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Say This With Me, I Declare And Decree I Will Walk In The Fullness of God’s Blessings!

Declare and Decree JoaynnNot everybody will celebrate you. There are some who may not even like you. They don’t matter. Learn to celebrate yourself. You matter! While it may be refreshing to know that somebody cares, even when they don’t, learn to celebrate yourself.

When looking over my life today, I couldn’t help but give thanks to God. I declared I have so much to be thankful for. I may not have all the things I want or am where I want to be but I thank God for all I have and where I am. It’s exactly where God needs me to be.

When it comes to my life and matters that are dear to me, I am a very private person and try my best to keep my personal life to myself. Everybody do not need to know when I’m helpless. But for the people that want to get in my business only to persecute, condemn, and judge me, I turn off the noise. I don’t tell them a thing. Because everybody don’t need to know my business. I take it to God. He’s the only one that needs to know all about my troubles.

Be careful of people who talk about you and not to you. Do what you know is best for you. Gossipers will talk behind your back. They want to see you fail. Don’t tell everybody your secrets. Keep your business to yourself.

Don’t let life get you down. It won’t always be like this. Believe God for miracles and blessings. Speak prosperity over your life. Don’t give up. Name and claim it. Be encouraged. Anything easy is not worth having but anything hard to get will be well worth the wait. Persevere. Keep trusting Him.

Say this with me….Declare and decree whatever I touch shall prosper. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. Who the son sets free is free indeed. What God has planned, it will succeed. I have the favor of God on me. Grace looks good on me. I wear it well. I can do all things through Christ Jesus. I am more than a conqueror. It won’t always be like this. I will walk in the fullness of God’s blessings. I will win at this!

Be blessed! – JD

Job 22:28, 29 “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways. When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will save.” (NASB)

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I Got A New Perspective. I’m Renaming My Valleys Today. God is Taking Me Through The Valley of Blessing!

wpid-img_20150415_153005.jpgThe past three months have been extremely exhausting to the point where I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. I’ve been going through some major things with my health, devastating pain that I cannot even put a name to. Weariness and not remembering things to the point where I haven’t been able to share or think of things to say to bless others about how good my God is. At times, only sharing a simple word or thought to ease my own fears and still be a blessing to someone.

With all that I am going through, I’ve been extremely discouraged. Yet being the person I am, I couldn’t let it stop me. I’m persistent, strong-willed, and determined. I persevered. Every day I kept trying. But today of all days was the last straw. The devil came and tried to steal my joy.

Early in the wee hours of the morning, before my feet hit the ground the enemy pounced on me like a raging storm. Attacking me from the north, south, east, and west. He wouldn’t leave me alone. It was one of the most frustrating mornings I have had in a long time. Nothing was going right. I said, “Oh my goodness!” My world seemed dark, filled with despair and hopelessness. I felt helpless.

I started hearing voices telling me, “You will never reach your destiny. You will never accomplish your dream. You’re failing at just about everything. Look at yourself. Where is your help?” I told him, “You messed with the wrong person today! I refuse to believe the lies you are telling. I’m not listening. I’ve had enough. I rebuke that spirit of failure, defeat, and discouragement”. I immediately got on my knees and prayed to God. I felt better after I talked with God. And although nothing changed immediately, I could sense in my heart God was with me.

As I tried to find strength to begin simple tasks only to feel defeated again or gain motivation to get on track, I couldn’t. I needed God’s strength. I opened my Bible to read the book of Jeremiah, chapter 22. I looked at the first verse and for reasons I cannot explain, something alerted my attention to Joel Osteen’s broadcast I stopped in the middle of listening to the other day because I had to attend one of many doctor appointments I had this week. The message, “The Valley of Blessing”.

I thought, how ironic. Believing it was not a coincidence. I said, “Thank you God.” I needed to hear this! I said to him, God this is why I love you soooo much! You know exactly what I need when I need it. You will send a word that speaks to my situation to guide, encourage, bless, and deliver me from evil that surrounds me. That I may know everything will be all right, even in the valley.

Pastor Osteen had a lot to say and I wish I could put everything here but I can’t so I will share this. He said, “In every valley you’re gaining something. There is a purpose. Nothing happens by accident. Stand still and you will see the victory. Don’t complain about the valley. Have this new perspective. There’s a blessing in the valley.

Perhaps you’re in the valley of sickness and could easily be discouraged (Yes that’s me). It’s only temporary (Glory!). Don’t settle (I won’t). It’s going to turn into a valley of health and strength (Praise the Lord). You may not understand it right now but learn this. “God doesn’t move the valley. He will bless you in it.” No matter the circumstance, He will deliver you in it.

I started reflecting over my life journey and realized what I was missing. Although I may have been in the valley for almost eleven years, I am assured there’s a purpose. If it wasn’t going to turn out for my good, God wouldn’t never have led me to it.

Just because I lost some things including my passion, independence, pride, and dignity, God would restore these things and more back to me. I came to understand I wasn’t dealing with trivial things but with something critical to my destiny. The valley was preparing me for something greater. Glory hallelujah!

