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  • The Fight For Peace Of Mind

    This week Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held all over Canada as our American friends honor Veteran’s Day. We live in some of the most peaceful places on the planet, but it didn’t just happen. Soldiers had to fight for us to experience the freedom that brings peace, much like you have to fight for peace of mind.

    Soul H2O Devotion

    The Fight The Fight For Peace Of MindFor Peace Of Mind

    A peaceful mind doesn’t just mysteriously happen, it will only be attained if you fight for it. Thankfully this conflict isn’t fought on the battlefield of combat but combatted in the battlefield of your mind. 

    I really think Philippians 4:6-8 is a great template for learning how to conquer in the battle for a peaceful mind, so let me remind you of what Paul said in Philippians 4:6-8.

    Philippians 4:7Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

    If you want peace in your life, you have to fight for peace in your mind first, before you deal with your problems.

    The first way to peace in your mind is to not worry about anything

    I bet you’re thinking, Seriously??? How can I do that? It’s unrealistic…If Paul was in my shoes, he’d worry…

    I just wonder, if it make any difference when I tell you that Paul was in prison when he wrote these verses? If you compare all of Paul’s writings, I think you’ll see how the book of Philippians, over the others, exudes joy, and he wrote it from a place of wrongful imprisonment. 

    So, how do you not worry about anything???  

    Follow the second way to peace in your mind – pray about everything!

    Turn fear into faith by disciplining your mind to pray, every time you worry.

    When you start to feel afraid your kids are going to get hurt riding their bikes, driving the car or dating that guy…Pray… Lord, I thank you for protecting my children.

    When you’re afraid of losing your job… Pray… Lord I thank you that this company is not my provider, You are. I look forward to seeing how you’ll provide for my needs.

    If you’re afraid of your marriage falling apart… Pray… Lord I bring my marriage to You right now. Fill us with a deep love for each other that will stand the tests of time.

    Turn fear and anxiety into catalysts for prayer.

    My theory is that the devil will clue in and realize he’s bringing on good things by causing you to fear and eventually he’ll give up… maybe??? Ya, as if!

    The third and last way to peace in your mind is to think on good things 

    And what is gooder than God? Nothing. 

    Put some worship music on, throw your hands up in the air and begin praising God. It won’t be long until your burdens are lifted, anxiety alleviated, and your heart healed. Then you’ll be in your right mind to deal with your problems.

    Does God’s peace make sense?   

    Not at all, it transcends Understanding and goes beyond human understanding

    • • Don’t worry about anything
    • • Pray about everything 
    • • Focus Your Thoughts on God.

    Then, tackle your problems.

    Rinse and Repeat.

    The fight for peace of mind is just that simple.

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for giving me the mind of Christ with the ability to control my thoughts. I’m so grateful you provided a plan for peace of mind in your word. Please help me to not be anxious, pray more and think on Your goodness to keep the peace. In Jesus Name…Amen

    Drawing from the well

    Verses to help fill up your well.

    1. 1. Philippians 4:6-8
    2. 2. Isaiah 26:3
    3. 3. John 16:33
    4. 4. John 14:27

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    Peace Be Still by Hope Darst
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    In Fight For Peace, Kay Wyma is back again, talking about her latest book, The Peace Project and how you can experience true peace on the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast show. 

    You can find today’s Show Notes at http://www.soulh2o.com/86

    Splash Online Event

    Snakes & Ladders  – Sometimes You’re Up, Sometimes You’re Down from the ‘Child-Like Faith’ Series is our November Online Splash event hosted by Sherry Stahl and the #SoulH2O Team. 

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  • Powerful Keys of Authority

    Hope this devotion about Powerful Keys of Authority empower you to open and close some doors around you!

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    Powerful Keys of Authority

    I remember being amazed when I was a little kid in elementary school over all the keys on the school janitor’s key ring. To me, he held such power to have access to go anywhere in that great big building! 

    Jesus is like a janitor when it comes to keys, except his keyring doesn’t only hold the keys to unlock doors in one building but to every bound place that exists. 

    Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah and how he would hold the keys to the house of David* and said, “what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Isaiah 22:2) 

    In Revelations 1:18 and Revelations 3:7, the ONE mentioned who has the key of David is Jesus… and again repeats that “what He opens, no one can close; and what He closes, no one can open.” You probably find it easy to accept these words that Jesus is that powerful, but do you realize the most empowering part regarding the keys of David is how Jesus twice said that He’s given YOU His authority, He’s given YOU the keys to bind and loose things on earth; as it is in heaven?

    I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

    Matthew 16:19

    Right now, Snap’s 1989 song that repeats, “I’ve got the power” is running through my head and I hope it’s swirling through yours too. You’ve got the power. The enemy wants you to think you’re weak but you my friend, have spiritual authority and I hope you’re using it!

    *P.S. The “house of David” is referencing the people of God, originally the people of Israel but through faith in Christ, we’ve all been brought into Abraham’s family… so, “the house of David”… that includes you!

    Prayer

    Father… I thank you for the truths that are in Your Word. Some are super difficult for me to believe and even harder to put into practice. Help me to live each day wielding my authority like Jesus did with boldness and humility. May I use the keys you’ve entrusted me with to walk in the freedom you destined for me to experience, but… don’t ever let me abuse this power either. In Jesus Name…Amen

    Drawing from the well

    Verses to help fill up your well.

    1. 1. Isaiah 22:22
    2. 2. Revelations 3:7
    3. 3. Matthew 16:19
    4. 4. Mathew 18:18

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    The Power by Snap

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    Forgiveness, A Key To Unlocking Your Destiny | EP #71

    Forgiveness, A Key To Unlocking Your Destiny is Soul H2O Episode # 71. This episode will help you learn to use the key of forgiveness to help unlock your God-given destiny. You can find the journal pages on today’s Show Notes at http://www.soulh2o.com/71

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    Whose Authority

    They go on to explain how they were working under the authority of King Cyrus’ decree. They knew who they were and whose authority they were working under!

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  • God’s Got BIG Plans For You!

    Well, I know it’s been forever since I’ve written. Life has been busy with many side jobs I’ve just been letting go of to focus on the ministry that God’s called me to… like writing you to bring refreshing! Today, I woke up with this strong sense that I needed to connect with you and share the hope that’s been helping me.

    Much love,
    ~Sherry
        xoxo

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    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Jeremiah 29:11

    God’s Got BIG Plans for You!

    God’s Got BIG Plans for You!

    Last week was the second anniversary for the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show. I can’t believe it’s been two years! The message I felt God encouraging me to talk about was based out of Jeremiah 29:11, one of the most quoted promises of God going. These have been difficult times for the past two years and knowing that God has good plans for your life, for your future really does change your perspective.

    Trusting in His Promises

    Trusting that He loves you enough to plan for your future is an incredible thought. God, the creator of all things has YOU on His mind! He’s not thinking anything negative or harmful towards you… NO, God’s Got BIG Plans For You!

    Holding On

    Live today holding the promises of God like Jeremiah 29:11 close to your heart and mind. If this isn’t easy for you, I encourage you to download the attached sheet I’ve created called Sherry’s Stash of Promises from God to help provide you with inspiration and collect some promises of your own.

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for loving me so much that you spend time thinking about me. Help me to spend time focussing on your promises, not on my problems.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    God’s Not Done With You by Tauren Wells

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    A Ballot, Not a Mallet | EP #81

    A Ballot, Not a Mallet is the title for this week’s Soul H2O Radio & Podcast show to help bring healing after a month of turbulent, divided, and divisive, election campaigning.

    http://www.soulh2o.com/81

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  • #musicpic songs & Spotify Playlists

    MUSICPIC SONGS SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS

    People ask me what are #musicpic songs?

    They’re a collection of songs that have impacted me or guests on my radio/podcast show. My guess is that you’re moved by music just like me. I hope these Spotify Playlists full of #musicpic songs refresh your soul in a whole new way!

