How Fierce Love Changes Everything

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It’s fierce.

This love.

It’s very, very fierce.

How fierce love changes everything!

Jesus has done so much for me. He saved me.

Literally saved me.

I can’t even remember what it was like when I became a believer of Jesus Christ for the first time. I was very young. I kinda just grew up knowing Him. And I loved Him with all of my heart.

But then this happened.

About 8-9 years ago I fell into a trap. This trap led me to believe that I wasn’t good enough for Jesus’ love anymore. It led me to believe I wasn’t worth being a mother or wife. I didn’t think I was capable and I didn’t think I was worthy. I know that sounds dramatic. Well- it was dramatic. I will tell you in all honesty that it’s a miracle I’m even here today. And I don’t tell you that so that you’ll feel sorry for me, I tell you that because it’s the truth.

I will never forget the day that a little glimmer of hope came springing to life in my soul.

It was my husband.

My husband gave me that glimmer of hope that was Jesus Christ.

He loved me even though I didn’t deserve it.

He loved me when he had every reason to shut me out of his life forever.

It’s like Jesus. Jesus loved me, too. He loved me when he had every reason to shut me out of His life.

I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that my husband still wanted me.

I couldn’t believe that Jesus still wanted me.

I couldn’t believe that my husband still loved me.

I couldn’t believe that Jesus still loved me.

My husband helped me start believing again.

And when I started believing again, I found a love that was fierce.

Fierce love.

The fierce love of my Savior.

I began seeing life as though it wasn’t mine. I began taking care to not waste one moment. I would read the bible and it jumped out at me. Each word was personally meaningful. I began spending time with Him because I longed for it, not because I needed to check it off my to-do list.

It changed me. It changed the way I saw my family. It changed the way I saw those around me. I started seeing everything with His eyes.

It changed everything from the inside out. Real change can only come from the inside out. #fiercelove Click To Tweet

And I found freedom. I found freedom and started loving Him fiercely. Click To Tweet

I started deeply disliking religion. Judgement. Rituals.

It made me sick to my stomach.

I started identifying more with those that didn’t go to church or that didn’t even know Jesus more than I identified with those that did. 

Woman relaxing at the beach with arms open enjoying her freedom

I started becoming who I was deeply meant to be all along.

Lean in.

When you go through hard times, if you will just hang in there…and let God genuinely change you from the inside out, you will find your calling and who you’ve been meant to be all along.

But you’ll need to hang on even when it gets tough.

Because I promise you it’s going to get tough.

Never let go. Never. Ever. Let go.

Okay?

I still make mistakes and I’m far from perfect. Thank the Lord he doesn’t call me to be perfect but instead He calls me to be perfectly flawed in this world.

I love big and I love fierce. I will fight for my family and I will fight for those I love. I do this because of Jesus.

You can too. He loves you FIERCELY and He WILL NOT let go of you no matter how bad you mess up. He loves you my dear friend! So so much.

And I love you too.

I hope I’ve left you with some encouragement today. Let me know if I did in the comments, okay?

And much, much love to you!

 

 

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  1. Thanks for this re-orientation of my thinking toward gospel truth!

  2. Cindy Krall says:

    Love you Shannon…fiercely. 🙂

  3. Cindy stole my line!!! Love these vulnerable words and love YOU!!! #livefreeThursday

  4. Suzie Eller says:

    Shannon, I always love reading your words. <3 Thank you for linking up today on #livefreeThursday. I love your “fierce love.”

  5. Jennifer says:

    thank you Shannon for sharing this today! Your blog lifts my spirits everyday!

  6. Jem Renee says:

    Thank you Shannon for your encouraging words! Loved this!

  7. Valerie says:

    “God will not let you go no matter how bad you mess up” Amen to that! It’s so awesome that God used your husband to show you Jesus! Love your writing!

  8. Brenda says:

    Hey, Shannon…great to see you again. 😀 What a beautiful post this is. Thank you for sharing your heart so vulnerably. Not having parents who accepted/loved me, it was hard for me to learn to embrace God’s love too. So thankful He was always there, even when I didn’t know it. ((grace upon grace to you))

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Brenda! Isn’t it just so cool how He loves us? You’re right, He’s always there even when we can’t feel Him. I”m so grateful. Grace to you my friend!

  9. Heather says:

    I really connected with the part of starting to hunger for the Word once this transformation took place – isn’t it wonderful to be aware of how much we actually need God’s words to fill up our soul?

  10. Great reminder and affirmation of His love – where on earth would we be without Jesus! Thanks for sharing. x Chloe

  11. Jill says:

    Yes! Let’s lean in and love fiercely Shannon! Agree and Amen! Glad I stopped by again from #DancewithJesus!

