Soul H2O Devotions

  • Stay Connected To The Power Source

    “Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
    No branch can bear fruit by itself;
    it must remain in the vine.
    Neither can you bear fruit
    unless you remain in me.”
    John 15:4-5 NIV

    GETTING DISCONNECTED

    Last summer was one of the hottest summers on record in the past 75 years so, it was still hot when we got to Braeside on Labor Day weekend.  We arrived at 1am and opened the door to an overwhelming stench.  I thought something died in the trailer but it was just the fridge.

    electric plug

    The electrical plug to the trailer had somehow been disconnected from the pole.  Shelby had been gone from the trailer for two weeks and everything she left in the fridge had rotted.  Meat in the freezer was rancid.  A bag of spinach had liquefied into a stinking black fluid. Frozen bananas were a reeking goo.

    Stay Connected To The Power Source

    When I read this portion of scripture in John I can’t help but remember the results when our fridge didn’t stay connected to the power source.  I’ll remember forever the foul odors it emitted.  They’re a great example of what happens to Christians when we don’t remain in Christ.

    bad smellI know that when I don’t spend time with God daily my life starts to smell.  Things go foul and the days just get all messed up.  Often in the busyness of life we think that we don’t have time to read the Bible or meditate on it.  We can get too scheduled to spend time in prayer, but the reality is, life’s too hard to live disconnected from God.  Days go by much easier when we spend time in personal daily devotions.

    Start this week off right.  Take time to stay connected to the power source.  Decide to spend daily time remaining in relationship with Christ, so you can live a fruitful life.

    Prayer

    Father…I’m overwhelmed with the thought that God who created the universe wants to stay involved with me.  Help me never to take that for granted.  Let me not get casual with Your love.  May my life produce some juicy fruit as I stay connected to the power source; to you Lord and Your Word. In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Life’s too hard to live disconnected from God.[/tweetthis]

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    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREYYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 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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  • Get Ready for God to Amaze You!

     Consecrate yourselves
    for tomorrow

    the LORD will do AMAZING things among you.”
                                                                 Joshua 3:5 (NIV)

    Too many people don’t get to see the amazing things God has planned for them because they don’t
    get ready in advance.

    Sometimes we have a movie theatre attitude.
    We want to just sit back, relax, and watch the show when God asks us to perform vital roles.

    Life is not a spectator sport

    [tweetthis]Life is not a spectator sport.[/tweetthis]

    God desires to partner with you to see His plans and purposes released in your life.

    When the Israelites were crossing over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, God required that they consecrate themselves.

    They had to do it, not God.

    Their acts of consecration were a sign that they were dedicating their lives for a sacred purpose. God promised them that if they did this, He would follow up by doing amazing things among them—and He sure did stick to His Word! After they consecrated themselves, God parted the flood-stage waters of the Jordan River and let them walk across on dry ground. Then God caused the walls of Jericho to crumble as the Israelites marched and worshipped around them.

    How amazing is that?

    Why did all these miracles take place?

    Because God’s people PREPARED themselves

    in advance.

    During the hard times,

    while still IN the desert,

    they lived out the words of Isaiah 40:3, which says,

    In the wilderness,
    get it ready!
    Prepare the way;

    make it a straight shot. The Eternal would have it so.
    Straighten the way in the wandering desert to make
    the crooked road wide and straight for our God.
    (The Voice, emphasis added)

    Get ready in your desert times and you’ll be preparing the way for God to amaze you!

    Get Ready in desert

    PRAYER

    Father, thank You for Your power to do amazing things in my life! Help me to prepare the way in my heart so You’ll have a roadway into my life for the miraculous! In Jesus’ name, amen.

