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Assembly Required

  • He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Eccl. 3:11 ESV

    I grew up on a farm in the country, but always had a passion for computers. I never actually owned one as we were pretty poor at the time. I prayed a lot for a computer of my own, but did not actually get a computer in the way that others did. Instead, I started 'attracting' computer parts, and even in the country, somehow they found their way to me. A motherboard, some memory, a hard disk, finally a power supply from someone at church.

    Eventually, I had almost all the parts, but I had no case to put it in. So I grabbed a cardboard box, cut some holes in it, and built my first computer. An Intel 8086 clocked at 5 mhz. It was quite a sight and one of the slowest ever made, but it was perfect! It shaped my future, and I still use those skills each day. God did give me a computer, but assembly was required.

    Looking back, there are so many times in my life that if I had gotten what I prayed for, it would have detrimental to my growth. God knows the end from the beginning, and He knows what is best for you. Relax and trust His timing. Sometimes assembly is required for your growth.

    Prayer: Father, please give me the things that I need to grow and a fresh vision for the plan that you have for me, in the name of Jesus.

    Note: Good morning! For the shutterbugs out there, the Creation Photographers theme this week is "March Colors"! Let''s share photos of God''s beautiful colors in the group (as always, you can post other photos). The FAAD group''s chat this week will be about "Getting Through the Spiritual Gridlock", and will bless any who would like to be able to overcome life''s obstacles through Jesus. Have a blessed day!

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Wonderful devotional using lifes experiences. Well done Pastor.
March 9, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you:) Pastor's Prayer: Father, please give me the things that I need to grow and a fresh vision for the plan that you have for me, in the name of Jesus.
March 9, 2016
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Alvin Gann
Alvin Gann Thankfully God doesn't give us what we want when we want it but what we need when we need it. I can relate to this anecdote. I built my first home computer from a kit, soldering every chip, assembling every cable. It never had a case, it sat open on the desk. It was clocked at 1 MHz and I programmed in hex.
March 9, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen. 
March 9, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Hallelujah amen amen
March 9, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I am so thankful that God gives me just what I need, and that He wants me envolved in that peocess. He promises to meet all of my needs and not my wants.
March 9, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith AMEN
March 9, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan Hum to walk alone knowing little Spiritual. Than to connect with some thing real powerfull beyound self, is excting!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 9, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd It's really difficult to beat God's program for our growth. We have had people who have had much more formal training and certifications than Dion, call here because whatever they learned did not give them the nuts-and-bolts understanding, as well as the gifting, to fix the problem. Not that there's anything wrong with education (kids stay in school :)!), but God's program in partnership with our willingness to grow (whether through school or with a cardboard box) has the power to amaze!
March 9, 2016
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Pam Watkins
Pam Watkins   Yes Amen
March 9, 2016
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth I love this message; like a chunk of coal; we need to be shined up!  Blessings!
March 9, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
March 9, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
March 9, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen!
March 9, 2016
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Faith Oglesby
Faith Oglesby Heart touching article! I like your down-to-earth approach and sharing a bit of how the Lord worked in your life when you were younger growing up on a farm. As a farmer's daughter, I can appreciate the hard work that is put into any agricultural type of business endeavors. In today's world of fast-paced activities, the fact that you developed patience and used your creative spirit to create your own computer through items given to your or were found along the way. It wasn't like in today's system of fast foods where McDonald's statement says "Have it your way." No, God instilled in you the wisdom and knowledge to build yourself a computer one step at a time and in essence it was by "God's way." I can sense your great love for the Lord through your story and I wanted to let you know your lesson today helped me immensely. I've lived in different cities since growing up in a farming community many years ago and when I envisioned what you wrote about growing up on a farm, the floodgates of memories came to mind. Many beautiful memories!  I had been thinking after reading this lesson today, that it would be awesome to be able to experience some of the fond memories I have of growing up in a rural community, but a person may leave the country and yet the country life is never taken out of the person. For me, I am grateful for the time spent during my early years, in a rural setting and to take life at a slower pace. I think this lesson is reminding me today to take my own life at a slower pace and that God can use my creativity to help me build my own dreams back up. I just need to believe that God will make a way in HIS time - not mine.  
March 9, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  Our precious Father in heaven, Always knows what's best, that is a great and powerful blessing.
March 9, 2016
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse Thanks pastor Dion.  I have been feeling frustrated with things that remain in my daily life that I feel should be gone already. I have prayed and prayed. I have others praying for me for years. Still they remain. Gods timing is perfect and this reading today has given me hope. 
March 9, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!  God knows us better than we know ourselves, and what you said Pastor Dion proved it. 
March 9, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the interesting message!
March 9, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Paise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Have Your Way Lord.
March 10, 2016