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My Offering For Healing and Peace – Tamela Mann “Take Me To The King”

This song serves as my inspiration today. The devil has been so busy, even as I share these words today. All week he’s been attacking my mind and working against me. To the point he’s trying his best to kill, steal, and destroy me. But I won’t let him get to me. I know God’s got me.

Even though I work to encourage, I too get tired. I’ve been sick and tired of being sick and tired. He’s made many attempts, trying to operate in my life. The devil is an adversary trying to convince me I am unworthy. Because he knows I have been  in despair, riddled with strife.

Satan tempts us when he knows we are going through. To see how much we trust God when we’re going through. But if we know God and we make it through. It is evidence our trust in God brought us through.

He catches us at our lowest point and thinks he will win. But he has no authority in our lives. God wins. Thankful God Is Faithful! We woke up on this side of heaven. We have a portion of our health and strength. His mercy endures forever.

I don’t know who this is for even though I know it’s for me, I pray this song helps someone to hold on no matter what the circumstance or the situation may be. I pray this song encourages you. Please let it inspire and lift you up. A song that may help to ease your heavy burdens no matter if you’re feeling distraught.

God is with us always. He knows and hears our prayers. I pray that he hears my plea in the words I share. That it may heal your heartache and pain. I pray for wholeness. Know that God is with you in spite of the pain.

You may not have much to bring to God. And come empty handed with empty faces. You may be broken in all your lonely places. With feelings of emptiness, feeling as if you don’t belong. The best I can offer you on this day is this song. It is a revelation to the pain I, as many others may be experiencing. And feel alone and cannot see God in anything. There’s no one to count on. But know that God is there. He is listening.

Take this song and use the lyrics as a source of hope no matter what you’re going through. Go to God, talk to him. Let it be between him and you. May your soul find rest. Listen to the words and a brief verse and chorus I included as Tamela Mann puts it best:

Take Me To The King
By Tamela Mann

Verse 1:

“Truth is I’m tired. Options are few. I’m trying to pray but where are you? I’m all churched out. Hurt and abused. I can’t fake. What’s left to do?

Chorus:

“Take me to the King. I don’t have much to bring. My heart’s torn into pieces. It’s my offering. Lay me at the throne. Leave me there alone. To gaze upon Your glory. And sing to You this song. “Take Me To The King.”

Now it’s time I end this in prayer and offer it to you today. I hope it helps someone, somewhere along the way. Be encouraged. God is behind, alongside, in front and behind you come what may.  I know because it has helped me get through this day. And now I feel better as I say:

“Father, I come against every attack of the devil. I bind the hands of the enemy. And even though we don’t deserve it, send your angels of grace and mercy. Count us worthy. Cancel every assignment. Remove anything that is not of you. Your Word is the only thing we can count on to make it through. We give all praise, honor, and glory to you. Right now, we claim the victory! It’s already done. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. Your Will will be done. I seal this prayer in Jesus name, Amen.”

This is my offering for peace and healing.

Be blessed! -JD

Deuteronomy 28:7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.” (NKJV)

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My Prayer for Today

I woke up with this on my heart, armed with God’s mighty weapons of warfare today. Because the enemy’s in full force and he didn’t come to play.

He’s come to kill, steal, and destroy. We mustn’t let him steal our joy. He knows we are believers. We’re covered by the blood. He knows we are children of God.

He’s pulling every trick in the book to divide us. That he may separate us from that which God has predestined, foreknew, and preplanned that concerns us. But he doesn’t stand a chance. No weapon, formed against us shall prosper.  Devil, you’ve been served notice today. We bind you under our feet as I pray:

Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus not asking for anything. But thanking you in advance for everything. Command the enemy to flee. Place him under our feet. Cancel every assignment. Erase self-doubt. Go through every house. Lord God, send healing, deliverance and provision in our time of need. Father you know what it is we need.

Meet every need in your provision. Let us not lose trust in Your Divine Providence. Dispatch your angels to protect us. We are covered by the blood of Jesus. I come against every lying tongue that rise against us shall not prosper. We are more than conquerors.

The race isn’t given to the swift, battle to the strong, but to those who will endure. Bless your name Lord. Father, I thank you for brand new grace and mercies. Thank you for waking us up on this side of heaven. Thank you for loving and blessing us. Your love endures forever.

Lord, help us to recognize and discern when people come into our life they are there to perfect us, because they are not perfect. You will make our way perfect. God, I thank you for perfecting in them and me, in the midst of our trials even when we cannot see. The Spirit of Holiness that dwell within me. Send fresh anointing as we make our way. Lord Jesus, have your way in this place today. Father God I thank you, glorify you, and magnify your name.

I pray this prayer, in Jesus name. Amen.

Whew…. Now I feel better! Praise the Lord.

Be blessed! –JD

1 John 3:2 “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (NIV)

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By His Stripes We Are Healed

English: Broken Heart symbol

English: Broken Heart symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A broken heart in conflict with the mind cannot speak to another person’s pain. A healed heart that reflects God’s heart can.

When filled with brokenness, the heart is hardened and shattered into pieces that seem hard to mend.  We’re convinced the heart has been damaged beyond repair and can’t ever be healed again.

When our heart has been broken the mind is met with conflict, denial, and resistance. The pain will run so deeply where we find ourselves in a state of confusion. Our thoughts become inconsistent.

We will close ourselves off to any and everything. We won’t allow anyone we feel can be of help to come in. Not even ones who can offer advice or spiritual guidance that will help us mend. When others try to encourage us, we don’t feel like they are saying the right things.

We believe in that moment because the heart has been irreparably damaged, there’s no fixing it. There’s no advice anyone can give us to make us feel better. We can’t see the good or God in it. There are no activities we want to engage in that will make the pain go away. Simply put, when in this state, we believe there is nothing that will cure the pain and heartache.

Then we throw all our emotions into a bag, close, pack and will carry the weight on our shoulders. We will carry a heavy burden, coupled with lost emotions, repeating feelings of hurt over and over.

Tugging emotional baggage is like a heavy suitcase being opened only to find it filled with locks and chains bound together. That cannot be broken without the help of something to cut loose the metal. As is a person who is broken and have become emotionally damaged and confused. And it feels like we have been taken advantage of, wondering why we were emotionally abused.

When the heart conflicts with the mind, we tend to do things that are unconventional. Our thoughts become irrational. We behave out of character. We begin to look to ourselves for answers.

There’s uncertainty in our hearts. On our own, we try to work it out. We will harbor fear and self doubt. And will take our focus off God and place it on us. And unfortunately will fail to see what was right in front of us…God. The very thing we needed to find peace, deliverance, and healing. We looked to ourselves instead of God for healing.

God is the answer. He will give you strength to overcome and work it out. He won’t allow you to go through it alone. You will overcome without a doubt.

When the heart wants what the mind doesn’t. Don’t confuse one with the other. Get them in sync with one another. Even when your heart is broke it deserves recovery. Pray and ask God to heal your heart, even if it doesn’t happen immediately. He will do it, if you let him. He will set your soul free.

It is okay to hurt but we mustn’t put so much focus on something that is not working. Yes, we’re in pain and may be broken. But God will fix our hearts again. He is a mind-regulator and a heart fixer. God is a healer. He will make you whole again.

Seek him. Focus on His Word. Not your will. Be dedicated, committed, and obedient to his will. He is the only one that can fill the hole in our heart. He can remove the void. And when it comes time to live again, we will not be led by our damaged heart. But will be led by the joy in knowing we have been restored with the goodness of God’s heart. In order that God’s purpose may be fulfilled. Our heart will reflect God’s heart once again.

By His stripes we are healed.

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (ESV)

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Happy Father’s Day!

A father’s love is different from a mother.
No matter the stigma surrounding fathers, we can never compare them to our mother.
They deserve love and appreciation too.
Fathers are the part of the foundation that contributed to our development in life too.

Fathers can be superheroes to some.
Some may have been strict disciplinarians that taught you how to overcome.
Be thankful for what they may have taught you.
To protect you and not let others take advantage of you.
You will learn to appreciate it when you have children of your own.
It will teach you how to discipline them that they may grow up to be strong.

You may have grown up in the household of a single mother.
Still we must acknowledge the contribution of a father.
We cannot hold resentment or regret.
Of fathers who have been absent in our lives or who have not been present.

We must forgive and reconcile our hearts to God.
And love them as God loves us. God is love.
Fathers are God’s gift to the earth. Value a father’s worth.
Choose not to hold on to bitterness or strife.
Cherish your being here because of your parent’s sacrifice.
One made by your father and mother, with God’s help, who gave you life.

If you have been raised by a single mother, today give recognition where it is deserved in honor to all fathers. No matter where they are or haven’t been as of today. Acknowledge your father or children’s father even if they have been absent in the role they play. Be it near or far, celebrate their life today. Honor the presence and memory of ones who are no longer here. Celebrate them in spirit and keep them close to your heart, near and dear.