    [tweetthis]Get ready in your desert times and you’ll be preparing the way for God to amaze you![/tweetthis]

    [tweetthis]Get Ready For God to AMAZE You![/tweetthis]

    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. Joshua 3:5
    2. Exodus 19:10–11
    3. Isaiah 40:3
    4. Matthew 3:3
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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 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

    Soul H2O BookThis devotion ‘Get Ready For God To Amaze You’ 
    was originally published on my blog (May 5, 2014)
    It was later published as "Prepare The Way", 
    Devo #27 in my book:
     Soul H2O: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions For Women
     (c) 2016 Word Alive Press Winnipeg, MB
    I republished on September 11, 2017 with new graphics because I just felt like I should :)
    Believing you will find refreshing as you read!

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  • Does Work Bring You Satisfaction?

    “That each of them may eat and drink,
    and find satisfaction in all their toil
    —this is the gift of God.”
    Ecclesiastes 3:13  NIV

    Ecc 3:13 Satisfaction

    Do you like taking personality assessments?  I hesitate to let you know I do because a neuro-psychologist friend of mine, raised a brow when I told her!  Maybe I’m crazy, but I find them fascinating.  Perhaps it’s because taking a Birkman Method Personality Assessment in 2008 changed my life.  At the time I took the test, I was a Director of Finance and Operations for a company I co-owned in the Automotive Industry.  I dreaded work and felt drained most of the time.  This girl had a fancy title, yet very little satisfaction for her toil!

    MY BIRKMAN BREAKTHROUGH

    When I got the results back from my Birkman Assessment the lights came on and I understood for the first time why I felt so dissatisfied.  The first section of the test rated the ten areas of work activities or interests to see what brings you the most fulfillment in life.  Any area scoring above 50 energizes your personality, while scores below 50 are draining.

    My top three Areas of Interest were:

    1. Persuasion (Selling, Communicating) at 96
    2. Social Service (Helping Others) at 94
    3. Literary (Writing, Formal Persuasion) at 92.

    Somehow Musical was next on my list at 75, which seems illogical given that I can’t hold a tune!  (Wondering if I answered something wrong there???)  Clerical was last on my list above 50.

    The Birkman rep explained how anything above 90 was considered necessary activities, in order for you to feel fulfilled.  They weren’t just things you liked to do, they’re things you needed to do!

    My job at the time barely included any activities that were in my top three Areas of Interest.  No wonder I felt frustrated!  I could see how I enjoyed the Operations side of my role and not the Finance side since Numerical scored below 50 on my list.  Sure, I can perform the role as a bookkeeper; I’ve done work like that since I was twelve, helping in my parent’s business.  It was clearly a learned activity, not an innate ability.

    MY BOOKSFast-forward four years from taking the Birkman and I published my first book, Water In The Desert, followed by Soul H2O…and hopefully many more books to come (Literary).

    SPEAKINGI now travel internationally and speak to women’s groups (Persuasion).  This position allows me to help people I’ve never even met (Social Service).  It’s so much beyond what I could’ve ever imagined for my life.   Working as an author, speaker and blogger is my dream job.  At this point, there is great satisfaction for my toil and I consider that an invaluable gift from God.

    Does Work Bring You Satisfaction?

    Jeremiah 29:11 tells how God’s plans for your life are good.  Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  When you’re fulfilling the activities God uniquely created you to do, you’ll feel satisfied.  The more you spend time in relationship with God, the more your desires for the future will line up with God’s good plans for your life.  It’ll become natural.

    EPHESIANS 2:10

    On this, day after Labor Day, take the time to ask yourself:  Am I fulfilling Ephesians 2:10 through my paid job or volunteer activities?  If not, it may be time you got crazy like me and completed one of those Personality Assessments!

    Prayer

    Father…I believe you’ve placed a divine destiny within me because, the Bible tells me so in Ephesians 2:10.  Let the desires of my heart help me discern Your purposes for my life so I can experience Your gift of satisfaction.  May I use my time and my abilities for Your Glory, and enjoy every minute of it!  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Does Work Bring You Satisfaction?[/tweetthis]

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

    Drawing From The Well

    1. Ecclesiastes 3:13
    2. Jeremiah 29:11
    3. Psalm 37:4
    4. Ephesians 2:10

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    BLOGGER PRAYERS-GREYYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis#SoulSurvival – Donna Riedland
    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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  • Are You In The Middle?

