To Pray . . . or Not

Do you realize that prayer is our greatest weapon
against satan? He fears prayer. It sends him and
his demons running.

There is power in prayer!
When we pray in the name of Jesus,
we are tossing grenades at satan.

Prayer is also our greatest connection to Christ.
Aren’t you glad His line is never busy?
Every time we pray in Jesus’ name,
we enter the Kingdom of heaven.

And our prayers make a difference.
Do you believe that?
Truly believe that?

Could your friends and loved ones have had a better day
yesterday if you’d prayed for them?

Have you considered that NOT praying for someone
can be a sin?

“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin
against the LORD by failing to pray for you.” (1
Samuel 12:23 NIV)

Kind of makes you want to make prayer a priority, doesn’t it!


I’d appreciate your prayers for me this weekend as I speak in Topeka,

Come (Part 2)

It seems the overriding message of the Old and New Testaments is

God goes to great lengths to make sure we know He yearns for us to
come to Him.

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’
And let the one who hears say, Come!’
Let the one who is thirsty come;
and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life”
(Revelation 22:17 NIV).

Yes, God desires for us to come to Him so He can forgive us and
make us righteous, but He also wants us to come to Him so He can
meet our needs.

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters”
(Isaiah 55:1 NIV).

He wants to refresh us, fill us and restore us.

Come, let us sing to the LORD!” (Psalm 95:1 NLT)

When we come to Him, He also desires our praise and worship.
Think about the way you approach Him. Is it only with a list of
requests, or do you also adorn Him with praise?

Come to me with your ears wide open” (Isaiah 55:3 NLT).
The above verse tells us God wants us to LISTEN. I confess it’s easy
for me to do most of the talking when I come to Him throughout the
day. I’m asking Him to teach me to come with my ears open. I want to
hear His voice more.

“Let us come to him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 95:2 NLT).
This year I’m determined to thank Him more. I don’t want to take the
little things for granted, because even the small things are blessings
from Him . . . the weather, the changing colors of the seasons, a call
from a friend, the soft fur of my dog in my lap . . . I want Him to know
I’m truly grateful for every blessing He brings my way.

Come, let us worship and bow down” (Psalm 95:6 NLT).
And yes, He desires genuine worship from us when we come to Him.
This week, think about the variety of ways you come to the Father.

Determine to come to Him with open ears, gratitude, worship and
restoration this week.


Please pray for me this weekend as I speak to ministers and mates
on the Joplin, MO district at their annual retreat.


Throughout the Bible, God’s message is crystal clear: “Come.”
He so years for us to come to Him, that He repeats this invitation in a
variety of ways:

“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever
comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37 NIV).

The most important way we can come is for salvation. Have you
come to God for this most important gift you’ll ever receive?

“ ’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD: ‘though your
sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are
red like crimson, they shall become like wool’ ” (Isaiah 1:18 ESV).

We can truly REJOICE in the fact that when God forgives our sins,
He completely cleanses us inside. As the above Scripture declares,
we become transformed from dirty sinners to cleansed children of

Come to me and I will give you rest”
Matthew 11:28 LB).

The above verse reflects our Father’s great care. He knows how easy
it is for us to become beaten down by the daily grind. He knows our
hearts are fragile. When we’re burdened, weary or confused, the best
thing we can do is go to God and allow Him to breathe comfort,
strength and renewal into our souls.

Ask the Holy Spirit to draw you to the Father not only on a daily basis
. . . but several times throughout your day! You’ll be amazed at the
difference this will make.


I appreciate your prayers as I speak in Waxahachie, TX this

It’s still not too late to sign up for the Susie Shellenberger Ministries
cruise to Alaska June 1-8. This will be an incredible way to come
away for the spiritual retreat and adventure you’re yearning for.

Contact my friend and travel agent, Carla Pryor, who can accept
passengers through mid-March:

On What Are You Focused?

I’ve always admired those little “smart cars” and have longed to drive
one. They remind me of the old-fashioned bumper cars
I used to ride at the amusement park when I was a child.

So when a friend of mine got a smart car, I longingly looked inside,
admired it, and secretly wished I could get one.

I’ve often thought it would be really fun to own some land—
a few acres . . . or even one acre . . . a place where my dogs Obie
and Amos could just go crazy. When a friend of mine moved onto 40
acres and built a new home, I found myself wanting that as well.

I’ve wondered what it would be like to have a padded bank account
and be free from the concern of meticulous budgeting. And when my
friend’s husband got a promotion and began bringing in six figures,
I dreamed of what that would be like.

God tells us in Exodus 20:17 that we’re not to covet.
What exactly does it mean to covet?

According to the dictionary:

“to desire wrongfully, inordinately, 
or without due regard for the rights of others.”

Although I wasn’t exactly coveting these things I’ve mentioned,
I’ve recently felt checked by the Holy Spirit about even desiring
things that others have, because it takes my focus off of God.
Jesus was having an all-important conversation with Peter.

He was actually pulling back the curtain to Peter’s future and
revealing the life, ministry and death Peter would experience.

But Peter, looking around, saw John and asked about him.

“Peter asked Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’ “
(John 21:21 New Living Translation)

It may be natural to compare our lives with others—
but it’s not God’s will. His desire is that we remain
clearly focused on Him.

I confess I sometimes look at the ministry someone else has
and wonder why the ministry God has given me doesn’t
look like that.

Or I wish I had a spiritual gift I see in another.

But God is teaching me to keep my eyes on Him and to be grateful
for the specific ministry He has given me.

Dear Jesus, help me to be grateful for what I have remain
solely focused on You.


I’d appreciate your prayers as I speak in Sharpsburg, IN
this weekend.

The Brickyard

The book of Exodus highlights amazing highs
and devastating lows for God’s people, the Israelites.

In a nutshell:

They quit listening to God and were held in bondage
as Pharaoh’s slaves for 430 years.

They turned back to God, and He rescued them from
slavery and led them to the Promised Land.

One of their lowest times was when Pharaoh forced them to
make bricks—and then he stopped providing the straw needed
to make them. This forced the Israelites to get their own straw,
but they had to continue making the same amount of bricks each day.













How do you even make a brick with straw?

Here’s the recipe:

Mix soil and water into a thick mud.
Add some sand, then mix in the straw.
Next, pour the mixture into your molds.
Bake bricks in sunshine for at least five days.

That’s a lot of work. Hard work.
Especially in the hot sun.
With limited water and breaks.
And being beaten with whips by the Egyptians.

But the good news is that God RESCUED His people
from the brickyard!
And guess what—
He still rescues us from the brickyard.
But many of us are still hanging back . . .
baking bricks . . .
because that’s what we’ve become accustomed to doing.
We’re comfortable with the routine.
And though changing what we’re doing would bring freedom,
change is hard—
even good change can be difficult.

What’s the bottom line?
No one is destined for the brickyards.


Please pray for me this weekend as I speak in Fortville, Ind.

Alaskan Cruise – Spiritual Renewal!

Imagine . . . spiritual revival with praise and worship, I’ll be sharing some powerful messages God has given me, amazing times together—as well as relaxing time alone—free room service, amazing food, incredible views of tremendous country all wrapped up in the Holland America Alaska Cruise I’ve put together through Susie Shellenberger Ministries.








I really really really really want to experience this with YOU!
The dates are June 1-8, 2019.
There are still a couple of weeks to get on board.
In other words . . . there’s still time . . . but not MUCH time!









Please pray now about joining me in Alaska for a tremendous vacation and an unforgettable spiritual renewal get-away.
Call or email my friend and travel agent Carla right now for all the details!


We’ll leave out of Seattle, and rooms are extremely reasonably priced for an Alaskan cruise on a ship like this!
Take advantage of it NOW, and let’s spend some time together in Alaska!


How’s Your Wall?

On November 20, I shared about the wall that God instructed
Nehemiah to build around Jerusalem. Let’s peek at a few more

When Nehemiah received word that the wall around his hometown of
Jerusalem had been torn down, he made the journey home to repair

It was an actual physical wall that surrounded Jerusalem.
This protected the residents from enemies and bad influences.
Jerusalem’s enemies were angry the wall was being rebuilt, so they
began attacking Nehemiah and his workers. We’re told when the wall
was half-finished, the attacks were so bad that the work force had to
be cut so that only half actually built while the others stood guard
girded with weapons to protect the workers.
(See Nehemiah 4:16-18).

We can expect the same, can’t we?
When we live in radical obedience to the LORDSHIP of Jesus Christ, it
angers satan, and we will be attacked. Here’s the proof:

“Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of
trouble; there’s no getting around it. Unscrupulous con men will
continue to exploit the faith” (2 Timothy 3:12 The Message).

Let’s look at the same Scripture from The Living Bible:
“Those who decide to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives
will suffer at the hands of those who hate him.”

Nehemiah didn’t let it stop him, and neither should we.
When God directs us to do something, He always equips us.


Want an incredible spiritual adventure?
How about joining me on the Susie Shellenberger Ministries cruise to
Alaska June 1-8, 2019 on Holland America cruise lines? This would
be an amazing Christmas gift to yourself and to someone you love!

We’ll have our own special services at which I’ll be speaking—but
you’ll also get to enjoy all the ship’s entertainment and off-shore
excursions that are simply amazing.

