Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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Disappearing Act

I’m not gone! Really, I’m not.

I’m here, but there have been a few things crowding my mornings, making it hard to get here to say hi.

queen for a dayHI!

I do my best in the morning. Best study, best reading and best writing, so I try to do as much as possible early on. And since this is Okieland, it get HOT during the day. It’s coolest in the mornings, so that’s when I like to get out in the yard, too.

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Recently, I decided to do a new Bible study. “Gideon” by Pricilla Shirer. (One of my favorites from Old Testament History class  in college–“The Sword of the Lord and Gideon is upon you!”)

As I said, I do my best in the a.m. so I’m fitting that in here, too.

And then there’s work. I like to wander in there every once in a while. 😛

If you drop by looking for me and I’m not around, give me a shout. I’m around somewhere. I try to check in on Facebook at least once a day–Susan Spess Shay. If we’re not already, I’d love to be your friend. (That always makes me think of Mr. Rogers. ♪♫ Please, won’t you be my neighbor. ♫♪)

I even Twitter once in a while–Shaywriter.

Before I go, look up at the top. I’ve changed the verse I’m memorizing for June 15-June 30. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. Deu. 6:5.

 

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Do you memorize scripture? (Psalm 119:11)

Want to share your favorite?


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Wowza Wednesday

I’m wowed by a lot of things this morning. I just finished today’s segment of James Bible study (Beth Moore’s MERCY TRIUMPHS) and I’m WOWED by the way James and Beth know what’s inside me and are able to lay it right on the line. (And because my toes are often over that line, OUCH!)

I’m still wowed that an eagle flew up in front of me on Sunday.

I’m wowed that God gave me a fantastic family to grow up in.

I’m wowed that He gave me a great husband and three wonderful sons.

I’m super wowed that He gave my sons adorable wives that I enjoy so much!

I’m wowed that my 81-year-old dad still comes to work nearly every day, and is sharper than ever.

I’m wowed by my friends. THEY ARE SO GOOD!!!

I’m wowed that the One who created the entire universe and everything that’s in it is anxious to spend time with me. He doesn’t demand that I sacrifice my first-born (aren’t we glad?) or that I shave my head or move into a convent to prove my love for Him.

All He wants is my heart, as flawed as it is.

WOW!

What’s wowing you today?


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Another Wowed Wednesday!

Wow! It’s cold outside!!! (19 degrees, according to my computer.) It was so warm and pretty outside on Monday, it felt like springtime. Then Tuesday, we hit a cold wall. Bam!
Now, early Wednesday morning, it’s still cold. I’m sitting here with the furnace blowing, an electric heater at my feet and a heating pad behind me and still thinking, “Brrrr!” I hear it’s supposed to warm back up this weekend. (Talk about a roller coaster weather wise!)

FC3’s Bible study was a real wow! Amazing. Truly a-m-a-z-i-n-g! This study just gets better and better. Honestly, the “gasp!” kind of better.

Last night, Sister Debbie brought her newest granddaughter to our classroom. (Because our birthdays are in April and May, we’re in the same small group.) Little Bit did fine for a few moments, then decided she needed a little snacky.

While her grandmommy was feeding her, I held Grandmommy’s book. Here comes the WOW! It wasn’t Beth Moore who wowed me so much during small group time as the depth of time and study my sister put into preparation for this class. And she’s not even the leader.

For a while I held her book and mine, but it wasn’t long before I put mine down. I learned so much reading her answers. (Shared a few of them, too.) I’m amazed at the way God is working in her life!

(Waving my hand. “My turn next, Lord.”)

Speaking of sisters, Beth Moore’s was introduced in her blog yesterday. I don’t know if you read Beth’s blog or if you enjoy Beth’s ministry or not, but my heart just broke for these women.

I’ve been reading Beth’s book, “So Long, Insecurity.” In it, she shares a lot about their formative years. She doesn’t tell in it how what they lived through affected her sister because she didn’t feel it was hers to tell. Yesterday her sister, Gay, wrote for everyone to read, what her life has been like.

If you’ve ever felt insecurity in your life, I recommend reading Beth’s book. And if you’ve ever wondered if Beth has just lived a charmed life and thought that anyone with blond hair and a pretty face and clothes could do what she’s done, think again. She didn’t just skate up, sparkle and start talking.

She’s been in the Pit, I promise you. So has her sister.

 — it is my great honor to introduce you to my blood sister, with whom I was raised and with whom I shared a room for many years and many secrets. Some crippling. We have known much pain together and much devastation apart and were so close growing up that one of us could hardly be okay if the other were not. Today – and for this moment – we are both okay. And blessed. Redeemed. Forgiven. And, in staggering ways, restored. Only because of Jesus.

