Shelby | The Enthusiastic Heart of a Servant

My name is Shelby.

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I discovered The Grace Mask when I heard Aurelia share her heart and vision at the Designed Sisterhood morning meeting last June at James River Assembly.

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When I was growing up I lived a lot of different situations. I have lived in different cities, with different people, and I’ve had a lot of different friends. But my parents have always been faithful to love me and teach me God’s Word regardless of the circumstances.

As a kid my church involvement was consistent. But my parents divorced when I was 9 and then they both remarried. I eventually adjusted to having two families as well as two church families depending on which parent I was staying with for the weekend. After a while my mother distanced herself from the church so I attended services with a friend when I stayed with her. At 15, I felt called to move to Springfield with my dad to attend James River Church on a more regular basis. Once I made that decision, God really put my faith to the test. My relationship with my mother has been difficult since moving but God’s promises are true and trustworthy and He has never left me. I know I am where I am supposed to be – with Him.

I accepted Christ when I was in the 6th grade. It was then that I realized that I didn’t need a religion, I needed a relationship with Jesus. Saying “YES” to Jesus was terrifying and fulfilling all at the same time.

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Knowing that I am the Bride of Christ makes me feel unworthy at times. Experiencing true love and grace is overwhelming when I think about what He did for me and what He is STILL DOING for me even today. Jesus’ love for me as His Bride makes me feel encouraged and empowered to serve Him and others. I know I cannot earn what He gives me. He loves me enough to make me pure and beautiful in all my service to Him.

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My walk down the aisle to Jesus is freeing me from my fears. I have struggled with fear for a long time but every step towards Jesus day after day builds my confidence in Him as the author and perfecter of my faith – He is writing my story and I have nothing to fear.

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I am looking forward to serving and loving women with my gifts and talents as a hairdresser. This skill not only allows me the opportunity to help women feel beautiful and pampered while they sit in my chair, but I can also encourage them by listening to them, comforting them, and by being a friend to them. One hour with a person can totally change her day not just her hair. I want to be a difference maker in the Kingdom of God. He has opened the door into the lives of women for me and the key happens to be a comb – I will use it!

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My anchor verses are:

Matthew 4:4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
Psalms 84:10 A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
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