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Just a little while...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Went through my photo gallery and decided it was time to put in different pictures...This time with a glimpse of passing years - my relatively skinny self in the mid-to-late 70's; the widening 90's...some mission pictures with special people: best friends Marleni and Sabina, and some other friends, goddaughters, and spiritual kids...and some more recent pictures, from this summer and Christmas festivities. Oh, and I have to add a couple here - like my grandson's cute craft from Pre-School

And the Christmas socks I won at my last Scrabble game...

And I'll have to get some pix of younger daughter Cass and her fiance and dog while they're here...Time flies by so quickly. It can be a good thing, like while I'm waiting to return to Peru...or a sad thing like how soon Cass will marry and move to Ireland and we won't be likely to see much of her. Makes me more conscious of the need to make the days count. After all, we have "just a little while."

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GRAMMAALI 12/18/2010 9:17PM

Love the socks and the craft!
Love your pics and hope you get back to Peru soon!

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He Did It Again.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." It's been a hard year, and time after time I have cried out to the Lord, "If You want my husband to live, You have to make provision." Back in June when DH had finished up his last bit of insulin and we had no money for refill, he had an appointment with the endocrinologist the same day and received samples for 2 weeks. Another doctor appt. later that month got him 3 more weeks of samples. The following month when I asked my pastors if I could give them a post-dated check for his next round of insulin, they gave us the money - and refused the check. Things like this continued. This week my husband told me he was all out - and the people who said they would get the month's supply were delayed. A diabetic friend gave up some of HIS insulin, but meanwhile DH's blood sugar was dangerously high. We learned the cost would be $230 more than we thought, more than our generous friends - and payday was still 2 days away. I washoping to offer another post-dated check - another friend made up the difference and refused reimbursement.
As I look back on these circumstances I see the Lord's hand and sense Him saying - "I GOT this; there is NOTHING to hard for Me." Even when I've been prepared not to pay regular bills so I can get his insulin - it's like He's saying,"No: as you said, it is I Who want him to live - I am making the way."
And He uses the precious Body of Christ! It is because of Him that we receive this outpouring of God's grace in a very practical way.
Every day is Thanksgiving.

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SAGE150 12/7/2010 10:59AM

    Wow, Shel, keep hanging in there, sweetie. You are a strong, Christian woman. I think it is usually easier to understand God's reasoning in hindsight after we learn whatever He wanted us to learn. I don't know exactly what to pray for your husband other than may God's will be done and may peace be with you.

Thinking of you and your family always,

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LUV-BEING-NANA 12/6/2010 10:39AM

    God is our Provider! Praises to Him!!
Thanks for sharing, Shel!

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STACEYM980 12/6/2010 6:10AM

    praise God for his provision!

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CHARDANU 12/4/2010 11:48AM

    This is the very kind of thing we've experienced this past year SHEL, while going through really tough financial times. I mean, God used Brethren in the Body of Christ that we don't even know, to bless us and help meet our needs. I only hope that soon we will become the head and not the tail, the lender and giver. God works through people, and mostly through HIS own spirit-filled people.

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SJG1953 12/3/2010 4:06AM

    This such a wonderful testimony of God's power and love for His children. I praise His Holy Name!!!

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LILLYPILLY24 12/3/2010 2:37AM

    Sounds stressful ... unless you're leaning on Him! What an amazing testimony of His provision for you. May God continue to bless you!!

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Living and Dying

Saturday, October 09, 2010

The last time I went to Peru in the summerof 2008, there were about a dozen people waiting for me at the airport. Many had arrived around midnight and made a little party of my arrival -which was not until 4:30 am, and then I was at least an hour and a half in customs. It was a very joyful reunion.

When I had to leave after 2 months, it was so painfully hard to say good-bye. We'd shared so many experiences. The parting was made even more painful when, some months later, I learned that it would be considerably longer than I had anticipated before I could return. I held a brief hope earlier this year that perhaps I coud return in June - but no. And then recently I anticipated returning NEXT summer. But already now there is some question. Of course, anything can happen. Funds can pour in at the last minute. Most of them ARE in for the round trip to Lima - I'm just shy about $335 if I bought the tickets TODAY. Of course the price goes up every day that passes. And I could feasibly use this week's pay to cover the gap...but for one little thing...DH needs insulin. About $400 or so for a month's supply. My pastor said he could give a check to me from the Peru mission fund (the money already raised) to use at my discretion but with his exhortational comment (and I always take what he says to heart) that the care of my husband and the finances was of more immediate concern than other wants and desires. So...I told him to hold the money - it is designated for the next Peru mission and I will not apply it to any other thing. And I will pay for DH's meds. But my heart was breaking. As I was mowing the lawn and communing with the Lord about the matter, He reminded me that I had been praying about His changing my attitudes. And part of being Christlike is dying so others can live. SIGH. So I am putting to death my hopes of sooner return so my DH can live. My grievance is that his living is mostly eating, sleeping, and watching tv...but as I ask the Lord why He lets him live, the answer comes - so that I may learn to die. Trouble with being a living sacrifice, it is often painful! Still, I am reminded of Twila Paris's song, "A Heart That Knows You." I was disappointed that Youtube only has the Karaoke version, but it can still give you an idea.

