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Daily Journaling

Stephanie’s daily journaling after reading the bible through the year.

Hmmm...is this Canada of Plant City, Florida? LOL

Hmmm…is this Canada of Plant City, Florida? LOL

While vacationing in Canada the air was refreshing. It wasn’t so obvious until we arrived back home in Florida.

When we gathered our luggage, and exited the airport, we had to inhale deeply. The humidity dangling in the Tampa atmosphere and the excessive heat (even at 11:30 at night), was causing the air to feel weighted and making it difficult to catch our breath.

Holly commented, “The air is sooo heavy! How do non-Floridians come down here and enjoy breathing?”

That got me thinking; I compared the analogy of Holly’s comment to “When people are burdened in life, how do they make it without Jesus?”

Burdens are heavy loads that we have the choice to hang on to and allow its solidity to weigh us down, and eventually tormenting us, or we can lay it at the feet of Jesus and rely on Him to lighten our load.

Yes, people do choose to conceal their problems with alcohol, drugs, becoming a bully or the opposite and being totally submissive to someone or something that isn’t beneficial for them or even become withdrawn. Their solution to denying or delaying or (in their mind) conquering life’s quandaries will not bring glory to God or complete peace in the end.

There’s only One who can bring complete peace and comfort in the midst of trials, and His name is Jesus.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Burdens are bound to occur in life. When they do, Jesus desires for us to go to Him and He will give us rest.

Notice in the verses above that our difficult situation may not dissipate completely, but when we call upon the name of The Lord, He will lessen our season in life as we learn from Him in and through the process.

Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22

When you do choose to cry out The Savior, give Him your problems.   He’s got the problem and you. You may feel wobbly and weak, but He will not let you fall.

“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

He warned us, but He didn’t leave us empty-handed. God has given us so many instructions in His word as to how to handle life’s problems. Turn those pages in the bible, or click away on your bible app, and find peace and comfort in His word. Remember…He has already defeated this world, so be an overcomer with Him.

So…when you breathe a deep breath, inhale God’s radiance and peace. Feel the heaviness of the world dispelling from you.

Blessings to you and yours. Love, Stephanie

Addendum:

Before I hit the “publish” button on my computer, my handy-man came in to say good-bye. We sat down, as I was writing him a check, and he proceeded to tell me about his girlfriend of twelve years and what happened to her. He said, “I guess you heard about my girlfriend.” I shook my head and told him that I hadn’t. He informed me that she hung herself last Thursday.

My heart sank. Talk about choosing to solve your problems on your own.

I was able to give testimony about a suicide that occurred in my family and how we totally leaned on Christ through it all, and still do today. It is not a conversation that we discuss often with others, yet God does give us opportunities to be a witness for Him through our struggles.

Jackson allowed me to hold his hand and say a prayer for him.

Wow! The timing of our conversation, as I’m writing about the heaviness in life.

Will you please pray for my friend, Jackson, and the days, months, and years to come for him. Pray for all who suffer with thoughts of suicide and the family members and friends who are affected by it.  I have tears streaming down my face now, as I am typing this.  Ugh…the heaviness.  Lord, I need you!

Thank you.

 

 

 

DSCN4792How appropriate! Last week, we were on the road from Banff to the Calgary International, to return home from a stunningly beautiful Canada vacation, and the song “Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave came on the radio.

The lyrics include phrases like:

  • I see the work of Your hands…all that you are is so overwhelming.
  • I delight myself in You. Captivated by Your beauty. I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You.
  • You are beautiful!
  • You are wonderful!
  • You are glorious!
  • There is no one more beautiful. God you are the most beautiful!

Amen and Amen!

As I was gazing out of the car window at the magnificent mountains, brilliant aqua rivers, and blue skies above, I said out loud, “How appropriate this song is!”

While on that weeklong trip, I captured over 600 photographs. Around every bend, it was as if God was saying, “Wait…there’s more.” “Hang on, get ready for the next scene around the curve.” “PANORAMA!” “God (oh that’s Me), I’m good!”

“For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

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I just love and appreciate God’s handiwork.

At one point during the week, I reminded my kids that all the surroundings are spectacular and a beautiful reflection of God’s creations. Yet, above all the animals, mountains, streams, and waterfalls, He thinks WE are more beautiful. We are His masterpiece!

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

Back home.

Back home.

