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Welcome Wisdom Wednesday! Your Valley is Taking You Somewhere. Don’t Give Up. Run! Head Towards Your Future!

Wisdom Wednesday JoaynnWhat happens when you give it your all and even that isn’t good enough? One minute you’re rejoicing because something good just happened and in a split second bad news traveled faster. Only to leave you discouraged.

Your hope comes crashing down and you feel defeated. You think to yourself, everything you try doesn’t work out and you’re hoping a door would at least open wide enough to propel you on your way; in search of your destiny.

You know without a doubt you have a purpose and continue to search to find it, but the answers don’t come easily. You know you’ve been given a vision by God and you did your best to follow his leading.

It’s easy to say, “When you’ve done all you can do, stand.” But in the back of your mind you feel worthless because you’re doing nothing. You go to God, and it feels like He is not answering your prayers. Should you give up? Or push until something happens? Or keep the faith, no matter what?

Well, think about this. Yes, it can be truly difficult to believe God at a time when your troubles outweigh your circumstances, your faith is deeply tested, and you’re stuck deep in the valley with no hope in sight. You’re waiting for God to send a rope to pull you out. You will have trials. Your trust in God will be shaken. The valley is not meant to break you but to make you stronger.

There is a divine purpose for your being in the valley. God has to take you through a walk in the valley one step at a time, to bring you out better than you went in. God is faithful. If he can trust you with little he will make you a ruler over many. Stop looking behind, in front of, around you or to the right or to the left. God will make everything all right. Trust him.

Don’t allow failure to be a crutch that cripple you and cause you to give in to fear and allow Satan to stop your anointing. Don’t worry. God gave it to you. No one, not even Satan can stop your anointing.

Delayed is never denied. Whatever it is you are believing God for may not come when you want but it will manifest in his timing. Don’t give up. Keep trying. Be still in the Lord. Your valley will take you to the next level God has prepared for you. Your future is waiting.

Your future is not your past. It’s in front of you. Don’t look back on what was left behind you. Run. Move forward. Head towards your future.

Be blessed! – JD

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (ESV)

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When You’re Down To Nothing, God is Up To Something. No Matter What, Get Up Every Day and Do Something!

promise-without-purpose-joaynnHow many of us can attest to the fact we know our dream or vision has been assigned by God but become fearful or will have doubts when it seems like everyone around us is prospering but us. Yet if we are honest with ourselves, we too are prospering just as others or if not even better. God is preparing us for greater to fulfill his perfect will while we wait for better.

We don’t know how long or what it took for that person to get where they are nor do we know what they had to go through to get where they are. What we do know is God can do anything but fail. And whatever our hands touch, he promises they will prosper. Your gift will make room for you. Whatever God has for you is for you.

Just because you may see someone else business or dream manifest before yours does, it doesn’t mean God has forgotten about you. It just means his timing of manifestation is “not yet”. He has to prune, shape, and refine you for what he knows is coming. Don’t give up. Keep the faith. It’s coming!

For those of us who are honest with ourselves, we can admit we are flawed. At times, we can’t seem to find our purpose. We feel inadequate and feel we don’t belong. We wake every day with expectation believing God for a miracle. Yet when things don’t work out as we expect we become discouraged and possibly disillusioned.

Our faith is tested. We begin to question our trust in God. We have doubts, become hopeless, in despair, wanting so badly to give up. Where is our faith? We focus on what’s not working in our circumstances instead of looking to Jesus at work in our circumstances. We start looking to the right and to the left. Not realizing we only need to look to the hills from whence cometh our help.

Life is not easy. But we have a choice. We can choose to be happy or choose to miserable. Don’t look at your situation only to become discouraged and want to give up. Remind yourself, even when you’re down, God is up to something. God wants to take you from Eqypt to the promise land. Say to yourself every day, “No matter what, I’ll get up and do something!”

Look at where you are now and where God brought you from. You are where you are because of where you’ve been. Look at God! Ain’t He good!!

Be blessed! –JD

Isaiah 43:18, 19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV)

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Naysayers, Stop Hating and Being Envious. Have a Seat. Get It Together!

Uninvited GuestsToday I decided to step out of my comfort zone and dedicate a simple post to all the naysayers who never have nothing positive or encouraging to say. And would like to share a few words to encourage someone today.

We can become easily discouraged when faced with difficult situations. No matter how many times man says no, God’s yes is the final answer. God knows exactly what we are dealing with every day. He hears the prayers of the righteous. Whatever you’re believing God for, he will answer.

