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  • How Do You Stay Growing In Your Faith?

    Is growing in your faith 🌱 important to you?

    Psalm 1:3 Amber Lia

    How do you stay growing in your faith?

    Cue the Confetti, cause’ tomorrow is my 100th Episode for the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show!

    I’m talking about walking in the freedom Christ has for us as believers and the guest, author Amber Lia shares this verse from Psalm 1:3. 

    I’ve often used this verse as a prayer, but also a challenge. When it says, “Its leaf does not wither”, I get this picture of a yard with snow covering the ground and a tree in the center with green leaves on it. In the natural, this would never happen… but with God’s supernatural help, anything is possible!

    I don’t want to just keep growing in my faith when all the conditions are perfect because let’s be honest, how often are the conditions in your life perfect??? 

    LIKE, REALLLLLLLY NOT THAT OFTEN… if you’re anything like me. 

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    So, how do you stay growing when it’s still a winter season in your life? You have to make sure you’re planted in good soil, stay hydrated 💧 and get lots of sun. 🌞 

    To help you do that, I’m hoping you’ll take advantage of all the refreshing I have to offer. Check out the radio & podcast episodes, read some blog posts or watch a Bible Study from the Soul H2O Splash. Links are below, so you don’t have an excuse. 😂

    Don’t let your heart shrivel up, but grow 🌱 in this season.

    Love y’all,

    ~Sherry 
       xoxo

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    REPEATS

    Where it all began

    Want to read the first Soul H2O Devotion? 
    Repeats (Do Not Worry)

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    Soul H2OIf you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.


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  • Christmas Message 2021

    christmas messageMerry Christmas!

    It’s the day before we celebrate our Saviour’s Birth and I’m feeling more thankful for Jesus coming as a babe in the manger more than ever after doing a deep dive into Advent for the past month.

    I hope you’ve been journeying along with me, but if not, I’ve provided links to everything below. Whether you like to read, watch or listen to your content… I’ve got you covered with blogs, devotions, recipes, radio & podcast episodes, Instagram Advent Talks, and a special Bible Study teaching, Christmas Crackers – Expecting Good Gifts From God! On Christmas Day, I have the final Advent Series episode Christ is Saviour of The World, with 3-time GMA Female Vocalist, Brooke Nicholls, talking about pursuing God and singing her newly released Christmas song.

    There’s enough here to fill in your Christmas downtime for sure!

    My prayer for you this Christmas comes from

    Romans 15:13

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may OVERflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    I’m wishing you and yours, a VERY Merry Christmas. Now, go grab some hot cocoa, your device of choice (maybe some headphones), and be inspired!

    Watch The Christmas Bible Study

    Christmas Crackers

    Expecting Good Gifts From God

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    Radio Show Advent Series
    Episodes

    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast

    5 Advent Series Episodes from this year are at the top or search “Christmas” for past Christmas episodes.

    Advent Inspiration For Your Christmas Season
    On The Blog

    Quality holiday time

    Links to all the Christmas Soul H2O Devotions, posts, Radio & Podcast Episodes, Recipes, and more! 

    Spotify

    Christmas Playlist

    Fill your house or car with hours of holiday cheer!

    Advent Talks
    Social Media

    Advent Talks on Instagram

    Each recording is under 10 minutes of Advent info and inspiration.

    Soul H2OIf you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.


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  • Ever Feel Like The Devil’s Trying To Take You Out?

    kill imageI’ve been sitting on this miraculous story for a few years because I’ve been too embarrassed to share, but today, I feel it’s time to push aside my pride because maybe you’ve been through a time like this? 

    Do you ever feel like the devil’s trying to take you out?

    This is more than a devotion; it’s a testimony of God’s miraculous work and I believe it will encourage you!

    Ever Feel Like The Devil’s Trying To Take You Out?

    It was April 2016, I was flying here and there, in the middle of a very busy speaking season. I was getting ready to head out to Dallas to speak at the annual Christian Women in Media Conference in a seminar on publishing with some great friends. I can’t tell you how excited I was to get back there and spend time with my tribe of people. God had miraculously provided funding, so I was excited for all he had in store.

    GETTING RUN DOWN

    In the busyness of that season, I was run down and started experiencing symptoms of a bladder infection. Two days before I was supposed to leave, I had a massive allergic reaction to the medication that was helping get rid of the infection. Hot, itchy hives started on my neck but traveled all over my body. In the middle of the night, I had to get Todd to take me to the hospital as I could feel my throat swelling inside. 

