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Standing in Fire & Unwavering Faith!

Daniel 3:16-18 (NLT)  ‘Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

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Now this story is a great example of unwavering faith! If you don’t know the story, please go read Daniel chapter 3 in the Bible. But here, we see the response of Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, they were not going to bow down to a stupid statue, they were not going to worship anything or anyone other than the Living, Holy God! They were not bothered whatsoever by the king’s threats! So King Nebuchadnezzar is ticked and orders them to be thrown into the fiery furnace only he’s so angry, he orders it to be heated up 7 times hotter than normal! Stop here. Ok, I don’t know about you but I’d probably be crying, begging, pleading, snotting all over the place because hello, I’m about to be bound and thrown into fire, while I’m awake and fully alive! I can’t help but to wonder what was going on in their minds! What were they saying to each other if anything? Were they praying? Were they praising God? Or were they silent and stoic? Also, as I was reading, I noticed that as they got closer to the fire, the guards who’d bound them and led them to the fire, they burned and died but nothing was said about the heat from the fire affecting Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego! So now I’m wondering, when did the Angel of the Lord actually show up?! Shouldn’t Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego have burned from the heat too?

I’m reading this chapter in the Bible and I’m thinking of all the warfare I’ve experienced in the past few weeks and even hearing from friends who’ve been in a spiritual battle and wondering, how strong is our faith really? I know I’ve had several days where I’ve just wanted to quit and in my mind I did quit. But I’m not facing physical fire, no physical pain, nothing as dire as what Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego faced so why is my faith so shaky and conditional? Lord, this it too hard, I quit! Really Shannon!? Not only is this chapter making me check myself (insert eye roll here), I learned 4 key points about unwavering faith from our brothers:

  1. Standing in unwavering faith initiates God’s supernatural protection.
  2. Standing in unwavering faith brings godly promotion.
  3. Standing in unwavering faith draws others to God.
  4. Standing in unwavering faith brings God great glory!

In the ending of chapter 3 after seeing 4 figures walking around in the fiery furnace, the king was astounded! He had to question his guards to make sure that there were only 3 people thrown in to the furnace! The king goes to the furnace, calls for Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego to come out of the furnace and they don’t smell like smoke, there are no burns, not even a piece of hair was singed! He’d witnessed the miracle of God’s supernatural protection as a result of their unwavering faith and it drew the king to worship God and to promote Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!

I don’t know about you, but I needed this kick in the butt today! God always gives us what we need when we need it. He knows when we need a gentle nudge or a firm push or kick in the pants to get us to stand while in the fire! Either way, He still gets the glory! I shall press forward to fulfill what He’s called me to do. I know the warfare won’t stop but I can rejoice knowing that by standing in unwavering faith, I’m protected, my faith is drawing others to Him, He will promote me and my unwavering faith will bring Him great glory! Hallelujah!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

PS. Don’t forget that registration for Purely Loved 2019 retreat is open & my new 5 day e-devotional is available, You Might Be Stuck If…5 Reasons You’re Not Moving Forward

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You Might Be Stuck If…

Hi!

I’ve written a new 5 day devotional! I wanted to write something that was simple, to the point. I wanted to write something that would make us sit down and listen to what God has to say about our situation and not our friends, or our own biased thoughts. If you’re stuck and going in circles, perhaps this devotional is for you. Enjoy!

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“A 5 day, in-your-face, intimate devotional that guides you through 5 reasons you’re not moving forward. Each day there’s a break down of the issue, then several scriptures that you go through with Holy Spirit as you allow Him to show you the reasons you’ve hit a brick wall according to the Word and Will of God. No sugar coating, no flowers or rainbows, just straight truth!”

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Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 9

Psalm 62:1-2 (AMP)

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
From Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened.

