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  • Yahweh appeared of old to me, saying, 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 WEB

    "Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood, was shed for me." I remember standing in a Baptist church, a kid about six years old as they sang this hymn. When they did an altar call, several people went forward and I went with them. But they all told told me to go sit back down, because they thought I was too young to be saved. I was not the first child to be turned away by the Lord's followers, though He told them to stop doing that a long time ago (Matthew 19:13).

    I so wanted to be saved, but I did not qualify, and I still remember it vividly forty years later. Maybe I was too young for them, but the Lord did not seem to think so because He followed me home that night. He began to work in my life and prepare me for a future that I did not even see. I did not even think that I was saved until many years later. Now looking back, I can see His hand on my life even then.

    When I was around twelve years old and surrounded with bad influences, right before school got out for summer, a preacher came to our home one Sunday afternoon. I had worked for his son in the tobacco fields the previous year and he liked me. The preacher had an odd request. He lived on a farm about forty minutes away and wanted me to stay with his family for the summer and help gather his tobacco. Crazy enough, my dad was ok with it, and away I went.

    I spent the next two summers with the preacher and his family and worked in the tobacco fields. It was hard work. We would be up every morning before sunrise to pick up the hands, fuel the tractor, gather supplies, then crop tobacco all day, and would be checking the heat in barns at 11 that night. Also where my family never went to church, I was now in church every week.

    Over time, the Lord drew my heart to Him. He was never judgmental, accepted me just like I was, and wanted a relationship with me personally. I didn't have to become someone else. He sought me out 'Just as I am.' He set me apart, put the right people in my life, and no matter how many times I fell, He always had a plan for me and would pick me back up.

    Today I can tell you that do not have to be accepted by anyone on this earth. You do not have to change to come to the Lord Jesus, though we all change after we meet Him. You do not have to clean yourself up first, if you could, you already would have.

    You do not have to change the impossible to begin. You can do it with His help. Talk to the Lord today in prayer like you would a friend. Share your day with Him and ask Him for wisdom when making decisions. I can tell you today that the Lord wants a relationship with you right now, right where you are, whether you are eight or eighty.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I want to know You better. Please stir me up Lord and give me Your zeal. Restore my strength. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me today, 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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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord, amen

Oct 24
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Oct 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!!

Oct 24
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank you father 

Oct 24
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I also can tell everyone this is true! I hope no one has to live like I lived before God resqued me. All I can say is Thank You Lord!

Oct 24
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus.

Oct 24
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! I'm thankful that Jesus got my attention by making Himself known to me when I was a child too. Some bad things happened and I did my share of straying away. But you're right pastor Dion, He never let go of me and guided me back to Him at my lowest point.

Oct 24
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Oct 24
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Oct 24
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Hallelujah,  Amen!!

Oct 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father I want to know You better. Please stir me up Lord and give me Your zeal. Restore my strength. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you for this message Pastor Dion.

Oct 24
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you for replenishing my spirit today:)

Oct 24
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Oh Heavenly Father Renew me with strength and love, forgive all my sins and lead me through the path You want me to walk. I need You in everything I do, I trust in Your designs and Your will, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. The Lord is my Sheppard, I believe in Him. 

As always Pastor thank you for your guidance, God bless you. 

Oct 24
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thanks for this message today. I know I am saved and I am blessed by God. I love that you send out these messages to help Gods people hear His message and desire to be saved. Amen!

Oct 24
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you dear God for your love and kindness. Watch over us. Praise God in the name of Jesus Amen. 

Oct 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 24
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! The Lord works in mysterious ways! Thank you for so much for sharing this, all of your testimonies mean so much to me! I thank the Lord for you, Pastor Dion!

Oct 24
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

Oct 24
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen 

Oct 27
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Oct 27