From the platform, the page, or the podcast mic, I’m inviting you to open your Bible with me, drink deeply of God’s Story, and

live like it’s true.

From the platform, page, or podcasting microphone, I’m inviting you to open your Bible with me, drink deeply of God’s story, and 

live like it’s true!

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Click the images below for some of Shannon’s favorite writing pieces and interviews.

The Podcast

Please join my guests and me as we talk about our favorite jaw-dropping stories of the Bible, and the God who invites us all to live like the story is true.  

In season 3’s Summer Standout Series, as I connect with fellow authors who are releasing new books and Bible studies, I’m letting them select the Bible story we’ll be discussing each week. 

Do you know these stories? Do you live like they’re true? Come join us for conversations devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story.  

The Podcast

Join my guests and me as we talk about our favorite jaw-dropping stories of the Bible, and the God who invites us all to live like the story is true.  

In season 3’s Summer Standout Series, as I connect with fellow authors who are releasing new books and Bible studies, I’m letting them select the Bible story we’ll be discussing each week. Do you know these stories? Do you live like they’re true? 

Come join me for a series of conversations at Live Like It’s True, devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story!  

How can you tell if you’re controlling?

Visit controlgirl.com and take the quiz.

#ControlGirl #Surrender #WaveTheWhiteFlag #ControllingMom #ControllingWife #LayDownYourBurdens #NotMyWill #FreedomInSurrender #Marriage #MarriageGoals #MarriageCounseling #TrustinMarriage #ReleasingControl #WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup
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What are you missing, when you read the Bible as if there's no storyline?

The Bible has an overarching story. But there are also stories woven into various sections.

On the Live Like It's True podcast, we're particularly focusing on the story elements in the Bible. When you download my free LLIT Workbook, you'll get a bookmark with connector words on one side, and story elements on the other.

https://www.subscribepage.com/live-like-its-true (link in bio)

I found this bookmark helpful today! I was studying a story in Genesis, and it helped me to consider:

Who is the antagonist? Protagonist?
What is the obstacle or conflict?
Where is there tension or confrontation?
What is surprising or suspenseful?
What is resolved or overcome?

If we miss the story, we often miss the point.

Join me on the podcast, where we look at a new Bible story each episode, and consider how to live like the story is true.

#LiveLikeItsTrue #TrueStory #BiblePodcast #StudyGodsWord #BibleStudy #BiblesStory #Storytelling #StorytellingTips #StorytellingPodcast #ChristianPodcast #ChristianWomen #TheGospel #adamandeve #manandwife #manandwoman #inhisimage #forbiddenfruit #thedevilisaliar #genesisstudy #thetruthwillsetyoufree #createdbygod #falsenarratives #thegospelcoalition #reviveourhearts #thebible #knowthestory #sharethestory #livethestory #thebible #wordofgod
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Do you worry that your sin makes God inaccessible to you? This story proves otherwise.

Go back to season 1 on the the Live Like It’s True podcast for this amazing conversation with @marydemuth where we discussed the story of the Woman at the Well.

#LiveLikeItsTrue #TrueStory #BiblePodcast #StudyGodsWord #BibleStudy #Storytelling #StorytellingTips #StorytellingPodcast #ChristianPodcast #ChristianWomen #PodcastGuest #GospelPodcast #TheMicisOn
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How will you live like it’s true, today?

On the Live Like It’s True podcast we examine stories. Not just any stories; stories of the Bible—which are linked to the overarching story that we’re all part if.

Join me on your favorite pod app, and let’s open our Bibles together, drink in a story, then live like it’s true.

#LiveLikeItsTrue #TrueStory #BiblePodcast #StudyGodsWord #BibleStudy #Storytelling #StorytellingTips #StorytellingPodcast #ChristianPodcast #ChristianWomen #PodcastGuest #GospelPodcast #TheMicisOn
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How are you “trying hard”? How are you working to please God?

Today, for me, that means arranging words.

I’m two weeks in on a chapter I thought I had finished before Christmas. And two days in on a lesson I thought was finished. But my sweet husband read what I have and…

Not yet.

It’s hard.

You too?

