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

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

Life is So Much Better Because of You

Life is so much better because of you! Happy Birthday, Mama!  I’m writing this for you.  And, for the others of you who are reading this, I’m writing to encourage you to think about who has most influenced, most supported, and most loved you.  More specifically, when you think: “Life is so much [...]

By | 2017-04-10T12:49:37+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Television Theme Songs! Who Knew?

Television theme songs have a somewhat surprising power about them.  They're "just" theme songs.  Yet, they often have memorable lyrics and melodies, and they remind us of characters and stories that bring us joy and inspire us. Who knew television theme songs could be so encouraging?! Remember these famous television theme songs… Here’s [...]

By | 2017-02-25T19:13:39+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Caught in a Hit and Run

Caught in a Hit and Run This story ends well—well, better than a story about a hit and run might normally end.  Let me tell you what happened… It was 6:00 on Friday.  I was on the way to meet Stephen, my husband, for our date night dinner at Outback Steakhouse.  Everything was [...]

By | 2017-01-21T20:38:26+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments

“Thank you,” a heart full of gratitude

Thank you.  That’s what’s on my mind and heart today—gratitude for the many blessings in my life. What are you thankful for? Is your heart full of gratitude?  Say "thank you!" I’m going to share just a few blessings on my “thank you” list, including my thanks to you for being so supportive [...]

By | 2016-12-24T16:57:35+00:00 December 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|6 Comments

10 Tips for Successful Couples

Successful couples know they need help with their relationship.  That’s why successful couples are successful—they regularly think about how to build one another up, work through issues, and grow their relationship in healthy ways. Not every couple is always successful, though.  I hear this in the counseling office and in everyday conversations.  I know, too, [...]

By | 2016-11-22T21:23:14+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Increase peace, stress less

Peace—that’s one of the nine fruits of the Spirit… “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). I’ve been a little low on peace just lately.  And, I know why.  I’ve let the worries of the world stress me [...]

By | 2016-10-21T23:39:34+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Make Change instead of Excuses

Many couples want to make change in their relationship but instead make excuses for why they won't or can't change.  Often, couples I counsel with use the excuse of disbelief.  Both people doubt the other person can or will change, and therefore, they themselves will not or cannot change. Did you catch the excuse? “Since [...]

By | 2016-10-17T19:40:26+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|3 Comments

3 Signs You Need to “Slow it Down” a Little

Breaking the speed limit sometimes results in a speeding ticket. But, what if you’re pushing other limits in life, especially time and energy limits?  You know…taking on a little more than you really can handle, which tends to decrease rest and increase stress. “Excuse me, ma’am.  Did you know you are only getting about 5 [...]

By | 2016-10-20T17:03:07+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments