Equipped with Armor: Staying Grounded Through Spiritual Warfare

Good day to you all out in the cyber world. I pray that your day is blessed through and through. May the hand of the Lord rest upon you, his protection covers you and peace is in your heart no matter what is going on around you. Lifting you up in prayer for your mental, physical and most importantly your spiritual wellbeing.

During such dark times that we live in and go through we must ask ourselves if we put our Armor on daily. Lord knows there have been days that I have went out not fully equipped. A few pieces here and there, but I need it ALL! I can’t go into battle winging it. I need to be covered all the way around. So do you. So let’s make it a habit of waking up in prayer and putting our armor on as we get our day started and not taking it off even when we go to bed for the night because the enemy is always lurking around the corner plotting and trying to grab us even in our thoughts. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:10-18 about wearing the Armor of God and scripture says as follows:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV)

Now you can’t get more prepared than that! God has made it plain and simple to us as to how to prepare ourselves. It’s a matter of believing Him, trusting what he says and doing it. It’s taking action. His Word ( The Holy Bible ) is our instruction manual for everyday living. He knows what this world is about and nothing surprises him or catches him off guard. So as any loving parent would do, He’s giving us instruction on how to live our lives, not just during the feel good moments, but through those dark times as well as when warfare is making itself known. Preparation is needed daily. So let’s put on our armor that The Almighty has equipped us with and go out and face the world head on with The One who has our best interest in store. With God on side we can’t lose! Victory is ours! So claim it and receive it!

Wow that just stirred an excitement within me! God is an on time God. YES HE IS!!! Dear friends, stay encouraged and don’t grow weary. Stand firm for God is with you. Stayed prayed up for yourself and for others. Bless you from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet in Jesus name. Have a great day in the Lord!

* Thank you Father for allowing me to share your message with your children. Thank you for using me as a vessel, for I am humbled by this, never taking credit for anything I say for it is the Holy Spirit who speaks through me. Oh praise your name for you are HOLY!!! May the hearts of those who read this be touched by Your presence.

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Running after Love: Seeking the Heart of God

Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within! Bless Your holy name!

What a peace and joy that overflows in my heart this morning! I slept well and it feels good. Haven’t had much of that for a while. Well I want to share my heart and my prayers with you first of all. God is wonderful, magnificent, mighty, powerful, gracious, and the list goes on! My heart is reaching out to His people this morning. How can I not pray for you? Tears flow from my eyes hoping and praying that you stand firm in belief that God will supply you with everything that you NEED.

“Good morning Father, I come thanking you for being You, never failing to watch over us and seeing after our welfare. May all that we think, say and do be for your kingdom. Show us your ways, your precepts for our daily living. Refresh and renew our way of thinking. Please stir up that fire within our belly to seek you daily. Remove the scales from our eyes that we may see clearly; to be of help to those in this world who need to be uplifted and encouraged through their hardships. May your spirit fall fresh on us this day.

Oh praise your name my Lord! Praise, honor and glory are Yours! May you guide us always, helping us to take up our cross daily to follow you. In all things may we repent of our wrong doing and turn from sinful ways that keep us from doing right. Thank you for the breath of life yet another day. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

What a refreshing thought to know that God is of love. He is LOVE. What a true and loving Father to us all that he is… wanting the best for us. I was reading my daily emails and such a sweet message fell on my heart. I always said that I wanted to be a woman after God’s own heart for years and I do strive to do that to this day, but I need to pursue Him more. I do not want to become complacent knowing that I have my knight in shining amor available to me when I want Him.

I NEED HIM.

I need to actively pursue Him. He loves me and I love Him. I desire to want the things that He wants, to live my life according to the will set for me, to walk in the calling that has my name written on it. I need to run like never before. Run after The One who gives me everything I need and blesses me more and more each day even though I don’t deserve. If I don’t have anything else, I should be content with just Him.

“What will it take?”, I ask myself.

A lot of dedication, praying, seeking His guidance, denying the flesh of what I want. I need to take up my cross daily, read His Word and embed it into my heart. The Holy Spirit has prompted my heart at times over various things, brought to remembrance scriptures that has been food for my soul for such a time as this. Thinking on these things, I think it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes and go after the Love of my life. I never want to settle and become “comfortable”.

My desire is that we all seek to be that man/woman after God’s own heart. I pray that we put on our running shoes and run like never before. It is never too late. He is waiting on you and myself like a gentleman. He won’t force himself upon us. The best part is that we won’t have to wait until we get to the finish line to run into His arms. He is right beside us!

Much love, prayer, blessings and encouragement for you this day and those granted to each and every one of you…..

