Meet Shannon

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I’ve always had a (mild) obsession with books and stories. I used to get in trouble reading books with a flashlight past bedtime. Now, I drive my poor, sweet husband crazy by leaving tall, tottering stacks of books around the house. In a fire, if my family were safe, I’d save my Jane Austen collection.

And, like any good lover of stories, I like to try my hand at contributing to the world of words. As a kid, I wrote stories. As a teenager, I filled journals with bad poetry. I majored in English, and then went on to attempt to inspire high school students to find their voices through reading and writing. (I loved it.)

Eventually, I traded in my lesson plans and grammar textbook for a diaper bag and jogging stroller. I picked up my pen again when my second daughter was born and spent a few months in the NICU. I started a blog to keep family and friends updated, but kept writing because it was catharsis. And I found that my pen began to teach me.

In my writing, I will tell you about my family. I am married to my opposite– a math & science guy, a linear thinker. He likes books with graphs and is happiest working outside on a project. My daughters are simply called A & K for the purpose of this site. A is our curly haired sprite of a girl who has quiet strength and fierce compassion. K is smart and determined, and has more fight in her than a baby should have.

K was born with a congenital, non-progressive muscle and joint issue. Her long-term prognosis is great, and we imagine she will continue to surprise us with her progress. However, these first years have re-shaped our entire family.

I believe in a God that authors my story; He is the teacher who guides my pen. I will tell you about my life, I will tell you my heart, but most of all, I will tell you about my God. He is the one who gives purpose to our trial, who draws out hidden strength.

So, here you have it: These are the things I learn.

11 thoughts on “Meet Shannon

  1. Hello Shannon!

    I just wanted to say thank you for being who you are. You have Jesus in your voice and I just wanted to let you know that someone has heard it! I downloaded an app called “abide”. And this morning I listened to a prayer that you recorded. It was exactly what I needed in this season of my life. I could sense that God means everything to you. And That you love Him with every fiber of your being. That was confirmed when the app led me to your site! Lol!! Anywho! Sending a prayer of continuous opportunities for God to use you. Thank you! And God Bless.

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  2. Darling Shannon – tears of joy roll down my cheeks as I follow you into this next chapter (blog). Hugs, dear friend, for your honesty, your transparency and your Hope.

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  3. Hi Shannon, I just participated in a three-day devotional on YouVersion, which included listening to brief audio devotionals read by you. First off, let me say I enjoyed all three of them very much. They were just what I needed. I did want to let you know that, on Day 3 (https://abide.is/prayer/jleive – NOTE: this URL is for Day 2, as I can’t find the URL for Day 3), you reference 1 Corinthians 12:9 is actually 2 Corinthians 12:9. Just wanted to let you know. Blessings to you and your ministry!

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    1. Whoops. I should proof-read. What I meant to say is, “what you reference as 1 Corinthians 12:9 is actually 2 Corinthians 12:9.” Blessings!

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  4. Hello Shannon, it is so nice to meet you through your Blog. God’s love and compassion are conveyed through your voice and your words. When I listened to Abide this morning and the prayer that you shared, I felt God’s loving arms embrace me, and I felt His comfort. What a gift you have. What a Blessing. Praying for your continued strength and courage as God continues to use you. What a Blessing you are!❤️

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  5. Shannon
    You are a God Sent. I was with the lessons Waiting on God and your voice was so annointed. It had me in tears. I am going thru a trying situation right now and with the teaching, scriptures, and prayers you gave it gave me strength. I speak a double portion over your life for ministering to me. Blessings

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  6. Your prayers on the Abide App have nourished my soul. I’ve experienced a lot of trauma in my marriage and things I’ve tried to control. Your prayers help me be still, trust God, and be okay. Thank you for sharing.

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