The Love of a Grandma

Who would have thunk the golden years would be this full. The long, lonely hours of writing books have been replaced by the exciting opportunities of speaking around the country.

Then all of this is now punctuated by glorious grandma-moments with daughter Betsy’s 3 children half an hour away in Southern Oregon and monthly visits to care for daughter Emily’s new son in Northern CA. Some aspects of grandma-hood however are not for the faint-of-heart as seen in this short video clip.

Dear God, keep this grandma strong for the climb!

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Cooling Thoughts Amidst a Southern Oregon Scorcher

legless-doll-photoAs the summer temperatures top 100 this killer-July in southern Oregon, I am cooled by an eyelet-clad doll standing on a shelf in my office.

She was a gift designed and created by a dear lady in a retirement home where I spoke not too long ago.

Two things about this little Judy doll touch my heart.
She has no legs, just like me.
And the designer chose curly blond locks in place of my white hair.

Yes, it’s true I have no physical legs, but thankfully, God has crafted me strong spiritual limbs, that run others right into His presence as I distribute my three books and give speeches to young and old.

And my kewpie doll’s blond curls validate Psalm103:5b from the Message Bible: You’re always young in His presence. (A promise that I value more and more!)

Grateful am I, this hot day, for the wise octogenarian, who is now with the Lord, who gave me a tangible reminder of how cool God’s love is.

And I’m claiming God’s promise in Isaiah 46:4 to turn down the heat on the aging process: Even to your old age I am He, and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you. (Amplified Bible)

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Bible Study Kindle Release Sale: July 8-12th

Celebrating the Kindle Release of the Living in the Names of God Companion Bible Study. Take advantage of this 5 day special and download the Kindle Bible Study for FREE! Sale ends July 12th! Remember the Bible Study is designed to be a companion guide to the Living in the Names of God chapter book which is also available on Kindle and Amazon.

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First a Speaker. . .Then a Writer

I tell people that I’m a sJudySpeech1peaker first, then a writer.

I gave my first speech at age 13, but didn’t begin taking writing classes until I was almost 50 years old. Writing is work for me, whereas delivering a speech is my joy!

It’s interesting how the chore called writing has enhanced my joy called speaking. Speaking opportunities were few and far between pre-publication of my books, but that changed drastically when His Majesty in Brokenness was born.

Now David and Judy go where the books lead. First came His Majesty in Brokenness, then Living in the Names of God and most recently the Living in the Names of God Bible Study – with each book come more invitations to speak: Atlanta, San Antonio, Seattle, Portland, Colorado Springs, San Francisco Bay Area.

The venues vary and I love every one:

  • Brunches, luncheons and teas
  • Church services
  • Christian schools
  • Bible study groups
  • Hospital support groups
  • Christian Women’s Clubs
  • Weekend retreats
Teaching on Living in the Names of God at a Women’s Retreat

Teaching on Living in the Names of God at a Women’s Retreat

Judy Speech at Tea

“His Name is Wonderful” Talk at a Women’s Tea

How I treasure the rapt attention of audiences of all ages as I tell my Jesus-Judy stories – how Jesus met me in the pit, cheerleading me on and carrying me out. And that same Jesus wants to meet you in your pit.

I love the heart connections that follow the talks, when people tell me that my stories help them see God in their story.


Connecting with Guests while Signing Books

I count it a privilege to encourage the grief-stricken, the devastated and those with brokenness of all sorts. I knew my story of brokenness would strike a universal chord, even as Christian editors rejected my submitted chapter manuscripts. Over and again I was shot down by these words: “Your message, Judy, is good but limited to too small of a population – those who are physically disabled and their families. Christian publishers are looking for material that will reach a broader audience.”

From deep down inside I would counter their No-Thank-You’s with, “Aren’t we all disabled?”

God knew what they didn’t know: Elohim, the Creator God who makes no mistakes. would use a woman with no legs and feet to get His foot in the door to heal humanity’s pain and shame, be it physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, social, financial, and above all else, spiritual.

Yes, we are all broken. And classic God-style is to choose a blatantly-broken spokesperson like me to publicly model connecting brokenness with the Only One Who Can Mend Us – Jesus Christ Himself.

Satan licks his chops intending that humanity’s suffering kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus Christ disabled all forms of dis-ability on the cross turning the sting into holy ground.