When we returned home, God reminded me that His beauty isn’t just in Canada…He says, “Look up…put on your God Goggles…take a glance at the sunrise I’m giving you today.”

I’d like to encourage you to not just appreciate the beauty “in other places OR people”, just simply look up and smile at the beauty God provides us each day. Look up, look out, look in the mirror, look for the good in others, and as always…look to Jesus.

“We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete.” Hebrews 12:2a

Have a wonderful day soaking up The Son wherever you are. Love to you and yours, Stephanie

I‘m Overwhelmed:

I see the work of Your Hands Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God All that You are is so overwhelming

I hear the sound of Your Voice All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God All that You are is so overwhelming

I delight myself in You Captivated by Your beauty I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

God, I run into Your arms Unashamed because of mercy I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

I know the power of Your Cross Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God And all that You’ve done is so overwhelming

I delight myself in You In the Glory of Your Presence I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

And God I run into Your arms Unashamed because of mercy I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful Oh God, there is no one more Beautiful You are Beautiful, God you are the most Beautiful

You are Wonderful, You are Wonderful Oh God, there is no one more Wonderful You are Wonderful, God You are the most Wonderful

You are Glorious, You are Glorious Oh God, there is no one more Glorious You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious

I delight myself in You In the Glory of Your Presence I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

And God I run into Your arms Unashamed because of mercy I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You There is no one more Beautiful You are the most Beautiful

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The pines in Canada (from our helicopter tour).

The pines in Canada (from our helicopter tour).

Pine tree in FL.

Pine tree in FL.

 

Small puddle...Big lesson

Small puddle…Big lesson

In life, we will have obstacles. Some obstacles are easy and we could hurdle right over them, while other hindrances we encounter may make us feel defeated before we even attempt to persevere through them.

While Tim and I were walking the Lower Green Swamp trails, after days of rain, we came upon this small puddle of water in our path. Approaching it, I scanned the land surrounding it to evaluate the best path to take. It was slightly obvious where the higher ground was, so…we took the high ground.

This reminded me of how we need to take “the high ground” in life with any obstacles/hindrances/difficulties in life.

Your deterrent may be a situation or a person. Whatever it is standing in our way of moving forward in life, how we respond to the situation/person is important.

Someone may say or do something about/to you that isn’t nice…take the high ground. Rise above.

Someone may get that promotion at work that you’ve been desiring and working for…take the high ground. Rise above.

You’ve had a crappy season where nothing seems to go your way…take the high ground. Rise above.

When you read Romans 12, Paul is giving us guidelines for living as redeemed people in a fallen world. (Read it! Good stuff on living!) In verse 14 he penned the words (from God) “Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.Yikes! Isn’t that often difficult to do? Well, do it any way. God said so. Take the high ground…Rise above.

Romans isn’t the only place we see evidence of an instruction on taking the high ground. 1 Peter 3:9 reminds us, “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.Take the high ground…Rise above.

I’m sure we can dig deeper into God’s word and we would see numerous times when we are encouraged to respond with a heart like His.

That’s right. Jesus took the high ground often. He showed mercy beyond. You don’t have to look very far to see an example of His mercy and grace. Just look in the mirror. We didn’t deserve it, yet He loves and desires a relationship with us. So… For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Remember…when you respond to that obstacle, you’re not facing it alone. Jesus has been there, done that, and is with you through it all. Persevere with God.

On the hilltop along the road, she (wisdom) takes her stand at the crossroads. Proverbs 8:2

I pray that you will be an overcomer. Stand on the hilltop of Christ and stand firm. Be strong, my friend. This too shall pass. Take the high ground…Rise above.

Blessings and love to you and yours, Stephanie.

 

Shirt from my friends at Front Porch Apparel.

Shirt from my friends at Front Porch Apparel.

crayfish“Evidence of rain.”

Those are the words that Tim said when we came across a crayfish on our walk in the woods. Wait…did I saw crayfish? Found on a wooded trail in the middle of central Florida, Plant City to be exact? Yes sirree. Actually, after doing a little investigation, I discovered that our lonely trailblazing crayfish is called a Black Creek Crayfish.

