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Pay It Forward

  • John 3:16

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

    What does it mean to Pay It Forward? 

     

    Respond to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.

     

    "I will take the support I have had and try to pay it forward whenever I can" 

     

     

    I would like to think of Paying it Forward as doing something for someone else that they can not do for themselves. I love my neighbor, she struggles with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is now in her later 50s. I have learned there is nothing that this lady can not do when she puts her mind to it. But I also know, that if I say to her, next time I visit, I would like to help you with this or that, she will put her self in a position of stubbornness and she will do thus and so before I can help her. She has been very independent for many years, living alone with no family or friends to help her in her daily activities till we moved in. I never want her to hurt herself, but I know there are things she can not do that we can help her with. Like for instance, this past weekend, on our way over to visit her, I saw that her Cannes flowers were all brown now. These needed to be cut down. Now my neighbor has the tools, and there is no doubt in my mind she can do it, but the steps she needs to take just to clip these down is a tremendous effort. So while my son and I walked down her driveway, I instructed him to get her clippers before we leave and to clip them down. So right before we left her house, my son, grabbed her clippers of which she leaves out in plain sight, and as he was going out the door to clip them, my neighbor said to him, what you are doing with my clippers, my son with a smile, said, I’m not telling you. And they both giggled.



    The Infirm Woman:

     

     

    Luke 13:10, 11,12

    And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, HE CALLED HER TO HIM, and said unto her, Woman thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.



    JESUS PAID IT FORWARD FOR THIS INFIRM WOMAN!

     

     

    This infirm woman is my neighbor. She can not stand up straight, if she did, she would be close to 6 feet tall. She can stand straight up, if she forces herself, but her body has conformed to a bent knee position, which has caused her to hunch over. She is retired; she can take things at a much slower pace. She uses a cane as her soul support to do what she needs to do and where ever she needs to go. She can not walk with out it. She cooks, she cleans, she does her own laundry, as I said, she is quite independent, and she has to be. She has learned to go with out some things, or to improvise what she can and cannot do. When her wooden bed frame caved in on one side, she slept on the high side of this bed for two years. I know this because her bed was in this shape when we began to visit, but I was not in a position to say any thing in fear of hurting her feelings. So after two years of being in this woman’s life, having weekly visits and spending the holidays with her, I made a bold move. I had spoken to my son previously, I wanted him to look at her frame and see if could be fixed, and if he could fix it, I asked him do so. So on one of our visits, I said to her, we were going to look at your bed, she did not fuss, the timing was perfect, she was not sleeping well. She could in no way take off the mattress, nor the box spring to even see what was going on. This was a job for someone else. Well, my son took off the mattress, and the box spring. The frame was a wooden one, and the slats had fallen in. He took the slats out, vacuumed under the bed, and this time, nailed the slats in place so this would not happen again. He put her bed back together. Upon our next visit, she was thanking my son up and down. She had such a wonderful nights sleep. And we were glad we could help her in this way. I assure you if she could have done it, she would have done it. This was but one thing we knew she could not do.



    Now I could have ignored her need for help, and I could possibly overlook other things I see that she needs done, but it is not in my nature to do so. I know God placed me in this neighborhood for no one else but for her. That has been made evident over these last two years. She needs us, as much as we need her.



    She has been alone so long and unable to do things you and I do, like grocery shopping at the store. So she has learned to do any and all of her shopping through a catalog. She does not have internet access so shopping on line is out of the question unless she goes to the library, and even that is an extreme effort. Carefully thought out steps. Which library will have a computer she can use and will there be any open when she gets there are all in question. I would gladly have her over to my house to use my computer, but she can not make it up my side or front steps. I even need help getting up them; there is no way for her to climb them. The magazines that she gets in the mail is incredible. And so too is when they have accumulated so much that they need to be thrown out. Another hurtle to get over. She uses the little grocery bags for her garbage that is all she can handle to take out at one time. She will fill one with magazines, up to the top, this will be very heavy, and she will maneuver this bag, her body, and her cane out to the car. Once in the car she will back onto her front lawn so her car is facing out of the drive way. She will inch up to the garbage can she leaves close to the road and she will reach out of her car window, open the can,and toss the heavy bag of magazines. She will do this every day she can to get rid of those piles. She will also drive out of her drive way just enough so she can back up to her mail box to retrieve the mail. (She can’t walk to mailbox) This is clearly a determined woman. A few weeks ago, she had a box and several bags of magazines ready to go out, so my son and I looked through them to see if there were any we would be interested in. We found several, and what was left, my son gladly took out to the garbage can. WHEW!



    Little by little over the years, I have offered to pick up what she needs when I go grocery shopping. First it was just a few odds and ends. Then I would drop off the store flyer and she would make a list. I still reassure her I will shop for her if she wants something. I even got her a little plastic clear case with colors on it so she can put her money and her list in it, and when she drives by, she will toot her horn and my son will go out and see what she needs. She will hand him the list. I have tried to encourage her to be specific to what she wants on the list, and she will giggle, and say, I want to see what you would buy. So I choose for her what I would choose for myself, based too on what I know she likes. It thrills my heart when I see her get excited about fresh fruit, or fresh vegetables. Something as simple as creamer and butter are an issue. Schwann’s does not carry these items on the truck. If I know what she has asked for is cheaper at Wal-Mart, I will get her the item at Wal-Mart. And if there is money left over from her list, like maybe an item was not available, then I will add to her list things I know she could use, like bread, creamer or butter . Eggs is another thing, she has bought powered before or pre cooked and frozen from Schwann’s. She trusts us; she has opened her heart to us and let us in. This is a woman who you would never know how alone she is if you were to talk to her. She has a sunny disposition always.

