Categories, Walking in Faith

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

Categories, Walking in Faith

Walking in Faith: Day 4

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Proverbs 31:25 (AMP) Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared].

Today, this scripture is a word of prophecy to me. The winds of craziness were strong against me this morning! All sorts of stuff before I’d had one sip of coffee! I didn’t feel particularly strong but the word of God says that whether I feel it or not, I am clothed in strength. If strength & dignity (a composed or serious manner or style; the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect; a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect) are my clothing, then my position (a particular way in which someone or something is placed or arranged), will not waver or change! No matter how strong the winds are, my position is strong and secure! Knowing this does make me smile at the future, at the rest of this day to come. According to God’s word, not only am I prepared for this journey of obedience but so is my family! Now that’s a word! 

Be blessed & encouraged, 

Shannon

Categories, Walking in Faith

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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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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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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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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Goodbye 2017!

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I’m still in shock that 2017 is almost over! It seems like yesterday I was wistfully thinking of all the great things to come in 2017. I was even more so hopeful for this year because the word that the Lord had given me was “new”. What’s more exciting than new things, people and experiences?! Well, an interesting and exciting year it truly has been! But not because I’ve had these miraculous answers to prayer either. One of the experiences I’m so excited about is that I published my first book and had a wonderful book release celebration surrounded by so many people whom I love dearly and have helped me so much throughout the process of writing and publishing my book.

I’ve learned so much more about myself because God (and other prophets) confirmed my calling as a prophetess and I’ve met God in a totally new capacity! I co- facilitated my first purity retreat in which I had the honor and privilege to prophesy over some absolutely beautiful, strong young women of God! This was my first time prophesying over more than 1 person and it was one of the most exhilarating, humbling, yet most amazing experiences of my life! I’ve totally had to rewire my mind about what I thought a prophetess was. I had to weed through the false to find the true ones and the true ones were hard to find. That’s because there are so many false ones screaming so loudly for their own personal gain and attention! Being a prophetess/prophet is so much more than sharing a prophetic word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sad to see and it’s made me quite angry because now when someone who’s truly been called by God, we have to deal with all the mess that’s been dealt by those who called themselves. God doesn’t release you to even know for sure until after you’ve been tried in some serious fire and even then, there’s more fire to come and walk through, but I digress.

I’ve also learned some very valuable lessons. I’ve learned that the higher or deeper you go with the Father, the more pain you feel in your heart because your heart breaks for what breaks His, you see what you don’t want to see and you say things that people don’t want to hear. You have to walk away from some things you don’t want to walk away from and what has been the hardest has been not saying stuff until it’s time! But I’ve decided to learn from Josephs example and wait on God. Which brings me to the greatest lesson and it’s that I can’t go wrong with obeying God regardless of the consequences. I’ve learned that people are seasonal, but not always because there’s something wrong with them but because their season in your life is done. I’ve learned that being comfortable is a quick way for God to totally change your assignment and move you along to something else and you just continue to walk on water and get comfortable being uncomfortable.  And just because something’s good and growing, doesn’t mean you’re supposed to stay there. As a prophetess, one of my purposes is to build and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10). Even though He moves some people out-of-the-way, He replaces them with the people who you need and they come from all over the world and the most unlikely places! One would think that knowing your calling and purpose would be freeing, and in some aspects it is, but it really shows you who you really are and just how much you truly need God! There’s no way you can fulfill your purpose on this earth without Him.  You also learn the true condition of your heart, your insecurities and vulnerabilities and the spiritual warfare is turned up several notches!

Why am I sharing this? I’m sharing this because I want whoever reads this to take this year for what it is, whether it’s been awesome or awful. Take the good and appreciate it, take the bad, ugly and painful and learn from it, grow from it and share your testimony! Look at it this way, you made it through another year and a lot of others didn’t. Getting the word “new” didn’t get me what I was hoping and still praying for, but it did get me what I needed and that was me learning that I so desperately need my God!

So what’s next for me? Well, I’ve set a lofty goal to share something with you all every week next year!!! Oh my goodness that made me nervous just typing it! Stay tuned and I hope that you’ll join me! I hope to teach more, help more, serve more, and meet God in new and exciting ways. I give Him permission 🙂 to not only step out of my little box that I’d put Him in, but to throw it away! I’m completely open to all that He has for me no matter how hard or uncomfortable they may be, I know that through and with Him, nothing’s impossible and that it’s for my good and the good of those He sends me to but most importantly, it’s all for His GLORY! And for that alone, I’m willing and ready. Lord, hear am I, send me!

