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  • 300 and Being Outnumbered in Battle

    Woohoo! I can’t believe that the devotion you’re about to read is my 300th Soul H2O Devotion!!!

    Soul H2O Growth

    Are you as shocked as I am that it’s been six and a half years since I started sending out the Soul H2O Devotions? First, they went out as emails, then through both the blog and email, next they were included in the first (gonna be more) Soul H2O Devotional book, and now, heard weekly on the JOY Radio.ca Original Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show.

    Some of you reading this have been here since the very first devo (linked below) and I can’t thank you enough for sticking around and being a part of my journey. Even if this is the first Soul H2O Devotion you’ve read, I’m so glad you’re here!

    Prizes Up For Grabs

    Contest for 300 on the blogThis is kind of a BIG deal for me so, I’m hoping you’ll cheer me on… and I’m offering a contest prize for those who do. I’d love to hear how the devotions have impacted your life. They’ve helped me through a lot of tough times… *seriously* writing them has kept me in the Word and seeking to hear from God so, when troubles hit, my well had enough in there to keep me going and help me get through refreshed.

    An Easy Win!

    For all those who comment on how the below Soul H2O Devo or others have helped them, they will be entered to win two signed copies of the Soul H2O Devotional Book {one for you and one for a friend} along with a $30 Amazon Card (within Canada or the Continental USA). *Details Below

    Let’s dive in, to today’s Soul H2O Devotion, so you can get refreshed!

    Soul H2O Devotion

    Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace forty years.
    Judges 8:28 NIV

    300 and Being Outnumbered in Battle

    300 and Being Outnumbered in Battle

    Guys love the movie 300 but as a chick, I just don’t really get it. The Spartans, even with a very buff and beautiful Gerard Butler lose the battle. Now, I know that historically the 300 Spartan soldiers were crazy outnumbered by the Persian empire army and their valiant sacrifice did inspire the Greeks to reconvene and finally overtake their oppressors but by the end of the movie, they hadn’t won.

    I really don’t like movies where the underdog or oppressed one doesn’t win in the end and would have much preferred if the movie 300 was about another completely inspirational battle fought and won by just 300 warriors.

    A Better Story

    That story is recorded in Judges 6-8. The nation of Israel had again fallen into sin, which during that time was worshipping other gods of the people around them which involved some very wrong ritualistic practices. As a result, God backed off. I mean why would he keep protecting them when they had made it clear that they weren’t following Him anymore? Like a rebellious child, they were going to have to learn a lesson the hard way. Israel became oppressed by the Midianites and were so afraid that they were mostly hiding in caves.

    The Miraculous Part

    Finally, people begin to come to their senses and call on God. In response, God calls Gideon to stand up and fight to protect his people from their oppressors and even though they were outnumbered by an army of nations about 450 times bigger than their measly 300 soldiers, God did the miraculous and they experienced peace that lasted 40 years! Now that movie, would end in triumph!

    My 300 Battles

    Throughout the past six and a half years of sending out Soul H2O Devotions, before I got to my 300th Soul H2O Devotion, I’ve experienced times of being outnumbered and sometimes outsmarted by the enemy. The battle has gotten so difficult I felt like I was going to end up annihilated like the Spartans yet each time, as I went to God and His word, I was refreshed and strengthened to continue this fight for the abundant life.

    Outnumbered

    If you feel like you’re living a little outnumbered right now and that the enemy of your soul is sure to take you down, remember this story of Gideon and the 300 men who battled and won. Make sure to invite God in to be on your side, and the peace He’ll bring will be your victory!   

    Prayer

    Father… I’m so thankful that you don’t leave me outnumbered. You and me are all that’s needed to stand strong in the face of any difficult circumstance. I ask for the grace needed to live in the midst of chaos yet bask in Your presence of peace because You sent Your son to be my Prince of Peace! So today, I will soak in this truth. In Jesus Name…Amen

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    Drawing from the well

    Verses to help fill up your well.

    1. 1. Judges 8:28
    2. 2. Isaiah 9:6
    3. 3. John 14:27
    4. 4. John 16:33

    Soul H2O Resources

    #musicpic

    #musicpic SONG: 
    Overcome by Elevation Worship

    Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/mvF9Hc5XZOo
    Soul H2O Spotify Playlist: Online | On App

    MUSICPIC SONGS SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS
    Soul H2O Show Joy Radio Original Sherry Stahl
    Tuning In God’s Voice | EP #69

    Tuning In God’s Voice is Part 4 in the Hearing God’s Voice Series on the Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Show Episode #69. You can find the  Show Notes at http://www.soulh2o.com/69

    Splash Online Event

    Struggling to Tune In God’s Voice?
    Join us in the Soul H2O  Splash Facebook Group for Tuning In God’s Voice Part 2 for an atmosphere ripe for hearing from God.

    Soul H2O Splash Rachelle Fletcher Tuning In Gods Voice
    REPEATS

    Where it all began

    Want to read the first Soul H2O Devotion? 
    Repeats (Do Not Worry)

    https://www.sherrystahl.com/repeats/

    Contest For 300 On The BlogHOW TO ENTER
    Comment on how today’s Soul H2O Devo or others have helped them,
    Winner chosen from the commenters

    WHAT YOU WIN
    (2) Two signed copies of the Soul H2O Devotional Book {one for you and one for a friend} along with a $30 Amazon Card (within Canada or the Continental USA).

    RULES
    Must be within the Continental USA or Canada to win.

    WINNER ANNOUNCED
    Friday, June 18th 
    in a Facebook Live on my Author Sherry Stahl FB Page at 12:30pm EST

     

    Soul H2OIf 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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  • Why Radio Is Your Best Friend

    Water In My Desert SongSoul H2O Radio Episode 4 Radio Is Your Best Friend that releases tomorrow http://www.soulh2o.com/4 is all about the power of musical worship. Rachelle Fletcher is our Interview Guest this week and I can’t wait for you to get to know her. You’re gonna love Rachelle! She’ll tell you all about the Song you’ve been hearing every week on Soul H2O Radio, being played subtly in the background, heard at the intro and the extro, fading in and out of the show at random times. Maybe you’ve even sung it at a Retreat I’ve spoken at? You’ll get to hear Rachelle’s professional recording of Water In My Desert produced by Josh Alltop (Dove Award Winning producer) and how God inspired the song from the intersection of my desert and hers.

    SUBSCRIBE BELOW TO RECEIVE A FREE DOWNLOAD & BE ENTERED TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF ‘THE INVITATION’ WOMEN’S DEVOTIONAL FROM RACHELLE!

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    Radio Is Your Best Friend

    “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to … provide a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
    Isaiah 61:1,3

    Radio Is Your Best Friend

    The music and lyrics to Water In My Desert have refreshed my soul and I believe it has the potential to do the same for you.  This song has pulled me out of a funk and inspired me to have greater faith more than a few times.  Music has a way of doing this.  You can be down in the dumps when you hear a song and it literally makes your heart sing. Music is powerful!  That’s why Radio Is Your Best Friend when you’re going through a difficult time or just feeling a little blue… and when you’re feeling good an energetic song with powerful lyrics can empower your day!

    JOEL HOUSTON KNOWS

    Joel Houston from Hillsong United in Australia wrote an article for the Pureflix blog called, How Music Affects Our Brains (And Our Hearts!). Through this magazine article and my other research (cause I’m geeky like that!), I’ve learned a lot about the power of music and when you add a spiritual aspect to the natural effects of music the results are supernatural. In the show I have time to go more in-depth with How The Power of Music Can Affect Your Life & Change You From The Inside Out. Some of the information is crazy amazing, but let’s just say, it’s no wonder why musical worship has such an amazing impact on hearts and minds.

    SCIENCE KNOWS

    Science is finally backing up what the Bible has been saying for centuries. Isaiah 61 is a portion of Scripture that Jesus partially quoted in Luke 4.  It’s talking about the Messiah, Jesus when it says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to … provide a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Musical Worship can be that garment of praise that will trade your spirit of despair and provide your heart with hope. Music has the power to change the atmosphere in your heart, home, workplace and even the mood in your car with hangry kids. Whatever your need for refreshing, God can bring water into your desert with a song!

