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    Posted by Dion Todd
    The Wonder of You from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the wonder of the Lord. I believe that wonder is a great definition of what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit moving in your life. It can feel almost magical, surreal, at times you may ask yourself “I...
  • Sep 15
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    Yahweh, your Redeemer, and he who formed you from the womb says: 'I am Yahweh, who makes all things; who alone stretches out the heavens; who spreads out the earth by myself; Isaiah 44:24 WEBIn the Bible when someone was in trouble, danger, or in need, a male relative could 'redeem' them. This relat...
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    Posted by Dion Todd
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  • Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting-place: For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity. Proverbs 24:15 WEB

    Your journey ends when you will no longer get up. Many times in my life I have felt that I let God down, made the wrong decision, wrecked His plan for my life. Then when I finally

    fell on my face before God, repented, and poured out my heart to the Lord in prayer, He would respond: 'Ok, now pull yourself together and let's get back to work.'

    God did not dwell on my past sins or guilt. I simply repented and was moving forward again. He knows that our life is but a breath here and He wants to make the most of it. We cannot change the past. We can only learn from it, and do better next time. Say you're sorry, repent, turn away from the bad, and move forward with your life.

    When I feel like I have lost my way, and I don't know where to turn. I go into a room, shut the door, and lay on my face in prayer until His presence comes. It may take a couple of hours, but eventually a rhema word (spoken) comes and it changes everything. One word from God changes everything.

    There is no replacement for spending quiet time in prayer and listening, for He said 'My sheep hear My voice.' I know there is never enough time, but everyone has twenty-four hours in their day and we spend it on what we think is important. Give God a couple of them and you will not regret it. Try FaceTime, you may like it.

    God has such a beautiful plan for your life, but we all stumble at some point along the way. All of us do. When we do, God waits patiently for us to get back up. If you are down today know that God is waiting for you to take His hand once again. When you do, He will pull you back up to your feet.