~ Terra

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Transforming For the Better : Which Direction Will You Go?

Today’s a new day for me with much in mind. Lord knows I am thankful for another day though I have been going through some things. I must admit that I was supposed to ( in my mind lol ) start writing on this post yesterday but I had things I needed to do to get my girls hair prepared for school this week. That takes time within itself.Well my thoughts were in order and on deck but my hands and body were elsewhere!

Words such as renewing, restoring, repairing, healing, transforming, pruning and letting go came to mind yesterday as I did my thing. My heart was filled with hope and promises and yet I was crying within. Change is hard and it doesn’t come easy at times but it is needed and well worth the sacrifice. Just so you know, it has been a mixture of things going on in my life that are really trying to consume me. I feel as if my cup has run over and it won’t stop. My plate is FULL. I’m not talking about the good stuff either. It’s physical, emotional, spiritual wounds and battles that I have come up against. Not the mere transition of giving up a social network that I am getting ready to speak of. So if you don’t mind, let me talk about Facebook and the course it took me on for a minute. The site itself has it’s pro’s and con’s. While it was good to find and connect with old friends and family as well as playing games that were pretty addicting I must say, I was unknowningly at the time allowing it to sidetrack me and somewhat poison me. You know what? I DID allow it to poison me.

While socializing I was having times of doing what seemed right and positive such as speaking life, encouraging others through scripture and just the sunny disposition that I seem to carry through my witty conversations and all, I wasn’t feeding myself all too well at times. I am a nurturer in general and always trying to fix what’s broke or damaged. But I failed to see that I was not helping myself. I wasn’t in a position to be God. Duh Terra, you know good and well that you ARE NOT Him, so why try to do more than you are capable of, placing myself in a position to be overwhelmed, at times sponged off of by others as well as being taken for granted and potentially preyed on by wolves in sheeps clothing?!! I can’t take on the weight of the world and be a problem solver when I am not meant to try and do it all. Yeah you can say that I have truly learned the hard way no matter how many times I was warned in various ways. I never took my Superwoman cape off. Now I have. I am not perfect and I don’t profess to be but I try to do my best to do right. People will be people and I am not knocking anyone because no one is perfect. The best I can do is step aside and let God handle matters his way. Do understand that my opinion about Facebook is just that.. my opionion, my experience and what I need to do to better myself and have a closer relationship with Christ requires me to make changes in my life. Some things become a distraction as well as some people. It’s time to assess and make a decision as to what path to choose to go down.
Many thank you’s to my husband for being by side to help me through this journey as well as being stern though I didn’t like it. He sees things that I don’t and tries to give me a better perspective. Thank you to the friends who have spoke into my life and been a great support when I least expected it and they didn’t even know they played a major part. And my greatest thank you and praise goes to The Almighty for having mercy and grace upon me. I am thankful for his love and patience for me. I am thankful to have a Father who loves me enough to dicipline me however he sees fit. He got my attention.  God is an on time God and gives me, gives you what we need when we need it. I encourage you to hold on and don’t give up. I speak this over myself. Applying it, trusting God on his Word and remaining patient is important. I pray for us all that we lean on the Lord with all we have, trusting he will show us, teach us what we need to get us through and keep our spiritual eyes and ears open to change that the benefits of obedience is worth the sacrifice here on earth and for eternity with him in heaven. 
Scripture references:
2Corinthians 12:9-10 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my ifirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
( Thank you my dear friend Laryssa for sharing this with me today )
Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right and or whenever you turn to the left.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Serving Others : Reaching Out to Those in Need

