This has been a trying year for me and the same way it started, it how it's ending! The VIP Conference will be held December 5th-7th at the Word of Deliverance Family Life Church located at 5700 West 70th Street. My Pastor has given us full access to his facilities and we are not only grateful but thankful for the opportunity!
The VIP Conference is going to be amazing! How do I know? I know because the speakers line up for this year will take you above and beyond your level of faith! Come join me as I celebrate not only the life of my husband, but my God being my strength, and my birthday! Yes! This year I will celebrate my birthday along with the conference.
I hope to see you there,
Hello my friends, I am so excited about the Sormag Online Conference and I hope that you all have already registered online! I do believe that LaShaunda Hoffman is really doing a great work for authors. I do know that you can venture on over to www.sormag.com
to find out more about her and her work; as well as find new authors and the latest books. You know that God never fails and He always give someone the heart and mind to help and believe me, LaShaunda is His special helper.
Be blessed and if you are on my mailing list, I sent out emails informing you of how to register for the conference. Speaking of conference, get ready because the first weekend in December will be one you won't forget! I'll be posting more about this year's conference next week! Be Blessed and know that I love being able to keep you informed.
The closer you get to God or the more anointing you receive, you automatically get thrust into battle royal with the enemy. Now, as a seasoned sufferer it gets numbing and because you know how he (the enemy) operates you fight on with the weaponry you've been skilled to used. Nevertheless, there comes a time when the game changes!
Ask any mother and she will tell you that when it comes to her children, the fight gets interesting, heavy, and more demanding. I know because I'm going through the fight right now. It seems that every time we think we are almost done waiting for DJ to move on, another demonic attack is waiting in the wings. When one problem gets solved, it's as if the people we are dealing with search vigorously for another one. Well today, I'm telling the devil no more.
I have prided myself on being a mother who will fast, pray, wait, and do whatever it takes to make sure my children are okay but there comes a time when I have to call upon the saints. I believe that when I get some folks to stand in agreement with me, nothing can the enemy withhold from us. Now the game has changed and the game changer is to call upon the saints of God to help me by standing in agreement with me.......So here is my request......
Please stand in agreement that DJ is cleared to play D1 football, and that everyone who has to be a part of this will take care of their responsibilities. Another thing, stand in agreement that DJs faith will fail not and that every tongue that has risen against him in judgment, God condemns. Agree with me that the Blood of Jesus is over my child, his future, his dreams, his abilities, his aspirations, and his goals. Agree that no harm shall come nigh and that no weapon that is formed against him will ever prosper. Agree that every lie told on DJ will be dismantled in the atmosphere and every conviction over-turned. Most of all stand in agreement that the will of God be done in his life and that God will get the glory through DJ for the rest of his life. In Jesus name.
I for one know that two of us can drive tens of thousands of demons a flight and with my mouth I speak into the atmosphere that his ladder will be greater than his past. I declare that he is the righteousness of God and that through him thousands will come to Christ in the name of Jesus.
Thank you for your help saints and please continue to lift him up so that his countenance will not fall. Be Blessed!
The love of my life, my sister-friend, and I just went on a trip to Las Vegas and then hubby and I went to Atlanta. There were so many emotions running rapidly through me that I could hardly contain myself. Yes, before anyone else says it, one hour into Vegas and I had a Dobrielle attack. I was so sick of riding and in need of a bath (my ocd kicked in) which made me miserable. Right in the middle of the attack Scroggins said, "And we now know where Dobrielle gets it from" and I couldn't help but laugh. You have to know my child to get this.
Anyway, Vegas although it's called "Sin City" was the place where God birth the vision for our new church. I often wondered while I was there, "Do the Christians in Vegas tell what goes on in Vegas?" Although it was never answered, the Christians showed up. How? You can tell when you meet your sister and brother by the way they treat you, greet you, and aid you. As I always say, "Kindred spirits connect!"
Here's the magic, my husband was exactly three months away from it being a year since he'd had the wreck. (Dec 5, 2012) It was our first trip away and for the first time in our marriage I realized how completely sad I would have been without him. I took the time to reflect on God allowing us another opportunity to live, and I mean just that "LIVE". We decided that we would live our lives according to His Word but that we would put His business first and leave our business to Him. What a magical relief when you put your life in God's hands. My daily journal began in Vegas and I was truly able to write from the essence of me and I know that God heard.
