Why I am Fiercely His

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“What does it mean to be Fiercely His?”

Someone asked me that question the other day and if I were completely honest with you, it stumped me.

It stumped me?

Good grief it’s the tag line to my blog and it stumped me? Any author, writing coach or literary agent would tell you that’s a big no- no. Because ya better know your stuff and what you stand for in the writing world.

Maybe it stumped me because I hadn’t been prepared.
Maybe it stumped me because I’m not quick on my feet when it comes to responding to people sometimes.
Or maybe it stumped me because it is something that I am deeply passionate about.

Have you ever felt so deeply about something that it was hard to put in to words?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve been in a bit of a lull lately. I haven’t had a lot of inspiration to just sit down and write. Maybe it’s because my life is crazy busy and full of all kinda emotions and has been for the last several months; or maybe its something else? I don’t know. For some reason I just don’t have my usual get up and go.

Ya know..I’ve known God all my life. My parents have known God all of their lives. Both of my grandparents were pastors. So, my parents practically raised me in church and there has never been a period or season of my life where I’ve “not” gone. It’s just something I’ve always done. God has always been a part of me.

But that’s not why I’m fiercely His.

Fiercely His is something that I am passionate about and I'll explain why.

You know my story.

It’s packed full of shame and sorrow.

Yet it’s so beautiful.

But how can something so shameful be so beautiful?

How? 

How can something that is intended for utter death and destruction turn out to be so beautiful?

There’s only one conclusion that I can come up with.

It’s because of Jesus’ love.

Can I stop for a minute and tell you something? If you don’t see His love, maybe it is because you have lost your focus. Or maybe it is because your eyes have moved..because His love is a constant. It never changes.

Jesus' love for us is a constant. It never changes. #fiercelyHis Click To Tweet

I write today out of complete brokenness.

Because I don’t understand and I will never understand.

When I am 90 years old or more and I am on my death bed I still will not understand this love or what He did for me.

Because I am so unworthy.

I am so weak and I am so flawed and as much as a I try and strive for perfection I am deeply flawed.

There is bitterness in my heart.
There is pride in my heart.
There is apathy in my heart.

These are only just a few of the ugly things that reside there.

I mean I need to get it under control and I’m working on it. Is this normal as one who follows Christ? I don’t know, but it’s the authentic truth.

Before you go all judgemental on me, can I gently ask you something?

What do YOU have to work on? 

We are all so completely imperfect yet He loves us anyway. What in the world kinda love is that?

He can turn my bitterness into sweetness.

He can turn my pride into humility.

He can turn my apathy into passion.

I won’t go into all of the details with you again, because honestly don’t you tire of hearing it? When John and I were smack dab in the middle of restoring our marriage one of the reasons it was such a difficult season for me personally is because I had lost all of my identity as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and the list goes on. So while I was in the throes of restoring my marriage, I didn’t even know who I was. It was as if life was punching and beating me until I was nothing but a bloody pulp.

I was completely stripped bare.

But this is where I learned how to be completely His.

It’s where I learned how to be fiercely His.

It has nothing to do with my upbringing. I am fiercely His because I have been in the depths of destruction and despair and He saved me.

I would probably be dead and my children would be visiting my grave today if not for Him.

But not only did He save me, He DIED to save me.

Jesus died to save me, and I am #fiercelyHis Click To Tweet

That alone friends, is enough.

I am fiercely His because He restored my deeply wounded marriage to complete wholeness and restoration.

I am fiercely His because He restored my relationships with loved ones.

I am fiercely His because He washed me clean of all of my shame and my guilt and made me into a completely new person.

No scientist on earth would ever be able to convince me that there isn’t a God in heaven who sent His Son to die for me because of my mistakes.

So then, what does it mean to be fiercely His?

It means that I am passionate and intense about being a child of God aggressively and intensely.

It means that I fully trust that He will take care of me. He’s got me!

It means that I recognize that I have free will to do whatever I want. We live in such a corrupt world where I can choose to fulfill by selfish desires at any given moment. But instead I choose Him because He chose me. And honestly…it is an honor to be His.

