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With all the mom photos popping up on social media, I wanted to find the last photograph I could find on my late mom-in-love, Rebecca Jane Shuff. For two people who loved taking photos to capture the moments (me and her) I could only find Jany in her last Christmas night picture with her grandbabies.

While searching, I was hoping to find this one picture of us two acting like deer caught on the game camera in Kentucky. No luck there, but I did come across this one of her and her two boys. I’m sure that when Tim and Todd see this photo, they’ll get a lump in their throat and maybe even shed a few tears like I did.

jany and her boys

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. I even had another sweet dream about her this past week.

June 3rd will be the date of her “going home to walk with Jesus” day. Three years ago!

I can still hear her telling her elaborative stories, seeing her shake her hips to some Jimmy Buffett music that would be playing in the background while she is preparing a delicious meal for her family, and imagine her snuggling into the covers on her bed with me and Holly to watch old movies.

In the process of searching for some precious photos in our safe, I stumbled upon the letters that my three children wrote to their grandmama, and read aloud to her on the day of her funeral. In this last two sentences of Holly’s letter she wrote, “Life without you is just temporary. Soon I’ll have eternity with God and you right by His side.” (sniff*sniff)

Until we see each other again….

Happy Mother’s Day in Heaven, Jany. I love you

 

Don't forget to visit SONflowers on the Ranch this weekend and next at 3002 Charlie Taylor Road in Plant City, FL.

Don’t forget to visit SONflowers on the Ranch this weekend and next at 3002 Charlie Taylor Road in Plant City, FL.

My Ford Explorer requires gasoline in order to run properly. If I were to fill my gas tank up with water or diesel, well…it may run for a little but it will become sluggish and eventually stall and stop operating. My vehicle was created to function using what was intended to be poured into it, gasoline.

Imagine if we were to fill ourselves with things that God did not intend for us to harvest within our bodies and minds:

  • Hatred
  • Frustration
  • Dishonesty
  • Immoral
  • Evil
  • Obscene
  • Unpleasant
  • Shameful
  • Unworthy

Friend, we were created in God’s image. In Ephesians 2:10 we are reminded that “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Did you see that? We are His MASTERPIECE! Just be in awe for a moment at that. Out of all the heavens and earth, starts and moon, land and oceans, and all creatures that He created…WE are His pièce de résistance!

So instead of filling yourself with the aforementioned list of words and eventually feeling sluggish and ruining yourself from the inside, pour what God intended for you into your life: thankfulness, peace, truth, honor, right, purity, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Allow Jesus to fill you with all the qualities He desires for you.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9

You know the familiar saying, “What goes in must come out”.  Well, I pray that you will overflow with goodness for God.

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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"Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it."  Proverbs 22:6

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6

I don’t know about what happens in your home, but in my house “what momma wants momma usually gets”, especially around Mother’s Day.

The majority of the time, what I want is most likely within reason, beneficial, and bathed in prayer. Okay, there are those extravagant moments as well, but for the most part I am a practical kinda girl.

During the sermon last week I jotted down a phrase and shared it with all three of my children. They each read it, and nodded their head in agreement. (Sorry, pastor, that I don’t believe it had anything to do with the sermon that I was definitely listening to…being a light and making God known…, but God whispered a little louder in my ear and I wrote what He told me.)

This little phrase I shared with my children was, “I want you to want what God wants for you.”

Is this too much to ask?

Let’s see if it follows my usual desires:

“Within reason”: this means that my desire is wise, reasonable, with a purpose, and motivating. Whichever synonym you choose to apply will still execute to the phrase I penned. For my children to desire God is definitely wise and with great purpose. Why? In Deuteronomy 5:33 we read, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper…” What mom wouldn’t want this for her children? I pray that they will LIVE life to its fullest, the way God intends them to live.

“Beneficial”: Desiring what God wants is just what The Doctor/The Great Physician ordered. He will prescribe you with hope, joy, and peace. Glory! “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

“Bathed in prayer”: Boy oh boy do I pray for my children! When I wake, walk, think, eat, even sleep…Hunter, Holly, and Cole’s names are lifted up to my Heavenly Father. He is The Ultimate Parent. When there are those times I want to just throw my hands up and shake my head, well…that is exactly what I do. I raise my hands to Him. I seek My Daddy’s advice and guidance in raising the children He so graciously gave to me to care for here on earth.

I’d say that this desire is spot on. And the “extravagance” that they will acquire through Christ is WOW! Incredible!

One of my all-time “go-to” “favorite” verses is found in Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I’ve discovered in life that when we find joy in the Lord, He IS our desire.

