Soul H2O Devotions

  • What Are You Asking For This Christmas?

    In the month of December, I’m running Advent Series all over on, the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show, through the devotions, and on Instagram Lives. This week, the focus is on Christmas Love. 

    Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show: Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, Jesus

    Soul H2O Devotions/Posts: What’s The Right Way To Celebrate Advent, Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, Advent Inspiration For Your Christmas Season

    Instagram Lives: Wednesdays at 12-12:10pm EST in December


    What Are You Asking For This Christmas?WHAT ARE YOU ASKING FOR THIS CHRISTMAS?

    After coming home from a missions’ trip just four weeks ago, getting into the Christmas gift mindset is a difficult shift.

    People questioning; What are you asking for this Christmas? In a normal year I find it difficult to give people my Christmas wish, but this year is extra-tough. The reality is, I have soooooo much stuff. We all have so much, dare I say… too much stuff. I feel conflicted like Solomon, struggling to make sense of the justice and injustice in our world.  Trying to enjoy what God’s blessed me with and holding ‘things’ loosely. As a family, we’ve decided to cut down the spending this year and I feel good about that. It just seems at this time of year that everyone around is asking for something, but are we asking for the right things from the right person?

    JESUS AND THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

    Today’s verse is taken from a pretty well-known portion of Scripture where Jesus stops in Samaria at the local watering hole; literally a well, not the neighborhood bar.  🙂  Jesus sits down and strikes up a conversation with a woman who has a history of broken relationships.  Jesus asks for a drink of water.  It’s a weird request from a Jewish man to a Samaritan woman since Jews at that time wouldn’t even use the same cups or bowls a Samaritan had used and that men didn’t just go up to unknown women.

    Jesus replied,
    “If you only knew the gift God has for you
    and who you are speaking to,
    you would ask me,
    and I would give you living water.”
    ~John 4:10  NLT

    ASKING

    Jesus moves from asking the Samaritan woman for something to reminding this daughter of her value and how God had a gift with her name on the tag; something many people would have assumed the Samaritan woman forfeited with her lifestyle choices. I’m guessing somewhere along the line; this girl believed the lie that she didn’t deserve to ask God for anything. Maybe our Samaritan sister felt unworthy to think God would have something for her? Maybe she felt God let her down, hadn’t answered past prayers and the girl stopped asking?

    Sometimes a lack of asking can be a lack of trust.

    Jesus told this broken girl how she needed to start expecting… to start asking Him for living water. He wanted her to ask for the right thing, from the right source.

    SO, WHAT ARE YOU ASKING FOR?

    Too often we can get sidetracked in North America and ask for things that don’t satisfy our true thirst, and it’s especially true at Christmas time. The holiday to celebrate Jesus is often the busiest time of the year when we spend the least amount of time with Him.

    This year, make your Christmas list, enjoy all God blesses your life with but don’t forget to ask God for the gifts He’s prepared for you.  God has more set aside for your life than you can imagine. He wants you to ask. Don’t let the presents from Him go unopened and unused. Make sure to ask for the right thing, from the right source… God, the giver of all things good has something special for YOU!

    Prayer

    Father…You are so good! Even when I don’t deserve anything you have gifts for me.  I’m so thankful that You want to refresh me, You want to restore me, You want to fill me to overflowing so the effects of my life spill out to others. Help me to see my value, so I can come before You and expect good things. I want to receive all You have for me!  In Jesus Name…Amen


    Advent Talks

    Join Me Weekly For Advent Talks

    Through The Themes of Advent

    Every Wednesday at 12-12:10pm EST on Instagram Live

    December 1(Hope), 8(Love), 15 (Joy), 22(Peace)

    instagram button


    Drawing From The Well

    1. John 4:10; 7:38
    2. Mathew 7:7-8
    3. James 1:17
    4. Revelations 21:6

    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.

     

    #Dare2Share Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!


    WHERE YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP MY BLOG WITH OR PLACES WHERE MY WRITING HAS BEEN FEATURED

    Read More

  • Stand Up and Do Something!

