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Time to Shine

  • David said to Saul, Your servant was keeping his father's sheep; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after him, and struck him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and struck him, and killed him. Your servant struck both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God. 1 Samuel 17:34 WEB

    When David walked out on the battlefield to meet the giant Goliath, it was not his first time fighting something big and scary. God had been preparing David for years while he was tending the sheep in a common, everyday, typical job.

    A job that no one else even wanted to do. Out of eight sons, the day that Samuel came, David was the only one tending the sheep. While some of his brothers were soldiers (1Sam. 17:17).

    During that job, David learned to kill lions and bears, and now this giant was in front of him. None of that was by accident. God had trained him for this, and now it was his time to shine. David did not start out with a giant. God prepares you for his work ahead of time, sometimes using the most mundane things.

    I spent twenty years working on computer networks, building mail servers, web servers and the like and now I use the things that I learned along the way to build an online church. God is efficient and He wastes nothing. He can use what He has placed in your life to further His kingdom in some way.

    The common, everyday tasks that you deal with daily prepare you for something bigger. The skills that you develop in the natural can be used by Him. Do your best at what He has given you so that when it is time, you can make it count.

    Prayer: Father, I pray that You let me see my life through Your eyes for a change. Show me how I can make a difference and let me experience divine encounters in my life. Teach me, train me, use me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Happy Friday! As you probably know, we are highlighting one of our small groups each week to help share the wonderful work our group leaders are doing to build these little communities. The group for the week is "Count Your Blessings": God blesses us each day with the air we breathe, with new opportunities to shine His light to those around us, with time to know Him better, and so much more! This group is a place to take a bit of time each day to thank God for the blessings He has granted us! To find this group, just go to the "Groups" link on the site menu and you will find it on the list. Have a blessed day!

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles love the prayer! Thank you for another timely message.
October 23, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God is so good, He always knows just what we need. Love and prayers, Dianna, you are a true blessing to me.
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Beverly Boyd
Beverly Boyd Amen.  Happy Friday Everyone!  Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for your commitment to the Lord through RHM.  God Bless You!
October 23, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, I too am so thankful for Pastor Dion and Sylvia and for RHM. God has blessed me so through the people here and I love each and everyone, I pray many blessings over each one. Love, Tamara, Have a great weekend, Beverly. You are a true blessing to me.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen! 
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!  Father God, you are wonderful and so amazing, words cannot begin to express how awesome you are to me.  Thank you for the strength and love you give me everyday and for the blessings you bestow upon me.  Amen!!
October 23, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and He loves us so much. He bestows so many blessings upon us, too many to count. God bless you.
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, everyday I strive to be and do my best; to be a blessing to others with the gifts God has given me. I thank you Lord for blessing me, in Jesus' name we pray!
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Deleted Member God bless you, you are truly a blessing to so many. Love and prayers, Tamara
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! The Lord bless you and keep you! 
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Thank you God use me to do your will not my will but your will be done in Jesus Name amen.  Thank pastor Todd for this devotional message because am going through a rough time in my life right now  
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, may we all  have this prayer, God's will not ours, Bless you Loriann and you will be in my prayers daily. I am believing that Jesus will give you the strength, comfort and peace you need through this storm in  your life. I pray for a complete deliverance from all things that are causing you hurt and pain and sorrow. Love and prayers, Tamara
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze GOOD WORD!
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Deleted Member Amen, Awesome Word.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez A  M  E  N      .  .  .  .    
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Brenda Hopkins
Brenda Hopkins I think and bless God this morning for another day life health and strength and for his word that feeds my spirit and my soul I'm learning more to walk in His will I'm learning to see less of me I think you for this word pastor and you have a blessed weekend
October 23, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful testimony, thank you so much for sharing, I too, pray that I will see more of God and less of me, I pray that I will be led and directed and guided in all my footsteps by Jesus. God bless you Brenda, have an amazing and happy weekend.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Thank you Pastor Dion for more inspiring words. May God Bless and keep you today.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt This is truly The Holy Spirit speaking through you, Pastor Dion. The best devotion on how God works in our lives ,if we just be what God has created us to be, and do the servive He has created ahead of time for us to do, and when He wants us to do it. God is the one that works through us. He needs us to know who we are in Him, and what He can do through us. He makes the weak strong, and the humble full of grace and mercy. And yes He never waste anything!!!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Awesome words Pastor. Amen and Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! You never know what experience you have that will be used in your Christian life. We can be assured it will be used well.
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Deleted Member Amen, God uses us sometimes when we don't even realize it, you are a true blessing to me Carol and I pray many many blessings on you and your family. Love, Tamara
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Thank you Tamara!  I am blessed by knowing you and everyone here at Refreshing Hope. You are an inspiration! 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield David was really a brave young man! Thank you, Pastor Todd, for the timely reminder today. Sometimes I need to remember that God is preparing me for something better!
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Deleted Member Amen, Kathy, God has great things in store for His children. He will always teach us and help us, so that when the time is right He will use us for His Glory and the building up of His Kingdom. God bless you, Kathy. You are a blessing to me.
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Deleted Member Amen, I love the message and the prayers, may I be used where and how Jesus wants me to be. Love and blessings to you and Sylvia.
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor So true. I'm still waiting for the Lord to open the door for me to work again. Just got turned down for another job. I know He will take care of me but it's still hard to be out of work this long. 
October 23, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I don't know what the Lord is training me for right now, but, GOD's WILL be done.....Amen!!! 
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you pastor Todd for another great moving devotional, Its so awesome to see how God is using you to touch so many peoples lifes across the globe! I stand in amasement to be able to be apart of something far greater than I could do on my own, God has showed me over and over again that Im right where I am supposed to be growing in faith as he sees fit for me, And a big part of that growth is all because of Refreshing Hope Ministry I tell you thank you everytime I read your devotionals and it seems at times that Im not doing enough to say thank you, The one gift I can give u besides my monthly tithe that I know makes a big differnce is We pray for you every night myself and my 2 sons Justin and Jeremy, we hold hands in our kitchen before bedtime and say a prayer and you are always in it!  So when I say thank you know that for us we really really mean it, The Lord is our everything and your words brings us closer to him so again Thank you Paster Todd sincerely your brother in Christ Jesus, Scott R.
October 23, 2015
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for another awesome words of encouragement. May our Almighty God continue to bless you and Sylvia.
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Use me Lord!
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner I do agree for I share many  poems with others to encorage others be stronger for I went from be broken to knowing jesue being stronger so now I share that with other who may need encoragement. here,s Pome Iwrote                                           come to my party    Come to my party if who youare is real . Don,t bothershowing up if you must use    drugs or alohol or sex are not welcome at my party. For if who youare is real and you don,t  need to use to cut it.     For I,m rrcoverying from being fake.  
October 24, 2015
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Michael Gene
Michael Gene Thanks.  It's true.  God's word builds and prepares you for the battlefield.
October 24, 2015