Still Standing In Spite of It All

When you feel at your wits end with stress, pain and a world that seems to be falling apart…remember only the strong survive.

You may feel forsaken, overwhelmed, exhausted and afraid.

Maybe your finances, relationships, health, doubt and hard circumstances make you feel like your world has turned upside down.  Maybe you feel like there is no secure ground to stand on to support you.

For those in grief, Christ offers comfort.  For those full of heartache or physical pain, He offers hope and healing. To those who carry emotional burdens and broken dreams, Christ offers His strength.  For those who struggle, He offers rest.

After the dust clears from dreams dropped, a job shattered, falling finances or the banging sound of change, you can still find a place of inner peace.  The Lord changes not and stands ready to guide and provide for you and your family.  Seek His comfort.  Study His word.  Surrender to His way.  Keep your hope and trust in the Lord even when everything around you seems hopeless.   Believe in God’s restoration and resurrection power for your life.  You can rise again.

Even during life’s darkest hours, confidently speak these words from Romans, “nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39).

My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. (Exodus 33:14)

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9-10)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

Wednesday Word written by Minister Jewel Diamond Taylor, author, Conference Keynote Speaker, Women’s Retreat Leader, www.DoNotGiveUp.net – to book speaker call 323.964.1736 or email JewelMotivates@gmail.com

Weekly Encouragement

Inspiration and talent will only carry you so far. Your habits can make or break you.  Self-discipline is the consistent behavior that moves you toward your goals.  It is a series of choices that favors your betterment rather than indulges our whims.  The first step toward developing self-discipline is accepting that every action has consequences.  We are always given the choice to move forward or fail from our own stagnation, ignorance or rebellion.

From overeating, procrastinating, impulsive shopping, gambling, pornography, cheating, anger or drug and alcohol abuse, clutter… a lack of self control in your daily life will eventually catch up with you, if it hasn’t already.

Self-discipline is not about punishment or even about a restrictive lifestyle.  It is the ability to adhere to actions, thoughts, and behaviors that result in personal improvement instead of instant gratification. Self-control (self-discipline) is a one of the fruits of the spirit.  A lack of self-discipline is the main reason for the failures we experience in both our personal and professional lives.

Start with small things. Clean your room at home or your desk at work. Train yourself to put things where they belong when they are out of place.  Think about the old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place”.  Get yourself to the point where orderliness matters.  Learn how to keep your environment clean and clear so you can function without distractions.   Learn how to say “no” to low priority or distracting requests, activities or cravings of the body.  To learn more, listen to my CD Sel-control – “The Main Thing is to KEEP the Main Thing…The Main Thing. Before you can develop the power of self-discipline, you must first take an honest and direct look at the excuses you use to justify your problems and poor daily performance.  A secret to decreasing your stress is increasing your self-discipline.  Self-control is your inner guidance telling you to put down the donut, turn off the porn, get out of the mall, turn off the TV, get on the treadmill, read your Bible, get up an hour earlier to avoid rushing and being late to work, shut your mouth and choose your battles wisely, finish your task at hand, hang up your clothes, return that phone call, put down the sweet tea and drink some water, etc.   Learning self-discipline in the little things of life prepares the way for big successes. Those who are undisciplined in small matters will likely be undisciplined in more important issues. In the words of Solomon, it is the little foxes that ruin the vineyards (Song of Sol. 2:15).  When it comes to a person’s integrity and credibility you cannot afford to allow the little foxes of disorder, procrastination and impulsive actions ruin your harvest of prosperity.  Inspiration, motivation, your talents and your education can only take you so far.  It’s your habits that determine your destiny.

DID is a word of achievement

WON’T is a word of rebellion

MIGHT is a word of mediocrity and little discipline

CAN’T is a word of defeat and fear

OUGHT is a word of duty

TRY is a word of little faith

MAYBE is a word of procrastination

WILL is a word of courage

CAN is a word of power and determination

DOING is a word of progress and fulfillment

DONE is a word of success

“So teach us to make the most our time so we may grow in wisdom” Psalm 9O:12

Wednesday Word written by Minister Jewel Diamond Taylor

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Conference Speaker, Minister, Author, Work place trainer and Success Coach Jewel Diamond Taylor offers one-on-one coaching by phone to support others in their pursuit of growing personally with their goals (self-esteem, weight loss, overcoming adversity, feeling stuck, overcoming procrastination, building your public speaking career, increasing your faith and confidence, etc.)   To contact Jewel Diamond Taylor, reply to this e-mail or call 323.964.1736 www.DoNotGiveUp.net

