Monthly Archives: September 2014

Happy Ten Year Anniversary to Me! God Set Me Free. Celebrate with Me – Glory!

As I sat in pure silence the other day, a bit sadden after reflecting on the events that changed my life forever ten years ago that day, I tried to collect my thoughts. It marked the beginning of insurmountable challenges I would face as a result of unexpected changes in my life that left me helpless and hurting. Remembering a time when I lost control of what I thought was a stable life and there was nothing I could do about it. I felt I suffered not to live, but only to die from the discomfort, agony, and pain in my body. I thought my life was over.

For a long time, I could do nothing but talk to God. I poured out my heart to him. I told him there are so many things that keep getting in my way preventing me from truly walking in my purpose and my calling. At times, I wanted to give up and turn away from my calling. Times when I felt I didn’t have strength to go on. Traveling through unfamiliar territory, down unknown paths, forever winding roads, never knowing where it would lead. Convinced when I became a believer things appeared less complicated in my former life.

I believed it was easier to retreat and go back to that which was comfortable, convenient, and familiar because it meant I wouldn’t have to deal with being uncomfortable or be inconvenienced. I told God I wanted to do something different and not do this anymore. But something just wouldn’t let me give in, no matter how many times I spoke these words. I couldn’t help but know that God was in the midst of it all. Every time I thought I wanted to give up, God had a way of sending someone to affirm his purpose.

God just would not let me be. When I couldn’t sleep and lay wide awoke early mornings with thoughts running rampart in my head, trying to figure out what is it I am supposed to be doing. He kept on pushing me. God was sending a message. It was something he needed me to hear. I don’t know why I was having such a hard time with this. God clearly had already sent the answer. I guess I just was not listening.

Transparency. I must be honest with myself because I cannot move on until I let go of what’s hindering me. I know there’s an anointing on my life. The devil wouldn’t give me the time of day if I didn’t know Jesus. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Then one day I realized the magnitude of suffering, trials, and tribulations I experienced was necessary although it had been twelve years I first began and ten years this month living with chronic pain. My life changed forever.  But none of this was about me. God was preparing me for what’s coming. I can feel in my being that it is going to be something bigger than me. God would get the glory.

It is where my spiritual journey began. I had to go through some things as part of my spiritual development. God was shaping me into a better person; helping me to grow for a greater purpose. That I may be used by him for his glory to fulfill his purpose. And although I may not feel equipped to handle it, God knows it is the best thing He designed just for me. It’s coming.

One day I woke renewed as tears welled in my eyes as I’m listening to Smokie Norful’s Dear God. When hearing the words, I was in tears. It was speaking to me. Thanking God over and over for setting me free.  I wanted to tell the story of a life that may have been troubled over the years, but showed the life I now celebrate and by the grace of God I’m here.

To celebrate the spiritual journey I’ve traveled, I thought what better way to commemorate the occasion, with the help of family, than to create a video with Smokie Norful’s Dear God capturing timeless pictures and some of my favorite quotes I created over time to inspire others as well as myself of the life I managed to overcome by the grace of God.  To chronicle my journey filled with smiles, hope, and life renewed. Thankful God set me free, even at times when I didn’t understand it.

I’ve come a long ways even though the journey seemed like forever. Not realizing then it would be my testimony. People may have walked out on me when I thought I needed them most. It didn’t matter. When I look over my life, I have no regrets or complaints about what I’ve gone through.

I may get discouraged at times and want to give up. Change and growth was necessary. I will keep my eyes on the prize. I won’t give up. I won’t look to the right or to the left. I will look to the hills from whence cometh my help. I’ll keep growing stronger in my faith. God never promised our life would be easy. He promised he will be with us through eternity.

Life has a way of showing you who you’re meant to be when you go through trials that are far from easy. Many may have left along the way. I thank God he didn’t let them stay. He knew there were some that couldn’t go with me. They couldn’t handle where he’s taking me. Look at me. Grace looks good on me! I’m a living testimony. I will walk in my destiny.

