Daily Walking with God

November 2015
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Walking in the Word

Plant City's First Baptist Church

seekingWe can often be full of ourselves.

Currently, while visiting the delicious Savannah, Georgia, I am full of scrumptious sweets, tasty foods, and priceless girl time with my daughter, niece, and sister-in-law. Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away, and most of us will be quite full of turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the fixin’s that go with it.

There are many “things” and emotions that we can be filled with to keep us satisfied in life…or not.

Many choose to fill their lives with “stuff” that are not the healthiest for them, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They later pay the price for the unhealthy choice they made to satisfy them because they chose to fill themselves with things that are temporary.

It has been on my mind lately that we often tend to make choices in our lives to assist in filling some type of void we have in our lives. Like I mentioned above, we can have the tendency to fill voids/holes in our lives with “stuff” that can cause temporary relief, but in the long run, destruction can occur in some shape or form.

Dear friend, can I remind you of something? Or can I make you aware of some wonderful news? Or can I reveal to you the secret of true fulfillment and happiness?

In Colossians 2:9-10 we read, “I say this because all of God lives in Christ fully, even in His life on earth. And because you belong to Christ you are complete, having everything you need. Christ is ruler over every other power and authority.”  GLORY! If you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior, you have Him in you. Not just a portion of Christ, but ALL of Him dwells within you. Christ is FULL of His Father, our Creator, and you are FULL of Christ. Wow! That’s what I call a double blessing of fullness.

“May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Philippians 1:11 Hello…when you have Christ in you, He has created so much goodness in you. Contemplate on these synonyms for righteous: honorable, moral, and goodness. That’s in YOU! Whether you believe it or not, you have an abundance of worth in you. In the spirit of Thanksgiving…you have a cornucopia of grace, kindness, and value residing within your being.

So while you are attempting to fill a void you think you have in your life, allow yourself to be reminded that you are truly FULL. Don’t just think of yourself as “full of it”, but full of Jesus Christ. (That deserves a huge smile to come across your face.)

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie


car idWhat identifies you?

We have four cars in our driveway daily. By looking at the back windows you can tell whose vehicle is whose. Wait, all but mine.

Tim mentioned to me a few weeks ago that I needed to get with the program and procure a decal on the back of my car that identifies me.

I’ve been pondering as to what to put on there. I saw a “Christ Life” decal. I liked that. Then I saw a “Beach Life” and liked that one as well. I could fill my back window up with various decals that describe me, but I’m not going there. Nope, not this chic. (To steal a line from Seinfeld, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”)

Then I thought, “If people REALLY want to know who this vehicle belongs to I should have a decal created that says ‘Soaking Up The Son.com’ with a beachy/Jesus feel to it.” One would definitely get to know me. They’d know about my family, my hobbies, loves, and most importantly my desire to know more about, grow closer to, and love for Jesus.

So why has it taken me so long to have one created for my window? Well, besides having no clue as to how to obtain for specifically for Soaking Up The Son.com, I’ve really had to think about the actions that will go along with my “identification”. How’s my driving? Am I going too fast? Hmmmm, probably. Did I cut someone off? Not usually. Am I displaying any form of road rage? I don’t think so. I do talk to cars and people without them knowing and wonder if “THEY are a little crazy” or not, or mumble to myself about the “stupid” choice THEY made or making while driving. But most importantly I wonder if I’m displaying an image that God would approve of since I write about Him and want others to see God’s love in and through me.

This whole thought process made me connect the decals on our cars to one’s walk with Christ. Here I was thinking about my actions while driving my car with a decal displaying who and Whose I am, but how we aren’t so different in our daily lives with our deeds and words.

So allow me to ask the question again…“What identifies you?”

We are created in God’s image. “So God created humans in His own image. He created them to be like Himself. He created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27. What an honor it is to be formed in the image of God!

