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“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 IMG_6829   This photo may not seem like much to you, but for me it is HUGE. Every since I broke my tibia and fibia and dislocated my ankle, the day before Thanksgiving, I’ve either laid around with my foot propped up, iced, in a splint, in a walking boot (yet wasn’t able to walk), or something that kept me from taking steps with both feet.

Well, last Tuesday the doc gave me permission to start walking in my boot then sneakers (this week). Since I was just at home relaxing, I thought I’d try on my comfy slippers and walk. I did!! Not only did I slowly walk in my slippers, I also cautiously mopped my floors. Y’all, that’s exciting for me!

God has shown me many truths and taught me a numerous lessons over the past two months.

Today: “One step at a time.”

That is what God wants from us, to take life one-step-at-a-time…with Him.

I may have a steel plate and 6 screws in me now, but this girl knows that her real strength comes from the Lord.

I pray that you will allow the Lord to direct your steps. Yes, one-step-at-a-time. He delights in you! He wants to show you how to walk with Him. When you do, your steps will be purposeful and mighty. Blessings to you! Love, Stephanie

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God is doing amazing things, even if you can’t see them.

I have witnessed meteor showers before, and they are spectacular!

Last night Tim informed me that another meteor shower, “The Geminids”, were occurring. I set my alarm for earlier than normal, rose out of bed, grabbed my blanket, and proceeded to the great outdoors. I then positioned myself in an Adirondack chair so that I would have the best view of the massive sky and the demonstration of awesomeness.

There was a visible mass of water droplets suspended in the air blanketing my view of the meteor shower.

I would squint my eyes in effort to see through the fog. It was at that moment that God reminded me…“Just because you are unable to see all the spectacular things that I am doing, doesn’t mean that I’m not at work.”

A peaceful feeling washed over me.

I began to think about all the wondrous works that God has performed in my life that I just couldn’t see at the time, but looking back I can clearly see that God was always at work.

I pray that you will open your eyes to all the wondrous works of God today, and if you are unable to see His majesty in front of you, just know that God is always at work and performing spectacular feats. Be patient. Have faith.

Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

Always enjoy soaking up The Son because He DOES have amazing things to show you each day.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.Philippians 1:6

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Be still and know…

I am, God, I am, but…

If you hadn’t heard, I had broken my tibia and fibia and dislocated my ankle the day before Thanksgiving. I am so blessed!! Blessed for brokenness? Well…yes…of course…in various ways. For this current blessedness, I am grateful for so many things that have transpired, and for the plethora of people (family, friends, and even strangers) that I’ve encountered over the past three weeks. I often shake my head and say to myself, “Wow! This is JUST a broken right leg.” (Thank You, Jesus.) I am truly overwhelmed by all the gracious gestures by so many loved ones.

My thought was to enjoy getting into The Word and writing tons while I’m laid up on the couch with my foot propped up like a scene from The Princess and the Pea. I was sincerely stoked to dig a little deeper and get down to business with my Jesus.

That was my thought…but the prescribed drugs had an alternative plan.

Ninety-five percent of the time I would attempt to get grounded in God’s word, my focus was NOT there. My eyes would grow weary and my mind was like a big fuzz bucket (whatever that is…mind you…I’m still on drugs, LOL!). Hmmm, what was I even going to type next? LOL. SERIOUSLY! Be still…okay, it must have to deal with “being still”.

So, yesterday I felt a surge of energy. Tired of having to rely on others, my surge (yet ever so cautiously) and stubborn determination aided me in doing FOUR loads of laundry…ON MY OWN, vacuuming…while on the knee scooter (that’s a sight), and doing some dishes that were unfortunately piled high in the sink (don’t even go there with me!). I really was feeling like the woman of steel that I now am.

I would rest my leg in between activities, continue taking my prescription pain meds, and keep on truckin’.

Then…bedtime came. Time for honestly “being still”. That’s when all the energy that I had throughout my body during the day decided to flow and settle in my lower leg. Ugh! So, back to icing, propping on multiple pillows, and shortening the time in between taking the medicine (which I was slowly increasing the in-between time). Shucks!

I purchased a sign (my eldest son recently told someone that I am mastering online shopping) which reads “Be still and know”. This sign is resting on a piece of furniture that is directly in front of me in my daily couch position. I bought it as a true reminder from God that He put in the bible for us all, and as a reminder of this season in my life when I am counting it all joy and appreciating all the blessings in my life.

So, my day-after-the-surge has me resting in His presence again through prayer. My focus is still not all there (that’s for another journal entry), but my prayer life is increasing even more than it was before.

