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

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

JewelMotivates@gmail.com

323.964.1736

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