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The Pen And The Crackers

  • Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:31'33 ESV

    One of the sweetest testimonies that I ever heard was from a missionary visiting our church. While on a plane heading to the mission field, she dug through her purse trying to find a pen to make notes with, but she could not find one. She was also hungry because she had not eaten before the flight, and they did not serve food on the plane. She normally carried a pack of crackers for such a time, but had none with her.

    The missionary had brought along one Bible to give away, and when the plane landed, she started looking for a native to give it to. Finally, she found a woman that she could communicate with and offered her the bible. The woman burst into tears and explained that she had been praying for a Bible for one whole year. The woman then reached into her purse for money but explained that she only had a pen, and a pack of crackers which she handed to the missionary.

    If it matters to you, it matters to God. The small things in your life that you would not pray about, He knows about. When we get wrapped up in ourselves, we miss so much of what He has to offer. Place the Lord at the center of your life and these things will automatically happen. He has the pen and the crackers waiting.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I seek Your face and a deeper relationship with You today. I know that You will take care of my needs and fulfill the desires of my heart. Lord I put You first, in the name of Jesus I pray.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord, amen.
November 16, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Great reminder that he knows our needs already and is ready to bless us!Thank you, I need to be reminded of this blessing daily as I wait on his timing :) Thank you for being Gods hands, feet, and pen :) Blessings
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Deleted Member Amen
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Sylvia Brainard
Sylvia Brainard Amen
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Thank you for this word of encouragement. Amen 
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Yes Lord, Amen!
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen.
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, I know God knows all my cares and wants. Thank you pastor Todd for my blessing my life today .
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen this brought tears to my eyes this was truly right on time this morning 
November 16, 2015
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thanks for sharing that story Pastor Dion it is always a blessing to start the day with words from the Lord.
November 16, 2015
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Molly Minoo
Molly Minoo Thank you Pastor Todd.  You don't know how much I need this today.
November 16, 2015
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell Thank You Pastor Todd for sharing this Amazing Testimony!
November 16, 2015
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner Thankyou this very helpful to me me and Joel want try for boy now that are baby is in preschool but scard of what means juggle newborn and three kids and clean house joels says will hire  a maid I lack trust because who,s says  will have momey when need for this three times my own I  seen how did not play out scary me Iknow even though baby perfer to have everything perfect one thing Ihave contol  over so thankyou Ihave to rember intime of sleep and baby God will provide if you believe.  
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Yes, He will provide.  Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen, Jesus will provide for all your needs, all we have to do is trust Him and have faith, knowing He only wants what is best for us. God bless you.
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Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomez Amen!  Thank you Pastor Dion. 
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Praise the Lord!! God gave me this scripture when I was reading my Bible this morning!! :D
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Valerie Fields
Valerie Fields Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion once again for these words of encouragement. I often feel like the widow at Zarephath who Elijah visited. The bills are much longer than my money!  Some days I just don't know how I am going to make it to the next however I am learning to lean on God more and more and I relaize that it is not my battle, it's the Lord's!! Just when I think the jar is empty..... Somehow when I reach in .....there seems to be more to grab!  God has shown me on a daily basis that HE IS STILL IN CONTROL and that I have no need to worry or fear!! I hope my testimony will help someone else to hold on just a little bit longer.  He will never leave us nor forsake us!! THANK YOU JESUS HALLELUJAH!!!
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful testimony. He sure will never, ever leave us or forsake us. He is always right on time. God bless you.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you Lord amen
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen,This was a reminder to me of how God cared for me when I was 17 yrs old living in rainsville Ala. going to church in FT Payne Ala. I had been saved for 2 yrs and moved from Ohio with my sister to attend the church on the mountain in Ft P ayne I didnt have any money to put in the offerings when at church and I really wanted to give so I decided to walk the 11 mile walk to town and back to pick up pop bottles along the road , back then it was like picking up cans today only each bottle had a cash in value of 5 cents each ,so I picked up alot of bottles and cashed then in for the offering .I did this several times and one day it was pretty warm out as i was walking ,I got thirsty and on my back home I was wishing I had a coke or something to drink ,then as I walked further up the road I spotted a full unopened bottle of coke laying on the side of the road in the grass ,it was still cold and the bottle was wet from sweating ,I was amazed and knew it was God but still amazed at how it could be but i drank it and praised him for the miracle .                                                                  .