     



    This is clearly an Infirmed woman, and clearly one that Jesus came to heal.

     

     

    In a turn around of events, on many occasions, my neighbor has met a need in our lives that we could not meet. The holidays are very difficult for me, payday is no where near the holiday so I have to plan any holiday items way in advance. I was stressing about this Thanksgiving, and in a conversation this past weekend, she told me not to worry. She had all we needed for Thanksgiving dinner. She told me a few items we could use, and I can fit those few items on my list. Funny, many of the items she will use at Thanksgiving are items I shopped for her a week ago. One of them is a frozen turkey breast. She had me get the stuffing, and the cranberries. She bought two pies and the sweet potatoes from Schwann’s already. I will pick up a juice she likes, along with an ice cream for the pies and of course creamer for coffee . My son will be doing the cooking, something that has become easier for him to do. The first Thanksgiving we cooked the bird in our stove and brought it over, now we just cook at her house and enjoy the company. I usually do the dishes and put the food away, and my neighbor will not let me go home with out food. It’s a priceless time of friendship!

    We have become a family when there was no family.

     

     

    John 3:16

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    God had a plan from the time of Adam and Eve. He knew they would fall. He would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, and He would wipe out the world with the flood saving out Noah and his family and two of every kind of animal. God would call Moses, Abraham, Joshua, and David as for runners of his son, Jesus.

    Rahab the harlot, saved with her family when Joshua destroyed the city, would become inspirational in the line in which Jesus came from. David, a murderer and adulterer, yet a man after God’s own heart, Jesus, the son God, would come out of this line of family members.

    God would watch the birth of His son, see Him grow, send a dove and say, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. God would watch his plan unfold as Jesus ministered to the infirm woman, the lepers’, the blind, the prostitutes, the sinners of all sorts, those that were possessed. Paving the way for these lost souls to come to repentance, and to once again follow the ways of the Lord. Opening the door for them to spend eternity with the God who loves them.

    God would watch as Jesus sweat great drops of blood as he pled before his father in heaven, very afraid of what was to come, yet clearly following what his fathers will was. God would watch from the heavens as his son was tortured and tormented. As he was spit upon and whipped. When they placed the crown of thorns upon his son’s head, I am sure God cried. As God continued to watch his son carry his own cross, God must have sobbed. When the men of this earth took his sons near lifeless body, badly beaten, bruised and bleeding and nailed him to the cross as if he were a thief or cut throat, I’m sure God was on his knees in anguish as he watched. Remember this was Gods plan; the plan was that his son would Pay It Forward for all of mankind. His son was taking on all the sins of the world. God was giving his son to mankind because there was no other way to get to heaven but through a sacrifice. That sacrifice was His Son, Jesus. And as the town watched this scene, Jesus speaks to his father: And His father turns his back. HE has to, the pain it to great to watch any longer.

    Luke 23:34a

    Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.

    Matthew 27:46

    And about the nineth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast though forsaken me

    Luke23:46

    And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, in to thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

    Jesus paid your way!

     

     

    JESUS PAID IT FORWARD

     

     

    FOR YOU & ME !

     

     

    Jesus already showed His love for you by giving his life.

     

     

    You can show his love toward others today, by sharing HIS story with those who do not believe. You can show HIS love through you to others when others are unlovable. You can give to those what they do not have in there lives, the Love of the Lord. These holidays bring about Miracles, this is the time for GOD to shine and meet the needs of those who need and who are in need. You can be a part of that miracle; you can pay it forward for someone in your neighborhood, your church or your school. Stop where you are and take a look around you. Who in your little corner could use a touch from the Lord? A hug is such a simple thing and goes such a long way. I always greet my neighbor with a hug, and when I leave her house, I give her another hug. I am the only one who hugs her, and she only gets two a week. Before there was me, she did not have anyone to hug her in 8 years. There are people in nursing homes that have been abandoned by family, and friends. Some can’t remember who they are or where they are.

    There are so many people out of work this year, with no prospects. I’m sure they would welcome a gift bag of food for the holidays. There will be many who will commit suicide this year; they just can’t take it any more. There will be deaths in the family, there will be car accidents. There will be trauma and tragedy everywhere, but Jesus said He would be with us in the storms of life.

    God proved his love for us when he sent Jesus to pay it forward on our behalf. 

     

    Always my love for you,

    By GOD & Leslie

    November 12, 2013

     

     


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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Good job Leslie :)
March 29, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you kindly. Funny, I misplaced your notes from last story, it has been a while in between my posts, so I'm sitting here saying Lord, what did Pastor Dion say about this? So I worked it a few times and looked at it and saw that it looked good reviewed, read, reviewed and kept it.. Except for how it showed up on the main page , the scripture was to far away from the first line but it looks fine here on the blog page. I have more readers here than I did when I was posting on the blog page you set for me, and no one from FB was reading them. This is where these story/messages belong. I am forever grateful to you.  
March 29, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Love to read your blogs always! Thank you!
March 29, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you Lissy, that means a lot . I hope you have a blessed day .
March 30, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd We are excited to see the community growing and coming together. People are making friends and interacting. It is great :) 
March 31, 2015