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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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When God says You can do all things through Christ, By his stripes you’re healed, No weapon formed against you shall prosper, believe it’s done. He said it. That settles it. Believe him!

God Says JoaynnEcclesiastes 3:1-4 says “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
(ESV). This has been my life for the past few months as I’ve faced what I consider one of the most difficult times of my life I could ever imagine. At times, I couldn’t gather or share my thoughts as I desired as I found myself in need of strength and comfort in my time of need. After being away from my blog for some time as the result of personal challenges I faced and the tremendous loss of my mother a few weeks ago, I thought I’d build up the courage and strength to share my thoughts with you today. For me, this in some way will begin the healing process and help me move forward as I continue to share the love of God and his wondrous works in spite of what I may have gone through. Please forgive me for the long post. Enjoy.

Three weeks ago my sisters, brother, and me lost our mother unexpectedly and the pain, heartbreak, and loss has been unbearable. Yet we still rejoice. The joy of the Lord is our strength. And the beauty in it all, having my Mother’s wonderful church family with Bishop Tommie L Triplett, Jr. and First Lady Helen Triplett being there for us every step of the way from the beginning to the place we now find ourselves as they prayed for and with us, supporting us, showing compassion and love. Everyone praying endless prayers with and for us, calling to make sure we were okay, checking if there was anything we need, letting us know they are there for us no matter what, showering us with love and compassion in our time of need. God is so good.

Our family was simply amazing. We have the best family in the world. The love, support, and prayers have been endless and is truly helping get us through this difficult time. We love each and every one of you. Friends near and far showered us with love, compassion, and prayers. We thank you. No one can ever understand what it is like to lose a love one, especially your mother or father, until they experience it for themselves. But to have an extended circle of godly people in your life to support, love, and just be there for you is priceless.

My mother’s homegoing service was one of the most unique, extraordinary services I have ever witnessed in my life. Bishop Triplett’s powerful eulogy was a true celebration of her life, her love, and her legacy. It spoke well of her warm, loving beautiful spirit and who my mother was, is, and will forever be in our hearts.

It spoke of her love of God and others, her character, her undying passion to save souls, her humbleness. She was unique. Loved by many. She left a legacy that will always be remembered. Yes Bishop Triplett, she “did it the right way.” She didn’t need a family member, friend, or love one to help her make the transition. She had the one and only person she needed. She had Jesus.

We may not have understood why she chose to do it that way, but God knew “she did it the right way” as Bishop Triplett said. I may have cried as if it were my last breath and couldn’t contain my heartbreak or tears, but after Bishop’s eulogy there was not another tear. I was finally at peace. My family as well as many in the church found peace that surpassed all understanding. Bishop Triplett’s celebration of my mother’s life showed us exactly how it should be done. We don’t need family, friends, or love ones to help us reach our final destination. God is all we need to make the transition.

That day was life-changing. It made me think, “What will people say about me when I leave this place?” I want my life for God to speak for itself. I want to leave a legacy just as my mother did. I want to be remembered exactly as she was. I want to carry the torch and represent my God just as my mother did. God showed up and showed out. The Spirit of the Lord was all up and in United Fellowship FGBC the day of my mother’s homegoing. Thank you God for your faithfulness.

This may have been one of the hardest battles my family and I have ever had to face. But what I know the Lord our God hear prayers of the righteous. We’re covered by the blood of Jesus. We thank you in advance for answered prayers. God be with us.

I am truly at peace. The Holy Spirit has given me the peace of God within me. Bishop Triplett’s powerful eulogy pierced my heart and soul. I know I’ll miss my Mom deeply like I am right now. I know there will come a time my tears won’t stop. But right now, in spite of all I’ve been through and will go through, I am assured God is with me and He will be glorified. All is well with my soul.

Thank you Bishop Triplett and First Lady Triplett, United Fellowship FGBC, and our family and friends for your endless love and support. We simply could not have made it this far without you. You changed our lives. My Mother is smiling down on us saying, “B.A.M. (Blessings and Miracles)! It is well.” To God be the glory!

