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National Day of Prayer – May 2, 2013

The nation will gather together May 2, 2013 to commemorate National Day Of Prayer.

Please join in as millions of Americans and prayer intercessors across the nation pray collectively for America.

With all that we are seeing around us, America needs God’s intervention now more than ever. We are in need of healing, restoration, peace, unity, and deliverance.

No matter our differences or personal preferences, let us stand in agreement and gather in unity as we intercede in prayer on behalf of the world. Prayer changes things. And with prayer, we can transform the world. We can make a difference.

While we are to pray every day, wherever you are or whatever you may be doing, please take a moment to do whatever you can to share in this important National Day of Prayer. Be it corporately or individually, pray on behalf of the nation for deliverance and peace.

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 12:21 “In his name the nation will put their hope.”

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Train Up A Child

While doing some reading a few days ago, I stumbled upon an interesting post the other day that I cannot seem to locate but wanted to say something about it because the subject matter stuck in my mind for a few days and I couldn’t shake it.

The post was in reference to a young lady who expressed her dislike with her mother when telling her to pray about something when faced with a life-changing decision or obstacles that she would encounter in daily life.

It was understood that her mom’s reason for doing this was because it was considered socially acceptable and a natural response. She expressed her frustration and feelings of being ignored when it comes to the fact that her mother is aware she clearly does not share the same beliefs but chooses to do this on a regular basis.

As I am reading this I couldn’t help but wonder had I been in this person’s shoes what would I have done? And while there are way too many variables to deduce why her mother may have done this with the exception of what she noted, I find given the fact had I been aware of my child’s non-belief, I simply would have said “I will be praying for you.”

On the other hand, had this been one of my children, my response would not have been questionable because I would have said the same thing as did her mother, “Pray about it” as well as “I will be praying for you.”

Not because I feel it is socially acceptable as this person believed the reason her mother does this. Nor would I have done this to impose my own personal beliefs upon them or disrespect theirs, but it would have been because I am comfortable and confident where my children are in their spirituality and beliefs. I know my audience. We share the same religious beliefs.

I grew up in a household with my sisters and brother where we were raised with the same faith and religious tradition of my mother and great-grandmother. We attended church and they instilled Christian values and the teachings of God and Jesus Christ. As I grew up, I chose to hold on to those beliefs and felt it was important to my development and future growth which helped mold and shape me into the person I am today.

When I become a mother, I made the decision in my household to instill and practice the same tradition, religion, and values within my children my mom and great-grandmother taught me. Throughout my children’s lives I would encourage them. I believed it was essential to set the foundation for their future development.

With the understanding that as my children grew up, it would ultimately be up to them to choose their own path but would hope that they continue on the path they were raised and continue with the tradition. Because it was clear I could not choose their faith for them, they would have to experience that on their own. And it would have to be based on their belief and not mine. And regardless, I would love them the same and support their decision.

As life would have it, when they became adults thankfully they held the same beliefs and followed the same practice. And as it stands today, we as a family attend the same church and share the same beliefs with the exception of one of my children who have a different preference.

As a parent I feel it is my obligation to guide and nurture my children in their spiritual development. No matter what situation they may find themselves in, I believe it is essential to instill spiritual guidance and wisdom and provide godly advice and encouragement that is in alignment with my beliefs. Of which I do when presented the opportunity. The greatest thing is they don’t become offended by it but they welcome it and oftentimes are in agreement with it. And will thank me for it. It warms my heart.

As Christians, we are given a charge to pray for others. When I express my intent to pray for my children, I don’t look for a response but  work to encourage and assure them God is in control. I strongly believe prayer is the answer and changes things. It is through my faith, dedication, and commitment to God to pray for others no matter the controversy or conflict it may bring. And is something I will continue to do for my children until I no longer have breath.

As I stated before, I am not one to impose my religious beliefs or preference on others because not everyone you encounter will believe in God or share the same faith. Yet it is not for us to judge. However, we are to remain loyal and true to our beliefs. And not compromise our faith to please, fit in, or be accepted by others.

When your offspring come to you and make you aware that their beliefs are different from yours, don’t become upset by it or disregard it. Have respect for it. Continue in your role as a parent to support, guide, lead, teach, encourage, and pray for them. Nurture them. Live by example. Practice what you preach. Pave the way that will lead them to a lasting, loving relationship with God.

