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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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God’s Protective Love

Lisa was a beautiful woman, smart and intelligent. She had everything going for her – her own car, house, and was working in her career field. The only thing she longed for was love from a man – her soul mate, her partner in life to share all of life’s ups and downs. One day, she meets Mark and he seems to be all she’s ever wanted! He’s handsome, smart, and has everything going for himself. Unbeknownst to Lisa, Mark knows he is a great catch and he uses his success and status to his advantage. Sadly for Lisa, she feels she has to accept his bad behavior and the way he treats her. This is because she so desperately wants to be loved and cherished. So, she tells herself if she continually shows him that she is his, will be there for him, and will do whatever he wants, he will come around and be all that she wants and needs him to be.

Time goes on and it seems that no matter what Lisa does or doesn’t do, Mark will not commit to her. He just refuses to love her wholeheartedly. Thankfully, they broke up! Lisa endured her experience with unrequited love. Have any of you been there? I know I have and it doesn’t feel good at all! It’s painful to be in love with someone who will not return or reciprocate your love. It has the potential to sap the life out of you, cause you to be down and hard on yourself as if you’re the one who’s done something wrong! This, ladies, is a trick of the enemy.

The old adage “hindsight is 20/20” is very true, as I see better now. I loved with all I had, yet nothing was returned! Looking back, instead of seeing what I could have done differently, I look at this as God’s way of protecting me. In Lisa’s case, she was being protected from settling for less than God’s best for her. The sad thing is that so many of us beautiful women make the same decision to settle! God, the Creator of all things great and beautiful, did not create us to settle. He has great plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and He knows whom He has set aside for us.

Now, if I’d settled for the guy who I just knew was “the one,” I would have missed my husband! The thought of that makes my stomach turn! My husband is everything I’ve ever wanted physically and all that I need spiritually as the leader and head of our home. Had I not let the bad go and trusted God…well, let’s not go there. The point is, sometimes when things don’t go the way we want or hope, instead of getting depressed and upset about it, look at the lesson in the situation. This goes for jobs and business opportunities as well. We have to remind ourselves that what’s good isn’t always God.

Sometimes unrequited love is our visual, our proof of God’s protective love. He guides and leads us as we would guide and lead our own children. The great thing about God is that He can see the bigger picture; He can see what’s ahead of us. Why not trust Him to protect us? Even more, why surrender our lives to God and not trust Him in every area of our lives? In dealing with unrequited love and the pain involved, why wouldn’t He want to protect us from it? Here are some examples of God’s protective love:

Defends us: No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord (Isaiah 54:17 NIV).

Guards us from attack: For the scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you’ (Luke 4:10 NLT).

Protects us from invasion (of heart, privacy, life): The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1 NLT).

Protects us from loss: He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer (Job 5:11 NLT).

Protects us from insult: Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave (Psalms 31:17 NIV).

Covers or shields us from injury or danger: The Lord Himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade (Psalms 121:5 NLT).

There will be many opportunities in this life of faith to be redirected by God’s protective love.  It’s in how we respond to it that will show if we will reciprocate His love for us, or if His love for us will be unrequited? Don’t look at redirection as the end; look at it as the protective love of God and be grateful for His hand in your life. Unrequited love could be the best thing that’s happened to you!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


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


JESUS…

Jesus Is…

  1. Truth
  2. Faithful
  3. Compassionate
  4. Forgiving
  5. Loving
  6. Never keeps a record of our sins
  7. Is slow to anger
  8. Kind
  9. Gives us value in the eyes of God
  10. Sees and speaks to our potential
  11. Outrageously loves us with an uncommon love
  12. Exhibits mercy
  13. Freedom
  14. No condemnation
  15. Giver of life
  16. Lover of our souls
  17. Provider
  18. Redeemer
  19. Restorer
  20. Great

Who is He to you? 

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


Don’t Give Up!

Happy New Year!! I pray that 2013 is your best year yet! Check out the article I wrote for B.L.O.G. Magazine.  I hope it blesses you!!

http://www.blogmagazine.org/2012/12/dont-give-up/

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


The Waiting Room

Hi!

How many of you are waiting for something great to happen in your life?  What are you doing with the meantime, while you’re in the “waiting room”.

Do you believe that you’re supposed to go for what you want or do you believe that you’re supposed to wait for God to show you everything?

What are your thoughts? Do you know what you’re called to do? Have you taken a step in faith to make something happen?

Would love to hear from you!

Shannon


Chosen!

Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (NIV)

I don’t by any means consider myself better than anyone else because I am saved and forgiven.  I still mess up, make mistakes, I sin.  But, when I read the above scripture, I’m baffled and am in awe of the love that God has for me, for us.  Let me break this down as I try to wrap my mind around this:

1. God chose us in him. What? Chose? Me, my little sinful behind?! Really?! When you think of all the things you’ve done wrong in your life and all the wrong things you’ve said or thought, the fact that God would even think to choose….whew, remarkable!

2. Before the creation of the world. Before he created the world in all its splendor and glory, he chose us to be in him, with him, of him, before anything else, he chose us!!!!!

3. To be holy and blameless in his sight. We were chosen to be holy and blameless. Key word again, chosen. Meaning there’s no way we can be holy and blameless on our own and God knows that yet He still chose us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yet, he still chose us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How can you NOT love a God like this?! How can you NOT want to surrender your life to a loving, wonderful, forgiving God who relentlessly loves us and pursues us, but yet we would rather run from him becasue we think that we’re beyond ever being holy and blameless! Well guess what, we are not beyond being holy and blameless because we were CHOSEN IN HIM to be!!!!

You can’t live this life without HIM! Life is better with Him!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


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