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Peace

  • In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6 WEB

    Many saints and martyrs in the past have faced terrible trials and death with a peace in their hearts that no one could explain. Some sang hymns on the way to their execution, or even while being burned on a stake. They had access to the peace that surpasses all understanding.

    Today many of us do not have this peace, but it is still available for us. God has not changed His mind. There is still a peace that surpasses all understanding, and it is available through prayer. It is a supernatural peace where you do not understand, but you thoroughly know that it will be OK.

    My trials are minor in comparison, but major to me. So many times in my life, I have had to face a situation where I had no answers, but after praying for a few moments, I knew what to do. He taught me to lean on Him, especially in the workplace. When God shows up at church, it is hopefully expected. When He shows up in the workplace, it begins to shake things up.

    When things begin to overwhelm you, stop and pray. Make your requests known to God. Pray until the peace comes and the stress leaves. Pour your heart out to God as you would your best friend and talk with Him throughout the day. Be yourself when praying and do not pretend to be too Holy, or speak in religious biblical terms to impress Him. He knows you far better than that. The best that you can do is to humbly acknowledge that you need Him to help you today.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You so much for taking care of me. Please give me the grace to face this day and make it fun, simple, and easy. Cover me with Your presence and fill me with Your peace, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! The highlighted group of the week is "Through My Eyes", a private group for journaling God''s blessings (only seen by other group members). See and share where Jesus is in our daily life. The focus will be on sharing of everyday experiences with Jesus. The purpose is to become increasingly aware of Jesus and to be reminded of all the wonder that He brings in our lives and focus on seeing more of Him everywhere.