To Fathers all across the world today, I say

Happy Father’s Day!

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;” (NIV)

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To My Father on Father’s Day

Dad, I called you this morning.
I thought of you today.
I think of you often even though you are far away.
As I do every day, not just on Father’s Day.
Every day I wonder how you’re doing.
I pray for you every day.

We may be miles apart.
I may not see you much.
But I know I can depend on you when life gets tough.
I love you. Nothing can ever take your place.
In my heart you always will have a special place.

I may have been raised by my mother as a single parent years down the line.
But nothing will ever replace the love I have for you.
When I called you were there, right on time.
You’ve been there for me through the good and bad.
You taught me things I could not have learned from my mother but only from my Dad.

I remember when I graduated from college twice you weren’t one to fly.
But you were the first one to walk off the plane full of joy and pride.
At my graduation words could not express how proud you were of me.
As you stood in the aisle, with a smile on your face, and blocked the view
Of others who couldn’t see.

You are my role model.
You taught me how to be strong.
You taught me the importance of education.
And assured me I didn’t have to fit in to belong.

You always told me to keep my “eyes on the prize”
To make decisions not based on ignorance, but to be strong and wise
When I found trouble lurking, your words motivated me.
You are intelligent.
You were driven and a hard-worker.
You inspired me.

You taught me the value of life.
You instilled encouragement and inspiration.
You cemented in me the value of obedience and dedication.
You were one-half of another person God sent, my mother, who gave me life.
I thank you both in admiration for your sacrifice.

You told me to be the best I could be.
In essence, I am a replica of you, a “mini-me.”
I’m thankful you taught me how to appreciate who I am and be me.
I’m fearless, confident, smart, and intelligent.
These are some of the things I have you to thank for it.

You’re my …..             Friend, a father, a foe who set the foundation for many things
You’re       …..              Audacious, not afraid of anything
I hold on to  ….           Treasured memories that stood the test of time
My   ………….               Heart will always belong to you until the end of time
I appreciate ….           Everything you do
I honor this day in… Remembrance of you

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I love you.

Signed,

Your daughter

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Listen To The Cry of A Silent Victim

I’m going off subject again today.
My mind’s scattered. Thoughts are all over the place.
I woke to some disturbing news the other day
And have not been able to sleep or shake it all week.
I tried to put it in the back of my mind, but something is not letting me.

It keeps surfacing in my thoughts so I must release it to clear my head.
Things like this cannot be left unsaid.

My heart is heavy laden.
An innocent teenager took his life the other day.
He sent a message on a well-known social media platform
Earlier that morning, that same day
No one paid attention.
All I could do was pray.

He posted a goodbye in the wee hours of the morning.
So it definitely was not a time during heavy traffic where it could not be noticed.
Sadly, there were many clicks on “likes” by his friends.
I’m confused. Why didn’t anyone see the warning signs then?

He seemed uneasy and restless. He blamed himself for the mess.
He apologized before whatever was planned by him to happen
Clearly during his time of distress.
He seemed unhappy, as tears welled in my eyes.
Then he ended the post and said goodbye.

My heart sank. Tears of sorrow filled my face as I cried.
It took all the strength I had to accept what I knew already happened. He died.
I know he either had parents or someone who cared about him
That could have been notified.
This child was clearly crying out for help before he took his life and died.

Social media has a massive process of notification for everything:
Mentions, promotional ads, retweets, even notice of ones who are trending.
Even more disturbing is how easy it is
For officials to track and catch potential culprits in a place like this.

But when it comes to things like this, sadly there’s no app for it.
Why isn’t there an alert to track key words of potential suicide victims?
Who may connect to lines to aid in suicide prevention?

My prayers are with this young man’s family.
My heart aches and is torn in pieces.
It hurts tremendously.
Words cannot express the sadness or pain I feel.
I pray for peace, comfort, strength; that his family may be healed.

While I cannot blame social media for the events that have occurred,
I can only hope that in the same way we use social media to spread the word.
Not only of events that matter most to us,
But place a greater significance on things such as this that should disturb us.

Not that we may find recognition or potential success.
But because it is imperative we find a way to take notice of things such as this.
In the hopes we may help save a life.
Assured it is not remiss but will help because of our sacrifice.

This child’s life may have been saved
Had someone taken responsibly and taken the time to carefully read his words
And took heed to his warning.
Instead of ignoring and acknowledging his effort by clicking “likes,”
When he silently cried out for help before ending his life.