    So, turn the music up and let radio be your best friend!

    Prayer

    Father… I’m thankful for the power of a power song about you to destroy despair and defeat my doubt.  I will put on the garment of praise and raise my voice today as you take care of my burdens. This is how I choose to fight my battles! In Jesus Name…Amen


    MUSIC SUGGESTIONS

    Might I suggest joyradio.ca J  This is the station that is hosting my radio show and producing the podcast version.  My producer Mike is amazing.  Everyone at that station is so great to work with.

    For those of you who might be new to the #soulh2o blog, you might not know about #musicpic’s.  I started suggesting songs to go along with my devotions years ago.  If you need a dose of musical refreshing, you can always find the #musicpics on the blog by using the search function found on the blog main page right hand side by selecting the #musicpic category. My favourite is the Giant Killer Songs list but there are lots of great suggestions. You can also find #musicpics at in the Show Notes for every Soul H2O Episode.   Here’s a few links to help your search:

    Some of My #MUSICPIC Posts

    First Ever #musicpic post: Forgiveness Song https://sherrystahl.com/forgiveness-song/
    Giant Killer Songs https://sherrystahl.com/giant-killer-songs/
    Speaking Life in Song  https://sherrystahl.com/speak-life-song/
    Words-Song https://sherrystahl.com/words-song/

    Episode Show Notes

    Each episode’s show notes are just the website name with /# of episode
    Eg. http://www.soulh2o.com/3 For last week’s Learning To Dream Episode or this week’s http://www.soulh2o.com/4 releasing on Saturday

    Drawing From the Well

    1. Isaiah 61:1-3
    2. Psalm 96:1
    3. Zephaniah 3:17
    4. Psalm 40:3

    ENDNOTES

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

     

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  • #CommentToWin Contest Winner!

    Before you find out WHO the Contest Winner is…

    I want to let you know WHY I had a Contest!

    Since April I:

    • Unveiled my new website
    • Changed the address of my blogsite to my newly created website
    • I spoke at over 7 different women’s events
    • I taped an interview with Cheryl Weber of Crossroads about the Turkana, Kenya ‘Streams In The Desert’ project
    • My book WATER IN THE DESERT was released in a second Edition by Word Alive Press, along with Todd’s first release of 40 Days In The Man Cave
    • Todd and I had an extremely well attended Book Release Party at the Leamington Arts Centre
    • Todd and I released the
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      http://www.takethe40daychallenge.com
      website for people to Sign-Up online and receive 40 daily emails as they go through our books to encourage them along the way
    • Todd and I were taping 7 weeks worth of videos for the Challenge to be included in the Church Campaign Toolboxes

    Suffice to say that we were completely OVERWHELMED and probably a little ‘ in over our heads’ with all that activity.  It wasn’t until late June when I started realizing that no one was commenting on my blog posts anymore.  I thought maybe they weren’t very good (the enemy loves to make us feel inadequate).  By July we figured out that it was a technical issue with the new site.  In order to “encourage” people to start commenting on the blog again I devised the

    #CommentToWin Contest

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    I loved receiving comments again and hope you continue to let me know what you’re thinking!

    I am so pleased to announce the winner to the
    #CommentToWin Contest

    (insert drum roll please)

    Betty Catto
    from Edmundston, NB!!!

    HERE IS BETTY’S RESPONSE:
    “I am honored in being chosen to receive a copy of your book.I read every post you put on and I am so encouraged by them. A lot of the times they are just what I need to hear that day and other times it is what God has been speaking to me and is confirmation. Thank you so much for your weekly post. May God continue to bless you in all you put your hands to. You are truly an inspiration.  I am looking forward to reading your book. God bless you and Todd.”
                                                       Betty
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    Betty receiving a course certificate at the Bible School in Wickham NB.

    Betty,
    I’m so glad you were the winner!  I know you love to study the WORD!  Praying God refreshes your spirit as you go through the book and soak in all the scripture it contains!  Glad God connected our paths again so I could hear that things were going well for you!
    Much love, ~Sherry

    Get Ready For MORE Contests!!!

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