I learned my experiences were for my benefit. I gained something that would be instrumental in reaching my destiny. Experience and confidence opened the door to new beginnings. I may have faced challenges that seem insurmountable but what came to me as a surprise, this time the challenge is even bigger. It’s like something I have never experienced before. Thank God! I’m getting closer to my destiny.

When the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, I will declare how great my God is. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I’m more than a conqueror. Trouble don’t last always. This problem did not come to stay. It will come to pass one day. God will show up and show out. He will see me through this. He will fight my battle. I am in the valley of blessing.

God, you gave me a vision. I know this was your plan. Even when I don’t understand why this is happening to me or it doesn’t make sense, I will stand. I served the devil notice today. I told him I’m renaming my valleys today. I’m calling them one by one. Valley of defeat is valley of victory. All the valleys of sickness and disease, I’m renaming it to valley of restoration and health. Valley of death, struggle, and lack, I’m taking my rightful names back. You will be known as the valley of abundance, promotion, increase. I will decrease that God may increase.

I got a new perspective. I will get my passion back. I am victorious. I am triumphant. I will not be discouraged. My breakthrough is on the way. I will stay in the faith. I won’t let nothing stop me. What God has for me is for me!

For anyone who is in the valley this message of hope and inspiration is for you. Rest assured. God will see you through. You may be struggling. Know this, whatever God starts he finishes. Your situation may seem hopeless. It ain’t over until God says it’s over. Don’t be discouraged. When God says it is finished, it’s done. Trust Him. Count it all joy!

Be blessed! –JD

2 Chronicles 20:26-27 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the LORD. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.” (ESV)

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To Women Everywhere, This One is For You! I Applaud Your Strength. You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. You Are More Than A Conqueror!

wpid-img_20150415_160738.jpgStrong women are beautiful human beings and can hide their imperfections so gracefully. You can never tell what they are going through just by looking at them. They will wear the weight of the world on their shoulders and still find time to nurture, love, and be there for others. At times, putting their needs on the back burner and putting first the needs of others. They will go to the end of the earth for loved ones and won’t never stop being there for you. They are loyal friends to the end. They will be there for you, until you give them a reason not to.

When God created us, he knew beforehand we had to be strong. He was confident no matter the trials and tribulations or any obstacle, through his strength we would endure the storm. Your infinite strength, godly wisdom, and strong character defines who you are. Phenomenal woman is who God created you to be who you are.

If no ever tells you how beautiful and how strong you are today, I am telling you on this day. You are a gift from God. Your strength is found in every weakness even at times when you secretly know you are falling apart. You wear grace well. It looks good on you. Thank you for your strength and courage. I applaud you.

We can never underestimate the strength of a woman just because she may look like she got it all together. With all she goes through, it helps to be considerate of her feelings. A kind word, simple words of encouragement can make her day. Just letting her know she is loved will go a long way.

Sometimes even the strongest woman isn’t always as strong as you think. She’s only human. We all have a cross to bear. Show love. Words of encouragement, random acts of kindness will inspire the heart.

Be blessed! -JD

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

― Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/12268-pretty-women-wonder-where-my-secret-lies-i-m-not-cute

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Celebrate YOU Today. Declare, No Matter What Happens, Today is Going to be a Great Day!

wpid-img_20150401_110056.jpgLadies and gentlemen, this one is for you. No matter what you may be facing, know that God loves you. In times of distress, look to the Lord. Cast all your cares upon the Lord. Look to the hills from whence cometh your help. Know that God is a present help.

People will misunderstand, criticize, and betray you. Don’t let it discourage you. God is a just God. He sees you. He will promote you.

People may have left you. You survived the pain. You outlived what tried to kill you. You overcame. Life may have been hard. But God. Thank you Jesus.

When things don’t go your way and you feel God didn’t do what you want, thank him for saving you from what he knew wouldn’t be for your good.

Take these simple words of advice and make a declaration. “I am believing God with great expectations. Today is the day I will not let anything stand in my way from receiving all that God has promised me. I am victorious. I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. The Lord is on my side. I am WINNING!”

Satan is the father of lies! He wants to separate you from the Father. He lies. Don’t believe you can’t be used by God. Get up. Do something. Go get your blessing!

Today is the day you celebrate YOU. Thank God for all you’ve been through. Have no regrets. God knew best. Send “thank you” cards to the people who left. Tell them, “Look at God. He did that!”

Be blessed! – JD

Psalm 106:1, 2; 4, 5 Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all his praise? Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise. (ESV)

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No Matter the Situation, Trust God. Declare In Your Weakest Moments, Yet Will I Trust Him

wpid-img_20150320_200055.jpgSometimes, to find your own peace, you have to make the decision to remove yourself from the equation and let God do what he knows best. You have to decide what to add or subtract from your life that serves no purpose.

God promises it will work for the greater good. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)

I have been traveling what I find is one of the most difficult, confusing, lengthy journeys I have ever encountered in my life. I have been through many things and can count the times I have faced adversity, questionable trials, and unexpected tribulations hindering my ability to move forward. However, in this particular season of my life, I cannot even begin to explain or understand the depth of my journey and at times question my worthiness. While I know it’s never for me to understand all that God does, yet will I trust Him.

