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  • Year After Year It Was The Same… Will It Ever Change?

    “Year after year it was the same
    Peninnah would taunt Hannah
    as they went to the Tabernacle.
    Each time,
    Hannah would be reduced to tears
    and would not even eat.”
    ~1 Samuel 1:7 NLT

    Have you ever been picked on?

    Well, I sure have. At school, it started in Kindergarten with a girl named… well you shouldn’t give names, so let’s just call her ‘Nasty Nancy’. Nasty Nancy was relentless. She would sometimes trick me into believing she wanted to be my friend when she was just working her schemes, usually ending with me looking like the fool.

    One of the most memorable was Grade 2 Picture Day. Nasty Nancy and a group of girls were all talking when she called me to join their circle. I was thrilled to be included and ran over. She made some comment like “Aren’t you all dressed up”. Wrongly mistaking her words as a compliment, I proudly told how my mom had made my dress and put curlers in my hair the night before {Yes, I know, I’m dating myself with the curlers comment, I know}. At which point, Nasty Nancy jumped in the puddle and splashed mud all over me. I ran away in tears as all the girls laughed. If a basement flood wouldn’t have destroyed much of my childhood photos you could still see the mud all over my socks in the class picture… mud and a really bad curling job.

    This week’s verse highlights a woman named Hannah. She knew all too well what it was like to be picked on. Hannah lived in a situation that seemed like it would never change. Scripture tells us how Hannah was married to a guy named Elkanah. Back then, Jewish tradition—not Scripture, taught that when a couple married; if the wife had not produced a child by their tenth anniversary, the husband was to take another wife, so his family line would live on.1

    YEAR AFTER YEAR IT WAS THE SAME

    It was probably at the ten-year mark when Elkanah married Peninnah and the two women became rivals. Peninnah was cruel and took every opportunity she could to “taunt Hannah and make fun of her”2 because she couldn’t have children. The most difficult of times took place as the family all went to sacrifice in the temple—our equivalent would be going to church. I worry this is how it feels for girls struggling with infertility or single women at church on Mother’s Day Sunday.

    WILL IT EVER CHANGE?

    All this devastated Hannah and she “would be reduced to tears”, not be able to eat. This one day, Hannah was crying so hysterically the priest Eli thought she was drunk. She broke because, “year after year it was the same”. She was left wondering, ‘Will it ever change?’ Then, one day in an act of sheer desperation, Hannah begged God to make her a deal. She asked God to give her a son and promised that in turn she would give the child back to God for service in the temple. When telling Eli this covenant she made with God, he prayed a prayer of blessing over Hannah’s life and she gave birth to a baby boy named Samuel, who became one of Israel’s greatest prophets.

    After fulfilling her vow to give her son back to God, the Lord blessed Hannah with five more kids!4

    If your testimony has been the same as Hannah’s, “Year after year it was the same”, and you find it hard to believe change will ever come your way, understand like Hannah did that only God can heal this deep of a hurt. I encourage you to bring your anguish to God and see what He will do. God’s Word promises that He “is able to do immeasurably more” than you could ever ask or imagine, so ask Him.

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for allowing the Bible to include stories of people’s lives that don’t have a pretty bow tied on top, so I can relate and learn from them. Break any mindset in me that has given up hope because it’s been the same “year after year”. Please help me to keep an abundance mindset and live in faith, believing you will work on my behalf. Let my thoughts, dreams and imaginations line up with Yours. Thank you for reminding me of Hannah and how Your power is at work in the most broken. You’re at work in me, so breakthrough is on its way! In Jesus Name…Amen


    Home Chris Tomlin#MUSICPIC

    Song:  Home
    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Encouraged
    Sung By: Chris Tomlin
    Website: https://www.christomlin.com/
    CD: Never Lose Sight
    Written By: Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomline, Ed Cash
    © 2016
    Label: sixstepsrecords
    Official Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIb4NC5ikYo
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/christomlin/home.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2aMb1asq5acm7cDYlFsYhY?si=lyBFJ-gQRNW5sZWuqzuSkA