What an honor to help others peak out of the storm cellars of their lives to behold the nail-scarred hand of Jesus welcoming them, oh, so tenderly:

Hand over your handicaps. Give Me your physical, and emotional wheelchairs. I’ll take your empty chairs of loneliness. Your size 4X shirt. Your unresolved conflicts at home and at work. Give me your bankruptcy papers. Your tear-filled hankies. Your shame. Your aging body. Your stumbling block of can-do pride. Entrust to Me your sense of unworthiness. Your fear of tomorrow.

The battle’s won. From now on, we’re a team. I AM yours and you are Mine. Whatever you need, I AM!

A Million Dollar hug from a little boy following a speech in Georgia.

A Million Dollar hug from a little boy following a speech in Georgia.

I love the afterglow of a speech – a time of connecting, a time of rejoicing. I thought my 2013 hug from little Brantley in a church outside of Atlanta could never be topped. Initially I thought this little guy must have mistaken me for someone famous, as he and his little ankle braces ran unabashedly into my arms to deliver his million-dollar hug. I heard and received his message loud and clear: “We’re special and don’t forget it!”

Just recently Brantley’s power-packed hug was equaled – once again by a little child who was one of 500 first through eighth-graders attending her school’s weekly chapel.

Little Lizzie, a first-grader struggling with dyslexia, told her mom the following: “We had a speaker in chapel today, Mom. Her name was Judy and she was born without legs. Judy doesn’t struggle with reading like I do, but Judy had lots of struggles. It’s okay because God used them and He’ll use mine too. You know, Mom, my brain is like Judy’s legs!”


Judy with three dear 5th graders at Christian School Talk

Lord, help us all to connect the dots like Wise Lizzie, Your little lamb with dyslexia.

Thanks for inspiring me, precious Lizzie. You inspire me so that more than ever I want to get the message out: Indeed, His Majesty meets us in our brokenness and from that wasteland He promises to make His Masterpiece!

My bags are packed. My speeches are ready. I invite any one of you to call me or e-mail me. Do you need a speaker at your church, your club, your school, or your retreat? I’m on a roll, blessed by God’s promise in Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is on me. The Lord has chosen me to tell good news to the poor and to comfort those who are sad. He sent me to tell the captives and prisoners that they have been set free. (ERV Easy-to-read Version)

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The Living in the Names of God Bible Study is Now Available!

“To God be the Glory, great things He hath done…”

My spirit is singing these words loud and clear!
However, saying “yes” to a book in one’s belly is not for sissies. Writing then rewriting ad infinitum, then editing and reediting and reediting again seemed endless. But thankfully Jehovah Raah’s cheers (raah, raah, raah!) kept this old lady going. What a relief to know the Lord as the Author and Finisher and me as His scribe. Then came the glorious day. . .

JudySquier_LivingInNamesOfGod_BibleStudyPinch me, graphic designer Naphy! Are we really across the finish line? Twice we thought we were there, then the finish line moved! But the third time this mother-daughter team submitted the manuscript to was a win. Thank You, Lord!

You’ll meet some new participants in this book:

  • Meet Pastor Don Needham from Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO. He wrote the preface, but more than that he was my go-to when I needed theological counsel. David and I met Don on a Joni and Friends Wheels for the World mission trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2010. Delighted were we to discover a shared love for the Old Testament Hebrew names of God!
  • Meet Mia Moreing Russell, an artist who granted permission to share her names of God art. Her drawings were inspired as she learned to know God more deeply through my Living in the Names of God chapter book. After each chapter, she drew a tribute to His name. Enjoy her black and white pictures in the new Bible Study book, but be sure to also go to her coming soon website: to see what she sketched and painted in vibrant colors.
  • Meet Amy Mayfield, a retired textbook editor who now has a booming pet-sitting business in southwest Oregon. She’s Auntie Amy to our two dachsies, Joshua Gunther von Squier III and Gretel Grace I. She kept busy this winter doing an in-depth content edit and then a proofread while holding Gretel Grace on her lap and kicking tennis balls for our addicted-to-fetching Mr. Gunther.

LivingInTheNamesOfGod-2BooksUsed in conjunction with the Living in the Names of God chapter book, this companion Bible Study will take you beyond my personal experiences with God into the lives of biblical characters and – even better – into your own life. As you honestly and prayerfully work through the questions, you will discover God’s involvement in your life in ways you never realized before.

The lessons are designed for individual and/or group study and are appropriate for the following:

  • Inquirers: those who are experiencing a curiosity about God
  • Seekers: those who sense God tugging at their heart
  • Finders: those who welcome names to ascribe to the God they love

Along with the new book I am always available to speak (truly I am a speaker first, then a writer). I have given Names of God talks in several churches already and just this weekend conducted the first Living in the Names of God Ladies Retreat (men would have enjoyed it too). Together we chronicled our spiritual journeys by identifying which names of God met us along the way.

My prayer is that learning to know God on a first-name basis will ignite an ever-deepening love affair between you and the One whose grandeur requires oh-so-many names.  Now let your God hunt begin: Let those on the hunt for You – sing and celebrate. (Psalm 70:4 MSG)

So without further ado – here is my new book!

LINOG_BS-Cover_4-8-14-correctedLiving in the Names of God Bible Study is available for $12.50 on my website: and Amazon. A Kindle version will be available soon!

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Judy Squier’s on a Roll . . . Finally!

I’ve set my deadline to get my Living in the Names of God bible studies to Createspace for publication. Soooo that means I become a recluse – David slips food under my office door; He pulls the plug if my phone call exceeds 5 minutes. I am allowed to sleep and so far God has allowed me to indulge in food rewards. Yes, you may stop in with Dairy Queen blizzards or that killer chocolate cake from Costco. Just slide it under my office door.

My love affair with the names of God is on the move.

I am tickled that as she reads about one of the names in Living in the Names of God, she draws the name. Here’s one of Mia’s artistic expressions:

Jehovah-Raah_Mia-Russell-2014-1You’ll be seeing more of them.

Armida attended the Names of God bible study at our church in 2012-2013.
She poetically displays what the Hebrew names represent. I love how she captures the heart of who He is. Amazing how she captures the meaning in so few words.

Here is one of her poems:


His name is El Shaddai — the All-Sufficient One
He fills my soul and makes me know that besides Him, there is none.
There are so many things I know I cannot do or be;
But quietly He whispers, “For all these, you have Me.”

Whether it’s finding my way in retirement, with time I didn’t have before,
He beckons to me to be still: He promises to tell me more.
As I sit at His feet and nervously wonder what I’ll do with each hour,
He says to me, in such a gentle tone, “In Me — with Me– is your power.”

“You can stop the worrying, anxious thoughts as you search to find your place.
Wait on Me; Listen to Me and always seek My face.
Whatever you do; wherever you go — it’s a daily walk with Me.
I’ve ordered your steps; I’ll see you through: I’m your All-Sufficiency.”

“So trust Me in the unfamiliar places that scare you because they’re new,
Remember, I’ve planned and prepared them all – and put them there just for you.
You feel inadequate, unprepared –for all disqualified
But these very things are My instruments to bring you to My side.”

“Drink deeply of Me, be satisfied — you won’t exhaust My store;
No matter how much you think you’ve taken; remember, there’s always more.
To encourage your dependence on Me, the road is sometimes steep,
It serves My purpose to teach you yet, in Me your confidence to keep.”

“Rejoice in the challenges; I’ve put them there for godly character to build;
Trust in Me for for everything, and with joy your heart will be filled.
You really can’t do life on your own; it’s all orchestrated by Me
I’m your power, your strength, your all in all: your All-Sufficiency.”

M. Armida Snyder
January 11, 2013

Then came Shelley’s surprise box. I wouldn’t let myself open it until I finished writing my Jehovah Tsidkenu bible study, which by the way turned out to be the hardest so far. Three days later I finally earned the right to open it.

OH MY!!! Look at this masterpiece:

Names-of-God-Rock_Shelley-2014-1Shelley, how do you do it? And what happens if you goof? Do you begin again with another rock?

What about you?
Those of you who have read or are in the process of reading Living in the Names of God, have you seen Him? Have you found a creative expression to convey a growing love for Him? Show and Tell me how you are living out what you have learned. Can’t wait to hear from you. Remember I won’t be answering the door this month, so slip your drawing or poem or whatever under my office door.

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Highlighting the Names of God

For this blog entry, I thank our daughter, Naphtalie, since it is from her January, 2014 blog that I am borrowing the pictures.

Daughter Naphy and I have worked together on my two books: His Majesty in Brokenness and Living in the Names of God. Jesus and I write the books and Jesus and Naphy (and my husband David too) produced them.

Naphy surprised me this Christmas with note cards with the 18 names of God from my new book. I love how she coordinated the colors on the book cover with the colors on the cards. I love, love, love each one of them.

