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follow-himThis past weekend Tim was in north Florida and Holly and I went to Georgia. We timed our return home so we could meet at an exit, have Holly ride with her dad so they could visit before she abruptly had to get back to college once we were home, and then follow each other back home.

While following my man’s immense truck I thought to myself, “I’d follow him anywhere.”

Then The Man (God) touched my heart and whispered in my ear, “Follow Me anywhere.”

Throughout the trip back home I kept having “God thoughts” pop into my mind about following God.

  • While following behind Tim’s massive vehicle I couldn’t see what was in front of me, or I should say him. I had to TRUST in his ability to GUIDE me away from the danger of other vehicles and debris along the road.  Such as it is with our walk with God…we don’t know what lies ahead for us in life. God does. We must TRUST in and FOLLOW the Lord in our daily walks. He WILL GUIDE us along the right path when we seek His will for our lives. “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. Keep your eyes on Jesus. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8.
  • Did I say other vehicles and debris along the road? Yes. We will have OBSTACLES in life. Romans 16:17 says, “I appeal to you, brothers, to WATCH OUT for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.”Some hindrances come our way via man, and others…possibly God. (What do you think?) During those times of being face-to-face with the hurdles in life, hold on to what is true: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” Romans 5:3-5. So be careful of the obstacles in your way. Be sure to turn to God’s word when being tested. He WILL GUIDE you through and around them.
  • There were moments when I wanted to get in another lane because it appeared that another lane was going to get me where I wanted to go quicker. Yea, I tired, but in the end…I should have stayed behind Tim. Such as it is with my walk with God. There are those times when I want to move ahead and get to a destination more rapidly than the route God was/is taking me, but…as it was with my man, The Man has a better plan. “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” Proverbs 4:25

 

I’m grateful that God whispered thoughts to me while driving the interstate. Keeping focused on God sure assisted in passing the time instead of getting frustrated with traffic.

Following God is the way to go. Will you follow Him?

Have a wonderful day.

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

 

 

A view into our future family room.

A view into our future family room.

Ten more days. Ten more days until College Hunks Hauling Junk pack up our furniture and haul it to our newly (well…almost) remodeled home.

I’m like a kid on Christmas each day (which is EVERY day) I visit, waiting to view my new present. Last Friday, after my bible study, I went out to check on the progress. A bible verse came to my mind that we had just studied about in class that morning. After walking around and knowing how much longer we have until move in day, Mark 9:24 came to life for me.

24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

I sent a text to my patient-with-me-contractor and said, “Two weeks away! Like the scripture says, ‘Lord, I believe. Help me in my unbelief.’”

I do have faith in the professionalism and timeliness which my contractor has, it’s just…my mind gets racing with ALL that needs to be done and it’s hard to believe that it will all be ready come September 29th.

I think to myself, “IF this gets done on time….” Then, Mark 9:23 jumps on me. This is where Jesus replies to the father of the demon possessed boy after the daddy describes how long the boy has been dealing with this demon and the severity of it all, and pronounces “But IF you can do anything, take pity on us and help us”.

Jesus replies, “What do you mean, ‘IF I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

I believe! I believe! Just help me with my unbelief.

No matter what your situation is, whether it’s a home renovation to a demon, or ANYTHING in between, BELIEVE! With God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)

Have a beautiful day!

I pray that you will always find time to soak up The Son in the sun, rain, sleet, or snow. Love, Stephanie.

thank-you-jesus-shirtMy shirt says it all about today’s Fall Conference that I attended today, with the title “Get in Focus”.

The past few weeks have been crunch time for the Shuff family as we prepare to move into our home at the end of THIS month. THIS month! (More on that tomorrow.) Prior to work, my mornings are filled with finalizing the details of our remodel, and keeping our current home clean for showing. Praise the Lord there is a contract on the home, now I don’t have to leave it “ready for show” every time I walk out the door.

Yesterday, while I was waiting on my Friday morning bible study to begin, we were talking about the happenings of the Fall Conference. In my busy mind I was discerning about how I was going to fill my day. I was thinking that the conference was in the afternoon. So I was preparing to texting my daughter to see if she wanted to come over before she went to work, and we would go get pedicures together. My thoughts were on what area of the home I was going to box up on Saturday morning. Thoughts, thoughts, plans, going through my head. I asked our bible study leader (Kay Morris) what time the conference began. She replied 8:30 am-2:00 pm. What? Ut-oh. There goes those plans.

