Event Details

  • RHM is hosting a corporate (group) fast during the month of April. While we normally fast in private, I believe the Lord wants me to invite the Refreshing Hope members to participate with us in a community fast. We plan on doing a Daniel (vegan) fast, but if you have dietary or other restrictions, you can fast in whatever way your health allows. For more information, you can view the blog post here: https://www.refreshinghope.org/blogs/1/3013/intentional-growth
  • 4/1/21 at 1:00 AM -
    4/30/21 at 11:50 PM
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April Intentional Growth

What's New

  • Catrina  Patrick
    Catrina Patrick:
    I’ve had some things going on and was not able to start the fast but I would like to do a month of fasting. Is there a particular book I can use with meals for the Daniel Fast?
    • 11 hours ago
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    • Catrina  Patrick
      Sylvia Todd Hi Catrina, no worries ! We pick April for us because it works well with our life, but everyone has different needs ! There are probably books, but here is a website that has meals: https://ultimatedanielfast.com/recipes/
      • 2 hours ago
  • Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson:
    Thank you so much Pastor. I am still hanging in there, by the Grace of GOD, yesterday and today was kind of RUFF, but I stayed the course. Praise GOD!
    • Wed at 7:19 PM
  • Dion Todd
    Dion Todd:
    2021-04-21: This is day 21. A full three weeks into our April fast with only nine days to go! Praise the Lord. I have tried to focus more on creative work than physical work lately. Partly because it has been like combat, and secondly, I just don’t...  more
    • Wed at 6:54 PM
    • Dion Todd
      Harold Edwards Glory be to God in the highest Pastor, I love this spiritual update and check-in. Very powerful midstream boost, as we prepare to close out this well needed affliction of this flesh of ours. I'm purposing to finish strong, as I'm sure everyone is. Thank...  more
    • Dion Todd
      Lynn Brown Thank you Pastor for the encouragement. I am praying for all here to have success in this fast especially as we are heading to the last week!
  • Sylvia Todd
    Sylvia Todd:
    Lord, I lift up all who are fasting here, for strength, for grace, for Your presence and for improved health, in the name of Jesus, amen !
    • Tue at 9:42 AM
  • Lynn Brown
    Lynn Brown:
    Continuing to keep all here in my prayers for a successful fast. May we find God's will and grow in Him Amen!
    • Apr 18
  • Cathy Webb
    Cathy Webb:
    At the beginning of this fasting season, I wrote in my journal things I needed God's guidance on. One of these was retirement. Throughout last night thoughts rambled through my head and every passage in today's meditation time focused on trust, reliance,...  more
    • Apr 17
  • Carol Carter
    Carol Carter:
    I’m am also on this journey with y’all and am hanging in there! Needless to say, all hell has broken loose since April 1st. Praying for RHM! Thank you pastor for sharing this time with us.
    • Apr 15
    • Carol Carter
      Sylvia Todd Carol, if that is happening you probably can tell you are doing it right - that is certainly happening for us, too . That said, some of the most consequential happenings (in a good way ) have happened in our lives through fasting, so yes, please do hang...  more
  • Harold Edwards
    Harold Edwards:
    Greetings Pastor and Sister Sylvia, and the Family here that are fasting,

    How are you? Pastor I couldn't agree more with you, as we get deeper into the days here, that the intensity of the forces and principalities of darkness, are pushing back...  more
    • Apr 15
  • Shelly Marriot
    Shelly Marriot:
    The Holy Spirit moved me to add a prayer:
    Father God, thank you that we have your power. We lift up Pastor Dion and Sylvia to you. We thank them for taking us on this journey of Intentional Growth and we ask that you to protect them (and us) from all...  more
    • Apr 15
  • Shelly Marriot
    Shelly Marriot:
    Good morning everyone! Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for the encouragement and support on Day 15. It’s been challenging but good. I’m surely intentionally growing! I turned to this page this morning, I pray it strengthens all who need it. ✨
    • Apr 15
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  • Dion Todd
    Dion Todd:
    The halfway point! The 15nth marks the halfway point of our April fast of 30 days.
    I hope this message finds you well. Aches, pains, drama, frustrations, things breaking are all a part of this. We are facing it here at Refreshing Hope as well.