Here is the book cover followed by the beautiful cards.


Names-of-God-18-goelShe may have to buy me another set (hint! hint!) since I’m having trouble parting with any one of them. THANK YOU, THANK YOU NAPHY at Scatter Joy Designs.

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Praying Your Christmas Season Overflows with God Sightings

Living in the names of God describes my life these days as I focus on finishing the Companion Guide/Bible Study to Living in the Names of God. Eighteen Hebrew names of our mighty God are dancing around in my head so that I see Him more than ever in Christmas sermons and music. In Isaiah’s 9:6 and in Handel’s Messiah I detect the presence of El Gibbor (Mighty God) and El Olam (Eternal Father) and Jehovah Shalom (Prince of Peace).

Friends bless me with conversation about their growing awareness of His presence. Just this week my friend Terry talked about meeting El Roi, the God who Sees as he read chapter 7. Terry’s been living life with a paralyzed body for the past thirty years and expressed gratitude that the same El Roi that companioned with Hagar companions with him. He also said he could empathize with my statement about feeling like the poster child for the Neighborhood Outcast.

Penny emailed me the day she started and finished reading Living in the Names of God. Immediately she sat down at her computer and personalized each name ending up with her own stories (possibly a book in the making) of God’s faithfulness in her life. All of that in one day mind you.

Fauneil called the day after Thanksgiving. Recovering from a stroke she declined invitations to dine out and instead feasted and meditated on the Hebrew names of God in my book. Jehovah Shammah was there with her.

Armetha wowed our bible study last year when she read poems she’d written to capture God’s revelation of Himself packaged in His names.

Mia sketches, then paints an artistic rendition of each name one chapter at a time.

One of Mia's Sketches

One of Mia’s Sketches

Yes, the Lord liveth and blesses us with His presence. Oh the joy of meeting Him in the dailies and growing in our understanding of Who He is, how He wants to be known and what He wants to do in our lives.

Speaking of growing, I have a growing collection of items containing the Hebrew names that I love:

Daughter Emily presented me with the perfect 2013 birthday gift as I was writing the chapter book and teaching the names of God bible study.

IMG_0492This bird’s nest is filled with shells, sea glass and driftwood she collected on which she inscribed Elohim, El Elyon, Jehovah, Jehovah Raah, Jehovah Shammah, El Roi, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Tsidkenu, El Shaddai, El Gibbor, Jehovah Jireh, Adonai, Adonai Tsuri, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Shalom, Jehovah Mekoddishkem, El Olam and Go’el.

Alma and my bible study women presented me with this names of God wreath. Intermingled with feathers are autographed paper leaves containing each woman’s favorite name of God.

JudySuierBlog_12-4-13-5Cheree, a sister in Christ from Southern Oregon’s JAF Family Retreat, presented me with this priceless plaque the same week we placed our first order for fifty books. The gift arrived in a bag decorated with the names of God.

JudySuierBlog_12-4-13-2My friend Amy placed my book strategically in the seat pocket of an airplane hoping to spread the word about the Lord and about the book. So dear!! Thank you, Amy. And thank you everyone for supporting me in so many ways.

JudySuierBlog_12-4-13-3That’s my update. Now what about you? Have you discovered your favorite name of God yet? Where have you encountered Him this year? I’d love to hear how God has become more personal in your life thanks to His many names.

I’ll keep you posted when in 2014 the Companion Guide/Bible Study is available. My prayer is that it increases your awareness of your Ever-present Companion who longs for you to trust Him in the tough times and thank Him when the good times roll. Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see You.

Haven’t gotten the book yet. It’s available through or through Amazon.

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Life’s Big Moments are Worth Waiting For

“Life is made up of ordinary days, when there’s no one there to praise you and no one to pat you on the back. But throw your very best into today and one day all those ordinary days will make a BIG MOMENT in your life…” – Ann Kiemel Anderson

A BIG MOMENT in our lives! Graduation day. The day we get our driver’s license. Our wedding day. The birth of a child. The job we’ve dreamed of… But what about those BIG MOMENTS that we pray for year after year after year? Those are the ones that seem to grow bigger the longer we wait.

