Tagged Sharon Hodde Miller

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The Journey of Singleness

Soon after I graduated from seminary, I spent two years working as a college minister. I was still single at the time, and one of my favorite memories is a conversation I had with a freshman girl about her own single status. We both sat in my office as she bemoaned the fact that she’d…

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The Childbearing Games

Until very recently, I have always read Genesis 3:16 in a very specific way. This is the famous (or infamous) verse in which God declares the consequences of Eve’s sin in the Garden. In it He states, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.” To me, this…

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Making Peace with My Pregnant Body

I have always thought pregnant women were beautiful. Pregnancy and birth are such an incredible miracle, and the pregnant female body is a marvelous symbol of that miracle. The glow, the fullness of life — I couldn’t wait to experience all of it! And then I got pregnant. For some reason, the bodily changes that…

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Always the Last to Apologize

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but whenever my husband and I get into an argument I’m almost always the last to apologize. If given enough time, I eventually fumble my way towards an apology, but the process is rather slow going. My husband, on the other hand, consistently takes the high road and…

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Ugly Leah

I still remember the first time I heard about the show, Ugly Betty. I recall physically cringing at the title. “What kind of name is that?” I wondered in disgust. “In an effort to grab people’s attention, has the media resorted to openly ridiculing unattractive women?” Since the show’s launch in 2006, America Ferrera’s leading…

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The Comforter

Four summers ago, I made a memory I wish I could forget. It’s the kind of memory that makes me cringe every time I recall it. I try to push it out of my brain as quickly as I can. When I do think on it, I am filled with regret. I worked at a…

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Less Is More

One crisp fall day, I sat outside my favorite Mexican restaurant with a good friend. As we munched on chips and salsa, she asked about my life as a newlywed. “It’s been good!” I responded. “I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life!” This got me thinking. While I do love being married,…

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I Am Woman

About a month ago, I got the bright idea to donate my dresser and bookshelf to the Habitat Re-Store. I was preparing to get married and no longer needed them. I figured I’d load them into my Honda CRV and drive them over. I’m not entirely sure why I thought this was a realistic goal…

Dethroning the Drama Queen
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De-Throning the Drama Queen

I’m beginning to suspect the phrase “that is SO high school” is kind of a misnomer. Somewhere along the path to adulthood I acquired this idea that dramatic, over-obsessing about minuscule, superficial matters is somehow a uniquely high school behavior. Yet the older I get, the more I realize my assumptions were unfounded. Such behavior…

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