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  • Opening The Curtains

    “God sits above the circle of the earth.
    The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
    He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
    and makes his tent from them.”

    Isaiah 40:22  NLT

    One of the first things in my morning routine is to open the curtains and all the blinds.  At the trailer, it takes me much longer than at home to open the blinds and curtains because almost every wall is covered in windows.  I do it because, I love light.  Even with the increased amount of window coverings at camp…

    Opening The Curtains Is One of The Easiest Things I Do All Day.

    When I was reading this verse in Isaiah last week the third line jumped off the page.  I re-read the verse and thought about what it was really saying.  God is so big that He’s sitting above the earth and when He looks down at us we’re like grasshoppers in His sight.

    We’re so small…God’s so big!

    Isaiah then writes about how God spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent…the place where He lives…from them.”  So, God creating the heavens takes as much effort for Him as it does for me to open the curtains in the morning.  Think about that.  When you understand what this verse is saying, your problems should seem small to you.  What issue could you have that would be too difficult for a God who exerts this kind of power?

    NO PROBLEM
    is too great for our God,
    who opens the heavens like He’s opening the curtains.

    [tweetthis]What is difficult for me, is easy for God! Isaiah 40:22[/tweetthis]

    Jeremiah 32:17

    I challenge you to add something to your morning routine.  As you open the curtains and let the light in, declare “My problems are easy for God to handle.”

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for being who You are!  You are all powerful.  No matter how big the problems in my life may seem, NOTHING is too difficult for You!  Help me to keep this perspective as I face the trials in my life.  Let me apply the truth of Your Word to my situation and walk the confidence of Your character.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]NO PROBLEM is too great for our God![/tweetthis]

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    DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

    1. Isaiah 40:22
    2. Genesis 1:1
    3. Isaiah 45:12
    4. Jeremiah 32:17

    Blogger Prayers-Pinky BrownYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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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  • Fight like a boxer

    Staying in the theme of last week’s Facebook Live and blog post, DO YOU NEED TO TAKE DOWN A GOLIATH?
    I’ve written today’s #SoulH2O Devotion, Fight Like a Boxer.

    FIGHT LIKE A BOXER

    “I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.”
                                                       1 Corinthians 9:26

    If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know I’m not your typical girl.  You know I grew up in a drag racing family, but that isn’t the only tom-boy part of me.  I’m going to tell you something only a few of you may know about me…

    My Family

    The hot-rod, drag racing family of mine was also into boxing. My Great-Uncle Ray started a boxing club in Welland, Ontario that is still run by his side of our family.

    Boxing match selling tshirts with matt and leo
    Selling T-shirts with Lori, Matt & Leo at one of Uncle Ken’s Boxing matches in Niagara Falls.

    Uncle Ray was well-known for training a boxer named Tommy (The Bomb) Glesby.  Tommy and I were only a year apart in age, so I remember him coming over to our house.  For a long time, Tommy pretty much went wherever Uncle Ray did.  Performing his role as an Olympic Boxing Coach for Tommy in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics was one of the highlights of his life.

    Uncle Ray was inducted into the Welland Sports Wall of Fame along with the Canadian and Ontario boxing Halls of Fame.

    Another Uncle of mine was a boxing ring designer and his son; my cousin Kenny, won the Golden Gloves a few times.  My sister and I loved going to our cousin’s fights.  We were the two, cute little blonde girls sitting along the ropes yelling, “Jab, Uppercut, Jab, Uppercut.”  Lori and I laugh now when we reminisce.

    Paul Instructs us to Fight Like a Boxer

    boxing glovesI think it’s safe to say that Paul must have been an athletic guy because he uses a lot of sports analogies.  In 1 Corinthians 9:26, he compares fighting against the enemy of our souls to boxing.  Paul knew that beating the air was a waste of energy, taking shots in the wrong direction.

    Boxers who win in the ring,
    are cut from a different cloth
    t
    han those who just spar in the gym. 

    Training is the key to longevity as a fighter, but you have to get into the ring if you’re going to defeat your enemy.  I spent enough time around boxing clubs and matches to know that you can’t be a “one-trick pony” in the ring.

