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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. Rena
    February 11, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

    First of all I would like to say fantastic blog!
    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind
    before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts
    in getting my thoughts out. I do take pleasure in writing
    but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying to figure out how to
    begin. Any recommendations or tips? Many thanks!


    • Shirley
      February 11, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

      Hi Rena,

      Thank you for stopping by!

      I want to encourage you to write. It is a form of therapy for me, and it blesses my heart to be able to release what all is floating around inside of me. It blesses others as they read it, too, from what I’ve been told so that is the driving force behind my efforts on this blog. I set out in hopes of just touching one heart, one life … and if I do that, it’s worth it all and so much more.

      I do have to concentrate and focus. I have to be intentional about writing. There are a lot of distractions during the course of the day, and some times when I write, there are things that try to get my attention and break my concentration.

      I find that praying before I begin helps a great deal. I also try to take a deep breath and “check in” with how I’m feeling at the moment. I try to clear my mind as much as possible from anything negative, but if something is on my heart and greatly troubling me that day, I write about it but try to turn the negatives into a positive before I end the post.

      If you have inspiration from a book, you could write about that. Or even a word prompt will help get the juices flowing. For example, what would you say to a friend that was hurting or who just faced betrayal? Or, how would you encourage someone’s heart with words of love to uplift them and support them in their time of need? Just allow yourself to think on those for a minute, and you will find that it will just flow so beautifully from your heart.

      I hope that helps. Feel free to email me if you’d like to talk more.

      Blessings to you and yours,


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