Monthly Archives: March 2011

update blog!

Well I’ve done more blog stalking reading lately that I have been writing. Shame, shame. So to fill you all in on our lives and what we’ve been up to, here’s the scoop:)

– Justin and I have been looking at  HOUSE!! whoop whoop! We will soon be official home-owners and we are super excited. My dad has been our Realtor and we couldn’t do this without him. He definitely knows his stuff and has connections. God has really used him to help us and its amazing to see how smoothly this whole process has gone so far. It isn’t 100% official yet (waiting on appraisal results and the loan to be finalized), but we are thankful for this learning experience and there are definitely other houses out there. Although, I must admit, I am so emotionally attached to this house hehe. Take a look! The right half of the house is not in the picture…but I promise its there:)

The future Shannon residence!

– What else has been going on? Well, Justin is staying busy and happy in the work place. He is looking to start doing more side jobs. So if you need a website designed….let me know! He has also been teaching more often at our Friday night home groups for church- I love listening to him teach!

– Baby Fever. Justin and I have begun trying to have a kiddo. Start praying for that kid now, haha (just kidding). It is definitely on our hearts to be parents and raise up disciples for God… so we are confident and trusting that God will bless us with a baby when the time is right:) For now, we are a bit more focused on the house…but if we got pregnant that would definitely be amazing news!

– I am so excited for spring to be here! I bought this dress from Old Navy the other day and I wish they made it in every color/ pattern imaginable. Love it!

great for spring!

– Also, I have been loving going to Goodwill lately. I found brand new gold flip flops from Banana Republic for $3! And I got two brushed nickel lamp stands for $4 each! I need to start looking there for old furniture that I can refurbish.  Hmm… I’ll post more about that later.

That’s about all for now!


Am I dead?

Revelation 3: 1-3   “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive , but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent.”

You have a reputation. It doesn’t matter who you are….everyone is known for something. Whether what/who you’re known for being is true or just something people have built up in their minds….people assume things about you based on who and what you associate yourself with.

For Christians, this is a huge deal in my opinion. The #1 thing that “non- Christians” detest about “Christians” is that a large majority of them are hypocrites.

Sadly, a large majority of them aren’t hypocrites…..they just never truly got what it meant to be a Christian.  (which is a REAL and PERSONAL relationship with Jesus Christ….not church attendance, praying once a day, doing good deeds, or simply saying you believe in God. But that’s a separate can of worms that I could open.)

When I was reading this verse this morning, I was really impacted by this verse. In this part of Revelation, God is speaking to different churches of the day and telling them that they are missing the point on some way or another. This church in particular is lifeless.

They have a reputation of being these great, religious believers…..but God sees the heart. He sees that it’s really just a big show that they are putting on.

They are spiritually dead and God is telling them, “wake up! Strengthen whatever you have left in this relationship you have with me because if you keep going down this road nothing will be left! Your deeds are incomplete in my sight because you’re not getting the point!”

Even though God was speaking to this church back then….it 100% applies to all Christians today. Are we alive in Christ and experiencing all that He offers us when we have a personal relationship with Him? Or are we dead….simply going to church and thinking we have it all together because we are “good people”.

It would be wise to constantly check ourselves in this area. Don’t be that “dead” Christian who simply goes through the motions to make yourself feel better. Go deeper in your relationship with God. Real the Bible and really wrestle with the idea of what it means to be alive in Christ and have a true relationship with Him.

If you call yourself a Christian….put 100% effort into trying to live up to that reputation.