Here’s my advice for a Happy Family Day!
LOOK INTO THE EYES OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE!
Praying you have an awesome day with the ones you love!
See you tomorrow for the weekly #soulh2o Devotion.
Here’s my advice for a Happy Family Day!
LOOK INTO THE EYES OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE!
Praying you have an awesome day with the ones you love!
See you tomorrow for the weekly #soulh2o Devotion.
Today’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…
Let me answer a resounding, YES!
[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.
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!
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Praying 2019 is a Golden Year of new joy and many blessings for you!
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Makes Me Feel: PEACE, Comforted knowing God is with me
Sung By: Elevation Worship
CD: Live Recording at a Gathering
Written By: Marty Nystrom
Youtube Video – Live Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfLcdBuB7NY
Makes Me Feel: Worshipful, Wanting to get closer to God
Sung By: Marty Nystrom
CD: We Draw Near
Written By: Marty Nystrom
Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://youtu.be/a5pZkLWZv-E
Youtube Video by Marty Nystrom: https://youtu.be/tdY4Nx0EprI
Talk to you tomorrow on the Soul H2O post.
I went to sleep last night not 100% sure, but assuming that I would wake up to the news that Donald Trump was the President Elect of the United States. I was correct. What I didn’t expect is that I’d be up at 4am-8am writing a post about it. Somehow between midnight and 4am I woke up a few times with the phrase “Looking for a David, Not a Saul”.
By 4am I couldn’t go back to sleep so, I decided to get up and check the election results. If Hillary had won, then the phrase wouldn’t make sense since her campaign didn’t emphasize any religious beliefs whereas Donald Trump did choose to make his religious beliefs as a Christian a part of his politics. When I saw that indeed my bedtime assumption was correct and Donald Trump did indeed win the electoral vote I began writing.
To be honest I went to sleep with an uneasy feeling thinking that Donald Trump was going to be the President. I don’t know where his heart is and that makes me nervous. Many people are scared because they see him as not capable of managing the position of President since he doesn’t have political experience, but I think you shouldn’t underestimate a man who has been successful enough in life to fund his own presidential campaign and gain the vote.
Just like Trump, I’m not the right person to be writing about the US elections. To start off. I’m Canadian. I’m not a political analyst. I’m an author, speaker and Soul H2O blogger of devotions. Not quite the credentials of a political writer but, I’m not writing to analyze the elections. I am writing to awaken the conscience of the continent of North America and somehow the conscience of Donald Trump to understand how pivotal his role as leader of our Continent is in this time.
I thought Trump’s campaign slogan “make America great again” was compelling. Many have understood this to mean how America was during his childhood. Although it was a more financially sound America, although a more church-going nation then, it was not the best America back then and is not the America needed today. The thoughts of going back to an America of yesteryear brings fear in many people.
I was saddened when I searched online to find the results of the election and watched a video clip of Van Jones titled “How Do I Explain This To My Children”.1 Jones describes the election as “a whitelash” and states his fear along with the fear of many Americans of Trump bringing America back to a time of racism. I then read another piece about this same fear in a Huffington Post article.2
Stories like these break my heart. As a Christian I know there is a better way. You see,
[tweetthis]Christ includes, not excludes. #USA #Election Results[/tweetthis]
God is no respecter of persons4. EVERYONE is created in the image of God5. God values us all the same. Under His leadership, there is no racism.
Recently, I made a comment under Lecrae’s Huffington Post article The Pains of Humanity Have Been Draining Me3 on the issue of racism and shared it on my personal Facebook page. I began my comment with these words, “as a pasty white chick it breaks my heart to hear how unfair life is for people of other skin tones. It just shouldn’t be. I wish I could do more to change it”. My role to help bring about change is formulated in my speaking and in my writing. So this is why I write, even when I don’t have the credentials to do so.
