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  • Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he was making a work on the wheels. When the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, House of Israel, can't I do with you as this potter?' Jeremiah 18:3 WEB

    When I was young, I followed the family tradition of dropping out of school and getting a job. By seventeen I was married with a child on the way, house, car, full time job as a construction laborer, and the bills were coming due. My Dad was on his own at thirteen. I was a late bloomer. I did not know of anyone in my family that had ever finished high school. You were not expected to. I honestly do not remember hearing the word 'college' until I was in my twenties, so that was never an option.

    When I was around thirty, I was serving the Lord with all my heart, and one Sunday night at church, the Lord spoke to me and urged me to go back to school. The word came through the pastor's wife, who simply came up to me and said: 'Dion, the Lord wants you to get your GED.' Her words had impact and I knew that it was the Lord speaking to me through her, so I took it seriously.

    The following morning, I went to the adult education center in Conway, South Carolina to see what it would take for me to finish school. Though the parking area was full of cars, there was one spot open right by the entrance. I went inside and they explained that I had been out of school for a long time. I would need to take a pre-test and then we would start classes to learn the areas that I needed to work on. Best case scenario, in about one year I would have my GED. This was during the 90s in the South, computers were rare, and all school work was done with a pencil and paper.

    I went back Tuesday and took the pre-test. There was a parking spot right in front of the door that was open for me. Answers to the multiple tests came easily and I breezed right through it. On Wednesday, I went back to see my test results and get the books that I needed so that I could get started studying. Once again, my parking spot in front of the door was open for me.

    When I walked up to the counter, a couple of instructors were discussing some papers. One looked at me, cocked her head to one side and asked 'How long have you been studying?' I told her that I had just decided to start Sunday night. She said 'Well, you did excellent. You needed a 70 to pass. You scored a 97. I believe that you are ready to take the test. It is too bad that you did not come a few weeks earlier. The GED test is only given in this part of the state every six months. It is going to be held in Georgetown this Saturday, but the state requires you to sign up a month in advance.' She paused a moment and said, 'Let me call them.'

    She called someone, found out they had a cancelation, got transferred to someone else, then to someone else, faxed them my test scores, smiled at me and said 'You got in!' She was so happy, she even hugged me. Saturday I drove to Georgetown to take the eight hour test. As usual, there was a parking spot open for me near the door. The test had questions like 'How far is the sun from the earth?' I didn't have a clue. So I prayed and just wrote whatever came to mind, and it was right. I was one of the first to finish.

    The following Sunday when I returned to church, I had my GED. I had completed the entire process in one week. I went on to attend bible college for a bachelor's degree and graduated. It was totally the Holy Spirit reshaping my life. He was the driver, I was the co-pilot and I was just along for the ride.

    It does not matter if you were brought up as trash. When you submit your life to God and follow His guidance, He will put your life back together and make it meaningful. God is able to reshape you on His potter's wheel (Jeremiah 18:1). Just because that is the way that it has always been, does not mean that is the way that it will always be. When He adopts you into His family, He may break all of your old family traditions.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want all that You have for me. Break me out of my tiny box and change my way of thinking. Teach me what I need to know, lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Mold me Lord JESUS. Use me for your purpose. Make me what you need me to be. For your GLORY. Use my family Lord for your Grace. Your tender Mercy to all. We Praise your Holy name. Be my food Lord Jesus. Comsume me Father God. Leave no trace of me. Leave me only with you. Your light shining like Moses in my face. Thank you refreshing hope for inspiration and feeding my faith in the great and powerful I Am. Moses said who shall I say sent me .GOD said I Am, and Oh, He is ! Be blessed everyone today. I Am is here.

January 22, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Amen!!

January 22, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

January 22, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Trust God, He created you just how He wanted you to be, regardless of your circumstances.