Suicide is a serious issue oftentimes I feel we fail at recognizing; miserably.
We don’t take it seriously.
We ignore the warning signs after it’s too late.
If only someone will only listen to the cry of a silent victim before it is too late.

Let this be an example of what we can do
As a society to rightfully help potential suicide victims make it through,
In a platform that gets the most attention.
Use social media to your advantage, to get the right attention.

If we take heed to the warning signs when it comes to saving a life.
We can be the person that may help save a life.
Know that a cry out for help clearly calls for our attention.
Let social media not be just to gain potential followers,
But alert anyone that will listen.
Listen to the cry of a silent victim.

Thank you for listening. -JD

For more information on how you can help someone who may be suicidal on social media, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/Online.

God, I know you’re listening.
Please hear my prayers as I pray.
For the family and friends of those
that lost a loved one today.

Comfort them in their time of need.
Restore whatever strength they may have lost.
Help the family find peace.
Give them hope for tomorrow.
Assure them all is not lost.

God, I know the pain may be unbearable.
And it may be hard for them to overcome.
But I know you can and will help them get through this.
No matter how hard it may be for them. Let your will be done.

To be absent with the body is to be present with the Father.
Though, they will be sorely missed.
Bring the family to a place where they can receive joy in knowing this.
And understand they are in a better place and is no longer in pain.
They don’t have to cry another tear or feel sorrow ever again.

God may the family find rest in your arms.
Hold them safely in your hands.
Handle them with care.
Comfort them as only I know you can.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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A Blessing in Disguise is An Act of Good Will

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God the Father 11 (Photo credit: Waiting For The Word)

A blessing in disguise is defined when something bad or misfortunate happens and the reward turns out to be beneficial. Things turn out for the best. But sometimes if it’s not in our best interest but will have negative consequences that will hurt someone else when compromising your own integrity, is it really a blessing in disguise or should you still consider it a blessing?

To selfishly impose your own will and compromise your integrity only to reap the benefit of that which is acquired illegally and dishonestly I think can still be considered a blessing even though your response to it was unwise. You chose to make a decision based on self-gratification rather than selflessness and sacrifice. However, God can still bless you in the mess that may open your eyes. And alert you to the things he needs you to see, to correct it that you may glorify Him.

However, we mustn’t confuse the idea that when something bad happens and we are placed in a position where we are helpless but still are blessed as a result of it, with the idea that when something bad happens and as a result out of our lack of integrity to do the right thing, we reap the benefit. But remember, there still will be a consequence.

For example, when a person loses a job and God still gives them provision in it. Count it all joy. It’s a blessing. While you may not have a job, your needs are being met. And you can use the free time to spend with family, explore new options to enhance your abilities. Don’t fret. View it as a time to put life into the right perspective. Create new goals. God’s taking you to the next level.

In contrast, when a person goes into a grocery store and the clerk gives them way too much change. And they realize it but still walk out of the store with money in hand. Never once thinking twice about going back to correct the situation and make amends. Instead they think it is a blessing because they now have more money than they had. They believe their response to it was good and not bad. Their conscious was not affected at all. And in the long run, the deed was not good. Therefore, the reward cannot be justified. It’s already done. Consequences will come.

This past weekend my daughter blessed me to indulge and treat myself to some much needed shopping. So I went to the mall with my oldest daughter to see what I could find. I went to an upscale department store to look for summer dresses or dresses to wear to church and found a few I wanted to buy. I decided to walk around the store to make sure there wasn’t anything I missed before leaving.

As I’m walking to find a cashier to hold my merchandise until I returned with coupons my daughter had who was in another part of the mall, a sales lady in the purse department stopped me in my tracks and asked loudly could she help me. The encounter seemed strange. I sensed a slight bit of stereotypical behavior when she looked me up and down with question and yelled out to me as if I was going to walk out the store with the merchandise. My first instinct in response to her question was not in why she approached me but the manner in which she did.

Granted I was not dressed in my normal attire, not that it mattered. But based on the type of people I guess they are accustomed to who shop in the store, maybe I didn’t fit the part. Not to mention the clothing department items were relatively expensive and may have exceeded my budget but not my taste. However, there was a terrific sale going on that I could not pass up.

Being the person that I am, I overlooked her approach and asked that she hold the items until I returned. Her answer was yes but she noted with this weird look over her glasses, “We close at 9, so if you decide you don’t want the items we’ll make sure to return them to the proper department.” I thought “strange” given the fact I previously stated my intention was to return to the store. I brushed it off.