Let’s take a look at a few things that GOD WANTS:

God wants everyone to be saved and to fully understand the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4

So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. 17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. John 7:16-17

Always be full of joy. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

God wants you to be holy. (verse 3) 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7

We even see what God DOES NOT WANT:

He does not want us to live in sin. (verse 7) 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7

Yes, I desire for my children to:

  • fully understand the truth and not believe the lies that the world will dangle in front of them
  • do the will of God and not their own
  • always be full of joy
  • never stop praying
  • always be thankful
  • live holy lives
  • and WANT WHAT GOD WANTS!

Amen.

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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me in God's gardenDSCN3668When a sunflower tracks the sun, it is a process called heliotropism. A couple of reasons why sunflowers are always facing the sun is because they desire the warmth and the sun aids in their development. I read that the sunflower often face east in anticipation of the rising sun before it emerges in the sky.

This reminds me of some reasons why we turn to The Son, Jesus:

  • We too desire warmth. When I hear the word warmth, I think of words like comfort, friendliness, love, and being cozy. These all bring a smile to my face and warms my heart. “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22
  • When we read the bible, surround ourselves with other Christians, or just plain ole seek God, these all and more aid in our development in life. The bible is God’s instruction book teaching us how to live. We need to crack it open, turn those pages, and allow God to develop us into the person He desires for us to be. Just as we read in Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man”, we are to grow in this same manner with God.
  • Finally, we need to anticipate the rising of The Son before He emerges from the sky for His Second Coming. “But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13

Just like a sunflower faces the sun and opens itself to it, we must turn to Jesus and open our hearts and minds to His teachings.

Go Grow!  Grow closer to God, and allow Him to produce a beautiful thing in and through you.

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This all sounds like good reasons to go and admire these beautiful creations from God for yourself.

This past weekend my daughter, Holly, and I ventured approximately six miles from our home to 3002 Charlie Taylor Road in Plant City. I’ve grown up always knowing this to be the Futch family Ranch, but to many it is appropriately called either The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze or (this season) SONflowers on The Ranch. (Click here to visit their Facebook page.)

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We had a blast!

If you go, or should I say WHEN you go, you won’t only see “God’s Garden” with a kaleidoscope of wildflowers, but acres of sunflowers pointing to the sun, a playground and area for the children, refurbished and antique furniture for sale, vendor booths selling their creative crafts, fresh raspberry tea and lemonade, the smell of hamburgers and smoked meat on the grill, and Plant City’s famous strawberry shortcakes.

I saw my precious friend and owner, Denise Futch. We hugged, chatted, laughed, and enjoyed a cool and refreshing raspberry tea together. Her husband, Wayne, went to school with my brothers. Of course he didn’t recognize me at first, but when the family names were spoken it was like an old friend had come for a reunion. Maw and Paw Futch were there in visiting in their golf cart. While Grandma Futch was enjoying a cupful of peanuts, we all talked about the ranch, family, and times past. They are THE SWEETEST! I was so pleased that my daughter had the opportunity to join in on the conversation with this loving, Christian, and southern family. We both walked away with a smile on our faces. Yes, you may say that our hearts were “warmed”.

DSCN3683Smiles and warm hearts weren’t the only thing we walked away with. As we were heading to our car, still admiring the beauty of the wildflowers, Denise yells my name. I turned to see her rapidly walking towards me with a cup full of freshly cut sunflowers. Sweetness!

sunflower gift

Don’t miss the opportunity to see God’s glory in nature and in this loving family. They will only be open this coming Mother’s Day weekend, and the following (May 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th…please comment and correct me if I’m mistaken, Denise.)

Photos will be stunning and memorable.

Smiles and sunshine will be your best attire.

Hearts will be warmed.

Your development in PEACE will be felt.

Tell them I sent ya. No, you won’t get a discount, but it might strike up a conversation with the owners. (*smile)

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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My mom an Kay being my supporters.

This past weekend I was humbled and honored to speak at a ladies luncheon at a local church. The theme of the presentation was “Brokenness to Beauty: The Making of a Pearl”. I am my own worst critic so I won’t critique my delivery here, but I will mention that I asked God to bless just one through the words that He placed in my heart, and He did. He blessed me beyond what I could even imagine.

The blessings didn’t come through those who hugged, tearfully thanked me, or sweet comments afterwards, He covered me in other ways as well.

You see, when speaking of “The Making of a Pearl” there were three aspects explored:

  • The Irritant: which represented the pain or even good busyness in our life that could eventually create a disturbance.
  • Nacre: The Covering…the protection of God, prayer time, delving into His word, etc.
  • Pearl: The glory in the end. The unique beauty.

I want to share two illustrations with you that occurred that VERY day that coincides with the theme.

First of all, I had been “under the weather” for the entire week previous. On the morning of the luncheon I woke up with the appearance of “pink eye” and my throat was still sore with swollen glands. Tim asked me, “How are you feeling?” I whispered, “I’ll be fine.”

