Shanon married her high school sweetheart and now lives in Columbia City, IN with their two teenage daughters. When they’re not attending girls’ soccer or basketball games, they’re playing recreational sports, or cuddled up with a good movie. She’s worked as an orthopedic designer for nearly seventeen years and co-invented a handful of patents while in that role. About nine years ago, Shanon consciously committed her life to Christ and has been relying on Him to lead, guide, and grow her ever since. She now finds herself standing with arms wide open simply saying, “Here I am, this life is Yours.”
IF YOU HAVE EVER FELT LIKE YOU HAD NO TIME TO PURSUE YOUR DREAM, THIS IS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.
In this interview, Shanon shares what her open-arms-attitude has produced in her life. She talks about the practice of getting up early over the last four years to get in God’s word, which she admits, didn’t come easily at first. But she began to write down her thoughts each day and post them online for others to read and gain encouragement. The days and weeks turned into months, which turned into a year of consistently writing her devotions, and that became the jumping off point to create and self-publish her first devotional book, Rise Up! Devotions.
On this journey, she talks about how important it was to have other women in her life to encourage, support, and pray for her—and how she got connected with them in the first place. She shares about her prayer closet where she goes to spend time with God and get reconnected when she’s been struggling with confidence or battling negative thoughts.
Finally, it was especially comforting to hear her talk about fitting her pursuit of this dream into the little corners of her life to avoid letting it take over her relationships with her husband, daughters, or friends.
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A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.
Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
~Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)
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