Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Intention Living


Don’t you love this? Wouldn’t it make a wonderful blog header?

It was posted by Intentional Living on Facebook. (Intentional Living is my FAVORITE talk radio!)

 This is what was written under it:

It is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16 NIV

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First Day


Not only is 2012 gone, the first day of 2013 is, too! How did you spend yours?

I spent most of mine doing revisions on a couple of books, watching football and a little of Passion 2013. And as much as I enjoyed that (I really did!) my favorite part of the day was spent sitting in front of our fireplace, spending some time with God.

This year, I’m joining Beth Moore, #4 and 3,000+ other women. We’re memorizing a scripture twice a month. (That makes me part of SSMT!)

With my sieve-like brain, I’ll need your prayers to succeed at this!!! (If you’re memorizing, let me know and I’ll pray for you, too.)

Here’s my first scripture:


♥♥♥ Jeremiah 24:7 ♥♥♥

 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. NIV

I love that, don’t you?

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am their Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am their Lord. They will be my people and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

I still can’t do it by heart. (I need your prayers!) At least I can remember, Jeremiah 24:7. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am their Lord. They will be my people and I will be their God for they will return to me with all their heart. (Okay, that time was from pure memory. We’ll see if I can remember it later.

If I talk to you, ask me to say it for you. I might be able to do this thing, with His help. 🙂


If It’s the 15th, It Must Be SSMT

Actually, it’s the 16th, but who’s counting? LOL.

Did you notice there’s a new verse at the top? I changed the he’s to she’s in it, just to make it a tiny bit more personal. (I’m praying God won’t mind.)

Ever wonder why someone would bother to memorize the Holy Scripts when there’s several Bibles in most households and even if you forget to pack yours, there’s usually one in every hotel, motel and hospital room? (Yes, I have one on my Kindle if you were wondering.)

Here’s why–when I need it, I rarely have my Bible at hand. I’m usually out somewhere, or at work where my Bible doesn’t have a concordance and I can’t get where I’m going because I don’t use it as often as the one at home. But if I’ve saved the verse in my mind, if I know it by heart, I can remember it and use it.

I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 NIV.

If you haven’t read that passage lately, look it up. There’s some real truths there we need to know. It tells how to live a life of righteousness, even in a world such as exists today.

As far as I know, Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. And because of its length, it’s always been a little daunting for me. But taken little by little, it’s full of such beauty and truth.

17-Do good to your servant, and I will live; I will obey your word.

24-Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.

41-May your unfailing love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise

64-The earth is filled with your love, O Lord; teach me your decrees.

72-The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. 

89-Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

114-You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

 So that’s why I’m memorizing scriptures. Not that I’m really good at it. I can remember it as long as I’m working on it, but I’m not sure I can remember it a week or two later.

One I do remember is Numbers 6:24-26–The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

That’s my prayer for you this morning, my friend. The Lord bless and keep you and cause His face to shine on you. And give you peace.

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Wow. It’s March 15th already. Time is whizzing past, isn’t it?

If it’s the 15th, it must be SSMT day. Yay! This time I decided I needed something easy but something I can bury deep in my heart. Psalm 119:10 just filled that bill.

I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands. Psalm 119:10.

Don’t let me stray from your commands. Keep me obeying you, believing you, skating down the path you chose for me. Why? Because I know when I do, everything in my life will work for my good. Not my glory, my good, YOUR glory.

But (BUT!!!) my part is to be seeking Him with all my heart. He must be first in my life. Wow. Before my family, friends, my job, writing or walking or anything in this world  in my life, I’m gonna seek God.

I’ve had people tell me God is so wonderful (and He is!) that’s easy for them to always put Him first. The ugly truth is, it’s not that easy for me.

Life, which has the skin on, hits me in the face and makes my heart is ache or I’m running late or someone at work is sniping at me (sniff) it can be hard to put Him first.  

Is God first? Of course. He is eternal. He created the universe, the world and me. He gives me everything good in life. He is, was, will always be, has to be, first. But to live my life seeking Him first 100% of the time? Hm.