    Prayer: Father please draw me to You. Ignite a desire inside of me to seek Your face like never before. Cover me with Your presence and peace, give me a fresh vision today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! I love my quiet time in the morning just me and our Father :) Starts my day off right!  Thank you for a wonderful lesson and inspired devotion. Blessings
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God is so good, and I too, love my quiet time with Jesus, just me and Him talking like we are the best of friends.
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea   Prayer: Father please draw me to You. Ignite a desire inside of me to seek Your face like never before. Cover me with Your presence and peace, give me a fresh vision today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray I truely need a fresh vision today! Thank you Pastor for you dedacation to us , to God and to this website.  
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful prayer to pray, may we all desire to seek Jesus more than ever and make we all find that vision that Jesus has for us, so that we can go out and be that light shining bright for Him. Love and hugs. Praying for you and Asher.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen!
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Amen. 
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I can do it for God has given me strength to press on thank you Lord the gifts you have given to me today amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and He will always will give us the strength that we need to press on for Him.
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Lasheika Simmons
Lasheika Simmons Amen. Thank you for this Pastor Todd. Sometimes i forget that what I'm still holding on to God has already forgiven me for. I needed to hear this today. God bless you!
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Deleted Member Amen, Lasheika, Jesus is always right there for you and all has been forgiven and forgotten, He only wants us to serve Him to the best of our knowledge, He loves us so much. You are a special blessing to my heart. Love and hugs.
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Amen.
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Annette Walton
Annette Walton Amen pastor. I needed to hear that message this morning
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze wonderful message 
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Deleted Member Amen, God is right there, when we fall on our knees or we sit in a chair or lay on our beds to pray, He will hear all of our prayers, sometimes when the words don't come, Jesus listens to our hearts prayers, I am so thankful for this, because many times, I can't find the words, but I know he is listening to my heart and I am so thankful, because He will always help me get back up and go on and give me the strength and faith to know that the storms of this life will pass and that tomorrow is a new day and a new beginning. God is so good. Love and hugs, Theresa, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words today, they blessed me so much. 
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez "but everyone has twenty-four hours in their day and we spend it on what we think is important. Give God a couple of them and you will not regret it. Try FaceTime, you may like it." Thank you for this Pastor Todd. You are so right. We make time for everything else; surely we can make time for God.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen. When we put Jesus first with our time, the rest of the day goes better and we can surely get more accomplished because we have give Jesus our first. He loves us so much and I am so thankful for this wonderful reminder to always take time for Jesus in all things. God is so good. 
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Deborah Rojek
Deborah Rojek Wonderful message, pastor. Thank you!
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Deleted Member Amen, a beautiful on time message. 
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese Thank you. I will try that.
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Carol VanBemmelen
Carol VanBemmelen Thank you Pastor Dion!  Like so many of your friends say....."this was what I needed to hear today!"  I felt like I messed up and was far from the Lord and then your message reminded us to get alone with Him and then get back up and take His hand!! Wonderful message!  God's blessings upon you and Sylvia today as you enjoy Sylvia's family!!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is always right there when we fall, to help us up and give us the strength in Him to go on and serve Him, He will never fail you. 
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Amen.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady How well I know of the times you speak of. In the past I have felt like I was losing my salvation,  because of failures on my part. Everytime I broke for Him, He told me to get back up, dry my eyes and don't look back on what I had done. He told me He was with me, He would never forsake me, that I needed to yield everything to Him. I needed to trust Him to help me be a better Christian. Now when the enemy says to me, remember what you did in the past, I say , it doesn't matter,  I don't live there anymore!
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: December 9, 2015 I relate to what you said Carol...thanks for sharing and GOD BLESS
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady God bless you Karen!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, I like that Carol, I don't live there anymore. Thank you for sharing that with us. Love and hugs.
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen! ♡
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell Amen!
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!  Everytime I have fallen/slid backward, God helped me get back up and brush myself off.  We are human and will make mistakes, but it is nice to know God is always there for us holding out his hand.  I don't live in the past, I am walking forward, if I slip God is there for me.  
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so amazing with His love and care for us, He is always right there if we fall short, He picks us up, brushes us off and gives us the strength and courage to go on for Him. God is so good. He loves us so much. Thank you, Karen for sharing these beautiful words. God bless you. Love and hugs.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli God Bless You Tamara
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello This message is certainly timely and encouraging for me. Exactly what I've been going through recently,but I now choose to take hold of His hand for Him to pull me back up onto my feet. Ready to move forward with God guiding me every step of the way. Thank you Father God for giving this word through the Holy Spirit to Pastor Dion to put to words,Amen !
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good, He loves us so much and He is always right there for us. God bless you.
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thank you so much; I needed these words of encouragement today. God bless you!
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good and I will be praying for you. Love and hugs.
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Deleted Member Oh, I love this devotion, I love the part of about facetime, because I love spending time with Jesus, I know some days, I can't find the words to pray or know how to pray about somethings, but even in that time I ask Jesus to listen to my hearts prayers, so I spend quiet facetime with Him, and let Him listen to my heart when the words just won't come. Thank you so much for sharing. Love you and Sylvia so much. Y'all are such a blessing to me.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Thank the Lord we have a Father that can listen to our heart when the words won't come! I can't tell you how many times I've asked him to just hear my heart! Amen! Thank you Tamara! Love and hugs
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Deleted Member Love and hugs to you my precious friend.
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Thank you Jesus for always being here for me when I stumble. I love you Jesus!
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Deleted Member Amen, He is always right there for us. He loves us so much.
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Marcia Bailey
Marcia Bailey Thank you Lord for loving me  unconditionally!!
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Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney Thank you so much for this devotion....im pretty sure gettin on my face an spendin a few hours with god is just what i need....it feels like my world is crashing in on me...NOTHING is goin right...NOTHING AT ALL ! My truck keeps breaking down on me. ..nobody seems to know what the problem is...i cant think or focus...i dont know what is goin on...i need prayer....an i dont even know what or how to pray....i feel like im just goin through the motions.....an i deparately need the lord...but feels like HE'S not hearing me....:-( .  I want HIM to talk to me...use me but im feeling like im not good enough for HIM anymore....:-( 
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Yep. Sounds about right. Time for a fresh vision. May the Lord bless you in Jesus name.  
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Deleted Member Please don't ever feel like you are not good enough, Jesus loves us no matter who we are or what we are facing, and sometimes in the toughest of storms, when they are raging high, it seems like we can't hear from Him or that it feels like He is a million miles away, but He isn't, He is right there carrying you through the storm and He is the One that can calm all storms no matter what. I found in myself over the years of serving Jesus, there have been many times when I felt like Jesus wasn't hearing me, but I knew deep inside He was and that He would come right on time and there have been times when I couldn't find the words to say or didn't know how or what to pray for, so I would just ask Jesus to please listen to my Hearts Prayers, because He knows what is in the deepest of our hearts and He knows and understands that sometimes when we are facing storms, that we can't find the words to pray, but He listens to you hearts prayers and always know that you have so many at RHM praying for you and believing that things are going to be alright. Jesus will be on time, He will never fail you, He loves you so much. Love and hugs.
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Michelle Toney
Michelle Toney Thank you both Tamara an Dion....:-) 
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Good morning!  Lord, give me a fresh passion for you!  In Jesus' Name, I pray.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Praise God, He never gives up on me. My quiet time with Him is vitle to my relationship with Him. It is a choice I have to make especially when I am very busy, and have a lot of responsibilty's to take care of. Thank God He knows my heart, and patiently waits on me.
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.I give thanks to you Heavenly Father.That you are my rock,and my fortress and deliver,my God is my rock,in whom I take refuge,my shield and horn of my salvation. You raise me up ,and guide me through every situation.as I surrender all to you.Fill me a new everyday ,keep my heart on fire for you.In Jesus name I pray.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Iris Parlin
Iris Parlin Amen PTL
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