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Toxic People Can Poison God’s Vision For You. Don’t Let Them. Stay Well. Give Birth To The Vision God Gave YOU!

Give BIrth To The Vision JoaynnShoes with worn heels are painful when you walk. Until a person walk in the same shoes they may never understand the depth of your struggle.

True friends are ones you can count on. They don’t judge. No matter what, they will be there for you and love you through the ups and downs. They will support you and tell you the truth, in love. They will be there for you, always.

When I look over my life I find that I’ve faced many trials often wondering what happened to cause my life to be so difficult at times. And with each fiery trial I faced, I looked for an easy way out. When I couldn’t find the answer to what troubled me, I had no choice but to go to God. And at times, was so relieved to see a glimmer of hope.

None of us are perfect but it can be a struggle when you try to do the best you can assured you are doing what you know will please God. Only to have people turn against you. They will look down on you, gossip about you, and judge you for no reason. Which leads me, at times to question their true intentions. I lose trust in people easily when they hurt me. This is something God is still working on in me. I don’t make any excuses for it. I confess my sins to God. I pray every day for God’s deliverance.

When we fail to take an honest look at ourselves only to judge others, we are doing nothing but hindering our own progress. People will always have an opinion about you and will find any opportunity to place judgment. It is how you will choose to respond to it that will matter.

We see what others do and desire nothing but the best for them. Yet we can’t even embellish the thought when someone constantly criticize or complain. Never once taking time to examine themselves and how they may be contributing to the situation.

To exist in an environment which you have no control can be a challenge. It can also be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. Your heart tells you to keep trusting God no matter what people say about you. But your mind will try and convince you of how bad the circumstance is only to leave you drained and empty. It may be difficult to look to God. But you have to keep reminding yourself that God is in control. It will take patience, perseverance, and prayer. Keep trusting him.

They say time heal all wounds but what can be most difficult is being able to heal and find forgiveness when hurt by someone you truly love. It can be harder to heal from the hurt of family and friends rather than strangers.

You can be pregnant with possibilities and miscarry at any time when you allow toxic people to poison God’s vision for you. Stay well. Give birth to the vision God gave YOU!

Be blessed! – JD

Genesis 13:14, 15 “The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. (NIV)

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No Matter the Situation, Trust God. Declare In Your Weakest Moments, Yet Will I Trust Him

wpid-img_20150320_200055.jpgSometimes, to find your own peace, you have to make the decision to remove yourself from the equation and let God do what he knows best. You have to decide what to add or subtract from your life that serves no purpose.

God promises it will work for the greater good. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)

I have been traveling what I find is one of the most difficult, confusing, lengthy journeys I have ever encountered in my life. I have been through many things and can count the times I have faced adversity, questionable trials, and unexpected tribulations hindering my ability to move forward. However, in this particular season of my life, I cannot even begin to explain or understand the depth of my journey and at times question my worthiness. While I know it’s never for me to understand all that God does, yet will I trust Him.

I probably say this more often than most so please excuse me. I have to be honest with myself. Every day I struggle with giving up and going back to what is familiar. I say to myself, it’s easier to give in and settle. But when I sit and do nothing, it doesn’t feel right. I just cannot sit and do nothing. I feel out of place. I cannot settle being comfortable or complacent. God chose me. I cannot go back to way it used to be.

It is then I realize when I am discouraged or frustrated, sometimes I have to get to a place where I sit in pure silence without any distractions to hear from God. And every time I talk about quitting or giving up, when I pray I must listen for that still small voice. God gives me a revelation letting me know he has a different plan. I must keep the faith and learn to be obedient.

God doesn’t want our sacrifice. He wants our obedience. What good are works if you don’t have faith? Honor God with obedience not your works. Without faith it’s impossible to please God. We must be obedient to the Spirit. Do what God tells you to do, and not what your will tells you.

In our deepest moments of pain and suffering when we can’t see God in anything, declare, yet will I trust Him. God is just a prayer away. Pray. God is always listening. He may not come when you want him but he’s always on time. Trust Him. He will answer.

Be blessed! –JD

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (ESV)

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Don’t Be Troubled or Perplexed by Trials. Welcome Adversity. You Have to be Defeated Before You Can Have Victory

wpid-img_20150121_073442.jpgIn life, we always will encounter obstacles that will either test our faith or cause us to doubt what we already believe. Oftentimes, adversity will present itself that we may humble ourselves before we look up to see the Lord. Have faith in what we cannot see.

Yes, bad things happen because we live in a fallen world but in order for us to get through the bad, we have to go through some things. We have to be defeated before we can have victory. Otherwise, how would we know God will fight our battles if we didn’t have them? How else would we know we need God when troubled on every side? Or trust him when he says, he will deliver us from evil?

