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Time in a Bottle

  • For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It won't delay. Habakkuk 2:3 WEB

    For the vision is for an appointed time. In other words, God has marked it on His calendar and every hour that passes, brings us closer to it. When the proper amount of time has elapsed, the vision will come to pass.

    When I was young, the Lord spoke to me and told me that one day, in His appointed time, that I would be in ministry and would 'pioneer' new things, making the way for others.

    At first I was really excited and expected it to come soon. I worked in the day, went through Bible college at night, tried to make myself ready, then I waited...

    Time passed by, lots and lots of time. When it did not happen after a while, I got on with my life. Twenty-five years passed as I worked daily in the computer field and various other jobs along the way. I forgot about ministry altogether thinking that I had either missed God, or somehow wrecked His plans for me.

    Life happened. I learned and forgot, lost and found. In one year I lost my Dad, divorced, and had my computer business burn to the ground during an insurance lapse.

    When I had graduated Bible college, I felt that I knew lot and had something to offer. After those years, I felt completely empty, like I knew nothing, and the last place on earth that I needed to be was in ministry.

    Then it happened. He squeezed us out of the computer business and after months without work, the week that we were packing to move out of our house, a door opened up. A local company put up an ad like 'Wanted: A creative arts pastor with computer skills. Must be able to maintain website and perform video editing.'

    Well, we were hungry and I did have that degree that I had never done anything with, so I contacted them and told them I had graduated Bible college, I was ordained, and owned a computer business for twenty years. It almost sounded strange saying it, but God had prepared for this, and now it was time.

    What I had long given up on, I was now living. There were times when I thought that He had forgotten about me, but all that time He was preparing me. When the time came, His word came to pass, and we are only at the beginning. The simple, but true stories that I share here each day, are the things that I learned along the way.

    When the Lord puts a dream in your heart, hang on to it. There may be a span of time between the beginning and the fulfillment, but if you continue on with Him, and keep a positive attitude, it will come to pass. Don't get frustrated and take your anger out at God, because of what you feel is a delay. You will probably find out, that this was the only way.

    Prayer: Father, help me see the big picture. Speak to me in a simple way that I understand. Open my mind to understand Your word and light a fire in my heart to seek Your face like never before, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.