Maybe that’s why Psalm 119:10 is there.

What’s your verse today?  


God and Prayer

Pryor Creek, Oklahoma. My boys spent much of their growing up years in that wonderful town. I miss PC. (You might have guessed that if you’ve read many of my blogs.)

When we bought the pharmacy and moved to PC, #1 Son was starting 3rd grade, MS was starting preschool, and BB wasn’t a two-year-old yet.

When we moved away from PC, #1 Son had graduated from high school and was attending college in Claremore. MS was in his last year of middle school and BB was in his first year of middle school.

Between those two paragraphs were ten and a half years of getting to know and coming to love a wonderful community. The thing I loved most? The people. (Big surprise, huh?)

I liked the heck out of our customers, loved most of our neighbors and every person in our church, and to be downright honest, I adored the women in my Sunday School class.

There were two woman I connected with in SS like few other people in my life. When we moved to PC, a town where I knew only the preacher and his wife from college, I started praying for prayer partners.

God answered that prayer in high def.

He gave me prayer sisters that I connected with so deeply, I can still feel their prayers in my life today.

We prayed through so much together. Family celebrations. Christian joys and family sorrows. National tragedies. We asked God; He answered.

These two prayer sisters were a wonderful blessing. And I miss them more than I can say. I learned constantly from them, grew deeper in Christ and came to know Him in an even brighter light.

These women are and have always been more than friends to me, and when I see Him face to face, I won’t be surprised to learn they were truly angels, we just didn’t know.

What does it take to make a prayer sister? A heart for God. I was very lucky to have God answer my prayer in such a beautiful way.

I haven’t found non-related prayer partners here in C-Town, except for the crew that we call The Church. The people there are ready and always willing to pray with and for others. There’s a short prayer list each week in the bulletin and a longer one available on the church buttetin board.

Do you ever feel the need for someone to pray with you for yourself or others? Is there someone special you join with in prayer?

Or do you stand on your own when you pray?

Come on and tell me about your prayer life.

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Anybody out there doing SSMT besides Lisa, Jess and me? It’s not too late to start if you’re interested in a Deeper Life.

Here’s mine for the next half-a-month: Eph 1:18–I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. NIV

Okay, it’s a long way from being memorized already, much less written on my heart. But I’m working at it.

And I’m remembering this from BELIEVING GOD–

GOD is who he says he is.

GOD can do what he say he can do.

I am who GOD says I am.

I can do all things through CHRIST.

GOD’S WORD is alive and active in me! 

Are you doing a Bible study right now? Want to share?



I’ve made it to the 2nd day of SSMT, which is the brainchild of Beth Moore at Living Proof, allowed God to create through her.

Beth doesn’t seem to want the glory for what she does. From what I can tell (I just finished downloading and listening to all nine sessions of The Inheritance) she is very sincere, a woman of God. His vessel.

If you’ve never heard, met or seen Beth Moore (and for some reason I hadn’t until last summer) here’s my description of her–She’s like a Texas Cowboy Cheerleader who’s channeling God.

I’m not trying to be irreverent or disrespectful, but Ms. Moore is from Texas and she has all the verve and enthusiasm of a world-class cheerleader, and she lives her life for God.

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. – 1 John 2:6

From what I’ve seen and heard, Beth does.

Today is January 15th, so it’s time to go to her blog and put in my memory verse: I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, have the power along with all the saints to grasp how deep and long and wide is the love of Christ. Eph. 3:18 NIV

Okay, I can never remember which comes first–long, deep or wide, but I’ve got the gist, and that’s what matters. Right?

I’ll also be telling her what my next verse is. It’s one that I badly need to learn–Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult but with blessing, because to this you were called that you might inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9 NIV

It’s a tough rule, and I’m very sure without Help, I can’t do it, but with this verse memorized, I’ll have a much better chance of obeying it.

Won’t I?

If you haven’t started SSMT, it’s not too late. (You know what they say, it’s NEVER too late.) Jump on over to the Living Proof website and click on Blog.

God might speak to you, too.