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  • I Need a Sign!


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    I Need A Sign

    “What sign, then, are you going to do
    so we may see and believe you?”
    they asked.
    “What are you going to perform?”

    John 6:30 CSB

    Long before Covid-19 entered this earth, God put in my heart to share some miraculous stories on Soul H2O Radio to build up your faith in a series of what I called “Miraculous March”.  Three powerful teachings coupled with three miraculous interviews featuring Kimberlee Moran, Lena Cebula, and on Saturday the most mind-blowing of supernatural miracles shared by Alley Dunn.

    I had no clue how timely these interviews would be… no way to know that the world would be experiencing a crisis of epic proportions in health, finances and faith.  It’s no mistake the episode releasing on Saturday is about God’s supernatural intervention to bring about His divine purposes, healing and goodness into your life… no coincidence at all. 

    The Book of John

    As I researched for these shows my church started a timely series on the book of John which is sometimes called, The Book of Signs1 because it includes so many of Jesus miraculous works. John made it abundantly clear in his gospel that Jesus performed all these supernatural acts as signs “so that you would believe” (John 20:31). 

    I hope the miraculous sharing in these radio/podcast episodes and this devotion help you to believe in Christ.  I pray you have the gift of faith to believe God for miracles.  I also pray you don’t become like some of the people in John’s day who witnessed these signs and miracles. John and the other gospels record how Jesus pulled back from the crowds when he recognized they didn’t just want Him… they wanted what they could get from Him (John 6:14-15). Seeing signs became more about experiencing the ‘goose-bump effect” and getting their needs met more than signs to draw people to God. 

    You don’t want to be like the people in Jesus day who needed a sign to believe.

    The Bible records how Pharaoh, the Pharisees, Thomas and others all needed a sign, and sadly only a few stayed believing after God performed the sign.

    Let’s be like the people Jesus talked about in John 20:29 when he said, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Look for, ask for and seek out God’s miracle working power but don’t let it be a requirement for your faith.

    Prayer

    Father…

    In this time of uncertainty, I ask for a spirit of faith to rise up in me.  May I have the child-like faith needed to ask for and believe for… global healing… global believing.  Father I need Your gift of faith to trust that in the midst of global crisis… that if we, humble ourselves, seek your face, turn from evil ways, and call on you… you will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and restore our land. 

    God, I ask that you stop the spread of the Corona Virus and heal those suffering from its effects.  May nations turn to faith in Jesus and see your hand turn the tide of sickness, disease, financial ruin and emotional trauma.  May this miraculous turn-around be seen in our world like the drying up of the Jordan for Your people to cross-through into the Promised Land. May the world see your miraculous hand at work, and may we all believe.

    In Jesus Name, Amen!

    Drawing From The Well

    1. John 6:30
    2. John 20:31
    3. John 20:29
    4. Matthew 17:20

    #musicpic SONG:
    Official Youtube Video With Lyrics:
    Miracles In This House by Michael Delgado of Grace City Florida

    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.

    Episode # 24 Releasing Saturday is the last in the “Miraculous March” Series talking about God’s miraculous at work in our world today and features an interview with Alley Dunn. You can find the  Show Notes at http://www.soulh2o.com/24

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  • Who Are You Wearing?

    Last week’s #soulh2o devotion was called My Flawless Razor and today’s message builds on that thought.

    The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
    Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
    ~Psalm 45:13 NASB

    From January to March, our tv sets are filled with film, tv, video, and music awards programs. There are so many like the: Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice, BAFTA, iHeartRadio Music Awards, Grammys, American Country Music (AMC) and tomorrow, Friday, March 15th, the Canadian Juno Music Awards will be all over our screens.

    I like watching these awards programs to see how people respond to winning, but let’s be honest girls… I really watch to see the red-carpet parade of beautiful people dressed in fairy tale-esque or sometimes science-fiction inspired clothing when you’ll inevitably hear the tv reporters ask, “So, Who Are You Wearing?”

    In Psalm 45:131, the king’s daughter is wearing her royal robes; interwoven with gold… not too shabby! In my study of the original wording, the impression I was left with was that this dress is almost a delicate lace made out of gold or embroidered with braided gold threads. If someone wore this to an awards ceremony they would hands-down, make the Most Iconic Dresses Of All Times list.

    What’s In A Word?

