Sharp Paynes

Never a dull moment…


I am Tresta – mom to four Sharp Paynes, step-mom to one Full Grown Payne,  wife to Tim-the-Builder.  I serve God imperfectly, sometimes grudgingly, but I am His and I know He loves me.  This blog is an effort to love Him more.

Why I Write:

I write because it’s easier for me than talking.  Spoken words can be laborious for me.  It only takes a little space for me to fit my foot into, and there’s no ‘delete’ button in the spoken language.  But when I write, that ‘backspace’  is always within perfect pinky-reach.

I write because my brain flits away like squirrels in a photo shoot.  Typing out the thoughts gives them anchorage and weight, and it’s the best way for me to evaluate my logic.  Or lack thereof.

Writing makes me think deeper.

I write because I forget.  I forget how cute my kids are and how wonderful my husband is (he’s cute, too).  When there are messes and crumbs and papers strewn all about, when the to-do list is longer than my leg, when nobody is doing what they are supposed to and the noise level is unbearable, I forget that I prayed for all this.  Prone to wander, I am.

I write because I forget that God is always good.

And it should go without saying in Christian-ville that I write in hopes of glorifying God and encouraging others.  Maybe He is glorified just for choosing to keep loving such a scatter-brain.  Maybe you are encouraged to see someone struggling along beside you, walking the same path, loving the same God, living the same imperfections?  Maybe you could give me a hand and pull me along?

Even on the days when nobody reads, I still enjoy writing.  But if you do read, I am encouraged to know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by and reading my mind.  You can leave a comment or email me –


7 thoughts on “About

  1. What a sweet explanation of writing. I’ve had a nice time here, “reading your mind.” Thanks for sharing–especially on days when it feels as if there is no one on the other side of the screen.

  2. Wow girl! Your thoughts above mirror my own. Nice to come across a kindred spirit 🙂

  3. I read your latest post about your adopted son, Ethan, and look forward to reading more of your blog! I adore that you state you “serve God imperfectly, sometimes grudgingly”…yet you still serve. And more importantly, His grace goes further.

  4. Struggling alongside, sending out a lifeline when necessary, writing because we forget, these are a few of my favorite things here. 🙂

  5. Your words express much…more than I can say. Thank you for your spirit and for following an awesome God, the one true God who is the keeper of our hearts…

    • Such a pleasure to follow this awesome God, and with amazing brothers and sisters, too! It was good to see your face Sunday and your hands raised in worship, even though we didn’t get to talk.

  6. Hello there! 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the “Sisterhood of World Bloggers” award. Your thoughts and posts always bring such great insight and refreshment to me and I wanted to acknowledge the blessing it’s been. You can stop by my blog,, to see how it works. Basically you post about receiving the award with a link to my blog as well as nominating 7 other bloggers who you feel should get a pat on the back and big hug. 🙂 Also, include 7 things about yourself that would be new info to your readers (silly or serious). I hope you continue to be blessed and amazed by our faithful Lord and Savior.

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