Marisa Shadrick's Blog

Finding quiet strength in Jesus Christ

Like me, you probably set spiritual goals for the New Year, but life can sabotage best intentions. When apathy whispers, “quit,” find your zeal for a spiritual life.

For the past few weeks, we’ve considered How to Find Your Destiny and how to Find Freedom to Live Your God Story. God gives us clarity as we move forward. New opportunities unfold. Some call this a spiritual spring season.” During this season, there’s growth and opportunity. Unfortunately, we have a spiritual enemy who lies about our value, credibility and “Kingdom”contribution to frustrate our mission.  


Last week, I probed a multifaceted subject about purpose and How to Find Your Destiny. Our need for control can add pressure to cast a concrete purpose we name, chase and claim as our own. Here’s the irony: Our destiny isn’t about us, but about God.

Our destiny doesn’t come from a place, social position or financial status. Our destiny is to know and love God intimately because this is His desire. We were created to worship God.


The New Year is a contemplative season. We look back and wonder if we’ve reached our goals and potential. Did we stray from our life’s destiny? We summarize our objectives for the New Year, learn from disappointments, and forge new goals to reach our destiny. But what if we don’t know our destiny? What if we’re in a rut floundering through life without a clear purpose? Here’s how to find your destiny.   


For the next few days, we’ll be busy with Christmas festivities. May we remember to be filled (and refilled) with God’s presence.

I pray God will refresh your heart and fill your Christmas celebration with great joy!

Here’s a Christmas Eve prayer to refresh the soul. 

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Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt,

so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Colossians 4:6 New American Standard Bible

Christmas Traditions Open Doors

This week, I decorated my Christmas tree. A well-worn box contained handmade ornaments. Each ornament told a story, but the story I wanted my two-year-old granddaughter to understand would be hard to tell. How do you communicate Jesus to a toddler distracted by tinsel, lights and colorful ornaments?


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“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:14 New King James Version

Hearts are often receptive to learn about Jesus during the Christmas season. But busyness leaves little margin for unexpected opportunities. I recently learned how to show goodwill amid the bustle.

Prince of Peace

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 New American Standard Bible

Is your neighborhood decorated with inflatable holiday characters? These air-blown figures display a miniature version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, but come morning; front yards look like Mr. Grinch murdered our holiday friends. Heaps of unrecognizable characters lie motionlessly deflated on the ground. Sometimes, holiday pressure releases a Grinch virus that kills our Christmas cheer and deflates our elated hearts.

I’m sending my weekly post a day early to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

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I’ve included a beautiful video, from around the world, expressing a heart of gratitude–even during hard times. (You’ll need a tissue.)  

If you have a prayer request this holiday season, share it in the comments below. I’ll be sure to add you to my prayer list. 

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving brings our high-speed life to a pause. We ponder and mentally list our blessings with gratitude. But if we’re struggling and plodding through disappointments, frustrations, and even persecution, learning how to change a bad attitude into gratitude can be difficult but not impossible.  


By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way

and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”

 Exodus 13:21 New International Version


The Bible is full of true stories proving God guides ordinary people like you and me. But, what does it mean to be led by God in the 21st century? How do we recognize God’s direction?