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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, and 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 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 has 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.

    So 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: The 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 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! ❤️
October 6, 2023
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord, amen. 

October 6, 2023
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

October 6, 2023
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

October 6, 2023
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

October 6, 2023
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

October 6, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen Lord. Do this for me. Here I am.  

I am moving our furniture into storage next three days..would appreciate prayers. I need two more men to help move. Think we have a rental come 1st but won't be certain until Tuesday. 
Thank you Jesus.

October 6, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Prayers sent for your move and rental. Amen.

October 6, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Ty Lynn. We just got help last night and a verbal ok on a rental. Thankyou Jesus for the power of intecessory prayer.

October 7, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praise God! Great news, David.

October 7, 2023
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

I am praying for you Brother David that God will send you helpers to help you move. I moved into my current house 5 years ago and we had no help set up to help us move, then God sent the Pastor from our church to gather people to help us move. We could not have done this with out this help. As it was with about 7 guys helping it still took us 5 days to move all of our stuff and one guy who helped my husband all 5 days. God will provide if you ask Him, God is good. I am also praying for your marriage as I know about that also. My first husband left me about 20 years ago and it was really difficult but God was with me all the way. He sent a girl to tell me about a job which I applied for and worked their for 13 years. He sent me a new man in my life after about 5 years and we have been married for 10 years now. God is so good, keep praying and dont give up. Ask for Gods help!

October 8, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Thank you very much..

October 8, 2023
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: October 8, 2023

(h5) (h5) (h5)

October 8, 2023
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

October 6, 2023
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good morning Everyone 

October 6, 2023
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen I am right here Father use me 

October 6, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Your will be done, Father. I wait for You, Amen.

October 6, 2023
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

October 6, 2023
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Shara Abel
Shara Abel

Thank you! 

October 6, 2023
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

October 6, 2023
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

October 6, 2023
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

October 7, 2023
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

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. Send me to people that need to hear your word and speak through me to bring them to the knowledge of you Amen!

October 8, 2023
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

AMEN!!! Going through another season . . .but not going alone, the Lord is with us!!! (h5)

October 8, 2023