Ministry Life

  • I’d Love For You To Partner With Me!

    I’m so excited to be writing this email! It’s been a long time in the making. Since the release of Water In The Desert in January 2013, the start of a speaking ministry and the writing of weekly Soul H2O Devotions that have refreshed thousands, I have diligently been working to speak or write wherever God opens the door. Lately, God has been opening crazy amazing doors!

    SOUL H2O RADIO

    Wendy Pauls

    On September 7, 2019 Soul H2O Radio and the Soul H2O Podcast version released on the airwaves throughout the world!  This is an unbelievable opportunity given by Joy Radio as they believe God directed them to partner with me in producing a woman’s radio show with Biblical teaching.

    If you haven’t heard it yet, I think this weekend’s episode Learning How To Dream Again with my life-coaching friend Wendy Pauls, is a great one to start with.  Here’s a link for the iTunes App on iPhones but you can literally get the podcast version anywhere you listen to podcasts.  Just search “Soul H2O Podcast”.

    This Saturday I interview Rachelle Fletcher on the show.  She’s an author and Christian recording artist from Texas. She also happens to be married to my cousin Bill and is one of my BFF’s.

    A few years ago, Rachelle wrote a song that will fully debut on the show.  I’m sending out a gift to you—a song download of Water In My Desert produced by Kari Jobe’s producer Josh Alltop to you through this list later today or on Friday.

    I’m just trying to get the technology working :).

    MAGELLAN

    The day after my first recording of Soul H2O Radio I woke up with the word Magellan in my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking about the word no matter what I tried but I didn’t know what the meaning was.

    When I googled for a definition, I found out that what I thought was a word, was really a person. Magellan was the first person to circumnavigate the globe.

    As I read this, I immediately felt God was saying the radio show would circumnavigate the globe. Again, I sensed God confirming to me that His call on my life was global; something I’ve felt and has been confirmed through others since I was a teen.

    FOR THE NATIONS

    This call is beyond me…
    It’s not about me…
    It’s all about Him reaching the nations.

    God keeps opening up the door for me to speak internationally or do missions work in some way. Last year, I was asked to speak at a women’s conference in Uganda by a verified organization but had to turn it down since I didn’t have the funds. Now I’ve been asked to consider going back to Guatemala & to Kenya!

    I want to help more people in more places but if I am going to accomplish this dream and follow the call of God on my life to reach the nations, I need partners to prayerfully and financially come alongside me in ministry.

    This is where you come in.

    Over the past few years, people have talked to me about donating towards ministry, recognizing I receive little or no monetary compensation for things like writing and sending out the weekly Soul H2O Devotions, the expense of websites, email platforms, etc., missions trips, and some of the speaking engagements I take on that can’t pay enough. Sadly, I had no way to provide charitable donation receipts.

    This has all changed as I, under the name Legacy Works—Eternal Impact (Our ministry & company name), have now been approved for charitable status as a Department of Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T. Intl and A.C.T. Canada)!

    We can now receive donations for ministry, and you will be receipted through A.C.T. Intl!
    Available for people in Canada, USA, Kenya and many other nations around the world.

    WHY I NEED PARTNERS IN MINISTRY

    God has provided a large portion of the production expense already for the radio show but there is still a portion that needs to be raised for production through advertising on the show.

    my joy radioIf you or anyone you know has a business that could benefit from advertising in the GTA through Joy Radio on AM 1250 or worldwide through online streaming and in the podcast format, please reply to this email and let me know.

    There is also a need for my time investment to be compensated for the Soul H2O radio show, devotions, and some speaking engagements.

    I’ve been diligently and gladly working on the radio show, travelling 3 ½ hours away to the station, setting up the interviews, recording shows, promotional clips, and the Soul H2O Teaching Segments. I’m loving it and hearing great feedback!

    There is also a need to help cover the operational expenses of these ministry ventures. I’m so grateful for the opportunity the Lord has afforded me and trust He is going to provide.

    NO PRESSURE TO GIVE

    You must each decide in your heart how much to give.
    And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.

    “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
    2 Corinthians 9:7

    There is NO pressure to give from me. None whatsoever. I love you regardless of whether you feel to give or not and trust God will put it on the hearts of the right people at the right time to partner with me as I seek to follow His direction. I do hope you’ll continue receiving the Soul H2O Devotions and stay refreshed!

    If you do sense Holy Spirit nudging you to consider partnering with me in these ministry adventures and operational expenses, I would be honoured and commit to using the funds responsibly with the covering of A.C.T. Intl’s guidance and reporting regimen.

    If you have any questions about becoming a monthly partner, one-time-giving or what the donations would be used for; please feel free to email me and ask for the answers you might need to discern if the ministry of me, Sherry Stahl, is the good seed God wants you to sow your offerings into.

    May God Bless Your Day!

    Much love colour

    I’d Love For You To Partner With Me!

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    Email:
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  • I Was Shortlisted For a Word Guild Award!

