Standing the Storm Even When the Grass Looks Greener On the Other Side

Oh precious Father, I thank you once again for being the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscience God that you are. No name is above your name! All praises I give to you through the storms of life, for you have carried me through. Righteousness is your name and I live my life to please you. Hallelujah!! All that I am, all that I do, everything I put forth with the desire to bring edification to your kingdom is done in the name of Jesus. May any fleshly ways in me be removed. All thoughts and actions deemed unfit for a child of the Most High be cast away and washed from my being. Through the rain, the winds and raging storms, may I keep my eyes fixed on You and your promises. In the name of Your Son all things are possible. Amen.

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We are in the days when this world isn’t getting any better and decisions have to be made. Either we choose to live right by serving God or to live in the desires of the flesh and side with the enemy. We can’t do both. I know it is a hard thing to do but we must keep the truth hidden in our hearts all all times, releasing it into existence when the things we think, say and do don’t align with the Word of God.

FOCUS. TRUST. BELIEVE. FAITH. FOLLOW….

Just like the story about Peter walking on water, it was when the wind became strong that he ( Peter ) perceived and felt what was going on around him that he began to sink. ( Matt 14:22-33 )He became frightened. Why? Because he took his eyes OFF of Christ. He lost his focus. This too happens to us when we lose sight of our faith and trust in Him.

Remember that being a follower of Christ will cost you many things. Family, friends, persecution, hate, dislike, popularity, and other things along those lines. Are you really willing to follow? I know the grass looks greener on the other side, but that choice is short lived and fades away. It’s not eternal. It’s temporary pleasure that will keep you wanting more and more and will eventually run you deep into the ground with nothing to show for it but sin that will cost you greatly.

Cost of Discipleship

34When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.35For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” ( Mark 8:34-38, Matt. 16:24-27, Luke 9:22-26 )

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I encourage you to call upon the Lord when you find yourself beginning to sink. Put all pride aside that you think you may not have and let God raise you up out of the pit that will only lead to destruction. Temporary pleasures really are not worth the eternal cost. No righteousness will be found. Misery loves company and Satan doesn’t mind permanent attendance.

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You have a loving and caring Father who wants you to enjoy life but the right way. He didn’t send his Son to earth as a sacrifice for no reason, he didn’t give us his Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us daily without there being a great purpose behind it. Without God, we will never be complete. His unspeakable joy, peace, love, grace, mercy, blessings, strength and power are ours! They are ETERNAL!!!

Don’t you want that? I know I do.

The road is narrow but the path is worth following. Stay on this path no matter what looks good, sounds good and even taste good as you journey this life. God will provide you with the necessities and even bless you with the desires of your heart. He knows what you need. He will also bring others into your life to lean on in times of trouble. He’s the best friend one could ever have. He’s far from being a liar and stands on his promises made just for you so long ago.

Inhale, exhale and hold on…..

Your eternal treasures await you in glory. When you hear God knocking on your heart, in some way of your own that desires righteousness and wisdom reply ” Yes Lord, here am I. Make your ways known to me that I may live a life pleasing to no one but You. May your strength be placed within me that I will not waiver in thought and actions. ”

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Scriptures to meditate on:

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8 NKJV)

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21 NKJV)

For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. (Isaiah 54:10 NKJV)

I pray in the name of Jesus that whosoever reads this that our God who sits in heaven showers you with a love greater than words could ever describe. May you draw from the Living Well who is able to keep you from thirsting. Bless you into a new day and a new year if it’s the Lord’s will for we know not the day or hour of his return.

In Christ, be encouraged always and keep your eyes fixed on him. To God be the glory…..

Terra

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Awarding: My opinion and view of the blessing and potential stumbling blocks

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Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ.

From my heart to yours, I hope and pray that you understand my post about the blog awards. While I am greatly appreciative of the nominations, I have a very hard time posting them on my page and following the directions to receive and nominate others.

This has been on my mind for a while, so now I feel I can express why you have not seen them pasted on my page and passed along.

Well for starters, this is Christian blogging. We are to share the Gospel of Christ, encourage each other and be a living example to the world in cyberspace as well as in person. The Holy Spirit has inspired each of us to write and convey messages/posts in our own unique ways. While awarding and commending others of their achievements thus far seems really nice and encouraging, they could also be stumbling blocks and hinderances for others new in Christ and blogging.

While this may not be the case, as everyone is entitled to their opinion and convictions, it doesn’t sit well within me.

Please believe me when I say that I am not against the awards and their purpose, I would just rather see equality and not limitations on how many can receive, as well as the nominee having to pick and choose amongst their followers who receive. It puts a lump in my throat to have to omit others when they may be giving their best to share with their readers. ( again this is just how I feel )

I personally don’t want to leave a door opened or cracked for the enemy to come in and distract the thoughts of anyone who hasn’t received an award or the beginning thoughts of how they too can achieve one, when the main purpose is to share what God has spoken to your heart to share with the world.

