Month: August 2019

  • Why God Doesn’t Give You A 5 Year Plan -God Knows How To Get You Where You Need To Be Series {Part 3}

    This week’s #soulh2o devo answers a question I think you’ve asked God already, or something similar. The answer to: Why God Doesn’t Give You A 5 Year Plan is Part 3 in the God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be Series, Here’s links to read: {PART 1} , You’ve Got To Get Moving {PART 2}

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    I can hardly believe it, but this post was released 3 ½ weeks before the, Soul H2O Radio Show debut back in 2019!


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    Why God Doesn’t Give You A 5 Year Plan

    God Knows How To Get You Where You Need To Be {Part 3}

    But hope that is seen 
    is no hope at all.
    Who hopes for
    what they already have?
    But if we hope for what we
    do not yet have,
    we wait for it patiently.
    ~Romans 8:24-25

    With two interviews under my belt, Saturday morning was time to record my first ever Soul H2O devotional teaching for the upcoming Soul H2O Radio show and I didn’t have the script fully completed because I took too long composing the show Intro Segment and as a result didn’t get the most important part finished.

    Although I’d been asked to host a radio show, I wasn’t given much instruction, no set plan on what to include or not include and found myself floundering because I’ve never hosted a radio show before!  It was now 9 am and I had to leave for the station. I wasn’t ready and didn’t know what I was going to do. My stomach started performing somersaults, then thoughts of failure began flooding my brain and I considered canceling, but that wasn’t really an option.

    I knew better than to let my negative train of thought stay on the tracks or I would soon derail my calling, so I turned on a podcast by Joel Osteen and felt like I was hearing straight from God!

    DERAIL THE NEGATIVE TRAIN

    OEL OSTEEN PODCAST IMAGE BE COMFORTABLE NOT KNOWINGJoel’s podcast was titled, Be Comfortable Not Knowing.  Right away my attention was piqued since I didn’t know what I was fully going to do for the recording and I’ve been blogging the series God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be.  I needed to be listening to these words right before recording, so I didn’t give in to fear of failure but pressed on into my purpose.

    NO 5 YEAR PLAN

    5 year plan sm sizeThere wasn’t a 5 Year Plan that appeared before my eyes, but I began to sense peace as Joel’s message reminded me of this week’s verses in Romans. Joel said things that resonated with me and I believe will encourage you too. Here are some of the goodies:

    You have to live comfortable in the not knowing… God had the solution before you had the problem… Just because you don’t know, doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a plan… Obey without the details… Get off the throne of your life and put God back on… When they didn’t have the answers, they still believed God was in control… You have to live comfortable in the not knowing…”
    ~Joel Osteen

    Just enough light for the step I'm on Stormie OmartianHis message made me think of Stormie Omartian’s book I’d read years ago called Just Enough Light For The Step I’m On. The book is inspired by Psalm 119:105 which in The Living Bible translation reads,

    “Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” 

    A flashlight? Really that’s it?

    Don’t you want a police searchlight from a helicopter shining bright the whole pathway, or am I the only one?

    HOPING FOR WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE

    But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
    ~Romans 8:24-25

    The short answer to Why God Doesn’t Give You A 5 Year Plan is because God wants you to trust Him… with everything, but I promise, He is trustworthy.  You can put your hope in Him and not have to have a detailed plan on how to get there, because God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be and He is making all things work together for your good.

    What can you do today that will put your thinking on the faith track and align you with God’s thoughts for your life while showing God you’re trusting in Him? Finish the sentence and then follow through…

    I knew better than to let this negative train of thought stay on the tracks or I would soon derail my calling, so I…

    _______________________  (you fill in the blanks)”

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    Prayer

    Father…I want to thank You for giving me a free will but I also feel the need to apologize for the disobedience that fear of making the wrong move has caused me to commit. At times I’ve been stubborn to move forward and lagged behind when other times I just got bored of waiting and ran ahead of You, messing everything up.  Please forgive me and help me to get comfortable in the not knowing.  I promise to follow where you lead, one step at a time. In Jesus Name…Amen

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    Facebook Live July 2019

    Watch this impromptu Facebook Live I recorded last week on my walk while I was in the middle of writing today’s devotion and next week’s as an example of how God knows how to get you where you need to be!

    Drawing From The Well

    Scripture to fill up your well!