I recognized that I started getting sidetracked looking up articles on the election and then I stopped. I didn’t get up at 4am to write an article on what people thought about Trump as President or the State of the Union. I would be sleeping right now if I thought that is what the article should be about. I am willing to lose sleep in order to write a post about the topic that woke me in the first place because:
[tweetthis]In North America, we’re Looking for a David, Not a Saul. #USA #Election #Government [/tweetthis]
As this phrase kept waking me up I thought of the difference between David and Saul as leaders of their nation. Both men were appointed by God in their position. Both men started off well. Only one man finished well. Only one man fulfilled the call of God on his life in leading the people as God intended.
Acts 13:36 says that “David had served God’s purpose in his own generation”.
In Old Testament times a nations leader was recognized by the Spirit of God on their life, oh how we need that today.
1 Samuel 16:14 describes that “the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul”
when he was leader of the nation of Israel, and
I Samuel 13:13-14 explains a little why, “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” NIV
David led well because he was a man after God’s heart. David wasn’t perfect, he didn’t do everything right by a longshot, but he did do what God had purposed for him to do in his generation because his heart was bent towards God’s heart. It’s been a long time since a leader’s term would be written about as having completed what God wanted them to do.
During the voting reports last night one of the panelists said that the Christian vote was the strongest it had been in a long time and commented how churches were showing videos encouraging voting. Christians have made a loud statement to Washington. They have given Donald Trump the mandate to lead their country and as a confessed Christian, to lead it under God’s direction.
Acts 13:21-22 makes clear that God is in control of Governmental appointments. God’s overall plan for mankind is at work, no matter who the leader is. These verses also make it clear that it is the discretion of a leader to follow after God’s purpose for his life and leadership or to fall into the sin of Saul.
“Then the people begged for a king, and God gave them Saul… But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:21-22 NLT
I’m praying that Donald Trump desires to leave a legacy of Godly leadership and truly “make America great”. If he chooses to have the heart of David and rely on the Lord for guidance, America will be a great nation now, not again.
I was impressed by Donald Trump’s victory speech. It was the humblest of acceptance speeches that I remember from a leader of a nation. He honored Hillary Clinton for her role in the election and her service to their country. I hope it has quelled the fear of many that he is only the president for a select few. I pray he lives up to his statements and includes as Christ would.
I was shocked to see such a calm, humble Donald thanking so many for their part in the victory. There was no air of pride in his words. No sense of “I did this on my own, I deserve this”. No heart of Saul.
Mr. Trump, I pray for you. I implore you, to fulfill the purpose of God for your life in your own generation. I ask you to allow the truth of these verses to guide your heart, your life and your leadership as the President of the United States.
May these scriptures guide you as you lead.
Proverbs 17:19 NLT
Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.
Proverbs 16:18 NIV
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
Proverbs 18:12 NIV
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor.
In His Grip,
PRAYING THAT GOD WOULD BLESS YOUR HARVEST SEASON WITH A FRUITFUL FALL!
CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR THIS WEEK’S SOUL H2O DEVOTIONAL
Publishing my second book, Soul H2O is such a different experience than with my first. With the release of Water In The Desert I didn’t know what I was doing AT ALL! Now I know A BIT more and realize how difficult it is to get a book out to market successfully. It’s not that it can’t be done, it’s just harder than I imagined. Luckily I’m not one to shy away from the hard stuff. Thankfully, God has been doing some crazy amazing things in my life that are perfectly positioning me for the Soul H2O Book Launch.
I’m most excited that God is perfectly positioning the right people in my life to help me learn how to do this ‘writing career’ thing.
I’m completely blessed to have blogger Christine Duncan of Precepts and Life Preservers taking the lead on the Soul H2O Social Media Book Launch Campaign and I hope you join us. It’s gonna be fun! Christine has planned out posts that all you have to do is share and I’ll be doing my best to make it worth your while with some special perks J You’ll get a prerelease PDF of my book. I’m doing a Facebook Live today, Wednesday, September 21st that will tell you more. Hope you can watch live. If not check the video out later. I’ll post it on my author Facebook Page.
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Here’s the link if you want more info. You can even see a sample of the book’s interior here too.
