This is just Me!

by Linda Darlene Gibson August 11th, 2017

     Today I do not have a scripture to share as this is going to be a very personal blog post unlike all my others, so I hope any that read this do not mind. Today, God has placed me in a new job as a HR Manager in a completely different state away from all I have ever known. It has always been my heart’s desire from my youth to 'help people'. After working in housing for...

The Pressure Cooker

by Dion Todd August 9th, 2017

For we don't desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life. Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us out of so great a death, and does deliver;...

Poetic Justice

by Dion Todd August 8th, 2017

For Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them and had cast the pur (that is, the lot) for their ruin and destruction. But when the plot came to the king's attention, he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head, and that he and his sons should be impaled on poles....

Don't Stop Believing

by Dion Todd August 6th, 2017

Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more. He said to them, 'Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf.' His brothers asked him, 'Will you indeed reign over us? Will you indeed have dominion...

Prophets And Fish Bellies

by Dion Todd August 4th, 2017

Now Yahweh's word came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 'Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before me.' But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid its fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. Jonah...

Complaining About the Present

by Dion Todd August 2nd, 2017

They traveled from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. The soul of the people was very discouraged because of the journey. The people spoke against God and against Moses: 'Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, there is no water, and our soul loathes this disgusting food!' Numbers 21:4 WEBThe Israelites slowly made their...

Do Not Be Afraid

by Dion Todd July 30th, 2017

While he still spoke, one from the ruler of the synagogue's house came, saying to him, 'Your daughter is dead. Don't trouble the Teacher.' But Jesus hearing it, answered him, 'Don't be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed.' Luke 8:49 WEBJairus had a twelve-year-old daughter that was in bed deathly sick. He came to Jesus, fell down at His feet, and begged Him to come and heal her. Jesus went...

The Little Box

by Dion Todd July 29th, 2017

The donkey saw Yahweh's angel, and she lay down under Balaam. Balaam's anger burned, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Yahweh opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, 'What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?' Balaam said to the donkey, 'Because you have mocked me, I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would have killed you.' The donkey said...

When the time is right!

by Linda Darlene Gibson July 28th, 2017

“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” Ruth 1: 16       Just to give a short summary of the book of Ruth, it is such a beautiful story of Love and Devotion from a widow woman, by the name of Ruth to her beloved...

Peer Pressure

by Dion Todd July 27th, 2017

Amaziah also said to Amos, 'You seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: but don't prophesy again any more at Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house!' Then Amos answered Amaziah, 'I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was a herdsman, and a farmer of sycamore trees; and Yahweh took me from following the flock, and...

Standing in The Gap

by Dion Todd July 26th, 2017

I sought for a man among them, who should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 WEBWhen the Lord planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:24), Abraham stood in the gap and asked God if He would destroy it if there were fifty righteous men there. God said that He would not. Then Abraham asked what if there...

Burning Down the House

by Dion Todd July 25th, 2017

Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say? Luke 6:46 WEBDad always warned us about playing with fire. One day my brother, who was only about three or four years old, got a hold of a pack of matches. He hid in the closet to play with them, sitting under the clothes that were hanging in there. It wasn't long before the closet was on fire, and then the entire house. By the...

Listening Has Its Rewards

by Dion Todd July 23rd, 2017

Listening Has Its Rewards from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript: Today I am going to be talking about: “The importance of listening to the Holy Spirit” and some things that the Lord has taught us over the years. There is great reward in hearing His voice, and obeying it. Now I have always been a giver, but after attending a church that preached on tithing and...

Love in Action

by Dion Todd July 23rd, 2017

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34 WEBAt the last supper Jesus arose and washed the disciples feet. Then He told them to love one another, just as He had loved them, and by this all people would know that they were His...

Not on My Watch

by Dion Todd July 21st, 2017

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:13 ESVIt was a cold, dreary morning at work. I was miserable, cold, and hungry from fasting, and was an outsider in the middle of this crowd. As we all toiled at our machines, death metal blared over huge speakers. People cursed, did drugs openly, and bragged...

