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A Christmas Story

  • Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38 WEB

    One year as Christmas approached, we felt like doing something special. Looking back, I am sure that it was the Holy Spirit prompting us. He needed us to plant seeds for what He planned to do in our lives the following year. We would need better equipment for what He had in store.

    We owned a small computer business, and our work was slow that season. We had some used parts and spare time, but very little money, so we came up with an idea to take all the spare parts that we could muster and build them into working computers. Then we would find some widows in the church who didn't own one yet and bless them with a fully functioning computer. We managed to build and distribute about four computer systems that Christmas.

    We made a few people very happy and had a great Christmas. Then in January, a client contacted us and gave us over $10,000 of new computer equipment. We got enterprise-level servers and firewalls that we would not have dreamed of buying. Some of it is still in use here at Refreshing Hope today. We reap what we have sown, better, and multiplied.

    If you get the urge to be a blessing to someone, do it. Your flesh will always tell you to keep it for yourself, but the Holy Spirit will prompt you to give, and then He will bless you in return. God could bless you anyway, but He said, "Give, and it will be given to you." I didn't write it, I read it. That is His chosen way of doing things. The reverse could read: "Don't give, and it won't be given to you." Sowing and reaping work just as the farmers who plant and then harvest. If you don't plant seeds, the only things that come up are the weeds.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please show me the opportunities in my life to plant seeds that will make a difference. Guide me today and give me wisdom in my giving, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    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 presence 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 Thank you Jesus for all you have done for all of us! Keep giving me the wisdom to share your word. Amen
September 10, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

September 10, 2020
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

September 10, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

September 10, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Guide me dear Lord, as you have always done. Amen

September 10, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

September 10, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Lead and  let me  know  your  will in jesus name amen 

September 10, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,help us Jesus to plant seeds that will help others.We love and worship you.

September 10, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

September 10, 2020
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Debbie Zaleski
Debbie Zaleski

This works with words too...it is so simple to give a kind word, or a smile...it can change the whole course of your day!

 

September 10, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

September 10, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

September 10, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You, give us the wisdom to be the carrier of happiness to others by giving as You have given us. That Your will be done, show us the way and encourage us to always trust and follow Your designs. In Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Thank You Pastor, God bless you both. 

September 10, 2020
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckar

Oh dear Pastor and Sylvia, thank you for sharing this devotional and your humbleness! It makes me think of how I am blessed with more than what I could ever need and has prompted me to share more! God is so good to us. May God's Blessings always be with you

September 10, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God this life can be so stressful. Help us. In the name of Jesus Hallelujah Amen

September 10, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

September 10, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Yes, the Lord is so good, praise, honor and worship to HIM, and Him alone!!!

September 10, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Wow, Pastor Dion, it is truly more blessed to give than to receive!!! First it fills your heart with joy to give and lighten someone's load, and then low and behold here is the Lord of Lords, our Heavenly Father that bestows gifts and blessings upon us we had never expected or even dreamed of! 

September 10, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

September 10, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

So timely!!!!  Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this encouragement! Lord, show me the opportunities in my life to plant seeds that will make a difference. Guide me today and give me wisdom in my giving, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

September 11, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for being true to your word in every situation, I want to plant a Godly garden show me where to place the seeds. In Jesus'name I pray.

September 11, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

September 11, 2020