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You Can’t Trace God. Yet Trust Him!

Side Of You JoaynnThere are some things that happen to us in life we question that do not have answers. We may never understand why some things happen. Yet will we trust God in spite of unanswered questions.

When we suffer we look for reasons to explain the “what” and “whys” and we ask God” why is this happening to me?” When really, sometimes there are no answers.

We must learn to accept it as such. But oftentimes we will blame God or better yet give the devil too much credit. It is not for us to understand everything that happens in life. Nor is it for us to understand reasons why we suffer. Some things are not meant for us to figure out but keep our faith and trust in God.

There are three things we can be assured of. Sometimes suffering happens and God allows it, in order to shape us, to be used for a special purpose by God for special service to others. Sometimes suffering is an attack by Satan on our lives we may never understand. And sometimes there are no answers to why we suffer. Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him (Job 13:15).

Hold on to your faith even when you can’t see God. We can’t trace him. Trust him. Satan will use the very moment of our suffering when we are weak and vulnerable to stir doubt in God and wants to cause us to lose faith in Him. But if we were to ask ourselves these questions, can we ever know.

If we didn’t suffer how then would our faith grow? If we didn’t go through trials whether temporary or enduring, there would be no room for growth. For every attack the enemy attempts on us, the greater our faith should become. When the attack is deeper than we’ve ever seen before, our faith should increase more.

How can we grow if we’re never tested? How can we grow if we never have troubles? How then will we know God if we never go through trials or tribulations? Don’t stagnate your growth. Consider it all joy when trouble comes. Faith produces perseverance. And here’s the good news! We have two choices, (1) we can curse God and give up or (2) we can trust God and draw from his strength to keep going.

God doesn’t make any mistakes. Testing is for a greater purpose. Glory in your suffering. Perseverance helps your faith grow, even in suffering. Remember, when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. “So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:3, 4).

No matter what situation you may find yourself in today, declare “Yet will I trust him. God I can’t trace you. I may never understand why things happen as they do because some things are not for me to understand. In spite of, yet will I trust him.”

Be Blessed! – JD

Job 23:8-10 “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. 10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (AMP)

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If You Know Your Vision Is From God Walk in It, Even If You Didn’t Ask For It.

Vision of Promise JoaynnWhat do you do when one of the most difficult challenges you face is keeping the faith when God gives you a vision you clearly did not ask for that completely agrees with his Word, and no matter how much you do your best to honor his request, nothing works out as you would like?

Do you persevere and press on until something happens or do you give in to the lies of the enemy and give up? What do you do? If you had to answer this question, what would be your answer?

Well, when I asked myself this question at a time I was going through what seemed like an endless journey of defeat, I wanted to give up. I thought of the many times when nothing work out as I plan and it felt like I failed to glorify God even though I clearly know the vision is from Him. Because this feeling I have loving what I do that I feel I’ve been called to do won’t go away, no matter how hard I fight against it and want to give up when nothing is happening as I would like on any given day. I can’t sleep and I’m always thinking about doing something when it concerns the vision God gave me for my business.

I’m very passionate about what I do when designing products with godly advice that instruct, inspire, and influence others. And for the most part I feel in my heart it’s not something that needs to be done but is something I need to do because I’ve been called to do it! I didn’t ask God for this vision, he gave it to me. I find myself praying every day asking him what is it I am to do in response to the vision when I’m confused and don’t have any answers. He sends the answer, not what I’m looking for but what he knows and already promised shall be done.

I never try to make things happen on my own. With every step I take, I seek God’s guidance and advice before moving to the next level. But I must be honest with you. I can get so frustrated when I see the many ideas and organizations offering advice, help, or webinars to help grow your business and feel it clearly is not for me. It’s overwhelming. Yet will I trust God through it all, even when it doesn’t feel right.

It can be so easy to give up, especially when the devil begins to play tricks on your mind trying to make you believe you are unworthy and can’t be used by God. Every day he comes at us with the same old tricks, same old stuff, on different days to destroy our hopes and dreams we know God has already given us. Nothing he does should surprise us and should never be a reason why we let him steal a thing from us. If God brought us to it, you best believe he will bring us through it. Believe. Won’t he do it!