    200th Soul H2OI’ll get to my Are You In The Middle? Devotion below, but I have to settle something first 🙂

    Here’s a link to the Facebook live I taped on Monday, August 28th 2017 where I drew the ballots for the 200th #SoulH2O Contest and read this devotion, with a bunch of extras!  I wish I could have you all in a room and study right alongside you.
    Hope this video leaves you strengthened to hold on in the middle and stay true to the end.

    Congratulations To:
    Nicole Kauffman–Blogger at http://www.couragehopelove.com
    Katie Reid–Blogger at http://www.katiemreid.com
    Soul H2O Readers–Stephanie Hewer and Ana Calderon

    Are You In The Middle

    Romans 8:37

    At the end of 2016 I began praying for 2017.  I was asking the Lord to give me a word to declare over the year and I felt Him whispering VICTORY in my ear.

    My first reaction was elation, but it was quickly replaced with a holy fear.  As soon as I thought about it my naivety was displaced with reality.  Victory is not achieved by sitting in your lazy boy with the remote in your hand.  Victory is won on the battlefield.  I knew that God was promising me Triumph, but gaining ground would involve a fight…not a physical one of course 🙂

    Psalm 44:3 

    It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.  NIV

    For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.  KJV

    I didn’t want to accept this word, but God confirmed it through a set of circumstances and used this verse, Romans 8:37 to seal the promise.

    [tweetthis]Victory is won on the battlefield[/tweetthis]

    So here it is, August 28th and I’m in the middle.  It’s just past the middle of the calendar year and victory isn’t in sight, not even if I squint my eyes.  I was reading Holley Gerth’s upcoming release, Fiercehearted for my next Ellen’s Pick book review and this paragraph encouraged my heart.  I’m guessing it will do the same for you!

    “But that middle place is the hardest—it’s the furnace and the refinery and what remakes us.  It’s the labor and the sweat and the groaning.  It can’t be skipped or minimized, diminished or forgotten.  It matters and is to be honored.
    But it is also not the end.1
    ~Holley Gerth

    So, if you’re in the middle and can’t see the victory God’s promised, does it make the promise any less true…any less reliable?

    No, Despite ALL these things
    It’s not the end!
    OVERWHELMING VICTORY
    is ours through Christ!

    Last week I talked about how long it took for God’s promises to Abraham, David and Joseph to come true.  Paul wrote about Abraham’s faith in God’s promises and this is what he said:

    Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,
    but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
    being fully persuaded
    that God had power to do what he had promised.
    Romans 4:21-22 NIV

    Romans 4:21

     

    If you’re in the middle like me, don’t give up….don’t give in.  Strengthen your faith, build your courage and be fully persuaded that God will do what He said!  Victory is on the way!

    [tweetthis]Victory implies your battle’s already been won.[/tweetthis]

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for Your promises.  Please help me not give up in the middle but to see how You’re at work refining me…preparing me for the future and let me trust you to the end so I can see the victory you have in store.   In Jesus Name…Amen

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    1. Gerth, Holley. Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely (Advanced Reading Copy).  © 2017 Holley Gerth.  Revell Books: Grand Rapids, MI. pg.56

    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. Romans 8:37
    2. Psalm 44:3
    3. Romans 4:20-21
    4. Luke 1:37

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    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis#SoulSurvival – Donna Riedland
    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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  • Hold On Third

    Soul H2O Book
    Today is my 200th Soul H2O Devotion!!! 
    In order to Celebrate
    I want to give away 3 copies of my book. 
    See details below on how easy it is to win!

