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Creation Speaks by Shawn Brown

Creation Speaks by Shawn Brown

By Shawn Brown

Devotions for the thirsty. Do you have a longing that you know can't be quenched in this world? I know the feeling and that's why I'm inviting you to brew a good cup of coffee and explore with me the scriptures and discover how it satisfies our thirsty souls.
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A Catalyst For Change

Creation Speaks by Shawn BrownOct 30, 2020

How To Give 100% To Work or Ministry

How To Give 100% To Work or Ministry

How do you give 100% to something that is not yours? “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
May 20, 202310:46
Hearing God's Word: Slow Down and Reflect On What's Right Before You
Apr 14, 202306:15
Moving Mountains: Asking, Seeking and Knocking
Mar 24, 202312:00
The Perfect Law of Liberty

The Perfect Law of Liberty

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." James 1:17

Listen in as I reflect on a few verses in James 1. 

"See the freedom of God in his sunsets-never a second like one of the foregone!-in his moons and skies-in the ever-changing solid earth!- all moving by no dead law, but in the harmony of the vital law of liberty, God’s creative perfection-all ordered from within. A divine perfection that were indeed, where was no liberty!" George MacDonald. 

Mar 09, 202331:31
What is keeping you from knowing His Love?

What is keeping you from knowing His Love?

What is Keeping you from knowing the Love of the Father?

Lay down your load and follow Jesus. Do you know the love the Father has for you?

Passages in this episode: 

Matthew 16:6 "Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” 

Matthew 19:17 "Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

"The disciples, forgetting who is lord of the harvests of the earth, cannot understand his word, because filled with the fear of a day’s hunger. He did not trust in God as having given; they did not trust in God as ready to give. We are like them when, in any trouble, we do not trust him." George McDonals pg. 80 Unspoken Sermons Series I, II, and III

Mar 04, 202321:09
Something Better For Us

Something Better For Us

"And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us." Hebrews 11:39, 40

Join me as I spend a few minutes reflecting on Hebrews 11. 

Jan 23, 202312:05
Good Things To Come

Good Things To Come

"But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation." Hebrews 9:11

Jan 05, 202303:16
The Light of Man and a Watered Garden

The Light of Man and a Watered Garden

Then God said...

When God speaks, mountains move, the dead are raised, and a new life begins.

"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ." Ephesians 2:4, 5

He takes that which is formless and void and makes beauty and life. He heals the brokenhearted and gives hope where all seems lost.

When John was in prison, he sent his disciples to go ask Jesus if He was the coming one.

Read devotion here.

Dec 05, 202205:34
How I'm Learning To Be Creative Again

How I'm Learning To Be Creative Again

God has not called us to disconnect from work and repress our natural abilities and creative desires; he calls us to be more human and expand upon what we have. We are to influence the world in our work, not the other way around, where the world impacts us.

Nov 14, 202209:26
He Will Finish The Work In Your Life

He Will Finish The Work In Your Life

I'm excited to kick off a new series called Through the Journal. In this series, we will be going through my journal and sharing thoughts I've written down about scripture and what God is doing in my life. God is at work, and as we will discover in this episode, He will finish the work He started in you. 

The following are scripture references from this devotion.

"For Zion's sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns." Isaiah 62:1

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

"Then they said to Him, 'What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?' Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.'" John 6:28, 29

Sep 14, 202212:35
Psalm 13:5-6 Trusting God

Psalm 13:5-6 Trusting God

“But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭13:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Jul 11, 202206:06
Behold Our King Comes

Behold Our King Comes

Behold, our King comes.

"Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees." Isaiah 35:3

Are you tired and weary?
Come to the living waters and drink.
Come to the living city of God.

Soon the earth will blossom, and the trees will clap their hands.
The curse will be no more.
The lame will walk, and the blink will see.

We'll run through blossoming meadows,
and dance in the city's streets.
Pain and sorrow will be wiped away.
Death and sorrow will be no more.

Behold, the King comes.
Behold, He comes quickly!

Jun 30, 202208:40
Nothing Is Lost

Nothing Is Lost

Nothing is lost even though you have experienced things you wish you could change. Your suffering and not having all the answers is not a lost cause when you are in Jesus. Know that loss now is fullness later. Listen as we discuss the hope we have in Christ.

"as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things." 2 Corinthians 6:9-10

Jun 20, 202211:52
What A Daylily Teaches Us About Life
May 18, 202204:44
How I Find Peace

How I Find Peace

Are you looking for peace in your life? 

