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I begin each podcast by reading a passage of scripture that tells of your significance and great worth. Then, I give you a simple phrase pulled from the passage, and challenge you to believe and speak the phrase. I encourage you to declare it daily throughout the week because your tongue has power. I close each podcast with a prayer to impress the declaration upon your heart and mind. That’s the basic format of Believe & Speak: Scripture, Declaration, Prayer.

Believe & Speak Shawna Marie Bryant

    • Christianity
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I begin each podcast by reading a passage of scripture that tells of your significance and great worth. Then, I give you a simple phrase pulled from the passage, and challenge you to believe and speak the phrase. I encourage you to declare it daily throughout the week because your tongue has power. I close each podcast with a prayer to impress the declaration upon your heart and mind. That’s the basic format of Believe & Speak: Scripture, Declaration, Prayer.

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    Believe and Speak

    Lyrics from a song that was popular more than 30 years ago have run through my head several times this week. Written by Twila Paris, the song, “The Warrior is a Child” is about being weary from incessant spiritual battles. If you’re worn out from warring against spiritual forces of evil, this week’s episode offers a promise for you.

    You and I can overcome defeat by believing God’s promises in spite of our circumstances, and by speaking life and truth. No matter how battle weary you may be, you have already won the victory through Jesus Christ.

    Your future looks bright because you are a servant of the Lord and you have the God-given right to refute every tongue that accuses you. Your future looks bright because God has redeemed you, and your past has no authority over your future. Your future looks bright because no weapon forged against you will prevail. Whether that weapon was used years ago or lies ahead, waiting to strike you, that weapon will not prevail.

    Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and Christianbook.com. It’s also available for download to your Kindle or from the Apple store for your iBooks app. Or visit my website to purchase a copy at shawnamariebryant.com

    This week's scripture: Isaiah 54:14-17

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    In light of the fact that this is the first episode of my podcast for the new year, I can’t help but highlight Isaiah 43:19, a Bible verse that speaks of our God doing a new thing.

    God brought the theme of this verse into my life early last year when the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. He continued to drive home the promise (and practice) of this verse through the introduction of an online talk show and bible study offered by the women’s ministry program at my church.

    Here are links to a couple episodes of The NEW:

    July 2020

    October 2020

    God wants us to forget the former things because dwelling on a dark past dims our hope for a bright future. That bears repeating! Dwelling on a dark past dims our hope for a bright future.

    How thankful I am that my past does not predict my future. No matter what happened in 2020, 2021 is a new year, filled with promise. No matter what choices you made in your past, you have a clean slate ahead of you. No matter what has conspired to keep you bound to disappointments and regrets, you can walk in freedom and victory starting right now.

     

    Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and Christianbook.com. It’s also available for download to your Kindle or from the Apple store for your iBooks app. Or visit my website to purchase a copy at shawnamariebryant.com

    This week's scripture: Isaiah 43:16-19

    • 7 min
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    For the past three weeks, I’ve been reading from The Gospel of Luke in honor of Christmas. I started by sharing the prequel to the beloved Christmas story, and I’ll end by reading about what happened when Jesus was 8 days old—the day Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to present their newborn to the Lord. That was the day they met Simeon.

    As I look over the top of the computer screen in my office, I see a picture hanging on the wall of Simeon grinning in wonder at the babe cradled in his arms. The picture of Simeon as he literally holds the promise of God hangs between two graphics. One says Faith… is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see (Hebrews 11:1). The other says Believe… all things are possible if you believe. (Mark 9:23).

    I strategically hung those reminders where I can see them at my writing desk so that I, like Simeon, will hold on to God’s promises, no matter how long I must wait.

    I look at that gray-haired old man and say to myself… well, I’m not as old as Simeon, so it’s not too late for God.

    Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and Christianbook.com. It’s also available for download to your Kindle or from the Apple store for your iBooks app. Or visit my website to purchase a copy at shawnamariebryant.com

    This week's scripture: Luke 2:21-39

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    The year 2020 will not go down in the history books as a year marked by peace and good will toward men. Even now, I see images in my mind’s eye of the unrest and anger that swept America this year.

    But the angels promised peace and good will at Jesus’s birth. The promise of peace was also proclaimed at the end of Jesus’s life, when he told his disciples: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)

    Jesus is the prince of peace. Focus on him, and he will keep you in perfect peace—regardless of your circumstances.

    Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and Christianbook.com. It’s also available for download to your Kindle or from the Apple store for your iBooks app. Or visit my website to purchase a copy at shawnamariebryant.com

    This week's scripture: Luke 2:1-20

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    Christmas is almost here! My two-year-old granddaughter has been counting down the days, filled with expectation. In light of the coming holiday, today’s episode will continue from where we left off last week.

    God had just given Mary a huge assignment. I love that she didn’t run to her finance with the news first. She ran to her cousin, who had also experienced a miracle of God and was expecting an unexpected baby.

    Mary’s cousin Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and her greeting to Mary was exactly what Mary needed to hear: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

    Mary responded in lyrical fashion. One line from those lyrics inspired our declaration for this week. It’s from Luke 1:50, which says, “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”

    The word “fear” here is a different form of the Greek verb “phobos” than the angel used when he told Mary not to be afraid (Luke 1:30). Gabriel spoke of being frightened or alarmed, but Mary spoke of reverence and awe. In other words, God’s mercy extends to those who are awestruck by him. So, when you make this week’s declaration, think not of cowering before God, but instead think of bowing in reverence or standing in awe.

    Elizabeth told Mary that she was blessed as someone who believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. You are blessed too, my friend. When God gives you a huge assignment that frightens you, remember his mercy and his faithfulness.

    Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and Christianbook.com. It’s also available for download to your Kindle or from the Apple store for your iBooks app. Or visit my website to purchase a copy at shawnamariebryant.com

    This week's scripture: Luke 1: 39-56

    • 7 min
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    Since covid-19 lockdowns altered my Sunday morning routine, I’ve been attending online services beyond those presented by my home church. This past Sunday, I watched Robert Morris, Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Texas. I sat up straight with expectation when he mentioned that he’d recently been making “I am” declarations. I’m a big fan of “I am” declarations! The Believe & Speak podcast is all about empowering your tongue with truth by making declarations about our true identity, significance and worth.

    Pastor Robert said that one of his “I am” declarations had been “I am highly favored.” He then confessed that he paused after declaring “I am highly favored” to consider if it was actually true. We know from Luke 1:28 that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was highly favored. But can ordinary people like you and me also declare that we are highly favored? Yes! You are highly favored, my friend. I recommend Pastor Robert’s sermon if you need to be convinced. We can know that we are highly favored by God because he said so, and we can hold onto his promises because no word from God will ever fail.

    Link to sermon: https://gatewaypeople.com/sermons/highly-favored

    Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Walmart.com, Booksamillion.com and Christianbook.com. It’s also available for download to your Kindle or from the Apple store for your iBooks app. Or visit my website to purchase a copy at shawnamariebryant.com

    This week's scripture: Luke 1:26-38

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

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tobs_delaney ,

I love this concept!

Absolutely agree! Extremely important to repeat / know the truth and speak it out loud!!! I’m looking forward to this journey with Shawna!

lauriegabe ,

Believe

Wonderful format and beautiful message. I new addition to each Wednesday will be listening to Believe & Speak!

steph_willy ,

Encouraging!!

This podcast is a great reminder of the love of God for us. Thank you, Shawna for your encouraging words of truth. ♥️

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