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Lord, Do You Not Care

  • For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8 WEB

    There were many times in my life that I worked something out in my mind, planned the way that it should go, and then watched it as it went the other way. As a business owner, at times it was frustrating. I needed to be in control. Sometimes I became angry because I felt that it could have been a good break for us. Like Martha, I would ask God 'Lord, don't You care?'

    Time and time again I saw that God had other plans for me. Many times He just kept me from making a bad choice, though it looked really good at the time. He could see further down the road than I could. Thank God for those unanswered prayers.

    Most often though, He was preparing me for the next stage of my life, and His next project. While I was working hard on 'my plans,' He was busy steering me to where I needed to be next. His plans sometimes involved being laid off, mistreated, and offended. At least that was my perception. In reality, it was mostly my pride that got hurt, and often. God will discipline His children (Hebrews 12:7).

    If my prayers had been answered, I would not be a pastor writing this message. We prayed, and fasted, and gave and begged God to bless our computer business, but He had bigger plans and could see further down the road than we could. He had prepared us to work for Him in the ministry and when the time came, He squeezed us out of the old so that we would accept the new. I am happy to be here now and it is better than I ever thought possible, but His thoughts were well beyond my thoughts.

    Disappointment often comes when our plans do not line up with His plans. We struggle and strive to make a business work only to find that He is trying to move us into something better. We kick and fight and scream to hold onto the past when He is trying to gently pull it away so that He can get us to take the next step. God is always preparing you for the next stage of your life. What you are doing now is preparing you for what is coming. He will make it all worth it and one day looking back, it will make sense.

    I am writing this to those that have submitted their lives to God as the Bible teaches us, because that is who the promises are for. 'In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will direct your paths' (Proverbs 3:6). 'Also delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalms 37:4). 'You shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart' (Jeremiah 29:13). 'If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land' (Isaiah 1:19).

    All these verses state 'you do this' and then 'this will happen.' Jesus Himself said, 'Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say?' (Luke 6:46). Our obedience is what actually makes Him our Lord and activates the promises of God in our life.

    I have spent years of my life that were not submitted to God and He let me roam like a wild weed, doing whatever I chose, and reaping the consequences. My progress in life stalled, and years were lost. The Father did not stop the prodigal son from leaving His house (Luke 15:13), nor will the Lord stop you when you fully understand what you are doing, and choose to do it anyway. When the party is over though, we are always welcome to come home to Him.

    When I began to intentionally seek God daily, tried to live right, laid on the carpet and poured out my heart to Him, things began to change in my life for the better. Does the way that we live affect the blessing of God on our lives? Absolutely. 'Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap' (Galatians 6:7).

    Submit yourselves to God and He will make your life worth living. He can fill the empty places. He can turn poverty into an abundance. He can surround the lonely with friends. He levels the playing field and brings the lowly up, and the haughty down. His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts, but if we spend time with Him in prayer, He will share them with us. When we finally line our will up with His, great things will happen, in us, to us, and through us.

