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Light, Love, Hope

Light in the Darkness Surrounded by Love with Hope for those in need.


Shirley is the proud mother of two beautiful young ladies. She enjoys spending time with them on their ranch in the deep South with their three paint horses. Always looking for an adventure, she looks forward to hikes in the mountains chasing waterfalls, or scouring the coast for beautiful lighthouses! Shirley writes to encourage others and often times shares things that motivate and inspire her. She believes in living life to the fullest because no one is promised the gift of another day. Join her as we honor our bodies, minds, hearts, souls, and our Almighty Creator, God above!


  1. Kirsten Oliphant
    March 18, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    It’s really hard to find out that groups are not what they appear. I’m all about being authentic and keeping it real. Sounds like the opposite of this group. I’m having to talk to my kids already about this, as the kids they want to be friends with in preschool are hot and cold, getting them in trouble. But they are on the outside of a group, wanting in. Never ends, does it??


    • Shirley
      March 18, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

      I am the same way, Kirsten. I believe in being true to myself and to others. It is hard when our children are involved and we find out others have pulled the wool over our eyes so to speak. Oh boy, have I been there in the past few years with this situation where my teen daughter is concerned. Sadly, no, it doesn’t end. No matter the age, it continues. I had hoped that once we reached a certain age that there wouldn’t be any more of this, but that hasn’t been the case. It shows up in preschool and continues even with mature adults!


  2. Laura Melchor
    March 20, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

    One of my greatest wishes, as a child, was to fit in with the ‘cool’ group, and I know many people relate. I’ve had to stave off that same feeling when it comes to groups in adulthood. This is a poignant and vulnerable story–thank you for sharing!


    • Shirley
      March 21, 2014 @ 6:59 am

      Thank you for what you shared also, Laura. I think we can all relate from our childhood right on up to being adults. Some times it is a good thing in the end when we don’t fit in. Sad, but true.


  3. Bryana
    March 22, 2014 @ 3:53 am

    This is exactly one of the reasons why I don’t believe in organized religion. I’m glad you stood up for what you believe and set an example for your kids! Keep fighting!


    • Shirley
      March 22, 2014 @ 11:50 am

      Thank you so much, Bryana!


  4. Anita Ojeda
    March 22, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

    On a quick side note–your security question involved me having to do HUGE math problems ;). I hope I got it right…I have never wanted to be part of the math club ;). And in response to your blog post. When I feel the longings to be part of a group that appears in (especially a church group) I try to remember that Jesus hung out with prostitutes, tax collectors and fishermen–definitely not the ‘In Crowd’. But he also experienced fellowship with them–sharing food, talking about his father and his plans for the kingdom. If your ideal ministry involves certain things–maybe it’s God nudging you to start fellowshipping with like-minded people in your own ministry or outreach.


    • Shirley
      March 23, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

      Anita, you made me laugh with this one. We had to up our security due to a TON of spam. It was as if the flood gates were opened up, and it all poured in. This helps keep it out! Whew.

      As far as your comment on the post, I thought we were like minded initially. Boy did they turn out to be a huge shock for my entire family … thus the “caution” or “warning” in this post. Like my husband has said (and I mentioned in the post), if given long enough, people will show you who they truly are. They sure did! ~backing slowly away from them~


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    March 25, 2014 @ 12:19 am

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  6. Peach
    March 25, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    I can appreciate that you reserved judgment on the hearsay until you witnessed it firsthand. I’m just sorry you did. Way to stay true to you. We are all works in progress, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t protect our own.


    • Shirley
      March 26, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much for this, Peach. I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I want to see the good in people – always! While I appreciate someone giving me a heads up on a situation, I do reserve judgment unless and until I see it firsthand just like you said. Thank you for this!


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