Peace is not the absence of problems, and peace is something we can experience when we are going through difficulties. 

The scripture says, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."

Listen as we discuss this topic.

Apr 01, 202207:07
God Shows Up
Jan 09, 202205:16
A City Restored and Our Hope
Dec 28, 202106:44
It Is Well With My Soul

It Is Well With My Soul

Can you say, "It is well with my soul?" 

What is flowing out of your life? Would you say that kindness, gentleness, forgiveness is flowing out of your life? The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 

Set aside that which is causing anxiety, or anger and receive the word that God has put in your heart. 

Listen in as we discuss these topics.

Nov 30, 202108:06
A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived

It's easy to sit, think and write about what you want, which is good. But know there will be friction and difficulties when you set out to reach them. Don't let that crush your dreams.

A piece of pottery or hand-turned wood products did not come with ease. There was shaping, carving and much friction to become that piece that carries a weight of glory.

So when I put down this pen, I know I'll be greeted by conflicts and decisions. Endurance and doing the hard thing will be required. A life well lived is not done on the sidelines. A life well lived is one of ups and downs. A life well lived finds a secret place, a secret place of strength.

Read more here:

Nov 21, 202107:20
A Trail, a Field and Life In Unlikely Places

A Trail, a Field and Life In Unlikely Places

A little trail on the edge of town winds through a beautiful field teeming with life. There is much to see and experience and maybe even receive it as our own. Of course, I do not speak of a physical field in a geographic location. Perhaps this field is right outside, and you never once noticed that little trail leading into it. But today may be different, and you decide to venture off and take in the nature and abundant resources waiting for you.

I read from Ephesians 6 this morning. It was quiet. I had a good cup of coffee in hand, and the sun was fighting to make an appearance. As I sat, I thought about what Paul said regarding the work we do, we are to be sincere and to do our work as unto Christ, and when we do our work, don't do it just to be seen by man but "doing the will of God from the heart." Paul said, "whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord." Ephesians 6:6,7 Jesus said not to do your deeds to be seen by others but to do our deeds in secret and God will "reward us openly." The temptation is to do things to be seen, but the kingdom of heaven is different, much different.

How much faith do we have? When we align with the calling of Jesus, we find a better way, and I would suggest it's freeing. Jesus said that His yoke is easy and burden light. If we would give up greed, trust the Father will take care of us, and stop trying to position ourselves to be seen by men, we would be freer indeed. By the grace of God, we will. May we take His yoke upon us today. Oh Lord, change my heart.

Continue reading here.

Nov 11, 202107:52
Use Your Voice to Be an Encourager

Use Your Voice to Be an Encourager

This world is a difficult place with many challenges we face. As the church, we should make it our mission to be an encourager. There is plenty of criticism and plenty of arguments happening, even in the church we see so much division. As believers, the writer of Hebrews writes that we should encourage one another daily. 

"...but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today..." Hebrews 3:13

Nov 09, 202103:60
Being Fulfilled Our Our Work

Being Fulfilled Our Our Work

"Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments."

Psalm 119:73

Your hands made me and formed me. Give me understanding.

We can try to figure life out or look to others for answers, but we cannot answer. So may we pray, Lord, give me understanding.

We can spend a lot of time figuring out our purpose because we think we will know our identity if we know our purpose. But our identity is not what we do. Our life and identity are made complete in Jesus.

What are you putting your hope in; a job, a skill, or someone else?

Listen as we discuss this topic.

Oct 13, 202108:42
It's Time To Show Up
Oct 05, 202118:58
Feeling Overwhelmed? Be of Good Courage!

Feeling Overwhelmed? Be of Good Courage!

"The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
The floods have lifted up their voice;
The floods lift up their waves.
The Lord on high is mightier
Than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea."

Psalm 93:3,4

There is hope when you feel like your problems will overtake you, and the future looks difficult. Listen as we discuss finding courage and peace in difficult situations.

