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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!

Click here to download! 

“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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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

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Save the Date!

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Introducing Purely Loved- You Are Royalty Purity Retreat! A weekend retreat in the north Georgia mountains where we leave all the busyness & craziness behind & focus on just being with God! This purity retreat focuses on our identity in Christ, the differences between abstinence, celibacy & purity, what sex is and isn’t, breaking soul ties, setting healthy boundaries & whatever else Holy Spirit wants to do! Not to mention fun activities and lots of food and snacks mixed in! This year’s retreat (coming up in August) was fully booked via word of mouth from 2017’s retreat so we didn’t have to promote it! Stay tuned for the launch of registration for Purely Loved 2019! Space is very limited to keep the experience intimate! Ages 20 & up, married, single, divorced. For more information or to join our mailing list, email us at purelylovedretreat@gmail.com.

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

 

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Women 4 Christ Prayer Call

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Hi!

Join Savin’ it for Hubby Founder, Shannon Taylor (me :-)) and Women 4 Christ this Saturday morning at 7:00 am EST as we go before the Lord in prayer & praise ! Tune In to Be Blessed! You won’t want to miss this message!

Phone Number:1-712-775-7031

Access Code:552426822

Be blessed & encouraged!

Shannon

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What Does God’s Word Say About Sex?

purity-article-header-mirage-marriageHi! I’m so excited to begin this journey with you through God’s Word! Why am I so excited? I am excited because one of the greatest lies ever told will now be demolished! What’s this lie? The lie is that God has nothing to say about sex! Oh, He has lots to say! For all the questions and doubts you’ve had concerning sex, I challenge you to join in and find out the answers for yourself! This is about you and God, no one else! Take the time to really meditate on God’s Word and let Holy Spirit minister to your heart. Let truth replace all the lies that have been told to you and that you’ve told to yourself.

Over the next thirty-one days, pray for revelation, journal the entire scripture or parts that really hit home for you and meditate on the passages.  Let God’s truth set you free.  I’ll be following along as well and will, as Holy Spirit leads, post what revelation I get or have gotten from the scriptures as well as how they’ve helped me on my journey to purity and healing from my past hurts.  If you need accountability, follow Savin’ it for Hubby on Facebook and post any questions, concerns or any revelation that you’ve received.  You will not be on this journey alone. I look forward to hearing from you!

Below is the link to download the plan!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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An Excerpt….

Hi! I’m in the process of publishing my first book, y’all pray for me! As I’m in the process of publishing the first one, I’ve started on the second one, which is fiction mixed with a little life truth, and thought I’d share a little teaser 😉

…My God what have I done?! My life is a mess! My heart is a mess! The pain is unbearable. I can barely breathe! It hurts to breathe! I want to cry but the tears won’t come. How did this happen? When did this happen? Why did this happen? To me! Haven’t I gone through enough? The pain of seeing my mom throw her life away and kill herself with drugs and alcohol and now a painful, hurtful marriage! The entire marriage has been painful! God, my soul hurts, it aches. Words can’t describe the hurt and pain and disappointment, anger, frustration and hopelesness.

With you there’s always hope, right? I feel sick to my stomach with grief. Who am I? What do I do now? God I have begged you, pleaded, cried, prayed that you would take these feelings away. But you haven’t. Why have me continue to love someone I can never have and worst yet, he still loves me! He’s honored that I still love him, but my husband could care less about me! All he does is tear me down to nothing! He never misses a chance to remind me of my mistakes! As if he’s perfect and has never done anything wrong! My God will this pain ever stop?! What do I do now God? I don’t want to fail you. I don’t want to go to hell, I want to please you but how when I know you know what’s in my heart. Am I gonna go to hell for feeling this way? If only I’d truly known you sooner, if I ‘d been stronger, if I’d fought, fought for Gavin’s love. I told Evan it was over, it hurts too bad to love him, it’s painful loving him. He doesn’t know how to love me. He’s all about himself. There’s no we, just him. His wants, his needs.