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    These are the Soul H2O #musicpic songs suggested in Soul H2O Devotions http://www.sherrystahl.com/blog and on the Soul H2O Radio/Podcast http://www.soulh2o.com

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  • Gal Pals

    This devotion was inspired by the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast EP 56 with my gal pal Kathleen Hardaway.  Hope you get refreshed from both Soul H2O media offerings. ☺

    Galentine’s Day

    Gal Pals

    Well, I want to wish all you girls a Happy Galentine’s Day! I love hearing from you and hope more of you join us in the Soul H2O Splash Group on Facebook.

    Galentine’s Day is a newer holiday that was started back in 2010 through the power of tv.  In the second season of Parks & Rec, they named an episode “Galentine’s Day” where the quirky character of Leslie Knope played by Amy Poehler gathers some of her closest gal pals on February 13th for their annual brunch of waffles and love.

    I think it’s crazy how a tv show has created this really beautiful holiday that can take your mind off of Valentine’s and any heartache that might bring, to focus on something we can all celebrate because as Leslie’s says in the Galentine’s Day inaugurating episode, the day is all about,

    “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

    I love that! 

    So, this year I decided it was time to start celebrating Galentines Day and planned an online brunch with girls in the Soul H2O Splash, some Zoom meetings with girlfriends, and next week I tape with my Fab Four friend group on the topic of Friendship for The Goodness Speaks Show, watch my social media to find out when that show airs.

    To say that I believe having Gal Pals is crucial to you living your happiest, most fulfilled and purposeful life, is an understatement. I don’t believe you can get to the destiny God had for your life without a posse of women to cheer you on and open doors for you. 

    We need each other. 

    Women have been helping each other to live out their purpose in Gal Pal Packs since Bible Days.  I love how the New Testament writers record the stories of Jesus’ female disciples. They didn’t often get pulpit mentions in the last century, but often when you read about Jesus with his 12 main guys, it says this group of women were there with them… and they weren’t just creepy groupies. 

    Women were key in Jesus’ birth, childhood, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, and the spread of the gospel in our world. It’s probably why the orthodox and Catholic churches have venerated about 41 women as saints. Females are integral to the health and growth of the church.

    You can read about the impact the first Gal Pal Pack made in Luke 8:1-3. It tells about how Jesus went out on a ministry tour and how “His twelve disciples traveled with him as did a number of women.”

    Jesus broke all cultural norms and acceptable practices of a Rabbi to include women in His ministry and social circles. Jesus, was one of the first Feminists, placing value and worth on the women around him.

    Throughout the gospels, this group of women had some key leaders who were mentioned numerous times.  There was Susanna, Joanna, Salome, Mary the Mother of James, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary from Magdala or Mary Magdalene as many call her. Luke 8:3 says these women and “Many other women supported Jesus ministry from their own personal finances and also traveled with him.”

    Together

    Together, these girls were Jesus’ financial and ministry partners, together they were powerful, together they made a difference.

    You too can make a difference in this world with the right pack of Gal Pals.  So, don’t let this Galentine’s Day pass by without making sure to build on the friendships that will help you fulfill your God-Given destiny!

    Prayer

    Father… I thank you for including women in your call and that I’m one of them!  You have good plans and purposes for my life and I’m thankful for the women in my life you’ve placed there to help inspire me to live my best life. Help me to reciprocate the same. In Jesus’ Name…Amen

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    Drawing from the well
    1. Luke 8:1-3
    2. Matthew 28:1
    3. Mark 16:1 / Luke 24:1
    4. Acts 1:12-14

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  • Does Your Presence Bring Peace

    Does Your Presence Bring Peace

    Have you ever had friends or family over and their very presence causes your muscles to tense, heart to beat faster and teeth to clench? Maybe it’s not someone in your personal inner circle but a co-worker, boss, customer or client?  Everyone knows people who by their very presence shift the atmosphere from peace to panic.

    The Scripture Connection

    During my morning devotions, I read Matthew 10 where Jesus is sending out his 12 main disciples on a ministry tour, giving them direction as to where they should go for this trip, and instruction on how to manage the financial expense of doing ministry. Remember, these guys left their jobs to follow Christ, some had family to feed and bills to pay. Jesus directed them to look for someone honourable to stay with when they got to where they were going; so much for planning! 🙂  It’s in verse 13 where God got my full attention as I read.

