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Thanksgiving Thankfulness!

Psalm 95In honor of Thanksgiving, many around the world will celebrate the day gathering with friends and family and share in the tradition of giving thanks, prayer and a specially prepared feast, and profess specific reasons for their thankfulness to God for the gifts He has given. A day of celebration where many will count the many blessings God has graciously bestowed. A time where family and friends will give thanks for all God has done.

The day filled with an attitude of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness for the greatest gift God has given; His Son Jesus Christ who paid the debt for our sins and gave us eternal life as a free gift.

Although many will have had painful experiences throughout the year and faced insurmountable challenges, the focus is not on what did not turn out right only to complain about it, but is on how good God has been in spite of it. Giving thanks for everything He has done, remembering every good thing comes from God. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

We have so much to be thankful for. Glorify and magnify the Lord. Let not just today be a day we are grateful and give thanks to God for the gifts. Let every day be a day we enter his gates with praise and thankfulness. Be thankful in everything. And remember the true spirit of Thanksgiving Day; the greatest gift God has given to us. His Son Jesus Christ who sacrificed his life and died on the cross.

From my family to yours, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Be blessed! –JD

Psalm 95:1-6 “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” (NIV)

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God Blesses Me. I Can’t Help But Bless Others Too. Readers, Thank you!

Proverbs 18:4 “Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.” (NLT)

Proverbs 18In the heart of the believer, speech from the wise is like a stream that overflows with blessings. From one who continuously supplies words of spiritual wisdom and knowledge, communicating and ministering grace to those who will hear. They are a blessing.

Every day as I sit and reflect on how good God has been to me. There is never a time I forget to give God thanks no matter what may be troubling me. First thing I do before my feet hit the ground is give praise, honor, glory, and thanks to Him. I don’t do anything on a whim. Although there are times when I find it difficult to get out of bed, there is never a time I fail to give thanks even while lying in bed. Every moment of the day I give God praise. No matter what I go through, I praise His Holy Name.

Many times, my writings are inspired by God. I can’t help when most of the time I have something to say, it is about God. Sometimes after reading the great writings of others I have a desire to write about something different like them, other than what you see. But I realize I am not them. I am gifted differently.

When I set my mind and release my thoughts to voice recordings in preparation to create a post, I’m always reminded of this the most, “A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great” (Proverbs 18:16). My gifts will make room for me. I don’t rush what it is I need to do before God tells me. Nor do I desire to be like anyone else. I use my gifts wisely.

There are times, for days or weeks, I may not have a thing to say. However, I don’t rush a thing. I stay humble and meek and wait patiently. I wait on God to lead me. I take the opportunity to share my thoughts on that given day, with all the strength he gives me.

Oftentimes people ask me, “Where do you get the stuff you write? Does it come from a book or somebody else thoughts?” I tell them, “No it comes from my own thoughts.” Many times I can read a sermon I’ve scribbled from any given Sunday and use that as my guide. To put together what I desire to say after collecting my thoughts.

My thoughts in my writings come from various places, and wherever I may find inspiration. But the things I have to say are derived first and foremost before, during, and after daily meditation. My cousin calls it impartation (smile), I call it anointed. I can see one word from a blog post or a comment on social media and I turn it into a message. I can take knowledge or an event from a mess of my life and turn it into a message.

I often get a number of compliments on things I share. People say they look forward to reading what I have to say. Even when there are times I miss a day. And while there are times when I feel, how can I inspire others when I cannot inspire me? My readers, family, and friends are the ones who inspire me. While I am honored, I never take credit. God gets all the credit. It’s all God. He gives me the strength and power to share his love. If only one person is blessed by my message, I am grateful to God for allowing me to be a blessing.

While I don’t have a spiritual mentor or a godly counselor right now, I have all I need guiding my spiritual growth. The Word of God, daily reading, mediation, and teachings from my Pastor at church guides my spiritual growth. I work every day to share wisdom, inspiration, encouragement, and motivate others. I look to God for godly wisdom. And when the inspiration hits me, I write a simple or long thought about the goodness of God as he leads me.

So when you visit, whenever I may have something to say that day, God is the reason for many of the things I have to say. And although the majority of what you see is about God.  It’s because I cannot help but to always give glory to and honor God.

