By the time I understood the meanings of words, I decided to live up to my name–Savage. Well – with a surname like that, what else was expected of me?
As a child, I rarely sat still, listened, or followed instructions. I ran away, hid, or snuck off to forbidden places.
Both my parents worked, and like most, they did the best they knew how to raise me in a godly environment. They arranged for a church bus to pick me up each Sunday and I heard the gospel message every week. One summer as a pre-teen, on a trip to a girls camp in the piney woods of eastern New Mexico, I felt the nudge of Jesus calling me. I said, YES.
Excited about my mountain top experiences, I looked forward to all the new changes in my life. But when I returned home everything was the same. Feeling disappointed, I didn’t seek anything different in my relationship with God.
During my teen years, I sought out temporary pleasures God never intended for me. Instead of running to God, I ran farther and farther away from God.
A Savage- wild by nature.
By my early twenties, I imagined marriage and children would make my life better, but the love I needed was more than they could provide. One wild experience after another kept me broken and battered.
Wasting away emotionally and mentally, I finally heard a gentle whisper calling, “Shonda, Shonda.” I recognized the nudge, the familiar nudge from the piney woods.
I cried out, “Jesus.” He immediately responded to my cries. Then the Master Gardener picked up this broken off branch and grafted me into HIS life saving Root, Jesus Christ. There I felt safe. I felt life. I received nourishment and love. And I finally began to truly live, by His wild, amazing grace.
My name, Shonda, is a French variation of the name Sean, which is derived from the Hebrew name, John. The name means…
God is gracious.
Put the meaning of my two names together and it reads, “God is gracious to the wild one” or in short…
Season by season I pursue a fully engrafted life. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. The Father is the gardener and He prunes away the branches that do not bear fruit. And there’s no way I can bear fruit without being being attached to the Vine. That means, no matter what storms or trials come into my life, I choose to remain attached to the Vine to experience a fruitful life. Therefore, I remain fully engrafted.
I am passionate about–
- Studying God’s word
- Applying God’s word to my own life.
- Sharing God’s word with others so they can also live a fully engrafted life
My name is the foundation of my testimony–Shonda Savage or Wild Grace. Once wild for the things of this world, I’m now wild for the things of God. I have been tamed by God’s loving grace.
Though all of us are wild by nature, we can be tamed by God’s wild grace in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let’s experience God’s wild grace!
More About Shonda…
Shonda Savage is a speaker, teacher, and writer with a heart for encouraging others to deepen their relationship with the Lord. She speaks and writes to inspire others to pursue the most important thing worth pursuing—a relationship with Jesus. This pursuit is worth all the obstacles and challenges. God’s grace is sufficient. She points to the One who has the power to transform lives. Shonda connects with others through her personal experiences and testimony of God’s faithfulness in her life.
Shonda will show you to lose sight of the wild, worldly desires by being grafted into the source of wild grace in Christ Jesus.
Shonda and her husband of 29 years, Eldon Whitworth, reside in Lubbock, Texas. They have two adult sons, two dogs, and two cats.