Soul H2O Devotions

  • Old Faded Photographs

    “You’ll forget your troubles; they’ll be like old, faded photographs.”

    Job 11:16 The Message

    ‘Victorious’ was the theme for the women’s conference in Trail, BC where I spoke this weekend.  As I gave messages on breaking free I shared parts of my testimony and how God moved me through the process to freedom from complete brokenness after divorce to healing, resulting in a renewed purpose.

    OLD FADED PHOTOGRAPHS

    old faded photographsIt almost seemed strange sharing stories from my past.  God has done so much to heal my heart that my memories are like old, faded photographs.  The pictures are there in my mind, but the emotions are so far removed.  I’m truly FREE!

    Have you ever heard the saying, ‘With friends like that who needs enemies’? Well, Job could relate to this expression because he had a few of those ‘frenemies’.  Job’s buddy Zophar told him how all his problems would go away if he turned to God and if got rid of the sin in his life.  Zophar said to Job that if he could attain a guiltless state then God would work on his behalf causing him to forget his troubles; assuring they’d be like, “old, faded photographs.” 

    Sadly, this false teaching is still seeking to deceive God’s people today.

    [tweetthis] If our freedom relied on our goodness, none of us would be free.[/tweetthis]

    Thankfully Job didn’t accept what his friend said but he did get to the point where he could forget his troubles because God restored everything he lost.

    HEALING THE PAST

    faded photographs of girlGod wants to restore you.  His desire is to heal your heart so the sting attached to your memories is removed and His purposes can be realized in your life.  Choose today to let God bring you into a greater freedom as you release to Him the hurts of your past.

    Prayer

    Father…I’m so thankful that You’re in the restoration business because my heart needs some restoring.  Help me to trust you with my hurts so I can experience the same kind of transformation Job did when you took his memories and made them like old, faded photographs.  Remove the pain from my past and let your purpose rise up in me!  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    Monday MeditationsLaura J. Davis,
    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
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    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

     

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  • What’s Your Signature Scent?

    Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.  But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
                                              2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT

    So, what’s your signature scent?

    I love perfume with fresh scents that awaken your senses like a spring morning.  Fragrant and fresh, that’s what I look for in a perfume bottle.

    It always amazes me how the same perfume that smells wonderful on one person just doesn’t work on another.  I remember years ago my mom wore a perfume called “Poison” and it smelled amazing on her.  When I tried it on I smelled like poison!

    Scents of The Spirit

    Fragrant Christians

    In 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 Paul compares Christians to perfume.   God calls believers to live life with a Christ-like fragrance for others to smell.

    The reality is that this fragrance will either be a welcomed scent or a stench in someone’s nostrils.  This explains why some people just don’t like you.  You can be nice and do what they want, but for some reason there seems no way to win their favor.  You wonder, “Do I smell?”

    Then there are others who just seem drawn to you.  There’s an instant connection.  Have you ever been somewhere and just click with someone you’ve only just met and they suddenly ask, “Are you a Christian?”  Your scent will either repel or refresh.  When you understand what Paul is teaching here you’ll begin to recognize that some people’s reaction to you may have very little to do with your actions, but with the fragrance of Christ in you.

    Wear Your Signature Scent

    Live your life like the perfume bottle that Mary poured out on Jesus feet.1  Don’t keep it to yourself.  Let the fragrance of Christ be expressed through your signature scent so others will be drawn to Him because of you!

    Prayer

    Father…I want the aroma of my life to rise up to You and be a pleasing fragrance to you.  Help me to live my life in a way that makes my scent sweet and Christ-like, not pungent because of my sin.  Let the fragrance of my life be one that draws others to You and not push them away.  Help me to recognize when others repel me because of their issues with You and not take offence, but surround them in prayer.  Make my life a fragrant offering to You! In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Let the fragrance of Christ be expressed through your signature scent! [/tweetthis]

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    1                John 12:13

    The perfumes and candles pictured here are some of my ‘signature scents.  They are from my friend Laci Corzo’s Scents of The Spirit line.
    http://www.scentsofthespirit.com

    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
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    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • Why Experiencing Weakness After a Mountaintop Moment is Normal

    Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.  All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water.  He ate and drank and then lay down again.”                                                                                                                                                                            1 Kings 19;5-6

    “Sherry, is something wrong with me?” Pinged the inbox message on my phone as we travelled home on the last leg of our Guatemala mission trip.

    Possibilities International Guatemala March Break Trip 2017 http://www.iam1ru.com

    It was a heartfelt message from one of the young women on the team.  She expressed how her emotions were up and down ever since the moment we left that beautiful country.  She was asking if what she was feeling was ‘normal’.

    I let her know that I was feeling the same as her.  Todd and I had just visited with my son and his girlfriend on the way home from the airport and the first thing out of Brandon’s mouth was, “Mom you look so tired!” and boy, was he right!  There truly are legitimate reasons why experiencing weakness after a mountaintop moment is normal.

    ELIJAH COMING DOWN FORM THE MOUNTAINTOP MOMENT

    This portion of scripture comes from the recounting of Elijah after his triumph over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel where God used Elijah in a most profound way.  Elijah showed the people God’s power when he called down fire on the altar built for God. As the fire burnt up the offering the prophets of Baal were defeated, but right after that Elijah crashes in fear and succumbs to depression.  He was taken out by the after-effects of a mountaintop moment.

    Everest Beyond The LimitYears ago I was intrigued by the Discovery TV series Everest:  Beyond The Limit.1  I learned that more people die coming down from Mount Everest than do reaching the peak.

    [tweetthis]More people die coming down from Mount Everest than do reaching the peak.[/tweetthis]

    There are physical, emotional and spiritual reasons why our bodies respond this way because, God made us body, soul and spirit.

    Physically, your body has been releasing adrenaline.  When ‘climbing the mountain’ you need it to keep you going, especially when you’re not getting enough sleep.  By the time you stop, your body is physically drained from the adrenaline rush.  It takes time to recover.  Emotionally, mountaintop experiences cause such rise and falls in serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that your body can be depleted of these resources too.  Add to that when we step out to do something great for God the enemy doesn’t like it and wants to add to the natural effects.

    REST, EAT AND DRINK

    Elijah needed to refresh his body before his soul and spirit could be restored.  So do you!  Don’t neglect the practical.  Understand why experiencing weakness after a mountaintop moment is normal and follow God’s directions for recuperation: Rest, eat healthy food and drink water to refresh both your body and soul.

    PRAYER

    Father…I thank You for calling me to do great and exciting things!  Help me to grow in understanding of how You created me to function as body, soul and spirit.  You don’t want me to feed one and neglect another.  Give me wisdom to know when to rest and refresh so I will stay strong in You!  In Jesus Name…Amen

    If you think you may be struggling with clinical depression or anxiety, check out my MENTAL HEALTH page for some guidance and links to great resources.

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    1                Accessed 2017-03-19
    https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/everest/videos/everest-beyond-the-limit-summit-gridlock/

    2                Accessed 2017-03-19
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/news-blog/death-on-mount-everest-the-perils-o-2008-12-10/
    https://www.livestrong.com/article/203790-what-happens-during-an-adrenaline-rush/
    https://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_crash_and_recovery_cycle.asp

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    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
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    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • Are You Living Life on the Fly?

     Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
    Psalm 119:105

    Listening to a Podcast with two of my blogger linkup friends the other day was completely inspiring!  Holly Barrett was interviewing Michele Morin on her Living a Redeemed Life Podcast.  Michele’s words hit my heart as they so often do.  She said:

    “We second guess ourselves…Did I do that right?…We live so much of our life on the fly.  If I could study for everything that I had to do…If I could study beforehand, I’d be all set because I’d get on Google and look it up…So much of what we’re called on to do in life is just, on the fly1

    Can you relate to Michele’s struggle?

