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About DestaIsJoy

Desta is an African Amharic name meaning "joy". My spiritual father and former pastor has twin daughters and one's middle name is Desta. I latched on to that name once I knew the meaning and use it in one of my e-mail addresses and for my website: where I promote my book and other writings. The joy of the Lord is my strength and for that I am truly grateful. For every mountain he has brought me over, for every trial he has seen me through and for every blessing, for this I give God praise!!!

Draw Near

“So let’s come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith. Let’s keep our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil, and our bodies washed with clean water.” – Hebrews 10:22 CEV In May, just before … Continue reading

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Dented But Not Destroyed

Last week I was involved in a minor fender bender. I perceived that the accident was the other driver’s fault as the damage to my car is to the rear driver side and bumper. However, I received a citation for … Continue reading

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Change of Plans

For almost twenty years I have been moving. When I arrived in Memphis in January 1998 I was only going to be here for six months. Yes, that was my plan. I had every good intention of returning to a … Continue reading

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Stay Focused on the Father…

Focus is required to be successful Career success requires focus Focus on getting the proper education, training and experience These things are obtained over time and Sometimes you may have to work overtime But not consistently and continuously Because to … Continue reading

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Drop the Dead Weight

What a year this has been!?! Now, on the surface it has been pretty normal. Work, school, and church. Church, school and work. School work, Church work and Job work. Work, work, work. Busy, busy, busy. But what have I … Continue reading

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Do not indulge in Saturday pleasures If you are not willing to endure the Monday blues Intentional sin may provide temporary happiness But it does not bring you joy Joy is the fruit of the Spirit Only the Spirit gives … Continue reading

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Kicking it With the King IN Me (At Christmastime)!!!

Stax Records produced a song in 1973 by The Emotions titled What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas? (Check it out on YouTube). It begins “‘Tis the season to be jolly but how can I be when I have nobody. … Continue reading

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