    We went...  more
    • Apr 15
    • Dion Todd
      Lynn Brown Thank you for that encouragement Pastor Dion. Praying for you, Sylvia and your family. Prayers for all here who are struggling as well.
    • Dion Todd
      Liesel aka Lisa Wardle I'm adding to all of the above fever, my fever is back again, afraid that I've the virus again, even though I was vaccinated, but ". . . They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength . . ."! Praise the Lord any how and anyway!
    • Dion Todd
      Liesel aka Lisa Wardle Prayers for you, Sylvia, and all of our brothers and sisters that are currently struggling and facing trials and hardships!
  • Scott Riegelmann
    Scott Riegelmann:
    Thank you Father for hearing our prayers, Please help everyone involved in the fast to have strength and over come the enemies attacks, In Jesus name I pray Amen! Thank you prayer warriors.
    • Apr 14
  • Debi Burton
    Debi Burton:
    Still learning about fasting..... no sodas so far! Thank you Lord!
    • Apr 14
    • Debi Burton
      Sylvia Todd Amen, Debi, and better for your teeth, too !
    • Debi Burton
      Harold Edwards Greetings Sister Debi, If you haven't already, I humbly encourage you to read the book of Isaiah chapter 58, wherein the Lord speaks through the Prophet Isaiah, to the people, pertaining to the Fast that He has ordained. Secondly, again if not already,...  more
  • Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson:
    Thank you LORD GOD for Strength and courage to keep going.
    • Apr 14
  • Sylvia Todd
    Sylvia Todd:
    Some veggie stir fry - just spaghetti noodles, with some broccoli, carrots and peppers in the house that we chopped up, and basically Worcestershire sauce - not bad !
    • Apr 13
  • Gail Petersen
    Gail Petersen:
    I have been checking the blog daily. I started a little later because of some family commitments I had. I am trying to stay away from sugars and other sweets and limiting my meat. Trying to load up on veggies and fruits. I have gastric reflux so I...  more
    • Apr 13
    • Gail Petersen
      Sylvia Todd Good morning, Gail, glad you have been able to jump in ! Yes, do be careful with the gastric reflux! We have liked the Daniel fast, because while we have been hungry because we may not eat enough, that is in our control to correct . God bless, sister !
  • Harold Edwards
    Harold Edwards:
    Good evening Pastor and Sister Todd,

