Today, Shelby shares with us thoughts on idolizing service and learning how to rest, the unique needs missionaries face, and the special tradition she plans on passing on to her children.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “And I am SURE of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: I’ve always been the person to offer myself at any opportunity for anyone in need. I really feel that lately the Lord has been working in my heart to seek Him and His perfect rest; in this go-go-go world we live in, too often we can idolize helping others in the name of Jesus, and never cultivate our relationship with our Savior.
“In this go-go-go world we live in, too often we can idolize helping others in the name of Jesus, and never cultivate our relationship with our Savior.”
Profession: Follower of Jesus Christ; though I use my office job in the customer service department to help share the love of Christ.
A one sentence bio of yourself: A full-time wife and soon-to-be mother, with a passion for people and sharing the only Love that truly matters.
When did you first encounter God? The first time I had a deep, real encounter with God (where I could feel His presence so close, it was as if I could touch Him) was when I was 19. While fasting for a day over a big decision, I was sitting and reading the Word. I was in Isaiah 51, and when I read verses 1 and 3: “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug… For the Lord comforts Zion; He comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song”, I wept.
The Lord spoke to me, in my situation, through those verses. He showed me where I was from (His hands-Psalm 139:13), and where He was bringing me. I could hear His voice, calling me to His side; I could feel Him pulling me into His embrace. That encounter with God was the first of several, but more meaningful than anyone could know.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? My mom and I love talking about what the Lord is walking us through and how He speaks to us spiritually. Having a ‘sound board’ and a Titus 2 woman in my life has helped me stay accountable to what I know God is walking me through.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): My midwife had me start reading a devotional book called 40 Weeks: Devotional Guide to Pregnancy. It’s so much more than just an informative book; it compares every stage of the season I’m in with the Feasts that God appointed for His chosen people. It’s been a wonderful learning tool, as well as a great support for my prayer time.
Top three essentials: Currently, my go-to essential is: a rose hydrating cream called The Fountain (from Trim Healthy Naturals).
How did God speak to you recently? God has really been revealing to me lately how my love and patience towards others has a much deeper impact than the few moments that I see right off.
Hobby: I LOVE to bake and create new recipes. Having certain dietary restrictions like dairy and refined sugar sensitivities, it’s so much fun to make yummy treats that I can enjoy without discomfort or guilt! Singing and songwriting are other close passions of mine.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
Firstly, study. Study to show yourself approved- if something doesn’t sound right spiritually, you want to be able to line it up with scripture and say ‘yes this is right!’ or ‘no, this isn’t of God.’
Second, surround yourself with others who love the Lord first in their lives. Peer influence is real, y’all!
Third, let the things you allow in your life be honoring to our Savior. Whether it be music, TV, or social media, make sure that what you let into your mind would be a sweet smelling fragrance to Jesus.
Favorite person in scripture? I love Paul. It’s so encouraging to see how a life can be changed so drastically through the mercy and love of God!
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? The joy and security that comes with the relationship!
Favorite season? Fall is the most enchanting season of them all. At least in Tennessee.
Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving or Easter– so hard to choose!
A dream you have? I’ve dreamed of traveling overseas for so much of my life.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: From the time I was a little girl, my mom would sing us a song and pray over each of us (my siblings and I) before bed. We each had a special song that was exclusive to us: mine was the hymn Heavenly Sunlight. My husband and I are going to follow this tradition with our son.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Where does God keep each unique soul before He creates them into their human body! I’ve wondered since I was so little!
Thing you want to raise awareness about: The difficulties our missionaries have with getting the things they need while oversees. It’s such an issue that not many people consider, and can cause issues with dietary needs, specifically.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? I make my husband and myself breakfast, and prepare for work.
What is on your nightstand? My Bible and my devotional book (Jesus Always by Sarah Young), a notebook, and usually a pen.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity simplified is the beautfiul, unique relationship between a Father and His precious child.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!