Month: March 2017

  • What’s Your Signature Scent?

    Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.  But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
                                              2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT

    So, what’s your signature scent?

    I love perfume with fresh scents that awaken your senses like a spring morning.  Fragrant and fresh, that’s what I look for in a perfume bottle.

    It always amazes me how the same perfume that smells wonderful on one person just doesn’t work on another.  I remember years ago my mom wore a perfume called “Poison” and it smelled amazing on her.  When I tried it on I smelled like poison!

    Scents of The Spirit

    Fragrant Christians

    In 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 Paul compares Christians to perfume.   God calls believers to live life with a Christ-like fragrance for others to smell.

    The reality is that this fragrance will either be a welcomed scent or a stench in someone’s nostrils.  This explains why some people just don’t like you.  You can be nice and do what they want, but for some reason there seems no way to win their favor.  You wonder, “Do I smell?”

    Then there are others who just seem drawn to you.  There’s an instant connection.  Have you ever been somewhere and just click with someone you’ve only just met and they suddenly ask, “Are you a Christian?”  Your scent will either repel or refresh.  When you understand what Paul is teaching here you’ll begin to recognize that some people’s reaction to you may have very little to do with your actions, but with the fragrance of Christ in you.

    Wear Your Signature Scent

    Live your life like the perfume bottle that Mary poured out on Jesus feet.1  Don’t keep it to yourself.  Let the fragrance of Christ be expressed through your signature scent so others will be drawn to Him because of you!

    Prayer

    Father…I want the aroma of my life to rise up to You and be a pleasing fragrance to you.  Help me to live my life in a way that makes my scent sweet and Christ-like, not pungent because of my sin.  Let the fragrance of my life be one that draws others to You and not push them away.  Help me to recognize when others repel me because of their issues with You and not take offence, but surround them in prayer.  Make my life a fragrant offering to You! In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Let the fragrance of Christ be expressed through your signature scent! [/tweetthis]

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    1                John 12:13

    The perfumes and candles pictured here are some of my ‘signature scents.  They are from my friend Laci Corzo’s Scents of The Spirit line.
    http://www.scentsofthespirit.com

    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday MeditationsLaura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • Do You Feel a Change In The Weather?

    This morning God keeps this verse swirling inside my head.

    Hebrews 10:35-36

    It’s one of my life-verses and it’s ringing loud in my ears.

    A Change In The Weather

    Then I felt the Lord reminding me about the change in weather today.  It’s going to be 17°F/62°F! That’s crazy weather for March in Canada! Yesterday was -4°C/24°F. That’s a change of 21°C or 38°F!!!!

    I believe God is declaring through the weather that a shift is coming in circumstances. Those things long waited for are going to come to pass. Habakkuk said “though it linger, WAIT for it”!1

    LINGERING

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve been ‘lingering’ for a long time and waiting for God to break through.  I am going to be intentional and live proleptically2.  I’m going to thank God for the victory3 before it even comes, in faith believing HE IS TRUE TO HIS WORD, because I know He is!

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    I recorded a Facebook Live video related to this message on the afternoon I posted it.  Watch here to be encouraged…There is a CHANGE in the weather for you!

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    May you Be Blessed & Refreshed by the pouring out of His Word!

    ~Sherry
    xoxo

    1           Habakkuk 2:3
    For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
    Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
    2                 https://www.creativeinspirationsatmymessydesk.com/word-nerd-wednesday-proleptic/
    3                 https://sherrystahl.com/victory/

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  • Why Experiencing Weakness After a Mountaintop Moment is Normal

    Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.  All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water.  He ate and drank and then lay down again.”                                                                                                                                                                            1 Kings 19;5-6

    “Sherry, is something wrong with me?” Pinged the inbox message on my phone as we travelled home on the last leg of our Guatemala mission trip.

    Possibilities International Guatemala March Break Trip 2017 http://www.iam1ru.com

    It was a heartfelt message from one of the young women on the team.  She expressed how her emotions were up and down ever since the moment we left that beautiful country.  She was asking if what she was feeling was ‘normal’.