My words are a reflection of what I am sensing in a strange way. Something is going on inside me that I can’t explain. I can’t shake this feeling. I sense God is moving me in a new direction, even in the midst of my grief. The Holy Spirit is speaking to me in a way I’ve never experienced before. Leading me in a new direction to fulfill God’s purpose. I can never know what God has planned for me, nor where he is taking me. But what I am assured of, it will be for a greater good. Glory to God!

I may have been through what I consider one of the most devastating events of my life in the loss of my mother but what I know, God is speaking through my pain to move me to the next level. Know this, no matter how painful it may be in the loss of a loved one, God is calling your attention to something. Listen for that still small voice. God wants to move you to the next level. The Word shall go forth. Pay attention. Move forward.

Be blessed! – JD

Psalm 119:50 “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (NIV)

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Don’t Mess With A Woman Of Immovable Faith. She Will Let Nothing Stand In Her Way. She Will Walk In Her Destiny, With Faith The Size Of A Mustard Seed!

Immovable Faith JoaynnWhen I first started this unknown journey I used to cry out to God “why me”? I didn’t understand why bad things kept happening to me. I lost many things along the way and lived to have pity parties every day.

God kept putting me in strange situations to test my faith. And when nothing made sense to me I said, God how much do you think I can take?

All the time he simply laughed at silly me and said, through my strength you have what it takes to get through. I have something good in store for you. Keep trusting me no matter what you go through. And when I thought nothing good could come out of anything, each and every time he sent a ram in the bush.

One day, I decided to look outside of my circumstances and not think it was all about me but about God. He would be glorified. I realized trials were for a divine purpose. It was preparing me for the next level. Through every trial He would get the glory. God had a greater plan for my future. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

No matter how hard I fought against it, I had no choice but to answer the call. It was in this moment I began thanking God. While I may never understand the season I am in, I am assured it is for a greater purpose. God will show himself strong on my behalf. I will be steadfast. The devil may come from the north, south, east, and west. I will keep the faith. I know God will take care of it.

Many times I may feel inadequate or am not all I think I need to be in order to be used by God, my faith tells me He approves. God knows me best. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. I don’t ask God anymore, “why me?” I wake with a renewed spirit and say, “why not me?” Why not use me to share your love with the world. To proclaim the gospel to everyone. And show them how good you’ve been to me. God, you are simply AMAZING!

Trials are part of the refining process. Testing of our faith produces perseverance. In times of suffering, rejoice in the Lord. God is good.

Where you are now is where God needs you to be. He’s preparing you for your destiny. God does everything with excellence. Trust the process. When God wants to take you to the next level, there may be a wait before something happens. Be patient. Wait on God. You’re in transition.

A woman of immovable faith won’t let nothing stand in her way. Her faith in God is unshakeable. No matter what comes, her faith is unstoppable.

Be blessed! – JD

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (NIV)

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They Persecuted Jesus – They Will Also Persecute You

wpid-img_20140723_062114.jpgGod will take care of you. His grace abounds to you. He’s faithful. He will never leave you or forsake you.

The word of God tells us what suffering can do for us. Trials strengthen us. We may suffer along the way. Through Christ, God gives us the victory.

They lied on Jesus. They persecuted him. That didn’t stop him. Jesus died on the cross for us. If God be for us, who can be against us?

People may persecute you. They may even lie on you. Whether you fail or succeed, people still will talk about you. Give them something to talk about. Be the light. Let them see Jesus in you. Shine bright! Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:10).

Be blessed! -JD

John 15:20“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” (ESV)

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Have Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed. God Will Work It Out for the Greater Good

wpid-textgram_1393467957.pngSometimes in the journey we have to walk alone, with no distractions to hear from God. He needs our full attention, to reveal his plan to us. Be willing to pay attention, to discern the plan God is preparing towards your destiny.