    “Since we are living by the Spirit,
    let us follow the Spirit’s leading
    in every part of our lives.”
    ~Galatians 5:25  NLT

    In the last month I’ve had it good…I was taken to not just one, but two major league baseball games!

    The first was a Toronto Blue Jays game {my favorite team} with all my family. Now that was an extra special time, bordering on a miracle, I mean how often is everyone in your family available?  Last week we got to see a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park because my athletic hubby won two tickets for the longest drive at a golf tournament.  This baseball lovin’ girls was so happy…as you can see!

    HOLD ON THIRD

    In the spring I had a dream where I was playing baseball.  I saw myself running from second base towards third, looking to the baseline coach for direction; do I keep running to home plate, or do I stop?  Since I kept waking up seeing myself on third base, I knew it was more than a late-night-pizza-dream and felt it was God wanting to speak to me.

    baseball running around bases
    Run Home!

    As I prayed, the Holy Spirit whispered Hold on Third.

    From my years of playing baseball, I knew what this meant and I didn’t like it.

    My personality doesn’t like this sort of message. I want to hear “Run home baby, run home!” I believe there will be a time where I look and I see the coach motioning me to keep running, but today’s not that day. It’s not that time.

    So often in life, we want to keep running the bases, not paying attention to or even listening for the direction of our coach.  We can see what’s ahead and want to go for it but there’s no way we can see that a right-fielder is throwing the ball into the catcher and will take us out if we don’t hold up. This play would be happening behind our back, but the third base coach would have a clear view of the whole field from his vantage point.

    We have to be in tune with the Holy Spirit so we know when to hold and when to run. Just like a baseline coach who has a better visual of the field, God knows the times and seasons of our lives better than we do; so we need to trust him.

    TRUST HIS TIMING

    When I had the dream, the enemy wanted me to feel defeated, but I had to remind myself that God didn’t say “Go back to second or quit the game”; He simply said Hold on Third.

    Sometimes you have to strategically hold on third, to get the run.

    Gods pause is to prepare you for His purpose!

    PAUSE BUTTONAbraham was 75 when God gave him the promise of having a child…
    He was 99 when Isaac was born. That’s a 24 year pause.
    David was anointed as king… 20 years before he wore the crown.
    Joseph had a dream of ruling…
    He had more than a 20 year pause before he was made Prime Minister of Egypt.

    BASEBALL STANDING ON BASEThe Bible is filled with stories where God started doing something in someone’s life and then there was the pause. God seemed to tell them to, Hold on Third for quite a long time; often to the point where it seemed like their promise would never be fulfilled… but God is faithful to His word. His “delay” is not His denial.

    [tweetthis]God’s pause is to prepare you for His purpose! Trust His Timing.[/tweetthis]

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for the way You direct us.  You speak to each of us in a language we understand if we open our ears to hear.  You spoke to me in baseball terms; I ask you to speak to my friends in whatever ways are close to their heart.  Speak to them through dreams and visions, whispers and words, in unexplained ways that are confirmed by Your Word.  Help them stay in step with You Holy Spirit, so a greater work can be accomplished through them. I ask this, In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]God’s “delay” is not His denial. Trust His Timing.[/tweetthis]

    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. Galatians 5:25
    2. Philippians 1:6, 10
    3. John 6:63
    4. Philippians 2:12

    200th Soul H2O

    I value you and all my readers.  Many of you are becoming friends, so I want to bless you as your words have often blessed me.

    To WIN one of the three free copies of my book in Celebration of my 200th Soul H2O Devotion, Simply Comment below this post. You could share how this post impacted you or what was your most inspiring Soul H2O read to date.

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    ~Sherry
    xoxo

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  • Opening The Curtains

    “God sits above the circle of the earth.
    The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
    He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
    and makes his tent from them.”

    Isaiah 40:22  NLT

    One of the first things in my morning routine is to open the curtains and all the blinds.  At the trailer, it takes me much longer than at home to open the blinds and curtains because almost every wall is covered in windows.  I do it because, I love light.  Even with the increased amount of window coverings at camp…

    Opening The Curtains Is One of The Easiest Things I Do All Day.

    When I was reading this verse in Isaiah last week the third line jumped off the page.  I re-read the verse and thought about what it was really saying.  God is so big that He’s sitting above the earth and when He looks down at us we’re like grasshoppers in His sight.

    We’re so small…God’s so big!

    Isaiah then writes about how God spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent…the place where He lives…from them.”  So, God creating the heavens takes as much effort for Him as it does for me to open the curtains in the morning.  Think about that.  When you understand what this verse is saying, your problems should seem small to you.  What issue could you have that would be too difficult for a God who exerts this kind of power?

    NO PROBLEM
    is too great for our God,
    who opens the heavens like He’s opening the curtains.

    [tweetthis]What is difficult for me, is easy for God! Isaiah 40:22[/tweetthis]

    Jeremiah 32:17

    I challenge you to add something to your morning routine.  As you open the curtains and let the light in, declare “My problems are easy for God to handle.”

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for being who You are!  You are all powerful.  No matter how big the problems in my life may seem, NOTHING is too difficult for You!  Help me to keep this perspective as I face the trials in my life.  Let me apply the truth of Your Word to my situation and walk the confidence of Your character.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]NO PROBLEM is too great for our God![/tweetthis]

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    DRAWING FROM THE WELL-PINKY

    1. Isaiah 40:22
    2. Genesis 1:1
    3. Isaiah 45:12
    4. Jeremiah 32:17

    Blogger Prayers-Pinky BrownYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY 
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY 
    Coffee For Your Heart – Holley 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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  • Fight like a boxer

    Staying in the theme of last week’s Facebook Live and blog post, DO YOU NEED TO TAKE DOWN A GOLIATH?
    I’ve written today’s #SoulH2O Devotion, Fight Like a Boxer.

    FIGHT LIKE A BOXER

    “I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.”
                                                       1 Corinthians 9:26

    If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know I’m not your typical girl.  You know I grew up in a drag racing family, but that isn’t the only tom-boy part of me.  I’m going to tell you something only a few of you may know about me…

    My Family

    The hot-rod, drag racing family of mine was also into boxing. My Great-Uncle Ray started a boxing club in Welland, Ontario that is still run by his side of our family.

    Boxing match selling tshirts with matt and leo
    Selling T-shirts with Lori, Matt & Leo at one of Uncle Ken’s Boxing matches in Niagara Falls.

    Uncle Ray was well-known for training a boxer named Tommy (The Bomb) Glesby.  Tommy and I were only a year apart in age, so I remember him coming over to our house.  For a long time, Tommy pretty much went wherever Uncle Ray did.  Performing his role as an Olympic Boxing Coach for Tommy in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics was one of the highlights of his life.

    Uncle Ray was inducted into the Welland Sports Wall of Fame along with the Canadian and Ontario boxing Halls of Fame.

    Another Uncle of mine was a boxing ring designer and his son; my cousin Kenny, won the Golden Gloves a few times.  My sister and I loved going to our cousin’s fights.  We were the two, cute little blonde girls sitting along the ropes yelling, “Jab, Uppercut, Jab, Uppercut.”  Lori and I laugh now when we reminisce.

    Paul Instructs us to Fight Like a Boxer

    boxing glovesI think it’s safe to say that Paul must have been an athletic guy because he uses a lot of sports analogies.  In 1 Corinthians 9:26, he compares fighting against the enemy of our souls to boxing.  Paul knew that beating the air was a waste of energy, taking shots in the wrong direction.

    Boxers who win in the ring,
    are cut from a different cloth
    t
    han those who just spar in the gym. 

    Training is the key to longevity as a fighter, but you have to get into the ring if you’re going to defeat your enemy.  I spent enough time around boxing clubs and matches to know that you can’t be a “one-trick pony” in the ring.

