Susan Spess Shay

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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.


Excuse me? EVERYTHING?


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?




Christian Church in Old Ford

When I was a little girl, Mama took me to the Christian Church in the Ford. Every memory I have of that church has a smile attached to it. Either it was a really happy-and-on-our-way-to-heaven place or I was just too young to catch on to the human conflicts. (Probably the age thing.)

I remember a grandmotherly woman with soft wrinkles and a soft lap and a sweet smile. Her husband liked to stand with his hands behind his back and rock from his heels to his toes and back again. Mom told me after I was grown their names were Mr. and Mrs. Krotzer.

I remember being a flower girl (drop one petal at a time as you step-stop-step-stop down the aisle) along with my same-age cousin in a beautiful young woman named Kay’s wedding.

And I remember having super nice Sunday School teachers. I’m not very clear on this memory, but I seem to remember two of them. Nancy Krotzer and Helen Sissom. I don’t remember many lessons, but I remember looking forward to being there.

Each week, the SS teacher taught us a new verse. When it was time for church to start, the teacher would lead our class out of the room and we’d line up on the stage in front of the podium. Then the teacher would help us repeat our verse.

Mom said one Sunday, we all said our verse and, as usual, the congregation chuckled. I’m sure it was a ‘we love you’ laugh, but I didn’t like it. *embarrassed here* I put my hands on my hips and yelled, “What’s so funny?” They laughed louder.

Great idea, getting kids started memorizing at the get-go, isn’t it? The ability to memorize helps us in so many ways–learning (remember taking tests?) making friends and influencing people, picking up on how-to-do-its.

Memorizing God’s word can affect us for eternity.

So like I’ve mentioned several times, I joined a group of women called the Siesta Scripture Memorization Team and on the 1st and 15th, we memorize a new one.

The cute one in the hat is #4. (I thank God for you every time you come to mind.)

As a way to remain close (closer, closest) even though we don’t get to see each other often enough, #4 and I have joined forces in this. And every other week, it seems I have a new favorite.

Here’s what we’ve memorized so far. (Or tried to memorize.)

1/1–Eph. 3:18
1/15–1 Pet. 3:9
2/1–Eph. 1:18
*2/15–Num. 6:24-26
3/1–Phil. 4:5-7
3/15–Psm 119:10
4/1–Psm 46:10
4/15–Rom. 4:20
5/1–Psm. 34:4
*5/15–Luke 1:46
*6/1–Eph. 1:3

Look the up. They’re wonderful.

The ones with stars are my favs. I think. (Kind of like trying to decide which is your favorite son. Impossible!) Could be they’re the ones I can remember without too much help. Too bad I don’t have a small Miss Helen/Nancy on my shoulder to help me along.

BTW: #4, this one’s for you!