Monthly Archives: December 2014

I May Have Been Through The Storm, But I Made It. I Got A Feeling Next Year is Going To Be AMAZING!

wpid-img_20141229_085324.jpgThis year has been by far one of the most challenging, difficult, uncomfortable yet defining moments of my life that I’ve had in a long time. Nonetheless, I’m grateful.

So many things have happened that left me confused and conflicted. But something changed in the midst of going through it. My walk and my relationship with God deepened. I came to know him more intimately. My faith grew. I had a dream and vision. I stepped out on faith believing God for blessings and miracles! (BAM) I believe something amazing is about to happen.

When I kept going to God in prayer for answers, even though I didn’t understand any of it, he revealed to me his promises. He told me exactly what I needed to know to help me move forward. When he showed me his perspective, it propelled me that much more to walk in my purpose.

No matter how much I tried and wanted to stop doing what I know God called me to do, he refused to give up on me. At times when I wanted to turn back the hands of time to go back to what I thought was comfortable and easy, He wouldn’t let me. I may have gone through some things and many times wanted to give up. But every time I would go through something, I was reminded why I’m a Christian.

When I gave my life to God, in every circumstance I encountered in my life, I realized I couldn’t go back to who I once was. My heart just wouldn’t let me be who I once was. When faced with insurmountable obstacles, it didn’t matter how much I tried to dredge up the old me, I didn’t feel comfortable trying to be the old me. I guess that means I’m growing.

God is always working me. And will use me no matter where he sends me. Regardless of the circumstance, when I sit and take a moment to reflect not on my situation but on how good God has been to me, I begin to think about what I must do to bring him glory.

Know this, while situations may be heartbreaking, discouraging, and sometimes can bring you to the point of death, every day you rise and see the sun shine is God saying, “Don’t fret. I’m not through with you yet. You’ve been through worse. Have I ever failed you? This too shall pass. I’m always with you.”

For everything that has a beginning and an end, there is a purpose. We must be cognizant of God’s presence in any situation to understand, He will fulfill his purpose. When trials come, know that they are to be expected. God has a master plan. Be willing and able. Expect the unexpected.

In the most difficult situation, don’t look to the right or to the left. Look to God. He is a present help. Yes, it will take some time to heal when you suffer and go through, but don’t stay stuck in your misery only to keep suffering. Give everything to God. Let him handle it. Nothing’s too hard for God.

What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger, wiser, better. Don’t live with regrets only to miss your blessing. Yes, we’re human and sometimes the flesh will rise up causing us to feel defeated and lost. We can either learn from the experience or choose to stay stuck. Time heal all wounds. Take time to heal. But don’t live bound forever in your refusal to truly heal.

Ask God to give you strength to get through whatever may be troubling you. Go to God. He will fix it for you. People may hurt you but when you know what you know about God, there’s nothing man can do to you to stop him from fulfilling his purpose. God is a heart fixer, mind regulator, a doctor in the sick room. He’s a healer, no matter what ails you. No matter the circumstance, stand! Stand on the Word of God. Put everything in his hands. Life is worth living when you live for God.

I love the Lord! No matter how many times I may fail him, I know I’m loved. I am a work in progress. There’s no turning back. Whatever I go through, I know God got my back.

The enemy may come in like a flood but God will lift up a standard against him. The devil thought he won. Ha! Look at me. I’m still standing! I may have been through the storm, but I made it. I got a feeling next year is going to be AMAZING!!

Be blessed! -JD

Ephesians 1:11-14 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)

Advertisements

5 Comments

Filed under My Thoughts, Poem, Uncategorized

Aren’t You Glad You Don’t Look Like What You’ve Been Through? I Am! Glory Hallelu!

wpid-img_20141230_082638.jpgWhen you meet with new trials and it seems difficult, remember how good God has been to you. He’s able. God’s faithfulness will sustain you.

Be bold in your prayers. Come to God with audacious faith. Don’t let one circumstance stop your praise. Trust God. Life will be worth living.

Growth is a process. It doesn’t happen on its own. You must be willing to change. Not just you but your mindset and attitude has to change too.

When surrounded by chaos, confusion and you can’t see the forest for the trees, keep your mind stayed on Jesus. He’ll keep you in perfect peace.