“Dear God” by @coryasbury was my worship song as I took a break, and it brought tears.

So did the verse I found.

I’ve been writing about FOUNDATIONS and look at this:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my ROCK and my Redeemer.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Pleasing God = building my life (with how I think and talk) on the firm foundation of His Word.

No, we don’t “got this”. But he’s got us. Ready to build on that today?

#deargod by @coryasbury #firmfoundation #tryingandtrusting #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #writerslife #isitdoneyet @speakupconference @redemptionpress @fiveminutefriday @hopewriters @flourishwriters
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Do you have a desire to control your husband? Does it come out when he's driving? When he's on his phone and ignoring the kids? When he's falling asleep in church?

In this episode of the Live Like It’s True podcast @kellyneedham and I are talking about Genesis 3:16, where God tells Eve that her desire will be to control her husband. It’s a judgment, which caused Eve (and now us, as her daughters) to have misshapen desires. No longer do we enjoy our distinct roles in marriage, but instead, we want to exert—not physical—but our own unique forms of power over our husbands. And the world celebrates it when we do so.

So here’s the question. Will we live like it’s true that control tactics are a part of the fall?

I know this is hard. Oh, boy, do I know it. After twenty-six years of marriage, I still have an intense desire to control everything from where my husband puts his coffee cup to where he parks the car. I still have wrestle with myself over the smallest choices. But I want to be a woman who rejects the false narrative, and embrace the true story. Do you? Will you live like it’s true?

#LiveLikeItsTrue #TrueStory #BiblePodcast #StudyGodsWord #BibleStudy #Storytelling #StorytellingTips #StorytellingPodcast #ChristianPodcast #ChristianWomen #PodcastGuest #GospelPodcast #genesis #inthebeginning #complementarianism
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What would change if I lived like it’s true that God is in control? What if he’s waiting for me to do just that?

Have we met? If not, hi! 🙋🏼‍♀️I’m Shannon. I’m a west MI author & speaker. My husband Ken and I just celebrated #26years and we have 3 young adult kids, and two shih tzus who  (unlike the kids) have no plans of moving out. I’ve written two studies: Control Girl and Comparison Girl (both published with Kregel), and #amwriting two more. I host a podcast, Live Like It’s True, where we talk through astonishing stories of the Bible and how to live like they’re true. So, from the platform 🎤, the page 📒, and the podcast 🎙, it’s my joy to invite you to live like God’s Word is true! 📖
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I love these two. They both love Jesus, serve him wholeheartedly, and inspire me to do so also.

If you erased these two women—their friendship, prayers, and godly advice—from my life over the past decade(s), I wouldn’t be even remotely the same.

Thanks for the amazing training on #mentoring @racheljoynorton ! And thanks for letting me tag along, @jackiervandyke ! @chapelpointe #colaborers #mentorfriends
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How fun to open my tgc email today, and see this - an invitation to read, "You've Got (Less) Talent."

I’m so grateful for my FIRST article ever with TGC!

And don’t you love that title? (Wasn't my idea.😉) Link in bio.

If you feel like you're the one with less, I think this article (which centers on a story Jesus told) will be a huge encouragement.

Also honored to be featured next to my dear friend @annswindell ! Hers is a fabulous article as well!

#thegospelcoalitionwomen #lessthan #parableofthetalents #twotalents #befaithful #Godrewardsfaithfulness #bibletreasure #parablesofjesus #teachingstories
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I’ve listened to this clip at least 25x. Maybe more! It’s so helpful to me! You, too?

Are you already back at it in 2023, running your life ragged?

What’s your plan for rest this year?

#LiveLikeItsTrue #TrueStory #BiblePodcast #StudyGodsWord #BibleStudy #Storytelling #StorytellingTips #StorytellingPodcast #ChristianPodcast #ChristianWomen #PodcastGuest #GospelPodcast #sabbath #sabbathsociety #sundayrestday #workaholic #takeabreak
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I’m hosting a leader’s meet & greet on zoom! 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏽🙋🏾‍♀️

If you’re leading one of these studies (or thinking about it), DM me and I’ll send you the details!

