About Shannon Warden

Co-author with Dr. Gary Chapman (the 5 love languages guy). Associate Professor at Liberty University Online. Counselor at Triad Baptist Church. Wife, Mama of 3, daughter, sister, friend. Writer. Encourager. Dreamer behind Repurposed Life Ministries, Inc. Peace-loving. Jesus-seeking. Latest book: The DIY Guide to Building a Family That Lasts. I hope you'll subscribe to receive Hope to Build On by email each time I post a new entry. Thanks for reading! Shannon

2020 vision not so much

2020 vision is both a medical term and a metaphor often used in fundraising types of campaigns for the last 20 or so years. After the 2020 we all had, I’m now thinking of “2020 vision” with more clarity than before. Only God knows What 2020 clearly confirmed anew for me is—only God knows the [...]

By |2021-01-01T20:57:54+00:00December 31st, 2020|All posts|0 Comments

Hope to build on in good times and bad

Hope feels a little harder to come by these days. The pandemic, politics, protests, and precarious circumstances have many of us reeling. It would be one thing if any one of these things was hitting us at once, but all of them, all at once, is emotionally draining.     Hope to build on [...]

By |2020-07-12T23:08:21+00:00July 12th, 2020|All posts|0 Comments

Gratitude, honesty, and the coronavirus

Gratitude and honesty during the coronavirus? Why not! I think often about how my children are watching me and how my choices now influence their choices now and later. That’s not instinctive awareness on my part; it’s how God has opened my eyes over time. Plus, it’s the wisdom wise parents have passed along. [...]

By |2020-03-22T03:32:43+00:00March 22nd, 2020|All posts|0 Comments

Wholeness for Women and Healing Our Anger

Wholeness is not something I, and maybe you, consciously think a lot about. Yet, we are quietly battling for wholeness daily. “Do I matter?” “Does this matter?” “No one really cares!” “If I don’t do it, who will?” These are but a few of the many questions and statements that suggest what it means to [...]

By |2020-03-03T01:39:22+00:00March 1st, 2020|All posts|0 Comments

Tired Enough to Change

Tired enough to change. You’ve likely experienced that before. Perhaps, as a super simple example, you tired of the service at a store or restaurant. You decided, “that’s it! I’m not going back.” Or, perhaps, at a more serious level, a relationship was more hurtful than helpful. You tried to salvage the relationship, but it [...]

By |2020-01-02T17:48:50+00:00January 1st, 2020|All posts|2 Comments

3 Re’s for Parents: Reset, Relate, and Resolve

The 3 Re’s of Relationships is a simple model I developed over time to help myself and my counseling clients work through difficult times with our children.  The 3 Re’s are Reset, Relate, and Resolve: Reset When we’re upset with our children or simply don't understand their viewpoint, parents, we should put ourselves in “time-out.” [...]

By |2019-09-01T17:59:22+00:00September 1st, 2019|All posts|0 Comments

Trash Pickup and Healthy Family Relationships

Question: What do curbside trash pickup and building healthy family relationships have in common? Answer: Just like we haul our unusable items to the curb for disposal, we can and should get rid of useless, unhealthy family dynamics and relationship habits that clutter up our home life. Bulky item pickup It’s bulky item pickup time [...]

By |2019-08-08T03:12:13+00:00August 8th, 2019|All posts|0 Comments

When a Table is More Than Just a Table

A table is just a table when it does its normally expected duty—holding our food, our work, our crafts, our homework, our stacks of opened and unopened mail, etc.  In these ways, a table is an important supporter of our daily activities. More than just a table A table is more than “just a table” [...]

By |2019-06-30T22:56:54+00:00June 30th, 2019|All posts|0 Comments

Take a Worry Break Because You Can

Worry can be really frustrating.  We want to “let it go,” but somehow our worries seemingly won’t let us go.  Thus, worry wins out, and in doing so, steadily becomes the boss of us rather than us being the boss of it. Take a worry break The world is full of great anxiety, or worry [...]

By |2019-06-29T00:33:34+00:00June 29th, 2019|All posts|0 Comments