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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. Tiffany
    August 4, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    This is such a great post and reminder. i had a similar experience when I was a single mom and even while my Hubby was deployed. Getting caught up in my own emotions and negatvity woul dhave been easy but I had to remind myself of the enormous amount of things we had to be grateful for in the midst of it all.


    • Shirley
      August 4, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

      Tiffany, you can definitely relate with having gone through something similar and then with your husband deployed also! That had to be really tough. As we both have realized, you have to be aware of your thoughts because they do have power. God saw us through these tough situations, and maybe He allowed those so that we could reach out to others in similar situations to show them love and compassion with what they’re going through. So there’s another positive thing to come out of it!


  2. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake
    August 4, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    I find myself being much more negative than positive, lately, which is terribly unlike me. I have a wonderful life, and I’m incredibly blessed, so WHY do I have any reason to be so down on things? I really appreciate the time you took to write this, it helped to lift my spirits, as well as the veil that’s fallen over my eyes. <3 God bless you!


    • Shirley
      August 4, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

      Aww, Erica, thank you for what you wrote. We all get like this at times. Don’t be hard on yourself. Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and begin again. When you find yourself drifting into negative waters, pull yourself back over to the positive side. It’s not always easy, but it is worth it when we shift our focus. Blessings to you, sweetie.


  3. Alli
    August 5, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    When I find myself wanting to complain, I always remember what my pastor husband says, “When we complain, we remain.” It always seems to be easier to grumble and complain than to be grateful for what we have. Great post!


    • Shirley
      August 5, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

      Thank you, Alli. There is a lot of truth in that simple statement!


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