• Stephanie Black

Short & Sweet Today Friends

My parents called me last night. They wanted to make sure I was still alive from the mouse bite. Good news. I am. And while my mouse bite might provide you free entertainment... My parents provide me free entertainment. Shhh… don’t tell them I said that. They like to put me on speakerphone when they call. In this particular conversation they were apparently entering into an Amish town. My mom is attempting to talk to me. My dad is attempting to talk to my mom about this cute little town and the GPS lady is trying to direct both of them as to where to go. In my head I’m envisioning the scene in The Office where Michael Scott is following the GPS and the GPS lady tells him to turn into a lake… and he does.

Today I’m just over here adding to my passive aggressive t-shirt collection. I’m assuming most of you can figure this one out, but in case you can’t… censorship friends, censorship. I’m not going to lie... I’m blown away by the amount of censorship that is happening in our so called “home of the free.” I may have another shirt coming that says “If your unity means my conformity, I’ll pass. I have lots of thoughts of this topic. Days worth. For today though, I’ll say this: There’s two sides to every story. If you can’t find the other side, there’s a problem. Regardless of if you like the other side or not.


And let’s all breathe a sigh of relief. The family I am staying with is home! Oh don’t worry, I’ll still get some mileage out of my Cinderella costume, I now just don’t have to worry about runaway dogs or death by mouse bite without someone available to rush me to the ER. But, really, I’m just so excited to have them home. I love them.


In the meantime, I’m over here still struggling through the book of Ezekiel. I think I might have to break out my kid version Bible to finish it. Not gonna lie, I love my child friendly NIrV Bible. There’s just times where I desperately need a 3rd grade reading level to help things make sense. Judge away. Haha. No shame here.


But while I finish the book of Ezekiel, I have been going back and reading through the Psalms. The Psalms do my heart good.

Over the last 5 months Psalm 27:13-14 are one that I have had several friends send me. Psalm 27:13 says, “Here is something I am still sure of. I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am still alive.” I love this verse because in the midst of the struggle, in the midst of the suffering, in the midst of the hard, we can be sure that we will see the Lord’s goodness here on Earth regardless of the situation or trial.


But friends, you know what the next verse says? It pains me to write this…


Verse 14 says, “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.”


I kind of want to curse. Haha.


I hate the word wait so much.


And yet, over... and over... and over again in Scripture we are called to wait on the Lord.


Not in apathy or complacency... but certainly in prayer and digging into God's Word.


Look at that. Short and sweet today, friends. I think I used all my words on my now house full of people today. I'm exhausted.


Is it an acceptable time to go to bed yet?


Till tomorrow, friends.


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