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  • Washing Machine Clean

    WASHING MACHINE CLEAN

    “Cleanse me with hyssop,
    and I will be clean;
    wash me,
    and I will be whiter than snow.”
    ~Psalm 51:7 NIV

     

    I love my washer and dryer!!!

    I know, I’m kinda weird getting excited over appliances, but if you’ve ever had not-so-good ones and then you’ve gotten knew ones that make everything washing machine clean; you totally get my exhilaration.  When we moved in May, we included the owner’s shiny new washer and dryer into the offer to purchase, and she accepted!

    This weekend we really got to test those appliances with all the kids home for Thanksgiving.  In preparing the house, I used the Steam mop to clean the floors.  The mop gets really dirty from the sand in our area so, it has to go on the ‘Sanitize’ Setting taking two hours and 17 minutes!  Freshening up sheets on the quick wash setting only takes 26 minutes.  Towels were washed in abundance, taking 44 minutes a cycle.

    Today at church I was talking with a dear friend.  She’s going through a really hard time, having to deal with past hurts that have cropped back up in her life causing a whole new set of issues. She expressed frustration over needing to get help again, so I shared with her how God’s been taking me through a time of deeper healing from some of the pains in my past.

    The amount of hurt or dirt in your life
    will determine how long you need to
    stay in the ‘wash’.

    Sometimes you need an extra cycle before you can come out
    washing machine clean!Psalm 51:7

    In this verse,
    David understands what it’s like to deal with the issues of his past. Once again, David is asking God to clean him up and he’s not talking about dirt on his face.

    HYSSOP

    It’s interesting to me how David asks the Father to cleanse him with hyssop. Since I’m not a gardener I had to look it up.  Hyssop is often called the ‘holy herb’, and in Bible-times it was used for “cleaning holy places.”1  Because of it’s wonderful aroma; hyssop cleans and refreshes, leaving you whiter than snow.

    Just like my fancy appliances that chime out a song when the cycle’s done, God knows the right setting to wash us clean.  Trust God with your timing.

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for loving me just like I am, but caring enough to not leave me this way!  Help me to ‘stay in the cycle’ long enough to be washed clean; free from the dirt and hurt in my life.  I’m crying out like David did…please, make my heart, washing machine clean.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]The amount of hurt or dirt in UR life will determine how long U need 2 stay in the wash[/tweetthis]

    ***If you want an interesting Bible Study,look up all
    ‘Drawing From The Well’
    verses this week on times Hyssop
    is mentioned in Scripture.
    I think you’ll be amazed!
    If you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.

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    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!

      DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

    1. Psalms 51:7
    2. Leviticus 14:1-6, 49-53
    3. Exodus 12:22
    4. John 19:28-30

    For an interesting read on Hyssop, Check out this Word Nerd Wednesday post on Hyssop!

    1. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/hyssop/profile Website Accessed: 2017-10-15
    2. https://www.gotquestions.org/hyssop-Bible.html Website Accessed:  2017-10-15

    Blogger Prayers-Pinky BrownYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • Guatemala 2018 Update

    Hey Girls!  I hope this message finds you well.  I’m writing to update you on the Guatemala 2018 Woman’s Project Missions Trip.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!!!!

    If you want to know why I’m passionate about the women in Guatemala, I hope you take a little time and read this article Being A Girl in Guatemala.  They’ve gone through unspeakable horrors and continue to live difficult lives. It may just break your heart for them too!

    We have donators on board to help bless the women in abundance!  Each lady will leave events with a bag full of items that will refresh her in every way.  There will be:

    A Signed copy of Soul H2O in Spanish, Toiletry Products (possibly a bottle of perfume each—see below), Hair care Products, Feminine Care products, Candies, treats

    …and…anything else you might collect!

    sew on fireWendy Hagar of Sew on Fire Ministries said her organization can provide creatively designed bags, themed for our events.  So cool!  The women will love these reusable bags, hand-made with love by Canadian women.