Here’s to an unpredictable, God filled, God led New Year!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Prophetess Shannon 🙂

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FINALLY & What is this???

Finally! It’s here! My book, Love, Jesus, Sex: Experiences & Lessons Learned is available for purchase! I’m so excited and nervous! I pray that this book blesses you and brings you closer to our Lord & Savior, the lover of our souls, Jesus Christ!! God bless you and thank you for all your faithful support, love and prayers!!


So, in case you’re wondering, a bit about the book:

Who is it for? Any woman, any age, married, single, divorced. Men can read it too for various insight :-).

What is it about? This book is my heart. It tells my story and through my story I share a little of what I’ve learned about love, Jesus & sex and marriage. I share what so many of us wishes that our mom would have shared with us!

When is a good time to read this book? Now! Share it with your daughters, mothers, aunts, sister, friend, mentees, mentors, small group!

Where? Any where! While I am very straightforward, it’s done very tastefully, tactfully and in much love! So don’t be afraid to share it in church! Afterall, isn’t church where we’re supposed to learn the truth about sex?

Why? I share this book, my stories, because I want to spare others the pain and heartache I went through, I want my sisters to be free and I want them to know TRUTH!!

How? You can purchase my book here!!!

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Thank you again for your love and support! When you receive your book, use the hashtag #lovejesussex and let me know what you think!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

Categories, Sexual Healing Series

Identity Crisis (Sexual Healing Series)

Before we get started:

  • Pray for Holy Spirit to be with you and guide you through this process as you won’t be able to do this alone.
  • Get a prayer partner or accountability partner or join our closed Sexual Healing group on Facebook here.
  • Be open and honest with yourself and transparent with your prayer partner or accountability person about any struggles or issues you’re having.
  • Enjoy the journey knowing that God is on your side and is more than willing to heal you!

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Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.


We were both fresh out of college when we got married. We were all lovey dovey and couldn’t stand to be away from each other. Then time passes, and the reality sinks in that you actually have to start doing life together, real life things like budget, pay bills, communicate. Before long, things started to get a little rocky. All of a sudden marriage didn’t look like I thought it would or should. All of my expectations weren’t being met, Hubby wasn’t being my knight in shining armor. He wasn’t telling me how fine and beautiful I was every day, or being affectionate everyday. He didn’t bring home flowers, and chocolates. He didn’t make me feel special, loved or needed everyday. In order for me to feel loved and cherished I needed this meer man to make me feel special because that’s what I expected and that’s what I needed him to do to make me feel secure and not doubt that I deserved to be married and to be loved unconditionally.  I needed him to do all these things every day so that I wouldn’t feel guilt and shame from my past and to some how prove to myself that I was worthy of love and valuable.

Looking back, this is what I expected from all my past relationships. I craved the attention and affection. My home life was so full of dysfunction and unpredictable circumstances, not the stability and security that a young girl needed. I wasn’t getting attention and affection from home from my mom and my dad was killed before I’d been born. There was no daily healthy affirmation or confirmation of who I was. So I sought the attention and affection elsewhere. I knew that my mom loved me but she had so many of her own demons to fight that she couldn’t fully give us what we needed, she couldn’t give what she didn’t have herself. If one guy wasn’t attentive enough, there was always another guy and another guy who was always available to make me feel beautiful, wanted, attractive and loved, special.  I thrived on the attention! The more attention I got, the more I felt validated and it took away from the hurt and pain that I had to deal with at home. It got even worse when I was in college. By then I was utterly boy crazy! I was so depressed from my past and I just covered it up with sex and all the attention I could get.

Well, this behavior played out in my marriage. Hubby and I didn’t get proper premarital counseling, we went in to marriage blindly, like sheep led to slaughter! We got what Hubby and I like to call “bootleg” counseling. The church we were attending at the time didn’t have any kind of marriage or premarital classes or counseling. We met with our pastor for about an hour. He asked all of five questions and when he found out we were living together, the only thing he told us was to stop having sex, not telling us why, and that we needed to get married sooner rather than later. So, we did, we got married and a few months later all hell broke loose!