    Prayer: Father I submit my life to You. Use me as You will and put me where I need to be. Share Your thoughts and plans with me so that I can be in tune with You. May Your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro The truth plain and simple once again.  Thank you Pastor!
October 29, 2015
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. All I can say is that I've been there and done that. And I'm still going through it. I always wonder if I'm ever going to get His plans right. I sometimes feel that when I finally do get my act together and figure out what it is He has planned for me, it's going to be too late and He will have returned by then. I always keep reminding myself of (Galations 6:7) and figure Im still reaping. Or I often wonder is my side of the family cursed for something that was done further up the family tree. I know I have prayed and asked the Lord to break whatever it is that holds me back from being all I that can be for Him. Someday I would really like to catch my spiritual breath and get a good gulp of the Holy Spirit. To actually feel like my walk here on earth is accomplishing something. I take a step of faith out on something only to get knocked back to reality. Does something good come out of it? Sure, a little more humble pie. Leaving me feeling like I haven't got a clue as to what I'm doing in my walk with God. I know, "consider it all joy". I just pray that there is some sort of reward in the end for taking the roughest path possible. It's kinda like when my wife and I go geocaching. Instead of finding the easy way, we always manage to find the longest and roughest way. I know this sounds like a pity party. I know things could be a whole lot worse in comparison. I just would like to see some results while still on earth. I know there is going to be all sorts of advice and prayers for me and that's good and appreciated. But I'm a guy. And one that likes a solution as to how to fix the problem now and not later down the road. But I promise to be patient and to continue to seek His face and look forward to His solution.
October 29, 2015
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Cheryl Graham
Cheryl Graham I too am an 911 type of person, keep praying and know that this to shall pass.....
October 29, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord,amen.
October 29, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  What a way to begin this most glorious day for God gives us a second chance and renews us each day for as long as we have faith and believe in him.  Thank you Father for this day and for the blessing of your love and deep compassion for me and for all, of your children.  Amen!!
October 29, 2015
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen
October 29, 2015
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Amen. 
October 29, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Amen!!
October 29, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen! powerful scriptures !
October 29, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles  Amen! We are all a work in progress! Thank God he knows our hearts! Thank God he give more than second chances. I consider myself blessed to know that know matter what we do or are going through God knows and only has good plans for us inspite of our shortcomings and circumstances. That knowledge has brought me through some pretty tough times. He truly is an amazing God. So many times I have seen my faith move mountains and prayers change circumstances! Aligning ourselves with God's will for us only ensures us to recieve that which we already had all along... Gods love and guidance. It does not make the walk easier.. but it gives it meaning and purpose. It helps me want to recieve his blessings & mercies and  to seek them daily. Thank you for this divine lesson and reminder! You and Sylvia are a bright light shining for God's glory and quite a blessing to many :) May you always stay blessed and prospered in his name.
October 29, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
October 29, 2015
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Tryphena Barnes
Tryphena Barnes Amen
October 29, 2015
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Necie Mc
Necie Mc Amen
October 29, 2015
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese Pastor, I was just praying last night in desperation, "Lord have your way". Amazing timing of this word pastor. Thank you.
October 29, 2015
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez A  M  E  N     
October 29, 2015
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Janet Clary
Janet Clary Pastor Dion, I needed to here your message today.  Thank you for the daily message and the prayer.  I pray each day to do His will and not my own.  God bless you Pastor Dion and Sylvia too.
October 29, 2015
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb Thanks for the focus on obedience this morning, Pastor Dion! This reminds me to examine my heart as I stand on those promises today!
October 29, 2015
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez This is one of the most beautiful postings I have read. Thank you for such a wonderful reminder of what I need to do in my life to truly be happy and with God.
October 29, 2015
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey This devotional is answered prayer for me, something that I was talking to God about while I was driving yesterday, about do God go along with our plan when he has something else. But.....like you said about the prodigal son. It seems that God let us go full circle and we end up right back to square one, submitting to his plan for us.  I know that the Holy Spirit reveal to you what's needed, because you wasn't there to hear me talking to God but the Holy Spirit was, and today is confirmation and the answer. Our God is amazing! Many blessings to you!
October 29, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Wow! I don't even know what to say about this devotion. It is just like God took your hand and wrote this from what He put in your heart. It is all the scripture and all the examples of what you have lived, that God is using it all for you to serve Him. This ALL spoke to me so much today. I know I don't understand all of Gods thoughts or His ways, but I do need to trust Him, that He knows what is best for me, even when I get side tracked with all my anxious thought"s. He is always there for me to get back on track. I am going to meditate on these scriptures you gave us today. I am going to write them down and shew and shew them untill I can swallow all of them. These are going on cards for me to put around the house where I am going to be the most , so I can see and read them. Thank God for you and Sylvia serving God the way you are.
October 29, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Twila :)
October 30, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I uttered a similar prayer yesterday, when I was out walking and frustrated with myself because I am so physically limited.I remembered the joy I used to feel when I felt so close to God--especially earlier this year, when so many amzing miracles were happening and it appeared as if I was one with the Lord. Then, I received a diagnosis of canvcer and Satan tried to convince me I was being punished for my past sins.Yes, I have done some terrible things in the past that I'm not very proud of. I NEEDED this devotional today, to remind me that I am a precious and important child of God! Thank you, Pastor Todd!
October 29, 2015
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor This seems to fit my life right now as well.  I was turned down yesterday for another job, even after what seemed like a really good interview.  Granted, it's a job I had before and not something I enjoy, but I desperately need the money.  Interestingly, it appears that if I had mentioned my boyfriend who works there I might have been hired. He went to the person who interviewed me after I let him know I didn't get the job and said half jokingly to her "Geez, you didn't even hire my girlfriend?"  She responded "What?! Who? I didn't know!"   Hmm... I thought about mentioning him in the interview but decided against it as I didn't feel it was right to "name drop".  With this word from you today, maybe it means I wasn't supposed to get this job.  Thinking that perhaps the Lord is keeping me unemployed now that my health has improved so I can care for my boyfriend, whose health has declined. He now uses crutches to walk, where when I first met him he could walk on his own.  Still praying for the Lord to help me with finances, and to guide me to the career He wants me in. So far all I've gotten is that He has good things to come with that, and to keep working on getting back in shape for  figure skating and coaching (my previous career), training my dogs and working on my chainmail craft.   So I work on that while taking care of the house and Shawn.  
October 29, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I have sometimes wondered , Lord do You not care. Then I realized in my unequally yoked marriage, He may be allowing things to happen, not to punish me but to draw my husband to Him. I cling to my faith, I weep, I pray and I believe all things, not some , not just the good but the hard hurtful things work together for our good.  He is a good good Father!
October 29, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!
October 29, 2015
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi Amen
October 29, 2015
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen!
October 29, 2015
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Arthur  Zambrano
Arthur Zambrano Outstanding message! Thank you. 
October 29, 2015
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Wow pastor Dion this was your best devotional yet!  I thank u from the bottom of my soul Ive been going through some stuff lately but Im right where i should be and my knees have never hurt more from being on them so much, Thank you for ur very gentle way of getting across to us that living for Christ takes action, obediance,knowledge, but most importantly for me is love and humility and those words are action words and he sees our actions Thank you for becoming the man u are pastor cause its helping me to become the man that Jesus wants me to be, I hope this makes sense to you sincerely your brother and friend in Christ Scott R.
October 29, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd You are going to make it Scott. Hang in there.
October 30, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo Wow, you hit it out of the ball park!! And by reading everyones elses posts they seem to agree. There are some pretty emotional comments and I know that I don't have to feel alone. The same thing happens to many of us and we feel the same about it... I too am always wondering God's plan for me and wonder if I am scewing it up and going to waste my time here on earth. I truly want to glorify Him but as humans we fail so much but He also knows this.
October 30, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Allie
October 30, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord let You Will be done in my life and in me!
October 30, 2015
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Jeanne Hopple
Jeanne Hoppleedited: October 30, 2015 Amen!! Thank you for this wonderful message Pastor Dion. I pray daily for God's direction and plans for my life. I feel that I am exactly where He wants me to serve Him in my career and I have been truly blessed. Blessings to you and Pastor Sylvia for your wonderful ministry that is a real blessing to me. Jeanne                                                  
October 30, 2015
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen and amen!
October 31, 2015