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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!

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Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

August SWP


Holding On

holding onAlways looking, always expecting, always hoping.

Searching for You, yes I’m expecting to see You!

You said You’d take care of me, never leave me nor forsake me, bless me abundantly,

Lord, I’m holding on to you!

I’m righteous before You, Lord I adore You, I’m holding on to You!

To be with You is my greatest desire, Your love an all consuming fire.

Lord, I’m holding on to You!

To see myself as You do; beautiful, clean, made whole and brand new.

Fearfully and wonderfully made. Lord, I’m holding on to You.

To know You is to love You. Joy unspeakable, grace that’s unthinkable!

Lord, I’m holding on to You!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


3 Reasons Why You’re Still Waiting For Your Boaz

Genesis 2:22

New King James Version (NKJV)

22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

Great Article!! Remember that God brought Eve to Adam, but only after God was done molding and shaping her…

3 Reasons Why You’re Still Waiting For Your Boaz

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon


So, You Messed Up…Again….

So, you messed up…again. Well, there is hope for those of us who have surrendered their life to Christ and accepted Him as Lord & Savior! Is Jesus YOUR Lord & Savior??

God’s Law Reveals Our Sin

7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”t8 But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.9 At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life,10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.11 Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me.

12 But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.

13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.

Struggling with Sin

14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.

17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.t I want to do what is right, but I can’t.19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.22 I love God’s law with all my heart.23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

Romans, Chapter 8

Life in the Spirit

1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.t So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

***Bible verses courtesy of http://www.youversion.com***


Who’s Your Hubby?

Is one of your greatest hopes, dreams, wishes…marriage? Finding the perfect hubby, having the perfect kids, perfect family? Well, what if… God’s plan is for you to stay single?  What if His plans to prosper you and give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) does not include marriage? To never marry a man, never have sex, but to be forever married to Him only?

We are all married to Him, if we have surrendered our lives to Him, but what if you are not supposed to marry, could you handle that?  Are you in a place in your life right now where you could actually say that you have totally surrendered all your hopes, wishes, and dreams to God and trust that whatever He has for you, you know that it’s for your good, He will see you through it and you will ultimately be satisfied with it as long as you keep your eyes on Him?  Have you become so engrossed with the picture of marriage and sex that the thought of letting go of that dream and trusting God with it makes you want to break down and cry?!  Even as a married woman, I still have to lie all of my hopes, wishes and dreams down at His feet and say, Lord, not my will, but yours! Married, single, widowed, divorced, we still have to trust Him and fight for our purity, fight to stay faithful to Him and His Word. Trusting His unconditional, undying, indescribable, all encompassing love for us! Whoo! Honestly, I feel as if I need Him more now in marriage and as a mom than I ever have!

It’s not easy! It’s not easy being married and I know that it’s not easy being single but see when I was single; I didn’t know God, not like I know Him now.  If I knew Him then like I know Him now, I would have known my worth, how loved I am and how precious, beautiful, worthy and awesome I was and am in Him! I’m not saying that you won’t have days where the hormones won’t try to take over but at least you know that you have God and He will help you to deal with those hormones, urges, and temptations.  Now, if you have not surrendered your life to Jesus then, unfortunately you are left to fight those battles on your own, and as a woman who fought them on her own, you will lose! Life is messy and crazy and without God, it’s downright scary! I couldn’t go back to a life without Him; He’s just too good to me!  He is still my husband and He loves me in ways that my husband in his human nature is incapable of. So husband or not, you will still be married to God, the lover of your soul, and that’s not a bad situation at all!

For he loves us with unfailing love; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the LORD!
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’
Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Be blessed and encouraged,

Shannon


Please Watch This!

Ok, I have no words except that this sister is fierce! My ladies who are waiting for your future hubby, please, please, please watch this!!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

 


In the Beginning…

The absence of God in my life is not a pleasant memory.  As a Christian now, I look back and wish that all the things I know now, I could go back and tell the young Shannon everything I know; turn left here, not right, don’t go there with this person and don’t have sex at all until you’re married! Had I known God, I would have had the direction I needed. But I have come to know that God is faithful and that no matter how bad, or painful things are in life, miraculously He can and will turn them around for our good and that sometimes through our pain will come our purpose. (Romans 8:28 NLT – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them)

I grew up in a single parent home with my mom and sister.  My mom was a sweetheart, very loving and funny but she was controlled by her addiction to drugs and alcohol.  Her addictions eventually killed her.  While her addictions made my and my sister’s life very painful, I still loved my mom unconditionally, but I can’t help but to wonder how different her life would have been and how different my life and my sister’s life would have been had she had a deep relationship with Jesus Christ?