I was expecting my husband to be my savior. My redeemer, the one to restore me and he couldn’t because that’s not his job. He needed someone to do and be the same for him and I couldn’t because that’s not my job either. Only Jesus can do this. We both came into marriage broken, battered and bruised filled with the pain and baggage from our pasts. He didn’t know who he was in Christ and neither did I so we put these unrealistic expectations on each other. You can’t be broken and get with another broken person and expect them to make you whole. No other human on this earth can complete you, ever. That’s not what humans are to do, only Jesus completes us. That’s why no matter how much sex, drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, attention you get or have, you’re never fulfilled. There’s a place in us only meant to be filled with Jesus and Jesus alone.

Path to Healing:

After some time, Hubby and I went to counseling and dealt with some of our past issues and learned how to work with each other. We also began to learn who we were in Christ. Throughout this journey, God called me to teach His truth about sex and during this journey He healed me as well. By replacing the lies with the truth, I was healed. My husband couldn’t and didn’t heal me, Jesus did. My husband isn’t responsible for my happiness and neither are my children, I am. People will come and go, will hurt you, try to break you, discourage you, knock you down, talk about you, wear you down, but Jesus won’t! All these things I experienced growing up because no one taught me who I was in Christ. I only heard of God here and there, but never about Jesus dying for my sins, my healing and wholeness and that I can be co-heirs with Him and be a child of God! Since I didn’t know these things, I went searching to fill this void in all the wrong places. Again I say, ignorance is NOT bliss. The things I did when I was young followed me into my marriage. My getting married didn’t make my hurts, pains, and flaws go away, they were just magnified! God uses marriage to draw things out of us and man is it painful sometimes.  I’m always amazed at how my husband knows exactly what button to push and how God shows me something about myself that I need to let Him in to heal or that I need to work on. Once I learned that I am God’s treasured possession, His daughter, the one He takes delight in, His child that’s fearfully and wonderfully made, I was able to relax and enjoy my marriage more! When my husband was being very human, it was easy to forgive him because I understood that he’s human and that God is working on him just like He’s working on me. My husband needed to have his junk uprooted too. So, knowing these things, it became easier to extend mercy and grace towards one another.

Work it out:

Not to say that you will be perfect going in to marriage, but BEFORE you get married, deal with you now! Learn who you are in Christ so that you won’t go into marriage with all these unrealistic expectations that will only put your marriage in crisis mode. You need Jesus now and you will most definitely need Him when you’re married! If you’re already married and things are already in crisis mode, focus on getting your heart right. Don’t look at what your husband is or isn’t doing. Let God handle Him, you focus on what God is telling you to work on.

Now, I want you to write down some of the lies that you believe about yourself or circumstances and then beside each one, write truth. For instance, for me it was not feeling worthy or valued, so my go to scripture was Psalm 37:23 (NLT) The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights (takes pleasure) in every detail of their lives. Just knowing that God took pleasure in every detail about my life blessed my heart! I didn’t have to worry about anyone else, because I knew that my Father cared about me. Below are some scriptures to get you started. Take time to write them out, meditate on them and use them to replace the lies and learn who you are in Christ! 

  1. Romans 12:2
  2. Psalm 37:23
  3. 1 Peter 2:9
  4. Psalm 94:19
  5. Romans 6:6
  6. Deuteronomy 7:6
  7. 2 Corinthians 3:17
  8. Isaiah 62:3
  9. Galatians 3:26
  10. Ephesians 2:10
  11. Psalm 139:14
  12. Song of Songs 4:7
  13. 1 Samuel 16:7
  14. Proverbs 31:30

Prayer:

Gracious and loving Father, thank you for your unconditional love, mercy and grace. Thank you Jesus for the forgiveness of sin.  I pray for every person who’s dealing with an identity crisis. Father I pray that you begin to show them who You created them to be. Show them how You see them. Father I pray that you will replace the lies told them by the enemy and replace them with Your truth. I pray for healing and wholeness in their hearts and minds. I pray for marriages to begin the healing process and I pray for wisdom and guidance for those preparing to be married. Lead them to wise counsel Lord and I pray that they take heed to all that they learn. I pray that all will continue to press forward towards all that you have for them! In Jesus’ name, Amen

I look forward to hearing about your experiences this week and if there are any other scriptures you’d like to share, questions or you just want to chat with someone who’s walking this same path, join us in the closed Facebook group here!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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The Past is the Past (Sexual Healing Series)

Happy Monday! Today begins our Sexual Healing Series and I’m so excited to begin this journey with you! I’ve been praying for God’s direction for this series and I’ve been praying for you all as well!

