Author Archive | Barb Shelton

Grain, New Wine, and Oil That Satisfy!

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      I opened up to Joel 2:19 and saw something that I had never noticed before: “I am sending you grain, new wine, and oil – enough to satisfy you fully.” If these three things – grain, new (as opposed to old) wine, and oil – were important enough to mention in the Word, […]

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A Fresh View of Zero

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I’ve noticed that, as I’m getting close to zero ~ truly hungry, but not starving ~ anxiety rises up in me. If I’m busy and my mind is occupied, anxiety is less likely to happen, but it often does.  I obviously need the Lord to renew my heart and mind regarding zero. So I thought […]

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When It’s Not Right to be Thankful for Food

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Imagine a pile of gifts under the Christmas tree. Actually, no need to imagine; here’s the exact scenario I’m talking about…   Now imagine that one of the gifts has this message on the tag: “Do not open until December 25!” (See further down.) Of course, even if that message is not stated right on the tag, the […]

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Two Forms for Studying Scripture

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Way back in the early 1990’s when I was homeschooling our two teenagers through high school, I wanted a way to help them ~ and myself ~ study Scripture in greater depth, in an orderly, organized, uncomplicated way. So I created two forms, both of which enable us to dig deeper into the Word by dissecting […]

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Preparing for Challenges in Advance – with Jesus

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Lord, I have a lot going on today; many things on my plate. You said You’ll be with us always, which includes TODAY! So would You help me prepare for these things ahead instead of being a sitting duck and waiting until I’m in the middle of them – sinking down, getting overwhelmed, confused, or discouraged?  Christina (Motley) often […]

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Recognizing and Choosing “The Better Part”

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“Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:42) For many of us, doing comes much more naturally than being. Which means that spending time with the Lord may not come as easily as doing things for Him. This struggle goes way back to Mary and Martha… Martha is known for being […]

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Boundaries That Fall in Pleasant Places

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“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6) In Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire, Heidi wrote regarding boundaries: “The wooden fence protects a family dog from wandering off into a forest where predators lurk.” It was interesting that I read this just a few hours after hearing some […]

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The Run-away Mixer

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I’m not the neatest baker, nor is my mixer the neatest mixer, at least not when its beaters, generously coated with batter, get turned up to the highest speed. No idea how I did that, but I did, and I had quite the mess to clean up! Since I couldn’t tend to clean-up right away, (I had to finish getting the […]

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Two Rosebuds Flourishing in the Light

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Several weeks ago a couple came over for dinner (yes, we had invited them; they didn’t just show up) and brought us a potted miniature rose plant. It had some pretty red roses blooming, and was healthy and thriving. Which actually made me feel bad that it was now going to have me for its […]

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8 Tips to Get the Most out of Small-Group Coaching

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I have noticed that there are two types of people in Thin Within: Those who stay on the fringes of the ministry, dabbling here and there, reading some, participating in a group or two –  which I did for years! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it! I was welcomed, accepted, and loved, and I […]

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