Today’s Paper

Posted by Shelley on Oct 10, 2009 in bible study

is tomorrow’s compost.

you know I’m right!



Posted by Shelley on Jun 26, 2009 in bible study

Out of nowhere today my son said something so reassuring to me it had to be the voice of God speaking into the car.

Canon said, today it’s okay if you’re late mommy. Sometimes you just have to be late and it’s okay.

late for what? I asked him.

for anything. sometimes you’ve got to just be late and it’s okay, was his reply.

he said it like three times. I said, you’re a smart boy Canon. he said, you’re a smart mommy, mommy.

and I think it was the best part of my day today.


Burden + Opportunity = Godly Leaders

Posted by Shelley on Jun 11, 2009 in bible study

“Nehemiah didn’t discover his purpose until he was confronted with a problem. That’s the way it works for most godly leaders. They don’t have to go looking for something that captures their hearts. The calling comes as the result of obediently seizing an opportunity that is close at hand. The burden precedes their vision for the leadership.”

~John Maxwell

HT to Suzanne, who is my hero, battling cancer. John Maxwell is always right on!!!



Posted by Shelley on Aug 13, 2008 in bible study

This is generally a very funny website which uses lots of humor to point out “the stuff Christians like.”  It is widely-read and I think it gives great commentary and is right on.  Today’s post  (#375, scroll down a bit) was a little bit more serious.  But it was well done and certainly something I needed.  So thanks to Jon over in Georgia for giving me a mighty good perspective on what I think I may have forgotten about.



Posted by Shelley on Mar 26, 2008 in bible study

~It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.~

I found this quote and really liked it.  I hope you do too!


The Beauty of Easter

Posted by Shelley on Mar 23, 2008 in bible study

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… Romans 8:1

Jude 24-25… To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen

Okay, these are not the traditional Easter verses you might hear today. But… have you ever had two left feet? Big mistakes? Big regrets? Are you more than a beautiful mess? ROMANS 8:1

I keep thinking, where would I be without someone to save me? Someone who won’t let me fall? Someone who sees what I am meant to be? JUDE 24, 25

Because of His resurrection everyday is filled with hope. Accept this and be in agreement with me that without the ugliness of the crucifixion we could never be presented without condemnation, without fault. Realizing this truth for myself has been a big step in my walk of faith. Matthew West’s song captures it for me perfectly. Please take a moment to watch it, read the words and believe the beauty of Easter can be true for you too (click here).


I don’t know what to call this…

Posted by Shelley on Mar 6, 2008 in bible study

In the Bible much reference is made to tents. These folks went on many journeys, often living out of tents for quite some time. I can’t even think of putting together what I need for a trip and throwing it in backpack along with a tent and hitting the road. It gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it. Although with my new iphone (courtesy of Mike’s gracious gift-giving abilities) I might could hack it. That thing will do just about anything plus it has google maps right on the dashboard. So in the event I did pitch a tent and got lost I would know my exact location. But I digress….

Back to my devotional today. It started out with a verse from Deuteronomy, stating that “God would go before me, to search out a place for me to pitch my tent” (chap. 1, v. 32-33). Which absolutely made me laugh because the thought of me setting up a tent is hilarious. Regardless of Bible times or the 21st century, I would be the one having trouble with that tent. I began having quite a time relating to this illustration.

Then my tent became a place… a situation… a relationship… an illness. The tent is a place where God will put you and He’ll show you where to go from there. To those of us who believe, He is going before us in everything. When we want to point and click (or in my case, lightly tap the keypad) all he’s really looking for is for his believers to acknowledge Him wherever it is he has brought us to camp. To trust Him for the places, the situations, the illnesses; and to trust that he will show us the way to go.