Every day you rise, take a look in the mirror, thank God, and say to yourself, “I’m glad I don’t look like what I’ve been through because I’d look like hell.”

The favor of God is on you. He anointed and appointed you. You’ve been tried and tested. Approved by God. Rejoice! It’s your season of elevation.

Be blessed! -JD

2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (NIV)

Comments Off on Aren’t You Glad You Don’t Look Like What You’ve Been Through? I Am! Glory Hallelu!

Filed under My Thoughts, Poem, Uncategorized

I Finally Found the Secret to Joy – My Joy Comes From the Lord!

wpid-img_20141122_192000.jpgHappiness is based on external situations or circumstances. It’s temporary. Joy is internal and deeply rooted. It is based on God’s presence within us. It is lasting.

When the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, reverse the curse! Don’t let him take your joy. Tell him he can’t have it. God gave it to you. Tell him find someone else to pick on!

Oftentimes the secret to joy can be found easily. It’s when we allow circumstances or people influence our thoughts that makes it difficult, causing us to believe we can never be happy. Live and let live. That’s what I always say. Because when others are miserable or unhappy, they seek to make you feel the same miserable way. Understand God has a future for you. Find joy. Don’t let the negative opinions of others steal your joy.

There are times we will go through what seems unbearable and feel our situation is much worse than others. And believe they don’t understand none of what we’re facing. We will say, “But you don’t know what I’ve been through.” If you took a moment and really thought about it, imagine what some in the Bible went through. You will find it was much worse than what you could ever go through.

In Galatians 6:17 Paul tells us, “Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” Paul suffered, went through worse, and was covered in scars. He was beaten, robbed, betrayed, and mocked by most of the world. Yet, he still rejoiced in the Lord. Paul had a cause for joy. He had been counted worthy to suffer for Christ. How about you? Can you rejoice no matter what the enemy may do to hurt, harm, or destroy you?

Jesus was crucified. He was mocked too. He was forced to wear a crown of thorns and bled from the thorns he wore on his head. That didn’t stop him from fulfilling the purpose God intended. In fact, the crown of thorns worked opposite of the mockery the Roman soldiers intended. It was a great symbol of who Jesus is and what he came to accomplish.

He was nailed to the cross and died for us. He died for our sake. If Christ could die on the cross and take the punishment we deserved, why can’t we, just as Paul, suffer for His sake? If Jesus had no problem sacrificing his life for our sins, why can’t we sacrifice our selfish desires for him and rejoice when we suffer?

As for me, I finally found the secret to joy. It’s not based on what I have, my circumstances, or what I’ve managed to overcome because of what I’ve been through. My joy comes from the Lord. I’ve learned no matter what circumstance I face, I will rejoice in the Lord. In spite of my troubles, I give glory to God for all that I have been through. God will get the glory. Because had it not been for my troubles, I would have no reason to praise him.

Every day I count my blessings, one by one. I thank God for all he’s done. This journey I’ve traveled may not have been the best at times, especially when I wanted to give up. I may have cried for a little while, but when I look back over my life I am amazed God brought me this far. I have no regrets. I am thankful for each trial, tribulation and setback. Because it was a setback for my comeback.

Don’t let circumstances or people define you. Let your heart be glad. Feel joy. God gave it to you. When you have the presence of God within you, you have found the secret to joy. Praise God in advance for all the things he is going to do, will do, and has done.

Praise him for the things he didn’t do. He knew what was best for you. In spite of your deepest troubles, know that you can feel joy. Don’t look to the right or to the left. Look to God. Count it all joy!

Make a declaration today, “I’ve found the secret to joy!” God’s presence is within me. My hope is in the Lord. I will be content. My tongue will rejoice. Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 16:9-11 “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. 11 You have made known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (NIV)

Comments Off on I Finally Found the Secret to Joy – My Joy Comes From the Lord!

Filed under My Thoughts, Poem

When God Says It is Finished, It is Done. Believe Him. Count It Done

wpid-img_20141212_212014.jpgFor years I lived in fear, afraid of what people would say about or do to me if I followed God’s orders and did what I knew He anointed me to do. I kept fighting against God and at times, gave in to the enemy in my refusal to move forward.

