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Calling All Prayer Warriors, Please Say a Prayer

Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You #2I know this picture looks familiar but with all that is going on in the world with yesterday’s senseless tragedy where 17 innocent people were killed in Parkland, Florida, I couldn’t help but share a revised copy of this post again today. In remembrance of those who have lost loved ones, to let them know we’re thinking of and praying for them.

There are times when I can’t look at the news and find myself far removed from things that trouble me. But yesterday was a day I couldn’t help but hear and see news of yet again unspeakable tragedy that took the lives of innocent people in Parkland, Florida. Now my heart is saddened and my soul has been stirred and shaken.

Once again tragedy has struck and taken lives of the innocent. God, I know I mustn’t ask when it all will end, because some things will continue to happen because of the fallen world we live in. I can’t keep up with all that’s going on in the world. The best thing I can do is pray for the loss of innocent souls. As well as those whose mind may have left momentarily because of the enemy, who may have convinced them only to confuse them that their life and the life of others needed to end.

Father, please forgive them for they know not what they do. Father, I ask that you cover them because of what they unknowingly may have done to hurt others and disobey you. I pray for the families who are now left behind bewildered and distraught, trying to figure out what happened to bring about this tragic time.

My prayers are with the victims and families of senseless tragedies and violent storms that continue to occur across the nation. God send strength, comfort, peace, and healing in light of devastation. Jesus, be a fence. May the blood of the Lamb protect them. I pray for strength of families who have lost loved ones, no matter the circumstance which they’ve lost loved ones. God calm the troubled waters of those who will cry endlessly, because of pain felt so deeply. Heal the hearts of those who may feel distraught, because of a void that has left a hole in their hearts. Peace be still. Heal their hearts.

God I know you are healer. You are a strong tower. You are God Almighty in every waking hour. Surround the homes of every family and friend. Dispatch angels of mercy to cover them. Your grace is sufficient no matter the tide. Let the hearts of those affected by tragedy be healed in the face of those who have been hurt, who are lost, or who have died. You are God all by yourself. For every family across the nation you are a present help. This is my prayer I pray. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Here’s a candle and a comforting scripture to let you know across the nation we are saying a prayer and thinking of you. We are praying for you.

Calling all prayer warriors, please say a prayer. Light a candle. Let them know God is there. Say a prayer for every family and victim across the nation everywhere. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matt 18:20). God hears the prayers of the righteous. May the peace of God be with them.

Be blessed. –JD

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (ESV)

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Someone’s Fighting A Battle You’ve Already Won By Grace. Don’t Take Life For Granted. Be Thankful For It

Won By Grace JoaynnLife can be a struggle. And at times it can be difficult to get through the day when faced with situations that leave you feeling empty, weary, and hopeless.

We can never know what a person is going through when looking in from the outside. We don’t know how many times they have prayed to God and feel their prayers are not being answered.

Nobody knows how many tears they’ve cried, how many times they’ve cried out to God for help. How much anguish, both spiritually and mentally, they have faced when their heart is grieved beyond comprehension.

Yes, we may see the beautiful pictures and smiles that tell a different story. But in the inside they are hurting. While the world never needs to know all your secrets. It should be kept between you and God. Never judge a book by its cover.

Each of us are going through something. Be hopeful in the Lord. Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him (Job 13:15). No matter what troubles you, know God is a healer. Whatever you’re going through, know God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Life may be hard. Say to yourself, “Yet will I trust you God.”

God hears the prayers of the righteous. Prayers of the righteous avail much. Pray without ceasing. Pray for everyone.

Be blessed! – JD

Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (AKJV)

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To the Family of Mike Brown, the City of Ferguson and Families Everywhere, We Are Praying for You. Please Stop the Violence

While watching television the other night, my regular program was interrupted with an announcement from the St. Louis County prosecutor informing the public of the long awaited grand jury verdict in the case of the young man Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Based on the length of the announcement prior to making the final announcement, we already knew where it was going. My first thought was to pray. Then all I could do was ask that we lift the family of Mike Brown and the city of Ferguson, Missouri in prayer. We must also lift the nation in prayer because this is only the beginning of what’s to come.

Sadly, the issue of race relations is becoming the focus in this country and in so many ways, it seems like we are going backwards in time instead of forward. As though nothing has changed but is only getting worse. There is a lack of respect not only for the President, the people of this country, but for any person regardless of race who have endured an injustice at no fault of their own.

Trayvon Martin’s family endured a heavy burden and now Michael Brown’s family is experiencing the same. I pray for peace that surpasses all understanding, comfort, strength, wisdom, no violence, disturbances, or anything that will disrespect the memory and honor of the son of the Brown family. They truly deserve our prayers and support during this time of sadness and uncertainty.