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! I need God to help me EVERY day! Thank you for these words today:) Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You so much for taking care of me. Please give me the grace to face this day and make it fun, simple, and easy. Cover me with Your presence and fill me with Your peace, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
March 23, 2016
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Lorna Smetak
Lorna Smetak Amen! Sometimes i to pray the same prayer.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Amen! Thank you Lord for your peace.
March 23, 2016
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez Amen, we get so busy in our work day sometimes we/I forget to take a step back and regroup with prayer.
March 23, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
March 23, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith AMEN  
March 23, 2016
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey Thank God for His Peace that the world don't understand.
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner well timely matter last nigh worry about  what might be to geting pregant lost sleeep usally prayer something do but for this  would play encorage songs  klove hoping stop crying convin myself   be .ok  so   thankyou for ths word try this in near future find out if   that get pregant nerves are on edge about many things on this  subject.
March 23, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Thank you Pastor Dion, I really needed this today!!  In fact it, it fits competely with what I was praying about this morning! 
March 23, 2016
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, God is always right on time. Love you bunches.
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez That is what I tell my friends too, Pastor Todd. I tell them talk to God like you would your best friend. Speak to him from your heart because he truly wants to hear from his children.
March 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Laura!
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deborah  Blackshear
Deborah Blackshear Thank God for His Word
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Pastor, I don't want to upset anyone or cause anyone to doubt, but this speaks to a question I've had for a long time.  After my son was born I had Post Partum Depression.  I've dealt with depression most of my life but this was different.  I cried all the time, didn't sleep for days at a time and was extremely anxious.  On top of this I had bouts of severe nerve pain in my arms and neck.  During this period I prayed constantly.  I spoke to Jesus, prayed the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Rosary.  I've also prayed this very scripture.  I read books on faith and parenting.  I constantly asked for help, but I didn't get through that period with any semblance of peace or grace.  It wasn't until I accepted and took antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication thst I was able to function.  This is just one example.  My good friend is suffering from advanced cancer now and she is in great pain that the Drs have not been able to help her with.  She is also anxious and afraid.  I know she prays and myself and others are also praying for her.  Why does prayer not always 'work'.  It makes you feel guilty,!like yo are being punished and your not sure what for.  It also causes me doubt afterwards when I reflect on it.  Yet I also know God grants miracles, just me getting pregnant after many years of treatments and procedures was a miracle.  I'm not sure what I'm asking you for, but I am confused.
March 23, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb Thanks for sharing this question, Roseanne. You're not alone in asking it!  Over the years of my journey with Jesus I've come to understand that my expectation for what I think God should be doing or the feeling that I expect to be feeling after prayer is not God's thinking or plan. My work is to accept His will -- receive the cup and drink it with the knowledge that God is living in my heart walking this journey.  My journey will be joyful, painful, exciting, mundane, challenging -- and may include the need for medication, surgery, and even death. I simply keep stepping out in faith, picking myself up when I stumble, and talking to Jesus minute by minute. I appreciate each person or experience, such as your question and examples, that allows me to revisit my faith in an omnipotent and amazing God!
March 23, 2016
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Cathy Webb, Thank you for sharing your faith with me.  I guess I know that, it's just sometimes I feel I must be doing something wrong, or I'm unworthy when I pray for something so intently and sincerely  and there is no answer.  Especially when I read verses like this, or  Knock and the door will be opened. 
March 23, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb There's a song playing on Christian radio by an artist, Lauren Daigle, entitled "Trust In You" that deals with wondering and what happens when God doesn't move the mountain we believe He needs to move for us.  Here's a link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs   Music always helps strengthen me!  Praying for a beautiful day for you!  
March 23, 2016
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman I'll give it a listen, thank you:)
March 23, 2016
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman Beautiful song, thank you
March 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Thank you for your insight.  We all have our crosses to carry,  but they give us  strength and faith that our LORD GOD is always with us.. It may not be answer that we are expecting but always  believe and trust in the will of GOD, for GOD THY WILL BE DONE.
March 23, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen Kathy I hear a lot of wisdom. Thank you for sharing that wisdom!
March 23, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt God has a purpose for each one of us. That does not mean that we are not going to have trials, sickness and yes depression especially when our bodies are not in ballance with hormones. I do believe that medication is needed sometimes, that doean't mean that you love god less or that He does not love you. I have been there and have had to have medication to get my body back in ballance. God hears and sees our cituation, and that is when He holds us even tighter. He is a compassionate God, He understands us more than any one.I know He wants us to hold tight to Him and nothing is ever wasted with Him. He uses it all, even our hard times. I know I haven't known how to pray a lot of times that is why the Holy Spirit prayes for us because I don't always know how to pray. I also know that believing in God and trusting Him is faith in action. God will reveal His peace to you even in tough circumstances.
March 23, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb Amen!  