    I’ve got to confess…I’m nervous writing this post.  Fear, insecurity…and admittedly a bit of pride has kept me from posting this news, until now.  When I first found out that I was shortlisted for a Word Guild Award I was ecstatic and immediately posted the news on Facebook.  After I made the post I got nervous.  When I looked at who was also shortlisted my elation turned to deflation.  I felt I really didn’t stand much of a chance in winning and worried what people would think if I posted about it and lost.  Yes…I’m completely human too 🙂

    Since the Facebook post, I haven’t told many people.  Today I was talking about it with Todd and my stepson Brandon when Brandon gave me some advice I would share with a friend.  He said, “Sherry, it’s an honour just to be nominated and shortlisted.”  How do kids get so smart 🙂

    So, here’s my formal announcement…drum roll please…

    Word Guild AwardI Was Shortlisted For a Word Guild Award!

    Woohoo!!!!

    I am completely honoured that a post on my Soul H2O Blog has been shortlisted in the following Category with two talented writers.  Whomever wins, we’re all blessed to be considered.

    Check Here to see the full Word Guild Awards Shortlist

    Shortlisted Category:  Article – Inspirational/Devotional

    Carolyn Arends of Surrey, B.C. for “Artful Discipleship” (Faith Today)
    Daniel Blackwell of North York, Ont. for “Taking Off the Masks – The need for recovery groups in our churches” (Testimony Magazine)
    Sherry Stahl of Leamington, Ont. for “The Women Of The Christmas Story – The Teenager” (https://sherrystahl.com/the-women-of-the-christmas-story-the-teenager/)

    Carolyn Arends is an amazing Christian Recording Artist that I’ve listened to for years.  She’s a very accomplished author, speaker, professor and Director of Education for Renovaré…Do you sleep Carolyn?  🙂   Daniel Blackwell is not to be mistaken for the Danny Blackwell of Maryland who shot at his wife for taking a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich!  And no, I’m not making that up, check it out for yourself in the Global News Report.  You just can’t make that stuff up 🙂  I believe that this Danny Blackwell is a guy I went to Bible College with but haven’t seen since my second year at E.P.B.C (now MCS).  I guess I’ll have to see at the Awards Gala!

    In just one week Todd and I will be traveling to Toronto for the 2017 Word Guilds Award Gala and I’m even preparing a speech…just in case 🙂

    GET YOUR POM-POMS READY &
    CHECK ON THIS LINK FOR A POST-AWARDS UPDATE  🙂

    Celebrating The Women Of The Christmas Story – The Teenager

    blogger prayer YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY
    Monday MeditationsLaura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • Want Something for FREE?

    If you’ve been following my Author Page Facebook posts then you know that there’s a HUGE contest going on in Canada.  So, if you want something for free, you’ve got to keep reading 🙂 I’m thrilled to be a contributing author to the

    SALLY MEADOWS’ 7 DAYS OF GREAT CANADIAN GIVEAWAYS!

    Running February 6 to 12, 2017.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for you to win an amazing prize package by outstanding Canadian Christian authors and recording artists for today and tomorrow.

    Tomorrow on Saturday, February 11, 2017 Todd and I are giving away a prize on Day#6 of 7.

    The package includes:

    • 1 Signed copy of Water In The Desert
    • 1 Signed copy of Soul H2O
    • 1 ‘Amazing Grace’ Necklace by Goodworks Jewelry*
    • 1 Signed copy of 40 Days In The Man Cave
    • 1 $20.00 Tim Horton’s Gift Card

                VALUED AT $80.00

    *Whenever you order Goodworks Jewelry use the Promo Code: sherrystahl and you’ll receive a 5% discount.  Goodworks Jewelry provides me with a referral fee to help fund the ministry.

     

    Todd and I posted a #FacebookLive Video
    Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 12:30pm
    On My Sherry Stahl Author Page Click on the video image to watch.

     

    WINNING IS EASY!
    ON THE DAY THE PRIZE YOU WANT IS BEING FEATURED make 3 Comments:

    1. Comment on the ‘Mother Blog’ by Sally Meadows https://sallymeadows.com/blog for one ballot.
    1. Click on the link to go to the author’s BLOG (hopefully mine!) and leave a Comment under the post about their prize pack for one ballot.      (This post, if it’s my prize pack you’re vying for 🙂  )
    1. Click on the link to go to the author’s FB page and leave a Comment under the post about their prize pack for one more ballot.    (Be Kind and ‘Like’ their Page)

    Thanks for being part of the 7 Days of Great Canadian Giveaways. Please use the #greatcanadiangiveaways tag on your social media posts. 🙂

    WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED ON THE AUTHOR’S BLOG COMMENT.
    *Email will not be made public or reused for other mailing lists.

    HAVE FUN!!!

    HopeStream RadioConfused at all or  just want to learn more?
    Listen to this Hopestream Radio Interview on the Contest:
    https://hopestreamradio.com/program/author-interview/

    CONTEST RULES
    ***Please note that Canadian citizens living in Canada ONLY qualify for this particular promotion.
    Contest runs from 8:00 am CST February 6, 2017 to 10:00 pm February 12, 2017.
    Entries submitted prior or after that time period are ineligible for the giveaways.
    For complete contest rules, please go to the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/614924578714278/.

