Walk Day #7, Stephanie

My sweet friend Stephanie is a unicorn.

She’s one of the rare people you can still find these days NOT taking part in social media. I remember when those two paths diverged about 10 years ago, don’t you? Well, her family took the one less traveled by. You can tell the difference.

Stephanie has always been someone I consider a prayer warrior. She also has a serenity about her that’s irresistible. Her life seems to follow a slow, more focused path than many of us with our time and attentions splintered. She reminds me that there is a life beyond followers and likes–an abundantly rich life of connection to God and the people He places in our life. Avoiding social media also protects her family’s privacy and time.

When she agreed to walk with me, I was a little afraid she would want to meet at 5 am, since she used to wake regularly to walk and pray before sunrise. Thankfully, we met Sunday after lunch, for a three-mile amble in an older neighborhood with lush, established landscaping.

We had only seen each other once in the last three or four years, so it was marvelous to catch up! They have been church and homeschool friends of ours for at least a decade, but lately our paths hadn’t crossed as much. She’s moved twice, found a new, vibrant church to serve in, and both she and her husband are in new careers.

Knowing her kids were getting older and she’d soon enough have an empty nest, Stephanie asked God last year to give her a new skill. Shortly afterward, a completely new kind of opportunity and desire was born. After a twisty journey that included opened doors that shut during Covid only to open again even more perfectly, she now teaches exercise classes in a way that is ideal for her family and Christian life. God really is interested in the small details of our lives, and loves us so much!

I loved the tour of their gorgeous new home. She has fabulous space indoors and out for entertaining families and Bible study groups, and there’s beautiful, uplifting art and scripture everywhere you look. It’s perfect.

She also insisted I try a new kind of cactus fruit I had never experienced. So fun!

Thank you for your friendship and encouragement to me, dear Stephanie. Let’s not wait another four years, though, okay?

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

– Psalm 34:8, ESV Bible

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

– Deuteronomy 6:6-9, ESV Bible

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