January 29, 2020

Michelle Shove, SI

Are you weary from what life has thrown your way? In need of encouragement during a rough patch? Let’s face it, life is messy. Whether it’s a broken relationship, a deep sense of loneliness or just learning to manage those unruly emotions. I believe everyone has a story to tell that is uniquely theirs. Your story is marked by surprise, hurt, challenge and change. It consists of moments of joy and happiness, but it is also marked by periods of great sadness, and pain.

The world can feel like a frightening place. That’s where I come in. It would be my great honor to walk alongside you during your dark season. God’s word tells us in John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” I will use the light found in the word of God to illuminate the darkness.

What I can offer you:

Hope – I will hold the lamp for you until you’re able to hold it for yourself.  “God’s word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.” (Psalm 119:105)

Perspective – Sometimes all it takes is a shift in perspective to bring some relief to the suffering. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Wisdom – Undeniably found first and foremost in the word of God and the Holy Spirit, I also have lots of life experiences to draw from – marriage, suicide, parenting, military life, fostering, adoption, cancer, special needs children, retirement and transition.

On a Personal Note: I am saved by grace, wife to Donald, mom to four amazing children – two girls, two boys raised on two different continents. I am a native New Orleanian, who met and married my marine husband right here in New Orleans. Together, we have lived all over the world with the US Military and after his retirement as missionaries with Cadence International in Okinawa, Japan. There we ministered to the US military and their families and also where I discovered my deep passion for counseling. Five years ago, God called us back to New Orleans where I felt called to pursue my master’s degree in counseling. I can assure you, after 20 years of travel, there’s no place like home.

My favorite past times involve anything to do with food, especially getting to know a culture through its local cuisine. I think chips and salsa should be a staple! And date nights for married couples should be a requirement! I also love Sunday afternoon naps, reading novels set in the South, and dark chocolate! Not necessarily in that order!

Recommended Books:
Love and Respect – Emerson Eggerichs
Intimate Issues – Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus
Shepherding A Child’s Heart – Ted Tripp
Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens – Paul David Tripp