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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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Psalm 37:25 “I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.” Trust God. He Knows What He’s Doing

wpid-img_20140827_071814.jpgA journey is like pockets of carefully calculated air we breathe. We meet with crossroads of uncertainty, never knowing where it will lead. It’s all in God’s timing indeed.

When storms come and we find ourselves wondering how did we get on the other side? Asking ourselves over and over, how did we make it out alive? We’re bewildered at how we made it through the storm. It was all God. He rescued us while riding through the storm.

Every day we will face new challenges and new experiences that will question our faith. And at times we will find it difficult to see God in anything. God does not keep us from encountering storms, but he will see us through the storm. He promises to rescue us. He walks with and is always with us. You will not fail. “I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). Trust God. He knows just what he’s doing.

I know this may be hard to believe and impossible to understand, but sometimes in the face of adversity God’s perfect will for your life will be revealed. God is speaking to you. He wants to know if you trust him. He wants to see what you’re going to do because he already knows what he’s going to do.

God sends trials to test your faith. The devil sends temptation to destroy your faith. Don’t give in. Let God handle him. When God removes some things from you, the devil knows what He’s about to do and will try anything he can to destroy you. Don’t let him. Whatever he dishes out, return it to the sender!

No matter what troubles you. There’s nothing and I mean nothing God can’t do. Let go. Let God. Nothing is too hard for God. We may struggle and want to give up at times. Consider it pure joy. Praise God in the midst of the storm. No matter the circumstance, glorify God. Trials are a test of our faith. It’s where we will discover God’s faithfulness. Keep the faith.

Be blessed! –JD

Psalm 34:17-20 “17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

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Whenever You Find Yourself Facing a Storm, Anchor Yourself in the Presence of God

Hebrews 6God knows our strength even when we have difficulty believing it. He also knows what it is he has planned in advance for us even when we can’t see it. There are times we will go through things and feel as though in our weakest moments we don’t have the strength to go on. God will give us strength. We just have to believe, trust in Him, and hold on.

Every day I sit and wonder what my purpose is as I still try to figure out what is my passion. And for the most part I do this because there are so many things I am passionate about but I struggle daily with being able to engage in the simplest tasks given my health. While I know there are people in this world who are in worse condition than me I can’t help but wonder at times why it is so hard for me to make a difference in the world. I can honestly say I know what life is like because of my experiences every day when trying to gain enough strength just to make it out of bed and do something to bring God glory. It doesn’t stop me. I still do. God knows my strength. He knows what I can do.

I have the strongest desire to minister to the masses and one day complete the work of the Lord, but with all the things I am dealing with I feel like I am failing God. Although there are some of the kindest people who remind me daily that I do, even when I don’t feel like I do. At times when I sit from my bed and send inspiring, encouraging messages to social media platforms, I feel inadequate. My body is not equipped, convinced I’m disappointing God when confined to a bed when I can’t do things to fully serve him. Yet I realize in actuality God is using me even in the simplest ways. I mustn’t compare myself to others. It’s just a trick of the enemy trying to convince me otherwise. I know I’m unique and not designed like others.

I felt bad because I had not posted to my blog much last month and it has been more than a week since posting today primarily because for the past few weeks I had taken ill and felt I was letting my followers down in some way. I’ve been seeing doctor after doctor every day for the past two weeks and had been put on three different medications that have stabilized my conditions after taking a turn for the worse on last Friday. Since that time I have had a testimony.

God is in the blessing business today and every day. This is what the doctors had to say. The doctors said, “You may have this so we will have to run tests. We will wait for the reports to come back.” MRIs came back. No brain tumor or veins abnormal. The scans were normal. The ultrasounds were done. They came back normal too with the exception of one irregularity that I have to follow up with the doctor that I am declaring healing believing God in advance for too.

God said “My report has already been done. By my stripes you are healed. It’s already done. I tested your faith in the trial. You knew I was there with you all the while. You ran the race. You kept the faith. There’s still a work I have for you to do for my glory. You didn’t lose faith. You may have cried out in your anguish wondering why, but it was only for a little while. You understood my grace was sufficient. Well done, my good and faithful servant.” There’s one more appointment to attend where a major test still has to be done that I’m declaring healing believing God in advance for. Please keep me in your prayers. God’s will will be done.

Sometimes the most difficult things to face can be the hardest to accept even when we know God will work it out for the greater good. Have faith. It will all work out for his good. Sometimes our greatest fears teach us our biggest lessons. To always have faith, trust in God, and never worry no matter what we’re facing.

Whenever you find yourself facing a storm, anchor yourself in the presence of God. Know that he’s in front, on side, behind, and with you. He will see you through the storm. He will never leave you.

You don’t know my story. I don’t know yours either. But if I heard yours or you heard mines, we’d know it was God who put us back together.

Life’s challenges will cause us to feel like we’re drowning in the sea of life. Know this. God is our anchor. He will make everything all right.

Be blessed! –JD

Hebrews 6:18-2018 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchiezedek.” (ESV)

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Peace Be Still

“Peace, be still.
God, calm storms raged around and within us.
Open the floodgates of heaven.
Bestow mercy upon us.
Shower rain of blessings upon us.”

After this morning’s meditation and spending time with God, I reached for my phone to read notices I observed that were in queue from a social media friend who lives in Texas.

In anticipation of reading her messages to complete my happy morning as I always do because she never fails to send godly, inspiring words of wisdom and encouragement, I never would have imagined she was sending sad news.

To my surprise, it began with news of disaster which noted the powerful storm that hit North Texas last night leaving the city in devastation. There were 6 people killed, several injured, and hundreds left homeless. A storm, yet again, that left a mark of pain and devastation on the lives of a community who will never be the same.

After describing details of an uneventful act of nature, she briefly began to speak about storms in our lives and compared its similarity to the impact we experience when faced with storms of life.

I began to think, “Imagine what it is like to be in conflict when faced with storms that rage within us?” Where we search desperately for refugee in the hopes it would die down or go away and leave us. Only to find there’s no place to run or no place to go or hide. Much like ones whose homes were destroyed as a result of last night’s storm and are now are faced with seeking shelter in an unfamiliar place. But are to be thankful in spite of because of God’s grace?

In life we are faced with storms similar as this that may bring pain, sorrow, depression, or hopelessness. Feelings of loneliness and despair only to feel God is not there. Wondering how will we recover? Only to discover; God was there all the time in spite of how we felt.

Do not be discouraged. Let your hearts not be troubled. God is a present help in time of trouble. Cast your cares upon him. He will give you rest.  It may not look like it now in the wake of devastation, but God knows best. He will calm the raging storm around and within you. He is there for you. Be hopeful. Have faith in God. Trust the Lord.

My thoughts and prayers are with every family who has been affected by last night’s powerful, devastating storm that they may find peace, strength, and comfort. Jesus be a fence. Send your armor of protection to surround them. Guard their hearts. Give them patience not to give up. Hope to grow in grace of blessings that will overflow from God’s cup. Give them strength to endure in the wake of devastation. Be patient.

Peace be still….

Be blessed! -JD

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”

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