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    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    1 1 Samuel 1:6-7, 2:21 NLT
    2 Psalm 102:4
    3 Isaiah 42:9, 43:19
    4 Isaiah 51:3
    5 Ephesians 3:20
    6 2 Corinthians 9:8


    ENDNOTES
    1 https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/peninnah-midrash-and-aggadah Website Accessed: 2018-07-16
    2 1 Samuel 1:6 NLT
    3 1 Samuel 1:7 NLT
    4 1 Samuel 2:21



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  • Listening to my cassette tape playing Luv is a Verb by dcTalk

    The Soul H2O Devotion called Rest is a Verb is what inspired this post… or this song inspired the post??? Not sure which came first…The chicken or the egg ???  I’ve been listening to this song on repeat, ever since I mentioned it while writing the #soulh2o devo.

    Makes Me Feel: Like calling up my friends Kevin and Wendy Pauls and dancing up a storm!

    Sung By: DC Talk

    Website: https://www.dctalk.com/

    dcTalk Free at LastCD:  Free At Last

    Written By: George Cocchini, Mark Heimemann, Toby McKeehan

    © 1992

    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRfFuhrdGKM

    Lyrics: https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?lyrics=5146

    My favorite lines as recorded in link above:

    Thinkin’ of a way to explain-o
    Cause ya’ know when I’m flowin’ like a bottle of Drain-o

    Seriously, that line kills me!

    If you ever see this Toby, Kevin and Michael… thanks for all the years of great music!  Looking forward to your 2019 tour.  Hope you come to Canada 🙂

    Have fun dancing y’all!

    ~Sherry Stahl

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  • Rest is a Verb

    Let perseverance
    finish its work
    so that you may be mature and complete,
    not lacking anything.
    James 1:4  NIV

    TOO BUSY TO REST

    See Hear LoveThis Friday I was a guest on the women’s TV Show, See, Hear, Love with Melinda Estabrooks and a few of my incredible, world-shaking girlfriends {I’ll let you know when the episode airs}.  At one point in the show, we talked about our hectic schedules and the issues we have with letting ourselves get too busy. As a firstborn, Type A personality, raised in a racing family of over-achievers who owned multiple businesses; rest doesn’t come easily or naturally for this girl and my friends are much the same.

    In the last year, God called one of my closest girlfriends to a time of radical rest.  Now, the idea of God asking you to not work would seem a blessing… but to my hard-working, others-focussed friend, the task has been daunting and difficult.  Attempts at heading back into the workforce before God’s release, have resulted in closed doors and her submission to wait for God’s perfect timing.  I believe her answering God’s call to drastic obedience will pave the way for the incredible things God has for her future.

    As I was thinking about all this, Todd’s aunt forwarded me an encouraging post about rest. When reading, this phrase popped into my head and hasn’t let go. Maybe it’s because I was a huge DC Talk fan back in the day {Only those who were young Christian in the 90’s will get this connection—check out this fun #musicpics post}, but I had this repetitive thought in my head… Rest is a Verb.

    REST IS A VERB

    Combining the truth of this week’s verse with a line from the blog post I read, led me to a new understanding I want to share with you!  The line in the article that inspired me was essentially saying,

    Rest in God’s Kingdom is not inactivity, but total dependence on God.1

    When I read the definition of the original Greek word Hypomoné used in this verse, translated in our Bibles to read as: perseverance, endurance, steadfastness, or patience, it got me to researching a little more. I googled the definition of rest and it all came into clear vision.  Rest is defined as “relax, refresh, or recover strength”.2

    Sometimes, we need to endure in rest, in order to become strong, getting ready for the next God has for us.  We’re like athletes who need to take a break, so they can recover strength in their muscles; or dough you need to let rest, so it can rise.  Rest isn’t inactivity, it’s activity out of sight.  Rest is a Verb!

