Hi!! So Savin’ it for Hubby will be working with Revolution Abstinence on a new project! What’s the new project you ask? A reality TV show! Yes, the show will feature engaged or soon to be engaged couples who are practicing abstinence! The mission is to show the world that this can be done but also to help the couples prepare for marriage in interesting ways!
Are you engaged or soon to be engaged and are practicing abstinence? Then please submit your info! The deadline is March 20, 2014. The information is located on the flyer!!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Hi! So my computer has officially died. My daughter tripped over the cord and it slid off the table onto the floor, crashing to its death! It was already old, a Gateway, and was missing some keys so I guess she took it out of it’s misery……So today I’m borrowing the hubby’s work laptop. Thanks hubby!
Esther 2:15b (MSG) Esther, just as she was, won the admiration of everyone who saw her.
The Lord has had me studying Esther lately and when He told me to study her, of course I wondered why and He just said “read” As I started reading through the first two chapters, I began to see what He was getting at. Last year, I began the most awesomest opportunity of being the purity program coordinator at my church! I’m still amazed at how all this came about but of course with this opportunity came many questions from myself of whether I felt that I could really do this. Was I ready? Would the women like me or receive me? Would I freeze up and forget everything I’d learned?! So, God, being the amazing Father that He is, took heed to my questions, doubts, insecurities and lack of confidence and nervousness and led me to an example that would help me through this. I thought at first that I had to change who I was, you know, but I learned that just by being Shannon, He could work wonders!
Anyway, so going through the first two chapters of Esther, especially in chapter two, it’s mentioned 3 times that Esther had found favor from those around her (Esther 2:9, 15, 17). I’m looking at these verses and I read them in different translations. I noticed that, hmmm, doesn’t really say how she obtained favor. She didn’t change anything to obtain favor from Hegai but some how Esther pleased him and obtained his favor and he immediately gave her the beauty treatments and preparations needed before she was to go in to the king (2:9). Also, when it was time for her to go in to the king, she asked Hegai for advice on what to take, she didn’t act as if she knew it all or that she had it all together. So from this I saw humility and maybe even a little nervousness and insecurity. By Esther showing this side of herself, it says that she obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her (2:15). Then, once she’s in with the king, it says that the king loved Esther more than all the other women and she obtained grace and favor in his sight, more than all the other virgins! Doesn’t say that she did something amazing or crazy, she was just Esther. So, by Esther being Esther, and not trying to be who she thought she was supposed to be or who someone else thought she was supposed to be, she obtained favor! The book of Esther never mentions God, but you can definitely see His hand in all that happened in this book. He was behind the scenes orchestrating events for His purposes. He didn’t ask Esther for directions or help, she was just a willing vessel! In her willingness to just be, God used her, provided all she needed by His amazing grace and favor and all she had to do was just be Esther!
So, my answer to my nervousness, insecurity and thinking I had to be someone else was to just be Shannon! All that I am, He created, and that’s what He wants me to be! He chose me just as I am to do what He has called me to be and do. I was created for this, no changes to be someone else are needed. Yes, I’ve had to grow in some areas, which comes with the territory of leading others, but I didn’t have to and don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not. I can be my happy, joyful, silly self and still be used by God in a mighty way! Why should I try to hide the amazing joy that I have? God has seen me through some painful situations and has turned them around for His purposes and my good, it’s insulting to try to change what He’s done as if what He’s done isn’t enough! To top it all off, He knows I learn things by watching, I’m a visual learner. I asked Him for an example on how to be confident but humble in what He has me doing because more than anything, humility is very important to me and especially to God, hello, pride is what got satan kicked out of heaven! So one day I was sitting on the sofa watching the Cosby Show with my daughters and I heard Holy Spirit say, “Clair Huxtable” and I said, what about her? He said ”she’s confident but humble”. So I watched her and her actions and that gave me peace and the visual example I needed! Ha! :-).
All of this to say to you, my dear sisters, just be! Just be who God created you to be. If there are things you need to change that you know are contrary to His word, then pray and ask Him to help you to change them, but don’t go and try to change who you are to please others, which is a sin by the way, because we’re here to please God and not man (Galatians 1:10). Don’t try to change to get attention from men, or fake your way to a promotion, or to try to make others accept you, you are already enough for what God created you for. You are enough for your future hubby. God will bring you to him in due time (Genesis 2:22). Change what God tells you to change that’s contrary to Him but otherwise just be you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Almighty (Psalm 139). Yes, you are to take care of His temple, your body, but make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons, for your health and to glorify Him, and not because you want attention from the opposite sex. Are you dressing your temple in a way that pleases and glorifies God or in a way that will cause your brother to stumble, lust and eventually fall? You don’t have to and shouldn’t follow all the trends of this world for attention or to fill whatever you feel that’s missing from your life. Just be and allow God to fill all that’s missing in your life. You are enough!!! Say it: I AM ENOUGH!!!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Are you one of those people who hear the word “Bible” and roll your eyes, cringe or run for the hills? LOL! I know, I so used to be the same way! That is until I found out what the Bible really is all about. Before I gave my life to Christ, I ran. I ran far away. I didn’t want to hear about God, certainly didn’t know who Jesus was and I didn’t want to hear anything about ….sin. I didn’t realize then that I was running from the One who could rescue me from all that I was battling with.
