God Holds Us Close

Many of you know that my precious Dad (Elmer B. Shellenberger) passed away a month ago. He was almost 93.

He was my hero.

When I was a little girl, I asked him to build me something:

“Daddy, will you make me one of those things that people stand behind when they speak?”

“You mean . . . a podium?”

“Yeah, that’s it.”

“Honey, why do you want a podium?”

“So I can speak, Daddy.”

I watched as he gathered some old wood and during the next week carefully constructed a little three-foot-podium that I could stand behind in our garage

I gathered all the kids in the neighborhood and they piled themselves between bicycles, basketballs, hula-hoops and skateboards in our garage while I stood behind my little pint-sized podium teaching them the stories of the Bible. Ha!

I have a lot of great memories of my dad (and also my mom who passed away in 2003), and I’m grateful for those.

But in the midst of wonderful stories, the path of grief remains.

Even though both parents are in heaven, I miss them on earth.

Many of you have lost someone through death, and you know first-hand how difficult the path of grief is.

I rejoice that we serve a God of extreme comfort.

He often comforts me through His Word.

He reaches right through the pages and holds me tightly in His arms.

That’s why I’ve attached this illustration today.

I want you to visually SEE what we can FEEL when we literally saturate ourselves in His Word.

 

Thoughts?

 

I’m speaking in Fortville, IN this weekend.

I’d sure appreciate your prayers.

Outside the Box

One glance at the Grand Canyon, a laughing hyena and Niagara Falls shows that we serve a God of creativity. And because HE is creative, He loves to pour His creativity into His children.

Check out one of my favorite Scriptures from the Message:

“Live creatively, friends.

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that.

Don’t be impressed with yourself.

Don’t compare yourself with others.

Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (Galatians 6: 1; 4-5).

 

What happens when we allow God to lead us outside the box?

“Promise Keepers” happens.

“Women of Faith” is launched.

“Passion” conferences” explode.

Hillsong goes global.

Revival sweeps through churches.

 

If we become spiritually comfortable, we grow stale. In fact, we can get so comfortable that we stop stepping out in faith to take risks that we easily took in earlier days.

God wants to use us!

But if we aren’t living in obedience to Him,

He’ll easily find someone else to do the job.

He’ll find someone who’s willing to step out in faith.

One who believes faith and risk often go hand-in-hand.

He’ll use someone who’s willing to think outside the box that we’ve become trapped in.

Yellow Cab could have created Uber.

Hilton could have created Airbnb.

ESPN could have created Bleacher Report.

Wal-Mart could have created Amazon.

So why didn’t they?

They became comfortable where they were.

And now—those who were willing to think outside of the box—are giving them a run for their money!

Let’s not make the mistake of becoming too comfortable.

“Live creatively, friends. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (Galatians).

 

Thoughts?

 

I’ll be speaking seven times in Leesburg, VA, this weekend and would appreciate your prayers.

Let’s Cry About It

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah

demonstrated

exemplified

and

illustrated

Christ.

Both were rejected and mistreated.

Though Jeremiah’s story can be depressing,

it CAN encourage us.

 

He was called a liar, (Jeremiah 43:2) . . .

was left in the mud at the bottom of a well to die . . . (Jeremiah 38:6), his Bible was burned (Jeremiah 36:23) . . .

he received a death sentence (Jeremiah 26:11) . . .

and he was beaten and put in stocks (Jeremiah 20:1-2).

 

No wonder he was called the “weeping prophet!”

I’d blubber like a baby if I were in his shoes.

But Jeremiah wasn’t weeping for himself!

He was weeping for those who had rejected Christ.

He was broken-hearted for the lost.

 

When was the last time you wept for someone who doesn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

 

Let’s ask God to break our hearts for the lost.

Jeremiah experienced rejection and a lot of suffering.

But he kept preaching to those who refused to listen.

We can, too!

 

Thoughts?

 

 

I’m speaking in Naperville, IL this weekend.

Will you pray for me?

He Is With You

Has it been a rough week?

Do you need some encouragement?

 

“The One who formed you says,

‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.

I have called you by name; you are Mine.

When you go through deep waters,

I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty,

you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,

you will not be burned up;

the flames will not consume you.

For I am the Lord, your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Do not me afraid, for I am with you’”

(Isaiah 43:1-3; 5 NLT).

 

My precious Dad entered heaven this week. We had his funeral
service today. He was ready for heaven! And I’m so grateful for the
wonderful spiritual heritage he left me.

 

I’m speaking in Salem, OR this weekend and would appreciate your prayers.

Come Back Home

I had been speaking for about a week and a half and was glad to be home. All was perfect: My two miniature Schnauzers were happy Mama was back and Amos had curled his body into a tight little ball in his doggie bed while Obie was nestled underneath a blanket on my lap as I relaxed and watched a little TV.

