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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. aimee fauci
    May 29, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    Good questions and very good points. When I hear the quotes that you mentioned I just often times shake my head. Really… who knows what they truly mean. Most people take the quotes as they want to take them. For example, I do not understand this.. when someone almost gets into an accident… I hear people say ‘God was watching over them.’.. Well, if that person died in an accident was God not watching over them? It is so confusing to me and to a lot of people. I am a Christian but I will admit some quotes, phrases really make me scratch my head.


    • Shirley
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

      I am the same way, Aimee. I know people mean well when they say stuff like that, but it does leave you wondering at times. I just smile. Or when we lose a loved one and people respond with, “They’re better off.” Well, at the moment, our hearts don’t want to hear that after we’ve just lost our loved ones … whether the comment is meant to bring comfort in that their suffering has ended, it still does little to comfort when our hearts are mourning the loss.


  2. Hope
    May 29, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    Shirley, what a precious post for me to read right now.
    Thank you so much!

    How raw your life has been with the loss of your sister and the way you lost her, and on top of that the loss of your niece (in a way). How very raw. How amazing that God has brought you to here, to the lesson the embrace pain. I think we cannot say it enough… it is always best to learn to embrace the obvious pain in your life… and have a change at healing. Walking away from pain only increases the pain, yet it is very natural to run away from pain. After what happened with my family the past few months, I need to choose to embrace that pain over and over again. I am in such need of healing, I need to cry it out. I need to sit with God and tell Him how I hurt. I know He comes alongside me. He’s not necessarily taking the pain away right then, but He will sit with me as I hurt. I also agree with you about not comparing pains. To me, all pain is the same. To me there are no differences between losing a loved one, going through a divorce, being bullied at school, feeling alone in life, having low self-esteem. It all leads to pain.

    God gave me “Be still and know that I am God” and I am still sitting with it. I appreciate your prayers.


    • Shirley
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

      Sadly, I’ve been through all of the pains you’ve mentioned, and then some. My strength comes from the Lord. I do want to encourage you, at this time especially, to allow yourself to feel the feelings. We like to stuff them inside and pretend all is well, but then they will come out at one point or another … when we least expect it and are least prepared for it. It is better to face our feelings and work through the pain to get to the other side. We, you and I … and so many others who have endured such great pain in their life … are survivors! We truly are, and God is not going to take us this far to leave us. He’s with us, even when we feel we may walk alone – He never leaves our side. Cling to Him, sweetie, and pour your heart out to Him. Allow Him to wrap His loving arms around you … feel His love so strongly. (((hugs to you)))


  3. Alli
    May 29, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your sister! And there are some things that we won’t understand until we get to heaven. One thing I do know is that God is good and His mercy endures forever.

    I am so glad that you are helping others with your blog and for being so real with us all. I’m sure it was painful for you to open up like you did. God bless you!


    • Shirley
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

      Thank you, Alli, for taking the time to read and respond mentioning my sister. You have touched my heart far more than you’ll ever know.


  4. Jamie
    May 29, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    Great post!! One thing we always need to remember is to put Him first. So many times, people wait until their list of help is all checked off and go to God last – if we put Him first, there would be less drama in our world! 🙂


    • Shirley
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

      It does seem like some times He is the last resort when we should seek Him first.


  5. jeanae
    May 29, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    This was such a brave, vulnerable, touching post.
    I think that we all have a tendency to say that we are letting go, but we deny to ourselves that we continue to carry the burdens. Letting go is so liberating, and I believe that is precisely why God encourages us to do so.


    • Shirley
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

      I agree, Jeanae. How often do we say we’re letting go and giving it to God, and then we snatch it back from Him to worry and fret over it again and again? I know I’ve been guilty of this.


  6. tara pittman
    May 29, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    This is a very hard thing to do, to let God have our problems. We do find comfort by giving it to God.


    • Shirley
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

      He alone can provide peace in the mist of the storm.


  7. Susan Dominikovich
    May 30, 2014 @ 5:50 am

    Your vulnerability is a strength. So glad you felt now is the time to share because I am sure someone needs to hear your story right now.


    • Shirley
      May 30, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

      Thank you, Susan. If it helps even one person, it will all be worth it.


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