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  • Do You Ever Go To Sleep Worried?

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    Matthew 11:28-30

    A couple years ago, I went out for dinner at a Spanish restaurant in Tampa with my daughter Shelby, her roomie Boquet, and Bo’s mom, Mel. We had such a great night with lots of talking… ‘cause that’s what us girls do!

    Guatemalan Worry DollsAt the end of our meal, the waitress gave each of us Guatemalan worry dolls.  She told us how it was customary for parents to help children who worried at night by making the dolls. Worrisome Guatemalan children are encouraged to tell the doll all their fears.

    Legend teaches them that the doll will take the child’s worry upon themselves, so they can sleep.  When the child wakes up in the morning, the doll is supposed to have fixed their problems.  It’s a whimsical way to help quell the anxiety of children, but I can’t imagine it being sufficient to silence the stress of adults who go to sleep worried.

    DO YOU EVER GO TO SLEEP WORRIED?

    I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had times when we go to sleep worriedor maybe I’m the only one {Insert wink here}. Life can be stressful and full of situations that seek to make you worry. At times I’ve found myself so wound up that my mind can’t settle. 

    When I let them, worries of this life can keep my eyes wide open, while Todd’s already dreaming beside me in bed. But it doesn’t have to be like this, in fact, it shouldn’t be like this. It’s challenging to read how the NLT translates Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:32. When talking about worry, He said, “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows your needs.”

    It makes sense that unbelievers should worry because they don’t have a God to help them. Christians minds shouldn’t be dominated by worry. 

    MATTHEW 11:28-30In today’s key verse, Jesus gives you an offer that should help you fall asleep, as soon as your head hits the pillow… even without a Guatemalan worry doll.

    It’s amazing to me how people can let a man-made doll, only 1-2 inches tall take their worry away; yet we struggle to trust our troubles with God… the same God who formed you in your mother’s womb, holds the universe in place, sets the timing of the tides, and feeds the birds of the air.

    Jesus actually invites you to give all your burdens to Him, and unlike the little dolls, He actually has the power to do something about your problems.

    Jesus promises that when you give your weary, burdened thoughts to Him, He’ll, in turn, give you rest for your soul… you know, that physical part of you that needs sleep. Your worry, for His rest… Now that’s a deal you shouldn’t turn down!     

    So, today, why not give your worry to Jesus, let Him take care of it, so you can get a great night’s sleep tonight!

    Prayer

    Father… Forgive me for holding onto my worry. Help me to release all my anxious thoughts to You and receive Your rest.  I place my stress, my worry, my doubt and my fear into Your all-powerful hands and I won’t pick it back up again.  I choose to release and trust, because You are trustworthy. In Jesus Name…Amen

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    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. Matthew 11:28-30
    2. Philippians 4:6
    3. Jeremiah 31:25
    4. Matthew 6:25-34

    Saturday’s Soul H2O Radio/Podcast Episode starts off discussing this devotion and leads into a deep discussion on Can You Believe In God & Be Depressed.  Sarah E. Ball is my interview Guest and I know you’ll be encouraged by her story. 

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  • Do You Love Your Job?

    So how do you feel about your job? 

    Do you wake up in the mornings energetic and excited to face the day the day, thankful for the opportunity you have… Or… Do you get the Sunday Grumpies?  You know, that cloud of doom that looms over your head come late Sunday as your brain begins to shift out of weekend wistfulness to weekday wincing?  Not liking your job is a MAJOR problem in this world and it’s totally not how God wants you to live your life.

    GOD WANTS YOU TO
    ENJOY YOUR WORK

    Ecclesiastes 3:22
    “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work” (NIV)

    ENJOY YOUR WORK ECCLESIASTES 3-21

    God doesn’t want you to be in a job you hate.  He wants you to enjoy your work and find fulfilment in what you do.  

    It’s what He modeled for us through creation.  When God created the universe, the sun, moon, stars, trees, all sorts of vegetation, creatures in the sea, animals, birds and people it says that He, “looked upon all that He had made, and indeed, it was very good.” (GN 1:31). 

    I find this so amazing.  I mean, I can understand how God thought the sun, moon, stars and plants were all incredible, but after he creates all of what I would classify as stellar work, Scripture records Him saying it was good. 

    It seems God thinks more of us, we’re the prize of His handiwork.  If you’re asking how I know, well, it’s because when God finished creating people, Scripture records Him saying it’s ‘VERY GOOD’, and then He rested.  God was satisfied by His work. You can learn from God’s example and find wisdom in the words of a guy whose very name gives him credibility in this arena.

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” –Steve Jobs

    Your job is important to God, make it important to you.  He wants you to be able to say in all honesty,

    I love my job!