Here are some of the lyrics...

"Thought I knew so much, but I've got so much to learn;
Got so far to go, so much left to burn
Thought I knew you well, But I struggle in your hands
Here again you bring the truth before me
Freedom only comes when I let go, this I know
And a heart that knows you is a HEART THAT CAN WAIT and DIE TO THE DEAREST DESIRE
and a heart that knows you is a heart tht can still celebrate following love through the fire...
...still there is the pain before the glory
and it is your will I must embrace - Oh for grace!...
It may be for my sake, just to help me grow.
Maybe for your kingdom, Lord, I don't need to know..."

John 15:12-13 says "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." And
1 John 3:16 says "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." So, this is another lesson I am learning.

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STACEYM980 10/11/2010 5:02AM

    wow, sounds like you are really clinging to the Lord admidst these challenges...hoping you are sensing his grace, moment by moment!

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SAGE150 10/10/2010 11:39AM

    I'm sorry you are discouraged by the recent turn of events in your health and economic situation. Maybe God needs you to be a witness and caregiver to your husband right now more than a missionary in Perú and that is why plans for returning to Perú are not taking shape like you had hoped. Who knows? Only He does. I guess sometimes we just have to have faith even though even I especially know that is much easier said than done.
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Take care, Shel. Everything will resolve itself in time.

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SJG1953 10/10/2010 2:45AM

    You are a precious child of God with your heart fixed on doing God's will. It is such a let down when life throws curves into our hopes and plans. It is such a privilege to be loved by our Father so much that He takes the time to mold us and shape us into what He wants us to be even if it hurts for the moment. We will understand someday the "whys" and meanwhile we can only trust our Father. I too have so much to learn and so many rough edges that need the Master's shaping. Much love in Christ, Shirley

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/10/2010 1:04AM

    Only God knows what the future holds for each of us and what tomorrow may bring. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings and hugs,

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GATOR12 10/9/2010 11:06PM


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*MARITZA* 10/9/2010 10:51PM

    emoticon emoticonyour preciouss......keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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To Give You An Idea

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I took some pictures of my set-up at the art festival from this past weekend. The Clothesline Festival, as it's called, is held on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY - usually the weekend after Labor Day. This was my 33rd consecutive year of participating in it. I have won the coveted Merit Award twice

This last one is of the little "sign" I made to tell the price of the smallest creations...See the little Noah's Ark?

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SAGE150 9/15/2010 1:45PM

    Wow, Shel! That's a lot of work! Very nice!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/15/2010 9:38AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful tiny creatures with us. Hope you sold lots so you will have room to make more. God has truly bless you with a wonderful talent!!!

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KAT573 9/14/2010 9:26PM

    gee brings back memoris of the first day I met you through your screen door: "hi, I am kathy"......(you: "I am shelley. do you want to play with clay?") and thus a wonderful childhood experience unfolded over time..... emoticon

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GATOR12 9/14/2010 3:57PM

    Lovely and so small. Hope you did or do well and enjoy visiting with others both customers and other vendors. I'm sure you see repeat vendors and have some acquaintance with some.

You are talented and blessed!!

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KADULAC 9/14/2010 1:23PM

    That is really nice. Congratulations.

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MMNICKS 9/14/2010 9:37AM

    What cute little creatures, Looks like fun!!

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LOVESLIFE48 9/14/2010 7:44AM

    Wow!! Beautiful!! You are very talented!!

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Back By Popular Demand

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I've put some photos of my ceramic animals in my gallery, as well as some of myself MAKING them...included are some close-ups of what I call my Teeny Tiny T'ings, with a penny to show the scale. They are INDEED "teeny tiny." I try to see how small I can make a thing and still have it look like what it is. Sometimes these itsy bitsies make all the difference in the success of an art show. I have collectors who come to me with their children saying, "When I was little I bought these from you - now I'm bringing my daughter to collect them!" I have been makinganimals from clay since I was 2, starting with plasticene and "graduating" to the fired clay in my teens. I had a road-side stand where I sold my "Ceramic Critters and Stuff" that accumulated from sculpture and ceramics classes while in my teens...then I started selling at local art and craft shows, often winning awards, included the coveted Merit Award at the Clothesline Arts Festival in Rochester, NY, in which I have participated every year since 1977.

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CHARDANU 9/5/2010 6:47AM

    So let me get this straight, you create all these little animals with your two hands without using any molds? If that's true, then you truly ARE an artist! WOW! I have a new appreciation entirely! Love the photos - using the penny comparison was a good idea. Also love the camping photos - looks like a real fun time. God bless.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/5/2010 5:06AM

    I loved your very talented you are!!! They are truly amazing and you should be proud of all you do!! So glad that you share your talents!! Thank you so much for writing your blog and sharing with us!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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LILLYPILLY24 9/5/2010 1:28AM

    Ok, I just looked at them and your peacock. They are amazing! You have a real talent and your enjoyment of it shines through, Do you get attached to them, making it difficult to sell?

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LILLYPILLY24 9/5/2010 1:23AM

    What an interesting hobby! Thanks for sharing; I'm off to look at your photos ...

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