Poetry: I’ll Be There

When you struggle, I’ll be there.

When you celebrate, I’ll be there.

When you want to just sit in silence because you don’t want to be alone but you don’t want to be with anyone, I’ll let you come chill and sit in the comfortable chair.

When you need a hug, I’ll offer a hug.

When you need direction, I’ll point the way.

When you need more of God, I’ll pray with you.

When you can’t see Him, I’ll pray for you.

When you can’t see me, I’ll always see you.

When you think no one would love you if they knew what you did, I’ll still be here loving you more than I understand.

When you want to give up, I’ll help you be strong.

When you want to scream from the rooftops, I’ll ensure the stairway is unlocked.

When you’ve overdosed, I’ll hold your hand and go through the phases with you.

When you’re high wandering the streets, I’ll walk them too.

When you’re opening your first business, I’ll stand by your side as you cut the ribbon.

When you write your first book, I’ll buy the first copy.

When you buy your first house, I’ll help you move in.

I am here.

I am not judging.

I celebrate and mourn with you.

I rise with you, and when you fall I will help you up.

I value you.

I cherish you.

I love you.



Originally posted on my Creative Writing and Poetry blog: https://shellverapoetry.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/ill-be-there

Movies & Meditation: When You Realize You’re A Showman…

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My daughter and I finally sat down and watched The Greatest Showman a few months ago. It quickly became one of our favorite movies because of its message of hope, love, and possibility.

Why did it take us so long?!

What a beautiful movie! There is not a single song on the soundtrack that my daughter and I don’t enjoy. Each one could easily have become a Music & Musings segment here but I want to focus on the overall movie (though I will surely talk about a song or two as well). The characters made us smile, and a couple upset us. We laughed and cried. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Aren’t We All Showmen?

When we really think about our own lives, aren’t we all showmen of sorts? Don’t we put our best face forward and make it seem like we have it altogether when we really are falling…

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When the Church Has Hurt You… (An Open Letter to Those Hurt by the Church)

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Dear Person Who Has Been Hurt by the Church,

I am sorry.

I am sorry that as a church we have become more concerned with beautiful buildings than bleeding hearts. That we have spent more time developing economically sufficient social clubs instead of reaching out to our communities and the people who need us most.

I am sorry that each time you have walked into the doors, we ask you for money and tell you what an awful human you have been instead of learning more about you and finding out what made you come in the first place. That we most often times will ignore you after we publicly applaud you for showing up and ask you to raise your hand so we can shove our Information Cards in your hands and get your demographic information in exchange for a coffee cup, water bottle, or bag of candy from…

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Music & Musings: “Say Something”

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I love music. I love how I can escape into it. I love how it expresses what I am thinking at times when I am tired of my own thoughts or can’t put them into words. I love that I am able to listen to music and fall into the words and drift away. I often will play a song and meditate on it, thinking about what it means for me. There are some songs that really speak to me in many ways and this month I am going to explore those thoughts in this Music & Musings series.

The first song we will kick off with will be “Say Something”. There are two versions of this song that I like, one by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera and a cover by WorshipMob. I’m going to talk about both of them because they each hit me a little…

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The Execution that Gave Life

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

The day had not gone as planned. It was supposed to be an easy execution, but the prisoner spoke up at the last minute, causing a delay. The person provided information causing the warden to call the case’s judge and ask questions. The judge reviewed the file and commanded the prisoner be set free. Everyone in the room became angry, shouting protests:

“He is a horrible murderer!”

“He cannot be set free.”

“He will do it again.”

“What are you doing? He surely has not changed.”

Everyone, that is, except for one woman. The prisoner was on death row for brutally torturing and murdering her husband, and horribly mutilating her. The woman sat quietly staring at the prisoner through the glass as tears streamed down her face. Amidst the chaos, she seemed completely at peace.

