What Is Man's Chief End?

Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy Him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM
Every new believer has been set apart by God, separated unto God to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this sense, every believer is a saint- a person separated from his old sinful way of life and set apart by God to increasingly glorify God as his life is transformed! Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins

Pregnant at the Ripe Ol' Age of 38!!

>> Monday, December 28, 2009

Yep! You read it right. I'm just at 9 weeks pregnant! The days have been filled with complete exhaustion and frequent nausea. And because of this, housework and schoolwork has been slipping and sliding to the wayside! Christmas has come and gone for another year, so now is the time to get back to "normal" living... if that is even possible at the moment.

I will post, of course, about my journey through this pregnancy, along with what God is doing in me to prepare me for this new season in our lives.

Blessings,
Saint Shellie

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Two of My Favorite Christmas Movies

>> Tuesday, December 15, 2009

There are so many Christmas movies out there, and so many versions of the same ones. But out of just about all of them, my two favorites are...A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. This month, my son and I are reading A Christmas Carol and he is doing a lapbook to reinforce his learnings of the literature. This is the first time to actually read the story, so we are getting so much out of it. I love it so much because it is a redemption story...through Christ!!! Not only is Scrooge changed to "do good", but is actually born again!! That fact can't be denied in the story. And another thing I like about it is that it's never too late for redemption! No matter how old you are and how many mistakes you've made, Christ is ready to save you!! Of course, we are also watching one of the movies. My absolutely favorite version is Scrooge. Albert Finney plays Scrooge, and he is such a fantastic actor. And this is the version I saw as a child when our school class went to see it in the theater... in the '70s!! So, if you havent't seen it, try to find it and watch it with your family. It's great!!

Another favorite is It's a Wonderful Life. What a great movie for your kids to watch to see what it really means to "reap what you sow!" James Stewart is another great actor and this has got to be his greatest film. At least, that's my opinion, even though I haven't seen all of his films. LOL! Just to see how he put his wishes aside to help so many people in his community...And then to see how they come running to help when he was in desperate need! Sowing and Reaping! What a concept.

So, to reflect on our own lives... How can we change our ways to look more to the poor around us? What ways can we sow into other people's lives? Just a thought to ponder!

I know this time of the year can be quite busy. But how about get some popcorn and hot chocolate with your family and kick back and watch these movies. You may just get a new perspective.

Blessings to You and Merry Christmas,
Saint Shellie

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Dealing with Anxiety

>> Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Troubles come and troubles go. Questions arise, with or without answers. Many days come along and go as planned, without a second thought about it. But then there are days that bring with it many unexpected things that can bring on anxiety!

How do we deal with this anxiety? These questions in our minds? These doubts that plaque us continually throughout the day, or week, or maybe a month or more? Is anxiety good for us? Can it bring us closer to our Savior, or does it ultimately lead us away from Him? Does anxiety come from our Lord, ... or from our enemy??

To tell the truth, I deal with anxiety at the oddest times. Early in the mornings before I even wake up! From out of nowhere, a thought will pop into my head about something I need to do, something I forgot about, or something that seems so urgent at the time. How annoying this is!! Then, of course, I can't go back to sleep because I'm fretting over this thought that won't go away. Well, if I get up, have my coffee and time with the Lord, I will eventually get over it and will realize how ridiculous it was.

But there are some days that an anxiety will get the best of me. What do I do? Fret and pray. Then, honestly, fret and pray some more. Now is this honoring God? I would have to say, "No!" Now here's a bold question for ya, ...

Is anxiety a sin??

Let's look at the Word of God and see what He says about anxiety.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Now back to my question... Is anxiety a sin? Well I look at God's Word as commands, not suggestions. So when Paul, who wrote this under the inspiration of God, says to be anxious for NOTHING, then I see that being full of anxiety is going against The Word.

Is anxiety, itself, sin? Well, I would say no, but it's what we DO with it that can be sinful. When we take that anxiety and run with it and fret about it, then it is sinful. We have to ask ourselves, "Do we really trust God?" Do we trust God's providence in our lives? Can we believe that this "thing" that we are experiencing is part of a bigger plan to make us more like Him? And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son... Romans 8:28-29.

