Shannan Martin
About the Author

Shannan Martin is the author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted, wife of a jail chaplain, and mom to four kiddos. She's a big believer in community and salsa, and blogs at

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  1. What a glorious and freeing message to embrace on a Sunday when we bump elbows with the family of God. Thanks for this encouragement to bring what I have and to the table and to honor the contributions of others in the circle. So thankful for God’s wide open door!

  2. As I read my/your/our devotion, I am preparing to go out into our community for our church’s annual share weekend. There are no weekend services so to speak; just a congregation of folks willing to venture out into the community to help others. Your words confirm we are doing exactly the right thing! Also, they remind me I want to get back to a more simple way of living life.
    Thank you!

  3. Shannan,

    Such a glorious message! This country is so divided and the new generation is all about me & now. You are talking about going into the world & sharing what you have. Once a month our church along with another in the area does “Feed the Multitude”. We home make desserts & they make the meal. I love going & helping put food in trays for those people. It gives one a good perspective on what you have. I wish more people would gather with community to do church.

    Blessings 🙂

  4. You have spoken so clearly, warmly and without judgment what has been anchored deeply in my heart for a few years now. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Every day I ask the Lord to etch this very verse on my heart ❤️, in my mind, soul and spirit. Thank you!

  5. Such a timely message! Your model come-with-what-you-have Sunday lunch may be the perfect solution for a new life group with others from our church. I’m going to suggest it! Also, you’ve given me a new mantra: “rigid planning is overrated!” ( I tend to be a planner who can go overboard.) Thank you, Shannan, for a post full of truth and inspiration!