Other verses discussed: Isaiah 43:2 and Psalm 27

Sep 06, 202109:52
My Soul, Wait Silently For God - Reflections on Psalm 62
Aug 24, 202109:08
The Story Begins With Him

The Story Begins With Him

Do you find yourself in a difficult place in life? Maybe your life seems to keep ending up at dead ends for no apparent reason or your sin has filled your life with difficultly and regret. On this podcast I hope to encourage you that your story does not end with you but it begins with God and His grace. We’ll look at Psalm 40 and the hard times David went through and the kindness of God through it all.
Jul 28, 202115:26
When Things Look Impossible: Surrender To The Goodness of God

When Things Look Impossible: Surrender To The Goodness of God

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.”
Jun 24, 202111:05
Where Self-help Ends

Where Self-help Ends

Are you Thirsty?
Jun 23, 202111:39
When You Think Things Won’t Work Out

When You Think Things Won’t Work Out

When life seems uncertain and all logic says it’s impossible there is hope.
Jun 17, 202104:54
The Provision of the Father, Our Heart, and God's Plan For You

The Provision of the Father, Our Heart, and God's Plan For You

"For your Father Knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." Matthew 6:8

Jun 06, 202109:10
A Hope Settled In Heaven

A Hope Settled In Heaven

A devotion about Psalm 119:81-88. 

We want our issues to have a quick resolution, but that is not always the case. Such is the case of the writer of Psalm 119. In verses 81-88, you see the Psalmist is weary when he says, "my soul faints for your salvation" and "my eyes fail from searching your word." He wonders and prays how long until God comforts him. Are you growing weary from searching for answers?

Apr 07, 202109:01
The What Ifs and Should Haves

The What Ifs and Should Haves

What kind of what-ifs and should-haves do you have rolling around in your head? Maybe things didn’t go as you hoped they would- your dreams had the life sucked out, your friendships have gone south, and finances are in shambles. It feels like death has touched everything you once loved.

Mar 02, 202109:12
The Meaning of Trees

The Meaning of Trees

I’m learning it’s not so much about what we can accomplish and more about receiving from Him. Jesus teaches us to pray, “give us this day our daily bread.” He did not tell us to pray for enough for today and tomorrow. Regarding tomorrow, Jesus tells us not to worry.

One evening I went for a walk. As I walked, I was thinking about the trees around me. These beautiful, magnificent healthy trees stood tall and strong. At that moment, the thing that stood out to me was thinking how you really can’t observe them growing. Only with the accumulation of days can you see evidence of the growth that’s been happening all along.

Life is like that. Some days seem slow and uneventful. We wonder what our purpose is and if there is more to the day than there is. But ordinary days is where growth happens, little by little and day by day.

Feb 05, 202106:31
Looking for More Peace In Life
Feb 01, 202109:53
The Thoughts We Think And How To Have Peace
Jan 24, 202113:27
On Days and Off Days
Jan 17, 202107:05
What's In Your Hand and The Transition
Jan 06, 202109:03
How I'm Learning To Find Happiness
Jan 03, 202106:59
Great Things Are Found In The Dark: Ask, Seek and Knock
Jan 01, 202108:04
Flourish In The Day
Dec 19, 202005:56
Thoughts From The Journal: Our Work
Dec 15, 202011:47
A Catalyst For Change
Oct 30, 202012:26
The Greatest Adventure and Overcoming Fear
Oct 30, 202006:53
Driven By Circumstances and The Peace of God
Jul 03, 202009:01
Removing The Joy Stopper
Jun 18, 202009:27
The All Encompassing God

The All Encompassing God

Paul tells us that in God we all live, move and have our being. How much is God working in your life? God is at work and has been at work even before your birth.
Jun 13, 202010:31
Your Joy Made Full

Your Joy Made Full

It's the Lord's heart that we have fruit in our lives and that our Joy is made full. God doesn't want you to lead a selfish fruitless life. Maybe you feel down because you realize that you have been doing things out of selfish motives to build yourself up. God has a way for you. Tune in as we discuss how God desires to bring out that which is good in your life.

Jun 07, 202005:38
The Foundation Is Love

The Foundation Is Love

Where is real freedom found and how do we find it? Is freedom having more money, a new job, having your own business? Tune in as we discuss where our real freedom is found.

May 29, 202005:54
20% Away From Happiness

20% Away From Happiness

We think that if we have just a little more we will be happy. If those things we think will make us happy don't then where can we find the happiness we so eagerly desire? Take a couple of minutes and listen as we discuss this topic. 

May 22, 202007:10
The Heart Behind It

The Heart Behind It

What’s your motive? Listen as I reflect on a couple of verses in 1 Thessalonians 2

May 21, 202009:52
The Inner Garden

The Inner Garden

How's your inner garden? 

Gardens bring beauty and sustenance to those around them. A well-tended garden will bring fruits that delight the eye and nourishment to the body. On the other hand, a neglected garden will be overtaken by vines and weeds, which choke out the fruit of the garden.

