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Walking in the Word

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time to eatGood morning. Let’s eat.

Those who know me know that I love breakfast time. And, those who know me also know that when I don’t eat two things usually happen; I either get grouchy or very quiet (probably so that I won’t be grouchy).  So, making sure that “Stephanie” has food is a priority.

Friends would make fun of me when we would go out late at night to eat (that right there informs you that I was most likely in my early twenties) and I would order French toast with a side order of toast. Tim would jokingly say, “Why not order the whole loaf of bread?”  Well, why wouldn’t you?

This morning when I read the verse-for-the-day I was reminded of my love for breakfast any time of the day. In Psalm 63:1 we read, “God—you’re my God!  I can’t get enough of you. I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts.”

Okay, so French toast isn’t God, but I sure do love my time with God too, actually…even more! Way more!  I wake up each morning hungry for a word from God.  I can’t wait to see what He has to share with me each morning.  But that thirst for God doesn’t just happen in the morning.  Just like when I was served breakfast for an evening meal, God serves up delicious food throughout the day.

Jesus is The Living Water. He is The Bread of Life.

  • John 4:14, But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
  • John 7:38, Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
  • Revelation 21:6, And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
  • John 6:35, Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”


Are you hungry? Time to eat!  God has something scrumptious ready to serve to you.

If you’re hungry for a little more? I just noticed that this isn’t the first time I’ve written about French toast. Enjoy reading these.  (Oh, how I would love to eat some Bimini bread right now. Mmmm)

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

Happy Early Mother’s Day to me! 

Tim came home from a fishing trip to the Bahamas this week.  While he was gone I thought about sending him a text to request some Bimini bread.  This bread is has a hint of sweetness to it. My mouth was watering just thinking about it.  But, I didn’t.  I knew he wasn’t on the island of Bimini, so I just didn’t bother.

Well, my husband knows me all too well!  When he returned he had purchased me a load of this bread that I so desired, without me even saying anything to him.  (I love my man!) 

The bible verse, Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! came to my mind. 

So the next morning, I began to prepare my French toast breakfast with my scrumptious Bimini bread.  I had a little pep in my step due to the excitement growing inside of me.  I know, you’re thinking that I’m crazy talking about food this way.  Well, yes.  I am a little crazy for some French toast. (Enjoy these devotionals as well.)

Taste and see?  Yes I did!  And I enjoyed every bite of it.

This is how we should approach God’s word, with great anticipation. 

Getting in to the scriptures should be like breakfast for us.  Read even just one verse in the morning to get you going.  It will make a difference in your day.

I like how The Message translation simply reads, “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see how good God is.  Blessed are you who run to him.

Are your senses working?  Are you running?  Taste…see…run to Jesus every day.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

Okay, so this morning I excitedly sit down to have breakfast with God.  My plate of French toast, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and syrup drizzled over them was prepared.  (Yes, in the picture that is FOUR slices all for me.) My cup of milk, not coffee, was ready for sipping.  The Word was open on my computer in four various translations. Life was/is good!

Then, I started reading Proverbs 26:10-12, and my appetite got disrupted. (See verse 11)

10 Hiring a fool or a stranger who is just passing by is dangerous—you don’t know who might get hurt.

11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit, a fool does the same foolish things again and again.

12 People who think they are wise when they are not are worse than fools.

Really?  I am trying to enjoy a scrumptious (and sugary) breakfast here.

Then, as I continued reading the scriptures, the appetite for my breakfast and His word returned. Whew! Good thing, because I was hungry for both.

Titus 2:1-8 instructs us to:

  • Have self-control, wisdom, and be strong in faith, love, and patience.
  • Live the way those who serve the Lord should live, don’t gossip, or drink too much.
  • Teach what is good.
  • Love your spouse and children, and teach them to be wise and pure, take care of their homes, be kind, and wives willing to serve your husband.
  • Be a good example in every way by the good things you do.
  • Teach younger ones to be honest and serious.
  • When we do right, no one can criticize us. Others won’t have anything bad to say about us.

A God-Filled Life (The Message translation)

1-6 Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.

7-8 But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.

All of these are great instructions of how to live right in God’s sight.  As I glance back over the list, I can see how when we abuse these characteristics, trouble comes our way.  Don’t abuse, but use.

I was also reminded in Jeremiah 42-44 how when we seek God, He will give us an answer.  It may not always be what we would want to hear, but His way is best whether we like it or not.  When we go against God’s will, again…that’s when things go seriously wrong.  Go God’s way, not your own way.

Now I am as happy as my grass is right now getting watered by God.  My body and soul are fed.  Now let’s get this day going.