Judy-Squier-PrayingWhen I was in my thirties and forties and fifties, I prayed for something in particular. Every year for thirty years I prayed it would happen. Listening to Dr. Dobson’s fatherly voice five days a week on the Focus on the Family broadcast, I whispered my prayer. Mothering three little girls, wishing I was a mama octopus with eight legs instead of a mama without legs, I prayed. I hung on to Dr. Dobson’s counsel for dear life clinging to each word of encouragement and his tried and true advice. Secretly, year after year, broadcast after broadcast I prayed: “Lord, someday, somehow, make me the person he’s interviewing. Pretty please, Lord.”

Then came Valentines week, 2013. The Squiers were honored to be invited to the Family Talk Gathering with Dr. James Dobson and his staff in Palm Springs, California. For four days we were present in the same room with him, but never actually talked. I contributed a loud wolf whistle one night when he tried to quiet the audience before the program began and one afternoon I spontaneously prayed after someone’s heartfelt speech. Upon returning home to Oregon, I posted my Where’s Dr Dobson? blog, which made it’s way to him thanks to Sydna Masse and LuAnne Crane.

Then came a BIG MOMENT e-mail from Family Talk (I call it the e-mail of the millennium) on April 5, 2013: “We are so pleased to confirm your upcoming interview with Dr. James Dobson on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at our Family Talk offices in Colorado Springs.”

Driving our rental car to the interview that day, I asked David, my dear husband, “Are you nervous?” Yes, he was, and imagine his surprise to hear me report that I had not an ounce of fear. Nervous? Why would I be? Wasn’t I on the brink of a BIG MOMENT in my life? Hadn’t I just that morning written A.P. Answered Prayer by Psalm 37:4 in my Bible? Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

First came a tour of the Family Talk site, then a visit with Dr. Dobson in his office, then we headed to the recording studio for THE INTERVIEW. I sat across from Dr Dobson with only our microphones and a table between us. He introduced me as the author of His Majesty in Brokenness and Living in the Names of God. Next came a question about my childhood, then another and another – lots of questions about my birth, then early childhood, then teen years.

With a PhD in child psychology plus a heart of compassion, Dr. Dobson was greatly disturbed by the delivery room doc’s statement to my father, “Your daughter is going to live I am sorry to say.” He visibly grieved for my father when the church elders came calling to tell him surely his sin had brought on such a calamity.

“How did you feel as that little girl, Judy?”

“No one ever asked me back then how I felt,” I admitted. That surprised and troubled him. By the end of the interview, I felt Dr. Dobson assumed the protective Papa Bear role for my family and me, as we tried to cope and make sense of one of life’s difficult situations, a child with a disability.

Stopped by the clock, Dr. Dobson changed focus of the questions and a second broadcast will be aired regarding the sanctity of human life. We talked about unborn babies with Down syndrome being aborted, we talked about my story being a sanctity of life story. I’m told both interviews will air during sanctity of life month sometime in January, 2014.

Dr. James Dobson with Judy and David Squier

Dr. James Dobson with Judy and David Squier

Looking back, I realize that this interview differed from the three others I’ve done in the past year. Other interviewers have jumped to the happy ending – the orthopedic shoe that God turned to gold, the deformed left hand that now preaches a three-point sermon. But Dr. Dobson’s wisdom chose to highlight the trenches, the boot camp where faith and character grow. He wasn’t afraid to face the beast – we all have one or more – that drives us to the end of ourselves creating in us a need for God.

THANK YOU, Dr. Dobson for escorting and accompanying me back to those early years of pain and shame, for defending me at a time when my family was in too much shock to do so. Thank you for voicing your distress. In so doing you helped me to see our Heavenly Father’s heart. Indeed He, too, was aghast at the obstetrician’s insensitivity; yes, His heart ached when the church elders condemned my father rather than pointing him to Christ’s response about the man blind from birth in John 9:3 It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God may be displayed in him.

And thank You, Lord, for scheduling this BIG MOMENT in my life and for giving me the patience to keep the squeaky prayer wheel turning. And one more thing, Lord. Dr Dobson and I ask You to use our broadcast to remind others that

No matter what, they are of great value to You;
That in Christ, no suffering is ever wasted;
And that all human brokenness is a potential display case for Your glory, God!

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Note: My two interviews are scheduled to air during sanctity of life month sometime in January, 2014. Please check back on my Upcoming Events Page or Family Talk’s website for more detailed information.

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“Living in the Names of God” is Now available on Kindle

Living-in-Names-of-God_KindleJust wanted to make a special announcement:

Living in the Names of God is now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle for $3.99.

You can purchase it here.

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