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Deleted Member Roseanne, I  think we all as human, have these kind of questions from time to time, because we are only human, we haven't put on that immortality, we are still mortals, humans, and as long as we live upon this earth, we will always have questions that we don't understand and things will happen in our lives and we wonder why me? But through the past 4 years, my life has changed drastically from being able to get up and go and do whatever I felt like doing, cleaning house, working in the yards, riding a bicycle, a four wheeler, walking around my block, swimming, doing all sorts of things, but Rheumatoid Arthritis took over my body so fast, it was like a fast moving train just ran over me all of a sudden. The RA began slowly at first, but I didn't have a clue as to what it was, then as the first few years passed, I began to not be able to walk from my bedroom, into my bathroom, with out help. I couldn't hold things in my hands, I couldn't get in and out of a tub, I couldn't cook, wash myself or my hair, I had to have help with everything. Until one day my Mom had to go to her arthritis doctor and I try to always go with my parents to their doctors appointments even when I'm not able, but that particular day, I was able to get dressed and ride with her, I went in the back with her as I had always done and immediately her doctor told me I had Rheumatoid Arthrits, my hands were so swollen, the joints were so swollen, I couldn't straighten out my fingers, my toes had begun turning side ways, right there he gave me a check up, made me an appointment to get a full checkup with blood work and all. My RA levels were out of the ball park, he said he didn't even know how I was going, and I told him I didn't either, because the pain was so bad, I could hardly bare it, but I felt like I had to be there for my Mom, because she was being checked out to have surgery, well time passed and through this doctor that Jesus sent into my life, he has helped me get on medication to help me, I have had to have two surgeries on my feet, in hopes that I wouldn't lose complete use of being able to walk, in the physical sense, I had so many questions, why me?, why did I have to have this terrible disease?, I was put on predizone, to help with the pain and swelling, but I couldn't take it very long at a time, then I was put on a chemo treatment and pain medicines and muscles relaxers, they help some, but finanlly I had to be put on a biologic medicine which is an injection I have to give myself every other week. I have had two major surgies on my feet, had all my joints removed in 8 of my toes, the RA had eaten away at them, had them fused together and I had both my big toes which is what gives you your balance, I had to have the bones in them fuse together, I will never be able to walk like I use to, I can only be up on my feet for short periods of time, but through it all, even in the times that I was questioning Jesus, why me?, I knew that there was a purpose behind it all, I may not never truly understand why on this earth, but if God can receive some kind of glory for it or if someone can be touched by my story, then I am so thankful. Even in the midst of the roughest times, when I haven't been able to walk, literally had to crawl to the bathroom, when I would be home by myself, God was right there, He never one time left me, He never let me fall and get hurt, He didn't let me slip along the way and break anything, even though in this life I will never have a complete and whole healed body unless Jesus see's fit for it, I still Praise Him In My Storms, because it has really given me time focus more on my work for Jesus than my work to help us out financially. God hasn't failed us and He never will. He will always make a way for me and my husband as long as I make a way for Him to be first in my life. God is so good and I am so thankful to be called a child of Jesus. God is so full of love for us and this has made me more full of love for others than ever before. 
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you for sharing part of your story with us today Tamara, It has been a great blessing to me today, Cause I have a very simaler story only I suffer from crohns disease and PTSD , Your words comforted my heart today thank you sincerely Scott Riegelmann.
March 23, 2016
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member God bless you and I will keep you in my daily prayers. Love, hugs, prayers and many blessings to you.
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: March 23, 2016 Thank you for sharing Roseanne.  I felt like you where prayer is concerned, then one day out of the blue a thought came to me that said "God never promised me a rose garden." Ever since then I tell myself that when I have to, it helps.  
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! His peace transcends everything. I have learned to pray everyday for peace at work and at home for my family members. It definately makes a difference in how our days unfold.
March 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd So true, Carol!
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Amen!!
March 23, 2016
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Dianne Freeman
Dianne Freeman Thank you so much for this message. Much of North Louisiana has been hit by flooding.  But in the midst of evacuation from our homes, loss of all material  possessions, searching for shelter, and not knowing when or if we will be able to restore our home God has been faithful and blessed us in so many ways.  I can't help but thank Him and praise Him in the midst of this storm!!!  The things that we have lost are material possessions, but the things that are important we still have -- our family is safe and well, and most important of all, our faith is intact.  The Lord has given us peace in the midst of this storm and I know that He wii be with us throughout this and any other problem we will encounter.
March 23, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen  
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen Dianne
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau Thank you for your inspiring words today, Pastor Dion. 
March 23, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Lord is your peace I want, not as the worldly peace. Amen, thank you pastor Todd
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Our LORD GOD is our peace.  Let us pray for PEACE for Brussels and the whole world and that PEACE  be with each of us in hearts and in our spirits.  This I pray through my LORD JESUS CHRIST Amen.
March 23, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I really like the idea of praying throughout the day, and I try to do so--even when I'm riding on buses or walking on the street!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Let God be God and He will surely take care of all your needs and He will never ever forsake you. He loves you way too much. 
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: March 23, 2016 Amen!! I just talk to God the best I know how.  My prayers are not fancy nor are they long and drawn out, I just get right to the point.  I also pray the same prayer over and over til I get an answer.
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen Karen
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor thank you so much for all you do! ScottR.
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, I just ask that Your Grace carry me through Today--and You Do it through me.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider This is soo good. I have given money to someone ...I think in my own zeal to help and then felt convicted that i shouldnt have!  I am learning to pray and listen more closely.  This is a great devotion and very timely...as always..for me! thank you!
March 24, 2016