When I got up to get some munchies, Obie ran outside. I came back and resumed relaxing thinking he was curled next to Amos. About half an hour later, my doorbell rang. Who could be on my porch at 8 pm? I thought. It was totally dark and cold outside.

I turned on the porch light, opened the door and was greeted by my neighbor and friend Mark who was holding Obie in his arms. What?

Mark laughed and said, “Melissa and I were watching TV and looked up to see Obie staring at us from the patio.”

Obie had dug underneath the fence between our yards and decided to visit the neighbors.

I scooped the little furball into my arms and said, “I didn’t even know he was gone! Thanks so much for bringing him home.”

Allow me to state the obvious: Sometimes we tend to wander spiritually—but it’s such a slight detour that we don’t immediately realize we’re not where we should be.

I’m so thankful for a loving heavenly Father who will scoop us in His arms, invite us in from the cold and bring us right back to where we need to be.

Taking Jesus to Peru

Jesus told us to go into all the world and spread the gospel.

We know this as the Great Commission.

(See Matthew 28:18-20.)

 

Each summer I take people on a two-week international

missions trip so we can do just that! Will you pray about joining me this summer?

 

We’ll be going to Peru.

It’s an amazing trip!

Yes, it’s missions come to life . . .

but it’s also packed with the flavor of

old fashioned revival,

adventure,

and brand-new friendships!

 

The dates are June 26 to July 9, 2017.

(We ask adults to arrive on June 24 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.)

 

What will we do?

We’ll minister to orphans, in schools, do work projects at churches,

set up a medical clinic, and we’ll present the gospel through

a 22-minute pantomime drama.

It’s powerful.

It’s unforgettable.

And it’s genuine ministry!

 

I’ll be speaking to our group each evening.

We’ll be staying at a beautiful place outside of Lima.

 

I’d LOVE to have you join  me!

Who can come?

Adults, students, medical personnel, counselors.

I call it “Never the Same”—

because you truly are NEVER the same after experiencing this!

 

I need you.

Will you pray about joining me?

 

For more details go to:

www.NeverTheSameMissions.org

When you fill out the application, write “Susie Shellenberger”

at the very top. This will alert the people handling the applications for me that we know each other, and they’ll process your application much faster.

 

Let me know your thoughts, OK?

Time at Home

I’m enjoying time off this month from traveling and speaking.

I don’t schedule myself to be off during the month of December—

I just don’t get scheduled anywhere.

And I totally understand.

Churches are busy with Christmas plans,

cantatas,

food drives,

and so many wonderful activities.

 

I enjoy being home and getting to attend church

with my brother and his precious family.

 

I love being with friends

and I’m enjoying taking Obie and Amos to the dog park.

 

This is a much-needed break for me.

But because fulltime evangelism (speaking fulltime)

is what I do for a living,

it means no income during the time I’m not speaking.

 

If God prompts you to donate to the ministry He had entrusted me,

I can send you a tax-donation receipt, because I’m a 501 C-3.

I hope you have an amazing Christmas season!

Know that I’m praying for you!

Yes, I’m serious!

If you’re receiving this blog—

I’m praying for you!

You may send a check to:

Susie Shellenberger Ministries

3128 N. Timber Avenue

Bethany, OK 73008

Or use this to donate via PayPal


Gratitude

As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving,

I’m truly grateful for

the holy Trinity:

God, the Father, who created all things and who loves me

enough to send Jesus, His Son, to save me from my sin

and to die for me and grant me mercy, grace and forgiveness—

and the Holy Spirit who guides me daily

and reminds me of the Truth in Scripture

and who empowers me to live the Christian life.

I’m grateful beyond words that Christ is ALIVE—

that He actually conquered death

and is preparing an incredible home for me in heaven!

I’m so thankful for godly parents who have given me a wonderful spiritual heritage . . .

and my godly brother and his family

who love me and pray for me,

and for godly friends with whom I can discuss spiritual truths

and share prayers requests and burdens.

I’m grateful for YOU . . .

for reading my little blog week after week

and praying for me when God prompts you.

You’ll never know what a difference your prayers make

when I’m exhausted and lonely in a hotel room

and miles from home.

On a lighter note . . .

I’m thankful for the smell of brand-new shoes,

all the primary colors,

the taste of raw cookie dough,

the sounds of my two dogs

when we’re wrestling,

cuddling

or talking,

OKC Thunder basketball games,

Stephane’s yummy tossed salad that no one can make like her,

Jennifer’s homemade dressing,

Kent’s special stash of cokes-made-with-sugarcane-sugar-in-a-bottle stored in the garage fridge,

and even the annual Thanksgiving family Ping-Pong tournament

that I never win.