I returned 30 minutes later before store closing with the coupon and by the look on her face and the tone of her voice, she seemed surprised and flustered but helped complete the sale. There was a 20% store coupon offer available and I had a $10 coupon.  I thought I could use both savings but the system wouldn’t allow it.

After she rung up the sale, I advised her I wanted to pay part in cash and the other part on my card. However, when she entered the information and asked that I swipe my card, the machine would not take it. She immediately said, “It must be an error with your barcode. Give me the card to swipe. She looked at it and said, “Oh, this is not a department store card but a debit card from your bank.”  Hmmm was all I could say as I commented “yes.” Before she could swipe the card though, the machine automatically completed the transaction and as she went to hand me the receipt, she had this odd look on her face. She asked, “You paid $30 in cash right?” I said, “Yes.” Thought nothing of it, and took my bag and left the store.

When I arrived home I looked at the receipt and noticed there was $4.80 in change that was to be given back however, something appeared to be wrong given the fact part was to have been paid in cash and the other charged to my card. So I called my bank and the charge was not there. I looked at the receipt again and noticed her error. She entered $30 cash twice which is why the $4.80 change amount appeared on the receipt. I immediately called the store in an effort to reach her because my first thought was I didn’t want her to get in trouble or she lose her job because her drawer would be short as a result of the error. But the store had closed and I had no choice but to wait until the next day.

For some reason I couldn’t sleep and felt I needed to make this right. I woke the next morning, waited for the store to open, and called and spoke with the sales lady. I tried to explain what happened but she didn’t understand. She said with hesitation, “If I made a mistake and overcharged you, come in and it can be corrected.” She sounded frustrated. I dismissed it. And confirmed I would be in later.

The sales lady was gone for the day so another cashier handled the transaction but this person, even after looking at the receipt and my explaining it to her also was confused. She called her manager over who took one look at the receipt and said to me, “Thank you for your honesty.” I responded, “You’re welcome. I believe in God and my conscious would not let me sleep until I fixed this.”  She said, “I do too.”

What a blessing. Thankful the Holy Spirit convicted me to do the right thing regardless of what my pocketbook may have led me to do. I made a conscious decision to correct what could have turned out bad. And most likely it would not have benefited the sales lady or me in the long run had I chosen to keep the merchandise and believe I rightfully deserved it. Additionally, the cashier mentioned the sales lady’s drawer was not short at all when she logged in that morning. She said however, had it been short the sales lady would not have been reprimanded because of a change in store rules.

Wow. To think, she may have been okay on her end but for me, it may not have been so easy. My conscious would have eaten at my core existence and eventually I would have paid the price for making a bad decision. It was a test of my spiritual integrity. All things happen for a reason. Even though store personnel couldn’t see it at the time, my heart told me my commitment to God and my honesty in making a wrong right allowed each of us to be blessed by it. I may not have received acknowledgment from my peers but I could feel in my heart God was pleased. Things were brought together by God and worked out for the greater good. All glory to God.

Oftentimes you hear people say in situations like this, “It’s a blessing in disguise, because you managed to get something for “free” without having to pay for it and saved money while doing it.” But I say in actuality you didn’t because it was not yours to begin with. And given the fact it was not acquired legitimately, it was not yours to have. You did not deserve it, unless you rightfully paid for it.

Moral of the story: While I may have had the opportunity to save money even though it may not have been in good faith or in good deed, a loss still would have occurred later. Not only for me, but for the other person involved as well. And we both would have suffered irreparable consequences in the end. No one would win.

A blessing in disguise is something that appears to be bad and the reward turns out beneficial. It is something we cannot see. Or it can work within us even when others are not able to see. Random acts of kindness, sharing a smile, or an encouraging word with someone can be a blessing. Count it all joy. God’s work was done through you. He sent you. He blessed them through you.

A blessing in disguise is an act of good will. It is a blessing of good will. Sincere blessings come from the heart. Show love, inspire, encourage someone. Be a blessing to others. Let God’s will, not your will, be done.

Be blessed! –JD

Matthew 5:16 ESV “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

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Pray for the Children

God is good!
TODAY’S HEADLINE: “Girl who sparked debate gets lung transplant.” http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/12/18919724-girl-who-sparked-debate-gets-lung-transplant?lite

“Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose quest for new lungs spurred changes in the nation’s allocation system, was set to receive a transplant today, her mother said.”

“God is great! He moved the mountain! Sarah got THE CALL,” Janet Murnaghan wrote on her Facebook page early Wednesday.”‘

“The mother said Sarah, who was declining rapidly from end-stage cystic fibrosis, would head into surgery this morning.”