I just learned how to make videos with iMovie! Are you in a time where everything is new for you? Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you ever moved, started a new job, school, gym or church? Ok, enough with the interrogation questions. You get what I mean!
It’s an unsettling feeling when you’re in totally new territory. I’m so thankful that the Bible is full of relatable people. They’re not perfect, they’re flawed. They’re not always brave, they struggle with fear and some get this ‘I don’t know exactly what I’m doing or where I’m going” feeling. God keeps bringing me back to the story of the Israelites crossing over the rushing Jordan river on dry ground into the promised land story in Joshua 3-4.
My life is mimicking their experience on both a professional and personal level. In both areas I am facing a sea of raging uncertain circumstances that will either be the blockage to God’s promises or the pathway to His blessings. In both situations it’s the second time I’m facing a similar circumstance that didn’t exactly get me into the ‘Promised Land. Both got me on the journey, but not quite there yet. I believe the Lord is speaking to me that these ‘second battles’ are the breakthrough battles that lead to overriding victory!
Here’s a verse that was shining off the page as I read through the story in Joshua:
“However, stay about half a mile behind them. Don’t come any closer to them so that you will know which way to go because you have not gone this way before.”
God directed the Israelites to follow the ark. They were to stay far enough behind it so they could get a clear vision of where it was going to follow on an easy path.
God has perfectly positioned me to stand behind some great women of the faith and watch what they’re doing. Authors like Karol Ladd, Mary DeMuth, Jennifer Strickland, Sheila Wray-Gregoire, Sue Detweiler. Speakers like Peggy Kennedy and Tracey Mitchell. Bloggers like Kelly Balarie, Crystal Storms, Sarah E Ball and most recently Lindsey Hartz. TV Hosts like Cheryl Weber and Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson. Publicists like Ellen Graf-Martin, Jeane Wynn and Katie Nguyen. I don’t take these new relationships for granted. I thank God for bringing women into my life that encourage, challenge and inspire me to pull out all the stops and move forward with all that God has for my life. I hope you do the same!
I’ve been given some opportunities that not a lot of Canadian authors receive. I’ve been offered the opportunity to promote Soul H2O across North America in three phases. First with the Social Media book launch team. Second in Bookstores across Canada during December. My publisher, Warren Benson of Word Alive Press has coordinated US distribution of my book through Anchor Distributors. Soul H2O is going to be available for purchase in all the Christian bookstores across the US and Water In The Desert is already available! Now to get the US stores like Family Christian and LifeWay to stock the book like Canadian bookstores are doing. This is how I feel that God has perfectly positioned me for the next level in publishing with these distribution channels.
Since we live in the real world, all this great opportunity costs, and boy does it cost! Because of this…
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I’ve partnered together with Word Alive Press, Helena Cho of Goodworks Jewelry and 100 Huntley Street’s Missions arm, Crossroads Relief and Development Water Projects to offer you some pretty fabulous deals to help bless you as you as you partner with me in bringing His refreshing word to people, at the same time providing clean water to people in need! Check out the deals on my Indiegogo Campaign where you order the books. You’ll be personally and beautifully refreshed, some even drenched! (You’ll have to check out the Perks to know what I’m talking about here!).
Thanks for your love and support!
This mock-up of the book represents what the book looks like. It is the perfect purse sized devotional to carry with you anywhere, so you can read, anytime. Stuck at a doctor’s office, no problem. Waiting at the DMV, no problem anymore. Spend your time waiting while being refreshed to OVERflowing!
Wishing you all a Happy #LabourDay ?? Weekend…or #LaborDay for all you Americans ?? ?
Todd and I were blessed to spend the weekend at Braeside Camp after his Art Show Reception on Friday night. Seeing his art in the gallery makes me so very proud! People have such amazing emotional responses to his art.
We arrived at the trailer late Friday night to the most rancid smell I’ve ever experienced, and I grew up on farms! Somehow the plug to our trailer was not completely connected and the power was out. No one had been to the trailer for about two weeks and there had been meat in the fridge. Oh my grossness it was horrible!
Thankfully, we were at my happy place! Braeside Camp!
