Shirley Turner Jean grew up in Rialto, California.  She graduated from Dwight D Eisenhower high school I 2004.  From there, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Cal State San Bernardino.  Shortly thereafter, Shirley obtained a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Azusa Pacific University.  She has sense obtained a number of credentials from Azusa Pacific University.  She currently lives in San Bernardino, California and teaches at Synergy Middle School in Los Angeles, California.  She is a PE teacher.

I say grace before I eat anything.  Literally, every single time no matter where I am.  When I was younger I was embarrassed about doing it in public, but now that I am an adult I don’t really care what others think about it.  I usually say about the same thing, but it differs if it is a big occasion or depending on who prepared the food.  If I am at home and I prepared the meal I usually will say something like, “Dear Heavenly Father, bless this food and use it to strengthen us and we pray for those less fortunate that are not able to partake.  In Jesus name, Amen.”  But, if, say, I’m at a restaurant I will say something like, “Lord, bless the hands that prepared this meal for us.  I ask that you use it to nourish our bodies and strengthen us.  We ask that you bless those that are less fortunate and cannot partake in this meal.  In Jesus name, Amen.”  So, see, it all depends on the situation.  It isn’t really a script or anything, but I think that the reason that it is usually so similar is because of how often I say it.  Imagine, how many times do you eat a day?  But, if it is a big dinner, like Thanksgiving it is a lot longer and a lot more detailed.  A lot more hands need to be blessed and a lot more things that we thank God for.  So, it really all depends on the situation, but it is always done before I eat anything.