“Train up a child. And although they may stray, they will not depart from it.They shall remember the way they were raised. With the hope they desire to live by what they were taught. To walk in righteousness, glorify and give honor to God.”

Be blessed! –JD

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

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Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With You

As I prepared to rest from a long day of tests, my soul cried out praying for rest, divine healing, and comfort when hearing of today’s tragedy of those affected by the explosions at the Boston marathon.

I couldn’t help but think here we are faced again with yet another senseless act affecting the innocent. And assured with current events, we are living in the last days as evidenced, by threats and rumors of war, pestilence, famine, and earthquakes, unexplained natural disasters and an increase in things that don’t make sense.

And while we may never understand any of this, we mustn’t be blind to the things we see. We are to be prepared and draw nearer to thee.

My first instinct was to pray immediately, as I turned off the television because the media has a tendency to overdo reporting events such as this. And it only frustrates the real intent.  I prayed out to God and said unto thee, “Lord, please have mercy on the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone and those affected by today’s Boston marathon tragedy. Jesus, be a fence.”

I quietly said to God, “The world is in need of fervent prayer not only today, but every day. As the enemy continues to make his way, into the lives of innocent people only to fulfill, what you have presented in your Word that will be fulfilled.

I don’t have a lot to say. I only ask that everyone keep the victims in your thoughts and prayers. Please pray. There’s so much going on in the world today. And sadly, is something God’s Word tells us must occur even though we continue to see it every day.

Jesus is coming back again one day. Be less concerned with the date or when. Rather, be prepared when he comes again. Be consistent as you live God’s way. Thereby, no matter what when He comes that day.  In glory, he will claim you as his own. Don’t waste precious time looking at other people to blame. Look to God. Glorify his name.

Until then, know that there is no pain God cannot heal no sorrow He cannot comfort. God is the Father of mercies and of all our pain, sorrow, and comfort. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).  Boston, we are praying for you.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of today’s explosions in Boston and the nation. May God send comfort, divine healing, and restoration. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 24:3-6 “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming out of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”

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It’s Me Lord and I Simply Want To Say

A Simple Thank You Lord,

filled with a breath prayer simply to say,

Thank You God

for making a way.

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Say A Prayer

When I heard news of the death of Roger Ebert I couldn’t help but share a thought and my prayers with the world as I lay bewildered, surprised. I began to think how soon our lives can be taken as quickly as we are given life.

Roger Ebert was a favorite of mine. And my heart skipped a beat when I heard he was gone in just that short time. He had just announced yesterday he was taking a “leave of presence” after learning his cancer had returned. And today his presence is gone and he will never return.

We never know when our time will come. Death waits for no one. As quickly as we breathe, it can be our last breath. Even when we think God is not through with us yet. When he says it’s our time. It’s time. When he says it’s done. His Will will be done.

It’s no longer “here today, gone tomorrow.” It’s “here today, gone today.” We must be ready when the time comes when we are taken away. Prepare every day. Live as God desires, the way he has designed for you to live. Seek him, find him and know him before he takes the life he has given. Be ready.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may be recompensed for the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Say a prayer.

The world lost a legendary figure today. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers and pray.  I will lift up the family and friends of Roger Ebert as I pray.

“Father, I thank you for your Sovereignty. You are full of grace and mercy. God, guard and heal the hearts of the family. Give them strength and the peace that surpasses all understanding. Comfort them in their time of sorrow in the loss of their loved one. Watch over them. Keep them safe in your arms. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

Be blessed! -JD

John 14: 1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

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We Are The Salt Of The Earth

Mothers are the salt of the earth. And so are fathers too. We only want what’s best for our children in all they do. We are the angels God gave to you. We would risk our lives just so that they may have a better life. We would if we could, take away all their strife. If we could, we would do everything for them so that they may not fail. But we know this is not what God expects from us for them, as his love will prevail.

The love we have for our children is undeniable. It shows in the lessons we try to teach them. Oftentimes we have to move ourselves out of the way. In order, that they may find their way. Even if it means sacrificing ourselves in humility, we are to honor God in bringing tranquility. A peace that will surpass all understanding with the hope they get an understanding. Of the life God desires they live. In all their ways and the manner in which they give… to others freely and unselfishly…. a life filled with humbleness and humility.

It doesn’t mean we don’t love them because a mother’s love is a treasured memory. It is a gem. However, what we mustn’t do is stop praying for them.