You are royalty!  But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[a] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Those who have invited Christ into their lives…“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12. My friend, YOU are a CHILD OF GOD. Sweet!

And…“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:17. I hope you have the spirit of Christ in you. And when you do, be mindful of Who you represent. Display God’s love through your words and actions.

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie


PS:  I am looking for someone to design and print a window decal for me.  Are you creative and have the means to do so?  Please let me know and present an idea to me.  THANKS.

plansLast November we put a contract on acreage that has a home on it. It was a short sale that wasn’t such a “short” process. We finally closed this summer, July 31st to be exact. It was like Christmas in July.

Several times throughout this process we thought we were closing earlier, breaking ground on the renovations, etc. High hopes of being in the newly renovated home were for THIS November. Well, November is almost over now and we haven’t even begun the renovations. Permits have been and are being approved, but “our” timing wasn’t what “we” had planned.

Yes, homes being built or renovated often take longer than the projected finish date (and the budget usually has increased), but the “hammer and nail” adventures usually have already started (at least I thought).

Throughout this entire adventure (yes, an adventure), God’s hand has been on it. We’ve seen how’s He has woven things together for us to even have closed on in it in the first place. And I’m quite sure that in the end we will be able to look back and see why this process took the amount of time that it has.

A saying that we’ve often said over the past year is “It is what it is”. Well, going through this has made me change that quote to “It is WHEN it is.”

God’s timing is not our timing.

  • “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Habakkuk 2:3
  • “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
  • “There is a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • “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
  • “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

In numerous instances Tim and I have been able to look back and see how God has connected-the-dots in a glorious way in our lives. God’s ways may take a little longer or may even be difficult and frustrating, but His deliberateness is always perfect. I’m sure this renovation process will be no different in the end.

No matter what you may be going through right now, remember:

God’s got this.

His ways are so much better.

His timing is perfect.

It is what it is. It is WHEN it is.

To God be given all the glory in the end and through it all!


I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie



He must become greater; I must become less.”Whoa! I just had a pretty amazing experience. Some may think I’m crazy, but it won’t be the first time people thought I was a little strange. (smile*giggle*wink)

Okay, listen…stay with me here:

When I woke up this morning I did my normal routine of reading the bible-verse-for-the-day on my BibleGateway.com app , rolling over to lay my hand on or snuggle up to my man, and begin praying. It’s not unusual for me to be pondering on the scripture while praying as I desire for God to speak to me and through me. √

I guess I should first share the verses with you that got me going today:

“Great blessings belong to those who don’t listen to evil advice, who don’t live like sinners, and who don’t join those who make fun of God. Instead, they love the Lord’s teachings and think about them day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

When I read the last sentence, I was like “Yes, I do love the Lord’s teachings, even when they’re hard lessons to swallow, and I NEED to think about His word throughout my entire day and night because I can easily fall into sinful ways, and God’s word keeps me out of a lot of trouble I can get myself into.”

While I was thinking I could feel myself getting smaller. Seriously…getting smaller.

I began to think about grudges. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a grudge means: to give, do, or allow (something) in a reluctant or unwilling way; to dislike or feel angry toward (someone) for something. Someone specific came to my mind who I began praying for because they soooo do hold grudges, and the sad thing is, I don’t know if they realize it or not. I thought about the grudges that I could be holding now, that at one point I did, and how freeing my life is now because I don’t hold a grudge against the particular person(s) any more. At that moment, again I felt myself getting smaller while my thoughts were on how liberating it felt to give my struggles to The One who can handle them best.

Getting back to the verse-for-the-day: my life has been blessed because I obeyed God’s teachings. God put people in my path who gave me godly advice, and planted my face in the bible so that I could seek His instruction on how to handle various situations.

Will you allow me to share some godly advice when it comes to holding a grudge?