God, I don’t know how much more of this emptiness I can take! How do I get out of this? I trust you Lord, now what do you want me to do? First Peter 3 is too hard and too painful to do. I don’t even know if I still want to be married or not. I just want this to be over. I still can’t breathe, how can I rest and sleep feeling like this? I don’t, I can’t talk to him, I don’t know what to say. Too much pain and he just doesn’t get it. He just can’t seem to understand me.  Sometimes I wish I could press the reset button but then I wouldn’t have my children. I want to cry, maybe the pain will stop but I don’t want to wake the kids, the tears won’t come anyway. 

This really is my life. This is a bunch of BS! I keep hoping that I’ll wake up from a bad dream. Who knew wanting and getting love and affection from your husband would be so hard! Holy Spirit and Jesus I hope you’re truly interceding for me now because I no longer know what to pray or ask for except for this pain to stop.

Now that I look back, the signs were all there, the warnings, the words of wisdom; I didn’t listen. Even the fights before the engagement, the sense of relief during our temporary break-up. Nope, I listened to Evan. “Have faith in me” he said. I was so stupid! Why in the world did I think that marriage would change things? Maybe because I knew nothing about marriage to begin with. I should have known something was wrong because I thought of Gavin on the day of our wedding. Who thinks of another man on her wedding day? Even our wedding night was awkward. The signs were all there yet I ignored them. And now I’m in the biggest mess of my life! Lord, please save me from myself….

So, what’cha think? Would you keep reading? This is my first time attempting fiction so be gentle :-). I shall continue writing! Until next time…

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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What in the World is Going on?

Seriously2Ever had something so weird happen to you or circumstances that are out of the ordinary happen to you that wouldn’t normally happen? For instance, if you’re a very peaceable person and then out of no where something happens between you and another person and in that incident you’re totally misunderstood? Or, you’re in a situation that is beyond your control but somehow you get dragged in and it’s drama that you normally try to avoid like the plague?  Or, you have an issue with a friend, boyfriend, parent, etc. Yeah, those type of things that get under your skin, hurt your feelings, tick you off and poke at your heart because it’s so not you! I mean, really how in the world did I get in to this, right?

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Well, let me offer a little encouragement, roll with it.  Yes, roll with it.  Here’s why, in every situation, there’s a lesson to be learned.  In a situation I was in, I found once the smoke cleared, that God was trying to teach me something about Him, myself and others.  What a concept huh? So, instead of getting your panties in a bunch and allowing the enemy to beat you up, stop and ask God what in the world is going on? What is it that He’s trying to teach you, get you to see? God is purposeful and doesn’t waste a thing.  A few lessons I’ve learned are:

1. People are people are people: No matter the status or stature, we all have junk.  Don’t think that just because someone says they are a Christian or if someone is a leader or boss or seems to have it all together that they can’t or won’t do something crazy or in your eyes, unexpected because they will, they are human.

2. God will use people and experiences in your life to either grow you, protect or discipline you.  No, it doesn’t feel good but it’s worth it and helpful. I believe the chaos in the situation is used to divert our attention as well, which may keep us out of something that we’re not supposed to be involved in.

3. Pain brings about change and enlightenment. Sometimes we choose to ignore the lesson and go right back and do it again but it is the hope that we will learn from our mistakes, embrace the change and move forward.

4. Out of the ordinary experiences teach us to heed the voice of the Holy Spirit for guidance. Sometimes these experiences are how God tries to get our attention.  Listen up!

Just sharing a little.  Hope this helps someone 🙂

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Change

We all go through changes in our lives, some good, some bad.  Some much needed and some unexpected.  Change can bring us such great joy or it can feel as if our lives are falling apart, as if your heart is being ripped from your chest! Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable.

Over the past 3 years, my life has changed dramatically! I quit my job in 2010 because God said that it was time to go but I thought it was just to leave that particular job and go to another, but not so! Little did I know God had something else in store for me, something huge and beyond me! Something that would require my whole life to be changed, shaken and reformed! I’m still in preparation and right now the it doesn’t feel good at all!!! BUT, I know who’s in control and I know that He has me. If you’re a child of God and you have said “Lord, I surrender my life to you” then hold on for the ride of your life!