We must continue to pray that God will manifest through their circumstances and they gain an understanding. That he is the one who gives them unlimited chances. At some point, through trials and testing they will either recognize the divine nature of God. Or they will continue to live a life filled with hopelessness and void.

God’s presence is with us every day. He desires we work to do things his way. He provides guidance and direction in his Word. Your dream will not be deferred. Children must understand God also use us to instruct, nurture, refine, and guide you. But as parents, there’s only so much we can do. We have to surrender our will to God in order that he may do his work through you.

We desire the best, just as he. But sometimes we have to let things be. We do our best to use God’s Word with the desire to bring encouragement, hope, and inspiration. Only in preparation… of this thing we call life. That will guide you through a life that may be easier for you. If only you knew.

We can’t keep driving the same words in the hopes you will listen and take heed. We can’t keep saying, “God is not pleased…” with the things you continue to do. We must release our cares unto Him and let him do what he knows is best for you.

One day children who become adults will be required to seek God’s grace on their own. Or continue to live life alone. Not physically but spiritually. It will take a great level of wisdom and maturity.

As we grow older we mature. As we mature we’re supposed to change. The possibilities are limitless where there is no range. However, in order to change we must be open to it. Use of wise spiritual or mature counsel is a part of it. Godly counsel also will be of benefit.

Guidance and motherly advice verses control and motherly opinion differs. On so many levels but will make a difference. We can give our children all the advice in the world but ultimately it is up to them to choose their own path. Or in the end they will eventually experience God’s wrath.

We pray our children follow the path God has set before them. That they may hear to convict the heart and not condemn. Psalm 23 is my prayer every day. For it confirms God has prepared the way. He is our shepherd. We are the sheep. God will guide the meek.

When children choose to not listen to us or God, ultimately he will send a clear message that will not be void… of the consequence they will pay. For the life they have chosen to live anyway.

Mothers are the salt of the earth. And so are fathers too. As you become adults, please be wise and listen to the voice of God to lead you. Listen to your heart and not your head when it concerns your parents. Honor and respect them as taught. It is inherent. Children, you are the light of the world and the salt of the earth too. Let the Word of God guide you.

Be blessed! –JD

Matthew 5:13 – 14 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

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Good Morning! Say A Prayer

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23

God makes the impossible, possible.
The battle is not yours.
It’s the Lord’s.
For, nothing is too hard for God.

Wage against spiritual warfare.
Don’t forget to say a prayer.
For families across the nation everywhere.
Bear arms. Take up the whole armor of God.
Bind the enemy with warfare.
Persevere.

With prayer, the devil has been defeated.
We are spiritually seated.. with Christ.
God’s power is released on our behalf.
What you do for Christ will last.
Prayer changes things.

Be blessed! -JD

Ephesians 6:10-13 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

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Reflection: Testing and Endurance

Fasting has been a part of my life over the years where I have participated many times in my quest for spiritual growth, knowledge, and change. But I would participate only to the degree where I would willfully give up one thing I most desired for a certain amount of time. The fast would be approximately four hours of the day or from the time I rise until the end of the day with a minimum duration no more than a week. It was not until I discovered a fast I participate in monthly called #holdFAST that I learned about the Daniel fast.

Granted, I am a Bible reader and I know many of you may be wondering, “How could she not have known about Daniel fast?” Well, I heard of Daniel many times throughout the span of my life, but never recall hearing of the 21-day Daniel fast. And sadly but honestly, the only answer I have is I had not yet read the book of Daniel, hence, no knowledge of it. I’m still a work in process/progress.

Through my experiences of prayer and fasting, I learned it was not about eliminating foods for the sake of not eating or to be a part of something. But it was where I would make the ultimate sacrifice to God in development of my relationship with him.

It began the process of change. It brought me closer to God. I learned the meaning of sacrifice, obedience, and humility. I learned endurance, obedience, and perseverance builds character. I learned that, through sacrifice, I changed.

But it didn’t stop there. I was always looking for ways to grow spiritually. And whatever process it took to get me there, I would investigate and if it was in alignment with God’s laws, I would seek detailed instructions to participate or be a part of.

As such, I became connected to other people I had never met before in my life who shared the same Christian values and beliefs as me. It was where I was introduced to #holdFAST by a wonderful minister I met on Twitter named Kia Granberry (www.livelovekia.com)  who is also the founder of #holdFAST.