Thank you Smokie Norful! This is the story of my life. Lord I thank you for my life.

Be blessed! –JD

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT)

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We All Bleed the Same Blood. The Color Doesn’t Change. God is No Respecter of Persons – He Loves Us All the Same

I had the pleasure of watching and listening to what I thought was a powerful, thought-provoking video by Kaleo, one of my dearest friend’s son that spoke volumes to my heart. I had to share this beautiful message so that others may hear and be moved as I was, which ultimately will compel us to act and make a difference in this world. I also ask that you please feel free to share. http://youtu.be/o14eshpdTfY

When you listen to the words of this song, you will see that it clearly sends a powerful message to the things we are seeing in the world today; racial injustice, violence, inequality. The nation is divided, the stigma of racism still resonates. It is still prevalent. Domestic abuse and violence is ever-increasing. Please stop the violence. Be the change you want to see. Don’t let the color of skin infuse hatred and inequality. We should all be treated as equals.

We may look different, but the same blood runs through our veins. We all bleed the same blood. The color doesn’t change. God is no respecter of persons  (Acts 10:34). In His eyes we are all equal. Jesus Christ doesn’t change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God loves each and every one of us the same. Love your brothers and sisters just as he does.

I’m not the color of my skin. I may look different but I’m a human being. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “Color has no barrier, no body, or no face. We mustn’t let the color of our skin be the cause of division or hate. We should love one another as God loves us.

The color of our skin shouldn’t matter because it doesn’t matter to God. We are all God’s children. He doesn’t discriminate. Nor should we. I pray we stop the violence and eliminate hate because of the color of our skin.”

“Every moment I think about it, I can’t help but to pray. Please stand in agreement with me and pray for peace amongst our nation. I know there are families hurting everywhere. I ask that we please put an end to racism, stop spewing hate, and end gun violence, any and everywhere. Hate or violence will not solve anything. Violence upon violence, racial divide, will only exacerbate the condition. It will only make matters worse. Peace is what we need that others may hear our voice.”

“It may seem like we have come a long ways in the fight for justice, peace, equality, and in our efforts to end racism. But sadly, we still have a long ways to go. It is far from over but I’m hopeful.

Take these words with you from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I am sharing again today. Pray with me and pray with KaLeo. Pray for the nation. Pray for peace, justice, strength, and comfort in the wake of what we see happening not just today, but pray without ceasing every day.

Please feel free to share. Thank you.

Be blessed! -JD

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Here’s a Little Morning Glory To Start Your Day. Be Blessed. Make It a Great Day!

Morning Glory!

wpid-img_20140927_063124.jpgLife can be difficult. Every day is s struggle. Count it all joy. God is merciful.

God grants brand new mercies every day. Each morning you rise to see the sun rise, you are a witness to his mercy and goodness. Praise God. He’s worthy. Be thankful.

God never promised our lives would be easy. But he promised he will never leave us or forsake us. No matter what you go through, it all will be worth it. Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have tribulations. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Be encouraged.

I’m reminded of an old song I used to hear my great-grandmother and mother sing and I sang too, and woke with it etched in my heart so I thought I’d share a verse with you. wpid-img_20140925_074758.jpg“We are soldiers in the army. We have to fight, although we have to cry. We have to hold up the blood stained banner. We have to hold it up until we die.” Make it a great day!

I thought of you today. Here’s a little morning glory to start your day. Enjoy and cherish each moment.

Be blessed! -JD

Romans 8:28-3128 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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Grandchildren are One of God’s Greatest Gifts – Treasure Every Moment with Them

Over a week ago, my youngest grandson celebrated his 2nd birthday and I couldn’t help but have the family help me put together a collection of what I felt were great moments to commemorate his life in expression of the joy he has brought us over the years. This video is my way of saying, “Happy birthday Michai! I love you!”