My focus was all over the place, and now my Saturday plans were getting rearranged in my psyche.

No worries. It always works out.

God knew that I needed to “Focus” and be still in Him.

Today’s conference was refreshing, emotional, and much needed.

I want to give you a brief account on the three seminars I attended and the keynote speaker’s presentation: (Please click on all scripture to read God’s word for yourself.)

Seminar 1: “Focus on God’s Peace”, led by Bethany Falter. Wow! No one told me to bring tissues to this session. Bethany’s testimony was heartfelt and detailed. Her son’s unassuming doctor visit turned into being sent to another doctor, and then to the hospital for surgery that late evening to remove a tumor from his brain and to relieve a massive amount of fluid in his brain. This tumor was larger than a golf boy in this four-year-old’s head. Philippians 4:4-9 was the scripture that Bethany clung to. Her family has found how to find joy in all circumstances, pray about everything, and allow their thoughts to be on whatever brings glory to God. Through it all, their family is finding God’s peace while they focus on Him. Jack has a long road ahead of him, but is progress well, and the tumor was benign! #prayingforjack.

Seminar 2: “Focus on Your Inner Beauty”, led by Tonya Lawson. My precious friend poured out her heart in a very transparent presentation. Tonya shared and discussed about the “lovely” topic that most women struggle with…focusing on outward appearance instead of, or more than, inward beauty. Tonya’s scripture focuses were: Philippians 4:6-8, 1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 21:2, Psalm 139:1, Galatians 5:22-23, Proverbs 4:20-23, Proverbs 31:30, Luke 22:31-32. Synopsis:  God looks at the heart. God made you in His image. God knows you, your thoughts, and your weakness, and will strengthen you. Make sure you don’t focus so much on your outward charm because one day you’ll be older and wonder who you truly are. Be filled with the fruit of The Spirit, not fueled by the lies that Satan fills in your head.

Seminar 3: “Focus on Holiness”, led by published author Bobbie Roper. It was great to see Mrs. Bobbie since she retired and moved away from Plant City. She is soft spoken yet communicates with conviction and purpose. Bobbie encouraged us to live a holy life because God told us too, and God doesn’t say anything that won’t happen. Live it because once you are a Christian, you have The Holy Spirit within you. Bobbie’s focus scriptures coincided with and acronym for holy: Humble, Obedient, Loving, and Yielded. Humble: Psalms 8:3-4 and Philippians 2:5-8. Obedient: 1 Samuel 15:22, Ephesians 6:5, Psalms 111:1, and John 14:15. Loving: 1 John 4:7-11, Romans 5:8, and Matthew 22:37. Yielded: Psalms 17:8, Psalms 36:7, Matthew 23:37, and Philippians 4:8.

Finally, the keynote speaker was a friend who clearly has a testimony that kept her focus on the prize…Christ. You see, soon-to-be-published author Kristen Hitchcock shared her experience for the very first time publically. Her, and her family’s, faith was tested, and God, the Prince of Peace, ruled in their hearts through it all. Kristen’s youngest child, four-year-old Hayden, was in a head injury accident. By the time Kristen and her husband reached the hospital which Hayden was flown to, their precious boy had gone to see Jesus. It was Brett and Kristen who displayed great peace, hope in the eternal, and strength to share with family and friends. God sustained them then and continues today as He shines through them, and they give God all the glory through the pain. Kristen intertwined her passion for running to the race we all run in life by stating and believing that life is a marathon, and we must finish strong. (Click her to read “This is not good-bye”.)

My plans were altered for today. God forced me to be still in Him today, and I am grateful!

THANK YOU, JESUS!

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

 

 

I just love him. <3

I just love him. <3

Getting overcome by God’s presence is such a powerful and personal experience for me.

Most Sunday mornings if you were to look at this conservative Baptist born and bred girl during praise and worship time through music, you would think you’d need to tell my man, “Hold her back, Tim. She’s about to start dancing in the aisle.”

