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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)

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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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Don’t Give Up. God Won’t Give Up On You. He Will Complete the Work He Begun in You

wpid-img_20140613_003405.jpgSometimes we will neglect ourselves and in doing so will neglect our spiritual life. In turn, it will cause us to stray. It’s okay. Don’t give up. God is a restorer. Glory!

People expect too much from believers and not enough from themselves. We too, are human and at times will fail. God’s love is unconditional.

For days, I found myself losing myself, neglecting my prayer life and spiritual devotion. Thoughts weighed heavily on my mind. I became dissatisfied because I was becoming who I knew I was long ago. I told the devil, you got to go!

I prayed hard and asked God to help me and reveal to me, things within myself I was failing to see. God is faithful. He revealed it to me. He sent the answer immediately, right away. I’m walking in newness. Today is a brand new day.

The devil cannot take away what dwells inside my spirit. At times, I may falter and fall by the wayside, but I know I’m filled with the Holy Spirit. God entrusted the good deposit to me. The Holy Spirit lives in me. I will guard it with my life. Come what may, the devil will not have his way in this place today!

I have been chosen by God for a purpose. To serve God is my purpose. Devil you’ve been served notice today. Flee! Get out of my way. God will have his way.

At times life can be hard. We may grow weary. Our devotional life may suffer when weary. When God seems far away, he’s only a prayer away.

When you’re not making progress in your spiritual life, don’t give up. God won’t give up on you. He will complete the work he begun in you.

Be blessed! -JD

Philippians 1:6 “For 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.” (NASB)

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The Devil is Busy 365 Days A Year – God is Too. Don’t Let it Discourage You

wpid-img_20140609_102248.jpgThere are 365 days in a year. The devil will use every one of them to frustrate God’s purpose. God knows it too. He will fulfill his purpose.

Don’t let the devil discourage you and cause you to miss your blessing. You have been chosen by God. Count it all joy! Go get your blessing!

The devil can do nothing against you that God does not permit. God’s plan and purpose have been predetermined. His purpose will not fail. Nor will He fail you. Walk in your destiny. What God has for you, is for you.

Be blessed! -JD

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (KJVA)

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A Simple Thought – Be Encouraged Today. Trials Serve A Greater Purpose

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It is in our greatest trial we will discover God’s divine purpose. It shapes our destiny. God is working on us for a specific purpose.

Be blessed! -JD

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