Hey, I’m Shannon!

I’m so glad you’re here. From the platform, page, or podcasting microphone, it’s my joy to invite you to open your Bible with me, drink deeply of God’s story, then live like

the story is true.

Hey, I’m Shannon!

I’m so glad you’re here. From the platform, page, or podcasting microphone, it’s my joy to invite you to open your Bible with me, drink deeply of God’s story, then live like

the story is true!

The Podcast

Welcome to my brand new podcast: Live Like It’s True!

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 this first season, we’re discussing the stories of Jesus. What will we learn as we encounter the man who fed five thousand with one lunch, who forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and who called Lazareth out of the tomb? What overarching story about God is being told? And what difference does it make if that story is 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 this first season, we’re discussing the stories of Jesus. What will we learn as we encounter the man who fed five thousand with one lunch, who forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and who called Lazareth out of the tomb? What overarching story about God is being told? And what difference does it make if that story is true?

Come join us for conversations devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story.  

It's time for your first small group meeting. Is there anything you can do to help give your group a strong start? YES! ⁠⠀
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This is one of the most important things I've learned, as a leader. In this second session of "Lead That Small Group", I'll share ways to get organized, ask for a commitment, and communicate the plan.⁠⠀
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You’ll leave this session with a definition and plan for success as you anticipate your first week (not just the first meeting!) of group.⁠⠀
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$10 for the whole course; $5 for one session. ⁠⠀
Link in bio or visit ⁠⠀
https://www.shannonpopkin.com/product/lead-that-small-group/⁠⠀
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#smallgroup #leadership #smallgroupleader #womensbiblestudy #studygroup #womensministry #gatheringyourgroup #tipsandtricks #toolsforleaders #toolbox
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“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Here’s my fall retreat prayer list—in sticky note fashion.

Will you pray for me as I travel to MN this weekend for a women’s retreat at @camplebanon ?

We’ve been praying for this retreat for THREE YEARS. Can’t wait to see how God answers.

It’s such a privilege to open the Bible with sisters in a relaxed retreat environment. I know my words have little influence, but His Word has the power to refresh the weary and quench the thirst of every soul!

“May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:2‬ ‭ESV‬

#livelikeitstrue #ispeaktoserve #lovemakingnewfriends #makeJesusknown #bibleteacher #letsopentheword #womensretreat21 #womensconference21 #womensevent21 #womenseventspeaker #christianspeaker #christianspeakersandwriters #christianwomensevent
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Love having Ken with me on the return trip to @gitchegumeecamp for the women’s retreat this weekend! (Did you see the video of him introducing me last time? One friend told me she laughed till she cried!😂)

We stopped this afternoon and did a short hike (more like a walk) near Northern Michigan University.

Thank you God, for lovely skies, beautiful weather, and time with my guy. All are reminders of my loving, wise Creator, and I am grateful! #fallcolors #i❤️michigan #up #datehikes
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A group of women with expectations, hopes, pasts, weaknesses - all opening their hearts together in a circle around God's Word. What could go wrong? ⁠⠀
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Actually, there are a few things. And when challenges arise, leaders need to lead. ⁠⠀
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In this 3rd session of "Lead that Small Group", we'll talk through the most common challenges that small group leaders face, and which struggles leaders are prone to as well. You’ll leave this session with strategies for avoiding pitfalls and leading your women well, even when things don’t go perfectly.⁠⠀
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$10 / 3 sessions⁠⠀
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#smallgroup #leadership #smallgroupleader #womensbiblestudy #studygroup #womensministry #gatheringyourgroup #tipsandtricks #toolsforleaders #toolbox⁠⠀
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Ken’s new solution for not running out of clean clothes: “You wear my clothes, I wear yours.”

(In case you were wondering, there was no powerlifting team when Ken was in high school—plus that would be a pretty old shirt.)

Ken also wants to tag @dgingell and share this new solution.