    PRAYER

    Father, I’m so thankful for your example.  I find freedom in knowing that you want us to enjoy the work of our hands.  Help me not to just waste the hours working but fulfil the destiny you’ve placed on my life.  May I use the gifts and talents you’ve placed inside of me in honour of Your VERY GOOD handiwork. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    1. 1. Ecclesiastes 3:22
      2.Genesis 1:31
      3. Isaiah 64:8
      4. Psalm 90:17

    Check out These Episodes of the Soul H2O Podcast that discuss your job. Hollie’s is titled, I Love My Job… because she does.  Dan’s episode is titled, Pastor or Plaster? and is a discussion style show that talks about Defining The Call of God into ministry.

    In His Grip,

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  • Going All In

    Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”;
    so they filled them to the brim.
    ~John 2:7 NIV

    Too many times we try to get away with giving just a little, believing just a little, serving just a little, loving just a little.  We scrimp, assuming we might run out or when it comes to faith and love… we fear we might be disappointed, so we go part-way. 

    To The Brim

    I love how the servants working at the wedding in Cana were found going all in!  They heard Jesus command to “Fill the jars with water” and they filled them “to the brim”.  Six water pots I wonder what would have happened if they just filled the jars half full?  Would the miracle still have taken place? Sure, maybe it would have but it wouldn’t have affected as many people’s lives.  Matthew 7:2 says, with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” So, let’s talk measurements. According to research, the water jars would have held around 20 gallons of water1. Just to compare size in your mind, the average keg (half barrel) only holds 15.5 gallons of beer2. “The standard pour for a glass of wine is five ounces”.3 20 gallons is equal to 2560 ounces divided by 5ounces equals 512.4  So, Jesus made about 512 more glasses of wine for the guests at a wedding held in a small town where the nearest city was bout 400 people.  That’s a lot of wine for probably not a lot of people. These servants got to see a BIG miracle that day.  The guests were brought into that miracle to the level of the servant’s faith. 

    Let’s go all in this year and believe BIG miraculous thoughts about what God can do!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m thankful You promise that even if I only have faith the size of a mustard seed (which is really, really tiny), You can do GREAT things. God, I ask you for a gift of faith5 to believe that you can and will do the miraculous. In Jesus Name…Amen


    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. John 2:7
    2. Matthew 7:2
    3. Matthew 17:20
    4. Matthew 13:31-32

    #musicpic SONG:
    All in by Matthew West
    Official Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/UUc86gfzToU


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    1. https://biblehub.com/commentaries/john/2-6.htm Biblehub Website Accessed:  2020-01-08
    2. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/how-many-beers-are-in-a-keg.html Website Accessed:  2020-01-08
    3. https://www.google.com/search?q=what+is+the+average+size+glass+of+wine&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA775CA776&oq=what+is+the+average+size+glass+of+wine&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l4.9052j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 , https://www.healthline.com/health-news/drinking-more-blame-your-wine-glass#1 Websites Accessed:  2020-01-08
    4. https://www.google.com/search?q=gallons+into+ounces&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA775CA776&oq=gallons+into+ounces&aqs=chrome..69i57j6j0.4120j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8  Website Accessed:  2020-01-08
    5. https://biblehub.com/bsb/1_corinthians/12.htm Website Accessed:  2020-01-08

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  • Have You Ever Blown It?

    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
    John 3:17 ESV

    Have you ever blown it? Ever seriously, made a really bad mistake? Said the wrong thing at the wrong time that brought hurt to someone you love? Dropped the ball and ruined things? Messed up on your morals and feel the sting of your mistake?

    There are so many ways you can blow it and I know it, because I’m completely talking from experience here. My tendency after blowing it by doing something stupid is to beat myself up, passing the gloves over for condemnation to land some destructive blows.

    I can be the worst trash talker to myself but one day God showed me how He was in the business of using people who blow it by showing me biblical examples of people who went from making mistakes to pursuing their purpose.

    THE GOOD NEWS IS—
    GOD GIVES SECOND CHANCES

    Moses
    God positioned him in the palace to fulfill his destiny as the deliverer, but he blew it.
    Moses killed a man and ran away into the desert for 40 years.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Moses got to lead the same people out of slavery.
    Jonah
    God called Jonah to reach the people of Nineveh, but he blew it.
    Jonah ran away from God’s calling on his life and ended up in a BIG fish.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh and they came to faith.
    Samson
    God appointed him to stand guard for the nation of Israel, but he blew it.
    Samson broke his Nazarite vow, living rebelliously, violently and immorally.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Samson defeated more of God’s enemies after his mistakes.
    Peter
    God called Peter as a disciple to follow him, but he blew it.
    Peter denied Christ.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Peter preached with boldness and thousands came to faith in Christ.
    You
    God has appointed you for good works to bring him glory, but you blow it.
    You don’t have faith to believe God can do it through you, fall into sin, let fear immobilize you…you do what you do.

    THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU IS—
    GOD GIVES YOU SECOND CHANCES

    It still amazes me that God can take my mess and use it to share His message. I’m awed at how He doesn’t condemn when we ask for His forgiveness.

    The devil on the other hand loves to heap on condemnation. The enemy wants you to sit and wallow in your wandering, he strives to keep you in the shame of your past mistakes; that way, he can keep you feeling low and stop you from moving forward in the plans and purposes God has for your life.

    I love the words in Rend Collective’s song that echoes how, “A second chance is Heaven’s heart”.1  Jesus didn’t come to make you feel horrible about yourself… He came to set you free not bind you up. 

    So, the next time you blow it, why not show some grace; ask for forgiveness, let God work in you and speak His purposes over your life. Then, move forward and watch God doing something great through you!

    Father… I thank you for Your abundant grace and willingness to give me chance after chance to get things right. Help me to forgive myself in the same way You forgive me and please… let me learn from my mistakes, so I don’t keep repeating them. In Jesus Name…Amen

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. John 3:17
    2. Romans 8:1
    3. Lamentations 3:21-23
    4. Ephesians 2:10

    musicpic SONG: Second Chance

    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Thankful
    Sung By: Rend Collective
    Website: https://rendcollective.com/
    Album: Homemade Worship by Handmade People © 2012
    Youtube Video https://youtu.be/W6RNJ6HDTpU
    Spotify Link https://open.spotify.com/track/2OtppI9PZe4h77OZGmecvm?si=pSAd58mnQcShK1P09Mu_vw
    AZ Lyrics of Song
    https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollective/secondchance.html
    Fave Lines
    A second chance is Heaven’s heart

    musicpic SONG: Second Chance

    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Thankful
    Sung By: Hillsong United
    YouTube Video https://youtu.be/yKIT4KPS-VQ
    AZ Lyrics of Song https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hillsongunited/secondchance.html
    Album: In A Valley By The Sea © 2007

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    1 https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollective/secondchance.html Website Accessed: 2019-12-30

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  • Why Radio Is Your Best Friend

    Water In My Desert SongSoul H2O Radio Episode 4 Radio Is Your Best Friend that releases tomorrow http://www.soulh2o.com/4 is all about the power of musical worship. Rachelle Fletcher is our Interview Guest this week and I can’t wait for you to get to know her. You’re gonna love Rachelle! She’ll tell you all about the Song you’ve been hearing every week on Soul H2O Radio, being played subtly in the background, heard at the intro and the extro, fading in and out of the show at random times. Maybe you’ve even sung it at a Retreat I’ve spoken at? You’ll get to hear Rachelle’s professional recording of Water In My Desert produced by Josh Alltop (Dove Award Winning producer) and how God inspired the song from the intersection of my desert and hers.

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    Radio Is Your Best Friend

    “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to … provide a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
    Isaiah 61:1,3

    Radio Is Your Best Friend

    The music and lyrics to Water In My Desert have refreshed my soul and I believe it has the potential to do the same for you.  This song has pulled me out of a funk and inspired me to have greater faith more than a few times.  Music has a way of doing this.  You can be down in the dumps when you hear a song and it literally makes your heart sing. Music is powerful!  That’s why Radio Is Your Best Friend when you’re going through a difficult time or just feeling a little blue… and when you’re feeling good an energetic song with powerful lyrics can empower your day!

    JOEL HOUSTON KNOWS

    Joel Houston from Hillsong United in Australia wrote an article for the Pureflix blog called, How Music Affects Our Brains (And Our Hearts!). Through this magazine article and my other research (cause I’m geeky like that!), I’ve learned a lot about the power of music and when you add a spiritual aspect to the natural effects of music the results are supernatural. In the show I have time to go more in-depth with How The Power of Music Can Affect Your Life & Change You From The Inside Out. Some of the information is crazy amazing, but let’s just say, it’s no wonder why musical worship has such an amazing impact on hearts and minds.

    SCIENCE KNOWS

    Science is finally backing up what the Bible has been saying for centuries. Isaiah 61 is a portion of Scripture that Jesus partially quoted in Luke 4.  It’s talking about the Messiah, Jesus when it says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to … provide a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Musical Worship can be that garment of praise that will trade your spirit of despair and provide your heart with hope. Music has the power to change the atmosphere in your heart, home, workplace and even the mood in your car with hangry kids. Whatever your need for refreshing, God can bring water into your desert with a song!

    So, turn the music up and let radio be your best friend!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m thankful for the power of a power song about you to destroy despair and defeat my doubt.  I will put on the garment of praise and raise my voice today as you take care of my burdens. This is how I choose to fight my battles! In Jesus Name…Amen


    MUSIC SUGGESTIONS

    Might I suggest joyradio.ca J  This is the station that is hosting my radio show and producing the podcast version.  My producer Mike is amazing.  Everyone at that station is so great to work with.