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A few days ago I was watching the midday news and heard about a 10-year little girl who is dying from Cystic Fibrosis who needed a lung transplant but no longer had to wait. A U.S. District Judge ruled she be added to the adult waiting list after her family had been fighting a rule that prevented children from receiving adult lungs. She remains on the priority list for a lung from a pediatric donor.

When I heard this, I was ecstatic, almost in tears. Children affect my heart in a way that is indescribable. They are defenseless and need love, support, and encouragement no matter what their diagnosis or non-diagnosis may be. They are a gift from God.

The 10-year old little girl named Sarah Murnaghan dying of Cystic Fibrosis had been on the list waiting for the past 18 months. The parents filed a lawsuit because they felt…

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Pray for the Children

A few days ago I was watching the midday news and heard about a 10-year little girl who is dying from Cystic Fibrosis who needed a lung transplant but no longer had to wait. A U.S. District Judge ruled she be added to the adult waiting list after her family had been fighting a rule that prevented children from receiving adult lungs. She remains on the priority list for a lung from a pediatric donor.

When I heard this, I was ecstatic, almost in tears. Children affect my heart in a way that is indescribable. They are defenseless and need love, support, and encouragement no matter what their diagnosis or non-diagnosis may be. They are a gift from God.

The 10-year old little girl named Sarah Murnaghan dying of Cystic Fibrosis had been on the list waiting for the past 18 months. The parents filed a lawsuit because they felt their daughter was being discriminated against by against the system that prevents children younger than 12 from receiving adult organs until after they’re offered to all adults and teens on the transplant list, even if the kids are sicker. Additionally, the children are placed at the back of the adult list and will have to wait.

Similarly, Javier Acosta age 11, also has Cystic Fibrosis and is in the same hospital as Sarah. His parents also filed a lawsuit requesting a federal judge add him to the adult list because he too is facing death soon without a donated organ. “Javier’s brother Jovan who was the same age died while waiting for a lung transplant two years ago. The family is now waiting for a hearing on a preliminary injunction that has been scheduled by the judge on June 14.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57588078/dying-girl-added-to-adult-lung-transplant-waiting-list-boy-also-sues-to-be-added/

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network or OPTN policy rules notess children under 12 cannot be on the adult waiting list unless the doctor says they can be. Additionally, they have to go the back of the adult line which in the case of Sarah and other children who are in the same position can be a death sentence since they don’t have much time to live (see ca.msn.com link below).

The issue is now focused on discontinuation or policy changes for children under 12. Under the organ allocation regulation, pediatric transplant policies require pediatric wait lists for children under age 12. Pressure is being put on the allocation system to revisit and make changes to outdated policies. Yet, the changes will not occur in time enough to help the children who are going to die. They’re asking an exception be made for these types of cases.

There are two children right now fighting for their life and many others who are waiting for transplants of various kinds. But what disturbs me is that there are people who are insensitive and lack compassion because fairness and priorities have now become another issue.

News reports have identified statements of people saying these families are trying to jump the line. Others feel they are trying to skip ahead of those who are in just as much need for the transplants as they are. However the parents, who my heart goes out to, say they are not trying to jump ahead of anyone. They just want their child to have a fighting chance.

I say is that too much to ask? I don’t ever think it’s fair to count out hope especially when it involves children. To cause commotion and fight over something that can simply be overlooked when it’s a matter of  saving a life is definitely beyond comprehension. The precious life of a child can be worth more than  the selfishness and insensitivity of others who are being partial and unfair.

The good news, organ transplant experts will meet Monday to decide whether and how to change the rules for children after the filing of two successful lawsuits by Javier’s parents and Sarah’s parents to temporary lift restrictions who feel the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network or OPTN is unfair.

“Last Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson issued a temporary restraining order directing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to suspend existing organ allocation rules while OPTN considers a change.” http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/transplant-experts-to-debate-new-rules-for-kids

I believe children who suffer from any type of illness or any situation that jeopardizes their physical well-being need our prayers. I ask that we pray for the families and the children as well as those who have adopted the idea that it’s wrong to want what’s best for your child based on the fact that, as a parent we will do whatever it takes in the right manner to make sure the child’s needs are met and with God’s help they have a chance at life.

Pray for the parents too because life in itself is a hard battle to fight but to have to fight for quality of life in the life of a child can be a heavy burden to bear. We know God does not give us more than we can bear but will give us the strength to stand under and get through it.

Prayer changes things. A life saved is a life that can be lived abundantly.

Pray for the children.