    The Title Boxing website1 gives an extensive list of maneuvers you need to master in the ring: the jab, uppercut, footwork, cross or hook punch, body shot, defense, and it’s essential to have the right heart.  If you want to take home the belt, you must be trained to handle both the physical and mental elements a fight demands.  I couldn’t word it better than the Title Boxing website when it says,

    boxing gloves“Being a fighter takes a special combination of skill and will, power and finesse and an unmatched physical and mental toughness.  Boxing requires a resolve to not only survive, but thrive in any situation you’re faced with.  From technique to tenacity, these are the most important characteristics of any great fighter.”2

    I hope you think of all the spiritual applications as you read that paragraph.  When you approach the battles you face I hope you learn to…

    FIGHT LIKE A BOXER

    boxing gloves“Being a true fighter, you are made up of so much more than a set of skills…you are made up of a set of wills.  You possess an inner belief in yourself, an intense need to compete, unwavering determination to overcome and the desire to win at all costs.  You are not a fighter by choice, but by determination and destiny.  Having heart isn’t just about being able to take punches, absorb punishment and keep coming back for more.  It’s about digging deeper than most can, more than what’s common or comfortable…no matter which side of the beating you’re on.  A physical heart may beat solidly in your chest, but a fighter’s heart echoes through his soul.”3

    So, to fight like a boxer you’ve got to: stop beating the air, get into the ring, and take down your Goliath!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank you for teaching me how to fight the Goliaths in my life.  I know that Your Word confirms I’m seated in the winning corner.  Help me to take my position as an over-comer and fight till I see the victory you have in store.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Fight like a boxer…get into the ring & take down your #Goliath![/tweetthis]

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    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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

    1. Title Boxing Website Accessed: 2017-08-07 https://www.titleboxing.com/
    2. Title Boxing Website Accessed: 2017-08-07https://www.titleboxing.com/news/the-attributes-of-a-fighter/
    3. Ibid.

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  • Making The Most Of Your Influence

    “And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.”
                                                      Titus 2:7   NLT

    I was walking into a coffee shop when I saw a mom with a stroller and a kindergarten aged son making the most of her influence. The mother walked up to a homeless man sitting near another door and asked if he would like a gift card she had for a local pharmacy.  She had $15.00 left on it and felt to give the card to him.  He was very thankful, stood up to receive it and left.

    Making the Most of Your Influence

    I spun around, walked right back out the door and told her how impressed I was by her kindness and generosity.  When I let her know I thought it was powerful she did this for her son to see, they both smiled big!

    Parenting Well Isn’t For The Weak

    There’s a famous poem called “Children Learn What They Live”.1  It has been both an encouragement and a wake-up call for me in years past.  As a parent, you influence daily.  Children watch your every move…even following you into the washroom at times…but you don’t have to be a parent to be a daily influencer.

    If you work in an office, on a farm, in a factory, as an officer of the law…wherever you work, the people around you are watching.  Titus reminds us we need to “be an example to people by doing good works of every kind.” That means we’re expected to do a lot of good stuff!

    So, give people around you some inspiration for greatness today.  Lead the way by example, making the most of your influence!

    Prayer

    Father…Thank you for leading by example.  There’s nothing you ask me to do that you haven’t shown the way.  I’m amazed that you want me to influence others for You.  Help me to look for opportunities to do good and live in a way that will reflect Your love.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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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  • Is Your Believer Broken?

    “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind.”
    James 1:6  NIV

    Believing is a big thing in the Christian faith.  In the NIV translation of the Bible there are 448 versions of the word believe, not including all the times it uses synonyms like the words trust or faith.  Have you ever asked, “Are they a believer?” to find out if someone was a Christian?  The term used to describe people who follow Christ holds a fundamental assumption that ‘we believe’.  But if that’s true, then why does James address doubt?