Joyce Meyer held a free conference in my city last week and when I received the email I sat and wondered how I would get there. I wanted so badly to be in attendance because I had never seen her in person but only by television during her Everyday Enjoying Life segments and because I do not drive at the moment, I didn’t have a clue as to what to do.

About two days before the event, I rattled my brains to see how I would do it. I checked the website for days and times and saw there were four: Thursday at 7 pm, Friday at 10 am, and Saturday at 10 am and 7 pm. I thought, the night sessions would be too late during the week to ask my friends to take me who I sometimes ride with to church or my children because they would be at work and would not be able to take me during the morning sessions. But something would not let me rest.

When I saw the 10 am session I was ecstatic! I thought “I can do this” and began to put a plan into action. I would catch the bus. Now the bus ride is about one hour away from where I live but it didn’t matter. I can sit sometimes for an hour before my symptoms flare up, and the distance to transfer from one bus to another was minimal. I mapped out a plan. I woke up about 5:30 the next morning, got dressed, and asked my daughter to drop me off at the bus stop around 7:00 am to make it there at least by 8:30 so I can get a seat since we were advised to arrive at least two hours early.

When I got there, I wasn’t sure where to sit so I asked one of the volunteer ushers if the seats in front were available. He said some were reserved but he had one seat left if I wanted it. At first I was hesitant because I wanted to be right in the middle of the arena so I could see Ms. Meyer and feel like the people I have always watched in the audience when watching her show. Silly me…. well, after a few seconds of thinking about it, I jumped at the chance and was led to my seat.

Blessed! I sat in the second row from the front, four seats from the end to the left and two seats to the right of staff members from Joyce Meyer Ministries. I saw cameras everywhere and wondered if I would be on any of them. Not really…. . None of that mattered and was not important to me. The most important thing for me that day was how grateful I was to God that I stepped out on faith and followed his lead. Glory!

The session was amazing! I praised, worshiped, and cried. I thanked God for bringing me this far alone. As I began to think about the many times I became frustrated at my inability to attend conferences such as this because I couldn’t get there only to wish I could, I realized God needed to get me alone to show me his power to know it would work out for my good. He knows my heart and my desire to serve him in a greater capacity than what I am accustomed to. He knows what I can and cannot do. Thankful he knew and showed me what to do.

God needed to take me out of my comfort zone, remove the fear I have lived with for some time, and get me alone to show me what he’s preparing ahead for me in the midst of the storm. Being able to get out of my bed and get there in spite of my suffering was just the beginning. It felt so good to be out on my own doing what I love to do, giving honor, praise and glory to God outside of where I have become comfortable.

On my way home, deep inside I felt as though my life changed that day. God moved in a mighty way. I no longer was afraid to step out of what was unfamiliar to me and I did what I thought was impossible because I trusted God’s leading.

Sometimes in the journey we have to walk alone, with no distractions to hear from God. He needs our full attention, to reveal his plan to us. Be willing to pay attention, to discern the plan God is preparing towards your destiny.

I had one of the best times in a long time I could ever think of in my life. I kept thanking God for giving me the strength to be around other worshipers in spite of strife. Now I look forward to what’s to come. I am thankful, assured God’s will will be done.

Be blessed! -JD

Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (ESV)

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Lord, I confess. I was a wretch. I have joy! I’m free. I’m blessed!

English: He led them by a pillar of cloud, ill...

English: He led them by a pillar of cloud, illustration from a Bible card published between 1896 and 1913 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the book of Exodus the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire was God letting the Hebrews know day and night he was with them on their journey to the Promised Land (13:21, 21). “The cloud and the fire were not merely natural phenomena, they were the vehicle of God’s presence and the visible evidence of his moving and directing his people” (Numbers 9:15-22). This was his assurance to them.