Holding a grudge against someone can consume you with bitterness, resentment, even downright hatred. Yuck! I used to have that nasty taste of bitterness in my mouth, but I gave it to God. I want to encourage you to spew out those resentful feelings you may have towards someone. Don’t swallow the pill of rancor. It can swell feelings of anger, jealousy, and vindictiveness within you. Lay your ill feelings down at Jesus’ feet. Allow Him to take it and free you of those evil feelings and in turn fill you with forgiveness, joy, peace, and love. Be grateful in your times of trouble. Instead of dwelling on and allowing bitterness to consume you, thank God that you went through that experience to make you a stronger person. (Notice I said “went through” and not “stuck in” the experience.)

So, here’s the continuation of experience I had this morning…

With each sentence in my prayer I could vision myself getting minute. I actually felt as if the atmosphere/solar system/starry skies/whatever was engulfing me. I was floating away from the BIG world and becoming like a molecule. Crazy? It felt that way. I realized that the smaller I became, the GREATER God became. The more I relied on Him, the less of me there was. That’s when I had the thought of this…Lord, make me more of you and less of me. Amen! And how does this happen? When we love and listen to the Lord’s teachings.

He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie

Here’s some scripture to back up the advice:

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17-21


cast your cares on himThis morning while I was chatting with God my thoughts were racing. Recently my husband has said a few times to me, “Stop stressing over…” I didn’t know I was stressing. I’m not a big worrier. Heck, my “theme” and even the song Tim says defines me is “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. So, during prayer I asked God to show me any areas in my life that I need to lay before Him.

Prayer requests came flooding to me regarding: my words a couple of times lately that I’ve said and frustration displayed to my youngest child, resentment over a situation and towards someone, our new home that originally should have been completed by now but hasn’t even gotten started (!), and another situation that is causing tension within me resulting in feelings of not able to have an opinion or voice over it. (Each of these could definitely, and may eventually, be a journal entry on their own.)

Well, my oh my, Lord, ask and ye shall receive.

So I did as I told God I would do, lay them at His feet. The thing is…it seems that a couple of these requests I keep laying down for God to deal with and I have a tendency to want to snip a piece back and try to deal with it on my own. Ugh! That’s not very trusting of me. That action displays a lack of faith. Taking back even a snippet of a problem that I’ve given to the Lord also causes me undo-stress that I put on myself. God is chillin’ back saying, “My child, I’ve got this! Let go…for good.” (Ugh, human nature.)

This morning’s bible verse came from John 17:17, “Make them ready for Your service through Your truth. Your teaching is truth.” Do you grasp how cool this verse truly is? Listen, if you read John 17 you will be blown away, at least I hope you would. John 17 is a prayer that Jesus prayed for YOU! Yep, it wasn’t just for the disciples that were following Him, but for those in the present time who believe in Him. Check out John 17:20 when Jesus said to our Heavenly Father, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.”

So here’s what God revealed to me today:

  • Ask God to show you your Uh-ohs so you can give them back to Him.
  • Ask and you will receive. God is true to His word. “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
  • Forgive yourself, not just others. “But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.” 1 John 1:9
  • Things will happen in God’s perfect timing.
  • Give, and don’t take them back causing anxiety.
  • Don’t worry. “Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
  • God’s word is truth. He teaches us through His truth. He prepares us for daily life through His word. We need to read, obey, and trust.
  • Jesus prayed. We need to be prayerful as well.
  • Jesus has already prayed for me and still intercedes for me. “Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” Hebrews 7:25



I’m ready for His service for today now. How about you? May I suggest that you do as I did and pray, forgive, read, and believe in His truth? It will give you an extra pep in your step.

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie

stepsLast night I opened the door to my bedroom and it was pitch dark. I knew the steps to take to get to my side of the bed, but I still used by hands and shuffled my feet to feel my way. I made it without stubbing my toe on an unexpected object or bumping a body part into a piece of protruding furniture, but it sure would have been preferable and less apprehensive if I had a little light to guide my steps.