    I hope this new understanding helps you to be patient in rest, allowing God the opportunity to build you up, make you strong, mature you and prepare your heart for the exciting adventure He has in store!

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for being loving enough to keep working on me.  I will work hard to stop wiggling my way out of your crucible and rest in you.  I’m asking You to produce in me the character and strength needed to fulfill your call on my life. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Rest is a Verb![/tweetthis]

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    #musicpics dcTalk-Luv is a verb post here


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    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. James 1:4
    2. Luke 21:19
    3. Colossians 4:12
    4. Psalm 37:7

    EndNotes:

    1. https://www.google.ca/search?q=definition+of+rest&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA775CA776&oq=def&aqs=chrome.4.35i39j69i61j69i60j0j35i39j69i65.4437j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Website Accessed:  2018-05-02 Definition of Rest
    2. https://fathersheartministry.net/the-father-says-today-may-3rd-2018/ Website Accessed: 2018-05-03

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  • This is Just Your Temporary Home

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled.
    You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
    And if I go and prepare a place for you,
    I will come back and take you to be with me
    that you also may be where I am. 
    You know the way to the place where I am going.”

    John 14:1-4 NIV


    TEMPORARY HOME

    Just after Easter, as I was driving from my Uncle and Aunt’s house to Hamilton, the thought crossed my mind that I was going to pass by four different homes I’d lived in.  Since I don’t get around that area very often, I took pictures of each house.  Some looking, Oh so different! than when growing up.

    As I continued to drive, I began counting just how many places I’ve called home.  There were:

    • 10 growing up with my parents
    • 3 different college dorms
    • 9 places as an adult that included:
      4 houses, 2 townhouses, 1 trailer, and 2 cottages.

    If you’re counting, that’s 22 “homes” in total!

    Shelby & Haillie
    Shelby & Haillie outside our home

    Thinking about my moving mayhem brought Carrie Underwood’s song, Temporary Home to mind.  As teens, this song had become very close to my daughter and her friend Haillie’s heart. Haillie and her mom, my friend Lori had come to live with us when we were both going through separation.  To say it was a tough time would be an understatement. When the radio announced Carrie was coming to Toronto, I immediately booked tickets for us all.  As Carrie sang our life-song, we were all streaming tears.

    I think this week’s verses are especially impactful to me because of all the temporary homes I’ve had. Add to that, recently having Todd’s Nanny Lois pass away and move into her forever home; the value of this Scripture has only deepened.  With Nanny’s passing still fresh in our hearts, knowing this earth isn’t the end… that there’s more.. that Jesus loves us so much He’s gone to build a forever home for us all, brings so much comfort!

    John 14:1-3

    Jesus disciples were about as smart as us and they struggled to grasp what He was telling them.  In the next verse, they ask, “how can we know the way?” to which Jesus makes everything clear when He explains, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Because of Christ, this earth can be just “windows and rooms”1 we’re passing through.

    I hope you let Jesus’ words sink in.  Don’t LET your hearts be troubled, no matter what’s going on in your world. You can sing along with Carrie because.. this is just your temporary home!

    Prayer

    Father…Your promises are so good they’re often hard for my brain to imagine. Understanding what you went through, to provide the way Jesus, is completely overwhelming. To know you’re preparing a place for me, so comforting!  I thank You that I can know with certainty there is a better place, and I get to go there! One day, my temporary home of earth will be replaced by my forever home, heaven! Cya soon Jesus!

    [tweetthis]This is just a stop on the way to where I’m going @carrieunderwood #TemporaryHome #soulh2o[/tweetthis]


    Carrie,

    If you ever end up reading this post, I hope you know how much your music has ministered to us.  Praying God blesses you with on overwhelming sense of His love and goodness.