    I chose to use the New American Standard Bible translation for today’s verse because I felt it best matched the intent of the original writer. I love how this version captures the message that the daughter of The King was beautiful from the inside out. The word used for ‘within’ or ‘in’, as some versions translate comes from the root word ‘kalel’2 meaning ‘perfect or complete’. This is absolutely how God sees you… beautiful, perfect, glowing, adorned in gold.

    Some of you read this and a warm feeling of confidence is beginning to rise, while others might be thinking “Cut the crap Sherry, I’m no princess. I’m sitting here wearing yoga pants and I haven’t even fit into my jeans for years.”

    The reality is, not many of us will ever wear such beautiful clothing but we all are seen by God as if we’re Cinderella at the Ball—I’m serious! This reality has little to do with you and everything to do with what Christ has done. You just need to get dressed the right way. Let the Apostle Paul be your personal stylist and follow his advice in Romans 13:14 when he says, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”, or “clothe yourself with”, Him as the NIV translation says. Scripture confirms that God provides this clothing for us. It’s gleaming white and pure, all we have to do is put it on.

    So, Who Are You Wearing?

    When you get dressed, remind yourself that you’re ‘putting on Christ’ so when people look at you they see His beauty shining through and are compelled to ask; “So, who are you wearing?”

    Prayer
    Father… I thank you for loving me unconditionally and seeing me as perfect… even when my thoughts tend to focus on my failings. I’m thankful for the clothing you provide. Help me to ‘put You on’ every morning, so when people look at me, they first see You. In Jesus Name…Amen

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    1. Psalm 45:13
    2. Romans 13:14
    3. Galatians 3:27
    4. Revelations 19:7-8

    #musicpic Songs

    Line I love in James Blunt’s song: “You’re beautiful, it’s true”.

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

    ENDNOTES
    1 https://biblehub.com/psalms/45-13.htm Biblehub Accessed: March 12, 2020
    2 https://biblehub.com/hebrew/3634.htm Biblehub for Kalel Accessed: March 12, 2020

    JUST FOR FUN!

    My Pick Favorite Academy Awards Dresses:

    1. Lupita Nyongo’o in Versace; 2018 Academy Awards
    2. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace; 2014 Academy Awards
    3. Farrah Fawcett in Stephen Burrows; 1978 Academy Awards
    4. Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace;
      ~I just couldn’t pick only three!

    My Pick of Strange Awards Dresses:

    1. Björk in Marjan Pejoski Swan Dress; 2001 Academy Awards
    2. Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace Fish Gill Dress; 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
      Dress was weird, but her hair and make-up was the best ever!
    3. Lady Gaga in Armani Prive Jetson’s Inspired Dress; 2010 Academy Awards
    4. Z LaLa in Heather-Anne MacCarahan Octapus Dress; 2015 American Music Awards

    GREAT AWARDS DRESS PAGES

    https://www.heart.co.uk/lifestyle/iconic-oscar-dresses/charlize-theron-dior-oscars-2014/
    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/red-carpet-dresses/g8397/best-oscar-dresses-all-time/
    https://www.elle.com/fashion/celebrity-style/news/g25786/the-most-iconic-oscar-gowns-of-all-time/

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  • My Flawless Razor

    My Flawless Razor

    You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
    there is no flaw in you.
    ~Song of Songs 4:7 NIV

    Flawless Razor

    A couple of years ago I was shopping at the “As seen on TV” store and saw this facial razor called “Flawless”.  I hadn’t seen the commercials, but the display and packaging enticed me enough to purchase. As I age, I’ve been collecting quite the 

    extensive collection of products and tools to help stay looking my best.  The razor does work really well and makes my face feel amazingly smooth, but it doesn’t make my face flawless as the name implies.  It’s still me, just without the peach fuzz. 🙂 

    You Are Flawless

    Flawless just seems like something that can only be achieved by a magazine graphic designer skilled with an airbrush and a picture of a model, so when I read today’s verse while doing my personal devotions, I was kind of shocked. 

    I’ve read through Songs of Songs before but never noticed what this verse said, and what that implies for you and me.  Since the book is partly an allegory of the relationship with Christ and the church this holds a lot of weight in your relationship with Him.  To think that God sees us as flawless is almost incomprehensible… but true.  Girl, you are fearfully and wonderfully made! When God looks at you, He sees ‘no flaw in you’! 

    Today, look in the mirror with new eyes.  Ask God to help you see what He sees… like the face, not the fuzz!