Praise the Lord for he is GOOD!
If you could feel the joy in my inner being it is amazing! I woke up as usual doing my thing and thoughts were running through my head as usual. God spoke to my heart early this morning about helping others. The message was just not meant for me. It’s meant for all of us! Too much is going on in the world to just sit by and ignore the needs of those less fortunate regardless of what the need is. There are many out helping others but that’s not enough. We can’t sit by and let them do it until they burn out. We need to be TEAM PLAYERS, not BENCH WARMERS. God is calling us out. How will you respond? My answer is ” Yes Lord, where do you need me? How can I be of service?” I’m ready to move into a new season! He knew my thoughts of lately and school will be starting up again. Everything seems to be lining up. One sign after another! The pieces are coming together right before my eyes. THIS IS GREAT!!
Dear friends please realize that you don’t have to have a perfect life,spiritual walk, great finances, a great education amongst a list of excuses that we can come up with to start doing something great. Think about what ever it may be that your heart desires to do and pray about it. Seek information. Allow God to speak to your heart and show you. You are capable of doing anything. Come as you are. If we wait on that “right moment” to come, we will always be waiting. Just step out on faith and move! And if I may add, whatever it is that you do, do it wholeheartedly. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Not because you are looking to gain something out of it for yourself. Try to put yourself in someone elses shoes. You are blessed and fortunate. One day you may be on top of the world having success and the next, it’s all gone. We should never pride ourselves above others. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Scripture tells us in Phillipians 2:3-4 ” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”
I pray that you find it in your heart to seek a way to extend yourself and your talents to the world, reaching out and embracing a community, a child, an organization or whatever it may be to make a difference in the lives of others. All it takes is a willing mind and heart to do something positive. One foot forward and you are on the right track. I believe change will continue to happen. The enemy will throw roadblocks up to deter you. So be ready. He is wanting nothing more than to see people continue to suffer as well as living a life full of selfishness, hard hearts, unruly ways with a lack of care and respect for themselves and others.
Stay strong, be encouraged everyday that you are blessed with and seek all that the Lord has for you to do while you have breath. Tomorrow isn’t promised so live each day like it’s your last.
In Christ all things are possible……


Looking Beyond Circumstances

……… so I’m not sure where to go from here but here we go. Can’t believe it’s been about 5 months since I last wrote but I have had a lot on my mind. Everything isn’t meant to share though. As of right now to be quite honest, I FEEL LIKE BLAH. Mixed emotions, lack of sleep, thinking way too much, trying to recover from being sick that seems to be taking it’s sweet time and just living life one day at a time. That’s all I can do,right?!!

Having so much going at one time has put me in a place to where I can’t do much but think, pray, eat and love. For those who are close to my heart know about my medical issues. Well now I am willing to share a bit of that with everyone else. Just the surface pretty  much so you can try to see my point of view if not relate somehow. I have black out seizures. They pretty much go unnoticed unless it’s just one of them bad times and my wall seems to crumble. I can’t drive, speak clearly, walk balanced, think straight,hear or feel. Going deaf and having short memory lapses doesn’t bother me as much as having my driving privileges taken away for a number of months. That is my mode of transportation. I have 5 children who need me. Yes yes I know there are plenty of people who don’t have vehicles and manage to operate still so please don’t think I am not mindful of others or I can’t survive without because I can. This really is about me taking off my superwoman cape and letting God and others help me. Needless to say that once I think smooth sailing is in front of me, another storm seems to blow my way. Darn! Can I get a break or what? Geez. Health issues are back up in my face but just something new. I’m sitting here determined to finish this post so I can go lay down and rest. Rest. That is something that I despise doing! Me lay down and rest. You might as well prepare to shake your head because I am hardheaded! But after a few warnings, I get the hint and I TRY to get it right. I can’t get better if I don’t listen. Pride gets in the way, my sense of sassiness and pretty much being bossy tells me that I can take care of myself. Now who am I fooling?? No one but myself. I know I can’t win but the woman I am tries to do it anyway!

Let me speed this up because I am sitting here shaking, my entire right side is numb ( making it harder to type ) and I got a headache. God has a plan for us all. Whether we yield to him is another story. I must say that I have gone through a tough time in this past month and a half but I am choosing to keep my head up though I have broken down into tears and cried my heart out for various reasons. It’s better to be optimistic and look beyond your circumstances than to sit in pity and nothing changes. It’s so easy to point the finger and blame someone or something for the hard time you are going through. Nothing is too big or too bad that God can’t take and turn around. At times it’s best to just keep quiet and listen whether you can verbally speak or not. This perhaps may be a new season in your life that calls for change. Ask yourself what needs to take place in your life to make somthing negative into a positive. The situation may not change any time soon if at all but your mindset as to how you cope can make all the difference. I have dealt with seizures for some years now and I manage. It took a while to accept, but how I handle it is another story. My current issue calls for me to do some pruning in my life sobeit relationships or whatever. The decision is mine. You live and you learn. Continue to love and pray. Move forward. That’s the best thing to do. On a personal note, I am thankful for the love and support of my husband, kids, family and friends. I am thankful for being able to go through this rough patch. It opened my eyes to see and learn. Lessson learned lesson learned!

May you be blessed and healed in whatever your situation may be. May your eyes and heart be opened and receptive to see and make a change. God loves you and so do I. Through my afflictions, I still take the time and pray for others. Someone is always going through worse. There is no scale of worse in my opinion. Everyone has a heart and needs support. That is who I am and what I do. Be the kind of friend I want someone to be to me but ultimately because it’s the right thing to do.

Blessings and prosperity to you all in the name of the Lord.

Terra