“Real-Life Time”=Ask for Help . . . yes, that 4-letter word!

One Critical Lesson I’ve learned: 
“Real-Life Time”=Ask for Help . . . yes, that 4-letter word!


‘Real-Life’…chipped nail polish…

Though humbling, asking for help of any kind is hard for us women/moms to do yet, it is an important Blessing for those we are asking. I used to think, “I can’t ask for help because I’m supposed to be helping others.” That is a…LIE. Do Not be snared by that way of thinking. 

Sisters, Please, if you haven’t, Learn this Lesson Now & don’t wait until ‘Life Hits you from Behind’ & you have no other choice but to accept or even plead for help & encouragement for yourself and the ones you love.

How do we Encourage One Another if we do not know there is a need & how that person needs the help for EnCouragement is not only words but also actions? Let’s have a Truth Moment, We all have need of help in the “Real Life” times and asking for help only makes our bond as Christian Sisters Stronger. We share our lives, the parts with our make-up on and our best smile on our faces but…we need to also share the parts that the smile doesn’t quite reach our eyes & there was no time for make-up. The times when pony tails & chipped nail polish while sporting the same t-shirt you wore yesterday is the fashion of the day. The times when children [and maybe our husbands] are cranky and Mama is too but, we have to go and Encourage/Inspire those others who ‘seem’ to have it all together. 

Also, Asking for help in the small, ‘only matters to me’ things is important. God cares about what His Girls care about. So do your Sisters! I have to remember to ask myself this, “What would I say to my sister if she were to ask for help about this __ ?” Or “What would I say to my sister if I found out she didn’t ask for help with that __ ?” these questions help my Perspective and my Attitude. 🙂

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.! ~1 Peter 1:3

By the Way…Did you know? Asking for Prayer for yourself (& others/circumstances that affect others) IS a form of Praise! \o/ You are Acknowledging that God HEARS us + CAN & WILL DO Something about Your Request! \o/ PRAISE God that Jesus Gave us the GIFT of Prayer thru our Reconciled Relationship with Our Heavenly Father Thru His Death & Resurrection! Remember, He is our High Priest who Intercedes for us!

May You Be EnCouraged this Day to Share your ‘Real-Life Times’ with your Sisters. Now, I’m off to re-do my toenail polish! 😉

I Love You, Susie 🙂 

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Susie Cantrell ~ Mountain Ministry, Speaking

SusieMM413 ~ Susie Cantrell 🙂

Mountain Ministry ~ Philippians 4:13

Following her heartbreaking car crash in 1999,

“Hit From Behind” Our Car After the Accident  January 5, 1999

Susie Cantrell shares her testimony of God’s faithfulness when she was almost home with her children asleep in the back seat when they were hit from behind by a Semi. Since she is still on the long journey of healing, she has much to teach about the lessons that she learned and is learning at the feet of the Father.

Mountain Minsitry ~ Susie offers Encouragement for all of us making our way to the Mountain Top thru sharing Testimony & Teaching.

As a Christian Wife, Mom, Retired/Disabled High School Teacher, Writer, Artist & Speaker, please consider her for Your Next Event.

~ Women’s Events ~ Retreats ~ Conferences ~ Meetings ~

“When Life Hits You From Behind”

Includes A Unique Message for Your Group.

  ~”I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.” ~ ~ Philippians 4:13

 Note from Susie ~ Hope this finds you JOY-Full. So glad you stopped by. I look forward to discussing your group’s unique personality, focus, format and needs. Contact info is found on the About Me Tab. Please, leave a comment below.

Love Ya, Susie 🙂

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23rd Anniversary ~ John&Susie

On this special day, I am overwhelmed by Love &  so Thankful that God brought John & I together and keeps us together. Our marriage is a gift that has seen trials & victories and we know life will bring more of each. Walking together with our God, we will be able to face any circumstance as we continue this journey together.

Below is a prayer that is on a plaque that John & I have had since we were married. It holds much meaning & wisdom. I pray that it may be your prayer as it has been ours with God’s Love being the tie that binds together hearts & lives.

