Soul H2O Devotions

  • Against All Hope

    Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
                                                     Romans 4:18    NIV

    Have you ever gotten frustrated watching a love story?  The movie starts out with a couple falling hopelessly in love.  They’re perfect for each other…and then everything starts to fall apart.  It looks like they’re never going to end up together and you start to get upset, maybe even worried…but then you remember, it’s a movie and you know it will all work out.  I know the normal plot process for any story, yet I can be caught up in the drama.  It always starts with Character Introduction, then moves into a Crisis Situation where the suspense builds and builds until the Climax where you think it’s never going to work out.  There’s just too many issues and it seems there’s not hope, but alas it’s a movie and against all hope the Conclusion ends with everything working out.

    I think we get this familiar plot process from the Bible.  The life of Abraham and Sarah sure follow the format.  We’re told that the fatherless Abe was to become the father of many nations, but his wife couldn’t have kids.  They kept trying to make God’s promise happen and every choice seemed to make the dream more impossible.  God waited till Sarah was passed menopause; when it was no longer possible in the physical realm to fulfill the promise He made to Abraham to have a child.  Scripture records that against all hope Abraham believed in the promise. And that’s when the promise was fulfilled.

    So, if everything is going wrong, your resources are almost depleted and hope doesn’t make sense at all; know your miracle is just around the corner.

    [tweetthis]God is faithful to His promises. Choose to believe in Him, against all hope! #hope[/tweetthis]


    Father…Thank-You for Your promises.  Help me to not lose hope when the drama of my life is screaming that You won’t pull through.  Please give me the gift of faith to believe in what you say, to believe in You and Your Word, against all hope!  In Jesus Name…Amen  


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  • Thankful For Trees

    Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.…Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food.”
    Genesis 1:11-12; 2:9    NIV

    I’m Thankful For Trees because trees produce apples and, apples are my favorite snack; next to licorice, jujubes and dark chocolate.   When I was a kid I could eat a whole bag of Macintosh apples after school.  It was hard to keep enough apples around for me.  If we didn’t move so often my parents could’ve planted an apple tree and saved some money!

    [tweetthis remove_twitter_handles=”true”]I believe God gave us trees as a picture revealing truth about His character and how He is our provider.[/tweetthis]

    Genesis starts off telling us trees are for beauty.  There is no more beautiful a scenery, none more, “pleasing to the sight” than an autumn forest.  Trees provide shade from the beating sun. The leaves and bark trap airborne toxins and purify them; filtering out the carbon, producing clean oxygen for us to breathe.  Their fruit produces food for people, birds and animals.  Isaiah talks about how God created trees to be cut down to provide wood for us to make furniture and provide fuel for fire.  Fire from wood produces heat to keep us warm, drawing friends together while it cooks our food.  Trees are visual reminders of the changing seasons. I hope you re-read this paragraph and think of all the ways God provides for us, just through trees.  I pray you never look at trees the same again. 1


    So get outside and enjoy the colorful fall trees.  Break out the camera and take some photos of the changing leaves.  Warm yourself by a campfire and enjoy the heat while you visit with friends eating s’mores.  Know that God created these majestic creations for your use.  Be careful not to worship them or place them in greater value than God says, but always remember to stay, Thankful For Trees!


    Father…Thank You the trees.  Help me to never overlook them again, but view them as reminders that You are my provider.  Your provision is constant like the fruit of a tree.  Help me to live thankful for You and Thankful For Trees.  In Jesus Name…Amen  

    1           Genesis 1:11-12, 2; Isaiah 44:4, 14-15; Isaiah 60:13; Psalm 52:8

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  • The Disciple Who Never Was

    Jesus looked at him and loved him.  “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.  At this the man’s face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
                                                                     Mark 10:21-23   NIV

    Last week I spoke a message at a youth group called “You Are A History Maker”.  I played a fun TV Game Show style game called “Name That History Maker” where faces of different History Makers flash on a screen.  Kids got points if they could name the person, tell what they did and say if they were a positive or negative history maker.  I wanted to get into their minds that everyone is a history maker.  Today’s devotion is about the rich, young guy in the Bible; The Disciple Who Never Was.  He’s someone who by his decisions made history as the guy who loved his stuff more than Jesus.

    I contemplated naming this devotion “Missed Opportunities”.  It’s so sad to me that this young man was offered the same invitation that Jesus had given to the disciples when he said, “Come, follow me”.1  If the rich young guy had said yes to Jesus, how different the history of his life would have been.  I don’t know if he continued to live out a comfortable, good life or if his bad choice gnawed at his conscience?

