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Good morning!

Today is a great day to be thankful to God.

No matter what you are going through…Praise Him.

First of all, praise and thank Him for being your God.

Secondly, praise and thank Him for His perfect faithfulness.

Finally, praise and thank Him not only for accomplishing all that He said He would do, but for all that He has planned for you to come.

“LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” Isaiah 25:1

God is good, y’all, all the time. Have a beautiful day, and enjoy soaking Him up all day long.
Love you, Stephanie.

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Tonight I went to see the country music group Little Big Town at my hometown’s Florida Strawberry Festival.  One if there latest songs is titled “Free”.  This songs talks about how all the things we truly want in life are free…memories and cherished things passed down from family, and spending time with those we love.  It made me think about an arrangement in my home.

Just something about this arrangement makes me smile.  This conglomeration is a focal point in my family room.

The “You are my sunshine” plaque reminds me of my mom and granny singing it, and I used to sing it to my children when they were little. When my eldest, Hunter, was an infant, this was the song I was singing to him when he had his first real smile and eye-to-eye contact.

Sunflowers make me happy and I love how they follow the sun, just like we should follow The Son. Please visit http://soakinguptheson.com/2016/05/03/soaking-up-the-sunflowers/ to read “Soaking up the Sunflowers”)

The pic of my man and I on a travel adventure warms my heart, especially when I see it on top of the Bible. Our marriage is standing on His principles. People often ask how to make a marriage work, and my reply is to keep Christ in the center of your relationship…and some fun adventures with your spouse doesn’t hurt either  (wink wink)

The photo of my kiddos when they were young…loving each other. Yes! As time has passed it seems that the kids aren’t as affectionate with one another as they were back then. Ok, not just “it seems”, it’s a fact.  One day…It is my prayer that my kids will one day appreciate each other like they did when they were younger.  The older my brothers and I get, the closer we get to one another.

And finally the jar of shells that Cole used to collect when he was a toddler which reminds me that we are all broken. (Visit http://soakinguptheson.com/2012/02/28/247/ for the whole story.)

All these precious memories are priceless to me.

Friend, memories and quality time aren’t the only things free in life.  Jesus’ love for you is free to you  It cost our Heavenly Father His Son, and He thinks you are worth it!  He loves YOU so much.  Please don’t put the most important decision in your life on hold while your chasing your “dreams”.  Make the greatest memory of accepting Christ as your personal Savior today.

I pray that you will find treasures around your home that make you smile and bring special memories to you. Always enjoy soaking up The Son. He has so much to share with you.

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Most people know the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” But keep on reading the following verse:

“You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12.

God does that. He keeps things simple for us. Just pray. Seek His plans for you.

Oh, it may not be in the time frame you planned, but remember…”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8.

Recently a sweet friend of mine’s daughter moved thousands of miles away to pursue the plans God had for her. For years her daughter had other plans. These plans were her desires, and she always wanted to bring glory to God in whatever she did. Then, while visiting a friend, she felt God moving her in another direction. When she acted upon it in faith, God revealed to her an even better plan for her life along the way. She is ecstatic beyond words!

This precious child of God continued calling, coming, and praying to her Heavenly Father, and He listened. Even more, SHE listened to His plans and not her own.

Can I share with you one more verse just passed that one? Oh good…in Jeremiah 29:13 the Lord says, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” There you go; God has some amazing plans for you….pray to Him…search for Him and His plans with ALL your heart…you WILL find Him and all that He so graciously has for you!

I pray you have an amazing day. Bring glory to God in all you do. Seek Him wholeheartedly. He’s waiting.

Love, Stephanie.

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Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a day set aside to honor our first president’s, George Washington, birthday.

It is only fitting for us to observe a quote by President Washington, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

It is my prayer today that we, even though we are a sadly divided nation right now, we should recognize that we are Americans living in the greatest country in the world, put our differences aside, and we should unite to pray for our current president, President Donald Trump. Pray that he too will be a man of the wisdom to know that it is “impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

We know from 2 Timothy 3:16 that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”. Join me in prayer that our president will open, read, and use the bible in such a way for himself and our country.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says,
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Let’s be dignified and pray for our leader in the United States of America’s high position. Be thankful for the blessings in our lives.

Pray not only for our president but also for ourselves. Pray for us to seek God’s best and no less.

Read more quotes and favorite bible verses from some of our past presidents, and apply them to our daily lives:

President Gerald Ford’s go to verse was, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s favorite verse was, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” President Ronald Reagan.

“My custom is to read four or five chapters of the Bible every morning immediately after rising. It seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day. It is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.” President John Quincy Adams.

“I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man.” President Abraham Lincoln

Imagine a nation that prays together. Let’s do it, and not just on Presidents’ Day.

Blessings to all, Stephanie

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“Light and happiness shine on those who want to do right.” Psalm 97:11

I pray that you will let your light shine for Jesus, and may others see that light in you.

When you have turned your dimmer to brightness in and for Christ, you will find joy…complete joy.

You have choices to make in life, and I pray that you will make the right ones. Those choices that put a smile on Jesus’ face…and you will feel much happiness.

So… do you want to do right? Go for it. The rewards for doing right are much greater and pleasant than the consequences for doing wrong.

Blessings and love, Stephanie

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For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. Psalm 33:4

Can this be said of your word? Seriously? Is your speech bathed in honorability and accuracy?