    Sally Meadows

     

    Sally Meadows
    Five-time National/International Award-Nominated Singer/Songwriter & Author
    Author of The Two Trees and Beneath That Star
    https://sallymeadows.com
    https://www.facebook.com/SallyMeadowsMusic

     

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  • Soul H2O Book Launch

    Publishing my second book, Soul H2O is such a different experience than with my first.  With the release of Water In The Desert I didn’t know what I was doing AT ALL!  Now I know A BIT more and realize how difficult it is to get a book out to market successfully.   It’s not that it can’t be done, it’s just harder than I imagined.  Luckily I’m not one to shy away from the hard stuff.  Thankfully, God has been doing some crazy amazing things in my life that are perfectly positioning me for the Soul H2O Book Launch.

    I’m most excited that God is perfectly positioning the right people in my life to help me learn how to do this ‘writing career’ thing.

    BOOK LAUNCH TEAM

    screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-1-14-05-pm I’m completely blessed to have blogger Christine Duncan of Precepts and Life Preservers taking the lead on the Soul H2O Social Media Book Launch Campaign and I hope you join us. It’s gonna be fun!  Christine has planned out posts that all you have to do is share and I’ll be doing my best to make it worth your while with some special perks J  You’ll get a prerelease PDF of my book.  I’m doing a Facebook Live today, Wednesday, September 21st that will tell you more.  Hope you can watch live.  If not check the video out later.  I’ll post it on my author Facebook Page.

    screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-1-13-50-pm[imic_button colour=”btn-primary” type=”enabled” link=” https://sherrystahl.com/book-launch/” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=””]Soul H2O Book Launch Info Page & Launch Team Sign-Up Link[/imic_button]

    Here’s the link if you want more info.  You can even see a sample of the book’s interior here too.

    For this book launch I’ve learned, and am still learning SO many new things!

    I just learned how to make videos with iMovie!  Are you in a time where everything is new for you?  Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you ever moved, started a new job, school, gym or church?  Ok, enough with the interrogation questions. You get what I mean!

    It’s an unsettling feeling when you’re in totally new territory.  I’m so thankful that the Bible is full of relatable people.  They’re not perfect, they’re flawed.  They’re not always brave, they struggle with fear and some get this ‘I don’t know exactly what I’m doing or where I’m going” feeling.  God keeps bringing me back to the story of the Israelites crossing over the rushing Jordan river on dry ground into the promised land story in Joshua 3-4.

    My life is mimicking their experience on both a professional and personal level.  In both areas I am facing a sea of raging uncertain circumstances that will either be the blockage to God’s promises or the pathway to His blessings.  In both situations it’s the second time I’m facing a similar circumstance that didn’t exactly get me into the ‘Promised Land.  Both got me on the journey, but not quite there yet.  I believe the Lord is speaking to me that these ‘second battles’ are the breakthrough battles that lead to overriding victory!

    Here’s a verse that was shining off the page as I read through the story in Joshua:

    “However, stay about half a mile behind them. Don’t come any closer to them so that you will know which way to go because you have not gone this way before.”
    Joshua 3:4

    God directed the Israelites to follow the ark.  They were to stay far enough behind it so they could get a clear vision of where it was going to follow on an easy path.

    God has perfectly positioned me to stand behind some great women of the faith and watch what they’re doing. Authors like Karol Ladd, Mary DeMuth, Jennifer Strickland, Sheila Wray-Gregoire, Sue Detweiler.  Speakers like Peggy Kennedy and Tracey Mitchell.  Bloggers like Kelly Balarie, Crystal Storms, Sarah E Ball and most recently Lindsey Hartz.  TV Hosts like Cheryl Weber and Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.  Publicists like Ellen Graf-Martin, Jeane Wynn and Katie Nguyen.  I don’t take these new relationships for granted.  I thank God for bringing women into my life that encourage, challenge and inspire me to pull out all the stops and move forward with all that God has for my life.  I hope you do the same!

    I’ve been given some opportunities that not a lot of Canadian authors receive. I’ve been offered the opportunity to promote Soul H2O across North America in three phases.  First with the Social Media book launch team.  Second in Bookstores across Canada during December.  My publisher, Warren Benson of Word Alive Press has coordinated US distribution of my book through Anchor Distributors.  Soul H2O is going to be available for purchase in all the Christian bookstores across the US and Water In The Desert is already available!  Now to get the US stores like Family Christian and LifeWay to stock the book like Canadian bookstores are doing.  This is how I feel that God has perfectly positioned me for the next level in publishing with these distribution channels.

    Since we live in the real world, all this great opportunity costs, and boy does it cost!  Because of this…

    I’m doing an Indiegogo Campaign!