As most of you already know ( but in case you don’t ) I am an empathetic, compassionate “heart” person. I tend to look deeper than the surface of things or people in general. This is God’s gift embedded deep within my inner being. I never want to come off as being inconsiderate, arrogant or anything that one would start to perceive of me as being negative because it’s not my intention or heart’s desire.

I would like to say that I have been inspired to like different styles of writing since I have met you all. Some of it through poetry, Christian rap music and other various ways. Point being…. I have grown to become fond of them. The writers in the bible were inspired by the Spirit just as well. In my eyes, none are no greater than the other. They are just written differently and collectively put together to illustrate the beauty of God and the bond brought together of His children to spread out and share with others; Christian and sinner alike.

For it is not of our own wisdom that we are able to write and share, but of the Lord. All credit I give to him when I write because it is the Holy Spirit who prompts and inspires me to do of such. I am just a vessel working through obedience. Nothing more and nothing less.

May we all continue to lift each other up and encourage in love as we trek this journey in the Lord and in blogging. To God be the glory in all we think, say and do for the Kingdom.

God bless you all! I count it joy to have come to know you through this site as well as friendships being built.

~ Terra

Alabaster Box: Know your worth regardless of what the world says

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“O praise Your holy name for you are worthy of it all. No one knows the cost of our Alabaster Box, the oil within that holds the deepest feelings and praises that are poured out upon your feet. Tears shed, heart-cries and pains that ache so much have been wrapped in your precious love. This world doesn’t know unconditional love; only judgement and criticism. You see past that and save. Forgiving and encouraging us to live in You and for you. Sin is remembered no more by God. Thank you Jesus. You are forever worthy of great praises.”

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Mary’s Alabaster Box

With the love and forgiveness of the Savior my friends, do not let this world’s view or opinion of your past/present sins dictate who you are in Christ. If He has forgiven you, then LIVE in freedom and not bondage. Praise the Lord through your tears, your shame and pain. Go before his feet and let it all out. God is for you. What love you will find when He wraps his arms around you! Hold on and hang in there. You are victorious in Christ Jesus. Walk with your head held high and press on. No one, I mean NO ONE can place you in heaven or hell but God himself. Pick and choose what you will allow to reside in your thoughts and life. I pray it’s Jesus all the way! Think on the goodness of the Lord. He’s brought you a mighty long way. Pour your praises on Him. He’s WORTHY!!

My prayers and support are with you. I am a friend who will stand by your side and help you carry the weight. For who am I to judge? I’m not God. My job is to love you and be of assistance the best I know how in Christ. Praise the Lord and live! Life is too short. Let go and let God.

In Christ be blessed, strengthened and encouraged.

Scripture References: Luke 7:36-50 tells the story of the woman with the alabaster box. It was her faith that saved her. She did it and so can you! Be of good courage.

Lyrics to Alabaster Box

The room grew still
As she made her way to Jesus
She stumbled through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain
Some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper
There’s no place here for her kind
Still on she came
Through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet
And though she spoke no words
Every tear she she shed was heard
As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of Alabaster

Chorus:
And I’ve come to pour
My praise on Him-like oil
From Mary’s alabasterbox
Don’t be angry if I wash His feet with my tears
And dry them with my hair
You weren’t there-the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When He wrapped His loving arms around me
And you don’t know the cost
Of the oil in my alabaster box

I can’t forget
The way life used to be
I was a prisoner
To the sins that had me bound
I spent my days
Poured my life-without measure
Into a little treasure box
I thought I had found
Until the day-when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonders of-His love
So now I’m giving back to Him
All the praise He’s worthy of
I’ve been forgiven
And that’s why
I love Him so much

Repeat Chorus

Source of lyrics

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Hello and Welcome!

Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow! Welcome to Wellspring at His Feet one and all. My prayers are that you will be uplifted and encouraged as we unite together at the Well for that is where we will meet Jesus awaiting his precious teachings and words of encouragement. I am thankful for this opportunity to sit along side of you and dwell in His presence soaking up all that is He shares with us. May we sit at the feet of the Greatest Love of all time, praying and encouraging one another. All that I am, all that I do is for the Kingdom. As your sister in Christ, know that you are not alone. There is nothing too big that our God cannot solve or remove. May we thirst no more of this world but consume of that which is eternal. Today marks  new beginnings of a chapter in my life, my spiritual walk that connects me even more with the Body of Christ. Are you ready?!! I am quite excited. God tells me to go and I go. No questions asked!!

 

Meeting you with open arms and a hug…..

Praise Him, Hallelujah!