January 22, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want all that You have for me. Break me out of my tiny box and change my way of thinking. Teach me what I need to know, lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you

January 22, 2017
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Lasheika Simmons
Lasheika Simmons

God bless you Pastor Todd for sharing this. I am one to become frustrated by my circumstances and feeling like I'm going in circles. I'm so ready for God to take me to the next level. Thank you Pastor

January 22, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. When Abba Father brought me to write my first Christian inspiration book, He literally downloaded the chapters to me. I had the titles for the chapters before the pages were filled. Then Abba gave me the words to fill each page, and the corresponding scripture that went with my opinions and testimonies. Everything was poured into me and then laid out in categories and every word I typed felt like it had been miraculously downloaded into my brain. He worked through me and He gave me the ability to stay on my laptop for hours until it had been completed. He contnues to do this and that is why in four months time I had written and published two books and am now nearing the completetion of a third. Today Abba Father gave me a subject for the next book. As I submit to His will, He continues to lead me in my writing. Abba Father is my co-author, or actually I am His.

January 22, 2017
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith

Amen, thank you for sharing Pastor.

January 22, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen. 

January 22, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I love this message! Just what I need to hear. I'm patiently waiting on the Lord in faith. He will guide, strengthen and use me for His will. Amen. 

January 22, 2017
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Amen!

Praise be Your Glory!

January 22, 2017
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey

Inspiring word.

thank you!

January 22, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Thank you Pastor for sharing.

January 22, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

I want all you have for me and my family Amen 

January 22, 2017
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Pat Turner
Pat Turner

WOW.....amazing!  

 

January 22, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!   Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)  

Father, I want all you have for me and I pray Jesus, heals me from the crown of my head to the tips of my toes. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen.

Pastor Dion, God don't make trash or junk. You was not trash you are was an always will be God's child. You just had some bad times in life. I know I have been threw a lot in my life and there is a lot I don't remember. But I would just always talk to God to keep walking me threw and I still need God today and always. God is my loveing Father, I know he loves my family and I. I just have to let God be God and pray he lets me knew what happen to me. Why am I always so scared. I had a lot happen in my life where I didn't know what was going to happen with my family. I didn't know what mo and dad was going to do the parted then together. I felt like a ping pong ball going here there and every where. I lost my dad when he was 53 and mom when she was 68 and my brother when he was 59. I just lost my brother 01-04-2015 and I've been really thinking about him a lot. I didn't do that its all hitting me now. My sistters turned on me because I would not take the side with them to lie. I feel broken and I have a loving husband and daughter. I just have a void and all the other things going on with anxiey/depression. Medication and slowlr dropping different ones for over 4.5 years. I am staring to really feel bear down. Please everyone pra for me to get my joy back and everything else stop giving me fear to get done dropping medication. It's just I know how bad it is and I can't take it anymore. I have to wait I guess until I feel refreshed t start again. Jesus, heal me and help me. I pray in your name Jesus Christ, Amen. I Love You, Jesus, May all the praise and glory go to God the Father. Amen

January 22, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Dear Diane, I pray the Lord with touch you in such a way, you will never be the same again. Nothing is impossible with God. He is the great healer and HE loves you and wants you to be whole again. Hang in there. It will get better.

January 23, 2017
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

Wow. God makes things happen our tiny minds can't even imagine. Thanks for sharing AND for this uplifting ministry.

January 22, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

January 22, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

What a great story! It sounds like the plot of a good book!

January 22, 2017
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Lorena Amador
Lorena Amador

Similar to my life's experiences, know the feeling when God is with you and opens doors you never imagined. And then the Blessings pour thru your life. Thanks for the message.

January 22, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen 

January 22, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Heavenly Father, I want all that You have for me. Break me out of my tiny box and change my way of thinking. Teach me what I need to know, lead me and I will follow You, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 23, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Pastor Dion. What a wonderful success story.When God is with you. Who can be against you! A story of triumph over adversity. God has brought you such a long way. It gives us all hope. I pray your prayer. Heavenly Father, I want all that you have for me. Break me out of my tiny box and change my way of thinking.Teach me what I need to know, lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

January 23, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen pastor Dion! That was a very inspiring testimony, Hallelujah!

Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I want all that you have for me. Break me out of my tiny box and change my way of thinking. Teach me what I need to know, lead me and I will follow you, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

January 23, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.

January 25, 2017