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Complaining About the Present

  • They traveled from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. The soul of the people was very discouraged because of the journey. The people spoke against God and against Moses: 'Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, there is no water, and our soul loathes this disgusting food!' Numbers 21:4 WEB

    The Israelites slowly made their way towards the promised land, but it took a lot longer than it should. In fact, it was only an eleven-day journey (Deut. 1:2), but it took forty years because of bad attitudes and disobedience. Grumblings of "I am thirsty!", "Where is the food" and "Are we there yet?" were probably heard throughout the crowd. God provided food for them, and they hated it.

    Complaining all the way, they went around and around the same mountain until they all died. The complainers never did enter the promised land. All of them died in the wilderness, then their children went in along with Joshua and Caleb.

    It is human nature to want to get where we are going. We set out to go to somewhere and we just want to get there. Always looking at tomorrow: when the weekend comes we are going to' when our vacation comes we are going to' when we retire we are going to' while completely ignoring our life that is quickly passing by today.

    Remember this, your life is happening while on this journey, and how you react will determine how long it takes to reach your goals. Enjoy today, lighten up and laugh a little. Keep a positive attitude. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You so much for the food that You have provided for me, and I appreciate it. Thank You for all that You do for me. Thank You that I am still breathing today. I am not ashamed to say that my help comes from You Lord and I am truly grateful. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You so much for the food that You have provided for me, and I appreciate it. Thank You for all that You do for me. Thank You that I am still breathing today. I am not ashamed to say that my help comes from You Lord and I am truly grateful. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
February 5, 2016
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen, a great way to see life. 
February 5, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalms 118:1). Thank you Lord for all that you have done and/or going to do in my life. Amen!! Thank you Pastor Todd for a great message, may the Lord continue to use and bless you.
February 5, 2016
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine Wow yes! So true for me. Thank you for this day Lord!  Thank you for giving me life! 
February 5, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  Amen!!  Alleluia!!  We should STOP, and smell the roses everyday for this is the gift that our Heavenly Father gives us to show us how much he TRULY Loves us!  Thank you for the Blessings you provide to me everyday!  Amen!! 
February 5, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, thank you Lord! 
February 5, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
February 5, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for the inspiring words of the Lord it's a blessing to start the day with words from the Lord.
February 5, 2016
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Kara DiNunzio
Kara DiNunzio AMEN!  Stop and think a moment when you are discouraged, angry, bitter, etc...and be thankful, find a positive, there is ALWAYS a positive. Positive thinking and thanking will lighten your mood.  Appreciate where you are at, and know He is with you.  Have a wonderful weekend.
February 5, 2016
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Dana Teeter
Dana Teeter Amen! Yes this is exactly how I want to approach each and every day- mindful of God and His presence and thankful for each and every blessing in the present. But I have to be honest- I am often so guilty of being like the Israelites and complaining. I struggle with depression and I struggle to stay positive often losing the battle and simply becoming negative and falling to complaining and a bad attitude. And I am ashamed of this! I don't want to just say with words that I am thankful and I don't feel acting positive is enough- I want to feel the joy of the Lord to be filled with His joy and truly be grateful for each breath I am given! Help me Jesus! I can't do this alone. So many changes in my life over the last 5 years- trying and believing I am following His lead but feeling as though I myself am walking through the wilderness with Satan nipping at my heals. I am really struggling. I need prayer but most of all I need our Lird and Savior. Sorry if this is too personal I just felt so compelled to write this response. Thanks to all who take the time to listen. Thank you Pastor for your message and reminder.
February 5, 2016
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Carol VanBemmelen
Carol VanBemmelen Dana, You are not alone. I understand the desire to feel the joy of the Lord! Keep seeking Jesus. Read His Word with someone.  I found for me it was hard to read the Bible alone.  I also found visiting a church other than my own was very uplifting to my soul, too.  If you can find a church that has services on Sunday evening, I would encourage you to worship the Lord with them.  Keep seeking Jesus. He is faithful. I am praying for you.
February 5, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner well I have stuggled with depression since was teenager once got prayer last summer  amd reading word and going bible studys and being more open about things I was going through like experce postrum really bad that Audrey and mariah  first two  diagnose with being devemental delayed  and have headake found mysellf thankful becuse right now reading book called breaking free and booklet where must write down much why struggled with depression  for poet this  my outle  since fourteen so seek hobbie even though you have child have three girls when started making time every morging prayer wow I,v notice how off I feel when don,t becase over slept I try get up around five thirty before anyone up so do hope find comfot what I,v said for as stated fill my mind with encorage words not words other said over thought why did not do this years ago when my  girls were little keep preeing in  god speak to you.
February 5, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr. "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." ~ Matt. 6:34 (KJV)
February 5, 2016
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez Thanks be to GOD ...............................