    But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
    and the plague was stopped.
    It was credited to him as righteousness
    throughout all generations to come.”
      Psalm 106:30-31  HCSB

    When my Brandon was in elementary school he was seriously beaten up by a group of boys. I remember one of his friends was expelled as a result of the incident. I went to the principal and discussed how that boy hadn’t done anything, but the principal said he was punished because of that; he just stood there and didn’t do anything.

    In contrast to that incident, I got to see a friend in action to help another friend when life had kicked her down.  A few weeks ago, my friend decided to intervene in a horrible situation.  She just couldn’t stand there and do nothing.  She stood up and did something.  Now our friend is getting the help she so desperately needs.

    Psalm 106 recounts the history of Israel.

    The writer gets to the point where the nation of Israel was beginning to fall away from God. The men were being seduced by women of different nations into sexual immorality and Baal worship.  God didn’t take this lightly and sent a plague.  It’s not because God is mean, but because He’s loving that He sent this plague to wake his people up. In the 21st Century, we don’t understand it but history and Scripture both record how the worship in these nations included child sacrifice.

    God values life and especially that of children.

    In Luke 17 Jesus talks about how serious of an offense it is for someone to lead children astray, let alone to actually take a child’s life. So as the nation is falling into debauchery, one man with a weird name… Phinehas… doesn’t just sit around and let the problems keep going.  Phinny intervenes, the people turn back to God and the plague is stopped.

    Is there a situation where you need to intervene?
    Somewhere the destruction in a person’s life needs to be stopped?

    Intercepting the enemies attack will release the power of God
    to change the course of a person’s future for generations to come.

    And, as it was for old Phinny, this act of bravery will strengthen your faith too! If you’re feeling the pull of the Holy Spirit to get off the sidelines and enter the field, then stop being a bystander…

    Don’t Just Stand There, Stand Up and Do Something!

    Prayer

    Father…I thank You for stepping into my life and stopping the enemy from destroying me.  I thank You for intervening in the circumstances of my life and sending people in to help when I couldn’t stand up for myself.  Give me the courage to stand up and do something to help someone in need today! In Jesus Name…Amen

    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!

     Drawing From The Well

    1. Psalm 106:30-31 HCSB
    2. Luke 17:2
    3. Isaiah 59:16
    4. Isaiah 63:5 

    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.

     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,
    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

    Read More

  • Watch God Amaze You

    “As Manoah and his wife watched,
    the LORD did an amazing thing
    .”
        Judges 13:19  NLT

    As an infant, my son Brandon had a serious case of FOMO. You know, the Fear Of Missing Out!  No matter where I was, no matter how overtired, he could be falling asleep on my shoulder but if someone laughed or talked loudly, he would almost shake himself awake and turn his head towards the action.  My friend Wendy actually started calling him turtle for the way he would stretch out his neck to see what was going on.

    They Watched God Do An Amazing Thing

    Today’s verse comes from one of those crazy stories in the Bible where the pre-incarnate Christ; oftentimes described as the angel of the Lord, visited some regular folk and turned their world upside down. In this Scripture passage, you read of how God takes two unlikely people; Manoah and his wife, visits them and then births something incredible through them. All because they were looking to God for some answers. Like my Brandon, Manoah and his wife kept their eyes open, so they didn’t miss out on the action.

    Because they were watching, they got to see the LORD do amazing things before their very eyes. Two people who couldn’t have a baby would soon get to watch a belly grow and become parents to Samson; one of the most physically powerful men in the Bible1.

    Watch God Amaze You

    Isaiah 43:19 records how God said, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Do you perceive what God is doing in your life? Do you see where He’s making a way where there is no way? You have to be alert, eyes-wide-open to see what He’s doing. Don’t let God pass you by unnoticed. Open your eyes, so you can watch God amaze you!

    Prayer

    Father… God, You are so powerful! When I read Your Word, my mind has a hard time comprehending all You’ve done.  Help me to open my spiritual eyes, so I can perceive where You’re at work in me, within those around me and throughout the world. Peel away the blinders from my eyes, so I’ll be able to watch and see You do amazing things in and through me! In Jesus Name…Amen

    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!


    Drawing From the Well

    1. Judges 13:19
    2. Isaiah 43:19 ESV
    3. Hebrews 12:2
    4. Isaiah 40:26 NLT

     ENDNOTES

    1      I think it’s a tie between Samson and Benaiah (2 Samuel 23:20-21) for the strongest man in the Bible.


    YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME LINKING UP WITH:

    TUESDAY Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
    WEDNESDAY Coffee For Your Heart – Holley Gerth,
    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

     

    Read More

  • What Are You Thinking About?

    “May the words of my mouth
    and
    the meditations of my heart
    be pleasing to you”
    ~Psalm 19:14 NLT

    Todd loves to watch Funny videos online.  He’s always coming up with the most hilarious ones and sends them to people, it’s kind of his ministry J lol.  A couple years ago, Todd sent me this YouTube link called, ‘German Coast Guard Trainee’.  It’s a German commercial for a program to help improve your English. You can watch the video below, or here’s the run-down of the clip. There is a senior Coast Guard officer showing a young trainee the equipment in German.  With little instruction, the trainer slaps him on the back and leaves the room.  Suddenly a harried call comes in from an English vessel and you hear, “Mayday, mayday… we are sinking”. The young trainee bewildered responds in broken German/English saying, “Allo, zis is ze German Coast Guard…”  Another frantic plea breaks through his speaking, “we’re sinking, we’re sinking”.  With a puzzled look, the trainee says, “Vat are you… Sinking About?”

    This play on words gets you thinking about your thinking.

    WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?

    In today’s Bible verse, the psalmist challenges you to make sure the words of our mouth AND the meditations of your heart are pleasing to God.  Sounds simple enough, but this is where the hard work of faith kicks in.  It’s easier to keep what comes out of your mouth in check but keeping the meditations of your heart pleasing to God is ‘fish-swimming-upstream’ kind of tough.

    Proverbs 4:23 warns you to,

    “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

    What you think, fills your heart.  What’s in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth. So, you need to get intentional about what you allow to stay in between those ears of yours! Paul taught about the issue of controlling our thoughts in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 when he said,

    “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

    This verse isn’t just talking about arguments that other people are making or lofty opinions that others are sharing contrary to the truth of God.  You can’t take captive the thoughts in someone else’s head, you can only take captive your own… and if you’re directed to do something in Scripture, then you can do it!

    So… Vat are you sinking about?

    Prayer

    Father…I thank you that You’ve given me the power to control my thoughts. I’m not powerless in the battle to control my thought patterns. I have the mind of Christ, so I am able to take captive every thought and make them obedient to you Jesus! Help me to exercise the authority I’ve been given.  In Jesus Name…Amen


    To give you some ‘rubber hits the road’ help for when those negative thoughts are tough to manage, I’ve posted another article called,
    11 PRACTICAL STEPS TO HELP YOU CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS
    Check it out to go in a little deeper on this subject.


    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. Isaiah 28:5-6
    2. Romans 12:2 (NLT is worded in a clear way)
    3. 1 Corinthians 2:16
    4. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

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

    Read More

  • Riding Out Roller Coaster Emotions

    “Don’t call me Naomi, she told them. 
    “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 
    I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. 
    Why call me Naomi?
    The LORD has afflicted me;
    the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
    Ruth 1:20-21  NIV

    Wait till you read this! I think your heart will be bursting like mine is. I got to spend this weekend speaking at Braeside Camp’s retreat for single moms and their kids. These girls have ended up parenting without a father in the home through divorce, death or other unfortunate circumstances. Many came with broken, defeated, heavy hearts as they faced their loss and the pain their children are experiencing.  Some wondered if God had forgotten about them or even more devastating, questioned if God was against them.

    In every service, the women received gifts from Braeside and the many donors who wanted to bless them. The Goodness Project donated a mock store, full of clothes from an upscale clothing chain providing lots of guilt-free shopping!  One mom told me how her son had lost his winter coat earlier in the week.  She found two coats that fit him! Another mom hadn’t had a winter coat in years and was able to get a gorgeous, fur-collared parka, along with other clothes—she was over-the-moon excited! Women and kids were proudly walking around in new clothes for the rest of the retreat! Cedarview Church in Paris gifted the families with bags of groceries and cleaning supplies.

    During the services God was setting women free, healing hurts, building courage, giving them prophetic words, dreams and visions… It was crazy! These girls get what it’s like to experience roller coaster emotions.

    So many of the women came feeling poor, alone and sometimes forgotten but left spiritually fired up, knowing the church was there for them, they had new friends and most of all that God lavishly loved them!

    Riding Out Roller Coaster Emotions

    Today’s verse comes from the book of Ruth.  I love her story. It’s an emotional retelling of women who faced extreme loss, followed by great sacrifice that leads to love, redemption, and extreme blessing!  In the first chapter, you learn how Naomi has lost her husband and two sons.  She then loses one daughter-in-law but her other daughter-in-law Ruth insists on staying with her as Naomi travels back to her native country, Israel.  Ruth chooses to make Naomi’s people her people and Naomi’s God her God.  This sacrificial act is what leads to their redemption and the destiny of God for both of their lives.

    Naomi’s words in the verse above are those of a woman whose heart and will have been broken by loss. She’s taken a seat on the bitter bus and doesn’t want to get off.

    Naomi feels that God is against her, but those feelings take an about-face as God lays out His redemption plan for her life and Ruth’s. It’s easy for me to stay calm when I read through the book of Ruth because I know the ending.  I know Boaz is going to come into the story, fulfill the role of kinsman-redeemer, marry Ruth and provide for her and Naomi.  I know that beyond just fulfilling his family obligation, Boaz shows love, compassion, and care for Ruth. I know all this because I’ve read it before, but Naomi didn’t have this privileged information when she was going through the devastation of loss.  Just like you don’t know the end to your story and how God is working to make your ride end well; hands raised wishing you could go on again!

    Prayer

    Father… I thank You for your stabilizing peace in the midst of chaos, loss, and confusion. You are my hope, my joy, my peace, my life.  In You, I have all I need for life. You are my ever-present help in times of trouble. You have great plans for my life so help me learn to ride out the roller coaster emotions when they come.  Help me never to never forget these truths and live in the wonder of Your lavish love for me!  In Jesus Name…Amen

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

    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else! 

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    If you have time, Read the book of Ruth. It’s only 3-4 pages long.

    1. Ruth 1: 13(b), 20-21
    2. Ruth 2:1, 5-10
    3. Ruth 4:13-17
    4. 1 John 3:1

    Read More

  • Mistakes That Make You Think

    I’m sorry again for not getting my Soul H2O Devotion out again last week. It posted partially on my website blog and not at all through email. I would appreciate your prayers for all the technical problems I’ve been facing over the past months with my email, website and computer.  So, here’s the devotion that was supposed to go out last week.

    ~Sherry
    xoxo


    In due time
    she gave birth to a son.
    She named him Samuel,
    for she said, "I asked the LORD for him.” 
    ~1 Samuel 1:20 NLT

    We all make mistakes, but the key is learning from them.  Last week I made a few mistakes that made me think… like, really think.

    MISTAKES THAT MAKE YOU THINK

    Last week’s devotion was about a woman named Hannah who desperately wanted a baby. When I talked about how she asked God to give her a son I wrote:

    “When telling Eli this covenant she made with God,
    he prayed a prayer of blessing over Hannah’s life
    and the next year she gave birth to a baby boy named Samuel.”

    Last week’s devotion was about a woman named Hannah who desperately wanted a baby. When I talked about how she asked God to give her a son I wrote,

    “When telling Eli this covenant she made with God, he prayed a prayer of blessing over Hannah’s life and the next year she gave birth to a baby boy named Samuel.”

    That’s what I said last week but if you read today’s verse that is a part of Hannah’s story, you know the statement I made was wrong.  I’ve already corrected it on the post but wanted to make sure I let all of you know.  I was clearly getting the story about how Sarah and Abraham had a baby boy one year after the angel told them they would. But, as I said in last week’s devotion, Hannah’s story isn’t wrapped up neatly with a bow on top.  Like the story of Abe and Sarah, the promise didn’t come in a short time-frame.  When talking about Hannah, the Bible only says that “in due time she gave birth to a son”.  We don’t know how long she had to wait for the promise.  So often, we have to wait for the promise.

    IN DUE TIME

    Hannah, Sarah and Abraham all made mistakes while waiting for their promises so I think we’re in good company when we get it wrong.  The key is picking yourself up and moving forward… towards the promise, until you receive all God has for you!

    Prayer

    Father…I’m sure this isn’t news to you, but I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes. Please forgive me and help me to learn from my mistakes, so I don’t continue to make the same ones. With Your strength, I commit to taking the necessary steps to change my ways.  In Jesus Name…Amen


    pdf download image9 TIPS ON HOW TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES_2643

    As I thought about the mistakes I made last week, I came up with 9 Tips on how we can all make the most of our mistakes, learn how to Fail Forward and not go backwards. So for this week’s Drawing From The Well section, I’ve put these tips into a Downloadable Bible Study for you!

    [imic_button colour=”btn-warning” type=”enabled” link=”https://sherrystahl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/9-TIPS-ON-HOW-TO-LEARN-FROM-YOUR-MISTAKES_2643.pdf” target=”_blank” extraclass=”” size=”btn-lg”]DOWNLOAD—9 TIPS ON HOW TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES—BIBLE STUDY[/imic_button]


    YOU 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
    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 

    Read More

  • Year After Year It Was The Same… Will It Ever Change?

    “Year after year it was the same
    Peninnah would taunt Hannah
    as they went to the Tabernacle.
    Each time,
    Hannah would be reduced to tears
    and would not even eat.”
    ~1 Samuel 1:7 NLT

    Have you ever been picked on?

    Well, I sure have. At school, it started in Kindergarten with a girl named… well you shouldn’t give names, so let’s just call her ‘Nasty Nancy’. Nasty Nancy was relentless. She would sometimes trick me into believing she wanted to be my friend when she was just working her schemes, usually ending with me looking like the fool.

    One of the most memorable was Grade 2 Picture Day. Nasty Nancy and a group of girls were all talking when she called me to join their circle. I was thrilled to be included and ran over. She made some comment like “Aren’t you all dressed up”. Wrongly mistaking her words as a compliment, I proudly told how my mom had made my dress and put curlers in my hair the night before {Yes, I know, I’m dating myself with the curlers comment, I know}. At which point, Nasty Nancy jumped in the puddle and splashed mud all over me. I ran away in tears as all the girls laughed. If a basement flood wouldn’t have destroyed much of my childhood photos you could still see the mud all over my socks in the class picture… mud and a really bad curling job.

    This week’s verse highlights a woman named Hannah. She knew all too well what it was like to be picked on. Hannah lived in a situation that seemed like it would never change. Scripture tells us how Hannah was married to a guy named Elkanah. Back then, Jewish tradition—not Scripture, taught that when a couple married; if the wife had not produced a child by their tenth anniversary, the husband was to take another wife, so his family line would live on.1

    YEAR AFTER YEAR IT WAS THE SAME

    It was probably at the ten-year mark when Elkanah married Peninnah and the two women became rivals. Peninnah was cruel and took every opportunity she could to “taunt Hannah and make fun of her”2 because she couldn’t have children. The most difficult of times took place as the family all went to sacrifice in the temple—our equivalent would be going to church. I worry this is how it feels for girls struggling with infertility or single women at church on Mother’s Day Sunday.

    WILL IT EVER CHANGE?

    All this devastated Hannah and she “would be reduced to tears”, not be able to eat. This one day, Hannah was crying so hysterically the priest Eli thought she was drunk. She broke because, “year after year it was the same”. She was left wondering, ‘Will it ever change?’ Then, one day in an act of sheer desperation, Hannah begged God to make her a deal. She asked God to give her a son and promised that in turn she would give the child back to God for service in the temple. When telling Eli this covenant she made with God, he prayed a prayer of blessing over Hannah’s life and she gave birth to a baby boy named Samuel, who became one of Israel’s greatest prophets.

    After fulfilling her vow to give her son back to God, the Lord blessed Hannah with five more kids!4

    If your testimony has been the same as Hannah’s, “Year after year it was the same”, and you find it hard to believe change will ever come your way, understand like Hannah did that only God can heal this deep of a hurt. I encourage you to bring your anguish to God and see what He will do. God’s Word promises that He “is able to do immeasurably more” than you could ever ask or imagine, so ask Him.

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for allowing the Bible to include stories of people’s lives that don’t have a pretty bow tied on top, so I can relate and learn from them. Break any mindset in me that has given up hope because it’s been the same “year after year”. Please help me to keep an abundance mindset and live in faith, believing you will work on my behalf. Let my thoughts, dreams and imaginations line up with Yours. Thank you for reminding me of Hannah and how Your power is at work in the most broken. You’re at work in me, so breakthrough is on its way! In Jesus Name…Amen


    Home Chris Tomlin#MUSICPIC

    Song:  Home
    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Encouraged
    Sung By: Chris Tomlin
    Website: https://www.christomlin.com/
    CD: Never Lose Sight
    Written By: Jason Ingram, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomline, Ed Cash
    © 2016
    Label: sixstepsrecords
    Official Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIb4NC5ikYo
    AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/christomlin/home.html
    My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2aMb1asq5acm7cDYlFsYhY?si=lyBFJ-gQRNW5sZWuqzuSkA


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


    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!


    DRAWING FROM THE WELL
    1 1 Samuel 1:6-7, 2:21 NLT
    2 Psalm 102:4
    3 Isaiah 42:9, 43:19
    4 Isaiah 51:3
    5 Ephesians 3:20
    6 2 Corinthians 9:8


    ENDNOTES
    1 https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/peninnah-midrash-and-aggadah Website Accessed: 2018-07-16
    2 1 Samuel 1:6 NLT
    3 1 Samuel 1:7 NLT
    4 1 Samuel 2:21



    YOU 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 Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
    THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms, Chasing Community – Barbara Bradford Ottinger
    FRIDAY Dance With Jesus Linkup – Susan B. Mead, Grace and Truth Linkup – Arabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market Friday – Crystal Twaddell ELLEN’S PICKS– Ellen Graf-Martin

    Read More

  • Sometimes You Have to Make A Choice And Live By It

    The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy.
    I have come in order that you
    might have life—
    life in all its fullness. “
    ~John 10:10 Good News Translation

    This weekend I spoke at a women’s event in Toronto.  My cousin Kelly came to help me sell books and jewelry.  After that, Kelly and I met up with my sister Lori at a mall.  Three female cousins in a mall should equate to a lot of sales for any shopping center if it weren’t for our indecisive trio.  It’s clearly a faulty family gene. If I don’t decide quickly without a lot of thought, I can overthink things. To help me make decisions I’ve resorted to creating excel spreadsheets. Todd understands this weird way about me so when we start talking about purchasing something new he’ll say, “Well, here comes a new spreadsheet!”  Yes, I’m ‘that’ person! The inner excel Geek is pretty strong in this girl J  I used to just write a pros and cons list on a sheet of paper to help me make decisions, but once I learned Excel the decision-making process got a little longer and a lot more detailed.  This pattern in my life has helped and hindered me. If I’m not careful I can waste too much time deciding but eventually, you have to make a choice!

    SO MUCH OF LIFE IS A CHOICE

    John 10:10

     

    The little word might in today’s verse comes with an invitation to make a choice. I don’t know how I missed this before.  This is a Scripture I memorized in my youth, so it can roll off my tongue with the speed of a commuter train.  Yet, in all the decades I’ve been quoting John 10:10, I’ve never thought much about the word ‘might’, when Jesus says He has “come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness”. Sometimes it’s the smallest words that make the biggest statement.  Jesus’ promise of an abundant, rich, satisfying, full life is conditional, it’s not a given.  Often in Scripture God’s promises start with an emphatic ‘I will’, but Christ’s offer here is not a guarantee.

    In my understanding from researching the original Hebrew wording of this verse; it might be better translated into English to say, “the thief comes so that he ‘might steal’, ‘might kill’, and ‘might destroy’.1 In this verse, Jesus is offering to give you something while the thief Satan is attempting to take some things from you.  Neither action is guaranteed to happen.  The choice is yours to make.  You can choose to receive and live the full life Christ intended for you, or you can allow the enemy opportunity to take from you.  I firmly believe that even in times when the enemy does accomplish his purpose in your life by taking from you, that doesn’t mean that you’ve lost your life abundant, well… it doesn’t have to mean that, because it’s a choice.  Living in an abundance mindset; one that believes God is not limited and He always has more; helps you rise above any circumstance where the enemy effectively steals, kills or destroys in your life.  Living in the abundance mindset will give you the strength to endure any loss as you trust, God has more good things in store for you.

    So much of life is a choice, but the choice of whether or not to accept Christ’s offer of the abundant life should be a no-brainer, no-spreadsheet kind of decision J  Honor Christ today by living your life to the full, expecting more and making your life all God hoped it would be!

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for giving me the ability to choose.  Help me to break patterns of indecisiveness, and my tendencies to waffle back and forth when trying to live out a commitment I’ve made. Break the shackles of lack off my mind and increase my faith to believe in Your abundant supply.  Since I have Your divine power dwelling inside of me, I have the ability to make wise choices, so I choose to receive and live in the abundant life you’ve offered.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    TWEET THIS

    Something good J


    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.

     

    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else! 


    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. John 10:10
    2. 2 Peter 1:3
    3. Joshua 24:15
    4. Deuteronomy 30:19

    YOU 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 

    Read More

  • How Powerful Is Your Blow Dryer?

    Seek the Lord and his strength,
    seek his presence continually!
    ~1 Chronicles 16:11   ESV

    Ok, I know this story is a little silly, but it really was one of those wake-up call moments in my life.  God often speaks to me through the mundane of life.  I don’t see writing in the sky, but God is always talking.  If I pay attention and listen, I can hear Him; or in this case, feel Him. So, here’s what happened…

    About a year ago, my blow dryer died. Yes, it was a sad, sad day. I found an old one around the house, but it was so old it didn’t work well.  Honestly, the machine was so weak it should have been stripped of its name ‘blow’ dryer and titled, “The Puffer”.  At the time, I didn’t have money to get a new one, so I thought I’d just wait a little while until I found a sale.  Weeks went by, months went by and I just got used to this underpowered blow dryer.

    blow dryerWhen I opened our trailer in the spring and used my “camp blow dryer” I was shocked, literally blown away!  {Pun intended J } There was so much power in this little machine.  It took half the time to dry my hair. There were other benefits too, my hair looked smoother, shinier than when I used the weak blow dryer and I’m guessing our hydro bills have gone down!  Then it hit me… I had allowed myself to just settle, accepting that weakened state.  I got comfortable with weakness and somehow decided to live with less power than was available.

    When I thought about how I had accepted living with and underpowered blow dryer for soooooo long, I felt the Lord asking me,

    Are You Living An Underpowered Christian Life?

    Sadly, my answer was yes.

    I began to think about how often we live life without accessing the power of God? Jeremiah 10:12-13 explains how,

    “God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding, he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.”

    And, then Psalm 147:4-5 tells how God,

    “determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”  

    Our God is so powerful!   Since his spirit lives in us, we too should be powerful, as long as we’re plugged into the source.  You see, the key to accessing God’s power is explained in today’s verse, “seek his presence daily”. All you have to do is spend time with Him. What an invitation!

