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Lay It Down

  • Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do: forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13 WEB

    I was at a very dark place in my life. The doctor had placed me on anti-depressants, yet I remained a recluse with suicidal thoughts. Once I had carried the precious anointing of the Holy Spirit. Now I only seemed to carry misery and felt that He could not be found. It was certainly me that withdrew from Him, and now I felt alone in the gloom. How did I get here? It is a long story that is not that relevant, but how it changed is.

    There seemed to be a very small light in that darkness, a small ray of hope. The Lord started speaking to me very gently, like someone trying to ease up to an injured animal. Slowly, little by little, He led me out of the darkness. I found that He still had a plan for my life, but I had to follow Him. It took action. I had to make some serious changes in my life that others intensely disliked. Albert Einstein said it best with: 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.' Sometimes it takes change.

    Every journey begins with a first step. You don't have to let your past determine your future. You can make a choice. You can begin today. You cannot steer a car that is sitting still; it just gets older. To change its course, it has to be moving. Paul forgot the things behind, and pressed on towards the goal. Don't give up for there is still hope. The end of a thing can be better than the beginning.

    Don't become trapped in your past, or let other people control your future. You are older and wiser today. This is your life, a shiny new day, a fresh start. You are forgiven, and God still has plans for you. Press on for the prize and do not let the enemy hold you back. There is still hope, for what you see does not have to be. God will always call you into the brightest version of your life, and every other path is inferior to His. Hold tight to the lifeline that He gives you, and let go of the past, cut it loose, lay it down.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I come to You today and I thank You being there for me. Please draw me out of my shell Lord, draw me to You. Give me a clear vision of my next step. Inspire me to make the right decisions in my life and lead me this day, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presences and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen......praise the Lord, Hallelujah!!!
Sep 19
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen Pastor Don Todd for your on time message

Sep 19
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Sep 19
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Sep 19
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Sep 19
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertsonedited: Sep 20

Amen! great devotional Pastor Dion

Sep 19
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I come to You today and I thank You being there for me. Please draw me out of my shell Lord, draw me to You. Give me a clear vision of my next step. Inspire me to make the right decisions in my life and lead me this day, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Amen,  I'm holding on to your lifeline Lord! Thank you for not leaving me. I need you Lord. In Jesus name I pray. 

Sep 19
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

Thank you for your testimonies Pastor! They are always so spot on for me!

Sep 19
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen, just what I needed to hear this morning. I'm holding on tight Lord, so turn me the in the direction you want best for me. Hallelujah!!

Sep 19
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! So many think this is an instant change, but in my experience the change came one step at a time. If you get in to big a hurry, you may miss something important. Thank You Lord!

Sep 19
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

It was  what l too was needed to hear  for my life  praise our father in heaven  for he knows his children thankful for you l have in jesus name amen!

Sep 19
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you for this wonderful message Pastor. Right on time

Sep 19
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God help us. Amen

Sep 19
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! I needed this message now. Thank you so much pastor Dion for being in tune with Holy Spirit. God bless.

Sep 19
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Pastor Dion for this message and prayer! Heavenly Father I come to You today and I thank You being there for me. Please draw me out of my shell Lord, draw me to You. Give me a clear vision of my next step. Inspire me to make the right decisions in my life and lead me this day, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

Sep 19
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, I will always thank You for cleaning my past and for showing  me to concentrate in the future. Lead me through the path You want me to walk, speak slowly so I understand how to do it with You  as my guide. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. That Your Holy Name always be praise. 

Feeling grateful for this devotional, thank you Pastor. God bless you. 

Sep 19
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

The past is past and I am forgiven.  PRAISE THE LORD AND THANK YOU LORD

Sep 19
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 19
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen, pressing forward with the Lord on my side !!!

Sep 19
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HALLELUJAH

Sep 19
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Thank You Pastor Dion for the Devotional Reading. I had a suicide attempt when I was 18 years old and I almost died. I was hospitalized for five weeks because of the suicide attempt. I'm 38 now and I still take medication for depression and bipolar disorder. I have some good days then I have not so good days. I thank God for giving me life and helping me to cope with stress. I pray for healing and abundance and to be at peace with my self and to love my self the way that God made me. Over the years some of my family members told me that I had a hard life. This is true but I hope that I will live a long time and have a good life. I look forward  to that.

Sep 19
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckaredited: Sep 20

Thanks Pastor for sharing, I needed to here this yesterday. If we hold close to Him He is faithful to carry us through!

Sep 20
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Sep 20
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Sep 22