To my handsome grandson Michai, you’ve brought so much joy to my life. Words cannot express how much I love you and thank God for you and blessing my daughter, giving me the greatest gift on this side of heaven; you. Today you will turn two years old. This is the beginning stage of your life and as you grow, every day I pray you grow up to be a young man of honor, respect, dignity, and integrity. You are destined for greatness. Happy birthday granny baby! I love you with all my heart.

I love being a grandmother. I have two of the best grandchildren on this side of heaven!

Grandchildren are one of God’s greatest gifts. Treasure every moment with them.

Be blessed! –JD

Psalm 127:3-53 Behold children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” (ESV)

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Don’t Complain to God How Big Your Problems Are – Start Telling Your Problems How Big Your God Is!

wpid-img_20140922_115259.jpgEveryone has problems. None of us are exempt. Many of us will complain more than we should, when we should be thanking God more, no matter the problem.

Thank God for what he has done. He’s done more than enough. He brought you through the storm even when you thought the rain wouldn’t stop.

God kept food on the table, a roof over your head, clothes on your back, and shoes on your feet. He met every need. You may not have what you think is enough. In his provision, God gave you more than enough. You’re still standing.

Stop complaining to God how big your problems are and start telling your problems how big your God is! Thank Him for problems you don’t have. Thank you Jesus!

Be blessed! –JD

Philippians 4:11-13 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)

 

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Simple Words of Encouragement

wpid-img_20140916_231514.jpgWhen God gives you an assignment, pay attention. You may not see it yet. It’s coming! God’s timing is the right time. Move in your season.

Get ready, get ready! Your breakthrough is on the way. It’s coming! Rejoice. Glory!

Be blessed! -JD

Habakkuk 2:3 “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” (ESV)

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Domestic Violence is NEVER Okay! Janay Rice, Kayla Dwyer, and Others We’re Praying for You

wpid-textgram_1411139067.pngI tried to avoid speaking on this subject matter because of my own personal struggle with domestic abuse and violence having lived with and experienced it over the years, but something just would not let me keep quiet. I apologize for the long post and if I offend anyone but I have to ask these questions.

Have you ever been in a relationship where you were yelled at, made to feel worthless, intimidated, manipulated, felt like you were to blame for everything? Or felt like your life was or is being controlled by someone you fear or you’re walking on eggshells in your own home? Have you constantly been cussed out for no reason, called out of your name, or found yourself taking the blame for any and everything? Or physically beaten only to stay because you felt you couldn’t do any better? I ask because these are some of the warning signs of domestic abuse and violence.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have been, may be, or are a victim of domestic abuse and violence. My heart goes out to you. Please know you’re not alone. There’s help available. If you can, get out as soon as you can. We’re praying for you.

Sadly, many women have been and are victims of domestic abuse. Even sadder, I used to think it came with the territory in relationships but vowed as a child when I grew up, I would never allow a man to put his hands on me, EVER!!!

Imagine my expression after hearing the news of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL resulting from a tape that clearly showed physical violence he committed when he knocked out his former girlfriend, now wife Janay Rice. I couldn’t help but send up a prayer because just hearing the news deeply disturbed me. For a time, I refused to look at the tape out of fear what it would do to me. It was not until I viewed it after hearing so many people talk about it, that I immediately became sick and disgusted.

As if that wasn’t enough, to make matters worse, I heard another report of former ASU quarterback, Jack Elway III son of John Elway Denver Broncos General manager, pleaded guilty to domestic violence against his wife and NFL Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer arrested on domestic violence assault charges that allege a fractured nose and bruises to his wife’s left eye and included alleged aggravated assault on his 18-month old son. And let’s not forget Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson’s alleged child abuse against his son. What’s going on NFL??? I can’t take any more. Please, please stop the domestic abuse and violence.

I also was conflicted and confused by some of the negative comments and opinions of others in response to a letter Janay penned slamming the media. What hurt me the most was when many began to lash out at her after she came to her husband’s defense expressing how this entire situation has affected her family, asking the public to respect their privacy. My heart broke.