This really sounds too easy and hard all at the same time. Which tells me that you know you are at a spot God would have you when you simply can’t do it on your own accord. When I’m in a tough place and the only way “out” or the only way “in” is because of him then I know He has me right where He wants me to be. God is far more interest in my character than my comfort level! And I am sure that if it really were a real tent the Holy Spirit would have me setting that thing up til I got it right. Same thing applies here. Trust in Jesus, outside of what you think you can.  Set up camp, go where He leads because I know for sure that the one who created it all will get it right.


For anybody who knows a Mom…

Posted by Shelley on Oct 24, 2007 in bible study

or had a Mom or is a Mom, all I can say is if you want to be a Mom please watch this video.


The Elmo Factor

Posted by Shelley on Oct 10, 2007 in Real Life Stories, bible study

Elmo was interviewed on ‘The View’ this morning. Which reminded me of something.

Over the summer we watched Elmo’s interview on Larry King. What is so absolutely crazy about this is the voice of Elmo is not who you would think it is. It is a big African-American man who looks like you may not want to get in a fight with him. But out of this big guy comes this sweet little Elmo voice. He sings, he rhymes, he is adorable. And the voice behind the cute furry red character is incredibly talented and doesn’t resemble Elmo in the least. How about that?

The Elmo factor is simply this: things may not always be as they appear. Elmo’s voice and his puppeteer just didn’t quite “go” together. That’s not a bad thing. However, speaking out of both side of one’s mouth could be a bad thing. Like if Elmo was cute and furry with his pre-school voice and then out of nowhere came the man’s voice… talk about freaking out a little kid! That would freak me out! We’ve seen it though in various forms and fashions. Call it two-faced, call it double-talk, pandering or spinning… call it what you will… I will call it the Elmo Factor and I will try to avoid it at all cost.


HSBC’s Ladies Fall Bible Studies

Posted by Shelley on Aug 5, 2007 in bible study

Here is a complete list of what is being offered at Hunter Street beginning in September. Most of these studies are offered for 10-12 weeks (some longer) and meet weekly or bi-weekly. Morning and evening choices are available plus childcare is offered for many of these!

Three years ago I had the opportunity to lead on Thursday mornings and continue doing so… I can’t tell you what blessings I have received by being a part of a small group! If you are not in a weekly small group I encourage you to take a look at these below. Regardless of your background, church affiliation or work schedule we have something for everyone! Hear my heart here: not only will you grow in knowledge but friendships and encouragement await you by becoming a part of one of these groups. Take the time to join a study and you will be so glad you did. Let me know if you have questions!

REVELATION PART 1 by Kay Arthur (precept study)
Mondays 6:15 p.m. 9/10/07 – 11/19/07 Room S112-114
Jesus’ Message to the Church. Want to know what the future holds? Come study Revelation and allow God’s plan to be revealed to you.
LEADER: Terri Houston 428-3141 or terrillah@aol.com

HE SPEAKS TO ME by Priscilla Shirer (daughter of Tony Evans)
Mondays 6:30-8:00 p.m. 9/10/07 – 10/22/07
Are you longing to hear God’s voice but feeling disconnected? Hungry for His presence? Need His leading? In the 7 weeks of her video and study guide with daily assignments and personal challenges, we will see how God spoke to Samuel and learn to position ourselves to hear from God personally.
LEADER: Mary Carolyn Sullivan 822-8882 sullivanken_mc@juno.com

SERMON ON THE MOUNT by Kay Arthur (precept study)
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Dates: 9/4/07 – 11/13/07 Room S112-114
Faith that does not compromise is promised a reward in the world to come and also a life free from anxiety in this world. Get a deeper understanding of the fruit and security that come with righteousness in the life of a true believer. You’ll never look at the Beatitudes the same way again! Kay’s video set for this revised study includes teaching on-location in Israel.
LEADER: Tracy Caldwell, 942-5803 or tracy.caldwell@charter.net

Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Dates: 9/11/07 – 11/13/07 Room S109-110
This study Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life, leads you through a stud of the Scriptures to discover the transforming power of Christian freedom. Based on Isaiah 61:1-4, this in-depth study draws parallels between the captive Israelites and today’s believers.
LEADER: Marygene Allison 428-9055 or georgemarygene@juno.com

