Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


If It’s the 15th . . .

Bless the Lord

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It must be time for SSMT!

Here’s the new verses–Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

It says it right there in black and white– God wants to shine on us, bless us and give us peace. But when we’re stressed or worried, how often do we remember and hold that promise tight?

When life hits us in the face, do we remember to run to Him or do we try to handle it ourselves and do a little (or in my case, a lot of) whining when it doesn’t work out? (And then ask Him to fix what I’ve messed up.)

I’m going to try to engrave these words on my heart. If I do, maybe my first response will be to run to Him rather than the other way around.

I know He’ll take care of me and give me what I need when I need it. Not before; when. And I trust Him. Really, I do. 

Sometimes, though, I’m like the little boy who was afraid when he went to bed.

“Daddy, I’m scared of the dark.”

“There’s nothing to be afraid of, son. God is with you.”

“I know, Daddy, but I want someone with skin on.”

Maybe that’s what our siblings in Christ are for, to be that Someone with skin on, if we’ll humble ourselves enough to ask for help. And prayers. And help.

Do you ever have trouble waiting on Him? Trusting Him?  Remembering He wants to be gracious to you even in the heat of the moment?

Am I the only one?  



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.