For us, as believers, the Bible is God’s assurance. Something the Israelites did not have. God gives us the Holy Spirit to remind us of what his Word says and to guide us each day (John 14:26). In creation of this message, this is what I needed to remind myself of today.

God has an unusual way of sending confirmation, affirmation, and answers to the things he needs us to see in order that we may see Him when dealing with life challenges. His desire is we not look at our circumstances but look to him when faced with challenges. No matter what you’re facing, be steadfast in your faithfulness to him. Depend solely on Him. Look to God’s Word day and night to know he is with you. Assured his presence in the journey will carry you through.

I’m not perfect. I may be strong, but from time to time I need inspiration and encouragement too to help me grow stronger. I feel like I’m loved even if it’s not by you. I’ve been through a lot but I’m stronger, wiser, better. I survived not because of you. It was because of God’s grace I made it through. Because of his unmerited favor, mercy, and grace I can now witness to others and you.

As soon as I opened my eyes today, tears began to roll from my eyes. And I didn’t even know why. I went to God open, naked, unashamed, and found myself talking to Him revealing my vulnerability. Afterwards taking a deep self-examination and self-reflection of what it is I seem to be missing. Time and time again he has been dealing with me these past few weeks trying to show me the problem I failed to see. I wasn’t ignoring him but instead didn’t understand what he was trying to show me. I didn’t understand the answers he sent to the problem I knew I was having.

Much of my behavior was out of fear of my only wanting to be like everybody else when feeling as though I failed in my attempt to be or act like everyone else. I confessed to him how throughout my life I have always longed to be accepted by others, how I felt the need to feel loved, and how I looked for validation from others in order to feel like I belonged. I often looked for someone to tell me I was pretty even when I felt ugly, to be complimented, patted on the back, or acknowledged for things I would do even when I felt I was inadequate and had not accomplished a thing.

I’ve had low self-esteem and felt I didn’t fit in. Being a twin I seemed to have had second-oldest child syndrome and felt I never had a place or fit in. There was my twin who was the oldest, my brother who was the middle, and my younger sister who was the baby. I was the second oldest who really didn’t have a label. This all tells me something about me. Revealing the very things God needed me to see about me. Glory!

It was not until I listened to the words that came out of my mouth today on my voice recorder, I realized who the problem was; it was me. Failing to see before my talk with God I didn’t need others to validate me. From time to time, looking for compliments I didn’t get. I couldn’t look towards the future because it seemed gloomy, filled with darkness, fear of the unknown, and sadness.

Like a cloud looming over me every day. Yet in my quiet time I heard God’s Word say, “By the day, the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people” (Exodus 13:21, 22). God was in front, on side, and behind me regardless of what I didn’t get or felt I needed from people. Assured God was with me. My confession today freed me.

I thought, even when I’m so broken inside I still try. I try to encourage, motivate, and inspire. I try to inspire others and at times fail to encourage myself. My days feel like nights and my nights feel like days, in search of help. Where I get no sleep at night as if it were day and I sleep during the day as if it were night most of the days. I felt like I was losing my sanity. The past few weeks I had no energy. I was confused at times. I needed a moment like this to clear my mind.

As I poured out my heart to you, I recognized how the enemy was working in my head as I’m talking to you. Making me feel as though my body is dead and my outer shell is a tomb my body exists in. I’m being held captive, bound by my own insecurities, indiscretions, sins. I never felt by some I was genuinely loved, growing up I had difficulty showing love. My sister helped and showed me how to love. People may never appreciate, celebrate, or even like me. I now realize this is something I must let go and release. God loves me. After talking to you today I realize I am loved and really am in a better place. Your love is unconditional. You love me with all my flaws. I am more than a conqueror. I survived the storm.