February 5, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Amen!! There's Joy in the journey!!
February 5, 2016
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Beth Leikus
Beth Leikus Amen!
February 5, 2016
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Ilia Jefferson
Ilia Jefferson Thank you for this message. Very timely, very needed.  Devil is trying to divide by as many ways as possible - see daily many angry, disgruntled, complaining people.  We cannot let this happen.  We must stand together in faith, and thank God for every blessing from smallest to largest.  
February 5, 2016
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Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson I agree llia. It is becoming rare for people to even greet you with a "Hello my name is" anymore.  Most get right into grumbling and complaining.  I try to share words of encouragement or point out the beauty of the day the Lord has given us but that is mostly rejected. It is as if the devil has people wanting to be miserable.  I pray each day for our Nation.
February 5, 2016
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen!
February 5, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I am so blessed by His answering my prayers. He is so good to me! 
February 5, 2016
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Thank you God and help me to live for today!!
February 5, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner So can relate to that today one of those days  I feel very sleepy  becuse tension headake  Iwould love sleep all day if that help but instead took nap and exepting maybe go sleep ealy be thankful peace quiet because girls are in school so know weekend busy but fun so know time have has flown by fast  my girls are Emily  three and  mariah six and Audrey  I learned enjoy every day even when all towel just put bathroom now must be washed again   and  one spills lemond on my socks  which was not fun thankful for those moment know someday they  willbe able make breakfast I,ll miss these days like I miss Audrey and mariah being little  can,t go back change  their age  and try even with pain of this headake  have had  since mariah was  born to be greatful for joy they bring .
February 5, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Hello Heide Sorry to hear about your headache. I hope after a nap it will ease up. Yes with young children there is a lot happening and not much time to rest, as they are full on. I am retired now and all my family of 4 children have grown up and left home. I am a great grand mother and I can tell you it seems like yesterday that my children were young.!! Learning to enjoy every day as it comes and appreciate the little things is the key to contentment. With the Lords help and guidance each day can be a blessing. Even if you just find one small thing to be grateful about. I will pray that the Lord will take away your headache so you can enjoy life with your family. God Bless you.
February 5, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner  do agree  I took care my necies when twenty four  from five months  until she was two half then  I got married  nad nine months later became parent to the newfews that brouht us together  then found out was pregant with my first was until  reached out  someone had three of my own did learn have identy of I was wish could learn this tad sooner would been little less pain ful  Ienjoy my three old for sure she my jesue reaaly helped me see what really mattered  not perfect cleaned houseothers opins which Igot hung up on . so thanks you .
February 7, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen. I am so Thankful for each day so when I find myself complaining I stop myself and say "Thank You Lord".  Thank You Pastor for a wonderful reminder!!  
February 5, 2016
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Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson It often is not the destination but the Journey.  The high point of many of our family vacations was not so much where we were going but places and people we met along the way. We always drove instead of flying for this very reason.
February 5, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you for the reminder that we must enjoy the journey and not just the destination. Often wonderful blessings are found along the way when you least expect it.  Thank you Lord.
February 5, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus AMEN!
February 5, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
February 5, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you pastor Dion for another great devotional Its a super reminder to live in the moment take one day at a time! theres an old saying if you have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow your peeing all over today I hope that word does not affend anyone if so Im sorry im not a perfect Christian Im a work in progress better today than yesterday ect ect anyways thank you for all u do to help Gods Kingdom You Rock pastor Todd !!! Gods Best to everyone who reads this. sincerely Scott R.
February 5, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!  I learned a very very long time ago to live "one day at a time>"  I leaned this by going to Alanon Meetings.  My first husband was an alcoholic and it was suggested I go to help me deal with things.  So, I went and I am so glad I did.  It is like AA except Alanon is for spouses, etc., who have a problem drinker in their lives.   I learned not only to take one day at a time but also courage.
February 5, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
February 5, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, thank You for Today.
February 6, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Sick several days with stomach virus yet I read maybe thee days till end.  When it lasts this long I wonder what else to do..eat or not to eat that is the question.  Prayer appreciated
February 20, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Oh no, that is not good, Cheryl, so sorry to hear that :(. Praying that He heals you quickly and grants you increased strength, in the name of Jesus!
February 20, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler I was not in church last weekend mostly snow but I was yucky.  I still get chills & my face gets red.  Took temp it's norm.  So, Lord, you know & I go one day at a time.  Stomach virus is on front page in big news how contagious it is.
February 20, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Ugh, at least the fever is gone! Praying the rest will be gone very soon!
February 21, 2016