While I’m “Being Still” Do you have any prayer requests for me? I’m on it! Message me. Text me. Comment below. Whichever method you choose to send your request my way, please know that I am on it and lifting your situation up to our Heavenly Father.

THIS is how He wants me to Be Still now. Got it, God.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

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The Lord Himself will give you the sign, Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14

What does your name mean?

I grew up being reminded that my name means “crowned one”. I guess being the only girl with three brothers, my siblings often thought I took advantage of the meaning as well. (hahahaha)

When I saw the enormous crown in Sweden in front of the royal palace, of course I had to snag this photo. Remember…I am “crowned one”.

This morning’s bible verse (Isaiah 7:14) not only reminded me the meaning of my name, but that I am truly royalty because I am a child of The King of kings!

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatian 3:26

So, I will accept the name “crowned one” with confidence, knowing that I truly am royalty being a child of The One True King, my Savior, Immanuel, God with us!

Thank You, God, for always being with me. I love You and thank you for sending Your Son.

I pray you all have a wonderful day. Always remember to soak up The Son. He is the King of kings and you are also called “crowned one” when you have Jesus in your heart.

But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, John 1:12For all who are led by the

 

 

 

 

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Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12

What a way to make a girl feel comfortable and like she’s surrounded by God’s grace.

Yesterday I entered through the doors at Advance Surgical Center in Tampa. When I checked in I was greeted by a precious lady with a sweet smile and a pleasant demeanor (I wish I remembered her name). Then, as I turned to sit down, there was my longtime friend and now associate pastor, Tommy Warnock. He’s always a sight for sore eyes and prays such personal prayers. As Tommy and I were chatting Tim was completing my check-in procedures. Tim noticed that that sweet smiling receptionist had positive words of affirmation and bible verses on post-it notes. He made a comment how he liked seeing those notes. So, the adorable receptionist gave Tim her “today’s thought” that she had written on a purple post-it note to share with us.

How perfect! She had written,

Be joyful in Hope

Patient in Affliction

Faithful I prayer

                Romans 12:12

I posted the note to my chest as I was called to the back. The nurses said, “You have a note on your shirt.” I told them the story and shared the verse with them.

Then, while I was back with Olga and Ann Marie (my nurses) we had wonderful conversations. While waiting for surgery, I told the ladies that I’ve got time and am a prayer warrior, and asked them if they had any prayer requests. The requests weren’t specific, but I prayed for those ladies taking care of me and the receptionist up front.

The purple-bible-verse-post-it-note stayed attached to my blanket as I lay waiting. I’d read it, memorize it, appreciate those words, and found complete comfort in God’s word and the fact the I felt surrounded by Him.

Before I was taken back, the receptionist walked by with her brunette hair in a bun and a great open smile and gave me a thumbs-up as she noticed the note still with me.

Blessings come at all times, especially when we weren’t expecting them. Look for them, or not…and be pleasantly surprised. Those ladies were blessings to me yesterday, and I hope I was to them as well.

I encourage you to let this be your memory verse for today and may it put a smile on your face:

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Have a beautiful Thursday and always find time to soak up The Son wherever you are.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

 

 

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Psalm 16:7-8, “I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”

Okay, so if He is guiding me and always beside me, why do I make dumb choices?

Folks, our Heavenly Father tells us repeatedly that He will never leave us, (Deuteronomy 31:6 and 8, Hebrews 13:5, Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10-13,…) so let’s acknowledge His presence, seek His will, and trust God to guide us on the best path for our lives.

He’s got this!

I WILL exalt the Lord!

I hope you will take some time each day to soak up The Son. He’s everywhere, all the time. Seek Him.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

I love my man.

I love my man.

Today is my husband’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIM!

Allow me to share something, okay…a few things, with you about Tim. Throughout these past thirteen days he has proven himself to be a true man of God.

In Philippians 2:14 it says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing”. My man has cooked, done the laundry, cleaned, dealt with the dealings of our home renovation, hung décor, ran errands, grocery shopped, and SO much more while I have been awaiting surgery (this coming Wednesday…finally!) on my broken leg. Yesterday he came and ask me, “What do you usually mop the floor with to get rid of the footprints?” Bless him! He has done EVERYTHING without complaining. I haven’t even seen an eye roll. He has truly lived out Philippians 2:14 with me.

Tim had planned to be gone for a few days hunting (‘tis the season), but he has set aside his trip to take care of his honey. Once again, and in more ways than delaying a hunting trip, Tim has lived out God’s word: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

When we were married twenty-five years ago, the infamous bible verses from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 were read:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way’ it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Praise the Lord Tim is a bible believing man. He’s definitely been patient and kind, not rude nor arrogant, or irritable or resentful (that he’s displayed, *wink*). The past two weeks he’s endured a lot by taking on my role as well as his.