    For those of you who might be new to the #soulh2o blog, you might not know about #musicpic’s.  I started suggesting songs to go along with my devotions years ago.  If you need a dose of musical refreshing, you can always find the #musicpics on the blog by using the search function found on the blog main page right hand side by selecting the #musicpic category. My favourite is the Giant Killer Songs list but there are lots of great suggestions. You can also find #musicpics at in the Show Notes for every Soul H2O Episode.   Here’s a few links to help your search:

    Some of My #MUSICPIC Posts

    First Ever #musicpic post: Forgiveness Song https://sherrystahl.com/forgiveness-song/
    Giant Killer Songs https://sherrystahl.com/giant-killer-songs/
    Speaking Life in Song  https://sherrystahl.com/speak-life-song/
    Words-Song https://sherrystahl.com/words-song/

    Episode Show Notes

    Each episode’s show notes are just the website name with /# of episode
    Eg. http://www.soulh2o.com/3 For last week’s Learning To Dream Episode or this week’s http://www.soulh2o.com/4 releasing on Saturday

    Drawing From the Well

    1. Isaiah 61:1-3
    2. Psalm 96:1
    3. Zephaniah 3:17
    4. Psalm 40:3

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  • You’ve Got to Get Moving

    Well, I’m still bubbling over from my summer fill-up at Braeside Camp and so excited to share You’ve Got To Get Moving; the second part of God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be. I pray it’s everything you need to put some pep in your step.  If not, the #musicpic at the end sure will.  In case you missed it, you can find Part 1of God Knows How to Get You Where You Need To Be {Part 1} HERE.

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    God Knows How To Get You Where You Need To Be {Part 2} BUT…
    YOU’VE GOT TO GET MOVING

    David and his men marched behind them… 
    ~1 Samuel 29:2 BSB

     

    motorcycle friends

    Monday was the Civic holiday here in Canada but in Leamington, it’s now known as the annual Hogs For Hospice motorcycle ride weekend.  If you follow my social media, you already knew this… with all my pictures it was pretty obvious. 😊 We had so much fun! Todd and I love to get out with friends and ride the motorcycle; well technically Todd’s riding, I’m relaxing behind him. I was relaxing so much it’s hard to get moving this morning!

    In last week’s devotion, I talked about how God was able to perfectly position David and the other soldiers in the right place, at just the right time; enabling them to route their enemies and get back all that had been stolen from them.

    I believe God was able to get David where he needed to be so easily because he was already moving. Scripture records how David and his men were marching when they were told to go back to Ziklag.

    They weren’t stationary.  They weren’t sitting at home, by the phone, waiting for God to call them into action. No, they were moving ahead; albeit in the wrong direction, but they were moving.

    It’s comforting to know God holds true to His promise in Isaiah 30:21 to re-direct if you get moving in the wrong direction.

    He did it for David through a foreign king sending him ‘home’ and for Jonah, God stirred up a storm and sent a big fish to get Jonah where he needed to be. The key is to get moving because,

    It’s easier to steer a moving ship than one sitting in the harbor.
    ~Unknown

    So, shake off the slumber. Wipe the crusties out of the corner of your eyes and get moving.  Fight against the fear of making the wrong move and trust, God knows how to get you where you need to be! Don’t allow anything to keep the ship of your life docked in the harbor.  The adventure is out on the sea!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m so thankful that You are always guiding and directing me. I refuse to let the fear of making wrong moves and falling out of your perfect will freeze my feet.  I commit to get moving and living the adventurous life You’ve destined for me. I’m leaving doubt dock to set sail for the wavy wonderland of Your calling.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Don’t allow anything to keep the ship of your life docked in the harbor.  The adventure is out on the sea! 😊[/tweetthis]

    Facebook Live_God will get you where you need to beIn case you haven’t watched this impromptu Facebook Live yet, I’ve linked it below. I recorded this while on a walk in the middle of writing last week’s devotion and getting inspired for writing this week’s. Talking about how God knows how to get you where you need to be… and I was moving for sure!!!

     

    Drawing From The Well

    1. 1 Samuel 29:2
    2. Isaiah 30:21
    3. Jonah 1:4
    4. James 3:4

    toby mac keep walking#musicpic SONG: MOVE (Keep Walking)
    Makes Me Feel: Like dancing.  Gets me Moving!!!
    Sung By: TobyMac
    Album: This Is Not A Test © 2015
    Written By: Jeff Pardo, Christ Mcclarney, Lindsey Sweat
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://youtu.be/MX1G71WK-FA
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tobymac/movekeepwalkin.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on




     

     

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    1. James 3:4

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  • An Unexpected Way To Get A Message To Stick

    The goal for this week’s #soulh2o devo is to help you find creative ways to get a message to stick in your brain… especially ones from God and my ideas come from all the way back in elementary school. I wrote today’s devotion from the sunshine state of Florida.  When you receive it on Wednesday morning, I’ll be moving Shelby back home to Canada… that is before she plans to go to Australia!  My world traveler.  I’ve had 10 trips to Florida in four years. Lots of km’s tracked with my girl 🙂

    An Unexpected Way To Get A Message To Stick

    Write down the revelation
    and
    make it plain on tablets
    ~Habakkuk 2:2 NIV

    Did you ever have to write lines as punishment in school?