    I wish I woke up each morning with a brief from God alerting me to each of the issues my day will hold, but sadly He doesn’t do that.

    psalm 119-105God does promise in Psalm 119:105 to keep enough light on our path so we can see the next step.  I really wish that verse said God was a ‘flood light’, or ‘high beams’ so we could see into the future; unfortunately, it doesn’t.

    The way to “study beforehand” while living life on the fly is to fill up our minds with Scripture so when life’s tests squeeze the stuffing out of us, what comes out is in line with His will and His ways.  This will make the journey easier for us to see where He’s shining the light on our path.

    PREPARING FOR LIFE ON THE FLY

    Choose to start your day studying God’s Word so when you’re living life on the fly and an issue pops up; God can shine His light on a scripture that will guide you in the path you should go.

    Prayer

    Father…Help me to fill up my well with wisdom from Your Word so I pass the tests I’ll take today.  Let your Word be the brightest lamp shining on my path so I find it easy to follow you wherever you will lead.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105[/tweetthis]

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    1. https://hollybarrett.org/2017/02/lrl-2-75-michele-morin.html

     Drawing From The Well

    1. Psalm 119:105
    2. Psalm 25:4-5
    3. James 1:5
    4. Psalm 16:7-8

    www.michelemorin.wordpress.com
    https://hollybarrett.org/podcast/

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    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • The Next Generation

    “Who has done such mighty deeds, summoning each new generation from the beginning of time? It is I, the LORD, the First and the Last. I alone am he.”                                          Isaiah 41:4  NLT

    Do you ever listen to the news and worry for the next generation? I have.

    Headlines tell of the diminishing morals and the acceptance of the unthinkable.  A friend expressed concern over her daughter bringing a grandchild into this world and I understood what she was feeling.

    Thankfully these fears of mine are being quieted by a rising tide I’m beginning to see.

    HOPE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

    Our church youth group in little Leamington has grown to over 100 members.  Last Sunday we attended one of the five services my daughter’s church, Grace City in Lakeland, FL run and felt so old as the place was full of young adults worshipping with hands raised.  Shelby then went to her friend’s church in Orlando where they have 1500 teenagers coming to youth each week.  God is summoning the next generation and they’re answering His call!

    Isaiah brings encouragement as he reminds the people that God has planned, from the beginning of time, to reach each new generation.  Peter confirmed this truth when he preached on the day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit was being poured out on the people of his time.  Peter encouraged everyone there to receive salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit, telling the people how, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”1 Scripture after scripture encourages us that God desires to reach each new generation.

    Instead of grumbling and complaining about these kids, let’s band together and pray for them.  We’ll be praying in agreement with God’s will for the next generation and that will produce a great harvest of souls.

    PRAYER FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

    Father…Burden my heart for the next generation.  As I see the culture moving away from You, help me focus my eyes on the tide rising of young people who want to serve You.  Summon this next generation and let their hearts be turned to you.  Cause revival to break out in the high schools, Colleges and Universities; as a spirit of repentance draws Your children back to You, and may we as adults give them an example to follow.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    1. Acts 2:39 NIV

    Lakepoint Family Church; Leamington, ON  http://www.lakepoint.church
    Grace City; Lakeland, FL  http://www.gracecityfl.com
    ;Orlando, FL

    [tweetthis]Father…Burden my heart for the next generation[/tweetthis]

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    TUESDAY
    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
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    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • Make God Shine

    “In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.”
    Romans 4:20  NLT

    Do you know that YOU can make God shine brighter to this world?

    Months ago, I wrote to you about my friend Holly in a devotion called BE STILL. Many of you wrote to me and let me know you were praying for her.  I’m so thankful for this growing community of believers within Soul H2O.  Holly has been battling cancer again for months and her faith is one that is continually making God shine brighter as her life brings glory to Him!

    When I read this verse I couldn’t help but see the connection between Abraham and Holly.

    Paul teaches in his letter to the Romans how Abraham’s faith grew stronger when in the natural “there was no reason for hope.”1  Abraham brought glory to God because of his faith, and old Abe didn’t have faith because he saw God do what He said He would do.  On the contrary, Abe brought God glory because he kept believing in the promise God gave him, even when it had been a VERY long time since the promise was given.  It says, “Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.”2

    The longer it took…the harder it took to believe…the stronger Abe’s faith grew.

    The harder life gets for my friend Holly, the stronger her faith grows.  In the last few months she’s gone through chemo, made it out of a house fire, lived through a tough surgery and keeps on believin’.  She inspires me so much!  A few weeks ago I wrote a devotion, WHEN YOU’RE REALLY DOWN that talks about how I write scripture cards to help bolster my faith.  Holly wrote me and shared a few verses she’s standing on in faith.  She sent the message as I was writing this devotion.  She shared with me how she desires to bring God glory through all she’s going through.3  She’s accomplishing her goal.

    Abe wasn’t applauded for how he took care of his family, became one of the richest men of his time, was a victorious battle warrior or even for becoming the father of many nations.  It wasn’t because of what Abe did at all.

    Abe and Holly are bringing God glory because they believe God and trust Him, even when things don’t look good.  You too can make God shine brighter to the world when you keep on believing!

    Prayer

    Father…Today I put my faith in you.  I choose to believe in your Word and promises for my life.  I reject the lies of the enemy and the perspective of my circumstances.  Let my faith make You shine brighter to people in my world! In Jesus Name…Amen

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    [tweetthis]You too can make God shine brighter to the world when you keep on believing![/tweetthis]

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    • Romans 4:18
    • Romans 4:19
    • Psalm 40:3
    • Luke 8:50

    blogger prayerYOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:
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    Monday MeditationsLaura J. Davis,
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    Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY
    Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY
    Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Brenda Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY
    Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell

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  • I Need A Proper Hug

    “So he got up and went to his father.  But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him.”                                                      Luke 15:20  NET Bible

    Have you given someone a hug today?
    Now I’m not talking about a side-arm-squeeze, I’m talking about a full-on embrace?

    The Blind SideTHE BLIND SIDE

    While taking care of my gram, we watched one of my favorite movies; THE BLIND SIDE.  It’s no wonder Sandra Bullock won the Academy award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy; a soft-hearted, no-nonsense, tough-cookie who opened her home to a Michael Oher, an underprivileged teenage boy that showed potential for football.  Leigh Anne was a caring mom with the claws of a momma bear.

    Her love for Michael gave him opportunities to succeed in school, sports and family life. Her belief in Michael gave him the confidence to achieve greatness; resulting in a College football scholarship and successful career in the NFL (even playing on a winning team for the Super Bowl in 2013).
    blind side hugThere was just one area Leigh Anne (or her character) was weak in, expressing emotions.  The last scene highlights her toughness when the family is dropping Michael off to College and she cuts their good-bye short because she can’t stand for anyone to see her get emotional.  My heart melts when Michael follows after her, knocks on the car door and says, “I need a proper hug”!

    FATHER HUGGER

    The father of the prodigal son was the exact opposite of Leigh Anne Tuohy.  You can tell he was a man who wore his heart on his sleeves.  He loved his son enough to let him go when he rebelled.  This father let his son take the early inheritance he demanded, even though he knew his son would waste the wealth.

    Many parties later, the prodigal son returns home, not sure if he’d blown it too much this time.  I love how this verse reveals such a loving father.  It says that when his father saw him, “his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him”.  Don’t we all want dads with hugs like that?

    I’m convinced we don’t hug enough today.  We’re either too cool, too hurt, too protective, too scared, too germ conscious, too busy…too cold.  Don’t force people to knock on your door and beg saying, “I need a proper hug”?  Open your arms wide this Valentines and embrace others with love!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank you that You are a good, good Father like in the story of the prodigal son.  Your arms are always open wide to let me in.  Let me soak in Your embrace and not push You away.  Help me to move beyond what holds my heart bound and let others in.  May I love like you this Valentine’s and all the days that follow.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Open your arms wide this #Valentines and embrace others with #love <3[/tweetthis]

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    1. Hancock, John Lee. THE BLIND SIDE, © 2009. Produced by Alcon Entertainment, Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Based on the book THE BLIND SIDE: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.  