    The Title Boxing website1 gives an extensive list of maneuvers you need to master in the ring: the jab, uppercut, footwork, cross or hook punch, body shot, defense, and it’s essential to have the right heart.  If you want to take home the belt, you must be trained to handle both the physical and mental elements a fight demands.  I couldn’t word it better than the Title Boxing website when it says,

    boxing gloves“Being a fighter takes a special combination of skill and will, power and finesse and an unmatched physical and mental toughness.  Boxing requires a resolve to not only survive, but thrive in any situation you’re faced with.  From technique to tenacity, these are the most important characteristics of any great fighter.”2

    I hope you think of all the spiritual applications as you read that paragraph.  When you approach the battles you face I hope you learn to…

    FIGHT LIKE A BOXER

    boxing gloves“Being a true fighter, you are made up of so much more than a set of skills…you are made up of a set of wills.  You possess an inner belief in yourself, an intense need to compete, unwavering determination to overcome and the desire to win at all costs.  You are not a fighter by choice, but by determination and destiny.  Having heart isn’t just about being able to take punches, absorb punishment and keep coming back for more.  It’s about digging deeper than most can, more than what’s common or comfortable…no matter which side of the beating you’re on.  A physical heart may beat solidly in your chest, but a fighter’s heart echoes through his soul.”3

    So, to fight like a boxer you’ve got to: stop beating the air, get into the ring, and take down your Goliath!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank you for teaching me how to fight the Goliaths in my life.  I know that Your Word confirms I’m seated in the winning corner.  Help me to take my position as an over-comer and fight till I see the victory you have in store.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Fight like a boxer…get into the ring & take down your #Goliath![/tweetthis]

    [tweetthis]Fight for Victory![/tweetthis]

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    Napper’s Boxing Club Official Documentary


    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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

    1. Title Boxing Website Accessed: 2017-08-07 https://www.titleboxing.com/
    2. Title Boxing Website Accessed: 2017-08-07https://www.titleboxing.com/news/the-attributes-of-a-fighter/
    3. Ibid.

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  • Giant Killer Songs

    TO ALL MY CANADIAN READERS…
    HAPPY CIVIC HOLIDAY!!!!

    I Hope You’re relaxing.  As usual, I’m not sending out a devotion cause I’m out with the fam on this day off work riding the motorcycle to get ice-cream at the Dairy Freez!

     Get ready for tomorrow’s #SoulH2O devotion.
    I share something about myself that you’d never guess!!!

    Take Down GoliathI’ve received a lot of feedback from my DO YOU NEED TO TAKE DOWN A GOLIATH? post! It seems I’m not the only one facing tough times in their life.  People are reporting giants of all shapes and sizes.  Whether yours is: financial, relational, physical or spiritual; roaring in your ear at work, in the home, at school or on the field…

    God wants you to take down your Goliath!

    Giants are seldom taken down overnight, so I thought you might need a little more encouragement on the battlefield.  I know the podcasts and books I suggested in the previous post will help, but if you’ve listened to them and still need a boost, I’ve got just the right thing for you!

    Music motivates me powerfully and I know it helps a bunch of you too.  In the past I’ve shared some of my favorite music in #MusicPics posts on the blog or just as Facebook links.  However I share them, I usually get word back from readers on how the song(s) inspire.  Take a look at this list of my latest #MusicPics complete with links to help bring your Goliath down!

    I want to thank those readers who sent me some MUSIC THAT HELPS TAKE GIANTS DOWN for this list.

    GIANT KILLER SONGS

    Our Countdown starts off with the most appropriate song:

    GIANTS FALL

    Giants FallMakes Me Feel: Pumped, Ready to take on any giant that wants a piece of me 🙂
    Sung By: Francesca Battistelli  http://www.francescamusic.com
    CD:  If We’re Honest
    © 2014
    Written By:  Jeff Pardo, Francesca Battistelli, Molly E. Reed
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtE-_1cwH1M
    AZ Lyrics:  https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/francescabattistelli/giantsfall.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Don't you be afraid
     Of giants in your way
     With God you know that anything's possible
     So step into the fight
     He's right there by your side
     The stones inside your hand might be small
     But watch the giants fall

    OVERCOMER

    Overcomer MandissaMakes Me Feel: Like dancing!  Like waving my fist to the enemy and getting in the ring with him 🙂  Most of Mandissa’s music helps you take down your Goliath!
    Sung By: Mandissa http://www.mandisaofficial.com
    CD:  Overcomer
    Written By:  Benjamin Glover, David Arthur Garcia, Christopher E. Stevens
    © 2013
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z29olPjFbqg
    Official Vevo Music Video on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mandisa/overcomer.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    You're an overcomer
     Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
     You're not going under

    EVERY GIANT WILL FALL

    Makes Me Feel:  Happy, Like Swinging arms dancing with someone!
    Sung By: Rend Collective  http://www.rendcollective.com
    CD:  As Family We Go
    Written By: Rend Collective
    © 2015
    Worship Together Info:  https://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/every-giant-will-fall-rend-collective/
    Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXLMw13adQ8&feature=share
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollective/everygiantwillfall.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
     Every chain of the past, You've broken in two
     Over fear, over lies, we're singing the truth
     That nothing is impossible

    SAME POWER

    I will follow Jeremy CampMakes Me Feel: Like I wanna stand up and face the enemy telling him everything Jeremy is saying.  Not afraid.
    Sung By: Jeremy Camp  http://www.jeremycamp.com
    CD:  I Will Follow
    © 2015
    Written By:  Jeremy Camp, Jason Ingram
    Worship Together Info:  https://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/same-power-jeremy-camp
    Official Vevo Video with Lyrics:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InsifiZxVXU
    AZ Lyrics:  https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jeremycamp/samepower.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Greater is He that is living in me
     He’s conquered our enemy
     No power of darkness
     No weapon prevails
     We stand here in victory

    VOICE OF TRUTH

    voice of truth casting crownsMakes Me Feel: Soothed, Confident, Peaceful
    From the movie:  Facing The Giants
    Sung By: Casting Crowns  http://www.castingcrowns.com
    CD: Casting Crowns
    © 2003
    Written By:  John Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwsvqVmFV6Y
    AZ Lyrics:  https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/castingcrowns/voiceoftruth.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    But the stone was just the right size
     To put the giant on the ground
     And the waves they don't seem so high
     From on top of them looking down
     I will soar with the wings of eagles
     When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
     Singing over me

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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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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  • Do You Need to Take Down a Goliath?

    I’m writing this post because this girl is goin’ through a tough time.  So, I need to remind myself of God’s truths and usually when I write about my struggles, it helps others too.  Situations have escalated and I need to take down a Goliath in my life I’ve allowed to rule for way too long.

    Do You Need to Take Down a Goliath in your life?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT asking “Do you need to take down a person?”  My good friend Wendy once said, “if they have skin on, they’re not the enemy.”

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
    but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
                                   Ephesians 6:12

    My ‘Goliath’ has been screaming threats in my ear; attacking who I am, lying, mocking my relationship with God and criticizing the call on my life.  The intimidation has often left me cowering in shame.

    The longevity of this battle has taken its toll and affected me so profoundly in the past year that I was ready to give up on everything. It affected me physically, spiritually and emotionally.  I felt so defeated and discouraged that I didn’t even send out my weekly Soul H2O devotions for three weeks in July because, it’s impossible to refresh others when your well is dry.  Since I started sending out Soul H2O four years ago I had only missed posting once, when I was on a missions’ trip in Guatemala.  I can’t express to you how defeated the enemy made me feel, even after a season of powerful ministry this spring.  I can relate to Elijah’s breakdown in a new way after this experience.

    Can you relate to what I’m going through?
    Have you ever asked God, why is this happening to me?

    Lakemount Worship CentreEven up to this morning I was feeling this way until I listened to a sermon by Matt Tapley from Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, Ontario.  It wasn’t a warm and fuzzy sermon to ease my pain.  This was a ‘toughen up, you can do it’ kind of message, and that’s exactly what I needed.

    In his podcast, Spiritual Best Practices, Matt talks about a faulty theology Christians often have that leads you to believe

    “if I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, I can avoid trouble.”
    But, as Matt points out,
    “This isn’t true.”

    Falling prey to this mindset easily opens the door to believe the enemies lies.  He intimidates by whispering in your ear that you MUST be doing something wrong, or worse, that God must not love you.

    I wish my faith was stronger than this.  You’d think I wouldn’t struggle with this faulty theology since I wrote a post about it titled, We Need To Change Our Christian Expectations.   This was back in 2013 when God first started confronting my mixed-up belief.  It’s sad how thick-headed we can be.  God often needs to apply a few knocks on our noggin to help us ‘get it’!

    “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyedwhen his glory is revealed.”
    1 Peter 4:12-13

    GETTING INSPIRED

    FierceheartedMatt’s message, rereading my old blog post and beginning to read Holley Gerth’s book, Fiercehearted were the kick in the pants I needed to get out of my funk and back to a firm foundation of faith.  When I heard Matt say, “ If God’s helped you with a ‘level 2 bully’ then He can help you defeat a ‘level 12 Goliath’” I wanted to shout; but the people walking on the trail near me might have called the authorities.  The very title of Holley’s book is inspiring me.  I want to live #fiercehearted in the face of my Goliath, and I know you do too!  I can’t wait to be OVERjoyed when His glory is revealed and the battle is gone.

    Click here to watch the Facebook Live I recorded after I got all fired up.  I’m sure it will be a shot in the arm of courage for you!

    Since the video people have asked me for the verses I mentioned. Here’s a listing of Scriptures that will help you stand firm in your faith so you can take down any Goliath you face!

    Hebrews 10:39
    2 Corinthians 4:16-19
    Isaiah 10:27
    1 John 2:20-27
    Another couple verses that will help you are Isaiah 54:17, 52:2, Ephesians 6:12

    Praying this post leaves you Blessed & Refreshed!

    Much love,
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

    We Need To Change Our Christian Expectations My #SoulH2O Blog Post
    https://holleygerth.com/
    https://www.lakemount.ca/
    https://www.lakemount.ca/grow/messages/spiritual-best-practices

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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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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  • Making The Most Of Your Influence

    “And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.”
                                                      Titus 2:7   NLT

    I was walking into a coffee shop when I saw a mom with a stroller and a kindergarten aged son making the most of her influence. The mother walked up to a homeless man sitting near another door and asked if he would like a gift card she had for a local pharmacy.  She had $15.00 left on it and felt to give the card to him.  He was very thankful, stood up to receive it and left.

    Making the Most of Your Influence

    I spun around, walked right back out the door and told her how impressed I was by her kindness and generosity.  When I let her know I thought it was powerful she did this for her son to see, they both smiled big!

    Parenting Well Isn’t For The Weak

    There’s a famous poem called “Children Learn What They Live”.1  It has been both an encouragement and a wake-up call for me in years past.  As a parent, you influence daily.  Children watch your every move…even following you into the washroom at times…but you don’t have to be a parent to be a daily influencer.

    If you work in an office, on a farm, in a factory, as an officer of the law…wherever you work, the people around you are watching.  Titus reminds us we need to “be an example to people by doing good works of every kind.” That means we’re expected to do a lot of good stuff!

    So, give people around you some inspiration for greatness today.  Lead the way by example, making the most of your influence!

    Prayer

    Father…Thank you for leading by example.  There’s nothing you ask me to do that you haven’t shown the way.  I’m amazed that you want me to influence others for You.  Help me to look for opportunities to do good and live in a way that will reflect Your love.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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

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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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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  • How You Can Rival the Identity Issue and WIN!!!

    What’s a summer holiday without a great book to read?  I’ve been getting filled up during my summer holiday in the past two weeks with an amazing book by Lisa Bevere and I really want to share it with you so you can rival the identity issue and WIN!!!  I’ll also let you in on what Lisa Bevere’s really like as I tell you about how I know her.

    I’m reviewing Lisa Bevere’s book, WITHOUT RIVAL; Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison 1 along with the DVD Series, INSIGHTS TO A LIFE WITHOUT RIVAL: you are loved uniquely 2 for this #PaperbackPic post and #EllensPicks Linkup.  I have to let you know that the book and DVD were provided to me by Baker Books through my association with Ellen’s Picks, but I can assure you the comments are what I really think…and you’re gonna love this one! J

    Ellen's Picks

    Lisa Bevere

    Lisa is a feisty, fun passionate Sicilian with a heart much bigger than her little frame!  Her life has influenced mine in more ways than she will probably ever know because she also influenced my daughter’s life when she spoke at the SEU Conference this year and Shelby actually read this book before me!  Lisa’s inspiring mothers and daughters all over the globe and this book of hers contains so many truths I hope this younger generation of girls take hold of better than we have.

    HOW I MET LISA

    I was blessed to get to know Lisa a little bit back in about 2008 or 2009.  I had been asked to be Lisa’s Assistant for a Conference in Toronto and I was thrilled to serve the woman who wrote books that helped me mature like, Be Angry, But Don’t Blow It 3 and Out of Control and Loving It 4.

    It happened during a crazy weekend with an unseasonal blizzard in April, and I mean Blizzard!  We often get a token snowfall in April that melts before noon, but that year we had an all-out snowstorm.  I was supposed to pick Lisa up at the Toronto airport but her plane had to get rerouted into Buffalo because the storm was so bad.  Friends who lived closer to Buffalo had to pick her up and drive her to the Conference.  Lisa got there just in time to speak for the first night and I was anxious to help her, but I wish I’d been given a little more direction to better assist…If only I knew then, like I know now, what a speaker needs!

    car in snow

    When I went to take Lisa to the airport or her flight home she almost had to get an alternate ride again.  I left Lisa at the front doors of the hotel and left to get my car out of the parking lot.  It had snowed again overnight and my car was stuck in about a foot of snow!  After about 20 minutes I had shoveled out and pulled up to the front as she was just about to get into another car.  She jumped into mine and away we were off.  I was probably the worst assistant Lisa’s ever had to deal with!

    That weekend the weather matched the storm raging in my life and it was all I could do to be “normal”.  My first marriage was completely broken and I was struggling to stay afloat on a sinking ship.  At times it was so difficult to put aside my personal life and focus on the Conference.  When my car was stuck in the snow it almost pushed me over the edge, but I didn’t let it take me down.  Hearing how much Lisa had overcome in her life gave me inspiration to believe that my miracle could be just around the corner.

    Lisa was the real deal.  She spoke with the anointing of God…and she was fun!  I loved listening to her talk with her boys and try to break up disagreements from another country.  She was a real mom, with real kids…and if you know anything about Lisa, you know she loves her family.

    you are not what you weighLisa also had a real heart for women.  I remember praying around the altar with her when a girl came up broken and shared how she struggled with an eating disorder.  Lisa’s heart was truly broken for this girl and she sincerely shared from her life.  Lisa asked me to run to the table to get this girl her book, You Are Not What You Weigh. 5  Lisa signed it and gave her the book free of charge.

    I knew God was preparing me for the future in being Lisa’s speaking assistant, but I just couldn’t imagine how my life could ever turn around to be “ministry material” again.  I remember thinking, if she only knew how messed up my life was she wouldn’t want me around.

    Fast Forward 10 years and here I am; happily remarried, fulfilling that call on my life for ministry through speaking and authoring books.  ONLY GOD!!!!  Whenever I get to give my books away I remember how Lisa did this so freely.

     WITHOUT RIVAL

    Without Rival BookWhen I received my #EllensPicks package with a book from Lisa inside I was completely excited.  I listen when Lisa speaks because I know she hears from God.

    Without Rival is a dynamic book that will help you embrace your identity and purpose.  Watching the DVD series, Insights To a Life Without Rival will feel like you’re right in the room with Lisa, hanging out with your girlfriends.  You get to see her as she really is and hear her heart for women…for YOU!

     

    You Can Rival the Identity Issue, and WIN!

    God has been speaking to me at a whole new level since I read this book. It’s helped me see areas where I’ve been living below God’s view of my identity because of the rivals in my life.  This line in her book at the very beginning started the “light-bulb” moments for me as I read.

    “When rivalry comes into play,
    its goal is not so much to win the game as it is to remove you from the field.”6

    Lisa talks about people who rival us and how they actually are a blessing in our lives!  She shares how God’s love for us is unrivaled.  Her words built me up as I read:

    “You are uniquely loved because you were uniquely created.
    Unique means “the sole example of, prototype or only one,” and my favorite definition, “without equal or rival.””7

    There were so many truths in her book. One that powerfully impacted me was that,

    God Has No Rival

    When Lisa talked about this she had my full attention.  As I watched the DVD.  She told the story about how Jesus asked the disciples in Matthew 16:13-18, “Who do you say I am?”.  Simon, whose name is about to be changed to Peter replies, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”8  Lisa points out that,

    “When we have a revelation of who Jesus really is,
    then we are in a position to hear who we really are.”9

    When Simon declares who Jesus really is it unlocks the key for Jesus to declare who Simon really is!  Simon was really Peter.  He wasn’t a fickle-fisherman, he was rock-solid so, Jesus changed his name from Simon to Peter.  It’s only after we get a revelation of who God is that we can get a revelation about who we are and begin to walk in destiny!