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1O GIVE thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
2O give thanks to the God of gods, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.

3O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever–

4To Him Who alone does great wonders, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

5To Him Who by wisdom and understanding made the heavens, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

6To Him Who stretched out the earth upon the waters, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

7To Him Who made the great lights, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever–

8The sun to rule over the day, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

9The moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

10To Him Who smote Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

11And brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

12With a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

13To Him Who divided the Red Sea into parts, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

14And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

15But shook off and overthrew Pharaoh and his host into the Red Sea, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

16To Him Who led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

17To Him Who smote great kings, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

18And slew famous kings, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever–

19Sihon king of the Amorites, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

20And Og king of Bashan, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

21And gave their land as a heritage, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

22Even a heritage to Israel His servant, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

23To Him Who [earnestly] remembered us in our low estate and imprinted us [on His heart], for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

24And rescued us from our enemies, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

25To Him Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

26O give thanks to the God of heaven, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! (Psalm 136 AMP)

My friends, know that I AM; Father God, is bigger than any storm that blows your way. Praise Him as you battle your storms. His outstretched arms are waiting for you to let go of the things that weigh you down. He can move those mountains in your life, raise you up out of those dark and depressing states, heal brokenness and make you whole, bring comfort to you unlike no other. He can and is able to do ALL things but fail.

Trust Him, believe in him, root yourself in faith and truth that he will work it out on your behalf. It ain’t over until the victory is won! The battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. Speak ( with authority and courage ) to those things that want to keep you in bondage in the mighty and powerful name of Jesus. You have authority to tell those mountains to MOVE!! Even with faith the size of a mustard seed, it is not impossible. ( Luke 17:6, Matthew 17:20 NKJV )

Believe in the words and promises of God that comes forth out of your heart through your mouth, speaking it into existence. Stand your ground and tell the devil he is a lie. O Satan from the pit of hell, get thee behind me. ( and you ) Rebuke him and his pitiful, evil minions who have nothing better to do with their time but steal, kill and destroy. You will not find truth, love or comfort from deceptive lies disguised in sheep’s clothing.

God is TRUTH, LOVE, LIFE, FREEDOM, JOY, FAITHFUL, MIGHTY, MERCIFUL, GRACIOUS, POWER, the great I AM, the strong TOWER AND FORTRESS, OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT, OMNISCIENT and our heavenly FATHER who wants nothing but the best for his children. An abundance of blessings that overflow in Him is waiting just for YOU! His love endureth FOREVER!! Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus ( Romans 8:39 ).

He has done many many mighty acts for his children, He raised his beloved Son from death to eternal life. Jesus paid the price so that we can live life in a way that no man on this earth can ever fulfill no matter what promises are made. Jesus stood in the gap and died for our sins so that we could have the opportunity to go before the Father submitting our prayers in supplication before Him, as well as receiving eternal life in heaven. No joy or happiness in this world can fill us the way He can deliver it and it will stay forever and always.

Jesus is the Wellspring of Life.

You will thirst no more when you draw from him on a daily basis. Go to the Well, lay your heart before his feet and receive.

No matter what you are going through, he is right there with you. Hold on tightly, keep waiting for your breakthrough. Be patient through your afflictions, trials and temptations, tears and wails. He sees you and has not forgotten about you. Glory to God, praise him while you can people. Live today as if it is your last. Tomorrow is promised to no one. If you have life and breath in your body, God is not done with you. You have been blessed with another day to live right and make changes that are edifying to how you life this life here on earth.

Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. ( Psalm 30:5 )

Praise Him while you can cause it cannot be heard from the grave. Give your life to Christ if you never have, repent if you are a backslider and return back home. Home is with God. Peace that surpasses all understanding will be with you. God is standing at the door to welcome you home…..arms opened wide with a love in his heart that flows unconditionally.

Blessings and love for you today, tomorrow and forevermore in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Gifts in Abundance

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Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I wanted to take this time to thank each any every one of you for your gifts of love and support shown to me on my blog. Your warm prayers and encouragement as well as Likes and Follows have meant a lot to me since I came to WordPress. I’ve been blogging almost a year now but it has been trying, yet greatly fruitful as I have been sowing seeds and reaping a harvest full of blessings from God and through you.

I want you to know that nothing you have written to me or shared though your own posts have been overlooked or taken for granted regardless if I have commented or not. You’ve spoken into my life and it has stretched me even more to step outside of myself and to touch the lives of others. Thank you.

What an amazing and wonderful God we serve! Praise his name!!

The gifts you have blessed me with as well as my family means so very much. Words really can never express my gratitude. I honestly pray for you all when you come to mind and I ask the Lord to bless you, watch over and protect you and your loved ones, to give you the strength, words, wisdom, knowledge, a stedfast foot and deep roots among other things to prosper you with His abundance as you go forth into the world being the hands and feet, to be that beacon of light unto others, to be a living example of Christ reaching out and sowing seeds of righteousness so that many lost in this world would walk up out of darkness into the great freedom, love, presence and salvation of the King! Be blessed in all you do!

