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  • 11 Practical Steps to Help You Control Your Thoughts

    I published a devotion called, What Are You Thinking About? and felt it needed some practical suggestions to make it complete.  So, here are just a few tips you could implement to help keep your thought-life in check.

    11 PRACTICAL STEPS TO HELP YOU CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS

    1. Practice Breathing Exercises
    2. Decrease Stress In Your Life
    3. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet of Nutritious Food
    4. Decrease Intake of processed, chemically created foods and drinks
    5. Read Your Bible to help bring peace and renew your thinking
    6. Spend time meditating on God’s Word
    7. Put encouraging Scripture verses on cue-cards and strategically place them for easy access and frequent visibility
    8. Spend time in prayer, brining your anxious thoughts to Him for help
    9. Read Books That can help heal your soul wounds
    10. Get Counseling to help heal your soul wounds
    11. Talk to your doctor if you’ve done all these things and can’t get control of your thoughts

    This list was not meant to condemn you, but to help you.

    If controlling your thought life is an issue for you, then begin to work towards getting your soul healthy, so your mind can think right. There are great books to help you heal wounds you’ve experienced to your mind, will, and emotions.  I recommend getting counseling because too often you can’t see the hidden things of your hearts and counselors are trained professionals to help you unearth what’s been buried, so it doesn’t keep popping up in your life {usually at the worst times}. If you’ve been working on getting your soul healthy, reading your Bible and praying on a regular basis but you can’t seem to get a handle on your thoughts (the meditations of your heart), then you might be struggling with depression or anxiety, or both.

    An inability to control your thoughts is a clinical marker for depression.  

    I have created a page on my website to help discuss many of these issues.  I’m not a health-care professional by any means but have experienced these struggles myself and so do close family members. As a result, I’ve done a lot of research and it’s helping so many people. Click here to explore my mental health page and find resources that might help you, especially the videos at the bottom of the page.

     

    “May the words of my mouth
    and
    the meditations of my heart
    be pleasing to you”
    ~Psalm 19:14 NLT 

    Much love,
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

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  • I Hope You’re Having a Great Summer

    todd & sherry hogs for hospice I hope your summer’s going well. Mine is going amazing!  Here’s a picture of Todd and I from our long weekend adventure volunteering and riding in the Hogs For Hospice fundraiser, held in our beautiful town of Leamington.   We had soooo much fun!  Man I love spending time with this guy!

    The break has been just what the doctor ordered.  After I wrote the post: I Needed To Fill Up My Well in June, I quickly recognized that a few days rest wasn’t going to be enough for this girl to fill up her well.  More time was required to see those levels rise in the reservoir.

    But now I feel really bad {Insert pouty face 🙁 }  I had every intention to stick to my word and have my Soul H2O devotions to start back up this week after my July Summer Break.

    During the break, I decided it was time to switch the host for my websites.  It’s one of those things I’ve been putting off for tooooooo long.  Because the old host company didn’t make this easy it took longer than it should have.  Sadly,  I’m stuck in a waiting mode until the transfers are completed.  I’m posting this on my website too, but I’m not sure it will stay up. There may be some downtime over the next few days.

    To at least whet your whistle for the Word, Look below for some Scripture images I created on the new You Version Bible App‘s app called Bible Lens.  It’s so much fun!  You just select a picture from your camera roll on your phone and it suggests related scriptures and merges the two into an image. They’re great to put on your phone, computer, tablet or to print out and frame.  I imported the Bible Lens images into Canva to add borders and my site name.  You should try it out!

    Everything will be sorted out in the next few days and I’ll be back for good.  As I’ve taken time to rest, God’s given me some clear direction on how to get more refreshing to you.  Part of that is my commitment to not overwork and take a Sabbath day EVERY week so I’m refreshed to be a refreshing. I’ve stuck to it for two weeks already Woot! Woot!  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks 🙂  Over the next few months I’ll be implementing these changes that I pray will bless your life!  So get a towel ready, ’cause the water’s gonna flow!