The day before, we had Tropical Storm Emily visit us. I was sure that when we went on our morning hike that we would be sloshing through the path, but I was proven wrong (in most areas). As we were rounding the bend to head towards the parking lot, Tim just happened to look down and see this crayfish trying to join us on our walk. Of course, I had to take a photo. (And…in my investigation, I also discovered that this creature is protected as a State-designated Threatened species. http://myfwc.com).

This got me to thinking (shocker)…do we have “Evidence of Reign” in our life?

Worship the Lord in all His holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before Him. Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly. Psalm 96:9-10

Can others see you and know that you worship the Lord of lords and King of kings? We are taught to do so. When you have accepted Jesus as the Boss of your life and have a personal relationship with Him, you should desire what God desires for you, and try to live a life that will put a smile on His face.

“The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.Psalm 93:1

Can others see you wearing the Lord’s robe of magnificence and equipped with the strength that can only come from God? Go ahead, He wants you to put on His best dress and be prepared in life to fight those giants. He desires for you to be recognized, secure, and safe in Him.

“The Lord reigns forever; He has established His throne for judgment.  He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.  The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 9:7-11

The Lord will be The Judge for all in the end. We are accountable for our own actions. (“Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God”. Romans 14:12) So, be respectful to your Heavenly Father.

Can others see that you have put your trust in the Lord? When we live with fear/respect for God, others will be able to see His reign in and through us. When you feel burdened and overwhelmed, allow God to be your sanctuary. He will protect you, and He will never abandon you.

“The Lord reigns for ever and ever.” Exodus 15:18

The Lord reigns! Is His reign evident in your life much like that crayfish was evidence of much rain on our land?

I pray that you will seek Him and all His wisdom and glory. That you desire what He desires for your life. Allow Him to rule over your life. His ways are so much better than our own.

Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are. Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.

 

 

Hiking The Valley of the Five Lakes

Hiking The Valley of the Five Lakes

After spending a week of hiking in Canada, we arrived home last night around midnight, before Tropical Storm Emily decided to hit land and dispense an abundance of rain on us. While visiting Jasper and Banff, Alberta, we hiked trails (and some off-trailing for Cole) that were rocky, smooth, filled with tree roots, and over streams. The trails ranged from easy to moderately challenging. No matter the level of difficulty, the end result was always rewarding.

Last night, I dreamt of hiking through the woods and reading trail maps. Really? Hadn’t I had enough? I believe I dreamed about hiking because I had immersed myself in this routine of seeking trails, reading maps, and taking on the challenge daily over the past seven days.

When I awakened, I thought about how our thoughts and dreams would be if we did a daily hike with God. Think about it…I had occupied myself with a routine of seeking, reading, and taking the challenge (obeying) with hiking trails that were unknown to me.

Listen, life is FULL of unknowns. If we just “wing-it” and do life our way, things probably (okay, definitely won’t) turn out as we planned it, or if it does, it’s not best for us. But when we seek God’s guidance, read His word, and obey His commands, life will be so much more rewarding in the end. To God be the glory!

My handsome hiking guide/lumberjack/husband.

My handsome hiking guide/lumberjack/husband.

DSCN5046“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15

Seeing God's glory as we hike.

Seeing God’s glory as we hike.

I pray that you will strap on your hiking boots and enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are.  Wouldn’t it be pleasant the dream about hiking with God???

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.

God blows me away!

God blows me away!

 

 

Walking in nature...God's creation...Ahhh!

Walking in nature…God’s creation…Ahhh!

Your word is a lamp that guides my steps, and a light that shows the path I should take. Psalm 119:105

As I’m walking along the path for my morning walk, I often look down to make sure I’m stepping on steady ground, looking up to make sure I’m not walking into a spider web, or even scanning the area for wildlife.

Although the hike is filled with uncertainty for stable footing, there are those moments when I look ahead and see rays of sunshine beaming through the trees. This luminescence assures me of the hope that glory is in the end of trails of trials we may walk through, and is a guiding force to my final destination.

Walking through life can be like that as well…trying to be alert and cautious to hazards, yet when we look to Jesus (The Light of the world) we are replenished with hope and navigated by His comforting and protective hand.

You know those times when you walk smack into an uninvited spider web, and you begin the delirious/kung fu motion dance. Yikes! I’m cringing just thinking about it.

