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To My Fellow Fibromyalgia Friends, Associates, and Loved Ones

To My Fellow Fibromyalgia Friends, Associates,Today I was blessed to participate and be a part of what I believe was a crucial and very important webcast meeting hosted by the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for Fibromyalgia patients. It was ground breaking. What an exhilarating experience!

The FDA Fibromyalgia Patient-Focused Drug Development discussion topics focused on disease symptoms and daily impact that matter to the patient and the patient’s perspective in current approaches to treating fibromyalgia. It was an awful lot of information to take in at one time and the response was overwhelming, but it was certainly needed.

For me, as a Fibromyalgia patient, it was a very emotional meeting where at times I cried as I listened to and heard some of the most powerful, riveting testimonies of patients who suffer with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. One patient panelist said to the FDA, “Thank you for listening to us. People don’t listen.” I cried. I realized nothing could ever compare to what I am going through as each person exposed themselves to the world and gave a personal, sometimes graphic, in-depth account of their experiences and what they have gone through. As well as listed symptoms I could have never imagine existed.

The best part of this meeting was having the ability to be informed about Fibromyalgia in its entirety and gain a greater awareness of the state of my own denial as I heard countless stories of symptoms that were similar if not exactly like mine that I lived in denial of. Understanding, it was not all in my head. This is really what I suffer with and now I am clearer on what’s causing it; thankful.

While today’s meeting was 4 hours long and my body felt every bit of its effect with swollen feet, neck, and hands, a really bad headache, and my anxiety that was shot out the window, it was well worth it. I would not have missed it for the world!

The facilitators and panelists that included patients as well as Presidents and Executive members of some well-known pain organizations did an amazing job! I was thrilled to hear and see Jan Chambers, President of National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association and Gwenn Herman, Executive Director of Pain Connection as panelists of the second topic discussion. The meeting went well and according to schedule.

The one thing that was disappointing and troubled me most is that there was no news mention of this meeting or announcement by any major television stations or across social media with the exception of some pain organizations. Had I not heard about the meeting from National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) months ago, I probably would not have known about it nor would I have had the chance to be a participant. This saddens me because I believe events such as this is newsworthy and deserves the attention it clearly did not get today. Hopefully, in the future I pray something changes so that more people will have the chance for involvement and given the opportunity to be a part of change.

Overall, I believe it was a very productive meeting and I look forward to the results. There will be a transcript available in a few weeks of which I will keep an eye out for and will either share a link or the actual transcript for those who wish to view information from the entire meeting.

Today, I felt like I belonged even if I was not there physically. It meant the world to me. I am truly grateful. I thank God for blessing me with enough strength to make it through the entire meeting. It was my first meeting via webcast and definitely will not be my last, give or take some adjustments I will need to make in the future to accommodate for the pain and discomfort I endured as a result. I do hope my contribution and input today along with my comments my family helped submit two days prior will make a difference in the lives of many who suffer with this debilitating disease.

To the FDA and all of the patients, caregivers, medical professionals, organizations and anyone who attended either in person or via webcast, on behalf of Fibromyalgia patients across the world, I thank you!

Until we meet again …. I pray you have more pain-free days filled with laughter, joy, and praise!

Be blessed! –JD

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You Gotta Speak to the Devil in a Language He Understands; Let Him Know You’re not Playing!

wpid-textgram_1394220711.pngThe greater the reward, the harder the attack the devil will bring. Satan attacked Jesus after he had a great blessing. Devil, you should have learned your lesson with him. You can do all you want but you will not win. You may be busy because you know the breakthrough is near. But you are not welcome here.

Sometimes you have to speak to the devil in a language he understands. Let him know you’re not playing. If you’re not sure what to say to him, here are a few examples I put together you can use to rebuke him.

Devil, I see you and I know what you’re up to. You know what God is getting ready to do. You can’t have what you came for because God sees you too. I serve a mighty God! No weapon formed against me shall prosper.

