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  • Oct 21
    Posted by Dion Todd
    RHM Devotional: Can You Hear Me Now from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence firm to the end, while it is said, “Today if you will hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.” ...
  • Oct 21
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Of the angels he says, 'Who makes his angels winds, And his servants a flame of fire.' Hebrews 1:7 WEBWhen the preacher walked past our row of seats, it seemed like you could feel heat coming off of him. When he looked at you, it was as if he looked straight into your heart and saw how black that it...
  • Oct 20
    Posted by Dion Todd
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8 WEBThere were many times in my life that I worked something out in my mind, planned t...
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And God Laughed

  • Though I walk in the middle of trouble, you will revive me. You will stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies. Your right hand will save me. Yahweh will fulfill that which concerns me; your loving kindness, Yahweh, endures forever. Don't forsake the works of your own hands. Psalm 138:7 WEB

    They say that if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. While this sounds strange, I have found it often to be so painfully true. It is not 'our' plans and purpose that the Lord fulfills, it is His. When our plans and purpose align themselves with His, they work out gracefully as intended.

    Often we dream too small and His plans are bigger than that. Sometimes its because He has something better right around the corner and He does not want us to settle for something mediocre now. Other times we just need to get in 'tune' with Him and what He is doing today. Take a risk and pray 'Lord, make what is important to You, important to me.' When His plans become our plans, our life becomes amazing.

    I never planned to be a pastor. Over twenty five years ago He told me that one day, I would be in the ministry and to begin to prepare myself. So I thought what anyone else would have thought: 'Go through Bible college, get a degree, get ordained, and then you will preach in a church somewhere.'

    So I did all of that, except the last step. When I got out of seminary, every single door in ministry was closed. I began to work on computers and was soon pushed into my own computer business full time. I spent the next twenty years working on computers and networks, until we hit a time when that suddenly dried completely up.

    The week that we were packing to move out of our home, a job as a pastor opened up. A couple of years later, we began to build an online church using the skills that I learned along the way. Now we are connecting people to Jesus right where they are, all over the world.

    His plan for preparing me for His work included more than I had originally thought, and His vision for ministry was outside of the normal box. He is the Boss, I just try and do what He says. The Lord knows what He is doing in all of this. The best that we can do is to get in step with Him and what He is doing on the earth today. Let's make sure that our plans, align with His plans.

    Prayer: Father, I ask that You make what is important to You, important to me. Share Your thoughts with me and fulfill Your plans in my life. Don't forsake the work of Your hands but remember me today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen!  Thank you! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I ask that You make what is important to You, important to me. Share Your thoughts with me and fulfill Your plans in my life. Don't forsake the work of Your hands but remember me today. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN! It is Gods work, and the pastors prayer is my prayer also.
May 26, 2016
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Amen! 
May 26, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Great prayer!  Amen
May 26, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
May 26, 2016
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Deleted Member Lord, Jesus, I pray this prayer over me today. Amen.
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers Amen!
May 26, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
May 26, 2016
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopezedited: May 26, 2016 i LOVE THIS,MAKE WHAT IMPORTANT TO YOU IMPORTANT TO ME .AND FOR GOD TO SHARE HIS THOUGHTS WITH ME .THANK YOU 
May 26, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~ This reminds me to again be grateful to my Higher Power for removing the ability to work as a nurse away.  It has given me all the time I need to work on my recovery and to help others.  I am able to do a lot of service work that I would not have been able to if I were working.  God's gifts are given in all kinds of packages!
May 26, 2016
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen Father
May 26, 2016
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Rev.Donald  L Mercer
Rev.Donald L Mercer Yes, I first went to a Bible College and fund that wasn't it.  Then started a Seminary in Houston, TX and was released from employment which sent me back to Trucking, a job I enjoyed more than Substance Abuse Counseling anyway.  Ended up in OH whee I was advised by a Career Counselor; when medical issues dead ended Trucking as a Career' to investigate a Seminary here.  Engered Seminary completed one Degree and then entered another for an MDiv.  Finished that Degree in 2009 and still waiting on God to place me where he wants me to go!  Strange and Wonderful are HIS WAYS beyond any of my imaginings are HIS PLANS, I agree Sir!
May 26, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen. .to glory be God.
May 26, 2016
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Kim Dalton
Kim Dalton I too love this! "Lord, make what is important to You, important to me".
May 26, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor  our heavenly father is so awesome words cant describe Him, I stand in awe of him on a daily basis anyways thanku again for yet another great thought provoking devotional ! Have a great thursday everyone Gods peace love and light, Sincerely Scott Riegelmann.
May 26, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
May 26, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen!! Thank you Pastor Dion for taking the time for another beautiful daily devotion. :-) Thanks Again!! 
May 26, 2016
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Kathy Kingery
Kathy Kingery Amen! \0/ 
May 26, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message! The title is truly interesting!  
May 26, 2016
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Myrna Gonzalez
Myrna Gonzalez edited: May 27, 2016 Ame,Pastor Todd so true may Yahshua continue blessing you and the RHM ministry for tbe members too of your ministry. 
May 27, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen!  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Dion!  Father, I ask that You make what is important to You, important to me. Share Your thoughts with me and fulfill Your plans in my life. Don't forsake the work of Your hands but remember me today. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.
May 27, 2016
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Tryphena Barnes
Tryphena Barnes This was so timely and encouraging. Thank you for sharing
May 27, 2016
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Jerrie Arredondo
Jerrie Arredondo When I found out I was pregenant with my 3rd son, I was angry.  I was not planning on a third....we couldn't afford a third... my youngest at the time was 6, I was starting over...My plan was to start having kids when I was 30.  I was going to have 2.  2-3 years appart.  That all fell right into place and the....Surprise.  Then I drove by a church that always has cute little sayings.  I was about 5 months along and still angry, and the sign said "Man Plans....God Laughs"  That sign was there just for me, just that day.  Now, 7 1/2 years later, he is my gift from God.  3 is the nubmer of boys we needed and yes, we could afford them all.  It was tight but we made do.  God always has a better plan. :-)
May 27, 2016