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Baby Steps

  • Our heart has not turned back, neither have our steps strayed from your path Psalms 44:18 WEB

    If you begin to dig too deep into the 'shall' and 'shall nots' of the Bible and to compare it to your life, to examine all of your flaws and shortcomings, it will soon overwhelm you and you will spiral into an attitude of defeat. 'I can't do this, why bother?'

    There is often a seemingly unlimited list of things that need to be made right before you stand 'Right with God', before you are ready to pray for someone, or to speak something in faith, before it is you encouraging someone else. After dwelling on the 'list' for a while, people often just give it up as a lost cause.

    There is a better solution to this problem: just keep putting one foot in front of the other one and do not focus inward on yourself, instead focus on Jesus. Live your life one day at a time and involve the Lord in your plans while doing the best that you can, today. You will soon find yourself fulfilling His will in your life, and bringing His Kingdom into your environment.

    Yes, we have a lot of problems, but it's all that we have got going so lets make the best of it. Even if you take baby steps, you will still be moving forward each day. The Lord is always more concerned about who you are becoming as a person, than about what you do for Him.

    I have heard it said that if you do not change your direction, then you will end up where you are headed. Relax. You will do this and you will be successful, if you keep a positive attitude and keep pressing forward. Do not get overwhelmed, and do not turn back. God loves you, and He is proud of the progress that you have made. Let go of the do's and don'ts and just say 'Lord, just as I am, I give myself to You. Please help me.'

    Prayer: Father, forgive me for sometimes taking my eyes off of You and getting overwhelmed with rules that I don't really understand that well. Make Your love simple to me and reveal it to me in an unmistakable way, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! The RHM May Newsletter was sent out yesterday, so for those who may have missed it, just click on "News" on the site menu. This month''''s issue contains info about the upcoming Father''''s Day live services as well as other happenings at Refreshing Hope. We encourage you to check it out and look forward to your feedback! ALSO, there is a new Fitness Challenge for the month, called "Jumping Into June!". If you would like to work on getting into better shape and would like to have others to support you, we would love for you to join :).

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! This is the best advice! 1 baby step at a time! Keep moving forward both eyes on God! It's all I can do each day! Thank you pastor! Can't wait for your live broadcast! It's going to be a hit for sure! So many lives will be touched. Pastor's Prayer: Father, forgive me for sometimes taking my eyes off of You and getting overwhelmed with rules that I don't really understand that well. Make Your love simple to me and reveal it to me in an unmistakable way, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
June 1, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I believe this!
June 1, 2016
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Jeanie White
Jeanie White Thank you for this timely message! Such a good reminder for me. God bless you Pastor Dion!
June 1, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner yes  so true sometimes so lost what meant mother when my first two were little as got word prayer learned enjoy the blessing motherhood meant with my third . not being lost all the time like much better and have peacemuch comftorting think take that over fear.  
June 1, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!, Heide
June 1, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen  thank you   father  
June 1, 2016
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. Thank you Pastor Dion for your continued service for our King of all kings. I think my biggest issue is the flesh that is weak but the spirit is strong. I continue to strive for what is pure and holy. But i feel worthless when I have fallen. But I know through His Word there is forgiveness as long as there is true repentance.
June 1, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt AMEN!
June 1, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!
June 1, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I thank God for walking with me in this season of my life.
June 1, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
June 1, 2016
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopezedited: June 1, 2016 Amen ,Lord please help me .Thank you for always being there for me 
June 1, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Well said!! Thank you for the reminder!
June 1, 2016
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse The fruit OF the Spirit. His great work in my life as I continue to surrender to Jesus daily. I can do nothing apart from Him. Thank you Jesus, for the work you are doing in our lives as we keep our eyes on you.  
June 1, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡
June 1, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love this teaching and need to keep my eye on Jesus!
June 1, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen  
June 1, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen 
June 1, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
June 1, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you Pastor Dion for this wonderful message and prayer. Sometimes I make things too difficult and give myself big hurdles to get over. To think God is proud of my progress is so special... Thank you 
June 1, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen!! Thanks for my daily devotion Pastor Dion. I feel like i'm taking baby steps now my doctor told me i'e not stopped dropping medication for over 4 years. He told me i'm at a safe dose he said take one, two or the whole summer off from dropping. He said if I want I can drop but I have to say i'm feeling pretty good taking this break. When I start back to dropping i'm going to take baby steps. I saw my christian therapist tonight and she said she agrees with my doctor. I've been non srop dropping for over for years no wonder I could never stop crying. Thank you for this devotion today I don't feel so bad taking a break. I'll still be moving forward  and it will be at a very slow pace. I need my mind and my feelings back. Amen <3
June 1, 2016
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Winnie Nanjala
Winnie Nanjala Thank you Pst Todd you bless my heart,i was low and was tiery of waiting.Am on my feet again
June 2, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!
June 2, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Baby Steps. Wow I Love This. Thank You and God Bless. 
June 2, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!
June 2, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
June 2, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen. One day at a time Lord ,this I ask of you,to help me see people as you see them,to understand as well as be understood.To walk in the spirit,and to do your will.In Jesus name I pray. Thank you Pastor for teaching us Gods way,and words of encouragement.,for building us up..
June 4, 2016