HE SPEAKS TO ME by Priscilla Shirer
Tuesdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Dates: 9/11/07 – 10/23/07
Do you want to develop a more intimate prayer life? Even more, do you want to hear from God in practical ways? Based on the life of Samuel (who first heard God’s voice while still a small boy), this study will give you a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit. This book speaks directly to the need to develop a richer prayer life and a deeper, more intimate relationship with God and to learn how to comfortably share your experience of God with others.
LEADER: Angela Jones, 663-0209 angelaj6@bellsouth.net

WISING UP by Beth Moore
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. 9/04/07 – 11/20/07
A teaching DVD series by Beth Moore from the book of Proverbs. A 60-minute DVD with a listening guide. No workbook/homework involved in this study.
LEADER: Jenny Williams 663-2445 or williams4676@bellsouth.net

DOWN BUT NOT OUT (How to Get Up When Life Knocks You Down) by Wayne Mack
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 9/11/07 – 11/13/07
None of us live a trouble-free or without-problems kind of life. This study gives practical answers from Scripture when the circumstances of life seem overwhelming. Topics include worry, anxiety, spiritual burnout, discontentment, discouragement and more. You will find out there is a supernatural way to overpower trouble, to live in contentment with a deep down peace and an unassailable joy.
LEADER: Judy Chiles, 824-4385 or judychiles@charter.net

A WOMAN’S HEART, GOD’S DWELLING PLACE (New & revised) by Beth Moore
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 9/11/07 – 11/13/07
You’re invited to enter the sanctuary of your God and let Him reveal marvelous mysteries to you. Explore the building of the tabernacle, uncover the significance of its intricate design, and learn its pivotal role in God’s eternal plan. You will be challenged to prepare your heart, like the holy of holies, to become a home for His love and glory – a dwelling place for the Most High God.
LEADER: Ashley Anderton 425-5544 ashleyanderton@bellsouth.net

DOWNPOUR by James MacDonald
Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 9/5/07 – 11/21/07
Take hold of this opportunity for personal revival. Make yourself wholly His. Let nothing come in between you and God’s fresh downpour of mercy and grace. God wants to rain down on you not a trickle, but a torrent – a deluge of Himself. What’s required is a turning to Him with all that you are. Will you come? Great for a friend who is searching, seeking, longing for a closer relationship with the Lord.
LEADER: Debbie Beckmann 426-4226 dbeckmann@charter.net

Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. 9/5/07 – 11/14/07
You can know the glorious freedom of a life filled with the fruit of the Spirit. You will be challenged to pursue the only route to develop the fruit – by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God.
LEADER: Nancy Bickings 982-6203 bickings@gmail.com

WISING UP by Beth Moore
Thursdays 9:15-11:00 a.m. 9/5/07 – 11/21/07
A teaching DVD series by Beth Moore from the book of Proverbs. A 60-minute DVD with a listening guide. No workbook/homework involved in this study.
LEADER: Shelley Shaw 979-2190 shelley@shelleyshaw.com

Thursdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. 9/6/07 – 11/15/07
Is our belief system working? Are our Christian lives successful? Are they achieving and experiencing what scripture said they would? This 10-week study will help women to explore what it means to believe God, trust in God and receive a fresh word from Him.
LEADER: Vicki Wilkins 663-4463 vkwilkins@bellsouth.net

Thursdays 9:15-10:30 a.m. 9/11/07 – 11/13/07
Linda Dillow writes “If you’re tired of worrying about all the ‘what ifs’ in your life and want to experience the calm and contentment promised in Scripture, Calm My Anxious Heart is what you’ve been looking for.” Join us as we learn to turn to Scripture for comfort and away from the sin of worry.
LEADER: Karen Rosenow 664-4798 krosenow@charter.net

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