    He probably didn’t face the struggles or persecution the disciples faced, but in light of history, did he make the right choice?  The record of miracles performed through him or people saved as he addressed the crowds is not recorded.  The only written record of his life is a rejection to the call of God.  In contrast, the miraculous adventures of the disciples are still being told through the Bible, books, movies, sermons and Sunday School lessons today.

    We are all history makers.  Don’t let your life be marked with missed opportunities like The Disciple Who Never Was.

    [tweetthis remove_twitter_handles=”true” remove_hidden_hashtags=”true”]Live your life to the fullest, choosing to answer yes when Jesus invites you to, “Come, follow me”! @Sherry_Stahl[/tweetthis]


    Father…Thank You for inviting me to partner with you in changing the history of the world.  Help me to see that what you ask me doesn’t cost me too much.  Your plan is worth more than anything this world has to offer.  Give me the boldness to answer yes to whatever You ask me to do!  In Jesus Name…Amen

    1           Mark 1:17

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  • Can You Lend Me Some Cash?

    If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD–and he will repay you!”
    Proverbs 19:17 NLT

    I loved High School and College.  Let me rephrase that, I loved the social aspect of High School and College!  I’m an extrovert and love being with people.  It energizes me.  Kids at High School and College age are all about being social.  Someone is always planning a party, go-karting, movie-night or just hanging out together.  My group of friends loved the movies and go-karting.  The bad part of kids at that age is that they hardly ever have money so someone in the group would always say, ”I wanna go, but I’m outta funds.  Can You Lend Me Some Cash?…I’ll pay you back.”  Which translated usually meant, “We’ll have fun, but say good-bye to your money!”

    I think these teenage experiences are God’s way of preparing us for our relationship with Him, money and others, I really do!  I believe that God puts people in our life who don’t have the same cashflow as us so we can keep a right perspective on money.

    You see half the time when a teenager lends money they aren’t really lending their money, they’re imparting their parents’ cash.

    James reminds us that “every good and perfect gift” comes from God.1

    [tweetthis]All that we have is from God so therefore, it’s all His. James 1:17 [/tweetthis]


    It’s hard to break the mentality that it’s not ours but it’s true, all we have is His.   Even crazier to comprehend is that God says when we lend His money, He will reimburse us…just like the parent of a teen who gives them more cash the next weekend!  He gives for us to give!

    Other times God seems like our teenage ‘borrower’ friends.  We think He’s forgotten what we’ve done to help others and start to doubt He’s ever going to pay us back.  It can seem like forever in our finite minds, but God doesn’t break promises and even if it takes Him till eternity, He will repay…with interest!2

    So, the next time you see or hear of someone in need and feel that nudge in your spirit…when you know it’s the Lord asking: Can You Lend Me Some Cash?…I hope you answer yes.


    Father…Thank You for all you give.  Help me to have the right perspective with my money.  Change my heart so I can accept that it’s all yours.  Help me not to have closed pockets, but an open heart ready and willing to help the poor in finances and in spirit.  Open up my heart so I say yes and that I’m able to see the people you’re calling me to help.  May I give like you give and repay like you repay…abundantly!   In Jesus Name…Amen

    1           James 1:17
    2                 Joel 2:26

    I’m not encouraging you to give so that you get repaid.  Our heart has to be pure when we give, but let us know how God has repaid you to help build up our faith to believe for God to do the same for us.
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  • I’m Not Frank Sinatra

    Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”
                                          Deuteronomy 21:23 NIV

    One of the most famous karaoke songs was released in 1969. I’m sure everyone’s heard at least one person completely destroy “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.  Can’t you just hear them screeching out, “For what is man, what has he got, If not himself, then he has naught…I did it my way.”1  This song set the mindset for the 1970’s and years following that you can do anything, because of your own strength.

    Today’s verse is part of a lengthy passage of encouragement God gave to Joshua before he took over leadership for the nation of Israel from the capable hands of Moses. God’s encouragement to Joshua flies in the face of the words in the Sinatra song.

    Well, I’m not Frank Sinatra, I’m just not that good. I’m more like Joshua, filled with doubts and fears about my abilities.  Doing it ‘My Way’ often ends up in a mess.  I can better relate to Joshua than Frank. Josh was in a hard place.  He had big shoes to fill and a difficult mandate to accomplish that had eluded the Israelites for hundreds of years.  Wandering in the desert for the last 40 years before this message came left most everyone in disbelief that they could ever get to the Promised Land but, through this encouragement Joshua was able to lead the nation to victory and crossover into the land God promised them since the days of Abraham.

    The greatest comfort comes in knowing you don’t have to accomplish anything in your own strength.  When God calls you to do something, He promises to be with you.  So, if God who created the whole universe is with you, what can you do?


    Father…Help me not to rely on myself but to completely count on You for victory.  Help me to do it ‘Your Way’ and fulfill all the plans and purposes you have for my life.”  In Jesus Name…Amen

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  • Amazing People

    I thank my God every time I remember you.”
     Philippians 1:3 NIV

    On this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I was blessed to spend time with so many people I love.  I know that Thanksgiving was started by the early settlers to thank God for the abundant harvest of food He provided for them, and although I LOVE food, this year my heart is overwhelmed in thankfulness for all of the amazing people in my life.  Friends and family are what makes my heart full this year.

    I realized just how blessed I am when I was able to spend time with two of my closest friends Lise and Wendy.  There’s four of us in this friendship group and we missed having Rachelle there, but it’s hard for us to coordinate everyone getting together since we don’t all live in the same country anymore.  These girls have been my prayer partners for the past few decades (Oh how I wish I could say we met in preschool right now).  We’ve been there for each other through thick and thin: praying, fasting, eating, laughing…lots of laughing, parenting, challenging, encouraging and cheering each other on to follow hard after God.

    [tweetthis remove_url=”true”]I never would have made it through my desert times without these girls…[/tweetthis]

    I wouldn’t strive so much to reach for my dreams if it wasn’t for these beautiful women.

    I feel a real affinity with Paul’s words in this verse.  I thank my god every time I remember these girls.  Paul wrote the verse while in prison.  When Paul was at the lowest point in his life he recognized and thanked so many people from the church in Philippi.  Just like Paul experienced, it’s the amazing people in our lives that are God’s greatest blessings.

    Let thankfulness fill your heart as you take the time to think about how friends and family have blessed your life.  Be like Paul and write something to let the amazing people you love know how thankful you are for them.


    Father…I thank You for putting amazing people in my life.  I’m a better person because of their influence.  Help me not to take them for granted.  Please give me the words and courage to express to them in writing how grateful I am, thanking God for them today.  In Jesus Name…Amen


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  • Overspray

    May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.  On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.  May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.”
                                           2 Timothy 1:16-18 NIV

    I had a golden retriever named Coby…yes both my daughter and my dog were named after cars, a few of you girls might have picked up on that…a few.  My son would have been named after one too but Mustang just didn’t seem appropriate.

    Anyways, back to the dog.  Coby was the best family pet ever.  My kids would ride on her, lay on her or dance with her front paws on their shoulders.  The only negatives with Coby were her shedding hair and her overspray.  At one point there was a mucky pond in the field behind our house.  Coby loved the water so much that she would sneak out and jump in the pond.  Inevitably, when you went to get her out she immediately shook and soaked you with her overspray.

    In the verses above Paul is praying a blessing over a guy named Onesiphorus because he was a source of refreshing to him, but not in the doggie shake-off kinda way.  Paul is near the end of his life at this point, he’s thanking and commending Onesiphorus for being there for him in his time of need.   Scripture tells us that when Paul was first charged and put in prison, everyone deserted him.1

    It’s sad when that happens in the church.  It really shouldn’t happen.

    Paul shares here how Onesiphorus didn’t forget about Paul when he was in prison but went to great trouble to find out where he was and dropped everything to help him.  Onesiphorus didn’t care what others thought, or what it cost him to travel; he cared about his friend.  Paul makes it clear that Onesiphorus had been this way for a long time, refreshing and helping others back in Ephesus.

    Today I want you to think about overspray in two ways.

    First, is there someone in your life whose overspray has brought you help and times of refreshing?  If so, take the time today to thank them and pray a blessing over their life and the life of their family members as Paul did.

    Secondly, I want you to think about the overspray of your life.  Choose today to be a shower of refreshing to those around you!


    Father…I thank-You for the people in my life that have helped me and have been a source of refreshment to my spirit.  I recognize that it’s because of Your love for me.  I thank You for putting them in my life.  Help me to look for ways that the oversrpray of my life can help others make it through hard times so no one feels deserted.  Let streams of living water flow out of me to others.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    1           2 Timothy 4:16

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  • Launch Out Into The Deep

    When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.”
                                                               Luke 5:4 NKJV

    Two weeks ago I ticked one item off my bucket list.  For my longtime readers you know that I come from a racing family.  Well, this drag racing girl drove a stock car her very first time at an oval track!  For my birthday Todd bought me the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience so I could check off attending a driving school from my bucket list.  I hadn’t driven a standard car in decades, so I forgot how they launch forward when coming out of gear.  I wasn’t very fast on the bends, but this drag chick put the peddle to the metal on the straightaways. Next time I’ll master the curve!

    Luke 5 tells the story of Jesus calling His first disciples.  After Jesus commandeers Simon Peter’s fishing boat to preach a message for the growing crowd, He spends time with the fishermen in the boats.  After a long night of fishing these men had been washing their nets ready to go home.  They hadn’t caught a fish all night when the carpenter/preacher instructs the fishermen to launch out into the deep and let down their nets for a catch.

    I can only imagine how tired they were.  I’m sure the thoughts of more work doing the same thing that didn’t work all night long wasn’t on the top of their bucket list, but when the men followed Jesus’ advice they landed the greatest haul of fish they had ever caught.

    Understanding the word launch means “to throw forward, catapult, send off…put into operation…set in motion,,,spring forward…make a start”1, helps me to see that Jesus instructions for the boys to launch out into the deep was the call that catapulted them forward into the plan God had for their lives.  Obedience, followed up with some hard work shifted their lives into high gear.

    [tweetthis]Obedience, followed up with some hard work can shift our lives into high gear.[/tweetthis]

    God has opened up the opportunity to run a full scale book launch for the Soul H2O Devotional.  It’s exciting and scary; deep waters always are.  I believe the book launch has the potential to catapult my calling into new arenas that God has for me.  So, how about you?  What might God be asking you to launch out into the deep with today?


    Father…Thank You for staying in the boat when you ask me to launch out into the deep.  Help me to remember that I’m not alone.  You’re with me, guiding me at every turn.  Let my obedience and hard work catapult me forward, racing towards the goals You’ve set for me!   In Jesus Name…Amen


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  • Soul H2O Book Launch

    Publishing my second book, Soul H2O is such a different experience than with my first.  With the release of Water In The Desert I didn’t know what I was doing AT ALL!  Now I know A BIT more and realize how difficult it is to get a book out to market successfully.   It’s not that it can’t be done, it’s just harder than I imagined.  Luckily I’m not one to shy away from the hard stuff.  Thankfully, God has been doing some crazy amazing things in my life that are perfectly positioning me for the Soul H2O Book Launch.

    I’m most excited that God is perfectly positioning the right people in my life to help me learn how to do this ‘writing career’ thing.


    screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-1-14-05-pm I’m completely blessed to have blogger Christine Duncan of Precepts and Life Preservers taking the lead on the Soul H2O Social Media Book Launch Campaign and I hope you join us. It’s gonna be fun!  Christine has planned out posts that all you have to do is share and I’ll be doing my best to make it worth your while with some special perks J  You’ll get a prerelease PDF of my book.  I’m doing a Facebook Live today, Wednesday, September 21st that will tell you more.  Hope you can watch live.  If not check the video out later.  I’ll post it on my author Facebook Page.

    screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-1-13-50-pm[imic_button colour=”btn-primary” type=”enabled” link=”” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=””]Soul H2O Book Launch Info Page & Launch Team Sign-Up Link[/imic_button]

    Here’s the link if you want more info.  You can even see a sample of the book’s interior here too.

    For this book launch I’ve learned, and am still learning SO many new things!

    I just learned how to make videos with iMovie!  Are you in a time where everything is new for you?  Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you ever moved, started a new job, school, gym or church?  Ok, enough with the interrogation questions. You get what I mean!

    It’s an unsettling feeling when you’re in totally new territory.  I’m so thankful that the Bible is full of relatable people.  They’re not perfect, they’re flawed.  They’re not always brave, they struggle with fear and some get this ‘I don’t know exactly what I’m doing or where I’m going” feeling.  God keeps bringing me back to the story of the Israelites crossing over the rushing Jordan river on dry ground into the promised land story in Joshua 3-4.

    My life is mimicking their experience on both a professional and personal level.  In both areas I am facing a sea of raging uncertain circumstances that will either be the blockage to God’s promises or the pathway to His blessings.  In both situations it’s the second time I’m facing a similar circumstance that didn’t exactly get me into the ‘Promised Land.  Both got me on the journey, but not quite there yet.  I believe the Lord is speaking to me that these ‘second battles’ are the breakthrough battles that lead to overriding victory!

