About Shell

Shell has a passion for people to experience God's love. She worked in the social work/counseling field for thirty-five years in Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Europe. She loved being a therapeutic foster parent for 24 at-risk teens. She has worked with several agencies as a coach and trainer for strengthening relationships. Shell is dedicated to providing practical and easily applicable tools for a joyful life. Currently, she leads free one to one and group Zoom workshops, generously sponsored for everyone seeking to enhance their lives and relationships.

Cultivating God-Confidence

Would you like more confidence, especially in the area of hearing God’s voice? The key lies in becoming familiar with His voice. It is about cultivating God-confidence rather than relying on self-confidence or circumstances to lead the way. How do we [...]

By |2024-01-29T16:53:26-07:00January 1, 2024|Bible, Blogs, Guidance, Hearing God, Resources, Study, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

The ABCs to Comfort Someone Who is Grieving

Do you have a friend or family member dealing with loss right now? Holidays can be extra tough. It's normal to feel anxious about what to say or do. Here is a guide you can use to talk to God before you [...]

By |2024-04-06T15:30:48-07:00December 19, 2023|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Community, Hanging on the Vine, Hearing God, You Tube Videos|Comments Off on The ABCs to Comfort Someone Who is Grieving

Bridging the Gap Between Head and Heart

Would you like an easy way to connect “head” and "heart" knowledge? What can we learn from the early Christians? The consensus among scholars is that the New Testament, including the gospels and letters, was written in Greek for the early Christian [...]

Why Didn’t I Learn This Sooner?

I didn't learn because I thought I already knew what I needed to know. Without even realizing it, I had assumed I had sufficient understanding of a certain subject. When we're not actively seeking knowledge, our curiosity in that area often diminishes, [...]

How Does Grace Come Alive?

Mobile users please keep scrolling for more ... and leave a comment or ask a question Do you ever feel depleted? This week, I've been experiencing a divine refill in areas where I felt drained. My energy got used up by [...]

By |2024-04-06T15:32:11-07:00August 27, 2023|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Hearing God, Holy Spirit, Strength, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

Ignoring to Embracing Emotions

Do you have a "pick and choose" relationship with your emotions? Like, "Hey, joy and excitement, you can stay, but anger and sadness, could you take a vacation somewhere far away?" For Mobile Viewers - keep scrolling down to read the article. Additional [...]

By |2024-04-06T15:58:11-07:00July 1, 2023|Abiding, Blogs, Emotions, Resources, You Tube Videos|4 Comments

What’s with the “Fear” in Fear of the Lord?

What does the “fear of the Lord” mean to you? Why does the Bible use the word fear? I've been reflecting on what the Bible says about the fear of the Lord for the past few months. I also came across some excellent [...]

By |2024-04-06T15:36:28-07:00April 12, 2023|Abiding, Blogs, Moving Forward|2 Comments

What’s Your “Sorting” Style

Do you have a spot in your home where you store items that you intend to organize "later"? Perhaps it’s your kitchen counter. Perhaps it’s an office space. Or the dreaded garage… How do you handle the buildup? Two extremes: Procrastinating Pile Builders “Oh [...]

By |2023-03-15T10:58:18-07:00March 15, 2023|Abiding, Blogs, Guidance, Moving Forward, You Tube Videos|4 Comments

Does This Happen to You?

Do you like to figure things out? Do you look for solutions until you come up with something? Our brains are built to evaluate and problem-solve. They are solution-seeking machines! Stuck But what happens when we get stuck in problem-solving mode? What happens when [...]

By |2023-02-14T20:59:18-07:00February 13, 2023|Bible, Blogs, Moving Forward, You Tube Videos|6 Comments

Do This First

How many of you have said to yourself, “Okay this is the year I will read through the Bible and not skim the boring parts…” or “Starting now, I will stay consistent with my morning prayer times.” These are all great things, but … [...]

What Lifeguards Know

Do you know someone that has a difficult time during the holiday season? Would you like to know how to help them ... or how not to make it worse? Would you love some tips that you can practice right away? What’s “Trending” (i.e. [...]

By |2024-04-06T16:28:53-07:00December 7, 2022|Abiding, Blogs, Holy Spirit, Moving Forward, Relationships, Resources|0 Comments

The Checklist

Does your mind skip ahead of you? Do you ever start a checklist in your mind before you have all the information? Many of us constantly operate in "checklist" mode. For example, the “checklist” mode may be operational when we read [...]

Something or Someone Pulling?

Moms are tired, I should help out with their kids… My boss would really like that extra project done… I haven’t done anything for myself lately… My friend seemed lonely I should take her out… Do you ask yourself questions like these? Does it [...]

By |2024-04-06T16:34:54-07:00August 3, 2022|Abiding, Blogs, Emotions, Hearing God, Holy Spirit, Moving Forward|0 Comments

Don’t Get Beat Up

A friend of mine was asked by one of her kids what she wanted for Mother’s day. She took a deep breath and let out a long sigh and said, “Oh, that you children would get along!" Could that be how our Heavenly Father [...]

Do you have a bully?

It’s been an interesting week ... to say the least. I decided to gently observe my responses to circumstances and ask questions instead of being a bully to myself. After all, who wants to listen to a bully? Didn’t your mom tell you to [...]

By |2024-04-06T16:33:57-07:00June 8, 2022|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Emotions, Hearing God, Moving Forward, Strength|1 Comment

From our heads to our hearts Part 2

What does it mean to “experience” God? Do we experience God in our emotions? Do we experience God in our thoughts? In the previous post we discussed how to get something from our heads to our hearts. We realized our tendency is to try to [...]

How can I go from my head to my heart?

“I know that in my head but not in my heart” Have you ever said or thought that? Many of us have. Some of us carry the thought on to, “I have to figure out how to get it in my heart.” This sounds [...]

Invitation from God Part 2

Confidence is a wonderful feeling. Would you like more? In a previous post, we looked at Philippians 3 verse 3. Paul says that those in Christ Jesus, put “no confidence in the flesh.” The Greek word translated to “flesh” can be better understood as [...]

Feel the Feeling, Check the Focus

What helps you connect with God when you feel overwhelmed? That is the question so many of us are asking. Here is a story of what I experienced with a few ladies this week. I am so thankful for my weekly connect group with [...]

Invitation from God

“Good job.” “Your effort really paid off.” “Keep trying” These phrases sound so encouraging. I mean, don’t we all want someone cheering us on? Yes, hearing these phrases is encouraging. There is also a subtle danger lurking in these phrases though. Let [...]

Hearing God’s Voice – 5th Key for His Written Word

Are you facing stress and pressure in your life right now? Would you like your joy to increase as well? Having our joy increase makes all the difference.  I have a little card by my computer that says, “Enjoy the Journey – for the [...]

By |2022-02-25T04:19:57-07:00February 25, 2022|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Holy Spirit, Resources, You Tube Videos|2 Comments

The Bible and Mental Health – What Do You Hear?

Is there any benefit to sorrow? Or is it just something we have to endure? Last time I left you with those questions to talk to God about. What did you hear? What you hear from God is far more important than what I [...]

The Bible and Mental Health

Have you ever been confused about what the Bible tells us to do with our emotions? Paul tells the church of Phillipi to rejoice always, in everything give thanks. Then in another letter to the Corinthians, he said he despaired of life and felt the weight [...]

By |2022-01-27T21:40:04-07:00January 26, 2022|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Emotions, Moving Forward|2 Comments

Power of the Ponder

What are our expectations for this Christmas season? Do we want it to be extra special for our children and grandchildren even if that means overextending our time and finances? Do we accept the hustle, bustle, and stress because we want a certain outcome? [...]

Hearing God’s Voice – 4th Key for His Written Word

God is the ultimate gift giver! In the last few posts, we looked at the gift of His Word and His Holy Spirit. These gifts build our confidence to discern our own thoughts from His thoughts. But how do we know if we are [...]

Hearing God’s Voice – 3rd Key for His Written Word

Is there something we can do to help us hear God’s voice more clearly? Yes, God’s written word will help us recognize His voice in our hearts. But how do I understand His written word? In the past few posts, we have looked at [...]

By |2021-12-13T14:19:49-07:00November 24, 2021|Bible, Blogs, Moving Forward, Union with God, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

Hearing God’s Voice – 2nd Key for His Written Word

Have you ever been to an unfamiliar place? It could be a new building, or a new city, just a place that was unfamiliar. Take a moment to imagine yourself somewhere new. Now think about two scenarios. The first one, imagine you are all [...]

Hearing God’s Voice – 1st Key for His Written Word

The more we get to know God through His written word, the more confident we become in recognizing His voice in our thoughts. We want to discern between His voice and our voice. Here’s the neat thing: God wants us to know [...]

By |2022-02-17T13:23:30-07:00October 27, 2021|Bible, Blogs, Hearing God, Holy Spirit|1 Comment

Hearing God’s Voice

Would you like to know if you are hearing God’s voice or your own voice? Would you like more confidence and direction in these confusing times? Many of us are experiencing confusion from conflicting “news” reports, deception in advertising, and even doubt in what [...]

