I'm Shelby. I was born in Calgary, Alberta. I moved to Manitoba when I was just starting grade 9. We moved here because my parents both grew up in small towns in B.C and Ontario. They wanted to escape the rush of the city and move down a pace. They seem to enjoy it a lot out here from the second we moved into our small house in Plumas. For me it took some adjusting but God moulded me to love it. Here’s a bit about me, I'm eager to grow and learn, and I love learning new things and having conversations about things that matter. I like playing sports, hanging out and chatting with just anyone. I connect well with God through conversations and music I like to sing and really want to learn how to play guitar. I look forward to going to youth every other week and chatting with people I usually don’t see. I am a pretty friendly person but i can be quite shy as well I enjoy doing new things even if there nerve racking because it builds character. I don't like sitting around on weekends when I could be active doing something, my weak point in school is in the math and science area.  I do better in one on one conversation's then in larger groups.  I'm excited for the future! I want to be involved in some sort of outreach and go on a mission’s trip. I also want to go to bible college i am practically interested in Nipawin Bible College and I feel that’s where God is calling me. I want to serve the Lord in any way possible and want to be available for him to use me and stretch me.  I strongly believe that our words have to line up with our actions. The youth of today can build foundations for the future. One way would be setting an example for others that Christ makes an incredible difference in our lives. For me I didn’t really grow up in a Christian home. My parents believed in the existence of God but it was never something we talked about.  In my early life God was never a focus because no one around me made it clear that he mattered.  For the most part I thought I was going down an acceptable path until I moved to Manitoba where I had to learn to fit in all over again. I looked for acceptance in all the wrong places and before i knew it I was friends with people who offered me a path of hurt and destruction. I got into bad habits, bad friendships and even worse a bad perception of what I thought was right and wrong.  After a bad relationship I pretty much hit rock bottom, I felt hopeless alone and the hurt and the emptiness just wouldn’t go away. I started asking myself what I was missing in my life because I felt so empty. The hurt I was feeling showed up in school I don’t think I smiled much.  Joel Goertzen begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting who is a youth for Christ worker in Gladstone and in my high school (WMCI) noticed that I was struggling and asked me if I ever needed to talk we could go for coffee. So one day I took up his offer and God blessed the conversation and gave Joel the opportunity to tell me about Jesus!  The whole conversation turned my mind upside down.  God gave me the will to go home and check out some of these weird things he told me about. So I picked up a bible and began to read and I read and read and read. It was fascinating!  I had many other coffee meetings with Joel and each time I’d leave with some hope thinking wow Joel thanks! But I soon began to realize the work in me was not Joel it was God. So Joel lined me up to go to youth group and I went and Angela Penner gave a devotional on God and how we need other Christians in our lives to help us in our walk with God.  So I began to go to youth more often although I was nervous and I didn’t know anybody. But I continued to go and felt encouraged while I was there but I’d go home and forget all about God. I didn’t know how to talk to God I couldn’t hold a conversation with him. So I began to write in a journal and before I knew it God was like a best friend tome I spoke very openly.  The more i learned about his love and forgiveness it became easier to develop a relationship with him and not just an existence. I surrendered to God and wanted him to take over the steering wheel of my life, although I did that there were still a lot I didn’t get. I struggled with trusting God and trying to wrap my head around the concept of God loving us even though we don’t deserve it. I felt like I couldn’t believe in God because I couldn’t feel his presence anymore the joy was gone. But God spoke to me through Hebrews 12:5-6 “and have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said my child don’t ignore it when the Lord discipline’s you and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves and he punishes those he accepts as his children”. This reminded me to trust God when things don’t go my way.  On February 5 2011 I went to mission’s fest in Winnipeg, I prayed with all the faith I thought I had that God would bless the weekend for the group. After seeing all the people at booths representing and serving God and how much passion they had to share it with everyone there, it challenged me and spoke to my heart. I left Missions Fest with this challenge to put my life more into Gods hands instead of my own I thought if God can smuggle 3 million bibles I can trust him with my life. I went home and the day after that for the first time I heard God speak to me to serve him at a more local church. This is so awesome to share because it’s when I first witnessed the Holy Spirit guiding me to do something and i didn’t question it. God has continually spoken into my life through his word and he continually is changing my heart I’m no longer trying to live up to what I want but what Gods wants for me. Lately I have been learning how important constant communication is with God and how important the bible is in our lives. He has taught me how effective prayer is and has brought to my attention that I need to give my whole self to him not just parts

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it's good to hear that you found a uniquie relationship with GOD Shelby. your story is very similar to mine to. i had a family that believed in GOD but their hearts weren't full heartedly tward Him and they never realy talked or expalned the importances of life with Him. i became saved one day while at church. i had been going to church since i was about 4 or 5 up til 10. and on that day i was very upsat, angry, and sad. i had moved out of town away from all the friends i've ever known and my ADD ( auditory prosses disorder) and lake of social skills made it hard for me to make new friends becuase their first impression of me would be weird. i was having suicidle thoughts, i thought i'll just die and go to heaven. but at the end of the paster's sermen he said that you don't get to go to heaven just because you believe in GOD and that struck my attention. after that i exepted CHRIST into my life and began a big study of the bible.

     my early relationship with GOD was more out of fear and christian responsibility. but now as i got to know Him more and more i learned a healthy fear of Him and continue in  the life given to me, forgeting my sin and failer and persueing this buetiful crafted relationship JESUS has made in witch two lovers persue each others heart.

thanks for sharing your testimoniy and i pray for GOD to bless your life and your soul as He teaches you and all of us the secrets to life and love.(:

Hey thanks 
my story has bee expanded , and i have been able to speak into the lives of those who have been sexually abused as well which is awesome . and God has been resotring me at bible shcool!
david wellmaker said:

it's good to hear that you found a uniquie relationship with GOD Shelby. your story is very similar to mine to. i had a family that believed in GOD but their hearts weren't full heartedly tward Him and they never realy talked or expalned the importances of life with Him. i became saved one day while at church. i had been going to church since i was about 4 or 5 up til 10. and on that day i was very upsat, angry, and sad. i had moved out of town away from all the friends i've ever known and my ADD ( auditory prosses disorder) and lake of social skills made it hard for me to make new friends becuase their first impression of me would be weird. i was having suicidle thoughts, i thought i'll just die and go to heaven. but at the end of the paster's sermen he said that you don't get to go to heaven just because you believe in GOD and that struck my attention. after that i exepted CHRIST into my life and began a big study of the bible.

     my early relationship with GOD was more out of fear and christian responsibility. but now as i got to know Him more and more i learned a healthy fear of Him and continue in  the life given to me, forgeting my sin and failer and persueing this buetiful crafted relationship JESUS has made in witch two lovers persue each others heart.

thanks for sharing your testimoniy and i pray for GOD to bless your life and your soul as He teaches you and all of us the secrets to life and love.(:

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