You’re a liar! We’re covered by the blood. I’m serving you notice today. I advise you to take heed to it.  God told me to tell you, you will take your dirty, filthy hands off friends and family, and anyone associated with me. I’m calling you out today. God will have his way!

Devil, you have been warned. Touch not my anointed, do my prophets no harm (1Chr 16:22). You will return to pits of Hades where you belong. We are in spiritual warfare but the battle does not belong to us. We have put on weapons of warfare against you and God is fighting this battle for us.

The battle is not ours, it’s the Lord’s. I’ve turned you over to God. I declare and decree, we will have the victory! God said it. I believe it. That settles it. We are under God’s covering and he will have the last say. You will not have your way today. Take that and run. And with that said I’m done. In Jesus’ name, it’s already done!

You gotta speak to the devil in a language he understands. Let him know you’re not playing. Speak the Word of God and he will flee. #PraisetheLord! You got the victory!

Be blessed! –JD

Deuteronomy 20:3-4 “3He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. 4For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

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Tell Me…. What Would Your Answer Be?

wpid-IMG_20140323_194130.jpgIf you took a moment to think where you would be had it not been for God, do you believe where you are now is where God brought you from?

Tell me… what would your answer be?

Be blessed!-JD

1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (ESV)

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We Are More Than Conquerors!

wpid-textgram_1395154011.pngWe can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us. People may work to destroy us. They won’t win. God’s hands are on us. He wins! There’s power in the name of Jesus!

Be blessed! -JD

Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (NIV)

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Today’s Thankful Tuesday Morning Inspiration!

wpid-textgram_1395155816.pngGood morning! Thank you Lord for keeping us safe as we slumbered. We’re covered. No matter what happens today, we’ll praise you anyway. Bless your Name!

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 135:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD! Praise him, you who serve the LORD, (NLT)

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If The Devil is Picking On You, Rejoice! God is Setting You Up for a Greater Reward!

wpid-textgram_1394581638.pngWhen God has his hands on you and trouble beseech you in attempt to destroy your ministry, something in your spirit will not let you give in to it. The Word still will go forth because God will see to it.

The devil was alive and well during my trip home. He came at me from every angle and wouldn’t leave me alone. I went to God in deep meditation. I didn’t murmur a word. I sat and read God’s Word. I shared what He sent as a message for others to hear. The devil came at me full force. God took it from there.

For a moment, I became so frustrated and at that time made a hasty decision to stop ministering and witnessing to others on social media because I felt it was taking too much from my inner strength to deal with the conflict that continually surrounded me. All I wanted was peace. When in a fact, I did have peace. But my mind tried to convince me otherwise. The devil is the father of lies!

I told my friends and family, “I will be taking a sabbatical…in the next few days but wanted to express my sincere thanks to friends and family who have supported me in this journey. My hope is that God will continue to use me no matter where I may find myself that he may be glorified. I will keep each and every one of you in prayer and please continue to pray for me.”

A few days passed and something just would not let me go through with it. Knowing God had the final say in it. The Word still will go forth because God will see to it. This is what the devil wanted, to silence me. And thought he would win. I’m being set up for a greater blessing. Sorry devil… God wins! While I will not stop spreading the gospel or bring forth messages of inspiration and encouragement I know God has given me the ability to do. I will minimize my presence for the moment to spend some alone time with God, as he continues to reconcile and restore me. Until then, what I know is this:

God is loving, kind, merciful. He does not falter. He is perfect. Every good and perfect thing comes from Him. He is, “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex 3:14). People may disappoint you. They may never have your best interest at heart. God loves you. He will always have your best interest at heart. God is a good God. He’s faithful. His character does not change. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). He never changes.

When you feel lost in a sea of brokenness, God will heal your wounds and restore you. God will bind up your wounds. He will heal your heart. Speak life into your situation that it may help you. People or the situation may never change but you can change in it. With God, he will change you in it. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act (Ps 37:4-5).

When you are going through and it seems like no one is there for you. God is. He will never forsake you. He’s always with you. There is someone somewhere fighting a battle harder than you or me. They are in a fight for their life, trying to make it. Pray for them. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Dt 31:8). Know that God is with you always.