    Print Out a Soul H2O Journal Page to get the most of this devotion by writing out the Scriptures or what God reveals to you as you read them. Download HERE.

    1. Romans 8:24-26
    2. Romans 8:28
    3. Psalm 119:105
    4. Proverbs 3:5-6

    #paperbackpic JUST ENOUGH LIGHT FOR THE STEP I’M ON

    Just enough light for the step I'm on Stormie OmartianAuthor: Stormie Omartian
    Original © 1999 / New Cover ©2019
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  • You’ve Got to Get Moving – God Knows How To Get You Where You Need To Be Series {Part 2}

    Well, I’m still bubbling over from my summer fill-up at Braeside Camp and so excited to share You’ve Got To Get Moving; the second part of God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be Series. I pray it’s everything you need to put some pep in your step.  If not, the #musicpic at the end sure will.  In case you missed it, you can find Part 1of God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be {Part 1} and read Why God Doesn’t Give You a 5-Year Plan {Part 3} later.

    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show Joy Radio Original Sherry StahlOh, and today’s a celebration!!!

    It’s the 270th Soul H2O Devotion!!!

    I can hardly believe it, and in one month, Soul H2O Radio will debut through the airwaves!  Yah, you heard that right… Soul H2O Radio 📻 on JOY Radio.CA and it’s going to be a podcast too. It’s the overflow!  So much going on right now.  Life is full and exciting, full of adventure!  I’ll tell you more about the Radio Show next week. Joy Radio - Black Logo


    God Knows How To Get You Where You Need To Be {Part 2} BUT…

    YOU’VE GOT TO GET MOVING

    David and his men marched behind them… 
    ~1 Samuel 29:2 BSB

    Motorcycle Friends

    Monday was the Civic holiday here in Canada but in Leamington, it’s now known as the annual Hogs For Hospice motorcycle ride weekend.  If you follow my social media, you already knew this… with all my pictures it was pretty obvious. 😊 We had so much fun! Todd and I love to get out with friends and ride the motorcycle; well technically Todd’s riding, I’m relaxing behind him. I was relaxing so much it’s hard to get moving this morning!

    In last week’s devotion, I talked about how God was able to perfectly position David and the other soldiers in the right place, at just the right time; enabling them to route their enemies and get back all that had been stolen from them.

    I believe God was able to get David where he needed to be so easily because he was already moving. Scripture records how David and his men were marching when they were told to go back to Ziklag.

    They weren’t stationary.  They weren’t sitting at home, by the phone, waiting for God to call them into action. No, they were moving ahead; albeit in the wrong direction, but they were moving.

    It’s comforting to know God holds true to His promise in Isaiah 30:21 to re-direct if you get moving in the wrong direction.

    You will hear a voice behind you saying,
    “This is the way. Follow it, whether it turns to the right or to the left.
    ~Isaiah 30:21 NIV

    He did it for David through a foreign king sending him ‘home’ and for Jonah, God stirred up a storm and sent a big fish to get Jonah where he needed to be. The key is to get moving because,

    It’s easier to steer a moving ship than one sitting in the harbor.
    ~Unknown

    Quote-It's easier to steer a moving ship Devo 270

    So, shake off the slumber. Wipe the crusties out of the corner of your eyes and get moving.  Fight against the fear of making the wrong move and trust, God knows how to get you where you need to be! Don’t allow anything to keep the ship of your life docked in the harbor.  The adventure is out on the sea!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m so thankful that You are always guiding and directing me. I refuse to let the fear of making wrong moves and falling out of your perfect will freeze my feet.  I commit to get moving and living the adventurous life You’ve destined for me. I’m leaving doubt dock to set sail for the wavy wonderland of Your calling.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    Don’t allow anything to keep the ship of your life docked in the harbor. The adventure is out on the sea! 😊 Click To Tweet

    Facebook Live July 2019In case you haven’t watched this impromptu Facebook Live yet, I’ve linked it below. I recorded this while on a walk in the middle of writing last week’s devotion and getting inspired for writing this week’s. Talking about how God knows how to get you where you need to be… and I was moving for sure!!!

    Drawing From The Well

    Scripture to fill up your well!

    Print Out a Soul H2O Journal Page to get the most of this devotion by writing out the Scriptures or what God reveals to you as you read them. Download HERE.

