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Hope’s Promise Against Suicide

policeSuicide hurts. This post is in no way attempting to mock the life of Derek, the suicidal young man who tragically ended his life in downtown Durham, North Carolina on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. He has left others behind that loved him sincerely and are attempting to come to terms with this tragic death. There are a number of people who have reached a point of decision to leave a note to those who will remain following their suicide. Countless posts have been left on social media notifying not only their families but the masses as to their intentions and rationale for terminating their lives.

Just because we encounter God’s love in life does not exempt us from experiencing hard core pain, the pain that is penetrable (in our opinion) to our heart where we believe no recovery, no cure is necessary. The fact is will encounter trials in life and some of those trials will knock the wind out of us but we must learn to be resilient when trouble comes. This is a process, I will not sit here and try to fake the funk like it is not.

The very fact that we are living on this Earth means that we are equipped with the mechanism of hope. When we face hopeless situations, many may not have the reliance of a grandmother saying, “Baby, don’t do that because Jesus love you and Grandma loves you.”

The time to learn how to get the promises located in God’s word in the bible to the very chambers of our heart is now.  The world is growing colder by the days with rumors of wars, natural disasters, unemployment, and family conflict; yet in the middle of this, we must know that we exist to rest in the promises of God. For some, that work of resting is harder than others especially when you keep getting knocked down time after time. When we feel depressed, this is the time to get the promises of God deeply rooted in our mind so we can be sober as we attack the challenges in our lives; otherwise we will be drunken with despair and without hope.

Proverbs 12:25 is one of my favorite passages of scriptures that addresses anxiety. It says: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word provides cheer to it.” This scripture has helped me through a very difficult time of grieving the deaths of both parents in my youth as well as a bout with drug use.

I know you may be saying, “Danita, telling someone to cheer up when they have a gun barrel at their temple is not the solution!” Well. You are right; I do agree that this stage calls for the need of some intense cognitive therapy and physical intervention to extinguish the situation.

God has given us a million solutions for dealing with the decisions that we are dealing with on this earth and at the time of someone contemplating suicide; all they need is one. Thick dark memories of their hurt and pain crowd them into a corner and they are forced to escape the pain believing it will never get better. We’ve heard it said so many times that there is no return from suicide; it is the permanent resolution that someone has made to what may be at times short lived pain.

In closing, I’d like for you to share the following scriptures that I have gathered from biblegateway.com that deal with troubled minds and hearts. Share them with your family and friends and above all, of you are feeling suicidal, tell someone so that you do not have to suffer in silence. Social media is a venue that was created to allow expression, but should not be a replacement for authentic relationships.

God loves you; He really does:

But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure. Romans 8:24-25

These, the ransomed of the Lord, will go home along that road to Zion, singing the songs of everlasting joy. For them all sorrow and all sighing will be gone forever; only joy and gladness will be there. Isaiah 35:10

God, fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in you, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm – I will come to you. John 14:18

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. The peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.John 14:27

These things that were written in the Scriptures so long ago are to teach us patience and to encourage us so that we will look forward expectantly to the time when God will conquer sin and death. Romans 15:4

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 2 Peter 1:2-3

The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials. 2 Peter 2:9

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Preacher Kids: The Power of Expression and Knowing God for Yourself by Danita Ogandaga

Peace Everyone! I recently spoke on the topic “Preachers Kids: The Power of Expression and Knowing God for Yourself on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Youth Revival located at the United Gospel Outreach Church in Kinston, North Carolina. What a powerful event and an awesome time we had. It is a wonderful thing when you can see people be drawn from the darkness to the light!

Although you may be a Preacher’s Kid (aka PK) like me or not, we are all called to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Social media and technology were created for us to be a light in this dark world. Religion and relationship with God leaves you conflicted wondering how you will go about fulfilling the will of God for your life, also known as your purpose, but God has sent the Holy Spirit to be that guide and helper.

When the loudest voice that you once had in your life to encourage you and move you along on a positive path cease from speaking, what will you do? Will you get sucked up in the expression of culture or will you cling to God and be a Preacher’s Kid?

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What People are Saying About “Preacher Kids: The Power of Expression and Knowing God for Yourself!”

“Woman of God thank you for being a willing vessel. Thank you!”Dena Bruton, Kinston, North Carolina

“Wow I feel like I am in a trance, I just finished listening to one of my favorite preachers Danita S ogandaga. She preached a  message that is so power packed and has such a prolific flow of information & revelation knowledge, I must go in for round two. I’m so in love with the uniqueness of your ministry gift, of how you articulate the word of god with such style, slimplicity, and passion!!!! ♥ ya so much.”- Andrea Garner, La Mesa, California

“This message spoke to my heart, encouraging me to !. know God for myself (relation not religion) use my own mind & not follow the worlds “set trends, not follow” 2. continue to P.U.S.H towards, and continue to pursue those dreams, desires and goals that God birth into my heart & not to settle for less. Don’t quit just because people say you can’t do it.”LaShanda Nichole Dillahunt

 “Certain People think that they are Buddy Buddy with God and without them the Ministry will stop: Some Ministry beleive and teach that only Men should grace and address the pulpit: But my Bible tells me that Our God is not a respector of person; and in saying that I know God can use who He wants, where He wants, when He wants to get His message across to His People”- Quinton Greeen, New Jersey

Danita, God really used you as a vessel tonight to convey his message!!!!!!!! Just like you mentioned it: It was not about your hairstyle, your nail polish, your clothes but the word of God!!!!!!!! Thank you for ministering to us!!!!! and Thank you Jesus for your awsome Daughter, Danita Solomom Ogandaga!!!!!!– Matsy Kombila, Fayetteville, North Carolina

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“The Lord used her!” Alisha Pearson, Kinston, North Carolina

With love,

Danita Ogandaga