God wants us to grow. We cannot grow without being cut. Just as trees cannot grow with dead leaves, to have a new life, old habits and bad attitudes have to be cut. When you find yourself blaming God for what he didn’t do, humble yourself and thank him for what he did do. He kept evil from destroying you.

Life without failure has no meaning. Trials are necessary. They are not meant to punish us. Thank God for the trials. Trials are meant to develop us. When we go through the valley, God goes with us. God desires to guide us with love and wisdom, rather than punishment. His word promises to deliver us from evil.

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Rom 8:29). God knew you before he formed you in your mother’s womb. He knows exactly what he is doing. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Meditate on the word. Accept his advice. God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ (1 John 3:2). He wants to conform us to Christ likeness.

Whatever God has spoken over your life, it will be done. It won’t always be like this. You’ve come too far. God will perfect that which concerns you. Sooner or later, it will turn out in your favor. Thank Him in advance for what he’s done, is doing, and is going to do. Praise the Lord. Thank you Jesus!

Don’t be defeated. Defeat will be necessary before you can have the victory. If God says the righteous will not be forsaken, you are more than a conqueror, believe him. Whatever God says take him at his word. God keeps his word. “For all the promises of God in him are yea and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor 1:20). Don’t miss this. God said it. I believe it. That settles it!

Be blessed! –JD

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

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Change Makes You Stronger

wpid-img_20140621_161426.jpgAs I ponder on my life, I think about times when life was just that, “life” filled with ups and downs, trials and tribulations, struggles, sadness and fear. Yet it was during these times that I found myself rejoicing in the Lord, giving thanks for grace and mercy he bestowed upon me.

With change, at no fault of my own, I have gone through what I find to be the most difficult time in my life. With prayer and fasting bringing me through what I called tumultuous times. During prayer with my Mom as we touched and agreed, I literally cried out in tears to the Lord because at that moment, I needed him.

I needed him to let me know everything was going to be alright. I needed him to let me know I was not alone. I needed him to comfort and guide me. I needed him. So, it wasn’t surprising after prayer, oftentimes immediately, God would show up letting me know he was right beside me. He would prove to me he was there.

It was during this time I would experience the unimaginable. God would make the impossible possible. He would turn the ordinary into extraordinary. When I least expected it. His love for me prevailed. Blessing after blessing would appear from unexpected sources, unexpected places, and unsuspecting people. He would bless me abundantly beyond measure, even when I truly felt I didn’t deserve it. He did not forsake me.

I learned I mustn’t rely on material things or people for my provision. God was to be my only source. I learned when I believe what I hear from God it activates my faith. It clears my doubts. It restores me. It helps me build up others.

To live in bondage prevents deliverance. To stray away from those who represent Christ in my life would only give the enemy control. Control he didn’t deserve. I realized when faced with a trial, I must not lose faith but be able to recognize my faith in the manner I conduct myself. I must humble myself in order for God to move. God stands for power and truth.

It took a long time but through situations and circumstances, I’ve learned to trust in God. I learned how to activate my faith without hesitation. I am getting better. I’m not fully where I need to be but I’m better at where I am supposed to be.

I am a believer in the power of God and what it is He can and will do. When things seem like they are not going to go as planned (which is more often than most), I am assured God will come right on time. In spite of lies against God’s truth the enemy attempts to convince me of when in the broken, fragile state I find myself in from time to time.

I am convinced my identity is in Christ. Not based on worldly possessions of a job, a car, a house, or who I marry, but in Christ. I am one of his disciples. My life must be a reflection of that when the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy in order to come against his attack. I have FAITH. I am safe in God.

Life can be so complicated and oftentimes, we lose our way and the sight of God. We know he’s there, but lose sight of him when we look to our circumstances but instead should look to Him. For, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

No, he doesn’t speak and then not act. No, he doesn’t promise and not fulfill. His promise is his Word. I know. I am a witness to his goodness and mercy. I say “Yes”. When I think of all that God has brought me through, I can truly say “Thank you Jesus” for the wonderful things you have done for me in the midst of my troubles. I love you Lord, you are Alpha and Omega! I couldn’t do this thing called life without you. And second to God, I can’t forget my Mom. My heartfelt “Thank you” oh beautiful, gracious Mother. You are my rock. I ♥ Mom!!!

Trust God. He will take care of you. Have faith. Believe.

Be blessed for this is the day the Lord has made and in it we will rejoice!

“Lord, if I had ten thousand tongues it wouldn’t be enough to thank you. You’re the same yesterday, today and forever more. You’re my redeemer!” — JD

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