
I am a teacher. I have taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Bible. Whatever the subject, I want students to learn and enjoy their studies and to practice how to think and live better.
Along with my husband, I have lived in six different countries. In each location, we created a home where we welcomed a wide variety of guests and we have loved them all. People often ask which country was my favorite. I answer, “The country where I currently live.” Now, that is the United States of America. I can’t list a specific state, since we are living in a small RV, traveling to visit family and friends and finding places of beauty and rest.
Yes, I have lived a wonderful life, but I have also wrestled with soul weariness. I used to explain it as having too much to do: managing logistics and nurturing relationships. But the cause is deeper. Frequent moving has required reinventing our lives. Where will we live? What will we do? Who will we be? Working through endless “to-do” lists, I often prioritized urgent tasks over important ones and wrestled for responsibility over things I could not control. I wished hard issues away, instead of being brave enough to communicate about them and find real solutions. I persuaded myself bad habits, particularly in my marriage, were innocuous. I sought comfort in eating too much; in sleeping late instead of exercising; and in worrying instead of trusting God.
The living God has been present in my life since childhood, and I have spent a lifetime learning to confide in him, to listen to the whispers of the Holy Spirit, to practice following Jesus Christ, and to share what I’ve learned with others.
I have had the privilege of mentoring others by listening, praying, and seeking wisdom together. My prayer is that as you reflect on and practice what you read in this blog, your weary soul will find refreshment, renewal and hope.
Tyranny of the Urgent! by Charles E. Hummel
What details in my biography remind me of your experiences? What would you recommend to a friend struggling with soul weariness?