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I believe the sooner we learn that only God can truly satisfy us, the better off we’ll all be. Everything else is just a bonus, a filler. If all the things we strove for were truly fulfilling, then we’d stop striving. We can have everything going for us and have everything we could ever want and still feel empty. The reason is we spend so much time pursuing things, people, recognition, worldly success and not nearly enough time pursuing God. We even pursue the encounter with Him more than we pursue Him. How often we forget that everything we need is in the presence of the Almighty God! If we pursue Him first, everything else will be added unto us!

Even though I’m married and have kids, there’s still a place in my heart that only God can fill. My husband, a wonderful man of God, yet still human, does and says things that aren’t always pleasant and my children often do things that don’t make me happy. They are human. No human should carry around the weight of having to make another person happy. For God alone, fills me completely. If I can’t feel His presence or hear His voice, I feel lost. I have to have God. Without Him, I’m an absolute mess. He truly is my rock, defense, my strong tower. It’s only by Him that I’m able to stand and not be shaken or disheartened.

Things are moving slower than I’d like right now but I know without a shadow of a doubt that my God is moving and working. I know this because I know Him. I know His character and I know His word, therefore, I continue to stand in faith and I will see the salvation of the Lord! Make sure that you know Him too!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 8

Because so many of us are in a time of transition, facing so many different things personally, I figured Psalm 91 in it’s entirety is needed instead of one verse. I pray that the words of our Father brings peace and comfort to you today and forever, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Psalm 91 (AMP)

Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”

For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
 
He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

 
You will not be afraid of the terror of night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 
Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.
 
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.
 
You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes
And witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].
 
Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

 
For He will command His angels in regard to you,
To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
 
They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.
 
You will tread upon the lion and cobra;
The young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

 
“Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;
I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
 
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.psalm 91
 
“With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation.”

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 7

Isaiah 41:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

 

Today has been pretty heavy. I’m feeling the burden of the anniversary of 9/11 and the impending hurricane on the east coast. I’m feeling the fears and hurts. Being a prophet and having the gift of discernment, I feel lots of what’s going on in the atmosphere and it’s compiled with what’s going on in my own life. The hardest thing sometimes is separating other peoples hurts and fears from your own. So I pray for both.

I’m learning so much in this season. I’m learning so much about people and that their actions speak a whole heck of a lot louder than their words. Their facial expressions speak volumes! I’m learning to deal with the discomfort of not being liked by some people but loving them in spite of. I’m learning to accept people as they are and sometimes that can be hard and painful but never the less, my God tells me in today’s verse not to be afraid of this new journey for He is with me. He will give me the strength to move forward in spite of all that I’m learning and discerning. He’s helping me to see people through His eyes and I’m so happy that He is. I refuse to let bitterness take root. I refuse to develop a hard heart because of the things that I can see and feel. Instead, I will pray harder and love with the love of Christ.  I will hold on to His righteous right hand, His hand of justice, power, victory and salvation. I’m so grateful for our Father’s heart to help us to navigate the rough waters.

Whatever you’re going through right now, please remember that you are not alone, God is with you and for you! For those on the east coast, I’m praying for you and for those affected by the tragic events of 9/11 I’m praying for you as well. If there’s anything in particular that I can be in prayer for, please send me a message at savinitforhubby@gmail.com.

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 6

Hi!! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I know I did! The purity conference was soooo good! I truly had no reason to be nervous or afraid, God was definitely with me and His hand was all over and in this conference! There were breakthroughs and chains broken and I’m so grateful to have been a part of something so beautiful.

Today’s verse is:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AMP) There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven–ecclesiastes 3.1

With God, timing is everything. We can look back over our lives at the timing of certain blessings and most times we can see why God gave us things/people at the times that He did. There are people who come into our lives at just the right moment but we don’t often see that when we meet them. There are certain events that happen in our lives that were right on time, but we don’t always notice. But God does. He’s the great strategist. Everything He does has a ripple effect. What happens in our lives isn’t just about us. How often do we forget this! There are so many times that I want to just keep my mouth closed and go in to hiding but what God gives me, I must share EVEN THOUGH I DON’T KNOW THE EFFECT IT HAS ON OTHERS! It’s called obeying in faith. God has had me do and say so many things and I hear nothing from anyone, silence. Is it discouraging? Heck yes! But what this has done is make me keep my eyes on God. I have to trust that He has a reason for having me do and say what He tells me to and sometimes it’s just to obey Him. I don’t have to know why, I just do it because of my love and reverence for God. I trust Him.