There were times when I wondered if I was doing the right thing when letting the opinions of others affect my decision. In some ways I failed God. I was a people pleaser. I would please everyone but God or myself. Never once considering what I lacked but always had the best interest of others at heart.

I lived in darkness. I couldn’t see the light. I found myself alone. I lost sight of God. I lost some friends and family along the way. At times, I would question my own capability. Better yet, I lacked faith in God’s ability.

I could have chosen to be bitter but I didn’t. Instead it made me stronger, wiser, better. In spite of the negative opinions, haters, naysayers, and those who chose not to support me, it influenced my decisions that much more to do better. I refused to let it dictate my destiny. I persevered. It caused me to soar into my destiny.

While I know I may have a long ways to go before I see the fruits of my labor, I know that my labor is not in vain. God sees and knows everything. God has given me many great gifts even though at times I feel I’m not capable of standing up to the challenge. God knows my heart. It is through his strength I am able to meet every challenge. And for that I am thankful to God.

God sends me through tests to see how I handle things. He gives me little to see how I handle much to prepare for what’s coming. I may never understand the workings of God. But I am so glad I understand and know just how much he loves me and what he has equipped me to do.

God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. I know in my heart that I have been chosen and called by God. No matter what people may do to me, I will keep walking in my destiny. God gave it to me.

Whenever you find yourself faced with a difficult dilemma, know that God is working it out in your favor. He will do what he promised to do. God is faithful. Have faith. God got you!

Be blessed! –JD

 Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (ESV)

2 Comments

Filed under My Thoughts, Personal, Poem, Uncategorized

Thank God for the Trials

wpid-img_20141205_112118.jpgEven in your greatest trial, which may seem difficult to handle, God will use it for your good and for his glory. Let it become your testimony.

God will equip you with all you need for doing his will (Hebrews 13:21). He will give you what he knows you need to endure. And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God; those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Let the world know of God’s marvelous works. Show them what he has done for you. Let them see how good God has been to you. Don’t let trials discourage you to the point of defeat. Thank God for them. They are meant to happen for a reason. No matter what you may be going through, know that God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Count it all joy. Trials build endurance. It will help you grow and become stronger. Thank you Jesus.

Be encouraged. God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. Some of his greatest work is done through broken people. God can use you. He will equip you for the great things he has in store for you. Be blessed! -JD

Hebrews 13:20-21 “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (NIV)

2 Comments

Filed under My Thoughts, Poem

I Love the Lord! It’s Just That Simple

wpid-img_20141114_202131.jpgWhen we wait on God’s timing and not allow the influence of others cause us to act prematurely, God will show up and show out, suddenly.

While you are waiting on God, he is waiting on you, to see who you will trust; him or the human efforts of others.

The past month I had an experience that almost knocked me to my knees because of a series of events and God interceding on my behalf that occurred letting me know He was in the midst of it all.

It was as though God spoke to me and confirmed things that were about to come to pass in my life based on what I heard the past weeks at church regarding the shift that is going to occur. It brought about renewed hope and assurance I was on the right path. God spoke to me and confirmed a number of things that took my breath away. It was a divine manifestation of the will of God.

See, when I approached God over a year ago seeking direction and discernment because there were so many things and people trying to negatively influence my decision on a very important matter I became frustrated and wasn’t sure, not which way to go but why was the attack so deep. Yet I refused to let anything move me in my obedience and faithfulness to God.

For the past few weeks I have been following God’s instructions and listening to that still small whisper while working on some things he is leading me to complete. And all I can say, I am a witness to God’s power and his promises.

I may have become discouraged at times and lost my way often enough. I didn’t let it shake my faith or my belief. I trusted the process and God’s timing. No matter what, I never stopped praying. God answered my prayers in his timing.

The atmosphere has shifted. Some things are about to change in my life and I am overwhelmed yet filled with joy! God is so good to me. I love the Lord with all my heart. From his word I will never depart. I may get weary at times, but I know God is on my side. I won’t look to the right or to the left. I will look to the hills from whence cometh my help.

God is my rock and my redeemer. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Thank you Jesus.

I love the Lord with all my heart. It’s just that simple. God is so good to me. He’s absolutely amazing. My heart belong to Him. I love him.

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 116:1-2 “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. (NIV)

2 Comments

Filed under My Thoughts, Personal, Poem