    The reality is that we all struggle with doubt in varying degrees.

    In this portion of Scripture, James is encouraging believers to ask God for something and then he tells us we need to believe and not doubt.  Verse seven warns us that anyone who doesn’t believe and doubts what they asked God for won’t receive it.  OUCH!  James calls doubters ‘double-minded’ people and says they are “unstable in all they do”.  OUCH again!

    Sounds a little harsh doesn’t it?  So, was James just being mean or was he showing the ultimate concern for his fellow believers when he penned this portion of Scripture?  This “come to Jesus” message is James’ loving wake-up call for us all.  He’s trying to jar us out of the numbness that doubt causes and challenging our hearts to trust God will fulfill what we’ve asked of Him.

    Let me ask you, “Is your believer broken?” 

    If the answer’s yes, then let’s work to build up your faith in the promises and faithfulness of God.  Read through the 10 VERSES TO HELP YOU KEEP BELIEVING listed below and join in this prayer with me.

    Prayer

    Father…Today I choose to believe in You!  In those areas where my believer is broken I ask you to put a spiritual cast on and heal up my doubt.  Help me not to be double-minded.  I ask for boldness to speak out faithful words of confidence trusting you will do all I ask that’s in line with Your will.  If You said it, You WILL do it, and I BELIEVE IT!   In Jesus Name…Amen

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    10 VERSES TO KEEP YOU BELIEVING

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    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY 
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY 
    Coffee For Your Heart – Holley 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

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  • Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating

    Lessons From The Family DogIn honor of my dog-loving kids I’ve decided to run a 3 Part Series called LESSONS FROM THE FAMILY DOG.  Here’s the last one, Lesson #3 Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating.  If you haven’t gotten to read the others, here is Lesson #1 Live with Doggie On The Bone Tenacity & Lesson #2 Don’t Be Found Yanking a Dog’s Ears.

    Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating 

    “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”
                                        Proverbs 26:11  NIV

    Every time I read this verse I kind of laugh.  I grew up on a farm so I’ve gotta admit, I’ve seen it happen and it’s as gross as you’re thinking.

    People say they don’t read the Bible because it’s boring or outdated and I just don’t get it?  I feel God likes to speak with shock-value at times, and this is one of those verses.  It’s like He’s trying to jar us awake by His words; using the most vivid and yes, most disgusting imagery possible, but doesn’t it get the message across like no other statement could?

    Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating

    I know that goes without saying, but let’s apply this principle of not going back to something even your body knew was bad for you, to your everyday life.  This quote from Albert Einstein might clarify things and say it in a gentler, maybe more politically correct, yet forward way:

    Definition of Insanity

    Recently I’ve had to make changes in my personal life and business that were hard to do, but I have accepted they were ways that weren’t working.  It would be foolish to continue repeating my actions and expect it to work out.

    Ecclesiastes 3 teaches there is a time for everything and verse 6 says there is “a time to search and a time to give up.” 

    My personality is great at the first part of this verse.  I love to search out new things, but I don’t always know when it’s time to give up and try something new.  I don’t like ‘quitting’, but…

    Sometimes giving up isn’t quitting;
    it’s closing one door so you can open another and find the way that’s right for you.

    I believe the message God wants to speak to some of you today is…

    Stop Repeating Things that don’t work.

    And then…ask God what He does want you to do?

    Prayer

    Father…I’m struggling with this word today.  I like to know what I’m doing and have consistency in my life.  I’m not a fan of change and I don’t like admitting something I’ve been doing isn’t working.  I think I can fix it but I can’t.  Please help me to open up my ears, listen for Your direction and walk through the right door.  I will stop what you say to stop and start what you say to start, for Your ways are higher.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Don’t Eat What The Dog’s Eating…Read: PR 26:11 in this post #nodogfood [/tweetthis]

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    MONDAY 
    Monday Meditations – Laura J. Davis,
    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

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