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A Custom Home

  • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11 WEB

    I used to work with my Dad building custom homes. He was a lifelong carpenter. When he agreed to build a house, the first step was the plans. How big will it be? How many floors? Where will the stairs go? How many windows will it have? All these details needed to be known ahead of time and planned out. There would need to be an outlet for the stove in the kitchen, and a water line for the shower in the bathroom.

    It started out as a stack of lumber, then the house was built a piece at a time, and everything in a certain order. The roof could not come before the foundation, nor the wiring before a wall. The foundation was laid, then the floor, the walls, and the roof. As all the pieces came together, it took shape, and at some point, it began to look like a house.

    As a young helper who knew nothing, I would have liked to hung the kitchen cabinets and given them something beautiful to look at, but there were weeks of work to do behind the scenes before that step could be done. Dad knew that, but I didn't. Also, not everyone liked the same colors that I did. We built some houses that were yellow, while others were gray. In time, all the pieces came together and formed a beautiful home, custom built for the owners, and they loved it.

    God has laid out plans for our lives, and they are amazing. Plans to prosper us, to give us hope and a future, a good ending. No two of us are alike, so God takes each of us down our own path and at our own pace. As we walk with Him daily and follow the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit, our lives will come together into something that will be beautiful to us.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people love attending events and parties, but if you call and cancel your dinner plans with us, we will smile and silently thank God. Some people love to work all day in a flower garden, but not me. I love technology and gadgets. It is part of my gift set and God built me like this for a purpose. For you to be happy, it is very important to be yourself like God intended. Your heaven may be my hell. God knows this and builds each of our lives to fit our personality. We can still both love God, and just agree to disagree about our favorite color.

    The enemy also has plans for us, which are pretty much the opposite: to steal, to kill, and destroy your life and that of your families. To divide and conquer. We all have to choose between the good and the bad, just like Adam and Eve. No one is exempt. Sure there is forgiveness, but you are always given a chance to not sin in the first place.

    'No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it' (1 Corinthians 10:13).

    If you choose Jesus, and follow Him wholeheartedly, you will be happy with your life in the end. You may or may not die rich and famous, but your life will be full and you will be happy with the way that your life turned out. It will fit you, because God does have plans for you. If you just work with Him a little each day to keep your life on course and allow Him to correct you, then everything is going to be alright. Good things often take time, but rest assured that everything is right on schedule.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Build me up Lord and craft me into the best version of myself. Share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. I choose You today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen......,
Oct 24
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

There are many personalities and paths but we all want the same "expected end," eternai life. We all need each other no matter how we look or from where we were born. In Christ we are one, if we know Him who is Able to keep us. God Bless you, yes you.

Oct 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I agree, God bless you Joseph. I pray your grandson is doing well.

Oct 24
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Thank you Lynn, he is about to have surgery on his hip but somehow he manages to always smile. He is a strong little boy.

Oct 25
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

God bless him :) Sending prayers for healing and strength. Amen.

Oct 25
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Oct 24
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Oct 24
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

Oct 24
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen 

Oct 24
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen1 If one is looking for every day to be the same blessed day, that is probably not going to happen. Some days will be cold and rainy, some will be full of sonshine. It is our job to thank Him for each!

Oct 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

Oct 24
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Oct 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Thank You Father for all You are doing in my life. Lead to Your best plans for me.

Oct 24
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, thank You for all You have done for me and my family. You know I'm weak,I need Your leading to follow Your designs. Fill me with Your grace in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Oct 24
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank you Pastor Dion, I really needed this today! 

Oct 24
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God thank you for everything. Amen. 

Oct 24
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Oct 24
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Bella Colliander
Bella Collianderedited: Oct 24

I really needed to hear what our Lord shared with you this morning.  I'll be 76 next week but I am still hoping to have many more blessed years ahead.  This devotional was reassuring in the hope of our Lord and His promises.  Thank Pastor Dion for watching over us all.

 

Oct 24
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

Thank you  love  it  how house are faith  like  that.  verse  one my favorites.

 

Oct 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 25
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Build me up Lord and craft me into the best version of myself. Share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. I choose You today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

Oct 28
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumaredited: Nov 5

Very nice Pastor....thanks.

God Bless

Nov 5