If you have a moment, pop over to Beth’s blog. I think you’ll be wowed, too!


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Trailing Molly

Did you ever notice that when you’re late for one thing, it knocks everything out of kilter?

I got up late yesterday, so I didn’t finish that day’s Beth homework. Today I finished yesterday’s and was determined to do today’s. I did, too! But that made me late for my blog. Sorry. I’m here, though. 🙂

One little bit of Beth news–

From Beth’s blog:

Hey, you guys! On our introductory (and impromptu!) live stream last week, I told you that I thought we might focus on prayer during our next one. The beginning of a new year is a great time to get strengthened and encouraged in our prayer lives! If you’re like me, you could always use some cheering on in that vital spiritual discipline. It’s fairly safe to say that, in day-to-day practical living, we are only as strong in our walk as we are in our prayers. A healthy prayer life is essential to abiding in Christ. I also love to hear the approaches others are finding effective. So, what do you say we hit this topic tomorrow??? (God willing, thank you, Book of James)

For all who are able, hop on this link tomorrow from 10:30 – 11:00 AM Central Standard Time and let’s talk about prayer.

If that link doesn’t work, you can pop over to http://blog.lproof.org/ and click the link on her page. I think it’ll be a very interesting chat. Hope to see you there!

Did it snow at your house last night? It did ours. I didn’t get a picture, but a friend of mine on FB did.

Thanks for the picture loan, Larry Lawrence! It’s gorgeous!!!

I don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but my hip doc told me to walk 30 minutes every day. To be very honest, I don’t get that done. I try to make it at least 3 days a week with my walking buddy, Carollea.

We’re both going to our church’s Beth Moore Bible study, so that’s knocking out one night of walking. She helps with the dinners at church on Wednesday nights, so we aren’t able to make it up that night.

Yesterday, my man called and offered to bring the Queen of the Castle (aka: our dog, Molly) and walk with me. I jumped at the chance!

By the time I got off work, the beautiful afternoon temperature (60 degrees) had dropped. A lot. And the wind was blowing straight out of the north. (Bringing that snow!)

I layered my jacket over a hoodie and he did the same. We took off with me holding the leash.

We walked a while with the wind at our backs on the tarmac that covers what once-upon-a-time was a railroad track. There’s lots of chat mixed with tarmac in the path, so it’s a little rough. Anyway, we walked a ways and Miss M had to make a pit stop.

It wasn’t long before she was limping. I was, too. 🙂

I just kept getting colder and colder, and finally we headed back for the car.

Molly’s limp kept getting worse. We pulled her off the path, onto the dirt next to it, thinking it would be easier on her tender little tootsies. Wrong. She still limped.

I picked her little hiney up and carried her. She was trembling a lot. She was either really cold or faking it so she wouldn’t have to walk all the way back to the car.

Just like a kid.

After a few moments, I handed her over to Gary. (I think she’s gained some weight at Christmas, too.)

A few moments later, he passed her back to me.

I doubt we’ll be taking her back to the trail any time soon.

By the time we got home, I was pooped. (Molly’s limp as well as her shivering had disappeared. “Limp? What limp?”) I came in, crashed in my chair and turned on “Seabiscuit”. After a few moments I noticed a nagging in my tummy.

Why is it I get hungry every day at that time? 😦 Anyway, I didn’t feel like cooking. Then #2 son called and told me it was snowing. That made me hungry for Grandmother’s Chili.

But who wants to make chili at 7 pm when they’re pooped? About that time, I remembered we’d frozen part of the last batch I made.

Remember that part of the Bible that talks about storing up treasures in Heaven? It’s pretty neat when you have a few stored up for dinner, too.


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Wowed Wednesday, II

Another WOW! today, guys. I made it to Bible study again last night after having Mexican food with my man. (Chicken Fajitas without the wrappers.)

To begin, we went to a small group session (our first) and it was over way too fast. I learned so much. (Probably because I have so much to learn.)

Here’s a little of my new knowledge: Mama’s best friend, who lived across the street from us for years, isn’t from the town I thought she was from! What’s up with that?

Our youth minister’s wife is from the town in Missouri where all the best looking guys at church camp came from. 🙂

Okay, we learned way more than that. We learned what sweethearts some of the women in the group are, and just how much they care for others in their lives.

The video session was over almost before it started, it seemed. Beth said she’d have to turn cartwheels to keep our attention because we had to learn some things that were kind of dry. Not so!!!

Everyone in the room was glued to the screen. Beth has such depth of knowledge to share. But it’s not a look-at-me-I’m-so-brilliant kind of knowledge.

