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Your Steps Are STRATEGICALLY Ordered by God. Wait, I Say, Wait On the Lord!

Before Elevation JoaynnGod ordains or allows everything in this earth to happen in his timing. There is nothing He will allow to manifest that is not in perfect order according to his Word, his will, and his way, for such a time as this.

God has a set timetable. We may think it’s the perfect time to see the final result when we have completed all the work to get the job done. But then something happens that will cause further delay before we see the manifestation of his glory. We become confused, wondering what happened to cause the delay.

Wasn’t everything in order just the way we planned it? You think to yourself, “I followed instructions to a “t”, dotted all my “i”s. God says, “You missed something.” Now you have to wait longer for the right time to finish. You’re right at the finish line with one foot hovering over it, ready to cross and win the race, but “not yet” gets in your way. In the meantime you become frustrated because of the delay. You start complaining and want to give up. But you persevere, do what’s required, and realize it’s all for a greater purpose. It had to be done. It’s just that simple.

If you were to think about a time when you were working on a very important project and YOU thought everything was in order, things were going just as YOU planned, then out of nowhere a major obstacle got in the way requiring more work YOU did not want to put in. But you had to complete the task, regardless of the delay to reach the final outcome. “Not yet” had to happen before you reached your next level of destiny. God knew it even if you couldn’t see it.

Delayed is never, ever denied. God is developing you in the process. Whatever concerns you, he will perfect it. So if you’re impatient while you’re waiting for that dream or breakthrough to manifest, wondering where is God, and you think it’s taking too long. Wait for it. It’s coming; done decently and in order, exactly as God promise.

Be blessed! – JD

Proverbs 16:9 “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (NLT)


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Don’t Rush God. Be Patient. Wait on Him. He Knows Exactly What He’s Doing!

Promise With Provision JoaynnThe vision is yet for the appointed time. Don’t rush God. Be patient. Though it may tarry, it will surely come. Everything you’re believing God for will happen in his timing. Be careful what you ask God for. Because you just might get what you are not ready for.

When you ask God to stretch you beyond what you can imagine that you may grow in him, He will pull some things out of you that you didn’t know you had in you to fulfill his purpose. He will stretch you beyond the unthinkable. To do what he put inside you and knows you are capable of. And not what you think you know you are not made of. When he stretches you, it ain’t gone be pretty. Be ready.

Sometimes God has to set us up to bring out some things in us before he elevates us. It may seem like it’s taking too long but don’t get discouraged. Believe it or not, negativity can be a blessing in disguise. It’s calling your attention to something. Transform your mind. Pay attention.

Trials tests our character. Circumstances tempt us. We believe the opposite of what God promises us. We struggle with our identity and are tempted to find our purpose. When in fact, oftentimes it will expose flaws in our character and reveal our true identity.

Struggles do not define us. It’s all in our perception. We’re victors and not victims. God builds character through our trials to mold and mature us. He has to break us before he make us while we are in transition. Some things will need to change in your life for the better that you may grow, become more like Christ, and become a better person.

When our identity is tested we find out what we’re made of and who we truly are when faced with obstacles and situations that make us uncomfortable. Especially when we reach a point in life where we are uncertain what we should be doing to reach our destiny or fulfill our purpose.

We arrive at a place where our job no longer fulfill us, but we know deep inside there’s something greater inside us. With determination, we keep pressing on to do what we are created to do and change the world.

Remember, it takes time to build character. It doesn’t happen overnight. The wait is for a greater purpose. To ensure you are not only prepared when God elevates you but ready to do the work you are called to do. Don’t regret change. It’s required.

What seems difficult will not defeat you. It will make you stronger. Don’t regret the process. When the storm is over you’ll be wiser, better. You will come out stronger. Thank God for every trial, every setback, and every difficulty. He was preparing you for your destiny. Be encouraged. Don’t give up. You made it. Look at God. He did that!


Be Blessed! – JD

Habukkak 2:2-3 Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. 3″For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. (NASB)


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Make a Mental “Note to Self” Today. Decide to Love, Respect, and Value Yourself, First and ALWAYS!

