Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Just One More Day!

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Are you excited? Do you feel the pressure mounting? It’s almost here!

Remember the “Obama stopped the National Day of Prayer” spoof someone got me with on Facebook? (Thanks, Larry.) I blogged about it here.

Tell me the truth. When you first heard that rumor, in that very first twinkle of an instant, did you think, He can’t do that. We don’t need presidential approval. We’ll do it on our own!

All right, maybe everyone isn’t like me (Be very glad about that!) but I was ready to line up people along C-Town’s main street so we could make a statement while we all prayed together on the National Day of Prayer.

Now it’s May. And the National Day of Prayer is the first Thursday of May. Let me repeat that. The first Thursday of May. That’s like, uh, tomorrow. I can’t believe the time has flown so quickly, and now it’s here.

Just one more day! And *sigh* I still don’t know how I’ll be spending the day. But I will be praying.

When I realized the time is nearly here, another thought hit. What are we supposed to be praying about? Is there assigned praying? You know what I mean. Has anyone issued a list of things that need praying about? Are they listed in the order of importance? Will we know what to ask?

Or is free-for-all praying–where you talk to God about any and everything–the order of the day?

Did you know there are 224,457,000 (that’s two hundred twenty four million!) Christians in America? If every Christian in America spent a portion of this Thursday praying for America, can you imagine what might happen?

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

If Christians (not everyone in America, just the ones who call themselves Christians) would humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways, then He will heal our land.

Be humble. Pray. Seek God. Turn away from sin. Isn’t that what being a Christian is about? Don’t all Christians already act like, well, Christians?

Apparently not.

From what I hear every day on the news and in the streets, our land needs healing, and needs it bad. We can do it–well, God can. If we’ll just act like the people we’re supposed to be.

So here’s my question for you. Will you pray tomorrow? And if so, what will you pray about?

I’ll be praying for America and her leadership. For my Small Town World. For my church and my family. And I’ll also be praying for a woman I’ve never met who has hit Another Lump in the Road.

What about you?

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He is Risen! He is Risen! He is Risen!




Do you know ? Are you aware that Jesus is alive? The creator of the universe loves you as if you were an only child, no matter who you are or what you’ve done. He loves you and wants you to be His.

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Have you heard Cannons? It’s a Christian song that we sang for the first time in church Sunday. I love the words. Love the music. Love experiencing the emotions it brings out.

But I can’t figure out how to post it to my blog. 😦 I don’t even know what’s wrong. I’ve posted music here before, and all I want to do is share.


Okay. Next best thing I can do. (Stop laughing. I don’t have any grade school children here to help me.)

Click here, and somehow you’ll get where you need to go. I think. If not, do a search for Cannons. Youtube will help you, and you’ll enjoy it! (Probably.)


The Day Before Today

Not to be confused with “The Day After Tomorrow.” LOL.

I’m talking about my big birthday. Yesterday. I turned 153. Well, not quite, but I’m working toward it.

Yeah, somebody out there (or everybody) can figure out which birthday it was, but what different does it make? You’re only as old as you feel/act/think.

To be honest, as long as I’m still learning/kicking/loving, I really don’t mind. 

I had a fantastic day yesterday. The office crew went to lunch to celebrate, which always makes me feel so special. (We do it for everybody but I love it when it’s my turn.) To make it extra special, Amy made this for me.

What used to be the focus of the day (gifts) isn’t really that important anymore. Now it’s the heart-touches that matters. My three sons each called to share their love and part of their day with me, as did my beautiful DIL and DILs2b. Love and laughter–talk about a great day sparkler! (Love you guys!)

My busy, busy going-to-Physician-Assistant-school-married-to-a-minister-and-fostering-two-children niece called last night. That, “Love you, Aunt Su-Su” thrills my heart.   

A gift from Omega addressed to Alpha (G-Man laughed and said we’d gone Greek) to help me with my daily (or so) walk was wonderful, and the card she made for Pops to give me was so special. It talks about how blessed he is because God blessed him with me as a daughter. Isn’t that a nice thing for a sister to do? (And a great thing for a dad to sign his name to!)

The card all the guys at the office signed had a picture of a cake on fire. LOL. One cousin signed it, “HOW OLD???” (Answer, “Two years YOUNGER than you.” LOL) My brother signed it, “Happy 29th” . . . which, incidentally, would make him 19. 🙂

A pedometer from my wonderful walking buddy/spiritual sister. (And I’m going to figure out how to use it one of these  soon. Very soon.

And a surprise from #4. She sent me a white pitcher (I collect them.) The pitcher is beautiful and looks like an antique. But what I really like, the part that brought me to tears (and not just a few) was the letter she included and the scriptures she put inside the pitcher.

In the letter (which now lives in my Bible) she says the scriptures are either something we learned together or they were words “God whispered my ear that they were special.”

Here’s just a few.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess 5:23

And this one nearly had me sobbing. (I had to go outside to keep from scaring G-Man.) “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6.

Is there a better gift than a Christian sister, partner and friend who prays for you each time she thinks of you? If there is, I don’t know of it.

Unless it’s four Christian sisters. And a Christian Brother.

Love you guys.


My New “About”

Did you notice my new “about”? At the top of the screen, right under the title, Small Town World. I change it fairly often. I’ve had a joke or two there and when I started this blog, I actually had what it was about.

Imagine that. LOL.

But this time I put my SSMT–my memory verse for the first half of April.

#4 and I both decided to do the SSMT thing without knowing the other was doing it. Since I’m such a talker (unkind people might call it being a  blabber mouth, but I know YOU wouldn’t) I yakked about it right away.

After the first verse or so, #4 suggested we memorize the same verse. A way for long distance double sisters (Christian sisters as well as siblings from the same parents) to stay connected. I jumped on it!

But being the über busy people we are (well, SHE’S über busy, I just act like I am while I play on my blog) it’s not easy to get something memorized. So I got to thinking. (Or maybe God put the thought in my head. I hope He did, anyway.) Since I go to my blog every day, and #4 pretends she does 😉 I’ll post the current verse there.

Maybe seeing it will help us absorb it.

Look at it again. That first part–Be still and know that I am Lord. God. (Told you I had trouble.)

Be still. Did your grandma ever tell you to be still? Not just quiet down, but be still. Stop running and jumping and chasing and flying all over the place.


Keep stopped.

Focus on God.

 There’ll be time to do whatever later.

Exalt Him!