    Scents of The Spirit LogoLaci Corso, Co-founder of Scents of The Spirit has committed to help bring in donations of perfume.  She’s adding to her amazing product line next month and when she does, she’s putting a pop-up for online purchases that will ask women if they want to donate money towards purchasing perfume for a mom in Guatemala!!!  How awesome is that? Donation amounts will decide if each Guatemalan lady receives a bottle, or if we have a set amount for Door Prizes at events.  If you haven’t sampled her perfume at one of my events, ‘whatcha been waitin’ fer’??? 🙂 It’s so delish!

    Soul H2O BookMy friend; Claudia Raymundo who provides translation services for the Canadian government, has finished translating Soul H2O into Spanish and we’re working on the publishing and printing of it!!!  This is a dream Claudia and I have had for about four years. She knows the hunger in the Latin community for spiritual refreshing resources and is passionate to get my books into the hands of Spanish speaking believers around the globe.

    GOODWORKS JEWELRYI’m working on jewelry from Goodworks ® Makes A Difference!  Final donation amounts will decide if each Guatemalan lady receives a bracelet, or if we have a set amount for Door Prizes at events.  I know a bunch of you have purchased some of the Goodworks ® jewelry at my tables and love it!  Wouldn’t you just freak out inside wrapping a bracelet around one of their wrists!!!!  I know I would 🙂

    We’re set to build a home for a single mom and her kids on the trip and meet other needs as they arise…and they always do in Guatemala.  We might visit the families who live in the dump, help at the school or build onto the school.  Sammy from Possibilities International keeps it exciting!

    The excitement is building…details are falling into place…all we need is…YOU!

    This is the time where we need you to sign up, so we can properly prepare for the trip.  Please reply to this email and let me know if you can make the trip and sign up on the Possibilities International Website.

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    If you’re still in the considering phase, let me know that too; it honestly helps to figure things out.

    Email me:  info-at-sherrystahl-dot-com

    In His Grip,

    Sherry
    xoxo

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  • Defeating Anxiety By Counting Your Blessings

    Ruth ThorogoodThis #soulh2o devo is coming as a result of my recording with my adventerous friend Ruth Thorogood!

    I’m so thankful for this girl!  

    Recording the Thanksgiving episode with her got me thinking about my need to get back into the habit of Counting My Blessings in an effort to defeating anxiety in my life.

    I vaguely remembered writing a devo about that  and saw that I sent it out exactly 2 years ago today!  How crazy is that! As I read it, I felt so strongly that I needed to resend out this devotion instead of the one I had written for this week. I thought if I had a hard time remembering it and I wrote it, that it would be pretty-much new to you too!  I’m late getting it out again but hoping I have things regulated with all the new on my plate since starting the Soul H2O Radio show real soon 🙂  Girls, I’m loving it and hope you are too.

    Praying you have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend!


    Defeating Anxiety By Counting My Blessings

    This post was featured on Crystal Twaddell’s FRESH MARKET FRIDAY Linkup. Crystal Twaddell


    Gratitude journal
    This weekend, we Canadians will celebrate Thanksgiving.  Our houses will be filled with the delicious aromas of turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potato mash and pumpkin pie.  I’m responsible for bringing the Green Bean Casserole and my Thankfulness Journal.

    COLLECTING THANKFULNESS

    Years before I tried to get people to share what they were thankful for around the table and that never worked, so I bought the book and began collecting the gratitude of my family and friends at Thanksgiving dinner.  This year I’ve stepped it up a notch and again began Counting My Blessings each morning.  This practice always helps change my outlook on life.

    Philippians 4:6-8

    In Philippians chapter four, Paul is writing to help people struggling with anxiety.  He says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  He then teaches how to keep this kind of peace in verse 8 by keeping our thoughts fixed on things worthy of praise.

    Science & Scripture

    I love when science backs up Scripture.  Recent studies have given fact to Paul’s theory on defeating anxiety with thanksgiving.

    In a Psychology Today magazine article called The Grateful Brain; The neuroscience of giving thanks”, Alex Korb, PhD tells how practicing thankfulness

    “has the power to reshape your  neural pathways….
    help you exercise more, sleep better and be happier…
    So gratitude had a direct effect on depression symptoms
    (the more gratitude, the less depression)
    and an indirect effect on anxiety
    (increased gratitude led to improved sleep, which led to lower anxiety).
    Either way, with gratitude you’re better off, and you get a good night’s sleep.”1

    In a scientific study of 293 adults with mental health issues, people were put into three groups. The first group received counselling. The second group went to counselling, but also had to journal about

    “their deepest thoughts and feelings about stressful experiences”.

    The third group

    “wrote letters expressing gratitude to others”

    along with counselling sessions. This last group incorporated gratitude writing in their health regimen

    “reported significantly better mental health“ by four weeks and still at twelve weeks.2

    God’s ways make sense.  He knows what works.

    So, start defeating anxiety in your life by daily Counting Your Blessings.

    Prayer

    Father...I’m thankful for Your Word.  
    It speaks right into my life with the same relevance to me as the people in Paul’s day.
    Defeat anxiety in my life
    as I express Thanksgiving to You and those around me. 
    Let me experience Your peace 
    when I focus my thoughts on Counting My Blessings and not my losses.
    In Jesus Name...Amen

    [tweetthis]Start defeating anxiety in your life by daily Counting Your Blessings[/tweetthis]

    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.

    Soul H2O BookIf you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women. 

    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!

    1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201211/the-grateful-brain Website Accessed: 2017-10-09
    2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10503307.2016.1169332?scroll=top&needAccess=true&journalCode=tpsr20 Website Accessed: 2017-10-09

     DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY 

    1. Philippians 4:6-8
    2. Psalm 103:2
    3. Ephesians 5:20
    4. Psalm 118:1

    Blogger Prayers-Pinky BrownYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • God Loves a Cheerful Giver

    Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give,
     not out of regret or compulsion.
     For God loves a cheerful giver.”
    
    2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

    When I went to Guatemala in 2010 I fell in love with the people.  They’re some of the most giving people you can meet.  Our group worked with “the church under the bridge.” Leaving at the end of our week was so difficult.  We’d all become so close to the people in the community and especially the pastor, his wife and their adorable daughter.

    Guatemala 2010

    Just before we got on the bus the pastor made a presentation interpreted through Hector, our missionary.  The pastor’s wife had bought gifts for each of us girls on the trip in gratitude for our help and to let us know how she loved our time together.  The huge smile on her face revealed a very cheerful giver.

    It was difficult to accept gifts from someone who had so little, but we could tell she was thrilled to bless us.  A truly humbling moment for me.  You see, I love gift-giving but I’m not always the best at receiving. She presented us all with key chains made in Guatemala.

    Guatemala Gift

    I still have mine today because a present from a cheerful giver is a treasure, no matter what the dollar value. You see, there’s a BIG difference in receiving a gift from someone who wants to bless you rather than being the recipient of a present from someone you can tell, felt ‘obligated’ to gift you. Even if it’s something you want; it feels empty, almost awkward.

    I can understand why God had Paul write this verse.  God doesn’t want anything from us that is coerced. The NLT words it like this, “And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.”

    When you truly understand how much God loves you and how much He’s given on your behalf, having the heart of a cheerful giver will come naturally and you’ll end up with the heart of this amazing Guatemalan woman!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for the gift of Your love.  It overwhelms me to imagine how difficult it must have been to follow through on Your plan to save the world when You knew it would cost You Your son.  Help me to have your heart so I give, not out of duty, but purely out of love.  May I have the heart of a cheerful giver and find joy in blessing others.   In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]God loves a cheerful giver :)[/tweetthis]

    Dreams Taking Flight in GuatemalaI’d love if you would join me and some other amazing women on the mission’s trip to Guatemala, focussed on helping the women of Guatemala.