Not only His, but Fiercely His.

It doesn’t mean I am standing on the corner of a busy intersection proclaiming that I am a follower of Christ.

It doesn’t mean that I am knocking at your door waiting for you to answer so that I can share the love of Christ with you.

It doesn’t mean that I will judge you if you do something that I might not agree with.

In fact, maybe this is what it boils down too: Fiercely His means that I recognize I am in no way better than any of you whether you are a believer or not. I can be just as comfortable with one that believes the exact opposite as I can be with one that believes like me. And more than likely I won’t say one word about my beliefs but instead show you in how I treat you.

Maybe it means that I’m just a girl. A girl with two amazing kids and one amazing husband. A girl that is deeply flawed.

What does it mean to be fiercely His?

A girl who still makes mistakes.

I am wondering, am I alone? Surely I’m not. Because at the present time I need some peeps to join me. I need some women who are deeply flawed to boldly stand with me.

I am flawed yet deeply loved by a Savior. I am #fiercelyHis Click To Tweet

Will you? Will you be fiercely His with me?

I love hearing from you! Please take a minute to say ‘hi’ and share your thoughts below. 

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  1. Pam Rickner says:

    Oh Shannon I totally relate. I’m so flawed. Just today in my journal I wrote how I have felt paralyzed these last eight years…. I don’t want to feel like this anymore! I am fiercely His and deeply loved!

  2. Dana Hoebeke says:

    Hi Shannon,

    I knew what “Fiercely His” meant before I even read the blog. I know brokenness, I know shame and I know the Savior that applies drowning mercy and crushing grace to my gaping wounds left by sin.
    I know that place of raw vulnerability, and feeling like you have lost your identity.
    Thank you for sharing and being so honest so others don’t feel lone.

    • Shannon says:

      Ya know Dana, when it all comes down to it , that IS exactly why I share…so that others will not feel alone. Satan loves for us to hide and not let the light out. I’m so glad you stopped by today!

  3. Caroline says:

    I love your “Fiercely His” tag line. I love that it stumped you when someone asked about it! I caused you to dig a bit, and then share what you learned with the rest of us. Beautiful. Thank you.
    I love the “Fiercely His” tag line because it also paints a picture for me, of the God who roars like a lion over us. Staking His territory. We belong to Him. A lion is fierce.
    I love that image, as in our own marriage issues, the Lion has shown up over and over. Hosea 11:10 was a verse that came up ~ “They will follow the Lord and He will roar like a lion …”
    The roar of a lion is fierce. There is comfort in knowing that Jesus, as the Lion of God, fiercely considers us His. Despite our sin.
    I am deeply flawed and I will stand with you. 🙂

  4. Gerald says:

    Good Read

  5. Kelli says:

    Perhaps I can just respond with “likewise.” Sometimes – well, more than sometimes – I feel like the epitome of brokenness…the one who was broken (let’s be real, probably still is) & the one who broke others. But, every single one of us is here by God’s grace. God’s grace blows my mind. So, likewise. I’ll never understand. Oh, but I am so thankful.

    You’re not alone…so very far from it. Sure, I imagine that it feels like it sometimes, but you’re not. Thank you for your words. They speak volumes & always seem to be shared at just the right time. And I’ll boldly stand with you…only because I am fiercely His.

    • Shannon says:

      Aw Kelli..thank you! God’s grace blows my mind too. I’m glad we’re in this together..I wouldn’t want it any other way!

  6. Melanie Redd says:

    Aren’t you amazed by God’s grace?
    We are all sinners who’ve made mistakes, Shannon. Yours have just been a little more public.
    However, I love how you are humbly allowing God to use your life (mistakes and all) to impact others for the Kingdom.
    You are a blessing!

  7. Deb Wolf says:

    I love your answer to why you are fiercely His. I would say the same. How God put together the broken pieces of my life and gave me something beautiful . . . wow. Not perfect by any means. My flaws show big time. But useful and that’s my prayer to be used by Him the One who loves me fiercely. Blessings to you, my friend!!