In Psalm 119:105 we read, “Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take.” Life can be like walking in the dark. Actually, it is a lot like it. It can be mysterious, exciting, scary, a roller-coaster of emotions. Life will be this way whether you have Christ in your life or not, whether you read your bible or not, but…when you do have Jesus in you and grasp concepts in God’s word, those dark moments in life are much more tolerant and have less severe consequences in the end.

Just like I would have preferred a little light in my bedroom last night so that my walk would have been more secure and less hesitant, I do desire for God’s word to guide me in my daily life. I need it. I need Him!

I want to encourage and challenge you to read some scripture each day. Find a daily devotional book, read through a chapter each day in the bible, or even go back and read (carefully, being forgiving of all typos) journal entries in Soaking Up The Son that God has provided to me over the past four years (Wow! That long? Thank You, Lord.) Whatever and however you choose to allow God to apply a little CPR to you (Get it?…The bible is God’s breathed words.) do it daily and often. Let His light shine in and through you. Allow His light to guide your steps. You won’t regret His guidance, and it is best for you anyhow.

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie


live lifeDo you want to live life to its fullest?

What does that even mean? I enquired others and here are their responses:

  • Create a bucket list and get busy checking it off.
  • Live each day as if it’s your last.
  • Conquering your fears.
  • Taking care of yourself and Living day to day.
  • Being more spontaneous and open to what life has to offer.
  • Love yourself, and make yourself and others laugh.
  • Treat each day as a gift from God. As a gift, show your appreciation: be happy, give to others… Live EACH day.
  • Travel when you can.
  • To enjoy each and every day that I’m blessed with. Even the smallest of things and enjoy moments because once gone they’re gone.
  • See the beauty & blessings in the simple things.
  • Swimming naked in the ocean.

Yes, even swimming naked in the ocean. Funny, but let’s go with that…let’s “strip” it down to how to really live life to its fullest. Let’s discover how “freeing” living life can be.

I queried this question after reading Psalm 119:144, “The way You tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.”

This little gem is tuck in the longest chapter in the bible with 176 total verses. In almost every verse they refer to God’s word and how His commands are full of joy, blessings, and wisdom. We all can find complete delight in life when we follow His ways. Not our ways, but His, is the key to living life to its fullest.

In verse 162 we read, “I rejoice in Your word like one who discovers a great treasure.” When we delve into the bible, we do find priceless treasures. I hope that you will treasure God’s word. Just like you’ve probably read or heard before “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.” And guess what chapter we find that jewel in… Psalm 119:11

When we follow God’s word we learn how to live with integrity, passion, joy, wisdom, love, and so much more. The lessons learned on living life to the fullest are not just when we think that our life is going smooth, but even in those tough times. We know there will be troubles in life, but when we are bathed in His word, we are equipped with how to handle those situations.

I want to encourage you to start your day off with God’s word. Let it become a habit like putting on your clothes (unless you’re swimming naked in the ocean. *wink wink* Oh my, then you better really pray it up to keep you safe). “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” Romans 13:14

After you’ve gotten you “God clothes” on, go ahead and:

  • Create a bucket list and get busy checking it off.
  • Live each day as if it’s your last.
  • Conquering your fears.
  • Taking care of yourself and Living day to day.
  • Being more spontaneous and open to what life has to offer.
  • Love yourself, and make yourself and others laugh.
  • Treat each day as a gift from God. As a gift, show your appreciation: be happy, give to others… Live EACH day.
  • Travel when you can.
  • To enjoy each and every day that I’m blessed with. Even the smallest of things and enjoy moments because once gone they’re gone.
  • See the beauty & blessings in the simple things.
  • And…Swimming naked in the ocean.

Trust me, I do! I’ve lived life crazy, adventurous, big, lovingly, and simple…all while living extravagantly in the Lord. I’ve discovered that when my focus is on Christ, He allows me to see Him and live fully even while (or especially while) being daring…bungy jumping in New Zealand, gliding off a mountain in Brazil, jumping out of a plane in Florida, etc.

