Author: Sharyn Kopf

Good Enough

“Am I good enough?” How often do you ask yourself that question? We wonder if our husbands are happy, if our children are satisfied, if our employer will hang onto us through yet another round of budget cuts. Over the last few years, I’ve been feeling oh so inadequate. It started when, for the second time in my life, I was let go by a company that saw the creative writer as a good place to start dissecting costs, leaving me unemployed once again. Then, after weeks of encouraging consideration, an editor decided to pass on my nonfiction manuscript....

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Ministry Spotlight: Sharyn Kopf

Single. It’s an identity that so many of us have, but it comes with a little bit of a stigma after a certain age. Some websites claim they know the 10 lies you’re telling yourself if you’re single and over 40 and try to explain what you’re doing wrong if you’re still single. But if I’ve learned anything from the many single women over 40 I know, it’s that God has a different path for each of us, and He’s going to use whatever situation we’re in—even our singleness. I first met Sharyn Kopf at last year’s Broken Beautiful BOLD live event. And the first thing I realized is that she is funny. Hilarious, actually. She started by telling us that high school dodgeball was really like the Hunger Games. (Think about it, though.) And then she talked to us about her journey, her calling and her ministry…and being single over 40. I had a chance to sit down and talk with her face to face that day, and today I’m happy to bring her ministry and her life to our Ministry Spotlight here at Broken Beautiful BOLD Ministries. So grab a cup of coffee, and hear what God has put on Sharyn’s heart. What inspired you to start your ministry? It all began when I was in my 40s. I was at a friend’s house, telling her about...

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It’s Only A Flesh Wound

I’ve had many years to get used to the ups and downs of singleness. Take, for instance, being a third or fifth wheel. I’ve filled that extra seat so often it’s become, for the most part, a comfortable place for me. So why did it bother me when I learned last week that a Friday dinner out with friends would probably be just me and two couples? I don’t know … but it did. I was in a mood, I guess, and wasn’t exactly relishing the prospect. Oh, that wouldn’t stop me. I only get to see these friends...

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Who Does God Say You Are?

One of the catching-on posts on Facebook this week is a collection of your most-used words on status updates. Out of curiosity, I played along. And I wasn’t happy with it. In fact, I decided not to share it. The main word, front and center? “Just.” Blah. As a writer, this offends me. Good writers know not to use this word, except, perhaps on rare occasions. And here I am, using it more than any other. Ugh. I re-took the test several times, hoping something else would jump out as my numero uno word, to no avail. Adding grief...

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He Didn’t Have To

Anyone who knows me knows this is my favorite time of year. I love almost everything about it. The scent of pumpkin spice and burning leaves, the cooler days and crisp nights, the promise that Christmas is so close I can almost taste the cranberries. Then there are the trees—a cozy blanket in shades of red and yellow and green that warms the earth and my heart. I regularly drive by a tree-lined street not far from my house where the leaves stretch across the road like a two-block gazebo. Yesterday it had reached its peak of autumn color...

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