I Smile Because……

Greetings to each and every one of you! I find it a pleasure and a joy to share a bit of myself with you. So before you begin to think this post might be superficial, just continue to read! Well for the longest of time, I have always been told that I have a beautiful smile and to be quite honest, it never really registered as to the effect that it has on others. It even goes as far as strangers being bold enough to approach me in the grocery store and told me that my smile brightened up their day. Young and old alike! As odd as it may be, me smiling on the surface is just a tad bit of what it means for me. My smile starts from within and radiates outwardly. Yes, genes and my character play a major role, but God has placed a love and joy deep within me that makes me the woman that I am, the woman that He is still building. I can’t help it that I seem to be happy a majority of the time but I tend to try and find goodness everyday in His blessings. Waking up ought to be good enough for us. Have you thought about that? We work robotically most of the time like clockwork whether we set an alarm clock to wake us up or not. It’s natural to just get up and go. I have been guilty of that myself and then one day I woke up and REALIZED that I was alive. Not because of an alarm clock, because my kids shook me or because something startled me and grabbed my attention. It all happened because of the Lord. 
Smiling gives me joy. It gives blessings as well as receiving them. I don’t do it to gain favor with anyone but to show that I am happy, and approachable. I am a people person. I like interacting with others. It touches down deep within the being of another going through a good or bad day, it’s a reminder that they need not to frown because it’s just not worth the effort to make a facial expression that can give you a headache just because you are using more muscles in your face to do it as well as it playing a mental factor as to how your outlook on your day might be OR just seeing a reminder that God created everything for His glory. Of course there is the natural attraction that a man and woman have towards each other but it still deeper than that. For me it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Smiling is contagious! I smile, you frown. You see me smile, you smile. You smile and you pass that joy onto another and it keeps going. (hopefully) My family is my everything. My husband, my kids, and our extended family, my friends old and new, hiking, the beach and art museums. Butterflies and loving on babies I adore! Oh how I love them! I have worked in my church’s nursery and working at the desk to service the parents and children is a wonderful feeling. Parents want to feel secure just as well as the babies so I greet them with the most pleasant smile I can simply because I love serving others and tending to yound children. Anyway, I hope you too can smile just a little bit more each day and just be thankful for the small things…….. like a smile. To Him I owe it all. Thank you Jesus!
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Breaking Me of My Own Will

Heavenly Father, I pray that your will, your way and your Word be embedded within my heart to reach out to those who need and seek you. I pray that your strength, comfort, blessings and your abounding love moves gently yet swiftly over your children. Remove the spiritual blinders that we carry that blocks us from receiving all that you have for us. Break us of our own will that we may be made perfect in You. May we seek righteousness, show compassion, be merciful and show grace towards others even when we feel that that they don’t deserve it. We are not in a place to judge anyone. You are the Judge, the Ruler. My God in heaven, remove the shackles that weigh us down and slows up our process in doing your will for our lives. May we strive to be a living example to those around us in a Christlike manner. I speak with authority in Christ Jesus that any negative seeds planted be uprooted and removed. I bind up everything that Satan tries to use against us to keep us from doing your will. I pray healing and deliverance from the crown of our heads to the souls of our feet. In Jesus name, Amen.
Where do I begin from here. Well today (actually this morning) has been challenging within itself to some degree. Emotional roadblocks here and there. Detours, twist and turns from out the blue. Geez, I wasn’t sure if things were going to get better. Well, I knew they would as long as I stayed focused and didn’t allow the troubles of the world to control and dictate my day. I know I can always count on God to bring me through the smallest things, knowing that He has moved mountains in my life before as well as storms that raged and blew mightily when I didn’t think I could recover from, but He did. Okay Terra, here we go again with being shaped and molded. I didn’t realize it at the time. He is creating a new woman in me. I am being refined by The Potter. It sounds lovely but it ain’t pretty y’all! Just think about pottery and everything that needs to take place in order to make it what the creator designed it to be! Amazing. 
Whoa, let me save that subject for another time. That sounds like some good stuff. ( smiling )
Let me get back on track. God is breaking me of my own will. This must take place in order for me to change bad habits, ways of thinking and doing. I must tell you that He is right up in my face! God may show himself in suttle ways and then BAM! There are times when you know he is on your case. That was me today. Feeling a litte flustered and moody. Sometimes it can be the smallest things that can set us off. Dumb stuff at that! I can laugh about it now, but during a time of stubborn mind thinking I wanted to have MY WAY. It felt good to feel that way though I know it was wrong and I was determined to have just that. ” Oh no you won’t ” is what  I heard as I was driving down the highway. As a parent corrects a child for their own good, God was doing just that in me. He was not about to let me throw a fit over something that I just needed to take time to pray about and let go until a way was found to deal with such matter. In my mind I was thinking and kinda acting bratty saying ” Omgosh, are you serious?!! Ugh. Fine then. Good grief! ” Needless to say, I let the matter of the heart go because I know His plan has a greater purpose than letting me have my way. Yes conviction set in and I just road the rest of the way to my destination reflecting. It was for my own good that I yielded. Ahh. I relaxed and smiled from that point. Why fight. I wasn’t going to win anyway! Might as well hear, receive and learn an on-the-go lesson. A seed was planted. Now as to how I care and tend to that seed is up to me. I want to reap a good harvest, so I will choose to take care of it properly day by day. 
In this, I want you to know that there is nothing wrong with having your will broken. We don’t know what’s best for us. Thankfully God does. Breaking of our own will is truly needed to grow. If we want to see a change then just ask God to help you do something you can’t do own your own if He doesn’t do it for you. I think he gives us chances to do it the easy way in so many words but if we chose to ignore, he will likley break us down to get our attention. Just like a good parent should do, He will dicipline us for our own good. Be encouraged and know God will work it out. Whatever it may be.
Thank you Lord for showing and allowing me to see where I was wrong so I could move forward. I pray the same for everyone that they too shall receive and reap a good harvest after their will has been broken and yours has taken it’s place. In love I thank you for teaching me what’s right.