    Thanks for obeying God in this Spiritual Endeavor of shutting down our plates, and whatever area those of you who are believing God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ for, as we afflict this flesh of ours for...  more
    • Apr 12
    • Harold Edwards
      Sylvia Todd Amen, Harold, agreed that prayer and fasting go hand-in-hand! Praying that He bless you with the energy needed to both wake up earlier, and still be alert and sharp for the rest of the day, and that He blesses you and yours with His presence and movement...  more
    • Harold Edwards
      Dion Todd Yes, prayer is important! Fasting ignites our prayers, but if we fail to pray then we miss out on a lot of the benefits of the fast. Also the Word, things begin to leap out at you that you never noticed before. But again, if you don't listen to it or...  more
    • Harold Edwards
      Scott Riegelmann Amen Harold, Thanks for sharing.
  • Desiderio Ciscokid Guerrero
    Desiderio Ciscokid Guerrero:
    It's a struggle but with the grace of God I'm doing well i had my ups and downs...but matter to recover being diabetes it is hard to give some items for my fasting so every now and then i cheat though i don't want to excep t i don't want my sugar to...  more
    • Apr 12
    • Desiderio Ciscokid Guerrero
      Sylvia Todd Desiderio, please do check with your doctor to be sure that the way you are fasting is working ok with your diabetes - there are many ways to fast . Praying that He heals the diabetes and shines His presence on you through your fast !
  • Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
    Liesel aka Lisa Wardle:
    Very little time to go online, but I have to say this that the Lord has been dealing with me in so many ways now either placing words in my mouth, thoughts in my head and last week an old and precious hymn: "Have Thine own way Lord! Have Thine own way!...  more
    • Apr 12
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  • Bella Colliander
    Bella Colliander:
    Another beautiful day. Thank you Lord for allowing me to see the sun rise. My time spent with my brothers and sisters here at RHM whether fasting, praying or praising has made me hungry to know more about our Lord. This April time the Lord is showing...  more
    • Apr 12
  • Nay Nay Rosene
    Nay Nay Rosene:
    I decided to take a fast through the month of April of candy.....I hadn’t realized how much I actually ate....lol.....but since the fast has begun for me, the Father has been revealing SOOO many things to me about myself and how I view myself.....the...  more
    • Apr 12
  • Lynn Brown
    Lynn Brown:
    My intention for this fast was to fast from meat the first 7 days, fast from sweets the next 7, fast from dairy products the next 7 and then the remainder of the time to fast from TV and social media. The first 7 days from meat wasn't so hard. This past...  more
    • Apr 12
    • Lynn Brown
      Cathy Webb Praying that God provides the strength and breakthroughs in your life this week, Lynn! So thankful and encouraged by your faithful witness!
    • Lynn Brown
      Lynn Brown Thank you, Cathy! I am encouraged by you as well and grateful for your friendship and prayers!
    • Lynn Brown
      Sylvia Todd That is a cool way to fast, Lynn, interesting and creative to address particular areas specifically each week ! Praying that the Lord guides you if it truly is not enough - His wisdom is best ! Over the years, we have done quite a few different types of...  more
    • Lynn Brown
      Scott Riegelmann Amen Lynn, Hang in there sister I'm praying with you! You got this!!
  • Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson:
    Thank you all for your strength, still holding on by the Grace of GOD
    • Apr 12
  • Sylvia Todd
    Sylvia Todd:
    One thing for those who are doing the Daniel fast with us, it probably helps to eat more frequently. When you (or at least we ) have meat, it stays in the system longer, so we feel full longer. That's actually probably not great, 'cause it's just sitting...  more
    • Apr 12
  • Sylvia Todd
    Sylvia Todd:
    Lord, I lift up all who are fasting, for renewal of spirit, for peace, for strength, and that You break the strongholds of the enemy during this time, in the name of Jesus, amen!
    • Apr 12
  • Dion Todd
    Dion Todd:
    Recipe: Grits and tomatoes. This recipe is something fun simple, and easy that we enjoy. When we are not fasting, we add shrimp and top with cheese for shrimp and grits.