    Let something rise up within you.  Get unsatisfied with your weakened state.  Don’t Settle.  Seek the Lord and His power, “seek his presence continually” and you’ll be able to live a super-charged Christian Life, with power to equal your days!

    Prayer

    Father… Thank You for Your wonder-working power! I live in awe of your great power and accept your offer to give me strength when I’m weary and to increase my power when I’m weak. Help me to place myself in your presence, so I can experience that Spirit empowered recharge station.  Strengthen me, according to your word.  In Jesus Name…Amen

    Stay Plugged In To The Source!


    Soul H2O Book

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

     

     #Dare2Share Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!


    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. 1 Chronicles 16:11
    2. Luke 9:1
    3. Psalm 147:4-5
    4. Ephesians 3:16

    YOU 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 

    Read More

  • Follow Your Dream {Wherever} It Leads

    “Now give me this hill country
    that the LORD promised me
    that day.”
    ~Joshua 14:12 NIV

    Two night’s ago, I went to the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) for the first time in my life.  I was beyond excited to go because my cousin Dave Walpole, a well-known Youtuber was one of the main actors in a movie that premiered at the festival.  The theatre was packed with about 30 of our friends and family there to cheer David on!  The night was kind of surreal.  I mean, how often are you related to an up and coming movie-star?

    Watching him act on the big screen was inspiring.  He had chased after his dream and it motivated me to want to follow after mine.  When I thought about how Dave had followed his dreams, for a long time, and at great cost, I was reminded of a poem by Larry S. Chengges, my Aunt Wendy (also Dave’s Aunt J ) gave me along with my 16th birthday ring—yes, she spoiled me! To this day, I have the poem hung up in my office, so I’m reminded to…

    Follow Your Dream Wherever It Leads

    I would have been proud of any of my cousins if they were in a movie premiere, but I felt extra proud of Dave.  You see, I was babysitting Dave’s sister Katie when he was born.  I’ll never forget going to the hospital to meet my new cousin when my Uncle walked out of the hospital in a daze.  Uncle Bryon told us how Dave had serious heart problems and they didn’t know if he was going to make it. As a family, we were devastated.  I remember babysitting Dave and worrying as his lips and skin would go blue.

    Dave’s love for movies began as a young boy.  Since he couldn’t play outside as much as the other kids, Dave watched his fair share of movies!  In his teens, the doctors were able to perform a surgery that changed David’s life.  The next year he was doing backflips off of the diving board in our pool! I remember being so overwhelmed that I thought I would cry.

    I felt the same way last night as I watched Dave follow his dream on the silver screen while he rode a horse across the South-African plain and charged up a hill.  It reminded me of the story in the Bible about Caleb and how he “took the hill country”.  Joshua 14:6-15 tells how after forty-five years, Caleb chased after his dream. Something stirred in him to not let go of the promise that was given to him through Moses. Scripture recounts the story of how an 85-year-old Caleb took hold of his hill country.  First, he defined it, then he declared it… next, he fought for it… after, he and all his family to follow rested in the blessing of the dream.

    So, what is the dream God’s placed in your heart?  Define it, declare it, and fight for it, so you and your family can one day enjoy it!

    Prayer

    Father… Thank you for your dreams.  Help me not to settle for mediocrity, but chase after the dreams, the plans and purposes you have for my life.  Let me honor You by living life to the full! Give me the courage to take my hill country. In Jesus Name…Amen

    ————————————————————————————————————————————–

    Dave’s IMDb page:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5278955/
    You can see the movie today at Tiff Friday at 6:15pm  Click Here For Tickets
    Dave’s YouTube Channel FTD Facts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2vcjazcVurVmpn5svBRA-Q

    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    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. 

    #Dare2Share
    Post in the Comment Section below and bolster the faith of someone else!

    Drawing From The Well-Blue

    1. Joshua 14:6-15
    2. John 10:10
    3. Acts 2:17
    4. Jeremiah 29:11

    YOU 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 

    Read More