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Rags to Riches

  • Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. Dan. 2:48 ESV

    Daniel, who was born of royal family, was taken prisoner when Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem in 597 BC. He was taken from his homeland, made a eunuch and a servant in Babylon against his will. It wasn't the happiest of starts, but in due time, God raised him up to second-in-command and he was the wisest man in Babylon.

    Joseph was born his father's favorite, but then sold into slavery, served time in prison, and then was promoted to second-in-command to Pharaoh. Moses was raised and educated as Pharaoh's royal family, then spent forty years tending sheep in the wilderness, but became the most powerful man living on earth. David was anointed by Samuel and then ran from Saul for years before he actually became the king.

    God has a plan for you. Before it comes to pass though, there is a time of proving, pruning, and maturing. To us, it often looks like just plain waiting. Do not get discouraged while you are in the wilderness. God is completely faithful and the things that He has spoken to you, He will bring to pass. You cannot have a rags to riches story without the rags.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I wait on You. I thank You so much for all that You are doing in my life and I know that You will guide me down the best possible path. Have Your way in my life, in the name of Jesus I pray.

    Note: Good morning, we pray you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Some group news: The FAAD topic of the week is "Redeemed - the Waiting Place", with an accompanying chat available on Thursday Whether or not you deal with depression, we believe your faith walk will be strengthened by this powerful testimony. The Creation Photographers theme for the week is "In All Things Give Thanks!". Post photos of things that you are thankful for (you can always post other photos, too :)). The Haven of Hope topic this week is: "Abuse and the Spirit of Rejection". Please join in with this topic to share your experiences with this important issue.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. I've got to be the most stubborn plant in the garden. 
November 24, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: November 24, 2015 Amen! Your lesson today goes hand in hand with FAAD lesson this week. The waiting!! I am waiting:) I know God is working things out for me. I am waiting for the day I can say I have overcome my fear and doubts. I am waiting for the signal from God as to where to go next... I am in prayer about my listening abilities and hoping I am following the right vioce in my heart/ head. I know I will be provided for. I know he wont leave me... but the dark places can be very daunting even though I know I am not alone in them. In any given day I can be greatful and thankful, knowing many of my daily blessings,  yet in fear as well! I can quiet the fear most days but it is there. I start each day with devotional  time, prayer and worship to keep me on track yet it seems if anything is thrown at me that wasn't planned for I retreat to my fears... it takes much redirecting to get me to that calm place again. I AM A work in progress and thankful for his grace:)   Heavenly Father, I wait on You. I thank You so much for all that You are doing in my life and I know that You will guide me down the best possible path. Have Your way in my life, in the name of Jesus I pray.  Thank you Pator.Much food for thought today:) Blessings
November 24, 2015
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, what beautiful words of a testimony and it so touched me today, because I have days like that when something new just pops up out of the blue, it kind of gets me off track and I begin to retreat with the fears and worries and it takes me time to find that calming place again. While I am looking and waiting for the calming place, I try to go my Happy Place in my mind, which is the ocean, the sounds of the waves, the white colors of they waves as they rush in and I am sitting in my chair with an umbrella above me and a good book in my hands and my toes in the sand at the end of the water. This is my Happy Place, so while I am waiting on the real peace to come to my heart, I take myself to the Happy Place (the ocean and all its beauty) God bless you. Love and hugs
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen Lord. 
November 24, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, Isn't Jesus just so awesome.
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  When we wait on the Lord, though at times it is very difficult, once we see the outcome, we turn and smile and say " Thank you Lord for never leaving me"!  I know, I am living proof.  That's my testimony!  
November 24, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, I too am living proof, I know in God's timing all things will be made whole and what has been a test for me will become a testimony for me. Love and hugs, Marisa and thank you so much for sharing your wonderful words of encouragement.
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April Cosper
April Cosper Amen  Thank you God For the plan that you have for my life
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Lisa Moran
Lisa Moran Praise the Lord for this powerful inspiring word!
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Deleted Member Amen, powerful words. 
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, thank you Lord for blessing me,  in Jesus'  name we pray! 
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank for the roads you put me on amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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Brad Gardner
