by Sharon Shaebay Brown

Once upon a time there was a thief.  He loved to rob people. Just like we have jobs as teachers, lawyers, and nurses, his job was to rob people. It would seem that he loved his job. The thief was out and about one day and came upon a nice house and he said, “I am going to rob this house.” So, he moved in and set up shop.  At first the thief kept a low profile. He slept a lot; taking very little, not to being noticed right away.

Then one day the thief decided to start stealing. He stole some things, and before long, the homeowner found out things was amiss. The police were called. Fearing he would get caught, the thief disappeared.

Then the thief resurfaced. He was angry that he had to hide out for so long that he stole with a vengeance!  He traveled throughout the house and took what he wanted. When the police arrived this time, the thief didn’t even bother to hide.  He had taken so much stuff; he couldn’t be stopped! The thief stole so much that the house began to crumble. The house continued to crumble until it eventually fell down. The thief was proud of his work.

If this was a fairy tale, it would have a happy ending. The thief would have been caught and stopped.
However… it’s not.

This is a story about my sister Gail and her battle with cancer. Cancer comes into your body…your “house” and sets up shop. The cancer is Satan, the adversary, who comes to comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Cancer comes like a thief to steal your joy and happiness; to kill your good body cells and organs; and to destroy your life as you know it.  Cancer takes over your “house” and tries to run amok. It can live in you and be so quiet and dormant, that you don’t know it’s there.  Then when the time it right, it strikes!  This thief robbed my sister of so much. He took her health, her energy, at times her mind, and her pride. The doctors, the radiation, and the chemotherapy are the “police”.  Sometimes they can come in and “catch the thief” before he can get started. In some cases, they can slow him down.  Such is the case with my sister.  The police were able to slow the thief down.  However, the thief fought back, and thought he won when he made my sister’s house crumble.  You see, she fought so valiantly to live in spite of all the death and destruction that was going on inside of her. Eventually, the cancer had just robbed her of too much, and her “house” (her body) began to fall down around her. But God got the victory in the end! The thief could not rob my sister of her love for God and family; neither could the thief take her sense of humor. My sister chose to surrender her house to God to give Him the glory!

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.  John 10:10 Message Bible.

Beloved, God has a prepared place that no thief can enter.

Meet guest contributor

Sharon Brown. In memory of her beloved sister Gail, Sharon shares a writing entitled "Thief". Sharon enjoys writing and has penned several short stories and poems.


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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Guest Authors


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Something Different. The @stickyJesus Group Blog Project!

The first time I heard about @stickyJesus was from Twitter bud Kim Cash Tate. My first thought was, what in the world is @stickyJesus? This calls for an investigation!

Well, what I discovered was wonderfully refreshing, and right on time. Sticky Jesus co-founders Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong sum it it like this: “Sticky Jesus exists to equip you, the Christ follower, to confidently live out your faith in the digital world. We’re here to infuse biblical perspective and daily inspiration into your online time. We’ll help you grow your technical know-how so you can share the sticky love of Jesus Christ with others. We’re teaching, listening, and collaborating with a fired-up community of digital scribes about culture, social media, and the kind of relationship building that will outlive cyberspace. Are you in?”

Say what? Am I in? I’m all the way in.

So much so, I signed up for the @stickyJesus group blog project! Yep, I jumped right in to something different. Here is the project: 16 people, including moi, have agreed to lead blog discussions through the book @stickyJesus- How to live out your faith online, co-written by Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong.

Now, do I have blogging experience? Nope! (well, not unless you consider one post experience). While blogging experience wasn’t  a requirement to join the project, I checked out a couple of my fellow bloggers’ sites; and all I can say is, WOW!  I’m out in the deep!
Oh, and did I mention that all the fine folks I talk about here, I met on Twitter! mmm, humph– something differeeeent!

If you are asking God to enlarge your territory to make an impact for Him, be open and be ready to DO something different. You may feel like a fish out of water but, He’s got your back!

Is God leading you to do something different?  Have you done it?  What did you discover?

Check out the @stickyJesus group blog discussion. Here is day 1.


Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


Pink Pearls, Praying for A Cure. My first blog

About a month ago, I was watching a commercial that flashed images of women smiling and cheering; some were running, others were walking arm in arm, and some had tears. When the commercial ended, I remember saying aloud, “I want to be apart of that-I want to do that.” Well, that commercial was for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Two weeks after seeing the commercial and making my declaration, I received an email that said, “As you all know, I am in treatment for breast cancer, and believe me when I say, this is no joy ride, but we must all endure a “Job” experience at some point…You can ease the burden for many yet to be diagnosed with this awful disease.  I would love for you to join my team “Pink Pearls” and walk with us, but if you are not able to join, your generous donation is extremely appreciated.” Brenda Dantzler-Mitchell.

After I regained consciousness, I realized two things: (1) the news that Brenda, a woman I would see and greet at Sunday Worship, was battling breast cancer, and (2) the divine timing of her email. Was God giving me a personal invitation  to join Him where He was working?
Even with divine intervention, I still waited another two weeks before I worked up the courage to call Brenda and ask her if I could document her story (fear is crippling!). Brenda graciously agreed to the idea. Although I am not formally trained in journalism or film, I had to capture Brenda’s story to the best of my ability.  Please support the cause!

Live Life On Purpose Today!


Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized