Butterfly Joy: Living Simply In Abundance of God’s Creations

“Dear Lord, please don’t allow this butterfly to fly away before I can get a picture of it! It’s sooo beautiful!”

*I did not get a chance to grab my camera, but I used my iPhone while it was in my back pocket.

While I was on the phone a short bit ago wishing my best friend a Happy Birthday, my son was going out the door to the backyard . He came right back and told me that there was a butterfly outside.

I had just come home from shopping and its well over 102 degrees…. I’m hot and tired, yet I flew out the door to capture a picture not giving my lack of energy a second thought! Anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy about butterflies and I end up with the biggest smile on my face! (STILL smiling as I type. What a blessing to receive!)

Only the good Lord knows why I become so elated when I see butterflies. This has put the biggest smile on my face today so far. This actually beats buying the pair of shoes I just came home with!

Sounds weird? Maybe so, but it’s the simple things in life that bring me the greatest joy! We have been given so many free gifts from the Lord that we really can not comprehend how or why he did what he did in the Beginning of time. I wonder if we truly appreciate the love, design and creation of His mighty works. Just think about it. All Creation was made at the sound of his voice in a matter of days.

This joy I have the world didn’t give it to me and it surely can’t take it away!

May you all have a wonderful summer!

And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:23-25 KJV)

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Take Away & Purge Me O Lord

I woke up early this morning with this song on my heart and I could not help but sing within myself and be at the feet of the Lord. I could not even go back to sleep. Tears streamed as I fell into worship.

May you take a moment to close your eyes and meditate on what this song is about in hopes that you will allow the Lord to remove anything inside of you that keeps you from totally surrendering to him.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1 NKJV)

“Oh Father above who knows us greater that anyone, the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Master that reigns above and Who knows every grain of sand covered on land, Who knows every stand of hair on our heads, Who never slumbers nor sleeps but keeps watch over us day and night, Who loves us enough to see to our needs, our wants and desires. You O’ Lord is He Who will also break us from the very things that keep us from you when we know deep down inside that we need to step away and let you mold us into the vessels you created us to be. Break every chain that keeps us in bondage, break every yoke that is unclean, demolish every stronghold that says we cannot break free, help us to cast down every imagination that could make us reprobate.

Remove not thyself away from us Lord, please do not close your ears to our pleas, our cries when we fall into sin. Our heart says yes but our flesh is says no. Help us to die to the very things that hurt you, the very things that separate us from you my God. Lord, you tell us that if we love you that we would keep your commandments. Help us! Save us from ourselves. Take away every thing that is not pleasing to you. All fear and doubts we carry is not of you. You did not give a spirit of fear or timidity, but one of power and love and a sound mind.

Let not sickness, death, life uncertainties and challenges keep us from trusting You. No matter what the storms looks like, you can speak to it and it will cease upon Your command. Every thing on this earth must bow down to you, Father. Satan himself cannot do anything to us that you will not allow. Nothing goes unnoticed or comes as a surprise to You. Nothing done even in darkness can hide from you. Every temptation we have comes from a desire rising up like a fury furnace awaiting to smolder us like a fire’s smoke that we cannot see beyond our hand. Let it not choke us and kill us.

We need you Father, we need Your Holy Spirit, we need Jesus more and more each day. May we hasten to throne, let us fall to our knees with a contrite heart repenting of our sins known and unknown asking to be made over, to be clay in your hands that we will be shaped and refined. Let us worship You in spirit and in truth, dance before you as we share with those around us that OUR GOD has found favor in us. Thank you for being the Great I AM, the Lover of our souls, the mighty King that receives honor and glory at all times. You reign on high. Hallelujah! Praises be unto Thy Holy Name.

In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.”

I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet.

And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O Lord, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.

They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.

For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip. I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. I have wounded them, So that they could not rise; They have fallen under my feet.

For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. You have also given me the necks of my enemies, So that I destroyed those who hated me. They cried out, but there was none to save; Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets. You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; A people I have not known shall serve me. As soon as they hear of me they obey me; The foreigners submit to me. The foreigners fade away, And come frightened from their hideouts. The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name. Great deliverance He gives to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore. (Psalm 18:1-50 NKJV)

Fire-starter! Sound the Alarm!!! (re-post)

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SOUND THE ALARM!!
A consuming fire of love and gratefulness is in the air. My Lord and Savior woke many of us up today. No matter what your circumstances may look like, you are STILL here on this earth. Speak praise into the atmosphere for God is worthy worthy WORTHY of our praises!

It’s time to redirect your thoughts. Think on the goodness of the Lord and all that he’s done in your life. His love is sufficient enough don’t you think? He’s been a hedge of protection around you. You have been covered. The heavenly angels have kept guard over you. Affliction may be present, wounds may run deep, but know that you are not alone. He is with you!

BLOW YOUR TRUMPET!

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PRAISE HIM LIKE A CHILD WHO DOESN’T WORRY! CLAP, SING, DANCE………

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Let your fire be contagious wherever you are! Spread it far and wide. It could very well change someone else’s day. God loves a cheerful giver!