I couldn’t help but re-post an image I used a few years ago with another post that I found to serve as a gentle reminder and let those know who have been affected by tragedy, who have experienced a painful loss, or have lost loved ones, that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I pray it brings some peace and comfort.

While we may never understand any of this, we serve a mighty, mighty, God. He is all-knowing. Prayers of the righteous avail much. God hears, sees, and knows all. His will be done. He WILL send the answer.

To the city of Ferguson, the family of Michael Brown, and the nation, we are praying for you. God is faithful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. #‎Ferguson‬

Be blessed! -JD

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (KJV)

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Domestic Violence is NEVER Okay! Janay Rice, Kayla Dwyer, and Others We’re Praying for You

wpid-textgram_1411139067.pngI tried to avoid speaking on this subject matter because of my own personal struggle with domestic abuse and violence having lived with and experienced it over the years, but something just would not let me keep quiet. I apologize for the long post and if I offend anyone but I have to ask these questions.

Have you ever been in a relationship where you were yelled at, made to feel worthless, intimidated, manipulated, felt like you were to blame for everything? Or felt like your life was or is being controlled by someone you fear or you’re walking on eggshells in your own home? Have you constantly been cussed out for no reason, called out of your name, or found yourself taking the blame for any and everything? Or physically beaten only to stay because you felt you couldn’t do any better? I ask because these are some of the warning signs of domestic abuse and violence.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have been, may be, or are a victim of domestic abuse and violence. My heart goes out to you. Please know you’re not alone. There’s help available. If you can, get out as soon as you can. We’re praying for you.

Sadly, many women have been and are victims of domestic abuse. Even sadder, I used to think it came with the territory in relationships but vowed as a child when I grew up, I would never allow a man to put his hands on me, EVER!!!

Imagine my expression after hearing the news of Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL resulting from a tape that clearly showed physical violence he committed when he knocked out his former girlfriend, now wife Janay Rice. I couldn’t help but send up a prayer because just hearing the news deeply disturbed me. For a time, I refused to look at the tape out of fear what it would do to me. It was not until I viewed it after hearing so many people talk about it, that I immediately became sick and disgusted.

As if that wasn’t enough, to make matters worse, I heard another report of former ASU quarterback, Jack Elway III son of John Elway Denver Broncos General manager, pleaded guilty to domestic violence against his wife and NFL Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer arrested on domestic violence assault charges that allege a fractured nose and bruises to his wife’s left eye and included alleged aggravated assault on his 18-month old son. And let’s not forget Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson’s alleged child abuse against his son. What’s going on NFL??? I can’t take any more. Please, please stop the domestic abuse and violence.

I also was conflicted and confused by some of the negative comments and opinions of others in response to a letter Janay penned slamming the media. What hurt me the most was when many began to lash out at her after she came to her husband’s defense expressing how this entire situation has affected her family, asking the public to respect their privacy. My heart broke.

While I will never condone domestic abuse, any person putting their hands on or abusing another in any form, I cannot help but empathize with this young lady. We must understand in her decision to marry him, even though the abuse was beyond acceptable (he punched her twice and left her lying on the floor, walked over her, and allegedly never apologized to her), she says loves her husband and as it appears, she has accepted the consequences of his behavior. All she asked was that the public respect their privacy in this family matter.

Does it make it right? No. Does it make it okay? No. Will he ever do it again? We don’t know. Some say yes. But do we really know what will happen. Is it even our business or our role to make assumptions? In my opinion, no. Because some people can change and turn their life around for the better. That’s just like saying once a cheater, alcoholic, drug addict; always a cheater, alcoholic, drug addict.

Not everybody who make mistakes become the mistakes they’ve made. It’s not fair to put everybody in the same category. Some people can and do change. And I feel if Janay has accepted the consequences of her husband’s actions and they both are taking the necessary steps to fix the problem with counseling, at least give them a chance.

In no way am I saying stay in a relationship that is harmful to your well-being or clearly puts your life in danger. It is always in your best interest to leave and seek a place of refuge; safety. However, if Ray Rice does it again, let’s pray his wife makes it out safely, leave, and gets the help she needs. If all she’s asking is that we respect her family’s privacy no matter how public the media has made it, no matter our opinions, we can at least respect her wishes.

Don’t criticize, judge, or make any assumptions about what we think, should, or is going to happen. Let’s just pray God covers them both. She needs our support. Not condescending remarks, hurtful words, or mean attitudes. What if it were you? Think about the ugly way others are treating her. Put yourself in her shoes.