We decided to go to Atlanta to visit another one of my sister-friends and it was awesome. She took us to a movie one night and to see the Tyler Perry play , "Hell Has No Fury Like A Woman Scorned". Tyler has did it again. The play was awesome and right after Hattie showed out, Tyler took the stage. He talked about his laying hands on Bishop Jakes and how people made a mockery out of what God had done. He asked those of us who knew the power of prayer to keep him lifted. I love me some Tyler and I just believe that God is working through this man of God in ways that will cause His people to open their eyes and think. Ringing in my mind is ,"Do not conform to this world but be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind." God sends people to help us renew our minds and I thank God for Tyler helping me to follow my dreams in spite of how it looks.
So let me be the first to encourage you, take a trip! I know your money may be a little funny but if you have just enough for a hotel, food, and gas GO! You'd be surprised at how much you'll find out about one another or others who may venture with you. Not only that, someone, somewhere may just be waiting to sow a seed into your life; you'll never know until you let the magic called faith take you to places you have not seen but hoped to get to.
On this day, the enemy has tried to attack my spiritual mother with a tumor. I have called forth SAINTS of GOD all across the United States to come into agreement in prayer for this woman of God. I have watched the enemy attack my natural mother and my spiritual mother in the same week and I'm angry.
I believe the WORD of GOD and watched GOD perform a miracle for my natural mother. They went in to place stints in her heart and found no blockage!!!! I know that God did it and now my spiritual mother has been attack but the situation is far greater. So by this I know that no matter how small or huge the problem is, it's nothing to GOD. So whether you understand my cry or not, join in with me to pray for my mothers.
I believe the WORD of GOD and I await the MIRACLE that He is going to perform for my spiritual mother. Not because I've been so good or deserve it, but because I believe HIS WORD and I'm standing on the only truth I know that is absolute without any fault. A philosopher might ask....How do you know it's true? Because it has been fulfilled in more ways than one, but the greatest is that it declared that the SON of Man would come and die for the sins of the world, but would raise up in three days. So shall it be, that JESUS came, died, but HE got up and this is the record evidence of my truth.
So I stand on the WORD OF GOD: 1 John 5:14-15; James 5:13-15; Gal 3:13; Luke 9:1-2; Psalms 107:19-20; Deuteronomy 7:15; Isaiah 53:4-5 and so many more.
And I ask you to come into agreement with me concerning these scriptures operating in her life now in JESUS name.
First, I'd like to start by paying my respects to the beloved Pastor Leonard Jones. You know, it's something to remember all the things your pastor did when you were a child, and believe that he was the best man in the world. I understand that all pastors have their flaws but to a child their like the earthly Jesus who is leading you to the real Jesus who is faultless and blameless. This weekend, people from all over will honor his life, his ministry, and his love. I was baptized by him in 1980 and as he grabbed my hand and said come on Danya, I can remember feeling so safe from all hurt, harm, and danger; as Christ grabbed his hand, I can imagine that he felt the same as I did on that wonderful day.......safe from all hurt, harm, and danger. Rest in Peace Pastor Jones, and I promise daily I'm getting right because this church will one day go home.
Now when I read the Word of God and it speaks of the patriots of their day, my mind often reflect on the patriots of my day who paved the way for me. Not by preparing a career for me, but by preparing me for everlasting life and life more abundantly. I can't help but remember all the days Mother L.B. Ford (my grandmother) sat me at the table with her Sunday school book in hand and said, "Read this and tell me what you think the Lord is saying here." I would read and as I tried to rationalize what I'd read with the intellect I had, she'd say, "Just let the Holy Spirit tell you what it means." Then as if a light would turn on, there was a glimpse into my mind at exactly what God was telling through the Boyd Sunday School lesson writer. For this she will forever go down in the book of Danyelle as one of the patriots who lead me to my purpose.