    To help execute these opportunities and make them the best they can be, I’ve set up this campaign to presell and sell my new books.screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-37-24-pm

    [imic_button colour=”btn-primary” type=”enabled” link=”https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/soul-h2o-book-launch-books-jewelry#/” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=””]Soul H2O Book Launch Indiegogo Campaign[/imic_button]

    screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-1-14-23-pmI’ve partnered together with Word Alive Press, Helena Cho of Goodworks Jewelry  and 100 Huntley Street’s Missions arm, Crossroads Relief and Development Water Projects to offer you some pretty fabulous deals to help bless you as you as you partner with me in bringing His refreshing word to people, at the same time providing clean water to people in need!  Check out the deals on my Indiegogo Campaign where you order the books.  You’ll be personally and beautifully refreshed, some even drenched!  (You’ll have to check out the Perks to know what I’m talking about here!).

    Thanks for your love and support!
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

    soul-h2o-book-mockupThis mock-up of the book represents what the book looks like.  It is the perfect purse sized devotional to carry with you anywhere, so you can read, anytime.  Stuck at a doctor’s office, no problem.  Waiting at the DMV, no problem anymore.  Spend your time waiting while being refreshed to OVERflowing!

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  • First Facebook Live

    I finally did it!  I recorded my first real Facebook Live Video.

    I tried one before, but didn’t announce it and it didn’t really work.  The video was all fuzzy and didn’t post properly.  Since I didn’t announce only a couple people saw it, and I was good with that.  I didn’t make a real effort to do it right, so it still was a lingering desire to fulfill and it seemed wherever I went people kept encouraging me to do videos (Ahem…Jeane Wynn of Wynn-Wynn Media)…but…since I messed up the first time I was nervous to try again.

    Have you ever been there?

    With my personality I’m sometimes better to just spontaneously do something or I’ll end up overthinking it, and not doing it.  This was the case for my video.  At 11am I impetuously started writing a Facebook post informing people that I would be airing a Live Video at 12:15pm to announce the latest #PaperbackPic #EllensPicks . When I hit ‘PUBLISH’ I panicked a bit.  I knew that was just a waste of time, so I sat down to plan out what I was going to say.  I asked some friends to pray, then I drove to McDonald’s, grabbed a Coke along with a frozen lemonade because I planned to use the lemonade as a prop, and I really like fountain coke from McD’s 🙂  After I had things briefly outlined I taped the bullet points to my selfie-stick, got all my props around me and hit record.

    Once I started and people began popping on to watch I got so excited.  I’m glad I’ve watched The Communication StylistNikki Elledge Brown presenting webinars before so I knew it was ok to say hello to people on a live video.  It’s kind of exhilarating to see the names and comments showing up as you speak. It’s also hard to stay on topic…thankfully I had my bullet notes.

    The purpose of my video was to reveal the latest book I had received for the #EllensPicks group (See pics below), to let more people know about my upcoming #SoulH2O Devotional book release and to ask for prayer to finish the last edit of the manuscript.  I share on the video how I have to have the final edit back to the publisher on Monday or it won’t be published this year.  There have been so many delays and set-backs.  Many as a result of my computer issues.  My computer was in the shop for the past 3 weeks and I just received it back at 5pm Monday.  Tuesday it crashed four times.  It seems someone doesn’t want this book to hit the shelves…I wonder who?  I went to bed and while praying felt to come downstairs one last time and perform a backup.  This didn’t make sense since it had just crashed and wouldn’t start only an hour previous to this, but it worked, so I decided to finish writing this blog post.

    Many times I share on my blog all the good things God is doing in my life.  I don’t ever want to focus on the negative, but I want you to know that I’m real.  I have problems just like the rest of you, lots of them.  Problems come to everyone, all the time on this earth.  The good is always mingled with the difficult.  The divine with a dilemma.  The issue is, are we going to let it get us?  Are we going to let the enemy of our souls cause us to give up?

    Galatians 6:9 says:

    “Let us not become weary in doing good,
    for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
    IF we
    do not give up.”

    In John 14:1 Jesus encourages us to have faith and says:

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled”

    Don’t let the enemy of your life, the one who comes to ‘steal, kill and destroy’ get you to give up before you reap that harvest Paul is talking about in Galatians.  If I would have given up I wouldn’t have seen the results on my first Facebook Live video.  It’s only been up for less than 24 hours and has over 1000 views! If I were to give up on finishing this book how many people would miss out on being refreshed through scripture?

    You’ve got to put on your spiritual amor and Stand Strong.  ‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled’ sounds a little harsh to say when someone is going through a hard time.  Jesus didn’t make it easy on His followers.  Some people say being a Christian is weak because you’re relying on God for everything.  Well, I think it’s just the opposite.  If we follow these scriptures we aren’t weak, but strong because of our faith in Him.  When the world faces hard times they drink too much, work too much, do drugs, mess around…Christians Stand…and today, I’m choosing to stand in the face of manuscript deadlines with computer crashes and the financial issues that ensue.  Nothing will stop me from running towards the finish line in the race God’s called me to run.  I hope this inspires you to keep on running!

