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  • Mental Health Related Posts

    Here’s a list of mental health related posts from the Soul H2O Blog that help when your mental health is waning.

    11 Practical Steps to Help You Control Your Thoughts
    Discusses Depression, Anxiety, Negative thinking

    Defeating Anxiety By Counting Your Blessings
    Discusses ways we can combat depression.

    Why Experiencing Weakness After a Mountaintop Moment is Normal
    Discusses feeling depressed after a spiritual high.

    When Valentine’s Day Hurts
    Discusses loneliness and heartbreak that can leave you depressed.

    Trust That It’s Not The End!
    Discusses dealing with negative thinking and struggling when life keeps throwing difficulties your way.

    Happy Holiday!
    Discusses Burn-Out

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  • Your Royal Announcement

    The one who is victorious will, like them,
    be dressed in white…
    I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but
    I will announce before my Father and his angels
    that they are mine.
    Revelation 3:5 NIV…NLT

    YOUR ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    royal wedding harry and megan

    On May 19, 2018, the world joined in on a truly royal celebration with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, still Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  I thought it was very appropriate that at the same time in Canada it was our annual Victoria Day holiday weekend, commemorating the late Queen Victoria’s birthday.  

    The monarchy was forefront in the conversations of most everyone as millions watched the marriage nuptials. Across in North America, early morning parties were planned with girls of all ages dressing up in white wedding gowns, attempting to live vicariously through Meghan Markle; a regular girl turned princess.

    Sherry drinking royal tea blendHere’s a picture of me celebrating the wedding drinking the official royal wedding tea blend 🙂  {Notice the properly positioned pinky}

    Even though Harry and Meghan’s wedding did veer from some of the monarchist traditions, the formality of royal announcements was a part of the day.  Just hearing, “Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah! All rise. Now entering, the Duke and Duchess of…” makes you curious to see who’s entering.  As for me, a girl brought up at the dragstrip, this all seems like a foreign language, but it sure helps me to grasp the weight of these words in Revelations.

    John records in Revelations 3:5 that if you are a part of those who are victorious by overcoming to the end, three things will take place.

    1. Jesus will dress you in white; symbolizing our right-standing with God through Christ. Since your position now is a daughter of the King, you’ll be dressed like one.
    2. Jesus will write your name in permanent marker, never to be blotted out of the Book of Life.
    3. Jesus will make, YOUR ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

    Jesus will introduce you to the Father and His angels! To think that Jesus is going to announce your entrance into heaven is mind-blowing! Who are we that Jesus, The Son of God should give us such a royal announcement?  

    Through your faith in Christ: you are adopted into THE royal family, you’re an heir, holding the position of a son, as a daughter of the King of Kings! That’s why you’re worthy of such an honour!  In case you’re still finding it hard to believe, this truth is confirmed at least three times in Scripture.  Jesus himself says in Matthew 10:32 and Luke 12:8 ” Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven.”

    In case you’re still finding it hard to believe, this truth is confirmed at least three times in Scripture.  Jesus himself says in Matthew 10:32 and Luke 12:8

    “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven.”

    As I studied this verse in the original Greek I became completely overwhelmed with wonder of God’s grace and His goodness.  When describing those who will be introduced by Jesus, the words are translated in our Bible versions as one who overcomes, conquers or is victorious.  The original says they are those who “subdue (literally or figuratively) conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory”1.

    Let the knowledge of WHO you are, your royal identity as a daughter of the King and the future hope of, YOUR ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT help you to be a victorious overcomer, conquering whatever this world throws your way! 

    Prayer

    Father, I thank You for Your awesome gift of grace.  You give to me what I don’t deserve. Open my spiritual eyes to see myself as Your child, a worthy heir and daughter of the King. Help me to overcome so I make it to the day Your son introduces me to You!  In Jesus name…Amen.


    Drawing from the well

    1. Revelations 3:5
    2. Matthew 10:32
    3. Luke 12:8
    4. Luke 10:20

    Royal Video

    Here’s an interesting video to watch of Her Majesty the Queen of England and the royal family being announced just for a luncheon! Such pomp and circumstance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eBYUOKQOnE


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


    Footnotes:

    1. https://www.godrules.net/library/strongs2b/gre3528.htm Website accessed 2014-10-06

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

    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAYCoffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz GiertzTHURSDAYHeart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community– Barbara Bradford OttingerFRIDAYDance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

    *Revised post on 2021-01-08, originally from 2014-10-06 & 2018-05-22

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  • Celebrating The Women of The Christmas Story – The Senior Citizen

    Christmas WomenStill wondering who the Senior Citizen is?

    See the INTRODUCTION FOR THIS SERIES in the #SoulH2O post two weeks ago Celebrating the Women of The Christmas Story  The series is talking about how each of the #ChristmasWomen were:

    CARRIERS – OF THE PROMISE & PRESENCE OF GOD

    THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN – ELIZABETH was the first Christmas Woman celebrated.  I talked about how she protected the promise of God.  Last week celebrated THE TEENAGER – MARY discussing how she was willing to be inconvenienced to carry the promise and very presence of God, Emmanuel: God with us. 

    Read on to learn about our last Christmas Woman everyone’s been wondering about…

    THE SENIOR CITIZEN…

    The Senior CitizenSince I’m totally breaking my format for #SoulH2O devotions with this series, I decided to share the whole of Anna’s story with you (a whopping 3 verses) because so many of you have commented or sent me messages saying you can’t wait to see who the Senior Citizen is.  This lets me know that many of you don’t know who she is, so you probably don’t know her story and she’s absolutely a woman worth celebrating!

    The Prophecy of Anna

    “Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years.  Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer.  She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.”                                                   Luke 2:36-38  NLT

    Anna is the last of our Christmas women.  She was the only woman who didn’t carry a physical baby in her body, but there is no doubt in my mind that she carried the promise and presence of God to the people in her day.

    Anna knew what it was like to face hard times.  She was widowed at a very young age and never had any children. During Jesus’ time, women who weren’t married didn’t hold much value in their society so this fact lets you in on how “unimportant” Anna could have seemed to many in her day, but Anna was a prophet.  She spent her days serving in the temple, worshipping God with fasting and prayer.

    It was out of this lifestyle that she heard from God and shared His messages to His people.

    There’s so much that sticks out in my mind about Anna, but the words waiting expectantly from Anna’s life-story just jump out at me and Christmas really is a time when people are found waiting expectantly.

    WAITING EXPECTANTLY

    For centuries children on Christmas Eve have hung stockings by the fireplace and struggled to fall asleep with nervous anticipation of what Santa will bring in the morning. My kids were no different than the masses.

    In order to help my kids be able to fall asleep on Christmas Eve I started a tradition where they were allowed to open one gift at bedtime.  That gift was always a pair of new pajamas and a book.  Not the most exciting gift, but it created the atmosphere I hoped for.  Brandon and Shelby would change into their PJ’s and were allowed to read their new books before lights out.  The PJ’s made for nice pictures on Christmas morning and the books helped them fall asleep.

    Waiting expectantly on Christmas Eve is pretty simple for kids since they know the next morning is Christmas day and they can see wrapped presents under the tree.

    The way Anna and others waited expectantly for the promise of God to be fulfilled wasn’t so easy.  Anna had been waiting for about 60 years.  She was doing all the right and good things while waiting but she had been waiting for oh so long!  She never gave up hope waiting for the promised Emmanuel, the Messiah…JESUS to come.

    Maybe you’ve been waiting a long time for your promise.  Maybe you feel like too much time has passed and you need to “move on” or “give up”.  I pray Anna’s story restores your hope and gives you faith to believe.  Know that at Christmas and always, God keeps His promises and fills you with His presence while you wait.

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You that you’re not like Santa doling out gifts I don’t need.  You make promises to me and fulfill them in Your perfect timing.  You know exactly what I need and what’s best for me.  Help me to trust You and Your timing.  May I live with a special expectancy this Christmas carrying my Promise from You and Your Presence within so I can share it with the world when my promise is ‘born’.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    ANNA CARRIED THE PROMISE AND THE PRESENCE OF GOD…
    I WANT TO BE LIKE HER.

    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Christmas Series- The Brave Senior Citizen & Brave Cyndi

    Soul H2O Cindy Desjardins Wilkens

    During the Christmas season, were running The Brave Christmas & Christian Women Series.  Episode 50 is Part2 of The Brave Senior Citizen & Brave CyndiIn This Series, were Celebrating The Women of The Christmas Story and a few of their contemporary counterparts.

    Cyndi Desjardins Wilkens isn’t a Senior for a long time but an author and quadruple amputee who shines the light of Christ at Christmas and every day throughout the year!

    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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    Originally Published – December 18, 2016

    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 Gerth,
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms,
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell

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  • Celebrating The Women Of The Christmas Story – The Teenager

    The Word Guild WinnerThis post:
    Celebrating The Women Of The Christmas Story – The Teenager
    Post was Shortlisted for The 2017 Word Awards in the Category of Article-Inspirational/Devotional and WON!!!!!

    WIN THE WORD AWARDS

      This post was also featured on the #GraceandTruth #Linkup by Aimee Imbeau

    I hope that one day, this will be what inspired the book!


    Christmas WomenSee the Introduction for this series in the #SoulH2O post Celebrating the Women of The Christmas Story and the devotion on the first Christmas Woman, THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN – ELIZABETH discussing how she protected the promise of God.  The series is talking about how each of the #ChristmasWomen were:

    CARRIERS – OF THE PROMISE & PRESENCE OF GOD

    Read on to learn about today’s Christmas Woman…

    THE TEENAGER – MARY

    Christmas Women - The Teenager

    And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her..”
                                             Luke 1:38  ESV

    For most of my life, I’ve had a skinny, scrawny type of frame.  My ankles and wrists are not much bigger than a small child’s, but that all changed when I was pregnant.

    pregnant picThis picture was taken the night I went into labour with my son Brandon.  I’m not sure if my hair or pregnancy belly is larger???  I will say there was a shadow behind me from that cheap camera I owned.

    Being truthful, I don’t think there was anything left small on me at that point.  My feet had swelled, my lips felt blown up, my face was puffy…nothing was comfortable anymore.  Sleep seemed unattainable.

    Trying to find a comfortable position with a yoga ball attached to my tummy was impossible.  How I gained over 50 pounds for a baby who was just 9 pounds 9 ounces doesn’t make sense (if it weren’t for all those bacon-cheese hotdog cravings I fulfilled).

    I can attest to the fact that carrying a baby was inconvenient, uncomfortable, stretching, tiring, and yet…the most wonderful time of my life!

    MARY – The Pregnant Teenager

    I imagine it was similar, but a whole lot more inconvenient for Mary. Teen pregnancies aren’t often easy.  There’s a certain stigma High School aged girls face when they announce they’re pregnant.  I doubt Mary had it in her school planner to get pregnant, especially by someone other than her fiancé.

    How do you explain it to your family and friends that ‘you’re not pregnant because you’ve done something you shouldn’t’, it was because you allowed the God who created the universe to use your womb?

    Nothing about Mary’s pregnancy was convenient, comfortable or easy; yet this teenager accepted God’s plan for her life with the words,

    “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

    No, but God don’t you know how hard that is…don’t you know what that will cost me…don’t you know what people will say…don’t you know what Joseph will say…he may leave???

    Mary was carrying the promise and the very presence of God – Emmanuel, God with us inside her womb and it cost her. 

    Carrying the promise and presence of God isn’t convenient, easy, or comfortable, but it will be the most incredible adventure of your life; if you yield to God’s will, done God’s way.

    It’s impossible to carry a baby without getting stretch marks but oh, it’s so worth the scars.  Be like Mary; willing to be inconvenienced so you can carry within your heart the promise and the presence of God, so that through you the world will see Emmanuel, God is with us!

    Prayer

    Father…I’m overwhelmed at the thought that YOU want ME to carry Your promises and Your presence to the world.  I don’t feel worthy and I’m afraid of the cost.  I’m sorry for trying to take the easy-way-out. I open my heart and my life to You.  I’m willing like Mary to carry Your promises and Your presence, so the world may know YOU, no matter the cost.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    I’m willing to be inconvenienced to carry the promise and the presence of God to this world! 

    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Christmas Series

    Christmas Women - Peggy Sue Wells Soul H2O Radio Podcast

    During the Christmas season, were running The Brave Christmas & Christian Women Series.  Episode 49 is Part2 of The Brave Teen Mom & Brave Single Moms. In This Series, were Celebrating The Women of The Christmas Story and a few of their contemporary counterparts. PeggySue Wells is an author and speaker who hosts an online ministry for Single Moms at SingleMomCircle.com

    Drawing from the well

    You can find the full story of Mary’s involvement in Jesus’ birth Within these portions of Scripture:

    Luke 1:26-38               An Angel Meets Mary, Jesus Birth Foretold
    Luke 1:39-56               Mary Visits Elizabeth
    Matthew 1:18-25          Angel visits Joseph
    Matthew 1:27          Emmanuel:  God With Us  (Prophesied in Isaiah 7:14)
    Luke 2:2-6                   Mary gives birth to JESUS:  The Promise & Presence of God

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  • Celebrating The Christmas Women | A Middle-Aged Woman

    Christmas WomenFor the next 3 weeks before Christmas, I’m going to release 3 posts Celebrating The Christmas Women.  I really wanted to title this series: The Teenager, A Middle-Aged Woman, and The Senior Citizen I Want to Be Like, but I thought it was a little long 🙂

    Parts of these posts I shared in a message at Christmas events.  There’s just so much to the lives of these women that I can’t get away from their stories and how it relates to the birth of Christ.  I want to share these snippets of their stories with you so you can see the hope of Christmas, our hope in Christ as we learn from these women and begin to model the character they lived.

    Each of these women were:

    CARRIERS – OF THE PROMISE & PRESENCE OF GOD

    All three of these women carried inside of them the promise of their savior, the Messiah.  The Christmas women all spent time in the presence of God so, when God’s promises were present in their lives they immediately recognized them.  Each woman’s life in the Christmas story affected people around them as they pointed the world to Christ.

    These three believed in the promises of God and trusted in God’s timing.  I want to be like the Christmas Women and carry inside of me the promise and the presence of God.  I want my life to affect others so they look to Christ, to live out a strong faith, believing in His promises with a confident trust in His timing to fulfill them.

    It’s my prayer, that by the end of this series you want to be like these women too.

    So let’s begin our Christmas Festivities,

    Celebrating the Women of The Christmas Story! 

    The first woman in the Christmas story…Jesus’ Story…is actually: 

    THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN 

    Christmas Women - Middle-Aged 

     

    When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home.  Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months.  “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.”
                                                                             Luke 1:23-25  NLT

    Luke starts his gospel account starting with the record of a couple named Zechariah and Elizabeth and he tells us this couple was old, that was his way of saying Elizabeth was passed the age of child-bearing. One day while working in the temple, an angel tells Z that Elizabeth his wife is going to have a child, and not just any child.

    Their child would be the one prophesied about in Malachi 4:6.  He wast to be the forerunner for the Messiah.

    “And he will go on before the Lord…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (NIV)

    It’s pretty clear from Z’s reaction that he had long since given up on the dream to have a child before the angel came to meet him at work.  Z didn’t believe and as a sign from God that God could do what He said, Z was unable to speak for 9 months, until the birth of his son.

    ELIZABETH

    On the other hand, Elizabeth immediately believed and because of her faith, Elizabeth carried John the Baptist; the one who would prepare the way for the Christ, in her womb.  Elizabeth protected the promise of God inside of her by staying secluded for 5 months, she took extra precautions to make sure the promise of God inside of her was able to grow and mature.  Elizabeth didn’t let anyone talk her out of her promise from God.  She didn’t allow anything to stop it from being birthed.

    Be like Elizabeth…
    Protect the promise of God in your life. Luke 1:24

    This Christmas, think about the promises God has given you as a believer in His Word and the one’s He’s given to you personally.  Protect those promises.  Give them room to grow in your heart, your mind, and in your life so you can see them birthed like the baby, John The Baptist.

    ELIZABETH CARRIED THE PROMISE & THE PRESENCE OF GOD…I WANT TO DO THE SAME #ChristmasWomen

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for all the promises in Your Word and for speaking directly to me.  Help me to put a shield around your promises so they will have room grow so I’m able to carry them to full-term; watching Your promises be fulfilled in Your timing.    In Jesus Name…Amen

    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Christmas Series

    Cheryl Nembhard

    During the Christmas season, were running The Brave Christmas & Christian Women Series.  Episode 48 is Part1 of The Brave Middle-Aged Christmas Woman & Brave Cheryl. In This Series, were Celebrating The Women of The Christmas Story and a few of their contemporary counterparts.   Now, I know we’re supposed to focus on Jesus and we will be but I think it’s good to take some time and recognize the impact some of these brave women had in the Christmas narrative and in our world today. I know you’re going to be inspired by my friend, Cheryl Nembhard. She’s a TV & Podcast Host, Speaker, Author, & Social Justice Advocate. 

    Drawing from the well

    You can find the full story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in these portions of scripture:

    Luke 1:5-25             John The Baptist Birth Foretold
    Luke 1:39-56           Mary Visits Elizabeth
    Luke 1:57-66           Elizabeth gives birth to the Promise of God

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    This devotion was originally posted on December 5, 2016.

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  • A Different Kind of Black Friday Spending Spree

    It’s Black Friday and I know in North America that means shop-ping… and lots of it, but can I ask you to consider spending some of your hard-earned dollars in a different way? This Black Friday I’m hoping will be a much more purposeful spending spree for you as we partner together to make a difference in this world.

    Tomorrow, I’m helping run a socially distanced and MUCH NEEDED Single Mom’s event with the leadership of Braeside Camp.  The PAOC has been committed to helping Single Moms for years with events in many of the districts across Canada. I’ve spoken at a few but the girls who attend the one at Braeside in Paris, Ontario have become my sisters… my friends.

    Over the past few months, I’ve heard countless stories how difficult Lockdown has been during Covid-19. Some mothers have gone months without any help, stuck inside small spaces with young kids, having to be teacher, parent & friend… an impossible task. The financial toll has been overwhelming for much of this group. Forbes magazine and many other publications have written about the disproportionate socio-economic fall-out for women with job loss rates highest for the feminine gender.

    As a team, it’s our desire to help lighten their load.  Because of restrictions, we’re not able to run the normal weekend retreat for moms and kids but we’re hosting as many mom’s as we’re allowed and making sure everyone is kept safe, giving the moms a day away to get pampered and receive spiritual refreshing. Each mother will leave with food to take home and gifts provided by donors.

    HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP! 

    I’m asking if you might partner with me to help the Single moms by donating to provide one book per attendee. The 10 Best Decisions a Single Mom Can Make: A Biblical Guide for Navigating Family Life on Your Own. I was introduced to the author, PeggySue Wells by her publicist. I can’t wait for you to hear her interview on Soul H2O Radio in December. This book will help these women and I wish I had this information when I was in the thick-of-it.  If enough donations come in, we can even send them out to all the Single Moms on our full list.  Parasource, Canada’s Online Christian Retailer has offered the books at a discounted rate, so making this dream a reality is within reach.

    Months ago, I finished the training for my charitable status to help cover expenses of running a ministry. I’m thankful to be able to offer you a tax receipt for each donation over $10.00 whether you’re from Canada or the USA. 

    I’m also making you aware of another opportunity to make a difference in a woman’s life… a woman behind bars.  For years, I’ve been providing my book, Water In The Desert to a detention center in Canada where a chaplain helps women use the book and Study Guide. I would love to be able to give more this Christmas. Your partnership in these two female-focused endeavors is will make a difference!

    • A Donation of $15 covers the expense of getting PeggySue’s book to a Single Mom.
    • A Donation of $20 provides a copy of Water In The Desert to a woman in prison this Christmas.
    • Any Donations, whether monthly or one-time to help fund the ministry would be greatly appreciated.

    ENDNOTES

    1     https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2020/07/13/how-the-pandemic-is-negatively-impacting-women-more-than-men-and-what-has-to-change/?sh=392c270e554b

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  • Bringing Your Soul Into Focus

    This devotion was inspired by the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Episode with Melanie Stevenson, Bringing Your Soul Into Focus.  Hope you get refreshed from both Soul H2O media offerings. 🙂

    Bringing Your Soul Into Focus

    Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. ~ 3 John 1:2 NKJV

    Eye Examinations

    Bringing Your Soul Into Focus

    I was first prescribed to wear glasses in Grade 10. Since then, I’ve started going yearly, for an eye exam; you know, that enjoyable experience when an optician or ophthalmologist shines the brightest flashlight known to mankind in your eyes… ya, that one. Then, there’s a part when the doctor swings the phoropter in front of you, a big lens machine and through a series of examples, shows you two different lens prescriptions and you’re supposed to decipher which helps you better read the Snellen Eye Chart.  Everywhere, doctors ask their patients, “#1 or #2?”

    You Need To Focus

    Your answer is the process by which the eye doctor determines your prescription.  Doctors keep asking you this question until finally you can see clearly, when everything is brought into focus. It’s interesting with all their years of schooling and expensive instrumentation, the doctors cannot prescribe you the proper lenses if you don’t properly discern which lenses bring your eyesight into focus.

    You have to focus, to decipher what brings you focus.

    Soul Examinations

    You’d be wise to begin regular examinations on your soul, like you do with our eyes.  You need to start bringing your soul: your mind, will & emotions into focus, in order to live healthy. If you’re going to live out today’s verse and prosper as your soul prospers… then, you’re going to have to direct your focus on your soul in order to experience soul health that leads to health in all areas of your life.

    Bring your soul into focus, as clear as an eye-exam and make it healthy!

    Prayer

    Father… I ask that you would help guide me in the process of bringing my soul into focus. It doesn’t come naturally but I know Your Word is telling me I can and even prosper in it! I thank you for giving me the ability to prosper in health of my body, soul and spirit! In Jesus Name…Amen

    Do you struggle to bring your soul into health?

    Yesterday’s Soul H2O Splash Online Event with Melanie Stevenson and I took the message of BRINGING YOUR SOUL INTO FOCUS one step farther with 10 TIPS TO HELP BRING YOUR SOUL INTO FOCUS… You can watch if you are a member of the Soul H2O Splash Private Facebook Group.

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    Drawing from the well
    1. 3 John 1:2
    2. 1 Samuel 16:7
    3. Luke 16:15
    4. 2 Peter 1:3
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  • Soul H2O Radio Anniversary!

    1 Year WOW!!!!

    Soul H2O Anniversary

    Join Us For 3 Anniversary Events!

    Soul H20 Radio/Podcast with Sherry Stahl, your weekly on-air Ladies Bible Study Event on JOY Radio is celebrating the show’s one-year Anniversary! We’d love for you to be there and invite your girlfriends to join in on the fun and inspiration! Don’t miss the Soul H2O Anniversary party on JOY!  DETAILS ON THE SOUL H2O ANNIVERSARY PAGE: http://www.soulh2o.com/anniversary

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    SHOW SPONSOR:  http://www.glowbox.ca  
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    CONTEST PRIZES:
    1 – Summer Glow Box
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  • Mover of Mountains—Breaker of Chains

    Get ready to find out how you’re called to be a mover of mountains–breaker of chains…

    Now I say to you that
    you are Peter (which means ‘rock’),
    and upon this rock
    I will build my church,
    and all the powers of hell
    will not conquer it.

    ~Matthew 16:18 NLT

    Last night I woke up to yet another allergic reaction to a medication I was put on last week to combat a reaction to a dental procedure. My tongue felt swollen and I feared the constricting sensation in my throat.  I know what it’s like to have severe allergic reactions that have landed me in the hospital, twice.

    Staying up to see if it would pass, I took a shower, googled and prayed. At one point I felt the sensations decreasing and ok to lay down.  I fell back asleep. 

    So, let’s just say… I didn’t go to bed thinking of gum drops and lullabies 🙂  BUT… God woke me up in the morning with the words of a song playing in my head that gave me hope to all the situations in my life that had probably helped to trigger allergic reactions in my body (stress has a way of doing that). 

    “Mover of Mountains, Breaker of Chains”
    was sounding off like a record player skipping on repeat.

    Mover of Mountains

    I don’t know if you’re like me, but I have a few mountains that need moving. Mountains in the realm of the Rockies… looming large over the valley below. Struggles that can overwhelm, steal my sleep and rob my joy… without God’s voice in my life. 

    With God’s voice in my life, problems are dwarfed in the magnitude of His greatness, His goodness, His presence. Through reading Laura Harris Smith’s book, Seeing The Voice of God, I know that waking dreams, songs or thoughts in your mind are very important and you shouldn’t discount them.

    Breaker of Chains

    Thankfully, Google helped me find the right song that I was hearing. The lyrics of You Cannot be Stopped were like a healing balm to my heart and emotions. As the song kept repeating “There’s nothing that can stop our God”. I was reminded of today’s verse. NOTHING can stop God, not His plans, purposes or His church.

    Nothing Can Stop Our God

    I’m comforted to know that the church isn’t a building as our brains like to think.  The church in the original Greek used in this verse is “ekklesia” or in literal terms, “to call out from or to.”1 “The church” refers to the people God has called out, to live for Him… that’s YOU!  God is building His church on the rock of your life… well, He wants to!

    Mover of Mountains—Breaker of Chains

    It should comfort you to know that God doesn’t just tell you that you can do something, He promises to show you the way. In the next verse, right after today’s verse, Jesus assures you of the authority you hold over your life; when He says, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) In Mark 11:23, Jesus also emphasized a believer’s authority when He said,I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”

    Because God’s given you the keys to unlock the doors that keep you bound and the authority to move mountains, you can be like Zerubbabel who helped lead the re-building of the temple after the Israelites came out of captivity. If you press on, your legacy will be talked about like his.

    “Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’” (Zechariah 4:7)

    You have what it takes.  Now, use your key and open the door that is holding you bound because God wants to show Himself as the, “Mover of Mountains—Breaker of Chains” in and through you!

    Prayer

    Father… Help me to believe in the truth of Your Word and the authority you’ve given me to govern my life. Help me not to fall into self-pity and low-level-living when you’ve promised a mountain-moving, chain-breaking ability for me to access. May I discern… and use the keys You’ve placed in Your Word for me to live an overcoming life. In Jesus Name…Amen


    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. Matthew 16:18
    2. Matthew 16:19 connected to: Isaiah 22:22 and Revelations 3:7
    3. Mark 11:23 (similar in Matthew 21:21)
    4. Zechariah 4:7

    #musicpic SONG: You Cannot Be Stopped by Phil Wickham, Chris Quilala
    Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/T2a0QW4V0aM
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    ENDNOTES

    1. https://biblehub.com/greek/1577.htm     Biblehub Website Accessed:  2020-09-22

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  • Do You Notice The Season Beginning To Change?

    Praying this devotion helps you see the season beginning to change in your life!