    1. 1 Samuel 29:2
    2. Isaiah 30:21
    3. Jonah 1:4
    4. James 3:4

    Toby Mac Keep walking#musicpic SONG: MOVE (Keep Walking)
    Makes Me Feel: Like dancing.  Gets me Moving!!!
    Sung By: TobyMac
    Album: This Is Not A Test © 2015
    Written By: Jeff Pardo, Christ Mcclarney, Lindsey Sweat
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://youtu.be/MX1G71WK-FA
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tobymac/movekeepwalkin.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on


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    1. James 3:4

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  • God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be {Part 1}

    Well, I took a break and that filled me with a new passion for all God has in store for this year! I wasn’t releasing Soul H2O Devos until I filled up my well. So, let’s get to today’s devotion, it’s going to put peace in your heart as you begin to believe that God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be {Part 1} Get Moving {Part 2} and Why God Doesn’t Give You a 5-Year Plan {Part 3} There’s so much to tell you <3

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    Much Love,

    Sherry with heart

    269 GOD KNOWS HOW TO GET YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO BE

    KNOWS HOW TO GET YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO BE {Part 1}

    So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don’t approve of you. Now turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers.”
    ~1 Samuel 29:6-7 NIV

    It wasn’t fair.

    David and his men didn’t do anything wrong.  Clearly, they were doing everything right according to the leader’s words, but they still lost their jobs and were forced to return ‘home’.

    Have you ever faced a situation like this?  You’re just going along, doing your job, doing what’s right when all of a sudden something is taken away from you? It doesn’t make sense and it really isn’t fair. It may even seem counter-productive to God’s call on your life or contrary to His purposes at large but more times than not, these events are the vehicle God uses to get you where you need to be.

    At this time, David and his Mighty Men were Hired Henchmen or more in today’s terms, Monetized Mercenaries. They were professional warriors, hired by foreign nations to battle on their behalf. Their income was based on finding work as soldiers since they had to flee their homeland Israel because of Saul’s death threats. David asks what most of us ask when the carpet’s pulled out from under us… again,

    “But what have I done?”

    None of David’s begging worked and so he and his men had to go back to Ziklag, a place where they had set up camp as a makeshift ‘home’ where all the women and children were holding the fort down until they returned.  When the men got to Ziklag, they were heartbroken.  Clouds of smoldering smoke blocked their view of the devastation. The place was silent, except for the crackling of burning embers on the ground. Nothing was left. The men began to weep until they could cry no more as they feared what had happened to their families.

    Miraculously, they come across a slave who told them how the Amalekites raided their camp and took their families captive. The Amalekites had literally just left. This slave took David and his army to the Amalekite hide-out where they were partying in celebration of their conquest; getting ready to take advantage of the women and children.

    But God…

    But God had them arrive, just in the nick of time. David and his army of men took back what had been stolen from them. Scripture makes it clear that they got everything back, nothing was lost, they actually ended up with more. Enough excess to bless over 13 nearby towns.  If they wouldn’t have been sent home, David and his men would have missed their opportunity to take back what the enemy stole from them.

    No Fear!

    Don’t live in fear of what could happen if you move forward in what God’s called you to do. Take that step of faith and trust that God will watch over whatever is yours and protect what you’ve entrusted to Him. Sometimes the enemy will attack your family, friends, health, property, or possessions as he sees you moving forward or when he thinks you’re not around to stop him; but don’t be afraid, God knows how to get you where you need to be!

    Prayer

    Father… I thank You for the strength of Your GPS.  It never gets me lost. Help me to have faith with joy and peace as I trust You, Your timing and Your ways.  You are God All-Knowing, All-Powerful.  I will not fear because… I just don’t need to! In Jesus Name…Amen

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    Facebook Live July 2019

    Watch this impromptu Facebook Live I recorded last week on my walk while I was in the middle of writing today’s devotion and next week’s as an example of how God knows how to get you where you need to be!

    Drawing From The Well

    Scripture to fill up your well!

    Print Out a Soul H2O Journal Page to get the most of this devotion by writing out the Scriptures or what God reveals to you as you read them. Download HERE.

    1. 1 Samuel 29:6-7
    2. Isaiah 58:11
    3. John 14:26
    4. Proverbs 16:9

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