Ready to Thrive in 2016? 3 Opportunities to Get Nourished!

Are you Ready to Thrive in 2016?! Be EnCouraged & Inspired by my Friend, Kelly Baker as she talks about 3 Opportunities to Get Nourished!
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EnCourage: Waiting On The Lord.

Thank You, I hear You Lord.
God, I Trust You.
I can do this.
Seeking Courage.
Much Talking.
God? You remember I’m here. Right?
Loud Silence.
Pacing in Chase of Courage.
I can do this, Lord.
Waiting, Waiting.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting.
Tap-Tap-Silent Battle TAP.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting.
BIG-Sigh. I Know I can Tough this out.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting. Waiting.
Doodle, Word Journaling, Scribble.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.
Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Silent Waiting.

Oh God, I Need You.
Heart Tears and Grace Flow.
Surrender, facedown.
I can do all things…Through Christ… Who Strengthens me.
Consuming-Writing-Drawing The Word.
Learning Stillness.
Listening to the Symphony of Silence.
Leaning-into Amazing Grace.
Abiding in Christ, the Vine.
Deeper-Still, Pruning Season.
PeaceFull of what Passes All Understanding.
FaithFull because of Unfailing Love.
God, I Trust You and Love You too.
Smiling Sigh of Contentment.
Living Philippians 4:13. I can do all things Through Christ Who Strengthens me.
EnCouragement Found!
Waiting On The Lord. \o/

~Susanne C. Cantrell 🙂

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EnCourage: Journaling Heart-Words

Hi! I’m happy your here! I am sharing this with the #write31days challenge community. If you are a 31dayer, please share Your Name & Blog in the comments below. I’d love to read your Heart-Words.

I am EnCouraged by you reading these, my Heart-Words. Yet, I must admit, there are times when I am not happy. Yes, there are times when I am simply DisCouraged. I Struggle. I Fight. And I continue to Pray, unceasingly. Searching the Word. Seeking. Silently Crying Out. Until… finally; Finally, I can get Them out. Out onto the pages of a Journal. Them… Those Words. The ones that have been lurking in the Darkness just beyond clarity. Those Words, finally penned on a Page.


Searching the Word. Seeking. Silently Crying Out. Until… finally; Finally, I can get Them out. Out onto the pages of a Journal.

Oh, Thank You Lord for this Sweet Relief and Comfort that is Your Peace. Then. Weeks later. Then, I Read. Out. Loud. I Read, unsure as I revisit those Words, Stumbling over even the simple Words. Simply Pronounced Words that now, in this Moment, carry such heavy Meaning for me. I Read Out Loud…Feeling the Meaning Laden Words I carried for so, so Long. I Feel those Words Spill out into the Open Air. I see them caught in ThoughtFull Eyes who See Me, and know they are tucked neatly into her Listening Heart. Thank You Lord for this One, a Dear Heart-Sister.

I was undone & yet, once again, felt peace. Then, she told me that it EnCouraged her. What?! My Heart-Words? The same Words that had caused me such struggling pain to Finally pen on a Journal Page? These Words EnCouraged Her?! I am surprised that Those Words; they EnCouraged her to know that she was not The Only One who has similar feelings of Fear.



Then, she said I should Post This. This Journaling?! …Really? On my Blog? For EveryOne to Read? Wow. This mixture of terrifying fear & tremendous, anticipating JOY filled me. I told her Ok. That’s a Good Idea.

I wrote the Journal entry: July 25, 2014. Yes, It took some time, more EnCouragement and a last minute Discovery of The Nester’s #write31days Blogging Challenge & much prayer but here it is: Scrolled across the top of the Journal page: Friday, July 25, 2014 Night-Watch 2:18 AM

Father God, Thank You for all You’ve blessed me with. Forgive me, please, for my sins. I know I’ve been stagnate, frozen, paralyzed by fear.

Fear of exactly what? Messing up Your plan/will for me; not being good or gifted enough; fear of all the unknowns; fear of not being able to follow through; of completing the task, job, mission You’re calling me to. Fear no one will Get It. Fear that I am less than I was before the accident. Fear that I will be embarrassed by my lack of memory, energy and the abundance of pain & it’s effects.