Okay, maybe not totally dance in the aisle, but boy oh boy, does my body start to move and hands get lifted high. For me, praise and worship time isn’t just about the songs, but it’s what God reveals to me through them.  It’s between Him and me, not anyone else around me.

Now, don’t judge me here (I’m sure I’m not alone…especially if you’ve heard me sing), but there have been singers whom when they were using the talent the God gave them, their vocal sound just wasn’t pleasing to “my taste”. That’s when I have to remind myself that it is not the singer I’m admiring, it’s the message behind them, and the God Almighty whom they are singing about. I have to pray to God to open my eyes and ears to what He desires for me to see and hear through the song. And you know what? He does.

The majority of the time though, the vocal sound and the message just…whew…electrify me. (Praise God I go to a church where we have talented singers…in my opinion.)

This past Sunday was no different. One of the singers (I believe it was Kerry Mullis…Love. Her. Voice!) sang a song that I didn’t recall hearing before. As with each new song our church sings I am still and focused. My body isn’t to the “dancing in the aisle” point yet, and my concentration is on the words which are being caroled. Then, all of a sudden a couple of stanzas just spoke to me. I was overcome by the Holy Spirit within me. Yep, that’s right, I’ve got spirit…The Holy Spirit!

Read these words and allow them to marinate in your thoughts for a minute. Even click on this link to hear the Christian singer, Meredith Andrews, perform this song “Spirit of the Living God”.

Cause when You speak, when You move

When YOU do what only You can do

It changes us, it changes

What we see and what we seek

When You come in the room

When You do what only YOU can do

It changes us, it changes

What we see and what we seek You’re changing everything

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/meredithandrews/spiritofthelivinggod.html

Listen, WE can’t change on our own. WE cannot make SOMEONE else change. Only GOD changes you or that someone else.

When we permit God to do His work within us, our focus in life is altered to what really matters…our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Whether you are a “dancing in the aisle” kinda person, or a “be still and know that He is God” worshipper, God sees what is in you. I pray that He is smiling down and watching His Holy Spirit radiate from you. Be overcome by His presence!

(Oh, this reminds me of another song that I can “get my Jesus” on: You know I LOVE Francesca Battistelli. Click here  to listen to her sing “Holy Spirit”. Get your worship on and allow God to astound you.

I pray you have a wonderful day.

Always enjoy soaking up The Son in the sun. Love you, Stephanie.

 

 

So all of you should live together in peace. Try to understand each other. Love each other like brothers and sisters. Be kind and humble. 1 Peter 3:8

When I read the bible verse for the day a few things came to mind:

  • Live together in peace? Ahhh, that sounds invigorating. I’m grateful to have grown up and continue to live in a peaceful home. I know many who live contrary to the environment I am accustomed to. Imagine if we did strive for peace in our lives what a difference our world/country/home/families/work places/streets would be. Seek peace. (Psalm 34:14) I’m not sure about a peace for all while living on our temporary home (earth), but I am confident in an everlasting peace. If you want to truly know peace, get to know The Prince of Peace and have a relationship with Him. (Romans 5:1) Find peace in Him. (John 16:33) When you have Christ in your heart, you will have the assurance of living in peace in Heaven.
  • TRY to understand each other. That’s all…TRY. I often shake my head when I observe others, but I strive to force myself to come to the understanding that we are all different. (1 Corinthians 12:18-30) Our backgrounds and circumstances are not alike. We don’t know the reasons why people say and do the things they do, but we can try to be empathetic and sympathetic to other’s situations. I challenge you to put forth your best effort in recognizing and appreciating the differences and similarities in others. This just may, hopefully, will boost you to say a prayer for someone else. When you find yourself praying for others and/or praying for that person that you truly need to have an “understanding moment” with, don’t forget to pray for yourself. Your own attitude may need a little tweaking too. (Works for me.)
I believe this photo of me and my brothers was taken back in 2012.  WE are standing in front of the church where we were raised and were all baptized in. (Welcome Baptist Church)

I believe this photo of me and my brothers was taken back in 2012. We (Kenneth, Kevin, me, and Mike) are standing in front of the church where we were raised and were all baptized in. (Welcome Baptist Church)

 

  • Love each other like brothers and sisters. Are you saying “Oh me” or Oh MY!” right about now? Relationships between brothers and sisters can be (okay, some of you may say ARE) difficult. (Reread the bullet point above.) I LOVE and adore my three brothers! Did we always get along? Ha! But we know we had each other’s backs…and still do. Have you ever heard the saying, “Blood is thicker than water”? Well, friend, when you become a Christ follower you are a part of the FAMILY of God. You are brought together/forgiven/saved/loved by the blood of Christ. You are surrounded by “brothers and sisters in Christ” every day (hopefully). We are to love like Christ; be kind, compassionate, and forgiving. (Ephesians 4:32) Love one another. (John 13:34-35)
  • Be kind and humble. (Please click here.)

