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The Beaver Dam

  • Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 WEB.

    It was dusk dark, and I was alone in the middle of a large swamp called the Beaver Dam. I had ridden my dirt bike over to my cousin's house earlier that day. He stayed about four miles from us through dense woodland and swamp, but we had a trail through the beaver dam to each other's house.

    We were both about ten years old at the time. After playing video games far later than we should have, it dawned on me that it was getting dark, and I had no headlight. So I started the journey home. Well, riding through the swamp on a motorcycle at night alone with no lights was scary enough, but I soon found it could be made much worse.

    The bike I was riding was a Suzuki RM80 that had been professionally built and raced in motocross before I got it. I had paid for it by working in the tobacco fields, and it was the fastest in the community.

    I had heard stories of bears and panthers in the area, and I could just feel one chasing me. So I kept glancing back into the shadows, and each time I'd give the bike a bit more throttle. Before long, I was almost wide open, and that was fast.

    I was flying down the muddy, rutted trail and forgot all about a huge canal ditch that you needed to slow down and cross. It was dark, I was moving fast, and it seemed to appear out of nowhere. I soared over the ditch, glanced off the far side of it, launched way up into the air, and started flipping.

    As the bike and I were flying through the air in a tangled mess, I began kicking the starter to get moving again. Fortunately, I landed in a huge pile of mud, rolled over a few times, and took straight back off. I don't believe the wheels ever stopped turning. By then, I was terrified. Thank God I made it home safely.

    Mark Twain said, "I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."

    The moral of the story is this: You can make a bad situation so much worse than it really is by dwelling on it. The more you think about it and talk about it, the bigger it will grow in your mind until it consumes you in pure panic. Most of the things we worry about never come to pass.

    That was the most scared I've ever been in my life, and it was all in my mind. I would have been perfectly safe to have stopped, built a fire, and spent the night camping. So don't let your fears snowball and consume you. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Never allow your circumstances to deceive you into believing that God is not with you.

    What you feed in your thought life will grow, and what you starve will die.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You cover me with Your peace, fill me with Your Spirit, and remove the fear and anxiety from me. Please help me live a victorious life. 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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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: July 29, 2021

SO TRUE, THANK YOU DION FOR THE REMINDER. MAY THE LORD CONTROL MY THOUGHTS WITH HOPE. AMEN !

July 29, 2021
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Silvina Potter
Silvina Potter

LOVE THIS!..Thank you pastor....

Indeed I am guilty of overthinking...and that is one of satan's weapons against us..overthinking leads to anxiety and all this to stress and lack of faith in God...

Faith is not an emotion but a decision and constant decision to stand on God's Word alone...Jesus save us from all of satan's deceits and lies ...

 

It takes effort but with constant determination to set my mind alone on godly thoughts....this can be overcome...taking up the armor of Christ constantly...most especially when confronted with many challenging situations in my life....

 

Pls continue to pray for me...

Thank you for the encouragement always..

 

God bless you always...

July 29, 2021
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Great lesson.

I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. Amen!

July 29, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I can do all things through Your strength

July 29, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

July 29, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Thank you Heavenly Father for my Faith over my fear. I trust you Lord. Amen

July 29, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 29, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Dear Lord Jesus I ask that you cover me with peace, fill me with the Holy Spirit and prte t me from fear and anxiety in Jesus Name,  Amen 

July 29, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask, Amen. 

July 29, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

July 29, 2021
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Crystal Redditt
Crystal Reddittedited: July 29, 2021

I needed to hear this scripture. Please keep my daughter and I covered with Your grace and mercy wherever we are. Remove all of this worry and anxiety I have here and there. Help me to get rest. in Jesus name We thank You Lord

July 29, 2021
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

July 29, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus please remove all fear and let our lives be for you and your glory. Amen 

July 29, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! I needed to be reminded of this, thank you Pastor Dion.

July 29, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Love this mental video of you, Pastor Dion! So resonates with my heart! Lord, cover me with Your peace, fill me with Your Spirit, and remove the fear and anxiety from me. Please help me live a victorious life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

July 29, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You for Your loving kindness to protect me in every situation I encounter, to lift me up to eliminate every thought of fears in my life and to  count on You, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Agree Pastor, the more intimidated we feel with fears we will be consumed by the enemy. God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

July 29, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for another wonderful devotional great words to live by.

July 29, 2021
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

LORD PLEASE HELP ME CALM MY THOUGHTS SO I CAN HEAR YOUR VOICE.  PRAISE THE LORD.  AMEN

July 29, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen God make me less fearful. 

July 29, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord Jesus 

July 29, 2021
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

July 29, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 30, 2021