While I will never condone domestic abuse, any person putting their hands on or abusing another in any form, I cannot help but empathize with this young lady. We must understand in her decision to marry him, even though the abuse was beyond acceptable (he punched her twice and left her lying on the floor, walked over her, and allegedly never apologized to her), she says loves her husband and as it appears, she has accepted the consequences of his behavior. All she asked was that the public respect their privacy in this family matter.

Does it make it right? No. Does it make it okay? No. Will he ever do it again? We don’t know. Some say yes. But do we really know what will happen. Is it even our business or our role to make assumptions? In my opinion, no. Because some people can change and turn their life around for the better. That’s just like saying once a cheater, alcoholic, drug addict; always a cheater, alcoholic, drug addict.

Not everybody who make mistakes become the mistakes they’ve made. It’s not fair to put everybody in the same category. Some people can and do change. And I feel if Janay has accepted the consequences of her husband’s actions and they both are taking the necessary steps to fix the problem with counseling, at least give them a chance.

In no way am I saying stay in a relationship that is harmful to your well-being or clearly puts your life in danger. It is always in your best interest to leave and seek a place of refuge; safety. However, if Ray Rice does it again, let’s pray his wife makes it out safely, leave, and gets the help she needs. If all she’s asking is that we respect her family’s privacy no matter how public the media has made it, no matter our opinions, we can at least respect her wishes.

Don’t criticize, judge, or make any assumptions about what we think, should, or is going to happen. Let’s just pray God covers them both. She needs our support. Not condescending remarks, hurtful words, or mean attitudes. What if it were you? Think about the ugly way others are treating her. Put yourself in her shoes.

This talk of abuse has taken its toll on me. I was mentally and physically drained as I began to relive the pain of my past filled with memories of emotional, mental, verbal, and physical abuse. Never once did I feel like a victim. For years I could not imagine myself being a victim because I kept it hidden.

But then, I said to myself, “Hold up…what….wait a minute?” Is this what happened to me years ago, without realizing I too was a victim? Granted I was young and naïve and didn’t realize domestic abuse was the issue. I never gave it a name. I just thought arguing, fussing, and occasions of physical violence came with the territory. And I thought because it was not ongoing and stopped after the second time, I never called it domestic abuse or violence. I didn’t consider it abuse. So I stayed. Silly me. Goodness, how naïve was I. I was young. But that doesn’t excuse it.

When I got older and it started happening again and the cycle kept repeating itself, when I found my life in imminent danger, I came to my senses. I refused to tolerate it and immediately removed myself from the situation. Sadly, no matter how much I’d run, I couldn’t escape it. Until one day, I was physically assaulted while 8 months pregnant and someone witnessed it and sought help. With the help of God, a stranger I considered an angel, and law enforcement, I fought back and never attempted to return. I never looked back. God was watching over me. For that, I’m forever grateful to Him.

I will never make excuses or take the blame for why I stayed or chose to leave. Leaving was easier said than done. It took more work than I imagined but God saved me from harm. However, I will be held accountable for not properly understanding the extent of what I experienced. Because I knew better. When I made a promise to myself years ago to never allow a man to hit on me or verbally abuse me, I failed to see the warning signs that were right in front of me.

I’m in a better place now. I consider it done! I am victorious. I am still standing. God kept me in the midst of it. I may have been beaten, talked about, emotionally, mentally, physically, and verbally abused, but I refused to put myself in harm’s way only to be broken, battered, and bruised. And not live and tell about it today. Thankful God took me out of harm’s way.

“Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical abuse is called domestic violence” (Domestic Violence and Abuse).

Domestic abuse is serious. Don’t ignore it. Know the warning signs and what you can do to help save a life or prevent it. Here are a few signs that may help you: helplessness, control issues, low self-esteem, being afraid, threats, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, and violent behavior. If you suspect someone is being abused or you are the victim of abuse, it may not be easy but don’t be afraid to speak up. Seek help. It’s available. Someone is there to help. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). Someone will help you get to safety. Remove yourself from the situation.