Be blessed! -JD

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Trust God in Your Brokenness

Trust is essential to the core of our existence but when it is destroyed it leaves us helpless and defenseless. Where there is no trust, fear will rule our life. And can become difficult to overcome in order to live a successful life.

Past experiences can play a major role in the development of trust issues. And can begin as early as childhood based on what you’ve seen in your parents’ relationships. Or what you’ve seen in the relationship of others. Abuse, neglect, and violent behavior are some of the things that will hinder your ability to trust others. It can be especially difficult if you carry the emotional damage into other areas of your life. When making a transition. It can be painful because of the personal sacrifice.

There are some who don’t ever think it’s necessary to change. As long as they’re content with the life they live and can keep doing the same things. Sadly, they will miss the blessing. When failing to learn from the experience and embrace the lesson.

For those who have been betrayed or felt abandoned, this is an example of what their life may look like. Every encounter is suspect. The motives of others are questionable. And in some cases, we can’t trust ourselves and become paranoid with unresolved issues. We even start blaming ourselves for the way things turned out. We feel unworthy. And say it was our fault that it didn’t turn out right.

Sadly, many don’t understand the impact trust has on a person’s emotional or psychological well-being. And even worse, while you may still be in bondage, they have moved on with their life only to bring the same issues into the place they may find themselves. When in reality, their life too is meaningless. Be it a spouse, significant other, a job, or a relationship. They will start where they left off in a new place but the same issues still will exist. Nothing is resolved even if they try to replace it.

Trust issues will transfer into the “new” life that really is still the “old” life. It’s just with another person, in another place, or with another thing. It’s the same life. The same implications will exist no matter what you may see, based on what success you think your life will bring.

When trust is broken it can destroy a person emotionally, physically, and mentally. The mind may become confused, impaired, and irreparable clouding your perception and your reality. Some may harbor resentment, resistance and may become bitter. Some will seek revenge. Others may look to God for refuge and give him control to avenge.

But what happens when you think you’ve conquered the issue of trust and one day encounter one of the very people or thing that led to it. And your reaction clearly validates you’re not over it. But instead you’re still bound by it. We all have been there. Trust me. I know. I lived it.

What do you do when you run into someone you once knew and they ask “How are you?” You begin to speak about how good God has been to you. How God changed your life. You notice the expression on their face. They’re as quiet as a mouse. They have nothing to say about their life. You sense something troubling about them. But you can’t put your finger on it. You place it in the back of your mind and remind yourself to pray for them.

You say your good-byes and something comes over you. You start thanking God because he knew. Grateful He removed you from that place to protect you. You found forgiveness and have started life anew.

Although a void in your life may exist. External fulfillment will hinder your ability to honestly evaluate what you assume drives your existence versus what is required. I believe the first thing necessary is prayer to discern how to begin working on voids that will diminish your own selfish desires. Second is to seek God’s plan. It’s required.

In order to move on from your past hurts, use prayer and God for strength to overcome. Voids can be used as the catalyst in the building of a foundation to place you at a greater level than where you see yourself. It will help you begin the process of starting over and heal, with God’s help.

As believers, fear is not an option. Nor should it be a hindrance. We mustn’t become bound by it. Even if people may have walked out on you, walk by faith and the power God has given. For it is because of God’s faithfulness that we are still living. There may be others who rejected, hurt, or abused you. There may even be some who don’t accept you. God still will elevate you, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). You will be healed, in time.

Your heart may have been broken. God knows and can see it. Surrender your will to him in your brokenness and he will fix it. You may have experienced trials, tribulations, and pain. Go to God. We need God in all things. Be honest with God and acknowledge where your heart stands. Come to Him, naked and unashamed. Proclaim deliverance. God doesn’t change. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.

God’s Word contains a solution for every problem, a promise for every need, a plan to prosper you and not harm you. He has plans for you to succeed. Trust him and he will send resolve for that which binds you. He knows your future. He’s with, for, on side, in front, and behind you.

Trust God in your brokenness. His grace will heal you.

Be blessed! -JD

Proverbs 3:5-8 NIV “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.”

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Rejoice In Disappointments

Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park (Photo credit: dalem)

Every day we are faced with life’s disappointments. We can become disappointed by a number of things which can be hard to accept.

Sometimes jobs can be hard to find but disappointing when easy to lose. Relationships can be developed over time but disappointing when easily lost in a matter of seconds, days, weeks, months, less than years oftentimes over trivial matters.

True friendships can be hard to find but acquaintances can be easy to discover when in search of a life we choose to live in secret and undercover. One that may not be centered on Christ but exist clearly out of our need for a social life.