God is so good to me. God sends people like you to bless me. When you read thoughts I’ve created, it’s my way of sharing with the world God’s wisdom and just how good He has been to me. Your visits mean the world to me. I’m thankful for every opportunity to share with you the gift I’ve been given. Thank you for being a blessing!

God Blesses Me. I Can’t Help But Bless Others Too. Readers, Thank you!

Be blessed! –JD

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A Blessing in Disguise is An Act of Good Will

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God the Father 11 (Photo credit: Waiting For The Word)

A blessing in disguise is defined when something bad or misfortunate happens and the reward turns out to be beneficial. Things turn out for the best. But sometimes if it’s not in our best interest but will have negative consequences that will hurt someone else when compromising your own integrity, is it really a blessing in disguise or should you still consider it a blessing?

To selfishly impose your own will and compromise your integrity only to reap the benefit of that which is acquired illegally and dishonestly I think can still be considered a blessing even though your response to it was unwise. You chose to make a decision based on self-gratification rather than selflessness and sacrifice. However, God can still bless you in the mess that may open your eyes. And alert you to the things he needs you to see, to correct it that you may glorify Him.

However, we mustn’t confuse the idea that when something bad happens and we are placed in a position where we are helpless but still are blessed as a result of it, with the idea that when something bad happens and as a result out of our lack of integrity to do the right thing, we reap the benefit. But remember, there still will be a consequence.

For example, when a person loses a job and God still gives them provision in it. Count it all joy. It’s a blessing. While you may not have a job, your needs are being met. And you can use the free time to spend with family, explore new options to enhance your abilities. Don’t fret. View it as a time to put life into the right perspective. Create new goals. God’s taking you to the next level.

In contrast, when a person goes into a grocery store and the clerk gives them way too much change. And they realize it but still walk out of the store with money in hand. Never once thinking twice about going back to correct the situation and make amends. Instead they think it is a blessing because they now have more money than they had. They believe their response to it was good and not bad. Their conscious was not affected at all. And in the long run, the deed was not good. Therefore, the reward cannot be justified. It’s already done. Consequences will come.

This past weekend my daughter blessed me to indulge and treat myself to some much needed shopping. So I went to the mall with my oldest daughter to see what I could find. I went to an upscale department store to look for summer dresses or dresses to wear to church and found a few I wanted to buy. I decided to walk around the store to make sure there wasn’t anything I missed before leaving.

As I’m walking to find a cashier to hold my merchandise until I returned with coupons my daughter had who was in another part of the mall, a sales lady in the purse department stopped me in my tracks and asked loudly could she help me. The encounter seemed strange. I sensed a slight bit of stereotypical behavior when she looked me up and down with question and yelled out to me as if I was going to walk out the store with the merchandise. My first instinct in response to her question was not in why she approached me but the manner in which she did.

Granted I was not dressed in my normal attire, not that it mattered. But based on the type of people I guess they are accustomed to who shop in the store, maybe I didn’t fit the part. Not to mention the clothing department items were relatively expensive and may have exceeded my budget but not my taste. However, there was a terrific sale going on that I could not pass up.

Being the person that I am, I overlooked her approach and asked that she hold the items until I returned. Her answer was yes but she noted with this weird look over her glasses, “We close at 9, so if you decide you don’t want the items we’ll make sure to return them to the proper department.” I thought “strange” given the fact I previously stated my intention was to return to the store. I brushed it off.

I returned 30 minutes later before store closing with the coupon and by the look on her face and the tone of her voice, she seemed surprised and flustered but helped complete the sale. There was a 20% store coupon offer available and I had a $10 coupon.  I thought I could use both savings but the system wouldn’t allow it.

After she rung up the sale, I advised her I wanted to pay part in cash and the other part on my card. However, when she entered the information and asked that I swipe my card, the machine would not take it. She immediately said, “It must be an error with your barcode. Give me the card to swipe. She looked at it and said, “Oh, this is not a department store card but a debit card from your bank.”  Hmmm was all I could say as I commented “yes.” Before she could swipe the card though, the machine automatically completed the transaction and as she went to hand me the receipt, she had this odd look on her face. She asked, “You paid $30 in cash right?” I said, “Yes.” Thought nothing of it, and took my bag and left the store.