God tells us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) So, He knows that we will have things that make us anxious and worrisome, but He wants us to take those things and give them to Him. Isn't that something to be thankful for? Being anxious about something does not make me feel good. I physically feel terrible when I'm anxious. But to be able to give it to Him... and then trust Him to deal with it, that makes me feel better.

Jesus, Himself, had an extreme anxiety attack when He was praying about His upcoming crucifixion. So much so that He was sweating blood! Now was that anxiety sin? Of course not!! We're talking about sinless Jesus!! It's what He did with this anxiety. He prayed that the Father would take the cup from Him, BUT not His will, but the Father's will be done!! He was casting His care on His Father, giving it to Him, and was trusting in God's Providence!!

This morning was one of those mornings when something came up and made me very anxious. Of course, I fretted and prayed, but then fretted some more. I finally had to face up to it and do what needed to be done, but only after I finally gave it to God. I had to tell myself to not worry, that God would take care of the situation, regardless of the outcome. And it turned out that everything worked out beautifully. Better than I even expected! God is good! He's always good, even when things look bad. We can always trust His Providence! So, don't fret, don't worry, He is our Father who loves us with an everlasting love.

The next time anxiety attacks, my prayer is that you (and I) would be encouraged by these words and would quickly remember to be anxious for nothing and to cast our cares on Him!!

Blessings,
Saint Shellie


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A Change in Focus! And a Challenge to You!!

>> Thursday, December 3, 2009

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; For God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7

We've made a decision... This Christmas season, we are taking the focus off of ourselves and putting the focus on our Savior. Each year we get sucked into the "gimmes" and what we want, but not this year! We are going to do what Jesus would want us to do. To be extravagant givers!!! We are going to give each other a gift, just not many gifts. Instead, with the money that we would spend on ourselves, we are going to spend it on families who need help. We have adopted 2 families in our area who can't afford to buy gifts for their kids. We hope to shower them with gifts that show them the love of our Savior. Sprinkled with little notes hidden in the wrapping to share that God loves them and He cares for them. And that there is someone praying for them.

Of all the "things" that I would love for my kids to get for Christmas, THIS is the one I want them to "get" most of all!! It's not about us, but about HIM! To take our eyes off of ourselves is a practice in dying to ourselves. The "gimme gimmes" only feeds selfishness. Our lists of all our wants only feeds our carnal flesh. That doesn't honor God. But being extravagant givers does please Him!

I'm excited! My kids are even excited. We all are excited about doing this. And I'm excited about how my family will be blessed. I'm excited about how these families will be blessed and how seeds will be sown into their hearts. Who knows, they may have never been told that they are loved and cherished by their Creator. But they will know now. Because we will tell them! I am believing that God will use this for their good.

So, my challenge to you is... What are YOU willing to do differently this Christmas to reveal the real meaning of the season?? Let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Blessings to You this Christmas!
Saint Shellie

P.S. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on my Christmas message to you. You will be taken to another page (kids4truth). I promise, you will enjoy it.


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A Wife's Biblical Submission~Week Two, Part Two

>> Monday, November 30, 2009



The Modern Day Rib... To Bless and Protect...

As I said in the first post, I understand the blessing part, but not necessarily the protecting part. Aren't they supposed to protect us? We are the weaker vessel, after all...

I can see ways in which I should protect my hubby. Nowadays, men are put down, feminized, and made to look stupid. And yes, I will admit, I am really bad about focusing on his faults! I tend to notice those things before I TAKE notice of all the good things that he does. Shame on me! And believe it or not, I have been working on this.

And, I have gotten better about protecting him from family members who can tend to be demanding of his time. What it means that he worked all night long and he needs some rest!! Some just can't understand that. But anyway...

I know that I have a long way to go in blessing and protecting my hubby. Over the years, I have moved forward in my walk with the Lord and I have changed in the way I treat my dh. For the better, of course. But I still have a long way to go.

Thank you, Sunny, for the wonderful insight!

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May You Have a...

>> Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Banana Bread~Modified! :)

>> Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This is my first recipe to post. I have modified it from the original recipe provided by Jane Fonda in her book, Cooking for Healthy Living. I have experimented with this recipe many times, using different flours and sugar substitutes. I also added chocolate chips! Each time was pretty good, but the last time it turned out dry. But this time, I have to say, it turned out quite yummy! :) So here's the original recipe with my BEST modification.