    Sherry Stahl Signature


    Music Video for Temporary Home.  I dare you to watch it and not cry girls 🙂

    1Lyrics to the song: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/carrieunderwood/temporaryhome.html

    Carrie’s Website:  https://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com/


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    DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

    1. John 14:1-4
    2. John 14:5-6
    3. John 14:27-29
    4. Isaiah 32:18

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    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
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  • Follow The Leader

    Yesterday I released a post called The World’s Biggest Game of Simon Says but I know some people call it, Follow The Leader.  If you didn’t read the devotion you can just click on the Title and it will take you there.  It might make this post just a little more powerful 🙂

    In the devotion, it talks about how the Israelites followed God’s cloud wherever and whenever He moved it.  This really caused me to question my level of trust in God’s leading and I asked you the same questions I was asking myself.  As I wrote the post the song Oceans by Hillsong United was playing in my mind, but so was a quote from Tozer, I’m kinda ADD like that.

    Tozer - Chrisitans don't lie

    [tweetthis]“Christians don’t tell lies – they just go to church and sing them.” – A. W. Tozer[/tweetthis]

    Ouch! I sometimes feel this way when we’re singing Oceans at church.  My heart wants to mean every word, but I fear that sometimes I’m not willing to follow through on the statements I sing.

    OceansOceans by Hillsong United

    The line in Oceans that gets me is:

    “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”

    I want to live with that kind of faith.  I want to be bold, courageous and brave.  I want to follow God without borders.  I want to answer the call like the song says:

    “Wherever You would call me”

    This makes me think of the movie We Bought A Zoo…again…it’s the ADD thing!  I love inspiring true stories made into film and this is one of my faves.  One statement by the father in the movie; played by Matt Damon is a quote I can’t forget:

    Benjamin Mee 20 seconds of bravery


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    So, in sharing today’s #musicpic
    with you,

    I’ve also shared a #paperbackpic
    and a #moviepic 

    I hope they all leave you inspired to follow the leader, giving God your 20 seconds of insane, embarrassingly brave courage …And, in the words of Benjamin Mee;

    I promise you, something great will come of it!

    Here’s my prayer from the devo with an addition to the end,
    inspired by the song Oceans.

    LOOK BELOW
    To see where to find: the song, the book & the movie

    Prayer

    Father…Thank You for revealing your directions so I can know how to follow You.  I read instructions in Your Word, I hear them when I’m quiet enough to listen to your voice, and sometimes I there’s a pounding in my chest when you want me to move. Please help me to be more sensitive to Your leading.  Give me courage and a gift of faith to follow wherever and whenever you lead. Let my trust be without borders.    In Jesus Name…Amen

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    Oceans#musicpic Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
    Makes Me Feel:  Empowered, like I want to do something GREAT for God!  Confident to Follow Wherever He Leads.
    Sung By: Hillsong United
    Website:  https://hillsong.com/united/
    CD:  Zion
    Written By: Matt Crocker; Joel Houston; Salomon Ligthelm
    © 2013
    Worship Together Info:  https://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/oceans-where-feet-may-fail/
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw
    Lyrics:  https://hillsong.com/lyrics/oceans-where-feet-may-fail/

    We bought a zoo book #paperbackpic We Bought a Zoo
    By Benjamin Mee  © 2011 Originally published in 2008 and 2009
    https://www.amazon.com/We-Bought-Zoo-Amazing-Animals/dp/B004ZXNLZO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505836394&sr=8-1&keywords=we+bought+a+zoo+book

    we bought a zoo#moviepic We Bought a Zoo
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1389137/

    FOOTNOTES

    TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TRUE STORY OF BENJAMIN MEE READ HERE:  https://www.dartmoorzoo.org.uk/ourstory/ Website Accessed:  2017-09-19

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  • Giant Killer Songs

    TO ALL MY CANADIAN READERS…
    HAPPY CIVIC HOLIDAY!!!!

    I Hope You’re relaxing.  As usual, I’m not sending out a devotion cause I’m out with the fam on this day off work riding the motorcycle to get ice-cream at the Dairy Freez!

     Get ready for tomorrow’s #SoulH2O devotion.
    I share something about myself that you’d never guess!!!