    “let your peace come upon the house”
     ~Matthew 10:13 TPT

    I had to reread the verse. Wasn’t it Jesus’ peace they should have been bringing to the people? I even checked few other translations, and this verse is saying that it wasn’t Jesus’ peace the disciples were supposed to bless the people with, it was THEIR presence that was to bring THEIR peace into the host’s home. Immediately, I sensed the Holy Spirit asking me…

    Does Your Presence Bring Peace?

    In the assessment of this question, I come up lacking.  I really don’t want my presence to change the atmosphere in a negative way like the people I mention at the beginning of this devotion.  In the past few years, I’ve been doing the hard work of soul healing and now, this year, getting healthy in my body.  I believe these efforts are resulting in a more peace-producing Sherry. 

    I challenge you to ask yourself the same question… Does Your Presence Bring Peace? Allow the Holy Spirit to do a great work in you by letting the peace of Christ becomes so much a part of who you are, that your presence brings peace to the world.

    Prayer

    Father…I’m thankful that you don’t condemn me, even when I come up short and miss the mark.  Jesus, I need your peace to permeate my life and heal my hurts, so I can respond in right ways to people and pass on a presence of peace to the world. In Jesus Name…Amen

    Drawing from the well

    Verses to help fill up your well.

    1. Matthew 10:13 (similar in Luke 10:6)
    2. John 14:27
    3. John 20:21
    4. 1 Samuel 25:6

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    Peace Be Still
    By: Lauren Daigle at The Belonging Church

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  • Celebrating The Christmas Women | A Middle-Aged Woman

    Christmas WomenFor the next 3 weeks before Christmas, I’m going to release 3 posts Celebrating The Christmas Women.  I really wanted to title this series: The Teenager, A Middle-Aged Woman, and The Senior Citizen I Want to Be Like, but I thought it was a little long 🙂

    Parts of these posts I shared in a message at Christmas events.  There’s just so much to the lives of these women that I can’t get away from their stories and how it relates to the birth of Christ.  I want to share these snippets of their stories with you so you can see the hope of Christmas, our hope in Christ as we learn from these women and begin to model the character they lived.

    Each of these women were:

    CARRIERS – OF THE PROMISE & PRESENCE OF GOD

    All three of these women carried inside of them the promise of their savior, the Messiah.  The Christmas women all spent time in the presence of God so, when God’s promises were present in their lives they immediately recognized them.  Each woman’s life in the Christmas story affected people around them as they pointed the world to Christ.

    These three believed in the promises of God and trusted in God’s timing.  It’s my greatest desire to be like the Christmas Women, to carry inside of me the promise and the presence of God. I want my life to affect others so they look to Christ, to live out a strong faith, believing in His promises with a confident trust in His timing to fulfill them.

    It’s my prayer, that by the end of this series you want to be like these women too.

    So let’s begin our Christmas Festivities,

    Celebrating the Women of The Christmas Story! 

    The first woman in the Christmas story…Jesus’ Story…is actually: 

    THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN 

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    When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home.  Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months.  “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.”
                                                                             Luke 1:23-25  NLT

    Luke starts his gospel account starting with the record of a couple named Zechariah and Elizabeth and he tells us this couple was old, that was his way of saying Elizabeth was passed the age of child-bearing. One day while working in the temple, an angel tells Z that Elizabeth his wife is going to have a child, and not just any child.

    Their child would be the one prophesied about in Malachi 4:6.  He wast to be the forerunner for the Messiah.

    “And he will go on before the Lord…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (NIV)

    It’s pretty clear from Z’s reaction that he had long since given up on the dream to have a child before the angel came to meet him at work.  Z didn’t believe and as a sign from God that God could do what He said, Z was unable to speak for 9 months, until the birth of his son.

    ELIZABETH

    On the other hand, Elizabeth immediately believed and because of her faith, Elizabeth carried John the Baptist; the one who would prepare the way for the Christ, in her womb.  Elizabeth protected the promise of God inside of her by staying secluded for 5 months, she took extra precautions to make sure the promise of God inside of her was able to grow and mature.  Elizabeth didn’t let anyone talk her out of her promise from God.  She didn’t allow anything to stop it from being birthed.

    Be like Elizabeth…
    Protect the promise of God in your life. Luke 1:24

    This Christmas, think about the promises God has given you as a believer in His Word and the one’s He’s given to you personally.  Protect those promises.  Give them room to grow in your heart, your mind, and in your life so you can see them birthed like the baby, John The Baptist.

    ELIZABETH CARRIED THE PROMISE & THE PRESENCE OF GOD…I WANT TO DO THE SAME #ChristmasWomen

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for all the promises in Your Word and for speaking directly to me.  Help me to put a shield around your promises so they will have room grow so I’m able to carry them to full-term; watching Your promises be fulfilled in Your timing.    In Jesus Name…Amen

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    Cheryl Nembhard

    During the Christmas season, were running The Brave Christmas & Christian Women Series.  Episode 48 is Part1 of The Brave Middle-Aged Christmas Woman & Brave Cheryl. In This Series, were Celebrating The Women of The Christmas Story and a few of their contemporary counterparts.  

    Now, I know we’re supposed to focus on Jesus and we will be but I think it’s good to take some time and recognize the impact some of these brave women had in the Christmas narrative and in our world today. I know you’re going to be inspired by my friend, Cheryl Nembhard. She’s a TV & Podcast Host, Speaker, Author, & Social Justice Advocate. 

    Drawing from the well

    You can find the full story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in these portions of scripture:

    Luke 1:5-25             John The Baptist Birth Foretold
    Luke 1:39-56           Mary Visits Elizabeth
    Luke 1:57-66           Elizabeth gives birth to the Promise of God

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  • Bringing Your Soul Into Focus

    This devotion was inspired by the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Episode with Melanie Stevenson, Bringing Your Soul Into Focus.  Hope you get refreshed from both Soul H2O media offerings. 🙂

    Bringing Your Soul Into Focus

    Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. ~ 3 John 1:2 NKJV

    Eye Examinations

    Bringing Your Soul Into Focus

    I was first prescribed to wear glasses in Grade 10. Since then, I’ve started going yearly, for an eye exam; you know, that enjoyable experience when an optician or ophthalmologist shines the brightest flashlight known to mankind in your eyes… ya, that one. Then, there’s a part when the doctor swings the phoropter in front of you, a big lens machine and through a series of examples, shows you two different lens prescriptions and you’re supposed to decipher which helps you better read the Snellen Eye Chart.  Everywhere, doctors ask their patients, “#1 or #2?”

    You Need To Focus

    Your answer is the process by which the eye doctor determines your prescription.  Doctors keep asking you this question until finally you can see clearly, when everything is brought into focus. It’s interesting with all their years of schooling and expensive instrumentation, the doctors cannot prescribe you the proper lenses if you don’t properly discern which lenses bring your eyesight into focus.

    You have to focus, to decipher what brings you focus.

    Soul Examinations

    You’d be wise to begin regular examinations on your soul, like you do with our eyes.  You need to start bringing your soul: your mind, will & emotions into focus, in order to live healthy. If you’re going to live out today’s verse and prosper as your soul prospers… then, you’re going to have to direct your focus on your soul in order to experience soul health that leads to health in all areas of your life.

    Bring your soul into focus, as clear as an eye-exam and make it healthy!

    Prayer

    Father… I ask that you would help guide me in the process of bringing my soul into focus. It doesn’t come naturally but I know Your Word is telling me I can and even prosper in it! I thank you for giving me the ability to prosper in health of my body, soul and spirit! In Jesus Name…Amen

    Do you struggle to bring your soul into health?

    Yesterday’s Soul H2O Splash Online Event with Melanie Stevenson and I took the message of BRINGING YOUR SOUL INTO FOCUS one step farther with 10 TIPS TO HELP BRING YOUR SOUL INTO FOCUS… You can watch if you are a member of the Soul H2O Splash Private Facebook Group.

