Some insight on ShelleyJo

My name is Shelley, or ShelleyJo, depending on who is talking.

Marital status: I am married, to the same man for 30 years now (together 32 years). He is awesome! I am sure that he is the one I was to have married all along. I say this because some people think it was a mistake, but it wasn’t. God brought us together, even though I wasn’t walking with God or His people at the time.

Defining Love: You will find in my blog site a blog on God’s definition of love. It is from 1 Corinthians 13, and is in the Message translation. It is a paraphrase, but is worded in a powerful way.


Defining Love: You will find in my blog site a blog on God’s definition of love. It is from 1 Corinthians 13, and is in the Message translation. It is a paraphrase, but is worded in a powerful way.

Key #1  Receiving God’s love:                                                                                                                                                                                               

 God loves each one of us, including me! Including you!
Key #2 Love God (return love to Him)

I love God. I love all of Him, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Honestly. I love Him very much, and Jesus is the Best Friend I have ever had, or ever will.
Because of His love and faithfulness in my life, I want to live for him. I want to make Him happy.

Key #3 Love each other
The thing He says in His word  (the Bible) is that if we love Him, we will love one another. If we do not love one another, we do not walk in the light.
Because of Him, I live a life of love, as much as I understand it, and am able. I am growing and learning through life what love really is. I fail daily to love as He loves. In spite of this, I believe that if I keep it my focus and intent, my heart will change as I go, and be more loving, as my Father is. He says,” love is of God”, and “God is love”.
-Since I want so much to know Him, I believe that this love is the key.
-I find that real love does not come naturally. I find that true love is not easy. It can be quite messy and painful at times. It is always worth it. Always.

Key #4
I am a firm believer in forgiveness. No exceptions. Easy or hard, I will forgive. I will exercise my forgiveness muscles until I get it, and it is real (thoughts/feelings/words/desires line up with decision to forgive.
The hardest part of this, I have recently found, is being free by forgiveness for my mistakes and sins. I feel the heaviness of my errors and it is difficult to let myself off the hook as quickly as I would let others. Why is that? I am on a journey of total healing, which includes dealing with this area of my life. I have a blog called When Feeling Downtrodden by Your Shortcomings. It speaks to me when I am in that place.
I believe that when I live a life of love, grace, mercy and forgiveness I carry the heart of my Father, my King. I carry the King’s heart, not because I have arrived, but because I allow love to be hammered out in me through brokenness and obedience. I am willing to risk the pain to love. I sometimes feel crushed and broken because of love, so I refer to it as being hammered into an instrument of love.

Key #5 Purpose and Destiny:       

I believe that each person is made for a purpose and carries destiny in them. This includes every person, no matter what I (or anyone) think or feel about them, what they’ve done or not done. They deserve my respect and care simply because my Father loves them and has a purpose for their lives. Knowing this helps me to look for the good in others, look for their purpose, gifts and destiny. It reminds me to encourage others in their strengths, to be more patient with people, bearing long with them and forgiving them, repenting to them of my own faults when appropriate.

Gift:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have an outrageous sense of humor. When I speak publicly, it often comes out as a stand-up comedian, though my message is serious. People need joy and laughter. It lightens up our burdens and pain and gives us hope.

The flip side of the gift:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I can be sarcastic, though and am trying to temper that more.
What makes me cringe:                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are around me much, you will find that the thing that makes me cringe the most is when God or Jesus’ name is used as a curse word. This is not a “religious, snooty or super spiritual” thing for me. It is simple respect. My best Friend is being disrespected, and it makes me sad, even grieves me.

Season of life:
This is a broken season for me currently, but I have great hope in God to bring me through into a new season, a new beginning of life with joy and strength.
I have been laid off due to reduction in work force. I had a job I absolutely loved and enjoyed tremendously, working with adult developmentally disabled people, and driving in the beauty of our area. At the moment, I have a huge hole in me that feels as if it can’t be filled, but is being healed, filled and will overflow again at just the right time.
Points of interest:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I have many allergies, and they are ridiculous!
2. Writing, reading, crafting, cooking, baking, eating, arts, driving and music make me happy. So does walking (especially in our beautiful park), Turbo Jam/Fire, and my exercise bike.
3. One of my greatest sorrows is the damage to my vocal chords. I can no longer sing well. It is healing.
4. My favorite thing to do is to write.
5. My greatest strengths: love, mercy and that I was made to say something that matters.
6. My greatest weaknesses are mercy-run-amuck and  that I have a million words. I talk too much sometimes, especially when excited about something. I am working on this.
7. I am an introvert. Yes, I am.

a) In a 4 page quiz taken on the subject, I answered every question but one as introvert.

b) The only question I answered as an extrovert is that I am verbal.

c) Socializing takes my energy and taps me out completely, though I enjoy those I am with and what we are doing.

d) I require a lot of time to recharge after socializing. This means alone time, quietness and rest. No energy output with people, even by phone. If I don’t get that, I get exhausted to the point of illness.
I am looking forward to what lies ahead with excitement! I have no clue what it might be, but I know that when it comes, I will know what is right, and go through that door into the next step of my own destiny and purpose.


  1. How do we become blog buddies, Shelley?


  2. Hello ShelleyJo,
    Thank you for coming over to my blog and I’m glad you like my work. The pattern that you fancied is called the Réalta pattern
    shows you posts with the pattern featured. It’s for sale on my blog, but if you send me an email at the address below, I’ll gladly send you a copy as a gift: I know for sure you’ll pay it forward when you see the chance :-)

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