Not much has changed since my younger days except the fact that people are a heck of a lot bolder and daring it seems!  When you are young, fitting in and being accepted is the ultimate goal. Unfortunately I never reached that goal.  I was definitely an outsider!  I walked funny or what’s called knock-kneed, I was shy, never wore the coolest clothes or shoes and I just didn’t fit with the “in” crowd.  Now, I’m very grateful that I didn’t fit in but in junior high and high school, oh it mattered, tremendously.  On top of being teased about my appearance I was teased about my family, my mom in particular.  One of her drug suppliers went to my high school and he wasn’t interested in keeping my mom’s habit and the fact that my mom owed him money a secret and he wanted his money and he made a point to share this information with me at school in the hallway in everyone’s earshot!  Oh, the horror of it all!  The teasing was incessant and unbearable! My mom was a crack head, look at your shoes, your clothes and why do you walk that way!  I was without a doubt, miserable!  But as I got older and started attracting some attention from the opposite sex I didn’t pay too much attention to the way I walked anymore, because if boys were paying attention to me then maybe there was hope for me after all, right?  But it still bothered me. I figured if the boys like me then I must be ok.  My escape from the pains of my life came from the acceptance and attention I received from boys especially the older ones.  Oh that was just awesome to me! Older boys thought I was cute and cool!  In a young teenage girls mind, you just can’t beat that.

Not only did my mom have the drug and alcohol problems, she had all the accompanying health problems that come along with it.  We received public assistance and by the third day of the month, if she didn’t get to the grocery store we were screwed!  The money would be blown on drugs and alcohol.  No food, no clean clothes, nothing. There were times when my sister and I had to wash our clothes by hand and let them dry overnight in the closet where the water heater was.  Sucked in the summer, worked ok in the winter.  Some days we would go to school with damp, smoke smelly clothes.  So needless to say, any distraction I could get from my present circumstances were welcomed with open arms!

I learned the hard way about sex and I found out things on my own and from peers who didn’t know anymore than I did.  I guess my mom figured I was smart and that I’d figure things out on my own.  It wasn’t until she found my birth control pills hidden in a brown paper bag behind my bed that she decided to ask if I was having sex.  Of course I lied and said the pills belonged to someone else.  Somehow, she’d gotten pamphlets with pictures of all the sexually transmitted diseases and gave them to me.  I can’t remember much of what she told me after that because sex had already been introduced to me.  I was 14 years old when I lost my virginity and the guy was 22 years old!  Surely older guys knew what they were doing, right? I could trust him, right?  The attention from him was a welcomed distraction from the pains in my life.  And, he was cute and my mom liked him!  Everyone liked him!  That fateful day produced more pain, bad circumstances, and consequences, which led to more bad choices.

No one ever told me to wait to until I was married to have sex.  No one else around me was waiting for anything but the right opportunity to do so!  No one told me that sex is a gift from God to married couples – male and female!  Not told of how you sin against your own body and that each time you have sex with someone, you give yourself away and “become one” over and over again to someone who could care less about you or your feelings. You do NOT have to give yourself away!  You do NOT have to prove yourself to anyone!  Do NOT be pressured or guilted into doing something that will change your life sexually, mentally, emotionally and most of all, spiritually.  This is NOT God’s plan for you!  He loves you too much and wants to protect you.

God gave us gifts: sex, virginity and our body.  However, there are consequences for abusing the gifts given to us.  Look around, unwanted pregnancies, diseases, teen pregnancy, dysfunctional families, emotional, spiritual, and physical damage, wrong decisions, etc.  The list goes on.  God knew what He was doing when He reserved sex for marriage.  He wanted to prevent this all from happening.  He meant for us to experience life as Adam and Eve did before the fall.    Yes, there are reasons He says to wait.  I wish I had.  I wish that I’d shared all these gifts with my husband first.  I hope my story will make you think long and hard about having sex before marriage and living your life without God. And if you are or have had sex outside of marriage I pray that you stop and wait until marriage to experience sex the way God intended: without shame, guilt or inhibitions.  I pray that you will treasure yourself and most of all begin or deepen your relationship with God.

The thing is, God is really not absent from our lives.  He’s always there, waiting and watching, but the reason I say absent is because we don’t choose His presence or Lordship in our lives, so if we don’t choose Him to come into our lives to be our Lord and Savior then He’s absent from our choices and decisions.  When we say no to God it’s as if we’re saying, “I got this and I don’t need your help!” I know what I need and want and what’s best for me!  I have come to know that we don’t know what’s best!  We don’t know anything!  There are lasting consequences of choices and decisions of saying no to God.  It’s not easy, this I know for a fact!  But, sometimes, you just have to ask God to save you from yourself! He will!

Be blessed & encouraged!

Shannon


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