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    Drawing from the well
    1. 3 John 1:2
    2. 1 Samuel 16:7
    3. Luke 16:15
    4. 2 Peter 1:3
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  • Mover of Mountains—Breaker of Chains

    Get ready to find out how you’re called to be a mover of mountains–breaker of chains…

    Now I say to you that
    you are Peter (which means ‘rock’),
    and upon this rock
    I will build my church,
    and all the powers of hell
    will not conquer it.

    ~Matthew 16:18 NLT

    Last night I woke up to yet another allergic reaction to a medication I was put on last week to combat a reaction to a dental procedure. My tongue felt swollen and I feared the constricting sensation in my throat.  I know what it’s like to have severe allergic reactions that have landed me in the hospital, twice.

    Staying up to see if it would pass, I took a shower, googled and prayed. At one point I felt the sensations decreasing and ok to lay down.  I fell back asleep. 

    So, let’s just say… I didn’t go to bed thinking of gum drops and lullabies 🙂  BUT… God woke me up in the morning with the words of a song playing in my head that gave me hope to all the situations in my life that had probably helped to trigger allergic reactions in my body (stress has a way of doing that). 

    “Mover of Mountains, Breaker of Chains”
    was sounding off like a record player skipping on repeat.

    Mover of Mountains

    I don’t know if you’re like me, but I have a few mountains that need moving. Mountains in the realm of the Rockies… looming large over the valley below. Struggles that can overwhelm, steal my sleep and rob my joy… without God’s voice in my life. 

    With God’s voice in my life, problems are dwarfed in the magnitude of His greatness, His goodness, His presence. Through reading Laura Harris Smith’s book, Seeing The Voice of God, I know that waking dreams, songs or thoughts in your mind are very important and you shouldn’t discount them.

    Breaker of Chains

    Thankfully, Google helped me find the right song that I was hearing. The lyrics of You Cannot be Stopped were like a healing balm to my heart and emotions. As the song kept repeating “There’s nothing that can stop our God”. I was reminded of today’s verse. NOTHING can stop God, not His plans, purposes or His church.

    Nothing Can Stop Our God

    I’m comforted to know that the church isn’t a building as our brains like to think.  The church in the original Greek used in this verse is “ekklesia” or in literal terms, “to call out from or to.”1 “The church” refers to the people God has called out, to live for Him… that’s YOU!  God is building His church on the rock of your life… well, He wants to!

    Mover of Mountains—Breaker of Chains

    It should comfort you to know that God doesn’t just tell you that you can do something, He promises to show you the way. In the next verse, right after today’s verse, Jesus assures you of the authority you hold over your life; when He says, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) In Mark 11:23, Jesus also emphasized a believer’s authority when He said,I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”

    Because God’s given you the keys to unlock the doors that keep you bound and the authority to move mountains, you can be like Zerubbabel who helped lead the re-building of the temple after the Israelites came out of captivity. If you press on, your legacy will be talked about like his.

    “Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’” (Zechariah 4:7)

    You have what it takes.  Now, use your key and open the door that is holding you bound because God wants to show Himself as the, “Mover of Mountains—Breaker of Chains” in and through you!

    Prayer

    Father… Help me to believe in the truth of Your Word and the authority you’ve given me to govern my life. Help me not to fall into self-pity and low-level-living when you’ve promised a mountain-moving, chain-breaking ability for me to access. May I discern… and use the keys You’ve placed in Your Word for me to live an overcoming life. In Jesus Name…Amen


    Drawing from the well

    1. Matthew 16:18
    2. Matthew 16:19 connected to: Isaiah 22:22 and Revelations 3:7
    3. Mark 11:23 (similar in Matthew 21:21)
    4. Zechariah 4:7

    #musicpic SONG: You Cannot Be Stopped by Phil Wickham, Chris Quilala
    Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/T2a0QW4V0aM
    Soul H2O 2020 Spotify Playlist: Online | On App


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    ENDNOTES

    1. https://biblehub.com/greek/1577.htm     Biblehub Website Accessed:  2020-09-2

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  • Do You Notice The Season Beginning To Change?

    Praying this devotion helps you see the season beginning to change in your life!