Oftentimes we can be so busy looking for the right answers we believe are in alignment with what “we want” to find success and will miss the answer God already sent confirming his promise of what he already knows we will have. Faith is the key that unlocks the door to God’s power and paves the way to miracles and blessings! Walk in it. Go get your blessing!

Busyness is a lifestyle and a choice. Be careful to not be so busy you don’t have time to slow down and enjoy the life God promised you. Yes, delayed is never denied but in our busyness we can sometimes delay our own destiny to the point we miss our final destination. Many times answers can be right in front of you.

There will come times in our lives when we cannot see God in anything and feel as though he is not there, especially when our circumstances are at a crossroad when filled with hopelessness and despair. We mustn’t give up or give in to the enemy because God is always with us, and will never leave us or forsake us.

Although it is easier said than done to not give up and at times can be so difficult to do when looking to the right and to the left at our circumstances, if we were to change our mindset, renew our hearts, and redirect our thoughts to the Word of God, we will possess enough in all things through what God has already given us; abounding grace. “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

And remember, he always keeps his promises. He is a promise keeper, a heart fixer, a mind regulator, a way maker. He will make a way out of no way. Trust him. Keep the faith. We cannot do what we think needs to be done with things that are not in our control. We must give it to God. Leave it there. He will work it out for the greater good.

God is in control. He can do anything but fail. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think. Stay prayed up. Read and meditate on the word every day, without ceasing. Because as soon as God opens the door we know no man can shut, the devil will seize the moment to put his best first foot forward in the crack only to be stomped on, rebuked, bound, and placed under our footstool! His mission aborted and canceled! No weapon formed against us shall prosper.

God gave you a vision of promise. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. One phone call, one idea, one divine connection can be life changing. The vision is yet for the appointed time. Wait on God. Believe. It will surely come.

God is the God of impossible. No matter what we are going through or how impossible our situation looks on any given day, trust God believing he can and will make a way out of no way. Believe. It shall be done. God said it, I believe it that settles it!

Be blessed! – JD

Isaiah 55:11 “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (ESV)

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Say Your ABC’s With Me, “I AFFIRM Me, I’m BEAUTIFUL, I’m More Than a CONQUEROR!”

You're Unstoppable JoaynnOftentimes when we think we have a handle on life, we tend to lose sight of the purpose God intended for us and begin to feel incompetent. We look for approval from others when it’s not required. You’ve been approved by God. Think about this:

Just when you think you’ve mastered your ABC’s growing up, you see yourself struggling with them as a grown up. Many of us desire APPROVAL, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, and ACCEPTANCE but because life has dealt us empty, broken promises and uneventful circumstances, we are BRUISED, BROKEN, BATTERED and become CONFUSED, COMFORTABLE, and COMPLACENT.

We fill in the blanks with the rest of the alphabets that include life’s trials, tribulations, obstacles, and tests. And forget what we learned when we first mastered it. But I say, just like you mastered ABC’s when you were young, refresh your memory, retrace your steps, relearn a new set of words, and remember how you overcame to arrive at your now destination.

DECLARE to yourself EVERY day, I am FEARFULLY made. I don’t need to be Approved, Acknowledged, or Accepted by anyone to feel I am loved. GOD approves of me. HE loves me just as he loves Jesus. And for all the letters I will undoubtedly experience in life in between while traveling this journey, I will keep believing God for miracles and blessings.

PERSEVERE. RENEW your mind, STAND. TRUST God. Be UNSTOPPABLE. You’re VICTORIOUS. WALK in your destiny. YOU already got the victory! Now you know your ABC’s, next time say this with me. “I AFFIRM me. I’m BEAUTIFUL. I’m more than a CONQUEROR. I DECREE, I’m Winning! ‪#‎ABC‘s ‪#‎inspiration ‪#‎realtalk

Be blessed! – JD

Roman 4:6-8 “David says the same thing about those who are blessed: God approves of people without their earning it. David said, “Blessed are those whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sins are pardoned. Blessed is the person whom the Lord no longer considers sinful.” (GW)

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Look At God! He Brought You This Far. Aren’t You Glad He Didn’t Leave You Where He Found You

How Amazing JoaynnAt times, when life becomes a cycle of uneventful circumstances that leave us helpless and hopeless only to become weary, in despair, we may tend to lose focus and sight of God.

