Our Mission & Testimony
- Since 1973, 54 million abortions were performed
- Over 1,500 children die each year from child abuse
- 25% of women experience domestic abuse
- 23 million Americans are addicted to some type of drug
- 41% of marriages have had one or both spouses admitting they have had an emotional or physical affair
- 74% of men admitted they would have an affair if they knew they would not get caught.
- 68% of women admitted they would have an affair they knew they would not get caught.
- 12% of all women in the United States will experience symptoms of clinical depression at some point in their lives.
This ministry was created to help women overcome the struggle of abuse, addiction, adultery, depression and many other debilitating struggles we face, through the healing power of Jesus Christ. He is the only way that I defeated the devil in my terrible struggle I fought with my entire life, but it did not go without trouble. I did not have anything or anyone to discuss my struggles with, so my goal is to be that person who women can talk to and seek guidance from to help them depend on The Lord in the midst of their battle.
I developed this blog for women around the country to come together to see that they are not the only ones who feel they are held captive in their bondage of sin, shame, guilt and regret. Before surrendering my life to The Lord on October 2, 2014 I lived a life of bondage, sin, shame, guilt and regret. In my struggle, I had nowhere to turn and no one to talk to. I felt alone and ashamed in complete darkness with the devil being my only friend because he was the only one who was accepting of this dirty, sinful person; so I thought. I was not raised in church or had any guidance to show me that when you face life’s struggles, you turn to God, not worldly things that give you instant gratification. But those sinful pleasures is what I turned to in order to cover up the pain and frustrations I experienced in life. You can read about my journey in my new book titled, "My Story, God's Glory: A Story of Redemption."
Growing up I always thought I was saved because I knew OF God and believed that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. I was never actually taught the plan of salvation so I just thought that if you were a decent person who believed in God, you are going to Heaven. It was not until I moved to TN and became involved with Church that I realized I was not saved. I asked my friends at church, “How do you know you are saved?” They would tell me, “Oh you will KNOW if you are saved or not. You will experience peace, freedom, spiritual discernment and a life transformation that is different from anything you have ever known.” Well I knew I didn’t feel that way because when I thought I got “saved”, I didn’t feel any different than what I did 5 minutes prior to that.
When I surrendered my life to The Lord on that day in October, I was at the bottom of my pit – as low as anyone could possibly go. I asked my mother-in-law how someone could ever be forgiven of their past sins and live a life of freedom, she told me the greatest words I had ever heard in my entire life, “Shannon, you just have to surrender your life to The Lord.” And right there, at that very moment I looked out the window and said, “Surrender….. Lord I surrender my life to you. Here, take it. I can’t do it anymore.” I have experienced freedom, forgiveness, peace, love, joy, happiness and a life of transformation that I had never known before. My friends at church were right! You will KNOW when you are saved, especially if you have come from a past that you are not especially proud of. I am not proud of what I have done or have experienced, but I am proud to be delivered from all of it but only by the saving grace of Jesus!
I have always wondered how I could repay God for saving me and not giving up on me. The truth is, God does not NEED us; He is the creator of the universe. The beautiful thing is that He WANTS us. He wants our hurt, our pain, our shame, sin, guilt and filth so He can turn it into something beautiful for His glory. In Jeremiah 25:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” What the devil meant for bad, God turns it into good. I am a strong believer in that because all of the pain and suffering I have experienced made me turn to God and realize that I can’t live this life on my own. I am a sinner who is in need of a Savior and God was right on time; as He always is. I In my book, I talk about the journey through some of my life's struggles and is an in-depth story of how lost I was in my 34 years of life and how God has miraculously changed my heart, mind, soul and life forever!
The devil is real and he has plans for us just as God does. The question remains, which plan will you follow? In John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” In 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” The devils only purpose is to steal your life and destroy everything in it. If you allow a crack in your life or in your marriage, the devil will pounce on every chance he gets. My suicide attempt was a complete failure. The devil was telling me that I will never overcome my sinful past and forgiveness of my sins was impossible. God was never going to accept my shameful past so I might as well do everyone a favor and end it all. But the day that the cold gun was in my hand, God had other plans for me.
People often struggle with what to do after they are saved. Where do I go from here? I am saved, now what? The sole purpose we were put on this earth to do is to be soul winners for The Lord. We were not meant to be saved and then silent. In the book of James he speaks about faith without works is dead. Our job is to go and tell everyone what The Lord has done for us. In John 8:1-11 when a woman was caught in adultery, “but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” The woman was so grateful for Jesus sparing her life that she went and told everyone what He had done for her.
So I say to you friends, let’s not keep quiet about what The Lord has done and is doing in our lives. He has been gracious and merciful enough to save us in our darkest hour. All He is asking us to do is to witness to lost people who are living in the same bondage we have been in. With bible studies, weekly church services and staying in the scripture, we can become educated in the gospel so we are prepared to be “fishers of men.”
God bless and welcome to the family,
"The greater the trial, the greater the triumph!"