Jesus came to die for our sins, when we surrender our lives to Him, we die to our sins.  That death to our sins is not always easy but it’s necessary for our lives. The change can be painful at times but in the end it’s so good for us, it’s life for us.  But because we still have flesh, we die kicking and screaming because we don’t want to change because change doesn’t always feel good. We want what feels good, right?! God is more concerned about the development of our character and changing our hearts than our comfort.  He said He would never leave nor forsake us, but He never said that this journey would be easy.

We all have things about us that we need to change or would like to change, but it’s a great relief to know that we don’t have to go through the process of change alone.  God is patient and gentle with us, gently nudging us in the way we should go, shoot I know sometimes He’s had to drag me! But out of His great love, He changes us, gently and lovingly.  So if you’re in some stuff and you know you shouldn’t be or have somethings about you that you want to change, don’t worry about having to do it all by yourself because you can’t, that’s why Jesus died for us.  We are incapable, without Jesus.  He will help you! All you have to do is ask and obey! He didn’t come to condemn but to save and love us.  Talk to Him about the things you want to change, need to change but just can’t seem to do and trust Him to help you because He will, He’s just waiting on the invitation!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Answer to Emptiness

Everywhere you look, there seems to be an answer to your emptiness.  If you have this job, car, house.  If you are married with 2 kids and a dog.  If you are this size and look this way, wear these clothes.  Eat like this, move like that, hang out with them, go here, say this, do this, read this, watch this! None of it means anything! All of this is just a distraction to keep us away from God!

My struggles with emptiness are no different, honestly married or single, there will be some sort of emptiness.  Why? Because without Jesus, there’s no fulfillment.  You can be married to the most wonderful guy in the world and still feel that something’s missing.  If you don’t have Jesus, then what’s the point?  He’s the creator of all, He has the owner’s manual, He knows how things are supposed to work.  If we don’t do things according to the owner’s manual, then we won’t get the full effect of what we have.  We have to learn that no thing or person will ever take the place of Jesus.  That’s how we were created, left with room for Him in our hearts and it can only be filled by Him.  I used to try to fill this emptiness with sex and food, but that led to so many problems and heartaches! Sex outside of its intended purpose leaves you feeling emptier than you were before. So you try again with another person thinking that oh, this dude was just lame. Then, the next guy fails and you try another, yet you’re still empty.

Jesus knows all that you’ve done and all that you’re going to do, yet He still says “come to me”.  He didn’t come to condemn, but to love…unconditionally.

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Romans 8:1

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8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

So, what if you have Jesus and you still feel this emptiness? That mean’s you’ve spent too much time away from Him and He wants you to come and sit still and be filled with Him. No pressure, no judgement, no scolding, just love.

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Happy New Year!!

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Hi! I’ve been on a writing break for the past few weeks and now, I’m ready for 2013!  This year has been awesome and I’m grateful for your support and following.  My prayer is that the words that came from my heart, my life,  have had a positive impact on your life.  I pray that you’ve made the decision to follow Christ, to keep yourself pure and go against the grain and be proud that you’re Savin’ it for Hubby!

In 2013, I want to focus more on marriage preparation and the consequences of having sex outside of marriage.  Say you didn’t get pregnant or contract an STD, sex outside of marriage still has negative effects on your marriage as well as you as a person; your self-esteem, self-confidence.  I will have several series throughout the year so stay tuned!

The New Year is a new beginning.  A chance to start over and do things differently.  Start your year of with a clean slate, sin and guilt free by giving your heart, soul, your life to Christ! His mercies are new everyday (Lamentations 3:22-23) He came to give us life, not to condemn us. He loves us with an everlasting, unconditional, unmeasurable love!  I wish you all that you hope for and more in 2013!

Happy New Year! May God bless and keep you!

Be blessed and encouraged,

Shannon