    Let God reveal Himself to YOU!

    Don’t just settle for scraps leftover from someone else or rumours of what God did for them.  Let God reveal Himself to you personally.  If you do, by the end of this book, you will be inspired to live as a,

    Daughter Without Rival,
    in a Life Unrivaled!

    Hope you enjoy your summer.  This Monday I’ll be back from holidays, sending out my weekly #SoulH2O Devotions.

    Much love,
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

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    Lisa and John BevereLisa Bevere is a New York Times bestselling author and the wife of John Bevere, another NYT Bestselling author.  Together they have founded Messenger International.  They have inspired generations of Christians through their books, speaking, blogs, podcasts and lives lived.

    Website and Blog: https://messengerinternational.org/lisabevere/

     

    #PaperbackPic WITHOUT RIVAL

    Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison
    AUTHOR: Lisa Bevere
    © 2016 by Lisa Bevere
    PUBLISHER: Revell; a division of Baker Publishing Group Grand Rapids, MI USA
    Purchase the book Here:  https://www.amazon.ca/Without-Rival-Identity-Confusion-Compariso/dp/080072724X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1500510104&sr=8-2&keywords=lisa+bevere

    Video Series                INSIGHTS TO A LIFE WITHOUT RIVAL
    AUTHOR: Lisa Bevere
    © 2016 Messenger International, Inc.
    Purchase the DVD Series Here:  https://www.amazon.ca/Insights-Life-Without-Rival-DVD/dp/1937558029/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1500510389&sr=8-13&keywords=lisa+bevere

    FOOTNOTES

    1. Bevere, Lisa. Without Rival; Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison. (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2016
    2. Bevere, Lisa. Insights To A Life Without Rival; you are loved uniquely DVD Series. ©2016 Messengers International, Inc.
    3. Bevere, Lisa. Out of Control and Loving It: Giving God Complete Control of Your Life. Charisma House ©2006
    4. Bevere, Lisa. Be Angry, But Don’t Blow It.
    5. Bevere, Lisa. You Are Not What You Weigh : End Your War with Food and Discover Your True Value. Siloam ©2007
    6. Bevere, Without Rival, 13.
    7. Bevere, Without Rival, 20.
    8. Peterson, Eugene. THE MESSAGE. NavPress Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. © 1993, 1994, 1195, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.
    9. Bevere, Without Rival, 21.

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    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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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  • Is Your Believer Broken?

    “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind.”
    James 1:6  NIV

    Believing is a big thing in the Christian faith.  In the NIV translation of the Bible there are 448 versions of the word believe, not including all the times it uses synonyms like the words trust or faith.  Have you ever asked, “Are they a believer?” to find out if someone was a Christian?  The term used to describe people who follow Christ holds a fundamental assumption that ‘we believe’.  But if that’s true, then why does James address doubt?

    The reality is that we all struggle with doubt in varying degrees.

    In this portion of Scripture, James is encouraging believers to ask God for something and then he tells us we need to believe and not doubt.  Verse seven warns us that anyone who doesn’t believe and doubts what they asked God for won’t receive it.  OUCH!  James calls doubters ‘double-minded’ people and says they are “unstable in all they do”.  OUCH again!

    Sounds a little harsh doesn’t it?  So, was James just being mean or was he showing the ultimate concern for his fellow believers when he penned this portion of Scripture?  This “come to Jesus” message is James’ loving wake-up call for us all.  He’s trying to jar us out of the numbness that doubt causes and challenging our hearts to trust God will fulfill what we’ve asked of Him.

    Let me ask you, “Is your believer broken?” 

    If the answer’s yes, then let’s work to build up your faith in the promises and faithfulness of God.  Read through the 10 VERSES TO HELP YOU KEEP BELIEVING listed below and join in this prayer with me.

