All Blogs

  • 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]

    gbtk

    #musicpics dcTalk-Luv is a verb post here


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


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

    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
     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 

     

     

    Read More

  • 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]


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


     Eagle videoVideo on how Eagles Fly

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

     

    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 

     

    Read More

  • 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]

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


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


     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

    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREY

    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,
    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 

     


     

    Read More

  • 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


    Facebook Live
    Jump on my Author Facebook page tonight, for an encouraging message.

    Monday, April 23rd
    8 pm EST

    There’s so much more that God’s put on my heart about Failing Forward that I can’t fit into this little Soul H2O devotion.  I’m also going to be giving away a copy of Holley Gerth’s book fierce hearted to a lucky winner!

    [imic_button colour=”btn-warning” type=”enabled” link=”https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherryStahl/” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=””]Facebook Live Link to Sherry’s Author Facebook Page[/imic_button]

    You may have toFacebook Like LIKE my ‘AuthorSherryStahl’ page to see the Facebook LIVE


    [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]

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

     


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

    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

    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 

    Read More

  • 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/


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

      


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

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

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

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

    Read More

  • 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


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

    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


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

    Read More

  • Why You Can Trust God

     “He is not here. 
    He is risen,
    just as he said.”
    Matthew 28:6 NIV

    This Easter I’ve learned on a whole new level, why you can trust God!

    You see, trusting that people are going to follow through on what they’ve said they would do isn’t always easy. Watching the news can cause you to become hard-hearted and distrustful of people. Life experiences often add fuel to this fire of doubt and soon you find yourself not believing God can be trusted. It’s so hard not to attribute character traits of those in our lives to God.

    When I read Matthew’s recounting of Jesus death and Resurrection, this week’s verse leapt off the page.

    Mt 28:6

    “… just as he said”.

    That’s the real reason why we celebrate Easter
    —the reason we can KNOW and TRUST God,
    because He DOES what He says.

    Scripture reminds you that, “God is not a human that He should lie.”1 God is true to His Word! At all costs, the trinity stuck to the salvation plan they’d been telling believers about for generations.  Each had a role to play; a job to complete.  If one didn’t go through with their portion, the plan would fall apart.

    The Father gave His Son.
    Jesus gave His Life.
    The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead!

    For a long while before the crucifixion, Jesus had been telling His followers how He was going to die and then be raised to life again; but they just couldn’t accept hearing this truth. In their human thinking, death would equal defeat.  They had no grid of understanding to grasp how this loss could produce freedom, but God’s ways are higher than our ways and His wisdom is perfect.

    Don’t let the impact of Christ’s death and resurrection get packed away with the Easter decorations. Allow the knowledge of how God does what He says, free you to trust God on a whole new level.

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for Your faithfulness. You are true to Your Word! I’m asking You to bring freedom to my life where experiences with people have caused me to doubt.  Remind me of times in my life where You’ve been true to Your Word. Let me stand on that truth and not waver.  I can trust You! In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Don’t let the impact of Christ’s death and resurrection get packed away with the Easter decorations.[/tweetthis]

    Quote Easter

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

     

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

    ENDNOTES

    1. Numbers 23:19

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. Matthew 28:6
    2. Numbers 23:19
    3. Matthew 16:21
    4. Acts 2:24

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

     

    Read More

  • Why I’m Always Overwhelmed on Good Friday

    Good Friday

    Today is the most important day of the year for me.

    I always feel a little overwhelmed thinking about WHY we celebrate Good Friday.

    Christmas is fun with lots of presents, thinking about baby Jesus in the manger. In two days we’ll celebrate Jesus triumph over death, His resurrection. But today…today we celebrate his death…His willing sacrifice…His life for yours and for mine.

    It overwhelms me. Why would a perfect sinless man gave his life for mine…for yours?

    Why do we call it GOOD Friday, because it was anything good in the natural. In the natural, it brought pain, humiliation, and death. But in the spirit it brought life…Eternal life.

    The reason I can be so confident in my salvation, in the hope of heaven is because of GOOD Friday…because Jesus died on the cross. His death on the cross paid for every mistake I’ve made AND every mistake I will make. My debt has been paid. My God loves me and you so much that as The Father…was willing to let His son leave home. Jesus…the son, was willing to die, and the same spirit that lives in me and any believer…the Holy Spirit…raised Jesus from the dead.

    It overwhelms me.

    As you go about today: visiting family, taking it easy or painting eggs with children, may the reality of what Jesus did for you, awaken something inside of you.  Jesus died to give you life…and life more abundantly!

    So, for this Easter season choose to live overwhelmed by God’s grace for you!

    Hope you have an overwhelmingly blessed Easter!

    Much love,

    ~Sherry Stahl

    Read More

  • Holy Socks and How I Know I’m Coming OUT of The Desert

    The Israelites ate manna forty years,
    until they came to a land that was settled;
    they ate manna
    until they reached the border of Canaan. 
    ~Exodus 16:35  NIV

    Holy Socks!

    Isn’t it frustrating when you’re rushing to get dressed in the morning and put on a pair of socks only to step down and feel a hole? {Grrrr} Quickly you put on another pair, step down and they have holes too?  Seriously, how can this be?

    Well that’s what my morning was like about a month ago and then after a few socks I found an intact pair.  Within an hour I was getting ready to leave the house and found a new hole as I went to put my shoes on.  I know this may seem ridiculous to you and I’m embarrassed to tell you, but I sat on the floor and almost cried.  It seemed like everything I own was wearing out…jeans, belts, coats, shirts and tons of socks!

