Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Wilderness

Exodus 19:4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. The Israelites wandered for forty years in the wilderness. At first glance, one may think the goal was simply making a journey to the Promised Land in Canaan. I have […]

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Note to Self

One of my recent school assignments involved telling myself something 20 years from now.  I share this with you and pray that you too will consider what you want to tell yourself 20 years from now (OR even a year from now): Dear Shelly, 20 years ago, you were in a difficult place.  You were […]

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The Ugly Beautiful

An unexpected burst of wind came through a couple of nights ago, and with it our patio umbrella went flying! My husband quickly ran outside to try and catch it before any damage was done. It’s a large one and could have had Bruce flying like Mary Poppens! But the wind stopped and he gathered […]

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Do You Hate Sin?

When Christ enters our lives, there is a radical change.  We are not who we once were.  In fact, we are the opposite of what we were.  We have moved from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of the son He loves (Colossians 1:13).  Yet, it seems that so often we do not properly […]

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Messed Up

As years pass, you learn yourself more and more—hopefully, but asking God to search your heart also has a way of bringing things to the surface of your mind even quicker.  As one preacher said, “Jesus, will mess you up!” Now before you allow your mind to carry you too far, let me explain what […]

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Just Ask…

Being in ministry, I often fail to ask others to pray for me.  I count it a privilege when others ask me to pray for them, but then when I find myself in need I more often than not end up praying for my own needs.  I don’t send out an SOS for prayer help. […]

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Talking them off the Ledge

The enemy of our souls wants nothing more than disunity in the body.  (These are the very words that I shared just hours ago as I talked someone off the spiritual ledge of self destruction.  Do you know the kind of conversation that I am talking about?) Continuing the encouragement, I asked “What are you […]

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Most women seem to be good at making lists. I usually have three or four going at any given time. There’s the grocery list. The job list for my business. The always present “to-do” list. My favorite list is one I’ve been making for a few weeks…a list of gifts from the Lord, these graces […]

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I completed Mary Kassian’s “Knowing God by Name:  A Personal Encounter.” In seven weeks, Mary and I covered God’s names of deity, character, power, authority, splendor, intimacy, and sufficiency. It’s difficult to state the most meaningful, but at the typing of this post, the last name of God on the final week–last day sticks with […]

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We are hours away from 4th of July celebrations all over this country!  I couldn’t help but think about how far we have come since July 4, 1776.  Much has happened under the very freedom granted us so many years ago.  I often hear yammering about how this country is going to pot.  True in […]

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