Jane's Recipe:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Recipe:

2c unbleached flour~~~~~~~~~2c unbleached Whole Wheat flour

2tsp baking powder~~~~~~~~~ 2tsp baking powder

1/2tsp baking soda~~~~~~~~~~ 1/2tsp baking soda

1/2tsp salt~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1/2tsp salt

4 large, overripe bananas~~~~~~ 4 large, overripe bananas

2 egg whites~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 egg whites, or 1 egg

3/4c sugar~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3/4c Organic Agave Nectar

1/4c lowfat buttermilk~~~~~~~~ 1/4c milk

1tsp vanilla extract~~~~~~~~~~ 1tsp vanilla extract

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ some chocolate chips!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl from the wet ingredients. Then mix dry with wet, or vice versa. Mix slowly, never too harsh. Then add chocolate chips.

Bake for 55-60 minutes and voila!! Now you have a moist and tasty banana bread! Enjoy!

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A Wife's Biblical Submission~Week Two

>> Sunday, November 22, 2009



The Wife & The Rib~~to PROTECT and BLESS...

I've always thought about why God chose to use Adam's rib to form Eve. Sure, I've thought about husbands not walking all over their wives and wives being by their husband's side. Notice how that kind of thinking is for MY benefit!!! How selfish of me!

I can honestly say I've never thought of the woman being formed in order to protect and bless her man! Sure, to bless him...I get that. But to protect him? Isn't that what the man is supposed to do for his woman?

I love my husband, and I know that God has brought me a long way to move me away from the feminism movement and that line of thinking. I try to bless my husband by serving him. But protecting him is so new to me.

Can't wait to get to Sunny's next lesson to see what the Lord has revealed to her about this.
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I Want To Be a Separatist!

Being a part of a Church that is so large can be somewhat...lonely. When we started going to the Church that we attend, it was not so big. It was easier to meet people and be a part of things. I felt like I was among them and belonged with them.

But now, after 10yrs. of being a part of this Church, it has grown to be a mega Church in our city. Now I feel so lost in the crowd, a needle in a haystack. As a family, we aren't "connected" with anyone there anymore. Our family has been going down another path, one that has been different than our Church. BUT we ( mainly my dh) have not felt led to leave. I mean, where do ya go??? Where can you can find a group of people that want to serve God, even if it means giving up your comfortable lifestyle?

Well today, we visited a very small Church that was giving a presentation of the true history of the first Thanksgiving. It turned out that I knew the pastor's wife, who is a homeschool mom, and another homeschool mom. And it appeared to be full of homeschoolers. ~~~Sometimes you can just tell.~~~ :)

So afterward, I was thinking...These people were basically Separatists, just like the first Separatists leaving the Church of England. This small Church was filled with people separating themselves from the "Church of America." They were different! Not your usual " I'll go to church, but let me be" group.

My sons didn't know what to think bc they aren't used to this type of church. They're used to the praise and worship music, not hymns out of hymnals. So, they felt totally out of place. And I'll admit, it was a bit different.

But I have to ask myself, "Do I want to be comfortable, or fruitful?" "Do I want to be like everyone else, or do I want to go down that narrow(er) path that He's been leading me down?"

All I know is that I want to be a part of a Church that is not afraid to speak the Truth!!! Even if it means that you could be arrested!!! Call sin for what it is...Sin! Call wickedness what it is...Wickedness!!! The Church we are a part of has gotten so afraid to offend anyone!!! And I'm so sick of it!

So, I've decided... I want to be a Separatist! Of the Church of today's America. My prayer is that He would lead us to another Church... One that desires to live separately!!!
Saint Shellie

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Thankful Thursday~November 19th

>> Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today, I'm thankful for...

God's Word...This week, it's been Psalm 37! I really needed that Psalm!!! God is Faithful!

My family's good health.

Tomorrow's Friday! Praise God!

My DH's job. God always provides!

Friends and Family!

A shredder! No explanation needed!

Blessings,
Saint Shellie

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Things I've Recently Learned

You can freeze cooked sweet potatoes. Who knew? Well, obviously not me!

A shredder gets jammed if you put a CD in it. Even if it does say that it can shred CDs. And it's hard to un-jam them!!! That Beauty just didn't want to let go!!!!

Sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut!

It's hard to catch up...

Too much information can sometimes be, well,...too much!

