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
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

― Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

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Yes, God Can Use You!

To lose your identity because of your past is to devalue your worth as a result of it. Take joy in knowing this. Your past does not define you. God defines you. God loves you. Know your worth. In God’s eyes you are worthy.

To be driven by what others think about you based on your past is to deny your belief in what God knows about you based on your future.  God knows the plans he has for your future. Don’t let the attitudes and opinions of others distract you from what God has already planned for your future.

For years I kept denying God’s plan for my life in my refusal to consistently follow him. I refused to follow his order. I was disobedient. I resisted every attempt I made when it came time to reading the Bible to understand, learn, and grow in knowledge of God even though I was raised in the church and knew who God was. I knew how much he loved me. I wasn’t sure what he desired of me. Yet I allowed the lack of love from others define me. I used a million reasons as excuses to why God could not use me.

I had many flaws. I used to think I was not of value to God. I didn’t think I had anything to offer Him. I had low self-esteem and I was resentful towards people who didn’t look like me but felt looked better than me. I went through life hating (yes hating) myself because I was too skinny and thought I was not beautiful enough. I was too short, thought I was worthless, and I would never be a model because I was not tall enough. I could sing but felt I would never become a gospel recording artist or entertainment singer because I did not meet society’s criteria. I allowed the world to define my character.

I made matters worse by allowing others to define my self-worth. I kept holding on to the opinions of others and past hurts. Letting people convince me I was not beautiful inside because of my ungodly ugliness on the outside. I allowed them to fabricate only to expose hidden blemishes because of my unsubtle ugliness. Then one day I stopped listening to their voices. I listened to that small whisper of God’s voice. He told me, “Do not be dismayed. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are unique. I created you the way you are on purpose. You will be used for my purpose. Man does not define you. I define you.”

Now I’m free. Free of the chains that bound me. I’m no longer bound by my past. Everything I do centers around my Father, whose love and favor towards me will outlast. All that the world may think matters to me. I matter to God. That’s all I need.

God does not look at outer appearances; he looks at your heart. No matter your past hurts or flaws, you can be used by God. Your past does not define you. Your past is only a reflection of the things you managed, with the help of God, to get through. It is a mirror image of your future. You are chosen by God. Regardless of what you may have done or who you are. Step out of your comfort zone. You can still be used by God.

People may never appreciate, value, or think good of you. Don’t let it deter you from believing what God knows is best for you. The plans of God are good and perfect. God does all things in decency and in order. His plan is perfect.

Yes, God can use you! Don’t let others define you. Your past will not stop God from using you. Let go of doubt, fear, and lack of faith. Make a declaration today.” I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I am unique. I am God’s masterpiece. My past WILL NOT define me. God can use me!”

Be blessed! –JD

Ephesians 2:10 “God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.”


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