I am Holy 

 A couple of months ago we got the privilege to partner with IJM and Exodus (check them out! – they are both transforming the landscape of what it looks like to humbly live with the heart of God). We got to deliver a prayer night for young people here and abroad. We got the joy of partnering with a God who loves to hear our voice. He loves to hear our hearts cry. 

The station I had the privilege of leading was all about understanding that God loves us so much as who we are. And we have the joy of honouring our bodies and lives to honour Him. 

It was a month later I got the privilege of understanding what this truly meant to me. Here’s my story of how that night impacted my story.  

We can’t add to His blood. His blood is enough. Simple really but in practice oh how complicated my heart and mind makes it. At the very start of summer I met up with one of my best friends from school. She told me that when describing me the other girl in our trio gad described me as holy. 

I’d love to say my into reaction was incredible. That I was chuffed. I wasn’t. I didn’t understand. You see I took holy as religious. Which was probably how it was intended. But God in that sweet moment was trying to whisper something into my heart that I had been ‘too busy’ to listen. 

He was telling me that I was His. That I was holy, cleansed and loved. He was reminding me that the prayer that my heart prays to be of total service to Him was awnsered. He was letting me know that my heart was wholly devoured to Him at that moment. He was telling me I was anointed for service. 

And I in that moment rejected the very thing I had wanted to hear Him say. But God in all His grace and beauty told me anyway. He then had the patience to let me figure out exactly what He wanted me to know. 

I thank God because He uses people from all walks of life to interject in your story. For I was going down a path it thinking I was unworthy for use, without purpose. And that is the greatest lie I could have ever been telling myself. 

So with that I tell you – you have something to bring to the table. You are made worthy through His name. Sometimes all you need is a backwards compliment. 

All my love, Shannon x

To The Very End

And so we get to the end of matthew. This beautiful story of how Jesus rose to life and how he sends us out. Then there’s this line;

‘Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age’.

It just makes you take a big breath out doesn’t it. He is with us. He is Emmanuel. To the very end of the age. Time and time again Jesus has promised me that he is with me to the end but time and time again I forget and am baffled by his incredible faithfulness. My brain goes something like this “Jesus is that you, are you seriously still here, I’m such a mess & all I want is chocolate. I feel so alone but I know you are still with me. You’re a babe”

See it doesn’t say this but I’m pretty sure the disciples were a complete mess. After all the messiah had just died. Jesus had told them- he had painted a picture of what his final days would be like. Peter denied Jesus, Judas hang himself. The other guys might have gone back to their old life, maybe not? We don’t know.

Then something beautiful happens God shows up. He goes to them. He enters in to their world. He says meet me here. Half way. I am alive. Do you believe me? And it says some held back from worshipping him, worried they would risk it all. But Jesus saw there mess just as he see’s ours and goes right I got this. Let’s do this thing and he encourages them loves on them and finally gives the commandment to go. 

Side note: But this is so important he first loves on them. You are a service ship for Jesus yes. But he never calls you to be a rusty service ship for him. You are a service ship that has received full TLC, plus a double portion of love. You may not look like it but you are.

Go and do. Know that you are loved, know I am faithful, honour me in what you do. But don’t stay here living in the past of all the miracles I’ve done. Go do you. Go do you and God and see what incredible things happen because although their faith was so little he “undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorised and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 MSG

God is so good. Pray for someone today, out loud. If God opens the door go for it, I’m cheering you on x

Chosen

Dear Daughter,

You are formed in my Image, for my family, through my purpose. I never needed you, I wanted you. I chose you because I am love and I treasure relationships. You are my child therefore this world and everything in it belongs to you, but that’s not the best part. Eternity belongs to you if you want it. It can be yours by faith alone. Your eternal inheritance is priceless, it is pure, permanent and protected. Most importantly it is yours, all yours. I am proud of you my princess, my daughter, my chosen one.

Ephesians 1 v 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

All my love x

Chosen

Perfect Love Drives Out Fear.

Perfection, wait what? Love isn’t perfect, sometimes it is one sided. It can hurt. A lot. When you put all your efforts and energy into something. Give it everything you have and its not enough, it stings. Then God in all his wondrous ways comes and fills us up with a little bit more love, a little bit more hope, peace, care, comfort, sacrifice. He whispers in our ears that we are enough, we can do it, we are strong enough, brave enough, tough enough – through him. He sets us a part. He puts something special inside each one of our hearts and says go, go for it. Give it your best shot and if it isn’t good enough in worldly terms it is always enough for me, because darling when you give me everything you have I take it and I multiply it to do incredible works. I use it. I use you, because I Love you. I simply love you.

“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”

Your daddy walked into love with you. He chose too, he saw your mistakes, your flaws and ‘issues’ and said that is my daughter whom I love and am well pleased with.

All my love x