I prayerfully walked to my comfy chair, grabbed my “A Pocketful of Promises” book in one hand, and clasped my hand around a precious wooden cross that my dear friend gave me for my birthday. I thumbed through the pages of the book and started reading bible verses for health and healing. With each verse I would read I’d tighten my hand around the cross that was in the shaped of the word “Jesus” and pray that verse. INSTANTLY I could feel the eye pain and soreness in the throat lessen. I’d read and believe another bible verse, while clinging to my “Jesus” cross, and before you knew it, God was covering, protecting, and healing the irritant that I woke up with just minutes before. Glory! Thank You, Jesus!

Thank you, Theresa for my cross!

Thank you, Theresa for my cross!

The other illustration took place within a 24 hour period of the speech as well. The night before Tim and I had discussed ordering something for my daughter, Holly, in preparation for graduation. Before I placed the order I silently prayed about it. (Yep! God tells us to pray about everything, so I do, even in those decisions when you wouldn’t think to pray first.) After I spoke at the luncheon the ladies at the church presented me with a beautiful basket of goodies. On my way out the door the coordinator, Cindy, presented me with an envelope. Later when I opened the envelope they had graciously provided a monetary compensation that was the EXACT amount of money I had just spent on the order for Holly the night before. Whoa! I was completely overwhelmed and grateful for God’s provision through these ladies.

Now, in the second illustration the purchase wasn’t an “irritant”, but I believe that due to the fact that I gave it all to God through prayer and presentation, He delivered the “pearl” to “cover” the cost. Praise You, Jesus!

Update: Yes, I did end up having the makings of pink eye, so I went to Urgent Care and was prescribed meds for conjunctivitis, sinus infection, and cough. Wow! I believe my illness is now being “covered” with all the prescriptions.

I want to encourage you to do as my scripture reading from this morning instructs us to do:

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.”  1 John 5:14-15

Be confident in chatting with God, asking Him for something, and reading His word. If it is His will, He WILL answer.

I appreciate you and all the work you and your ladies do to serve the Lord.  Thanks for having me.

I appreciate you and all the work you and your ladies do to serve the Lord. Thanks for having me.

Thank you to Cindy Givens and all the ladies at Countryside Baptist Church for taking a chance on me.

Thank you to my mom and Kay Morris for being my guests. These two ladies have always been Barnabases (encouragers) to me regarding writing, speaking, and sharing God’s love. I love you!

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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Sharing Jesus...I love doing that!

Sharing Jesus…I love doing that!

 

 

 

 

my redeemer livesEven in the midst of troubles and trials just remember that there is someone who stands solid and defends you. He is:

  • My Redeemer“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last.” Job 19:25
  • The Great I Am“God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” Exodus 3:14
  • The God Who Sees you“You are ‘God Who Sees Me.’” She said this because she thought, “I see that even in this place God sees me and cares for me!” Genesis 16:13
  • My Shepherd“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalms 23:1
  • My Rock. My Shield. My Power. My Place of Safety. My Refuge. The One Who saves me“my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.” 2 Samuel 22:3
  • My Father and Lord“May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon.” 1 Thessalonians 3:11

 

There are so many more names in the bible as to Who God is.

What about you? Who is God to you? Share His name and a verse.

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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I love my little surfer girl. <3

I love my little surfer girl. <3

In a journal entry last month I mentioned and shared the lyrics to Tim McGraw’s chart-topping song “Humble and Kind”. (Click here to view.)

While reading God’s word this morning I couldn’t help but whisper the words to the song in my head again. In the verses from Philippians 2:1, 3-8 Paul described a few more attributes that we need to reflect in our lives “Little Christs” besides, yet still including, being humble and kind.

We should:

  • Encourage
  • Comfort
  • Love
  • Show mercy
  • Be kind
  • Be humble
  • Honor others
  • Care
  • Serve

Why should we reflect these attributes? Simply because Jesus did.

We live in a world today where “entitlement” is running rampant (that’s for a whole other journal entry on its own). Teaching middle school I recognize issues in our schools that is often the root of many disagreements between others. My heart is saddened by what I observe in the direction that our society is moving towards.

Hillsong United has a song titled “Hosanna”. A few lines in that song reads, “Heal my heart and make it clean. Open up my eyes to the things unseen. Show me how to love like You have loved me. Break my heart for what breaks Yours”. (www.azlyrics.com)

If we could all sincerely say a prayer using these words from Hillsong United and strive to display the characteristics mentioned in Philippians, it is my prayer that we will reflect God’s light to others and may our lives be seen as a contagious joy for others. Jesus is needed in our world. And when we have Him in our hearts, we need to live like it and not conform to this world. Be the new creature in Christ you were meant to be. To God be ALL the glory.