There was Louis Jefferson Ford who sat me at the table for dinner, and as I prepared to bow for grace he said, "Today you need to give a scripture." All I could think of sitting at the table, with the eyes of him and my grandmother peering at me as if they were pulling out the answer to all of their questions, was "Jesus wept." He said, "Yes He did but you must know more than that scripture to remain grateful for your food." The next time, I told myself I would be ready and when he sprang that at me, I'd give him, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in Him would not perish but have everlasting life." I knew it, I read it in Sunday school, but when he asked I just couldn't think of it all so I said, "Jesus wept and He died." With a slight nod he said, "That's part scripture and part reality, next time do better." I was ashamed and sad but he reminded me, "You learn the Word so you will never forget to be grateful." For this she will forever go down in the book of Danyelle as one of the patriots who lead me to my purpose.
Then there was Estelle Sample who would call me up to read in front of the whole Sunday school class week after week. I would dance up reluctantly in my ruffled lace socks and ponytails ribbon tied, wondering of all the people in the class, why did she have to pick me? So one day I got the courage to tell my grandmother on her and this is what she said, "She keeps calling on you because she sees something in you." What did she see? I didn't quit understand but she reminded me that by and by I would understand it better; and I do. For this she will forever go down in the book of Danyelle as one of the patriots who lead me to my purpose.
There was the white haired lady who sang so eloquently by the name of Dorothy Carthorn. All I wanted to ever do was dress and sing like her. She was all I thought I ever wanted to be and when she allowed me to get close, she realized that I viewed her like she maybe should have viewed herself. I will never forget the watch she bought me with the reminder that a young lady should always be on time. I shall never forget and although I struggle someone deep down I know that when a woman finds integrity, she finds a reason to be on time. For this she will forever go down in the book of Danyelle as one of the patriots who lead me to my purpose.
Then there's Zanzie McCoy who said to me, "Danzell you can do it gal. Now get these here chullin and start this mission back up." I never knew that in order to groom a church mother, it started in her early twenties when she wasn't fit to live and surely not fit to die. She took me in my lowest moment and gave me something greater than I. For this she will forever go down in the book of Danyelle as one of the patriots who lead me to my purpose.
Then there was the great Superintendent David Gatlin. The man filled with wisdom who could somehow see more in me, than I could see in myself. He would gather his bible and I'd sit in a chair to the right of him and he'd pour into me verse by verse, page after page. No one imagined that I'd be so interested but something longed for me to know why holiness and nothing else. He said, "One day when you stand before people, always be mindful of what you wear. If you can, wear a robe because everyone is not there for the right reason." It took years to understand but a blessing to have obeyed and for this he will forever go down in the book of Danyelle as one of the patriots who lead me to my purpose.
As I write now, I'm almost overtaken by my tears, but this one thing I know.....had it not been for these and so many more, I would have never stepped into the light of my living. And I said to Pastor Jones when I struggled with the longing to preach, "I struggle with my purpose." And he said, "Now I don't believe in women preachers but if you get big you can always tell them you came from me." At that point I didn't feel rebuked but I felt that no matter what he knew I would do what I felt right and he wanted nothing more than to be known as a patriot who lead me to my purpose.
So although they are gone, I would like to one day be considered as them. A woman who lived with integrity. Who blessed the Lord with her heart and her substance. Who loved in spite of but because of her love for Christ. Who gave a child a reason to break away from shyness and to explore the fact that they can do all things through Christ. Who was a role model to some young lady searching for truth. Who pushed someone to their purpose by recognizing the spiritual gift in them. Who gave someone proof that the Word works and gratefulness dispels haughtiness. A woman who understood that holiness without no man shall see the Lord. So as I once feared death, I understand that my patriots prepared me for life on earth without neglect that I'm just a pilgrim passing through this foreign land and everything I do is about the day when the angels will "Take Me To The King."
You know how we feel like the fruits are in total operation in our lives until you are placed in a situation and realize that the fruit you thought you have was no longer on your tree, or either just a little rotten. Well, that's exactly how I was and I'm truthful enough to say, "My fruit tree needs to be prune and repaired." If you are wondering how can it be done, let me tell you. In order to reproduce, grow, prune, or replace any of your fruit, you must go back to the giver. Now might I add, you better be careful when you go there because you will be put to the test until your harvest is developed!
