When I (Shawna) sold fragrant candles I was told in a training session never to try to sell a fragrance I don’t like. “People know if you’re being fake”, I was told. In the book of Romans Paul tells us “Love must be sincere.” We talk about loving, and honoring one another with all sincerity, even when it’s hard to do.
When Jesus walked the earth many people recognized that he performed miracles and spoke with authorities. But those who knew him best knew that he often pulled away to be alone with the Father. Do you regularly pull away to be alone with the Father?
Imagine being impressed at a young age to serve God overseas…and that you come from a family of means. You get to see the world as a young man and come back to get your education at a prestigious university. You turn down great job opportunities to pursue your missionary dreams, but enroute to do so, you catch a fatal disease. Was that life wasted? It wasn’t for William Borden.
“Who am I?” And “Why am I here?” In a children’s book called You Are Special, Max Lucado introduces us to someone who knows where to find the answer to both questions. Shawna shares the story and challenges us to be like her.
“I felt intimidated because of the qualifications to be a Deacon.” That’s how Ben felt when he was nominated to serve the church. It didn’t take long for him to realize that he was already qualified to serve.
Our desires are gifts from God. What?! Yep, only when the enemy gets into the mix do our desires lead us away from God. What if we recognized that they are actually gifts from God meant to draw us to closer to Him?
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.
The Perry and Shawna Podcast: Real life conversations reminding you that you’re Abba’s child and that you’re blessed to be a blessing and loved to share Jesus’ love.