• 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]

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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.

    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


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

    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREY Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis, Soul Survival – Donna Reidland,
    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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  • Giant Killer Songs


    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.


    Our Countdown starts off with the most appropriate song:


    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 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


    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


    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 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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    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    Coffee For Your Heart – Holley GerthWord Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. MeadGrace and Truth Linkup – Arabah JoyCounting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

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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 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


    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!


    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

    [tweetthis]God Repurposes Lives. He’s in the business of making all things new with our lives.[/tweetthis]




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





    #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

    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




    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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  • Hungry in Turkana

    On Monday I wrote a devotional called Hungry.  I shared about how I was woken up by my grumbling tummy and one of the things that God spoke to me as I was up.  

    Hungry in TurkanaFeeding the Hungry

    I think I could write about 12 devotionals from all God spoke to me that night!  The message about our duty as Christians to help feed the Hungry has been a call that is very near and dear to my family.  My grandmother instilled in us an eye to look for those in need and DO SOMETHING about it!  Christmas makes me think of her and how she gave.

    Christmas compels us to give.

    Christmas is the time when we remember how God the Father gave His son to the world…when Jesus gave up His heavenly home for a lowly stable.  

    Christmas inspires us to give beyond ourselves.

    For months now I have been partnering with Cheryl Weber,  Dave Shelley and the crew at Crossroads Relief & Development​ on a project in Turkana, Kenya.  If you’ve come to an event where I’ve spoken at you’ve heard this before and thankfully some of you have been compelled to join with us in helping the people of Turkana be able to feed themselves!  

    If I had millions of dollars, I would give Crossroads the money needed to finish this project and stop people from dying of starvation in Turkana!  Since I’m not independently wealthy, I will give what I can and use what I can to help get the word out.  If we all DO SOMETHING the project will reach completion and thousands of families will be saved!

    I can’t express enough how much this project touches my heart!  God is growing gardens in the desert!!! Take time to watch this short video clip that explains the project and lets you see for yourself how they are growing gardens in the desert of Turkana, Kenya!

    Click below to read more on my Outreaches Page.

    #musicpic song

    As I’ve been thinking about writing this post for the past week, Matthew West‘s song keeps going through my head.  I hope it inspires you to DO SOMETHING great and feed a Hungry soul!

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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

    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

    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,

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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!

    By Chris Tomlin

    You’re an ocean to my soul…


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

    girl rain on her

    Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 3.15.36 PM
    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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