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The Season Of The Shelf

  • For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 WEB.

    When I was about twenty years old, the Lord told me through a pastor that He had chosen me for ministry. That I was to begin preparing myself. I already knew this in my heart. The pastor's word was a confirmation of what God had already put inside me. Later, while visiting a different church, another minister said the same thing, "Prepare yourself for ministry." This happened several times.

    I began to attend Bible college, earned a degree, got ordained, read the Bible cover to cover a few times, and felt ready for ministry. Then I waited for Him to open the next door' Meanwhile, I played in bands, built houses, was a mechanic for a while. Then I spent about twenty years working on computers. Eventually, I no longer thought about being in ministry at all. I figured I probably had one sin too many, or more like several tons.

    Then the proper season came, and the Lord herded me into ministry like cattle into a stall. A complete career change came in less than a week. I was forty-five when I suddenly found myself as a pastor. It turns out that I had needed seasoning. I certainly had the zeal, but I had no depth or roots. I knew far too much about the traditions of men, and too little about walking with God daily.

    Also, His preparation wasn't what I assumed it would be. The things I learned while working on computer networks and programming prepared me to build an online church for Him. My time in music taught me to write and record songs for Him. I use the skills I learned from construction and working as a mechanic here every week to maintain what He has entrusted us. The Lord is extremely efficient, and I couldn't do what we do today without first having been there.

    Don't give up when you feel like He has put you on the shelf. You are being seasoned and made ready. Also, the fruit has to ripen before He sends you. What God has promised, He will bring to pass. When the proper season comes, He will fulfill His word to you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, here I am, send me! I will go where you want me to go, work where you want me to work, and say what you give me to say. Use me, Lord. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for your guidance in this life and Thank you for this new day……Amen ❤️
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LaDonne Lenzini
LaDonne Lenzini Amen. Just what I needed to hear today. Thank You Lord.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen. 

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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Yes Lord, here I am. Amen

 

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!

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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Heavenly Father,  I Thank You for Your guidance and Mercy I could not do this journey without You. Amen

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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Heavenly Father please guide us in this life for you and your glory.We love and worship you. Amen 

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Praise God Help me to able to help my Grandchildren and motivate them. Amen

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Tania Ribeiro
Tania Ribeiroedited: December 30, 2021

My LORD!!

Thank you so much for this word Pastor  Dion Todd, so timely for me...

When I move to TX last year I did hear The Lord saying "" Tania your teaching on Prophetic Worship Dance will be on hold for a while you are not to go out of your home to teach or minister in dance, say NO to all invitations (only aloud to worship virtually from my room)"" it was one of the most sacrificial, surrender and obedient act that I did until now I am still doing it, and humbly I will continue.

I had myself questioning why did The Lord tell me to go take 2 years of Liturgical Worship Dance Educator Certificate, training in Intercessory Prayer,  Evangelism, Leadership, and other skills ... and now I am not able to do it except going and sharing the word of God personally??

But I did not put down my Confidence and Believe that was just temporary... that The Father was giving me another kind of life training.

This word Pastor Dion Todd comes straight from heaven to me as confirmation...so I can hold on a little more because is about to happen. I have learned so much at my new church here in Houston that it has been one confirmation upon another confirmation, of God's purpose for my life.

THANK YOU so much Pastor Dion Todd

GOD BLESS

 

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen Lord Jesus.  

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen  .!!!

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for everything

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this word of affirmation. It's seasoning time in my life. Use me, Lord, I'm listening and learning. Thank you.

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David Krull
David Krull

Yes Lord here I am. You are Lord in my life...Use me as You will. I am willing. In Jesus Name.

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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: December 30, 2021

STILL ON THE SELF...HE' CALLED ME INTO THE HEALING MINISTREY...I PRAY FOR PEOPLE ALL TJE TIME TO BE HEALED AND SAVED....JUST FEEL LIKE THERE'S ALOT MORE TO DO...I LOVE THE LORD JESUS...HE HAS DONE SO MUCH IN MY LIFE. I PRAISE HIM AMD THANK HIM FOR HIS PRESENCE. I REALLY WANT TO HEAR HIM CLEARLY.   LOVE YOU ALL THANK YOU FOR ENCOURAGING WRITTINGS

XO SHARON

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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, I thank God You for all Your blessings and care for me a sinner. I humbly ask You to help us with the relationships in our family that has gotten extremely harsh. I ask in the Holy name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for all you do for us, Amen. Keep us in your prayers. 

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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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