    If you need some more encouragement to BE BRAVE…Here’s some great scriptures to bolster your faith:

    Isaiah 41:10…Joshua 1:9…Deuteronomy 31:6,8,12-13,23…Philippians 4:13

    To view the Facebook Live Video,
    Click on My Facebook Account Sherry Stahl Author/Speaker/Blogger
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    roots and sky
    Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons

    By Christie Purifoy  http://www.christiepurifoy.com
    Published by Revell on February 2, 2016.

    http://www.ellenspicks.ca

    Quote from the back of Roots & Sky by: Jennifer Dukes Lee
    http://www.jenniferdukeslee.com

    Keep your eye out for my #PaperbackPic Post at the end of the month on this book.
    Find it at your local Christian Retailer.

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  • Fearless To Jump

    FEARLESS TO JUMP

    Ever felt heavy?  No I’m not talking about feeling fat, us girls feel that way too much.  I’m talking about feeling heavy in your spirit.  So weighted down you’re unable to jump.

    That’s where I found myself after…

    That’s the beginning of my guest blog, Fearless To Jump posted today (depending on when you read this) on Sarah Ball’s site:  http://www.virtuouswomanexposed.com

    Last year at the Write Canada Conference I met this firecracker of a friend.  Sarah Ball and I hit it off and have been staying in touch ever since. We have a lot of similar life experiences and have been able to encourage each other both personally and professionally.  It’s one of those really good friendships that you’re so thankful God connected.

    I hope you find this post inspiring.  If you’re not ready jump…I’m praying God uses it to strengthen your legs!!!

    Click on The Button To Read:

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  • Fashion With A Purpose

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    The Soul H2O devotions in the past two weeks have been particularly impactful to me personally because I’ve had some financial struggles as I changed careers over the past five years. I went from a Director of Finance position; making a salary matching my title, to a new author’s salary; and let’s just say you don’t get into Christian literature or speaking for the money! It has to be a calling, as it should be! Because of this calling, I just couldn’t give up when the vision didn’t match the provision! I just prayed more!

    In my prayers for my finances God has seen fit to do some pretty crazy things (Like in the Provision Devo and CRAZY Provision FREE Download Post)  to answer my prayers! To help with my income God chose to connect me with Helena Cho and a few others I will be introducing over the next few months.

    While attending the 2015 International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida for our books; when Todd and I were leaving the show on the last day, a woman came over and placed a wrap-around bracelet on my wrist. It had my grandmother’s favorite verse on it, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”.   This woman asked if we could wait as she felt we needed to meet the founder of GOODWORK(S) Jewelry, Helena Cho. As soon as we were introduced, God immediately connected Helena and I. We spent hours talking and praying in a hotel lobby later that night getting to know each other and we’ve continued to stay in contact. When she presented me with the opportunity to sell her scripture covered jewelry I knew immediately that this was a God connection, and an answer to my prayers in a most unusual way! God used the scripture from Monday’s devotional Fix These Words in Deuteronomy 11:18 and Deuteronomy 6:6-9 to confirm that I should sell her products.

    I love how Helena’s products have scripture all over them! If you know me, you know that I LOVE jewelry and I LOVE scripture!  In one way it seems a crazy way for God to provide, but when I think about it, me selling jewelry with scripture on it makes complete sense! I’ve always been big on having scripture out in view. I have a practice of writing out scripture on cue cards or pretty pieces of paper to help me fix His Words in my thoughts and not just my own. If I leave my thoughts to my natural patterns of thinking it can be detrimental. I love having tactful artwork around my home that has scripture on it too.

    Helena is the daughter of Korean pastors. She too is inspired by scripture! Helena told me there were two scripture passages that inspired her business GOODWORK(S). The first gave her a vision to make a company using inspirational words:

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”
    Galatians 5:22-23

    About second Helena said:

    “…this verse gave me my company’s name and direction for my company”

    “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
    Matthew 5:16

    I am pleased to partner with Helena and GOODWORK(S). Such an impactful company that provides people with gorgeous jewelry and a way to fix God’s words in your sight! I love how she is committed to helping others with the profit in her company; as Helena says it’s:

    “Fashion With A Purpose”
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    In order to make the bracelets available to you, Todd and I are going to be selling the jewelry along with our books and Todd’s Greeting Card Line at some great events this Christmas season. We’d love to meet you, so make sure to say hello and let me know you’re a reader if you’re at any of the events posted below.

    PRINT OFF THE COUPON OR USE THE PROMO CODE TO SAVE

    At the bottom of this post there is a coupon for $5.00 OFF Purchases of books, greeting cards or jewelry to be used at any of the events in November or December. *See Details below

    Shop Online and save $5.00 off our books.
    Use Promo Code: Christmas5
    http://www.TAKETHE40DAYCHALLENGE.com
    A little help from the Stahl’s for your Christmas shopping!

    Below the event dates…I have included a more detailed write up on Helena Cho, her company GOODWORKS(S) and reports about how sales of the jewelry are making a difference around the world! 25% of Profit is given to GOODWORKS around the globe! Read below for more ….

    Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 8.17.14 PM THE GIFT SHOW 2015Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 4.10.18 PM

    IN HIS PRESENCE 2015             THE GIFT SHOW                CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW
    Windsor, ON                                  Tecumseh, ON                     Essex,ON
    Friday, Nov. 13  7pm                      Sunday, Nov. 15 10-5pm     Saturday, Nov. 29 9am-4pm

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    SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS SHOWS                       SETTERINGTON’S BOOK SIGNING
    Various Cities Across Ontario                               Leamington, ON
    Various Dates in December                                  Saturday, December 5  11a-3pm
    http://www.kevinpauls.com

    About Our Founder

    CEO Helena Cho
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    Fashion With A Purpose” was the goal for CEO Helena Cho.

    Since 2011, her company GOODWORK(S) Make a Difference has pledged 25% of its net profits to charitable contributions supporting in-need communities around the world.

    Cho always had a vision of being able to create something that could benefit needy communities. Inspired by a charity run’s ability to unite individuals to achieve a common goal, she crafted a bracelet—an uplifting piece gifted as a random act of kindness. Over time, her work grew in popularity, earning strong support and a loyal following. Leveraging previous retail experience and a strong academic background as a dual-major Marketing and Finance graduate at the University of Southern California, Cho established her own business intent on delivering positive, empowering merchandise to the public.

    Helena now resides over one of the fastest growing socially conscious fashion/accessories brands in the market, sold across 40 countries and 1,800 boutique stores within the United States. Highlights of the company’s advocacy work include providing home essentials to over 117 former homeless families as part of its “Home Sweeter Home” campaign, working with nationally renowned enrichment program LA’s Best to provide over 1,200 holiday gifts to low income students, and sponsoring an annual “Dream Prom” event for scholastically deserving, underprivileged high school students. “Random acts of kindness really make a difference”, she reflects, “and empower people.”

    GOODWORK(S) has been awarded with accolades from a number of organizations including the Angel Award, the Diamond Award (NOLA) and the Global Humanitarian Awards. Today, GOODWORK(S) bracelets can be found in recognized storefronts including Buckle, Von Maur, and Fred Segal. The company has also developed positive media exposure across various mediums, including features on the pages of Elle, InTouch Weekly, and Cosmopolitan Magazine, among other international publications. Helena is passionate about inspiring people to help improve their communities and encouraging the act of charity in everyday decisions.

    
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  • ICRS 2015

    Todd and I are on our way home from Orlando, Florida after attending the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS). It was a roller-coaster ride of events on this trip! We left Toronto airport feeling good as we were blessed to have our seats bumped up to the emergency row…Can you say stretch out your legs!!! We had to take a connecting flight in Miami and sadly, because of the weather, we ended up not getting to the show at all on Monday.

    Undaunted, we arrived in Orlando. When we finally got to the hotel the gentleman at the front desk put us in a larger room on the Executive Floor! Again we were feeling the favor of God! We thought for sure it was going to be our time to make our mark in the book industry! The hotel didn’t have our shipments at the Bell desk as they said, so we went for a really late dinner.

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    Walked Around This Mountain Before!

    Arriving back at the hotel we found out that only our promotional materials arrived, but not our books! How could this be? I had called the hotel that morning and verified with the receiver that all our shipments were received. Our hearts sunk! How can you have a book signing without books? How could this happen for the third time in my life?

    Once at a Family Christian Bookstore signing in Michigan a manager forgot to order the books in! Thankfully, I had some with me, and people just made orders with the store. The scary similarity was when I first attended ICRS two years ago and the SAME THING happened! Panic was my first response, but as I reminded myself about how God miraculously took care of this before…He could do it again! I called UPS and they told me they couldn’t do anything until 10am tomorrow. According to the electronic records, the books were probably on their way back to Canada. It was so obvious that the enemy didn’t want God’s plans for our lives to succeed! He wanted Todd and I to get upset with each other and start blaming each other. In an act of faith we began filling the promo bags. We prayed over each bag, continually thanking God for the books that would be in those bags at the signing the next day. The more we prayed, the less we stressed and the more fun we had.

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    I sent out an email to our incredible prayer team and went to sleep like a baby!

    Miracle #1

    In the morning I spent about 2 hours on the phone with UPS. Finally the books were found at the depot in Orlando. With much prayer backing and insistence, they delivered the books!!!

    A New Partnership

    Our Canadian Publishers: Warren Benson and Jeremy Braun from Word Alive Press coordinated a partnership with Anchor Distributors to sell our books in the US market; guess that should really have been Miracle #1 J . When we arrived in the booth it was a strange thing for the Anchor team to have to work with “the Canadians”, but by the end of the show we felt such a connection with the team and a part of the Anchor family!

    The Book Signing

    The book signing started off slow, but quickly picked up speed. There was a buzz around the show about the new ‘writing couple’ and the book for men! 40 Days In The Man Cave was a hit! Bookstore owner after bookstore owner told us how they need good men’s books and products. They were impressed with Todd’s book and loved the promo footballs!

