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Driftwood

  • Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened, he saw no one. They led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" He said, "Behold, it's me, Lord." The Lord said to him, "Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight." Acts 9:8'12 WEB.

    I once lived my life like driftwood floating on the sea. Wherever the waves took me is where I found myself. I had no purpose or really any goals. The Cold War would incinerate us all, but it didn't. Then Y2K was going to start the apocalypse, but it didn't. Jesus was predicted to return at least four times during my life, but He hasn't. Oh yes, I believe He will return, but I have learned to not put a date on it nor listen to those who do.

    Ananias of Damascus was a follower of Jesus Christ. While Saul, who was later called by his Roman name Paul, was a Christian hunter. He carried orders from the high priest to arrest the Christians living in Damascus. Then he was struck blind on the road by an intense light.

    The Lord Jesus appeared to Ananias in a vision and told him to go and pray for Saul. This had to be an exciting time for Ananias. That took real faith for him to walk up to an arresting officer and say, "Jesus sent me." Ananias' life was different than mine at the time.

    Yet, things began to change after I invited Jesus into my life and started praying and fasting. Some doors closed, while other doors opened. I started to see miracles in my life where strangers would offer me things that I secretly needed. I once went upfront to give my small tithe at church and later found that someone had slipped two-hundred-fifty dollars into my Bible. That was more than I made at the time.

    Sometimes a gentle prompting would urge me to do something. When I did, a divine encounter would happen. The Lord's plans and purpose began to unfold for me. Life became more fun and exciting than it had ever been before. By giving Him my old life, I found an exciting new one.

    "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for My sake will find it." (Matthew 16:25). I had found mine, and it was no longer like driftwood. My life now had purpose and meaning.

    God has a plan for you as well. You're not meant to be like driftwood floating aimlessly on the waves. If you begin to seek God with all your heart and pray, then He will open doors for you that no man can shut. He will start to put the pieces together, and the best years of your life can be ahead of you.

    Ananias lived an exciting life by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. God is still the same today. You can avoid living a life of driftwood by building that daily relationship with Jesus.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose You today. Please mold me, guide me, teach me, and help me become the very best version of myself. I want all that You have for me. Lead me into divine encounters today, and make Your presence real in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: We pray that you all have a joyful and safe New Year's celebration! Also, FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah…..Lead the way Lord Jehovah and I will follow…… Thank you, in Jesus’s name I pray Amen
December 31, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

 Yes, amen Lord Jesus. 

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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

December 31, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Have a safe and Happy New Year

December 31, 2021
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

I pray God may have many blessings for us all in 2022! 

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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: December 31, 2021

Amen. Heavenly Father, I Thank You for being my guide, my strength, my teacher, my everything. Always, I choose You.  Amen

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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Heavenly Father lead us to the path of righteousness for your name's sake.Everyone have a blessed New Year.

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I choose You Jesus, let Your will be done in my life. Amen! Happy New Year RHM family!

December 31, 2021
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen and amen Lord Jesus!

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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Yes God I want to know and feel you in my life Amen 

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

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

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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen ...!!!

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord for always loving me and watching over me.  Make me to be more humble and loving of others.  Amen 

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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Father I choose you I want to know you better 

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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for sharing the hope of your testimony. Lord, I choose You today. Direct my steps as I listen to Your Voice. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen

December 31, 2021
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Dear Lord Jesus, I choose you today, tomorrow and for all eternity! (L)

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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD. HAPPY NEW YEAR RHM FAMILY (from CANADA)

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Open my eyes to your truths Lord in the name of Jesus I pray!

 

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