    Prayer

    Father…Your Word blows me away. There’s so much in it that I just can’t wrap my brain around. How You love me seems undeserved, but when I try to understand that you see me as your daughter, your ‘son’ I’m overwhelmed by the way You include me in Your family and how You see me as flawless. In Jesus Name…Amen

    IF YOU’RE STILL STRUGGLING TO BELIEVE THAT GOD SEES YOU AS FLAWLESS…

    Make sure to listen to the #musicpic below and check back on the blog next Monday to read the Devotion, Who Are You Wearing? I think it will help you believe it a little more. This is what God’s using to help me believe this truth. I am flawless in His eyes. YOU are flawless in His eyes!

    Much Love

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. Song of Songs 4:7 (Loses meaning in the NLT Translation, just sayin’) If you only have an NLT Bible, check here for the verse in many translations: Bible Hub
    2. Song of Songs 1:15
    3. Psalm 139:14
    4. Genesis 1:26-27
    (This one I love in the NLT Translation!) If you don’t have an NLT Bible, check here: Bible Hub – just click the arrow forward for verse 27.

    #musicpic SONG: Flawless by MercyMe

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  • When Valentine’s Day Hurts

    Above all else,
    guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
    ~Proverbs 4:23 NIV

    When Valentine's Day HurtsValentine’s Day has the potential to be the most euphorically sweet or the most painfully hurtful day of the year. 

    What you’re experiencing today most likely felt in direct proportion to where you sit on the relationship spectrum.  If you’re single, the day of love can conjure up questions deep inside your heart that can lead to self-doubt and loneliness. Widowed, and the self-pity can well up leaving you feeling blue. If you’re in an unhealthy marriage, or just experiencing a rough patch, Valentine’s can be downright painful making you feel rejected, unloved, and unwanted. 

    This one, emotionally charged day has the potential to feel like the best or worst day of your life. VDay can prime your emotions to euphoric love or drop to the depths of despair and then Valentine’s Day hurts… if you let it.   

    Above All Else, Guard Your Heart

    Proverbs 4:23 is a crucial verse to memorize. There’s so much wisdom jam-packed into one little verse that can help guide, direct and protect you.  The importance of guarding your heart is monumental to staying emotionally healthy.  If you allow life’s circumstances and your relationships dictate the condition of your heart then Gurl, you’re in truuuuuubble! Whole lotta experience goes into that statement. 

    I’m joking to make this difficult issue palpable.  I know this isn’t easy, but it is necessary. You have to allow your heart to feel emotions, but you have to know when to tell them to heave-ho and go!  

    A gate guarded by military personnel knows who to let in and who to keep out.  Do you know who’s who?  Well, let me help you know whose voice you definitely should let into your heart by showing you The Passion Translation’s version of Proverbs 4:23, the three verses before it and their footnote from the word “heart”.  I hope the words I put in bold hit you like they wacked me upside the emotional head. 🙂

    Proverbs 4:20-23 The Passion Translation (TPT)

    Listen carefully, my dear child, to everything that I teach you, and pay attention to all that I have to say. Fill your thoughts with my words until they penetrate deep into your spirit.a]”>[a] Then, as you unwrap my words,b]”>[b] they will impart true life and radiant health into the very core of your being. So above all, guard the affections of your heart,c]”>[c] for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.

    (c) The Hebrew word levav is the most common word for “heart.” It includes our thoughts, our will, our discernment, and our affections.

    Above all else, guard your heart because your emotions (from your heart) conjure up thoughts inside your mind that are turned into belief systems, inspiring your behaviours.  Your heart is that important.

    PRAYER

    Father… I’m so thankful that your love is constant.  I don’t need to fear that it will end or be taken away from me.  Help me to live in the truth of Your Word and not the anxiety of my heart.  I choose to guard my heart and let Your Words sink deep into my spirit. I am loved, I am valued, I am wanted. In Jesus Name…Amen

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    If this devotion struck an emotional nerve and you have my book Water In The Desert, I encourage you to read Devotion #31 Who Are You Listening To For Your Worth?  When I got to the end of writing this Soul H2O Devo I went to my book because the Study Guide section for that devo is filled with 8 pages of Scripture that you can look up to affirm you in God’s love for you and how He sees you.  I’ve also created a few Tips on How To Help Your Lonely Heart Below.