    Prayer

    Father…Today I choose to believe in You!  In those areas where my believer is broken I ask you to put a spiritual cast on and heal up my doubt.  Help me not to be double-minded.  I ask for boldness to speak out faithful words of confidence trusting you will do all I ask that’s in line with Your will.  If You said it, You WILL do it, and I BELIEVE IT!   In Jesus Name…Amen

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

    10 VERSES TO KEEP YOU BELIEVING

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    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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

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  • Canada is 150!

    HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!

    THIS YEAR CANADA IS CELEBRATING 150 YEARS.
    THAT’S A TRIPLE JUBILEE!
    Praying you and your family have a great day celebrating.
    We live in a blessed land.

    If you’re interested in joining me to help women in a country that is not so blessed, click on the button below and find out the details.
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  • Don’t Be Found Yanking a Dog’s Ears

    Last week I wrote a devotion called DOGGIE ON A BONE TENACITY.  The day after I wrote it I read today’s verse and then began thinking about another verse in the Bible that reference dogs.  So, in honor of my dog-loving kids I’ve decided to run a short 3 Part Series called: LESSONS FROM THE FAMILY DOG.  Here is Lesson #2, Don’t Be Found Yanking a Dog’s Ears.   If you’d like to read them all, here is Lesson #1 Live with Doggie On The Bone Tenacity and Next week’s Lesson #3 Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating will be posted on Monday, June 25, 2017.


     Don’t Be Found Yanking a Dog’s Ears 


    Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.”
                                                                                            Proverbs 26:17  NLT

    Years ago I became friends with a girl who was about 10 years older than me.  Through our relationship I also became friends with her adult daughter.  Because of their past history they often had relational issues and my friend regularly asked for my advice.

    One time the daughter came to me with a situation between the two of them and because of the commonality of them getting me involved, I sent my friend a note with my ideas on how to help resolve this current conflict.

    I expected her to respond in gratitude for my love, care and insight into their problem.  The response was as gentle as what would happen when yanking a dog’s ears!

    I learned a valuable lesson through this experience, but sadly it cost me a friendship; actually, two of them.  I hope that sharing my story when I interfered in someone else’s argument will spare you the same consequences.  When we’re in relationship with people it’s so hard not to be involved with what’s going on in their lives.

    The closer our relationship to a person the easier it is to have the boundary lines blurred as to what is our business and what isn’t.

    We need to exercise wisdom and discernment to know the difference and stay constantly alert to the borderline.  Wisdom is holding back when giving advice until it’s requested.

    This is something I struggle with.  The teacher in me wants to help guide people, but some haven’t signed up for my course; if you get what I mean.

    So, learn from my mistake…Unless you feel a clear direction from the Lord, Don’t be foolish and rush into someone else’s argument, unless they’ve invited you in, and sometimes not even then.  You might just save yourself from getting bit!

    Prayer

    Father…In so much of life I need your discernment to make the right decisions; especially when it comes to human relationships.  There often aren’t clear boundaries and I can unknowingly cross the line.  Please help me to question more and jump in less.  Let me walk in divine guidance in the words that I speak, the emotions I express and the relationships I involve myself with.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears Pr 26:17[/tweetthis]

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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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

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  • DREAMS TAKING FLIGHT IN {GUATEMALA}

    For this dream to take flight, I need YOU!

    My feet first touched Guatemalan soil in March of 2010.  The dream of going on a mission’s trip had been burning in my heart since I was a teen…and let’s just say I wasn’t a teen at that time 🙂

    GUATEMALA 2010

    When I started dating Todd we talked about how we had both gone to Guatemala and realized both had a desire to return.  We fulfilled that dream earlier this year and while we were in Guatemala I was given the opportunity to speak at a women’s event.

    We had 28 beautiful women attend with only four days notice of the event!

    GUATEMALA 2017

    Things went so well that I’ve been asked to come back with a bunch of girlfriends and run a week of women’s events in different towns across Guatemala.  This opportunity is yet another dream God gave me to make an impact in the lives of women around the globe.   February 2018 will see more of my dreams taking flight in Guatemala and I’m hoping you might join me!

