Archive | July 2012


I’m honored and thrilled to be a published reviewer on the 

Wordsmith Journal Magazine


I’m very proud my first review is on Michelle Sutton’s Decision to Love.

I’m reviewing and writing from the senior point of view. 

Woo Hoo!

Please take a look.  Comments are welcome!

SR Perspective

Hello and Welcome to our SR Perspective page where our SR Reviewer, Barb Shelton will post her opinion/review of the books she reads. This month is Michelle Sutton’s latest creation, Decision to…


Today, while adding my blog to Networked Blogs, I added the wrong widget, then I added the correct widget; then I thought I’d added the button to follow my blog.  Everything started coming out like it was haywired….I know what a haywire is…I’m a Kansas girl…LOL!

Anyway, if you’ll glance at the lower right on the blog, there is a bunch of gibberish that I cannot delete or find it’s source.  I know there are friends and others out there that know how to build a blog better than I.  Where are you?  Can you help me?

All I need is to know how to delete the gibberish.  I could sure use some help and thank you for your attention.

Blessed by Grace,



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Teens – Do your words encourage others, or put them down?

Here is your devotional:

 Do your words encourage others, or put them down?

 By Kaylee Harris

 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.


~Ephesians 4:29


Do any of you have siblings? Well, I have 6… all younger than me. At the end of a long day at school the last thing I want to come home to is “Sissy, will you play Barbie’s?” or “Sissy, why is the sky blue and not pink?” My brothers and sisters truly test all of my limits every single day. As much as I want to scream at the top of my lungs “LEAVE ME ALONE” and lock myself in my room… I don’t. There are so many times when I want to call them ugly names or be mean… but when it comes down to it, I am their hero…cooler than Mom and Dad but old enough to be the boss too. If I say things that tear them down or hurt their feelings no one benefits.

 So, regardless of weather you have siblings or not… Watch your tone and words. Only let joyful things come from your mouth. Remind yourself of the simple golden rule of “Treat others how you want to be treated.” (Luke 6:31) Treat others with respect, and respect and joy are sure to follow.


It is easy to say uplifting things to your friends. What kind of things do you say to people you do not like?

 Application step:

Today, pretend that the words you say are to God. What would HE think about being called stupid for asking a question in class?



Dear Lord, Today help me think about what I say before I say it. I realize words are like toothpaste…once they come out, you can’t put them back in. Help me to say words that bring joy to others and make me a joy to be around. Forgive me where I have failed you Lord, and help me to bring glory to You and Your kingdom. I love you Father.


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Teen Girl Devotional: Are you a prayerful person?

Here is your devotion:

Are you a prayerful person?

by Heather Hart

pray continually;

~1 Thessalonians 5:17

I love this verse! It’s short, sweet, and to the point! Pray continually. Have you ever met someone that just loved to pray? Someone who just took every opportunity to thank God, or to petition Him? I believe that is what this verse is referring to. I don’t think that God wants us to pray about what socks to wear in the morning, but maybe we could take the time to thank Him because we have clean socks? Take a moment to thank Him that we have parents to wash our socks, and that they have the financial ability to buy us new socks? And I don’t think we should pray about whether or not to go to school… that is required. So maybe we should pray and thank God that we have a school to go to, and that we are allowed to get an education. Then take a moment to ask God’s protection over our day, and also to pray for the girls our age in other countries that aren’t allowed to go to school?

I also think about Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 where He tells us not to pray by babbling on. God knows what we are going to say before we even say it. We don’t need to ramble, but just honor Him by coming to Him. He doesn’t care about the number of words we say, He cares about our hearts and that we are humble enough to come to Him. He cares that our hearts desire to talk with Him.


Do you pray during the day, or just at specific times?

Application Step:

Pray today, about everything. Not long prayers, but just quick thank yous and requests.


Father God, thank you that we are able to pray to you. Thank you that you hear us when we call to you (Psalm 4:3). Help me to desire to speak with you more. Give me the words to say. It is just so awesome that I can reach out to you in prayer. Thank you, Lord, thank you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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Does your beauty come from your outward appearance, or from Christ in you?

by Heather Hart

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

~1 Peter 3:3-4

The Bible tells us that true beauty comes not from our outward physical beauty, but from our inner beauty; the beauty of Christ living in our hearts and shining out through us. I want to ask you two questions today:

Question 1: How much time do you spend on your outward appearance? This could be time spent doing your hair, dieting, putting on makeup, choosing what clothes to wear today, accessorizing, even shopping for new clothes or jewelry or getting a new hair cut. Statistics show that the average woman spends 2 ½ years of her life washing, styling, cutting, coloring, crimping, and straitening her hair at home or in a salon. That’s just time spent on hair!

Question 2: How much time do you spend on your inner beauty? This could be time spent in prayer, reading or studying your Bible, time in church or youth group, or time spent in devotions.

Where we spend the most time tells us what we care the most about. Today’s verse tells us that our inner self should be more important to us. After all, 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us that what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. So while the world is telling us that beauty is on the outside, the Bible tells us that true beauty is on the inside. True beauty comes from Christ in us.


Do I spend more time on my outward appearance, or on my inner beauty?


Every time you look in a mirror today, say a prayer asking God to help you work on your inner beauty.


Father God, Thank you for all you do for me. Thank you for teaching me what is important in your sight. Help me to put the value of my inner beauty above that of my outward appearance. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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