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Bad Note Blues

  • For I, Yahweh your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Don't be afraid; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 WEB

    We have a proverb that we live by in music while performing: "If you hit a bad note, hit it good.' (technically, it would be "hit it well", but that's what the phrase is here). Do not let the fear of failure keep you from performing your best. If you are going to fail at something, let it be a glorious failure where you did not hold back, but gave it all that you had. In the end you will be happier and so will the audience.

    I have seen people fumble all the way through a song because they were so concerned about the bridge that was coming up. In reality, ninety-nine percent of the audience will not notice a missed note if you just smile and keep going like you intended to do that.

    When God opens the door for you to do something, He will also provide you with the ability to do it. The key is that you have to step out in faith and go through that door. You will not even know that you have the ability until you try. Peter did not know that he could walk on water, until he did it.

    Do not let fear hold you back from what God wants you to do. Step out in faith knowing that He has your right hand and is the One that will help you. Don't let the worry of failure cause you to miss the entire song. Embrace it with a smile knowing that God has got your back.

    Prayer: Father I thank You for all that You do for me. Lead me into all that You have for me and help me make the right decisions. Teach me to trust You and walk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning, all! For members of the Creation Photographers group, the theme of the week is "Sunrises & Sunsets"! You are invited to post photos of God''s glory in His dawn and dusk! As always, feel free to post other photos :). The Haven of Hope group is looking towards a fresh start with its January topic "A New Year...A New Beginning". This discussion topic was created to work in harmony with the FAAD topic this week and contains a powerful testimony on the topic of saying "no" to abuse and to make a fresh beginning. In the Healthful Living group, we are looking for feedback on what your health goals are for 2016, so please post on the discussion topic there if you are interested :). Have a blessed day!