I am afraid of doing this “alone”. I have lost my confidence in me, therefore, in You too . . . Wow😐😞 …I’m sorry Lord. Please forgive me! . . . ~>

OK. Where to GO from here? What path do I take? What Focus do I need-

🎶 Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look Full in His Wonderful Face. And the Things of this World will grow strangely dim, In the Light of His glory and grace. 🎶

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. Helen H. Lemmel, 1922 (Hebrews 12:2)

What Message do You have for this, Thy Servant? FACEDOWN.

Search me, O God, And Know my heart;

Test me, And know my anxious thoughts;

See if there is any  way inoffensive way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.

~ Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)


Writing The Word. Psalm 139:23-24

These Words may or may not EnCourage You. That’s Ok. Yes, really. I needed to do this post & Actually hit Publish for me in Obedience to my Lord. If there is Only One who has been or will be EnCouraged by these Heart-Words. It’s OK.

I want You to know that when You Journal, Write out Your Heart-Words, God hears Your Heart. He Knows Exactly What You Mean. Yes, even if we don’t know, exactly, He Does.

I Hope You will discover how to EnCourage Yourself & maybe a Heart-Friend too by Penning your Words to the Page of a Journal when you Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. Which is, by the way, Any Scrap of Paper you Choose to Write on! 📝😉

Have a JOYfull Day! {💞HUGs} 💚Love Ya! Susie 🙂

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EnCourage: #Write31Days Challenge

🙋Hi! I’m Happy You are Here.

Woot! I’m Very Excited (and honestly, still fighting some FearFullness) because I have taken on the #write31days Blogging Series Challenge started by The Nester and am Joining over 1200 Bloggers from all over the World! We are Linking Up ~> Here. Gulp… This is my First Time doing any type of Linked Posting Thing. The Idea of being able to Search through One Place for So Many Blogs by Amazingly BeautyFull Writers is…well, So Cool! So, I’m Ready! How about You?! Yes! Good!! Let the Adventure Begin!


Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
~ 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭11‬ (NIV)

My Topic is EnCourage.
I pray that, throughout October, as You come back to Read about the Who, What, When, Where, How & even the Why of the EnCourage that has Blossomed in My Life, You will be EnCouraged by God’s FaithFullness to me & my Family through Life Hitting us From Behind & through Simple Memory-Moments. I Hope that You will Discover some EnCourage in Your Life as well! Together, We Can Live Philippians 4:13 as we Give and Receive Encouragement on the Journey.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Phippians 4:13 (NKJV)

I Want to Hear what You are Discovering in Your Life as We Take this Journey Together.
Who has encouraged you?
What did They Do?
When was this? Yesterday or Years Ago?
Where were you in the Seasons of your Life?
How was it a ‘Big Deal’ or a ‘Subtle Gesture’?
Why do you think You were You Changed after your Experience with EnCourage?

☀️Have a JOYfull Day!
{💞HUGs} 💚Love Ya! Susie 🙂

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Meet Susie… a Courageous Prayer Warrior {Learning from Job}

Heartfelt Reflections

As I mentioned when I introduced Jen in my last post, suffering, pain, and trials in life are inevitable.  Each of us has been and will be affected by the fact that we live in a fallen world where bad things happen… even to very good people.  Where’s the good news in all of that?  The good news is that we have a loving God who is always in charge.  He can speak to us through pain and draw us close to Him for our eternal good and His own glorification.

//If you’ve been following along for a while, you know we’ve been studying from the book of Job.  Learning and studying is one thing, but living it out is quite another!  God laid a few very special, godly women on my heart during the writing of this study who face suffering, pain, and struggles on a daily…

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Meet Jen… a Woman Who Shines for God {Learning from Job}

Heartfelt Reflections

Suffering, pain, and trials in life are inevitable.  We live in a fallen world where the effects of original sin touch each of our lives.  The good news is that we have a loving God who is always in charge.  He can speak to us through pain and draw us close to Him for our eternal good and His own glorification.

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know we’ve been studying from the book of Job.  Learning and studying is one thing, but living it out is quite another!  God laid a few very special, godly women on my heart during the writing of this study who face suffering, pain, and struggles on a daily basis.  I know I have a lot to learn from them, so I interviewed them and asked permission to share their stories here with you.

Meet Jen… a Woman Who Shines…

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Yes. :) Really.


Hope Lives.

His Name is Jesus. 

Call His Name. 

He is the Answer. 

Do Not Be Afraid.

Jesus is Hope Alive. 

He Loves You.

Yes. 🙂 Really. 

He Loves Y O U. 

Jesus is Hope Alive.

Do Not Be Afraid.

