Shannan Martin
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Shannan Martin is the author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted, wife of a jail chaplain, and mom to four kiddos. She's a big believer in community and salsa, and blogs at

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  1. This is exactly what I needed this morning. It seems that I make daily excuses to “resist” ….. even though I know beyond a doubt where I will go with God if I simply obey. Thank you for being His voice to me today. This scripture is one of my favorites.

  2. Shannan,
    As usual…so much good stuff here…”laying bare my inadequacies and wrapping them in the hope of salvation.” Like you, I have tried to “tidy up” my soul to impress God. I don’t know who I’m trying to fool because God can’t be fooled, yet I try. I will do all the right things – read His Word, pray, give thanks, but I think what God wants is for us to lay our incomplete-sinful-I’m-not-fooling-anyone lives before Him and ask Him to wash and scrub us clean in the blood of His Son. You’ve got me doing some soul searching this am. and that’s okay. I think I know what my offering needs to be to God this Easter. Beautiful!
    Bev xx

  3. “I can, and should, remind myself often that my humanity is no surprise to God. He has made His home in me, just as I am. He doesn’t expect perfection” I’m in a season of finding such grace in knowing He is all in when it comes to His home in my heart – sleeves rolled up, on His hands and knees committed to scrubbing away the grit I’ve tracked in from this world. What an encouragement today. Thank you Shannan!

  4. If you can stand a humorous approach, I will attempt one, even on a very serious and important topic.

    I am a might hunter. I shot twelve dust bunnies and a pure bread slipper just this morning, even before I got out of my pajamas. How all that got into my pajamas, only Groucho Marx knows, and God too, of course.

  5. Thanks for writing this Shannon! Good stuff for this Momma in a new home but letting all the guests in no matter the condition. Candles are lit, pans are in the oven, but there is coffee!

  6. Shannan wow this is just what I needed. How refreshing to know I’m not alone in this. It’s all too easy to get lazy and push the dust puppies under the couch spiritually speaking. But, how much richer and fuller life is if I allow Jesus to “Dunk me. Scrub me. Make me new”. I’m with you and don’t want to waste another day hiding either. So reassuring to know God is ready, anytime we are ready, to dust off our hearts make them shine as new. Thank you for your inspiration.

  7. Sharing the right concept at just the right time to rescue souls teetering on life’s jagged cliffs. Thanking God for you, Shanna, and for His gifts to you for our benefit.

    • Oops … Sorry about the incorrect name spelling. I know your name well from Jon.

  8. Thanks a bunch for this scripture. It has caused me to reanalyse and readjust my way of life to please and do God’s will even more. Am very much grateful – it’s just what i needed to stay ablaze for Christ.

  9. Shannan,

    Lately I’ve been asking God to clean out my heart. It’s so easy to get busy with life and rush through spiritual things. Kind of like checking off boxes on a to-do list. I’ve been busy/preoccupied this month and haven’t taken the proper time to have my God time. Now I want to clean out all the junk & start a new.

    Blessings 🙂