    * We used Dixie Yellow Corn Grits from Amazon. 1 cup.
    * ROTEL Mild Diced Tomatoes...  more
    • Apr 9
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  • Dion Todd
    Dion Todd:
    Welcome to day 9. We could have been born in another generation, but we are here for such a time as this. Let us make our lives count. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, and no weapon formed against us will prosper. Rise to the...  more
    • Apr 9
  • Sylvia Todd
    Sylvia Todd:
    So we didn't get a pic, but today, my hubby made us grits and tomatoes, with crumbled up vegan sausage in it. That and a cuppa hot tea, and we were good to go ! Praying for all who are fasting with us here for strength, for His presence and for much...  more
    • Apr 9
  • Bella Colliander
    Bella Colliander:
    Drama, oh boy. So much has happened just this week but it's alright, the Lord has calmed my spirit and helped me do and say what He wanted me to. I am so grateful that our Lord loves us so much to do what He does to guide us and give us His beautiful...  more
    • Apr 9
  • Dion Todd
    Dion Todd:
    If there is a lot of drama going on in your life right now, know that it is just a part of the purifying. Your spirit will detox just like your body, and things like this will come to the surface like a pimple. Just try and keep your wits and resist...  more
    • Apr 8
    • Dion Todd
      Lynn Brown Joining in that prayer, Amen.
    • Dion Todd
      Scott Riegelmann Yes Lord let me be a blessing to others, and bring me a fresh anointing relight my fire Lord I humbly ask in Jesus' name Amen.
    • Dion Todd
      Rod Fortner As you said, people do watch you and know what you stand for even when you don't say a word. For either good or bad! I have personal testimonies of this, most of them from jobs I've had including the one I'm working at now. Sometimes I don't think I...  more
    • Dion Todd
      Sylvia Todd That is the true, Rod! Haha, one time we were standing in line at Sam's Club, and loading up our groceries onto the belt. One of the people behind us spoke to us about how we inspired her as a couple. The strange thing was, we were both pretty tired that...  more
    • Dion Todd
      Marilyn Salter Amen Pastor!
  • Lynn Brown
    Lynn Brown:
    I start my day with scripture, prayer and devotionals. I am so grateful to have Refreshing Hope's devotions and Pastor's music which Alexa plays for me!
    • Apr 8
  • Dion Todd
    Dion Todd:
    Recipe: Potato wedges dipped in BBQ sauce. This is a favorite of mine during a veggie type fast. These are some we made last night. Cut potatoes into wedges. Roll in a bowl with a little canola oil, salt, and pepper, or whatever your favorite seasoning...  more
    • Apr 7
  • Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson:
    Day seven LORD JESUS. Thank you Father GOD!
    • Apr 7
  • Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
    Liesel aka Lisa Wardle:
    Dear Ones, the enemy is coming on with full force attacking us, our little family, from all sides! With my husband's health problems, our daughter's recent stroke, now a severe argument between our grandson, who is 23 years old, and our daughter, and...  more
    • Apr 6
  • Cathy Webb
    Cathy Webb:
    We are five days into this fast, and my heart and prayers are with each one communing with our God and giving Him our first and best in this time. He is an able God who walks with each of us personally and individually. We are not all in the same place...  more
    • Apr 6
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  • Sylvia Todd
    Sylvia Todd:
    Lord, I lift up all who are fasting and praying here, and ask that you please shine Your grace over them, that you deliver them from the attacks of the enemy, that you bless them with Your healing, with renewal of spirit, and with wisdom for the...  more
    • Apr 6
  • Scott Riegelmann
    Scott Riegelmann joined the event April Intentional Growth
    • Apr 5
  • Lissy Verghese
    Lissy Verghese:
    Good evening friends! ☺
    I too wanted to participate from day 1, but couldn't due to health issues.
    I don't have much freedom due to health issues. Our doctor advises me to have lots of vegetables...as much as possible...avoid pickles...that alone is a...  more
    • Apr 5
  • Elena Vasquez
    Elena Vasquez:
    Hi RHM, God bless. Everytime i try to quit drinking coffee i get a headache. I can't do anything but lay in bet waiting that it passes and take paracetamol, diclofenac or another remedie in hand. I'd like to participate but it is difficult to me to live...  more
    • Apr 5
    • Elena Vasquez
      Sylvia Todd Hi Elena ! You don't have to fast exactly like we are fasting, sister . Most are fasting with variables or in completely different ways, depending on their life circumstances and health. Dion gets headaches too, for about three days, but I don't think...  more
    • Elena Vasquez
      Liesel aka Lisa Wardle Dear Elena, I'm taking Diclofenac as well, in addition to Hydroxy Chloroquine and a quite a few other prescriptions, since I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus, but the Lord is good and sustains me to the degree that I'm able to function, etc. - the...  more
    • Elena Vasquez
      Dion Todd I usually get headaches for the first three days after quitting coffee, but after that, it usually clears up. Still, none of us have to fast the same way. There are a trillion ways to fast so find what works for you. Vegan / vegetables just tend to work...  more
  • Aleta  Taylor-Owens
    Aleta Taylor-Owens joined the event April Intentional Growth
    • Apr 5