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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/20/11


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Thursday   After only getting 3-4 hours of sleep our day began.  The Doctor came in early to check on me and all seemed well with my incision and progress.  My body temperature was a little more regulated by this point and I was beginning to get back to feeling a little more like myself.  As the Doctor left I was soon greeted with hospital food!  Oh, joy!  I have decided that the only thing that they fix well is jello!  And when you are on a “soft” diet like I was, jello is pretty appealing.  When the nurses changed over that morning we were blessed to have another great nurse.  I was doing well until about lunchtime.  I’ll spare you all the details but just suffice to say I took a bit of a step backwards.  I had been told that I could be wheeled over to see Nathanael

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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/19/11


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Wednesday It was so nasty and raining last Wednesday morning as we drove to the hospital. It was a serious but confident trip as we focused on God’s provision and tears came easily. I only slept about 3 1/2 hours Tuesday night but spent some time in prayer off and on through out the night. My verse that God gave me early that morning was Exodus 33:14 “For my presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Our meeting with the Dr. in his office went well and then we headed over to the hospital. At our visit I asked if during the C-Section he would be able to get a sense of what was going on to cause our issue and he responded yes, that he would be looking for the culprit. He also asked me if anyone had mentioned that I had a misshaped uterus.

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Emotions Can Lie


by Rebecca Davenport in God Concept

I often battle listening to my emotions vs. listening to God’s truth, so this excerpt from Joel Engle’s book, The Exchange:  Tired of Living the Christian Life On Your Own?  really encouraged me.  I hope it does you, too. Rebecca:-) Psalm 125:2 EMOTIONS CAN LIE Eugene Peterson wrote, “My feelings…tell me next to nothing about God or my relation to God.  My security comes from who God is, not from how I feel.  Discipleship is a decision to live by what I know about God, not by what I feel about him or myself or my neighbors.  ‘As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people.’  The image that announces his dependable, unchanging, safe, secure existence of God’s people comes from geology, not psychology.” Think about it:  our security has nothing whatsoever to do with how we feel.  Peterson says that just as the

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Do You Worry?


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Just the other day I was having some time alone with God and reading in a popular devotional book. You may have heard of it before…”Jesus Calling”. I highly recommend this book for your daily time alone with God. I am not a devotional book type of person, but this one has captured me. I prefer more of a Bible study to be working through verses a devotional book. Not sure why, but just about the time somebody puts a date on something it all falls apart for me. LOL!! But “Jesus Calling” is different. When you see it you will understand. Well, on with this post…As I was reflecting back over that days reading I began to think about why I worry sometimes. I constantly come back to the fact that often times it comes down to an issue of control. We don’t like to feel out of control.

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My Everything


by Rebecca Davenport in God Concept

Ephesians 1:22-23  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. We were blessed to attend the Annual AELM (Association of Exchanged Life Ministries) Conference a couple of weeks ago.  What a refreshing weekend!  I heard (in my heart) God speaking to me all weekend long.  One of these experiences was while we were singing.  The chorus of Revelation Song says, “You are my everything, And I will adore You…!”  I wanted to sing these words truly from my heart, but I was struggling.  I understood the concept of God being everything to me, but I didn’t feel it.  I didn’t feel full and satisfied by Him; I felt empty.  I told God I was having a hard time believing that these words were true.  I told Him I wanted to believe and

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Happy 2011


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Hi Everyone, The blog below is what I just wrote up to our prayer team as a year end review of New Life Design.  I thought I would post it up here on our blog as well so you could see what all has been happening with us at NLD.  2010 has been a great year and we are looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2011.  I guess I could say a major theme that I sense the Lord telling me for NLD in 2011 is to be on the look out for where He is at work and take those opportunities as invitations to join Him there.  So, that is our plan for 2011! Happy New Year! We hope you got 2011 off to a great start.  We certainly have here at NLD.  Time has really flown by and it is hard to believe

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Merry Christmas from NLD


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Merry Christmas! Because of what we celebrate this time of year, you and I have forgiveness, freedom and FUN! Yes, I just said FUN! I don’t now if you have ever thought of the Christian life as fun, but it can be the greatest adventure you have ever embarked on. A month before my Dad passed away in early 1992 we wrote several letters back and forth with each other as I was living in Texas and he in Mobile, Alabama. I had asked him about how he was feeling as he struggled with cancer and what he felt God was doing in his life. He responded back by asking me why more Christians were not happy. He said, “Christians should be the happiest people on the earth, Dana.” I confess I did not have the answer to his question. Here my Dad was fighting cancer one month before God

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I Love You MORE!


by Rebecca Davenport in God Concept

It’s amazing how God heals and speaks when we are willing to deal with our hurt and listen to Him.  I recently had an encounter with someone that left me feeling hurt and rejected.  I realized that my anger was building, and I did not like that.  So, I sat down to journal and talk to God about it.  I asked Him to take away my hurt & anger and expressed my willingness to do whatever it takes to cooperate with Him.  I thought through the situation and how I felt, pouring out my heart to God (Psalm 62:8).  Then I prayed, “God, I give you these hurts and ask that You heal my heart and teach me Your Truth.  I’m listening if there’s anything you want to say to me right now.”  Sure enough, He did have something to say.  This is what I heard in my heart: I love

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Mission Trip to Kantunilkin, Mexico


by Dana Dodd in Uncategorized

Well, we are officially back from our mission trip.  I say officially because even though I was in the office on Wednesday working and playing catch up, my mind, energy, and stomach were still somewhere in Mexico!  Then on Thursday we made a quick trip over to Birmingham to see my Aunt and briefly attend her retirement reception with the Alabama Power Co.  So, I think we are back in focus here and may have picked up another new client this week. Our trip was really great and Tony and I were blessed to be able to give a week out of our lives to help run an eye clinic that ministered to the people of Kantunilkin, Mexico.  Here is a recap of some of the amazing things we saw God do. 1.  Even though our trip began at 5am on Thursday morning we had a smooth sailing through security

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You Prepare A Table Before Me…


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Let’s begin by defining “Table” = a high usually flat topped plateaus of the continent.  Classic example is Table Mountain, near Cape Town, which is world renowned.   They are also known as alp lands or tablelands.  These are very sought after by the shepherds.  Another word commonly used to refer to these particular places is “mesas” – the Spanish word for table.  So it may be seen that what David referred to as a table was actually the entire high summer range. This is when the Sheep are reaching the high mountain ranges where they will spend their summer. Early in the spring even before all the snow has melted the Shepherd will travel all the way up to the high tableland to prepare the range for the sheep.  Several things must be done. First there is the preparation of the grassy fields.  The shepherd will spend countless hours on his hands

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