Blessings to you! No need to call a park ranger because this is a godly fire that’s worth keeping ablaze!

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the Lord with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord, (Psalm 98:4-8 NKJV)

Engulfed in Worship Facedown

The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11 NKJV)

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me

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I’m going to make this post short (I hope) and to the point. If the picture above is huge, it’s because I am blogging from my iPhone and my mind is somewhat scattered.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Well that’s a lie!

In the book of James, chapter 3 talks about taming the tongue. We can speak blessings out of it towards God but curse man with it just as well. This is so wrong. There is power of life and death in this little member of our body that we have. Who can tame it? Lord help us all.

Well I must say that this week had been a good one for me so far. As the saying goes, today is Freaky Friday/ the freaks come out at night Friday or something along those lines.

Anyway, I typically don’t go out the house too much on Fridays simply because of all the traffic of the weekend starting BUT today was mommy- daughter day and I took my younger girls out to see a movie a few hours ago. In route, I was rudely cut off on the highway almost causing my car and another vehicle to rub sides.

I let it go.

The closer I got to town, a guy waits to pass me and yells out a racial slur with curse words for no reason. Well I’m sure he thinks he had a reason but there was no justification for his ignorance.

I let it go though I chose to yell back “God bless you!” and then I said a quick prayer for him. ( I was in a convertible so that’s the only reason why I yelled. I could have kept my mouth closed all together but I wanted to speak life into the atmosphere. I chose to bless the guy instead of lashing back. At the same time, I allowed my girls to see that we should not do tit for tat, indulge in ignorance of foolish talk which could lead to more destructive behavior of the person who started it. You get what I’m saying.

Jesus says: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:44 NKJV)

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,”Whoever would love life
and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. (1 Peter 3:9, 10 NIV)

* I’m getting to my point of why I’m writing! Just hold on. I’m longwinded and seemingly have to share just about every detail of my story! It’s a habit. Sorry!

As I was walking towards the theatre I thought about this whole sticks and stones bit. Yes my feelings were hurt because of the racial remarks and that my children had to hear it but at the same time I felt worse for the guy who said it. He’s lost. He doesn’t know Christ and I can only pray that he does not cross paths with another person who may not handle him the same way.

I also thought about how we as Christians are and will be persecuted many times over and some even killed simply because we believe in Jesus and serve him. (martyrdom)
Whether we suffer various things based upon race, creed, prejudice, envy or what have you, we clearly need to be prepared for worse. We will suffer because of Who we belong to. This world just keeps getting more and more ugly. We must be careful in what we say and how we treat others. There is enough evil being done amongst one another in general. We need not throw fuel to the flame.

May we stand out and make a difference. We are called to be the salt of the earth. We have been chosen and transformed. May we not fall into the pit of trying to repay evil back with words or action. Vengeance belongs to the Lord.

Ultimately may we reflect and remember that worse was done to Christ. It was more than sticks and stones, the beatings, the lashings, the crown of thorns and mocking, the blood, the tears, the spit and piercing in his side that crucified him. It was our sin that nailed him to the cross. He could have stopped it all yet he endured just for us to have a chance to be set free. He led by example.

May we do the same.

God bless you and keep you in every matter.

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1 NKJV)

According to God’s Plans

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Sharing a little bit of my world…….

The young lady seated on the front row (2nd from right) in the group photo is my first-born named Divine Hope. She is my pride and joy. It brings tears to my eyes that she will be graduating this coming school year Lord’s will. She and the other fellow Junior Marshals had the privilege and honor bestowed upon them to participate in the senior graduation ceremony for their high school. This opportunity as a Jr. Marshal comes because of excellency in grades. Divine and her fellow classmates are the in the top ranking of their graduating class. Her father and I are so proud of her and her accomplishments thus far.

I shared a post recently about my family and how my life came to be where it’s at because I chose to follow the leading of the Lord instead of my own thoughts and plans. Check out post here Order My Steps Dear Lord

Now if I may boast a bit about her, I am proud that she first and foremost accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has always been committed to do her best putting her grades above any worldly thing. She’s been playing the violin since elementary school, she speaks fluent French and has taught herself to read, write and speak Korean during her free time. ( the school week is for academics only. Electronics and fun computer things are only allowed on weekends and holidays for all the children. They are privileges, not necessities.) All of this was done without Rosetta Stone! When she puts her mind to something, she commits to getting it done. I look forward to future dreams and accomplishments being fulfilled being that she wants to be in the medical field; primarily leaning towards being a surgeon. (a whole lot of medical terminology I can’t spell nor pronounce but it deals with bones!)

Ultimately, whatever the Lord has for her, I pray she continues to follow his leading whether it’s the medical field or not. She tries her best to lead by example for her siblings without them feeling that they have to live in her shadow. It’s all about doing your best in life, living for God and being a light in this dark world amongst their peers and strangers they meet.

