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.

You are NOT being beat up by the Devil, nor is God withholding from you to teach you a lesson.

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!