    Take Down GoliathI’ve received a lot of feedback from my DO YOU NEED TO TAKE DOWN A GOLIATH? post! It seems I’m not the only one facing tough times in their life.  People are reporting giants of all shapes and sizes.  Whether yours is: financial, relational, physical or spiritual; roaring in your ear at work, in the home, at school or on the field…

    God wants you to take down your Goliath!

    Giants are seldom taken down overnight, so I thought you might need a little more encouragement on the battlefield.  I know the podcasts and books I suggested in the previous post will help, but if you’ve listened to them and still need a boost, I’ve got just the right thing for you!

    Music motivates me powerfully and I know it helps a bunch of you too.  In the past I’ve shared some of my favorite music in #MusicPics posts on the blog or just as Facebook links.  However I share them, I usually get word back from readers on how the song(s) inspire.  Take a look at this list of my latest #MusicPics complete with links to help bring your Goliath down!

    I want to thank those readers who sent me some MUSIC THAT HELPS TAKE GIANTS DOWN for this list.

    GIANT KILLER SONGS

    Our Countdown starts off with the most appropriate song:

    GIANTS FALL

    Giants FallMakes Me Feel: Pumped, Ready to take on any giant that wants a piece of me 🙂
    Sung By: Francesca Battistelli  http://www.francescamusic.com
    CD:  If We’re Honest
    © 2014
    Written By:  Jeff Pardo, Francesca Battistelli, Molly E. Reed
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtE-_1cwH1M
    AZ Lyrics:  https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/francescabattistelli/giantsfall.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Don't you be afraid
     Of giants in your way
     With God you know that anything's possible
     So step into the fight
     He's right there by your side
     The stones inside your hand might be small
     But watch the giants fall

    OVERCOMER

    Overcomer MandissaMakes Me Feel: Like dancing!  Like waving my fist to the enemy and getting in the ring with him 🙂  Most of Mandissa’s music helps you take down your Goliath!
    Sung By: Mandissa http://www.mandisaofficial.com
    CD:  Overcomer
    Written By:  Benjamin Glover, David Arthur Garcia, Christopher E. Stevens
    © 2013
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z29olPjFbqg
    Official Vevo Music Video on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mandisa/overcomer.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    You're an overcomer
     Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
     You're not going under

    EVERY GIANT WILL FALL

    Makes Me Feel:  Happy, Like Swinging arms dancing with someone!
    Sung By: Rend Collective  http://www.rendcollective.com
    CD:  As Family We Go
    Written By: Rend Collective
    © 2015
    Worship Together Info:  https://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/every-giant-will-fall-rend-collective/
    Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXLMw13adQ8&feature=share
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollective/everygiantwillfall.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
     Every chain of the past, You've broken in two
     Over fear, over lies, we're singing the truth
     That nothing is impossible

    SAME POWER

    I will follow Jeremy CampMakes Me Feel: Like I wanna stand up and face the enemy telling him everything Jeremy is saying.  Not afraid.
    Sung By: Jeremy Camp  http://www.jeremycamp.com
    CD:  I Will Follow
    © 2015
    Written By:  Jeremy Camp, Jason Ingram
    Worship Together Info:  https://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/same-power-jeremy-camp
    Official Vevo Video with Lyrics:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InsifiZxVXU
    AZ Lyrics:  https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jeremycamp/samepower.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Greater is He that is living in me
     He’s conquered our enemy
     No power of darkness
     No weapon prevails
     We stand here in victory

    VOICE OF TRUTH

    voice of truth casting crownsMakes Me Feel: Soothed, Confident, Peaceful
    From the movie:  Facing The Giants
    Sung By: Casting Crowns  http://www.castingcrowns.com
    CD: Casting Crowns
    © 2003
    Written By:  John Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwsvqVmFV6Y
    AZ Lyrics:  https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/castingcrowns/voiceoftruth.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    But the stone was just the right size
     To put the giant on the ground
     And the waves they don't seem so high
     From on top of them looking down
     I will soar with the wings of eagles
     When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
     Singing over me

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  • Can God Repurpose Me and Make All Things New?