Note to Self 3Note to Self: “I decided to change some things for the better. I will no longer be inconvenienced by people who refuse to or don’t want to do better. I won’t accept excuses anymore from those who choose to complain and remain bitter. Or those who perpetuate instability or violate my existence. Not because I’m being ugly or inconsiderate. But because I don’t do well wasting time on people or things that don’t deserve my attention.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I prefer to value what I believe is of value to me, and will no longer support the ideas of discouragement or disloyalty. I’ve lost the will to keep giving of myself to one-sided relationships. And will no longer waste my loyalty or time on undeserving friendships.

I refuse to be hindered by senseless chatter, gossipers, haters, and pettiness. I am far too intelligent to stoop below my level for the sake of inconvenience. I no longer have no reason to celebrate anyone that does not choose to celebrate me. Or be in the company of those who breed negativity. I can do bad all by myself. Believe it or not, I don’t need anyone’s help.

I vow to ALWAYS celebrate me. I promise to appreciate my losses, failures, and disappointments as a blessing. “Don’t hate the sinner, hate the sin.” For those who choose to wallow in self-pity and feel sorry for themselves, I will pray for your deliverance. I will not live beneath my standards nor will I accept the sub-standard. I don’t do well with breaking old habits. I can’t keep trying to please everyone. I fail miserably at long-distance relationships when I’m the only one in it. I broke up with bitterness and resentment and forgave those who chose not to stay. I sent them thank you cards to express my gratitude for leaving that day.

Words cannot express what you did for me. You taught me how to stop putting you first and learn to love me. I fell madly in love with myself. In those dark moments, I found myself. I discovered so many wonderful things about my inhibitions. I am fit, fabulous, fierce, and truly gifted. I’m beautiful, strong-willed, strong-minded, and determined. Things that were hidden in me found their way to the surface. I don’t require validation or confirmation to know my self-worth. In my weaknesses, I found my strengths. I won’t make the same mistake twice to live for you, and not me. If I do, shame on me.

I decided to stop looking for the approval of others. Perseverance became one of my best friends. I adopted humility, self-confidence, self-respect, self-worth, and selflessness as my closest friends. My friends taught me how to love and respect ME. Myself and I promised to stand in the gap for me.

I discovered the beauty of life while traveling this long journey. It pushed me beyond my limits. I found the key to success, is my, not your, happiness. I won’t let the opinions of others stagnate my progress. Low self-esteem has been erased from my vocabulary. I married my life-long confidant called Liberty. I will live and not die. Me, myself and I, now have my full, undivided attention.

I released the past, forgave myself, and forgave those who chose not to find forgiveness. I value me and the life I have been given. I will no longer be bound by anything that will keep me from my reaching my destiny. I found a new life and changed my name to VICTORY.” -JOAYNN

Be blessed! -JD


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Be Grateful for Your Afflictions

I was looking for something the other day after dwelling in thought on God’s awesome wonder and came across another diary that hid my most intimate thoughts. I noticed that most of the writings were done at a time in the wee hours of the morning as I talked with God and expressed despair and hurt because of pain I had suffered as I found myself in a state of brokenness.

What surprised me was a statement I made where a voice called out to me between 1:00 am and 3:00 am in the morning as I distinctly heard someone call my name. I sat up, after dozing off and crying for what seemed like forever, and looked around the room only to find no one was there. A few seconds later, the voice called my name again and told me, “Trust me in all thy ways and all will be given unto you.” I was dazed and confused as I looked around the room only to find again that no one was there. But what I was certain of is that someone was trying to get my attention and needed to reassure me that everything was going to be alright.

Two hours later after falling asleep and waking up again, I began to talk to God and profess my troubles and the pain I felt because of the struggle I had with feeling abandoned at a critical time in my life. I had a hard time accepting a decision that drastically changed my life not understanding the depth of how it would impact my future. I told God I didn’t understand why this happened to me and asked him why I was going through what I clearly felt I didn’t deserve it. Little did I realize God would send people I call intercessors to confirm and reveal the very things he needed me to see and face in what seemed like a horrific tragedy, assuring me it would work out for a greater good.

