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I've always loved this photo that my son, Hunter, captured on his phone during a storm.  There is glory in the end!

I’ve always loved this photo that my son, Hunter, captured on his phone during a storm. There is glory in the end!

Many times when we go through difficult times we simply, yet with much anguish, ask “Why”.

Those storms that occur in our life can be like a mighty hurricane that has just rocked our world. The damage can be severe and leave a lasting impression in our minds that we may think “How are we ever going to get through this?” Other storms pass through swiftly and leave little damage, but there is evidence that it happened. Yet others times it may be like a gentle rain shower that seems to last for days that saturate our psyche and drown our thoughts with hopelessness.

Friend, “Many waters cannot quench love” (Solomon 8:7). God is love. His love for you cannot get extinguished by any storm that will come your way. Yes, storms WILL come.

So, getting back to the question of why…

Don’t allow yourself to think about the “what ifs”. Your storm occurred and here’s what you are going to do about it:

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Is it difficult to praise Him in and through the storm? It can be if you permit yourself to withhold this precious opportunity to not occur. Relinquish yourself from all your “what if” thoughts and need to control situations. Focus on God. Know that He will bring glory in the end. Know that His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor His ways our ways. Know that when you praise Him He washes over your with a peace that passes all understanding. He is the source of all comfort. When He comforts us, attempt to embrace each little word of encouragement and strength you receive from God. Take hold of His peace, love, and mercy and keep it close to your heart. He may send His peace to you through a song, a friend, a word from a stranger, nature, a bible verse, etc. You will recognize the comfort when and however it comes your way.

What will happen is this…it may not be long after your storm, or it may be years later, but you will be confronted by someone who is going through a similar storm that you went through. You now have the opportunity to comfort them in much the same way you were consoled.

It has happened to me. I’ve been the recipient of the comfort, and have been able to console others through their storm. Many times. It is rewarding to know that God saw me through it and allows me to aid others in the midst of their storm.

God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.” Exodus 33:14

He will be with you through it ALL. I’m praying for you, my friend.

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

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We ventured out early afternoon from Cudjoe Key to eight miles offshore for a fishing trip. Yellow-tail snapper were caught, and a shark and dolphin (mahi-mahi) were seen. The aqua-colored water was so soothing as the boat rocked gently with each rise of the water. It was such a peaceful feeling.

About two hours into our excursion I could see six storms brewing all around. Our Key was in the clear of the present storms. It was like a light amongst the darkness. As we started heading back inshore the six storms became four and grew larger and closer to our destination. I was standing on top of the eight foot tower as we were being chased by the storms. The ride became a little bumpier, and as I scanned the ocean I could tell that we were not the only boat trying to beat the rain.

I glanced back toward the east and discovered that one storm stayed offshore. If we would have attempted fishing near the massive marker that I had mentioned to the guys earlier, we would have been drenched by the storm.

The rainstorms coming from the south were approaching, but not before we reached the dock. We made it home safely and without a sprinkle on us.

When we were slowly motoring through the canal, Tim piped up from below and asked if I was nervous. I responded, “No, it’s all good. I was up here thinking of a devotion.” Plus, I felt confident in my boat captain and his wisdom. I had nothing to worry about.

Yes, God reminded me that we will have times in our life when things seem to be going smooth, then life’s situations can change in an instant. Storms can and will come in life. Maybe more than one at a time. John 16:33 says, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” But if we remain confident in our Captain (God) He will guide us through those times. He wants us to “Cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Weather the storms in life with God.

Blessings to you.

My morning view.
My morning view.

 

Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!

God’s word is so refreshing. Refreshing in times of joy, sadness, disaster, rebuilding, and _________ (you fill in the blank).

This morning I woke to these precious words:

“Always be filled with joy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be filled with joy. Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Jesus Christ, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds. Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.” Philippians 4:4-8

See! I told you God’s word is refreshing and precious!

Here I sit on my front porch…a nice breeze, birds and butterflies flying, cows grazing (I don’t think they ever stop though), the American flag wafting in the wind, sounds of nature, generators (ours and the neighbors), and Christian music in the background…and counting my blessings. Thank You, Lord, for all!