She had been fasting 21-days each month since January 2012. I was so moved by her powerful testimony that I joined in on the journey in June where I would complete the three-day fast the first three days of the month. It is now part of my life every month and has become my testimony to what prayer and fasting will do.

I learned through packets I received monthly, that HoldFAST basically was an abbreviated Daniel fast where the traditional fast is for three days but the extended fast last 21-days much like Daniel’s 21-day fast. We eat only three things, FRUITS, VEGGIES, and WHOLE GRAINS.

November will mark the 11th month of participating in #holdFAST. But I find as each month comes, temptation becomes greater where I feel like I cannot make it to reach this year’s end, which will be December.

The enemy does all he can in his attempt to convince me into believing I need to quit; in hopes of my giving up. He makes life difficult. But I know it’s nothing I can’t handle because God is on my side. And I know nothing’s too hard for God.

Today was a day of all days where it seemed like nothing was going my way. I said, “God I know you’re with me today. Even though I feel like I can’t make it through the day. The enemy’s heavy on my trail. But with your help, I will prevail. I’m covered!”

With all that I had been going through, I couldn’t help but reflect on timing and know that this is nothing but a trick of the enemy. I’m too close to the end and he’s trying his best to win. But there is no way because God will have his say.

My belief: “The harder the struggle, greater is the reward.”

I couldn’t help but go back to a time when I was faced with what I felt were similar obstacles and had to tell God that day, all that was on my mind. The words I share below are from some time ago. Yet, I felt I needed to reflect on it today as a source of inspiration to get through. Thought I’d share it with you:

It’s been a long time since I’ve needed to say. The things I am encouraged to put out here today. There are times when I can’t be quiet about what it is God has done for me. In these times, I find I want to shout to the world his goodness and mercy; thanking him for saving me.

The past week has been filled with cloud storms and rain, only to seek the Lord to make me whole again. Couldn’t help but express my thoughts in the only way I know how. As I shout out loud. Things I must say. And I hope Lord, it is okay.

Earlier this week a time came upon me when I really, really needed to talk with God. I confessed to Him how I think this life sometimes can be so hard. I told Him, “and while I know it’s nothing new, because you already know; you are YOU. You are the only one I can talk to. You are always listening; you guide me through. Please know that I say these things to you dear Lord. Only to release feelings that is null and void.”

I fell on my knees in anguish to pray and said unto him, “My heart is filled with a heavy burden, praying I find rest. In what I feel is just a test. I ask for nothing but have a small request. Fill me with confidence to do my best.”

I wake every morning thinking I have enough strength. Only to find within time my body, mind, and soul are spent. Searching as I fall asleep. For that which only you can give will surpass me; peace. By the time I awake the day has passed me by. Missed deadlines to meet, plans gone awry.

Oftentimes my heart filled with fear. Because I don’t feel like I belong here. I lie in bed with thoughts that I’ve failed. As I struggle to find hope in the smallest things, but God’s Word would prevail. Thoughts would fill my head with desire to find strength. Through your Word divinely sent.

I don’t look for pity or sympathy. I only want to express my thoughts freely. As I work to get through this day. With the hope that tomorrow will be brighter, better, as it comes without delay.

I have hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Therefore, I won’t give up. I will continue to fight regardless of what life the enemy tries to suck; out of me. Because I know one day I’ll be free. Free from anguish and agony.

Today, although it doesn’t look like, is the day. I will give all my cares to you, Jesus, because I know you will make a way. Thank you Lord, for listening and hearing my thoughts and prayers today.

That day had passed then something came unexpectedly. I felt God saying to me. “I will never leave or forsake you. I will see you through your pain; through the storm and the rain. Keep your eyes open and listen when it comes. I will send someone.”

Strangely enough, there was an encounter with a person I didn’t know. Only that his words struck a chord that my mind would not let go. As I worked to understand what this was and why it was happening to me. On the last day, God revealed it to me.

Through another encounter with my cousin Wanda who shared this message. She called at a time which was unexpected. She told me, “Whatever you’re going through is only a test. To see how well you would strive to do your best. God knows your heart. And knows what you intend to do. He only wants what is best for you. He will take all your troubles away. No matter what you see in your circumstances, come what may.” “Hold on cousin. Fast and pray. Believe and have faith. God will make a way.”

I had been participating in a Rules of Engagement prayer that was eight pages long and lasted thirty days. Along with a simple fast I would engage in. I thought, “Odd how did she know I had been fasting and praying? I had not talked to her in ages.” But God knew. He sent exactly who he needed to. To serve as confirmation to what he was about to do. To let me know he was there for me. In spite of the pain and trouble that seemed to follow me. God interceded on my behalf. He promised, “This too shall pass.”

The test became my testimony. It was a testimony of faith. Faith I held on to as I waited. Resilience and perseverance were essential too. Fasting and prayer brought me through. It works.

The ultimate revelation came when I began #holdFAST. I noticed unfamiliar things from what I experienced in the past. I offered my body to Christ; as a living sacrifice. It changed the way I would eat. I no longer longed for things that were not good for me. Foods I thought I needed were no longer important to me. Foods that were healthier became of value to me. It helped me tremendously.

The fast was so powerful it moved me to tears. I noticed how God began to remove all my fears. He began closing one door after another. It was beyond comprehension in the midst of my troubles.

I fell in love with #holdFAST and made a commitment to this day, to incorporate it as cleansing every month; needless to say.  I look forward to when the time comes. As #holdFAST begins the month of greater things to come. It changed my life completely. It helped me grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Now please don’t get me wrong. By no means am I negating the significance of other fasting methods because I still participate in others too. But #holdFAST has been the most rewarding experience that changed how I look at things and what I choose to do. I am thankful.

Thankful for what I learned. Humility wasn’t given but earned. Through my actions I learned evidence of defeat was merely a reflection of who I had become. But with faith and endurance, I would overcome. Faith was substance of things I hoped for, evidence of things I could not see. Endurance built character and defined the person God said I would be.

Throughout this journey, I learned at best, phrases I’ve coined that put my mind at rest. “Adversity affirms the assignment. Brokenness breaks barriers. Perseverance promotes purpose.” Words that kept me focused.

Only by the grace of God, I made it through. I envisioned the plan he had for my future. There was a great assignment waiting for me to complete. With God’s guidance, I will have victory!!

My reward is on the way. When the enemy comes my way, I won’t hesitate. I will receive all God has stored up for me. I trust God. I believe. God has all power. It’s in his hands. He’s faithful. God’s Word stands.

Lastly, know this:

People will see God’s glory on the outside, never knowing what you went through. That brought you to the place they now see you. The Spirit of God helped you. You will show the world how you have overcome. It is by the blood of the LAMB, God Almighty, the only one.

When it looks like a test, remember God knows best.

You may have trials. “Trials serve purpose.” You may become weary. “Tests strengthen your character.” You may have struggles. “Tests prove your faith is genuine.”  You may fall short. “Tested faith gives honor to God.”

In the end, “Testing during struggles becomes your TESTIMONY to demonstrate, ‘Great is our God.’ Have faith.”  Prayer, fasting, andTESTS SHAPE US” into the person God says we will be. Trust God. In time, you will witness, God’s Sovereignty.

James 1:3 – 6 “For you know that when your faith is tested your endurance has a chance to grow 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. 5 If you need wisdom — if you want to know what God wants you to do — ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

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Give Thanks!

Let us give praise, honor, and glory unto God for grace and mercy! As we start the day let not only one day be a day you live to be better, live to do better, and live to get better but let everyday be a day you reconcile and surrender your will to God’s Will as you live to be Christ-like in every area of your life.

As a witness, let your days be filled with perseverance and divine authority as you lead others to Christ. May you continue to walk in victory, honor God, and spread the gospel about Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior to everyone you may encounter.

We all have a destiny, an eternal destiny. God has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us. As I walk in my purpose, I will profess to the world that my Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ. I will profess his goodness, his mercy, and his omnipotence. I will proclaim his faithfulness. I will proclaim his power. I am a witness.

For, “The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me–to tell people the Good News about God’s grace” [Acts 20:24, NCV]. Because to me, it means God is able. Able to do exceeding and abundantly above all we could ask or think… [Ephesians 3:20].

My prayer: Jehovah Jireh, grant unto me and every family member and friend, according to your riches in glory, your tender mercies and immeasurable favor, the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places according to Isaiah 45:1-3. I declare that the Cyrus anointing flows unhindered and uncontaminated in each and every life according to Isaiah 60:10-17. Grant peace, mercy, and favor. I seal this prayer in Jesus’ name, AMEN! — JD

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