About Shannon Warden

Co-author with @DrGaryChapman (the 5 love languages guy). Teacher @WakeForest. Counselor @TriadBaptist. Wife, mom of 3, daughter, sister, friend. Writer. Encourager. Dreamer behind Repurposed Life Ministries, Inc. Peace-loving. Jesus-seeking. I hope you'll subscribe to receive Hope to Build On by email each time I post a new entry. Thanks for reading! Shannon

Treasure, that is what a Good Dad is

This is my family’s first Father’s Day without my Dad.  He died one week after Father’s Day 2017, from complications related to Lewy Body Dementia.  It was heartbreaking to watch him go.  Yet, we’re doing what you do when you grieve the loss of someone you love—we’re remembering and celebrating the treasure that he was [...]

By | 2018-06-18T02:35:20+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Carrots Help Us in More Ways Than One

Carrots?  Really, Shannon?  Some of you may be wondering, how in the world am I possibly going to relate carrots to personal growth? Carrots work best when we do more than just look at them. Fair question.  Here’s what I’m thinking… We know carrots can help improve our vision.  Of course, simply looking [...]

By | 2018-02-18T01:39:29+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Vacuum bags and lightening your load

Ever explore how full and gross a used vacuum bag can be?  Ok, I know.  Why would anybody really do that unless they accidentally vacuumed something they needed to retrieve?  Or maybe someone’s doing this in a vacuum quality control lab somewhere for research purposes? Vacuum bags remind us--we need to lighten our load [...]

By | 2017-09-27T04:44:59+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Trudging Through the Mud and Muck of Life

Trudging along in life is more purposeful than we sometimes realize! Trudging through the mud and the muck—that’s sometimes what life feels like, doesn’t it?!  Wish and pray as you might, certain things just aren’t happening or lining up the way you want them to or as fast as you want them to, [...]

By | 2017-06-22T15:38:44+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|18 Comments

When Being Busy Leads to Missed Opportunities

Being busy can lead to missed opportunities for encouraging others. I’m often busy...with family, work, ministry, volunteering, etc.  You’re busy, so you know what I mean.  We’re rushing from here to there, trying to keep up with our never-ending to-do lists. Being busy isn’t always bad, but it can sometimes cause problems. How [...]

By | 2017-05-31T01:27:45+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments