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It’s Time to Get Your Praise On. Stop What You’re Doing Right Now and Give Thanks to Jesus!

wpid-img_20150116_071609.jpgGod is worthy and greatly to be praised. Don’t think about your situation. God granted brand new mercies. Thank God for a portion of your health and strength. Thank him for waking you up this morning.

When it seems difficult to find words to say when going through fiery trials, God will calm the raging storms. Call the name Jesus, Jesus. The doctor operates but God will heal. The lawyer represents your case but God will settle it. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. God will deliver. You are more than a conqueror.

Be grateful for what you have and don’t have. God is keeping you alive to fulfill a greater plan. Thank you Lord for saving grace. Thank you for all you’ve done. We won’t complain. You’re simply amazing. We love you Lord.

Father thank you for waking us to see another day. Your grace and mercy kept us. Bless your name. Thank you for keeping watch over us through the night. Thank you for another chance to get it right.

Jesus became poor for our sake that we may be rich. God is our Father. We’re unimaginably rich in Christ Jesus. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). God you’re so good to us. Get your praise on. Stop what you’re doing right now and give thanks to Jesus!

Thank you Lord for another day. Thank you God for making a way out of no way. You’re worthy and greatly to be praised. To God be the glory!

Be blessed! -JD

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (ESV)


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Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord!

wpid-img_20150103_075451.jpgIn times of trouble, when you feel you need God most, keep praying. Have a little talk with Jesus. Tell him about your troubles. He will hear you. He will answer.

At times, God may seem far away. Regardless what it looks like, know that he is right there with you. He’s just a prayer away.

Walk by faith and not by sight. Let your light shine. Be the light. Use your God given gifts well. Be the best YOU can be. Be a blessing!

I pray, as Paul prayed, that you know God better. Know Jesus Christ. Seek the Lord through prayer. Study His Word. Spend time with Him daily.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. We serve a might God. No matter how big your problems are, God is bigger. Glory Hallelujah!

Be blessed! -JD

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. (ESV)

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We All Bleed the Same Blood. The Color Doesn’t Change. God is No Respecter of Persons – He Loves Us All the Same

I had the pleasure of watching and listening to what I thought was a powerful, thought-provoking video by Kaleo, one of my dearest friend’s son that spoke volumes to my heart. I had to share this beautiful message so that others may hear and be moved as I was, which ultimately will compel us to act and make a difference in this world. I also ask that you please feel free to share. http://youtu.be/o14eshpdTfY

When you listen to the words of this song, you will see that it clearly sends a powerful message to the things we are seeing in the world today; racial injustice, violence, inequality. The nation is divided, the stigma of racism still resonates. It is still prevalent. Domestic abuse and violence is ever-increasing. Please stop the violence. Be the change you want to see. Don’t let the color of skin infuse hatred and inequality. We should all be treated as equals.

We may look different, but the same blood runs through our veins. We all bleed the same blood. The color doesn’t change. God is no respecter of persons  (Acts 10:34). In His eyes we are all equal. Jesus Christ doesn’t change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God loves each and every one of us the same. Love your brothers and sisters just as he does.

I’m not the color of my skin. I may look different but I’m a human being. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “Color has no barrier, no body, or no face. We mustn’t let the color of our skin be the cause of division or hate. We should love one another as God loves us.

The color of our skin shouldn’t matter because it doesn’t matter to God. We are all God’s children. He doesn’t discriminate. Nor should we. I pray we stop the violence and eliminate hate because of the color of our skin.”

“Every moment I think about it, I can’t help but to pray. Please stand in agreement with me and pray for peace amongst our nation. I know there are families hurting everywhere. I ask that we please put an end to racism, stop spewing hate, and end gun violence, any and everywhere. Hate or violence will not solve anything. Violence upon violence, racial divide, will only exacerbate the condition. It will only make matters worse. Peace is what we need that others may hear our voice.”

“It may seem like we have come a long ways in the fight for justice, peace, equality, and in our efforts to end racism. But sadly, we still have a long ways to go. It is far from over but I’m hopeful.

Take these words with you from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I am sharing again today. Pray with me and pray with KaLeo. Pray for the nation. Pray for peace, justice, strength, and comfort in the wake of what we see happening not just today, but pray without ceasing every day.

Please feel free to share. Thank you.

Be blessed! -JD

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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He is Risen! Celebrate Jesus Christ our Savior!