    TIPS ON HOW TO HELP YOUR LONELY HEART

    • Don’t fill the void of a wounded heart with unhealthy things, less than God’s best for you!
    • Know what God’s Word says about you.
      • If you have my book Water In The Desert, I encourage you to read Devotion #31 Who Are You Listening To For Your Worth? And complete the study pages related with more verses.
      • God loves you: Romans 5:8; John 3:16; 1 John 3:1
      • God accepts you: Romans 15:7; Colossians 1:21-22
      • God chose you: Ephesians 1:4; Romans 8:29-30; 1 Peter 2:9; John 15:16
      • You are part of God’s family: Ephesians 1:5,11, 2:4-7; Romans 8:14; 1 John 3:1
      • God says you belong: Psalm 100:3; Romans 14:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19; John 10:27-28; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
      • God made you in His Image: Genesis 1:27; Romans 8:29
      • God thinks you’re wonderful: Psalms 139:13-14; Isaiah 43:1
      • God delights in you: Zephaniah 3:17
      • God created you for a purpose: Isaiah 43:7; 1 Peter 2:9; John 15:16; Jeremiah 29:11; 2 Corinthians 5:20
      • God will not reject you: John 6:37; Psalm 147:11
      • God won’t let anything take his love away from you: Romans 8:37-39
      • God doesn’t forget about you or neglect you: Isaiah 49:15
      • God wants you: Jeremiah 31:3; 1 Peter 1:18-19
      • God sees you as valuable, worth everything: 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians 6:19
      • God cares about your feelings: Psalm 56:8
      • God understands you: Hebrews 4:15-16
    • Focus your thoughts on what God says about you.
    • Let the truth of God’s love toward you penetrate deep into your spirit.
    • Speak out over your life the truths mentioned above. It helps your brain to make those thoughts automatic over your negative neural pathways (thought patterns).
    • Listen to music that affirms God’s love and His thoughts towards you.
    • Don’t just listen to slow music, put on something that will make you Dance!
    • Do something special for yourself that doesn’t cost money, or much money. If you spend a bunch of money you may get an initial high followed by credit card bill dread!
    • Do something or just let yourself ‘have a day’, but only a day.

    #musicpic Wanted By Danny Gokey

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. 1. Proverbs 4:20-23
    2. 2. Isaiah 51:1-3
    3. 3. Ephesians 1:5
    4. 4. Colossians 3:16

    From My Heart to Yours, I wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

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  • Do You Ever Go To Sleep Worried?

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    Matthew 11:28-30

    A couple years ago, I went out for dinner at a Spanish restaurant in Tampa with my daughter Shelby, her roomie Boquet, and Bo’s mom, Mel. We had such a great night with lots of talking… ‘cause that’s what us girls do!

    Guatemalan Worry DollsAt the end of our meal, the waitress gave each of us Guatemalan worry dolls.  She told us how it was customary for parents to help children who worried at night by making the dolls. Worrisome Guatemalan children are encouraged to tell the doll all their fears.

    Legend teaches them that the doll will take the child’s worry upon themselves, so they can sleep.  When the child wakes up in the morning, the doll is supposed to have fixed their problems.  It’s a whimsical way to help quell the anxiety of children, but I can’t imagine it being sufficient to silence the stress of adults who go to sleep worried.

    DO YOU EVER GO TO SLEEP WORRIED?

    I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had times when we go to sleep worriedor maybe I’m the only one {Insert wink here}. Life can be stressful and full of situations that seek to make you worry. At times I’ve found myself so wound up that my mind can’t settle. 

    When I let them, worries of this life can keep my eyes wide open, while Todd’s already dreaming beside me in bed. But it doesn’t have to be like this, in fact, it shouldn’t be like this. It’s challenging to read how the NLT translates Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:32. When talking about worry, He said, “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows your needs.”

    It makes sense that unbelievers should worry because they don’t have a God to help them. Christians minds shouldn’t be dominated by worry. 

    MATTHEW 11:28-30In today’s key verse, Jesus gives you an offer that should help you fall asleep, as soon as your head hits the pillow… even without a Guatemalan worry doll.

    It’s amazing to me how people can let a man-made doll, only 1-2 inches tall take their worry away; yet we struggle to trust our troubles with God… the same God who formed you in your mother’s womb, holds the universe in place, sets the timing of the tides, and feeds the birds of the air.

    Jesus actually invites you to give all your burdens to Him, and unlike the little dolls, He actually has the power to do something about your problems.

    Jesus promises that when you give your weary, burdened thoughts to Him, He’ll, in turn, give you rest for your soul… you know, that physical part of you that needs sleep. Your worry, for His rest… Now that’s a deal you shouldn’t turn down!     

    So, today, why not give your worry to Jesus, let Him take care of it, so you can get a great night’s sleep tonight!