God is good.

 

What are YOU grateful for?

Please share!

Three Strikes

We all know that three strikes = an out.

In 2 Kings 13:1-19, we find a fascinating story in the Bible

in which three strikes are used.

 

King Joash began his reign as a godly little 7-year-old who had been raised by the priest Jehoida. For most of Joash’s life, he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. It wasn’t hard, because he had his very own priest guiding him.

 

But the end of Joash’s reign didn’t end so well.

 

Joash (also known as Jehoash) visited the prophet Elisha to inquire about Israel’s future. Elisha told him to shoot an arrow to the east indicating victory over the Syrians.

 

Then Elisha told him to take his arrows and strike the ground.

King Joash struck the ground three times, then he stopped.

 

Elisha rebuked him: “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.”

 

King Joash limited himself.

When we make the same mistake—by stopping too soon—two things happen:

 

1. Our Spiritual Growth Is Stunted

We settle for less than God desires.

It’s easy to become complacent and indifferent in our relationship with the Lord. We aim too low spiritually.

It becomes easy to place our spiritual lives in survival mode

instead of moving in dynamic spiritual growth.

 

 

2. The Mission of Christ Is Limited Through Us

The enemies of God (Moabites) would soon invade Israel after this event. When we stop too soon, we can cause the church (God’s people) to move backward instead of forward.

Israel would now begin to worship idols again.

God’s people would spiritually deteriorate.

 

Guess who NEVER stops too soon?

Satan.

He is relentless.

He is always working overtime to thwart God’s people

and God’s plans.

 

Though Joash had been mentored spiritually by godly Jehoida,

after the priest’s death, Joash turned to idol worship.

When Jehoida’s son tried to get King Joash back on the right path, Joash sentenced him to death by stoning him.

 

Without God’s support, Joash didn’t have the military success he once had, and he was seriously wounded in battle when defeated by Syria. Not long afterward, King Joash was assassinated in his own bed by three of his officials.

 

Let’s not make the mistake of taking a wrong turn off of the narrow road that Jesus describes in Matthew 7:14.

 

Let’s determine together to be diligent!

God is looking for disciples who refuse to give up,

who will go the extra mile,

and who will live with a faith that moves mountains.

 

Will you join me in answering this call?

Thoughts?

 

This weekend (in Temple, TX) is my last time to speak this year—

not by choice . . . but simply because churches don’t tend to

schedule extra events during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

 

Though I’m looking forward to a much-needed break,

I’m not excited about no income coming in during the next month.

The Christmas season can be a tough time for evangelists.

Will you pray for me?

If God prompts you to donate to the ministry He had entrusted me,

I can send you a tax-donation receipt, because I’m a 501 C-3.

 

Susie Shellenberger Ministries
3128 N. Timber Avenue
Bethany, OK 73008

Real Truth, Real Fast . . . Coming Soon!

Beginning in January, I’ll be sending out a weekly one-minute video
devotional video clip called “Real Truth, Real Fast.” I’m really excited
about and would appreciate you helping me pray about the content.

I want to continue to provide inspiring thoughts, Scripture and
challenge (as I’ve done with video devotionals in the past), but I also
want to motivate us to always go deeper in our relationship with Christ.

I’ll also continue to send out my little email devotional blog.

Three things to consider:

#1 Thing: If you’d like to schedule me to speak in your church,
please send me a message, or talk with your pastor and have him
contact me. Here’s what I typically do on a weekend:

Friday pm: Everyone
Saturday a.m.:  Ladies brunch and message
Saturday pm: Everyone
Sunday school hour: Some combined adult classes or youth group
Sunday morning worship service: Everyone

This gives me a total of five times to speak, and I’m seeing God do
tremendous things during these renewal weekends.

 

#2 Thing: If you’d like to participate financially to the ministry in
which God has entrusted me, I’d really appreciate it. You can use
PayPal on my Website, or you can send a check to:

Susie Shellenberger Ministries
3128 N. Timber Avenue
Bethany, OK 73008

I will send you a tax receipt, because I’m a 501 C-3.
(This means your donation is the same as donating to a church.)

#3 Thing: Did you know that by subscribing to my email newsletter,
my YouTube channel and shortly my other social network handles,
that you can help support this ministry and help it grow? Right now
I would especially like your help in growing my Youtube channel.
Simply visit the channel and click the “SUBSCRIBE” button. This is
Free and easy to do! My first goal is to reach 100 subscribers. Can
you help me reach this first goal? Perhaps you could share my videos
and channel with your friends? That would be a big help!

Please know that I love you and pray for you!

Your friend,

Susie