Great Adventures

by Dion Todd July 19th, 2017

Yahweh said to Aaron, 'Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.' He went, and met him on God's mountain, and kissed him. Moses told Aaron all the words of Yahweh with which he had sent him, and all the signs with which he had charged him. Exodus 4:27 WEBThe Lord spoke to Aaron and told him to go meet his brother Moses in the wilderness. We do not really know what Aaron was doing when the Lord first spoke...

Faith or Fear

by Dion Todd July 15th, 2017

Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 'How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, that murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Tell them, As I live, says Yahweh, surely as you have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you' Numbers 14:26 WEBAfter seeing miracles everyday in the wilderness, like mana from heaven, pillars of fire,...

Please Wait Here

by Dion Todd July 14th, 2017

Elijah said to him, Elisha, please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me to Jericho. He said, As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho. 2 Kings 2:4 WEBElisha had worked serving the prophet Elijah for several years when he suddenly asked him to stay behind. Elisha said no and kept following him. Three times in a row Elijah asked him to stay behind somewhere,...

I Am Going Fishing

by Dion Todd July 11th, 2017

Simon Peter said to them, 'I'm going fishing.' They told him, 'We are also coming with you.' They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. But when day had already come, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples didn't know that it was Jesus. John 21:3 WEBWhile standing by the shore of the sea of Galilee with the waves gently rolling in, Peter was so discouraged....

The What if

by Dion Todd July 10th, 2017

Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height? If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:25 WEBWe were so concerned about tomorrow that we could not sleep. We had received a subpoena late that evening and had to appear in court at seven in the morning, but so many things ran through our mind that we watched the sun go down and then...

Hiding in the Garden

by Dion Todd July 9th, 2017

Hiding in the Garden from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript:  Today I am going to be talking about: “Hiding in the Garden”.  Adam and Eve walked with God in the garden of Eden, but when they broke the one commandment they were given, they suddenly had an overwhelming desire to hide from His presence:Genesis 3:8–11 (NKJV) — And they heard the sound of...

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

by Dion Todd July 2nd, 2017

Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judge. For in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things. Romans 2:1 WEBThe congregation grew silent as the elder finished his speech on judging others. He told us that each time that he had looked at another's mistakes and said 'I would never do that', that later he found himself doing...

A Discerning Heart!

by Linda Darlene Gibson June 29th, 2017

A Discerning Heart from FAAD on Vimeo. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let Love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with...

The Last Minute

by Dion Todd June 26th, 2017

He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, 'Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.' And he offered the burnt offering. As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. 1 Samuel 13:8 ESVSamuel had told Saul to meet him at Gilgal and that he would make...

The Good of the Land

by Dion Todd June 25th, 2017

I have been young, and now am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his children begging for bread. All day long he deals graciously, and lends. His seed is blessed. Psalms 37:25 WEBToday is the tomorrow that you were so worried about yesterday, and it is not as bad as you thought. So many times over the course of my life I have been worried about what was coming, but when it arrived,...

Sharks in Suits

by Dion Todd June 22nd, 2017

Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. Galatians 6:1 WEBWe all make mistakes and not one of us down here has lived a perfect life except for Jesus. Yet we tend to compare our righteousness to others. Sometimes we feel like: 'Though we all fall short, I am still closer...

A Father's Heart

by Dion Todd June 17th, 2017

A Father's Heart from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript: Tomorrow is Father’s day, and though it was created by a greeting card company in order to make a profit, it is a time that we remember our Fathers. Today I am going to be talking about mine, “A Father’s Heart”, and the Heart of our Father in heaven. I am going to be sharing a lot of my personal...

Walking on the Water

by Dion Todd June 16th, 2017

Peter answered him and said, 'Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.' He said, 'Come!' Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, 'You of little faith,...


by Dion Todd June 15th, 2017

Isaac entreated Yahweh for his wife, because she was barren. Yahweh was entreated by him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. Genesis 25:21 WEBRebekah was barren and could not have children, but when her husband Isaac prayed for her, she became pregnant with twins. If you read the details, Isaac was forty years old when they got married, and he was sixty when the twins were actually born. I doubt that...

The Pit

by Linda Darlene Gibson June 15th, 2017

The Pit from FAAD on Vimeo. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up”. James 4:10      Often times in my life as many of us have, we go through some really tough times. During these times, I call it ‘the pit’. God does allow for each of us to go through these trying times either to help us or to help him. I am the type of person that...

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