This talk of abuse has taken its toll on me. I was mentally and physically drained as I began to relive the pain of my past filled with memories of emotional, mental, verbal, and physical abuse. Never once did I feel like a victim. For years I could not imagine myself being a victim because I kept it hidden.

But then, I said to myself, “Hold up…what….wait a minute?” Is this what happened to me years ago, without realizing I too was a victim? Granted I was young and naïve and didn’t realize domestic abuse was the issue. I never gave it a name. I just thought arguing, fussing, and occasions of physical violence came with the territory. And I thought because it was not ongoing and stopped after the second time, I never called it domestic abuse or violence. I didn’t consider it abuse. So I stayed. Silly me. Goodness, how naïve was I. I was young. But that doesn’t excuse it.

When I got older and it started happening again and the cycle kept repeating itself, when I found my life in imminent danger, I came to my senses. I refused to tolerate it and immediately removed myself from the situation. Sadly, no matter how much I’d run, I couldn’t escape it. Until one day, I was physically assaulted while 8 months pregnant and someone witnessed it and sought help. With the help of God, a stranger I considered an angel, and law enforcement, I fought back and never attempted to return. I never looked back. God was watching over me. For that, I’m forever grateful to Him.

I will never make excuses or take the blame for why I stayed or chose to leave. Leaving was easier said than done. It took more work than I imagined but God saved me from harm. However, I will be held accountable for not properly understanding the extent of what I experienced. Because I knew better. When I made a promise to myself years ago to never allow a man to hit on me or verbally abuse me, I failed to see the warning signs that were right in front of me.

I’m in a better place now. I consider it done! I am victorious. I am still standing. God kept me in the midst of it. I may have been beaten, talked about, emotionally, mentally, physically, and verbally abused, but I refused to put myself in harm’s way only to be broken, battered, and bruised. And not live and tell about it today. Thankful God took me out of harm’s way.

“Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. Domestic abuse that includes physical abuse is called domestic violence” (Domestic Violence and Abuse).

Domestic abuse is serious. Don’t ignore it. Know the warning signs and what you can do to help save a life or prevent it. Here are a few signs that may help you: helplessness, control issues, low self-esteem, being afraid, threats, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, and violent behavior. If you suspect someone is being abused or you are the victim of abuse, it may not be easy but don’t be afraid to speak up. Seek help. It’s available. Someone is there to help. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). Someone will help you get to safety. Remove yourself from the situation.

Many women have been and continue to be victims of domestic abuse. Abuse is not just physical but emotional, mental, sexual, and verbal. Let’s join forces to put an end to it. Why not begin a Million Woman March movement as voices for victims of Domestic Violence and have an open dialogue in an open forum like #OprahLifeclass to begin the healing process. As well as confront the issues to find a cure for this awful disease. Will you join me?

Domestic abuse is NEVER okay! Janay Rice, Kayla Dwyer, and others we’re praying for you.

Be blessed! -JD

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Calling All Prayer Warriors, Please Say a Prayer

Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You #2I know this picture looks familiar but with all that is going on in the world the past few days. I couldn’t help but share a revised copy of it again today. In remembrance of those who have lost loved ones. To let them know we’re thinking of and praying for them.

There are times when I can’t look at the news and find myself far removed from things that trouble me. But today was a day I couldn’t help but hear and see news of violent storms and yet again unspeakable tragedy. That took the lives of innocent people in a certain part of the nation. Now my heart is saddened and my soul has been stirred and shaken.

Once again tragedy has struck and taken lives of the innocent. God, I know I mustn’t ask when it all will end, because some things will continue to happen because of the fallen world we live in. I can’t keep up with all that’s going on in the world. The best thing I can do is pray for the loss of innocent souls. As well as those whose mind may have left momentarily because of the enemy, who may have convinced them only to confuse them that their life and the life of others needed to end.

Father, please forgive them for they know not what they do. Father, I ask that you cover them because of what they unknowingly may have done to hurt others and disobey you. I pray for the family who is now left bewildered and distraught and left behind. Trying to figure out what happened to bring about this tragic time.

My prayers are with the victims and families of senseless tragedies and violent storms that continue to occur across the nation. God send comfort, peace, and healing in light of devastation. Jesus, be a fence. May the blood of the Lamb protect them. I pray for strength of families who have lost loved ones, no matter the circumstance which they’ve lost loved ones. God calm the troubled waters of those who will cry endlessly, because of pain felt so deeply. Heal the hearts of those who may feel distraught, because of a void that has left a hole in their hearts. Peace be still. Heal their hearts.

