• 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

    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


    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

    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.


    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.


    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!


    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!


    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


    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


    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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  • You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

    The angel said to her,
    “Hagar, Sarai’s servant,
    where have you come from,
    and where are you going?”
    “I’m running away
    from my mistress, Sarai,”
    she replied. 
    ~Genesis 16:8 NIV


    Last week Todd and I had a day-date before I had to go away for a week of speaking and other meetings. We went to downtown Detroit and enjoyed dinner at the well-known Pegasus restaurant in Greektown. Then, we walked around and saw The Apparatus Room.  It’s the coolest restaurant and boutique hotel that includes a podcasting room with viewing from the sidewalk I’m going to use in the fall {you’ll have to stay tuned for that news}. The building was a former Firehall renovated with incredible architecture, so my firefighter hubby was in heaven!


    Then we walked by the Joe Louis Fist monument.  With my family boxing background {You can read about that HERE}1, I’ve always been intrigued by this uncommonly shaped memorial.  I found out that Joe Louis’ family fled Alabama after a fearful incident with the Klu Klux Klan. As did many African Americans, they settled into the Detroit area where a young Joe learned to box.2  In 1986, the Sports Illustrated sculpture was unveiled with the imagery purposed to remind people of Joe’s powerful punch in and out of the ring to help knock-out racism towards the black community he belonged to.3


    On Friday I spoke to the Kingsville Divas group about the life of Hagar. Even though it wasn’t the focus of my message, as I was preparing, I felt so strongly to do a Facebook live to compel someone who was running from God to consider his love and a few wrote to let me know they needed that reminder.

    I think Joe and his family would’ve been able to relate to Hagar. She too was mistreated and forced to run away from her home for fear of her life. It’s sad that too many people today can relate to an unsafe living or work environment and the desire to run. It was in researching the origins of today’s devotion title that I found the connection with Joe Louis and Hagar.  It was Joe who made this “run-away’ phrase popular.

    When the Brown Bomber was interviewed before a fight with an opponent who was suspected to hide from his powerful punch, Louis was quoted as saying, “He can run, but he can’t hide”.  Billy Conn experienced this knock-out power as he hit the matt in the 13th round of their match.4  I don’t know if Joe Louis ever understood that you can run from God but you can’t hide from Him?  I know Hagar did.  When life was hard for Hagar she ran away, right into the arms of God.  It was in this desert time when she encountered God in a powerful way and He gave her the strength to face that heartbreaking home life.


    This week’s #musicpic song Reckless Love packs a powerful punch to your heart. Helping you understand how God in his love chases after you. He’ll find you wherever you are.  Know that Whatever you’re facing today that you can run away from God, but you can’t hide from Him.  He is omnipresent and that means always-present and you cannot get away from His love for you.  Romans 8:39 reminds us that, “nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God”, and nothing means… nothing!


    Father… I thank-You for the way you love me.  It’s not in a passive, pat on the head, weakly expressed love.  Your love is reckless for me.  I can often run, but I’m so thankful that I can’t hide from You. Your love seeks me out and draws me in.  Help me to rest in Your love today. In Jesus Name…Amen

    Facebook Live Sherry Stahl You can't runThe Facebook Live that inspired this post. That day I kept saying you can’t run from God, but I really should have said, You can run from God, you just a can’t hide from Him! As I say in the video; He sees you and He loves you! https://www.facebook.com/sherry.lynn.stahl/videos/10157301254536085/



    reckless love#musicpic

    Song:  Reckless Love
    Written by Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver, and Ran Jackson
    Youtube Video of Song and Story behind the song: https://youtu.be/6xx0d3R2LoU
    Bethel Music Lyrics & Chord Charts: https://bethelmusic.com/chords-and-lyrics/reckless-love/
    My Favorite Lines:

    Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
    Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found

    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.


    Drawing From The Well

    This week I’m hoping you’ll read beyond just one verse in each of these sections of The Bible.  They’re power-packed portions!