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen!
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Deleted Member God is so amazing, He cares about everything that touches our lives, no matter how big or how small, He will notlet us down. God bless you.
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey He is our provider.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I NEEDED this devotional today! I'm preparing for a long, frustrating day ahead and now that I said this prayer, I know in my heart God will be with me.And I'll remember to take a package of crackers when I get on that bus--LOL!
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Deleted Member God bless you Kathy, I pray that your day will be better than you could have imagined. I pray all goes well. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Beatrice &quot;Raye&quot; Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth So beautifully said; thank you Pastor Dion!
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I remember how I was looking out on my patio deck and wishing that my flowering plants would start blooming again.  I was going through a difficult time involving my adult children. Fiery trials had come against them. I just thought if I just could see one flower it would lift my spirits. The very next day I opened my curtains and lo and behold there was one beautiful yellow daylily, that bloomed over night!
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Deleted Member That is truly a God Moment, when He sends you something, that you so needed, so that you would know and see that Jesus is right there with you, and your family through all the storms of this life and that even when the flowers seem dead, as the song goes, (Roses will bloom again, just wait and see, God knows how and when, that Roses will bloom again.)Love you so much.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
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Judy Cole
Judy Cole Isn't He so good to us?
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady He is better than good to us, I can not possible put it into one word. Our Father's love is amazing, He cares about the smallest details in our lives. It is so hard to understand that my wonderful Almighty God cares for me. The Creator of this beautiful universe has time to spend with me. He has time to bless me and show me that He loves me. Who am I? I am just one of many many Christians, yet He can make me feel like I am special to Him. It blows me away at times!
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Ken Dennis
Ken Dennis This is so comforting to read the pen and the crackers as I read the story it became visual.  I am thankful for this reminder that God knows are unspoken needs.  Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen, I am so happy that Jesus knows what I need before I even ask, because sometimes the burdens are so heavy that I can't find the words to pray, but Jesus see's and knows my hearts prayers. God bless you for sharing.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I love how the lady pulled out the pen and crackers, just what the missonary needed.  
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen!
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen, God is AWESOME!!
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese That sounds so cool. I love hearing stories like this. I have been praying for something really big. I hope it happens to me too like that. It would be so great if it did.
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Deleted Member An awesome message. I so needed to hear this devotional and prayer today. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Pastor Dion and Sylvia, I just want to thank y'all again for letting God use your lives to touch so many. This devotional and prayer was exactly what I needed today. I find myself in the human form, worrying about things that I know I can't do anything about or feeling like I just don't know which way to turn or how to handle some things. But Jesus has never failed me, not one time, He always supply my needs and He always was right there with me. He has never, ever failed me, even though in my human form I get worried, I still know deep inside that Jesus see's it all and He will come, right on time.
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Tammy  :)
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Judy Cole
Judy Cole This story reminds me of my story.  Not long ago, my daughter bought a new car.  To make a long story short, we cleaned out my garage to put her new car in.  One day I came home from getting groceries.  I had to get out of the car, open the garage doors, get back in the car, drive in, get out and close the garage.  I was just talking to the Lord like I was talking to a friend.  I told Him, "You know, Lord it sure would be nice to have an electric garage door opener, especially when it's raining."  Period, end of conversation.  A few weeks later, my daughter's uncle called, wanting to know if she was taking good care of her first new car.  He and her grandmother had been talking and decided to each pay half to surprise her with an electric garage door opener!  Praise God!  I had not asked Him for this.  I was just talking to him as my friend! I will never forget that gift!!!! 
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Jeanne Majors
Jeanne Majors Sometimes we pray for the big things not realizing that the little things are just as important and we sometimes don't pray for those small things. God knows best and he does provide but not always the way we want.
November 16, 2015
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Allie Ponzo
Allie Ponzo I love it!!!
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez Amen
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  God First!
November 17, 2015
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin As I catch up today. In Jesus name I pray! Blessings to you all.
November 17, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the beautiful message!
November 18, 2015