Our spiritual life gets turned upside down and we began to feel the impact in our spiritual walk. We break silently, not having much to say, if nothing at all. Yet we still praise God even in our moments of silence; in the midst of turmoil.

Not that it means we are isolating ourselves from those we love. We just do not need any distractions. Praising God for the blessing. In quietness and confidence is our strength (Isaiah 30:15). Reading the Word, prayer, and meditation are essential. It is in this time, we really need to hear from God. And will require time with him and him alone.

No matter how many times we may fall by the wayside or lose our way, we always find our way back to Him. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. His grace is sufficient.

Take it from me, life can be a struggle on the regular. And sometimes it can be difficult just to pray. But never stop because simple prayers will get you through the day. It can be as simple as, “Thank You Lord.” Persevere and watch how the power of prayer will manifest in your life.

You may have been through some things. God brought you a mighty long way. Aren’t you glad He didn’t leave you where he found you? How amazing! Praise God. He is simply AMAZING!

No matter what life brings on any given day, never stop giving God thanks. Our God is faithful. Be grateful.

Be blessed! – JD

Mark 10:27 “‘Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”’

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Say This With Me, I Declare And Decree I Will Walk In The Fullness of God’s Blessings!

Declare and Decree JoaynnNot everybody will celebrate you. There are some who may not even like you. They don’t matter. Learn to celebrate yourself. You matter! While it may be refreshing to know that somebody cares, even when they don’t, learn to celebrate yourself.

When looking over my life today, I couldn’t help but give thanks to God. I declared I have so much to be thankful for. I may not have all the things I want or am where I want to be but I thank God for all I have and where I am. It’s exactly where God needs me to be.

When it comes to my life and matters that are dear to me, I am a very private person and try my best to keep my personal life to myself. Everybody do not need to know when I’m helpless. But for the people that want to get in my business only to persecute, condemn, and judge me, I turn off the noise. I don’t tell them a thing. Because everybody don’t need to know my business. I take it to God. He’s the only one that needs to know all about my troubles.

Be careful of people who talk about you and not to you. Do what you know is best for you. Gossipers will talk behind your back. They want to see you fail. Don’t tell everybody your secrets. Keep your business to yourself.

Don’t let life get you down. It won’t always be like this. Believe God for miracles and blessings. Speak prosperity over your life. Don’t give up. Name and claim it. Be encouraged. Anything easy is not worth having but anything hard to get will be well worth the wait. Persevere. Keep trusting Him.

Say this with me….Declare and decree whatever I touch shall prosper. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. Who the son sets free is free indeed. What God has planned, it will succeed. I have the favor of God on me. Grace looks good on me. I wear it well. I can do all things through Christ Jesus. I am more than a conqueror. It won’t always be like this. I will walk in the fullness of God’s blessings. I will win at this!

Be blessed! – JD

Job 22:28, 29 “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways. When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will save.” (NASB)

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Won’t God Do It! If He brings You To It, He Will See You Through It. Have Faith. He Will Do It!

wpid-img_20140829_083540.jpgEvery day we wake to see the sun rise, its God saying to us, I’m not done. There’s still work to do. You’re on assignment. God chose you.

Each of us will go through the valley before there’s a mountaintop experience. It is in the valley God wants to know if we trust him. Sometimes God has to take you through the valley to see the mountain move above you. When God moves the mountain, he’s refining you. This will be your place of fruitfulness. You will experience God’s faithfulness. Tell the world how you’ve overcome. This will be your testimony.

Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly. Don’t let the enemy deceive you only to frustrate your purpose. The devil can never destroy God’s purpose. You shall live and not die. You will experience the mountaintop.

Be encouraged today. When God starts something, he finishes it. Be confident. He won’t give up on you. He will complete the work he began in you.

No matter what you’re going through, it does not go unnoticed. God’s setting things in motion. When it’s your set time, it will come. God has a set time it will happen. You may have gone through some things so God could trust you in this season. You’ll get stuff you didn’t even ask for. Trust Him. It’s coming. God takes us through seasons according to his plan. Put everything in God’s hands.

Be steadfast in your obedience to God. Don’t let anything deter you from missing the mark. God has a great plan for your future. He knows the plans he has for your future. Plans to prosper and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves you.

If God brings you to it, he will see you through it. Have faith. Hallelujah! Yes, won’t he do it!

Be blessed! -JD

Philippians 1:6-7 “6For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.” (NASB)

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Don’t Move Too Fast; Let go. Let God.

The Temptation of Christ, 1854
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When God birth something in you, he’s faithful and will do just as he promised you. Birthing pains may be hard but the reward, “My God!”

When we are pregnant with possibilities, we can’t help but to give birth to the very thing God sent to us. There will be labor pains and when it’s close to delivery, the devil will do everything in his power to distract us.

Let no man distract and deter you from God’s plan. God got this. It’s all in his hands. You may go through trials. Tribulations will come. In the end, God will be glorified! It’s already done.

Upon reflecting on the greatness of God and what he is doing in my life, the past few months have been what I call heartbreaking, disappointing, surreal, emotional, different, yet fulfilling.

Filled with anxiety, fear (yes, fear), and a multitude of emotions I never thought would happen given my level of faith and trust in God. But as with all things that are new to us, I believe in some way it is to be expected. However it should not be a place you remain too long or where you too often find yourself stagnated.

You see, eleven years ago God gave me a vision. And before I became ill and limited with the use of my hands, I had an idea I felt would be of benefit to a target market I felt was not being tapped into. God had a plan.

Being the unique person I am because with most things I choose not to fall into the norm or fit in with what society deems as stereotypical, I love when a challenge presents itself and I work to solve it. I refuse to find myself defeated where others may find themselves in life, and couldn’t help but stand up to the challenge during one of the most tumultuous times of my life.

I delved into a project and took the liberty of using what most would not believe was the right program to create unique designs, from a flowchart program one fellow classmate blessed me with who worked for a reputable technology corporation when I could not afford it at a time.

I kept trying to figure out what to do with this thing only to lose hope and eventually gave up trying. I was impatient and disobedient. I kept trying to do it my way and couldn’t see my own fault in it. The devil had me spent. Then one day I stopped trying.

It was not until recently God set forth the plan and has been guiding my footsteps ever since. The transition has been smooth and seamless of which I can accredit to my being obedient in following his leading and not the leading of what I thought was best for me. God knew I needed every bit of more than eleven years to prepare me.

While there are still times I feel exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, irritated, and can’t see the end result of what God has prepared for me. I am assured this is a task God has assigned specifically for me. I have the greatest joy because I know God is with me. He is in front, on side, behind and goes before me. And I know I am on the right path God is leading me.

Everything happens in God’s time. It doesn’t matter what you or others may have in mind. God’s agenda is never our agenda. We may have a different plan but our agenda is not his agenda. The devil will try to make everything you do look good to you, even when it’s bad for you. And will try to convince you it’s what you are supposed to do. He wants you to think you are to follow your own lead when in fact, if you make the choice to do so you’re setting yourself up to fail.

Whenever God is at work, the devil is unrelenting. He is mad and wants to get even. He won’t stop until he gets your attention. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. The battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. Know this, when the enemy comes to fight, put on the full armor of God. Take a stand against him. Be strong in the Lord (Eph 6:10-11).

When you tell God your plans, he smiles at you. You may think because you say so, it’s already worked out for you. In reality, God knows how it will end for you. God is in control. He has control over everything. Your plans are never his plans. Your agenda is not his agenda. He is the Author and Finisher.

When you take one step, God takes two. Although you can’t see him, envision footprints in the sand that will show a set of two. This is what it tells you. God is carrying you. His plan is much greater for you than what you may think when you follow you.

God will order your steps. Don’t move too fast. Remember, what you do for Christ and not for yourself or others, will last. Walk in obedience. Wait on God.

Don’t move too fast; let go. Let God.

