Shannon

Jul 182017
 
Write the book!

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.

Jun 082017
 
Angry rebuke

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?

Maybe 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!

Jun 052017
 
Defeated by choice

Are you listening? You are NOT being beaten up by the Devil, nor is God withholding from you to teach you a lesson!

However, you may be dabbling in things that might make that happen … but most often that just isn’t the case.

Now, before you get your feathers all ruffled, stop long enough to ask yourself a few questions. Questions I started asking myself after one of our congregational members came to visit me and poured out her heart regarding the challenges and woes that her life was facing.
 
Because her visit had interrupted me in the middle of a task, I asked her to walk with me while I finished so that I could hear her better. Perhaps it was because I was not looking at her directly, or perhaps the Lord just wanted me to hear something I’d never really paid attention to before, but while I talked, I noticed certain phrases that she was using, that I’ve heard in church often. In fact, I believe I’ve used all of them myself!

Jun 012017
 
Movie: The Secret

The Secret – What makes it such a powerful – or dangerous movie?

The truth it illustrates gives the movie its power. The misapplication makes it dangerous.

A few years back a movie became highly popular that spoke of a ”secret”. The assumption was that if you knew the secret, you’d be rich and have no lack of anything. “New Age” people touted the movie like a Bible. Christians (without watching the movie) declared that it was demonic and to be avoided.

May 032017
 

As a Creative Life Coach, I’ve been amazed at how, through the years, Christians I’ve met have shared their inspired ideas and solutions for problems of every size, sort, and need, yet a high percentage never acted on any of them.

As a natural encourager and as a creative service provider, I’d share tools and techniques for acting on their dreams.  As a pastor, and now a professional Life Coach, I saw most of them drop their dreams and live out nightmares of hopelessness and anxiety instead!  Why?

I’ve come to call the beliefs that sabotage these inspired ideas and abundant living as “sacred cows”. Sacred cows are beliefs that appear to be holy, but in fact are law based thinking that has no real substance or proof, but because of the assumed punishments for not following these beliefs, people embrace them as true. One such sacred cow is “don’t question authority”.  (I think that one protects all the others.) It sounds like the obedient thing to do is to not even question this directive, yet, a better question is most certainly due … such as; “Who’s authority?”  There are many who are in a position of authority but do not respect nor carry true authority.