God I know you are healer. You are a strong tower. You are God Almighty in every waking hour. Surround the homes of every family and friend. Dispatch angels of mercy to cover them. Your grace is sufficient no matter the tide. Let the hearts of those affected by tragedy be healed in the face of those who have been hurt, who are lost, or who have died. You are God all by yourself. For every family across the nation you are a present help. This is my prayer I pray. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Here’s a candle and a comforting scripture to let you know across the nation we are saying a prayer and thinking of you. We are praying for you.

Calling all prayer warriors, please say a prayer. Light a candle. Let them know God is there. Say a prayer for every family and victim across the nation everywhere. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matt 18:20). God hears the prayers of the righteous. May the peace of God be with them.

Be blessed. –JD

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (ESV)

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Is Gun Control and Mental Illness Still Not An Issue?

rose I am not one to look at the news because it can be so disturbing. Yet at times I can’t help but stumble across it because it’s everywhere.

As I’m sitting in my room preparing my mind for my morning mediation and thinking about my future, I hear two stories about gun violence where an innocent man was killed and an innocent 6-year old child was taken hostage in Dale, Alabama. Then another story interrupts regular programming to report a shooting that occurred minutes ago where a gunman went into a building of various offices and commenced to shooting innocent people in Glendale, Arizona.

And to make matters worse, a 15 year old girl who performed at the President’s inauguration was a victim of homicide. Where again, a man opened fire in a park, allegedly for no apparent reason. With all that’s going on, it undoubtedly increases concern on the issue of gun control laws. And as it seems, there are too many flaws.

What is going on in this world today? Why are people killing people for no reason? What is it that this has become the most common occurrence of this season? Too many innocent children are dying. Too many innocent lives are being taken. When will the violence stop? When will we be safe? When will this be the case? Senseless murders cease and we are able to find peace.

I’ve tried my best to refrain from speaking out on gun control and mental health. But I strongly believe something needs to happen before unnecessary killings continue to happen.

Something has to be done. Or we will continue to see things like this occur. Gun control is necessary to get this matter under control. Tougher gun laws are unavoidable.

Please don’t take this in the wrong way. But this is something the world needs to also be concerned with today. Mental health is also a major issue society is in denial of. The fight needs to continue that they may get the help they deserve.

Granted, unanswered homicides occur every day. But to continue to see senseless crimes as is the case with children and unprotected victims like the children of Sandy Hook. Leads me to believe it’s more than what we are seeing.

My mental health background reminds me of the copy cat effect. Where we would often see mental health consumers commit crimes labeled “copy cat acts.” That was triggered by headline news of similar acts.

Do you notice, ever since the Sandy Hook tragedy, acts keep occurring similar to this? As well as include a suspect with a history of violence, instability, or mental illness. Do you think this is something we should continue to ignore? Or should we take the time to seriously explore? Why this is happening and what it will take? In order to change gun laws or mental health mandates.

Again, please don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t mean there’s a mental, unstable person behind every instance of gun violence. However, with many occurrences, some suspects have a history of mental illness and their thoughts cannot be silenced. There is a pattern that exists. In the number of senseless acts we’re seeing since the Sandy Hook tragic event.

Too many people are dying at the hands of alleged unstable people. Guns don’t control people. Nor do they kill people. People control guns and kill other people.

I’ve lived my entire life with the belief that God protects me. I’ve never found the need to obtain a gun of any kind to protect me. God is my shield. He’s my protector from the storm and rain. He has kept me all these years from the hands of man.

I’m not one to judge or comment on things such as this. But when will the violence end? Is gun control and mental illness still not an issue? As innocent victims are being killed or wounded and lives are being taken.

This is my plea. There’s too much going on in this world we continue to see. We need you Lord, oh ever so desperately. There are people taking the lives of innocent people because of their misery or instability.

God send your angels to keep us safe. Jesus, be a fence around this entire place. Protect the innocent from those walking into places shooting others for no reason. Regardless of the fact things happen in and out of season. Please give us Godly wisdom to understand the underlying issues so that resolve may be found. To lessen the impact of what we’re seeing now.

If you don’t know God now’s a good time to seek Him. Nothing in this life happens on a whim. We’re living in the last days where nothing’s beneath man. Accept Jesus. Believe. Confess and believe in the Son of God. Not the son of man.

Jesus is the answer for the world today. We are not promised tomorrow or today. We are here on borrowed time. For every problem in your life, seek God each and every time. There is no one else above him. He is Lord our God. Find him. Seek the Lord. Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 105:4 “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

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