Sometimes we feel that as soon as we get the Holy Spirit, we should readily be equipped with all of the spiritual gifts and fruits of the Spirit that He gives, but unfortunately that's not so. Just as you came to the realization that you needed the Holy Spirit to become involved in your life, so it is with His gifts and fruits. He is readily able to produce in you what can rightfully belong to you, but you must come to an awareness for your need of them; with gifts, you must understand the purpose of having them which is to edify the church. Now your Spiritual fruits are to equip you for life in harmony with the Spirit and others who have been blessed with the same fruits. So here's my dilemma.....
I decided to let each fruit of the Spirit have its very own tree in my life. By this, I can put each one to use as needed and recognize where the lack is and the need for pruning, picking off, sharing, and cutting down to replant. So in my life I have a love tree, joy tree, peace tree, long-suffering tree, gentleness tree, goodness tree, faith tree, meekness tree, and temperance tree. The blooming and production of each tree allows me to maintain a level by which my flesh is constrained. Now, as most of you know my husband was in a horrible wreck December 2012 and it has taken so much and many of my fruit to maintain the level of care that he has received from me. As well as, to give to others who at their point of need bring buckets to my tree. Now he's doing much better but in order for him to have liberty of moving around in our home, I had to remodel!
If any of you know the hassle of remodeling while still living in the home, you can testify that it is not easy. There have been days that I wanted to throw the workers out, the supplies out, and my husband out and just say, "All y'all come back tomorrow!" Nevertheless, my fruit would drop on my toe causing quick realization that I shouldn't even feel or think those thoughts. Then, as I sat this morning in meditation, I realized that my long-suffering tree was getting weak. I somehow got one of those fruit bugs on the loose. He's chopping at that tree and no doubt has went to his nearest kin to let them know a party is going on. This morning I realized that my tree sort of resembled a tree that has been battered by the winter storms. My long-suffering tree is suffering a deficiency! With that said, I had to pray this morning for some more power to suffer through.
I know some of you like me are dealing with a lot of suffering lately. It almost seems like when you finally get over one storm and your suffering pains seem few, them something else is thrown in the mix. Well, if I can encourage you today, I would start by saying to you, "Tell the Holy Spirit exactly what fruit you need in order to make it!" Then I would encourage you to ask Him to give you whatever He sees you lacking. See sometimes we think it's our temperance tree and it's really our long-suffering tree or even sometimes we thinks it's our peace tree and it's really our meekness tree that needs help. But one thing is for sure, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what fruit needs attention because He gave, can sustain it, and knows when it's in need of His help. Just say this, "Holy Spirit one of my trees needs some work!"
Like anything else in our bodies, when there is a deficiency going on we feel it. Boy! Do I feel my deficiency. And although my body isn't aching as my proof, the spirit of anger jumping in is all the proof I need. When the spirit of anger invades my life, I have come to understand that there's only room for him when I have a deficiency in either the Fruits of the Spirit or usage of my Spiritual Gifts. You must know your body, soul, and spirit in order to detect what's ailing you. So with all that said, pray for me as I continue to pray for you. Pray that the worm that's on my tree is killed and the kin folks he brought with him suffer just as he. Then come into agreement with me that all is well no matter what, and I will do the same for you. Be Blessed!
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Have you ever been in a place in ministry where you felt like giving it all up? Normally it's (ministry) what I do and has become a huge part of me, but there was this void and I could not for the life of me figure it out. Well, I journeyed through the rest of last year thinking, once I finish school I'll shift focus off the preacher and on the counselor. Yes, I had it all planned out and all because I felt like God was not using me enough. Can I be real with you all? Sitting still will drive the average preacher out of their mind. It's like the great commission "GO", gets under their feet and they don't care if they are preaching in a storefront church or a house church…. they just want to Go Preach!
So all of you who know me, are connected to me through social media, or live anywhere near have heard about my husband's December 5th, 2012 car wreck. It was the day before Woman at The Well 2012 Women's Conference; the conference that I host and close out. I'm pausing a great deal because this is actually my first time publicly writing about the accident. This was one of the most devastating events in my life, but I understood that in order for me to allow God to be God, I had to go and praise the God who gave Scroggins to me and I did just that. I went to the conference three days as plan and I preached the third day to close the conference out.
