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The Season Of The Shelf

  • When the season for fruit drew near, He sent His servants to the tenants to get His fruit. Matthew 21:34 ESV

    For years I waited, yet every door remained closed. When I was about twenty, the Lord told me through a pastor that He had chosen me for ministry and to begin to prepare myself. I already knew it in my heart. His word was a confirmation of what God had already put inside me. Later while visiting another church, I was told the same thing, 'prepare yourself for ministry.'

    I began to attend Bible college, earned a degree, got ordained, read the Bible through a few times and was ready for ministry. Then I waited for the door to open' I played in bands, painted houses, was a mechanic, and spent twenty years working on computers. Finally I just went on with life and I no longer thought about the dream of ministry.

    Yet when the season came around, the Lord herded us into the ministry like cattle into a stall. In less than a week I suddenly found myself as a pastor and was soon writing. I had needed seasoning. I certainly had the zeal, but I had no depth. I knew too much about the traditions of men, and too little of walking with God daily.

    Don't give up during your time on the shelf. You are being seasoned and made ready. Also the fruit has to ripen before He will send you. What God has promised, He will bring to pass. When the proper season comes, He will fulfill His word. He will send His servants to get the harvest.

    Prayer: Here I am Lord, send me. I will go where you want me to go, work where you want me to work, and say what you give me to say. Use me Lord, in the name of Jesus.

    Note: For those interested in capturing or viewing photos of God's creation, here is this week's theme message from Creation Photographers: Good Morning, Creation Photographers, what a glorious morning it's promised to be by the one that created you and me. Thank you all for joining in our group fun!! Matthew 19:14 (NIV) Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.' This week's fun theme will be "A Child's View" and is open for interpretation as always. You are also encouraged to post anything else that inspires you as well. May you all be graced with a child-like heart and some of their energy as well. God bless! Here is the link to participate in this group: Creation Photographers group


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Indeed Lord....Amen!
Jul 31
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Amen. 

Jul 31
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!!!

Jul 31
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Jul 31
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Here I am Lord, send me. I will go where you want me to go, work where you want me to work, and say what you give me to say. Use me Lord, in the name of Jesus. Amen. Heavenly Father, thy will be done. Thank you.

Jul 31
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

Jul 31
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

Jul 31
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

Jul 31
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen l am ready!

Jul 31
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God help me with my anxiety about life’s twists and turns. Amen. 

Jul 31
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Yea Lord....Use me I pray. Amen!

Jul 31
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

We will do as your will and serve you any way we can.Jesus we love and worship you. Amen 

Jul 31
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! So thankful God placed us here at RHM.

Jul 31
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

Jul 31
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez

What a beautiful message. Many times I feel like I am lost sheep still trying to find my way. I know God has plans for me and must just wait for him to make his move.

Jul 31
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father in Heaven, You know me better than I do. I need Your leadership and I will follow, hear my prayers oh Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Jul 31
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

 thankyou  for  great message  amen.

 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Here I am Lord, send me. I will go where you want me to go, work where you want me to work, and say what you give me to say. Use me Lord, in the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Aug 1
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Thank you for this message! 

Aug 1
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Debbie Jansen
Debbie Jansen

Thank you Pastor Todd!  I think I am on the shelf and this post helped me realize that it has been necessary.  I have always been compassionate and on fire to help people but lacked the maturity that God has been developing in me.  Your posts are encouraging and spot on!

Blessings,

Debbie

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LaTasha Murphy
LaTasha Murphy

Loved this Devotion Tuesday, I still go back and read it!

Aug 3