For God is the great "I AM"

Praise be unto the Lord for he is good! Yes yes yes! My soul sings with joy knowing that I serve a God who is EVERYTHING. He is worthy of ALL our praise. For without Him we can do nothing. I have been thinking about who he is for a few days now and I want to share some names with you. There are so many but I look forward to posting more when I am speaking in reference to him. I am so happy, so delighted in Him that it is hard to contain myself without lifting up my hand towards heaven and praising his name! I feel as if I am babbling on, but I am just in awe of the of the great things he has done in my life and just being God! How amazing it that?!!
He is:
Jehovah-Jireh : Our provider
Jehovah-Nissi : He will fight our battles
Jehovah-Shalom : He gives us peace
Jehovah-Rapha : He is our healer
Jehovah-Rohi : Our Shepard

He is : the First and the Last, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End
He is :
Omnipotent : Almighty, infinite in power
Omnipresent : Present everywhere
Omniscient : All knowing

He is : Adonai, El Shaddai, Ancient of Days, I Am, Everlasting Father, Rock of David, Kings of Kings

“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM : and he said, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. ” Exodus 3:14

There are so many names that the list goes on. There is POWER in his NAME, POWER in his WORD. Call on Him everyday. Taste and see what God is about. Trust Him in everything through the good times as well as the bad. Have a RELATIONSHIP with him and get to know him better. HE IS THE WAY, the TRUTH and the LIGHT.  

He is……. The Holy One. 



Wait on the Lord

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


Good day to you all and I pray that you walk in a new day that you have been blessed with. Whew… I got to tell you that a sweet voice poured over me this morning upon waking up and my heart began to praise the Lord and thank him for what he is doing. I was going about my normal rountine shortly afterwards and my heart was calling out to pray for those who are growing weary in troubled times. I found myself crying within. People, DON’T GIVE UP!! Wait on the Lord to answer you. He is an on time God. He knows your troubles, he sees your tears, the pain you are enduring. Be encouraged and hold tight to his promises. He is ABLE. Cleave to that please…. and just don’t give up. During the hardships, Satan will say and do anything to discourage you and tell you that God isn’t coming through and that if he hasn’t showed up now to just take matters into your own hands. He is a deceiver. He doesn’t want you to prosper. Guilt, shame, lack of faith and trust, anger and frustration kicks in amongst so many other negative things that will keep you down if you allow them to.

Dear friends keep the faith. Get on your knees and cry out to the Lord and tell him all about it. He will bring you through. Just wait and see…….

My prayer is that you hold on and don’t give up. Hold on to God’s unchanging hand. Know that you are being prayed for and intercession is taking place. Peace be with you, my hugs come from afar and my tears are shed with you. I believe God will make a way out of no way. A way that we see with our mortal eyes isn’t the way God sees. Our timing isn’t his timing. Do know that He ALWAYS come right on time. He will open and close doors that no man can change. Trust, believe and WAIT!



Window Seat Thinking

I’ve been sitting and thinking…. Et voilá the lightbulb came on in so many words! Well, it’s really the Holy Spirit moving. You know, shaking me up a bit! I have been sitting on dreams deep within me and it’s time to move. Come out my comfort zone. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be at home with my children for 15 yrs as of now. Though my kids are school age, there is so much for me to take advantage of and reach lives in various ways. I’m not too computer savvy, but I see some bright things ahead of me and nothing but time on my hands. Boy oh boy! The things that come to surface when you have a little quiet time with God. Amazing 🙂

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” ( Psalm 37:4,5 )

All my life I have done a lot of window seat thinking. Some good and some not so good, but I must say that He knew every thought within me then as well as now. I am walking in a newness and striving each and everyday to see what it is that He has for me. Change doesn’t come over night, but trying is the best thing you can do. For example, I had all my babies back to back and that took up much of my time. Diapers, nursing and potty training. Usually a combo between at least two kids at a time! Lol . When they grew up and could start doing for themselves, it was just me. All alone trying to figure out what to do. It took me almost 3 years when my last child started school to learn how to be Terra the woman, not just a mother and wife. I am a child of God and I should seek every avenue to glorify Him. It’s come over time and I have back tracked as well but I am determined to not give up. It’s a new season and it’s time to move on. Who wants to miss out on their blessings? None of us do I would imagine. Well….. here’s to New Adventures. I’m excited!!