Dear Diary,

Today was one of those days you don’t expect to happen. Victor was…

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Music & Musings: “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott

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I was listening to my music on shuffle last night and this song came on. Then this morning on the way to write, it came on again. I started thinking about where I am in life, my actions and thoughts, and what I want moving forward. I sat and listened to the lyrics so deeply, over and over. Allowing them to hit my spirit and speak to me.

All lyrics in the quoted, purple text are written by Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott, Emily Lynn Weisband • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved from Google Play Music

I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt and…

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Essential Oils to Inspire Creativity

The Essential Creative

I love anything artistic and creative. Whether it is sitting in the back yard, staring at the sky and thinking about story ideas or sitting in my office writing business ideas and plans, I get caught up in the process of creative thinking and dreaming big. While it doesn’t take a lot for me to get in the mood for creative sparks, I love to diffuse my essential oils or have a cotton ball with a few drops of one sitting in front of me when I am being creative.

I especially love certain oils for specific activities. For example, if I am thinking about business stuff, I like to diffuse Into the Future or Magnify Your Purpose. If I am doing social media posts I like to diffuse three drops each of Patchouli and Peppermint.

If I am writing, I like to diffuse Oola Field or a…

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I’m Not The Girl…

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

I’m Not the Girl, but I am the Woman…

I’m not the girl who will call you often in a day or text you to find out where you are.

I’m not the girl who will take a million selfies to prove her beauty to you or help you impress your friends.

I’m not the girl who will lie to you to make you feel better about yourself.

I’m not the girl who wants to be in front of the camera or shine on the red carpet.

I’m not the girl who will ask you to change your lifestyle to fit mine.

But I am the woman who will support you as you fulfill your calling and conquer the opportunities to walk many red carpets.

I am the woman who will stop to admire you from time to time because when I see you I see a brilliance that takes…

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When Your Nothing is Enough…

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In 2 Kings 4:1-7 a widow has some bills coming due that her husband left behind in righteous circumstances (meaning not out of lavish living but out of sacrifice for God and frugal living) and the debt collectors will take her sons to work off the debt if she doesn’t have the money when they arrive. She goes to the prophet Elisha for guidance because her husband had been one of his servants.

This was the first Bible story I ever learned as a child. I was taught it was about the vessels and faith, being available to God, and trusting Him to provide even when it feels like you have very little. More than 30 years later @iammiketodd (“Bring Me Another Vessel”, Transformation Church) and @stevenfurtick (“Frozen Oil and Chosen Vessels”, Elevation Church) have broken this scripture down within the past few months and shared the same high level…

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Workshops / Online Classes

One of my passions is teaching workshops and classes. I enjoy connecting with people and seeing them realize their dreams and potential, as well as following up with them to see how far they have come. If you would like to hire me to facilitate a workshop for your community group or church, connect with me today.

Some workshops that are my favorites:

  • Get Started Writing Your Book! This workshop focuses on how to get out of your own way when it comes to writing your own book. Too many people think they don’t have the right resources but in today’s online culture, we have more than enough resources for everyone to make their dream of writing a book a reality. I share with you how to get going and the expenses I believe are worth planning for if you would like to publish a quality book.
  • Before Your After: Living in Today by Exploring Your Past and Future. This workshop focuses on living life fully in the moment while considering where you have been and where you want to go. Too many of us get stuck in the past or planning for the future and because of it we are missing out on today.
  • Becoming You: Understanding Who You Are and Loving Her. This workshop is for women who are struggling with insecurity and identity and need to grasp the basics of who God says we are and applying those statements to what we currently look like, what we do for work, how we parent, etc.
  • Your Best Year: Vision Boarding and Goal Setting for Results. This workshop is typically done in December or January and is a way of helping you set goals for the year as well as put those goals into a picture that you keep in front of  you all year. It is best when we have a group of friends who make it a party and truly aren’t afraid to speak up for what they want. We have a LOT of fun and even shed some tears as we realize goals that have been dreams deferred.

Starts at $77 per class based upon class and number of students. Get a group and we will do it for one price so you can split the commitment and save money.

(Payments are made through Zelle.)