    As I sat on the floor sulking {insert pouty face here} the Lord brought back to my remembrance Deuteronomy 29:5, Yet the LORD says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.”

    I say it was the Lord because my brain was transfixed on how horrible things were for me.  How I didn’t have money to buy replacement socks and, at the current rate of sock disintegration, I would soon be walking barefoot!  God was able to bring this verse to mind because I had it in my well to draw out.  Immediately as I thought about the truth God was speaking to me, my mood changed.

    I began to thank God for the hole in my sock because I knew what God was trying to tell me through that holy sock; I was coming OUT of this desert!

    I went to Google to look up this verse and read today’s theme verse from Exodus 16:35.

    Exodus 16:35

    I was intrigued by the word ‘border’.

    I felt the Lord again speaking so clearly to me.  I don’t know how long the manifestation of God’s promise will take to ‘show-up’ in the natural, but I know it’s coming.  I confess I’m nearing the border of God’s promises for my finances because so many things are wearing out.

    I wish this verse said that they didn’t wear out until they were ‘in’ The Promised Land and had everything set up…all their produce planted…jobs arranged…but it doesn’t.

    There seems to be a unique phenomenon occurring in the Bible where supplies only lasted until people came to the border of their breakthrough.  Just like how the brook dried up around Elijah before God was about to provide better food and lodging for him1 and how the widow’s oil lasted until the rain came back.2

    If we can refocus our brains from looking at our situations in the negative, {like the holy socks} then we should be able to look at ‘loss’ as a gain.  The enemy has been trying to bring discouragement to me because my situation in many ways looks more hopeless than ever, I’m losing more at a faster rate, stuff is falling apart…yet, I know my Redeemer lives!  I know His Word is true.  I know He’s working things out in my favor! God used my holy sock to jar me from my self-pity! How cool is that!??!

    So, if things seem to be getting worse and your supply is dwindling be encouraged…you might be bordering your breakthrough!

    Prayer

    Father…You are so creative!  You’re never boring in the ways you chose to speak to me!  I will keep my spiritual eyes to open wide, able to focus on the truth of Your Word.  Help me to see the lack in my life; not as a sign that You’ve forgotten about me, but as the border to my breakthrough. I will speak Your promises over my situation until I see the manifestation of those promises being fulfilled in my life! In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]I’m at the border of my breakthrough! [/tweetthis]

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

     

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

    END NOTES

    1. 1 Kings 17:7
    2. 1 Kings 17:14

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

    1. Exodus 16:35
    2. Songs of Solomon 8:5
    3. Nehemiah 9:20-21
    4. Joshua 5:12
    5. 1 Kings 17:7
    6. 1 Kings 17:14

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

    Read More

  • The ONE Step to Victory Over Sin

    I have hidden your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you."
    Psalms 119:11 NLT

     

    At this time of year, Canadian weather keeps rotating from snow to sunshine, then back to snow. All the barometric bobbing brings on a ton of colds.  There are so many ways to fight off a cold nowadays, but the best way still is to drink copious amounts of water while downing abundant amounts of vitamin C. Most often this should flush it out of your system!

    ONE STEP TO VICTORY

    Flushing a cold out of my system this year got me to thinking about how you can flush out the sin in your life.

    The church tends to offer you lots of options on how to kick sin to the curb and too often they’ll give you a big list of do’s and don’ts. The Bible, on the other hand, gives you ONE step to flush sin out of your life. The psalmist knew the simplicity to winning the battle against sin.  It appears too easy for our over-complicated society, but the reality is if you want to find victory over sin you simply need to start hiding God’s Word in your heart.

    It’s that simple!

    But….

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ‘HIDE’ GOD’S WORD IN YOUR HEART
    since you can’t physically stuff a Bible into your chest!

    [tweetthis]WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ‘HIDE’ GOD’S WORD IN YOUR HEART…since you can’t physically stuff a Bible into your chest![/tweetthis]

    The original Hebrew of the word used to describe ‘hiding’ in our verse this week can also be translated as “treasured, esteemed, saved or laid up”.1 Hiding God’s Word in your heart is more than just reading it.

    You need to let Scripture get in you to the point it has the power to flush out anything else that would bring sickness to your soul.

    It’s time to take studying the Bible seriously.  Not as a ritual to mark off your spiritual disciplines checklist, but because it’s God’s love letter to you. This way when temptation comes calling, His Word will speak louder in your ear than the voice of the enemy.

    I’m thankful you chose to put into practice the ONE step, foolproof, way to flush sin out of your system by hiding God’s Word in your heart in reading a Soul H2O devotion today!  Praying you continue to daily fill up…to flush out!Psalm 119:11

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for Your Word that gives me the confidence to KNOW…I CAN defeat the power of sin in my life. Please give me an insatiable desire to read Your Word.  Let the Bible COME ALIVE as I take the time to spend with You!  Help my mind to store up Scripture and as I fill-up on Your Word, let it flush out sin in my life. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Daily…Fill up, to Flush out![/tweetthis]

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

      

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

     DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

    1. Psalm 119:11
    2. Psalm 40:8
    3. Psalm 37:31
    4. Romans 6:14

    ENDNOTES

    1. https://biblehub.com/hebrew/tzafanti_6845.htm Website accessed: March 11, 2018

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

    Read More