    Saturday, February 24 – Sunday, March 4, 2018

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    Drawing From The Well-Blue 

    1. 2 Corinthians 9:7
    2. Deuteronomy 15:10
    3. Proverbs 11:25
    4. 1 Chronicles 29:9
    If you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.

    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!

    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • Living a fierceHEARTED life!

    fierceHEARTED
    LIVE FULLY, LOVE BRAVELY

    (c) Holley Gerth

    Ellen Graf-Martin introduced me to Holley Gerth’s writing.  It was for my first #EllensPicks book review and Holley’s previously released, You’re Already Amazing; Life Growth Guide.  I really enjoyed that book and have loved fierceHEARTED so much that I ended up doing two facebook live videos that mentioned it…and now this post.

    [tweetthis]fierceHEARTED gets two thumbs up from me! @sherry_stahl #paperbackpic @EllensPicks[/tweetthis]

    LIVE FULLY, LOVE BRAVELY

    Holley gave this book the sub-title of LIVE FULLY, LOVE BRAVELY.  Holley shares so much about her life with us in the book.  There are stories from all stages of her life and a few written from events as she wrote the book.  By her writing, Holley lets us into the journey of her learning to live fully and love bravely, that lead to becoming a fierceHEARTED woman of God.

    When you get to the end of the book you realize that this journey of becoming is really never over, but don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing!  We’re all just in the middle of what God is preparing us to do next, preparing for who He wants us to become.    The second Facebook Live video I did mentioning fierceHEARTED was based on my devotion called ARE YOU IN THE MIDDLE?.  It resonates with this quote from page 184.

    “LET’S REMEMBER
    we are all still in
    the middle of the
    MESSY, BEAUTIFUL WORK
    of becoming.”

    I love the way Holley so playfully recounts the stories of her life.  The chapter titles will let you in on the fun she must have had writing this book.  Here’s a few to pique your interest:

    Bone in the Chicken
    Shake the Jar
    Flops and Rafters
    Praying Wronger
    Room for Knobs
    Emotional Duct Tape

    Ok, I’m sure you get the picture.  The chapters are lighthearted stories that make a point and leave you thinking, “How’d she do that?”  Holley weaves the challenges, triumphs and middle ground of her life into this book and invites us to share our lives with others as she so openly has.  No more trying to act like we’ve got this thing called life all figured out, but instead being open and honest, sharing the journey to becoming fierceHEARTED together.

    “Let’s make this
    our declaration:
    instead of trying to
    have it ALL TOGETHER,
    we will dare to do
    real, messy, imperfect
    life all together.”
    Pg.126

    I hope you enjoyed my #EllensPicks #paperbackpic review.  I received a copy of this unpublished manuscript from Revell Books in hopes that I would post a review.  The opinions expressed are my own and true from my heart. 

    Be Blessed and Refreshed,
    ~Sherry
     xoxo

    In case you’re wondering, here’s a link to the first Facebook Live Post where I mention fierceHEARTED

    Holley GerthHolley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker.  She loves connecting with the hearts of women thorugh her popular blog and books.  If you’re a blogger, join me as I share my blog posts on Holley’s site every Wednesday morning for her #coffeeforyourheart linkup.   Holley’s also the cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring.  Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South.

    Connect with Holley at:
    Website: www.holleygerth.com  https://holleygerth.com/
    Insta & Twitter:  @holleygerth
    Facebook:  Holley Gerth    https://www.facebook.com/HolleyGerth/?fref=ts

    Fiercehearted#PaperbackPic
    fierceHEARTED
    LIVE FULLY, LOVE BRAVELY
    AUTHOR: Holley Gerth
    © 2017 by Holley Gerth
    PUBLISHER: Revell; a division of Baker Publishing Group Grand Rapids, MI USA

    You can Pre-order the book Here:  https://www.amazon.com/Fiercehearted-Live-Fully-Love-Bravely/dp/B075RF1M16/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506477857&sr=8-1&keywords=holley+gerth

    1. Gerth, Holley.  fierceHEARTED: LIVE FULLY, LOVE BRAVELY.  (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell; a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2017), 184.
    2. Ibid, 126.