    This devotion is all about how God Repurposes Lives. It’s the last post in a 4 Part “NEW Series”.

    The series is a group of devotions I felt the Lord putting on my heart for the NEW YEAR in 2017 but really apply to any new year, new season, new phase in life.  Read the INTRO/New Strength HERE, #2 New Beginnings HERE and #3 New Heart HERE


    Can God Repurpose Me and Make All Things New?

    “Look! I am making all things new.”
    Revelation 21:5   MEV

    My friend Joy is totally cool.  She’s one of the few women who know how to use power tools more than most carpenter men!  Joy makes the most beautiful furniture by repurposing old, broken or discarded pieces.

    new tableA while ago she posted a picture of this gorgeous coffee table on Facebook and I clicked “like” as I often do on her stuff.  When I did, Joy wrote me to tell me the story behind the table, she explained how the legs from the table were made “from old nasty, shiny brown bed posts left in the junk pile after the garage sale”1 at  Braeside Camp, the place where we met oh so many years ago! all things new

    As you can see, Joy made all things new with these bed posts.

    GOD’S JOB

    God repurposes lives like Joy repurposes wood. He’s is in the business of making all things new with our lives.

    Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers to remind them of this truth when he said,

    “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”2

    It’s the same message that God had John declare in Revelations,

    “the former things have passed away…Look!  I am making all things new…Write, for these words are faithful and true.”3

    Just like the furniture Joy builds out of things people classify as “junk” or stuff people don’t see as worth anything anymore, God repurposes our lives.  Like Steven Curtis Chapman’s song says,

    “the world was broken, fallen and battered and scarred.  You took the hopeless, the life wasted, ruined and marred and made it new.  You make all things new.”4

    YOUR JOB

    Let this be the year you ‘Let God’ move you forward in His process to make all things new in your life.  ‘Let’ the former things pass away…Let them go!  Give God your broken, fallen, battered and scarred pieces.  You’ll see what a beautiful, useful person He can build you into being because God Repurposes Lives and He can repurpose yours!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for the opportunity to start new each year.  I’m so glad you don’t give up on me but keep sanding and refining me.  Restore me to be the person you’ve called me to be, better than I used to be.  I commit myself to Your plans and purposes along with the process to get me there.  I ‘LET’ You create all things new in me.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    HERE’S MY FRIEND JOY HOGBEN

    If you’d like to check out more of her masterpieces CLICK below:

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    VINTAGE HOUSE ON INSTAGRAM

     

     


    #musicpics Song – He Makes All Things New

    Song – He Makes All Things New
    Steven Curtis Chapman http://www.stevencurtischapman.com
    Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKx_hx5itIM
    Song Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/stevencurtischapman/allthingsnew.htm


    Drawing From The Well

    1. Revelations 21:4-5
    2. 2 Corinthians 5:17
    3. Ephesians 4:22-25
    4. Lamentations 3:22-24

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

     


    blogger prayer

    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms,
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell

     

     

    ENDNOTES

    1. Actual words from Joy
    2. 2 Corinthians 5:17
    3. Revelations 21:4-5
    4. https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/stevencurtischapman/allthingsnew.html

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  • Music From The HEART ART Blog Post

    Art Ache © Todd Stahl  http://www.toddstahl.com
    Last week I blogged about my husband Todd’s heart issues and some “Heart Art”. I was overwhelmed with the response. I want to thank so many of you for emailing, messaging, leaving comments on the blog or just letting us know that you would be praying for Todd. It truly meant so much.
    If you’re a regular reader you will know that I love music and how much it speaks to me. Music can make an impact in ways that words can fall short of.  Some of you sent MUSIC FROM THE HEART ART BLOG POST and we have been loving them all week long.
    I’ve listed the links to the songs you’ve shared with us, who they’re sung by and a few of the lyrics. I want you to be as encouraged as we have been by this great music!

    Steven Curtis Chapman’s Song, The Glorious Unfolding.

