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Posts by Shannon Pugh

  • An Unprecedented Need

    An Unprecedented Need

    When you think of poverty in Irving, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s a person standing at a light with a sign that says “anything helps.” Maybe it’s a Section 8 apartment complex south of 183. Or maybe you picture a family going to a food pantry to get groceries for the week. All of these images are true, but they fall significantly short of the bigger picture.

  • Lent in the Year of Miracles

    Lent in the Year of Miracles

    You may or may not know that the 40 days before Easter make up the season of Lent. This is a period of preparation; a time to slow down, let go, and make space for God to work in your life. Many people “give up” something for Lent.

  • Imperfect Love
    Hope & Healing

    Imperfect Love

    Everybody knows that there are different types of “love”. Clearly, loving Target (which I do) and loving your newborn child are two very different things! I mean, I would assume… my husband and I don’t have children. But we do have a dog, and spending time with her definitely evokes different emotions than spending time perusing the Target dollar section!

  • Get A Life

    Get A Life

    Going into 2010, my New Year's resolution was to “get a life”. I was 26, single and worked a high-stress job. I had struggled to make and keep a friend group since elementary school, so my friends had changed based on life stage. High school friends were lost when I went to college; college friends were lost when we graduated and scattered across the country. The few people I had reconnected with after moving back from college were getting married and having kids at breakneck speed. I did attend a local church, but it felt like I was in some no-man's land between “right out of college” and “newly married”.

    Since I didn’t really fit the demographic of any of the small groups that were offered, I chose to tag along with my friends who attended the “newly married” group.

  • What does the Bible say about disabilities?
    Got Questions

    What does the Bible say about disabilities?

    But all things that bring glory to God will remain. I have seen incredible joy, hope, and unconditional love embodied by many people with disabilities. There is no need to “heal” those gifts. And I believe that those who praised and exalted God on earth despite great challenges and pain will be lifted up high and celebrated.

  • God's Presence is Undeniable

    God's Presence is Undeniable

    Some may see that as irreverent, but you can’t deny the presence of God in that room. It is tangible, and I believe that all of heaven is dancing and cheering right along with us!