When I arrived home I looked at the receipt and noticed there was $4.80 in change that was to be given back however, something appeared to be wrong given the fact part was to have been paid in cash and the other charged to my card. So I called my bank and the charge was not there. I looked at the receipt again and noticed her error. She entered $30 cash twice which is why the $4.80 change amount appeared on the receipt. I immediately called the store in an effort to reach her because my first thought was I didn’t want her to get in trouble or she lose her job because her drawer would be short as a result of the error. But the store had closed and I had no choice but to wait until the next day.

For some reason I couldn’t sleep and felt I needed to make this right. I woke the next morning, waited for the store to open, and called and spoke with the sales lady. I tried to explain what happened but she didn’t understand. She said with hesitation, “If I made a mistake and overcharged you, come in and it can be corrected.” She sounded frustrated. I dismissed it. And confirmed I would be in later.

The sales lady was gone for the day so another cashier handled the transaction but this person, even after looking at the receipt and my explaining it to her also was confused. She called her manager over who took one look at the receipt and said to me, “Thank you for your honesty.” I responded, “You’re welcome. I believe in God and my conscious would not let me sleep until I fixed this.”  She said, “I do too.”

What a blessing. Thankful the Holy Spirit convicted me to do the right thing regardless of what my pocketbook may have led me to do. I made a conscious decision to correct what could have turned out bad. And most likely it would not have benefited the sales lady or me in the long run had I chosen to keep the merchandise and believe I rightfully deserved it. Additionally, the cashier mentioned the sales lady’s drawer was not short at all when she logged in that morning. She said however, had it been short the sales lady would not have been reprimanded because of a change in store rules.

Wow. To think, she may have been okay on her end but for me, it may not have been so easy. My conscious would have eaten at my core existence and eventually I would have paid the price for making a bad decision. It was a test of my spiritual integrity. All things happen for a reason. Even though store personnel couldn’t see it at the time, my heart told me my commitment to God and my honesty in making a wrong right allowed each of us to be blessed by it. I may not have received acknowledgment from my peers but I could feel in my heart God was pleased. Things were brought together by God and worked out for the greater good. All glory to God.

Oftentimes you hear people say in situations like this, “It’s a blessing in disguise, because you managed to get something for “free” without having to pay for it and saved money while doing it.” But I say in actuality you didn’t because it was not yours to begin with. And given the fact it was not acquired legitimately, it was not yours to have. You did not deserve it, unless you rightfully paid for it.

Moral of the story: While I may have had the opportunity to save money even though it may not have been in good faith or in good deed, a loss still would have occurred later. Not only for me, but for the other person involved as well. And we both would have suffered irreparable consequences in the end. No one would win.

A blessing in disguise is something that appears to be bad and the reward turns out beneficial. It is something we cannot see. Or it can work within us even when others are not able to see. Random acts of kindness, sharing a smile, or an encouraging word with someone can be a blessing. Count it all joy. God’s work was done through you. He sent you. He blessed them through you.

A blessing in disguise is an act of good will. It is a blessing of good will. Sincere blessings come from the heart. Show love, inspire, encourage someone. Be a blessing to others. Let God’s will, not your will, be done.

Be blessed! –JD

Matthew 5:16 ESV “In 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.”

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God, I Appreciate You

Spent some time in deep conversation with God sharing my sincere gratitude for the things he’s doing in my life. Thankful for every experience.

The journey I’ve traveled in the last few years hasn’t been easy but was necessary. I didn’t understand it then, but I do now. God I thank you.

Times of sorrow consumed me as I cried out in agony only to see God’s reveal in each experience as preparation of the promise to fulfill his purpose.

God restored me. Even when I couldn’t see his plan for me. I’m better. I’m stronger. I’m wiser. I may not be what Im supposed to be but glad I’m not what I used to be.

My relationship with God has changed. Humility is part of my daily regime. My soul is free. I’m slowly becoming the person he declared I’ll be.

All I’ve been through was part of God’s plan. To refine the person He says I am. Thank you God for perfecting me. I won’t take for granted the life you’ve given me.

I’ll run and not walk in humility. To fulfill the assignment you’re prepared for me. I’m thankful. Words can’t explain. I praise your Holy name. Thank you Jesus! I love you Lord!

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” http://bible.us/Jas1.17. NKJV

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