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Rahab, Unlikely Woman of Influence

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It was by faith that Rahab, the prostitute, was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31 (NLT)

Yes, you read correctly, a prostitute. Rahab, a biblical woman of influence, was a prostitute in Jericho, the city that God was about to give to the Israelites. We all think of prostitutes as bad, shameful, horrible, worthless women but God didn’t think so. We meet Rahab through the spies that Joshua sent to Jericho and it just so happens that these Israelite spies end up at a prostitute’s home. This alone lets me know that God is up to something. I mean, of all the places for the spies to go, they find their way to a prostitute.

These spies were devoted to God and His authority. They were surrendered to God and wouldn’t even think of committing any act with a prostitute. God knew this. The spies thought they were going to scope out the land but God had another plan. The spies were there to give a new life of freedom and redemption to Rahab. God had heard her cries for freedom from the life she was living.

When the soldiers of Jericho heard there were Israelite spies in their city and that they’d gone to Rahab’s home, they went to her home to get them. Rahab lied to the soldiers saying she saw them leaving on a certain road away from the city but she’d actually hidden them. Once the soldiers left, Rahab told the spies that she knew that their God was going to destroy the city and she believed in their God even though her people didn’t. So in return for her hiding them, she asked them for a favor. She asked that she and her family’s lives be spared. The spies agreed only if everyone was in her home once they came to destroy the city and takeover. To Read More, Click Here!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Surviving Transition

Surviving Transition

Transition:

The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

So many of us are in a season of transition. Some of us have been in a season of transition for a very long time. Like, how long does it take to transition to a new phase, a new season? Some days feel as if you’re stuck in this sickening place of ick! Nothing feels familiar, nothing’s comfortable anymore. You find yourself in a place where no matter how hard you try, you can’t get your footing. The people around you that you’ve grown comfortable with are moving out of your circle and there are new people coming in their place. Nothing feels stable! It’s the feeling that if something doesn’t change soon, you’re going to lose it! Can something please change? There are times when I find myself begging God to please let something change! But, when we’re fully surrendered to God, disciples of Jesus Christ, we have given over our will for God’s. With this comes living life on His terms. Which isn’t a bad thing! His terms are terms of love and protection. The issue is that living life on God’s terms, in His will, means living life in the Spirit, which means a constant battle of flesh and spirit, God’s kingdom and the world’s way of doing things. This leaves us in the middle battling our flesh to choose the ways of the Spirit! Of course we have Holy Spirit but if He’s telling us something we don’t want to hear or to do something we don’t want to, there’s another battle lol!

How do you survive seasons of transition? How do you keep going when you want to jump back in the boat, when you’re tired of walking on water? Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. You must understand that this season of transition is a necessary process to get to your next. There’s no going around it. If you truly want to be successful and impactful in your next season, you must trust and embrace the process. (James 1:2-8)
  2. Transition molds you into the person you need to be for the next. Allow God to complete the work He’s doing on you, in you and for you! Your character is much more important to God than your comfort. To Him, the messenger is more important than the message. You’re being refined, molded, shaped and even squeezed. ( Jeremiah 18:1-6)
  3. No one will really understand what you’re going through! God will have you do things, make choices that don’t make sense to anyone else. Do it anyway!
  4. Please remember that this won’t last forever! I know, trust me, I know it feels as if you’ve been circling this mountain for 40 years like the Israelites but you will get to the promised land!
  5. Most importantly, you must keep your eyes on Jesus! If you start to look at and focus on your circumstances you will sink just like Peter did! (Matthew 14:22-33)
  6. When you feel like giving up, remember God’s promises! All of God’s promises are yes and Amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20) Remember that He has plans for you, to prosper you and give you hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11)

For the month of May, I will be focusing on the promises of God. That’s the theme for the scripture writing plan this month. If you’d like to join me, feel free to download the free scripture writing plan located on our Downloadables page. Also, feel free to follow along on my social media outlets for prayers and encouragement. If you’d like to join our Facebook community, click here. I pray for great strength as you follow through the process of transition and I know that whatever God has next for all of us will be beyond anything we could ever ask, think or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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You’re Only As Strong As Your Core