If things are moving in your life as slowly as a turtle crawling through mud, just trust that God is working, orchestrating and strategizing in the background. I do believe strongly that sometimes these things are truly just a test of the level of faith that we have.  We have to prove our faith! Even when I ask questions, the only response I get from God is, “Do you trust me?” We have to learn to be grateful and trustworthy with the small, with where we are now, before we can take on bigger. For everything, there truly is a season!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 5

Joshua 1:9 (AMP) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This scripture is so fitting for today! I’ve been so nervous about speaking at the purity conference tonight! I’m much better now, and I’m pumped! Yesterday, Holy Spirit whispered to me, “daughter, don’t compromise.” So, what He’s told me to say, He’s firm about it and I am not to waiver from it. But today, He’s reminding me that He’s with me wherever I go and He’ll be with me tonight. He’ll help me to be strong and courageous and deliver His words to His people. I don’t need to be too nervous or afraid :-). Joshua 1.9 image

So, whatever you have going on this weekend, be strong, be courageous and don’t compromise! Our God is with us wherever we go!!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking in Faith: Day 2

Psalm 37:5 HCSB Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act,

Psalm 37:5 NKJV Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 

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I really needed this reminder today. Any fellow control freaks out there? When I read this scripture this morning, the word commit jumped out at me so I looked it up in the dictionary. Definition number 5; to entrust, especially for safekeeping; to commend, waved to me and definition number 10; to send into battle; grabbed my attention! I also looked at commit in Strong’s Concordance and Hebrew for commit is ‘roll’ {away}.  We need to give everything over to God and trust Him with it all for safekeeping. So, today, I commit, roll away to God, every assignment, my family, every project to Him!

Today, it is my prayer that we all are able to release whatever it is God has called us to; blog, writing a book, starting a business, new job/career, that we trust God with it for safekeeping, that we rest and allow Him to go before us to battle for this new journey. I pray that we trust Him with all the details of bringing these things to pass. We’ve done our part, so now Father, help us to mind our business and stay out of Yours as we do what we can’t do on our own! You Lord are the great Organizer and Multi-tasker! You can bring things to pass in ways we never could imagine! Oh that we would just trust that you are acting on behalf of our faith in You this day. Give us peace, restore joy and help us to rest in knowing that You are in control! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Walking In Faith: Day 1

Isaiah 43:2 I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. 

Walking in purpose sounds so beautiful when we say it, doesn’t it? “I’m walking in my purpose!” “I’ve found my calling!” What we don’t factor in is the cost of walking in purpose and calling. We don’t really count the costs at all! We look wide eyed at the road before us and in our minds there’s this beautiful plan that’s been formulated and we have everything written down and the plan of execution has been dotted, t’s crossed and we’ve gotten the courage we needed to step out and then, BAM! Here comes doubt, fear, worry, frustration, anger, and the feeling of being overwhelmed!

What is this? This isn’t in my plan! These things are not what we factor in but they are inevitable especially when God begins to call you deeper and higher. When He calls you to things bigger than you can fathom. I just launched Purely Loved 2019, registration is open, the site is beautiful and the planning has begun. There are visions of women crying and rejoicing in freedom in my head but then that dream is interrupted by, “OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING WOMAN?!” Ah Doubt, we meet again! So, I have a plan to combat my nemeses doubt, worry, fear, frustration and overwhelm! I’m going to study FAITH all month long! I’ve written down scriptures on faith and every day I’m going to meditate on the scripture and share what I’m learning. Care to join me? Feel free to comment and share!