He is Risen! Celebrate the SaviorOn Sunday many will celebrate the Easter holiday with family and friends, sharing Easter eggs, Easter dinner, and chocolate bunny rabbits. Some will be dressed in pastel colored clothes and watch children enjoy candy-filled Easter baskets.

For believers, the real reason why we celebrate the day; our Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected. It is the miraculous event. He is risen! Celebrate his resurrection! For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Jesus was forced to bear his own cross. With nail-scarred hands, they nailed him to and hung him between two thieves on the cross. He was persecuted and beat. He was wounded; nails were driven through his feet. They placed a crown of thorns on his head. They pierced his side later to make sure he was dead. He shed his blood. He was crucified, nailed to the cross. He sacrificed his life, buried and nailed all our sins to the cross.

They buried him in a tomb. A large stone was placed in front to seal it. Soldiers stood on guard to watch over it. An angel rolled back the stone. On the third day Jesus rose. An angel announced on the third day Jesus was no longer in the tomb. They told them to go and see for themselves. When they went to see, Jesus met and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. (Matthew 28:9)

This is what the day, Easter Sunday, is truly about; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was crucified, died, and rose again for atonement of our sins. He knew he would suffer… “and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem’” (Luke 24:46-47).

He knew his Father’s will and laid down his life for us. He paid the price on the cross for us. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve others, and to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).” As you celebrate Easter, celebrate what Christ did for us. He took our punishment. He died for us. Rejoice! Christ loves us.

His resurrection is so important. Celebrate not just today.  Celebrate Jesus’ resurrection every day. He is risen! Celebrate Jesus Christ our Savior!

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 28:5-7; 9 “5 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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Salvation is a gift God freely gives. Accept it freely!

wpid-textgram_1397078799.pngSalvation is not earned. It’s a gift from God yet can be lost when we stray away from the narrow path. Accept freely what God has given; Salvation.

The true gift of Christ is absolutely free. God gave His One and only Son to die for you and me. The only thing you need to do by faith is accept responsibility and receive the gift God has given you for free!

Salvation is a gift God freely gives. Accept it freely! The gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.

Be blessed! -JD

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (ESV)


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We Are Commissioned By Christ!

The Great Commission Matthew 28The devil cannot control any part of your life that God does not give him permission with limited access. He needs God’s permission to gain access. And when God gives him permission, his access is limited. God will allow what must be, to see fulfillment of what he commission. Truth be told, the devil has no control. God is in full control.

Jesus appeared before his disciples in Galilee before he ascended into heaven and gave them these instructions, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)

Jesus commands us to take action in our faith anywhere he sends us. Just as His disciples were instructed to go out in the world to proclaim and teach the gospel of God’s kingdom. We are followers of Christ. We are to witness, reach the masses, and lead others to Christ. Fulfill Jesus’ command as he specifically instructed. Teach, baptize. Make disciples.

Be attentive to the Holy Spirit. You have the ability to make significant contributions to help complete the “The Great Commission.” Advance God’s kingdom. Intercede on behalf of others with prayer. Prayer is spiritual warfare. Discern the attacks of the enemy. Defeat any and all devious plans of the enemy. Rebuke that spirit. Take back all the enemy thinks is his. Everything in the earth is God’s, not his.

We’re on high alert. Devil, you’ve been warned. You have been served notice. You are forewarned. Whatever devious plans or tricks you have up your sleeves, you will be defeated. We serve a mighty God. Thank you Jesus!

We are commissioned by Christ! It is our mission to share the gospel, teach, baptize, make disciples, and bring others to Christ. Follow Jesus’ command as instructed. Obey and follow his instructions.

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 28:16-2016 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (NIV)


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From My Family to Yours, Merry Christmas!

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23

wpid-textgram_1387379412.pngToday is Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, and I can’t help but sit here and reflect on the significance of its true meaning as I get goose bumps and marvel in the fact of how thankful and grateful I am to God that He sent His One and Only begotten Son as a gift to us who died on the cross that we may have everlasting life.

Christmas is not about whether or not we get presents but the privilege of Jesus’ presence in our lives. Therefore be thankful not for what you didn’t get but for what you have; the gift of Jesus Christ. To God be the glory! Lord we are grateful. Hallelujah!

As you celebrate this holiday, not just today but every day, give glory, honor, and praise to God and always remember the true reason for the season is Jesus.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Be blessed! -JD

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV)

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Don’t Hide Behind the Veil. Be Changed Inside Out. Be the light!

Moses on Mount Sinai (1545-1555); Gemäldegaler...

Moses on Mount Sinai (1545-1555); Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To keep the people from being terrified by the brightness of his face, Moses put on a veil.

“Paul adds that this veil kept them from seeing the radiance fade away. Moses and his veil illustrate the fading of the old system and the veiling of the people’s minds and understanding their pride, hardness of heart, and refusal to repent. The veil kept them from understanding references to Christ in the Scriptures” (2 Co 3:13-18). When trying to be saved by keeping the law, they became bound by rules and ceremonies. They were bound by the law.

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 tells us “when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face glowed after spending time with God and being in His presence.” The glory of God was revealed on Moses’ face. But it was temporary and in time, faded away. It didn’t expose people to the unveiled glory that was to come. But prepared the people and gave them a glimpse of what was to come. The veil revealed the truth. The complete unveil of God’s glory was to come in the New Testament. Knowledge of Christ removed the veil from the Old Testament.

“Moses emphasized God’s law and justice, while Jesus Christ came to highlight God’s mercy, love, and forgiveness. Moses could only be the giver of the law while Christ came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17).” “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The law revealed God’s nature and will. Through Jesus Christ, God’s nature and will was revealed (John 1:17). Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, God offers us freedom from sin and condemnation. By God’s grace through faith, God offers the gift of salvation.

When we turn to the Lord, we are free to see the glory of God. We are being transformed, from glory to glory, into the image of the Lord. “Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Christ removes the veil, giving eternal life and freedom from trying to be saved by keeping laws. And without the veil, we can be like mirrors reflecting God’s glory” (2 Co 3:16).

Trust Christ to save you. Keep your focus on Him. We, unlike Moses whose glory faded away, have the glory of Jesus permanently. It’s not temporary. It won’t fade away. True meaning of Scripture is no longer hidden from us. The Holy Spirit dwells in us. Through Jesus, not through law, God’s truth is revealed. We don’t need to keep the law by rules, rituals, and ceremonies or use a veil in order to be saved. Jesus death on the cross gave us free access to God. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit has set us free forever.

When Jesus was nailed to the cross, whatever was nailed died on the cross with him. Christ nailed the Law of Moses on the cross. It ended with him. Christ is an end, not to the Ten Commandments, but to the sacrificial law. When he sacrificed his life for us and died on the cross, it ended the sacrificial law. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Co 3:17). Jesus shall make us free. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!” (Jn 8:36) Glory!

Don’t hide behind the veil because of closed minds and hardening of the hearts and cause others to miss the glory of God. Remove the veil. Uncover your face and your minds. Reveal God’s glory. Let your face openly glow. Be the light. Lead others that they may come to the knowledge of Christ and no longer be in spiritual blindness. When others see you, they will know God is in your presence. Your heart, the veil, God’s glory have been uncovered. Let the light shine through you. Let others see Jesus’ light through you. Christ removed the veil. You are being transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. That’s good news!

When I look back over my life and all God has done for me. I shout Hallelujah! God rescued me. I’ve got a testimony. Free from chains that no longer bind me. I won’t wear a veil. My face will be uncovered. People will see God’s glory and my testimony will expose his goodness.

Don’t Hide Behind the Veil. Be Changed Inside Out. Be the light!

Be blessed! –JD

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 “We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (NIV)

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

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Foster Bible Pictures 0064-1 The Water Came on Pharaoh and His Soldiers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t believe in luck. I believe in God’s miracles. God’s miracles are above and supersede the natural. Miracles are performed by God. God’s power is supernatural.

The Bible tells us of many miraculous events. There were mountains on the side where the Israelites seemed to be stuck. God parted the Red Sea. God’s miracle stopped Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. The Israelites made it safely to the other side. The chariots and horses with Pharaoh and his Egyptian army died.

Pharaoh didn’t believe in God’s miracles. He refused to believe in God’s word and his power. His heart was hardened. God performed a miracle. The Israelites were released from bondage. They were freed. The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart supplied the way for Hebrew’s Exodus. Indeed.

There was the burning bush. God told Moses to speak to the rock and water will pour out of it. Moses, even though he was disobedient, struck the rock twice and water poured from it. Jesus took two fish and five loaves of bread. More than 5,000 mouths were fed. God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. What more needs to be said? This is just a small sample of the miracles God performed. I could go on and on. The Bible speaks of many. What more evidence do we need to believe in God’s miracles?

Miracles are not by chance nor by our will. God uses miracles to bring about his will. God performs miracles to meet human needs for his glory. It establishes the basis of revelation taught throughout Scripture to reveal God’s glory.

Miracles are performed by and originated from God. The most profound miracle is that of creation by God. He is above all things in creation of the world. It is by his power miracles happen in this world. He is the Creator. He makes all things possible. God is over and above all things natural.

We may not see God’s miracles performed today. That can be because we either may choose to ignore them or not believe in them anyway. God does still perform miracles every day.

God performed the greatest miracle. He sent his one and only Son. Who came to the earth as a man and died on the cross for us. The miracle of salvation is all the belief we need. Through faith in Jesus Christ; believe.

I don’t believe in luck. I believe in the miracles of the Bible. God performed wondrous works according to the Bible. Speak of miracles. Acknowledge God, not the instrument who performed the miracle. Remember, God and only God perform miracles.

Do you believe in miracles? When you think of all the miraculous events performed by God, how can you not believe in the miracles of God?

Be blessed! –JD

John 11:40-42 “Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”’  41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe you sent me.” (ESV)


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Words of Wisdom

Good morning, afternoon, evening, night wherever you are! Thank God. He brought you this far. Be diligent, strong-willed, and determined. Press on!

We all are weak in some area of our life. Don’t be influenced by sin. Avoid certain activities. Protect your spiritual life. Keep the faith.

Do things with decency and in order. Put on the armor of light. Put aside the deeds of darkness. Do what’s right. Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Exemplify qualities Jesus Christ showed while he was here on earth: Love, Humility, Truth, and Service.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Be blessed! -JD

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What Seed Are You Sowing?

There are days when I find myself asking “Why?”
Why must people hurt others with deception and lies?
What makes a person do such a thing?
Knowing how much heartbreak and pain it can bring.

What is it we are not sure of when the Bible tells us this?
God is not mocked in that he cannot be deceived.
For whatever a man sows, he shall also reap. (Gal 6:7)

We may fool ourselves when we hit or miss.
And for our actions, think we will not be punished.
Regardless what we may think, we cannot fool God.
He will not ignore what we have done.

We are not exempt when we impose our foolish will.
There will be a consequence.
Our behavior will not go without punishment.

Remember God is all knowing.
Nothing can be hidden from his sight.
He sees and knows all our wrongs and rights.

Ask yourself this.
What kind of seed are you sowing that you may be blessed?

Are you planting seeds to please God that you may reap?
Blessings of God’s joy, love and peace?
Are you planting right to receive a harvest in the afterlife?
An eternal reward; God’s gift of everlasting life.

Or are you planting seeds to please your own desires?
By doing the exact opposite of what God desires you to do?
To only reap what you planted; the seed sown by you.

“For as he thinketh in his heart so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)
It is the things he will do as his thoughts cause him to be.

In the end, we all must give an account to God for what we’ve done.
We will account for our conduct in this world, whether right or wrong.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Co 5:10)

Let the Word of God be your conscious and your guide.
Plant the right seed that you may reap good fruit in the tree of life.
Live to please God. Sow good seed.
Plant acts of kindness and good deed.

So that your efforts are rewarded as you prosper and grow.
Fruit of the Spirit can be an example you follow
To determine what kind of seed you are to sow.

These are the attributes of a true Christian life.
And are the fruits that we are to produce in our life with Jesus Christ.

What seed are you sowing?

Be blessed! -JD

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.”

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Journaling Is Good For The Soul

As I was going through some old things I stumbled upon my journal, complete with lock and key. I couldn’t help but take a moment to unlock the mystery. I read through thoughts of things at that time troubled me.

It was a way to release emotions without being condemned or judged. It was my way to talk openly and honestly to God.

While reading I found the most riveting details of a life filled with pain and sorrow. A life I couldn’t see God in with any hope for tomorrow. In the midst of my pain, when devastation and fear ruled my life. All I could think of is I longed for a better life.

I cried out to God, “I don’t know what this is or why it’s happening to me. Please take away the sadness and misery.” My pain was as deep as the depth of the sea. I was drowning in my own brokenness each time I would make a plea.

I found myself searching for love in all the wrong places. I had become a basket case. I sought out acceptance, affection, and respect from the wrong sources. I lived with much regret and remorse. When I failed to see people whose lives were not on the same path God was taking me. They didn’t want to take the time to share in the journey. To a place that held my destiny.

Every day I would journal with some breaks in between. I would go weeks, sometimes months with nothing to say that had meaning. Yet there were times when I would write and find much value. To situations and circumstances that built up my character.