Brad Gardner Im laying here in bed this morning PRAYING to abba about my season that im in. Beating myself up inside,thinking im a failure and what am I going to do. Then I read this. I PRAISE you God in the name of Jesus! I know your working and im waiting. I love you and I trust you. My life is an amazing testimony of Gods grace love, supernatural provision,and mercy.I am going to share it here and other places to Glorify my Father more,to give him praise and to hopefully witness to someone who may have been down or is going down a similar road and to let them know there is hope DON'T GIVE UP. Like the 3 men whom the King tried to burn Ive been through the fire and ive came out untouched and i don't even smell like smoke! I praise you Father God in Jesus name AMEN!
November 24, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen! keeping our eyes on Jesus is the best testoment we have to give others.
November 24, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, such amazing and awesome words, what a testimony. Can't wait to hear more. 
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Thank you Pastor Todd. I use to wonder why God would wait so long to make things happen in my life, but as I grew older I understood why. I trust God's timing and know he will make things happen for me when he has everything in place. May God continue to bless you.
November 24, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I so agree with you, Laura. Gods timing is always right, It is better to trust Him, that He knows what He is doing than to go it alone.
November 24, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen,Twila, God's timing is truly the best.
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Deleted Member Amen, I have learned this too Laura, that God's timing is perfect and mine is just to wait upon Him and let His will and way be done when He is ready for me to have it. Thank you for sharing. Love and hugs
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Francesta Poaches
Francesta Poaches Lord, help me to be patient while I wait on you!
November 24, 2015
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins Thank you Pastor.
November 24, 2015
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor  Yep..this is where I'm at right now, and have been for the last few years.  Praying that I'm doing what God wants me to do to be ready for the future He has planned for me. 
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, He surely is preparing us for all the wonderful things He has planned for us. Jesus loves us so much.
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Marie Hall
Marie Hall Oh Lord help me to have patient and wait on you during this trying time Please give me understanding to know that I am in your will Lord, and I thank you and praise you Amen . May God Bless each one of you and keep you in His arms and Have a great Thanksgiving to you all love and blessings                                                                                                                                                     Marie
November 24, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt You also have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Marie.
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member God bless you too Marie, and may you have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING and may you be blessed abundantly in your time of waiting on the good things that Jesus has in store for you. Love and hugs.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady The Lord is blessing me as I journey through this life. It is quite an adventure as He brings me through fiery trials and leads me on paths of righteousness.  I may not know what tomorrow will bring, what detours or traps lie ahead, but I do know He will be there right beside me , protecting me, teaching me and comforting me until I reach my final destination and obtain that precious gift of eternity in His presence.  The most precious desirable gift to praise Him forever and to gaze upon the face of my beloved Savior!
November 24, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt So well put. I agree with you, I too am looking forward to spending eternity with my LORD.
November 24, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
November 24, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!! Carol you said it better than I could.  
November 24, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, Carol, I pray too as I am journeying through this life and facing many trials and tribulations, fears and doubts, that Jesus will place peace and joy in our hearts as we wait on His perfect will for our lives and may we know when the right doors open and may we walk through with Jesus, knowing He is with us now and forever. Love and hugs.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen well said my friend!
November 24, 2015
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese Yes this is definitely for me today. I was asked to teach a web development course at my college only to find out yesterday that the course was missing off if my schedule. I am wondering if I am teaching or not. So confused about it. Took it to my boss and he has no idea how it happened. I have had problems with work for a while now. I took it to God and it all feels like a test of trust because all God says is that I am supposed to trust Him with this. Yes! The waiting is hard. The not knowing is so hard. All we can do is trust God when his happens. 
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, when we put our total trust in Him, He will surely take care of us and lead us to the right path and even when its hard to wait, Jesus will be just in time for you. Love and hugs, HAPPY THANKSGIVING