Many said, "I didn't come because I just knew you would cancel." Just God! My mind said, "If the devil wants to fight dirty, I'm going even dirtier." I'm going to show this fellow that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and I'm going to do what God has commissioned me to do. I realized something in this, just three to four months prior I was thinking of giving it all up and now, I'm more determined than ever to preach the Gospel; one, so that God will be glorified, and two, to show the enemy that as long as God has given me breath, I going to tear his kingdom down-taking back every soul I can that belongs to GOD, in JESUS name!
So, now I'm home being the care-taker of my husband and can't go preach but God is showing me something. He's showing me that I am most effective when I trust Him completely; in my going or in my sitting still. Then one day the Spirit says, "Go check your website." I know when it's His voice! Whenever my flesh questions what I heard, I know to move and move quickly. Well I sit before my website and the Spirit says, "Check your mail". I say, "Lord all my mail comes to my email; I don't have anything in it." Yet again, my flesh questions so I move. There in my mail was an invitation to Victory Outreach Church in London where Pastor Richard Taylor is Sheppard. I was blown away. Just when I was feeling like giving up, God was preparing to send me to the Nations.
Imagine my surprise. Then with tears in my eyes, I repented. I repented because long ago I decided that my life was not my own. I decided that if God used me or if He didn't I'd be just fine as long as I'm in His will. I even decided that my life was not about me, but somewhere deep down I had forgotten this. I shared with Scroggins that God needed me to see me before He sent me out. He needed my trust in Him to be so rooted and grounded that no matter what happened in my life, I know He has it. He needed my focus to remain about doing His word instead of building my brand (name or ministry). So let me encourage you, even when it doesn't look or feel like God has you on His mind, He does. He knows what's best for you, He knows when it's your time, He knows where He wants to send you, and most importantly He knows YOU! Don't ever give up on God or what He has purposed you to do.
Sometimes huge things happen in our life to give us small lessons we really needed to learn or they enhance the lessons we already know to make them more vibrant in our lives. I think both happened to me as a result of this accident. So to you I go even farther and say, “Embrace your suffering!” TRUST that God is showing you something in the midst of your suffering to allow you to become more connected, fully persuaded, and ever dependent upon Him. Until the next time, Be Blessed!
Shout out to Pastor Richard Taylor. Thank you for being led by God and helping me to learn the greatest lesson of my life. You are my brother and I'm praying for you!
As I sit here this morning, I cannot help but thank God for all the opportunities He sends my way. You know, I am finding out that God will bless you with gifts just so you can help others in need. It's that simple. You think you know all the things you know just because you went to school, or started a new hobby that turned into financial gain but God is saying, "I blessed you to be a blessing to others."
If you are a natural giver, it is sometimes easy to get caught up in the whole "I can't let them use me" feeling. Why? Because people ask you to do things or expect you to do things that they'd pay anybody else to do but you. Nevertheless, God showed me something. Sometimes you have to view your deeds as seeds and you sow them now not expecting a harvest. We all know seeds take time to grow, and just when you go to sleep a couple of nights and wake up a couple of mornings, the seeds are working for you to produce in your favor.
What I'm saying to you is don't get wearied in well doing, even if you feel used. Rest assure that God sees you and He will reward you in due season!
God even showed me something in John 9 that I have never seen. You know Jesus pass by the blind mind and because He pays attention to him, the disciples do also. The blind man never asked to be used for God's miracle, but God used Him (without him asking), so that He would be glorified. So my brothers and sisters, God will use you not because you asked Him to (cause God doesn't need your permission to use you), but so that He can get the glory and sometimes His leading the people to you for your help, is a GLORY MOVE.
Now instead of feeling used by people, know that you are being used by God; and no matter how it looks, feels, or seems---nothing just happens---and the person who thinks he or she is using you, were only set up by God to show that you my dears are truly His children. Be Blessed!
Now do you feel better about what you are doing for someone else? Are you determined to keep on giving and doing as unto the Lord? Let me hear from you!