Let go and Let God: Handling Excess Baggage

So I am finally getting my “me time” in. For some reason it really doesn’t seem to happen until the kids are down for bed. (Btw, I am liking the fact that I can operate on the iPad right now. This is great! ) Anyway, I woke up really tired this morning and when I foreseen a mood coming on, it just wouldn’t happen. THAT’S A GOOD THING! Ok Lord. I see what you are doing. Shaping me once again. Something didn’t feel right and I couldn’t put my finger on it. My normal routine wasn’t happening. I am not in control. God is. So I shifted my way of thinking and said Fine. I won’t put up a fight. Let’s just see how this morning will go because it isn’t happening the way I am use to it minus the little attitudes from cranky kids every blue moon which isn’t a problem. I can weave in and out of that. Needless to say, I was asked to do something else. I prayed and prayed and prayed some more. Things started to unfold and I seen what He was pointing out to me based upon some issues that were weighed heavily on my heart at the time and I didn’t even know it. He was preparing me. Ok. That’s cool.(sort of, because I felt stumped and lost for words )

James 1:2-4 tells us to “consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking for nothing.”

What I gathered prior to the scripture was the realization that lack of obedience, trust, courage and faith were key problems to carrying excess baggage. It is so easy to run away from our problems than to face them head on, plead our case before the Lord and allow him to guide us in handling it. But no! We want to take over and do it our way, in our timing because He takes too long. Bad choice. How will we ever overcome if we keep taking back something that we say we are handing over to him? Even when we are hurting and are scared of the outcome, trust Him and walk courageously away. Don’t turn around and say “What if”. If we are trusting and believing that He will take care of us then LET GO. Just take your hands off of it and Let God. Be encouraged no matter what your situation may be. There is nothing too big and nothing too great that our mighty and Sovereign God can’t take care of.

 

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Your job. Do you take it seriously?

Regardless of what your job is, do you do it half way? How would you rate yourself? Let’s be honest now.

I am a homemaker by choice though I have had small jobs that were paid and volunteer on the side. I can honestly say that I did all that I could wholehearted. I am driven to do excellent. It’s a part of who I am and all that I strive for. To be great at what I do.

I wonder if most people who are homemakers take their job just as seriously as if it was an outside job that you get paid for. Hmm. I do. I must say that it is some hard work but I love the benefits of still being able to stay at home and have a flexible schedule to do what I want during the day while the children are in school. My home represents a part of me and my standards. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have OCD. (I don’t think) I will just say that I love for my house to look presentable. Not just for eyes of company but for myself and my family. I’m not really sure what goes along with the sterotypical middle class housewife/housedad in comparison to the rich and famous,but I grew up having parents who worked their tails off. Being that my mother was the primary person who cleaned the house and showed an example as to how to keep your house clean, there you go. A seed was planted in me. I now plant those seeds within my own children. For obvious reasons your home should be tidy and clean. Some little creatures you can’t avoid regardless like ants, but you can control them with sprays and such.

I guess my mind has been going nonstop today. Getting up early, getting the family ready for school and work. Then there is my time: getting a workout in and then CHORES. I only emphasized it because that is what I do! No I don’t have a favor of cleaning toilets but it must be done. I usually go by a schedule that I have to do certain things on particular days and then there are things I do on a daily basis.

Oh…… now I remember what I was thinking. I am reminded that no matter what your job position may be, do it unto the Lord. Paid or not paid. Take joy in your job and don’t complain. If you didn’t have a job, what would you have to complain about. Having that job is beneficial to living. Money, a roof over your head, bills, insurance, food, clothing, children and the list goes on. We will run into bumps in the road with co workers and bosses and people in general but take your job seriously and do it with all you have. God is watching you. You know that, right?!! Lol.  As for myself, I am alone so there isn’t a boss to watch over me here on earth but God is watching me and I know this! Ok, sometimes I forget and get caught up mentally or physically and then I am nudged and reminded ” hey…. shouldn’t you be doing something right about now? ” Conviction sets in just as well. What about you? What are you thinking about in regards to any of this?

Well, my little breaks in between my relaxed Monday cleaning ( just for today ) is over, so I think I should get back to folding the last of colored laundry since the arcade sound the dryer makes has let me know it is done! The family will be home soon and the remainder of dinner needs to be completed.

Stay determined, focused and always do your best!