I thought that by running from God and the Bible, that I was keeping my freedom and didn’t have to worry about being restricted and constricted. I always thought the Bible was full of words telling me what not to do so that I couldn’t have fun and live my life the way I wanted to. I was living life without boundaries. I did whatever I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted and with whomever I chose to do it with!
It took me a long time to learn that the Bible was filled with pages of life-giving words, not life restricting and constricting words. God’s word sets boundaries and believe it or not, we certainly do need boundaries! Without the word of God my life was out-of-bounds and all that did was allow me to heap loads of pain and heartache on myself! I invited this pain! Not knowing that the whole time I was running from God, He was chasing me with His love and all He wanted to do was protect me and I wouldn’t let Him.
God wants to protect us, that’s one of the reasons we have the Bible. Look at life without the Bible. Not pretty. There’s so much ick, pain, and evil, all because we’d rather do things our own way. We think we know what’s best when really, we don’t. God has a huge advantage over us, He sees and knows the future, He knows what’s coming and not only that, He created us so He knows all about us (See Psalm 139). The Word of God is alive and well and each time we read it, no matter if we’ve read the same verse several times before, we find exactly what we need for the season that we’re in. He knows exactly what we need right when we need it!
We have the wrong view of boundaries. God’s boundaries are meant to protect and direct us. If we follow Him, we can have the most amazing life which is found in Him (Jeremiah 29:11). I mean, why not follow Him? He is the CREATOR of all things so why not go to the ONE who can give us all things? We don’t have to work for it, just receive, all because we’ve given our life over to Him. He loves us beyond measure! Adam & Eve stepped out of the boundaries God set for them and look what happened? I would say having boundaries set by the Almighty is a pretty awesome idea! Thank you God for your boundaries!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Happy New Year!!!
So I guess everyone’s made their resolutions, or not, but the New Year screams new beginnings for so many. The tendency is to make this long list of things that we listed last year and the year before that didn’t happen. Well, this year, I’m not doing that to myself! A wonderful life-saving email appeared in my inbox and totally stunned me! Such a wonderful concept!
I have the bible app via www.Bible.com and the email I received from them was to choose one verse to focus on this year. Seemed simple enough so I began to pray about it, but then I also saw this plan on there that was about focusing on one word for the year, even better! So I started the plan, which is only 4 days long, and was amazed at how my one verse and my one word seems to go hand in hand! God is awesome! For more information about this, click here.
SO my one word is Purpose and my one verse is 1 Timothy 4:16. This is so freeing for me because, now instead of killing myself with all the things I need to change or accomplish, I can go through my own process of elimination and if whatever it is has nothing to do with my purpose or verse that was given to me by the Holy Spirit, then I waste no time or energy trying to pursue or change it.
Now, I know there will be challenges along the way as the enemy will definitely try to knock me off course but I can always go back to my one word and one verse to get me back on track.
What do you think? Does this sound simple to you, freeing even? Check it out for yourself. Let me know what your one verse and one word is. Maybe we can walk this out together this year and see if this approach is as good as it seems so far
Here’s to an amazing 2014!!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Just want to thank you all for your support and prayers this year! I pray that you all are tremendously blessed beyond measure and that all your dreams, hopes, desires come to fruition in 2014. God bless and keep you!
From our family to yours!!!!
Be blessed & encouraged,
How will I know if I am sexually compatible with someone if I don’t have sex BEFORE marriage?
I hate this:
Really?! You’re going to compare yourself to a car? You’re a human being, not a frickin’ car!! Anyway, it doesn’t stop people from asking the question though, so I’m going to answer it.
In short, you will know by trusting God. In detail? Well, here goes:
God created us in His image: male and female. (Genesis 1:27) He knows all about how the bodies are to fit together. He knows the shape and size of each penis He’s ever created and He knows all about each vagina He’s ever shaped and formed. He knows how we think, what we think and all our ways. (Psalms 139:1-4) He knows us better than we know ourselves. God also knows about sex, after all He created it which means He also knows why He created it!! Sex was created for marriage and the very first sex act was between Adam and Eve, husband and wife. (Genesis 4:1)
Even more so, God created Eve without the help, opinions or input from Adam, he was asleep. (Genesis 2:21) Once God was finished creating Eve, He brought Eve to Adam. (Genesis 2:22) Now, once Eve was presented to Adam by God, Adam fully accepted her as his wife, bone of his bones, flesh of his flesh. (Genesis 2:23) Note, when Eve was presented to Adam, Adam didn’t say to God, “God let me take her for a test drive to make sure she can satisfy me sexually. Let me make sure she is right for me, because if she isn’t then you’re going to have to try again!” No!! Adam trusted God, Adam trusted the fact that God had made a helper suitable for him in EVERY way! (Genesis 2:20b emphasis mine)
If you will place all your trust in God, you won’t have to give yourself over to guy after guy, tying your soul with them, being hurt by them and each time, giving away a piece of yourself! This is NOT GOD’s WAY!! You are not to be test driven as a car! You are the daughter of a King! He wants to give you the desires of your heart but you must put your trust and faith in Him and WAIT! God is still molding and shaping you into an awesome wife for one of His son’s one day and He doesn’t need man’s approval! The man that God presents you to will have His stamp of approval and you can guarantee that God will make sure that His daughter will be be satisfied! You will be satisfied and so will your future Hubby. You can’t go wrong doing things God’s way. He has all the bases covered. He will give you exactly what you need but you have to trust Him.
Be blessed & encouraged,