The scripture for today reminds me that yes, I’m a #waterwalker, out in the middle of nowhere it seems, but God is with me. I may be passing through rough waters right now, but they won’t overtake me. God is not at all surprised by my response to what He’s called me to do and He’s also not surprised by the enemy’s tactics. I’m the one who needs to focus on the God who doesn’t waiver so that I don’t waiver. When things get hot, which I know they will because, hey, I’m calling people to a life of purity and that’s totally against the kingdom of darkness, the fire will be there but God has promised that we won’t be burned. We’ll come out golden! My friends, whatever God has called to you, make up in your mind right now that you will fight through the raging waters and the roaring fire! Don’t quit and don’t give in, we can do this together! Pray for me and I’ll pray for you!

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See you tomorrow!

Shannon

 

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The Beauty of Obedience: Purely Loved 2018 Recap

1 Samuel 15:22-24 New Living Translation (NLT)

22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

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This past weekend was the 2nd Purely Loved purity retreat. This one, I lead. I took over the reigns from my dear sister who started this all in 2017. I felt the weight of it all. The pressure, the burden of going to war for the entire retreat and every woman involved. There were many times I wanted to just leave it all! Not because I didn’t want to have the retreat but because the warfare was so great! Satan was not happy and he was making it well known that he was not going to stop his antics. So I had to stand in faith and choose obedience. Hearing some of the stories over the weekend showed me that the ladies had to press through and choose obedience as well! We chose to obey God and trust Him. I’m so glad we did! My dear friends, if God told you to do something, you have to make up in your mind that you will stand firm and press in and through to the finish! We never know who needs what God has given us the honor and privilege to give to others! It was an honor to serve my beautiful sisters in Christ this past weekend! It was an honor to serve alongside some of the most selfless women I’ve ever met in my life! My God’s hands were all over and in this entire event! Everything spoke to me! Every challenge, every push back, every tear, the fears, the laughter; God used it all to speak to me. And while speaking to me, He was healing and blessing the hearts of His daughters! He’s a powerful, multipurpose, multitasking God who truly does more that we could ever ask, think or imagine!! At one point I was so overcome with the love and presence of God that all I could do was cry like a big baby! And you know what, all these ladies, most of who’d just met me for the first time, came and formed a group hug around me and told me that they loved me! I’m about to cry now just thinking about it! The love that was shown to me and that the ladies showed to each other was just overwhelming! I can proudly say that we made the devil very mad this weekend! Chains were broken, wrong thoughts renewed, hard hearts softened, walls torn down and joy was restored! These beautiful women left being reminded of their rightful place as royalty in the hands of our great God! (Isaiah 62:3) What a beautiful experience to have women from different ages, stages and backgrounds come together to share their burdens and leave walking in freedom! Only God can do something like this!

I never thought in a million years that I’d be working with women, because I’ve had not so great experiences with women in the past but even this, because of my obedience to Him, God has redeemed. I’m so grateful that He did! I have an incredible circle of strong godly women around me now! Obeying God when it goes against everything in our flesh is even more rewarding!

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This retreat was filled with the Spirit of God! The weather was perfect, the setting was beautiful! God’s presence met us there, stayed with us throughout the entire weekend and sent us down the mountain with a bang! In our Sunday prayer time before check out, God showed up in a mighty way with words of encouragement, confirmation, affirmation and prophecy! I’m still in awe of all that happened this past weekend and I’m so grateful to have been a part!
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So now as I plan for Purely Loved 2019 coming in March, I’m keeping in mind that I must obey and that just like God was with me in this past retreat, He is with me and has already gone before me for Purely Loved 2019. Purely Loved 2019 will be a bit larger, longer and is requiring me to dig in deep to trust God like never before! The warfare has already begun, so please keep me in your prayers! If you’re interested in attending, send me a message at purelylovedretreat@gmail.com and I will put you on our list so that you’ll be among the first to know when registration opens in September. Interested in being a sponsor, send me an email for that as well!! If you’d like to see more pictures of Purely Loved 2018, click on our SIFH Sightings page to get the full experience!

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Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon