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  • Plant For The Right Harvest

    Then God said, 
    "Let the land produce vegetation: 
    seed-bearing plants and trees on the land 
    that bear fruit with seed in it, 
    according to their various kinds." 
    And it was so. 
    The land produced vegetation: 
    plants bearing seed according to their kinds and
     trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. 
    And God saw that it was good.
    ~Genesis 1:11-12  NIV

    plant for the right harvest

     

    Today, the sun was warmer here in Ontario, Canada than it was in Florida, so the Harley was just calling us to ride.  Todd and I answered its beck and call; donning helmets and biker boots for the trip.

    Riding around, we saw farmers on tractors working their fields or planting crops.  Many fields lined with sprouts beginning to grow. Clearly, it’s the season to plant!

    I think it’s safe to say, there has never been a farmer who planted a seed of corn, expecting a harvest of potatoes.  Farmers carefully choose what seed to sow, in order to ensure the healthiest plants that will yield the most abundant harvest. Farmers always plant for the right harvest.

    Jesus often spoke in agricultural parables because the people of his day very much understood the principles of farming.  Even though society isn’t so agriculturally based anymore, you’ve all done the seed planting experiment in school and understand that when you planted your bean seed, a bean plant was going to grow.

    You cannot defy the set order of seeds producing fruit according to their kind.

    Genesis 1:12

    Not for plants, not for animals, not for humans.  Even the creation of the mule or finny from a horse paired with a donkey cannot reproduce.  No matter how hard people try, they cannot break these original laws of nature God instituted during creation.

    It’s illogical then for people to imagine they can plant seeds in their lives and expect the opposite result.  You can’t plant seeds of discord and expect to harvest peace, to plant seeds of harshness, and expect to receive kindness, or to plant seeds of injustice, expecting a return of grace.

    [tweetthis]If you want to see a harvest in your life, you need to sow seeds according to its kind. Plant for the right harvest![/tweetthis]

    If you desire to see a harvest of friends, you must sow seeds of kindness.  For a harvest of financial abundance, sow seeds of diligent labor.   Want the harvest of a healthy marriage?  Sow seeds of love, honor, faithfulness, passion and thoughtfulness. You can only harvest what you plant.

    So, what are you planting this season?  Make sure you plant for the right harvest!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m so thankful for how You designed this world to function.  Your ways make sense and I choose to follow them.  I will plant the right seeds in my life, so in due time, I can reap a good harvest.  Help me to discern what it will take to produce the fruit I want to enjoy and I will commit to sowing the right amount of that seed, to ensure an abundant crop. In Jesus Name…Amen

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     Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. Isaiah 28:5-6
    2. Matthew 13:24
    3. Luke 6:44
    4. Galatians 6:7

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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

     Wedding Video Image https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_9H1AVMLk8

    Royal Wedding Prince Harry & Meghan MarkleThis past weekend was a truly royal celebration with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  How appropriate that 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.

     

    Me drinking royal teaAcross 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.  Here’s a picture of me celebrating the wedding drinking the 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 were 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 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.
    2. Your name will be written in permanent marker, never to be blotted out of the Book of Life.
    3. YOUR ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT will take place!

    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 you that Jesus, The Son of God should give such a royal announcement?

    Through your faith in Christ: you are His child, you’re an heir, a son or daughter of the King of Kings! Therefore, you have been made 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.”

    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 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. Help me to overcome so experience the day Your son introduces me to You!  In Jesus name…Amen.

    [tweetthis]Let the knowledge of WHO you are and the future hope of, YOUR ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT help you to be a victorious overcomer, conquering whatever this world throws your way![/tweetthis]


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    Queen announcementHere’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 J  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eBYUOKQOnE

     


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    Drawing From The Well - Brown and Blue

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

    Footnotes:

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    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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  • Listening to my cassette tape playing Luv is a Verb by dcTalk

    The Soul H2O Devotion called Rest is a Verb is what inspired this post… or this song inspired the post??? Not sure which came first…The chicken or the egg ???  I’ve been listening to this song on repeat, ever since I mentioned it while writing the #soulh2o devo.

    Makes Me Feel: Like calling up my friends Kevin and Wendy Pauls and dancing up a storm!

    Sung By: DC Talk

    Website: https://www.dctalk.com/

    dcTalk Free at LastCD:  Free At Last

    Written By: George Cocchini, Mark Heimemann, Toby McKeehan

    © 1992

    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRfFuhrdGKM

    Lyrics: https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?lyrics=5146

    My favorite lines as recorded in link above:

    Thinkin’ of a way to explain-o
    Cause ya’ know when I’m flowin’ like a bottle of Drain-o

    Seriously, that line kills me!

    If you ever see this Toby, Kevin and Michael… thanks for all the years of great music!  Looking forward to your 2019 tour.  Hope you come to Canada 🙂

    Have fun dancing y’all!

    ~Sherry Stahl

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  • Rest is a Verb

    Let perseverance
    finish its work
    so that you may be mature and complete,
    not lacking anything.
    James 1:4  NIV

    TOO BUSY TO REST

    See Hear LoveThis Friday I was a guest on the women’s TV Show, See, Hear, Love with Melinda Estabrooks and a few of my incredible, world-shaking girlfriends {I’ll let you know when the episode airs}.  At one point in the show, we talked about our hectic schedules and the issues we have with letting ourselves get too busy. As a firstborn, Type A personality, raised in a racing family of over-achievers who owned multiple businesses; rest doesn’t come easily or naturally for this girl and my friends are much the same.

    In the last year, God called one of my closest girlfriends to a time of radical rest.  Now, the idea of God asking you to not work would seem a blessing… but to my hard-working, others-focussed friend, the task has been daunting and difficult.  Attempts at heading back into the workforce before God’s release, have resulted in closed doors and her submission to wait for God’s perfect timing.  I believe her answering God’s call to drastic obedience will pave the way for the incredible things God has for her future.

    As I was thinking about all this, Todd’s aunt forwarded me an encouraging post about rest. When reading, this phrase popped into my head and hasn’t let go. Maybe it’s because I was a huge DC Talk fan back in the day {Only those who were young Christian in the 90’s will get this connection—check out this fun #musicpics post}, but I had this repetitive thought in my head… Rest is a Verb.

    REST IS A VERB

    Combining the truth of this week’s verse with a line from the blog post I read, led me to a new understanding I want to share with you!  The line in the article that inspired me was essentially saying,

    Rest in God’s Kingdom is not inactivity, but total dependence on God.1

    When I read the definition of the original Greek word Hypomoné used in this verse, translated in our Bibles to read as: perseverance, endurance, steadfastness, or patience, it got me to researching a little more. I googled the definition of rest and it all came into clear vision.  Rest is defined as “relax, refresh, or recover strength”.2

    Sometimes, we need to endure in rest, in order to become strong, getting ready for the next God has for us.  We’re like athletes who need to take a break, so they can recover strength in their muscles; or dough you need to let rest, so it can rise.  Rest isn’t inactivity, it’s activity out of sight.  Rest is a Verb!

    I hope this new understanding helps you to be patient in rest, allowing God the opportunity to build you up, make you strong, mature you and prepare your heart for the exciting adventure He has in store!

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for being loving enough to keep working on me.  I will work hard to stop wiggling my way out of your crucible and rest in you.  I’m asking You to produce in me the character and strength needed to fulfill your call on my life. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Rest is a Verb![/tweetthis]

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    #musicpics dcTalk-Luv is a verb post here


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    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. James 1:4
    2. Luke 21:19
    3. Colossians 4:12
    4. Psalm 37:7

    EndNotes:

    1. https://www.google.ca/search?q=definition+of+rest&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA775CA776&oq=def&aqs=chrome.4.35i39j69i61j69i60j0j35i39j69i65.4437j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Website Accessed:  2018-05-02 Definition of Rest
    2. https://fathersheartministry.net/the-father-says-today-may-3rd-2018/ Website Accessed: 2018-05-03

    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREYYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY
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    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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  • Truth God Whispered To Me On A Flight To Dallas

    Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
    but those who hope in the LORD
    will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
    Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV


    Are you a confident flyer?

    I started off pretty nervous flying… might have had something to do with the fact that my first trip involved a stint through the Rockies in a small plane. Pockets of air bounced us up and down for the whole flight.

    Then came the 911 Tragedy.

    My friend Staci and I were scheduled to attend Joyce Meyer’s Women’s Conference taking place just a couple weeks later.  We weren’t sure planes would be flying since airports had been closed but days before our trip, it was announced they were open again.

    The conference sent out emails letting girls off the hook for registration if they were concerned about flying.  As I read, something rose up inside of me. I wasn’t going to allow the terrorists to terrorize me.  This indignation helped defeat my flying fear!

    Now, I’m a fairly confident flyer, but still pray during take-off and my flight last week to the Global Media Summit was no exception.  As I prayed in my head {so people don’t think I’m crazy} a life-changing event happened. God whispered to me on a flight to Dallas!

    WHAT TRUTH GOD WHISPERED TO ME ON A FLIGHT TO DALLAS

    As the plane was rising into the clouds and the motors leveled off, I began thinking about how amazing it was that such a heavy piece of metal could soar above the clouds with such ease. It was at this point where I felt the Lord remind me of this week’s verse.  God kept whispering, “you will soar on wings like eagles”.   What an encouraging word!

    Isaiah 40:30-31

    EAGLE FACTS

    This caused me to study a little more on eagles, so I could understand how they soar in the sky1.  Unlike other birds who furiously flap their wings and can fly for shorter distances, eagles can soar for 4-6 hours, traveling up to 125 miles2 by simply opening up their wings and gliding on the wind.  This is the difference between flying and soaring.3

    All too often I’m like a bird flapping around getting tired, only going short distances.  From now on, I want to be like an eagle and soar on the Jetstream of where the Holy Spirit is moving!  This reminds me of the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

    So, let’s follow the eagle example.  Don’t waste your energy flapping around.  Learn from the message God whispered to me on a flight to Dallas, and simply open up your wings and soar!

    Prayer

    Father… I thank You for taking the heavy load.  You don’t want me to carry it.  Help me not waste energy trying to do Your will in my own strength but soar on the wind of Your Spirit. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Don’t flap like a bird, soar like an eagle![/tweetthis]


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     Eagle videoVideo on how Eagles Fly

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    Drawing From The Well - Brown and Blue

    1. Isaiah 40:30-31
    2. Zechariah 4:6
    3. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
    4. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

    EndNotes:

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM2bC6qNksM Website Accessed:  2018-05-06
    2. https://www.quora.com/How-long-can-an-eagle-fly-without-landing-perching Website Accessed: 2018-05-06
    3. https://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-flying-and-soaring Website Accessed: 2018-05-06

    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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  • Chasing After The Elusive Stanley Cup

    His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
    the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.
    Psalm 147:10-11



    What’s it like at your house this season?

    For our family, it doesn’t need to be called Spring, I think we could safely rename it Stanley Cup Season!  Hockey is e-vu-ree-thing to my hubbs 🙂  Todd’s one of those hometown hockey heroes; who actually still fits into his team jacket!  He’s sad that his favorite team, the Montréal Canadiens aren’t in the playoffs, but that doesn’t stop him from watching copious amounts of TV as teams flex their muscles, skating down the ice, chasing after the elusive Stanley Cup.  Grown men fighting and exerting their strength over one another to gain the prize.  Often it’s the physically strongest team that wins.

    Making an NHL team takes a great deal of determination.  Guys have to prove their strength to get a position, and you’re only as good as the season you’re in.  Players can’t live off of their ‘glory days’ and stay on the team.  You have to continually work out and increase your strength to prove your worthiness.  That’s a lot to keep up; constantly being judged and reassessed.  Thankfully, God’s not like this and our verse this week makes that clear.

    Psalm 147_10-11

    God doesn’t look to your strength, what you have, how good you look, how strong or smart you are or what skills you bring to the table.  God doesn’t care what you have to offer Him.

    He doesn’t need anything from you, but He wants a relationship with you.

    God delights when you put your hope in Him, rely on His strength, and know His love for you is unfailing.

    SS Quote_hockey-stanley cupGod’s love for you is even stronger than the smell of a hockey bag full of equipment at the end of Stanley Cup season!

    So, this Stanley Cup season, and all that follow be reminded as you watch the men displaying their strength over each other, that:

    You don’t always have to be strong because your Father in Heaven is ALLmighty!

    Stop chasing after elusive goals trying to offer God your strength. Instead, run after the God who loves you!

    Prayer

    Father… I thank You for Your strength.  You are ALLmighty God.  Your strength is perfect.  I’m thankful that when I’m weak, You are strong.  Hopeful because I don’t have to bring anything but my heart to the table. Be strong in me today so I can accomplish all you call me to do.  In Jesus Name…Amen.


    [tweetthis]God’s love for you is even stronger than the smell of a #hockey bag full of equipment at the end of #StanleyCup season![/tweetthis]

    [tweetthis]You don’t always have to be strong because your Father in Heaven is ALLmighty![/tweetthis]

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     Drawing From The Well - Brown and Blue

    1. Psalm 147:10-11
    2. Psalm 33:17
    3. I Samuel 16:7
    4. Psalm 20:7

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    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
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    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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  • Just Because You Fail, Doesn’t Mean You’re A Failure

    Forgetting what lies behind and
    straining forward to what lies ahead,
    I press on toward the goal for the prize 
    of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 3:13-14 ESV

    MY RECENT FAILURES

    Getting out with a group of girls is always fun!