    Do you remember the resulting hand cramps and chalk dust all over your clothes? Well, I might have gotten in trouble a time or two for talking in class and maybe once or twice had to face the consequences. The penalty was anything from sit-ups, stand in the corner, out in the hall to the dreaded writing out lines (My love for rule-keeping kept me from the strap).

    Writing Out Lines

    Fast Forward to parenthood and when I was desperate to find creative ways to discipline, I heard about a mom who got her to write out lines.  At first, I thought it was a horrible idea, and my kids might still think it was, but I felt it had a purpose beyond just making them aware of their wrongdoing. I felt writing out statements that gave positive direction would help them learn from their mistakes.

    Write Down The Revelation

    Today’s Bible App Verse of The Day had an accompanying image of the verse that reminded me of writing out lines to bring about a positive impact.  It’s the modern-day equivalent to “write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets”, like sharing it on your iPad or surface tablet. 🙂JOhn 14:1

    When I saw these lines written out it was the encouragement I needed for my day. Certain situations have been stirring up fear in my life and I’ve been trying to stuff fear down and keep it from causing full-blown paranoia. I woke up with thoughts swirling in my mind that weren’t full of faith, so I knew I needed to dispel those negative messages with the truth of God’s Word, it’s the only thing that truly works for me.

    When I pulled up the verse of the day and saw this image it was the faith-lift my heart needed to face the day and trust God with my concerns. This reminder to not ‘let’ my heart be troubled was just what I needed.  It was a kick in the pants to pull-up my emotional bootstraps and then it reminded me of a song that helped change my mood, so that today, I choose joy!

    I pray the image, today’s #musicpic and this devotion do the same for you.  Whatever the message God is trying to speak into your spirit, I pray you find a way to help make it plain, even if that causes you some hand cramps. 🙂

    Prayer

    Father… Thank You for speaking into my life when I open up to You. Your Word brings life. I’m thankful for your unexpected affirmations of faith.  Please help me to write them down and make it plain so the message becomes secure in my heart. In Jesus Name…Amen

    Drawing From The Well

    1. Habakkuk 2:2
    2. Jeremiah 30:2
    3. Revelation 1:19
    4. Romans 15:4

    #musicpic SONG: JOY 🙂

    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Joyful, Ready to dance!
    Sung By: For King & Country
    Website: https://www.forkingandcountry.com/
    Album:  Burn The Ships
    © 2018  Written By: Ben Glover, Matthew Hales, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Seth Mosley, Tedd Tjornhom, Stephen Blake Kanicka
    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/0vBjd0I8iefycEZ2ex1Zpi?si=R7UnJ2yFR7i4QcS8xuF-3A
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://youtu.be/E-r7ogDaaEQ
    For KING & COUNTRY – joy. (Official Music Video) – YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA7n7TwPDmw
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/forkingcountry/joy.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
    Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
    So somebody please pass the megaphone
    I'll shout it on the count of three
    One, two, three…
    
    I choose joy

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    ENDNOTES

    1. https://www.bible.com/111/jhn.14.1.niv The Bible App Accessed:  2019-06-26

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  • Hey Google… I Need An Answer

    This week’s #soulh2o devotion, Hey Google… I Need An Answer lets you in on where I’m at with God and what I’ve been going through lately. After the devotion, I share the #paperbackpic I mention and some #musicpics you’re gonna love! There are affiliate links on the book but you won’t pay extra. This just helps the ministry keep going! For my full affiliate information, click here.

    I’m also inviting you to join me for a Zoom Call tomorrow night (Thursday, June 20th at 8:30pm EST) I’ve wanted to do this for a long time but the technology of it all has scared me but I’m just bursting to tell y’all something, so I hope you’ll join me! See the deets below.

    In His Grip, Sherry


    Hey Google… I Need An Answer

    Isaac prayed to the LORD
    on behalf of his wife,
    because she was childless. 
    The LORD answered his prayer,
    and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
    The babies jostled each other within her,
    and she said, "Why is this happening to me?"
    So she went to inquire of the LORD.
    The LORD said to her…”
    ~Genesis 25:21-23 NIV

    Hey Google

    This Christmas was so great. We had all the kids home and even though they didn’t all grow up together, they sure do think alike! Brandon and Morgan both gave us Google Home Minis and after six months of using them, we’re pretty addicted. There’s no need to argue over anymore ‘cause when you disagree you can just say, “Hey Google: who is… what’s the… where is… when do… why do… how far is… Answers are just an ask away. But sometimes, questions are too important to ask Google, Siri, Alexa, Cortana or Jeeves.

