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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – There’s Still Time To Show Your Support

domestic-violence-awarenessForgive me for being a little late but there’s still time to show my support and bring awareness to  end domestic violence during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have one simple request…stand with me.

I’m in! Join me to show your support and help raise awareness to end domestic violence. Take a stand. Be a voice. Send a strong message. Wear PURPLE. Abuse is NEVER OK! It will not be tolerated in our communities. *National Domestic Violence Awareness Month*

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Domestic Violence Awareness Coffee Mug – jonnaydesigns.com

Because of my own personal struggle with domestic abuse and violence having lived with and experienced it over the years, I believe it is important we come together collectively as a nation to bring a greater awareness to issues surrounding domestic violence that need to be addressed to help prevent it and bring hope to those who have fallen prey to it. Be a voice for the voiceless. Silence the voices of those who either oppose or deny the seriousness of domestic abuse and violence. Take a stand. Make all things purple. Use a pen, drink from a purple cup. Or simply wear something purple.

If you suspect someone is being abused or you are the victim of abuse, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) and don’t be afraid to speak up even if it may be uneasy for you. Seek help. It’s available. Someone is there to help. Someone will help get you or someone you know to safety.

Let’s join forces in honor and support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and let the world know Domestic Violence will not be tolerated in our community, our schools, our homes, or workplaces.  We are in this fight together. Be encouraged! Thanks for your support!

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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When The Devil Starts Bothering You, Cut Him Off. Praise Your Way Through. Give Glory to God!

wpid-img_20150103_074952.jpgThe devil is always bothering me, 365 days a year. But he won’t win; EVER. I’m still standing. There’s a reason God still has me here.

No matter what the devil tries to do to discourage me or frustrate my purpose, his mission will be aborted! Nothing will stop me. He will not have the victory. No matter what happens, in everything, I will praise my way through. There’s still a work for me to do.

Thank you Lord! I know you’re still on my side. You gave me life. You opened my eyes. To see yet again another day. Ready to face whatever comes my way. I got a portion of my health, strength, and a sound mind. To do the impossible, no matter how strong the tide.

You’ve given me brand new life to see, that you still care for me. I won’t worry. I won’t fret. My being here says you’re not through with me yet. My faith is renewed. My mind’s clear. I will run the race. I won’t have no fear.

There are days when my heart is in pain. Can’t think, can’t speak. Wondering when my life will be the same. Yet, I know it will never be. But what I do know, you have me in the place right where I need to be. So that I may bring you glory while riding through the storm. No weapon formed against me will prosper. I have the favor of God. God is sovereign.

I may not be sure of a lot of things but what I am assured of, God you got me! I already know. Sometimes my mind and heart may not be with the flow. Forgive me, I’m human. Every day I fail. I may sin every day and fall short of the glory of God but your strength against the enemy will always prevail.

I may never understand the entire plan you have for me. All I need to know is that you love me unconditionally. So today I give thanks for breath and life. I have victory, in spite of strife. God you are the Author and Finisher of my faith. I know it’s never in my timing… I will wait. I will praise you in advance. Thank you Jesus!

Be encouraged today. When you feel weak, let God be your strength. When enemies come against you, let God be your protection. In times of trouble he will help you.

Be the light that shines so bright that when people see you, they see the light of Jesus Christ in you.  Let the world know how good God has been to you!

When the devil starts bothering you, cut him off. Don’t give him the time of day. Praise your way through. Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 5:16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV)

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