Like a physical garden, we all have an inner garden. How would you describe your inner garden? Would you say it's well-tended and one that's filled with love, joy and peace? Or is your garden overrun with anxiety, confusion, anger, worry and frustration?

Our inner world will outflow into the physical world. What will that outflow be in your life? When we allow the negative to overtake our minds, our inner world begins to overflow into the real world by how we act toward others. We all have these moments, but as a good farmer, just as the garden can be tended to produce good fruit, we can have lives filled with love, joy and peace.

Listen in as we discuss having a fruitful inner garden. 

Dec 21, 201909:02
Increasing Your Peace In Your Life

Increasing Your Peace In Your Life

How do you increase peace in your life? Join me as I discuss some ideas on increasing peace in your life. You don't have to be full of anxiety, anger or fear but you can be filled with peace that comes from the Lord.

Oct 20, 201906:49
Either This or That - How To Make Decisions
Oct 05, 201907:09
Tomorrow's Worry Is Today's Energy Killer

Tomorrow's Worry Is Today's Energy Killer

Are you worn out thinking about something in the future?

The cares and worries of tomorrow will deplete our energy today if you let them. Just recently, I felt worn out thinking about something I had to do in a few days. I was already feeling tired from the day at hand and then just thinking about that future was making me feel even more tired. I noticed what I was doing and realized I don't need energy for that activity until that day.

Dealing with anxiety about some future event is something we all deal with, but how do we regain our energy now and not let the future wear us down? The scriptures instruct us how to overcome the worry of tomorrow.

In this podcast will discuss how we can overcome by reflecting on the following:

Remember God's provision for each day. He will provide for that future event when that time comes. Bring your needs to Him in prayer. Don't be anxious for anything but bring those needs to God in prayer. Trust the Lord with all your heart. As you look at the scriptures, you see how God was faithful to provide over and over again. God does the same today. Rest in His love for you and know that He will meet your needs.
Sep 08, 201908:20
Take A Risk and Put Yourself Out There
Aug 31, 201908:04
When Your Day Takes A Turn For The Worse

When Your Day Takes A Turn For The Worse

Did you start your day off in a good mood but then it took a turn for the worse? Things like getting cut off, someone is crossing you wrong at work, messing up a project or worries about the future can all cause you to worry, get angry and can throw off your day. You thought it was going to be a good day, but then all the sudden it all changed. When that happens, how do you put your day back on track? Listen in, and I hope to encourage you and offer you advice on how you can turn that day around for good.

We'll cover the following verses:

“Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.”

‭‭Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Aug 22, 201910:25
God Saves The Best For Last

God Saves The Best For Last

Do you find yourself in a place of discouragement, and the joy you once experienced has run out? In this podcast, I discuss how God takes the common and turns it into joy. 

You might feel discouraged and overlooked, yet maybe God is saving the best for last. I spend a couple of minutes discussing how Jesus turned the water into wine and how that can be an illustration of what God can do in our lives. 

We serve a God of hope, and through Jesus, he can bring refreshment and joy to our souls. 

“Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” John 2:10

Aug 14, 201908:08
Finding Meaning In A Socially Connected World

Finding Meaning In A Socially Connected World

Are you discouraged today trying to find the meaning of your life? Are you depressed scrolling through social media and feel your life isn't as meaningful of what you see others do? 

In our socially connected world, I feel we try to find validation and meaning through social media. We look for the likes and approvals of others and compare our lives to others by what we see them doing on social media. 

What we do for a job or the likes on social media does not define who we are. What we see others doing on social media does not represent who they are. There is way more to our lives than the image we portray online and what others portray of themselves. 

We are made for so much more, and Jesus wants to have a living fellowship with us. It's from that relationship with God we find fulfillment and purpose. A result of experiences Gods love for me will be an outflow from our lives that blesses others.  

"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." Jesus

Aug 08, 201909:29
Make Progress and Stop Getting Paralyzed By Decisions

Make Progress and Stop Getting Paralyzed By Decisions

 Do you want to know how to make decisions? Progress comes from making good decisions yet making those choices can be daunting at times. How do you decide what path is best for you? You want to progress but you feel stuck trying to make the best decisions for your life. In this episode, we’ll discuss how to make decisions and move forward in your life. You are able to get unstuck and have success!

Aug 06, 201908:28
God Makes All Things New

God Makes All Things New

Does your life feel like it’s just not measuring up. Be encouraged that God is at work and will finish what He started in you.
Aug 04, 201907:49