When I scroll through social media, or catch a glimpse of the news, I see many of folks grateful for being alive through the storm (PTL!), and others are complaining about having no electricity. Yea, that stinks. I’m right there with you with having no electricity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a room, flipped the switch, and shook my head thinking, “Oh, yea”. But, hang on…open your eyes…look around…we have what we need.

I know of family and friends who still are not able to return to their Irma ridden homes. Their areas are being assessed, and all they can see is a satellite view of their property. Some are home, and the waters are continuing to rise. (Prayers are appreciated!) I think about the taxi driver we had in the BVI (Tortola, specifically) back in February of this year. He was so proud of his island. His family has been there for generations. Tortola was/is their home and livelihood. In our conversation, I asked him about hurricanes through the BVI. The gentleman stated with pride how they have weathered the storms successfully with slight or no damage to their homes. I don’t believe I can say that now. After seeing photos from the islands, that we love to travel to, the devastation is horrific! Our prayers are with them, and so many others.

So, the next time you want to grumble about having no electricity (for those of us who are physically capable of going without), count your blessings. The electric companies are working around the clock to return service to all. Thank you, TECO, Duke Energy, Georgia Power, and all electric companies bringing light and luxury back to our homes and businesses.

Now, this doesn’t only apply to the millions of folks who are dealing with hurricanes and other natural disasters…this applies to any situation in your life when you feel downtrodden, having a pity-party for yourself, or are truly in the midst of some life changing turmoil.

Be joyful in all circumstances.   God provides us with all we NEED.

Remember…(emphasis is mine)

Always be filled with joy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be filled with joy. Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind.”

Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have

“His peace can do this far better than our human minds.”

“think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.”

Have a beautiful day. Count those blessings, name them one by one.

Many thanks and prayers continue for our government officials, all Armed Forces, fire and rescue and police officers, electricians, building contractors, medical staff, and the list continues.

Much love and prayers to all, Stephanie

#survivingIrma #Godisgoodallthetime #soakinguptheson #bejoyful #countyourblessings

The sun setting through the woods.

The sun setting through the woods.

As the sun is setting on our now lakefront home, thanks to Hurricane Irma, I am reminded of what all has transpired over the past week.

This has been the longest week of preparation for a hurricane I’ve EVER been in. I’m a native Floridian, and I’ve witnessed and been in my fair share of them. From observing the beginnings of Irma, to seeing her devastate islands that I love to travel to; purchasing more water, food, and gasoline that I think I ever have for a hurricane; witness the most populated evacuation emerge; seeing family and friends have to leave their homes not knowing if they will even have a home to return to; imagining the worst, hoping for the best, and fresh off the heels of Hurricane Harvey…it has definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions.

If you read the bible verses and prayers that I posted, you could probably sense the uneasiness in my prayers. I was reminded of David, when he would write a Psalm and it almost sounded conflicting…“I need to feel Your strength, Lord. Thank You for Your strength.” Or in Mark 9:24 when the boy’s fathers exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”IMG_0948

Now, don’t get me wrong, I was totally believing that God was in control and is my Protector and Provider, but the size of Irma and the intensity of the storm was terrifying. My humanness was on an emotional ride.

It was a sleepless night, as Irma’s most powerful winds didn’t reach our home until well into the night. While my family was sleeping, I was a restless momma. Then…daylight came.

As the morning light became visible, it was time to assess the damage. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I opened the door to see a momma deer with her fawn gallop across the pasture. A young buck ran on the yard side of the fence, about ten yards from our front porch. He must have gotten injured, because he had a slight limp as he paced the fence line, trying to reach the other deer. It was refreshing and comforting to see God’s critters.

There was still strong gust of winds throughout the morning, but our damage was very minimal. Large limbs down, but not on any structures.  Praise the Lord! Small branches and leaves were scattered all over the backyard. The nearby creek had overflowed, and the water increased throughout the day. We often have excess water, due to the fact that we live in the Green Swamp area, but this flow of water exceeded what anyone has seen in many years. So, our backyard now appears to be lakefront property. The water will recede, and the sun will always set (even when we can’t see it).

IMG_0918Through the storm…emotionally, physically, and mentally…God was in control.

Through the storm…I would turn my focus on The Creator.

Through the storm…I’d hold out for hope.

Through the storm…we made it, with God as our Protector.

At the end of the storm…joy comes in the morning.

Whatever storm you may be going through in your life, please know, and remember…God is in control, He will see you through it, call out to Him and grab His hand, and joy will come in the morning. Your troubles will recede, and The Son will always shine.IMG_0950

We have learned what to do and what not to do during and after a storm. Just like any storms/trials in life, growth happens.

I pray that you will hold on to hope, in the midst of your storm. Grow in wisdom, knowledge, and truth through it all. Joy will come in the morning.

#WESURVIVEDIRMA.

My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and savior – from violent people you save me. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:3-4

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

#HeismyRock #ComfortinChrist #HurricaneIrma

 

photo from myfoxhurricane.com I is supposed to be a cat 3 when it passes just to the left of our home.

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I is supposed to be a cat 3 when it passes just to the left of our home.

I will praise You, LORD, through the storm!

My precious home, the entire state of Florida, is in destress. Hurricane Irma is going to wreak havoc on our land. During this time of trouble, I pray that we will all seek His face, cry out to Him, find refuge, peace, strength, and comfort in the God who is more powerful than this storm in life.

If you have printing capability, feel free to print, share with your family and friends as you gather together, and take turns saying them out loud.

When you pray these verses, please believe that God’s word is true. It is everlasting, and His love is everlasting too.

Here are just a smidgen of bible verses turned into quick prayers for you to use and repeat as you go through a storm, or Hurricane Irma.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Lord, YOU are my hiding place. You say You are not only present, but EVER-present in times of trouble. Please let me feel Your existence around me, giving me strength. Thank You for giving me strength and protection. Amen

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in You I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Psalm 57:1

Dear Lord, disaster is here. Thank You for shadowing me with Your wings. I need to sense Your protection. I find security in You. Have mercy on me, my family, and my state. I love You, Lord. Amen

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet water, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23

You are all I need, Lord. During this time of distress, I will find delight in You. Lord, You are walking with me through this storm. Thank You. Even though I’m surrounded my trouble, I will not fear because YOU ARE WITH ME. Comfort me, Lord. Thank You for comforting me. I am blessed. Yes, even during the path of destruction, I will count my blessings. I need You. I love You. I thank You for Your calmness and refeshness. Amen.

“May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blamesless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”

Lord, You are faithful! Your word is true. Thank You for being the God of peace. I need to feel your peace within me now. Give me peace. Amen.

“My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and savior – from violent people you save me. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:3-4

Lord, You are my Rock! You are solid when I feel weak. Thank You for saving me. Shield me in times of trouble. You’ve got a grip on me, Lord. Keep me tight in Your hand. You are worthy of praise. Help me to praise You in and through the storm. Amen.

“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. He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber, indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life’ the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:1-6

Dear Lord, thank You for watching over and protecting me. I need help, so I look to You. You are my help. You don’t only watch over me now, but forevermore. Keep Your eyes on me and Your hand in mine. Amen.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Dear Lord, my mind and heart is racing. Help me to just breathe and find calmness in You. You tell me to be still and know that You are God. Yes, You are God. Thank You for calming my fears. I will praise and exalt You now and forever. I rest in You, Lord. Amen.

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” Thessalonians 5:11

Lord, during this time of trouble and uncertainty here on earth, help me to comfort others as You comfort me. Thank You for your comfort. Amen.

The eye will be going over my home. We will actually be in the worst position to be, to the near east. Though my heart, stomach, head, and all may feel a rollercoaster of emotions, I will TRUST IN THE LORD. He is my anchor!

I love you all and pray for y’all.

Blessings to you and yours. And remember…even when you can’t see the sun, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

#staysafe #survivingIrma #HeismyRock #ComfortinChrist #HurricaneIrma #HeismyProtection #prayingforIrmavictims #Heismyanchor

 

 

praise the lord

I just wanted to make HIM known this morning.

No matter the age or stage of life you are in…PRAISE THE LORD.

It doesn’t matter how or where… PRAISE THE LORD.

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp! Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:1-5

“The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:2

He is worthy… PRAISE THE LORD.

God is unchangeable… PRAISE THE LORD.

He loves you… PRAISE THE LORD.

He will rescue you… PRAISE THE LORD.

So through Jesus we should never stop offering our sacrifice to God. That sacrifice is our praise, coming from lips that speak His name. Hebrews 13:15

In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord! You were angry with me, but not anymore.  Now you comfort me.  See, God has come to save me.  I will trust in Him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.” With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! In that wonderful day you will sing: “Thank the Lord! Praise His name! Tell the nations what He has done. Let them know how mighty He is!  Sing to the Lord, for He has done wonderful things. Make known His praise around the world.  Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.” Isaiah 12

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has given us every spiritual blessing in heaven. Ephesians 1:3

He created you and thinks you are super special… PRAISE THE LORD.

Through the storms… PRAISE THE LORD.

During the high times… PRAISE THE LORD.

Share His love with others by… PRAISING THE LORD.

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

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soaking up the sonGet your flip-flops on, and grab your sunglasses, some sunscreen, and a beach blanket.  Spring has sprung, and summer is right around the corner.  The weather is beautiful and it’s time to soak up the Son in the sun.

When I read the first part of Hebrews 1:3, I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face.  Here, check it out:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being. (NIV)

God’s Son shines out with God’s glory, and all that God’s Son is and does marks Him as God. (TLB)

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. (NLT)

Who being the brightness of His glory. (KJV)

I love watching God paint the sky with His glorious sunrises and stunning sunsets, but my love for the true Son outshines those masterpieces in the sky.

A pristine weather day for me would be a low of 60 and a high of 82, with beautiful blue skies. But the weather is unpredictable and storms often come our way. Well…such as life.  Life isn’t perfect.  We have grey skies and storms in life.  But, if you enjoy watching those skies like I do, especially after a storm, hold on to your giddiness (or not) and grab your camera, because glory is a coming!

I pray that God’s radiance will shine bright in and through you today.  Soak Him up!

 I pray many blessings and much joy for you! Have a wonderful day. – Stephanie

psalm 121“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

When I read this verse-for-the-day on biblegateway.com, I couldn’t help but have Casting Crown’s song, I Will Praise You in This Storm playing in my “cue music part of the brain”. This is one of those songs that when I hear it while I’m driving, I just raise my hands and just about need to pull off the road to close my eyes and soak it all in. Powerful song!

This week God’s been waking me up EXTREMEMLY early.  So I’ve taken that time to pray.  The list this week seems endless.

Well, today, September 11th, is a day that we Americans now give honor and remembrance due to “A Storm” (so to speak) that devastated our nation.  Soon after that horrific day, churches were filled with people wanting to be nearer to God, searching for answers, and/or just needing to feel peace and comfort from a word from His word.  Where did our help of getting through this tragedy come from?  We turned to Jesus.

As I reflect on the extensive list of prayer needs over the past few days, “storms” are everywhere.  Death, illnesses, unstable jobs, etc. have caused much heartache to many friends.

Brothers and sisters, all I’ve got to say is…through whatever storm you are going through right now, no matter how dark and cloudy your situation is at this moment, there is Son-shine at the end.  A rainbow of His promises awaits you.  And you don’t have to wait to see His glory and feel God’s presence, it is available right now.  Jesus is here for you in the midst of your storm.

  • “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
  • “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  • “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

 

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

(Click the song title above to view video.)

double rainbowIt had been a hot and stifling humid day. The weather had looked wicked all day.  Scattered thunderstorms were definitely the forecast for today and tonight.

This evening, just before sunset, Holly and I were sitting out in our sunroom.  Looking out the windows, you could see the lightening dancing in the sky just south of us.  We barely got a drizzle, but you knew that there was a storm close by.

I had barely gotten the words “This weather is wicked today” out of my mouth when Holly said, “Look, mom, a rainbow.”  (My family knows how excited I get about my rainbows and sunsets.)  I leapt off the couch and sprinted out into the backyard to take a picture.  Much to my surprise, it was a double rainbow.  (I like to call this a double-blessing from God.)  

In Genesis 9:16 we read, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Well, Holly wasn’t the only child of mine who noticed the beautiful artwork painted by God in the heavenly atmosphere, Cole sent me a text to inform me of the double rainbow that he was viewing from a friend’s house about ten miles away. Precious!

Cole and I simultaneously sent our double rainbow pictures to each other.  He even sent me a video showing me how close the colors were to him.

Doesn’t that just put a smile on your face?

Well, get this… In Ephesians 2:10, we read that “We are God’s masterpiece.”  Did you get that?  You are a masterpiece when you have Christ in your heart. (Oh, go ahead and read Ephesians 2:1-10.  It will fill your heart with joy!)

A few words for masterpiece are pièce de résistance, treasure, and cream of the crop.  That describes how Christ feels about His handiwork in you.

Now, I could use those same words to describe my rainbows and sunsets, but the point is God loves you so much more than those works of art.  You are His treasure!  Relish in that.

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

words to live byDo you think that God thinks about us the way I was thinking of my children this morning…”Just obey, and everything will be okay.”?

I woke up this morning at six o’clock.  I could feel God pressing on my heart to look up scriptures in the areas of “Choosing Friends”, “Choosing a career”, and “Dating”.  So, after I tried to go back to sleep, unsuccessfully, I got up and did what God was wanting me to do.

Before I looked up bible verses, I turned to today’s devotion in the book Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.  Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if today’s devotion didn’t speak right to me.  It read:

“I speak to you from the deepest heaven.  You hear Me in the depths of your being.  Deep calls unto deep.  You are blessed to hear Me so directly.  Never take this privilege for granted.  The best response is a heart overflowing with gratitude.  I am training you to cultivate a thankful mind-set.  This is like building your house on a firm rock, where life’s storms cannot shake you.  As you learn these lessons, you are to teach them to others.  I will open up the way before you, one step at a time.”

Okay, God, I’m listening, obeying, and grateful that You speak to me and I hear You.

After praying for God to speak to me and through me, I began seeking those bible verses and writing them down (Yes, I wrote them.  Old school.  It seemed more personal.)  I knew I wanted to share them with my children, so I didn’t want to overwhelm them with every verse I came across.  I jotted down two to four for each subject area.

Regarding “Choosing Friends”  I penned down: 1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 13:20 , Proverbs 12:26, and Proverbs 22:24-25 .

“Choosing a Career”:  Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 16:3, Jeremiah 29:11-13, and Psalm 37:4.

“Dating”:   2 Corinthians 6:14 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Then, when I finished writing my final verse, that’s when my “happy world hanging with God” became reality.  I heard my phone informing me of a text message.  I saw that I had missed several messages. I opened one up from one of my children.  This child sent me a screenshot of a message on Twitter regarding one of my other children. Ugh!  I was appalled!  I immediately ran upstairs to confront the guilty party. Even though my child did not post the tweet in the first place, they knew about it.  (Did I say I was appalled?!!!)

The post was deleted, but we all know that once something is out there, it is out there.

My heart was still racing, so I sent a text to my child.  It wasn’t long before they were downstairs with the look of remorse and sadness all over their body.

I thank God that He had given me scripture to share with my children.   You better believe that I shared the “Choosing Friends” verses with my child this morning. The timing was perfect, just like His always is.

In Colossians 3:20 (MSG) we read, “Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.  My children have heard Tim and I preach the same sermon regarding choices and social media plenty of times.  If they would just “obey, everything would be okay”.  Hmmm, God has given us His instructions on living life and we’ve heard numerous sermons preached on how to live, but we still occasionally tend to do things our own way.  Yep, I bet God is staring at us and thinking, “If you would just obey me (your Parent) everything will be okay.”

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