This is my declaration. This is what I’m going to do. I will let go of past hurts, disappointments, insecurities, and those who I expect too much from too. I will keep my mind stayed on you God. I will make it through as I learn to love and forgive myself as does the Lord. I will stop looking for people to say, “I love you” or “I’m so proud of you.” I will build up my self-esteem and my confidence too. I am a strong person by God’s strength. I am beautiful inside and out. I will make it. I will release all doubts. I will work to change some things about myself that you’ve revealed to me. I have taken a deep self-examination and now see the problem with things about me you have revealed to me. I will be the best I can be and do what pleases you. Every day I will work to bring glory to you.

God, I feel so much better now that I’ve gotten these things off my chest…Until next time, thank you for listening. I know I’m blessed. I need to stop playing with my emotions and not be an emotional wreck. I know you are not through with me yet. The enemy cannot take from me what you’ve already promised me. I know you are always there with me. I may not have pillars of clouds or pillars of fire as the Israelites did, but I have your Word that will lead and guide me from darkness into the light just as they were led.

Lord, I confess. I was a wretch. I have joy! I’m free. I’m blessed!

Be blessed! –JD

John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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Have No Regrets. Don’t Look Back. Look At God. He Did That!

Isaiah 43When reflecting on your life, past circumstances will reveal what needed to change. God needed to get your attention, in order that some things change.

You may find yourself filled with regrets wishing you had done things differently. While never understanding why you regret things should have turned out differently.

There were times you should have lost your mind. Yet you made it through. God was there all the time. At times, your pride may have gotten in the way. At which time, you made the best decisions during that time on that day. Nonetheless, when you take a look in the mirror and it is yourself you see. Your past is only a reflection of what needed to happen that you may see. The place God needed to bring you to. The place where you are now, to bring him glory, assured it was God who brought you through.

God could have put you in somebody else place. You could have been in a worse situation where you may have found yourself in an uninviting, unstable place. You could’ve been in somebody else situation. It could not have turned out in your favor, creating a worse situation. God saved you. The blood covered you. Hallelu!

You may never understand why things in life happen the way they do. There’s a reason God does not need you to know all he do. If God showed you everything he planned for you. Or gave you everything he promised you. You would not be able to handle it all beforehand if you knew. Where you are now is where God needs you to be. Say to him, “Lord whatever you’re doing in this season, don’t do it without me.”

When things fall apart, all you’ll see is God. In your brokenness, you’ll see the Lord. All other ground is sinking sand. On Christ the solid rock, stand. You’ve been through the storm and through the rain. You made it. God reigns! “Paul reminds us that though we may think we are at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of our hope” (2 Co 4:8-12).

No matter what you’ve been through, God has been good to you. You made it to see another day, in spite of trials met yesterday. Take a step back. Envision where you were this time, long ago. You’ve come this far by faith. God was in control.

Have no regrets. Don’t look back. Say, “Look at God. He did that!”

Be blessed! –JD

Isaiah 43:1-3 “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (ESV)

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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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Listen To The Cry of A Silent Victim

I’m going off subject again today.
My mind’s scattered. Thoughts are all over the place.
I woke to some disturbing news the other day
And have not been able to sleep or shake it all week.
I tried to put it in the back of my mind, but something is not letting me.

It keeps surfacing in my thoughts so I must release it to clear my head.
Things like this cannot be left unsaid.

My heart is heavy laden.
An innocent teenager took his life the other day.
He sent a message on a well-known social media platform
Earlier that morning, that same day
No one paid attention.
All I could do was pray.

He posted a goodbye in the wee hours of the morning.
So it definitely was not a time during heavy traffic where it could not be noticed.
Sadly, there were many clicks on “likes” by his friends.
I’m confused. Why didn’t anyone see the warning signs then?

He seemed uneasy and restless. He blamed himself for the mess.
He apologized before whatever was planned by him to happen
Clearly during his time of distress.
He seemed unhappy, as tears welled in my eyes.
Then he ended the post and said goodbye.

My heart sank. Tears of sorrow filled my face as I cried.
It took all the strength I had to accept what I knew already happened. He died.
I know he either had parents or someone who cared about him
That could have been notified.
This child was clearly crying out for help before he took his life and died.