For His Glory,

Love Ya, Susie 🙂

Marriage Prayer

Gracious Lord,

You have joined us in marriage

that we may walk courageously

life’s journey in mutual love and oneness of purpose.

Make us patient and forgiving toward one another

as You have been toward us.

Protect us and keep us Lord,

in the hour of difficulty and temptation

According to Your tender mercies.

We stand together, united by Your love

for Your glory.


(unknown author)

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“Humor is one of God’s most marvelous gifts. Humor give us smiles, laughter and gaiety. Humor makes our heavy burden light and smoothes the rough spots in our pathways.”

~ Sam Ervin

Humor ~ bonding agent for families…at least for ours thru rough, unanchored storms.

Humor! 🙂

😀 How’s your sense of humor?  Is humor a bonding agent in you family’s life? Please share your comments to enCourage others!

Thanks, Love Ya! Susie 🙂

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* It’s YOUR TURN ~

True happiness consists not in the multiude of  friends, but in the worth and choice. ~ quote by Ben Jonson


Yes, It’s YOUR TURN to Tell Me What You Think! 

What is your reaction to Ben’s Quote?

Looking forward to hearing Your Thoughts! Be sure to comment on each others’ comments also!

Love Ya! Susie 🙂

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Our Daughter, Martha’s 20th Birthday! :)

Our Daughter, Martha’s 20 Birthday ~ Thursday, February 03, 2010 

Good Mornin’ Glory! 🙂  Quiet Time Encouragement. Foundation Verse, John 14:5-31.

This Mornin’s Scripture ~ Psalm 139; Isaiah 62:10-12

          This mornin’ at 11:03 am 20 years ago on a Sunday mornin’, our daughter, Martha Linn was born.  I praise our Father in heaven for Martha. Also for her heart that always seeks understanding, for her smile that is always ready with a laugh and a song as well as, for her spirit that is always ready to be compassionate toward others.  She had a heart for God at a young age and was baptized on a Sunday in September of 1996. And thus, our second child was saved and had confessed her faith in Christ Jesus!

Martha Linn, Our Princess

Martha Linn, Our Princess

          It is a precious thing to have a daughter and yet it brings out very funny reactions from fathers-to-be.  “A girl? Oh, that’s not fair!  That’s so not fair that she won’t be able to date until she’s 50!  And even then, no boy will ever be good enough for her!”  Yes, fathers are so protective of their daughters!  Our Martha was no exception because the moment she arrived, she had her father’s heart.  Yes, she was his little princess. She even had a bright pink button for her diaper bag that confirmed that she was indeed a princess! 🙂

          For Moms it is a little different.  We thoroughly understand with delighted hearts that we have a little princess since we are one ourselves. However, we also know a princess needs to be trained in ‘the art of being His princess’. 🙂   It is amazing how God has put His character into a father and a mother to symbolize just how He loves us so much.  A Father has immediate cherished love that wishes only to delight his daughter.  A Mother has immediate bonded love from the time they have spent together. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” 

          Of course, a Mom also wishes to delight her daughter’s heart and see joy in her eyes. Yet, she has a knowledge of the whole of a ‘princess personality’ that allows her to have insight from her own experiences. Yet again, there is a tendency to over-empathize so, the Lord provides a father to keep a balance and keep watch over both of the princesses in his house. This reminds me of Psalm 139 that describes how our Heavenly Father knows us intimately and is always with us…

           “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

          Yes, Our Heavenly Father knows us and makes sure that we know He is with us.  He also makes sure that we know He is with our children.  Jerusalem, the people of Israel were often described as a daughter. And just like Jerusalem, our Father wants for us to be described as Isaiah speaks of Jerusalem…read as though you are Jerusalem…

          For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, [a] and your land Beulah [b]; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.