  8. Was that someone by chance me when we did the podcast together?! 😉 Haha, I think you still had so many amazing things to say. Although LOVING this deeper dive here. Hugs and blessings to you, sweet friend.

  9. Dawn says:

    It never gets old, thinking about the goodness of our Saviour, who loves us so deeply, flaws and all. I loved reading the answer to this question about why you are fiercely His!

  10. Brittany says:

    Favorite line:

    “It means that I fully trust that He will take care of me. He’s got me!”

  11. lc says:

    I am deeply flawed and a slow learner, but my Heavenly Father has opened my eyes and heart in recent weeks to His unconditional love and acceptance of me! I’ve longed and prayed and cried many times over many of my 55 years for this!
    Now I don’t want to encourage anyone to chase after their selfish flesh, the world, or Satan! But because of the way I believed and lived and my upbringing, I was trying (and failing, miserably!) to earn love and acceptance. Ya know! Religion! I’ve been unable to realize God’s love for me because I’ve blown it every single time! Sinfully. But God gave His Only Son for me, knowing full well I’d blow it! It’s not all up to me and my performance. WOW! Thank You, Jesus! !! What a relief 🙂
    He’s still revealing Himself to me each day! I feel like a new person, and at the same time, I feel more me than I’ve ever been ♡
    Thank you for sharing your heart and being real, Shannon! May the Lord amaze you with His joy and strength xoxo

    • Shannon says:

      Lela- I’ve been wondering where you’ve been! It’s good to “see” you here again! Ya know, no matter how many years we’ve followed Christ,- whether it be 20 years or 20 days, God desires to reveal Himself to us in new ways constantly…and none of us has “arrived.” We will mess up and make mistakes but I’m so thankful for Christ! I’m not a big fan of “religion”- I am a HUGE fan of Jesus. I’m so happy for you Lela! Love you!

  12. This post is such a timely reminder and encouragement to me! Thank you so much for sharing ❤️
    Your fresh insight always helps me when I’m struggling, and I’m so thankful for your blog 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  13. This is beautiful! I am fiercely His because He died to save me… that is enough!

    I too have been saved most of my life and it is easy to lose perspective at times of what He did for me. Thank you for reminding me that it isn’t about yelling from street corners or knocking on doors. I am fiercely His because He paid the most expensive price to make me His.

    *Visiting from #livefreethursday

  14. I too have been saved most of my life and it is easy to lose perspective at times of what He did for me. Thank you for reminding me that it isn’t about yelling from street corners or knocking on doors. I am fiercely His because He paid the most expensive price to make me His.
    *Visiting from #livefreethursday

  15. Kristi woods says:

    Fiercely His ~ love it, Shannon. Love your honest words here as well. I’m convinced we’ll only know “fully” about this fierceness in heaven. But, oh the glimspes while here on earth. They and He are powerful, aren’t they? Thinking of you and praying for you often in this transition. xo #livefreeThursday

    • Shannon says:

      Yes I agree! The glimpses here on earth sustain us, don’t they? I’m so very grateful, and thank you for your prayers..they are precious to me!

  16. Dearest Shannon,

    I stand with you and you are not alone. The truth is we are ALL deeply flawed but some are better at admitting it than others. Every day I need the Lord’s strength, courage, and saving grace. I mess up. Sometimes without even realizing it. Oh but I say admitting your weaknesses is actually a strength because it’s the humility in you admitting you are weak and in need of our Savior.

    “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬

    • Shannon says:

      Yes Natalie…if weren’t flawed there would be no need for a Savior. It’s sad to me that sometimes others don’t see that. We are all sinners saved by grace!I appreciate your encouragement today my friend!