You're Only As Strong As Your Core

I’m following this plan on Bible.com to read the entire Bible in a year and I was reading in the Old Testament the book of Judges, Chapter 7. In this chapter, God is preparing Gideon to take down the Midianites and He’s about to choose the warriors to go with Gideon into this battle or to make this more relevant, to go with Gideon into this new season.  This chapter has always intrigued me, especially this particular passage:

Judges 7: 1-7

‘So Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon) and his army got up early and went as far as the spring of Harod. The armies of Midian were camped north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight. But the Lord told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream. The Lord told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” ‘ Judges 7:1-7 https://www.bible.com/bible/116/JDG.7.1-7

There are so many memes and quotes about ‘not everyone is supposed to go with you into your new season’ and immediately we all think of the negative! I believe this causes division in the body of Christ. Now, don’t get me wrong, God will tell us to separate from some people because they are not good for us but it’s not always bad when people are removed, separated or don’t go with you into a new season. Sometimes He separates us so that we can “divide and conquer” for the Kingdom. Or because you’ll need people with a stronger core, different gifts and abilities.

The new season that a lot of us are stepping into or the calling that we have on our lives will require a new or different core group of people or warriors. There’s a changing of the guards, transition happening within the body of Christ. Some people will be removed altogether, some moved down to rest, some promoted. With all of this, there will need to be a strong core because the enemy will try his best to disrupt what God is doing but we already know that he’s a defeated foe and the victory is already ours! Anyway, here are a few points to consider based on this passage, where moving into a new season and having a strong core is concerned:

  1. First thing God did was make sure that He alone got the glory for the victory over the Midianites. God will make sure that whatever season you’re moving into or whatever your calling is, He will get the glory from it, not you! He makes sure that you nor anyone else in your core can say that they did it. He can give you the victory without an entourage!
  2. Gideon started out with men who were well meaning, who wanted to go with Gideon to take on this battle, this new season. But God began to break down Gideon’s “circle” by sending the fearful and faithless home. Your core needs to be strong. You’re only as strong as your core! Your core people need to be faithful so that they can stand for and with you when you can’t stand for yourself! You will need your core to be people who are not afraid to march into the unknown. If God said it, they believe it and they don’t have to know how or why because they trust God!
  3. God will make sure that your core people will be people who have also been tried and tested and found still standing in spite of the fire!
  4. When God calls us to do something for Him, He hand picks our core people. In the passage, God kept the 300 who brought the water to their mouths not the ones who bowed down to drink the water. As I researched the commentaries for reasons why God tested them in this way, I found that during this time, the weather was very hot. The ones who bowed down to drink the water were thought to be more willing to bow to the enemy and would succumb to the elements and to the enemy just to satisfy or save themselves. But the 300 that He chose were the ones who were always alert even while filling themselves regardless of the conditions faced.
  5. You’ll notice too that in this new season there will be more focus on quality than quantity. Gideon started out with 22,000 and ended up with 300 moving into the new with him. The same may be for you. You might start out with 10 and end up with 3 strong, faithful, core warriors.

Notice that God didn’t say anything about there being evil within the warriors that were sent away, they just weren’t right for Gideon for this particular task, this particular season. So to bring this to modern day terms, just because “Julie” hasn’t called in a while or that you’re not as close to “Nicole” as you used to be, it’s not that anything is wrong, it could just be God moving the ones who aren’t supposed to go and replacing them with the ones you NEED for the next season or assignment in your life. Just trust the process and when He says to let go, be obedient and let go and be sure to praise God for the victory!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Acceptance=Growth

