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

“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

Take a Break

Do you ever feel pressure to “get it together” or “keep it together?”  Or maybe you just don’t want to mess up.  Trying to be perfect can be a lot of pressure for sure! I’m feeling a little pressure as I write my first-ever blog.  My hands are a little tingly.  I don’t want to [...]

By | 2016-10-17T19:40:26+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment