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A teen girl, we’ll name Maria, was having issues with a relationship. Actually, not just one relationship, but a few. Maria treasured her friendships and was troubled with the division that was taking place and was feeling discombobulated over the relationships.

Throughout the week, Maria would recognize that when “she” tried to create a sense of harmony to the relationships, she was still feeling estranged from the connection they once had. Twice she decided to explore God’s word and inquire His blessings. Both times she immediately discovered a surge of peace washing over her. God would calm Maria and she found purpose and placidity in her life with Christ.

So what happened? Well, the relationships are still a work in progress, but it was revealed to Maria that whenever “she” tried to solve problems on her own it would cause unwanted anxiety in her life. When she would turn to Christ and allow Him to be her friend, her troubles were transferred into much tranquility.

Why do we do that to ourselves? Yes, “we” all do this, not just Maria. We want control of situations, discover that God would do a much better job at it that us, give it to Him, only to later take it back and try to solve the situation independently from Him. It is a vicious cycle.

Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will save it. Luke 9:24

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

“Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Take a lesson learned from Maria, and lose yourself in Christ. Cast all your anxiety onto Him and feel His tranquility wash over you. Give your trials to God, and leave them at His feet. Don’t pick them back up. God is in control.

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

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Romans 5 5 jarsBelieve it or not, I just don’t have anything to say. Well, of course I do, but when God woke me early this morning to pray for a long list, He also gave me these verses to share.

I’m hope you or someone you know could use this today:

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!Romans 5:3-5(MSG)

Start gathering your containers for God’s blessings; just know that they will all overflow!

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

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I love this! Read it for yourself:
“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” Romans 5:3- (The Message)

Short version:
Glory in your sufferings. Sufferings produce perseverance; perseverance (patience) produces character, and charter produces hope.

“Hemmed in with troubles”: That sounds as if you’ve poured all your troubles in a pot and put a lid on it. Who really wants all their troubles in one pot? Probably no one, but just like the steam will rise and evaporate or shake the lid and bubble over, the troubles will eventually come to the surface. When it does, pressure is released and it is a good thing when released in the right way.

“Passionate patience”: (enthusiastic serenity) It almost sounds like an oxymoron, but I love the sound of that. Once you’ve been through your troubles, you realize how strong you are. This strength gives you a sense of…Ahhh, breathe….serenity. You made it! Now be glad, exited…enthusiastic, about your new found power. Your new found character.

“Alert expectancy”: (a watchful hope) God is always at work in and around you. Be on the lookout, and get ready for your faith to grow more.

“we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit”: Does that rock or what! Imagine going around and collecting as many jars, cups, bowls, pots, barrels, etc. to hold something. You couldn’t find enough to hold all the wonderful blessings that God gives you. He is such The Giver. He’s awesome!

I know personally that these verses have kept me in focus and motivated during difficult or trying ties. I know that there is hope and glory at the end of all the troubles.

May you feel, see, and know the blessings that God has given you.

stormWith clean-ups, clean-outs, and all things that deal with Hurricane Irma, and on top of Harvey and Irma…the catastrophic earthquake in Mexico and another fatal hurricane named Maria…I’ve been quiet and reflective. My heart and prayers go out to all.

Heartaches and heartbreaks happen in life. Troubles and trials WILL come our way.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

That stinks! Yet it is required. Events, such as these, are required to build character in ourselves, collaborate for a purpose with others, and to demonstrate Christ’s love in desperate times.

“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

Yesterday, I heard a news reporter mention that some say that our world will end on September 23, 2017. Well, I do agree with people that we are in the end-times, but I must also agree with God’s Word. In Matthew 24:36, 42, and 44 the Bible repeats to us that we do NOT know the date, day, time, or anything of such specifics when Jesus is coming again.

36“No one knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don’t know when it will be. Only the Father knows…42 “So always be ready. You don’t know the day your Lord will come… 44 So you also must be ready. The Son of Man will come at a time when you don’t expect Him.”

So, let’s say that man is smarter than Jesus and that man does know that September 23rd is indeed the last day. (“Even the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom. Even the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”1 Corinthians 1:25. ) Are you ready? Is your heart right with God? Do you believe in Him with all your heart?

Yes, our world is showing true signs of the end-of-times:

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Matthew 24:7

Agree?

But…we do NOT know when. So…while we wait for that glorious day:

  • Love others
  • Help others
  • ­­­­Be kind
  • Be humble
  • Obey
  • Show gratitude
  • Be holy
  • Forgive
  • Have self-control
  • Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength
  • Share and show His love with others
  • Pray

Can you? Will you? You’ve got this…with God.

Have a beautiful day. Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are.

Love to you and yours, Stephanie

#theendtimes  #liveforGod #shareHislove

 

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.

photo from myfoxhurricane.com
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

 

 

Burn, baby, burn...and I'm not just talking about calories or the land.

Burn, baby, burn…and I’m not just talking about calories or the land.

For the past couple of weeks, Tim and I have been walking the Blackwater Creek Preserve and the Lower Green Swamp Preserve. First of all, I’d like to say, “Thank you!” to Hillsborough County for maintaining the thousands of acres for us two to enjoy walking all to ourselves. Yes! Every morning, we’ve been to either location, we are the ONLY ones there. Sweet!

Last week the county began a controlled burn, or as others may call a prescribed burn. The view of the land that was burnt got me to thinking…you know me…I’ll find a “God lesson” in just about anything.

Controlled burns are beneficial to the land. When you read up on its advantages you will discover words or phrases like:

  • Rejuvenates
  • Boosts productivity
  • Enhance
  • Stimulates and prepares for new growth
  • Manages unwanted growth
  • Reduce competition from undesired plants and shrubs
  • Enhance appearance

These sound like the joys, you heard me…joys, of when WE go through the fire.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7

Then I will test those survivors by giving them many troubles. The troubles will be like the fire a person uses to prove silver is pure. I will test them the way a person tests gold. Then they will call to me for help, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘You are my people.’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” Zechariah 13:9

It’s not pleasurable being burned. Troubles and are unpleasant! Yet they do have their advantages. Hey, we aren’t supposed to live the “comfortable” life. That’s when we don’t grow and mature in our faith. Be challenged.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

When you remain close to God and rely on Him in and through your troubles, you will sense rejuvenation occurring in your life. A transformation/renewal that can only come from Jesus Christ.

God is preparing you for something, my friend. Whether your character needs growth (and we all need improvement building our character to be more like Christ), or the struggles you are going through are assisting you in how to be compassionate with others as they go through similar situations…He is working in and through you!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Father who is full of mercy, the God of all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble so that when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. We share in the many sufferings of Christ. In the same way, much comfort comes to us through Christ. If we have troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is so that we can comfort you. And this helps you patiently accept the same sufferings we have. 2 Corinthians 1:3-6

We all have areas in our lives that needing some “getting rid of”. Unwanted/undesired traits need to be managed. That’s what God does when we “feel the burn”. You have a choice, you can flounder in sin or you can flee from it. What’s it going to be for you…flounder or flee?

I pray that you will embrace the season of “controlled burning”/refining that you may be going through, or the one that is yet to come. Allow God to be your anchor and be strong in the Lord.  God IS in control.

­­We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.  2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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

Have a beautiful day Soaking up The Son. Find those “God Lessons” throughout your day. They are there, just open your eyes and permit Him to speak to you.

Blessing to you and yours, Stephanie

 

 

 

 

One year ago...Holly received her USFSP c/o 2020 tassel.  Go Bulls.

One year ago…Holly received her USFSP c/o 2020 tassel. Go Bulls.

Over the past week, I’ve had friends who have moved their first born to last born into college. Emotions are rampant. Smiles from some and tears for others. New adventures for first time parents and empty nesters “been there done that” moms and dads.

This morning’s bible verse was not an unfamiliar one to me. I knew I had written about it before. When I searched the verse on the website, to my surprise today marked the one-year anniversary weekend to when we moved our middle child to college. This scripture was the verse-of-the-day then as well.

I’m reposting my journal entry from 2016, just with less photos (click here if you want the full deal). I hope that the words and verses that God gave me then will help some parent-with-a-college-bound-kid…

6/2/16:

“Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24

Yep, that was the bible verse that I woke up to on the day we were moving our daughter to college. Appropriate to share with her? You bet! And…I reminded her that just because we don’t know what she’s up to, GOD DOES. (*wink*wink)

I am grateful that God is watching over and protecting Holly. I pray that she will have a God confidence in herself as she moves forward in this new adventure. I pray that Holly will cultivate new friendships and that they will keep each other accountable. I pray that she will develop a love for learning, be passionate about her studies, have a blast getting involved in campus life, and embrace all that USFSP has to offer.

“My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.  I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:3-4

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

Wise people want to learn more, so they listen closely to gain knowledge. Proverbs 18:15

What a rollercoaster of emotions the past few weeks have been. I invested in waterproof mascara and tissues, and knee pads for praying knees (JK about the knee pads, but serious about the praying.)

Change often brings challenges and may (usually) take us out of our comfort zones, but when we fully rely on God each step of the way, there will be victory in the end. It’s my desire for Holly step out in faith, face those challenges head on with confidence, and always look to God for guidance.

We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up.  We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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

Praying for all you parents and newly-college-bound-kiddos. Trust in the Lord. Share these verses with your children and talk about what they mean too. They may not only need these verses as reminders, you too.

6/25/17:

Update on Holly…she survived her first year, and we did too! Holly changed her major three times (much like I did my first year of college), and she is excited about her choice now. Daddy wonders how she will make money with her degree, but I’m grateful that she is stoked about her future (wherever God may lead her). She learned a lot by trial and error, and has grown more independent. We are proud of the woman she is, and can’t wait to see what God has forthcoming for her. Glad to have her home, yet ready for her to continue her journey. (You feel me parents who have been there done that? *another wink wink*.) Holly loves her college town, and enjoys exploring downtown and the beach.  I’m sure I will remind her of these bible verses before she goes back to college, and will probe her for her insight into them. Advice…pray, pray, and pray some more.  God’s got this!

Blessings to you and yours. Love, Stephanie

This photo was taken in her college town, and when she posted this on Instagram, she stated, "St Pete is an aesthetically pleasing place to live."  That makes momma happy knowing her girl is happy.

This photo was taken in her college town, and when she posted this on Instagram, she stated, “St Pete is an aesthetically pleasing place to live.” That makes momma happy knowing her girl is happy.

 

 

 

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him.  Deut. 10:20a

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Deut. 10:20a

Within the past week I’ve had some heartfelt conversations with three different friends. Each word was being conveyed with deep distress. The struggle was, and is, real.

Each person felt as if they’ve hit rock bottom. I believe that when we are in that state is often when God reminds us that we have no place to look but up to Him.

I shared Romans 5:3-5 with each friend. Not only because I believe in His Word and trust the bible for correcting and teaching me, but because I have had to use these verses several times in my own life to just make it through the day or the situation I was in. These are verses to have in front of me daily.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Listen, troubles and trials WILL come our way. Hold on! Hold on to Jesus! He is The Hope that WILL get you through your circumstance.

Satan just loves to play puppeteer with us here on earth. But do you know what? He won’t give up, yet he has ALREADY been defeated. Yes! Rejoice in and through the suffering. Don’t allow the evil one to get a good grip on your weakness. He knows them, and he sure will weave his way into your psyche, but remember…God has you in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16). He is not letting go of you. Sure, you may have a foot of finger dangling on the outside, and Satan will try his best to pull on you, but your Heavenly Father is NOT letting go of you. So hold on to Him as well.

Satan has one purpose in life: The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 Did you notice Jesus’ purpose? It’s the total opposite of that sneaky evil one’s.

 

Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,     and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary     and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary,     and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord     will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;     they will run and not grow weary,     they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

Look to the God of hope. He will give you strength.

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.2 Thessalonians 3:3

I pray that you will rest in His arms and feel God protecting you through it all. He will. Yes, He will!!

Blessings and love to you and yours. Stephanie

Romans 5:3-5 has been a source for many journal entries for me.  Click here to view:  http://soakinguptheson.com/?s=romans+5%3A3-5&search=Search

 

 

 

new-dayGod’s gone and done it again! THANK YOU, JESUS, for putting me in my place!

Yesterday was one of those days like the children’s book I used to read to my second graders: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days, only it was “Stephanie’s Meltdown, Had Enough, No Good, So-So Bad Day”.

Yep, I had a meltdown, and said a word I shouldn’t have said (a couple of times, okay, a few times scattered throughout the day). Things were NOT going the way “I” had planned, or thought things should have gone, and my limit was tapped. (Not really tapped, but you get a picture. *wink*)

The evening did end with calmness, joy, a nice hot bath, and peace, and yea…and the Hallmark Channel.

Then, this morning God decided that the verse-of-the-day should be from Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

Okay, now let me retype this with emphasis on a few words that washed over me: “And let the PEACE that COMES FROM CHRIST RULE in your hearts. For as members of one body YOU are called to LIVE IN PEACE. And…ALWAYS BE THANKFUL!” So there was some HEAVY emphasis on a handful words, and oh-so-worth-them-all.

I recounted my yesterday and had some thoughts:

  • For those who were in my path…thank you for simply doing your job at that time, and your smiles.
  • For those five family members who knew…thank you for your text, lunch, retail therapy, ear, and just being there.
  • Things DID get done…not in my time, but in their time and in HIS.
  • Lord, I clearly don’t remember praying for patience, but thank You for the lesson…now let’s move on. LOL.
  • The sun did rise and set, just as God said it would.
  • Life did continue.
  • Troubles come, and they will pass.
  • I. Am. Blessed.
  • Count those blessings!
  • When stress occurs, baking commences. (Benefits for those around me now.)
  • Thank God for His new mercies, forgiveness, and unfailing love!
  • And as always…”This too shall pass”, “Thy will be done”, and “In His time”.

Just like the song, “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott says…”Sometimes I gotta stop and remember that YOU’RE God and I AM NOT!”

I pray that you will not be overwhelmed by what life puts in front of you today, but overcome by knowing that God is in control.

Enjoy soaking up The Son, because He is so good!! Love, Stephanie

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:15