Many women have been and continue to be victims of domestic abuse. Abuse is not just physical but emotional, mental, sexual, and verbal. Let’s join forces to put an end to it. Why not begin a Million Woman March movement as voices for victims of Domestic Violence and have an open dialogue in an open forum like #OprahLifeclass to begin the healing process. As well as confront the issues to find a cure for this awful disease. Will you join me?

Domestic abuse is NEVER okay! Janay Rice, Kayla Dwyer, and others we’re praying for you.

Be blessed! -JD

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Choose To Be Healed. Choose To Be Happy. Wait on God. Your Breakthrough is Coming!

wpid-img_20140902_055833.jpgGood morning! Cancel every assignment. Let victory in our voices be heard. Tell every manner of sickness and disease by his stripes we’re healed. Rejoice!

What concerns you concerns God. He loves you. Nothing’s too hard for God. He wants the best for you. He will perfect that which concerns you.

No matter what you may be struggling with today, don’t look to the right or to the left. Look to the hills from whence cometh your help.

There’s an anointing on your life. The devil knows what God’s about to do. No matter what, God will protect you. He’s faithful. God is able. He’ll give you strength even when it doesn’t look like it. He is a shield of protection. Declare, no weapon formed. I’m covered.

Make a declaration today, “God’s turning it around in my favor.” Cancel every sickness and disease. Favor, prosperity. Walk in your new season.

Make a choice today. Choose to be healed. Choose to be happy. Whatever you’re dealing with choose to wait on God. Your breakthrough is coming!

Be blessed! –JD

Hebrews 4:14-1614Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (ESV)

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Thank God For Your Life. There’s Someone Somewhere Fighting Harder Just to Live

wpid-img_20140908_075640.jpgThere’s someone somewhere fighting for, holding on to dear life. No matter how difficult it may seem, be thankful for your life. Good morning!

Thank God for your life and all that you have. You may not have all that you want but you have what you need. Things may not be going well, but it could be worse. Give thanks to God, not for your problems but for strength he’s given you to get through every difficult experience.

Be encouraged. Praise God. Your situation may not be the best of the best, but it’s not the worse. Take heart – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). God is faithful.

Be blessed! -JD

Ephesians 5:20 “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NLT)

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Hurt People Hurt People. Misery Loves Company. Don’t Let the Struggle of Someone Who’s Miserable Become Your Burden

wpid-img_20140822_083812.jpgWoke up with a heavy heart yesterday. Sometimes I don’t understand why people do what they do or choose the words they say. Only to kill the spirit of another just because they think it’s acceptable to be, who they are in their refusal to change who they are.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Speak those things that are not as though they are. We must be careful of the words we speak. Your words are a reflection of what’s in your heart. When bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness resides inside, the words you speak will reflect who you pretend not to be on the inside. But will show itself strong when it comes out of your mouth.

To profess to be Christians, one must resemble Jesus in all they do. Our words and actions are a reflection of him. We’re representing the kingdom. To say we’re a Christian but say mean, cruel, hurtful things to others and find it difficult to love the unlovely; in some way is an oxymoron. Jesus loves us even when we’re unlovely. In his eyes, we can do no wrong. Why can’t we do the same for others?

Sometimes we have to think before we speak. And if we find it difficult to find the right words to say, it’s okay to be silent until we find the right words to say. Be careful of the way you treat people because one day you will be that same person and someone will do the same to you; and you will not know what it’s like until it happens to you.

We all will cross the same path one day. We must remember to treat others the same way we want to be treated, so that when our time comes, others will treat us the same way we want to be treated. Sometimes we do things unconsciously not realizing how it may affect others. We have to think before we speak and learn to be kind, respectful, and work to encourage, and not tear down others.

Hurt people hurt people. Misery loves company. Don’t let the struggle of someone who’s miserable become your burden. Don’t let the trick of the enemy fool you. Pray for those who hate, resent, despise, or work to confuse you. When you’ve done all you can do, stand. Put it in God’s hands.