    The words to this song are amazing and spoke to Todd and I in profound ways!  Here are just a few of the lyrics to whet your appetite:

     Don’t try to figure it out
    Just listen to what I’m whispering to your heart

    …this is going to be a glorious unfolding
    Just you wait and see and you will be amazed
    Check out this link for the song     LYRICS       YOUTUBE OFFICIAL VIDEO
                                                                            http://www.stevencurtischapman.com

    In Jesus Name by Darlene Zschech.

    I will live, I will not die
    I will declare and life You high,

    Christ revealed and I am healed
    In Jesus’ Name

     Check out this links for the song.     LYRICS       YOUTUBE VIDEO
                                                                     
          http://www.darlenezschech.com

    When You Walk Into The Room by Bryan and Katie Torwalt.

     My favorite lines in this song are:
    When you walk into the room
    Sickness starts to vanish
    Every hopeless situation ceases to exist

     Check out this links for the song.     LYRICS       VIDEO
                                                                            Facebook for The Torwalts

    Chris Tomlin , I Lift My Hands (Let Faith Arise)

    Be Still, There is a healer.
    His love is deeper than the sea
    His mercy, it is unfailing
    His arms are a fortress for the weak
    Let faith arise…I lift my hands to believe again

     Check out this links for the song.     LYRICS       YOUTUBE VIDEO     http://www.christomlin.com
    Thank-you to Chrysta, Peggy, and Julie for sharing these songs with us!  May God Bless You for sharing your MUSIC FROM THE HEART ART BLOG POST!
    In His Grip,
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

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  • Waterfall


    I am soooo pumped!!!  I just saw on Twitter that Chris Tomlin had a new song.  I love his music so I was interested…but…when I saw the name of the song…I was beyond excited!  The name of his newest single is called “Waterfall”.  It’s like it was written for my book and for my life!
    So often life can be difficult.  It is God’s Word, sometimes put to music, that gives me strength.  The words of this song flood my mind with related scriptures.
    Right now there are only 18, 626 views on the youtube clip, that’s how new it is!  I listened to it once and had to buy it on itunes.  You’re gonna want to buy it too!  I can’t wait to sing it at church.  I’ve listend to it so many times tonight.  If it were a record I would have worn it out already, trying to get the words!
    At the bottom there’s a link to the youtube clip and Chris Tomlin’s website.  Make sure you click on it and then come back to read the words as you hear the song and let the waterfall of His mercy rain down on you!
    Love,
    ~Sherry

    WATERFALL
    By Chris Tomlin

    You’re an ocean to my soul…

    CHORUS

    Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall…
    You hear my heart when I call, when I call

    girl rain on her

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    Youtube Clip of  “Waterfall” Song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5Ks1o1gOWo
    Click here for Chris Tomlin’s Website  http://www.christomlin.com

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  • Forgiveness…the song

    For those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I love music!  God speaks to me so clearly through song!  If only I could sing 🙂  Yesterday’s devotional on “Forgiveness and Restored Relationship” just keeps going through my mind.  It ended up being a big part of our Bible Study discussion last night.   Matthew West’s song “Forgiveness”  keeps running through my mind ever since the idea for the devotional came into my thoughts.  Last June Todd and I went to The International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis and got to see Matthew West Emcee a “New Talent” Night.  We have loved his music for years and it was great to see a different side of him–the funny side!  It was a fun night and we were blessed to receive his book on Forgiveness.

    Matthew West at ICRS St. Louis
    Matthew West at ICRS St. Louis

    If you’ve never heard this song, you’re missing out!  The story that inspired the song is amazing!  It’s a wonderful story of forgiveness that led to a completely unexpected restored relationship.  Click on the links below that go to the youtube links for his song and the short video clip or his website where you can buy his awesome music.  Hope you listen and are inspired to forgive!
    Matthew WestSong–Forgiveness
    Story Behind The Song–Forgiveness Video Clip
    Matthew West’s Website
     

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