    Hives In The Hospital

    There was no waiting at the ER this time as they rushed me into a room, looked at my throat and started giving me shots of Benadryl and Prednisone straight into my bloodstream through veins in my arm.  We were there for hours until my throat swelling went down, and they felt I was stable. I asked the doctor for a note to give the airlines, so I could get a refund on my ticket, but he said I would be absolutely fine by 6pm that day and ready for my 6am flight, cautioning, if they weren’t gone by 6pm to come back.

    The hives completely disappeared as I kept taking the prescribed doses of Benadryl and Prednisone, so on the advice of the ER doctor, I boarded the plane. 

    THEY’RE BACK!

    IN CHICAGOAt the stop in Chicago, I felt my neck starting to itch and slight hives begin to resurface.

    By the time I got to Dallas, I had hives growing at a fast pace.

     

    Hives In The Hotel

    By 2am the hives were everywhere from head to toe, even in my ears. The skin on my face looked like it was drooping off. The symptoms were even worse than what I experienced in Canada, so I woke my friend Kandi up and let her know I was going to the hospital. 

    Before I left, I thought it would be wise to call my insurance company first and when I did, they told me a hospital visit wouldn’t be covered because I had gone to the hospital in Canada, just days before. I feared the medical bills more than the advice of my friends at the time and decided to stay at the hotel and rest. I had determined I wouldn’t go to the hospital unless my throat felt worse than it did or if I felt God urging me to go.

    You can see the hives from head to itchy toe! No need for a collagen plumping in these lips!

    The Embarrassing Photos

    HIVES
    Not trying to do duck lips!
    HIVES
    So much larger than they look.
    HIVES
    My face and neck were drooping.
    HIVES
    In my ears & scalp
    HIVES
    Top to Bottom Hives
    Hives all over the body
    On fire & itchy!

    I Felt Like The Devil Was Trying To Take Me Out

    Have you Ever Felt Like The Devil Was Trying To Take You Out?

    John 10:10 tells us how the enemy of our souls has a nefarious plan for your life and mine when it says,

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
    John 10:10

    In that moment, I felt sure the enemy was trying to steal away my chance to attend and speak at the conference, that he wanted to destroy the opportunities God had set up for me and literally wanted to kill me. 

    I didn’t have the strength to fight, but my hotel roomie, Kandi Rose began to pray for me. As she prayed, I fell back asleep. She told me that she prayed a lot of the night for me but I woke up with no changes and very groggy from taking a little extra of the meds.

    She prayed again and then I went back to bed for hours and saw an ever-so-slight change. Kandi brought me food and left me to sleep again, but the next time I woke up hours later, a miracle had taken place and the hives were almost completely gone! 

    The Miracle Came

    healed from hivesThis is a picture of me getting ready to leave for the evening service and event called Jeans and Bling. God did the miraculous! I was able to attend the conference the rest of the conference, speak in the seminar, and meet the people God organized for me to meet. 

    CWIMA seminar with Jen Strickland

    I’m thankful for my roommate Kandi who has continued to be a blessing in my life and also that John 10:10 doesn’t end with the words telling us how the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus went on to say:

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
    I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
    John 10:10

    No matter how hard the devil tries attacking you, God is greater and He wants you to live an abundant life. Even if your life is taken, the enemy still loses… if you keep your faith. As Paul said in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Your eternal reward is much greater than life on this earth, but it sure is wonderful to have a miraculous experience, this side of heaven.

    Audio Inspiration

    I’m praying this testimony of mine helps build your faith in times when the enemy is trying to take you out. If you need a little more inspiration, check out these episodes from my Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show filled with miraculous stories of healing, salvation and rescue, one even from my praying roomie and tv host, Kandi Rose.

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    RADIO SHOW EPISODES WITH MIRACULOUS STORIES

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  • Inspiration For Your Season of Thanksgiving

    ISPIRATION FOR YOUR SEASON OF THANKSGIVINGThanksgiving is a special time of year. It’s a great reminder of the blessings surrounding us all. Choosing to take time and focus our attention to the goodness of God in our lives helps us to put the problems in perspective. This practise helps your brain chemistry to bring about a state of peace and solace but also hope for the future. As you recognize the blessings and express gratitude towards God for them, your life is enhanced in wonderful ways. 

