The only way we can love others is if we first know the pursuing, passionate love of God for us. Tessa Afshar joins the team to talk about this beautiful truth. Tessa is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of biblical and historical fiction, including Land of Silence, winner of an INSPY Award and voted by Library Journal as 1 of the top 5 Christian fiction titles of 2016, and Harvest of Gold, which won a Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Christian Book Award for fiction. First up, it was a moment of deep connection with her father, that opened Tessa’s eyes to the Father’s love for her.
Then, Tessa didn’t want to love this family member, she was disrespectful and full of “prickles and stings.” She decided to just pray for her, but definitely not hang out with her. And the Lord said, “No, Tessa. You can’t tap out.” Next, Tessa was checking off the religious boxes, reading the bible, praying. That’s when Jesus whispered to her, “When have you last lingered with me?” Then, how God won Tessa’s heart. And finally, if God loves us so much, why does he let us go through such painful experiences? Share this show if it encourages you!
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
Perry and Shawna Mornings helps start your day with heart-to-heart conversations, compelling guests, and songs reminding you that you are Abba’s child! You have been blessed to be a blessing, and you have been loved to share Jesus’ love!