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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and He loves us so much, He will always be on time, in His perfect timing for our lives, no matter what He will never, ever fail us or be late, we can hold fast and trust Him to be right on time. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen, God is so good and He loves us so much, He will always be on time for whatever it is He wants for our lives. God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez Amen,even though sometimes is hard to comprehend. Thank u may u all have a blessesd day.
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen
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Deleted Member Yes, sometimes, we as humans don't understand why we are waiting or how long do we have to wait, but if we know in our hearts and truly believe, we will hold fast to Jesus and trust Him for His perfect timing, because all things will work out for us, we just have to have the faith, hold on and believe, because what Jesus has for us, we will receive in His perfect timing and way. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Sylvia Russell
Sylvia Russell In the name of Jesus Amen. Thank you for this message because I have been struggling with a dream thats been on my heart and it hasn't seem to come true , yet. I even have asked God to take it from me if its not from him.
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Deleted Member I know how you feel, Sylvia, I too have had a call on my life for years and I have even ask Jesus like you did, if it is not His will, then please take it away, but its still there, so I can only believe that it will come to pass in Jesus's perfect timing. God bless you and I will be praying for you. Love and hugs, Tamara  
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Touched home today; I mean really touched home.  Thank you once again Pastor!  Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, Carol, it really touched home for me too. I am so thankful for the divine devotionals that are sent to us each day, just in time and right on time. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomez Amazing! Thank you for sharing this POWERFUL TESTIMONY OF THE HAND OF GOD! I am Soooo inspired and energized by your testimony this morning!  Who needs Java, WHEN WE HAVE GOD AND TESTIMONIES OF HIS CHILDREN LIKE THIS! - Glory be to God!
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is always on time. He loves us so much.
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is always on time, because He loves us so much.
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Deleted Member Amen, don't it just give you that burst of energy that you need. God bless you.
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy Am so fortunate to read todays word have been searching my Bible since morning for this. thank you pastor
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Deleted Member Amen, isn't it amazing just how much Jesus loves us, while we are searching, He sends us just what we were searching for. God is so good and He loves us so much. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  We may never see the big picture; however, it's such a blessing to know that God sees all, knows all and always looks out for our best interest.  That is the real blessing.  Amen.
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Deleted Member I am so thankful that Jesus always knows whats best for us and when it is the perfect time. Praise His Holy Name.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen, God is an ontime God, Praise His Holy Name.
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Deborah  Blackshear
Deborah Blackshear Awesome  word. My Pastor spoke about, Being a Dreamer. Don't give up on God. Keep Dreaming it's never too late.  
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Deleted Member Amen, we must not give up on our dreams, because if Jesus puts a dream in our heart and in His perfect timing it will come to pass and He will open the doors and we can just walk right through. God is so good and He loves you so much and He will be on time. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Marie Hall
Marie Hall Amen Thank you so much for this !!!
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Deleted Member Amen, I too am so thankful for this wonderful devotion today. God bless you.
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen and amen and amemmmm
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Deleted Member Amen and Praise The Lord, Jesus is so good to us and He loves us so much. God bless you.
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Brenda Hopkins
Brenda Hopkins Amen for that encouraging word and I'm still holding on to that dream that is  in my heart to come to pass, how many know that God don't make mistakes we belong to him all things in his time and not ours hold tight to your dreams don't give up, its coming be blessed and have a great day!!!
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Deleted Member Amen, Brenda, we must hold onto our dreams that Jesus has place in our hearts, never give up, hold fast and strong, because Jesus will be right on time. His perfect timing will come and we will know that Jesus has done great things for us. Hold on and be strong, Jesus is right there and He loves you so much. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Amen. I have a dream in my heart that I have been praying for, for about 15 years. I will never cease praying for it and I know God will allow it to happen for me when he believes the time is right and I am ready. Thank you Pastor Todd for the reminder to never give up hope and never give up on God. May he continue to bless you and your family
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Deleted Member Amen, Laura, I know exactly how you feel. I will keep you in my prayers daily, that Jesus will bring your dream to fulfillment and that it will be the perfect timing for you. And like you said, never give up hope, never give up on God, because He will be right on time for us. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Terrie Kennedy
Terrie Kennedy Thank you Pastor D....your words of encouragement.... your testimony always right on.  I heard once that worrying is a Sin because it shows a lack of Faith in God's plan......a natural thing to do regardless of how much is on my plate, yet, I know that God has a plan for me and in his time and his will I will overcome.  Thank you.
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Deleted Member Amen, Terrie, Jesus does want us to trust Him, even though we as humans sometimes worrry, He knows we are human, but He see's in our heart what we are truly feeling and He will not let us become overwhelmed by too many worries of this world, He will come to our rescue and He will be right on time for us and He will never let us down, even though the storms may rage at time, Jesus is the calmer of all storms. He loves you so much. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Your guileless honesty of your past fights and struggles are so refreshing and helpful to us who feel like we have missed God, and have just generally screwed everything up. I feel like this often. Your messages have rekindled New Hope, and a fresh Fire in Dorene's and my Life Pastor. I'm gone from home half the year working, but when I'm home, we have taken up the practice(Pleasure)of Reading RHM every morning, while taking turns leading in prayer. Your's and Sylvia's Ministry is TRULY making a difference in so many lives. I can certainly vouch for 2 of them. Love and Prayers, Norm and Dorene
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I am encouraged to hear that we are making a difference in your life Norman. May you both be blessed.
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Deleted Member Amen, please know Pastor Dion, you and Sylvia are making a lot of differences in so many lives. I am one of them and I am so thankful for what y'all do and I Praise The Lord for RHM and for you and Sylvia, this ministry has truly been a blessing and comfort to my soul and peace to my mind. Thank y'all for allowing Jesus to use your lives for such a great blessings to so many. Love and prayers, blessings and hugs, Tamara
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Thank you!
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, God is so good and truly this message this morning has given many a new hope and a new fight within to hold on to the promises that we know that Jesus has put in our hearts and in His perfect timing and His perfect will all things will open up, just right on time. God bless you and Dorene and I pray many many blessings to y'all. Love and blessings, prayers and hugs, Tamara
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt This is so true, Gods timing is what is so important in ministery. God is leading me daily in a totally different direction than I ever thought of. I don't always under stand His direction, but do know that God is going to finish what He started in me.
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Deleted Member Amen, Twila, Wherever God guides, He provides, He is so good to us and He will always be perfectly on time for He has for our lives. Whatever direction God places us to go, He will walk right with us all the way. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Thank you Pastor Dion for the encouraging words. Have a blessed day.