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.

When I first read the word, “Finally”, that encouraged me to read the preceding verses to see what I missed out on in the previous verses. Go ahead, read 1 Peter 3 and discover instructions on “how to live”.

Have a wonderful day.

I pray that you will always find time (rain or shine) to enjoy soaking up The Son. He is so worth it! And…He thinks you are worth everything!

 

 

god-bless-plant-cityTonight was a wonderful example of why I am proud to be from Plant City, Florida.

Our youngest child decided last year that he wanted to show a pig at The Florida Strawberry Festival. So, we completed the application process a few months ago, and tonight was the night of the lottery drawing. I have often heard about how intense this evening gets, but I got to see it for myself tonight. There were over 200 applicants from all over Hillsborough County, and only eighty-four names were drawn for showing and selling the swine.

Well, Cole didn’t get drawn to show this coming year (which, BTW, will be March 2-12, 2017), but our experience made me walk away feeling proud.

I am proud to be from a town and associated with a festival that honors God, country, agriculture, and our youth.

The event was opened up with a beautiful prayer. Our military, youth, the upcoming presidential election, our country, the festival, and families were all lifted up to our Heavenly Father for guidance, peace, and prosperity. The attendees all stood, faced the American flag, and said The Pledge of Allegiance while putting their hand over their heart. Throughout the lottery process, others were congratulating ones drawn. At the end of the lottery the other 60% of youth walked away with their heads held high. Well…most did. Yes, there were tears from some youngsters, but respect and gracious were displayed.

Now, I’m not sure of too many communities where people come together for one occasion, yet walk away with a sense of pride because of the honoring of God, country, the agricultural community, and invest in our youth, but I do know that I am a part of one.

Thank you, Plant City, for growing yet keeping that small town atmosphere and humble respect for others and our Creator. Thank you to the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H organization for encouraging our youth and teaching them many values that we often don’t see focused on in the media today. I know that as a product of both these organization, treasured lifelong skills and values were instilled in me.

God bless The Florida Strawberry Festival! God bless our agricultural community!

 

 

 

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God created an enchanting earth for us to take care of and enjoy.  He created the splendid skies for us to gaze our eyes upon. We may often look to our surroundings for help in the time of need of comfort and peace. Yes, the stunning sights often replenish me with serenity. But where does true peace, comfort, and ultimate help come from? Our Heavenly Father!

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

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As many of us remember what appalling event took place on our land back 2001, I pray that we will each look up to God for hope.

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? The emotions? I don’t believe I’ll ever forget that day.

There is some good that comes from situations like this. Churches were filled. Communities and our country came together. Prayers were lifted. And for one of my dearest friends, whom was a block away from the Twin Towers that day, he came to know and accept Jesus as his personal Savior through it all.

Friends, I pray that you will remember. Remember that God is god, you are not alone, He is our strength and source of help, and that He loves you!

Have a wonderful day.

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

 

This photo has nothing to do with my story, but it sure bring joy to me.  This was taken on a trip to Sweden before we toured the Vasa Museum.

This photo has nothing to do with my story, but it sure bring joy to me. This was taken on a trip to Sweden before we toured the Vasa Museum.

Earlier this week a friend of mine shared an article titled, “19 Things I hope I’ve taught my daughter before her 18th birthday”. I sent the link to my two older children (daughter AND son) and even read the highlights to the whole family. Sounds like words I’ve told my children before, but when it comes from someone else…you know.

In the article the author penned this:

The saying goes, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” But the reverse is true, too. Everyone loves a genuine compliment. Too many times we are quick to say the bad stuff but forget to mention the positives. If you think someone has a great smile or is wearing a cool shirt, say so.