    [tweetthis]Answers are just an ask away. [/tweetthis]

    I Need An Answer

     

    In the last few months, I’ve shared a little bit on social media about how I’ve been in the decision-making process for some BIG things and lots of posts like, God Isn’t Mad With Our Big Faith and Oversized Dreams and a Facebook Live have come out of my search for answers.  I just want to make sure I’m following God’s lead. During this time, my good friend with divine timing—Ellen gave me a book to review for her #ellenspicks reads called the Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman. God is using Emily’s wise words to help me discern and bring clarity to my next right thing, through her soul minimalist ways to create space for God to bring an answer.

    “What I’m finding to be most helpful more than any list, question, or sage advice is simply to get quiet in a room with Jesus on the regular, not for the sake of an answer but for the sake of love.”1

    Who Do You Ask For Answers?

    The other day when I was reading through the story of Isaac’s life while doing my devotions on the regular, I noticed how Isaac and Rebekah followed the same principle Emily was teaching.

    When you read the words of Genesis 25:21-23 it seems like going to God for answers to life’s questions was a reflex action, not just something they did sometimes. Isaac’s wife couldn’t have a baby… ask God to fix it. Rebekah’s babies were battling in utero and I’m sure really hurting her so what does she do? Does she call a friend, run to the doctor or complain to her hubby for praying to have kids? All of those may seem like logical reactions but the answer is no.

    The Bible tells us Rebekah inquired of God. On the regular, Isaac and Rebekah went to God for answers.

    So, this week when you first thought is to run to the phone… stop, run to the throne and ask Jesus!
    Prayer

    Father… I thank you for Your voice. I thank You that You still use Your voice to speak today. Help me put into practice the In Jesus Name…Amen

    Join Me TOMORROW for a LIVE Zoom Video Call…
    for my big reveal of The Next Right Thing in my life!

    I’ve been dying to tell you, but I just had to get things a little more set in place before I could. My close friends and family know but I want to share it with you, my tribe who on the regular track with me in life. You’ll be able to ask me questions at the end and I’m hoping, join with me in prayer for the exciting days ahead!


    Drawing From The Well

    1. Genesis 25:21-23
    2. Matthew 7:7-8
    3. Psalm 34:4
    4. James 1:5

    #musicpics

    Normally I list one song for the #musicpic but this week I asked a few friends and the hubbs for song suggestions because I was stumped and got sooooo many good ones so I’m going to share a bunch but my fave is definitely Dan Macaulay’s “Listening”. Whenever I get to be at a concert, camp or event where Dan is leading worship, I find it so easy to get my spirit in tune with God and hear from Him when I need an answer. After you listen to this song, you’ll get why! As you’re listening and allow the Holy Spirit to wash over you and speak to you. Next is Remedy Drive’s song “Speak To Me”. Todd introduced me to this song when we were dating and God used it powerfully, confirming I should marry Todd… so, it kind of has a special spot in my heart <3

    Your Words inspire my heart
    You illuminate my dark
    You spoke and shaped the heavens
    And You choose to speak to me

    Speak to me
    I’m listening

    Speak to me, please, speak to me
    I’m in-between and I can’t hear you
    Whisper, shout it, give me somethin’
    I need it now, need your voice, need the sound

    I know the answer, to every question
    The one solution, to every fear
    I know my helper, where it comes from
    Jesus, He is the answer


    #paperbackpic

    Title: the Next Right Thing
    Author: Emily P. Freeman
    Published By: Revell; a division of Baker Publishing Group: Grand Rapids, MI
    © 2019 by Emily P. Freeman

     

    ENDNOTES
    1 Freeman, Emily P. The Next Right Thing–A Simple, Soulful Practice For Making Life Decisions. Revell: Grand Rapids, MI. pg. 24

     


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  • God Made You to Fly Like an Arrow

    Do you ever feel like you don’t have a purpose? That your life is never going to hit the mark?

    Today’s #soulh2o devotion will increase your confidence to believe God Made you To Fly Like an Arrow… And Hit The Bullseye!

    He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
    in the shadow of his hand
    he hid me;
    he made me into a polished arrow 
    and concealed me in his quiver.
    He said to me, 
    "You are my servant… in whom 
    I will display my splendor."
    ~Isaiah 49:2-3 NIV
    #flylikeanarrow

    This verse.

    For the past year, it’s been swirling around my head, soaking deep into my soul. I know when this happens it’s God developing a sermon in me, that will one day flow through me. The intensity of this message has been building in my heart. I can feel it beating… louder and louder, reverberating in my chest.