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Deleted Member Amen, Rosemary, these words from this devotion today has really been encouraging for me too. I know God has a plan for my life and I know it will be in His perfect timing. So I am waiting and holding onto the promises, He will never fail us or let us down, if we keep the faith and believe and hold onto Him, He will always show up right on time. God bless you. Love and prayers, Blessings and hugs,Tamara
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlinedited: November 9, 2015 Thank you for the encouraging words. I don't know what or when anything will come to pass but I am still waiting on you Lord. I just Keep on Keeping on everyday. I know that day will come that I will be in your hands and happy again.
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Deleted Member Amen, Iris, that is an awesome way to feel, keep on keeping on for Jesus, because in His will and in His perfect timing what God has planned for you it will come to pass and the doors will open and you will know that they are from Jesus, He will never fail you or let you down. It may seem like its not going to come to pass, but hold on to Jesus like never before and He will be right on time. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Thank you for the kind word Tamara!!
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Deleted Member You are so welcome, God bless you.
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Thank you for this wonderful word of encouragement!!!
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Deleted Member Amen, this was truly words of encouragement, Praise The Lord, I am so thankful for this wonderful devotion, may God bless you and have an amazing week. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor This is very timely for me...I'm still waiting for Him to open doors and show me the way.  :'(   Lately it's been hard, so I really needed to hear this.  
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Never give up.
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Deleted Member Amen to that, Never ever give up, Jesus is going to be on time.
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Deleted Member Amen, Mary Pat, this was an on time message for me too, sometimes it feels like the doors aren't going to open, but they will in Jesus's perfect timing and His perfect will for our lives will work out. He will open doors that no man can shut and He will show you the perfect doors to walk through for His perfect will for your life. He will never, ever forsake you. He will bring it to pass, hold on to Jesus like never before and wait and see what good things He will bring to you. Love and blessings, prayers and hugs, Tamara
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin It's  amazing how God works, I never see it coming....Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen, Kay, Jesus works in such marvelous ways, that they amaze me so many times, because He works things out and does things for us, sometimes when we least expect it and sometimes it just comes in such an amazing way, we are just awed at what Jesus is doing in our lives. Jesus is never going to be late, He will be right on time and like you said, we might not even see it coming. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I am still waiting for His plan for my life to become resonant. 
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Deleted Member Amen, Carol, Jesus is going to bring it to pass and He will be right on time, never late, His perfect will, shall come to pass in our lives, we just have to hold on and believe and trust Jesus for his perfect timing for our lives. He loves us so much and He will never ever fail us. Good things are coming. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady God bless you ! I am serving Him as He calls me. Through writing, prayer ministry, and other means. Where He leads I follow, no turning back, no turning back!
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Deleted Member Amen, that is a beautiful way to serve. I love the no turning back, no turning back. Love you.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli When I read this I thought my gosh Pastor Dion you sure went thru a lot in your lifetime and yet still kept on going.  Most would just give up and throw in the towel, but you didn't.  I am the type of person that never gives up.  Like getting back to California to be near the kids, I am not giving up on that.  First there was a place my hubby wanted that is a 6 year wait list for the apartment, now since his stroke it doesn't have to be in Glendora which is where he prefers.  My daughter found a place for us that has only a year wait list, this is what she was told.  It is in Rancho Cucamunga Calif which is also a nice town, so, I did the paperwork and mailed it back to them and now we wait.  Who knows, something could open up at just the perfect time (which in my opinion is GOD's time, because his timing is always perfect).          
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Deleted Member What a precious testimony, thank you for sharing and like you said, God can open doors that we know only came from Him and we will know that it is His perfect timing. God will supply the needs and He will be right on time. I will keep you and your husband in my daily prayers that things will work out to get closer to your children. God bless you and your husband. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Thank you Tamara, prayers are always very appreciated :) God Bless you and yours          
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Rob Clements
Rob Clements Well this one spoke out to me cuz I know he has great plans for me I'm still trying to learn the big picture yet and in his time he will place this big picture right in my path. I teared up reading the devotion. Cuz once again God showed me something again. I feel god when  ever I speak about or show my love his way. I know my heart is in the right spot when I get emotional when I speak or hear things of GOD !!!! God bless Everyone HE IS SO GOOD 
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Deleted Member Amen and when you know that Jesus has great plans and it feels like its taking a long time to come to pass, hold on tighter to Jesus than ever and believe that it will come to pass in His perfect Will and His perfect timing. God will never, ever fail us and He will bring His plans to life for our lives at just the right time. God bless you. Love and hugs, prayers and blessings, Tamara (God is so good and He loves you so much)
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Deleted Member Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for this wonderful message and prayer this morning. I so needed this, sometimes it feels like I am never going to fulfill all that I feel God has called me to do, but I know that it will only be in His timing. Thank you for this reminder. God bless y'all. Love you and Sylvia so much. Thank y'all for letting God work through you and Sylvia to touch so many and always have the on time message each day.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield This is a very timely message  for me today! I believe God promised me I'd be a published author one day, but Life interfered--I am still working on the manuscrit I started two years ago! All I've managed to publish are a couple of magazine articles, but I'm still plugging away. After all, look how long Abraham and Sarah had to wait for Issac!
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Deleted Member Amen, Kathy, what God has promised, He will bring it to pass, He always keeps His promises and He is always right on the time. The Perfect Timing in our lives. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara ( I will pray daily for you and that good things will soon come to allow you to publish your manuscript.)
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and His timing is always perfect. God bless you. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen Thank you for this on time message Pastor Todd. God put the gift of writing a book in my spirit over 15 years ago and I'm waiting for that door to open whereas a Publisher will pick them up and me not have to self publish.
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for your wonderful word of encouragement. Have a wonderful and a blessed day.
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Lucas Napo
Lucas Napo Devine Testimony. We really need to hear this everyday.   Thanks Pastor.    Amen  
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, what he said! In Jesus' Name.  Amen.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Trul a verse of Jesus coming back & a verse for when Dion Todd was coming forth as you said preparing the way for others.   I think of many who may be sick or laid up in a way they can't get to a church.  Also the church hurtled ones.  Some in disapare with little hope or just close to wanting end all.   The computer world can be & is being used for God's Glory!  God Bless You!
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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