@cadepopkin
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What's your definition of a small group? Here's mine. It's a circle of women who form relationships on purpose. What is their goal? They want to know God and be shaped by truth. ⁠⠀
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If you'd like help, either forming a small group or leading one, I'd love to invite you to my 3 part online course called "Lead That Small Group". It includes all the things I'd tell you if we were to sit down for coffee and talk about how to gather your women, start strong, and lead well. ⁠⠀
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$10 ⁠⠀
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#smallgroup #leadership #smallgroupleader #womensbiblestudy #studygroup #womensministry #gatheringyourgroup #tipsandtricks #toolsforleaders #toolbox⁠⠀
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God’s hands are too big and too wise to be influenced by the tugging of my scrawny Control Girl hands. God gives and takes away, not based on my perspective of good, but his.⁠⠀
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At first this brings frustration and angst. I want to be in control! I don't want to trust! ⁠⠀
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But then there are moments where I realize how shortsighted I was. How little I understood. And how good it is that He is unmoved by me. ⁠⠀
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Are you tugging and pulling, with white knuckles? What is God asking you to trust Him (not yourself) with? ⁠⠀
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Check out my book Control Girl for more. Visit ControlGirl.com (link in bio). ⁠⠀
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https://www.shannonpopkin.com/controlgirl/⁠⠀
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#ControlGirl #Surrender #WaveTheWhiteFlag #ControllingMom #ControllingWife #LayDownYourBurdens #NotMyWill #FreedomInSurrender #Marriage #MarriageGoals #MarriageCounseling #TrustinMarriage #ReleasingControl #WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup
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I’m not sure how those flowers on the ground got down there, but I think I can imagine how they feel.

I’ve been pushed out before. Excluded. Made to feel like there wasn’t a place for me. Held at a distance.

When you’re unlike the others, or when it’s necessary to create space for a season, it’s easy to feel “looked down upon” or unwanted. Even when the others say, “No you’re included!” it can feel like you’re really not.

But there—on the outside looking in, you have a choice.

Will you wilt and dry up? Will you wallow in hurt and give up? Or will you stretch your roots into the soft places between the stones and find a way to bloom?

That’s the type I want to be. The resilient type. The type to find even a slim bit of soil and a small patch of sunlight—and bloom! 🌸🌸🌸

Are you someone who doesn’t easily blend or fit in? How have YOU found a way to “own your different” and bloom? 🌸
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Look at this beautiful group from Holland, MI!! They will be studying the Spanish version of “Control Girl” : No seas una mujer controladora!

(Have I told you my husband now calls me a “controladora”? 🤣)

I believe this is the first group in the US that I know of (am I forgetting someone?) to study “controladora” together! I am so excited about it. 🙃🙏🏼💕

They will meet on at Macedonia Baptist church and welcome everyone who wants to join them. 🥰🙌💕

Would you pray for them as they embark on this journey in God’s Word? 🌸🎉💕

Holland friends, if you’re interested in more information, please contact @eldahaak ! ❤️ (Thank you Elda!)

#SpanishBookStechSpanishTranslation #ControlGirl #BibleStudy #Women’sStudy #Women’sBibleStudy @editorialportavoz
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Don't miss the surprise (to me!) at the end when Ken introduced me at @gitchegumeecamp !

I'm headed back to Gitche Gumee camp this fall, to speak for the women's retreat! I thought it would be fun to share a clip from last time - the one and only time I was introduced by my husband, Ken. ⠀

Here's what he found unique about this situation. When he presents, it's in a corporate setting, and often related to technical matters. So he said that it surprised him to look up and find an audience of women who were eager to hear what he had to say, and actually delighted to be there! (Apparently that doesn't happen in the IT meetings.)⠀

He'll be coming with me again this year, for the women's retreat on September 16-18 at Gitche Gumee camp in Michigan's lovely UP. Should we ask him to make another appearance on the platform? ⠀

Signup link in comments!
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What story are you telling with your life? Is it marked with doubt, fear, dread, or self-focus? ⠀

The Bible tells a better, truer story about you and about God. Are you ready to live like the story's true?⠀

Each of these FREE two-page Bible studies invites you to store up another astonishing, true story about God, then  live like it's true.⠀

Get the first set of my "True Story" two-page studies here: https://www.subscribepage.com/live-like-its-true⠀

Know the story, share the story, and live the story. ⠀

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Want to say thanks? The best way to say thank you to me is to share my signup link with a friend or on social media. I want to share the true story with as many people as possible! Will you help? ⠀

#livelikeitstrue #truestory #thebible #wordofgod #truestoriesofthebible #storyofjonah #storyofrahab #storyofmtcarmel #whatstoryareyoutelling #knowthestory #sharethestory #livethestory  #freebie #freebiblestudy #freestuff #giveaway #sharewithafriend #bestgift #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup
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@ericawiggenhorn says: “I had dreams for my wedding day. Of what my family would look like. How we would spend holidays and vacations. Traditions we would start.