I totally agree!

The article’s sentiments kept resonating in my head all week.

This morning I even shared the concept of a genuine compliment with my youngest as I was driving him to school.

Well, I had the opportunity to have “Storytime with Shuff” in one of my classes yesterday regarding a funny incident that occurred with me yesterday morning. It tied in perfectly with “if you have something nice to say, then say it” mentality. I elaborated on the “everyone loves a genuine compliment” and encouraged them to do the same.

Here you go…”Storytime with Shuff”

This morning I was standing in the Publix Pharmacy line. This precious eighty-two year old sneaked up behind me, pushed her buggy up next to me, and said so sincerely, “You have beautiful legs.” I had to laugh because I had JUST looked down at my legs and thought, “Lordy mercy, I need to shave. And this booboo on my chin looks awful. My veins are really shining on my right calf.”

I replied to her, “Oh my, thank you. I used to.”

She asked about my age and she informed me of her’s. We chatted about where she was from, how her father used to own a shoe making store in Bradenton, how she met her current husband after she became a widow (which her current actually used to be her high school sweetheart), and on and on. We laughed. She kept hugging me, and I her.

Sweet Aubrey even mentioned how people call her “Audacious Aubrey”. Mrs. Aubrey would compliment me on my legs again between stories. She even expressed how she has dementia. When she said that I was like, “That’s why you think I have nice legs.” LOL!

Our encounter was brief, yet well informing, full of laughter, and an emotion of instant love for this lady that I just can’t explain. She made my day!

This story went on to demonstrate how we all truly do appreciate compliments, even when WE don’t think they are warranted. I wasn’t going to steal her joy. And she brought much joy to me.

After I shared this story with my students I went around the room and gave example compliments to various students. The smiles and joy were contagious. I believe they saw the value of “When you have something nice to say, then say it” lesson.

So, the next time you admire someone’s smile, tell them. You think your friend’s outfit is flattering on them, let them know. The meal you ate was delicious, give kudos to the chef. Someone tells you that you have nice legs, hug them and/or simply say thank you.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

“Do for others what you would want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.” Matthew7:12

Have a fabulous day! And…has anyone told you that that smile looks great on you? Keep smiling.

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

 

 

 

My purpose at that moment was to enjoy fishing with my youngest and to catch a bigger bass then him.  LOL!

My purpose at that moment was to enjoy fishing with my youngest and to catch a bigger bass then him. LOL!

If I were to ask you your purpose in life, how would you respond?

I’m not talking about the “biblical” response just because this is a Christian website. What comes to the forefront of your mind? Maybe your response is a godly one. I’ll chat about that in a minute. But, honestly…”WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE?”

I could list:

  • To make and keep my man happy
  • To raise my children to be independent, godly, secure, and happy and…
  • To be the best teacher I can for each of my students on a given day

Sometimes I feel, especially when my children were young, that my purpose was/is:

  • To be a taxi driver/nurse/counselor/chef/housemaid/laundry lady/_______ (you know this blank could be filled with a plethora of “to dos”.)

Well, here’s what got me thinking about “the purpose of life”:  A few days ago I wrote a journal entry titled “Being Still” (click here to view). I describe my reluctancy to go to my husband’s hunting camp, but how it ended up being just what The Good Doctor ordered. In the entry I mentioned “the ‘bunk house’ accommodations were totally a ‘girl-free-zone’”. Well, allow me to elaborate a bit on this. I took a shower with A FROG and splashes of black around the tub and tile that wasn’t intended to be there! I texted by daughter that I felt like I was staying at summer camp with boys because of the smell. The sink had spider webs in it. What!!? When I verbalized my disapproval of the spider web sink, that is when Tim informed me about the other house (the clubhouse) where they cook in and hang out in, and that they NEVER use this kitchen. Well, THAT was obvious. (And you’re thinking, “I thought you said it was ‘just what The Good Doctor ordered’”? Well…it was. You’ll just have to read that article to see why.)

I marched over to the clubhouse to unload our groceries. I opened the refrigerator and, WOW, I don’t believe it had been cleaned out in…quite some time. I asked Tim if I could get rid of some science experiments and expired containers of condiments and other perishable items. He agreed. For example, the date I was there was September 2016. Some items expired back in 2014-15. Really?!  He called the owner and mentioned what I was doing. He told Tim to let me know that I could go through the freezer as well. Well, I left that one for the boys.