I stopped focusing on negativity. I would add scripture and a note at the end of each journal entry. Not just for reading but as a teaching tool. To apply to the mess I would find myself in. To be held accountable for things I needed to do. Most of all scripture reminded me of God’s goodness in the midst of my storm. I took one step at a time in the hopes of rebuilding a life I no longer mourned.

When I reached the end of the journal, I ran across something that struck me most. It was a small, yet simple example of what God presented long time ago. Details of a dream I had. It seemed like a dream that was sending a solid message when all around me looked bad.

The dream was regarding my obedience advising me to get out of my own way. Because I kept trying to make things and people say what I wanted to hear them say. I kept trying to make things go my way. That people would love me for me. I was disillusioned. It may never be.

At the time, the dream did not make any sense to me. I didn’t understand what it meant. It entailed a journey with one person guiding me; to a place of safety in the face of adversity. Yet I couldn’t see his face. I didn’t know who he was. I only knew that he seemed like someone that could love… me unconditionally. He held my hand. He traveled with me to this unknown place. I felt safe and secure even though it seemed out of place.

We met with obstacles trying to divert the mission. The strange man obviously had good intentions. He seemed like he had my best interest at heart. To bring me to a place of peace, not based on a wing and a prayer. But to give me peace that surpassed my understanding, removing all despair.

The dream was only four sentences long. With the final ending of my accepting a telephone call. From a person that was close to me. That told me there was somewhere I needed to be. They said, “Get there immediately.” This clearly was a warning for me. But at the time I didn’t notice it at all; pride before the fall. Nonetheless, there was a place I needed to get to. With this stranger that was walking with me, guiding me through.

Now sitting here as I reflect and look back in that moment of time, I realized God was there all the time. To reassure me that everything was going to be alright. It was his face I couldn’t see, but the love he had for me. No matter how difficult I chose to be.

God was in front, on side, behind and beside me. He cleaned up mistakes from behind me. He saved me. He took my mess. He turned it into a message. He used me as the vessel that I may be a blessing; to tell others about Jesus Christ. To spread the gospel; the Good News! It’s my mission. It’s what I’ve been called to do. To profess what only God can do. God brought me through.

I learned that sometimes the circumstances we think harms us are actually ones God is engineering. No matter how heavy the burden or what seemed overbearing. We must have faith and believe in His faithfulness. And live life with no regrets.

We must not choose to avoid difficult stumbling blocks we may cross. Because it is where God gives us chances to redeem and restore all that we think we lost. For God can heal your hurts for his own benefit. If only you believe, receive Christ, and repent.

We all have one thing in common. It’s the story of our life. One filled with some pain, sadness, grief, and strife. But there are also some good things we encounter that may only be seen in the afterlife. We have a testimony of the goodness of God. And how he brought us this far.

God is awesome and amazing. He’ll do exactly what he promised before he placed you in your mother’s womb. He knew you. He set you apart. That he may live in your heart. He called you. To carry through, the preplanned purpose he prepared for you.

God will never fail. There’s nobody greater than God. He brought me through when times seemed hard. When I was weak and lost my way. He gave me strength to make it.

There comes a time in our life when we stop looking for things or people to define us. We look to God to show us the way. In preparation for the promise he will bring without delay.

As for me, I won’t look to the right or to the left. I will look to the hills from whence cometh my help. Because I know the plans God have for me. Plans to prosper and not harm me. I will mount up with wings like eagles. I will run and not get weary. I will have renewed strength to see clearly. The things he set before me.

I’ve seen God do some things in my life but the way he moved mountains out of my way. His yes was yes, right here, right now on that day. He literally turned my life around. No greater love can be found.

God hears prayers of the righteous. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God was there every step of the way. I may have been blind to it but he paved the way. To the life I now see. Even after reading words from the journal of yesteryear.

I don’t know what it is about this connection with God I’ve witnessed in the past few days. Where he has shown up mightily, but it’s amazing. Each and every time I sat in commune with him as I professed my troubles and prayed for answers. In the blink of an eye, my situation changed.

I am so thankful. God is my only source. He is the only one I depend on. His provision brought me through the storm.

Journaling is good for the soul. It lifts heavy burdens of a story that can only be told. To God who listens intently. He answers prayers even when we can’t see him in the midst of our misery.

Give thanks for what you have today. Even if the presents you receive tomorrow won’t be what you desired anyway. God gave the most precious gift anyone can ever hope, dream, or ask for. This should be enough to carry you far.

As you prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, remember God gave us the ultimate sacrifice. He offered up His Son who died as a sacrifice. He died for the sins of all mankind that we may live and have everlasting life.  Be blessed! – JD

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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