Social media has a massive process of notification for everything:
Mentions, promotional ads, retweets, even notice of ones who are trending.
Even more disturbing is how easy it is
For officials to track and catch potential culprits in a place like this.

But when it comes to things like this, sadly there’s no app for it.
Why isn’t there an alert to track key words of potential suicide victims?
Who may connect to lines to aid in suicide prevention?

My prayers are with this young man’s family.
My heart aches and is torn in pieces.
It hurts tremendously.
Words cannot express the sadness or pain I feel.
I pray for peace, comfort, strength; that his family may be healed.

While I cannot blame social media for the events that have occurred,
I can only hope that in the same way we use social media to spread the word.
Not only of events that matter most to us,
But place a greater significance on things such as this that should disturb us.

Not that we may find recognition or potential success.
But because it is imperative we find a way to take notice of things such as this.
In the hopes we may help save a life.
Assured it is not remiss but will help because of our sacrifice.

This child’s life may have been saved
Had someone taken responsibly and taken the time to carefully read his words
And took heed to his warning.
Instead of ignoring and acknowledging his effort by clicking “likes,”
When he silently cried out for help before ending his life.

Suicide is a serious issue oftentimes I feel we fail at recognizing; miserably.
We don’t take it seriously.
We ignore the warning signs after it’s too late.
If only someone will only listen to the cry of a silent victim before it is too late.

Let this be an example of what we can do
As a society to rightfully help potential suicide victims make it through,
In a platform that gets the most attention.
Use social media to your advantage, to get the right attention.

If we take heed to the warning signs when it comes to saving a life.
We can be the person that may help save a life.
Know that a cry out for help clearly calls for our attention.
Let social media not be just to gain potential followers,
But alert anyone that will listen.
Listen to the cry of a silent victim.

Thank you for listening. -JD

For more information on how you can help someone who may be suicidal on social media, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/Online.

God, I know you’re listening.
Please hear my prayers as I pray.
For the family and friends of those
that lost a loved one today.

Comfort them in their time of need.
Restore whatever strength they may have lost.
Help the family find peace.
Give them hope for tomorrow.
Assure them all is not lost.

God, I know the pain may be unbearable.
And it may be hard for them to overcome.
But I know you can and will help them get through this.
No matter how hard it may be for them. Let your will be done.

To be absent with the body is to be present with the Father.
Though, they will be sorely missed.
Bring the family to a place where they can receive joy in knowing this.
And understand they are in a better place and is no longer in pain.
They don’t have to cry another tear or feel sorrow ever again.

God may the family find rest in your arms.
Hold them safely in your hands.
Handle them with care.
Comfort them as only I know you can.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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Trust God in Your Brokenness

Trust is essential to the core of our existence but when it is destroyed it leaves us helpless and defenseless. Where there is no trust, fear will rule our life. And can become difficult to overcome in order to live a successful life.

Past experiences can play a major role in the development of trust issues. And can begin as early as childhood based on what you’ve seen in your parents’ relationships. Or what you’ve seen in the relationship of others. Abuse, neglect, and violent behavior are some of the things that will hinder your ability to trust others. It can be especially difficult if you carry the emotional damage into other areas of your life. When making a transition. It can be painful because of the personal sacrifice.

There are some who don’t ever think it’s necessary to change. As long as they’re content with the life they live and can keep doing the same things. Sadly, they will miss the blessing. When failing to learn from the experience and embrace the lesson.

For those who have been betrayed or felt abandoned, this is an example of what their life may look like. Every encounter is suspect. The motives of others are questionable. And in some cases, we can’t trust ourselves and become paranoid with unresolved issues. We even start blaming ourselves for the way things turned out. We feel unworthy. And say it was our fault that it didn’t turn out right.