This “chunking” of expired items continued through two tall cabinets. I must say, these men know how to eat! If only they would have eaten all BEFORE they had expired.

Then…THIS is when “the purpose of life” thought occurred. I glanced down under the stainless steel island and noticed a bag of about five large onions. The onions were unrecognizable. I could only tell they were onions because of the packaging. When I lifted the bag from the concrete floor, bugs became dissatisfied with me because I vandalized their nutrient-filled and moist home. The stench became obvious. The now black contents were tossed into the garbage, as they left their mark on the floor. OH MY! That was my final cleaning stage for this trip. I’m done. Time to relax.

These onions once had a purpose. I actually did a little research and found that they have a surplus of purposes. (Checkout OrganicFacts.net to read about some benefits and purposes of onions.) The objective of this particular bag of onions were to enhance whatever scrumptious meal the gentlemen were conjuring up for that day. That was all before they were left behind once the prior hunting season was over.

Okay, now the godly answer…Yes, we Christians do have a purpose in life.

In Ecclesiastes 12 ALL people are commanded to “Remember”.

1Remember your Creator while you are young, before the bad times come—before the years come when you say, “I have wasted my life.”… 4Remember Him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed…5Remember Him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember Him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral…13Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey His commands, for this is everyone’s duty.”

Not only just “remember” Him, but to fear/RESPECT God and OBEY His commands. THIS is EVERYONE’S duty.

When we do this, everything else will fall into place. We show respect and obedience because we love Him. When we love God first, above all things, our focus is set on a perspective that is much greater than ourselves and the reward in the end is sooooo worth it.

Matthew 28:19-20 reads, “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

This directs us to go out and share Jesus’s love with all. You can be a missionary for Christ in your home, work, town, or whatever distance you may travel. Don’t be afraid. God has already gone before you and is with you!

So, besides all the purposes we tend to prescribe ourselves in life, our main purpose in life is to:

  • Remember Him.
  • Respect God.
  • Obey His commands.
  • Go teach and share Jesus Christ with others.

You can do it. You won’t regret it! And…when we do what God desires for us to do before we set out on conquering our “Purpose” in life, He will bless each of you…according to His purpose.

Oh, if you haven’t read the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, GO! Go get it and read it.

Oh, oh, and on an ending thought…would I make that trip to the hunting camp again? Absolutely! If they’ll have me back. (*wink*)

Have a wonderful day.

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

 

 

 

Gdad with his grands:  Holly, Cole, Hunter, Lindsay, Gdad, and Kayla.

Gdad with his grands: Holly, Cole, Hunter, Lindsay, Gdad, and Kayla.

 

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

I am so grateful that thirty-one years ago God placed a man in my life. A man whom:

  • I have had numerous laughs with (and many more to come).
  • Have had tearful talks with to support each other and just listen to our hearts.
  • Has supported me as a parent and wife to his grandchildren and son.
  • I’ve heard practically EVERY Jimmy Buffett song from, AND, most likely, the meaning behind the songs.
  • Was patient with me as he taught me the proper way to cast and catch saltwater fish.
  • If there is going to be a zombie apocalypse, or maybe a REAL attack of some sort, he’d be at the top of my list to call for protection.
  • Has scared my children by watching all kinds of daunting movies, especially having them believe in “Mole People” for a while…until they saw how hokey the movie really was. LOL!
  • I have seen at his weakest and his strongest, and appreciate how he ended up leaning on God and praising Him through it all.
  • Is gentle, funny, and firm with my children.

So why rejoice today? Today is Wayne Shuff’s birthday!

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Wayne, you know all too well that we need to appreciate and live each moment of every day that God has given us here on earth. Thank you for the wisdom that our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon you to share with us. We love you!

I’m so grateful that you have Becky in your life to take care of you, make you laugh, and  to continue and challenge you in your walk with God.  Hold on to her.

Thank you for being a wonderful godly father-in-love. You and Jany raised a top-notch/I couldn’t live without/godly son whom God graced me with as a husband.

Happy Birthday!!!

Wayne and Becky.

Wayne and Becky.