Speaker, Author, Minister, Life Coach, Wife and Mother Jewel Diamond Taylor is facilitating a study group for women in the Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, California area.   The next session will be Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 pm If you are interested in attending or receiving updates for future schedules. please send your e-mail to JewelMotivates@gmail.com

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“How could I ever give up when I stand on the shoulders of great men and women?   How could I ever forget the due diligence, faith, pain or press of  so many nameless and famous history makers and dreamers?  I will continue to remember and give thanks for the dreamer who led this nation into social moral transformation with his anointing, vision, leadership, hope, love, wisdom, courage and sacrifice.”  ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

December 10, 1964
Oslo, Norway, accepting Nobel Peace prize…

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Birmingham jail letter  April 16, 1963…

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

WAITING IS A DIFFICULT DIVINE DELAY

 

(prayer for you to read for yourself – suggestion – read it out loud to yourself)

Lord I thank you for new mercies, new strength and a new day.

As I experience the trials, tests and tribulations of life, help me to stay in peace rather than fall to pieces.

Help me not to throw away my confidence in Your love, mercy, grace, peace, and deliverance.  There a days when I feel strong, resilient and focused.  I see at times a window of progress and peace opening.   And yet there are times I feel impatient waiting for a breakthrough. I wait.  I watch.  I wonder when, why, who and how?

I feel like I am on a spiritual wait watcher’s program.  I need strength to persevere and have patience to wait for your divine timing in my life.

There are voices without and within causing me to think that I am defeated, unworthy and forgotten.  Lord I want to grow in my patience, faith, inner peace and wisdom.

I press each day to see results in my finances, family, health, daily demands, career and my purpose.   I give you thanks in advance as I renew my faith and resolve to wait and win.  I believe in your Word that You, Holy Spirit, are a rewarder of our faith.  Today I take back my power to speak, think and act with authority, clarity and joy.  I know my words have power, so I remember today that I possess what I confess.

I confess that I am a child of God empowered by His grace and love to be an overcomer.  I confess with my lips that I am healthy, wealthy, divine, blessed, guided and provided for each day.  I confess that I can walk by faith and not by sight.  I may not see or understand your mysterious ways or divine delays.  Yet I wait and depend on you Lord for your strength and guidance.  The past has passed.  Every day I am learning to trust and wait for the divine unfolding of my life and destiny.  Right now I am still and stand on your word and not my worries. AMEN, ASHE and SO IT IS

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. – Isaiah 40:31

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him – Jeremiah 3:25

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart – Psalm 27:14

Trust in the LORD and do good.  Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Psalm 37:3

written by Minister Jewel Diamond Taylor http://www.DoNotGiveUp.net

323.964.1736

email – JewelMotivates@gmail.com

Faith and Peace During Difficult Times

I pray you find the peace that surpasses all understanding.  It’s the calm that comes when everyone around would expect you to fall apart because of your circumstances.  It’s the kind of peace that comes when you realize you cannot control others.   It’s the kind of peace in the midst of turmoil that allows you to surrender all to God because you realize you cannot do it all.

May you have sweet rest.   May you trust God enough to remember that… “this, too, shall pass.”

May you feel the presence of heavenly hosts around you lifting the weight of stress, grief, darkness, guilt, shame and fear.

May you recall all the times the Lord has brought you “through” and not focus on the things He didn’t do.

May you call on the strength and faith of your ancestors to help you hold your head up so you can press, persevere and have hope.

Remember that prayer changes things.   There is power in your words.   Speak up and speak over your situation.

Life is magic, tragic, wonderful and scary.  Life is in constant change.  May you grow wings of faith to rise above the pain and drama.  There is a place within your soul that no thing and no one can disturb.  Go there!  Go within.

May God’s tenderness, love and mercy cover you like a blanket.

May you begin to trust God and trust yourself enough to know that you will be guided and provided for always.

Your past defeats, disappointments, falls from grace or even the Trickster can make you think you are alone.   Lies!  The truth is God loves you.   Your Father God loves you so much and knew you would have crosses to bear.   Maybe that is why His word says, “Be not afraid” nearly 100 times in the Bible.   One reminder can be found in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled, trust in the Lord.”

Your life is not like a television program.  TV and fantasy can trick you into thinking that everything in life can be solved quickly.  During difficult times you may have to live with unanswered questions.   You may not be able to rescue and save your loved ones from pain.  You may not be able to save yourself from problems that have escalated and snowballed because of inaction, denial, ignorance of fear.    Rain falls on everyone’s roof and maybe this is your season for unwanted rain.  You may feel God has forsaken you.  You may feel sick, afraid, angry, confused, overwhelmed and doubtful.   Faith requires patience.  Take a deep breath.  Now take another one.   And yet another deep breath.

