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Alone In The Quiet

  • Be strong and courageous. Don't be afraid or scared of them, for Yahweh your God himself is who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 WEB.

    Sometimes, we can become so withdrawn that we begin to feel that it is us against the world. That no one cares or even notices what we are going through and struggling with. Even in the middle of a crowd, we can feel alone, and all the while, God seems silent.

    Yet, we are not alone. The Lord tells us repeatedly through scripture to be strong and courageous, just like He instructed Joshua. We are not to live in fear and dread, for He is with us and will never leave, nor forsake us. No one can snatch you out of His hand. When the enemy comes in, like a flood, God will raise up a standard against him. What I have learned is this:

    1) God's silence does not mean He is mad with you.

    2) God's silence does not mean He has given up on you.

    3) God's silence does not mean He has forgotten you.

    4) God's silence does not mean you have gotten off course.

    His silence is like a dramatic pause in poetry, and the next thing He says will often be vital instructions. In early 2012, for three months, I was covered with His presence every day. I would lay on the floor in my music room and pray for two to three hours at a time, soaking, basking in His presence. The Holy Spirit would descend like a warm blanket when I entered the room, and there was nowhere that I would rather be.

    Then came several months of dry, lonely silence. When I would pray, I heard and felt nothing. It was as if the heavens were made of brass. At the same time, our business dried entirely up, and the bills began to pile up. I did not hear from Him for months. Eventually, I began to feel abandoned and desperate. Then one morning, I went into my room and sat down on a bean bag, He spoke, and by Friday, we found ourselves in full-time ministry.

    If your conscience is clear with no nagging feeling to correct something in your life, continue on the path you are on until you get new directions. There have been many times in my life that I thought that I was off His path. That I must be because I could no longer hear from the Lord. That somewhere I missed a turn, and now I was walking alone.

    Now looking back, it always turned out that I was merely on a straight part of the road and did not need a course correction at the time. Eventually, the next door would open up, the Lord would speak to me again, and I would realize that He had been there the entire time. I merely had to go from point A to point B, and I would not be here if I had not first been there. He tends to give us new direction at the crossroads.

    Be encouraged today, for no matter where you are, you are not alone. For it is the Lord God Almighty who goes with you. When the trouble comes, so will the answer. Keep the Lord first in your life, and all the other things will fall into place as needed. Do not fear what may come tomorrow, for you will be prepared to face it when it arrives.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that You are here, and I choose to believe that all things will work together for good, whether I understand them or not. Please walk with me and talk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Happy Christmas Eve! As we go through all our holiday preparations, let us always remember the reason for the season: our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ! Also, for those who may have missed the email, here is our annual newsletter with thoughts about the year, ministry happenings, and a fun slideshow. We pray you are blessed by it! Here is the link: 2020 Year-end Wrap-up


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Lord, for all my blessings and all you do! Happy Christmas Eve!
December 24, 2020
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Sheri Buckner
Sheri Buckner

What an awesome word! Thank you, Pastor and Sylvia Todd! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

December 24, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank You Heavenly Father for being with me. My guide, my everything.  Happy Birthday Jesus!! Merry Christmas Pastor & Sylvia. God Bless you both.  AMEN

December 24, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 24, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus, thank you for your guidance and love. Amen...Merry Christmas to all.

December 24, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

December 24, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

December 24, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father I Thank You for Your Guidance

December 24, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

December 24, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God for all my blessings 

December 24, 2020
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Thank you for today's Devotion. I look forward to this every day. They are always on point and wonderful! I pray that God will bless you richly! Have a blessed Christmas!

 

December 24, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

December 24, 2020
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I need You today and humbly ask You to speak to me and through me in a way I can understand Your message. Thank You for all Your blessings and support through Your word, do not leave us or forsake us. We need more of You in our lives, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord almighty. 

Yes Pastor, we need to hear His voice when He talks to us, God bless you and Sylvia. Have a great Christmas eve to you and our Ministry. 

December 24, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God you are my strength. I love you Amen

merry Christmas everyone 

God Bless us all. Amen

December 24, 2020
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Chrissy Broehl
Chrissy Broehl

Praise God that He never ever leaves us! 

 

December 24, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A perfect prayer for this day, Pastor Dion! Thank you. Heavenly Father, I know that You are here, and I choose to believe that all things will work together for good, whether I understand them or not. Please walk with me and talk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

December 24, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

December 24, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 26, 2020