I really do have friends who actually like me...for me!~~Even if they are "virtual"! LOL!

Saint Shellie

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Why Do I Call Myself a Saint?

>> Monday, November 16, 2009


I can understand why some may find it offensive that I call myself Saint Shellie. Let's face it, in our society today we are taught that saints are someone who live their lives in perpetual "perfectness". Never giving in to their flesh, but always doing everything exactly right...ALL THE TIME. Now, we know that no one ever lives to that standard; only Jesus Christ did. And I will be the first to admit that I am far from that perfect life.


But I do know
who I am IN CHRIST! In Christ ALONE, I am a saint. But before I go any further, let's take a look at what God's Word says. Who does God call saints? What "kind" of people are they?

2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Church of God which is at Corinth, with all the SAINTS who are in all Achaia.


1 Corinthians 1:2
To the Church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are SANCTIFIED in Christ Jesus, called to be SAINTS, with ALL who in every place call on the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Now, taken from the book Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges...

The church at Corinth was all messed up, both theologically and morally. They were proud and fractious; they tolerated gross immorality, sued each other in court, flaunted their freedom in Christ, abused the observance of the Lord's Supper, misunderstood the purpose of spiritual gifts, and were confused about the future resurrection of the believers. Yet when writing to them, Paul addressed them as "saints."

The popular meaning of words often changes over time, based on their common usage. So today we wouldn't think of those messed-up Corinthians as saints. We might call them worldly, carnal, or immature, but certainly not saints. In the Roman Catholic tradition, sainthood is conferred posthumously on Christians of exceptionally outstanding character and achievement.


Well, I have to say, if I were Catholic, I would never be considered for sainthood after my passing because I definitely do not measure up to their standards. Rather, I tend to be more like the Corinthians. Now more from Respectable Sins...


How then could the apostle Paul address the messed-up believers at Corinth as saints? In fact, this form of address seems to be a favorite of Paul's. He uses it in several of his letters and frequently refers to believers as SAINTS. How could Paul refer to ordinary believers, even the problem-plagued ones at Corinth, as saints?

Romans 1:7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.

Romans 16:15
Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 37:28 For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints.

And others...Philippians 1:1
Philippians 4:21-22
Colossians 1:1-2

Now, let's go back to Respectable Sins...

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answer lies in the meaning of the word as it is used in the Bible. The Greek word for saint is hagios, and it refers not to one's character but to a state of being. Its literal meaning is "one who is separated unto God." In this sense, every believer- even the most ordinary and the most immature- is a saint...

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od's Word calls ME a saint. God's Word calls you a saint, if you are in Christ Jesus. Should I then be ashamed to call myself a saint? I don't think so because HE says that I am. Am I having a "holier than thou" attitude by calling myself what my Savior calls me? I would hope that the Scriptures, themselves, would be able to answer that.

I, by no means, consider myself perfect, but "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind." Philippians 3:14-16

My prayer is that everyone who reads this, or anything else in my blog, would be able to see me, as I truly am...

A great sinner who has a great Savior... Who calls me (and you) His saint!!!

May God Bless You, His Saint!

Saint Shellie

*Quotes from book are in red only
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A Wife's Biblical Submission

>> Saturday, November 14, 2009



I came upon this study when I was searching for a Proverbs 31 Bible study. There are quite a few out there, but this one caught my eye. I am looking forward to each lesson and gleaning from other sisters in Christ in their walk toward complete Biblical Submission.

Thank you, Sunny, for following the Lord's leading and sharing your heart and wisdom. May I learn more of the Proverbs 31 woman, and truly walk in what pleases my Savior in sanctification and holiness.

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A Thankful Heart~ November 13th

>> Friday, November 13, 2009

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5 things I am thankful for...

1. A working heater!! God provided a working heating unit without us having to purchase a new one. DH was able to just skoot over our other unit that we weren't using. It was questionable if it would work or not, and if it would be enough for our larger living space, but Praise God, it works!!!

2. Gas logs. Something I've always wanted, but we never were able to purchase any, until now. With a non-working heater for a while, DH thought we might need to go ahead and buy some. So now we have a working heater, that seems to be working better than the other one AND new gas logs!! What a joy!