I know a precious lady who is seeing her child literally go through hell right now. A horrific experience their first year away at college has led to a total change in appearance and behavior. This once stunning, tranquil, heart-for-God, confident young lady was violated in a way that is most women fear. She now has drastically changed her appearance, is self-harming her body (inside and out), has attempted suicide, been Baker Acted, and is now in a rehabilitation facility. Satan is doing his best to clutch her in his hand, but we know that God won’t let go. I pray that the Father of Lies will flee from her and release her fragile body and mind! I do believe that the Lord can and will do mighty things through this lovely young lady for His glory. Lord, please let her see Your radiance and run towards You.

I’m sure you know others, or are walking through hazards yourself, who need to look up and see the hope and guiding force of Jesus Christ. Even if you must squint, keep your eyes on Jesus.

“We should live in the light, where God is. If we live in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood sacrifice of Jesus, God’s Son, washes away every sin and makes us clean.” 1 John 1:7

I encourage you to pray for my sweet friend, and others who are going through a season of difficulty. Thank you!

Blessings to you and yours. Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are.

Beware of the webs in life.

Beware of the webs in life.

He is my anchor, Stephanie

Man vs. God July 4th 2017

Man vs. God
July 4th 2017

On, July 4th, God’s power was captivating.

My family chose to not fight any crowds on the beach to observe the fireworks to celebrate our country’s birthday. Instead, we hopped on the boat and witnessed a little more than just a sky lit by a colorful display of pyrotechnics.

Before we rounded the point of the island, we were confronted with a magnificent demonstration of God’s artistry. The sunset occupied the sky with colors of blue, grey, white, yellow, orange, peach, and hint of lavender. The colors were beautifully reflecting off the tropical water. I’ve often said that God is the greatest artist ever, and He did not disappoint that night.

While we awaited the fireworks to light up the night’s sky, we were enthralled by our Heavenly Father’s own way of “lighting up the night’s sky”. Wow! That’s it, just “WOW!”

We felt like we were attending a tennis match. On our right, we were captivated by the horizontal lightning that lit up the cumulus clouds. Only a couple of times did the lightning bolt touch the ground. The storm clouds were unhurriedly moving offshore. It was as if God was like, “Show me what you’ve got, with your manmade blasts. You want an explosion in the sky? Watch this…BAM!”

On our left was a collection of firework presentations up and down the coastline.

Notice how brilliant the sky is!!

Notice how brilliant the sky is!!

I found myself gravitating more towards the electrifying demonstration on my right.

Watching the sky that night made me think of a couple of reminders:

  • God is more powerful than man.
  • Compared to the fireworks we saw (they seem to be the similar each year), yet with excited anticipation…God’s display was unpredictable. He is always faithful, yet we can’t predict what God will do next. That is where we and why we must put our faith in Him. There are a plethora of things that I am not “in the know” of, but one thing I can have complete confidence in that God loves me and desires the best for me.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25

God is the one who used His power and made the earth. He used His wisdom and built the world with His understanding He stretched the sky over the earth. (How can I not include the next verse as well considering the topic…) God causes the loud thunder, and He causes great floods of water to fall from the sky. He makes clouds rise in the sky every place on earth. He sends lightning with the rain. He brings out the wind from His storehouses. Jeremiah 10:12-13

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

Lord my God, you have done many amazing things! You have made great plans for us – too many to list. I could talk on and on about them, because there are too many to count. Psalm 40:5

It is my prayer that you will gravitate to The Almighty God, and trust in Him.

Blessings to you and yours.

Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are. Stephanie

 

 

 

These baseboards seriously needed some attention.

These baseboards seriously needed some attention.

Today was a deep-cleaning kind of day.

One of my kids walked in and discovered me on the floor, surrounded by cleaning supplies, where I was wiping down the baseboards and bottom of our island. While I was down there, I went ahead and polished the legs of the barstools also. I told them, “Today I’m doing the kind of job that no one will notice, but it needs to get done.”

I mentioned that even though this job may go unnoticed or unappreciated, in the long run it makes a difference because it will help the furniture last longer. When we take care of things, they shine and just may be with us generations to come. (Much like the dining table, that I also polished, was the table I sat around when I was a wee little girl.)

The thought came to my mind that relationships are the same way.

Think about it…when you are in a relationship, whether it is between you and your spouse, or child, or parent, or friend, if you take the time to invest in it, it typically lasts longer. Yes, there are varying variables that can intrude and cause friction, but taking care of the other person in the relationship adds value and longevity to your bond.