Acceptance =Growth

Last year God confirmed for me the calling on my life, prophetess… Um no thank you! They are weird and only want money, is what I thought LOL! It’s not one that I would have chosen as I would much rather be left in a corner somewhere with tons of books, coffee and notebooks and pens! It’s not a call of glitz or glamor as some try to make it seem. If done God’s way, you may or may not get much recognition which I’m ok with but this call requires death more than the normal dying to self. There’s lots of tears, separation, isolation, seeing and hearing things that others don’t and knowing when to say something and when to keep your mouth shut! Which I learned the hard way. There’s the lonely walk of being utterly misunderstood and saying things that people don’t want to hear but they need to hear it and so out of love and obedience to God, you put yourself out there to please an audience of One. I always knew I had ‘something’ on me but would never fully accept it. I always wrote if off as me being crazy, too sensitive or making up things but then I heard the Lord say to me, “If you don’t accept the calling on your life, you will never grow in it.” Well, that was rather eye opening! I didn’t want to just be a lukewarm stagnant Christian and I certainly didn’t want Him to take it away. And who am I to deny what God almighty has called me to do?! So I accepted and with that acceptance, my eyes were opened, my heart and mind were opened to receive what He was trying to teach me and then I began to grow!

Now, this journey to acceptance or walking in acceptance isn’t an easy one. Sometimes we are called to accept where we are and it’s not where we want to be. When we’re in a place where we don’t want to be, we want to just blow right through it and get it over with. We just refuse to accept places of pain, frustration or struggle. But I can hear the Lord saying, “if you don’t accept it, you won’t grow.” I challenge you to stop and take a look at where you are. Just because you accept where you are doesn’t mean that you have to stay there! Acceptance = Growth! Take a look at where you are and ask God why you’re there? Sometimes He’s placed us in a certain place or situation and sometimes it’s of our own doing but ask God, what is it that I’m supposed to learn from this? Whatever you learn from the situation causes you to grow and prepares you for the next step.

So, whether you’re where you want to be or not, are denying the call of God or sitting and holding on for the ride to be over, stop running and accept where you are so that you can move forward!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Prophetess Shannon Nicole Taylor, fully accepting and growing 🙂

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Lord, Use Me!

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What if you just absolutely knew without a shadow of a doubt what it is that you were called to do? What if you had this detailed plan in your head of how things were going to go and who would be involved and how absolutely wonderful it was going to be? Then you decide to surrender it all to the Lord and He blows it all up, flips it upside down, moves people and places around and you’re smack in the middle watching as if in the eye of a tornado as everything starts to swirl around you at a dizzying rate and you have ZERO control! Can you relate even a little?

I thought that I’d graduate college, have a very successful event planning company and then I prayed, “Lord, use me!” Well, I had this wedding that I was planning and then before I knew it, I lost all control of that wedding and that was the end of my event planning company. Ironically, at this time I really began to hear God as if He was standing right next to me, like loud and clear to the point that I thought the sleep deprivation I’d experienced from taking care of a little had taken its toll. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of God answering my prayer of Him using me.

I lost jobs, embarrassing interviews, arguments with my husband, no money, struggles that happened in the past 8 years and it was all because I prayed for God to use me! He was directing me and I was fighting Him!

Here’s the thing, when we ask God to use us, this means that we have given Him sole control. He reminded me one day that, daughter, you don’t get to choose your assignment. Your obedience is what I need. We don’t get to choose who, what, when, where or how. We must obey. The train wreck happens when we try to work God’s plans into ours instead of the other way around. God takes our prayers quite seriously and He honors them. So, be careful what you pray for!

On the journey to Him “using” us, He works on, in then through us. He reaches down to clean us up and clean us out. He removes the things in us that would taint His purpose for us. He removes the things in our hearts that are not of Him and this can be quite painful! He also moves at His own pace and how many of you know that His timing is NOTHING like our timing!!?? But even in this godly surgery, He doesn’t let any of the pain go to waste, He uses it all, even the things we think are so minute and unimportant.