    I let her know that I was feeling the same as her.  Todd and I had just visited with my son and his girlfriend on the way home from the airport and the first thing out of Brandon’s mouth was, “Mom you look so tired!” and boy, was he right!  There truly are legitimate reasons why experiencing weakness after a mountaintop moment is normal.

    ELIJAH COMING DOWN FORM THE MOUNTAINTOP MOMENT

    This portion of scripture comes from the recounting of Elijah after his triumph over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel where God used Elijah in a most profound way.  Elijah showed the people God’s power when he called down fire on the altar built for God. As the fire burnt up the offering the prophets of Baal were defeated, but right after that Elijah crashes in fear and succumbs to depression.  He was taken out by the after-effects of a mountaintop moment.

    Everest Beyond The LimitYears ago I was intrigued by the Discovery TV series Everest:  Beyond The Limit.1  I learned that more people die coming down from Mount Everest than do reaching the peak.

    [tweetthis]More people die coming down from Mount Everest than do reaching the peak.[/tweetthis]

    There are physical, emotional and spiritual reasons why our bodies respond this way because, God made us body, soul and spirit.

    Physically, your body has been releasing adrenaline.  When ‘climbing the mountain’ you need it to keep you going, especially when you’re not getting enough sleep.  By the time you stop, your body is physically drained from the adrenaline rush.  It takes time to recover.  Emotionally, mountaintop experiences cause such rise and falls in serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that your body can be depleted of these resources too.  Add to that when we step out to do something great for God the enemy doesn’t like it and wants to add to the natural effects.

    REST, EAT AND DRINK

    Elijah needed to refresh his body before his soul and spirit could be restored.  So do you!  Don’t neglect the practical.  Understand why experiencing weakness after a mountaintop moment is normal and follow God’s directions for recuperation: Rest, eat healthy food and drink water to refresh both your body and soul.

    PRAYER

    Father…I thank You for calling me to do great and exciting things!  Help me to grow in understanding of how You created me to function as body, soul and spirit.  You don’t want me to feed one and neglect another.  Give me wisdom to know when to rest and refresh so I will stay strong in You!  In Jesus Name…Amen

    If you think you may be struggling with clinical depression or anxiety, check out my MENTAL HEALTH page for some guidance and links to great resources.

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    1                Accessed 2017-03-19
    https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/everest/videos/everest-beyond-the-limit-summit-gridlock/

    2                Accessed 2017-03-19
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/news-blog/death-on-mount-everest-the-perils-o-2008-12-10/
    https://www.livestrong.com/article/203790-what-happens-during-an-adrenaline-rush/
    https://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_crash_and_recovery_cycle.asp

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    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday MeditationsLaura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • Are You Living Life on the Fly?

     Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
    Psalm 119:105

    Listening to a Podcast with two of my blogger linkup friends the other day was completely inspiring!  Holly Barrett was interviewing Michele Morin on her Living a Redeemed Life Podcast.  Michele’s words hit my heart as they so often do.  She said:

    “We second guess ourselves…Did I do that right?…We live so much of our life on the fly.  If I could study for everything that I had to do…If I could study beforehand, I’d be all set because I’d get on Google and look it up…So much of what we’re called on to do in life is just, on the fly1

    Can you relate to Michele’s struggle?

    I wish I woke up each morning with a brief from God alerting me to each of the issues my day will hold, but sadly He doesn’t do that.

    psalm 119-105God does promise in Psalm 119:105 to keep enough light on our path so we can see the next step.  I really wish that verse said God was a ‘flood light’, or ‘high beams’ so we could see into the future; unfortunately, it doesn’t.

    The way to “study beforehand” while living life on the fly is to fill up our minds with Scripture so when life’s tests squeeze the stuffing out of us, what comes out is in line with His will and His ways.  This will make the journey easier for us to see where He’s shining the light on our path.