Can you take your hands and expectations off the people or circumstances that are causing you anxiety and fear?   I pray you find the courage to let go and let God.

Be still.  Be quiet.  Let your heart heal in the awkward silence.  There you will find the still small voice of God whispering…”Be still and know that I AM God.”

May the voice of the Comforter steady your heart and mind so that you think clearly to know what to do next.

When you are on your own road to Damascus like Saul in the Bible, you may lose your sight to see your way out.  And just like Saul, the temporary loss of sight could be God’s way to humble and show you He is greater.    Faith asks us to surrender fear, pride and doubt over to divine dependence.   Faith is trusting what you cannot see.  It’s a journey you take without the comfort of a map.   God’s word will be the lamp for your feet (Psalm 119:105).  You may not see who, what, when or how your difficult situation will turn around.   Your faith allows you to take one step at a time through the fog of fear.    Your fog will soon clear away.  You will soon have a breakthrough.  You will soon have a testimony.  Remember the words of the Jimmy Cliff song….

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day

Oh yes, I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here’s the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day
Real, real, real, real bright, bright sunshiny day
Yeah, hey, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day

article by Minister Jewel Diamond Taylor, author of the popular book “You Are Too Blessed to Be Stressed”

www. DoNotGiveUp.net   to book the speaker call 323.964.1736

Peace and Faith During Difficult Times

I pray you find the peace that surpasses all understanding.  It’s the calm that comes when everyone around would expect you to fall apart because of your circumstances.  It’s the kind of peace that comes when you realize you cannot control others.   It’s the kind of peace in the midst of turmoil that allows you to surrender all to God because you realize you cannot do it all.

May you have sweet rest.   May you trust God enough to remember that… “this, too, shall pass.”

May you feel the presence of heavenly hosts around you lifting the weight of stress, grief, darkness, guilt, shame and fear.

May you recall all the times the Lord has brought you “through” and not focus on the things He didn’t do.

May you call on the strength and faith of your ancestors to help you hold your head up so you can press, persevere and have hope.

Remember that prayer changes things.   There is power in your words.   Speak up and speak over your situation.

Life is magic, tragic, wonderful and scary.  Life is in constant change.  May you grow wings of faith to rise above the pain and drama.  There is a place within your soul that no thing and no one can disturb.  Go there!  Go within.

May God’s tenderness, love and mercy cover you like a blanket.

May you begin to trust God and trust yourself enough to know that you will be guided and provided for always.

Your past defeats, disappointments, falls from grace or even the Trickster can make you think you are alone.   Lies!  The truth is God loves you.   Your Father God loves you so much and knew you would have crosses to bear.   Maybe that is why His word says, “Be not afraid” nearly 100 times in the Bible.   One reminder can be found in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled, trust in the Lord.”

Your life is not like a television program.  TV and fantasy can trick you into thinking that everything in life can be solved quickly.  During difficult times you may have to live with unanswered questions.   You may not be able to rescue and save your loved ones from pain.  You may not be able to save yourself from problems that have escalated and snowballed because of inaction, denial, ignorance of fear.    Rain falls on everyone’s roof and maybe this is your season for unwanted rain.  You may feel God has forsaken you.  You may feel sick, afraid, angry, confused, overwhelmed and doubtful.   Faith requires patience.  Take a deep breath.  Now take another one.   And yet another deep breath.

Can you take your hands and expectations off the people or circumstances that are causing you anxiety and fear?   I pray you find the courage to let go and let God.

Be still.  Be quiet.  Let your heart heal in the awkward silence.  There you will find the still small voice of God whispering…”Be still and know that I AM God.”

May the voice of the Comforter steady your heart and mind so that you think clearly to know what to do next.

When you are on your own road to Damascus like Saul in the Bible, you may lose your sight to see your way out.  And just like Saul, the temporary loss of sight could be God’s way to humble and show you He is greater.  Faith is trusting what you cannot see.  It’s a journey you take without the comfort of a map.   God’s word will be the lamp for your feet (Psalm 119:105).  You may not see who, what, when or how your difficult situation will turn around.   Your faith allows you to take one step at a time through the fog of fear.    Your fog will soon clear away.  You will soon have a breakthrough.  You will soon have a testimony.  Remember the words of the Jimmy Cliff song….

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day

Oh yes, I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here’s the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day
Real, real, real, real bright, bright sunshinin’ day
Yeah, hey, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshinin’ day

No God… no peace.

KNOW God… KNOW peace.

by Jewel Diamond Taylor, http://www.DoNotGiveUp.net

JewelMotivates@gmail.com

323.964.1736