    In His Grip,
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

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  • 6 Power-Packed Prayer Meetings In The Bible

    I was writing my weekly Soul H2O Devotion about how God Still Answers Our Prayers and it started getting toooooo long, so I decided to make this another post to just include these incredibly inspiring stories! I’m hoping you’ll possibly use this post as a Bible Study to help increase your faith.

    6 Power-Packed Prayer Meetings In The Bible

    1.  Oh Baby!  {Luke 1:5-25}

    This corporate prayer meeting (vs. 10) resulted in an angelic visitation followed by the miraculous conception and birth of John the Baptist to a woman past menopause!

    2.  Gift Received  {Acts 1:4-5, 12-15, 2:1-4}

    At Jesus ascension, his last words of instruction to his disciples (both men & women) were to stay and pray; waiting for the power of God to come on them to witness through the power that would come from the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  And boy did it come!  The believers praying in the Upper Room received the baptism and began speaking in tongues, which caused such a stir in the town that it led to Peter began to walk into his destiny and began to preach.  About 3000 people got saved that day alone (Acts 2:41) and the church moved forward in boldness and power!

    3.  Pre-Service Prayer  {Acts 3:1-10}

    When Peter & John were on their way to prayer meeting (vs.1) they saw a man who couldn’t walk. In boldness, they were used by God to see the man miraculously healed and then Peter spoke boldly and told every there for the prayer meeting about Jesus.

    4.  A Holy Shaking  {Acts 4:12-31}

    When Peter & John were brought before the authorities and threatened not to continue preaching about Jesus, the church got together and prayed for boldness to testify more about Jesus.  It says that when they prayed the place shook and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and went out to speak the word boldly!

    5.  Who’s Knocking At The Door?  {Acts 12:1-17}

    When Peter was thrown into prison, the church began praying at John Mark’s house for him (vs. 3).  Miraculously, the angel of the Lord visits Peter in jail and sets him free!  Peter’s chains literally fell off when he began to move forward as the angel said.  I think this is the only sleep-walking miracle in the Bible (vs.11) 🙂 Peter runs to John Mark’s house where they’re all praying for him and when Rhoda hears Peter’s voice at the door she’s so shocked that she leaves him standing outside waiting while they all argue that it couldn’t be Peter!  Oh, I wish we weren’t like this; doubting God’s answers to what we’ve prayed about.

    6.  Chains Breaking  {Acts 16:25-40}

    This two-person prison prayer & praise meeting resulted in the miraculous release of Paul and Silas’ from jail.  The Bible records that when they prayed together it caused an earthquake that broke open their shackles and those of all the prisoners!  How crazy is that!  When the Jailer woke up he feared the prisoners had all run away and was going to kill himself before the Romans killed him.  Paul calls out and lets him know they were all there.  Paul proceeds to boldly witness about Jesus to the jailer whose whole family comes to faith in Christ! Next, the authorities come and personally escort Paul and Silas out of jail and they went straight to Lydia’s house to see the brothers. Could they have been holding a prayer meeting too?  We’ll never know until heaven.  One of the many questions I’ll be asking up there  🙂

    This is just a few of the prayer meetings recorded in the Bible.  I hope reading about them has sparked your interest to believe what I said in the Soul H2O Devotion God Still Answers Our Prayers

    [tweetthis]When people get together and pray; God releases His power… His provision… and His presence #praymore[/tweetthis]

    In His Grip,

    ~Sherry
    xoxo


    Here’s the list you can save to Study later, Pin on Pinterest, Save To your Device, or Print out for a constant reminder.

    6 Power Packed Prayer Meetings In The Bible


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  • Guatemala 2018 Update

    Hey Girls!  I hope this message finds you well.  I’m writing to update you on the Guatemala 2018 Woman’s Project Missions Trip.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about it!!!!

