This devotion is #1 of the 4 Part The NEW Series. The series is a group of devotions I felt the Lord putting on my heart for the NEW YEAR.  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,

Sherry Stahl


“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.”                                                      Isaiah 40:31  NLT

When my kids were little January seemed to be the month of dead batteries.  After Christmas toy gifts were opened they needed a constant supply of power.  It was a cost savings when rechargeable batteries came on the scene, but the kids had a hard time waiting for the batteries to recharge.  Brandon hated waiting for the batteries to play Xbox.  Often he’d take them off before a full charge cycle ended.  The result was that the batteries wouldn’t last long and then he’d have to put them on the charger again.

In other translations of this verse it says, “they that WAIT on the Lord shall renew their strength”.   We’re all like rechargeable batteries.  We need to wait on God and trust in Him to find new strength.   He wants to give it to us, and boy do we ever need His power for bigger battles than Xbox has made!  James encourages us to “Let perseverance finish its work”1.    If we want to soar, to run, walk and not grow faint then we have to LET God work in us till He’s finished what He started.

Today, learn to wait.  Show your trust by waiting for God’s timing.  Then, when your batteries are fully charged get out there and release that power!


Father…I thank-You for the seasons in my life.  Seasons of busy, seasons of rest and seasons of great energy to fulfill all You’ve called me to do.  May I use the new strength you’re bringing me to make a difference in this world for You! In Jesus Name…Amen

1        James 1:4

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Sherry Stahl