    The Master Archer

    I sense the bow in God’s hand is drawing back. He’s pulling further and further back till His hand is behind his head, so this arrow can fly far. I can’t wait to share all God’s been showing me but today I feel impressed to release just a droplet from this ocean of learning.

    The arrow in God’s hand is me.

    The arrow in God’s hand is you.

    God Made You To Fly Like An Arrow

    In Isaiah 49, God is speaking to His people and using the imagery of archery to fire home a message, hitting the bullseye in my heart.

    Isaiah 49:2-3

    The message isn’t neat. I’d love for the points to all start with the same letter, but they don’t. There are 3 P’s, then an H, followed by another P. Picked, Perfected, Pulled Back, then Hidden… to be Propelled. It’s messier than I’d prefer… much like my life! While researching for this message, I came across a statement that helped me to better accept the windy path this arrow has been released to follow:

    “The saying “straight as an arrow” really isn’t true.
    When an arrow is released from a bow,
    it bends and twists its way to the target,
    rather than keep its perfectly-straight form.”1

    “Straight” As An Arrow

    The words this writer used to describe the path of the arrow explain how my life, and maybe yours has gone. He describes how the arrow bends, twists, and wobbles, with different parts moving at different speeds… yet it all works together to pierce the mark.

    Our lives seldom are on the ‘straight shot’ trajectory. There are twists and turns, bends in the road, times when you’re wobbly in the knees or periods when one part of your life is moving forward at breakneck speeds, and another is falling apart… but all are signs that God is propelling you towards the mark; the destiny for which He’s purposed you for.

    I pray the message in today’s Soul H2O devotion pierces into the deepest places of your heart, so you see that God Picked YouHe’s Perfecting You… there’s Purpose in being Pulled Back… and when God Hides You in His quiver… it’s so He can Propel You Forward!

    God Made You To Fly Like An Arrow

    Prayer

    Father… I’m going to rest in the truth that You’re at work. Whether I’m in the perfecting, hiding, pulling back or propelling phase, help me to relax and let you move me forward; in Your perfect timing. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]You were made, to fly like an arrow! 🏹 #flyfar #archery #arrow[/tweetthis]


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    Drawing From The Well
    1. Isaiah 49:2-3
    2. 2 Thessalonians 1:10
    3. Isaiah 43:21
    4. 1 Peter 2:9


    ENDNOTES
    1 https://worldarchery.org/news/146270/why-do-arrows-bend World Archer Website Accessed: 2019-06-04


    natalie grant burn bright #musicpic SONG: Burn Bright
    Makes Me Feel: loved, cherished, special, I have a purpose, my life counts for something—something good!
    Sung By: Natalie Grant
    Website: https://www.nataliegrant.com/
    Album: Hurricane © 2013
    Written By: Stephanie Rachel Lewis, Bernie Herms, Natalie Diane Grant, David E Moffitt
    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2aUnkQOVJfRLUzJgGApqEX?si=zF3TKpMDQQWCPrz7-JsD6g
    Official Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n0jbzBQZKc
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nataliegrant/burnbright.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    You were made to shine
    You were made for life…
    You were made for more, so much more
    Child of everlasting light…
    So baby burn bright

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  • God Isn’t Mad With Big Faith & Oversized Dreams

    Today’s #soulh2o devotion will move you from living small to dreaming big… and I mean real BIG, God-sized, faith-filled, Oversized Dreams!


    And without faith
    it is impossible to please God
    ~Hebrews 11:6 NIV

    Do you have BIG dreams?

    Well, I’m a girl who dreams BIG… no really, I’m talking B-I-G BIG and I’m finally starting to see some of the BIG dreams unfold, just a mere 32 years after God told me about them!!!

    My heart gets pumping when you put me in a room or on a call with other BIG dreamers.  Nothing charges me up more and helps me to move toward the BIG dreams I believe God’s placed in my heart than being around positive, faith-filled friends.

    fab friends wendy rachelle lise
    Fab Freinds for decades! Wendy, Rachelle & Lise
    Ruth's Table
    Ruth’s Table

    Sometimes I get concerned about my OVERsized dreams and wonder if I’m off my rocker. There are plenty of people who can quickly put a wet blanket over my faith, but I’ve chosen my tribe; friends to do life with that have this same passion for purpose and I live for the moments we get to share together.

     

    I’ve come to the conclusion that,

    God Isn’t Mad With Our Big Faith and Oversized Dreams

    In fact, it’s the opposite and I saw that clearly during my devotions this week.

    I have a certain fondness for stories about Elisha, but for some reason, I didn’t remember this one in 2 Kings 7. Historically, Israel was being oppressed by the Arameans, let by King Ben-hadad. Aram had shut off Israel’s food supplies which brought about a famine. Any food that was found sold for exorbitant prices; we’re talking inflation insanity worse than when interest rates were 21% in the early 1980s! People in Israel at this time couldn’t afford food and lived locked up in the city. No one was willing to stand up against the Aramean army so the siege just dragged on.