I’m not sure what to call it. Heart knowledge, maybe? Spiritual knowledge? From what I can tell, her greatest joy is in sharing Jesus.

Sadly, I overslept this morning (didn’t get up until 6) so my blog is late and I haven’t finished my homework. Yet.

I will though. 🙂

I’m going to share a Beth video with you. #4 sent it to me yesterday, and I watched it two or three times. It’s wonderful. Watch it all the way through if you have time, because she tells a great story about a man “who looked 129-years-old”.

#4 writes, “It’s a powerful story of being filled up with God.”

I want that, too.

http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/wednesdays-with-beth/


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Wowed Wednesday

I hadn’t planned to talk about “Mercy Triumphs” again this morning, but after experiencing the first session last night, it’s big on my mind.

In case I didn’t mention it yesterday, “Mercy Triumphs” is a study of the Book of James.

Beth Moore does a wonderful job of allowing God to work through her. She shares what other people would board up in a closet without telling more than we need to know. She bares her heart and lets you see it beat. Unless I’m very wrong, she asks God to fill her from her toes to her nose in order to use her to His glory. (And His alone.)

When the video was over, it seemed everyone in the room took a collective breath. The woman sitting next to me whispered, “Wow.”

The Bible study leader stood up in the front of the room. “Wow.”

I was wowed, too.

  • Beth was able to explain to those who believe that Mary is an eternal virgin that, according to the Word, she had other children–without being in the least offensive. In fact, she told them to try to press on through it because they didn’t want to miss what God had in store for them.
  • Who James was–
  •                 The oldest of Jesus’s half-siblings.
  •                 One of the half-sibs who said, “He (Jesus) is out of his mind.” Mark 3:21.
  •                 One Jesus appeared to after His resurrection. (1 Cor 15:7)

Of course, she started my imagination to working. She made me think what it would have been like to grow up with Jesus as my older brother. Imagine, having a sibling who never did anything wrong. Who never got in trouble.

I might have picked on the poor guy. Called him Goody-Two-Shoes Sandals. Tried to talk Him into doing my chores for me.

Imagine learning your older brother was God.

Wow.

Another way Beth wowed me was the way she can take scriptures I’ve read over and over (and probably had read to me a bunch of times) and show me a phrase I’ve totally missed. Just this Christmas I read the account of when Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. (Luke 2:22.) I read about Simeon seeing Jesus and knowing that God had fulfilled his promise that he wouldn’t die until he’d seen the Lord’s Christ.

I read where Simeon blessed them and even the part where he said to Mary,

 “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35a

But somehow I missed,

“And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

How did I miss that?

You know, I listened to “Breath of Heaven” a hundred times in December. I shared it here at least twice.

http://youtu.be/68Hl57NhR0o

For some reason I was drawn back again and again to Mary’s story–who she’d been and how she’d lived, pregnant with the Savior. And then after He was born, visited by shepherds, and then the Magi.

I think maybe I was being prepared for this Bible study. As Paul Harvey use to say, “And now the rest of the story.”  Or at least more understanding of it. 🙂


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Mercy Triumphs!

Okay, I finally got all my goals for 2012 written down. Not on my vision board yet, but I’ve saved them to my desktop so they can’t be lost. 🙂

The first thing on my list is, “More of Him, less of me.” (Or something that means the same thing.)

And I’m super excited! Tonight is the first night of FC3’s women’s Bible study. It’s a Beth Moore study on the book of James called, “Mercy Triumphs”. I’m practically jumping up and down with anticipation because I can hardly wait!

God must have been reading over my shoulder (or maybe He was writing my goals for me.) He sent such a fantastic study for us to start out the year.

I read Beth’s blog fairly regularly, and from time to time while she was working on this study, she’d mention it. (If I remember right, her daughter worked with her on it.)

Mostly what she’d say was about the work God was doing in her life while she worked on the book.

http://youtu.be/siJzZrmUdS4

The above with link you to Beth telling about her new Bible study.

I enjoy reading Beth’s books, but even more, I enjoy hearing her speak. (I’ve never heard her in person, but someday . . . !) Beth has so much enthusiasm when she’s speaking about the Lord. Her words are deep down, heartfelt and, from the fruit she bears, Inspired.

Beth says in her promo, “If you’re looking to put some real feet to your walk of faith . . . or if maybe you want to know how this whole God thing is suppose to live itself out on planet earth, this might be the Bible study for you.”

Even though I don’t know who’s leading the study for FC3, I know it’s the Bible study for me.

I’ll keep you updated. 🙂

If you live close, come over and join the group. You know there’s always room for everyone!