Sometimes to find peace of mind you have to remove yourself from things that serve no purpose. Naysayers, doubters, gossipers, haters are included. Let go of what doesn’t belong. Be at peace.

Naysayers to me are Negative Attitudes Yielding Senseless Attacks Yearning Exclusive Recognition; simply put. They are jealous for no reason. When you encounter someone who has too many reasons to complain about everything and can never see the good in anything, run! They will do everything in their power to make you just as miserable as they are. Remember, misery loves company.

People with negative attitudes serve no good purpose. If they don’t have anything positive to say. Stay away from them. Association brings assimilation. Be careful who you surround yourself with. People who constantly make the worst out of a good situation and focus too much on the negative are not ones you want to surround yourself with.

Pessimists will defeat your purpose, if you let them. When you encounter a naysayer, don’t be intimidated by them. Tell them thank you. Pray for them. Don’t let the actions of others become your standard of living. You are not designed to be like them. Make the best of the situation. You are made to stand out, not fit in.

When you give in to negative thoughts you’ve already lost the battle. Don’t dwell on the negative. Bless those who curse you, even when they persecute you. It doesn’t matter what people say about you. It’s not true. You don’t look like what you’ve been through. Don’t get weary. You’re Winning!

Stop inviting haters to pity parties only to have them extend invitations to more miserable, uninvited guests. Keep your secrets to yourself.

Don’t listen to naysayers. They don’t know you. Whatever they say about you isn’t true. Declare, I am and will be all that God says I am. I am victorious!

Be blessed! –JD

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (ESV)

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God Gave You a Vision of Promise. Never Give Up On Your Dreams. What God Has Planned, It Will Succeed

God Determines Your Destiny JoaynnNo matter what your circumstances are or what happens today, be content in all things. God will supply all your needs. Don’t be discouraged.

God gave you a vision of promise. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. One phone call, one idea, one divine connection can be life changing. The vision is yet for an appointed time. Wait on God. God always keeps his promises. It will surely come.  Believe! It will be fulfilled.

Whatever God starts, he finishes. It’s done. Your situation may seem hopeless. It ain’t over until God says it over. God says it is finished.

Stop giving people permission to control your destiny. Only God determines your destiny. They didn’t call or appoint you. God did. Seek Him.

Say this to yourself and declare every day with me, God will perfect that which concerns me. It won’t always be like this. One day the tides will turn in my favor. God will see me through this.

Be blessed! –JD

Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (KJV)

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Don’t Be Troubled or Perplexed by Trials. Welcome Adversity. You Have to be Defeated Before You Can Have Victory

wpid-img_20150121_073442.jpgIn life, we always will encounter obstacles that will either test our faith or cause us to doubt what we already believe. Oftentimes, adversity will present itself that we may humble ourselves before we look up to see the Lord. Have faith in what we cannot see.

Yes, bad things happen because we live in a fallen world but in order for us to get through the bad, we have to go through some things. We have to be defeated before we can have victory. Otherwise, how would we know God will fight our battles if we didn’t have them? How else would we know we need God when troubled on every side? Or trust him when he says, he will deliver us from evil?

God wants us to grow. We cannot grow without being cut. Just as trees cannot grow with dead leaves, to have a new life, old habits and bad attitudes have to be cut. When you find yourself blaming God for what he didn’t do, humble yourself and thank him for what he did do. He kept evil from destroying you.

Life without failure has no meaning. Trials are necessary. They are not meant to punish us. Thank God for the trials. Trials are meant to develop us. When we go through the valley, God goes with us. God desires to guide us with love and wisdom, rather than punishment. His word promises to deliver us from evil.

“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” (Rom 8:29). God knew you before he formed you in your mother’s womb. He knows exactly what he is doing. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Meditate on the word. Accept his advice. God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ (1 John 3:2). He wants to conform us to Christ likeness.

Whatever God has spoken over your life, it will be done. It won’t always be like this. You’ve come too far. God will perfect that which concerns you. Sooner or later, it will turn out in your favor. Thank Him in advance for what he’s done, is doing, and is going to do. Praise the Lord. Thank you Jesus!

Don’t be defeated. Defeat will be necessary before you can have the victory. If God says the righteous will not be forsaken, you are more than a conqueror, believe him. Whatever God says take him at his word. God keeps his word. “For all the promises of God in him are yea and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor 1:20). Don’t miss this. God said it. I believe it. That settles it!