  12. MELANIE REDD says:

    I love knowing that He just loves us!
    Thank you for a wonderful reminder of His love today, Shannon!
    I’ll be sharing this post today and tomorrow.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend~
    Blessings,
    Melanie

    • Shannon says:

      Yes! Knowing that makes everything better…but knowing that is a fierce love is everything all together! Thanks Melanie!

  13. Amberly says:

    Ah, I love this!!!

  14. Beautiful, Shannon! Love you fiercely, girl! There is so much hope in the fierce love of Jesus!!!
    Hugs,
    Lori

  15. Deb Wolf says:

    So much hope in His fierce love. When He restores a crumbled heart it is changed forever. I know. I’ve been restored. Thanks for this beautiful friend!

    • Shannon says:

      I know right, Deb? When we come before Him broken something is just changed. The fact that he allows us restoration when we don’t even deserve it blows me away. What a great God we serve!

  16. Yes, real change comes from the inside out through Christ alone. Thanks for this powerful and courageous post. So glad I found you on #MomentsofHope.

  17. Valerie says:

    What a blessing to be your friend beside you at #MomentsofHope. This post shines hope brightly and fiercely! I think you should write a book of your story! You’re a gifted writer.

    • Shannon says:

      Valerie- You are the best:-) Thank you for your encouragement…I just never thought I’d be a “writer”- so it’s funny how God works. You are an encourager for me so THANK YOU!

  18. ~ linda says:

    I have fallen in ‘traps’ and made my way out and fallen into another. I know the beautiful rescue and know that Jesus loves me as I am, but He wants more for me than what I think of myself. I feel blessed to have come here today from ‘Sharing His Beauty’ for you truly have. I want to know that fierce love each and every moment and not just a sporadic one. Thank you, Shannon…and thank You, Jesus.

    • Shannon says:

      Linda- you’re not alone! Why is it so easy for us at times to fall into those traps? You’re so right…He wants so much more for us! You’re blessed by me today??? I’m blessed by you! Thank you for stopping by!

  19. THIS IS THE TRUTH! I love this post so very much. Speaks to my heart. To it’s very core. Have a blessed and beautiful week. Thank you for linking up at Cisneros Cafe for Open Mic Monday for the soul.

  20. How good our God is to tell us that righteousness lies not in perfection, but in taking His hand and rising again after every fall! Thank you for pointing us toward this Savior, and for sharing with us at Grace & Truth.

    You might consider providing more explanation for this statement: “I started identifying more with those that didn’t go to church or that didn’t even know Jesus more than I identified with those that did.” Christ is pretty clear in His Word that He wants His true Church to be tight with each other. While I would understand a warning against ritualistic religion and an urging toward real relationship with God through Jesus Christ, I’m not sure by your statement whether that’s what you were trying to convey. Just a thought! 🙂

    • Shannon says:

      Jennifer- thank you so much for visiting and thank you for your thought provoking comment! When Jesus came to earth He threw out all religion, all judgement and all rituals that the pharisees had for so long practiced. He dined with sinners. He hung out with them. What I meant was that when God got a hold of me and changed me, I started identifying more with those that didn’t go to church or even know Jesus because I felt I had something in common with them, because typically judgement comes from church people and christians. Non christians typically don’t judge. So, in answer to your question, yes- I was trying to urge a real relationship with Jesus Christ. I agree somewhat with your statement that He wants His true church to be tight with each other, but I’d like to see the scripture that supports that so that I could understand you better. He may want us to be “tight” with each other…but he certainly does’t want that to get in the way of reaching others that don’t know him….and if the church isn’t careful, if they’re “too” tight, it could impede that. Of course that’s just my opinion. Thank you Jennifer, for stopping by today!

  21. Megs says:

    Shannon,
    I totally get your struggle. And I totally feel like a drama queen sometimes …because that’s exactly how I’m acting. Just letting the joy stealer steal my joy. I heard an amazing sentiment the other day …”don’t wait until it’s gone before you appreciate it.” Can’t remember where I heart that, but it’s stuck with me this past week as I have gone through some drama. Thanks for sharing some positivity. Visiting from Open Mic Monday. #community
    Happy Monday!
    Megs

  22. So thankful for His love!

  23. Hey there! I’m visiting from the Open Mic Monday linkup! I really enjoyed reading this post! You shared such a powerful testimony about how you were lost yet Jesus found you and loved on you. I just thought about the song “Amazing Grace.” The lyrics of that song impact me greatly, because they show how God transforms us from powerless to powerful!

  24. Shannon, this is exquisite!!! This word adds even richer meaning to the scripture in Jeremiah…”I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Knowing how passionate His love is for us makes all the difference! I’d love for you to share your passion and message on #FreshMarketFriday. Your heart for our Savior shines! Blessings, Crystal~

  25. Beautiful, Shannon. We are so blessed to be loved so fiercely.

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