The unexpected loss of a loved one can bring disappointment as well as hurt beyond measure but hard to recover because a heart cannot be easily mended. We can encounter individuals who lack compassion, sensitivity, respect, or are just plain mean with hardened hearts but will easily offend us.

Disappointment can come in various forms, but basically it simply means we are disappointed by the world which oftentimes will bring a lack of trust, destruction, and warped perception.

But the one thing I find most disturbing is disappointment with self when we already know what is to be expected when we encounter certain situations in life, especially ones that are not in our control. And what can be even more frustrating is how we handle it. Because many times we want what we want, when we want it, how we want it. And will use any means necessary to see that we get it. Overlooking the fact that some things will not happen the way we want but instead will happen exactly the way God plans it.

As believers, we are given the astute advantage of knowing how to deal with disappointments in life because we have God’s Word as a resource that can bring clarity and wisdom. It will allow us to be conscious of the decisions we make when faced with it. We must be open to change. Face reality and know that disappointment cannot be avoided. However, we are to expect the unexpected but never forget God in the process.

When faced with problems that are beyond our control, we are to persevere and seek God. It is at this time we will seek to do and not seek to ask why. It is our opportunity to grow and mature in our relationship with God when we profess our troubles to him. And ask what is it he wants us to do with this and not what we are led to believe we are to do with it.

It is through our experiences that will help us learn to trust God. It’s a component of how we grow spiritually and mature in character. It helps us to grow in faith. Faith requires us to trust that God has a better plan even when we cannot see it or understand it. We learn to depend on God and not ourselves.

Disappointments are part of the norm. It’s to be expected. But even more so, sometimes God uses circumstances and allows disappointments to strengthen us and compel us to fully trust him. That we may avoid believing we can live life apart from Him. It is our opportunity to move closer to Him even in the midst of our deepest disappointments. Because God does not desire that we look to man or our circumstances but to Him.

If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it. He will show you what he needs you to do and will equip you to do it. Respond to life’s circumstances positively rather than negatively. Trust that God’s provision will give you the power to sustain and overcome no matter the result.  Choose to walk not by the flesh but in the way God has made available through the Holy Spirit.

God promises that nothing, I mean nothing will happen that he does not have control. He will work it out for our good and His glory. We may disappoint God many times, but he never gives up on us. Don’t give up on him. By his grace, move forward.

Rejoice in disappointments.

Be blessed! –JD

Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV “Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation 19 The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills…”

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Count It All Joy!

It’s a good day!
God is in the blessing business every day.
These words come straight from my heart.
I’m excited. And I’m led to say.
God has a supernatural blessing coming your way.

There’s nothing the enemy can do.
No matter what he thinks he’s stolen from you.
Whatever you have lost, God will restore back to you.

God’s Word is evidence. He promised. He is faithful.
God will do just as he says he will do. He’s gracious.
Wear the full armor of God. Take up the cross.
God will restore all that you’ve lost.

Life may not be what you want it to be.
But where you are now is right where God needs you to be.
Let God use you that his purpose may be fulfilled.
Even though you may have gone through what seemed rough the past few years.

When troubled and pressed on every side.
Don’t look to the left or to the right.
Look to God from whence cometh your help.
God will make every wrong right.
He will make every failure success.
God loves you. You’re blessed.

You may have had trials.
Suffered for a little while and made some mistakes.
God can still use you.
He’s God of all grace.

When God allows something to happen that you didn’t want to happen.
He’s trying to remove the thing in life you think is bigger than Him.
And he won’t let that happen.
Rejoice! God is love.
You’re a beacon of light sent from heaven above.

The closer you are to God, the closer you are to your blessing.
There’s a lesson to be learned in every trial and testing.
Cling to your faith, hope, desires, and prayers.
Know that God will never leave you. He’s always there.

You have peace with God.
You’re reconciled with him.
There is no more hostility between you and him.
There is nothing blocking your relationship with him.

Hope for today no matter the strife.
Today is not yesterday. You’ve been given brand new life.
You’re on your way back.
Not because of you, but because God’s got your back.
He will never fail you.

It’s a new day.
God is in the blessing business every day.
Speak deliverance, increase, healing on your health, in relationships, and your finances.
Declare and decree supernatural power of God’s blessing.

Just hold on.
A breakthrough is coming your way!
Get ready for your miracle. It’s on the way.

God said it. I believe it. That settles it.
God’s got a blessing with your name on it.

Count it all joy!

Be blessed! –JD

James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

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