    1. Genesis 16:8
      Hagar’s story is found in Genesis 16.  If you have time, re-read this story and imagine how difficult this would have been for her. Understand why she ran away and what strength it took to go home.
    1. Romans 8:31-39
      If you can, read it in a few translations.  Let the words soak deep into your spirit.
    1. Parable of The Lost Sheep Matthew 18;12-14
    2. Parable of The Lost Sheep Luke 15:1-7


    1. https://sherrystahl.com/fight-like-a-boxer/ Sherry Stahl Website Accessed: 2019-05-13
    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Louis Wikipedia Website Accessed: 2019-05-13
    3. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_to_Joe_Louis Wikipedia Website Accessed: 2019-05-13
    4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_can_run,_but_you_can%27t_hide http://en.espn.co.uk/espn/sport/story/195910.html Wiepedia & ESPN Websites Accessed: 2019-05-13


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  • I Am Doughty, Not Dowdy!

    God did not give us a Spirit of fear
    but of power and love and 
    ~2 Timothy 1:7 NET Bible

    Years ago, someone accused me of essentially being a sesquipedalian.

    It was meant as a negative, but I couldn’t help feeling it was a compliment in a way.  In reality, I’m not a sesquipedalian but a logophile.

    Ha!  Have I confused you yet?  If not, you’re probably a writer or serious book lover.

    Sesquipedalian is a word that has changed in meaning to not just mean someone who uses big words, but it’s now used as a negative term to describe someone who uses too many long, confusing words.

    Logophile is a term to describe people who love words… and that I’m completely guilty of. Growing up my mother made it her mission to ensure drag racing was not the only cultural influence in our family.  Spelling tests were a high priority and she often corrected our grammar. Mom was preparing me for my future career and didn’t even know it!

    {Geek Alert}

    grammerlyAs a teen I had my own subscription to Reader’s Digest because I loved the Word Power Column.

    As a writer I’ve been shocked at my usage of words.  I had no clue until I joined Grammarly.  It gives you a weekly writing report and I’m most often in the 95-99% of Grammarly users… or so they say 🙂

    Ok, now that you get my obsession with words, I can tell you what happened to me last month and I think you’ll understand why it so profoundly affected my life.

    My Word Obsession Affects My Life!

    Dr Caroline Leaf 21 Brain DetoxI’m in the middle of Dr. Caroline Leaf’s Brain Detox program and it’s completely changing my life {Links Below}. Basically, she helps you become aware of your negative self-talk, see the results of how that thought affects what you feel, say and do. Next, she guides you to replace that toxic thought with a healthy thought and experience the results in your life.

    Oh The Difference A Word Can Make

    During the Detox, I recognized what a grip fear had on my life in a certain area and how it was blocking me from moving forward in my life. I felt the urge to Google search “Antonym of Fear”.  As I looked at the lists of words contrary to fear, one stood out; as if it jumped off of my computer screen.

    The word was doughty.

    First of all, I didn’t even know how to say it properly. “Dought” is pronounced “ot” like sought, bought or fought, so it sounds like the name of my Texan friend Dottie. I had mistaken it with the word dowdy; which describes a messy, old-fashioned, frumpy, out-of-style.1  Since one Google search usually ends up with at least ten more, I began researching this new word and was blown away with what I felt the Father speaking to my soul.

    I Am Doughty, Not Dowdy!

    DOUGHTY… marked by fearless resolution…valiant… Brave… willing to take risks… brave… bold… heroic… Determined and ambitious… persistent… undaunted… unwilling ever to stop trying to achieve something… strong-willed… adamant… resolute… willful… will not take no for an answer… lionhearted, stalwart, stout-hearted… courageous… not easily frightened… an iron fist in a velvet glove…2  To use it in a sentence you could say, She was a doughty defender of the hurting.

    All these definitions helped encourage me but the AHA moment came when I read about the origins of the word. The root of Doughty is in the Old English word, dohte, meaning “had worth”.2 When I read this, light bulbs illuminated over my head and bells were ringing as I wrote in my notes:

    I am doughty; fearless because I know my worth!

    I pray that sent chills up your spine like it did mine. You are doughty!  Be fearless because you are worth so much.  So much that God the Father gave up His son to die on a cross so you could have a better life—free of fear… and then He sent Holy Spirit to live inside of you.  You’re worth a lot!  You are doughty; fearless because of your worth!