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie

Here are some more sweet nuggets from Psalm 119:

1Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. 3They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.

24 Your laws please me; they give me wise advice.

77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.

143Even though I have troubles and hard times, your commands give me joy. 144 Your rules are always right. Help me understand them so that I can live.




laying down one's lifeI have never been in the position where I would have to lay down my life for someone. I salute and am grateful for those who do on a daily basis.

This week we celebrated Veteran’s Day. Each year my school pays tribute to those men and women who have fought and are still fighting for our country. This year was a three tissue one for me. Seeing videos of loved ones coming home to surprise their families, hearing our students so eloquently read their essays in honor of, hearing two of our own staff members sing and speak about this special day set aside, seeing a slide show of photos of family members who are or were in service, all brought tears to my eyes of gratefulness.

As I see young men who went to school with my eldest son come home on furlough and stop by to visit, I can’t help but hug them and want to hear about their experiences. I’m always so touched by their passion and enthusiastic willingness to serve our country.

THANK YOU to all the brave men and women who have and continue to serve our country. God bless you!

Those who are in the armed forces are the only ones who lay down their lives. This morning when I read 1 Peter 3:18 I could not help but think of others who have laid down their lives for others. For examples: the teacher, Victoria Soto, who gave her life to save her students in the school shootings; Rachel Scott, the young lady who was the first victim in the Columbine shooting who professed to be a Christian; missionaries who put their lives on the line for the sake of the gospel in those places where God’s word isn’t necessarily welcomed, the fire-fighters and police officers who protect and serve us daily, and the list could go on.

I mentioned earlier that I’ve never been in the position where I have had to lay my life down for someone else, but every time we do a “lockdown drill” at school, I talk to the students about the seriousness of the drill and how unfortunate events do happen. I remind them of that teacher who did die for her students and insure them that I would do the same. I tell them that I know where I am going when I die, so I would gladly give my life for them.

That’s key…do you know where you are going when you die?

You have had Someone who has died for you already. “Christ Himself suffered when He died for you, and with that one death He paid for your sins. He was not guilty, but He died for people who are guilty. He did this to bring all of you to God. In His physical form He was killed, but He was made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18.

If you would simply believe in Christ and invite Him into your heart to rule over you, you will know where you are going when you die…to heaven. I pray that if you haven’t made that decision to please speak with a pastor, email me, click on the tab above titled “Want to become a Christian”, something to nail down your decision so that you will have eternal life in paradise.

Thank you, men and women, who are ready and willing to lay down your life for me and others. Thank You, Christ, for dying for me and my sins so that I can have eternal life with you.

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie


walking testimonyRecently while I was cleaning the house I started thinking about my mom’s 75th (shhhh) birthday coming up. She loves gospel music and hearing her children sing. That is her one requests for her birthday; for us to sing together. I imagined us singing songs like “I’ll Fly Away” and “Amazing Grace”.

One song that came to my mind while pondering about my sweet momma was a song she used to sing quite often in church when I was growing up. I can easily recall her standing at the pulpit, clearing her throat, asking everyone to bear with her, and then begin singing so beautifully and heartfelt the song “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus”.

I can imagine that mom would reminisce those words (see below for the lyrics) throughout obstacles many in her life which she conquered with God’s help and strength. Through each phase and stage in life, she did survive…One Day at a Time.

We all need to remember that:

  • We are human.
  • We are more that we think we are.
  • There’s a way out of our daily troubles, and that’s by looking up.
  • We need to call out to Jesus daily.
  • God will give us the strength we need to do what needs to be each day.
  • The past is in the past
  • We aren’t promised tomorrow.
  • Live for today.
  • Jesus walked this earth before and He’s seen the troubles here.
  • He still looks down on us and understands the struggles we are going through.
  • Again, take one day at a time…with Jesus.