  1. Isaiah 62:4 Hephzibah means my delight is in her.
  2. Isaiah 62:4 Beulah means married.

          Yes, we are the Bride of Christ, Princess of the King of Kings, Daughter of the Most High God! What a Precious Honor to help and watch her discover the Princess she is and walk along side her on her journey so far. One discovery her Heart has made is a Love for the Children of Peru and another is for sharing a message thru fashion of ‘Healthy Beauty’ to girls, youth & women everywhere. I can’t wait to see what the Lord reveals to her next as she is discovering His delight in her.

Martha Linn

Martha Linn

It is my prayer for Martha (and all of His daughters) that they may know this Precious Truth.  May we live our lives seeking to shine our lights out like the dawn, a blazing torch. May others see our righteousness that we may be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of our God! May we know that His delight is in us, His daughters. His Princesses! ~ In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 Have a JOY-full day, knowing that “The LORD has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, His reward is with Him, and His recompense accompanies Him.’ “They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.”

Happy Birthday Martha Linn, Our Princess! 🙂  

Love Ya, Susie 🙂
 <>< “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13, NKJV

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Grace & New Fallen Snow

Mornin' Quiet-Time Thoughts 🙂

Early in the pre-dawn mornings, I often find myself awake. It is in these times of stillness that I know I will hear more clearly from my God… if I will just be still my own soul and listen. This morning was such a time. The new fallen snow was a blanket over our property as I looked out the window. I sat enveloped by the complete stillness of the peaceful, snow-covered scene tinted by the last of the cloud-filtered moonlight.
I could imagine all of creation tucked in by this comforter blanket of snow. Yet, much like disruptions in my life, I also knew there would be the tracks of our dog & the rabbits & of course those squirrels he’d chase disrupting the scene soon enough. My squirrel chasing life would wait for at the moment… there was stillness.
Stillness of nature and of my soul both pausing in our busy purposes to still enjoy being simply ‘the created’. And for this soul, pausing to know that unlike the snow which will melt away, I have the covering of Grace with me always. Grace thru the Son, Jesus’ sacrifice, allows me to enter the most peace-Full scene imaginable – The presence of God.

“Grace, like new fallen snow,
covers us and muffles the noise of this world
so that if we be still and listen;
we would hear the presence of God.”

~ quote by ~ Susanne Christine Cantrell 01-20-2011

I pray that you have a Blanket Stillness sometime soon as you recall the comfort of Grace in your life. OR, If you have no idea what I’m talkin’ about with this Grace stuff…Please, leave me a comment with a way to contact you asking “What’s Grace got to do with it?” & I will be glad to have a conversation with you.

Have a JOY-Full Day! Love Ya! Susie 🙂

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*Revised+Pics Added* To Readers~ Why Mountain Ministry?! :)

*Please Note* This is a REVISED Post ~ January 24, 2011 of the January 8, 2011 Post.

Dear MM413 Readers & Fellow Sojourners~

Why Mountain Ministry?! It all began with a Mountain set before me. Then, I began

Susie 🙂

looking at all those Mts. in my past, the journeys between Mts & looked forward to the LORD’s Mountain. 

“I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

Because of the growing-up lessons, marriage & parenthood lessons, the life-death lessons & the climbing & waiting lessons I am learning . . . Philippians 4:13 is the foundation of  Mountain Ministry as an Encouragement thru Art, Speaking, Teaching & Writing. Nehemiah 8:10 has become a comforting cloak along the way thru many sad, lonely, fear-full, frustrating, pain-full yet, Hopefully JOY-Full stretches of this journey with my Shepherd. Neh. 8:10~ “The JOY of the Lord IS my Strength.” I look forward to encouraging you as we travel along the path less traveled Journey, whether we travel short or long distances together. We are fellow sojourners to that final Mountain Top as described in Isaiah 25:6-9. (see verse below) We all have mountains, valleys, deserts, oceans, rivers, dark forests, wide open plains & yes, Mt. Tops to experience along the way. I am honored to travel with you.