  17. Meghan says:

    I walked a dark road too and it was like I couldn’t possibly be stretched thinner. My husband and I have been married almost 13 years and most of it has been difficult for various reasons. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are going up for you, friend. He IS faithful! I have saw His handiwork weave promises in the most unpromising situations, seasons and such. My husband and I both battled with addictions, even while in the church. We went from being raised in church, to following our own path, to coming back broken and not knowing how to heal and let go, to becoming on fire but phariseeical and now in this season our eyes have been open more than they ever have before.We are learning to live freely and with daily joy, instead of trying to change each other etc. I really am embarrased it took so long for us, but it is just the plain truth. But through all the dark yuck, He has always been there and so I know He with you too because He loves us ALL! I took on too much last year, didn’t know how to say no or open up properly to my fellow church peeps and has breakdown. This year has been a lot of healing and restoring and learning it is okay for me to say no and do the few things I am called to, without feeling guilty and condemned. So #focus and #organization are what I am working on to answer ya above! Sorry this is so long, eek! I think as I read your words it struck a cord because it is nice to read such honest words from someone else who understands. God bless you friend! Your #FreshMarketFriday neighbor~

    • Shannon says:

      I do understand Meghan! It’s so easy to say yes sometimes, until it completely drains us, right? I’m thankful that you and your husband and learning and growing…but we all are! I pray that I continually learn and grow until the day I die. I am praying for your healing and restoration! And that you and your husband will be stronger than ever!

  18. I can’t begin to share how this post spoke to me today. I think you may have just given me what I needed to get back to work on my story.

  19. Joanne Viola says:

    Amen! I am fiercely His for no other reason than His deep and committed love to me even when I did not deserve it. I am so glad I stopped here today. I think this is my first time here so it is very nice to meet you. And I am standing with you! Blessings!

  20. Julie says:

    Shannon- deeply flawed here. There’s so much wrong with me that sometimes I wonder if I can do anything right:)
    I too, grew up in the church. There was never a time where I didn’t know Jesus.
    But only in my lowest point, did I find him. I had religion, but I didn’t have my Savior.
    He walked with me hand in hand, and gave me the only true hope that could be found. He didn’t save me once, but twice.
    I am #fiercelyHis because I can’t let another person feel so hopeless and dead. I will continue to show what my Savior can do with faith. I won’t let me stand in the way of sharing any longer. Even though my fear and doubt is ever- present, I will boldly take a stand in faith!

    We can do this!
    Julie

    • Shannon says:

      Julie- I bet you are much stronger than you think!!!
      Gosh aren’t you just so grateful for a savior??? Yes, let’s do this!

  21. Chizobam says:

    “If you don’t see His love, maybe it is because you have lost your focus. Or maybe it is because your eyes have moved..because His love is a constant. It never changes.”

    Shannon, I have stopped and pondered on these beautiful words and I’m going to camp and take a vacation on them!!!

    Beautiful!!!! My evening is made, my heart is refreshed.

    My prayer for you is that you will continue to yield to God’s hand upon your life and I pray that He will use you mightily to bring healing to others. Amen!

    • Shannon says:

      Vacation away Chizobam! I’m so thankful that you were refreshed, that makes my day. Thank you so much fo ryour kind words and I’m so glad that you were touched!

  22. Lisa Appelo says:

    It’s a great tagline, Shannon. Isn’t it amazing that when the enemy tried to strip you of everything, Jesus gave it back to you fiercely? He is so Love seeing your fighting faith! <3

  23. Shannon, I too have been in the depths of destruction and despair, and He saved me! One of my favorite life verses is Psalm 18:9-“He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delights in me.” I love your tagline! When we come face to face with our flaws and experience such unconditional, perfect love….it often leaves me speechless. Thankful for your honesty and transparency and praying God inspires in this season of white space. Such a treat to have you join the Fresh Market Friday community!

    • Shannon says:

      Crystal- it’s a safe bet that most of us have been in the depths of despair. I’m so grateful for his salvation:)

  24. Jana says:

    As so many have said, you are not alone! I loved reading your raw honesty in this post; your openness and willingness to wrestle with the truth is inspiring. Coming to terms with my own brokenness recently has been a roller coaster of struggle and joy as I watch God work in ways I never thought possible.

    • Shannon says:

      Jana- thank you for your words of encouragement!The roller coaster of brokenness is sort of draining, isn’t it? But you’re so right in saying that the joy of watching God work is so simply amazing. I’m so glad you stopped by!!

  25. Corie says:

    Thank you for sharing thoughts and your own struggles. It’s incredible to know that even though we are flawed He loves us the same.

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