Be blessed! –JD

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 “… It is true, of course, that “all of us have knowledge”, as they say. Such knowledge, however, puffs a person up with pride; but love builds up. 2Those who think they know something really don’t know as they ought to know. 3But the person who loves God is known by him.”

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Don’t Let Stumbling Blocks Get in Your Way

MP900149038One of the greatest stumbling blocks in our life can be any form of suffering. Be it sickness, jobless, or disease. We all will suffer. Oftentimes it can be of our own doing. That can make us feel our life has been ruined.

Not all suffering is intended by God. We must know the difference and not blame it all on God. We may create it ourselves out of disobedience. That will cause us to sin because we were not obedient.

Suffering is the result of sin that started with man. Genesis tells us how Adam and Eve went against God’s instructions and sinned against Him. They were disobedient.  As a result, sin came from man and woman’s disobedience.

We live in a fallen world. Suffering is to be expected. But the difference is in how you handle it. When stumbling blocks get in your way, don’t let temptation stop you from reaching your destination. Through faith, God can crush temptation.

No matter what form of suffering you may experience. Know that God’s grace is sufficient. God can use it to accomplish a greater good. Have faith. Persevere. Endure.

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 18:7 “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” (NASB)

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Rejoice In Disappointments

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Every day we are faced with life’s disappointments. We can become disappointed by a number of things which can be hard to accept.

Sometimes jobs can be hard to find but disappointing when easy to lose. Relationships can be developed over time but disappointing when easily lost in a matter of seconds, days, weeks, months, less than years oftentimes over trivial matters.

True friendships can be hard to find but acquaintances can be easy to discover when in search of a life we choose to live in secret and undercover. One that may not be centered on Christ but exist clearly out of our need for a social life.

The unexpected loss of a loved one can bring disappointment as well as hurt beyond measure but hard to recover because a heart cannot be easily mended. We can encounter individuals who lack compassion, sensitivity, respect, or are just plain mean with hardened hearts but will easily offend us.

Disappointment can come in various forms, but basically it simply means we are disappointed by the world which oftentimes will bring a lack of trust, destruction, and warped perception.

But the one thing I find most disturbing is disappointment with self when we already know what is to be expected when we encounter certain situations in life, especially ones that are not in our control. And what can be even more frustrating is how we handle it. Because many times we want what we want, when we want it, how we want it. And will use any means necessary to see that we get it. Overlooking the fact that some things will not happen the way we want but instead will happen exactly the way God plans it.

As believers, we are given the astute advantage of knowing how to deal with disappointments in life because we have God’s Word as a resource that can bring clarity and wisdom. It will allow us to be conscious of the decisions we make when faced with it. We must be open to change. Face reality and know that disappointment cannot be avoided. However, we are to expect the unexpected but never forget God in the process.

When faced with problems that are beyond our control, we are to persevere and seek God. It is at this time we will seek to do and not seek to ask why. It is our opportunity to grow and mature in our relationship with God when we profess our troubles to him. And ask what is it he wants us to do with this and not what we are led to believe we are to do with it.

It is through our experiences that will help us learn to trust God. It’s a component of how we grow spiritually and mature in character. It helps us to grow in faith. Faith requires us to trust that God has a better plan even when we cannot see it or understand it. We learn to depend on God and not ourselves.

Disappointments are part of the norm. It’s to be expected. But even more so, sometimes God uses circumstances and allows disappointments to strengthen us and compel us to fully trust him. That we may avoid believing we can live life apart from Him. It is our opportunity to move closer to Him even in the midst of our deepest disappointments. Because God does not desire that we look to man or our circumstances but to Him.

If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it. He will show you what he needs you to do and will equip you to do it. Respond to life’s circumstances positively rather than negatively. Trust that God’s provision will give you the power to sustain and overcome no matter the result.  Choose to walk not by the flesh but in the way God has made available through the Holy Spirit.

God promises that nothing, I mean nothing will happen that he does not have control. He will work it out for our good and His glory. We may disappoint God many times, but he never gives up on us. Don’t give up on him. By his grace, move forward.

Rejoice in disappointments.

Be blessed! –JD

Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV “Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation 19 The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills…”

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