A few things before we get started:

  • Pray for Holy Spirit to be with you and guide you through this process as you won’t be able to do this alone.
  • Get a prayer partner or accountability partner or join our closed Sexual Healing group on Facebook here.
  • Be open and honest with yourself and transparent with your prayer partner or accountability person about any struggles or issues you’re having.
  • Enjoy the journey knowing that God is on your side and is more than willing to heal you!

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Scripture: 

Philippians 3:12-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

Pressing toward the Goal

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,


The first time I had sex, I was 14 years old and the guy was 22 years old. I’d just really started taking an interest in guys and was still rather awkward and shy around them but I did notice that I liked the attention that I was getting. My mom had a pretty serious drug and alcohol problem and the attention from the opposite sex proved to be a relief from my current circumstances. He’d told me that no one had to know and that he wouldn’t tell anyone, that everything would be ok.  That he would stop if it hurt too badly. I’m thinking, he’s older and he’s cute and out of all the girls, other than his girlfriend that he lived with, across the hall from me, he chose me. So I agreed. When his girlfriend had left, I went over to their apartment and that’s where my I gave away a very precious gift. Only, I didn’t know how precious it was because no one had ever told me, not even my mom, because she didn’t know either. The experience was very painful, not at all like the scripted lies that we see on TV and in the movies. The first person I told was my sister. She knew something was up because of the big smile I had on my face. I was smiling because I’d just done THE thing that everyone talks about. However, I didn’t know that this one event would change my life forever. It lead to lots of heartache, heartbreak, pain, depression, and many pointless relationships.

Path to Healing:

Looking back, all the sexual experiences I had outside of marriage contributed to much pain inside my marriage.  Contrary to popular belief, marriage is NOT a magic wand that will make all the pain of your past just disappear! We will definitely cover this in the upcoming sessions of this series! The first important step I had to take was to let go of my past. The enemy, the devil, used my sexual past to try to destroy my marriage. There was so much shame and guilt (which we will also deal with in another session) that I couldn’t enjoy sex with my husband in the beginning of our marriage. In the scripture above, we see that we have to forget those things which are behind and reach toward those things which are ahead. The only way I was able to even approach this was with the help of  the Holy Spirit. With each experience that was brought back to the forefront of my mind, He gently told me that I was forgiven and set free, that He didn’t see me as dirty and filthy! When we surrender our lives to Jesus, our sins are remembered no more by God but sometimes we have a hard time of letting go because we haven’t let His words uproot the accusatory and shameful lies that we hold on to. What I had to do was sit and think about what happened to me, all the experiences and give them to God, lay them at the foot of the Cross and leave them there. I had to turn to His word and what He said so that I could embrace Him and who He is and embrace who He says that I am. The enemy told me that I didn’t deserve my husband but God said otherwise. I was also told that God would punish me for my sins and that one day I wouldn’t be able to have children, but God has given me 3 beautiful children! I had to take hold of the new me and let go of the old. Now you have to do the same.

Work it out:

Take some time, sit quietly and go back to your past, this time, knowing that Jesus is with you. Let Him minister to your heart. He never meant for us to experience sex outside of what He created it for. He knew that doing so would cause tremendous hurt and pain. Going back for me, I learned that I couldn’t blame myself for what I didn’t know. I couldn’t blame my mom for what she didn’t know. I don’t care what anyone says, ignorance is not bliss. God let me know that He loved me so much and that His plans for me are so much greater than my pain. Through this process, take time to write out these scriptures and meditate on them throughout the week. Begin to commit them to memory.

  1. Philippians 3:12-13
  2. 1 Corinthians 5: 17
  3. Matthew 11:28-30
  4. Psalm 139 (I know it’s long but if you don’t want to write the entire thing, pick the verses that speak to you the most)
  5. Jeremiah 19:11
  6. 1 John 1:9
  7. Isaiah 43:18-19
  8. Galatians 2:20
  9. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Prayer:

Gracious and loving Father, thank you for your unconditional love, mercy and grace. Thank you Jesus for the forgiveness of sin.  I pray for every person who decides to take on this challenge and that you will give them the strength they need to press through. Bring to their remembrance experiences that they need to lay at the foot of the Cross that they may press forward towards all that you have for them! Father, begin to replace the lies that they believe about themselves with your beautiful truths. In Jesus’ name, Amen

I look forward to hearing about your experiences this week and if there are any othre scriptures you’d like to share, questions or you just want to chat with someone who’s walking this same path, join us in the closed Facebook group here!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon