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In Honor of September Pain Awareness Month: “If There Was Less Pain, I Would….If I Could”

I am Joy and I want the world to know,
what I would do if this were so.

If I lived in a world with less pain, this is what you would see.
A world filled with less struggles and strain, aching to be free.

I would be a voice that does not go unheard.
But instead be one of distinction to serve,
a community of people with better places to go
in their provision of care that exceeds “the pain world” we’ve come to know.

Pain as it is, with treatment that works.
Not pushed or stereotyped merely because we “irk”,
the professional that thinks we all are the same,
prescribing a drug that has the same name,
even if our conditions are in different range.

If I were this person this is how it would be,
you could hear my voice but you can’t see me.
Because if I was in less pain I would be free.

Free to live with less struggles and despair,
but with a greater hope to overcome obstacles I can bear.

Free to speak without feeling ashamed
of the world I now exist in with the devastation of pain.

Free to choose a doctor that will openly listen to me
and not place me in the same category.

Free to live out the goals I so desire,
without constantly feeling sick, weak, or tired.

Free to be the person I was created to be,
to live out the purpose that was pre-destined for me.

With more strength than I now have that would carry me through,
a life filled with courage and hope anew.

If I lived in a world with less pain “I” would be,
the person behind the door you cannot see.
The person longing, waiting…to be free.

Free to be Joy. Free to be me!

by Joy Darden

To raise awareness about the need for effective pain care in response to the former American Pain Foundation’s (APF) If I Lived in a World with Less Pain, I Could…. campaign to SECURE A FIRST-EVER PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION OFFICIALLY NAMING EVERY SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PAIN AWARENESS MONTH, my family helped create this video “If I Lived in a World with Less Pain, I Could…” to share my voice as well as spread the word to bring awareness to what I believe is such an important issue in the lives of those who live with pain.

The video represents my message to PRESIDENT OBAMA what MY WORLD WITH LESS PAIN would be like and what I Would Do If I Could…if I were not in pain. It gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as I work to bring national awareness to the “hidden” epidemic of pain (APF) so that those who suffer with pain will have a right to effective care and treatment; because “pain” is not just an individual or local problem. It is a national healthcare crisis. It does not only affect pain sufferers but it affects families, friends, associates and anyone who is connected to its world. Even though it may not directly affect every individual, the physical, financial and emotional affects can be devastating to the pain sufferer and the families of those who will ultimately suffer. But with your help, we all can make a difference.

Please join me in support of this cause and spread the word DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER or UNTIL A PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION IS SECURED by asking others to spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, or any other social media outlet. Your support would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

Be blessed! – JD

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Seek God’s Face and Not His Hand. Don’t Wait Until Trouble Comes To Be In His Presence. Seek God’s Help Beforehand. It Will Prepare You To Handle The Test

Seek God's FaceToo often when our backs are against the wall, we allow pride to get in our way and will lose sight of God. We start looking at our circumstances and begin thinking of ways to find a temporary solution to the problem. We rely on ourselves and only seek God for what he can do for us with the wrong motives.

We think we have things all figured out and will handle it on our own. We seek God’s hands and what he can do for us instead of seeking his face to be in his presence. Forgetting he already knows what he will do. We get in his way and will interrupt what he is already prepared to do. He’s waiting on us to trust him and believe he will do what he promised.

Didn’t God say he will supply ALL our needs? How much more proof do we need? If he said it, believe him. He has already worked out what we need before we ask him. We may think desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures but it doesn’t mean we have to give in to temptation when thinking irrationally. We have to learn to trust God when our backs are against the wall. Be in His presence every day before trouble comes.

Don’t try to work things out on your own. Don’t just run to God when you experience trouble. Seek God’s face to be in his presence beforehand. He will handle it.

Be blessed! – JD

Psalm 27:7, 8 “Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 8 You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” (ESV)

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God Shifted Some Things In Your Favor To Get You Where You Are. Don’t Regret Change. You Couldn’t Remain the Same Person

God I Thank You JoaynnWhen you are in transition and your breakthrough is getting close, you can tell because you’re not your usual self. You get easily aggravated. You may feel helpless. Things that never use to irritate you will and people who never mattered to you matter.

Don’t let it discourage you. God is shifting you. When it seems like you are at your worst, God sends a miracle. A ram in the bush with provision. Praise and worship God. Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.

Before you could get to where God was taking you some things had to change. You couldn’t get to where you are by staying the same person. Thank God for molding you into the person you now are from who you used to be. You couldn’t remain the same person. God shaped you to prepare you for your destiny.

Say this with me, God I thank you for molding me into who I am from who I used to be because had it not been for who I was I wouldn’t be who I am today.

Be blessed! – JD

Matthew 13:43 “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (ESV)

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I Thought Of You and Said A Prayer For You Today. I Asked God to Give You Rest. Let Not Your Heart Not Be Troubled. It’s In His Hands. He Will Handle It.

I Thought OF You JoaynnMy heart has been heavy and I still am in shock since hearing of the senseless killings in Charleston, South Carolina that occurred last week. Hearing of all the precious lives that were lost made me weak. It literally brought me to my knees. I fervently prayed. God hears prayers of the righteous. I ask that you do the same.

In the face of adversity and uncertainty, stay strong. My prayers are with the families and victims of this senseless tragedy. All lives matter.

I thought of you and said a prayer for you today. Father I come to you in the name of Jesus not asking for anything and thanking you in advance for everything. Go through every house. Place the enemy under our feet. Cancel every assignment. Command him to flee. Whatever the enemy sends return it back to the sender, unsigned, sealed and undelivered.

The nation is in an uproar. Too many senseless killings. There is too much going on in this dark, cold world. Let there be peace, unity. The Lord is our shepherd. Heal families who have lost loved ones and are hurting everywhere. We need you Lord now more than ever.

God please help us. We are living in the last days. If you don’t know Jesus I pray you seek and find him today. He’s coming back soon. Stay prayed up. Come into a right relationship with God. Be ready when Jesus returns.

Father you know what it is we need. Dispatch your angels. God send healing, deliverance, strength in your provision. Let us not lose trust in Your Divine Providence. Place a shield of protection around us. Let no hurt, harm or danger come. We are covered by the blood of Jesus.

I come against every lying tongue that rise against us shall not prosper. We are more than conquerors. Send fresh anointing as we make our way. Lord Jesus have your way in this place today. “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3:12).

Father God I thank you, glorify you, and magnify your name. Bless your name Lord. Bless your name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. #PrayForCharleston #CharlestonStrong

Be blessed! –JD

Psalm 23: 1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (ESV)

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Hello Fear, Let Me Introduce Myself. My Name Is Victory But I Go By Faith. I’m Fearless. Nice To Meet You!

Hello Fear JoaynnTo my old friend Fear, sorry I sent you away. I could no longer live afraid every day. I had to take a stand. I couldn’t keep myself bound. Always fearing what would happen every time something in my life changed.

I had to let you go so I could move forward. And not be afraid to live a better life God promised would be rewarding.

There was a time in my life when I couldn’t sleep at night worrying about any and everything. I couldn’t rest. I was so tired from so many sleepless nights and kept wishing one day it would end. Oftentimes I blamed myself because I was so busy trying to figure things out on my own. Only to find when I did, I failed miserably at it.

I sought God only after I made a total mess of things. I knew God but my faith was fair-weathered and flaky. It fluctuated depending on how things would go in my life. If everything worked out as I thought it should, my faith was enormous. But when things didn’t work out in my favor, my faith went out the window.

As I got older and found myself yearning for a deeper and closer relationship with God, I noticed how some things began to change in my life. I found myself studying and meditating more on God’s Word. I learned I didn’t need to pray outlandish prayers for God to hear me. I learned how to simply pray and thank God in everything, no matter how big or small. My faith in God grew stronger.

One day when my faith was greatly tested, I decided to use the strength God gave me and turned fear into faith. I had to release fear that day. I sat in darkness and sang out loud to myself, Fear, fear go away. Sorry, you can’t come back another day. One day I will happily report with praise I found a new friend. What a friend I have in Jesus!

It took me some time to learn this but I thought of and keep reminding myself daily of this: Fear paralyzes. God promotes. Don’t be crippled by your circumstances. Get out the boat. Your steps are ordered by the Lord. Walk by faith and not by sight.

I am no longer afraid of the dark. I have a new faith walk. I reintroduced myself to fear with my new name. I said this to him: Hello Fear! Let me introduce myself. My name is VICTORY but I go by FAITH. I’m fearless. Nice to meet you! I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I am VICTORIOUS!

Take it from me, when nothing makes sense have no fear. Activate your faith. Operate like it’s already done. Believe God for supernatural blessings.

Be blessed! – JD

Psalm 56: 1-4 “Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me; 2 my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly. 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (ESV)

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God I Want To Take A Moment To Not Ask For Anything And Simply Say Thank You For Everything

Brand New Mercies JoaynnThank you Lord for loving me even when I fail you. I love you. The greater our burdens, you give us more grace. Thank you for your saving grace.

Thank you for loving me. I’m amazed by the depth of your love for me. It is as wide as the ocean, deep as the sea. It is a never ending story. Your love is steadfast and never fails. It is everlasting. Thank you Jesus.

Lord you are good. Your mercy endures forever. I’m grateful. Let me decrease; let You increase that I may bring You glory. As I walk with you, let my light shine so bright that when people see me, they see Jesus in me.

I just want to take a moment not to ask for anything and thank you for everything. Thank you God. Your grace kept us. We’re still standing. You woke us in our right minds. You started us on our way. You granted brand new mercies when we didn’t deserve it. We give you all the glory. Lord if you never do anything else for us, you’ve done enough. Lord we thank you.

Be blessed! –JD

Psalm 100: 1-5 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (ESV)

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Consider Trouble A Blessing And Not A Curse. God Is Preparing You For Your Future. Declare, I’m Walking In My Destiny. I Got The Victory!

You're A Victor JoaynnWhen you go through the unspeakable you will find out who your true friends are. You will know who God is and learn who you truly are.

See, before storms in life present itself to us we have an idea of what we are made of. But when the storm comes, we cannot imagine who we may become. We may rely on people to approve, accept, and acknowledge us believing this is what we need to become who we will be. However, none of it is necessary.

When going through the trial and our faith is tested, we learn about ourselves. God shows us who he is. We may never understand the season we’re in but we learn of God’s power and sovereignty while in it. He is preparing us for what he already knows; our future. He’s pruning, refining, shaping us for what’s to come. Be grateful.

Adversity reveals character. Trials make us stronger. Thank God for the trials and the people who left you. Everybody can’t go with you. No matter what season you may find yourself in, God is all you need. He approves of you. Believe.

Be blessed! – JD

Proverbs 3:25, 26 “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” (ESV)

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Welcome to Monday! It’s Going to be A Great Day. Go Get Your Blessing!

wpid-img_20150124_075712.jpgToday I want to encourage you. Here are a few words of inspiration to take with you. You may be wandering in wilderness and it feels like it has been forever. Count it all joy. Rise up and be counted.

You may go through the trial and never understand the test but when the teacher is silent, study the word and listen, to pass the test.

Take note of what God says in his Word. Live it, breathe it, do what it says. Don’t let your circumstances dictate your destiny. Walk in victory.

God wants to take you from Egypt to the “promised land”. Get up! Say to yourself, “Every day I will do something.” To propel me to reach my destiny. What God has for me is for me. No man can curse what God has blessed. Now get up and go get your blessing!

Be blessed! -JD

Ephesians 3:14-19For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (ESV)

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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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Thankful Thursday Thought – Are You Like the Tree Planted By the Waters?

20141210085924The Word of God in Psalm 1:3 tells us, “….Whatever he does prospers.” No matter the trials, with God on your side, in due season you will bear fruit. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.

You may have troubles or difficulties along the way. Trials are inevitable. Do not be dismayed. It doesn’t mean we are immune from failure or difficulties. Nor does it guarantee we will be happy.

What the Bible means by prosperity is “when we apply God’s wisdom, the fruit (results or by-products) we bear will be good and will receive God’s approval. We are to soak up God’s Word that it may produce attitudes and actions that will honor God” (1:3). Delight in his presence. Meditate on the Word of God.

God’s Word is our source of nourishment. It feeds the soul. The more you delight in his presence, the more fruitful you are. Spend time with God. Trust Him in every area of your life. Delight in the Lord.

God I thank you for the trees planted by the water. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. When troubled, you are a present help. God, I thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you Jesus!

Are you like the tree planted by the water? If not, get an understanding. Trust God in every encounter. Bear good fruit. Trees planted by the water never fail to bear fruit.

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 1:3 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (NIV)

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When God Says It is Finished, It is Done. Believe Him. Count It Done

wpid-img_20141212_212014.jpgFor years I lived in fear, afraid of what people would say about or do to me if I followed God’s orders and did what I knew He anointed me to do. I kept fighting against God and at times, gave in to the enemy in my refusal to move forward.

There were times when I wondered if I was doing the right thing when letting the opinions of others affect my decision. In some ways I failed God. I was a people pleaser. I would please everyone but God or myself. Never once considering what I lacked but always had the best interest of others at heart.

I lived in darkness. I couldn’t see the light. I found myself alone. I lost sight of God. I lost some friends and family along the way. At times, I would question my own capability. Better yet, I lacked faith in God’s ability.

I could have chosen to be bitter but I didn’t. Instead it made me stronger, wiser, better. In spite of the negative opinions, haters, naysayers, and those who chose not to support me, it influenced my decisions that much more to do better. I refused to let it dictate my destiny. I persevered. It caused me to soar into my destiny.

While I know I may have a long ways to go before I see the fruits of my labor, I know that my labor is not in vain. God sees and knows everything. God has given me many great gifts even though at times I feel I’m not capable of standing up to the challenge. God knows my heart. It is through his strength I am able to meet every challenge. And for that I am thankful to God.

God sends me through tests to see how I handle things. He gives me little to see how I handle much to prepare for what’s coming. I may never understand the workings of God. But I am so glad I understand and know just how much he loves me and what he has equipped me to do.

God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. I know in my heart that I have been chosen and called by God. No matter what people may do to me, I will keep walking in my destiny. God gave it to me.

Whenever you find yourself faced with a difficult dilemma, know that God is working it out in your favor. He will do what he promised to do. God is faithful. Have faith. God got you!

Be blessed! –JD

 Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (ESV)

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Gentle Reminder Lest We Forget

wpid-img_20141009_174323.jpgTake up your cross daily. Deny self. God is faithful even when we are faithless. Be willing to give up everything to please God. Follow Jesus.

Lord help me to love like you love, forgive like you forgive. Help me to never forget your sacrifice that I may follow your perfect example.

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 16:25-26 “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (ESV)

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Don’t Become Complacent or Too Comfortable – In the Face of Adversity, It’s Okay to Be Uncomfortable

wpid-img_20140927_070716.jpgWhen we become too comfortable, we become complacent. And may find ourselves losing our voice and our identity. We also will lose focus and take our eyes off God. And will try to work things out ourselves.

When faced with adversity, at times, we find ourselves looking for answers to things we don’t understand. We create logic that makes sense to us and will follow our own plan. And when it doesn’t work out like we want, we blame everyone else; even God.

Sometimes we do things out of desperation because we want immediate results and if it doesn’t work out, we blame God when we suffer. Take this simple word of advice, wait on God. It will work for the greater good.

As for me, I’m not desperate, I’m determined. I won’t be complacent. I’m okay with being uncomfortable. I welcome adversity. What God has for me is for me.

Be blessed! -JD

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV)

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Reflections

Today’s poem, titled Reflections, is the fourth poem from my “mini-series” of poems I promised to share in between normal posts that was written during my college years. After reading my writing, I found that this was such a powerful piece. And because it’s been many years since writing, I can’t remember what may have prompted these strong thoughts but I’m sure it had something to do with life and what some women encounter in damaged relationships that attempt to make them feel inferior and lose their identity. When in fact, for some it will strengthen them, and keep their dignity intact only to give them the courage to move on from it. My professor only had this to say, “‘Strong ”power” freak poem.” I agree :-). Enjoy!

Reflections

ReflectionsBehold! I am the king
Therefore, in my world
Whatever is done by you
Shall be ruled by me

Like a lion in the woods,
I instill
F-E-A-R
And afflict
P-A-I-N
In your heart, body, and soul

Like a builder,
I construct your life
And tear it down by
Destroying your mind

Like a panther in the night,
Through my perilous flight
I can undermine your
INTELLIGENCE that makes you feel stupid
belittle your
FEMININITY by treating you like a tramp
demean your
CHARACTER by exposing your unethical ways
That can go on for days and days

Because in my world,
That which you must belong to,
Everything is judged, decided,
And initiated by me –
No matter what it is you do

Your world is non-existent,
And who am I you say?
I am the king that rules your world
And get things done my way!

-JD

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We Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Dr. Maya Angelou, You Now Have Your Wings!

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” -Dr. Maya Angelou

I am saddened yet I rejoice today. Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Renowned author, poet, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou took her rightful place in heaven today.

Dr. Angelou was not only a great voice to contemporary literature, but she was a voice of distinction to many. She touched the lives of many.

Her speech was with grace and eloquence. Her words were like a breath of fresh air to a troubled ear that would hear and listen. She spoke of struggles we could all identify with and knew in some way we too, could overcome them.

She was trailblazer; a survivor. She set the path to know how we could live life with meaning. She taught us through her writings, in the face of adversity or hatred, like the air, we can rise above it and still respect ourselves. Life had new meaning. In spite of barriers, celebrate who we are no matter what. She had a distinctive name that clearly set her apart. Her contribution will live on forever. She will always live in our hearts.

Ms. Maya, you leave behind a great legacy. You always will be remembered. We will miss you dear one. You may be gone but never forgotten. We will cherish your memory.

We know “Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Dr. Maya Angelou is now resting in heaven. Rest in paradise love. You now have your wings!

I leave you with this. Here are  some of her greatest quotes. I hope you enjoy it.

Quotes from Dr. Maya Angelou:

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!”

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”

“In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave and suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet, it is only love which sets us free.”

– Dr. Maya Angelou

Be blessed! -JD

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