    Father… I thank You for making clear the truth that you did NOT give me a spirit of fear. Holy Spirit, you’re living inside of me and there is no fear inside of You. Increase the space you fill inside of me, increase to push out all fear. Let this truth be evidenced in my words so that I begin to feel brave and live courageously because I know who I am and I am Doughty!  In Jesus Name…Amen

    Here’s your #musicpic for the week

    Dr Caroline Leaf 21 Brain DetoxIf I’ve piqued your interest in going through your own brain detox, I HIGHLY encourage it.  If you do the work for 63 days , you will be changed. 21 times 3-the first 21 take more time, but the last twho phases of 21 don’t take as much time but totally necessary

    It will be the best $38 US you’ve spent! If you take the course, email me (devotions@sherrystahl.com) and let me know by putting BRAIN DETOX SHEETS.  I created some sheets to go along with her stuff that I can send you and I think they’ll help you get even more out of the course.
    Here is a link to the course: https://21daybraindetox.com/
    Here’s a link to Dr. Leaf’s site and info on her Switch On Your Brain 5-Step Learning Process https://drleaf.com/

    Soul H2OIf you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.

    Drawing From The Well

    1. 2 Timothy 1:7
    2. John 14:27
    3. Romans 8:15
    4. Isaiah 11:2

    If you want to see what a logophile you are, here’s a link to the Reader’s Digest site and a wordy survey:



    1. Numerous Websites Accessed: 2019-01-17
    2. Numerous Websites Accessed: 2019-01-17
    3. Website Accessed: 2019-01-17 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doughty

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  • Can I Believe in God And Be Depressed?

    #BellLetsTalkToday’s post is for #BellLetsTalk day.  If you’re a reader from outside of Canada let me explain.  Bell Let’s Talk Day is an initiative that Bell Media took on to help de-stigmatize mental health issues.

    It is radically changing the climate within our country to help see people with mental health issues like people with any other physical sickness. Not to be pitied, insulted or looked-down on, but to be loved, cared-for and helped.  I pray this post helps to initiate conversation, provide resources but most of all set some people free in the body of believers!

    Why am I so depressed?
    Why this turmoil within me?
    Put your hope in God,
    for I will still praise Him,
    my Savior and my God.
    ~Psalm 42:5, 11 & 43:5 HCSB

    When I was a teenager, I was such a happy-go-lucky kind of girl, always seeing the glass half-full. I remember reading through the book of Psalms and thinking

    What’s wrong with David?  This guy really needs to get himself together. One minute he’s singing God’s praises and the next he wants to die. Doesn’t he believe in God?  I mean, his whining is recorded in the Bible? How did this part get in there?

    It wasn’t until I experienced a deeply wounding marriage, ending in a bitter divorce with many legal issues that I understood the depths of despair, depression, and anxiety that David faced. I’ve been decimated emotionally, relationally, financially and spiritually countless times.

    It sometimes feels like when I finally climb out of one pit there’s a crater waiting around the corner, trying to pull me back down.  Add menopause to the mix and you’re walking on thin-ice emotionally! If it weren’t for God’s presence and His Word I really don’t know what I’d do… and I don’t want to find out.  I know it wouldn’t be a pretty picture.

    Psalm 42 and 43 are taken from the pages of David’s journal but after the last decade or so of my life you could’ve sworn they were stolen from my diary. I feel comforted to know that David is someone God himself describes not once, but twice in His Word as “a man after his own heart”; even with all the whining! This portion of Scripture starts off with a song we often sing in church:

    As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul longs after You, O God.
    My soul thirsts for God, the living God.
    Psalm 42:1-2 NIV

    My heart has been crying out this song since it released in the late 1980’s1 but it wasn’t until the latter part of my life (not that I’m near the end yet J ) when I understood David’s back and forth struggle with staying positive. The balance of trusting God as my refuge, redeemer and rescuer when the rough times keep cycling through.

    Why are you downcast, O my soul?
    Why the unease within me?
    Put your hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
    for the salvation of His presence.
    ~Psalm 42:5 Berean Study Bible

    So, if you’re asking the question…

     Can I Believe in God And Be Depressed?

    Let me answer a resounding, YES!

    The phrase ‘depressed believer’ isn’t just a paradox but often a reality

    [tweetthis]The phrase ‘depressed believer’ isn’t just a paradox but often a reality. #depression #bellletstalk[/tweetthis]

    In case you think maybe just you, me and David were the only people who have ever believed in God and experienced times of being down, discouraged or depressed, let me help you see reality.  With just a quick study I found over a dozen people in the Bible alone who struggled with the same feelings we have. Who makes the list a baker’s dozen should really make you feel like you’re in good company.