*My most important Encouragement is for each of us to remember that Jesus, our Shepherd…our Salvation, our Provider, our well . . . our Everything, Will be with us every moment of our journey. I know this from Personal Experience. I am excited to share the lessons I have learned at the feet of the Father during the quiet & not-so-quiet times of my journey. He has taught me so much before, during & after a Car-Vs-Semi accident that changed everything for our family~ my husband, John & our children, Andrew & Martha. 

Andrew ~ age 9, grade 4

 I praise God that Andrew, then 9 & Martha, then 7 were not seriously injured. I had a Brain Injury & various soft-tissue injuries from head to toe. That was 12 years ago as of January 5, 2011. It has been an interesting journey with our LORD.

Martha ~ age 7, grade 2


I look forward to especially sharing lessons from this real-life experience of “When Life Hits You From Behind”. It will be one part of the good that God is bringing from something so bad.

Thank You for sharing your journey with me.  I encourage you to ‘like’ & comment after my posts. I am just starting at the foot of this Blogging Mt.! Feedback is Much Appreciated. Please share your thoughts & journey experiences as well. I am always ready & excited to learn from you, cry with you & shout for Joy too! 🙂

Have a JOY-Full Day!

Love Ya! Susie 🙂
< “I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
< “The Joy of the Lord is my strength” ~ Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

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Good Mornin’ Glory! :) Our Son, Andrew’s 22nd Birthday! :)


Tuesday, January 06, 2011

Our Son, Andrew’s 22nd Birthday! 🙂

Good Mornin’ Glory! 🙂  Quiet Time Encouragement.

Foundation Verse, John 14:5-31

This Mornin’s Scripture ~ Psalm 53:2; Psalm 127; Matthew 1:21

   This mornin’ at 4:37am our son turned 22 years old.

   He has been a delight to John and I since before he was born. I remember the exclamation of “Oh! That baby just opened his eyes and is looking at me!” This was from the nurse doing the sonogram! Yes, Andrew was seeking since before he was born. He also did the same at his birth. The doctor laughingly announces that he is looking at him just as soon as he was in the light. 
   God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

   We prayed for Andrew to be a servant of God, to seek Him and to be used by Him since before He was born, even as he was running around in the womb. 🙂 We are so blessed to be able to say that yes, Andrew did seek the LORD and was found by Him. At the age of 6½, Andrew was asking if he could pray to be saved and could explain why he needed and wanted to be! 🙂 He was baptized October 8, 1995. God has been growing him into the man of God that he was created to be ever since.

   It’s interesting to me when I find two scriptures that I’ve known and heard that are actually in the same Chapter, thus are related to each other in a way that I had not thought about before. So it was when I discovered that “Unless the LORD builds the house…” is linked to “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children are a reward from him…” 

   “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to [a] those he loves. Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.”

            Footnotes: a. Psalm 127:2 Or eat—/ for while they sleep he provides for

   This scripture passage continues to encourage me that John & I are rewarded by our God with a son. Blessed are we that God keeps His promises and is the one who is providing for Andrew throughout the journey that He is leading him on and providing for us throughout this journey of parenthood. God does indeed know about parenthood and I am so thankful for His Son’s sacrifice that my son would have eternal life and yet, abundant life here and now. ”She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” By God’s grace, may I remember to seek God and may we continue to see the Blessings of our son as provided by His!

Have a JOYful day, Knowing that it is the LORD that builds the house and watches over those He loves! Know also that you are Loved, a Blessing, a Heritage and a Reward as well, since, because of His Son, Jesus, we are able to be adopted as Sons of God! Thank You, Father! 🙂 

Love Ya, Susie 🙂

<>< “I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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Faith when the sun is hidden

(photo by: Martha Linn Cantrell)
I would rather be in a dark cave with Jesus
than in the sunlight or artificial-light without Him.
For it is Jesus, The Light of the World
who came down into darkness
so that you & I might have His Light within us
and Never be truely ‘in the dark’ again but, live by Faith! 
Even when we can’t see the sun,
the Son is Always with us!
Do you have Faith when the sun is hidden?

Love Ya, Susie 🙂
“I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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