There are some GREAT rates on rooms aboard the ship right now.
Please contact my friend Carla Pryor who has put all the detail
together for me, and ask her about getting on board! 251-633-3772

Right now there’s still availability, but you’ll need to act quickly.
I sure hope you’ll join me for this spiritual retreat and truly fun

How’s Your Wall?

When Nehemiah received word that the wall around his hometown of
Jerusalem had been torn down, he made the journey home to repair

It was an actual physical wall that surrounded Jerusalem.
This protected the residents from enemies and bad influences.
I’ll talk more about this actual wall in our December 4 devotional.
But right now I’d like us to think about our own wall.

Just as God desired to protect Jerusalem with a physical wall,
He wants to help us build a strong spiritual wall around our lives.

How can we do this?

#1: Lay a solid foundation.
Make sure your identity, your trust and your focus is grounded in

#2: Be extremely selective of the bricks with which you choose
to build your wall.
Instead of grabbing a brick of astrology, a brick of deception and a
brick of gossip, choose instead bricks of Scripture, faith and total

#3: Maintain your wall.
Take time to pray daily. “Die to self” daily. Read the Bible daily.
These are strong elements of mortar around the bricks of your wall
that will keep it strong, stable and secure.

How’s your wall?


I have an open calendar now until mid-January.

While I will enjoy this time of renewal, it’s always a faith-walk
during the holiday season with no income from speaking.

If God leads you to make a financial donation to the ministry which
He has called me, you can send a check my way and I’ll mail you a
contribution receipt for your tax files because I’m a 501-C non-profit
organization and have the authority to do this. It’s the same thing as
giving tithe or offerings to your local church and receiving a
contribution receipt from them.

Susie Shellenberger Ministries
7012 N. Lake Front Drive
Warr Acres, OK 73132

Thank you so much for your prayers!


Boiled in Salt

Ever eaten a salt potato?
Syracuse salt potatoes are boiled with so much salt,
they come out covered in white crust.

By adding a really really really large amount of salt (two cups of salt
for every eight cups of water) cooks in central NY create a white-
crusted creamy potato.

It’s easy to take salt for granted.
But during Roman times, salt was so valuable soldiers were paid with
salt. It was extremely valued.
In fact, that’s where the saying, “Are you worth your salt?” came from.

Having salt was considered a sign of wealth.
We get the word salary from salt.

Jesus knew the importance of salt, and He referred to it in His
sermon on the mount:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness,
how can it be made salty again?” (Matthew 5:13 NIV) 

Let’s look at this same Scripture from The Message paraphrase:
“Let me tell you why you are here.

You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors
of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste
godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing
out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.
We’re going public with this.” (Matthew 5:13-16 The Message)

Our heavenly Father wants to use US to bring out His God-flavors
and His God-colors!

Wouldn’t it be great—if like the potatoes boiled in so much salt that
they come out white-crusted—WE would be so saturated with the
Holy Spirit that we are God-crusted each day?

In other words, we abandon ourselves in such a way to Him,
that after spending time with Jesus,
we come out drenched in Him . . .
ooozing His Spirit . . .
saturated in God-colors . . .
acting and reacting in God-flavors to those around us!


I just finished speaking at a non-denominational ladies conference in
Cannon Beach, Ore., and God truly blessed our services. Thank you
so much for your prayers. He is so faithful!

An Unexpected Surprise

In many German restaurants you can find what may look like an
unusual item on the menu: Spaghettini.

Chefs create it to look like a plate of spaghetti, but it’s actually
an ice-cream delicacy.

Vanilla ice-cream is served in thin strands that resemble
spaghetti noodles, and strawberry puree is poured on top that looks
like marinara sauce. You’ll even find coconut flakes on top to mimic
parmesan cheese!

May I state the obvious?
Although it looks like one thing on the outside, it’s completely
different once you taste it.

The same is often true of us, isn’t it?

We profess Christ on the outside.

We easily lift our hands in praise on Sunday mornings.
But when someone cuts in front of us on the road . . . do our
insides match our outsides?

Aren’t you grateful that God is patient with us?
Each one of us is still a work in progress.
Ephesians 5:1 tells us to copycat our heavenly Father:

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do. . . .” (NLT)

Let’s continue to allow God to break us and reshape us in His
holy image as we walk with Him.


I just returned from speaking to pastors and wives at a state-
wide ministers retreat in Alaska. God was faithful and blessed in
wonderful ways. I’m excited about speaking in Alaska again June 1-8,
2019 on the Susie Shellenberger Ministries cruise. I’d LOVE for you
to join me! This will be an amazing spiritual retreat complete with the
adventure and wonder of Alaska’s beauty! If you’d like more

information, please send me an email (not on this website, but
through my email address):