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese Thanks Tamara. As it turns out, I asked my boss if i was teaching like they had promised me, but since my schedule was sent to be as blank with no classes, I had to ask them "what gives?". It turns out they hired someone new to teach so I was not needed to teach. It was devastating as this has happened to me before over the years with other employers. I hope God has something in mind that will trump all this devastating stuff and will be for me and me alone and not someone else later where people change their minds after they promise you. I also pray that since my doctor told me I could stop my birth control pills that I won't be stuck in my depression any more soon. It would be good to feel free from the depression. God has plans for me and I don't want the hold of depression on my life anymore. Getting rid of the pill is good in this case. i will be in control of my moods again which will be really great to be free.
November 26, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Sylvia, you will be in my prayers. I know when one door closes, that Jesus has a better one to open for you. Love and hugs, Tamara  (I pray you will have a blessed Thanksgiving and I pray that you will soon feel all better.
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese And if you pray for God to move obstacles in your life to move you closer to his plan for your life, be aware of it being a bold prayer and there could be some unexpected and hard things that happen suddenly. It is something I forgot! :-) I feel that a part of what is happening for me is because I prayed that type of prayer  out of a devotional I had read somewhere recently. I guess I will just see where this situation goes. All we can do is trust God.
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Just know Jesus has it all under control and all things will work out for you, just at the perfect time. God bless.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Some times it takes years before we see Gods plan, and some times we will never see it, but god does have a plnn and a purpose for our lives. While I am waiting, LORD, I want to make my life count for you. I do know that nothing is ever wasted with You.  Thank You God for this journey.
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful way to feel, I too pray that while I am waiting for a definite word from The Lord, that my life isn't being wasted, I pray that I have some purpose in this journey as I am waiting for God's will and plan for me. 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Through faith in God, all things are possible, and Daniel and Joseph both proved that! God has always answered my prayers, but on HIS time-table, not my own!
November 24, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, Kathy what a beautiful way to put it, on His time-table not ours. God bless you.
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Linda Masters
Linda Masters My Dears Dion and Sylvia... I have a wonderful PRAISE report!!! Father God has brought me home from the hospital!!! The Doctors and my family thought that I was a "gonner" but HE has a bigger and a different plan!! OH! How I love You LOrd!!! I went to a routine Dr. appointment on the 13th of Nov. and wound up with a thing called "A-Fibulation" and Congestive Heart Failure at the same time! (Sort of a double whammy they said) Anyway... after a week in the hospital and MANY tests and a load of blood draws AND GREAT weakness that came over my body... I am back at home and recovering! PRAISE GOD!! Thank you for the prayers of your wonderful congregation for all of us who are out here "CONVELESSING" now! May Father God continue to Bless this ministry abundantly and cause it to soar with the Eagles upon high! The Daily Devotions have been an encouragement to my husband and me during this tedious time!  Love and Blessings to you ALWAYS... In All Ways Pastor Linda AND Pastor Marc Masters I apologize for any type-o's-- :-)   Tacoma, WA
November 24, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Amen! He is not done with you yet!
November 24, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, The best is yet to come. Praise The Lord.
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Praise The Lord for His amazing healing power. I will keep you in my daily prayers that you will have a speedy recovery and that y'all will have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Love and hugs, Tamara
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Stephanie Thomas
Stephanie Thomas Amen, I receive in the name of Jesus!!
November 24, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member I am so thankful for this message and I pray that in God's timing my rags will be turned into riches, not material riches, but spiritual riches, I have a heart, yearning to learn more and more about Jesus, to instill His Word deep into my heart and soul. Thank you so much for this devotion, where it seems like the waiting may be forever, but its only a moment in time, and Jesus will allow His perfect will to be done in our lives in His perfect timing. Thank you Jesus for loving me so much.  
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez Amen,Tamara
November 25, 2015
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for this message.  I am waiting on the Lord and know He loves me and will guide me along the best possible path. All in His good timimg. Thank you Lord.
November 24, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
November 24, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Help me to be faithful in my times of testing!
November 25, 2015
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Amen Lord I'm still waiting on you.
November 25, 2015