    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREYYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis#SoulSurvival – Donna Riedland
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY 
    Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY 
    Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY 
    Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • Follow The Leader

    Yesterday I released a post called The World’s Biggest Game of Simon Says but I know some people call it, Follow The Leader.  If you didn’t read the devotion you can just click on the Title and it will take you there.  It might make this post just a little more powerful 🙂

    In the devotion, it talks about how the Israelites followed God’s cloud wherever and whenever He moved it.  This really caused me to question my level of trust in God’s leading and I asked you the same questions I was asking myself.  As I wrote the post the song Oceans by Hillsong United was playing in my mind, but so was a quote from Tozer, I’m kinda ADD like that.

    Tozer - Chrisitans don't lie

    [tweetthis]“Christians don’t tell lies – they just go to church and sing them.” – A. W. Tozer[/tweetthis]

    Ouch! I sometimes feel this way when we’re singing Oceans at church.  My heart wants to mean every word, but I fear that sometimes I’m not willing to follow through on the statements I sing.

    OceansOceans by Hillsong United

    The line in Oceans that gets me is:

    “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”

    I want to live with that kind of faith.  I want to be bold, courageous and brave.  I want to follow God without borders.  I want to answer the call like the song says:

    “Wherever You would call me”

    This makes me think of the movie We Bought A Zoo…again…it’s the ADD thing!  I love inspiring true stories made into film and this is one of my faves.  One statement by the father in the movie; played by Matt Damon is a quote I can’t forget:

    Benjamin Mee 20 seconds of bravery


    [imic_button colour=”btn-info” type=”enabled” link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmMFIganRQY” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=”btn-lg”]VIDEO CLIP OF THE QUOTE AS MATT DAMON TELLS IT TO HIS SON IN THE MOVIE[/imic_button]

    [imic_button colour=”btn-info” type=”enabled” link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqE-yAfYAhw” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=”btn-lg”]VIDEO CLIP OF MATT DAMON’S CHARACTER LIVING OUT HIS 20 SECONDS OF BRAVERY IN THE MOVIE[/imic_button]

    So, in sharing today’s #musicpic
    with you,

    I’ve also shared a #paperbackpic
    and a #moviepic 

    I hope they all leave you inspired to follow the leader, giving God your 20 seconds of insane, embarrassingly brave courage …And, in the words of Benjamin Mee;

    I promise you, something great will come of it!

    Here’s my prayer from the devo with an addition to the end,
    inspired by the song Oceans.

    LOOK BELOW
    To see where to find: the song, the book & the movie

    Prayer

    Father…Thank You for revealing your directions so I can know how to follow You.  I read instructions in Your Word, I hear them when I’m quiet enough to listen to your voice, and sometimes I there’s a pounding in my chest when you want me to move. Please help me to be more sensitive to Your leading.  Give me courage and a gift of faith to follow wherever and whenever you lead. Let my trust be without borders.    In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Read #followtheleader and learn about a great #musicpic #paperbackpic & #moviepic [/tweetthis]

    Oceans#musicpic Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
    Makes Me Feel:  Empowered, like I want to do something GREAT for God!  Confident to Follow Wherever He Leads.
    Sung By: Hillsong United
    Website:  https://hillsong.com/united/
    CD:  Zion
    Written By: Matt Crocker; Joel Houston; Salomon Ligthelm
    © 2013
    Worship Together Info:  https://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/oceans-where-feet-may-fail/
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw
    Lyrics:  https://hillsong.com/lyrics/oceans-where-feet-may-fail/

