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Out with the Old, In with the New

Posted by Shelley on Jul 31, 2006 in Real Life Stories

Today a really good thing happened. I got a new washing machine and dryer. The previous pair was a hand-me-over from my Mom and Dad, we think it was pushing 18 years. The set was very dependable, they washed and dried my youngest sister’s sweet baby things and once we inherited the set it did the same for my children. I washed my first married load of clothes in it and through the years, I also washed and dried several important documents that never seemed to make it out of pockets. Lots of clothes, four different Shaw homes and now they sit outside waiting to picked up by Goodwill…

I felt some humility I hadn’t felt in a while staring at the new pair. I even prayed that somehow these appliances could help me become the better mother I lamented about in my last post. Here I am, in a newly remodeled laundry room with 21st century appliances (thanks to my sweet husband) while a world away other mothers sit in bomb shelters with their children wondering when it’s safe to come out. I am beginning my 34th year in my earthly journey and I am so grateful the Lord saw to it that I could come this far. The gratitude I feel is abounding, thank you sweet Saviour, for your blessings.

Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever. 2 Samuel 7:29

 
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Motherhood 101

Posted by Shelley on Jul 28, 2006 in Real Life Stories

I think I missed this class. Maybe taking 6 weeks of home-ec in 6th grade just wasn’t enough. I had other things to do, places to go, friends to see… even still you could take an entire home economics class by the time highschool rolled around and where was I? To be honest, it looked like fun but didn’t that stuff come naturally? I had a good amount of estrogen, surely it wasn’t that hard or no one would do it (ha)!

So, me and a friend of mine have a theory on this. If the truth really got out on this motherhood thing the human race would cease to exist and of course, we know, that is not an option. In other words, where in the job description did it say “the ability to avoid mental breakdowns between May and August is neccessary for success in this position”? I mean, do they teach remedial motherhood classes????

Okay, enough of that, on to what got me thinking (or maybe not thinking) that insanity is a mere breath away. There are few low moments in motherhood but forgeting the toothfairy is among them. There she is smiling, a huge grin, showing me the gaping hole in her mouth. “Mom, did you forget I left my tooth out last night?” says my sweet daughter. Oh me, well, yes I did. But that is nothing compared to what I put my toddler through just an hour later. We are at the gas station, paying $3 a gallon and I think, sure I’ll spend a few more bucks to get the car washed. We have driven around the Birmingham metro area with smiley faces painted in the dust of the black SUV most of the summer. Moments later my son absolutely thinks we are are being eaten alive in the gas station car wash. Of course he thinks that, now why didn’t I think of it??? He is screaming, I mean to the tune of numereous decibals. What do you do when you are literally trapped in there? I can’t drive forward…. I just climb to the backseat reassuring we will come out alive. Deaf, but alive.

We drive out and he looks at me and says, “I did it”. Whew, yes we did. We got home, somehow I remembered to pick up Melodi from VBS and after unloading groceries and catching my breath my oldest says, “Mom, Canon has just set off your car alarm…” she is not moving, it doesn’t occur to her to grab the car keys and maybe just press a button to get it to stop. Which makes me think, how long has it been going off? Maybe just a little longer and someone may actually show up to help! Now there’s an idea!

Mothers everywhere need that button, the “I”ve fallen and I can’t get up” button for someone, like Superman, to step and I say, “It’s okay Mrs. Shaw. Everything here is under control…” Well, Melodi has just announced there is a very bad diaper situation which means duty calls. I’m glad she is around to give a play by play of my day, every mother needs to be reminded she is needed. Where are my car keys???

 
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Update on Fall Bible Studies

Posted by Shelley on Jul 24, 2006 in bible study

Many of you have stopped and asked me what the schedule is looking like for Bible Study this fall. And now that we are only a few short weeks away from school starting back I wanted to give you something else to look forward to! Take a look, it’s a great line up.

There are three Beth Moore Studies being offered, I have participated in two of them and can highly recommend both. Jesus the One and Only was my very first Beth Moore study, about 5 years ago. If you can’t join me on Thursday mornings but have Tuesday mornings open jump in on this one, it really brought Jesus to life for me. Beth’s newest study on the book of Daniel is being offered three times! I might lead the Thursday morning group AND participate in one of the Daniel groups; after looking through those 12 chapters of Daniel in the Bible I am absolutely intrigued.

