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Don’t Despise Small Beginnings. Leaders Lead. I Will Finish Strong. 2017 Will Be My Year to Soar! Happy New Year!

books-2The past miracles God has performed in my life are nothing compared to what he is going to do in the future.

As I prepare for 2017 with some books strewn across my bed I will be reading in preparation of a new season in my life, I sit here in reflection of the past years filled with seasons of tests, trials, troubles, and tribulations I could not fathom I would get through. With the past year bearing the greatest significance of my struggles as I witnessed God’s sovereignty and His power. He brought me a mighty long way.

I’m grateful for every door after door, chapter after chapter closed, gone forever. Ushering in new beginnings God made for me. Letting go of things and those that no longer serve a purpose. Signaling it’s time; to walk in my God-given calling.

See, two months ago I made a vow to God and professed I was ready to accept the call. Yet I still had reservations because for a long time I was comfortable doing what I loved but uncomfortable at times doing God’s work. But I told him I wanted to, no I needed to gain a deeper knowledge of Him, grow in my spiritual walk and in my ministry. I didn’t want to continue doing it on my own without a mentor or someone to guide me.

He sent a ram in the bush; Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (PRBC) Ministry Leadership Training Program (my church where I worship and serve) that starts in eleven days. Designed to “stretch me.” The devil keeps taunting me but he don’t understand, God is not playing. Nothing will stop His plan. It will manifest and come to pass.

As I begin this new chapter in my life, my mind is in a place of peace, even though I’m a lot nervous with what to expect given I feel inadequate. Yet I have seen God do the impossible in and out of season. And if he did it for me before, he can use me and do it for me again for his glory. Lord I’m willing.

I’m excited and can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in this next chapter of my life. I got a feeling he’s going to use me mightily. I will FINISH STRONG! Keep me in prayer. God bless.

Be blessed! – JD

Be safe. Happy New Year!

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

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Happy International Women’s Day! Girl Power is in Effect. Ladies, Let’s “Make It Happen!”

20150308082441To every woman that has empowered, influenced, and inspired positive change and continue to break barriers for women across the nation, “Thank You” for making it happen.

Thank you to all the role models that encouraged and set the foundation to empower women to be the best they can be. Celebrate yourself. Be the best you can be. To every survivor of domestic violence, rape, molestation, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking, we love you. Know that we support you and we are here for you.

We celebrate those that came before us, pioneers of change, others who paved the way for us. Thank you for believing in us. Let’s not only be a voice but do something to ignite change. Let’s “Make It Happen!”

The world needs to know we are alive and well. They need to know that #WomenLivesMatter. We still face major obstacles. There’s still work to do. Violence against women, not enough women in leadership roles, and lack of accommodations in the workplace for working mothers, just to name a few. Do your part. Come together and work to change policies that we may have an equal voice in things that matter to us.

Let your voice be heard. Step up to the plate. Raise awareness to issues that continue to negatively affect and impact our well-being. Be confident and hopeful in the fight to eradicate gender bias. Speak out against things that continue to work against us. We are the voice of change. Be the change you want to see. Make a difference.

Women, we make a difference. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. There’s nothing man can do to stop us. Encourage one another, embrace your uniqueness. Empower women across the nation. Continue to make a lasting impression. Be a blessing!

Ladies, We Rock!! We are one voice. Let’s “Make It Happen!”

Happy International Women’s Day!

Be blessed! –JD

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