What is Healed

What He’s doing during this surgery is healing us in the process of using us. Sometimes this surgical healing requires Him to remove us from certain people and situations, environments, anything that would hinder His work in us and through us. He takes great care in healing us because He doesn’t want  us to spread toxic pain to others and He certainly doesn’t want us to hold on to it. If we want God to use us, we must first go through a healing process. Healing from things and people who hurt us, the pain that left a tarlike residue. We can’t move forward if we don’t allow Him to perform the surgery on our hearts and in our minds. So if you feel as if you’re stalled, then perhaps this is the reason why?

Are there some areas that you won’t talk about, can’t talk about without crying? Is there a person in your life (friend, relative, male or female) that you know isn’t good for you, or you feel that God has warned you about but because you don’t see anything wrong, you stay because you don’t know how to leave? Do you wonder if you’re stalled because God doesn’t love you because of the things you’ve done in your past or you feel that you’re too dirty to love? This is why I’m offering the class HEALED I know that I’m not the only one who’s had these feelings and I am more than willing to share how the Lord has helped me.

If you’ve prayed for God to use you and you’re wondering why you’re stuck, then ask Him, what’s holding you back and He’ll show you. If you need help in this process then perhaps HEALED is for you!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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HEALED

HEALED WORD

What is HEALED?

Healed is a three week live, online course based on the book ‘Love, Jesus, Sex: Experiences & Lessons Learned’ written by Shannon Taylor, founder of Savin’ it for Hubby. This interactive course is designed to lead you to healing and wholeness in these three areas:

  1. Identity in Jesus Christ: Knowing who we are as women in Christ which will help us to understand that love that Jesus has for us and to stand and fight against comparison, lies, body image, etc.
  2. Relationships: Learning to identify toxic or draining relationships that don’t help you in your Christian walk. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, friends or family, we’ll talk about setting boundaries and breaking the ties that keep us connected to them.
  3. Sex: Yes, let’s talk about sex! In this final session we will talk about the lies we’ve believed about sex, the damage inflicted from these lies and replace them with God’s truth about sex!

With each session, there will be homework with questions that will help you get to the root of what’s holding you back in these three areas and also during the sessions, you’ll be able to ask questions. In the book, Love, Jesus, Sex: Experiences & Lessons Learned, you’ll be able to follow along, take notes, and also have extra encouragement in these three areas.

So, get together with your ladies group, small group, sister friends or just you and Jesus and join us in April for a life changing experience! Register and order a copy of the book here!

HOW: This course will be facilitated online via video conferencing or if you prefer not to be seen, then you will be given the number to call in once you’ve registered.

COST: Free but donations are appreciated!

WHO IS THIS FOR? Women of all ages and stages that want and need to grow or healing in the areas of knowing their indentity in Jesus Christ, dealing with relationships and knowing God’s truth about sex.

DATES: April 12th, 19th, 25th 8pm EST

Register here for HEALED! 

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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The Love of Jesus Scripture Writing Plan

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Happy February!

I consider this the month of LOVE! What greater love is the love of Jesus? I pray that the scriptures from this plan help you to feel and experience the great love that Jesus has for us. His love is unconditional, never ending, and can’t be earned, just received.

February 2018 SWP

Be blessed & encouraged!

Shannon

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Getting Aligned with God: Prioritizing

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Good Morning!

We are now at the final step in our Getting Aligned with God series! The final step is to prioritize our lives to where God comes first in everything! Giving God His rightful place in our heart and our life. Just as now that He sits on the throne of heaven, He should sit on the throne of our heart as not only our Savior but also as our Lord! When we give our lives to God, when we ‘get saved’ we always remember that Jesus died on the Cross to forgive our sins, be our Savior, and make us right with God. Along the way we often forget that He is also our Lord! Meaning, He should be the governing body of our heart and our life. This is what distinguishes us from the world and moves us from being more than just believers but disciples of Jesus Christ.

