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A Carrot on a Stick

  • Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. He came up, and told his father and his mother, saying, "I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. Now therefore get her for me as my wife." Then his father and his mother said to him, "Isn't there a woman among your brothers' daughters, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines?" Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, for she pleases me well." But his father and his mother didn't know that it was of Yahweh; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Judges 14:3-4 WEB.

    Samson, who was a Hebrew, wanted to marry a Philistine. It upset his parents terribly, for the Philistines were enemies of Israel. "What on earth is wrong with him?" his parents must have thought. Yet, the desire was given to Samson by the Lord. The "She pleases me well" that Samson felt for her came directly from the Lord.

    A horse can be led by a carrot on a stick. So was Samson. Samson's destiny was down this path, and he was drawn to it. His parents didn't understand his desire, or his decision, because it wasn't their calling. It was his alone. Though Samson thought he was following his own path, making his own decisions, the Lord was leading him into his destiny.

    When I was growing up, I had such a strong desire to work with computers. Though I grew up on a farm, and we didn't own one. They were extremely expensive then. It seemed so impossible that I didn't even pray about it. Also, no one I knew even shared an interest in them.

    Yet, that desire never left, and eventually, I began to gather computer parts here and there. Though we lived in the country, these parts found their way to me. I managed to obtain a motherboard, some memory, a floppy drive, and a power supply. I had no case for it, so I assembled my first computer and housed it inside a cardboard box. I cut a slot in the front for floppy disks and drew some outlines on it with a magic marker. At the start, it was only a flashing cursor where you could type commands, but I was so fascinated by it. I spent all my free time trying to upgrade it.

    Fast forward twenty years, and I find myself spreading the gospel over the Internet, using computer systems that we built. It was no accident, for I was led here for such a time as this. When I was young, the Lord told me that I would be in ministry one day, but His ways are not our ways. The technology was not even available then, yet He was preparing me the whole time. We are witnessing the beginning of a new era of ministry.

    The nagging desire you have that will not go away may very well be from the Lord. One day it may be used for His purpose in a more distinct way. He respects our free will, yet He will often lead us with something we desire, just as He did with Samson. Like us, you may one day look back and find that what you considered a hobby came directly from Him.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for guiding my steps. Please lead me into all that You have for me and help me see past the parts that I don't understand. Fulfill Your will in my life and put me where You want me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.' (John 5:14) ~ 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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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

May 22
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

I Thank you Father GOD, for this True word this morning.  For such a time as this, we are drawn to the word of GOD. We have been lead to Refreshing Hope. For some , due to the COVID, have been drawn here. I know, I have been lead here. Refreshing Hope, is allowing me to be part of a wonderful Community of people that worship, GOD our Father, the LORD JESUS Christ, and the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT. Thank you . AMEN

May 22
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank you for guiding me to Refreshing Hope Ministries, Pastor Dion and Sylvia. They spread Your word to us followers. AMEN

May 22
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you Lord Jesus!

May 22
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Yes! Lord I don't know how I wound up here at Refreshing Hopy, but I am sure you did it! I just couldn't be more grateful! Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia!

May 22
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen, Celeste!

May 22
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father lead me in the way You want me to go.

May 22
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Lead us Jesus and we will follow. Amen 

May 22
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen,  thank you Lord Jesus!

May 22
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen !!!

May 22
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 22
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

In jesus name amen!!

May 22
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank Your loving kindness for leading me to where You want me to be, to follow Your designs and to do what is the best away from the snares of this world. In the name of Jesus Christ, Your loving Son I pray, Amen. 

Awesome devotional testimony Pastor, thank you and Sylvia for leading me to a better understanding of the word. God bless you both, Amen. 

May 22
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I had been subscribed to and reading Guideposts magazines for over 15 years when I discovered Refreshing Hope Ministries on one of their pages. I am so grateful that I am here for such a time as this with all of you here at RHM. You truly are my family in Christ. Amen!!

May 22
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

AMEN, Lynn! RHM is such a blessing. God is truly doing a new and exciting work. Thankful to be a part of RHM~

May 22
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I thank You for guiding my steps, Lord. Fulfill Your will in my life and put me where You want me. AMEN

May 22
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen fullfil your Will in my life Lord my faith and hope is in you!

May 22
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Afternoon Everyone 

May 22
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

I follow where he leads me 

May 22
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes please Lord, in Jesus's name I pray, amen. 

May 22
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 22
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen

May 22
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, thanks pastor , for encouraging words   May God o to us to bless you as you bless us with your words . 

May 24