My family values are not to make anyone feel less than, but to let others see that we cannot go wrong if we build our house on thee Solid Rock. That Rock of Ages is Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah! I just have to thank the Lord and praise Him!! You just don’t know how good he has been to me!

Parenting does not come with a manual. We will make mistakes and hopefully grow from them. I can only lean on God to steer me in the right direction as a mother. The best I can offer my kids is the Word of God which is the Holy Bible. This manual for life will help them in all areas.

I stand by this scripture:

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)

I can only do my part. The rest is up to them. I will be there to love, guide and support but every seed they plant seen and unseen will reap a harvest of abundance or destruction.

God gives us a choice. Each and every one of us. It’s up to us which path we choose to take. Choose wisely.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

God bless each and every heart that reads this. Be encouraged no matter what when it comes to your life and that of your children. Look to God for everything. You simply cannot go wrong. He mighty and able.

~ Terra

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Are You Living Each Day As If It’s Your Last?

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“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”– quote from The Truman Show

Now if you haven’t seen this movie before, it’s pretty much about a guy who’s life that has been under the microscope since he was born. He does not know of it until certain things start to happen in his adulthood. Unlike this movie, there are no actors and actresses pretending to be someone they are not in your life. I’m really trying not to give too much away (about this movie) but I want you to think about YOUR life….. knowing that you’ve been under God’s careful watch even before conception.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalm 139:13-18 NKJV)

It’s quite amazing how the Holy Spirit gives me inspiration when I wake up. Some of it seems odd to me at times but there is always a greater purpose than my understanding. Someone needs to hear this. No words I write, no prayers I speak or utter are of myself but of wisdom, inspiration and guidance of He Who leads me. I am just a humble vessel wanting to obey that his mighty words and works may be known to those who need them.

Thinking about the number of years you have been blessed to see another day does not mean that you should dwell on the bad ones. I’m sure that the good outweighs the bad. Remember that our Father’s scale beats ours hands down. God has shown his love in various ways all throughout your life. His mercy and grace is something to think on. Ponder for a moment:

Sin upon sin, daily mercies, unmerited favor we do not deserve, Christ dying for us, being cleansed and washed white as snow, unconditional and unselfish love for a Father (our heavenly Father) to send his only Son down to earth to save us from ourselves, the choice of eternal salvation over damnation, a roof over our head, clothing, shelter, a right mind, health, a job, food and family whether blood related or not as well as people who encompass us every day. The list goes on and on.

Does any of this ring a bell yet?

He (the Lord) did not promise that you would not experience hurt and pain but he did promise to be with you. You may think that life has dealt you a bad hand and you just cannot seem to rise above; to get ahead. You’ve grown tired, frustrated, disappointed, and perhaps just plain angry with a nasty aftertaste in your mouth.

God knew your life well in advance. It’s not to say that things cannot change, but how you/we respond to it makes a world of a difference. Have you pushed away people he has sent your way? Have you ignored the blessings that did not come in the form you expected? Have you just given up, given in and called it quits?

Reach out for the hand of the Lord and ask for help, ask for a better mind frame to deal with life’s curve balls, to simply take your current life situations and deal with them the best you can with hope and faith that He will see you through.

ARE YOU LIVING EACH DAY AS IF IT IS YOUR LAST?

Tomorrow or the next breath isn’t promised to no one. Don’t put off the very things today that can be done and enjoyed, sowed and reaped with a perspective that Someone Who’s thoughts and understanding are higher than yours and knows exactly what you need to make this life’s journey. You may not ever understand why you are going though hard times at the moment, but God does. Even if you do not like anything about today and you know that your heartstrings are being tugged on to do something for someone else in the name of the Lord… just do it. It may not always be about the act of service and kindness toward others, but about the act of OBEDIENCE.

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Is this you burying your head in the ground not trying to hear anything being said because it does align with what makes you happy?

If you have God, you have everything that you could ever need. Any thing else is just added blessings to your life. He should make you happy, he should make you feel content. Not people or material things.

Could this be you saying: “La la la la laaaaa, I can’t hear you!!!”

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Now it’s time to put on our big girl and big boy undies and face the day in the power and might of the Lord’s strength. May we think before we speak or act out of foolishness, disregard, selfishness, pity or spite before someone gets their hand bit off all because we did not take the time to reflect on the goodness that the Lord has already given. Today has been granted with a purpose.

Saying all of this is out of love. It’s not to hurt or harm you, but to speak truth that it may be edifying if you receive it.

How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen
rather than silver. The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who
guards his way preserves his life. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a
fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s]
word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on,
trusts in, and is confident in the Lord–happy, blessed, and fortunate is he. The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both
speaker and listener]. Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it,
but to give instruction to fools is folly. The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning
and persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and
healing to the body. There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of
death. (Proverbs 16:16-25 AMP)

God loves you and so do I. May his abounding love cover you and keep you, may his angels provide protection all your days, may his peace triumph over chaos and evil. Be still and know that he is God.

Message of Christ

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)