I’m a week late in posting this final step because I was so sick last week that the last thing I wanted to do was write a blog post. Yep that sick. I had to make myself a priority because if I hadn’t I would have continued to be sick or gotten worse. This is how we need to look at our life when we consider getting our priorities in order. If we don’t, our situations, circumstances could get worse and we’ll remain stuck where we don’t want to be. This picture came to mind when I was thinking of priorities, there’s an order.  God's order of marriage Just as God has a model for marriage, the same goes for our lives whether married or single. Our relationship with God is THE most important and should come first in our lives. It should take precedence in the choices that we make and the people we surround ourselves with. When we make God the priority, when we put Him in His rightful place in our life, He begins to line things up for us. This upcoming weekend my Hubby and I will celebrate 14 years of marriage!! I was lying in bed thinking of our honeymoon weekend, which was not this big getaway to a tropical island, but I remembered that we didn’t even have a car when we got married and we didn’t even have our own place! But God! So if you don’t know my story, I’ll share a bit here, but you can get the full story in my book, Love, Jesus, Sex: Experiences & Lessons Learned.  Before my husband and I got married, we’d had sex outside of marriage not just in our relationship with each other but with others before we met. We were all out-of-order! When we decided to get married and do things God’s way, it’s as if He rolled out the red carpet for us! The way that He provided for our rings, my dress, even the hotel suite we stayed in. I even remember that somehow we’d both gotten a nice income tax check so that we were able to enjoy our honeymoon weekend and were able to eat at our top choice restaurants that we’d always wanted to try but couldn’t because we were broke college students LOL! Even after we got married, he blessed me with a new job because when we got married I was working at Ruby Tuesday as a server! Then, after the job came our own apartment and then He gave us favor with the owner of the building we lived in and got us a brand new washer and dryer for only $300! The blessings kept coming! We’d go to church and there were couples that would just pass us cards with money in them! When we got our act together, when we got aligned with God, He began to bless us and move in our lives. He began to guide us into the plans He had for us but He began to do the work in us to prepare us for the purpose He has for us individually and together as husband and wife.

If you’re stuck in your life right now and nothing’s changing or moving then perhaps your priorities are all out-of-order. Take a look at your life and see where you’ve placed God. What/who have you put in place as lord of your life? There’s an order, a flow that leads to alignment with God. And it should always begin with God.

If you need support, have more questions or just need someone to hold you accountable and pray with you throughout this process, there’s a Facebook group that I’ve created just for this. If you’re interested, click here!

Be blessed and encouraged,

Shannon

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Getting Aligned With God: Fasting

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Hi!!

Welcome to the first step to Getting Aligned with God! Today we will talk a bit about fasting. There’s lots of confusion when it comes to fasting and there are many scriptures in the bible that give certain specifications for fasting; when it’s done, why, where, who, what, how and how long.

Well, for me fasting starts with a choice. It’s a choice to deny the flesh of something it craves, and seeking to fully fulfil my spirit. It’s me decreasing so that God in me may increase (John 3:30-31). Christians fast for healing, answers to prayer, closeness to God, to have certain things broken off them, to help them get aligned with God.

Letting go of what we want, especially when it’s no good for us, sometimes requires a little extra umph, extra help, some reinforcement. That’s where fasting comes in.  The first 2 scriptures in our January 2018 SWP (scripture writing plan) were scriptures pertaining to fasting. Have you decided what you will fast from? There are many ways to fast. There’s the Daniel Fast, there’s fasting where you only drink water and/or juices, and then there’s a fast where you fast from things, people or situations that pull you away from God or have a strong hold on your life. For instance foods, that guy who you know you need to move away from or that friend or family member who criticizes your faith, or fast from social media! For me, I’m fasting from sweets; no candy, cakes, ice cream, cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls, all the things that I absolutely love. I don’t eat these things all the time but I do love them and sometimes the cravings can get out of hand or I’ll find myself turning to them when I’m a bit stressed or frustrated. So, I’m starting this year off in getting aligned with God by denying my flesh and instead of baking something to try to ease a frustration, I’m going to God, I’ll be praying and reading scripture instead. As for the length of a fast, it depends on you. Every year my church does a 21 day fast in January and we started this past Saturday, January 6th. Some people do 40 days as Jesus did when He was tempted in the desert by satan (Matthew 4:1-11). Then there are short fasts throughout the year. I do these based on what’s going on in my life, or if I’m seeking clear answers from God. I’ll do a week-long fast and say, not eat anything all day until 4pm. If you’re not sure, pray and ask God, He’ll give you a time period and what to fast from. During this type of fast, you can ask someone to fast with you or to be your prayer partner during your fast.

