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A Custom Built Home

  • "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11'13 WEB.

    My Dad was a lifelong carpenter, and I used to help him build custom homes. Today I wish that I had paid more attention. When Dad agreed to build a house, his first step was to go over the plans. How big will it be? How many floors? Where will the stairs go? How many windows will it have, and where are they located? Details like these need to be known ahead of time and planned out. There would need to be an electrical outlet for the stove in the kitchen and a water line for the shower in the bathroom.

    We began with a solid foundation and a big stack of lumber. The house was built a piece at a time, and everything had to follow a certain order. The roof could not come before the foundation, nor the wiring before a wall. The foundation was laid, then the floor, the walls, and the roof. The floor coverings should be installed last. The more the pieces came together, the more it looked like a house.

    People chose different colors. We built some gray houses, while others were yellow. As a young helper who knew nothing, I would often overlook some important detail, and Dad would have to step in and correct it. When it was completed, all the pieces formed a beautiful home, custom-built for the owners, and they loved it.

    God has laid out plans for our lives, and they are amazing. Plans to prosper us, to give us hope and a future, a good ending. No two of us are alike, so God takes each of us down our own path and at our own pace. As we walk with Him daily and follow the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit, our lives will come together and form something that will be beautiful to us.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some people love attending events and parties, but if you call and cancel your dinner plans with us, we will smile and silently thank God. Some people love to work in a flower garden all day, but not me. I love technology and gadgets. It's part of my gift set, and God built me like this for a purpose. To be happy, it's very important to be yourself like God intended. Your idea of heaven might be my hell. God knows this, and He builds each of our lives to fit our personalities. We can both love God and agree to disagree about our favorite color.

    The enemy also has plans for us, which are pretty much the opposite: to steal, kill, and destroy your life and your families. To divide and conquer. We all have to choose between the good and the bad, just like Adam and Eve. No one is exempt. Sure there is forgiveness, but you are always given a chance to not sin in the first place. God always provides a way out.

    "No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).

    If you choose Jesus and follow Him wholeheartedly, you will be happy with your life in the end. You may or may not die rich and famous, but your life will be full, and you will be satisfied with how your life turned out. It will fit you because God does have plans for you. If you work with Him a little each day to keep your life on course and allow Him to correct you, everything will be alright. Good things often take time but rest assured that everything is right on schedule.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Please build me up, Lord, and craft me into the very best version of myself. Share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. I choose You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ 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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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen, I pray That I stay on your path Lord, Thank You!
Apr 13
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I thank You for all that You are doing in my life. Please build me up, Lord, and craft me into the very best version of myself. Share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. I choose You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!
Apr 13
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you Pastor Dion for such an encouraging message. Have a blessed and happy day.

Apr 13
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Apr 13
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Apr 14

GOD KNOWS WHAT I LIKE & LOVE.BOY ! IT'S GOInG TO BE SOME KIND OF HOME...I LIKE TO COOK, SEW, PAINT, DESIGN, GARDEN, ROSES, CRAFTS, ANIMALS AND MORE I ALSO LIKE TO FISH....GOD HAS BLESSED ME THROUGH THE YEARS ,LIKE YOU DION, WITH MANY TALENTS.USED WHEN NEEDED. I'M THANKFUL FOR ALL HE HAS SHOWN ME. IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR ME BELIEVING IN JESUS I WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTON THROUGH ALOT OF GARBADGE THAT HAS GONE ON IN MY LIFE..HE MAKES EVERYTHING RIGHT ! WHAT A AWESOME GOD WE SERVE...HE"S A GREAT FATHER.

XO

SHARON

Apr 13
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, change me according to Your will, in Jesus's name I pray, amen.

Apr 13
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father change me according to Your will, guide me down the path You have planned for me. In Jesus Name I pray

Apr 13
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Thank you, Lord. Amen!

Apr 13
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen

Apr 13
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Apr 13

AMEN.  Heavenly Father,  I choose You today and always. Thank You for all my Blessings. AMEN

Apr 13
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Sylvia Brainard
Sylvia Brainard

Amen

Apr 13
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen ,  God bless everyone !!!

Apr 13
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Apr 13
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

We choose you Heavenly Father.We love you. Amen 

Apr 13
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Holy Spirit.  In Jesus Name,  Amen 

Apr 13
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 13
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David Krull
David Krull

Thank you Father for another day. This is the day theLord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. I praise You through my sickness, my stressors, the decisions I will be making about my marriage and am trusting You in finding a place to live.  I love You Jesus.

Apr 13
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Apr 15

BEAUTIFUL HORSE...HAND iT OVER TO GOD... HE'LL TAKE CARE OF ALL THE MATTERS.HEALTH,MARRIAGE,HOME, EVERYTHING. PRAY FOR YOUR WIFES HEART TO CHANGE, I CLAIM THE BLOOD OF JESUS ON YOU ALL.

Apr 14
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David Krull
David Krull

Thank you.

Apr 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Heavenly Father I am grateful for the opportunity You have given me to build me up and create a new image of myself, thank You Father. I need You today, keep working on me and create in me something of Your like. In Jesus Christ name I humbly pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for the opportunity to receive these devotionals, God bless you both, Amen. 

Apr 13
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen! Thank you Father for all the mountains and valleys we have come through over the years We both know I would not be here today without you in my life and for all the prayers from my grandparents and my mother and Father I am so grateful for being born in the family I was, Thank you in Jesus' name I pray Amen, Have a GREAT Day everyone see you at Wed prayer an worship service

Apr 13
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, guide me to Your plans for my life. Amen.

Apr 13
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webbedited: Apr 13

Reflecting deeply on the paths that seem less than happy: Stephen, the disciples, Jesus ... many of my dear Christian friends with cancer, lack of resources, and dire circumstances. Praying for clarity and God's strength to follow willingly in Jesus' footsteps knowing God will resurrect us to glorious newness of life. Lord, share Your wisdom with me and help me to see the big picture. Thank you. Amen

Apr 13
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Thank You Father Yahweh, in Lord Yeshua's name I pray, Amen. 

Apr 13
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Apr 13
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Apr 13
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God I'm counting on you Amen 

Apr 13
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

Apr 14