Now it’s my turn to live out God’s word for Tim when I tell you how thankful I am for my man!

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thank you, Tim, for not only being my husband, caregiver, and best friend, but for being a godly example of a man of integrity for our children and those around you. You are a wonderful provider for our family. You are a charitable man and believes in taking care of others. Thank you for not only being the man of God you are for the past thirteen days, but throughout your life. God blessed me when He gave me you.

I’m sure I totally embarrassed you, but I just wanted to share my joy with others.

Happy Birthday!

I love you!

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Hunter, Tim, me, Holly, and Cole. <3

Hunter, Tim, me, Holly, and Cole. <3

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

We are family.

Are we perfect? No.

Do we always get along or agree? Ha!

Do we drive each other crazy? In good and bad ways.

We may not always like each other, but we so do LOVE each other.

It thrills my soul when I have all my babies with me, and I believe I’m not the only one. Tim called me yesterday and said, “Tonight I just want the five of us home for my early birthday dinner.” I texted the kids to let them know their daddy’s wishes. As you can see from the picture, Tim got his request.

I LOVE it!

Love. Why? Because HE first LOVED us.

One of the greatest joys in my life is knowing that ALL my family have accepted Christ as their personal Savior.  We will all be together on earth AND in Heaven!!

Have a beautiful weekend.

Always enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are.  He is everywhere and has so much to share with you.  God is love and He loves you!

Blessings,

Stephanie.

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1 Corinthians 11:19, “There must be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized.”

Over the past year, it has been quite evident how divided our country is over this past presidential election. It truly saddens me. Yet, this isn’t anything new. Division happens.

Whether your experiencing frustrations, destructiveness, division, or differences of any kind, how will you be recognized in the end? Will others identify you as peaceful, perceptive, or positive, or will they detect anarchy, carelessness, or negative?

It is my prayer that when division occurs that others will observe someone who is obedient to God and strives to seek God’s approval, not man’s.

How about you?

Enjoy soaking up The Son every day. He has so much to show you.

Blessings to you and yours, and happy Friday, Stephanie

 

 

Yes, that's my broken leg, and the dislocated onto the totally opposite side ankle.

Yes, that’s my broken leg, and the dislocated onto the totally opposite side ankle.

I must find the comedy in this:

Last week when the electrician went to hang my new pendants above the kitchen island, he carefully opened the box and said, “Ut-oh, you need to see this. I haven’t moved this box and notice what’s inside.” My husband and I peered inside the delivered cardboard package and discovered that one of the glass bowls was broken. I shrugged and said, “Things break.”

It wasn’t AN HOUR LATER when I walked backwards off my porch and BROKE my right leg. “Ut-oh” wasn’t the first words out of my mouth, not even a shrug…it was more like a screaming cat lying in pain on the ground. Well…”things break”.

When you read Psalm 51 in its entirety you discover that through brokenness comes a time for: purification, renewing, restoration, willingness to obey, forgiveness, repentance, and rebuilding. Wow! What a list. I’m personally experiencing this all during this season of physical brokenness.

Physical brokenness can also bring about a spiritual brokenness and beauty.

Do you realize that Jesus was broken for you and me? No, His bones were not broken (a fulfillment of prophecy. See Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, and Psalm 34:20), but His skin was broken, bruised, and beaten for us. (Isaiah 53:5) Jesus’ skin wasn’t the only thing broken when He suffered for us. Oh no, my friend! The power of SIN was broken!

Romans 6:10, “When He died, He died once to BREAK THE POWER OF SIN. But now He lives, He lives for the glory of God.”

We must do the same…live for the GLORY OF GOD.

Hang on, I’m not done…what else can NOT be broken besides Christ’s bones? God’s promises can NOT be and have not been broken. (Joshua 23:14)

One of God’s promises is found in John 16:33. We read that we will have many trials and sorrows (brokenness), BUT take heart, because…JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!

It is my prayer that you will take your brokenness (that is all over you now or will come) and embrace this time to do as Psalm 51 claims, and know that “The sacrifice that God desires is a broken spirit. God will not reject a broken and repentant heart.” (verse 17) (Note: Emphasis changed by me from “you” to “God” because the you is God in these verses.)

Friend, “By His wounds you are healed!” (1 Peter 2:24) GLORY! REJOICE! LIVE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Enjoy soaking up The Son each day. He has so much to share with you. Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.

Prayers are appreciated as my broken bones will be repaired when I have surgery on Wednesday, December 7th.  THANK YOU!  May I feel your prayers over the pain.