By |2021-10-23T19:20:29-07:00October 13, 2021|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Holy Spirit, Joy, Moving Forward, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

Joy Tank: Spinning Your Wheels Drains Your Tank

Have you ever felt like a car that is stuck in a mud slick? You keep pressing on the gas pedal, but you are only spinning your wheels. You are trying to move forward but not going anywhere! And the spinning drains your joy [...]

By |2021-09-30T11:20:31-07:00September 29, 2021|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Guidance, Hearing God, Holy Spirit, Joy, Moving Forward|1 Comment

Joy Tank – Under Warranty

Hello, how are your trips to the joy filling station going?  Has it been helpful to fill up more -- instead of trying to avoid all stress, and difficult situations? Last time we also discussed looking to God and not ourselves to create joy. [...]

By |2021-09-29T13:10:42-07:00September 15, 2021|Abiding, Bible, Blogs, Emotions, Hearing God, Holy Spirit, Joy, Moving Forward, Stillness|0 Comments

Joy Tank – Receiving

Last time I left you with a question: “What does “filling up your joy tank” mean to you?” I loved the response I got from Connie Short in the comment section. She was brilliant and I will tell you why. But before we discuss [...]

Moving Forward – Car Maintenance

Much of the time, we live our lives trying to avoid stress. Sometimes that works. But let me ask you a question... How did that work for you during COVID? How is it working for you now? Between the news, job changes, family issues... [...]

By |2021-08-19T16:27:19-07:00August 18, 2021|Abiding, Blogs, Emotions, Guidance, Moving Forward, Workshops|1 Comment

Moving Forward – Re-labeling Event

So what happens when you are exploring, and an unpleasant memory comes up? Last time we talked about some of the reasons we stay stuck. We want to move forward, but feel like we are standing still, or going around in circles. Sometimes it [...]

By |2021-08-05T10:23:41-07:00August 4, 2021|Abiding, Blogs, Emotions, Guidance, Moving Forward, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

Moving Forward – Excavating and Labeling

I was talking to a friend about some of the reasons we stay stuck. We want to move forward, but feel like we are standing still, or going around in circles. Sometimes it helps to follow a trail back to where we may have [...]

By |2021-07-23T13:04:31-07:00July 21, 2021|Blogs, Hearing God, Moving Forward, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

Moving Forward – One Step

Does seeing only one step at a time make you nervous? Well, it makes me nervous. I would like to see a lot further down the path, so I know what to expect. Hmm. Maybe that is the issue... Expectations Perhaps God knows that [...]

By |2021-06-28T14:52:00-07:00June 28, 2021|Blogs, Guidance, Hearing God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Moving Forward|0 Comments

Moving Forward – By Pulling Back

Sometimes taking a nap is the most spiritual thing you could do. Does that sound a little crazy to you? I mean, wouldn’t it be more spiritual to fight the tiredness and read the Bible? Maybe go help someone or spend time in [...]

By |2021-06-17T08:34:57-07:00June 17, 2021|Blogs, Moving Forward, Resources, Rest, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

Is There Something Only We Can Do?

Do you know there are people you can reach -- that Joyce Meyer can’t? That was quite a thought that popped into my head in the middle of the night. I was trying to fall back asleep but found myself replaying the day [...]

By |2022-08-11T16:57:44-07:00June 9, 2021|Abiding, Blogs, Moving Forward, You Tube Videos|0 Comments

Moving Forward – Getting the Message

Argh… why do I grab for comfort food every time stress hits? Why do I shut down when something feels too hard for me? Why can’t I just stop doing that? I stared at the list of common coping strategies that the counselor had [...]

By |2021-05-27T05:22:04-07:00May 26, 2021|Abiding, Blogs, Hanging on the Vine, Moving Forward|0 Comments

Moving Forward – What do I do with Negative Emotions?

I can fellowship with my frustration or I can bring it to God and fellowship with Him. My choice. Attention Have you ever had a small child trying to get your attention? What happens when you try to move them on or redirect them? [...]

Moving Forward – Tipping the Scales

What if repeating something over and over could tip the scale and it became easier? What if practicing trust could be that way? What if it is as simple as … moment by moment, decision by decision, saying… “I don’t have to understand, I [...]

By |2021-05-10T07:55:41-07:00May 5, 2021|Abiding, Blogs, Hearing God, Holy Spirit|0 Comments
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