Susan Spess Shay

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2015–What Else is New?

Happy New Year!

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How many times have you heard that lately? How many times have you said it? So . . . what does it mean? Is it a command? images

Have a happy year, or else! Got me?

Or a question? imagesTYTQ746F

It’s a new year. So, are you happy now?

And what’s it talking about being new? Me? Bahahaha! Not hardly!  susans-a-baby   In this new year, what new and wonderful things are you planning? Trips to take? Books to read? (I can suggest a few if you need help.) *wink*

Are there new dishes you want to cook? (I’m going to try some wok cooking.) Hobbies–arts and crafts– you want to try? (Is there anything I haven’t tried?)

Or maybe you’re planning to complete a marathon? (I’m not.) Run a 5k race?  (I’m not doing that, either.)

I am going to try to complete something that I’ve failed at before–reading through the Bible in a year. I’m not making any promises, but I’m going to try.

And I’m joining Beth Moore and a couple of my sibs memorizing scriptures this year. Instead of jumping around for my scripts, this year I’m going to take several in a row, starting with Mary’s Song in Luke 1 beginning at verse 46–“And Mary said, my soul glorifies the Lord.”

Then in two weeks, I’ll quote that one, and memorize 47–“And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” and so on.

What are you in 2015 so it’ll be different than 2014? Terminally Curious wants to know! 😀


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SSMT # 13 (I Think I Missed a Couple Along the Way)

Time to change the verse I’m memorizing. 🙂 So! Fun!

Honestly, I love memorizing God’s word. Or trying to memorize it. Sometimes I put it in my heart and mind and it slips right out again. Oy! LOL.

Here’s my verses for the next couple of weeks:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Philippians 2:14-15

Confession: I might have memorized this verse before. Not this year (I checked) but sometime in the past, I’ve tried to memorize it.

I’m trying again. 😛

Reasons: I love that part about shining like stars in the sky. I love stars! I’m not sure if I like this verse because of the stars or if I like stars because of this verse. Kind of a chicken and egg thing, ya know?

Yeah, I’m weird, but God loves me.

This time, though, instead of just trying to memorize the part of the verse I like, I’m doing all of it and the verse before it. The one that convicts me every time I read it.

DO EVERYTHING WITHOUT GRUMBLING OR COMPLAINING. . .

Excuse me? EVERYTHING?

*sigh*

Maybe this verse struck me this time because we’re deciding something at church that could (but I sincerely hope won’t) cause some grumbling AND complaining.

Or because when things change even a bit in a worship service, a lot of G & C can be heard!

Or maybe it’s because churches I dearly love have split more than once because of grumbling and complaining.

Or because people I hold very close to my heart have stopped attending worship services because they’re grumbling and complaining in their hearts.

Probably, though, it’s because I do my fair share of grumbling and complaining. (Ever wonder why you’re so talented in something bad, like grumbling and complaining? I do.) 

So I’m going to imprint this verse on my heart and try, try, try to stop EVERY time I want to grumble and complain. If I don’t G & C and just give it to God, He can fix it. 🙂

So, here we go.

Do everything without grumbling and complaining so that you may become blameless and pure “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

What’s your favorite or Life verse?

 

 


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2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 14!

Beth’s blog hit me between the eyes this morning, so I’m sharing it with y’all. My memory verse last time was Eph. 6:10–

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty POWER!

Not sure what it’ll be for this time, but we’re seeing God’s hand in so many things. (The fantastic–and unusual for the middle of July–rain and cool temps this morning for one thing and so, so many others.)

The Lord is speaking through Beth this morning. Read on. 🙂

2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 14!.


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What Are You Thinking?

Like my new header? That picture was taken by one of my sweet daughter-in-laws, Nikki, in my backyard. She gave me permission to use it. Isn’t it beautiful?

I wanted to use it for the next two weeks before Resurrection Sunday, aka Easter. 🙂

cross-of-the-sunIsn’t it beautiful the way the sun is in the shape of a cross? I love it!

I also wanted a very special verse to memorize these two weeks before That Day. After praying about it for a while, I found the verse I needed.

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Matthew 28:5-6–The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.”

He has risen, just as He said.

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If I’d been that angel (yeah, stretch of the imagination, but go with me here) I’d have smacked them each on the back of the head. “What are you thinking, coming here with all that stuff for his embalming? Have you got a washer missing?

Jesus (aka God, in case you missed that, too) told you what was going to happen. He told you He would rise on the third day. I know you heard Him, because you were there. Can you count?

You are looking in an empty hole for a dead man, but JESUS IS ALIVE.

Get outta here.”

Now I wonder what the women were thinking. Maybe something like, “Well, duh. I knew that.”

So . . . what are you thinking?

 


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Intention Living

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Don’t you love this? Wouldn’t it make a wonderful blog header?

It was posted by Intentional Living on Facebook. (Intentional Living is my FAVORITE talk radio!)

 This is what was written under it:

It is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16 NIV

Check out today’s eDevo at http://archive.aweber.com/edevo/MzMgA/h/Finding_power_for_life.htm


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Daylight Saving What?

time-clockDaylight Savings time, again. Don’t you love it?

I don’t!

I don’t mind it, really, once I get used to it–after about a month or so. But for that month . . .

I remember when I first ran smack into DST when I was a kid. Missouri started instating it before Okieland did. And while I normally didn’t know or care what was happening in Missouri, for one week of the year I did. That was the week we went to church camp.

Cyokamo. (♪♫ The finest Christian Camp I know is Old Cyokamo . . . ♫♪)

About the time I was in 6th or 7th grade, the Missouri legislature decided they would save energy by changing time. The only energy I noticed changing was the energy it took for me to drag myself out of bed an hour early for that week. We didn’t have air conditioning at Cyokamo, and our electric fans blew 24/7, so nothing changed.

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The next time I ran into DST was during the energy crisis. Seems to me we had at least one year when we stayed on DST all year round, so we could save lots and lots of energy. (Am I remembering that right?)

Do we really save any energy at all?

When we smack into DST each year, for me it’s still hard (and harder every year) to drag out of the sack at my getting up time, and then I’m sleepy all day long for a while.

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I started wondering a couple of things–

  1. Is it worth all the pain and anguish it causes?
  2. Can I get used to it all over again? (That was during the first, whiny hours.)

And, no surprise, God had an answer for me.

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27.

All I have to do is abide in Him (and stop whining) and I can get ‘er done.

So how do you really feel about Daylight Savings Time? Love it? Hate it? Is it easy for you to switch time or does it take a week or so to get used to it?

And do we really save any energy or is that just an excuse to make us get out of bed?


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SSMT–Zeph. 3:17

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Did you notice I have a new memory verse? Bet you can guess what it is.

I had to check and see that I spelled old Zeph’s name right. Not a book I read a lot, but I love this verse. In fact, I love the verses right before it, too.

Zeph. 3: 14-17–

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

I might just have to memorize those verses, too, in the next few weeks. I definitely want to burn this one into my heart–

The Lord your God is in your midst, a might one who will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.

I tried to look up what  God’s loud singing meant so I could share that with you, but I didn’t find it. I have a feeling, though, that when God is singing over us, and He’s singing loudly, it’s a good thing.

It’s a very good thing. 🙂

And since He just quieted us with His love, we should hear Him well!

What do you think?