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  • Yahweh appeared of old to me, saying, "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 WEB.

    "Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me..." I remember standing in a Baptist church, a kid about six years old, as they sang this hymn. When they did an altar call, several people went forward, and I went along with them. But they all told me to go sit back down because they thought I was too young to be saved. I wasn't the first child to be turned away by the Lord's followers, but He told them to stop doing that a long time ago (Matthew 19:13).

    I so wanted to be saved, but I didn't qualify. I still remember it vividly over forty years later. Maybe I was too young for them, but the Lord didn't seem to think so because He followed me home that night. He began to work in my life and prepare me for a future that I didn't even see. I didn't think I was saved until many years later. Yet, when looking back, I can see His hand on my life even way back then.

    When I was around twelve years old, I was surrounded by bad influences. Right before school got out that summer, a preacher came to our home one Sunday afternoon. I had worked for his son in the tobacco fields the previous year, and he liked me. The preacher had an odd request. He lived on a farm about forty minutes away, and he wanted me to come and stay with his family for the summer to help them gather their tobacco. Crazy enough, my dad was ok with it, and away I went.

    I spent the next two summers with the preacher and his family, and we worked in the tobacco fields together. It was hard work. We would be up every morning before sunrise to pick up the hands, fuel the tractor, and gather the supplies for the day. Then crop tobacco all day and still be checking the heat in barns at eleven that night. Also, where my family rarely went to church, I was now in church every week.

    The Lord began to draw my heart. Jesus wanted a relationship with me personally. He has never been judgmental but always accepted me just like I was. I didn't have to become someone else. He sought me out, "Just as I am." He set me apart and put the right people in my life. No matter how many times I fell, He always had a plan for me, and He would pick me back up.

    Today I can tell you that you don't have to be accepted by anyone on Earth. You don't have to change to come to the Lord Jesus Christ, though we all change after we meet Him. You don't have to clean yourself up first, for if you could have, you already would have.

    You don't have to change the impossible to get started. You can do it with the Lord's help. Talk to Him today in prayer like you would a dear friend. Share your day with Him, and ask Him for wisdom when you are making decisions. I can tell you today that the Lord wants a relationship with you right now, right where you are, whether you are eight or eighty.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to know You better. Please stir me up, Lord, and give me Your zeal. Restore my strength. Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit in me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6) ~ If you are in need of prayer, we and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Prayers Richard! I had a fall last November, wasn't fun!
Jul 23
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure Prayers for Richard, may the Lord’s healing come quickly.
Jul 23
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes, your will shall be in done in my life too! Thank you Lord Jehovah! Amen ❤️
Jul 23
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Jackie Tipton
Jackie Tipton Prayers for a full recovery. God Bless♥️
Jul 23
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jul 23
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. Good morning everyone. Would you all please pray for me. I fell off the concrete truck while working yesterday ,I made a misstep and landed on my right shoulder and head. By the grace of God the doctor said there are no broken bones or fractures just contusions, pain and stiffness. No concussion either. I just need healing touch from Jesus. Thank you all and may God bless you in return.....

Jul 23
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Prayers for you

Jul 23
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Prayers for you for healing and comfort. God Bless You. 

Jul 23
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

May our good lord send his healing and comfort. 

Jul 23
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Gods healing power for a quick recovery. Amen 

Jul 23
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praying for a full and speedy healing of your injuries, Richard!

Jul 23
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praying for quick restoration to good health, Richard. Blessings!

Jul 23
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Sending prayers Richard God Bless you!

Jul 23
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jul 23
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Wonderful message, thanks.

Jul 23
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 23
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your blessings, Grace and Mercy over my life and my family. AMEN

Jul 23
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father thank You for saving me and being with me daily. Prayers for you Richard.

Jul 23
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Thank you, a wonderful message. Father, God,  direct me in ways to know you to the fullest. Thank you for loving me and giving me strength to continue in this broken world. Amen

Jul 23
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Holy Spirit for another Day.  Helo me be more like  you want me to be in Jesus Name.  Amen 

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Patsy  Jerry
Patsy Jerry

Gm everyone may God lift you up to where you should be in His glory! Amen????????????

Jul 23
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God please renew our relationship with you and our lives be for you and your glory. Amen 

Jul 23
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Your will be done in my life Father, Amen!

Jul 23
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God make my relationship with you stronger and stronger. Increase my sensitivity to you in the name of Jesus Amen 

Jul 23
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Thank you Jesus for meeting me right where I am in life! Help me to be more like you everyday!!

 

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord Jesus, amen. Thank you. 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen! 

Jul 23