He is the Answer.

Call His Name. 

His Name is Jesus.

Hope Lives. 



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To Walk or Stay by: Lara Williams; a Book Review

To Walk or Stay by: Lara Williams; a Book Review

To have a friend, yes, even an online friend who pours her overflow of God’s blessings into your life is exactly the kind of friend I have in Lara. What’s more special to me is that she did so even before she knew I existed. Now, I’ve had tne honor to call Lara ‘friend’ for a couple of years and serve with her on the Hello Mornings Team. Yet, I didn’ know the depth of her walk through such a devasting valley. I knew however, that she does trust God.

God changed me quote from To Walk or Stay

Her new book, To Walk or Stay, Trusting God through Shattered Hopes and Suffocating Fears reminds me that each of us has something that we are being challenged by that few, if any know about. What Hope of yours has been shattered? What Fears have suffocated you? No matter the circumstance, we all can use a reminder to Trust God through it all & that He Keeps His Promises.You will find such Hope in this book, told against the backdrop of her valley in simple, honest voice.

Lara says,

“The ultimate point of this book is to show you how I wrestled before my God in the midst of a devastating valley and to testify to His faithful guidance.”

And, Lara has also already prayed for you. I too pray that you will be enCouraged by Lara’s book through which she pours an abundant overflow of blessings that spring from the depths of God’s Love. A Love that she dared to Believe in. We all have to make a daily choice. Will we Walk or Stay.

Be sure to pick up your copy of this New Book: To Walk or Stay. Trusting God through Shattered Hopes and Suffocating Fears.

Want even more blessings…visit Lara at:

Please come back and let me know how Lara’s book has blessed you!
Love Ya! 🙂

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100 pound loser ~ a book review & my renewed perspective

I had the usual struggles with weight and health that come with aging. At the age of 33, this 130 pound wife and mom of 2 was in the best shape of my life. Wham! Life hit me from behind. Yes, Literally, I & our then 7 & 9-year-old children were hit from behind by a semi. Yes, they are OK  That was exactly 14 years ago today. Now, our son will be 24 on January 6 and our daughter will be 22 on February 3. Praise \o/ the Lord for His Blessings!

That next year, while learning to live with ‘new normal life’, I ate and drank whatever gave me comfort, however temporary it was. Looking in the mirror one day, I discovered a frowning woman, whom I did not recognize…at first. As I looked closer, I found myself in her eyes and stared in silence, while awful reality seeped deep into my soul.

Soon afterwards, stepping on the scale at the Doctor’s office, I was horrified to learn the number that represented this stranger who looked at me in the mirror. The number confirmed my ‘new reality’. I had doubled my weight…in just. one. year. *long, slow sigh* From there I struggled from 260 pounds to 180 pounds. Victory! But then, life hit again. I was not prepared. I struggled still, yet, I found myself back to 220 pounds. Seems that I’ve been everywhere in between since. Today, my body weight is 195.8 pounds, a BMI of 33.42 (yes, I just weighed myself!), a renewed perspective, a long-term Goal of being a ‘35.8 pound loser’ and Praising God that… 

I found myself this first week of the New Year 2013 sitting down to read this eBook called 100 Pound Loser: How I Ate What I Wanted, Had Four Babies, & Still Took Control Of My Weight – And You Can Too! by a sweet lady that I had kind of ‘met’ online via’ some twitter friends & her blog. I was thinking ‘This sounds like it will be a good book of encouragement. I’ll read this so I can share this encouragement with others. Maybe I’ll learn something new to help me lose a few pounds because the 30+ Pounds I need to lose, just seems out of reach for me now.’

I hear the word, Weight. And Ugh! Just the word brings on sad, frustrated, guilty & depressed feelings.  Do you look in the mirror and Smile? My answer was an un-hesitated “No. Not often”. So, when I read the Dedication of Jessica’s Book, “To every woman who has ever looked in the mirror and frowned: you are loved.” …hmm, I had a strange feeling that I might find more in this little book than just how to lose a few pounds. I was right.

Happy Surprise. Jessica is Not an Expert! I love that she is just. like. me. and I’m sure, just. like. you. She is a woman who wants to have a healthy body. I grew to like her more and more as I read. I felt as if we were having a conversation in my living room, each of us, curled up on either end the couch with mugs of hot coffee, a roaring fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside the window… Ahem…ok so yes, I like winter and I really liked her straightforward, conversational style of writing.