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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea I am clinging to this verse today;  For I, Yahweh your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Don't be afraid; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 WEB  Cause right now I am very afraid, and can hardly breath in the place I am in. Tears come daily now, and I push myself so hard looking through want ads that I exauhst myslef. I feel like I am losing my grip. I am trusting, I am believeing, hoping,seeking, praying, waiting.  But this devotional says:  Do not let fear hold you back from what God wants you to do. Step out in faith knowing that He has your right hand and is the One that will help you. Don't let the worry of failure cause you to miss the entire song. Embrace it with a smile knowing that God has got your back. All I can add is that I am Trying. 
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: January 7, 2016 Bless your heart Leslie! Me too! I do feel much calmer when I really focus on his truths and stop letting those lies of fear and doubt lead me. We both just need to relax in the knowledge that God really does have our back! If we are truly believing it, we can have a measure of peace from it! Praying for our Lord to bless you with calmness so tranquil it's unimaginable! Tell Satan and his lies to take a hike! Every time I feel my focus detouring I say out loud I know these fears are not from you Father! I know it's just the enemy trying to keep me from your goodness! And I remember our favorite verse! That's right! Jeremiah 29:11! Such a comfort to know God's got great plans for a hope and a future for all his children! Cyber hugs my friend! We need some more Candy hugs & Angel ice cream to share ;)
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you sister, Yes indeed, I quote daily a lot of times, Jeremiah 29:11. You are a great encourager. 
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Cheryl Graham
Cheryl Graham Praying for you Leslie and Dianna and know God is good all the time! 
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Thank you and God bless Cheryl:)
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Please know that you are in my prayers everyday, I am so sorry you are having to face these things, but I believe that Jesus has will bring you greater things that you ever imagined, I am trusting and believing and praying over you and believing for great miracles to start to happen. I pray if for a sweet peace to calm your precious heart and soul and mind and body, I pray that Jesus will divinely intervene for your needs and that things will quickly work out for you, I am believing and I know that Jesus can do what seems impossible to us, He can and will make all things Possible, He will never ever leave you alone, He is right there with you through this storm and He will calm the troubled waters, the storm will be calmed and you will see what great things Jesus has for you. Love you so much. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you Tamara, I know God will make a way, HE promises to. 
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Deleted Member Amen, He will make a way for you and great things are coming, I believe and I know that Jesus is our Provider and He will always be there for us. He will never ever forsake us. Jesus loves you and so do I. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, please have mercy on Leslie and grant her the wisdom and provision she needs to support herself and Asher. If there is anything that needs to be done on her part, please let her know clearly and do not let her just wonder. I pray that you open the doors to the right job for her and heal her afflictions, in the name of Jesus, amen <3.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen!
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you Syliva, Thank you . 
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! I'm clearly in my waiting place at the moment. I stepped out in faith in October and I am still being provided for in January even though I have not found other employment yet. God knows my needs and will continue to provide while he guides me to where I am to be. I know God has some great plans and blessings for my family, I just need to keep my faith strong in that knowledge. The future always looks bright when I keep my eyes on our heavenly Father and all his goodness! Yes! God has our back! Thank you Pastor! I need these reminders to keep me in the right mindset! Pastor's Prayer: Father I thank You for all that You do for me. Lead me into all that You have for me and help me make the right decisions. Teach me to trust You and walk with me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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Deleted Member Amen, I too pray this wonderful and blessed prayer over my life too. May you continue to feel peace in your heart, comfort and strength to know that He will continue to make a way for you and that better things are to come. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Dianna, He is so good!
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Yes! for God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). He said he will never leave us. I know the enemy will try to get me to lose focus on Gods promises, thats why he said to pray without ceasing (Thes.5:17). Lord my faith and hope is in you, I will press toward the mark.....and hold on to your word.  
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, we must press on and hold on to Jesus tighter than ever, knowing that He will never let us down, He will never leave us, He loves us so much. God bless  you. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd So true, Joan!
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen thank you Pastor Dion for the encouraging words of the Lord it is always a blessing to start the day with the words of the Lord.
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Deleted Member Amen, Jesus always gives us just what we need. His Word gives us so much encouragement and shows us just how great His love is for us. God bless you.
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson When you step out on faith, it's amazing!  Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!  
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Deleted Member Amen, it only takes a step of faith, God is so good. Praise His Holy Name.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Marisa!
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you God amen
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen.  Thank You Pastor for this message this morning. I know Gid is always with me. I look forward to your messages every morning. God Bless you and your Family. 
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good, His love endures forever. God bless you. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Hum, I've found confidence, knowing Him, the Lord and His Faithfullness to His word! Its exciting too know realize something so, unchaining!! I'm a very driven individual!! I certainly know the negative side of running My own show! How excitingf too truely be bold and let Him guide! Experience yep!! Be Blessable, My most favorite-Suggestion!!!!!!  
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Deleted Member Amen, it is so wonderful when we can give it all to Jesus, knowing that all things will work out for our good and that He always has our best at heart. His love and care never changes for His children. I like your saying, BE Blessable. God bless you. 
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, brother, always so inspired by your energy!
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Deleted Member Good morning, Helena, I too am so thankful for this wonderful and uplifting prayer today and for the message. May we all put our trust in Jesus knowing that all will be well. God bless you. Love and Hugs and Prayers.
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Deleted Member Jesus, may I always know that I can put all my faith and trust in You, knowing that You are right there with me and when I hit a bad note, that You will help me to keep on pushing on, because in the end in will all turn out beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful and blessed message. Love y'all. 
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! We must answer His calling and walk in faith not fear. He always helps me accomplish the tasks set before me. I need to only ask for His guidance. 
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor So true! Reminds me of what my coaches taught me, and what I taught my students: if you fall, get up and skate on like nobody saw it! I've seen skaters win competitions (including on of my students) because they did just that.  :)  You don't get a great performance by being cautious, you get one by putting everything in to it! :)
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, sis! No need to have one mistake wreck the whole thing :)!
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Thank you Pastor Dion for the words of encouragement. Have a blessed day.
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo Wow so much needed.  Amen  
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Before retirement my husband and I decided we wanted to try managing a storage facility together, we had no experience.  We applied and got the job.  I prayed about it after the interview and in a couple of hours we got the call we were hired.  Great job when you are close to retirement, you can save one salary and use the other for bills, etc.
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.I just want to give you thanks and Praise you.Heavenly Father.,for all that you are teaching us through your word.and giving us The Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.That we do not have to live in fear and anxiety ,for greater is he that lives in me than he that is in the word.Thank you Pastor for the encouraging words.,
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler My song today is " my anxiety was so bad..last night & today it was going off the walls".  Started anxiety attacks atv17 yrs old. Got help & have applied as best what I learned.  Yet it came as a "bad note" for my day.  Dislike it.  Yet a lot of day was rough.  I can't make Thurs nite grip.   I feel like the bad note.  Sort of a hangover.  Somewhere today I pray I go back to God's music. It seem's these days must come. 
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thanks so much for today's message. I'm reading it late because I was sick all day, but I can't go one day without logging in to this site. May God continue blessing you for all you do, Pastor Todd!
January 7, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Nothing beats a failure but trying!! Sometimes you just have to feel the fear, and do it anyway.  And always, always give it to God!!
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williamsedited: January 8, 2016 Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Help me to walk with You!
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander As always a Blessed on time word for me. Thank you Pastor Todd
January 8, 2016