There’s no greater gift (s) you can give me than what you’ve shown thus far. Much love from the Lord from my heart to yours……

The Vine and the Branches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[k] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

The Relationship of Believers to Each Other

12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other. ( John15:1-17 NIV )

Your sister in Christ,

Terra

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Lamenting…… I can’t help but cry out

( crying and trying to keep it together )

First I want to say that this is straight from my heart. If there are any errors in my spelling or grammar, please forgive me. This is just raw feelings I cannot hold back.

I wonder if I am beginning to understand just a bit more of how God feels knowing that his children; his creations are dying every day without salvation that has been freely given to us by his Son Jesus. I gotta tell ya… this has been a week full of emotional highs and lows, learning and growing, planting and harvesting. My heart has been feeling sorrow and I never could really put my finger on why. God spoke to me in one word as I was walking past the kitchen this morning. LAMENTING

( This is where I break into full tears and go to my knees crying out for people I don’t even know )

Really. It’s time to come up out of our comfort zone and be about God’s business. We are called to go out and share the love of Christ, take care of the homeless, sick, shut in, the orphans, those lost in darkness who don’t even know who Jesus, let alone if they even believe in him. There is so much work to be done. No, we cannot force people to acknowledge Christ, repent and receive salvation and to live a life pleasing unto the King but we can be the mouth, the hands and feet in the Body of Christ, going about the earth being an example of the One we profess to be our all and all. Are we walking our talk? Are we showing a lifestyle that mirrors Christ to the best of our ability? If not, it is time to step out and find out.

I had the opportunity to go with my husband to pray over a woman in person who’s husband is dying of cancer that he never knew he had until he went into the hospital to have surgery for one thing, just to find out he has stage 4 lung cancer. She’s spiritually saved. He isn’t. So many emotions running through my mind, tears overflowing in my heart crying out to God pleading that some how, some way , this man’s life would be spared. That he will have the opportunity to accept Jesus into his life and receive salvation. I cried for this man out of love as if he was a member of my own household. I haven’t had the chance to meet this man in person because he is very ill. He was sleeping at the time, so it was not an appropriate time to do anything to disturb him because he is dealing with so much and in pain. A dear friend I have come to know ( Natalie ) came to mind and I emailed her in route to the home of the ailing. I’m so grateful that she received my message  before getting to the destination. I told her about what’s going on and she has been praying for this family as well since that day. It was on the way back home that my eyes were opened just a bit more to try and comprehend the LOVE Jesus has for us. It breaks our Father’s heart to see his beloveds hurting and in pain, struggling and leaving this earth sometimes by choice to never receive His love and eternal life with him. For me to love ONE person enough to cry my heart out until I was ready to puke, doesn’t even touch the surface of everyone in the world that Christ bore sins for and died a horrible death on the cross JUST so a way could be made for those to be in union with Father God and live with in heaven after they leave this earth. I can’t begin to imagine the magnitude of love and sacrifice He gave just for us.

How much are we willing to give of ourselves and our time to love thy neighbor as thyself?

You know what? God is a good God, an amazing Father, a merciful and grace filling Love in my life who patiently teaches me his ways even when I don’t understand, even when I stumble, even when my priorities are not in order every day. Through all this crying I have been doing, it’s typical for my body to start showing signs of a seizure because of the stress that crying does to me. But it has not come to pass. Thank you Father.

How my heart grieves; the sorrow that is weighing me down is actually making me stronger in Him to go out do works for the Kingdom. My actions speaks louder than words.

I’m not trying to break anyone’s Christmas spirit,but if you would, reflect on where you are in your life right now. If it wasn’t for Jesus coming into your life, where would you be? There are many people suffering mentally,physically and spiritually right now. Christmas shopping is the last of their worries. Someone has lost a loved one, someone is suffering from a bad case of depression, someone is grieving and mourning, someone is fighing for their life somewhere out there in this world. I can’t help but cry with them and over them, pleading their case before the Lord; taking their afflictions before his feet asking for healing and deliverance. I don’t have to know you to love you. It’s through Christ Jesus that I am able to truly love on you and want the best for you. So if you don’t know Christ at all, I pray that ministering angels are sent to you to be by your side and to speak his love into you. And if we ever cross paths, I will surely do my part to show His love and help you the best I can.

To God be the glory forever and always. Praises to I AM, The Holy One, my Fortress, the Great Physician, Healer, King of kings and Lord of lords in all the earth. Blessings of comfort and guidance from the Lord be with you.

Terra