When God did not fulfill my dreams in the ways I had hoped, I struggled. Why wasn’t He answering my prayers?

My friend @shannonpopkin discusses how to Let God Be Enough in our hopes and dreams. How do we rest when His timing is slower than we’d like? Or His plans are altogether different than our own?

Shannon is the author of two books Control Girl & Comparison Girl, in which she teaches us how our tendency to try and control everything or continually compare ourselves to others impedes us from pursuing our God shaped dreams in our heart and living in freedom. To connect with Shannon and here more of her teaching, go to www.shannonpopkin.com

This video is part of a free teaching bundle that you can access when you pre-order 3 or more copies of Letting God Be Enough and send a screenshot of your receipt to support@ericawiggenhorn.com.

We’ll email you a link to all 5 teaching videos so pre-order today!

#controlgirl #comparisongirl #lettinggodbeenough #goals #christianliving #intentionalliving #followingjesus #lifegoals #childofgod #christianposts #trustgod #followjesus #biblestudymoments #godlovesus #godspromise #faithquotes #seekhimfirst #dailyword #graceupongrace #instagramforchrist #christianleaders #faithinspired
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We say God’s in control, but then we watch the news and start living like we are. We fret and worry and stew. We isolate and self medicate. We crumble into a heap of nerves and stress. ⠀

But God will never stop reminding us: We can trust him. He is near. He is able. ⠀

Yes, there are frightening things is the world. But we can manage our fear, knowing that He is in control. ⠀

Open your Bible today, and let God remind you of just how able he is to help and protect and guide—then live like it's true!  ⠀

Follow me @shannonpopkin and sign up for my #livelikeitstrue emails. Also check out controlgirl.com (link in bio) for lots of freebies, podcast interviews, and to see if this women's study might be a good fit for you, your church, or small group.⠀

https://www.shannonpopkin.com/controlgirl/⠀

#ControlGirl #Surrender #WaveTheWhiteFlag #ControllingMom #ControllingWife #LayDownYourBurdens #NotMyWill #FreedomInSurrender #Marriage #MarriageGoals #MarriageCounseling #TrustinMarriage #ReleasingControl #WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup
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How will you pursue greatness today?⠀

In the world, measuring up and getting ahead is the way to be great. But in the kingdom, things are upside down. The great ones are those who stoop low. ⠀

Like Jesus. ⠀

Jesus made himself our servant on the cross. And because of his great humility, God gave him the name above all names. (Phil. 2:7-9)⠀

https://www.shannonpopkin.com/comparison-girl/⠀

#MeFree #Humility #HumilityQuotes #UpsideDownKingdom #wwjd #whatwouldJesusDo #WhatWouldJesusSay #wisdomoftheCross #philippians2 #LastShallBeFirst #GreatestistheServant #HumbleYourself #ServingOthers #SpoutNotLines  #EmptyYourself #ServeSomebody #EyesOffYou #ComparisonGirl #MeasureUp #MeasuringUp #MeFree #ComparingYourself  #Comparison #ComparisonQuotes #JealousyQuotes #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup⠀
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His last first day at Grandville. Cade, the senior.

So proud of you, Bud. Make it count. #lastfirstday #senioryear
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What if Mark, Luke & John had gotten frustrated when they learned that Matthew "stole" their idea? What if they had thrown their pens down, saying, "No way! I wanted to be the one to write about Jesus!" What if they crossed their arms and sulked, saying, "Fine, then. Nobody needs my book... they have Matthew's."⁠⠀
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Well I, for one, would be pretty disappointed. ⁠⠀
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In this 3 of 4 episode on Writing at the Red House, Kathi Lipp and I are talking about why our unique voice, experience, or perspective matters - even if we're covering similar content. ⁠⠀
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And also, how to fight for community as writers, rather than falling back into isolation. ⁠⠀
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Will you join us? I'd love to hear your favorite talking point from this series (even if you're not a writer!). ⁠⠀
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@writingattheredhouse @kathilipp
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#ComparisonGirl #MeasureUp #MeasuringUp #MeFree #ComparingYourself #Comparison #ComparisonQuotes #JealousyQuotes #JealousyHurts #Perfectionism #EyesOnYou #AmIEnough #NotEnough #PressureToPerform #SheHasMore #SheIsMore #ComparisonistheThiefofJoy #ChristianWriter #ChristianSpeaker #WritersConference #ChristianAuthor #authorsofinstagram
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