    Here’s a verse that was shining off the page as I read through the story in Joshua:

    “However, stay about half a mile behind them. Don’t come any closer to them so that you will know which way to go because you have not gone this way before.”
    Joshua 3:4

    God directed the Israelites to follow the ark.  They were to stay far enough behind it so they could get a clear vision of where it was going to follow on an easy path.

    God has perfectly positioned me to stand behind some great women of the faith and watch what they’re doing. Authors like Karol Ladd, Mary DeMuth, Jennifer Strickland, Sheila Wray-Gregoire, Sue Detweiler.  Speakers like Peggy Kennedy and Tracey Mitchell.  Bloggers like Kelly Balarie, Crystal Storms, Sarah E Ball and most recently Lindsey Hartz.  TV Hosts like Cheryl Weber and Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.  Publicists like Ellen Graf-Martin, Jeane Wynn and Katie Nguyen.  I don’t take these new relationships for granted.  I thank God for bringing women into my life that encourage, challenge and inspire me to pull out all the stops and move forward with all that God has for my life.  I hope you do the same!

    I’ve been given some opportunities that not a lot of Canadian authors receive. I’ve been offered the opportunity to promote Soul H2O across North America in three phases.  First with the Social Media book launch team.  Second in Bookstores across Canada during December.  My publisher, Warren Benson of Word Alive Press has coordinated US distribution of my book through Anchor Distributors.  Soul H2O is going to be available for purchase in all the Christian bookstores across the US and Water In The Desert is already available!  Now to get the US stores like Family Christian and LifeWay to stock the book like Canadian bookstores are doing.  This is how I feel that God has perfectly positioned me for the next level in publishing with these distribution channels.

    Since we live in the real world, all this great opportunity costs, and boy does it cost!  Because of this…

    I’m doing an Indiegogo Campaign!

    To help execute these opportunities and make them the best they can be, I’ve set up this campaign to presell and sell my new books.screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-37-24-pm

    [imic_button colour=”btn-primary” type=”enabled” link=”” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=””]Soul H2O Book Launch Indiegogo Campaign[/imic_button]

    screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-1-14-23-pmI’ve partnered together with Word Alive Press, Helena Cho of Goodworks Jewelry  and 100 Huntley Street’s Missions arm, Crossroads Relief and Development Water Projects to offer you some pretty fabulous deals to help bless you as you as you partner with me in bringing His refreshing word to people, at the same time providing clean water to people in need!  Check out the deals on my Indiegogo Campaign where you order the books.  You’ll be personally and beautifully refreshed, some even drenched!  (You’ll have to check out the Perks to know what I’m talking about here!).

    Thanks for your love and support!

    soul-h2o-book-mockupThis mock-up of the book represents what the book looks like.  It is the perfect purse sized devotional to carry with you anywhere, so you can read, anytime.  Stuck at a doctor’s office, no problem.  Waiting at the DMV, no problem anymore.  Spend your time waiting while being refreshed to OVERflowing!

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  • Pruning

    He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
                                                       John 15:8 NIV

    Last fall Todd prune the tree in our front yard and it has grown like crazy this year!  The leaves are double the size that they were last year and there’s so many more of them.  The branches are actually starting to droop because they’re so heavy with leaves.  It’s getting overgrown and looking a little out of control.  It’s time for another pruning!

    In John 15 Jesus explains that God the Father is the gardener of our spiritual lives.  When I read verse 8 of this chapter I get why God cuts off branches that aren’t bearing fruit.  Those branches are a relief when they’re cut off, but allowing Him to prune branches that are bearing fruit is difficult, even painful.  It’s hard to let things go when there’s still good fruit growing.   Last year I felt God ask me to let go of a fruitful Bible Study leadership position to allow more time to travel speaking.  I struggled with this decision; especially since I had a very light schedule booked, but I know my Father’s voice, so I gave my notice.  Five months later I had spoken in Dallas twice, Montreal, Alberta, Burlington, Leamington, Windsor, Sarnia, Simcoe, London, Hamilton and Toronto a couple times. By July I was completely spent from all the incredible opportunities God brought my way.

    Trust God’s leading in the pruning season.  Understanding;

    [tweetthis]”Our Father prunes not to take away, but to multiply!” ~John 15:8[/tweetthis]


    Father…As difficult as it is, I give you permission to prune anything in my life so it will bear MORE fruit!  I trust your wisdom.  You determine the seasons for the earth, and for my my life.  Help me to follow your schedule and not fight it, so I can experience Your divine multiplication this year. In Jesus Name…Amen

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