    Miracles…Miracles…Miracles..

    At the end of the signing I saw my friend Susie Jennings coming up the aisle. I couldn’t have been happier to see her! Susie had been there for a book signing for her newly released, 31 DAYS OF MOUNTAINTOP MIRACLES earlier that day. I was so happy to see her and invited her to come to dinner with us. Susie built up our faith as she shared miracle after miracle that God had fulfilled through her lifework with the homeless and needy around the world through Operation Care International! There aren’t many more inspiring people than Susie!

    Radio Interview

    The next morning we were blessed to be on Bob Crittenden’s show The Meeting House on FAITH Radio in Montgomery Alabama. It was an honor to be interviewed by the man who has had people like Charles Stanley, Kay Arthur and Matthew West on his show. An added bonus was the “Thank-you” bag of candy homemade by his wife! Sweetness of the South!

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    Divine Connections

    Throughout the conference, God was weaving a network of divine connections for Todd and I! None more important than another…all a part of the journey God has us on to fulfill all He’s calling us to do! You’ll be hearing a lot more about these people in the coming months as we see how God chooses to partners us together! We met Laci & Alex Corzo of Scents of the Spirit. They’re an awesome young couple venturing out into the perfume business!

    I was happy to meet another writing couple’, Tom & Jan Lane, authors of Strong WOMEN and The Men Who Love Them. They are pastors at Gateway Church in Dallas where I just bought their book and was able to meet Josh Alltop. He’s Kari Jobe’s producer and now producing the song “Water In My Desert” by Rachelle Fletcher. The song will be released on iTunes in the next few months. Author and Talk Radio Host, Shirley W. Mitchell from Alabama and I hit it off! We’re looking forward to connecting in the future, Shirley’s also going to have Todd and I on her show as guests. I was honored when Shirley said that she couldn’t wait to start my devotional for her personal study that night! We met Eddie from Spirit & Truth jewelry and thought their rings, bracelets and men’s line was great! Really cool guy stuff! Fireman Todd approved!

    Last, but definitely not least, God blessed me with a wonderful new friend in Helena Cho, founder of the GOODWORK(S) Jewelry line! We stayed up talking way too late but it was worth every minute of lost sleep! I had bought her jewelry at Buckle many times before, so it was amazing to meet her. She’s a passionate woman who is making an indelible mark that will not be wiped out. Her generosity is changing lives around the globe. Makes me think of the song “This girl is on fire”! I couldn’t be happier to partner with anyone else.

    As we wait for our again delayed plane with kids tossing around Todd’s promo giveaway mini-footballs, I’m thankful for the time that God has allowed for me to reflect on the last 3 days! They’ve been a whirlwind of God’s goodness as we walked through the open doors!

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    Talk soon,
    Sherry
    xoxo

    Make sure to check out our partners in ministry below:


    Word Alive Press:   http://www.wordalivepress.ca
    Anchor Distributors:         http://www.anchordistributors.com
    Susie Jennings: http://www.operationcareinternational.org
    Faith Radio:  http://www.faithradio.org
    Goodworks:  http://www.goodworksmakeadifference.com
    Scents of The Spirit by Ego Eimi:         http://www.scentsofthespirit.com
    Tom and Jan Lane: http://www.tomlanebooks.com
    Shirley W. Mitchell: http://www.agingoutsideofthebox.com
    Spirit & Truth:        http://www.kingdomwear.com

     

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  • How Kay Arthur Influenced me as a Woman, Author & Bible Study Teacher

    Kay Arthur influenced me as a woman, author & Bible Study teacher in profound ways.  This post will tell you of my crazy journey and how God allowed me to personally thank her for the impact she continues to make on my life.

    How Kay Arthur Influenced me as a Bible Study Teacher

    I started teaching Ladies’ Bible Studies at my home church when I had Brandon.  At the ripe old age of 24 I wasn’t sure if I was getting too old for youth ministries!!!
    I belonged to a large church so about 100 women a week came out to the Ladies’ Bible Study meetings on Tuesday mornings. I was honored when they asked me to be on the teaching team after my first week there! These women were serious about getting into the Word!
    We often used Kay Arthur’s Inductive Bible Studies.  My favorite was the one on the book of Isaiah.  I learned so much studying that book, Precept-upon-Precept as Kay always says!

    How Kay Arthur Influenced me as a Woman

    Years passed of fruitful ministry teaching Ladies’ Bible Studies and then I had to stop.  It was a hard place for me, but it had become too difficult within my former marriage situation to be involved at church in much of any capacity.  A few more years passed and I was divorced, believing I’d never teach another Bible Study.
    During the divorce deliberations my counselor encouraged me to join a group called Divorce Care, to help me grieve the loss of my marriage. It was nothing short of life-changing.  I started attending the Baptist church nearby who ran the program and it was there I saw a video with Kay Arthur on it.  I had no clue that she had even been divorced.  Seeing her gave me the boost of faith that I needed to believe God could still use me–a divorcee!

