About the Author

Sharla Fritz is a Christian author and speaker who weaves honest and humorous stories into life-changing Bible study. Author of the new book Measured by Grace: How God Defines Success, Sharla writes about God’s transforming grace and unfailing love. Sharla lives in the Chicago suburbs with her amusing pastor husband.

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  1. Sharla,
    Love your story!! God has been stretching my faith immensely through my relationships with our Director and teachers at our school in the Middle East. They are younger than I am, live with targets on their back each day, live among poverty, oppression, and persecution yet their lives radiate a joy in the Lord that can’t be contained. It amazes me that God’s children who have so little in life and live in such terrible conditions can have more gratitude, trust, courage, and perseverance than I will ever have. Their depth of faith is truly humbling to me. Saying “Yes” to these relationships takes us outside our tidy comfort zones, but oh what blessings can be reaped!! Joining with you in saying, “Yes”!!
    Bev xx

    • Bev, thanks for your kind comments! It is amazing how God can stretch our faith and enrich our relationship with Him through unlikely friendships. I’m so glad that God places people in my life who may be different from me in certain ways, but we are still brothers and sisters in Christ!

      • Thank you Sharla God place us together for a reason HE know how I relationship was going to be I truly love you because I learn a lot from you out friendship mean a lot to me but you are are not just my friend you are my sister and my sister-n-christ God I truly thank you for Sharla. The words you wrote about our relationship is so true I truly ready to read your book LOVE YOU

        • Thanks Brenda! Our relationship means a lot to me too! Thank God for sisters-in-Christ like you!

        • May God continue to richly bless you Brenda. It’s clear from Sharla’s description of your relationship that God is using you in a mighty way to point people to Him. Praying for your successful completion of the GED!

  2. Sharla, I am so challenged by your story and by your humble ability to learn while teaching. Thank you for sharing the details of this uniquely wonderful friendship!

    • Michele, thanks for your sweet comment! God is so good and He continues to demonstrate that in surprising ways!

    • Thanks Sue for your comment! Brenda does not have her GED test scheduled yet. But I’m sure she would welcome your prayers!

  3. So good! I operate s shelter called Nurture Home and I tell the women “your story is my story”.

    Thank you for becoming friends and changing a life through not being afraid.

    I can tell you, volunteers like you are the “frosting on the cake” of all our efforts to help women end their homelessness. God bless you for caring sacrificially.

    • Lisa, you are doing such important work! I am so grateful for people like you who work tirelessly with people who have many hard years and may not know the power of God’s love in their lives. Thanks for living out that love!

  4. God is with you, Sharla. Only persons with open heart and mind to the movements of the Spirit can see God’s hands in what other’s can teach them while they extend help. Thanks for sharing your story. A beautiful reminder to us all.

    • Thanks for your beautiful words, Eva! Your comment is a reminder to me to keep an open heart and ask God to see Him in my ordinary moments! Blessings.

  5. I have been helping unlikely people as well. I can’t say I have found a Brenda. I have met a lot of resistant and hesitant people, so I am truly happy to hear she has been delivered.

    • Hi Rebecca. So sorry that the people you have met have been resistant. I pray that their hearts will be open to Jesus’ love through your kindness!

  6. Sharla, thank you for sharing. God is so awesome like that – pouring into us when we think we are pouring out. By this, we never run empty but are a conduit of his grace. He is amazing.

    • Danielle, I so agree! God’s grace is so amazing. And often comes from unexpected sources! May God bless you!

  7. Sharla,

    What a story! It shows Luke 7:47 “those who have been forgiven much, love much. Those who have been forgiven little love little” in action. I see this quite often, even at church. Those who have gone through a lot & are still forgiven love much! It amazes me that God is so loving He would keep on forgiving my faults. May I keep on helping others & shining a light on the love of Christ!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, I so agree. And I convicted by that passage because I think, “Am I stingy with my love because I don’t THINK I’ve been forgiven much?” My sinful pride doesn’t want to admit that I need as much or more forgiveness than everyone else. I don’t want to dwell on my sin, but I certainly don’t want to sweep it under the rug either. I want to admit it and receive God’s mercy.