    Prayer

    Father… Forgive me for holding onto my worry. Help me to release all my anxious thoughts to You and receive Your rest.  I place my stress, my worry, my doubt and my fear into Your all-powerful hands and I won’t pick it back up again.  I choose to release and trust, because You are trustworthy. In Jesus Name…Amen

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    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. Matthew 11:28-30
    2. Philippians 4:6
    3. Jeremiah 31:25
    4. Matthew 6:25-34

    Saturday’s Soul H2O Radio/Podcast Episode starts off discussing this devotion and leads into a deep discussion on Can You Believe In God & Be Depressed.  Sarah E. Ball is my interview Guest and I know you’ll be encouraged by her story. 

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  • Do You Love Your Job?

    So how do you feel about your job? 

    Do you wake up in the mornings energetic and excited to face the day the day, thankful for the opportunity you have… Or… Do you get the Sunday Grumpies?  You know, that cloud of doom that looms over your head come late Sunday as your brain begins to shift out of weekend wistfulness to weekday wincing?  Not liking your job is a MAJOR problem in this world and it’s totally not how God wants you to live your life.

    GOD WANTS YOU TO
    ENJOY YOUR WORK

    Ecclesiastes 3:22
    “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work” (NIV)

    ENJOY YOUR WORK ECCLESIASTES 3-21

    God doesn’t want you to be in a job you hate.  He wants you to enjoy your work and find fulfilment in what you do.  

    It’s what He modeled for us through creation.  When God created the universe, the sun, moon, stars, trees, all sorts of vegetation, creatures in the sea, animals, birds and people it says that He, “looked upon all that He had made, and indeed, it was very good.” (GN 1:31). 

    GOD’S HANDIWORK

    I find this so amazing.  I mean, I can understand how God thought the sun, moon, stars and plants were all incredible, but after he creates all of what I would classify as stellar work, Scripture records Him saying it was good. 

    It seems God thinks more of us, we’re the prize of His handiwork.  If you’re asking how I know, well, it’s because when God finished creating people, Scripture records Him saying it’s ‘VERY GOOD’, and then He rested.  God was satisfied by His work. You can learn from God’s example and find wisdom in the words of a guy whose very name gives him credibility in this arena.

    LOVE YOUR JOB!

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” –Steve Jobs

    Your job is important to God, make it important to you.  He wants you to be able to say in all honesty,

    I love my job!

    PRAYER

    Father, I’m so thankful for your example.  I find freedom in knowing that you want us to enjoy the work of our hands.  Help me not to just waste the hours working but fulfil the destiny you’ve placed on my life.  May I use the gifts and talents you’ve placed inside of me in honour of Your VERY GOOD handiwork. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    1. 1. Ecclesiastes 3:22
      2.Genesis 1:31
      3. Isaiah 64:8
      4. Psalm 90:17

    Check out These Episodes of the Soul H2O Podcast that discuss your job. Hollie’s is titled, I Love My Job… because she does.  Dan’s episode is titled, Pastor or Plaster? and is a discussion style show that talks about Defining The Call of God into ministry.

    In His Grip,

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  • Going All In

    Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”;
    so they filled them to the brim.
    ~John 2:7 NIV

    Too many times we try to get away with giving just a little, believing just a little, serving just a little, loving just a little.  We scrimp, assuming we might run out or when it comes to faith and love… we fear we might be disappointed, so we go part-way. 

    To The Brim

    I love how the servants working at the wedding in Cana were found going all in!  They heard Jesus command to “Fill the jars with water” and they filled them “to the brim”.  Six water pots I wonder what would have happened if they just filled the jars half full?  Would the miracle still have taken place? Sure, maybe it would have but it wouldn’t have affected as many people’s lives.  Matthew 7:2 says, with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” So, let’s talk measurements. According to research, the water jars would have held around 20 gallons of water1. Just to compare size in your mind, the average keg (half barrel) only holds 15.5 gallons of beer2. “The standard pour for a glass of wine is five ounces”.3 20 gallons is equal to 2560 ounces divided by 5ounces equals 512.4  So, Jesus made about 512 more glasses of wine for the guests at a wedding held in a small town where the nearest city was bout 400 people.  That’s a lot of wine for probably not a lot of people. These servants got to see a BIG miracle that day.  The guests were brought into that miracle to the level of the servant’s faith. 

    Let’s go all in this year and believe BIG miraculous thoughts about what God can do!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m thankful You promise that even if I only have faith the size of a mustard seed (which is really, really tiny), You can do GREAT things. God, I ask you for a gift of faith5 to believe that you can and will do the miraculous. In Jesus Name…Amen


    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. John 2:7
    2. Matthew 7:2
    3. Matthew 17:20
    4. Matthew 13:31-32

    #musicpic SONG:
    All in by Matthew West
    Official Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/UUc86gfzToU


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

    ENDNOTES

    1. https://biblehub.com/commentaries/john/2-6.htm Biblehub Website Accessed:  2020-01-08
    2. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/how-many-beers-are-in-a-keg.html Website Accessed:  2020-01-08
    3. https://www.google.com/search?q=what+is+the+average+size+glass+of+wine&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA775CA776&oq=what+is+the+average+size+glass+of+wine&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l4.9052j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 , https://www.healthline.com/health-news/drinking-more-blame-your-wine-glass#1 Websites Accessed:  2020-01-08
    4. https://www.google.com/search?q=gallons+into+ounces&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA775CA776&oq=gallons+into+ounces&aqs=chrome..69i57j6j0.4120j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8  Website Accessed:  2020-01-08
    5. https://biblehub.com/bsb/1_corinthians/12.htm Website Accessed:  2020-01-08

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  • Have You Ever Blown It?

    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
    John 3:17 ESV

    Have you ever blown it? Ever seriously, made a really bad mistake? Said the wrong thing at the wrong time that brought hurt to someone you love? Dropped the ball and ruined things? Messed up on your morals and feel the sting of your mistake?

    There are so many ways you can blow it and I know it, because I’m completely talking from experience here. My tendency after blowing it by doing something stupid is to beat myself up, passing the gloves over for condemnation to land some destructive blows.

    I can be the worst trash talker to myself but one day God showed me how He was in the business of using people who blow it by showing me biblical examples of people who went from making mistakes to pursuing their purpose.

    THE GOOD NEWS IS—
    GOD GIVES SECOND CHANCES

    Moses
    God positioned him in the palace to fulfill his destiny as the deliverer, but he blew it.
    Moses killed a man and ran away into the desert for 40 years.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Moses got to lead the same people out of slavery.
    Jonah
    God called Jonah to reach the people of Nineveh, but he blew it.
    Jonah ran away from God’s calling on his life and ended up in a BIG fish.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh and they came to faith.
    Samson
    God appointed him to stand guard for the nation of Israel, but he blew it.
    Samson broke his Nazarite vow, living rebelliously, violently and immorally.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Samson defeated more of God’s enemies after his mistakes.
    Peter
    God called Peter as a disciple to follow him, but he blew it.
    Peter denied Christ.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Peter preached with boldness and thousands came to faith in Christ.
    You
    God has appointed you for good works to bring him glory, but you blow it.
    You don’t have faith to believe God can do it through you, fall into sin, let fear immobilize you…you do what you do.

    THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU IS—
    GOD GIVES YOU SECOND CHANCES

    It still amazes me that God can take my mess and use it to share His message. I’m awed at how He doesn’t condemn when we ask for His forgiveness.

    The devil on the other hand loves to heap on condemnation. The enemy wants you to sit and wallow in your wandering, he strives to keep you in the shame of your past mistakes; that way, he can keep you feeling low and stop you from moving forward in the plans and purposes God has for your life.

    I love the words in Rend Collective’s song that echoes how, “A second chance is Heaven’s heart”.1  Jesus didn’t come to make you feel horrible about yourself… He came to set you free not bind you up. 

    So, the next time you blow it, why not show some grace; ask for forgiveness, let God work in you and speak His purposes over your life. Then, move forward and watch God doing something great through you!

    Father… I thank you for Your abundant grace and willingness to give me chance after chance to get things right. Help me to forgive myself in the same way You forgive me and please… let me learn from my mistakes, so I don’t keep repeating them. In Jesus Name…Amen

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. John 3:17
    2. Romans 8:1
    3. Lamentations 3:21-23
    4. Ephesians 2:10

    musicpic SONG: Second Chance

    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Thankful
    Sung By: Rend Collective
    Website: https://rendcollective.com/
    Album: Homemade Worship by Handmade People © 2012
    Youtube Video https://youtu.be/W6RNJ6HDTpU
    Spotify Link https://open.spotify.com/track/2OtppI9PZe4h77OZGmecvm?si=pSAd58mnQcShK1P09Mu_vw
    AZ Lyrics of Song
    https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollective/secondchance.html
    Fave Lines
    A second chance is Heaven’s heart

    musicpic SONG: Second Chance

    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Thankful
    Sung By: Hillsong United
    YouTube Video https://youtu.be/yKIT4KPS-VQ
    AZ Lyrics of Song https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hillsongunited/secondchance.html
    Album: In A Valley By The Sea © 2007

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  • How To Face An Imperfect, Change-Charged Christmas

    For those of you who might be facing an imperfect, change-charged Christmas this year like our family and feeling a little anxious about the season of cheer; here’s a post to encourage you how God can turn things around and bring peace on earth… or more importantly, in your heart!

    IMPERFECT CHANGE-CHARGED CHRISTMAS BLOG IMAGE

    AN IMPERFECT CHRISTMAS

    It was the second Christmas after the divorce but the first out of our family home. 

    The kids and I were living in a rented cottage at our church camp and due to struggles in their relationship, I knew the kids wouldn’t be seeing their father or family on his side again.  Nothing was the same, but for the first time in a long time—I knew it would be peaceful.

    I worried how I could make this Christmas special. There was no room for our 9-foot Christmas tree decked out in holiday splendor… it was packed away in the storage unit with all our other familiar things.

    On top of this, I had started dating Todd and we knew we wanted to get married soon, so we felt it would it was time to begin celebrating the holidays together. I knew it would be hard for all the kids. Mine, who had everything turned upside down for years, living way out of their familiar surroundings and Todd’s kids who had to open up their family traditions to three more they probably weren’t sure they wanted there.

    NOT FOR COWARDS

    Not a situation for the cowardly.  I knew it wouldn’t be an easy year for all the kids, so I was bent and determined to do my best to make it a Christmas they would want to remember.

    Celebrations started off with joining Todd’s family at their annual Sudds/Stahl Christmas party put on by his mom. I was worried how the family would treat us.  Would they accept us and make us welcome or would we get the cold shoulder and end up sitting in a corner alone? 

     In true Bevie (Todd’s mom) fashion, there was lots of good food and games galore. The Sudds and Stahls all made us feel so welcomed and a part of the family. We felt like we came home. My kids and Todd’s kids laughed all night long.  Back at Todd’s house we had our first Christmas as our amalgamation of a family. I’ll never forget how my stepson-to-be responded to his gift from us, reportedly his best Christmas gift ever; thanks to Shelby knowing him so well!

    We left Todd’s and went back to the little cottage.  My kids were in special form being silly and having fun, even acting out the Christmas story for me.  We laughed as we wrapped more gifts.  Then we went to my parents and slept over with my sister’s family. There were a few emotional times, but we worked our way through them. 

    What started with the potential for a disastrous, depressing Christmas
    turned out to be one of the best ever!

     Contrary to all my fears and concerns, that Christmas turned out to be amazing! If I would have given in to the A great new beginning. 

    There’s no manual on how to join two families. I’m sure we didn’t do everything the right way… because I don’t think there is a right way to blend a family.  I know it’s never God’s original intent but I’m thankful that God works all things for our good and allows second chances at love—real love… and gives us more family to embrace!  

    The kids are older now, some starting to make traditions of their own. But we still get together. Celebrating as this new family hybrid has become our norm and one of the most wonderful times of the year! Right now, the house is full of the kids, a boyfriend, a fiancé, a cat with one more “kid” coming tonight. We’ve having meals together, playing games and watching movies.  It really is a wonderful time.

    It’s taken us years and many bumps in the road to get here, but I feel we’ve transitioned from an awkward, not knowing how to mix group, into a loving, accepting, warm family unit. Not perfect, because let’s face it… whose family is perfect.  Not perfect, but perfectly ours!

    BRAVE AN IMPERFECT CHANGE-CHARGED CHRISTMAS

    My advice to those wanting to experience peace and joy this Christmas while facing an imperfect, change-charged Christmas is to be brave! The reason why you can be brave is solidly based in the reason you celebrate Christmas. Bravery is possible this Christmas and always because God is with you.

    Matthew 1:22-23
    Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.

    Jesus is Immanuel… God with us.
    There is nothing you face without His presence, power and love.

