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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. Susan Gaddis
    April 30, 2015 @ 12:22 pm

    This is such a needed message, Shirley. So many of us get stuck in the middle of our personal storms and forget that there really is Someone who is right next to us even though we can’t see Him. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with fear, regret, or sorrow during such times. “While it will not make the storms of life immediately grow calm, God will calm you, His child.” Great truth in that simple statement. May we learn to rest in His calm in the midst of the storm. Thanks for sharing this!


    • Shirley
      May 12, 2015 @ 6:24 pm

      Thank you for what you added, Susan. We often times focus on our struggles when we’re in the eye of the storm, but we forget who keeps His eye and Hand upon us through it all.


  2. Clare Speer
    April 30, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

    What an important reminder – our strength comes from the Lord! Thanks for these wonderful scriptures and words!


    • Shirley
      May 12, 2015 @ 6:23 pm

      So good to see you, Clare! Thank you for visiting with us.


  3. Jennie Goutet
    May 1, 2015 @ 5:44 am

    I often forgot this. God blessed me with a lot of talents and ambition (I promise this is not a boast because I have just as many weaknesses), but I forgot and rely on my own strength. That’s probably why he gave me so many weaknesses – so I would remember.


    • Shirley
      May 12, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

      I didn’t see it as boasting, Jennie. God blessed you with strong points that made you exactly who you are. A lot of times we do focus on our weaknesses instead of our strengths, so I liked how you began with your God given strengths.


  4. Elizabeth Thompson
    May 1, 2015 @ 7:53 am

    I have definitely said, “God sure does trust me a LOT to give me all this to handle!” But I love this reminder that he really does give us strength, and that while he may not calm the storm right away, he will calm US. That’s where the growth happens, and where we become the people God wants us to be.


    • Shirley
      May 12, 2015 @ 6:20 pm

      AMEN!! So very true, Elizabeth! He is still molding us and forming us into the people that He would have us to be.


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