    If you want to know why I’m passionate about the women in Guatemala, I hope you take a little time and read this article Being A Girl in Guatemala.  They’ve gone through unspeakable horrors and continue to live difficult lives. It may just break your heart for them too!

    We have donators on board to help bless the women in abundance!  Each lady will leave events with a bag full of items that will refresh her in every way.  There will be:

    A Signed copy of Soul H2O in Spanish, Toiletry Products (possibly a bottle of perfume each—see below), Hair care Products, Feminine Care products, Candies, treats

    …and…anything else you might collect!

    sew on fireWendy Hagar of Sew on Fire Ministries said her organization can provide creatively designed bags, themed for our events.  So cool!  The women will love these reusable bags, hand-made with love by Canadian women.

    Scents of The Spirit LogoLaci Corso, Co-founder of Scents of The Spirit has committed to help bring in donations of perfume.  She’s adding to her amazing product line next month and when she does, she’s putting a pop-up for online purchases that will ask women if they want to donate money towards purchasing perfume for a mom in Guatemala!!!  How awesome is that? Donation amounts will decide if each Guatemalan lady receives a bottle, or if we have a set amount for Door Prizes at events.  If you haven’t sampled her perfume at one of my events, ‘whatcha been waitin’ fer’??? 🙂 It’s so delish!

    Soul H2O BookMy friend; Claudia Raymundo who provides translation services for the Canadian government, has finished translating Soul H2O into Spanish and we’re working on the publishing and printing of it!!!  This is a dream Claudia and I have had for about four years. She knows the hunger in the Latin community for spiritual refreshing resources and is passionate to get my books into the hands of Spanish speaking believers around the globe.

    GOODWORKS JEWELRYI’m working on jewelry from Goodworks ® Makes A Difference!  Final donation amounts will decide if each Guatemalan lady receives a bracelet, or if we have a set amount for Door Prizes at events.  I know a bunch of you have purchased some of the Goodworks ® jewelry at my tables and love it!  Wouldn’t you just freak out inside wrapping a bracelet around one of their wrists!!!!  I know I would 🙂

    We’re set to build a home for a single mom and her kids on the trip and meet other needs as they arise…and they always do in Guatemala.  We might visit the families who live in the dump, help at the school or build onto the school.  Sammy from Possibilities International keeps it exciting!

    The excitement is building…details are falling into place…all we need is…YOU!

    This is the time where we need you to sign up, so we can properly prepare for the trip.  Please reply to this email and let me know if you can make the trip and sign up on the Possibilities International Website.

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    If you’re still in the considering phase, let me know that too; it honestly helps to figure things out.

    Email me:  info-at-sherrystahl-dot-com

    In His Grip,

    Sherry
    xoxo

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  • Restful Labor Day

     

    Hope You’re Having a Restful Labor Day!

    I’m really excited about tomorrow’s devotion.
    I hope you’ll check back for tomorrow’s dose of #SoulH2O refreshing!

    ~Sherry
    xoxox

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  • Canada is 150!

    HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!

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

    If you’re interested in joining me to help women in a country that is not so blessed, click on the button below and find out the details.
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  • DREAMS TAKING FLIGHT IN {GUATEMALA}

    For this dream to take flight, I need YOU!

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

    GUATEMALA 2010

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

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

    GUATEMALA 2017

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

    [tweetthis]When God gives a dream, it will be fulfilled.[/tweetthis]

    POSSIBLITIES INTERNATIONAL

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

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

    {PURPOSE} TO BLESS & REFRESH THE WOMEN OF GUATEMALA 

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

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

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    THE BIGGEST GIFT THEY’VE EVER RECEIVED!

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

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

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

     

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

     [tweetthis]Getting my boarding pass on the #TheWomansProject dream flight to #Guatemala2018 Join me?[/tweetthis]


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    THE WOMAN’S PROJECT {TRIP DETAILS}

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

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

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

    HUMANITARIAN OUTREACHES:

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

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

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

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

    FUND RAISING ASSISTANCE

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

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

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