Philippians 2:1, 3-8, Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement He has brought us, the comfort of His love, our sharing in His Spirit, and the mercy and kindness He has shown us. If you enjoy these blessings,…In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too. In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. He was like God in every way, but He did not think that His being equal with God was something to use for His own benefit. Instead, He gave up everything, even His place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During His life as a man, 8He humbled Himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused His death—death on a cross.

“You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Luke 19:1-10 we read the story of a wee little man. Go ahead, you know you want to sing or hum the song about Zacchaeus. Anyhow…in verse 10 we read, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Yes, that’s right, God seeks. He pursues us.

He pursues us in love:

We love because God first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Yet, when you read the preceding verses in Luke 19 you find that Zacchaeus was doing some seeking himself.

Verse three tells us that “He wanted to see who Jesus was”. However, because Zacchaeus was petite in stature he “ran to a place where he knew Jesus would come. Then he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see Him” (v.4). This displays an atmosphere of desperation on Zacchaeus’ part.

Oh, how his feelings weren’t just of inquisitiveness and desperation. Zacchaeus was intoxicated with delight! In verse 6 we read, “Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.”

Seeking God is prevalent in the bible. Take a look at only a few scriptures:

  • “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11. He will give your strength.
  • “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33. He will supply all your needs.
  • “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. Seek Him with ALL your heart.
  • “Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who sincerely try to find Him.” Hebrews 11:6. Seek God earnestly and sincerely.
  • But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for Your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” Psalm 40:16. Seek God and be happy!

 

We could go on and on with seeking God. I want to encourage you to seek Him. Sincerely seek the Lord with all your heart for all your needs, and rejoice in Him. Do like Zacchaeus did and pursue Christ with much inquisitiveness and desperation. You will discover that you too will be filled with much excitement and joy.

God is waiting for you. Go find Him.

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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Hunter with his first turkey on our new property on the last day of the season.  Woohoo!

Hunter with his first turkey on our new property on the last day of the season. Woohoo!

“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” Matthew 24:42-44

This past weekend was the last day to hunt for spring turkeys. My eldest son, Hunter (a family name but befitting for one of his favorite hobbies), was determined. Many mornings throughout the season he would awaken, put on his appropriate attire, walk out into the woods behind our home, and was patient for hours as he was ready to lure the turkey to the right location for the perfect shot. He did call a few turkeys close to him over the weeks, but not one was either in the right location, or size, or whatever to be that day’s trophy.

On the very last day of the spring season, Hunter had success!

He had a good friend (whom Hunter said that this friend “is like a champion turkey caller”) with him to assist in calling the turkeys in. The early morning hunt wasn’t a success, but Hunter was still full of determination. He remained in hunting mode until the last official hour to hunt. His persistence paid off. A beautiful turkey was brought home. Thanksgiving meal doesn’t just come once a year in our home. (*wink wink*).

So how does this all tie into the verses from Matthew 24? Well, think about it…

Hunter knew when the last day was coming for turkey season, yet we don’t know the day that the Lord is coming back. So what are we to do? Be determined, put on the appropriate attire, walk to where God leads us, and be patient.

The last day: We must be ready at all times, for Jesus will come when we least expect it. (Matthew 24:44) It could be today, tomorrow, or years from now. We do not know. The way our world is, I believe I’m not alone in saying that we are in the last days now.

Go. Be determined. Be patient. Call: The bible instructs us to, “So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.” Matthew 28:19-20

Much like Hunter was determined to go and call on a turkey, we are to go and share the love and salvation of Christ with others. Don’t give up. We must not get tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up. Galatians 6:9.

And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.” 2 Peter 3:15  The Lord is patient. We must be patient. He wants everyone to be saved.

Share with others that you are not the only one calling. In Romans 10:13 it says, For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Appropriate attire: This attire would be The Armor of God. To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. 11 Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks. 12 Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. 13 That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.

14 So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. 15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. 16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. 17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18

You’re not alone. God is with you, and you can even bring a friend to help with the calling.

Thanks, Maurice, for your expert turkey calling.

Thanks, Maurice, for your expert turkey calling.

The time is now. The time is near. We don’t know the exact time, but God does. So be ready.

(Okay, so maybe I had to really search for the right words to share to go along with the photo of Hunter, but I think God pulled it off. I’m a proud momma of my boy. I hope God is a proud papa of us.)

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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When God closes a doorWhen God closes a door that you are trying to walk through, DON’T reopen it. Not even a little crack. Keep it closed! He has a door for you to walk through that has amazing adventures waiting for you.

“Here is a message from the one who is holy and true, the one who holds the key of David. When he opens something, it cannot be closed. And when he closes something, it cannot be opened.” Revelation 3:7

Trust in the Lord. His plans for you are perfect. Pray that you seek and walk in His will for your life.

Go ahead, step through the door the God has opened for you.  

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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