    We bought a zoo book #paperbackpic We Bought a Zoo
    By Benjamin Mee  © 2011 Originally published in 2008 and 2009
    https://www.amazon.com/We-Bought-Zoo-Amazing-Animals/dp/B004ZXNLZO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505836394&sr=8-1&keywords=we+bought+a+zoo+book

    we bought a zoo#moviepic We Bought a Zoo
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389137/

    FOOTNOTES

    TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TRUE STORY OF BENJAMIN MEE READ HERE:  https://www.dartmoorzoo.org.uk/ourstory/ Website Accessed:  2017-09-19

    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY
    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • The World’s Biggest Game of Simon Says

    “Whether THE CLOUD stayed
     above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year,
     the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But
     AS SOON AS it lifted,
     they broke camp and moved on.
     So they camped or traveled 
     at the LORD's command,
     and they did WHATEVER the LORD told them through Moses.”
    Numbers 9:22-23 NLT

    When I was a kid on the playground the game of Simon Says was the bomb.  Some people called it Follow The Leader, but whatever you called it, I’m sure you played it at school. Acting as ‘Simon’ was an amazing role; you felt like the King or a Queen with everyone moving to your command.

    This child’s game became so popular that they made video games out of it.  First came the Simon, next the Simon Air and then my favorite, the Bop It!  In all of these “Simon” type games you have to follow the action performed by the leader…or video programmer.  The longer you play, the faster the actions go and you eventually get tripped up and do something Simon didn’t direct you to do.

    SIMON’S GOAL
    is to trick you into doing something that will make you lose.

    When my Brandon was growing up I gave him a copy of the newest Guinness Book of World Records every Christmas Eve. The adjudicators for these world records hold that 12,225 people at the Utah Summer Games in June 20071 make the record for the most participants in a game of Simon Says, but I think they’ve got this one wrong!  When I read Numbers 9:15-23 It sounds to me like,

    The World’s Biggest Game of Simon Says.

    It’s so easy to see the failings of the Israelites in the desert, but this section of scripture reveals how they learned to follow God’s lead.  The Israelites were even better at following their leader than Joel Berger, and in case you don’t know; he’s the guy who holds the record for the longest completed sequence of moves on a Simon game.2

    Scripture tells us how God’s people would break camp ‘as soon as’ the cloud lifted or stay, when the pillar of fire remained, never knowing how long they would be there.  It says, “day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on.  Whether…two days, a month, or a year”3.  Now that’s trust!  God’s leading will take you to all the right places, He’s not trying to trip you up and watch you lose. God is for you!

    When you read this, doesn’t it make you question how strong your faith is?  Maybe it’s time to ask,

    Do I trust God enough to follow Him without a game plan?

    Prayer

    Father…Thank You for revealing your directions so I can know how to follow You.  I read instructions in Your Word, I hear them when I’m quiet enough to listen to your voice, and sometimes I there’s a pounding in my chest when you want me to move. Please help me to be more sensitive to Your leading.  Give me courage and a gift of faith to follow wherever and whenever you lead. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]God’s leading will take you to all the right places. #Godis4U[/tweetthis]

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    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. Numbers 9:22-23
    2. John 10:4
    3. John 8:12
    4. Proverbs 3:5-6

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    1. https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-game-of-simon-says/ Website Accessed: 2017-09-19
    2. https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/longest-game-of-simon Website Accessed: 2017-09-19

    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • Stay Connected To The Power Source

    “Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
    No branch can bear fruit by itself;
    it must remain in the vine.
    Neither can you bear fruit
    unless you remain in me.”
    John 15:4-5 NIV

    GETTING DISCONNECTED

    Last summer was one of the hottest summers on record in the past 75 years so, it was still hot when we got to Braeside on Labor Day weekend.  We arrived at 1am and opened the door to an overwhelming stench.  I thought something died in the trailer but it was just the fridge.

    electric plug

    The electrical plug to the trailer had somehow been disconnected from the pole.  Shelby had been gone from the trailer for two weeks and everything she left in the fridge had rotted.  Meat in the freezer was rancid.  A bag of spinach had liquefied into a stinking black fluid. Frozen bananas were a reeking goo.