Be blessed! –JD

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

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When The Devil Starts Bothering You, Cut Him Off. Praise Your Way Through. Give Glory to God!

wpid-img_20150103_074952.jpgThe devil is always bothering me, 365 days a year. But he won’t win; EVER. I’m still standing. There’s a reason God still has me here.

No matter what the devil tries to do to discourage me or frustrate my purpose, his mission will be aborted! Nothing will stop me. He will not have the victory. No matter what happens, in everything, I will praise my way through. There’s still a work for me to do.

Thank you Lord! I know you’re still on my side. You gave me life. You opened my eyes. To see yet again another day. Ready to face whatever comes my way. I got a portion of my health, strength, and a sound mind. To do the impossible, no matter how strong the tide.

You’ve given me brand new life to see, that you still care for me. I won’t worry. I won’t fret. My being here says you’re not through with me yet. My faith is renewed. My mind’s clear. I will run the race. I won’t have no fear.

There are days when my heart is in pain. Can’t think, can’t speak. Wondering when my life will be the same. Yet, I know it will never be. But what I do know, you have me in the place right where I need to be. So that I may bring you glory while riding through the storm. No weapon formed against me will prosper. I have the favor of God. God is sovereign.

I may not be sure of a lot of things but what I am assured of, God you got me! I already know. Sometimes my mind and heart may not be with the flow. Forgive me, I’m human. Every day I fail. I may sin every day and fall short of the glory of God but your strength against the enemy will always prevail.

I may never understand the entire plan you have for me. All I need to know is that you love me unconditionally. So today I give thanks for breath and life. I have victory, in spite of strife. God you are the Author and Finisher of my faith. I know it’s never in my timing… I will wait. I will praise you in advance. Thank you Jesus!

Be encouraged today. When you feel weak, let God be your strength. When enemies come against you, let God be your protection. In times of trouble he will help you.

Be the light that shines so bright that when people see you, they see the light of Jesus Christ in you.  Let the world know how good God has been to you!

When the devil starts bothering you, cut him off. Don’t give him the time of day. Praise your way through. Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 5:16In 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.” (ESV)

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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)

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Don’t Worry About A Thing Today. If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?

If GodBe of good cheer. I’m thinking about you today. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Don’t worry about a thing today.

Here are a few words of inspiration to help you get through the day. Remember what God says in Romans 8:28-31,

“28 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. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Man can do you no harm. When praises go up, blessings come down. God is good all the time. No man can take away what God has for you. What God has for you is for you.

If God be for us, who can be against us? When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Be encouraged!

Be blessed! -JD

Jeremiah 1:19 “They will fight against you but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.” (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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Whatever God Puts Inside You, It Will Come Out You – The Seed of Greatness is Inside You!

wpid-img_20140630_185709.jpgWhen you find yourself waiting on God, be patient. God is faithful. God is working it out for his glory and for your greater good. All things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)

When it seems like things are not working out and your faith is being tested, it produces steadfastness. God’s working it out in your favor. Be encouraged. You’re blessed and highly favored.

When you’ve lost everything and feel there’s nothing to live for, it is where you will meet God and realize you have everything to live for.

It is God who is at work in you. He gives you the desire and the will to achieve his purpose. If you do God’s will, you will desire to do what he wants for his purpose. God says, ”And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekial 36:27).  The Holy Spirit dwells in you. Whatever he puts inside you, it will come out of you. The seed of greatness is inside you.

The seed was planted long ago. Whatever happens today has already been determined in the spiritual. God has a set time and place for it to happen in the natural. The place you’re in is for a purpose. God will fulfill his purpose.

You may feel you have been held captive for quite some time and waited years for something to happen. Then suddenly, there will come a day when you will be released from bondage and something amazing will happen. Be encouraged. All hope is not gone. You will experience visions from God. In your darkest hour is when you will hear from God.

You may not understand what it is you are to do while going through. Let me help you. Pray, meditate, study the Word. Thank God for the trials in spite of.

There’s purpose for your pain, process before promotion. Process before progress. Labor will be painful. God’s positioning you for elevation. Declare that you are in the right position to receive God’s blessings. Accept it. Walk in your destiny.

Be blessed! -JD

Joshua 1:7-97 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV)

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Don’t Worry About the Devil. He’ll Lie to You… God’s Word is Truth!

wpid-textgram_1396154998.pngGreater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. The devil doesn’t want you to believe that at all. He wants you to fail. God won’t let you. God is faithful. He got you!

Don’t worry about the devil. He’ll lie to you. Trust in God. God’s Word is truth.

Be blessed! -JD

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.(ESV)

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Morning Inspiration

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11/19/2013 · 7:58 am