Pondering on a song that I consider signifies my mother, I wondered what song from my past, which I used to often sing, would imply me. Amy Grant’s, “Father’s Eyes” was the absolute first song that popped into my head. (see lyrics below)

The lyrics state that when others look at me I hope they see:

  • Someone who finds the good in others and situations when good is hard to find.
  • Someone who knows to turn to God for help and not rely on this world to solve my problems.
  • Someone who is empathic and compassionate.
  • Someone who strives to be more like Jesus each day.
  • And finally, someone you can tell who has Jesus in her heart by my words and actions.

It’s funny how songs from our past can define either who we are or how we live.

Oh, now I’m sure I could find various songs from all types of genre that could define me at various moments in my life (good, bad, ugly, funny, etc.), but those aforementioned songs are just two Christian songs that I now look back on and believe that they were put on our hearts and in our mouths for a reason. That reason would be to live them as a testimony.

Do you have a song from your past that you could infer is your testimony song?

I hope you have a happy tune in your mind and heart today.

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie


“One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus”

I’m only human, I’m just a woman.  Help me believe in what I could be  And all that I am.  Show me the stairway, I have to climb.  Lord for my sake, teach me to take  One day at a time.  Chorus:  One day at a time sweet Jesus.  That’s all I’m asking from you.  Just give me the strength  To do every day what I have to do.  Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus.  And tomorrow may never be mine.  Lord help me today, show me the way  One day at a time.  Do you remember, when you walked among men?  Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below  It’s worse now, than then.  Cheating and stealing, violence and crime  So for my sake, teach me to take  One day at a time.  (Chorus)



“Father’s Eyes”

I may not be every mother’s dream for her little girl.   And my face may not grace the mind of everyone in the world. But that’s all right as long as I can have one wish I pray; When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say [Chorus:] She’s got her Father’s eyes, her Father’s eyes Eyes, that find the good in things When good is not around.  Eyes that find the source of help When help just can’t be found. Eyes full of compassion, seeing every pain. Knowin’ what you’re going through, and feeling it the same. Just like my Father’s eyes. My Father’s eyes. My Father’s eyes. Just like my Father’s eyes. And on that day when we will pay for all the deeds we have done; Good and bad they’ll all be had to see by everyone; And when you’re called to stand and tell just what you saw in me; More than anything I know, I want your words to be [Chorus]


pretty on the outsideYesterday at school, between first and second period, I heard a student screaming in fear out in the hall. Several of us teachers rushed towards him. A precious fellow student was trying to help him, but she was shaking profusely and was determined to assist her friend. I knelt down beside him to open his locker. It unlocked, but it wouldn’t open. Another teacher came with the master key. It unlocked again, but still it wouldn’t open. Why? Someone had walked passed this now terrified young man and bumped into him, which caused his locker to slam with his finger trapped on the top. Panic was all over his face and my mind was praying for his finger to stay attached. Finally, another teacher came to pry it open with a pair of scissors (leave it to the science teacher). Success! The free-from-his-locker boy quickly scooted away from his locker and was still crying and screaming with panic. He rested his head down on his backpack until ice came and he was then escorted to the clinic. I called his mother an hour later to check on him. We teachers, and students, were relieved that nothing was broken.

When he returned to school today he showed me his finger. What? Nothing! His finger looked completely normal (for now…they are hoping he doesn’t lose his nail…better a nail than the finger). I inquired how it felt and he replied that his finger is still in so much pain.

Awe, it was at that moment when I knew I had to piggy-back off of yesterday’s posting, People do crazy things…Just be NICE. After his classmates had to get the 411 on his finger, I shared with them… “This is a perfect example of how things/people may appear normal on the outside, but can be in so much pain on the inside.”

That’s it…again…JUST BE NICE.

Remember…Psalm 147:3, He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

I pray many blessings and much JOY for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie