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Focus Lost

  • Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10 WEB

    Another busy day with so much to do, and so many bills, the pressure and anxiety kept me up most of the night. It seemed like I spent most of my time these days trying to solve tomorrow's problems before they got here, and don't even get me started on the news. On top of that, I felt tired all the time from stress, worry, and lack of sleep.

    With all of this going on, I really did not have time to pray or read my Bible much. I wanted to, it just got squeezed out of the day by one important thing after another by living a life of emergencies. Jesus said: 'What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful' (Matthew 13:22).

    We spend our health trying to obtain wealth, then spend the wealth trying to obtain health. When I did slow down and pray for a while, the Lord said "Why not let me be God for a while?" I guess in my hustle and bustle that I had replaced Him as the center of my life. Once again, I had lost my focus. He was no longer the God of my life, either I was, or my problems, depending on what day it was.

    Put God first in your life, talk to Him, inquire of Him when making decisions, invite Him to be a part of your day, and then the other things will fall into place automatically. Jesus said: 'But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well' (Matthew 6:33). When you do lose yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

    Let God be God for a while today and stop trying to be Him. He can carry much more than you can. He can handle the pressure. He can see what is coming and prepare you for it. Sometimes we just need to be still and let God, be the God of our life.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please send the Comforter to me today, teach me about You, guide my steps and help me make the right decisions. I want You to be the focus of my life. You are my God. I choose You. Please give me the grace to make it so, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers

Amen. I needed this message to start my Day! Thank you pastor for the word.

October 31, 2016
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thanks for the reminder Amen 

October 31, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum, stepping aside surrendering the reins! What a concept!!

October 31, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. pray more and worry less

October 31, 2016
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Lucille Uncapher
Lucille Uncapher

Amen

 

October 31, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen, TYL I love the on time message for today. Thank you as always Pastor Todd for our daily messages. May God continue to use you and bless you in Jesus Name I pray.

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your daily prayers, Deborah <3!

October 31, 2016
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Samantha Greer
Samantha Greer

This was a right on time message, with all the stress in my life. 

Thank you!

Heavenly Father please fill me with your spirit. Guide my steps and help me make right decisions. Please forgive me for trying to be the pilot and co pilot of my life. I'm sure you do not need me to make decisions

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Samantha to you and pray that you please guide her clearly as she learns to let go of the steering wheel. Please lead her to the right decisions, only open the doors that are of you, and bless her with wisdom and discernment, in the name of Jesus, amen!

October 31, 2016
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez

LET GO & LET GOD   ...........................

October 31, 2016
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro

A powerful message today for a family in need of sound decision making and just waiting on the Lord.  Thank you Pastor!!!

October 31, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Pastor Todd you know the right message to post I need to hear this reminder that to put God first in everything I do. Because am really going through a rough time in my life right now.  Am asking everyone to keep me in their prayers amen. Lord take control my life my days. I now let go and trust believe that my problems that am going through is not bigger than you. 

October 31, 2016
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praying for you!

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, please bless Loriann, grant her Your peace and comfort, and guide her clearly through the darkness. I pray that you lead her through this time with much grace and provide all of the wisdom, strength and finances that are needed, in the name of Jesus, amen!

October 31, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

GOD LOVES YOU VERY MUCH LORIANN. " Sometimes we just need to be still and let God, be the God of our life."

October 31, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Dear Father in Heaven, this week is going to be extremely stressful and hectic.  I am praying for peace, calm and serenity; I know I tend to over think many things and worry far too much.  Please help me to know that you alway have my back and you are always with me!  Thank you for the love and compassion you show me everyday and thank you for the gift of your most precious son Jesus, without him in my life, I would be lost.  Amen!!

October 31, 2016
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Guilty of the same! I ditto this prayer, Lord!

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I thank you for Marisa and Stacie, and pray that you keep them close this week, that you strengthen them and bring your grace to fulfill all that is needed, in th name of Jesus, amen!

October 31, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

 

October 31, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese

Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!

