Posted by Shannon Stewart on September 8, 2014 |
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One thing that has always bothered me is when people give an excuse for their actions and say, “well, it is part of the job.” Their sin becomes excusable in their mind because they think they need to do it for their job. I don’t recall the Lord ever saying in the Bible that He will let things slide (sin) if our job requires it. I am a Christian first and foremost. In modeling I have had to turn down lots of jobs because it would have required me to go against my faith. (And, I have taken jobs that I have later regretted because I should have NEVER taken them in the first place!) My faith will always remain first place. I can’t pose nude because it is just a part of modeling. I am a Christian at a photoshoot, in my car driving, hanging out with my friends, or worshiping at church. I am who I am everywhere I go, on a job, or not.
We have to decide how important our “jobs” are to us. Are they more important than our Savior?! If we have to lie at work to get ahead, is it really worth it?! Don’t you think it would be better to be truthful and to please the Lord, then to sin against Him?! Don’t you think that He can give you that promotion, or raise?! We limit His power in our life because we think we know best, when in all reality we know nothing in comparison to Him. We think that our “little” sins aren’t that bad, and continue to live a life that is mediocre.
Luke 12:3 “Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.”
Ecclesiastes 12:14 “For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether (it be) good, or whether (it be) evil.
The Lord will bring to light that which is hidden. What we do in secret will be exposed. He sees everything, knows everything. We can’t let fear of loosing our job keep us from doing what we know is right, what the Bible says. Our fear in Him should always be great. Fear causes one to depart from sin. As we fear Him, we don’t want to sin! It won’t be worth the job in the end, if we have to go against His Word. We can’t justify our sins, because we “need the money.” Jesus knows what we need, even before we even need it. Trust Him. Stop allowing the devil to feed you with lies and get you off track!
If you are being faced with a decision today that requires you to compromise yourself for your job, then maybe that job is not from Him! Pray that the Lord will guide your steps, direct you in the way you should go, and deliver you from any desire you may have that is not from Him. He knows what is best for you. CHOOSE to trust Him today.
Posted by Shannon Stewart on July 13, 2014 |
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We had soooooo much fun on our big ol’ family vacation last week! My whole family went, along with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and even some extended family. A few people couldn’t make it, but it was definitely a big gang! We went to Seabrook, South Carolina. I am sure most of you have seen the movie, “The Notebook,” and alot of it was filmed there. I felt like I was in a movie at times because it is just so breath-taking! The green trees, winding streets, and million dollar homes were definitely easy on the eyes!
You can ride your bikes around the whole island (it is called Seabrook Island). I was so thrilled that the Lord blessed us with great weather! It wasn’t too hot and really didn’t rain. It was great to get our toes in the sand because my husband and I hadn’t been to the beach in awhile. There is a big main pool that is right by the beach, so we would swim for a bit, then walk a few hundred feet and go swimming in the ocean. I didn’t go too far out because I am scared of sharks! There were sightings there of them not too far out, so I was going to take their word for it!
ALL of my family is competitive so of course there were games! Matthew and I didn’t win a single one of them. We did have a blast though trying to win! I thought one of us would have done better in the corn-hole tournament, but there is always Christmas!
We had a few nights where we would all meet at one of my aunt and uncles places (their place was so massive that it could fit all of us) for dinner. We had bbq, taco, and a grilled chicken/pork chop night. It was so tasty that it had all of our taste buds dancing! My family has some extremely talented cooks in it!
This trip seemed to fly by too fast! We really had such a wonderful time making memories, laughing till our stomachs hurt, and just sharing what is going on in our lives. It was refreshing to say the least.
Oh, and we also celebrated my adorable nephew’s 1st birthday! He didn’t know what to think of his cake at first. It didn’t take him long to realize that it is delicious and he dug right in. There were moments when he wouldn’t even take his little finger out of his mouth because he was liking off the buttercream icing.
Here are a few pics from our trip!
PS. I always pack food with me, it doesn’t matter how long I am going or where. I think it comes from all of my modeling days when I didn’t know when I was going to get fed! So, I did bring one of my favorite things–Quest bars and PB cups! They are soooooo yummy and you can bake them too! Mmm Mmm
Until next time….
Posted by Shannon Stewart on June 8, 2014 |
I finally said good-bye to my 20′s on Friday! I was not really looking forward to it earlier this year, but the Lord reminded me that with Him, the best is always YET to come! Getting older is just part of life, so I embrace being “30″ with excitement and anticipation. It will definitely feel different saying it for a bit, but I keep hearing that “30′s” are the new “20′s.” So, I say….bring it on!
