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Shannon is a wife, mother, and Bible teacher who is passionate about impacting women with the truths in God’s Word.

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  1. Shannon,
    “God can bring hope even if our situation never changes.” Amen. God IS good even in the midst of our mourning, our fear, our doubt, even if we shake a fist at Him. He is merciful and always offers hope…our ultimate hope being to be with Him for eternity. Thank you for bravely sharing your struggles. I sense God holding you up with His everlasting arms and enabling you to persevere. Waiting and not knowing are two of the hardest “seasons” to endure. Praying with and for you as you await the outcome of your latest season. May the God of all comfort be with you!
    Blessings and ((hugs)),
    Bev

    • Yes – God always offers hope! And not wishful thinking like the world defines hope, but a sure and certain hope. Blessings Bev!

    • Update: I wrote this post and submitted it to (in)courage only weeks before I was declared cancer-free! Praise God for His healing touch and for teaching me so much on this cancer journey!

      • Shannon, praise be to the Lord this day and always for the healing He has so gloriously worked in you life. Thank you for the beautiful encouragement that you offered today as so many wait and move through the storms for the new beginning to come. Our Lord is so good, teaching us so many things in our trials. May our days be so blessed with His variety of graces 🙂

  2. Thank you for your bravely honest post and for the reminder of just how lovingly powerful God is He is right there with us, with you waiting to comfort, bless and to squish any fears with his mighty power. God is good and will blast any dark season with his bright and brilliant glory. I pray our Father will continue to hold you and your family in his grace, and in his hands whatever this next season brings. Much love to you, Jas x

  3. This reminds me of Psalm 139 whereever we go God is there and darkness is not dark to him. 8 years of struggles and tears. Blow after blow seems to hit. I keep pressing into God. Read in the comments that you are cancer free. Praise God! We got news the last several months and have had two surgeries in the last month. We now know after 8 years what has been wrong with my husband. Now to start the new journey of facing it snd walking it out of cancer causing goiter pressing on windpipe almost closing it off. He isn’t passing out almost daily now.

    • Oh, Katie…thats a long time in a difficult season. Praying God holds you close in His everlasting arms.

  4. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey through this. Thigh you, Jesus, for His interruptions. I pray peace overwhelms you. Glad I got to read this, Compel friend.

  5. Shannon,

    for complete healing from the Great Physician! May He bring peace and comfort to you during this trial!

    This is stunning writing!! God has truly gifted you with the art of writing and story telling!!!
    The shock and finality of death prompts us to take inventory of our priorities and recognize how truly fragile life is I have found myself in that season of life. My aging father had serious health issues and I believed he was close to death. This has caused me introspection and dwelling more on God and His goodness to us! This has been a tough season of questioning, worry, fear and excitement. Through it all I know I am held by a God who is absolutely sovereign and unquestionably good!! He will bring about peace and comfort in His perfect timing!!
    Blessings 🙂

    • God’s goodness is such striking brilliance in the valley of the shadow of death. Praying you will know His peace in real and tangible ways, Beth.

  6. I can so identify with you…
    While I haven’t suffered the loss of my Mom, (may God continue to comfort your soul), I have endured another loss. My sister has just been diagnosed with cancer, & we are waiting for scan results to find out if it is localized…
    The entire year of 2015 was one whirlwind of emotion & trauma after another in dealing with my oldest child. And my church leadership failed me…
    I. Am. Ready. For a new season.
    One of the things the Holy Spirit has used to comfort my heart is this… “Lean in & listen.”
    So that’s what I’ve been doing, leaning in & listening to His heart, as my heart becomes un-wound.
    He has also comforted my heart with Psalm 23…one of my favorites…specifically verse 2…
    The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
    He MAKES me lie down & rest in green pastures. He restores my soul….

    He Makes me. Even when I don’t want to. Or think I need to. He makes me, in order to restore my soul.

    So lean in Sister. I’m leaning in too.

    • Thank you for sharing. What a difficult journey you’ve been on! Yes, lean in and listen. He is so close in difficult times.

  7. Wow. Unbelievably said and such truth. Even in the uncertainty of what is next, you point us to Jesus- the only place where we find hope and courage and truth and grace. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

  8. Thank you for sharing this Shannon. As others mentioned, the thought that God can bring hope to us even if our situations do not change brings such joy to my heart. Praising God that you are now cancer free. Blessings to you.

  9. Beautiful words. It is amazing how God intertwines the seasons of weather with our seasons of internal journeys. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  10. I’m so glad to hear you’re update. Stand on Isaiah 53. I am sorry to hear about your mother. I do believe that trauma and grief can wear us down, allowing the enemy to slip sickness and disease in on us. Whatever the problem, Jesus paid the price.

    • Yes, grief is certainly exhausting. Thank God that He is the answer to every problem!

  11. Shannon,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I just had a suspicious spot removed from my leg and I am waiting for the biopsy results. I am so glad to hear that you are cancer free. God bless you and your family!

    • Waiting is often the hardest part. As you wait, trust in Him. He knows the end from the beginning.

  12. Shannon,
    I’m sorry for all that you have endured. Thank-you for bravely sharing and for reminding us that during even the most difficult times, His love, hope and faith keep us strong. I hope and pray that all goes well for you.

    Penny

  13. These words are comforting to me- still learning how to cope and continue living after the passing of my dad 6 months ago.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss, Kelly. I understand the pain and the fumbling while trying to figure out what life looks like without a parent. Praying you experience God’s comfort in new and fresh ways even today.