I probably say this more often than most so please excuse me. I have to be honest with myself. Every day I struggle with giving up and going back to what is familiar. I say to myself, it’s easier to give in and settle. But when I sit and do nothing, it doesn’t feel right. I just cannot sit and do nothing. I feel out of place. I cannot settle being comfortable or complacent. God chose me. I cannot go back to way it used to be.

It is then I realize when I am discouraged or frustrated, sometimes I have to get to a place where I sit in pure silence without any distractions to hear from God. And every time I talk about quitting or giving up, when I pray I must listen for that still small voice. God gives me a revelation letting me know he has a different plan. I must keep the faith and learn to be obedient.

God doesn’t want our sacrifice. He wants our obedience. What good are works if you don’t have faith? Honor God with obedience not your works. Without faith it’s impossible to please God. We must be obedient to the Spirit. Do what God tells you to do, and not what your will tells you.

In our deepest moments of pain and suffering when we can’t see God in anything, declare, yet will I trust Him. God is just a prayer away. Pray. God is always listening. He may not come when you want him but he’s always on time. Trust Him. He will answer.

Be blessed! –JD

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (ESV)

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Ignorance is Bliss But Can Also Be Infectious. Speak In Love. Positivity Can Be Contagious

Triumph Over IgnoranceWhoever says ignorance is bliss should also add it can be infectious. Sometimes, silence in response to ignorance is counterproductive. Toxic people will contaminate your immune system and spread germs of hatred, discouragement, and negativity. Decontaminate infected minds with words of godly wisdom and positivity. Knowing when to speak in love can be contagious. Your words of wisdom will triumph over ignorance.

I am a realist. I don’t pretend when the truth needs to be told. Nor do I sugarcoat things to get the approval of others. When I speak the truth, oftentimes my mouth gets me in trouble. Not because I say the wrong things or am insensitive to the feelings of others. But because I can’t sit idly by and watch people wallow in denial of their own truth only to justify their behavior. I believe we all should strive daily to grow and do better.

Sometimes I try to share positive, encouraging words of wisdom when I encounter someone who constantly have nothing nice to say. But occasionally the words may not come out the right way. When I become aware of what I am doing, I take a moment to sit in silence and think about what I will say.  I will share my thoughts and do my best not to offend anyone intentionally.

I try to say things in the right way to help and not condemn others. I mean well. My desire is that you become aware of and not ignore your lack of knowledge as a means to justify your wrongdoings. I only want to help bring awareness to what you say and do to acknowledge how it affects others, in the hopes it will guide your decisions.

We are all God’s children. He loves each of us the same. Just as God does not find fault in us, neither should we find fault in others. Negativity breeds negativity. Ignorance breeds contempt. The less you know about someone doesn’t give you a license to pass judgment on them. In my opinion, I believe it can be a great opportunity to get to know them better. When you know better, you do better.

Ignorance is bliss if you’re happy not knowing the truth. Knowingly not doing the right thing is not an excuse. When you know God’s Word, you have knowledge of what God commands. Have common sense. You mustn’t waver in your obedience to him. When you treat God’s Word as if it were human advice is like ignoring who God is. That’s not a good way to live. Respect for God begins with wisdom (James 1:5).

When you choose to follow your own direction instead of God’s, you’re saying to him, I would rather not listen to what you say and choose to ignore right from wrong. I want to keep doing what I know is not right even when it’s wrong.

Be careful when offending God out of your own ignorance. If you humbly submit yourself and ask Him for help, he will generously give you guidance. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10). Have godly wisdom. Do what’s right. Fear the Lord. Make a choice to think positively, not to tear down but encourage others.

Think before you speak. Consider the impact of your words before spreading negativity. When you don’t understand why people do what they do or choose to criticize them, it’s not fair. God’s wisdom goes beyond common sense. He will give you wisdom. Trust him.

Knowledge is power. Take time to learn. Ask God for wisdom to guide your choices. Then use what you know to do better, be better, and grow. When you know the difference between right and wrong, choose to do right. God will be pleased.

Be blessed! –JD

James 1:5, 6 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the seas, blown and tossed by the wind.” (NIV)

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Happy Resurrection Sunday! He is not here. He has risen!

He is Risen! Celebrate the SaviorJesus was crucified. He was resurrected from the dead. On the third day he rose. He did as he promised. He is not here. He has risen! (Luke 24:6).

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life, He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? Yes, Lord, she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world” (John 11:25-27). How wonderful is this assurance and certainty to those who believe. “Because I live, you will also live” (John 14:19).

Jesus went to prepare a place for the faithful. Celebrate the Savior. He will return one day and bring us to our place with him in the place he has prepared for us in heaven. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3).

Celebrate Christ’s resurrection not just once a year but every day. Because of the resurrection, He gave us victory over sin and death. Death is not the end. Life after death is promised. Isn’t that Good News! We too will be raised from the dead to live forever with Christ Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:16-17).

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Be blessed! –JD

Matthew 28:5-7; 9 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”… 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. (NASB, NIV)

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