I pray God speaks to the heart of anyone who may be hurting, confused, weak, or weary that they find strength, courage, peace of mind in Christ Jesus. Lord, you can move mountains and calm raging seas. Whatever it is we are struggling with, God deliver us from it.

God you are a heart fixer, mind regulator. You are Alpha and Omega. You are the Author and Finisher of our faith. You are the captain of our ship; perfecter of our faith. When you start a thing, you finish it. You are in control. God, let us speak boldly when we come to throne. Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14). You will sustain us.

There’s nothing too hard for God. Whatever troubles you, give it to God. He can work miracles even when we think we’re not worthy. God, you’re worthy. Pray for me and I will pray for you. Watch what prayer will do. Prayer changes things. Thank you for listening.

Be blessed! -JD

James 1:26 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” (ESV)

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Lord, I Won’t Complain. I Will Rejoice! I Have Been Faithful Over Little Things; Assured Greater is Coming

wpid-img_20140819_074308.jpgToday was a quiet day of reflection on the things God needed to reveal to me in this journey I’ve traveled which seemed like forever. Not realizing when looking over the last year how much God has moved in my life. I realized there were some things he needed to perfect in me before revealing his ultimate plans for me.

All I could do was thank Him over and over for the journey even when I didn’t understand it. July marked one year I began making progress in my endeavors and thought because of my limitations I was not getting anywhere. When after reviewing my records, in actuality I realized God brought me a mighty long ways. I’ve made progress because of God’s divine favor. Today I’m rejoicing and looking forward to all he has in store for me. I’m praising God in advance for the victory.

People often say they are blessed not realizing the magnitude and power in their words. However, I am a living witness of the power of God’s Word. I am a living witness of how faithful and loving my God is, in spite of the many challenges I’ve faced over the years. Doubtful at times, feeling inadequate as though I could not be used by God. The devil is a liar and the truth ain’t in him! God is using me. I’m still standing.

I’m more than a conqueror. I am a victor, not a victim. I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. And when I say I am truly blessed, I know that I am. It is all because of God’s faithfulness. He’s my rock, my redeemer. Lord, I won’t complain. I will rejoice! I have been faithful over little things; assured greater is coming. “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:23). 

Praise God through the process. He’s preparing you. Don’t get weary in well doing. In due season you shall reap a reward. Greater is coming!

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 145:15-19 “15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. (ESV)

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Won’t God Do It! If He brings You To It, He Will See You Through It. Have Faith. He Will Do It!

wpid-img_20140829_083540.jpgEvery day we wake to see the sun rise, its God saying to us, I’m not done. There’s still work to do. You’re on assignment. God chose you.

Each of us will go through the valley before there’s a mountaintop experience. It is in the valley God wants to know if we trust him. Sometimes God has to take you through the valley to see the mountain move above you. When God moves the mountain, he’s refining you. This will be your place of fruitfulness. You will experience God’s faithfulness. Tell the world how you’ve overcome. This will be your testimony.

Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly. Don’t let the enemy deceive you only to frustrate your purpose. The devil can never destroy God’s purpose. You shall live and not die. You will experience the mountaintop.

Be encouraged today. When God starts something, he finishes it. Be confident. He won’t give up on you. He will complete the work he began in you.

No matter what you’re going through, it does not go unnoticed. God’s setting things in motion. When it’s your set time, it will come. God has a set time it will happen. You may have gone through some things so God could trust you in this season. You’ll get stuff you didn’t even ask for. Trust Him. It’s coming. God takes us through seasons according to his plan. Put everything in God’s hands.

Be steadfast in your obedience to God. Don’t let anything deter you from missing the mark. God has a great plan for your future. He knows the plans he has for your future. Plans to prosper and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves you.

If God brings you to it, he will see you through it. Have faith. Hallelujah! Yes, won’t he do it!

Be blessed! -JD

Philippians 1:6-7 “6For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.” (NASB)

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