    PREPARING FOR LIFE ON THE FLY

    Choose to start your day studying God’s Word so when you’re living life on the fly and an issue pops up; God can shine His light on a scripture that will guide you in the path you should go.

    Prayer

    Father…Help me to fill up my well with wisdom from Your Word so I pass the tests I’ll take today.  Let your Word be the brightest lamp shining on my path so I find it easy to follow you wherever you will lead.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105[/tweetthis]

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    1. https://hollybarrett.org/2017/02/lrl-2-75-michele-morin.html

     Drawing From The Well

    1. Psalm 119:105
    2. Psalm 25:4-5
    3. James 1:5
    4. Psalm 16:7-8

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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday MeditationsLaura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • Want a Great Idea on How To Observe Lent?

    When I was growing up I didn’t know what Lent was.  Embarrassingly, I didn’t know about Lent until St. James United Church in Waterdown used my book, WATER IN THE DESERT for their Lent Celebrations. I had heard about it, but since the churches I had attended in the past didn’t observe Lent I had no clue what it was about.

    My involvement with St. James during their Lent events helped me to see the value in being a part.  Taking 40 days out of every year to focus on your relationship with Christ and what He did for us on the cross could never be a bad thing.  I really don’t know why my church doesn’t honor this tradition to prepare your heart for Easter?  I know it’s not mandated in the Bible or anything, but it’s such a good thing.  If you want to read up on some of the times the Bible talks about people who set apart 40 Days to meet with God check out Todd’s

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    My friends who celebrate Lent are always looking for something to do, some GREAT IDEA that will make this year better than any other in their Lent times.  Well, I’ve got a great idea for you!

    takethe40daychallengeWhy not take a 40 Day Challenge?

    And have Todd and I on the journey with you?  They’re always FREE and for now until April 13th when LENT is over we are giving away the WATER IN THE DESERT Children’s program for FREE!

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    The only thing you need is one of our books and an email address.  If you don’t have one, run to your local Christian Bookstore and get one or a Chapters/Indigo nearest you.  If you live far out Amazon or Chapters/Indigo online is your best bet for quick delivery.

    Already taken a Challenge and want to do it again…NO PROBLEM.  If you have a different email address than the one you used just enter that one and it will work like a charm 🙂  If not, we just need you to email us so we delete your first entry and re-input your email address again.

    FOR LATE TEENS AND ADULTS—GUYS AND GIRLS

    KICKSTART the next 40 days of your life!  Sign Up for FREE on http://www.takethe40daychallenge.com to take your 40 Day Challenge!  You’ll receive 40 days worth of emails that coincide with our devotional books; WATER IN THE DESERT, SOUL H2O or 40 DAYS IN THE MAN CAVE.  The emails are short and inspiring.  Some are video clips, others are prayers, quotes, images you can download or just a quick message of encouragement; all related to that day’s devotion.

    JUST 10 MINUTES A DAY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

    Todd and I are committed to helping people build or enhance their habit of PERSONAL daily devotions.  Just 10 Minutes a Day will change your life!   We know that getting into God’s Word on a daily basis is what will sustain you through everything you face in life; the good and the bad. You wouldn’t eat one day a week and then wonder why you’re cranky on day 3 or 4 without food would you?  Your spiritual appetite is the same.  You can’t just fill up at the church buffet on Sunday and expect that to get you through the week.  You need daily bread!

    droplets toolboxFOR THE KIDS

    If you’d like something fun and engaging that your kids could follow along with you on, then our WATER DROPLET program is the perfect thing!  Throughout Lent we’re giving our Kid’s pages out FREE!  We hope that you’ll go through the scriptures at the bottom of the pages as a family.  Model to your children the value of getting into God’s Word.  That was the idea given to us from St. James and each church that has done the pages in their Sunday School has told us how much their kids loved them!  Families have been changed forever by starting this habit of spending time talking about God’s Word together in a casual fun way.

    1 page per week for each of the 3 different age categories.  You get them all so, no matter what age your children are there’s something for them to do.

    Hope this helps you prepare your heart for Easter and all that God has for you this year!

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