#ControlGirl #Surrender #WaveTheWhiteFlag #ControllingMom #ControllingWife #LayDownYourBurdens #NotMyWill #FreedomInSurrender #Marriage #MarriageGoals #MarriageCounseling #TrustinMarriage #ReleasingControl #WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup
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What would you be free of, if you stopped comparing? Remember Jesus, who emptied himself.

Visit comparisongirl.com for more.

#ComparisonGirl #MeasureUp #MeasuringUp #MeFree #ComparingYourself  #Comparison #ComparisonQuotes #JealousyQuotes #JealousyHurts #Perfectionism #EyesOnYou #AmIEnough #NotEnough #PressureToPerform #SheHasMore #SheIsMore #ComparisonistheThiefofJoy #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup
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“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Visit www.controlgirl.com for my 9 week study on surrendering control to God.
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Do you have a formula mentality? As in: “If I do x and y, God will do z.”

Yes to healthy stewardship in 2023.

Yes to receiving God’s amazing grace, as you do your work for him.

No to turning God into a formula. Think of Noah and Abraham and Jonah and Paul. None of them figured out the formula of getting what they wanted from God.

All of them got to know God, as they experienced his grace.

#livelikeitstrue #faithnotformula #showerthoughts #newyearsresolution #shannonpopkin #newyearfail #resolutionfail
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Quote from #controlgirl.

Visit www.controlgirl.com

#ControlGirl #Surrender #WaveTheWhiteFlag #ControllingMom #ControllingWife #LayDownYourBurdens #NotMyWill #ReleasingControl #WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup #anxiety #depressionhelp #madatgod #whygod #brokendreams #twooptions #godshand
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Visit controlgirl.com.

Inviting you to live like it’s true that God is in control.

#ControlGirl #Surrender #WaveTheWhiteFlag #ControllingMom #ControllingWife #LayDownYourBurdens #NotMyWill #FreedomInSurrender #Marriage #MarriageGoals #MarriageCounseling #TrustinMarriage #ReleasingControl #WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup
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They asked her, not me.

As I stared at the email announcing my friend as the speaker for an upcoming event, disappointment flooded my heart. I have to admit, she’s more gifted than I am in several ways, and she has a high capacity for serving the Lord. But even though she was an obvious choice, her honor felt like my dishonor.

The world naturally rewards those who are most gifted, who have the highest capacities and the largest social media followings. But what about in the kingdom of God? Does being entrusted with less gifting or opportunity mean our work for the Lord is less valuable?

Link in my bio for the rest—exploring what Jesus meant when he put a two talent servant and a five talent servant, side by side in his story.

I’m super grateful to @thegospelcoalition for the privilege of sharing this piece and I hope it will encourage you—especially if you’re the one with less.
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As you map out your plans for ‘23, don’t forget your plan to rest.

Are you a perfectionist? Do you run yourself ragged with your work, or your ministry? And have you asked yourself why?

I admit, this was the episode on the Live Like It’s True podcast was the one I was secretly least excited about. Not because of my guest; @lindsayschott83 is one that I was most excited to have return!

But this idea of rest, and giving up a day of work? That doesn’t really light my fire. After having the conversation, however, I realized it was the one I most needed.

You must listen!! I think you’re going to find answers that you didn’t even realize you were looking for—partly because you don’t even realize how much the world is demanding hustle. It’s everywhere! This idea that you have to max out your potential and use your opportunities. You have to push yourself and work. Yet what is God saying about our hustle?

Lindsay Schott (remember, she joined me in season the Easter series!) is a Bible teacher, and co-creator of the Women’s Teaching Program at @stonegatechurch . She has a passion for women to be equipped to know the scripture and teach it effectively to others. Also, be sure to check out Lindsay’s watercolor work. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I love that she’s learning to work, but not toil, as she shares her gift of art with us, don’t you?

Link in bio.

#LiveLikeItsTrue #TrueStory #BiblePodcast #StudyGodsWord #BibleStudy #Storytelling #StorytellingTips #StorytellingPodcast #ChristianPodcast #ChristianWomen #PodcastGuest #GospelPodcast #TheMicisOn
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