    I’ve compiled a post full of Thanksgiving inspiration for you. There are:

    • ~Soul H2O Devotions
    • ~Soul H2O Podcast Episodes
    • ~Downloadable Scripture Graphics
    • ~#musicpic Song Suggestions
    • ~#paperbackpic Book Suggestions
    • ~Links to Post-Thanksgiving sales

    Everything listed below is related to Thanksgving or Thankfulness.  I hope it fills your heart to OVERflowing!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    In His Grip,
    Sherry
      xoxo

    *THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED EACH YEAR WITH NEW INSPIRATION*

    INSPIRATION FOR YOUR

    SEASON OF THANKSGIVING

    Thanksgiving Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show Episodes

    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Episodes will be added each year as I record more Thanksgiving Themed Shows.

    Ruth Thorogood Radio Expanding Your Borders
    Episode #6 Letting God Expand Your Borders
    Episode #41 Thanksgiving Prompts
    Jennifer Clark radio Thanksgiving
    Episode #82 Thanksgiving For Breakthrough

    Thanksgiving Themed Soul H2O Devotions & Blog Posts

    Soul H2O Devotions and blog posts will be added each year as I write more Thanksgiving Themed posts.

    Count Your Blessings Anxiety
    #206 Defeating Anxiety By Counting Your Blessingss
    amazing people
    #159 Amazing People
    thank you card in the mail
    #217 I Got a Thank You Card In The Mail!
    every time i think of ypou
    #7 Everytime I Think of You...
    thankful for trees
    #165 Thankful For The Trees
    COLOURING SHEET THANKFUL FOR THE TREES
    Free Colouring Page - Thankful For The Trees

    Thanksgiving #musicpic Songs

    Songs Will Be Added Here. If you have any suggestions, put them in the comments.

    Thanksgiving #paperbackpic Books

    Book Suggestions Will Be Added Here. If you have any suggestions, put them in the comments.

    Thanksgiving Scripture Graphics

    You can download these graphics easily.
    To your phone: Touch the graphic with one finger and hold, save to photos.
    To your computer: Right-Click on graphic and select save as picture

    Pink Thanksgiving Scripture-Philippians 4_6
    Thanksgiving Scripture-Luke 17_15-16
    Thanksgiving Scripture-Genesis 1_11-12 _2_9
    Philippians 4: 6-8
    Thanksgiving Scripture-Philippians 4_6
    psalm 23
    Blue Thanksgiving Scripture-Philippians 4_6
    Thanksgiving Scripture-Genesis 1_11-12 _2_9
    Thanksgiving Scripture-Philippians 4_6

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  • Tackling The Topic of Suicide

    suicide

    Blue Monday is a serious issue. Researchers have said that the third Monday of January is noted for being the saddest day of the year.  The consensus is that there are a combination of factors affecting our mood at that time, bringing us down.

    The Reason’s Why

    The researchers blame:

    • Bad Weather
    • Post-Christmas Debt
    • Work Stress
    • Long Wait For Summer

    Getting Worn Down

    I don’t know if your family and friend group is anything like mine but I have many in both groups who struggle with mental health issues that in turn, can often create relationship health issues. I’ve had to be the part of suicide watch for too many people.  Each time taking a toll on my mental health. 

    The Effects of Woodney’s Show

    To be honest, I believe this has left me with a form of PTSD that was triggered last summer by an event and again while writing and recording this week’s Soul H2O Radio & Podcast show when Woodney Pierre shares the story of her brother’s suicide and how she’s finding hope to heal.  

    As I talk about in her show, Woodney is comforted in knowing that Jesus understands.  

    How We Know… Jesus Understands

    Hebrews 4:15 says:

    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

    Matthew 26:36-38 says:

    Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. Then he said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”

    Beyond Jesus just understanding, we KNOW that he came to fulfill the prophecies in Isaiah 42:3 and Isaiah 61:1 to bind up the brokenhearted.

    Jesus Came To Heal

    Matthew 12:20 says:

    He won’t brush aside the bruised and broken.
    He will be gentle with the weak and feeble,
    until his victory releases justice.

    Jesus understands feelings of wanting to die and He overcame them so you can too! 

    Jesus came, so you could overcome!

    Christ came to bring you hope and healing, so don’t let your feelings make you feel like a failure and that God is rejecting you.  Those are lies from the enemy and not the truth. God loves you and wants to be close to you.