Fasting is a way to help to train you to run to God first and not to those things, people or situations that pull you away from God. In order to move forward with God we have to be in line with Him.  We have to be on the same side of the fence, we can’t straddle. Fasting is making a choice for our relationship with Christ. It’s also a way to make your spirit more sensitive to His voice. Fasting requires us to depend on Him to get us through denying our flesh and in the first week, you may find that your flesh is screaming at you like a 2-year-old having a temper tantrum because it wants what it wants. When your flesh starts screaming, you yell back at it with scripture! I also must warn you of the spiritual warfare that comes with fasting. It’s the enemy, the devil, satan, trying to trip you up and pull your affections away from God. That’s why prayer is so important during fasting! You can’t fast and not pray, you just can’t. Your fast will be in vain. You can’t get close to the Father without having a conversation with Him and that’s prayer.

You don’t have to go through your journey of fasting alone. I have set up a Facebook group that pertains to this series and there we will share about our fasts, and other things we’re learing during this series. If you’re interested, click here!

I look forward to this journey with you and please, if there are any questions, comments or concerns feel free to ask!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Start Anew

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Anew:

1. over again; again; once more: to play the tune anew.
2. in a new form or manner: to write the story anew.
Happy New Year! Finally, it’s 2018! I’m hesitantly excited! Why hesitant? Well, because I really don’t know what to expect. God has removed my comfort zones and I’m truly walking on water, starting anew.
For those of you who don’t know or haven’t heard of this concept, instead of making tons of resolutions that I quit after a month, I pray and ask God for one word to focus on for the year. There’s a book that started this concept called One Word That Will Change Your Life and there’s also a 4 day study plan via Youversion.com Bible app that you can use. Each year that I’ve done this, I’ve learned something new. For instance, for 2016 my word was ‘joy’. I learned that even though there were a few joyful things that happened, I mostly learned that I had to choose joy. 2017’s word was ‘new’ and last year was filled with new experiences, both good and challenging. My 2018 word is ‘anew’. When I first heard this word, I quickly thought that I’d heard wrong because it sounds like ‘new’ but then Holy Spirit told me to “look it up”, so, I did. Anew means to start again, in a new form or manner, start anew. This word helps me to understand two things I felt led to do last year that I didn’t want to do and really didn’t understand why He was asking me to do them. Ironically, I’m not sure what exactly I’m starting over on. This is where the scripture that says the righteous shall walk by faith and not by sight comes into play (2 Corinthians 5:7). I’m truly trusting God day by day for the next steps in my journey.
One thing I do know is to start this year with a new series called Getting Aligned with God. What a great way to start the year, getting in step with God! We all have our own goals, hopes, wishes, dreams, but we often forget to ask God what He would have us to do. After all, He is the one that knows the plans that He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11)! So for the next 3 weeks, we’ll be focusing on getting aligned with God by fasting, purging, and prioritizing our lives based on how God leads us in these areas. Now, making changes in our life isn’t always easy, that’s why I have a group set up for those of us who are participating in this series. This is a closed Facebook group that you can connect to by clicking here. In the group we will check in with each other and share any challenges we’re having or revelations that we’ve learned. Also, there’s a scripture writing plan, January 2018 SWP that has scriptures to guide us along the way. The scripture writing plan is posted in the group as well.
I hope that you will join us on this journey and please, share with your friends, family or any one you know who’d like to or who needs to join in!
I pray that God blesses you all throughout this year! I’m looking forward to hearing your stories!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Shannon