Your Rod and Staff, They Comfort Me Pt. 2


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

In part 2 of “Your Rod and Staff, They Comfort Me” we are talking about the staff – what is it and what does it represent in our relationship with the Good Shepherd. More than any other piece of equipment, the Staff identifies the Shepherd as a Shepherd.  No one in any other profession carries a staff.  It is used uniquely in the care and management of sheep and will not do for the care of horses, cattle, dogs, or any other animal.  It is designed, shaped and adapted especially to the needs of sheep and is used only for their benefit.  *The staff is essentially a symbol of the concern and compassion that a shepherd has for his charges.  No other single word can better describe its function on behalf of the flock than that it is for their comfort.  Whereas the rod conveys the concept of authority, of

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Looking for Book Recommendations?


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Hey Friends of NLD, I am planing on getting back to the 23rd Psalm series this week….I promise!  But I have just a quick moment to share with you some things that I am reading and have just finished reading and I would highly recommend these books! The first is Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge.  It was fantastic and very much what I needed.  A little excerpt off the back cover says this, “Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation.  The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman-they are telling you of the life God created you to live.  He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman.  A woman who is truly captivating.” The second is So Long

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He Restores My Soul


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Well, let me get back to our entry’s on the 23rd Psalm.  We are dealing with the phrase, “He Restores My Soul”.  Now even though this Psalm is coming from one sheep in the Good Shepherd’s care it is important to realize that one can still become in need of restoration.  David, the author of the 23rd Psalm knew this all to well.  He knew he was much-loved of God but he also knew what it meant to be cast down and dejected.  He had tasted defeat in his life and felt the frustration of having fallen under temptation.  David was acquainted with the bitterness of feeling hopeless and without strength in himself.  In Psalm 42:11 he cries out, “Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God…” The parallel to this in caring for sheep is going to blow your mind.  I had

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Your Greatest Present


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Hello everyone! I am going to take a quick break on the writings on the 23rd Psalm and share a quick thought about Christmas presents but I promise to get back to the 23rd Psalm.  I hope to do another entry on that next week. Down to the Christmas thought….As I was sitting in church this past Sunday and processing the sermon, which was fantastic, I was able to keep some things in perspective.  It is easy during the holiday season to get totally wrapped up in the hussel and bussel, buying gifts, worrying about the family get-together and wondering if everyone is going to get along until it is easy for us to lose our focus.  Well, this year I have a new theme for the holiday season.  Before I share my new holiday theme, let me ask you a question.  What would be the greatest gift you could receive

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Listening Under The New Covenant


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

I Corinthians 2:9-14 “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.  For the Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.  No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.  When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom.  Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain truths.  But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit.  It

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The Evidence of A True Believer Part 3


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Sorry I have been away for awhile.  Here is the next part of “The Evidence of A True Believer Part 3 and I have listed the first four points that we have already discussed so far for you: 1.  True Believers believe that Jesus is the Christ.  I John 5:1 2.  True Believers will live in the light as Jesus is in the light.  I John 1:5-7 3.   True Believers have a deep since of their sinfulness.  I John 1:8 4.  True Believers will keep His Commandments.  I John 2:1-2 Now for number 5…. 5.  True believers will have a geniune love for others.  I John 2:7-11  If anyone claims to live in the light yet hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.  In the NLT the end of verse 11 says that, “such a person is lost, having been blinded by the darkness.” 

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The Evidence of a True Believer


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Hello Everyone, As I mentioned in the previous blog, this is the first of several blogs about the evidence that will be in our lives reflecting that we are indeed children of God.  We must start here…. #1.  True believers believe that Jesus is the Christ.  I John 5:1 I don’t know that anyone could communicate it any clearer than Steve Green when he sang, “There is no other name but Jesus…”.  What a powerful message that is not very popular with the world due to it’s need to be politically correct.  Jesus himself is quoted in John 14:6 as saying that He is the way, the truth and the life.  Acts 4:12 tells us that there is no other name by which men might be saved. #2.  If you are a true believer you will live in the light as Jesus is in the light.  I John 5-7 If we say

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Realizing What You Already Have


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Well…I hope you are ready for this one!  This past Tuesday morning I was obviously so tired from all our activity over the weekend and had not yet recovered so I was not able to think clearly.  I was taking my dog (Nissi-miniature Schnauzer) out to potty after she finished eating and Tony (my husband) was headed out for work at the same time.  I decided just to head out the back door with him and said goodbye, yet there was this sinking feeling in my stomach and something just said – go out the front door with her like you usually do, but of course….I ignored the thought.  (Big mistake!)  While Nissi and I were in the back yard Tony was about to get in the car and it dawned on me that he might accidental forget I was out there and put the garage door down as he drove

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The Journey To 26.2 – Marathon Update


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Hello Everyone! Thank you for your prayers, support and words of encouragement!  I am glad to be on this side of the weekend.  As a matter of fact, I have never been happier to see a Monday come in all my days!  I love running and staying fit but this was a tough one!  Several ask if I would share about my journey and what I experienced during the race so that is what I would like to attempt to do.  First off, I must say thank you to all those who participated in giving towards my financial support so I can continue doing the ministry of New Life Design.  I was overwhelmed at those who wanted to participate and give.  Each of you have just blown me away with your generosity and love for me and Tony.  We are so grateful for each of you and with the risk of sounding

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Do You Want To Be Well?


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

This morning I was reading in John 5 about the man that was paralyzed lying next to the pool in Jerusalem that was called in Hebrew Bethesda.  In the appointed season an angel of the Lord went down and stirred up the water; whoever was the first person to get down into the water would be healed.  The man that John 5 refers to had been suffering with this lingering disorder for thirty eight years.  Jesus approached this man and realizing how long he had suffered asked him, “Do you want to become well?”  By this queswtion, Jesus meant, “are you really in earnest about getting well”.  The man’s response is quite interesting.  He says, “Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am tyring to come into it somebody else steps down ahead of me.”  Jeus immediately tells him

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