    Psalm 34:18 says:

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

    Thankfully, those who I’ve had to help through times of serious suicidal ideations have made it through to the other side and I’m so very proud of them.  They’re all living their best life now and learning how to shut down negative or depressive thoughts so they aren’t tempted to self-harm, bad life choices or suicide. 

    Through all of these struggles, I’ve learned healthier coping skills that enable me to rise above my times of sadness.  Whenever events or emotions are triggered, I go to things that will leave me stronger… not with more problems after I placate the feelings.  

    Here are some of my GO-TO Coping Skills:

    • Deep Breathing Exercises
    • Move: Go for a walk, change your position (sitting… then stand)
    • Pray
    • Read God’s Word
    • Read a Christian book that encourages me
    • Listen to and inspiring Christian Radio Show or Podcast
    • Watch some Great Christian Television or Videos
    • Dance
    • Put on a funny movie
    • Listen to comedy
    • Call my counselor (she’s on speed dial 😂)
    • Call a friend that will pray with me

    You NEED to do something.  Don’t just sit in it.  Learn from David in Psalms 42:5, 11 and 43:5

    Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.

    Psalm 42:5 CSB

    If you choose to just sit in it, you’re going to have a hard time to get up and as my friend Cheryl Nembhard often encourages, “Get up Sis. You’re a Warrior.” 

    So, if you’re facing Blue Monday and #BellLetsTalk Day with depression, and anxiety and worry in your way… Here’s some content I’ve created to help you find hope and healing in the One who came to bind up the brokenhearted.

    Much love,

    Sherry
    xoxo

    #BellLetsTalk Day is usually the third Thursday of the month (January 28th in 2021).  This day was created to help breakdown the negative stigma of mental health issues and donate funds to help.
    https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day

    MY MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR YOU


    CRISIS MENTAL HEALTH HELP & SUICIDE HOTLINES

    If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts and tendencies, please ask for help, there’s no need to face this on your own. You can find hope and healing. 

    CLICK TO FIND HELP
    https://www.sherrystahl.com/crisis-help-suicide-hotlines/

    Help & Encouragement From The Soul H2O Blog, Radio & Podcast Show along with Sherry’s Website

    Mental Health Related Soul H2O Blog Posts List:  
    https://www.sherrystahl.com/mental-health-related-posts/
    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show Episodes Related to Mental Health
    https://soulh2o.com/mental-health-encouragement-in-soul-h2o-radio-podcast-shows/
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    Mental Health Resources to help you find hope: 
    https://www.sherrystahl.com/resources/mental-health-resources/
    Episode #53
    Hope For The Bruised & Broken
    with Woodney Pierre
    https://soulh2o.com/53/

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  • Crisis Mental Health Help, Suicide Hotlines, and Prayer Support

    If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts and tendencies, please ask for help, there’s no need to face this on your own. You can find hope and healing. 

    If you are in crisis, please go to your local hospital or call 911 immediately.

    Suicide Prevention Service Hotlines  

    Call in English: It’s available 24/7/365 days of the year. Call 1-833-456-4566   
    Call in French: It’s available 24/7/365 days of the year. Call 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553) 
    Text: Available from 4pm to 12am Eastern Time. Text 45645 
    KidsHelpPhone Ages 20 Years and Under in Canada.  Call 1-800-668-6868 
    Celebrate Recovery at http://www.celebraterecovery.ca 
    Celebrate Recovery at http://www.celebraterecovery.com 

    US National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) at any time day or night 24/7, to talk to someone who understands. You can go online at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for more information and help. 

    PRAYER SUPPORT

    If you want someone to pray with you: 
    In Canada: 100 Huntley Street 1-866-273-4444 
    In USA: Focus On The Family1-800-A-FAMILY (1-800-232-6459) 
    Email: prayer@sherrystahl.com  

    Help & Encouragement From The Soul H2O Blog, Radio & Podcast Show along with Sherry’s Website

    Mental Health Related Soul H2O Blog Posts List:  
    https://www.sherrystahl.com/mental-health-related-posts/
    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show Episodes Related to Mental Health
    https://soulh2o.com/mental-health-encouragement-in-soul-h2o-radio-podcast-shows/
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    Mental Health Resources to help you find hope: 
    https://www.sherrystahl.com/resources/mental-health-resources/
    Episode #53
    Hope For The Bruised & Broken
    with Woodney Pierre
    https://soulh2o.com/53/


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