Where mercy found me! Thank you Jesus for finding me and changing my life!
A couple of hours ago, I was sharing some encouraging scriptures and quotes on my Tumblr and Pinterest accounts while I was waiting for my son to get ready for football practice. We headed off and as I was driving, I was just soaking up God’s presence and had this pouring of love all around me. I smiled and just thanked Him again for waking me up this morning.
Let me back this story up just a little bit….
I woke up earlier to see my husband off to the gym and work but when I woke up, I woke up HAPPY! I thought to myself “I am actually still alive today! The Lord saw fit for me to be here another day. My goodnes it’s nothing but his mercy and grace that has me here! Thank – you – Jesus!”
Anyway, as I was dressing for the day, I checked my email. I had a “nasty-gram” question in regards to a picture quote I shared about God (posted below). I decided to answer him even though he told me that he did not believe in God and that he was still a very loving person, but that I could take my God loving quote and shove it up where the sun does not shine. (I tweaked his choice of words).
Ummm…… yeah. Now where in the world did that come from?!!
Photo source: imforeverfaithful.tumblr.com
I said a prayer for him and then I had a few things I took to the Lord about responding to people in love as well as sharing the Gospel. There are many people who believe in God but do not have a relationship with him. There are many who do not believe in His exsistence at all. I cannot force my beliefs on anyone. I can only share my experience and lead them to the truth. God found me. I did not find him. I accepted him after realizing how much of a mess my life was without him.
We all have had different walks in life and how we came to know the Lord is a testimony in itself. God loved me first and forgave my sins. This is how I can love others despite cruel ways and nasty words and forgive them just the same.
Then it hit me…. this guy is searching for Truth. He isn’t mad at me. He does not even know me. I did not say anything to bash unbelievers. I merely posted something I found to be true. Maybe he has had some bad run-in’s with people who tried to force Jesus on him for all I know. Either way, he is lost in darkness and I pray that somehow and some way the Lord will provide an avenue for his love to consume the heart of this lost soul and that of others that they too will believe in the God who created the heavens and earth and reigns on his throne forevermore just as well as to repent, receive and develop a relationship with Christ Jesus.
I can’t say that the whole thing did not bother me though I really wondered what goes through the minds of those who reject and refuse to believe that God is real. My heart truly feels for them because they could be hellbound if their thought process does not begin to change. Sheesh.
So needless to say, I prayed as I drove back home. An awesome song came on the radio and just soothed my soul like a balm. How I wished I could have raised both of my hands in worhsip as I was driving! Instead, I worshipped in lip service and with a humble heart as the words sank in deep. I cannot get this song out of my head now so I thought I would share it with you all.
Be blessed one and all and take a moment to thank the Lord for a new day. You are still here for a purpose. Make the best of it and always seek his wisdom and guidance in all you think, say and do.
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. (Romans 9:14-17 NKJV)
Thank you Diane. God is faithful. God bless you for stopping in this morning!
What a wonderful faith message. Encouraging and inspirational as always. Blessings!
What a blessing of encouragement you are to me! Thank you Susan! Blessings!
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No one else’s disbelief can take away your belief. Glad you prayed for him and let it go. You are the one who has the joy as a result!
Thank you! I agree about beliefs. My heart feels compelled to hear of anyone’s anger dissipating because of their disbelief. Prayer and love is the best I can give. Blessings in abundance to you!
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Thank you Sis! Hugs, love and blessings to you!!
Terra, your negative email response you received reminds me of the battlefield saying that if you never have any bullets bouncing off your helmet, that means you never got out of the foxhole! Battle on for Our Lord, dear sister!
Wow!! What a way with words! Thank you for the powerful encouragement my friend!! Thank you so much Granbee! You’re the best! Praise the Lord. My strength to carry on lies within him.
Blessings to you!
Was not able to comment earlier yesterday, because the song took forever to come up. I just had a chance to listen to it. It is a beautiful song. I for some reason saw myself sitting on the beach looking for the other footprints in all my brokeness. But then was reminded that Jesus is carrying me…those are not my set of footprints but His.
I believe you have been encountering alot of people who are just acting out in an UnGodly manner, but perhaps the attention is not on them but your test of how you choose to handle them Terra. I believe God is saying , “well done Terra.” Thanks for sharing your experience because now others will be reminded of your character when they face a similar situation. Amen.
Shenine- A Woman After God’s Own Heart ♥
This is comforting to hear though the testing can get hard. I know that the Lord is with me. I am blessed to have a close friend like you and other fellow believers walk along side of me in spirit to comfort and encourage.
Thank You Shenine for sharing your heart and thoughts.
It took me a minute to absorb this entirely as my heart has been touched by your sincerity. God bless you as he continues to carry you. The thought of you being at the beach and the Lord carrying your brokenness is a great example of his faithfulness to carry us with one set of footprints.
Singing praises forever of His Holy Name….
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Thanks Terra! I am so glad His mercy not only found me but keeps me! Thank you for being His hand extended! HE knows just what I need!
You’re welcome my friend! And AMEN to His mercy! Where would be be!!
God bless you! It’s great to see you stop by again. Hope all is well with you.
What a blessing you are. I think our testimonies can really rouse the inner “demons” in others. I’m not saying this man had a demon … only mean that the angrier people are about life, the more the Good News can cause them to be uncomfortable or conflicted or whatever. Responding with patience and love is an amazing thing. I remember a verse in Proverbs that says: “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” Sounds vengeful, but when I studied this, it actually means that in being kind in return for evil, you actually become the avenue for the Lord to burn out the sin from their lives so they can have their eyes opened. I believe this is what you did for this man. It may not have happened this morning and it may not happen tomorrow, but slowly God (I believe) can get a hold of this man and help him find a way to freedom from the tormenting anger inside of him. What an awesome opportunity you were given. 😀
How sweet and kind you are towards me. I greatly appreciate how the Lord is comforting me with you and the others here on the blog when I take these unexpected blows from people. I understand what you meant about the demon. You did not even have to explain, though I am sure it is helpful for someone who did not get it. It could be taken offensively. Thank you for that. Responding in patience and love is key. Lord knows prayer is always needed to be effective. Thank you for believing that the Lord can get a hold of the man’s heart however the avenue may come. I really pray this for him and anyone else for there are many out in this world fighting and searching while walking aimlessly not knowing where solace can be found which is in Christ. You are correct on the scripture which is Proverbs 25:21-22. What a blessing you have given by sharing that scripture, how you initially understood it until you studied it. May the Lord bless your soul and your spirit. Keep after righteousness in all you do!
God bless your path as you seek His righteous ways! Hugs!!
😀 … God is so good! I so appreciate your response and I’m so thankful you found comfort in all these comments from so many of us, your brothers and sisters! 😀
Amen! Praise the Lord!
Thank you for sharing a beautiful message along with inspirational music. Praise God ! Truely I love your Title ““He Knew Just What I Needed (for a time like this)” I appreciate you. Thanks so much for visiting My Journal of Praise and liking a post. God bless you!
You are welcome and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the post along with the music. I appreciate you stopping by my page as well. God bless you!
It’s great you realized his anger had nothing to do with you! I love that! Oh, how that frees us up to keep on speaking truth in love. You sound like a very compassionate person!
Thank you Denise! I thank the Lord above for working in my life, for opening my eyes and my spirit to see the truth even when I endure hardships. This world needs love and compassion. Jesus forgave us so we need to forgive others whether we know them personally or not. God bless you! Thank you for stopping by and reading.
Bless you in the name of the Lord always!