Pastor Doug Schneider from The Embassy Church in Oshawa was the speaker. The whole weekend’s messages were about longing for God’s presence. There was a tangible sense of His presence. People were healed, set free and strengthened. It’s been an incredible weekend!!!
I also got to show my friends my author copy of Soul H2O. I was especially thankful that I got to see my mentor Peggy Kennedy and show her the book. Peggy provided the Foreward for the book and I dedicated the book to her.
This weekend was perfect, minus the stinky fridge! A great way to end the summer and start the Fall season. Filled up ready to hit the road preaching again ?
Check back tomorrow for the weekly #SoulH2O devotion.
Be Blessed & Refreshed,
On Monday I published the first devotion for the In The Beginning Series, but it all started last week when Todd and I were blessed to attend the General Conference for the PAOC in Montreal, Quebec. We were there with our publisher, Warren Benson from Word Alive Press, promoting our books, but mostly our Church Challenges to pastors. http://www.takethe40daychallenge.com
‘La Belle Province’ lived up to it’s name as God did so many beautiful things there. One of the most rewarding is how he reconnected me to friends and teachers from Bible College. It was as if life hadn’t taken that crazy turn and my journey didn’t skip a beat. I was back joking, discussing and living life among friends, and I got to introduce them to my husband Todd. It was like God hit the reset button and I’m back in the beginning, ready to fulfill the call of God on my life. Actually, I remember the day God hit that reset button.
In the Fall of 2011 I went to a reunion for the Bible College I attended, now called Master’s College and Seminary. I was nervous going to the reunion. Ending up divorced was not a part of my life goals when I left the halls of Bible College. I had dreams of raising my family in a healthy, Christ-centred home filled with peace and doing great things for God in ministry. Sadly, my plans were derailed for a couple decades, but God wasn’t finished with my story.
At the reunion I was so inspired by the messages spoken through Craig Burton, a I guy I sat in class with, then Chairman of the Bible College Board and some younger guy named Rich Janes. I’m sure Rich will like that one! The most life-affecting message came through the words of another friend from Bible College, Kevin Johnson. Kevin’s message was powerful. He talked about how God had hit the ‘reset’ button on the life of the Bible College since it moved back to the Peterborough campus, and how God was doing the same in people’s lives. I felt Holy Spirit speak to me and encourage me that God had hit the reset button on my life.
Now, if only He had hit the reset button on my skin…
Seriously, this was a Word from the Lord that changed my life and began to set in motion God’s plans for my future. Over the past 5 years God has allowed me to remarry the kind of man I dreamed about as a teenager. I’ve written a book, with my second releasing in October. God has opened up the doors for me to preach across Canada and in the United States. Through radio I’ve been able to encourage believers in England. God’s reconnected me in relationship with so many of my College friends. Now we’re doing life and ministry together; just as I had dreamed of back in the beginning.
At Conference last week I was so thankful to be a part of the PAOC. Our Superintendent Dave Wells, did an amazing job. He strategically picked the speakers. I was so proud to hear my friend Patti Miller address the Conference.
Dave gave a powerful closing message at the final communion service where he talked about how God intended for everyone to “sit at the table” in reaching Canada and the world for Christ: young and old, male and female, rich and poor, citizen and immigrant. He made this clear by having someone from each of these groups sit at a table on stage and take communion before us as we all did together. Completely powerful!
Last week I went home and read through Genesis 1-2. The truths of these passages hit me. It became abundantly clear that what had taken place at General Conference was honouring to God’s original plans for men and women to work together
Over the next weeks as you read the devotions in this series, I pray you’re encouraged and that your eyes are opened to the original plans God had for this world, in the beginning.
In His Grip,
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Praying you sense His presence in a new and special way this Easter. I’m asking that God would overflow you with His peace and as you take time to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Remember: He came down. He is Risen! He is alive! Live triumphantly in Him!
if you’d like to read a special Easter post I’ve written, check our Mandy Hill’s Blog We Are His Daughters:
Praying you have a blessed Easter!
In His Grip,