Things that Inspire


Our world is so over-saturated with technology. We can get anything we want at the click of a button, can’t we? While that’s really cool and convenient, it can be a bit overwhelming. We have things coming at us from all sides, and I don’t know about you but..hello -brain- overload! It’s hard to be inspired when there’s just so much, ya know? Today’s post isn’t anything special, it’s very light-hearted as I just wanted to share with you a couple things that have inspired me lately.

It seems our world is in need of a little inspiration, wouldn’t you agree?

Our world could use a little inspiration, wouldn't you agree? This is just a light hearted article about things that inspire me. Enjoy!


1.) Jack Garratt | Surprise Yourself

I love all types of music. Christian, rock, pop, jazz, country, etc… And call me weird, but I really REALLY love it when I find secular music that speaks to me.  I had never heard of Jack Garratt before my daughter Alex introduced me to his music. The first time I heard this song I couldn’t stop crying. Literally. I played it over and over.  It wrecked me. The message is so powerful and inspirational, and not only that- the way he sings it is just..inspirational. It’s a song that can speak to everyone and anyone, so take a listen. The video I linked to above isn’t the official video, but it’s still a good one.

2.) Uninvited | Lysa Terkeurst

And speaking of being wrecked. WOW this book did the same. I love books and there have only been a couple of books that literally spoke directly to me. It was as if Lysa was literally TALKING TO ME. She was. I know she was. Her book is about feeling rejected, left out, lonely and less than. If you’ve ever felt the sting of rejection. Or in my case a sting that turned into a big whelp and caused my throat to swell and I had to be intubated and I almost died…

ok well, maybe I’m being a bit over-dramatic..but you get what I’m saying.

If you’ve been through anything like that then this is your book. I was being dramatic there but I did go through a really hard rejection 3 or so years ago and thank God he brought me through it. I wish this book would have been out then, but the timing is perfect. It came out last year and it really helped me reflect on feelings that I had that were normal, and that I had felt guilty for. I’m actually working on a blog post about that rejection that I experienced. It’s coming soon. But Lysa’s book not helped me through some of those feelings on rejection, it also helped me with a friendship that I’ve lost recently.

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“There is an abundant need in this world for your exact brand of beautiful.”

There is an abundant need in this world for your exact brand of beautiful-@LysaTerkeurst Click To Tweet

Man oh man did I need to hear those words! So- if you’ve ever felt left out…if you’ve ever felt lonely….less than…then RUN and get this book now! PS. you’re beautiful:-) and the world needs it!

Our world could use a little inspiration, wouldn't you agree? This is just a light hearted article about things that inspire me. Enjoy!

3.) Girl Set Free | Amy Kratzer

I’ve told you about Amy before, we met last year. Honestly we didn’t have a chance to talk much, but when we did it was powerful. I felt connected to her in such a cool way. Like, a soul-sister type way. She founded an organization called “Girl Set Free” which is an ethical lifestyle clothing brand that uses fashion and design to empower survivors of exploitation around the world. Basically Amy and GSF designs clothing that is made in Nepal by survivors of human trafficking. I love everything about what she stands for. She empowers women all over the world by what she does.

Amy and GSF are doing something to impact thousands! I really trust and believe in her organization. Please check out her website. 

Amy inspires me. We’re going to meet up later this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled. If you have instagram you should follow her account! Be inspired by what she has done and what she is doing now to effect the lives of women who have been exploited!

4.) Soulscripts | Jordan Lee’s Instagram account

I recently found her Instagram account and I just really love it. It’s been a huge inspiration to me! You should take a look, follow it and then go to her profile and look up her website! Hey..psstt..while you’re on instagram…you should follow my Instagram account!  😉

5.) Freedom

Yesterday was the most beautiful day. There was snow on the ground and the sun was shining brightly. It was warm! And the air was crisp and clean. Me and John went on a cute bike ride. Yes, it was cute. I’m thankful and inspired that I am free.

What inspires you?  If you’re struggling right now at finding inspiration, I want to encourage you to just look around you and within you. You’ll find something, I promise.

“I am the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” John 11:25

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

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  1. I need to check out some of these things that inspire you Shannon! Looks like a great list. xoxo 🙂

  2. Sarah Koontz says:

    What an awesome collection of inspirational things. I will be checking them out. Thanks for sharing the things you love with us.

  3. Melanie Redd says:

    Light-hearted suites you, Shannon!
    You may have to do one of these a month.
    Love the book “Uninvited!”
    Hope you have a blessed day~

  4. Dawn says:

    I had fun checking out these links! That song is so good! And I want to read Lysa’s new book. What’s inspiring me right now? Hmm…lots of things, but right now, it’s a few hours of uninterrupted work time in front of me. That probably sounds weird, but I love wide open stretches of time to get stuff done!

  5. JULIA Vank says:

    Hi Shannon.
    Always good to hear from you.
    REJECTION sucks!. I have experienced that in male (one sided, possible relationship) and female friendships, in the past. I thank God for walking me thru every one of them. I have learned alot about myself thru the healing process. I would like to think that I am a little more wiser for it.
    Keep sharing your refreshing experiences. We appreciate them.

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Julia! Thank you! YES…rejection sucks! (let’s just be honest) Have you read Uninvited? You should go get it and read it if not!

  6. Hi Shannon, I love these and the song by Jack Garratt was beautiful music to my ears. So right now I’d have to say that I’m inspired by you and all the things you shared. You make me want to look for inspiration all around me now.
    Thanks, friend. 🙂

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