3. A Shredder!!! The Beauty!!!

4. Hobby Lobby for having a 50% sale and a DH for letting me get some stuff for our "soon to be" de-cluttered home!!

5. My health and my family's health. I have a friend who is in ICU who was, one day, perfectly normal and seemingly in good health, and the next day in the hospital fighting for her life!! Please pray for her!! Things like this puts everything in the proper perspective. You never know what a day will bring.

Blessings,
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Beauty vs. the Beast!

Beauty...Oh, the things that come to mind when I think of beauty!
A colorful sunset...
Roses, the rich aroma of roses...
Well, Flowers...any flowers. I love them!...
2 boys getting along, as loving siblings should, playing and laughing...
Laughter...Husbands and wives laughing together with their kids...
A home that is neat and de-cluttered, reflecting and honoring the Savior!

Now, the Beast...The things that come to mind when I think of the beast!!
A cloudy, dreary day that makes me feel gloomy...
Japanese beetles eating my roses...
Dead, weedy flowers...
2 boys bickering....
Strife between husband and wife...No laughter...
And A MESSY, CLUTTERED home that you can't find your own head reflecting in the mirror, much less the reflection of the Savior!!

So, I've had ENOUGH!!! I am not a terrible house keeper. My home is pretty much "clean" when it needs to be, but I am ashamed to admit that it is CLUTTERED!!! I am one who has a hard time maintaining things. I will clean and clean till I am satisfied for the moment, but then...

Now my other "problem" is my DH who also is a bit... well, clutter-y! His biggest thing is PAPER!!! He is a master paper hoarder!! Piles and piles, mountains upon mountains, of endless paper!!!! Why? Why? Why?

Between the two of us, plus two other living souls in our home taking up space, things can get a bit, well...

So, again, I've had enough! I'm on a mission (again) to end the life of this beast. This week I have gotten rid of pieces and parts of the beast, along with mountains of the paper beast. My husband has been "cooperative" so far. He has actually been helping with the mountains! What a miracle! But will it last?

The clutter beast is coming to an end in our home! Beauty will prevail...

Is that a sweet aroma I am smelling...?
Saint Shellie

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Our Daily Bread~ Scripture Memory Woes & Our Finished Book

>> Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Well, last week's Scripture memory list turned out to be a doozy for me!! Even though we had been over them many times before, I just could not get them in my head! So....guess what's happening THIS week? Yep, more Scripture memory! I love to memorize God's Word, so I am determined to remember these. And of course, my sons think its funny when I can't remember as well as they do. LOL! So, my mind is set on this task. With the Lord's help, and of course, with little hints from the boys, I WILL memorize them.

Along with our tremendous list of Scriptures, we managed to finish our reading of The Weed with an Ill Name. What an awesome book! We will be discussing this book for a while. WEEDS! The weeds in our hearts can be so overwhelming, but thanks to the help of our Lord, they CAN be uprooted! :)

Until next time,
Blessings to you,
Saint Shellie

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A Thankful Heart~ October 31st!

>> Saturday, October 31, 2009

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For this night, in particular, I wanted to take time to express my thanks to my Savior Jesus Christ for:

1. The Blood of Jesus! His blood paid for my sins, once and for all! His blood covers me everyday and protects me from the enemy!

2. The Holy Spirit! He is my Teacher, Counselor, Friend, Comforter, Helper, and Guide.

3, And, of course, my Father God! He is the One Who drew me unto Him in the first place! He loves me with an everlasting love and He has me tatooed in the palm of His hand! He hears my every cry and He keeps every tear that I cry! He even sings over me! Shhhhh, if I listen I think I can hear Him now! Thank You, Father God, for sending Your Son to me! Thank You for loving me so much! I love You, too!!!
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HAPPY Halloween??? Should Christians "Celebrate"??

>> Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween! Happy??? Harvest Festivals? Are Churches doing anything wrong by having "Harvest Festivals" on Halloween night in order to give kids an alternative? I think so! Watch this video with an open mind and heart to receive the message that I feel every Christian needs to hear! And after that, watch this episode with Perry Stone about Satan's Counterfeit Feasts and the Blood of Jesus! Wow! Satan is so deceptive, but Jesus is so amazing!!!!
Blessings, Saint Shellie

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Our Daily Bread~ Scripture Memory This Week

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In our Daily Bread studies (Bible), we like to challenge ourselves to memorize Scripture verses that pertain to what we are studying. Right now, we are studying about our hearts. Along with this, we are reading A Weed with an Ill Name. Wow, what a great book! The Lord is revealing to us many things about ourselves. Some are not too pleasant, but thanks be to God, He is working in us to change us to be more like Him! So, for this week, our Scriptures are as follows:

Deuteronomy 6:5-6

Deuteronomy 30:14

Psalm 119:11

1 Samuel 16:7b

1 Chronicles 28:9

Jeremiah 17:9-10

Proverbs 4:23

Deuteronomy 11:16

1 John 3:21

2 Chronicles 16:9a

Now, I must say, that this list seems to be quite long, but we have been going over them for a few weeks already. So, this week we are focusing on MEMORIZING them!! :)

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A Thankful Heart~ October 24th, 2009

>> Saturday, October 24, 2009

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5 Things I Am Thankful For:

1. My loving Savior for never leaving me. Where would I be without Him?
2. My husband for loving me even when I am unlovable.
3. My kids for loving me and forgiving me when I am not so loving towards them.
4. My husband's job.
5. A roof over our heads and food in the fridge.

Thank you, Lord!
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Laminin~ How Awesome is Our God!!

>> Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How awesome is our Creator! Everyone needs to see this and tell everyone they know to see it!! Our Father God is amazing!


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A New Day ~ A New Beginning!

>> Tuesday, October 20, 2009


How I love new days! New beginnings, new chances to grow in God's grace. I am reminded of my Savior's love for me when I think on the Cross. What He endured for me to save me from the dominion of sin, to give me the power over sin, and to show my family God's grace in action. My family knows that I am not perfect, but as Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost." And John Newton, the writer of the well-loved song, "Amazing Grace", was known to say, "My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior."* I can say a hearty, "Amen!" No matter how badly I mess up, Christ is always ready to forgive and gracefully bring me back. And I am thankful for a forgiving family! If it weren't for God working in their hearts, and helping them to forgive, as well, I don't know how I could face them. But God's grace shows itself in all of us. What an awesome God we serve!!
Saint Shellie

*This quote was taken from Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges.


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I Am Not There Yet!


My pursuit for God's Holiness seems to be so unreachable at times! Today was one of those days! But thanks to God's unchanging grace and forgiveness, I am still on the path! It's a very narrow path, but I'm still on it. With His loving arms, He reaches out to bring me back on the path that He has me on. Just as the psalmist says, "Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Well, His rod and His staff comforts me now. They may not be comfortable, but they do give me comfort, knowing that it is He who leads me!! Thank You, Jesus for bringing me back to Your path!!! Amen!!

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My Pursuit!

>> Sunday, October 18, 2009


I've been reading the book The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. How unsettling it is to notice how far I have come in my walk with the Lord, but also how far I need to go!! My family and I have made big steps in our walk toward holiness, changing a lot of viewing choices and activities that lead to nowhere. It has actually been the best decisions we have made. We have noticed big changes in ourselves and how we view the world. But as I read this awesome book and realize that, even though I have come so far, my heart is still deceitful and sin still rules me. I have been rescued from sin's dominion in my life, but I still allow sin to rule me!! I still deal with major sins in my life. Jerry Bridges also wrote a book called Respectable Sins, and in it he shows us how, as Christians we tolerate so many "respectable" sins in our lives while being intolerant of the world's Big Sins. Does God just overlook our "little" sins while He should be punishing the world for their "big" sins? I'm learning that God looks at my problem with anger and criticism just as He looks at those "big sins". I'm thankful that I serve a Loving God that is patient with me. May He grant me grace to choose Holiness over the little things that make me angry. May He grant me grace to choose Holiness when I want to be critical of someone!! This pursuit is HARD, but I want it, even if it kills me!!

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My New Blog~ Ramblings About Myself

Welcome to those who are here to check out my blog. Hopefully you will be blessed by the Lord as you read my ramblings. I love to write about the Lord and what He is showing me in His Word. I have grown a lot in the Lord in the last few years, so I love to share what I learn and experience in my walk. Sometimes the experience is not so great because I have so much to learn!! Of course, I have not reached the point of "perfection", but who has? But, I "forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling me. (Philippians 3:13-14) So, as I press on, may God bless everyone who reads of my adventures in my walk.

Saint Shellie

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