She is honest. She is authentic. She is simply sharing her story and perspective with humor and candidness to encourage us and cheer for us as we reclaim our health. Knowing there is someone else out there who experienced the struggle, has won the battle while still fighting the good fight provides a support. It will be a continued struggle. (I said she’s honest.) However, I can take control of my body. I am not alone in this struggle. When you read this book, you will know that You can take control of your body. You are not alone either.

As I was reading, I found that I could declare as Jessica did, “things had to change.”. I love that Jessica refers to 1 Corinthians 6:19 in her book. She gives great encouragement to all of us who have ever struggled with body image. I must admit that I struggled with body image even when I was at a healthy weight. Her idea of beginning with rejecting was a brilliant move! Nope…you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what I mean. All I will say is that my perspective is now in its proper place again…and will keep it there with the help of her many tips and insights.

I shared a little part of my story  with you so you may understand just how much Jessica’s story means to me. (gulp…those numbers are out there now!) I was taken by surprise at just how God is using Jessica and her book in my life at this moment…His Perfect Timing. Saturday, January 5, 2013 is the 14th Anniversary of the accident. I am posting this review on this date because I am creating a Positive Moment to Remember on January 5ths in the future. I am excited to say . . . I have a Proper Perspective. -35.8 pounds is a ‘do-able’ Goal. I’ll be Celebrating all future January 5ths as a ‘Pound Loser-Health Finder’ Anniversary!

So…What do YOU have to Lose?! Improper perspective? A negative body image? Bad eating habits? Self-control issues? A few pounds or 100 pounds? 

No Matter what Your Goals Are this year, I know you’ll be encouraged by Jessica and her book, 100 Pound Loser: How I Ate What I Wanted, Had Four Babies, & Still Took Control Of My Weight – And You Can Too!

*Grab a Copy of Jessica’s Book HERE.

Jessica’s Blog ~ Muthering Heights and other Senseless Sensibilities

Thank You Note ~ Jessica, I offer my sincere, heart-full ‘Thank You!’ to you. One day this year, I pray that God Blesses you as He is blessing others thru your heart and the work of your hands. Also, that one day, I’ll be able to give you a {HUG} in person. For now…here’s a cyber {HUG}. Love Ya, Susie 🙂

*Jessica gave me a copy of her book for a review.  I am pleased & honored to help her spread the word about her book!

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Morning Bible Study > Living Stones

><> It’s the week of September 23, 2012 and I’m staring Week 6 of my Hello Mornings Challenge.

My Prayer from Insights Learned ~ 1 Peter 2:1-12 ~ Bible Study Kept : Secure in His Hands Whatever I face. 

In these verses, Peter talks about Stones and Rocks…

Morning Bible Study

He references Isaiah 8:11-17 & they are so Encouraging
especially, when Isaiah continues in Isaiah 9:1-7 with the thought that…

we are now out of darkness and in His Wonderful Light
so we may Rejoice…

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and
the government will be on His shoulders.
And He will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”

This Child who was born to us & this Son who was given to us
is the same Living Stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone.
The one who Trusts in Him will never be put to shame.

Peter learned about who Jesus is when Jesus turned to him in Matthew 16:13-19

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah,
for this was not revealed to you by man,
but by my Father in heaven.
And I tell you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven:
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Like Peter, If we Believe, Trust in Jesus, we will never be put to shame.
Like Peter, When the Father reveals to us who Jesus is and we can say:
“You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”, we can also know that:
_____ (enter your name) on this rock I will build my church, and
the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven:
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

My Prayer: Father, God, In Jesus’ name,
May we, like Peter, as aliens and strangers in this world,
remember that we are also
“a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God,
that you (we) may Declare the Praises of Him
who called you (us) into His wonderful light.”.
May we be the Living Stones that Shout Your Praises! \o/

Susie and Marilyn

My *Shout* of Praise ~ *Shout* of Praise \o/ ~ I Praise You, Father for the Blessings of being in Your Family and the Surprises filled with Wonder-Full Delights delivered just when You know we Need them most! \o/ I spent some time with Dear Family Friends who were unexpectedly in our area this weekend. ♥ 🙂


Susie and Lydia

<>< What Praise will You *Shout* This Day!?! Please share your Praises in the comments’ section below!

May we Remember to *Shout* Praises\o/ every time we see a Stone…even if it is just shouted in our hearts! ♥ Love You, Susie 🙂

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