Daily Walking with God

February 2017
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Walking in the Word

Plant City's First Baptist Church

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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.


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


“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


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!


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



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.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
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.”)
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.
Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
    Where can I run from you?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
If I rise with the sun in the east
    and settle in the west beyond the sea,
even there you would guide me.
    With your right hand you would hold me.
I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
    Let the light around me turn into night.”
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.
You made my whole being;
    you formed me in my mother’s body.
I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
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.
God, your thoughts are precious to me.
    They are so many!
If I could count them,
    they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
    I am still with you.
God, I wish you would kill the wicked!
    Get away from me, you murderers!
They say evil things about you.
    Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.
Lord, I hate those who hate you;
    I hate those who rise up against you.
I feel only hate for them;
    they are my enemies.
God, examine me and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
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


“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.


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



“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

“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


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