I had such an awesome birthday weekend. My sister and brother-in-law had signs up, balloons, created a scavenger hunt for me, and got me all kinds of goodies. I felt so touched by what they did. They took their TIME out to make that hunt for me, create the clues/print them, etc, and that really made me feel so special. I don’t know why I got all teary eyed, but I did.
My husband and I celebrated on Saturday because we both had to work on Friday so we just thought it would be better. My man did not disappoint either! He had the day planned with all sorts of things, even an hour-long massage, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I stay pretty active, kind of like my mama, so it was nice to relax and get those knots out! He got me a few things which I love, but one of my favorite things he did was watch a romantic movie with me. He remembered that I had said I wanted to see it and he got it and watched the whole thing! ha! Normally, when we rent movies he will play on his phone at some point, but he watched it like it was his pick. He served me all day, opened the car doors, and just made me feel like a million bucks! Oh, yeah…and how could I forget. I stated that I would just love a home-made card, and sure enough, I got one! It was adorable to say the least.
I also got a phone call from my friend in Hawaii, lots of texts and messages. Sometimes we get so busy we forget that just a simple text, or email can brighten someone’s day. I may not be rich, but I felt so rich this weekend. I was rich in love.
I look forward to this year, and can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for me. I have a feeling it is going to be exciting.
Posted by Shannon Stewart on June 2, 2014 |
My heart aches sometimes as I look around and see Christians acting, living like “the world.” We can be in the world, but not of the world. The Lord tells us that we are to set ourselves apart from this world and the things of it. How are we supposed to win others into the Kingdom when we are living the way they are?! How are we suppose to be a light, when we are actually living in the dark, but have become so luke warm that we don’t even see it?!
We justify our actions by telling ourselves, oh it isn’t “that bad.” Just a few more drinks is all I want, I’ll be fine. Or we decide to use profanity because the words we choose to use are not “that bad.” Our heart lies to us, yet we listen to it time and time again. We deny our conscience so much, that we no longer hear the Spirit’s pricking because we have shoved it off for so long. We tell our-self that we are a good person and somehow that makes up for our sinful ways.
When we get out of the Word of God, quit praying as regularly, surround ourselves with people that corrupt our good habits, we will soon find ourselves down a path that we didn’t imagine we would ever go on. It is so easy to not walk the straight and narrow path. It is easier to follow the crowd, and do what everyone else is doing. But, that is not what the Lord calls us to do. He holds us to a much higher standard. We will be judged one day by Him and Him alone.
As I look around, I am truly saddened at what I see. I get that we all are sinners in desperate need of a Savior. No one is perfect, but we can’t use that as an excuse to live a life of compromise. The Lord knows better than that. We can try to deceive ourselves and even others, but He knows the truth.
May we use the Word of God as our compass. May we cling to it like it is the air we breathe. May we not be a people that does what everyone else is doing, but may we be Christians that are desiring to please Jesus and Him alone. May we not be tainted by the things of this world and its lusts, but may we be a holy people, purified by the Holy Spirit to be a beacon of hope in this dark world. May we turn away from those things that are not edifying and cling to those things that are going to build us up in the faith. May we strive to hear the Lord one day say, “Well, done, my good and faithful servant.”
Posted by Shannon Stewart on May 23, 2014 |
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Well, hello there! It has been awhile since I have posted on here and I am really sorry! I have been busy, like I am sure most of you are. Sometimes blogging takes the back seat when I have so much going on. I am excited to tell you (if you don’t already know) that I am going to be blogging for a new website called Identity Girls! My first blog was just posted today, so if you want, check it out!
I hope to blog more on here too! I just need to make time!
The Lord has been doing some amazing things. I love how He uses trials to refine us and make us more like Christ! Trials are never fun, but when we let the Lord do His work in us, He will change our hearts and purify us. I thank the Lord for what He has shown me about myself that I didn’t even realize, so that I can change to become the person He has made me to be. I didn’t like what He showed me about myself, but I knew He could make my mess, into something beautiful. I desire to be all that He wants me to be, so that I might bring Him glory, honor, and praise.
I aim to blog again soon! I hope you all have a wonderful, restful Memorial Day weekend and let us not forget the men and women who have given their lives/risked their lives for our great nation! And to their families that have gone days, months, and even years without their loved ones, we salute YOU! Thank you!
Keep raising that standard,