Likewise, tie that into your relationship with Christ. Invest in this relationship. It IS the most important one you will ever have! The bond between you and Jesus will make you shine, and can and should be one that will last for generations to come when you share this kinship with your kin.

I pray that you will allow God to “polish” you and make you shine for Him.  It doesn’t matter how dirty you are…God will make you clean.  Run to Him!

“If we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.” 1 John 1:9

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Enjoy soaking up The Son come rain or shine.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.

This is the bird's nest that was hiding in my table.

This is the bird’s nest that was hiding in my table.

A few weeks ago, I went to get the blankets out of a creative driftwood table that has a removable top, to wash them. This table is in our outdoor living area. When I opened the lid, I noticed that a bird had begun to build its nest. How precious! I thought to myself “No worries. I’ll wash those blankets later, let momma or daddy bird build their nest.”

Days would go by, and I’d open to see the progress.

The nest was finally completed, and three little eggs were nestled in the nest. Again…how precious.

A couple of weeks went by before I dared to open the table’s lid. Babies! Three precious baby birds!

I’d observe the parent taking food to its young. Nurturing its babies until they could adventure off on their own.

This morning I went to check the progress of those baby birds. When I opened the cover, the nest was empty. The birds had thrived enough to leave their nest. Precious!

Well, what do you know? God directed me to Luke 12: 22-32 this morning. Read for yourself:

“Then, turning to His disciples, Jesus said, ‘That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith. And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

Those precious baby birds didn’t have to worry. They had shelter and food, and they were adorned with feathers so that they would fly.

God doesn’t desire for us to worry or be afraid. As a matter of fact, the words “do not be afraid/fearful” is mentioned 365 times in the bible. Wait! Isn’t there 365 days in a year? Yes! So, there is a verse for EVERY DAY of the year.

Notice in those verses in Luke 12 that:

  • YOU are far more valuable than those birds!
  • You can’t add any time to your life by worrying.
  • Worrying = little faith
  • God already knows your needs.
  • Above ALL else…seek God.
  • He will give you EVERYTHING you need.
  • Do NOT be afraid!
  • God is so happy to give you ALL He has.
  • He loves YOU!!

Friend, do as 1 Peter 5:7 instructs you to do: “Cast ALL our anxiety on Him because He CARES for YOU.”

Oh, how PRECIOUS this is. And YOU are precious to Him!

“You are precious to Me, and I have given you a special place of honor. I love you. Isaiah 43:4a

I pray you have a beautiful day, laying all your worries and frustrations down at the foot of the cross. Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are. Love, Stephanie

 

This is one of my biggest encouragers!  He is also my #MCM (Man Crush Monday).  I love love love my man.

This is one of my biggest encouragers! He is also my #MCM (Man Crush Monday). I love love love my man.

Each day I try to find inspiration through something. It may be as simple as sitting on my back porch listening to the birds and watching the squirrels (as I’m doing now). They remind me to speak out, communicate, prepare for days ahead, work hard, be mindful of my surroundings, and be free…all while I’m being still and allowing God to speak to me and through me. (Wow! I just realized how many great lessons just being still and observing these critters in my backyard can be for my walk with Christ!)

The past couple of days I’ll been encouraged by reading a book. To those who know me…THAT isn’t something I commonly do. I do enjoy reading, but I often get distracted and simply do not allow myself to sit still long enough to finish a book. This one is a quick and entertaining read, and I’m inspired to be creative and be determined and intentional in my activities.

Listening to music stimulates me as well. Recently I heard a new song being sung in church, and when I listened to those words and allowed God to open my heart to the meaning of the lyrics…I was blown away! It not only encouraged me, yet reminded me that God can make anyone clean through any circumstance in our lives.

We are to encourage one another and help each other grow stronger in faith (1 Thessalonians 5:11), so…on this Monday morning, please allow me to encourage you.

As you are getting ready for your day, remember to:

    • Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Forgive. Love. Let peace rule in your heart. Colossians 3:12-14 (simplified).
    • Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
    • Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

Okay, so there is the ONE book that I do read daily…it’s the bible. That’s where my true inspiration comes from, and I wanted to share some encouraging with you from it.

I pray you have a fabulous day. Whatever you are going through, take the time to find inspiration and be an encourager to someone.

Blessings to you and yours. Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are. Stephanie