Finally, I am leading Breaking Free. I participated in this just a few short years ago and it is truly worth repeating. Is freedom a reality in your life? This study leads you through 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. Most Christians today do not fully enjoy the abundant life God intended. Beth uses scripture to point out the benefits of our relationship with God and shows you how to remove obstacles that hinder that relationship.

See below the complete listing of what HSBC is offering for women this fall:

Daniel Precept Study
Mondays at 6:15 p.m., begins September 11 for 8 weeks
Leader: Terri Houston, 428-3141, terrillah@aol.com

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
Tuesdays at 9:30, beginning August 29
Leader: Judy Chiles 824-4385 or judychiles@charter.net

Jesus the One and Only By Beth Moore
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., beginning August 29 for 11 weeks
Leader: Mary Gene Allison 428-9055 or georgemarygene@juno.com

Where Are You Going, (Jonah) Precept study
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., beginning August 22
Leader: Tracy Caldwell 942-5803 or tracy@onpointadv.com

Gripped by the Greatness of God by James McDonald
Tuesdays at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. beginning August 29
Leader: Jenny Williams 663-2445 or williams4676@bellsouth.net

Daniel By Beth Moore
Tuesdays at 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning August 29 for 11 weeks with Sylvia Green 533-5993 or sylviagreen@bellsouth.net
Wednesdays at 9:00-11:00 a.m. beginning August 30 for 11 weeks with Nina Butler 426-3448 or nmbutler_cmc@yahoo.com
Every Other Thursday at 6:30-8:00 p.m. beginning September 7
Leader: Denise Chamblee, 985-2048 or dchamblee@benefitcommunications.com

Attending the Bride of Christ By Martha Lawley
Tuesdays at 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning August 29 for 6 weeks
Leader: Ashley Anderton 425-5544 ashleyanderton@bellsouth.net

Hope by Mary Glynn Peeples
Wednesdays at 9:30-11:00 a.m., beginning August 23
Leader: Mary Carolyn Sullivan 822-8882 or sullivanken_mc@juno.com

Breaking Free by Beth Moore
Thursdays at 9:00 a.m., beginning August 31
Leader: Shelley Shaw 979-2190 or basketgal@gmail.com

 
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The Real Wheel of Fortune

Posted by Shelley on Jul 20, 2006 in bible study

A few days ago the Lord gave me a word which hasn’t left my mind all week long… providence. Merriam Webster gives it this definition: divine guidance or care, God-conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny. That was good; I needed a definition, however, I knew I needed more. What I found was a sermon by Charles Spurgeon, circa 1908, which gave me the clarity I needed to fully absorb the meaning of this word and why God wanted me to understand it. It’s crazy how something so old is so accurate, especially in a day and time when we think we know it all.

Spurgeon paints the picture of providence being like a wheel. I’ll borrow some of his thoughts here and hopefully you too can read his entire sermon to learn more about fate, destiny and providence. If you can get past the turn of the century Old English you will see a modern day message (see http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/3114.htm)

I have just hinted at the reason why Providence is like a wheel; because sometimes one part of the wheel is at the top, and then it is at the bottom. Sometimes this part is exalted, and anon it sinks down to the dust. Then it is lifted to the air, and then again by a single revolution it is brought down again to the earth…So it is with our life. Our own experience is never a stable thing; it is always changing, always turning round…Such is the state of man. Providence is like a wheel.

Dear sister, does this explain your life to you? I tell you, it spoke volumes to me. That’s why his next point is so important I must share it with you. This can honestly be the first day of the rest of your life if you understand the next part of his “word picture”… apply this to your life RIGHT NOW! Where ever you are, up on the wheel or down, the axel stays the same… He’s the only one holding it all together… He is your FORTUNE!

You know that, in a wheel there is one portion that never turns round, that stands steadfast; and that is the axle. So in God’s Providence, there is an axle which never moves. Christian, here is a sweet thought for thee! Thy state is ever changing; sometimes thou art exalted, and sometimes depressed; yet there is an unmoving point in thy state… The exterior of the wheel is changing, but the center stands forever fixed. Other things may move; but God’s love never moves: it is the axle of the wheel; and this is another reason why Providence should be compared to a wheel.

 
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What (so) Ever

Posted by Shelley on Jul 13, 2006 in bible study

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.     Philipians 4:8

It has been said that God’s Word is a poweful weapon. Like many of you, I learned this verse and many others a long time ago. Only in the wee hours of this very morning did it begin to take hold and it’s meaning became much clearer to me. Allow God to help you memorize scripture and it will become the stick of dynamite you need.

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