    A Baker’s Dozen of Down, Discouraged or Depressed People In The Bible

    1. Leah Genesis 29:31-35
    2. Rachel Genesis 30:1-3, 22-24
    3. Jonah Jonah 4
    4. Job Job 1-3; 10:1, 30:15-17
    5. Naomi Ruth 1-4
    6. David Psalm 42-43
    7. Writer of Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 1-3, 12
    8. Hannah 1 Samuel 1
    9. Jeremiah Jeremiah 20:14-18
    10. Elijah 1 Kings 19
    11. Moses Ex 18; Ex 32:32
    12. Paul 2 Corinthians 4:8-16
    13. Jesus Isaiah 53:3; Mark 14:34-36; Luke 22:44

    All of these people believed in God yet struggled with emotions of being down, discouraged or depressed.  Think, even Mother Teresa’s diary revealed times of deep despair.2 I’m NOT saying that God wants you to be depressed or that it’s a good thing.  My point is… the enemy wants you to feel like you’re the only one who struggles like this, like you’re weird, have no faith or that maybe you don’t really believe in God.  You have to let truth remind you that he’s a liar!


    [tweetthis]YOU’RE NOT ALONE! #BellLetsTalk #mentalhealth #depression [/tweetthis]

    Let me also tell you that the same God who allowed those people to experience hardship and heartbreak, is the same God who carried them into victory.  God has done the same for me and He wants to do the same for you! God doesn’t want to leave you where you are.  He has so much more for you! David wrote of his emotional struggles yes, but he also wrote about the joy of the Lord.

    weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.
    ~Psalm 30:5  NIV

    God desires to bring us all THROUGH our difficult times and replace them with seasons of happiness.  Until then, we have His Word, His presence, and His joy to be our strength!


    Verses of Encouragement ImageTo help you not get stuck in the desert but travel through the feelings of being down, discouraged or depressed I’ve created some resources for you.

    Subscribe to receive a printout of Scriptures to soak in your spirit and refresh your soul.  These are all verses that God has used to lift me above my circumstances and trust Him for greater days ahead…I mean we are promised heaven, aren’t we folks? 🙂


    mental health resourcesSince I am often asked for resources to help with depression or other mental health issues, I created a whole page on my site to help you and your loved ones.


    Praying 2019 is a Golden Year of new joy and many blessings for you!

    In His Grip, Sherry


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    Here Again (Extended Version) | Live

    Makes Me Feel: PEACE, Comforted knowing God is with me
    Sung By: Elevation Worship
    Website: http://martynystrom.com/

    CD:  Live Recording at a Gathering
    Written By: Marty Nystrom
    © 2018
    Youtube Video – Live Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfLcdBuB7NY

    #musicpics #retrosong
    As The Deer

    Makes Me Feel: Worshipful, Wanting to get closer to God
    Sung By: Marty Nystrom
    Website: http://martynystrom.com/

    CD:  We Draw Near
    Written By: Marty Nystrom
    © 1984
    Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://youtu.be/a5pZkLWZv-E

    Youtube Video by Marty Nystrom:  https://youtu.be/tdY4Nx0EprI
    Songfacts: https://www.songfacts.com/lyrics/martin-nystrom/as-the-deer


    1. https://youtu.be/a5pZkLWZv-E Youtube Website Accessed: 2019-01-27
    2. http://www.mentalhealthjustice.net/blog/2016/3/14/53sdjv7bzb4g3cdwqw2b97mwi2ppls website accessed: 2019-01-30

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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


    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.


    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.


    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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    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

    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


    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.


    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!


    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]


    #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


    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


    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!


    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]


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

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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

    [imic_button colour=”btn-info” type=”enabled” link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmMFIganRQY” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=”btn-lg”]VIDEO CLIP OF THE QUOTE AS MATT DAMON TELLS IT TO HIS SON IN THE MOVIE[/imic_button]

    [imic_button colour=”btn-info” type=”enabled” link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqE-yAfYAhw” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=”btn-lg”]VIDEO CLIP OF MATT DAMON’S CHARACTER LIVING OUT HIS 20 SECONDS OF BRAVERY IN THE MOVIE[/imic_button]

    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.

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


    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

    [tweetthis]Read #followtheleader and learn about a great #musicpic #paperbackpic & #moviepic [/tweetthis]

    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

    we bought a zoo#moviepic We Bought a Zoo


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