    How Kay Arthur Influenced me as an Author

    Water In The DesertAfter I wrote my first book, WATER IN THE DESERT I was so excited and thankful for the influence others had on my life and ministry.  I wrote a short Thank-you to Kay on her Facebook page.  To my shock people from her organization wrote me back and asked if they could interview me for the Precepts website.
    Through all of the discussions back-and-forth I have made a wonderful friend in one of Kay’s “Leading Ladies”!  Kathleen Hardaway works for Kay in her Social Media department and directed Kay Arthur’s television show How Can I Live?  Kathleen looks 22, but she’s been working at Precept Ministries for almost two decades now!  Kathleen is accomplished in her own right as a speaker and author.  Most notably for I Kissed a Lot of Frogs: But the Prince Hasn’t Come (Moody, 2002).  
    Through my cousin’s wife Rachelle and Kathleen’s encouragement I ended up buying a ticket for a flight to Dallas and boarding the plane just two hours later!  Craziest thing I’ve ever done, and I have quite a few to choose from!  

    It was one of those Divine appointments for me to be there.  Attending the Christian Women in Media (CWIMA) National Conference aligned me with people I never would have met any other way.  People I needed to meet!  I’m now helping to start the Canadian Network for Christian Women in Media (CWIMA) this January…now called Women In Media & Music ( WIMM Canada )…but that’s a whole other blog 🙂  
    Meeting Kay ArthurBack to Kay Arthur’s Website!  I am completely honored that Precept Ministries has chosen to write about my life and include it on their website.  I hope you’ll take the time to read the short-story and how Kay Arthur‘s life and ministry impacted mine!  Link Below.
    Since the first release of this post I have been blessed to meet Kay Arthur!  Where might you ask?  At the 2015 Christian Women in Media (CWIMA) National Conference of course.  Isn’t God funny! 
    In His Grip,
    Sherry
    xoxo
    Kay Arthurs WebsiteLink to the short article about my life on Kay’s Website  Click Here!
    To Learn more about Kay’s Inductive Bible Study Methods Click Here!
    http://www.precept.org 
    To learn more about Kathleen Hardaway, check out her website:
    http://www.kathleenhardaway.com

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  • Ladies' Bible Study

    Ladies Bible StudyI’m part of a trio.  The only kind I’ll be a part of!  A “Teaching Trio” with my friends Julie and Michelle.  We lead a Women’s Connection, Monday Night Ladies Bible Study group at  FGT Family Church.  Two days ago was an epic night for us girls.  It was our finale for the Season.  One of those happy/sad things.  We were happy to get together, but sad it meant we wouldn’t be meeting for a couple months during the summer holidays.  We’ve become such a close group that Monday nights are going to seem weird not being together!  We’re so close one of our members Rosie shared how we’re not just friends, we’re family.  She and her daughter left Jamaica and have no relatives here.  We are her family.  I agreed with Rose and told her we’re just the pale side of her family 🙂
    The night started off with an incredible dinner prepared for us by the Lovely Leah!  We normally do pot-lucks, but this allowed us all to relax and enjoy every part of the evening.  Eight of our sisters shared testimonies of how God has brought them “through” the desert and provided them with water in their desert.  Many while going through my book, WATER IN THE DESERT in the study.  Dawn, Michelle and Susan all shared  how the study and the group helped them when they lost their moms this past year.  Others shared about broken marriages restored by the power of God’s grace.  Kerry shared about how God used her cancer journey to restore so much to her that she is glad she went through that desert!  Powerful stories of God’s greatness in the lives of amazing everyday girls!

    We listened to the faith infusing song “I WILL PRAISE YOU” by Rebecca St. James rebecca st jameshttp://www.rsjames.com  Here are some of the lyrics:

    JOY, comes in the morning.  The sun is rising, and I wait for you.
    STREAMS, flow in the desert.  There’s an oasis, and I wait for you.
    WHATEVER the storm, WHATEVER is lost, WHATEVER it takes, WHATEVER the cost…
    I WILL PRAISE YOU!

    Every lady that shared told about how God provided streams in their deserts and how He brought joy in the morning!  They are women who have lived out the WHATEVERS in lives and continued to praise God!  They were, and are so inspiring!
    Prayer time has become an integral part of our group.  We have seen so many miracles in answer to our prayers.  So often at special events we don’t have our normal prayer time and this event was no different.  Our prayer time was anything BUT normal!  For the girls that could stay, we ended up sitting in a circle sharing our deepest needs, praying together, encouraging each other with words and in The Word!  It really was indescribable how sweet the presence of God was in our midst.  The unity in our group is what opened the door for God to move in such a dramatic way.  Each of these girls touching my life in powerful ways.  If you’re spirit is in need of hydration, you NEED to join a Ladies Bible Study group! Getting into the Word with other Girls will change your life!
    Hope you like the pictures of me and my girlfriends!
    xoxo
    Sherry

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