    ELISHA’S BIG FAITH AND OVERSIZED DREAM

    Then God gave Elisha a word that he shared with the King and all the King’s officials, telling them that by tomorrow, the cost of food would be drastically less, signaling the Aramean Oppression would be over… that they would be free the next day!

    Talk about a BIG OVERsized dream!

    Instead of faith-filled shouts of Halleluiah and high-fives, the leaders didn’t believe Elisha and the Kings highest officer replied with a wet-blanket comment and actually declared how he didn’t believe God could do what He said He was going to do.  Elisha assured everyone there that God was, in fact, going to do exactly what He said and foretold this officer’s demise when he finished his speech telling the officer how he would see it happen, but he wouldn’t get to eat any of it.

    THE DANGER OF SMALL FAITH

    As fate would have it, when God miraculously set the Israelites free through the boldness of four lepers, the doubting officer was trampled by the crowd of people running for all the food. I will never understand the balance of grace and justice or love and jealousy1 in God’s character.  I know He is full of grace, and really lets us get away with so much, but I have to say He kind of loses it when people don’t think He can do something. When someone goes in-His-face and declares that “even God himself couldn’t…”

    I cringe and He seems to Get really mad. God is all-powerful and it seems to me that He gets jealous when we believe someone or something else can stop His plans, is stronger than Him, or that God doesn’t have what it takes to back up His promises. Thankfully, we do live in a time of greater grace, but it’s not devoid of God’s justice. We can even see this pattern in Jesus when the disciples were fearful on the boat, when Peter began to sink or when the disciples couldn’t drive out a demon and Jesus responded,

    “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”2

    I’ve come to the conclusion that,

    God Loves Big Faith and Oversized Dreams,
    but He Gets Mad
    When We Believe He Can’t Do Something

    I’m blessed to have circles of influence in my life that help inspire me to greater faith… and I need them like oxygen.  You see, life can get really tough and the enemy will often create circumstances that appear to be the opposite of God’s promises.  When this happens, it’s imperative to downgrade time with faith-draining people and plan a party with some dreamers! You’ve got to choose your tribe and your words wisely to believe God for BIG, OVERsized dreams!

    Prayer

    Today I haven’t written out a prayer for you.  You’re a part of my tribe, but since I can’t sit down for coffee with you today, I’ve written out some practical Faith-Lift Phrases for you to pray when your circumstances are contrary to the promises of God.  I hope you’ll use them regularly to defeat doubt and increase your faith.  I want you to believe God for BIG, OVERsized dreams, ‘cause He likes that kind of faith!

    CHANGING YOUR WORDING—SOME PRACTICAL PRAYERS YOU CAN USE:

    Lord, I don’t understand how you can fix this mess… can bring the finances in… getting better is in my future…  my kid will turn around… I”ll get off of _____… I can hear from you… you’re going to ___________, but I know you will.

    I look forward to seeing how you bring it about…get me through… bring the increase… break this bondage… bring home this lost one… heal them… heal me… set me free!

    [tweetthis]God Loves Big Faith and Oversized Dreams, but He Gets Mad When We Believe He Can’t Do Something #BIGOVERsizedDreams[/tweetthis]


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    Drawing From The Well

    1. Hebrews 11:6
    2. Matthew 17:19-20
    3. 2 Kings 7:1-2, 16-17
    4. Matthew 14:31

    ENDNOTES

    1. Deuteronomy 4:23-24 NIV
    2. Matthew 17:19-20 NIV

    danny gokey havent seen it yet

    #musicpic Song: Haven’t Seen It Yet
    Makes Me Feel: inspired, faith-filled, hopeful
    Sung By: Danny Gokey
    Website: https://www.dannygokey.com/
    Album: Haven’t Seen It Yet
    Written By: Colby Wedgeworth, Danny Gokey, Ethan Hulse © 2019
    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/0mWTQgwZL888MKCnwLz0hR?si=lFcXnMbqSu-YN9j4ChwFPw
    Official Youtube Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1eMZiOJ0a0
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dannygokey/haventseenityet.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    You’re closer than you think you are
    Only moments from the break of dawn
    All His promises are just up ahead
    Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet

    AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE

    dream for you_casting crowns

    #musicpic SONG: Dream For You
    Makes Me Feel: God’s dreams are better than mine, trust my intuition, Like God has a plan, He can take my little and do something with it
    Sung By: Casting Crowns
    Website: https://castingcrowns.com
    Album:  Thrive
    Written By: Matthew West, John Hall  © 2014
    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/29QonORHg3jk91TBY48PdL?si=q_whb4V_TlG2INgQoV6uPw
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8nsJZx8eWw
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/castingcrowns/dreamforyou.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    So let go of your plan,
    be caught by My hand
    I’ll show you what I can do
    When I dream for you
    I have a dream for you



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