I couldn't eat ALL four. My eyes were bigger than my stomach.

Blessings and God’s abundant love to y’all.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE FOOD!

Tim often shakes his head at me because I have to have my breakfast.  He recently told the breakfast story to our kids of when we were on our honeymoon, nearly 22 years ago.  We were staying at the luxurious Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, the night before our cruise.  (Thanks to the parents for that stay.) We were young and not wealthy by any means.  But, this girl had to have her breakfast. If I don’t get my meal, I get shaky or grouchy.

We sat down in the stunning dining hall to order.  I ordered my usual French toast and drink.  When I informed the waiter of my selection, Tim glance at the menu for the price, and then decided to order just a glass of orange juice for himself. My French toast alone was much more than we were used to paying at the local Denny’s restaurant.   Hey, I love food!

There have been many “foodie” stories about me since then that Tim has added to his repertoire.

My love for food is strong, but there is something that I treasure even more.  I’m taking a quote from Job today.  In Job 23:12 he said, “I have not departed from His commands, but have treasured His words more than daily food.” 

Now, I can’t say that I haven’t departed from His commands.  I try to do right. I aim to follow God’s instruction. But I do treasure His words more than daily food.  Really!  I do.

If I don’t get my daily dose of His words, I get….shaky or grouchy, just like I do with my breakfast.

I hope you’ve had your daily dose of His word.  It makes a huge difference.

Blessings and God’s abundant love to y’all.

September 3

Okay, yesterday I was saying that I am NOT the Proverbs 31 woman, but today I was giving her a run for her money. Yea, yea, I’m tootin’ my own horn.  But the scripture goes so well with the scene today.

The breakfast of champions. :)

This morning I woke up late, after staying up late watching movies with the kids.  I read the newspaper…ugh!…while eating breakfast, which was a glass of milk and two homemade chocolate chip cookies.  I’m used to waking up and reading the bible first thing, so the newspaper was not as enlightening. I’m not sure if it was because of the overcast weather we are having (God knew what He was doing when He made me a Florida girl.) or that my body is just not used to the late hours I’ve been keeping while school is on Christmas break, but I had a dull headache.  Since the kids were still sleeping (10:30am) I decided to crawl back in bed for about thirty more minutes.  I rolled out of bed around 11:00am.  Oh my! I felt like a teenager sleeping in.

I know, I don’t sound at all like the Proverbs 31 woman so far, but just wait.

When my feet hit the floor I put a load of laundry into the washer and then I started hearing three munchkins start to wake up.  Here we go….the breakfast order was French toast for my niece, grits and eggs for Cole, and Holly….not awake enough to want breakfast.  Food was prepared and the kitchen was cleaned.  Remember in Proverbs 31:15 it says, “She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household.”  Okay, so I didn’t get up before dawn, but I did prepare breakfast.

Now I’m starting to get into the Proverbs 31 groove.  The hair goes up in a ponytail and the next task to accomplish was the garage.  Double ugh!!  Shoes, trash, Christmas, hunting gear, sports equipment, and socks were amongst the items that were scattered all around the garage.  The broom, Clorox wipes, and the blower became my friends for the next couple of hours. I was so proud of the way the garage ended up.  I paraded inside and told Cole, “Now, when mom asks you boys to clean the garage, this is what I’m talking about.”  I then escorted him to the now transformed garage and stood there with a smile on my face.  What did he have to say? As Cole shook his head and looked around he said. “Um hm.” That’s it! No, “Way to go, mom!” or “This looks great!”, just “Um hm.”  No problem.  I was pleased.

You know when you start one project that it often leads to another.  Well, when I was blowing out all the debris from the garage, it led me to clean the driveway and then the backyard.  I was on a roll.  No laziness for me.

The day continued with a sense of satisfaction as one chore after another was successfully accomplished.

The finished product. If you know my home, you know this is not normal. Let's see how long it will last.

Tonight I finally sat down to read the daily scriptures.  In Proverbs 31:27 I read, “She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.”  Yes!  I was that Proverbs 31 woman today.  No idleness took place from me this afternoon.

Toot. Toot.  Did you hear that?  I just “tooted my own horn”. It was all by the grace of God that I did it all with a positive attitude, a smile on my face, and a song in my heart.  I guess God was giving me another real life bible lesson today for my journaling.  Toot.  Toot.  Did you hear that?  I’m tooting the horn for The One Who is given all the glory, God.

Yesterday I challenged you to face each day with a smile.  Today I challenge you to not be lazy. 

Blessings to you.

December 29