If the devil is picking on you, rejoice! God is setting you up for a greater reward!

Be blessed! -JD

Luke 6:22-2322 You are blessed when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Take note–your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.” (HCSB)

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Happy International Women’s Day!

wpid-textgram_1394313927.pngHappy International Women’s Day to every empowered, influential woman whose contributions continue to inspire and break barriers!

We Women Rock!! We make a difference. We’re fearfully and wonderfully made. Encourage one another, embrace your uniqueness. Empower women across the nation. Continue to make a lasting impression. Be a blessing!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Be blessed! -JD

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Pray, Let God Have His Way

wpid-textgram_1386044142.pngWe live in a world that ideally, would have been perfect when God created it but in the beginning something happened at no fault of our own but because God had a greater purpose to be fulfilled.

We must examine the world we live in and use that as an example of what we will choose and allow to dictate our lives. There is too much going on in this world that we must not allow it to dictate our actions but instead allow God to guide us in it. Prayer is key. Opinions are important but should be done in private with God because what it will do is diminish the potential for greater conflict when we as humans misinterpret the thoughts or actions of others.

God is a God of order and peace, not the author of confusion. When we begin to expose our flaws, there is no peace nor is God in that situation. It doesn’t matter what the world may think of us, but what matters is what God thinks of us. This in turn should build the very foundation upon the manner in which we live, act, or think in every situation. We must go to God in private to express our fears, our flaws, and our frustration. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. When there’s no peace, there is no joy. We mustn’t work against one another but do our best to love one another just as God loves us.

When we find ourselves faced with conflict or adversity, the best response is to be silent and pray. Give our troubles to God and let him have his way. We are all flawed. We live in a fallen world but there is a God who has all power and is sovereign. He will and can fix any problem. It is up to us to let him. Ask God for forgiveness, then forgive yourself. Forgive others that you may be forgiven. Don’t give the enemy power God has already given.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. In all things, let God’s will and not your will, be done. Speak not from emotions or feelings but from the heart. If that may seem impossible to do, take it to God in prayer. Let Him handle it.

“God I pray for healing, peace, comfort, and strength. Send fresh anointing. Where there is sickness send healing, where there is confusion send peace, where there is brokenness, set the captives free. Break every chain Lord, loose any and everything that is keeping us from bringing glory to you. Forgive us for we know not what we do. Let us find strength through you when the enemy comes seeking to destroy or take away what we know belongs to you. When we’ve done all we can do, we will stand. God I put it all in your hands. Let your will be done. We’re covered by the blood. Let not the troubles of this world consume us with evil deeds but fix our hearts and minds to do what pleases you. In all things, let us bring glory to you. We all are broken but we can be healed. God you are a mind regulator, a heart fixer, by your stripes we are healed. I lift every family in prayer. Keep watch over us. We are covered by the blood. In all things Father, I give you glory, honor, and praise. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Be blessed! -JD

1 John 3:18 “My children, our love should be not just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” (GNB)

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Morning Inspiration!

wpid-IMG_20140304_040509.jpgI don’t like to gossip but I heard Jesus say, “Devil you will not have your way! This child belongs to me. Touch not my anointed. Flee!”

God is in control. The devil has no authority. Whatever you may be facing, declare and decree, “I’ve got the victory!!”

Be blessed! -JD

Deuteronomy 20:4 “‘For the LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you victory.'” (ESV)

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Fibromyalgia and Pain Warriors…This One is for You!

No matter how much pain I’m in, I will fight to the end! I am a FIBROMYALGIA WARRIOR. I’m gonna win this fight no matter how much pain I’m in. I may have Fibromyalgia but it don’t have me. How about you? Are you with me? We got the victory!

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Inspiration for Today!

wpid-textgram_1393683997.pngGood morning, afternoon, evening to you. God’s got his hands on you. The enemy can do nothing to stop you. Be fearless. Confident in who you are. You’re more than a conqueror!

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