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Be Grateful. Give Thanks to God. It’s Just That Simple.

What I Want JoaynnIt doesn’t matter how well you do in life, especially when it seems all is going as planned. It only takes one thing that will change your life forever. Be ready to fall on your knees in prayer to God when life changes.

We’re not promised tomorrow. Don’t take life for granted. Keep God at the center. Pray, meditate, study the Word. Give thanks to God. It’s because of his grace and mercy you are alive.

Some didn’t make it today. Thank God for brand new mercies. You woke in your right mind, with a portion of health and strength. Without God, you never would have made it.

You may not have what you want. You have what you need. You may not be where you want to be. God has you right where you need to be. Thank God. In everything, give all glory to God.

Be blessed! – JD

Psalm 100:3-4 “Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (ESV)

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There’s So Much to Be Thankful For. Thank God. Count Your Blessings – Past, Present, and Future

wpid-img_20150210_085418.jpgLife has a funny way of being very unpredictable. Leaving us uncertain of what’s to come. When we think we got a handle on it and are prepared for it, something out of the ordinary happens.

We will encounter trials, heartbreak, pain, and unusual challenges that may cause us to stumble in our faith. We may fall by the wayside but we remember to never cease praying. We fall down. We get back up. Understanding, God is always with us no matter what.

We may never know what to expect day-to-day. Give thanks to God always. Wake every day believing God for a miracle, no matter the storms. Praise God. He will see you through the storm. No matter how difficult life’s journey may be, invite the presence of God into any situation. Give glory to God. Count your blessings – past, present, and future.

Make a declaration. Let God know you’re grateful. Simply say, “Lord, I Thank You.” Great is thy faithfulness. Tell him, “God, we may not know what the day will bring. We thank you in advance for everything. You’re greatly to be praised. We give you all the glory.”

Be blessed! -JD

Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (ESV)

 

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Thanksgiving Thankfulness!

Psalm 95In honor of Thanksgiving, many around the world will celebrate the day gathering with friends and family and share in the tradition of giving thanks, prayer and a specially prepared feast, and profess specific reasons for their thankfulness to God for the gifts He has given. A day of celebration where many will count the many blessings God has graciously bestowed. A time where family and friends will give thanks for all God has done.

The day filled with an attitude of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness for the greatest gift God has given; His Son Jesus Christ who paid the debt for our sins and gave us eternal life as a free gift.

Although many will have had painful experiences throughout the year and faced insurmountable challenges, the focus is not on what did not turn out right only to complain about it, but is on how good God has been in spite of it. Giving thanks for everything He has done, remembering every good thing comes from God. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

We have so much to be thankful for. Glorify and magnify the Lord. Let not just today be a day we are grateful and give thanks to God for the gifts. Let every day be a day we enter his gates with praise and thankfulness. Be thankful in everything. And remember the true spirit of Thanksgiving Day; the greatest gift God has given to us. His Son Jesus Christ who sacrificed his life and died on the cross.

From my family to yours, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Be blessed! –JD

Psalm 95:1-6 “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” (NIV)

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Keep the Faith!

It amazes me when I can see the joy and delight in the eyes of my children and expression of thankfulness for my prayers and faith in God when they can’t imagine how or why things turn out the way it does.

There are times I feel as though they are not listening or hear me when I profess my faith and speak about God and assure them he is in control. But this was evidence I am doing just what I’m supposed to no matter how they may respond.

As a parent, I believe we must never give up on our children no matter what they do or who they choose to become. It is because of our prayers and constant guidance that will eventually lead them in the direction they are to go with God at the helm. It may not happen instantaneously, but trust me it will happen at some point and time in their lives. Faith and prayer is the answer.

I received good news the other day and in it, I was told “It’s crazy how much Faith you have and each and every time you tell me about GOD gone see me through, he does. Your prayers help. You and GOD have my back.” A smile as wide as the ocean swept across my face as I immediately looked up to God and said, “Thank You Lord!” This made my night.

You see, I was overwhelmed after trying to figure out how to do something that literally took me all day and drained me physically. My mind was clouded with uncertainty. I was weary. I had overdone it in my efforts and was hurting all over the place. Feelings of defeat had overcome me and I wanted to quit being a voice because it was too much work and required more energy than I have. Out of my frustration, I began to think, this is too much for me to handle. Maybe I ought to give it up and throw in the towel.

Then something amazing happened. After reading what I thought was one of the most touching expressions of love, I cried tears of joy. I couldn’t help but shout out to God, “Thank you! You are so good to me, even when I fail to be as good to myself.” I was overjoyed. And all I could think of was how fortunate I am not only to be a mother that prays and believe in the power of God, but a person of unshakable, unmovable, unrelenting faith in God.

Not a moment goes by I don’t pray for my children, my mother, my father, my grandchildren, my family, and my friends and families across the nation. I believe prayer is essential for our existence. But I began to remember something my sister reminded me of. She said, “This is your ministry. And I believe it’s what God has called you to do. You seem to flourish in it in spite of challenges with your health. Your words encourage, inspire, and empower others. Keep doing what you do. Because I know from comments I receive from pastors and friends that you are blessing others. And it is blessing me too.”

This in turn led me to wonder, “Now how could I take matters into my own hands and stop what God clearly has ordained?” Confirming what it was God was saying to me. “You are more than a conqueror. There is still a work for you to do. I wouldn’t bring you this far just to leave you.” Your work here is not in vain. Yes, you may get tired, frustrated, and sometimes react out of your flesh. You may even get sad from time to time when it seems like others are not listening. It doesn’t matter. I am. I know, I see, and I hear everything you say and do. And no matter how you may feel in this moment, know that I care for you. It may get hard but I won’t give you more than you can bear. Trust me. Keep the faith. I always will be there.

When we are faced with extenuating circumstances that are beyond our control, no matter what we see or may be facing in our lives, we are to call things that are as though they were. Have faith.

Much like Abraham, our lives are marked by mistakes, sins, failures as well as wisdom and goodness, but we are to remain consistent in our trust in God. Although his faith wavered more than once, Abraham chose to believe in the unknown. In God he trusted. He believed God would do as he promised. And it was credited to him by God who declared him righteous. His faith was justified.

Follow Abraham’s example and this is what it will do. God will provide and give us strength to do the impossible in whatever he calls us to do. The obstacles we face will be the catalyst that strengthens our faith and will show in our actions. Abraham looked to God, obeyed Him, and waited for God to fulfill his word with the answer. We, too, are to do the same.

We may lose our way sometimes and become discouraged when things seem out of control but always look to God, for he is in control. This not only applies to you but to me too because had I continued to look at myself as an only resource, I would have given up in despair too. And I would have missed the opportunity to do. What God has predestined and called me to do. I looked to God believing he will see me through. All glory to God. There’s nothing he can’t do.

I am a strong woman of faith and in every instance of my life I constantly rely on God’s power to complete his work no matter the strife. I never rely on the word of man because I am a firm believer God has the final say. He is the master planner. God is the master of our fate. Things may go according to what we plan when we take steps to make it happen. But for reason we may never comprehend, God will allow things he preordained to happen. In the end, the final results will be as God planned. Trust God. On his word, stand.

Keep the faith!

Be blessed! -JD

Matthew 21:21-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If you have faith, and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

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