    Isaiah 43:19 season change

    Early this August, we followed our normal family tradition and celebrated Shelby’s birthday at the trailer. While my immediate family was there, my cousin was driving by, stopped and honked. So, we all went out by the fence to say hello.

    As we were talking, I noticed leaves under our feet, then I looked at the two trees on either side of us. I was shocked to see yellowing leaves and mentioned it to my niece. I told Todd and thought it strange for trees to be turning when it was a blistering hot summer day. I’d never seen trees begin to turn during the beginning half of August. 

    NEVER.

    It felt like a holy noticing. Everyone else was focussed on my cousin but God turned my eyes to the trees.

    Was God trying to speak to me through the colour of the leaves?

    Was the season beginning to change for me?

    Back At Home

    sunny august
    My Instagram Story that day

    I love to walk in the morning and spend some time with God as I’m getting some exercise. About ten days after Shelby’s birthday party, on another one of those blistery hot August walks, I stopped to take a picture of the deep blue sky contrasting the dark green trees, when I noticed leaves on the top of three trees slightly turning yellow.

    I thought maybe I was going crazy, but by the time I was done my walk, I had seen three trees with a little bit of yellowing leaves… on August 20th… in Leamington, Ontario; the southernmost point of Canada. We live in the “southernmost point of mainland Canada”, marketed under the motto, “Sun Parlour of Canada”. We’re actually on the same latitude line as northern California and Rome.1

    Needless to say, fall leaves in summer are NOT NORMAL here.

    Pictures from my walks Aug.20-26, 2020

    By the week following, on August 26th, I saw my first tree with red leaves (the last picture here). Season’s Changing.

    CRAZY.

    Normal Season Changes

    I’ve never seen leaves turn this early. The website ToDoOntario.com site and others confirm how, “Ontario fall colour reports begin mid-September and continue through October.”2

    Leaves don’t change in August… but they did, and I took notice. 

    Each walk I felt the Lord directing my attention to these pre-mature colour-changing trees amidst the green ones. I felt the Lord directing my eyes and whispering to my soul, the season is changing… and change it is. 

    Today is September 15th and more trees have changed colour and lost leaves. We could have raked leaves around our fence at our trailer on Labour Day Weekend even though most trees in the park were dark green.

    As I read Esther 4:14, it had new meaning, given all God’s been speaking to me lately. Mordecai’s words to Esther when she almost missed noticing the changing season, struck me this morning, “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

    While I read this verse, the Lord kept reminding me about Isaiah 43:19, “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

    Nudging You…

    I feel the Lord pressing me to not stay silent but write and nudge your level of holy noticing. Pay attention to His “Godwinks” to you, like the turning trees to me, and ready your heart for the sudden opportunities this new season change will provide.

    Rub Your Eyes

    Plainly, keep your eyes peeled because God has something up His sleeve for you to do and I don’t want you missing the destiny He has for your life. Esther almost missed hers, don’t miss yours.

    And… don’t get distracted looking for something BIG. Most of God’s opportunities don’t start with something ground-breaking or earth-shatteringly obvious… but small, unimportant to us but life-changing, nonetheless.  So, rub the sleepy out of your eyes and see what God is about to do… through you!

    PRAYER

    Father… I ask you to open my eyes and help me see what you’re doing.  Remove the distractions that seek to steal my attention from what you’re about to do. May I live out every detail of the destiny your have for my life.
    In Jesus Name…Amen

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    1. Isaiah 43:19
    2. Esther 4:14
    3. Isaiah 42:9
    4. Isaiah 48:3,6

    #musicpic Song

    Seasons Change by United Pursuit
    (ft. Michael Ketterer)
    Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/F7k5pqBVinA
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    ENDNOTES

    1. https://todoontario.com/ontario-fall-colours-progression-report/#:~:text=Ontario%20fall%20colour%20reports%20begin,next%20few%20weeks%20for%20sure. ToDoOntario Website Accessed:  2020-09-15
    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leamington,_Ontario  Wikipedia Website Accessed:  2020-09-15

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