Learning How to See What is Not Obvious

To create … envision (see) the unseen.

To understand … listen to hear what is not being said.

Shannon Parish with graphic recordings in background

As an artist, I’ve naturally been fascinated by shapes, forms, and patterns (both in the physical realm and the behavioral, and spiritual realm.)

As a minister, those patterns are even more obvious because I have connected with a variety of personalities on multiple levels. 

My challenge was to understand that the world as I saw it, was not the only world surrounding me. People talk with different languages, even though we are all speaking the same national language. I had to learn how to see … and hear … what was not obvious in order to heal while gaining wisdom and understanding.

What to do when your faith has been shaken

12 Things I’ve noticed regarding the worldwide pandemic that brings hope.

Trials and tribulations have a way of exposing our true beliefs in what we say we have faith in versus, what we truly believe.

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” )31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” –Matthew 14:22-33

When you become unrecognizable, change is on its way

When the world as you know it is unrecognizable, you can count on the fact that you are in a state of transitioning from what was to what is to come. 

God’s Fatherly wisdom gives us visual metaphors to explain His heart and His ways. The butterfly is one of those magnificent stories of change and transformation.

Butterfly eggs

Beginning as a tiny egg, the larvae hatch in the form of a caterpillar with a voracious appetite, eating everything in sight that is green and leafy. Growth occurs at an amazing rate of speed because of this drive to consume and the caterpillar grows larger and larger over time.

What Kind of a Plan Does God REALLY Have for Your Life?

Do you believe that you are on the right path for your life?

When was the last time you checked your location to make sure you were where you need to be?

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

Have you ever set your course in your GPS after determining which way you wanted to go, in order to get there … only to arrive at a very different location than you had planned?

It’s Time to Write the Book that is on Your Heart!

A book is more than an expensive business card or vanity project.

A book is part of the legacy of thought that we leave for those who seek answers and inspiration.

Growing up my Grandmother had talked often of a Rev. James Ireland. Her maiden name was Ireland, and for some reason, she was quite proud of whoever this man was. She talked about him as though I should know who he was.

Why Rebuking Satan is Futile and Ineffective

Have you been taught that in order to “fight Satan” you need to rebuke him?

When you are being “beat-up” by “the enemy” are you frustrated, because no matter how much you say, “I rebuke you Satan in the name of Jesus,”  nothing seems to happen that changes the circumstance?

Rebuking SatanMaybe it’s just me. For a long time, I blamed myself for not having enough faith. In addition, I wondered why so many people were so holy that Satan spent all of his time “beating them up” yet, I never really saw evidence of these people leading such holy lives that they were even a threat to Satan (the enemy)… including myself!