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    POSSIBLITIES INTERNATIONAL

    Possibilities InternationalTodd and I travelled with Sam Welten this past year.  Sam is the founder of Possibilities International (PI); a humanitarian organization that exists to fulfill simple dreams of the hurting, helpless and hopeless by raising up a nation of everyday philanthropists.  He has been a friend of both Todd and I for years, actually decades.

    Sam WeltenSince 2005 he’s been taking people on cross-cultural humanitarian trips through PI.  He’s also the Senior Pastor of New Life Assembly in Petrolia, ON.  Sam is the most generous person you could meet (next to my mother-in-law) and has the biggest heart you can imagine!

    {PURPOSE} TO BLESS & REFRESH THE WOMEN OF GUATEMALA 

    Sam has a heart to help the women of Guatemala.  He has seen firsthand the hardships that many women face and has been compelled to do something about it.  That’s how this trip came about.

    Sam and I would love for you to come with us to Guatemala in February of 2018 for THE WOMAN’S PROJECT trip so we can make this dream a reality.  On the trip we will run about 5 Women’s Events, build a home for a single mom and her children, visit a school to love on some kids and fulfill other humanitarian needs.  Our desire is to bless and spiritually refresh the women we visit so they experience an overwhelming sense of God’s love and unity with their Christian sisters from Canada.

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    THE BIGGEST GIFT THEY’VE EVER RECEIVED!

    GIFT TO YOUThis year, we only had four days to prepare for the women’s event so we didn’t have things organized like I would have wanted it.  Each lady received a very small gift bag, yet they were so thankful.   In true PI fashion, I want to give these women the biggest gift they’ve ever received!

    I hope you can be with me when we go back and overwhelm these girls with some ‘lemony goodness’ (that’s a Sammy term).  There will be prizes of perfume and jewelry and the gift bag will include yet another dream!  Inside each ladies bag, amongst other items will be a copy of my Soul H2O Devotional in Spanish!  Oh I can barely take this it’s so good!!!!!!

    Claudia RaymundoYears ago God gave my friend Claudia Raymundo a dream to translate my books into Spanish to help her friends and family.  Claudia’s from El Salvador.  At the time, Claudia had just started courses to become a certified translator and now she is providing translation for our government.  She has completed the manuscript and it is being presented before Publishers in a couple weeks.  This really is a dream trip!

     

    So, why not get your boarding pass and let YOUR dreams take flight in Guatemala?

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    THE WOMAN’S PROJECT {TRIP DETAILS}

    DATES:
    Saturday, February 24 – Sunday, March 4th, 2018 

    ACCOMODATION:
    Staying in Chimaltenango, Guatemala at the Missionary House in comfortable accommodations.  So nice you’ll feel kinda bad J  but you don’t need to!

    MEALS:
    Safe well water & delicious meals. Most prepared for us at the mission’s house.

    HUMANITARIAN OUTREACHES:

    • 4-5 Women’s Events:  Worship, Door Prizes, Preaching, Ministry Time, Gift Bag for each lady
    • Building a Home in a Day for a Single Mom and her Children
    • School Visits in Chimaltenango, Guatemala
    • Other Humanitarian Aid Projects

    SIGHT SEEING TRIP
    This fun-filled adventure day will be on the last day of the trip to help you mentally prepare for ‘Re-entry’ to North America.

    FEES/EXPENSES
    $2399.00 / per person
    Prices based on flights from Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver.  All other locations will need to be priced and additional fees may apply.
    Charitable Donation Receipt for Humanitarian Trip through PI.
    ***Receipts within Canada and US as per donator details, not necessarily by participant.
    All food travelling to and from Guatemala and on Sight-Seeing Days at the expense of the participant
    *To See What is Included Please refer to the details as listed on the Possibilities International Site.

    So you know, if you decide to join Claudia and I, you won’t be left floundering on your own trying to raise funds.  We can’t raise them for you, but we will help in ways that make it so much easier to do.  Through Possibilities International you will receive the listed support. 

    FUND RAISING ASSISTANCE

    • All donations over $20.00 will be receipted for tax purposes through Possibilities International to the donor. A benefit to those wanting to support you.
    • Online profiles to direct your friends and family
      Click Here to See the page for our trip (Select The Woman’s Project)  https://www.iam1ru.com/ShoppingCarttrip.aspx 

    • Fundraising Cards for you to mail out
    • Fundraising Letter Template for our email or postal mailings 

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