Make God Shine

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!


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

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


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

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Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Brenda Bradford Ottinger
Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell


  1. Misty says

    Choosing to believe God’s word over my circumstance is not always easy, but it is good. Difficult circumstance helps me to decrease and allow him to increase in my life. Thanks for sharing and making the world a little brighter today! <3

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Misty…Shine on girl 🙂

  2. KellyRBaker says

    Holly is inspirational. I’m praying for her. And also praying the power at the end. Love that. xo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks Kelly! I so appreciate you praying for her 🙂

  3. Brenda says

    Praying for Holly. ((Hug)) Beautiful connection between difficulty of belief and growth of faith. Abraham modeled that so well, didn’t he? So gracious of God to include these relatable testimonies in scripture. Thanks for the reminder to shine more of God by being faithful when faith doesn’t come easily. And, thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today. ((hug))

    • Sherry Stahl says

      I so appreciate your prayers for Holly! She sure is one that shines and so do you! My pleasure to be a part. {hugs} right back atcha 🙂

  4. Crystal Storms says

    Sherry, thank you for shining brightly. Amen to that faith-filled prayer! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. xoxo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      That’s a real compliment coming from someone who shines so bright! Have a blessed weekend 🙂

  5. Heather says

    Amen! I really love this post, you are so right. Praying for your friend, Holly. Thank you for sharing your story on Writer Wednesday at Becoming Press. 🙂

    • Sherry Stahl says

      I’m so glad you loved it. I appreciate your prayers for Holly she is doing really well. I believe it has to do with people praying for her! She’s so thankful for the prayers.

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