Susan Spess Shay

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Choosing Joy

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Yesterday I showed you pictures of the snow out my backdoor. I tried to get shots of the ice coating the trees, but poor little iPhone couldn’t do it.

Complaints could have been voiced about the tons of snow, low temps and being caught inside. We could have had crabbing about all the trouble, mess and missing work, etc. but who wants to hear that? No fun!

Why not choose joy whenever possible? (My mama did that so much of the time!) And I’m not the only blogger who looks for beauty in situations. Marilyn Pappano posted her beautiful pics of flowers on her blog today. (Friday.)

Larry Lawrence, a friend on FB, chose joy by sharing snowy pic of an eagle basking in the sun and a banana plant, freezing his nanners off. He took us on a great tour of the Ford!

I also noticed Beth Moore posted a blog on Monday  (I didn’t read it until today, but it’s another good one. Of course!) where she gave her readers a challenge–to not complain about anything all day long. 

First she talks about being cranky because of missed sleep. Then she says–

“I made up my mind to choose joy in the power of Jesus’ Name. While turning those pedals on my exercise bike, I told the Lord out loud that I wanted to make it all day long without voicing one single complaint. I could not believe how quickly my mood improved and I feel as happy as one who’s had 10 solid hours of sleep.Now, let me quickly say this. I’m not a fan of living in denial. Some complaints are legitimate and NEED VOICING! I already had one of those this morning on a good friend’s behalf who is in rough situation. So, what do you do then? Voice it to God! Lord have mercy, don’t think I’m posing as some huge example here this morning. I’m just asking you if you want to join me in being very deliberate about our mouths and our attitudes today. If you have a valid complaint, take it to God and, if possible, say it to Him out loud. It increases the sense that you really did get it off your chest. Sometimes a silent prayer doesn’t carry the same power as one spoken with passion and holy intent. Make some declarations today so even your enemy knows you mean business.”

Choosing not to complain to other people about the less than perfect parts of life is not lying. Taking trouble only to the Lord isn’t denial.

There’s no rule that says anyone has to share her troubles with anyone but God. (Although having a sister you trust is a real blessing!:)  ) 

God alone can repair hurts–past, present and future. He will bear our burdens and save our backs a lot of pain! 

Here’s how Beth finished her post (I just saw this)

Think up, Siestas! Let’s choose joy!      

I can only answer, “Amen, Siesta Beth! So be it!!!”


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Practicing My First SSMT Verse

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Have you learned your Siesta Scripture Memory Team verse? I think I know mine. I’ll give it a shot.

Here we go–“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, have the power along with all the saints to grasp how wide and deep and long is the love of Christ.” Eph. 3: 17b-18. NIV

I’ve definitely been rooted and established in love. My parents rooted us in love if nothing else, which makes my childhood one of the happiest I’ve ever heard of.

That kind of pure love should give me the power to  grasp the dimensions of the love of Christ, shouldn’t it?

But can I? Can anyone grasp the absolute, pure and selfless love of Christ, who not only lived his entire life for us, He laid down his life for us!

And then, being God, He had the power to take up his life again.

I’m humbled that the creator of the universe would lay down his life for me. My sins were enough to send Him to the cross–which he suffered for me.

The wages of sin is death. Spiritual death. Hell. But because Christ took my sins to the cross, I have Life eternal.