Sadly, many don’t understand the impact trust has on a person’s emotional or psychological well-being. And even worse, while you may still be in bondage, they have moved on with their life only to bring the same issues into the place they may find themselves. When in reality, their life too is meaningless. Be it a spouse, significant other, a job, or a relationship. They will start where they left off in a new place but the same issues still will exist. Nothing is resolved even if they try to replace it.

Trust issues will transfer into the “new” life that really is still the “old” life. It’s just with another person, in another place, or with another thing. It’s the same life. The same implications will exist no matter what you may see, based on what success you think your life will bring.

When trust is broken it can destroy a person emotionally, physically, and mentally. The mind may become confused, impaired, and irreparable clouding your perception and your reality. Some may harbor resentment, resistance and may become bitter. Some will seek revenge. Others may look to God for refuge and give him control to avenge.

But what happens when you think you’ve conquered the issue of trust and one day encounter one of the very people or thing that led to it. And your reaction clearly validates you’re not over it. But instead you’re still bound by it. We all have been there. Trust me. I know. I lived it.

What do you do when you run into someone you once knew and they ask “How are you?” You begin to speak about how good God has been to you. How God changed your life. You notice the expression on their face. They’re as quiet as a mouse. They have nothing to say about their life. You sense something troubling about them. But you can’t put your finger on it. You place it in the back of your mind and remind yourself to pray for them.

You say your good-byes and something comes over you. You start thanking God because he knew. Grateful He removed you from that place to protect you. You found forgiveness and have started life anew.

Although a void in your life may exist. External fulfillment will hinder your ability to honestly evaluate what you assume drives your existence versus what is required. I believe the first thing necessary is prayer to discern how to begin working on voids that will diminish your own selfish desires. Second is to seek God’s plan. It’s required.

In order to move on from your past hurts, use prayer and God for strength to overcome. Voids can be used as the catalyst in the building of a foundation to place you at a greater level than where you see yourself. It will help you begin the process of starting over and heal, with God’s help.

As believers, fear is not an option. Nor should it be a hindrance. We mustn’t become bound by it. Even if people may have walked out on you, walk by faith and the power God has given. For it is because of God’s faithfulness that we are still living. There may be others who rejected, hurt, or abused you. There may even be some who don’t accept you. God still will elevate you, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). You will be healed, in time.

Your heart may have been broken. God knows and can see it. Surrender your will to him in your brokenness and he will fix it. You may have experienced trials, tribulations, and pain. Go to God. We need God in all things. Be honest with God and acknowledge where your heart stands. Come to Him, naked and unashamed. Proclaim deliverance. God doesn’t change. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.

God’s Word contains a solution for every problem, a promise for every need, a plan to prosper you and not harm you. He has plans for you to succeed. Trust him and he will send resolve for that which binds you. He knows your future. He’s with, for, on side, in front, and behind you.

Trust God in your brokenness. His grace will heal you.

Be blessed! -JD

Proverbs 3:5-8 NIV “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.”

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God, I Appreciate You

Spent some time in deep conversation with God sharing my sincere gratitude for the things he’s doing in my life. Thankful for every experience.

The journey I’ve traveled in the last few years hasn’t been easy but was necessary. I didn’t understand it then, but I do now. God I thank you.

Times of sorrow consumed me as I cried out in agony only to see God’s reveal in each experience as preparation of the promise to fulfill his purpose.

God restored me. Even when I couldn’t see his plan for me. I’m better. I’m stronger. I’m wiser. I may not be what Im supposed to be but glad I’m not what I used to be.

My relationship with God has changed. Humility is part of my daily regime. My soul is free. I’m slowly becoming the person he declared I’ll be.

All I’ve been through was part of God’s plan. To refine the person He says I am. Thank you God for perfecting me. I won’t take for granted the life you’ve given me.

I’ll run and not walk in humility. To fulfill the assignment you’re prepared for me. I’m thankful. Words can’t explain. I praise your Holy name. Thank you Jesus! I love you Lord!

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” http://bible.us/Jas1.17. NKJV

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