Thursday, 26 May 2022

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Celebrate Lit: Stacy T. Simmons

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Stacy T. Simmons writes uplifting fiction that delights the reader’s romantic sensibilities. Thirty-four years of marital bliss is a great contributor. She is a mom of two grown children, and she and her family have a menagerie of pets she likes to call “Noah’s Ark.” You can find her working on her next manuscript with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee nearby. She loves to connect with her readers via her website at https://www.stacytsimmonsauthor.com/
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Putting Feet to My Prayers

This unique adage was what my ninth grade Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Patricia Cox would share with we girls before she launched into “circus ringmaster mode.” While we were a small group of, eight, all of us were prodigious talkers. Separated geographically into differing high schools, Sunday was our time to catch up with one another. She’d tame our talking by giving us a nugget from her faith walk. On this particular Sunday, she said for us to make sure to “put feet to our prayers.” Our group was confused by her words. Ever wise Mrs. Cox went on to explain that this meant we needed to be people of both prayer and action. Flash forward many years later, and this saying has stayed with me tighter than hold-all glue. Pray, then make sure to focus and do things toward that concerning issue you’ve chosen to ask the Almighty.

One memorable time my proverbial “feet” were in action, was when my husband came to me and asked if I wanted to move to Rochester, New York. I’d landed my dream job as a Kindergarten teacher, and we had been in our home a year. To say I was shocked would not describe the myriad of feelings assaulting me at that moment. Dead of winter, the moving truck chugged to our new home amidst a bank of fluffy snow, with more falling by the moment. My fervent prayers were to fit into this new locale, which was much different than my warm and sunny hometown of Tampa, Florida. It took time, more prayers, and listening to Jesus’ nudging for me to begin to unwrap the “cloak” of newness weighing on my shoulders. Not only did we find a wonderful church home, grow our family by two blessings, but we also connected with lifelong friends.

Would I suggest that you too “put feet to your prayers?” Most definitely, even if it means acquiring a shiny new pair of LL Bean boots in the process, and one very large snow shovel. Happy traveling, everyone.

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