    So, when my friend Ellen Graf-Martin invited me to attend her Fierce Hearted Retreat with Holley Gerth, I was all in!  Well, at least until Ellen let us know the Friday night fun was painting pottery. Hearing the plan made me want to back out because it was artistic and well, let’s just say I’m not artistically talented {complete understatement}. As you can see in the pictures, my pottery painting was a total fail and this past season has given me lots of reasons to feel like a failure.

    Beyond painting an ugly mug, I made the worst anniversary dinner AND dessert in human history… not the meal I had hoped would express my endearing love for Todd. Then there’s the canceled missions trip to Guatemala that was supposed to take flight in March.  To say there were days when I felt like a failure is another {complete understatement}. I’ve had to keep reminding myself…

    Just because you fail, doesn’t mean you’re a failure.

    Philippians 4:13-14

    Knowing Paul wrote Philippians from a jail cell puts his words into perspective.  Paul could have been like most of us and started bemoaning the choices made that landed him in prison, but he didn’t.

    Instead of allowing his incarceration to be a reason for sinking into defeat or entering into a blaming tirade, Paul takes his focus off of this seeming ‘failure’ onto the goal ahead of him.  Gaze fixed on the prize for fulfilling the upward call of God.

    WOW! That’s really hard to do.

    Label Failure X

    Rejecting the label of failure and choosing to look towards future success, will make you prosper. 

     

     

    Failing Forward_John C. Maxwell

    In his book Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell rightly says,

    “There is no achievement without failure. 
    To even imply that it might be possible gives people the wrong impression.”1

    Maxwell’s whole book is dedicated to helping people train for failure as he cites people’s stories who have found success through repeated failures, great examples of how to fail forward.

    My advice to you today is, don’t let failure derail you from the upward call of God on your life.  We all fail.  The question is, will you be like Micah and announce to the world: “though I fall, yet I will rise”?2 Remember, Just because you fail, doesn’t mean you’re a failure.

    Prayer

    Father… I thank you that failure is not final.  I don’t have to live in fear of failure because You encourage me in Your Word that when I fall, You’ll help me get back up.  Let me walk with confidence towards the exciting plans You have for my life and learn to fail forward, not letting the enemy or anyone label me a failure.  In You, I am more than an overcomer! In Jesus Name…Amen


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    [tweetthis] Just because you fail, doesn’t mean you’re a #failure.[/tweetthis]

    [tweetthis] Rejecting the label of failure and choosing to look towards future success, will make you prosper.[/tweetthis]

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    Drawing From The Well

    1. Philippians 3:13-14
    2. Micah 7:8
    3. Ps 40:2-3
    4. Proverbs 24:16

    ENDNOTES

    1. Maxwell, John. Failing Forward, © 2000 Nelson Books: Nashville, TN pg. 7
    2. Micah 7:8

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  • This is Just Your Temporary Home

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled.
    You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
    And if I go and prepare a place for you,
    I will come back and take you to be with me
    that you also may be where I am. 
    You know the way to the place where I am going.”

    John 14:1-4 NIV


    TEMPORARY HOME

    Just after Easter, as I was driving from my Uncle and Aunt’s house to Hamilton, the thought crossed my mind that I was going to pass by four different homes I’d lived in.  Since I don’t get around that area very often, I took pictures of each house.  Some looking, Oh so different! than when growing up.

    As I continued to drive, I began counting just how many places I’ve called home.  There were:

    • 10 growing up with my parents
    • 3 different college dorms
    • 9 places as an adult that included:
      4 houses, 2 townhouses, 1 trailer, and 2 cottages.

    If you’re counting, that’s 22 “homes” in total!

    Shelby & Haillie
    Shelby & Haillie outside our home

    Thinking about my moving mayhem brought Carrie Underwood’s song, Temporary Home to mind.  As teens, this song had become very close to my daughter and her friend Haillie’s heart. Haillie and her mom, my friend Lori had come to live with us when we were both going through separation.  To say it was a tough time would be an understatement. When the radio announced Carrie was coming to Toronto, I immediately booked tickets for us all.  As Carrie sang our life-song, we were all streaming tears.

    I think this week’s verses are especially impactful to me because of all the temporary homes I’ve had. Add to that, recently having Todd’s Nanny Lois pass away and move into her forever home; the value of this Scripture has only deepened.  With Nanny’s passing still fresh in our hearts, knowing this earth isn’t the end… that there’s more.. that Jesus loves us so much He’s gone to build a forever home for us all, brings so much comfort!

    John 14:1-3

    Jesus disciples were about as smart as us and they struggled to grasp what He was telling them.  In the next verse, they ask, “how can we know the way?” to which Jesus makes everything clear when He explains, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Because of Christ, this earth can be just “windows and rooms”1 we’re passing through.

