Shanté Grossett of Daily She Pursues in Virginia, USA
Back in September, you may have heard me share some exciting news... Daily She Pursues, a women's ministry out of Virginia, was publishing a devotional called Faithful!
I had the privilege of being one of 30 women who contributed to the devotional, sharing a testimony of God's faithfulness in my life in the hopes of encouraging the reader to stay deeply rooted in the knowledge that God has been faithful before and he will certainly be faithful again... because he IS faithful (amen amen, yes?!).
Here's a bit about the devotional:
Scripture demonstrates that God often calls His people to remember his covenant faithfulness time and time again. The book of Deuteronomy is an excellent example of this. Moses instructs the people to write God’s word on their foreheads, on their hands, and in their homes. They are called to remember God’s faithfulness.
Faithful: Recalling the Goodness of the Lord serves a similar purpose. You are invited into the real and honest testimonies of women from all walks of life as they share their experience with God’s faithfulness through hardship."
Today I have the joy of introducing you (if you don't already know her!) to Shanté, founder of Daily She Pursues.
Read on to get to know Shanté!
Name: Shanté Grossett
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Welcome! Please could you tell us about yourself and Daily She Pursues?
Sure! I’m Shanté and I’m the founder of a Christian blog called Daily She Pursues. I’m also a graduate student at Liberty University, currently working on a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies. I’m passionate about helping women grow in their relationship with God and learn how to practically pursue him everyday. This looks like prioritizing prayer, studying God’s word, and committing to a daily walk with the Lord. Our faith is more than just going to church and practicing Christian disciplines simply because we were raised that way. Instead, it’s about truly knowing God and allowing our love for him to be the driving force behind our actions.
When I’m not studying or working on the blog, you might find me drinking tea, reading a good book, journaling, or thrifting. I love thinking and learning new things. I’m a natural introvert but I love good conversations. Finally, I’m an INFJ and a type 5 on the enneagram.
Have you ever struggled with identity? How did God lead you to his truth?
Yes! I used to struggle so much with my identity. It felt like I was being pulled apart by trying to please everyone and live up to their expectations of who I should be. I wasn’t confident in who God made me to be. In fact, I didn’t really know who God called me to be! It took submitting to God, allowing him to teach me, and trusting his lead to overcome this struggle. God helped me re-evaluate my dreams and desires, and he replaced many of them with his own. It might sound cliche but our true identity is in Christ. We can’t look to the world, or even friends and family to define who we are. Our identity isn’t in our fears, our mistakes, our struggles or our failures. If we submit our whole lives to God, he will transform us and make us into the women he’s called us to be.
What does celebrating your God-given design mean to you?
That’s a great question! For me, it means being myself and being unapologetic about who I am. It also means being open to change. I realize that as Christians, we’re on a journey of transformation. God is molding us and forming us into the likeness of his Son, Jesus Christ. The reality is, I’m not exactly who God wants me to be -- not yet at least. But, if I walk with him, I can become who he wants me to be. So, I celebrate who I am but I also strive to be more like Jesus.
What has God shown you about your God-given design through your walk with him?
One thing that stands out is how God sanctifies our personalities and uses it for his glory. I believe that in following Christ, he makes us better versions of who we are. For example, people often tell me that I’m quiet and soft-spoken. I used to hate being referred to this way. But, I am quiet and that’s okay. However, this is only a part of who I am, not the entire picture… and if I am obedient to God, he can use me for his glory, not despite my personality but because of it.
How would you encourage someone who is struggling to embrace their God-given design and live out their God-given calling?
Honestly, I would say practice submitting to God. I’ve received a lot of questions over the years from women wanting to know what their purpose is. I tell them that their purpose can only be discovered as they get to know Christ. 1 John 2:3 says that knowing Christ and keeping his commandments work hand in hand. If I submit to Christ, I grow in my knowledge of who he is, and by getting to know Christ more, I get to know myself better. Embracing your God-given design won’t come all at once. It might be scary to embrace what God is calling you to do but simply step out on faith. Do what he’s telling you to do today, and practice doing this daily. As you do this, you will begin to feel God shaping you and changing you into who he’s called you to be.
Thank you for sharing your testimony! Are you open to receiving any follow-up questions? How can we contact you?
Absolutely! Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to answer any questions.