    Isaiah 43:19 season change

    Early this August, we followed our normal family tradition and celebrated Shelby’s birthday at the trailer. While my immediate family was there, my cousin was driving by, stopped and honked. So, we all went out by the fence to say hello.

    As we were talking, I noticed leaves under our feet, then I looked at the two trees on either side of us. I was shocked to see yellowing leaves and mentioned it to my niece. I told Todd and thought it strange for trees to be turning when it was a blistering hot summer day. I’d never seen trees begin to turn during the beginning half of August. 

    NEVER.

    It felt like a holy noticing. Everyone else was focussed on my cousin but God turned my eyes to the trees.

    Was God trying to speak to me through the colour of the leaves?

    Was the season beginning to change for me?

    Back At Home

    sunny august
    My Instagram Story that day

    I love to walk in the morning and spend some time with God as I’m getting some exercise. About ten days after Shelby’s birthday party, on another one of those blistery hot August walks, I stopped to take a picture of the deep blue sky contrasting the dark green trees, when I noticed leaves on the top of three trees slightly turning yellow.

    I thought maybe I was going crazy, but by the time I was done my walk, I had seen three trees with a little bit of yellowing leaves… on August 20th… in Leamington, Ontario; the southernmost point of Canada. We live in the “southernmost point of mainland Canada”, marketed under the motto, “Sun Parlour of Canada”. We’re actually on the same latitude line as northern California and Rome.1

    Needless to say, fall leaves in summer are NOT NORMAL here.

    Pictures from my walks Aug.20-26, 2020

    By the week following, on August 26th, I saw my first tree with red leaves (the last picture here). Season’s Changing.

    CRAZY.

    Normal Season Changes

    I’ve never seen leaves turn this early. The website ToDoOntario.com site and others confirm how, “Ontario fall colour reports begin mid-September and continue through October.”2

    Leaves don’t change in August… but they did, and I took notice. 

    Each walk I felt the Lord directing my attention to these pre-mature colour-changing trees amidst the green ones. I felt the Lord directing my eyes and whispering to my soul, the season is changing… and change it is. 

    Today is September 15th and more trees have changed colour and lost leaves. We could have raked leaves around our fence at our trailer on Labour Day Weekend even though most trees in the park were dark green.

    As I read Esther 4:14, it had new meaning, given all God’s been speaking to me lately. Mordecai’s words to Esther when she almost missed noticing the changing season, struck me this morning, “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

    While I read this verse, the Lord kept reminding me about Isaiah 43:19, “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

    Nudging You…

    I feel the Lord pressing me to not stay silent but write and nudge your level of holy noticing. Pay attention to His “Godwinks” to you, like the turning trees to me, and ready your heart for the sudden opportunities this new season change will provide.

    Rub Your Eyes

    Plainly, keep your eyes peeled because God has something up His sleeve for you to do and I don’t want you missing the destiny He has for your life. Esther almost missed hers, don’t miss yours.

    And… don’t get distracted looking for something BIG. Most of God’s opportunities don’t start with something ground-breaking or earth-shatteringly obvious… but small, unimportant to us but life-changing, nonetheless.  So, rub the sleepy out of your eyes and see what God is about to do… through you!

    PRAYER

    Father… I ask you to open my eyes and help me see what you’re doing.  Remove the distractions that seek to steal my attention from what you’re about to do. May I live out every detail of the destiny your have for my life.
    In Jesus Name…Amen

    Drawing from the well
    1. Isaiah 43:19
    2. Esther 4:14
    3. Isaiah 42:9
    4. Isaiah 48:3,6

    #musicpic Song

    Seasons Change by United Pursuit
    (ft. Michael Ketterer)
    Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/F7k5pqBVinA
    Soul H2O 2020 Spotify Playlist:
    Online | On App

     

    ENDNOTES

    1. https://todoontario.com/ontario-fall-colours-progression-report/#:~:text=Ontario%20fall%20colour%20reports%20begin,next%20few%20weeks%20for%20sure. ToDoOntario Website Accessed:  2020-09-15
    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leamington,_Ontario  Wikipedia Website Accessed:  2020-09-15

     

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