What about your faithfulness? Will folks say that you are unwavering and true-blue?

Allow me to emphasis the word ALL in Psalm 33:4. The Lord’s word and faithfulness isn’t…whenever or occasionally or when He feels like it won’t hurt anyone’s feelings. No sir and ma’am, it is for ALL time.

Friend, in Ephesians 5:1 we are called to “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.” Note…”everything”. Note…imitate God, not man. Note…you are His dear child!

Glory!!!

I, for one, and so grateful and humbled to be called His. I pray that you, along with me, with strive to imitate our Heavenly Father in your word. Be seasoned with grace, true-blue in your word, and faithful to The One True King.

Love and blessings, Stephanie

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Last night I was praying about an upcoming event. I was trying to walk through every aspect of the situation and give it all to God. A couple of sentences later, I was like , “Oh, I forgot about this detail, Lord, but I know You’ve already thought of every detail.” And He has!

My mother-in-love-now-busily-preparing-for-us-in-Heaven, was definitely into details. It didn’t matter if it was decorating her home or for Christmas, preparing a meal, or picking out the right gift for someone, Jany was a stickler for every dotted “i” and every crossed “t”. (Boy do I miss that fun lady.)

Well, the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. My husband is into details as well. Especially before we leave for a trip; Tim’s mind is racing with every travel technicality.

I mentioned how God is into details. For example, just read Genesis 6 regarding the Noah’s ark, oh, and Exodus 37 for the “blow-by-blow” account of how the Lord wanted The Ark of the Covenant built. Wow!

The Arks, and soooo much more, aren’t all that God plans and knows every detail. “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Luke 12:7.

I can’t leave out this chapter:

God Knows Everything

Psalm 139
Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
2
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.
3
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
4
Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
5
You are all around me—in front and in back—
    and have put your hand on me. (As my friend, Tommy, says…”that’s a God hug right there.”)
6
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.
7
Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
    Where can I run from you?
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If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
9
If I rise with the sun in the east
    and settle in the west beyond the sea,
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even there you would guide me.
    With your right hand you would hold me.
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I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
    Let the light around me turn into night.”
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But even the darkness is not dark to you.
    The night is as light as the day;
    darkness and light are the same to you.
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You made my whole being;
    you formed me in my mother’s body.
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I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
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You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
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you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.
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God, your thoughts are precious to me.
    They are so many!
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If I could count them,
    they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
    I am still with you.
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God, I wish you would kill the wicked!
    Get away from me, you murderers!
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They say evil things about you.
    Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.
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Lord, I hate those who hate you;
    I hate those who rise up against you.
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I feel only hate for them;
    they are my enemies.
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God, examine me and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
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See if there is any bad thing in me.
    Lead me on the road to everlasting life. (Biblegateway.com)

I pray that you will find comfort in knowing that God is into YOU!

Don’t be afraid, come to Him, and embrace His faithful and everlasting love.

Love, Stephanie

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“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

If there is any verse that I say EVERYDAY, it’s this one!

I pray it for each member of family daily. Many times I’ve told my children to do what this verse says to do.

They may not know the “address” in the Bible where these words are located, but they should have engrained in their minds that when we love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength…not just a little, but ALL…Everything will be okay. Perfect? Nope, but our focus will be on Christ and He will make everything just fine through any and all circumstances.

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Y’all, love. Know love. Be loved. Love big. Love loyally. LOVE.

Love y’all, Stephanie.

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Last night I found myself praying for my children and asking for qualities of joy, compassion, integrity, etc., tailoring each request for a specific child. In the midst of my prayer I inquired, “God, is that too much to ask?” And then I quickly heard Him whisper in my ear, “Of course it’s not. You know that nothing is too big for Me, especially when you’re asking Me for my children to strive to be more like Me.”

Well, “Duh”, I grinned and believed that my God is a mighty God and is capable to do anything He pleases.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5

Well, this afternoon I hung up the phone after a pleasant conversation with one of my children. My phone rang, and I was receiving a call from the child I had just hung up with. They so compassionately asked, “Mom, are you ok? You sounded a little down on the phone.”

Sweet Jesus…God is good. My heart smiled, and my blessings cup was overflowing.

Pray. Y’all have a need…cry out to our Heavenly, all-powerful, and gracious Father. Prayer is powerful. Prayer works.

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.” Psalm 86:5-7

I pray that you will fall more in love with Jesus each day as you soak Him up.

Love, Stephanie

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“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:6

I’m am just a tool for my Carpenter…clay for The Potter…a sheep for my Shepherd.

Each day I pray for God to speak to me and through me. Years ago I thought it was just something that I prayed and sincerely meant, but it’s actually biblical.

When we turn our focus to our Heavenly Father, He has a way of showing goodness to us through even the smallest of things…even ants (http://soakinguptheson.com/2013/02/22/lessons-from-ants/).

This morning I saw a sweet gardenia blooming. This flower reminded me that we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:15) We need to live sweet, kind, compassionate, patient, and humble lives. (Ephesians 4:2)

When you rise to see the sun peeping through the sky, thank Him for a new day. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:22-23

I pray that you will allow God to open your eyes to the little things in life so that you can see what He desires for you to share with others in and through you today.

Many blessings to you. Have a beautiful day. Love, Stephanie