I still couldn’t see it. Later that day I cried on my mother’s shoulder for what seemed like hours and all I could hear were these words, “Daughter, stand still and let God have control. God will never leave or forsake you and would never give you more than you can bear.” She reminded me of the strength God had given me in his strength to get through every struggle I faced even when I couldn’t see it. He knew how strong I was and that whatever he was taking me through would be for his good, for his purpose.

The following day I received further confirmation from a sister friend who revealed God had chosen me to perform a special work but in order to do so, he needed to get my attention in areas I may have not yet developed because I was focusing so much attention on a priority that should not have been a priority in the first place, forgetting to keep God as the priority. She told me, “God is trying to open your eyes to the fact that you must depend totally on Him for everything, be faithful in all you do, and go to him with a pure heart.”

I listened carefully to her and couldn’t help but express my confused state of mind and lack of understanding with the troubled circumstances I faced as it concerned my health, the loss of a job, and challenges because of life changes. She said, “Ask God for revelation to the things you struggle with in all areas of your life and he will show you what to do to bring clarity and closure.” She, too, reminded me that God knows how strong I am and as a child of God, he desires to strengthen me in areas where I’m weak and areas that I am blind that I may increase my faith in Him and develop a greater trust in him regardless of the troubles I faced.

The final revelation came when my cousin called and not only confirmed what my mother and sister friend said but added validation and affirmation to what God needed me to know. She said, “When God calls you or chooses you to do a work for him, it is not going to be easy. Many are called but few are chosen and you have been chosen. You have been highly favored.” All I could do was cry and at the same time thank her for the words of encouragement, inspiration, and revelation. I understood that God was speaking to me through them to reveal the plans he had for me. And in my dream, I now realize it was him calling me even though I couldn’t see anyone in the room, the small whisper was evidence.

I took their advice and took their words to heart. I made a commitment to God. I promised myself to seek God’s Word daily and faithfully, and to search my heart earnestly. Look to him and not to man for help, for my provision. And understand in the end, it would work for the greater good of those that are called by the Lord according to his purpose.

When it was all said and done, before the night was over, I prayed and asked God for these things specifically. I prayed for clarity. I asked that he give me a revelation to clear confusion. Speak to me that I may know how to better serve him. Although the pain was so deep and was fresh that hurt to the core, it would eventually fade away that I may delight in Him. I thanked him for listening. I fell asleep in peace.

And today, I am at peace. It may have taken me a long time to get it right. God is doing great things in my life. Now I understand just how much God loves me. I may have gone through what seemed like extreme troubled waters and a multitude of disasters which seemed like eternity. But God knew how he would fulfill his purpose through me. His plan was better. My life has taken a turn for the better. I am stronger, wiser, better.

While I couldn’t see the things my family and friends pointed out to me at that time, I learned God needed to be my priority all the time. I’m grateful for my afflictions because in the face of adversity, God would get the glory. I learned a valuable lesson and knew it was by God’s grace I’m still standing. I give God all the praise and glory!

I am grateful to God for godly women who counsel and provide spiritual advisement to get me on the right track. So that I may clearly understand God has my back. I’m canceling every assignment, putting all the plans, tricks, and devious ways of the enemy on a shelf. They will rot and dry out like dry bones because my God is a present help. In my times of trouble, he was there for me. Even in my brokenness when I couldn’t see. It was through my afflictions, God refined me in order that I may become a better person. He needed to bring me to a place, to rid me of all things that distracted me from the promise and his purpose. In the midst of my troubles when I thought he abandoned me and was not there. All the time he was there.

We are not perfect. God will perfect us. There is a purpose for everything God does. When we are helpless, God strengthens us. God will test us. Even in brokenness, He will refine us. Trials will come. We will face many. There will be testing in the face of adversity. Testing of your faith develops perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:3-4).

Be grateful for your afflictions. It is not a curse. Consider it a blessing. It could have been worse. God’s purpose is his promise. Through testing, He will strengthen you in your affliction. God will remove your imperfections. God will refine you. You will become a better person. Serve Him with the gifts he created in you in spite of imperfections. God knows the plans he has for you. Persevere. He will reward you.

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 66:10-12 “For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. 11 You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; 12 you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.” (ESV)


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