Thursday, February 24, 2011

that God wants to do
(and you)
more than we can even

What does that look like?
Think about it for a sec.

If God were to
let loose
and do in you
and through you
what you can even imagine . . .
what would that entail?

"Now to him
who is able to do
immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power
that is at work within us. . . . "
(Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

what's holding Him back
from doing just that?

Ask Him.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Girls in the Sisterhood!

I have a friend who is offering
to give
a one-year subscription
to a teen girl
who can't afford
to purchase
SUSIE Magazine.

So take this invitation seriously.
And if you truly can't afford
the subscription
($23 a year for 12 issues),
let me know.

E-mail me at:
and label your e-mail
and give me your name
and complete address.

You have to promise to
send her a thank-you note!

I'll get you connected.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Obie Shellenberger . . .
16 lbs. of mini-Schnauzer fur

Disassembled my cell phone—
took the back off, popped out the battery
and had the memory card on the floor.

Had to get a new $100 phone.

16 lbs. of gray fur
ate my blue-inked return address stamper
and inked himself, the carpet and the couch

Had to get a new $21 return address stamper.

16 lbs. of gray fur
jumped up on the table and chewed my GREEN Sharpie pen
dragging green ink across the carpet.

Had to shell out $110 to the carpet cleaners.

How can 16 lbs. of gray fur
cause so much commotion?

Just when I think he's learned . . .
I find his bottle of eye drops demolished
and I
shell out another $15
for a new bottle.

When I know he's exhausted
and has settled down for a 2-hour nap . . .
I come upstairs
to find that he has
ripped his doggie bed and shredded it to pieces
scattering stuffing all over the living room.
And I buy another one for $10 at Walgreens.


I can't help but think
of a girl—
just 5 feet and 3 inches
and at just the time she should know better,
she feels
some anger
or jealousy
tunnel right through her heart
and out of her mouth.

But You, God . . .
You just keep on loving me
no matter
how many things I shred
how much stuff I break.

I should have it down by now.
Shouldn't I?
But just the time I think I do,
I end up seeking Your forgiveness

so grateful
that You keep no records
and Your love is constant.

Thanks for never giving up on me.
Help me to be the kind of master
to Obie
that You are to me.

Your servant,

Saturday, May 22, 2010

saturday, may 22, 2010

i walked at the park today
and the wind was so strong
here in colorado springs
i thought for a moment
that it might
blow all 16 lbs. of
my furry four-footed little friend, obie,
all the way to his grandparents house
in okc.

i choked and coughed
through the wind
as pollen soared
and stung my throat

but little obie seemed oblivious
to the difficulty

he chased a great dane
caught a frisbee
made friends with a st. bernard
sniffed a golden retriever

i was miserable
swollen eyes
and ready to leave
after 30 minutes

the invisibles in the air—
the ragweed pollution
the dust
and everything that allergies are made of
wore me down

make me more and more aware
of the other invisibles in life—
the small things
that trip me up
knock me down
and keep me from becoming all You dream for me

help me, like obie, to plow through
any obstacle
and find the joy
simply in being
to just walk with my Master

i love You, Father.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Girls in the Sisterhood!

Am thinking about Gideon today.
From the Old Testament.

He was a nobody.
But God chose Gideon to lead the Lord's army
against the enemy.

The enemy far outnumbered Gideon's little home-made army.
And God began whittling away at Gideon's army.

He couldn't figure it out.
Don't You want me to win, Lord?
he must have thought.

"The battle is Mine," said God Almighty.
"Trust Me."

God downsized the army three times
until there only 300 men left to fight against the giant army of enemies.

Gideon trusted.
And God confused the enemies, until they began to fight each other
and lost the battle.

Gideon won with only 300 men.


God really does know what He's doing!

Perhaps He's downsizing some areas in your life.
A job.
Those things that make you feel secure.

Though you may never understand . . .
can you trust without understanding?

The mark of a mature Christian is to
accept God's ways
without having to understand them.

Let me know your thoughts.
Susie Shellenberger

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hi, Girls in the Sisterhood!

It's snaining today.
My own word for snow + rain.
Not quite snow,
but more than rain.

Feel like doing something constructive?
How about improving your
aspects of your life?

Sound like something you'd like to try?

If so . . .

You're going to LOVE
the 30-day challenge
in the June issue of SUSIE Mag.

The June issue just came out,
so you'll be getting it soon.

After you read through the challenge—
drop me a line and let me know what you think about it, OK?

Too tough?
Too easy?
Not interested?

Let me know what's going on with YOU!

And I promise to start writing more regularly
on here again!

Love you!
Susie Shellenberger

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Girls in the SISTERHOOD:

I have a few things I want you to know about!

• The early bird discount for our "Never the Same" missions trip will expire at the end of January, so you need to get your application in! We're going to Antigua, Guatemala June 28-July 11, 2010. And we always need leaders. So if one of your parents wants to come, great! You can download the student application AND the leader application at:

• A precious woman in my Sunday school class has offered to purchase a one-year subscription to SUSIE Magazine for a teen girl who can't afford it. If this is you, send me your name and complete mailing address at: and label it: I NEED THE MAG. (Please only do this if you really can't afford the subscription. If you can afford it but just don't want to spend the money, this isn't for you.)

• You have an entire year to save up for our SUSIE Magazine Mom/Daughter Cruise. It's Feb. 17-21, 2011. We'll depart from Miami and hit two ports: Key West, FL and Cozumel, Mexico (both known for swimming with the dolphins). I'll give more information on this later. But please talk to your mom, grandma, aunt and any other fun females you want to bring on this amazing cruise!

Are you reading the Bible?
Are you praying?
What's God doing in your life?

I love you and want to know!

Susie Shellenberger