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    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms,
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell

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  • When You’re Really Down

     Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!
                                                         Psalm 42:5, 42:11, 43:5  NLT

    Have you ever been so down that you thought you might never get up?  I was having one of those days.  My mind was spiralling into the depths of despair and I started to cry while working at my computer so, I decided to stop working and start relying.

    [tweetthis]This devotion is written for those times when you’re really down.[/tweetthis]

    I can totally relate to David’s feelings in these verses.  Can’t you?  David repeats himself three times because once just wasn’t enough.  Have you been there?

    That’s where I was this morning.  I started off feeling discouraged so I put on Christian music and that helped for a while.  Then the feelings came back and I got so sad I began to cry and let God know what was going on in my life (‘cause He didn’t already know!?!).

    [tweetthis]Sadly, I was magnifying my problems and not my God. [/tweetthis]

    I knew I needed to be more assertive on this attack so I decided to go upstairs and get into the Word.

    SCRIPTURE CARDS

    For the past few years I’ve been compiling scriptures on certain areas of struggle for me in these ringed cue cards and often find strength in them.  At first, I began to read the scriptures but that wasn’t changing anything.   I knew reading wasn’t enough to defeat the lies of the enemy swirling around in my head so, I got serious and began to declare those verses out loud; even inserting my name to personalize them.  I spoke these verses out like prayers to my God and kept declaring until it happened.  A verse almost leapt off the page and into my heart.  To be honest, I don’t think it really had much to do with that one verse but more with the compound effect of all the verses I had declared over my life that morning.

    Peace, joy and hope began to overflow and the discouraging sadness was broken.  I put my hope in God and now I’m singing His praises again!

    When you’re really down, you need to do something, heck sometimes you need to do a bunch of things.  Taking your thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ1 isn’t easy but when you do, you’re not down anymore!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for the power I can access in You and Your Word.  I’m choosing to Speak Your Scripture over my struggles; Your truth over my trouble.  I refuse to live “under the circumstances” of my life but to rise above victorious in Your Name, the name that is above all names!  In Jesus Name…Amen

    [tweetthis]Speak Scripture over your struggles; God’s truth over your trouble.[/tweetthis]

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    1. 2 Corinthians 10:5

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    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms,
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell

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  • Can God Repurpose Me and Make All Things New?

    This devotion is all about how God Repurposes Lives. It’s the last post in a 4 Part “NEW Series”.

    The series is a group of devotions I felt the Lord putting on my heart for the NEW YEAR in 2017 but really apply to any new year, new season, new phase in life.  Read the INTRO/New Strength HERE, #2 New Beginnings HERE and #3 New Heart HERE


    Can God Repurpose Me and Make All Things New?

    “Look! I am making all things new.”
    Revelation 21:5   MEV

    My friend Joy is totally cool.  She’s one of the few women who know how to use power tools more than most carpenter men!  Joy makes the most beautiful furniture by repurposing old, broken or discarded pieces.

    new tableA while ago she posted a picture of this gorgeous coffee table on Facebook and I clicked “like” as I often do on her stuff.  When I did, Joy wrote me to tell me the story behind the table, she explained how the legs from the table were made “from old nasty, shiny brown bed posts left in the junk pile after the garage sale”1 at  Braeside Camp, the place where we met oh so many years ago! all things new

    As you can see, Joy made all things new with these bed posts.

    GOD’S JOB

    God repurposes lives like Joy repurposes wood. He’s is in the business of making all things new with our lives.

    Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers to remind them of this truth when he said,

    “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”2

    It’s the same message that God had John declare in Revelations,

    “the former things have passed away…Look!  I am making all things new…Write, for these words are faithful and true.”3

    Just like the furniture Joy builds out of things people classify as “junk” or stuff people don’t see as worth anything anymore, God repurposes our lives.  Like Steven Curtis Chapman’s song says,

    “the world was broken, fallen and battered and scarred.  You took the hopeless, the life wasted, ruined and marred and made it new.  You make all things new.”4

    YOUR JOB

    Let this be the year you ‘Let God’ move you forward in His process to make all things new in your life.  ‘Let’ the former things pass away…Let them go!  Give God your broken, fallen, battered and scarred pieces.  You’ll see what a beautiful, useful person He can build you into being because God Repurposes Lives and He can repurpose yours!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for the opportunity to start new each year.  I’m so glad you don’t give up on me but keep sanding and refining me.  Restore me to be the person you’ve called me to be, better than I used to be.  I commit myself to Your plans and purposes along with the process to get me there.  I ‘LET’ You create all things new in me.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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

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    #musicpics Song – He Makes All Things New

    Song – He Makes All Things New
    Steven Curtis Chapman http://www.stevencurtischapman.com
    Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKx_hx5itIM
    Song Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/stevencurtischapman/allthingsnew.htm


    Drawing From The Well

    1. Revelations 21:4-5
    2. 2 Corinthians 5:17
    3. Ephesians 4:22-25
    4. Lamentations 3:22-24

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

     


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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 Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms,
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell

     

     

    ENDNOTES

    1. Actual words from Joy
    2. 2 Corinthians 5:17
    3. Revelations 21:4-5
    4. https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/stevencurtischapman/allthingsnew.html

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  • {New Series} New Heart

    This New Heart devotion is #3 of the 4 Part “NEW Series”. The series is a group of devotions I felt the Lord putting on my heart for the NEW YEAR.  Here’s what I have so far: INTRO/NEW STRENGTHNEW BEGINNINGS, I sensed Holy Spirit inspiring me to share hope and refreshing words with you.  The devos will follow along the same format as my normal #SoulH2O devotions except the last one will have a bonus post later in the week for the first week in February.         

    I hope these posts build up your expectation for the great things God desires to do in and through you in 2017!  Praying you take hold of all He has for you this year!

    Be Blessed & Refreshed,
    <3 Sherry Stahl

    NEW HEART 

    “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heat of flesh.”

    Ezekiel 36:21  NIV

    I don’t want the same-old, same-old from life anymore.  This year needs to be exciting!   I’m determined to live all-out and find adventure because Jesus said that He came to give us ‘life more abundantly’1, not life more predictable.

    So this year doesn’t end up in routine I’ve planned for some adventure. To start, I’m flying to Edmonton for a conference and challenging the great white north, then we’re taking a vacation and ticking a few things off our bucket list.  In March, Todd and I are headed to Guatemala for a mission’s trip…and that’s just the first three months of this year.

    NEW HEART

    God had Ezekiel speak hope into the lives of His people.  Zeke encouraged them that God desired to remove their hearts that were hard like stones and give each of them a new heart.  So, what does having a new heart have to do with living a life of adventure?  Lots.  You see, when I had a heart of stone I lived bound.  Bound to worry, fear, resentment, hopelessness and negativity.

    bound heartWhen I let God into my hurt and allowed Him to heal my heart He actually took out that heart of stone and gave me a heart of flesh.

    A heart of flesh is beating, not bound.

    God didn’t set us free to have us sit in the pew. The Bible is full of people living out exciting adventures, not boring people who played it safe. When God truly sets your heart free it’s not afraid to live.

    If you’re reading this devotion and you realize that you have a bound, heart of stone, let this be the year that your heart is healed.  Then, let that new heart beat inside of you to fulfill the exciting adventure God has planned for your life!

    Prayer

    Father…Thank You for caring about me.  I want to receive your great offer for an exchange; my hard heart for a soft beating one.  Please place a totally new heart in me.  Help me to get rid of the things that keep my heart bound so I can live the life you have for me.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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    1           John 10:10

    [tweetthis]A heart of flesh is beating, not bound.[/tweetthis]

    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 Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms,
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell

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