    Stay Connected To The Power Source

    When I read this portion of scripture in John I can’t help but remember the results when our fridge didn’t stay connected to the power source.  I’ll remember forever the foul odors it emitted.  They’re a great example of what happens to Christians when we don’t remain in Christ.

    bad smellI know that when I don’t spend time with God daily my life starts to smell.  Things go foul and the days just get all messed up.  Often in the busyness of life we think that we don’t have time to read the Bible or meditate on it.  We can get too scheduled to spend time in prayer, but the reality is, life’s too hard to live disconnected from God.  Days go by much easier when we spend time in personal daily devotions.

    Start this week off right.  Take time to stay connected to the power source.  Decide to spend daily time remaining in relationship with Christ, so you can live a fruitful life.

    Prayer

    Father…I’m overwhelmed with the thought that God who created the universe wants to stay involved with me.  Help me never to take that for granted.  Let me not get casual with Your love.  May my life produce some juicy fruit as I stay connected to the power source; to you Lord and Your Word. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Life’s too hard to live disconnected from God.[/tweetthis]

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    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREYYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • Get Ready for God to Amaze You!

     Consecrate yourselves
    for tomorrow

    the LORD will do AMAZING things among you.”
                                                                 Joshua 3:5 (NIV)

    Too many people don’t get to see the amazing things God has planned for them because they don’t
    get ready in advance.

    Sometimes we have a movie theatre attitude.
    We want to just sit back, relax, and watch the show when God asks us to perform vital roles.

    Life is not a spectator sport

    [tweetthis]Life is not a spectator sport.[/tweetthis]

    God desires to partner with you to see His plans and purposes released in your life.

    When the Israelites were crossing over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, God required that they consecrate themselves.

    They had to do it, not God.

    Their acts of consecration were a sign that they were dedicating their lives for a sacred purpose. God promised them that if they did this, He would follow up by doing amazing things among them—and He sure did stick to His Word! After they consecrated themselves, God parted the flood-stage waters of the Jordan River and let them walk across on dry ground. Then God caused the walls of Jericho to crumble as the Israelites marched and worshipped around them.

    How amazing is that?

    Why did all these miracles take place?

    Because God’s people PREPARED themselves

    in advance.

    During the hard times,

    while still IN the desert,

    they lived out the words of Isaiah 40:3, which says,

    In the wilderness,
    get it ready!
    Prepare the way;

    make it a straight shot. The Eternal would have it so.
    Straighten the way in the wandering desert to make
    the crooked road wide and straight for our God.
    (The Voice, emphasis added)

    Get ready in your desert times and you’ll be preparing the way for God to amaze you!

    Get Ready in desert

    PRAYER

    Father, thank You for Your power to do amazing things in my life! Help me to prepare the way in my heart so You’ll have a roadway into my life for the miraculous! In Jesus’ name, amen.

    [tweetthis]Get ready in your desert times and you’ll be preparing the way for God to amaze you![/tweetthis]

    [tweetthis]Get Ready For God to AMAZE You![/tweetthis]

    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. Joshua 3:5
    2. Exodus 19:10–11
    3. Isaiah 40:3
    4. Matthew 3:3
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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

    Soul H2O BookThis devotion ‘Get Ready For God To Amaze You’ 
    was originally published on my blog (May 5, 2014)
    It was later published as "Prepare The Way", 
    Devo #27 in my book:
     Soul H2O: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions For Women
     (c) 2016 Word Alive Press Winnipeg, MB
    I republished on September 11, 2017 with new graphics because I just felt like I should :)
    Believing you will find refreshing as you read!

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