    I hope you let Jesus’ words sink in.  Don’t LET your hearts be troubled, no matter what’s going on in your world. You can sing along with Carrie because.. this is just your temporary home!

    Prayer

    Father…Your promises are so good they’re often hard for my brain to imagine. Understanding what you went through, to provide the way Jesus, is completely overwhelming. To know you’re preparing a place for me, so comforting!  I thank You that I can know with certainty there is a better place, and I get to go there! One day, my temporary home of earth will be replaced by my forever home, heaven! Cya soon Jesus!

    [tweetthis]This is just a stop on the way to where I’m going @carrieunderwood #TemporaryHome #soulh2o[/tweetthis]


    Carrie,

    If you ever end up reading this post, I hope you know how much your music has ministered to us.  Praying God blesses you with on overwhelming sense of His love and goodness.

    Sherry Stahl Signature


    Music Video for Temporary Home.  I dare you to watch it and not cry girls 🙂

    1Lyrics to the song: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/carrieunderwood/temporaryhome.html

    Carrie’s Website:  https://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com/


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    DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

    1. John 14:1-4
    2. John 14:5-6
    3. John 14:27-29
    4. Isaiah 32:18

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  • The Most Powerful Way To Deal With Self-Criticism

    My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.
    This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.
    It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it.
    For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
    1 John 3:18–20 MSG

    Brandon Getting Award
    Brandon Getting an Award for High Volume Sales in 2016 at the age of 23! Can you say #proudmommabear 🙂

    My son Brandon is an amazing salesman.

    Over the past five years working for my parents, he’s expanded their business astronomically. At 25, they’re already working on a plan for Brandon to take over the business.

    If you know my dad at all, you know what a BIG deal it is for him to hand over the reins!

    Brandon loves the thrill of the sale and making his customers happy.

    Recently, Brandon called completely excited to tell me about a deal he just made on a trailer sale. A previous customer contacted him in a very difficult situation, having just experienced a personal disaster. Brandon‘s heart was moved with compassion.

    When he called the customer back and told them how he could work things out, the customer actually cried, thanking him repeatedly. At that point, I asked, “Isn’t the feeling you get helping someone else out as good, if not better than the feeling you get making a big money deal?” Brandon’s response, “Absolutely mom, absolutely.”

    The Most Powerful Way To Deal With Self-Criticism

    In this epistle, John imparts such wisdom when he educates believers about God’s love towards us and how we benefit by sharing that love with others.  In this week’s verses, John shares how loving each other…the art of practicing real, honest, sincere love towards others will even help defeat those internal negative, condemning thoughts of self-criticism we often struggle to place on mute. Basically…

    Helping Others Helps Us

    How can you honestly criticize yourself and say you’re not a good person,
    or that your life doesn’t count when you’re doing good things for others?

    Just as my son’s experience at work and his involvement with 100 Guys Who Care Brantford reveal,

    It’s an exhilarating feeling when you help others!

    Brandon helping others

    Brandon helping others

    Like putting arrows in a quiver; helping others gives you something to throw back at the enemy when he detonates those negative, self-critical thought bombs off in your brain.

    So, if you struggle with self-esteem issues, the advice given in 1 John 3:20 could be the best coping mechanism for you today…. get out of your brain and go help someone in need!

    Prayer

    Father…Your love is so good! Just when I think I understand how much You love me, I learn there’s a deeper well then I ever imagined.  It takes a lifetime to grasp Your love. Help me to silence self-doubt with Your love as I spend my time helping others; not introspectively criticizing myself because…YOU love ME! In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Get out of your brain and go help someone in need! 1 Jn 3:18-20[/tweetthis]

    [tweetthis]*Helping Others Helps Us* 1 John 3:18-20[/tweetthis]

    Drawing From The Well - Wide

    Will you indulge me? I’m hoping you’ll soak in this verse a little.  I found it interesting to compare these verses in different translations and I hope you do.  Bible Gateway is an easy way to look up Scriptures online, I love the YouVersion Bible App for my phone to look up verses, highlight and listen to the Bible read out to me in many versions.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Bible Hub for looking deeper into the original meaning of Scripture and other helpful tools they have.

    Compare these verses in different versions. I found these versions help bring a different deeper understanding to what John was teaching:  NIV, NLT, The Message, GOD’S WORD ® Translation

    1 John 3:18-20    BIBLE HUB   BIBLE GATEWAY–THE FOUR SIDE-BY-SIDE


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    Here’s a link to the group Brandon is a part of, but they have these groups all over North America. I would suggest googling “100 Guys Who Care Your Town/City Name” to find the closest chapter to you.
    100 Guys Who Care Brantford


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