    In practical ways: change or if needed, lower your expectations, try to follow as many traditions as you can but make some new ones… think positively, reject fear and doomsday thinking… lighten up, plan some fun… expect some issues, be ready to show grace… love lots… and enjoy every blessing on your way to the good times!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Much love,

    ~Sherry
       xoxo

    Drawing From The Well

    Scriptures to Fill Up Your Bucket

    IMMANUEL—PRESENCE VERSES
    Isaiah 7:4
    Matthew 1:22-23
    Genesis 28:15
    Exodus 33:14
    JESUS—PRINCE OF PEACE VERSES
    Isaiah 9:6
    Isaiah 26:3
    Ephesians 2:14
    John 14:27

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  • Why Radio Is Your Best Friend

    Water In My Desert SongSoul H2O Radio Episode 4 Radio Is Your Best Friend that releases tomorrow http://www.soulh2o.com/4 is all about the power of musical worship. Rachelle Fletcher is our Interview Guest this week and I can’t wait for you to get to know her. You’re gonna love Rachelle! She’ll tell you all about the Song you’ve been hearing every week on Soul H2O Radio, being played subtly in the background, heard at the intro and the extro, fading in and out of the show at random times. Maybe you’ve even sung it at a Retreat I’ve spoken at? You’ll get to hear Rachelle’s professional recording of Water In My Desert produced by Josh Alltop (Dove Award Winning producer) and how God inspired the song from the intersection of my desert and hers.

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    Radio Is Your Best Friend

    “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to … provide a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
    Isaiah 61:1,3

    Radio Is Your Best Friend

    The music and lyrics to Water In My Desert have refreshed my soul and I believe it has the potential to do the same for you.  This song has pulled me out of a funk and inspired me to have greater faith more than a few times.  Music has a way of doing this.  You can be down in the dumps when you hear a song and it literally makes your heart sing. Music is powerful!  That’s why Radio Is Your Best Friend when you’re going through a difficult time or just feeling a little blue… and when you’re feeling good an energetic song with powerful lyrics can empower your day!

    JOEL HOUSTON KNOWS

    Joel Houston from Hillsong United in Australia wrote an article for the Pureflix blog called, How Music Affects Our Brains (And Our Hearts!). Through this magazine article and my other research (cause I’m geeky like that!), I’ve learned a lot about the power of music and when you add a spiritual aspect to the natural effects of music the results are supernatural. In the show I have time to go more in-depth with How The Power of Music Can Affect Your Life & Change You From The Inside Out. Some of the information is crazy amazing, but let’s just say, it’s no wonder why musical worship has such an amazing impact on hearts and minds.

    SCIENCE KNOWS

    Science is finally backing up what the Bible has been saying for centuries. Isaiah 61 is a portion of Scripture that Jesus partially quoted in Luke 4.  It’s talking about the Messiah, Jesus when it says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to … provide a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Musical Worship can be that garment of praise that will trade your spirit of despair and provide your heart with hope. Music has the power to change the atmosphere in your heart, home, workplace and even the mood in your car with hangry kids. Whatever your need for refreshing, God can bring water into your desert with a song!

    So, turn the music up and let radio be your best friend!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m thankful for the power of a power song about you to destroy despair and defeat my doubt.  I will put on the garment of praise and raise my voice today as you take care of my burdens. This is how I choose to fight my battles! In Jesus Name…Amen


    MUSIC SUGGESTIONS

    Might I suggest joyradio.ca J  This is the station that is hosting my radio show and producing the podcast version.  My producer Mike is amazing.  Everyone at that station is so great to work with.

    For those of you who might be new to the #soulh2o blog, you might not know about #musicpic’s.  I started suggesting songs to go along with my devotions years ago.  If you need a dose of musical refreshing, you can always find the #musicpics on the blog by using the search function found on the blog main page right hand side by selecting the #musicpic category. My favourite is the Giant Killer Songs list but there are lots of great suggestions. You can also find #musicpics at in the Show Notes for every Soul H2O Episode.   Here’s a few links to help your search:

    Some of My #MUSICPIC Posts

    First Ever #musicpic post: Forgiveness Song https://sherrystahl.com/forgiveness-song/
    Giant Killer Songs https://sherrystahl.com/giant-killer-songs/
    Speaking Life in Song  https://sherrystahl.com/speak-life-song/
    Words-Song https://sherrystahl.com/words-song/

    Episode Show Notes

    Each episode’s show notes are just the website name with /# of episode
    Eg. http://www.soulh2o.com/3 For last week’s Learning To Dream Episode or this week’s http://www.soulh2o.com/4 releasing on Saturday

    Drawing From the Well

    1. Isaiah 61:1-3
    2. Psalm 96:1
    3. Zephaniah 3:17
    4. Psalm 40:3

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