October 31, 2016
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Gina Blakey
Gina Blakey

Great Devotion for today!  Very wise advice to heed at any age!  Wish I'd read this 40 years ago (but I wouldn't have read it more than likely and for sure wouldn't have heeded it).  God is an on-time God!  We can't look back with regrets...for that is a waste of time too. Yes, begin TODAY, right now, taking time and making time for God, putting Him first, and working our schedule around Him instead of working Him around our schedule. He is our Helper in all areas of our lives!  We need Him. Invite Him TODAY!  

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Ha, Gina, that is the truth - none of us were probably as smart as we thought in our early years. Thankful for His grace and mercy!

October 31, 2016
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Gina Blakey
Gina Blakey

Yes.  Amen. 

November 1, 2016
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Lord, thank You for this word and for the timing of it. With court today, financial concerns, and so many other things on my mind/heart, it can be easy to be distracted. Please forgive me. Please take control. Have Your way! Handle it all in the loving, gentle way that You always do! Perfect everything that concerns me, and do exceedingly and abundantly above all I can ask, think, or imagine! Then I will know that my way will be prosperous, and that I have a hope and a future in You. I look forward to seeing Your mighty hand at work in the everyday details of my life. I love You. I honor You. Amen. 

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Stacie to you and pray that you please bless her, grant her favor in court, and work on the hearts of all involved to bring your perfect will today. Please bless Stacie with peace, comfort, wisdom and provision, in the name of Jesus, amen <3!

October 31, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH STACIE.  Whatever you ask in the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, with prayers, supplication and thanksgiving it will be given unto you.  Just believe and you will receive it.

October 31, 2016
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Terryl Nichols
Terryl Nichols

This is so meaningful to me right now. This year has been a struggle but God has been there for what we needed. 

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I pray that you please bless Terryl, that you bring her wisdom, provision and grace, and that you lead her through this valley and let all that she has endured be used for Your good, in the name of Jesus, amen!

October 31, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Abba Father I bring all the RHM members before You that are facing trails and storms in their lives. Father I pray that You send the Comforter to them and give them Your bountiful peace, "shalom", that passes all understanding. I ask that You enable them to fully surrender their burdens to You and completely submit to Your divine will in their lives. Let them feel Your abundant love and compassion, let them lean fully upon Your word, for You alone Almighty God are our Rock, Fortress and our Deliverer

Psalm 18:2
2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Bless them Almight Father renew their strength and raise them up on wings like eagles to soar!

In Your precious Son's name in my Wonderful Counselor's name, in the Prince of Peace's name, in the name of Jesus,( the Savior of the World), I ask these things amen.

 

October 31, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen and amen, sister, joining in this prayer for all our members under this pressure <3!

October 31, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Thank you Sylvia I jion in this prayer for all members too. God less Y'all. Amen <3

October 31, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

AMEN

October 31, 2016
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Lucille Uncapher
Lucille Uncapher

Amen

 

October 31, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Carol, thank you so much for your prayer for all of us on RHM. <3 I know prayer sure does help me. I always pray for everyone in my room everyday. I love and thank you for this loving kind prayer. Amen <3

October 31, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen! Such a reassuring scripture!

October 31, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

The first four words in the Bible: "In the beginning God....."

October 31, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen!

October 31, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

"Sometimes we just need to be still and let God, be the God of our life."  GOD LOVES ALL SO MUCH.  I lift up all my worries and burdens to you ABBA FATHER  and please take control of them.  Thank you so much for takicng care and be in charge of me and my son's life in the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Amen

October 31, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion. This is something I needed to hear. Thank you for this timely message.I pray your prayer. Amen.

October 31, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: October 31, 2016

Amen! Thank you Pasror Dion for the the devotion today. It's a good one to make you always stay close to the Lord. To always read the word to keep you life grounded with the Father. Amen 

I pray this prayer over my family and I. In Jesus, name I pray. Amen. 

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please send the Comforter to me today, teach me about You, guide my steps and help me make the right decisions. I want You to be the focus of my life. You are my God. I choose You. Please give me the grace to make it so, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

October 31, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, please send the Comforter to me today, teach me about You, guide my steps and help me make the right decisions. I want You to be the focus of my life. You are my God. I choose You. Please give me the grace to make it so, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

November 1, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Yes, I don't want God's job.

November 1, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Cheryl, that is a perfect way to put it <3!

November 1, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

November 1, 2016