I encourage you brothers and sisters in the faith to stand strong, be encouraged and speak the word of the Lord over and over. Place it as a garment over yourself and be courageous. Do no fret when the enemy tries to bring you into a place of condemnation, a fear that strongholds can never be broken even when you see them in yourself, your family or anyone you come in contact with and see the chains of bondage crippling the mind, body and soul. God’s WORD will not return void. It’s time to break free.

Living Simply In Abundance

Psalm 143:3-4 NIV
3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.

* the enemy will continue to pursue you for he knows God has great plans for your life and the work you will do for His kingdom. You ARE a threat to the enemy and his plans. Know that. He will not stop until he succeeds. Don’t allow him to destroy your inner being, to miss out on the blessings God so greatly wants you to have an enjoy as well as share with others.

* verse 5 talks about remembering the days of old; meditating on all of God’s goodness and the work of His hands.

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Weathering the Storm

A moment of encouragement to share with you all~

Have you even felt as if you were never going to make it out of the storm in one piece, if at all? Of course you have. We all have felt this way at one time or another but we have made it through because you and I are still here. We did not give up. We held on to a hope that was lingering in our very souls. That Hope is Jesus.

Today’s inspiration came from a beautiful surprise awaiting me out in the lawn. It was a butterfly (of course ) if you have come to know a little bit about me through my blog or as a friend that you have met in person. I love them dearly. How much joy they bring to my heart even when I am not feeling all that chipper. I manage to form a smile on my face and in my heart. I can say that the same applies with the Word of God and the comfort it brings me as I draw nearer to the Lord more and more.

Let’s just say that today turned out a bit different.

It was storming earlier today and I must say that it was coming down hard. I know that this is not the best looking butterfly but it’s life had meaning before it passed away. You see….. it was lying out in the grass on its back perishing away as an ant was most likely feeding on it. As much as I wanted to rescue it, I had to allow nature to take its course. After it died, I had my son bring it into the house inside a box on a paper towel.

My heart ached for this butterfly. To see it all tattered and lifeless pierced me within, yet at the same time it brought revelation. It took me back to scripture and how significant it is to our own lives. We all know that a butterfly starts off as a caterpillar and then evolves from there. It is a process of transforming. (metamorphosis) Jesus does that with us. He changes us. No matter what the outside looks like, we are being transformed on the inside.

We are under the Master’s care as we go through hardships and uncomfortable circumstances. We may look worse on the outside to others and ourselves but our inside is messed up even more. As believers, we cannot always escape from the pain. God will allow us to go through things just to bring us closer to Him and to repair us.

Scripture says this:

Cast Down but Unconquered

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NKJV)

Seeing the Invisible

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV)

Bind the Word as a garland around your neck and write it on your heart.

Be Encouraged

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:3-6).

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:20-23).

“My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 7:1-3).

Mission: Possible

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A LIFE FILLED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT, LOVE, PROSPERITY, TRUTH and INTEGRITY IN CHRIST JESUS.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

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* give about 10 min later out of sheer laziness to pick up my phone to make notes because I’m prone to forget things placed on my heart by the Lord.

20120914-083712.jpgIf you choose to receive this mission, know that you will not go through it alone. Our heavenly Father above has already planned this course.

You will be equipped, strengthened and comforted as you proceed. The Comforter ( The Holy Spirit ) will be your Help and your guide to see you to the end.

This mission will not always be smooth. There will be bumps and unforeseen roadblocks along the way. The Deceiver (Satan) will try to get you to abort your mission through discouragement, lies and false truths. DO NOT fall into this trap.

Go in faith believing that the Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. (Psalm 119:105 NKJV)

faith
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– noun
1.
confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2.
belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3.
belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4.
belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.

SCRIPTURE: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

FAITH has a wide spread base to effectually bring about change in your life if you hold fast to it.

Allow me to share with you my own challenges and sufferings wrapped up in a short form if you will. Over the last month I have been going through some changes and challenges spiritually, emotionally and physically. It has not been comfortable at all.

I remember one late night/early in the morning encounter with the Lord. I found myself repeatedly speaking a set of words as I woke up. Getting up frequently through the night is nothing out the norm for me but this was different. It was something I had not experienced in a while. In my heart, I knew it was biblical but it was something I could not recall reading before. Perhaps I did and it never surfaced as a means of how it affected my life, especially at the current time.

“Speak of things that are not as though they are.”

While I was speaking this set of words/scripture in my head and with my mouth in what seemed to be a different translation/tongue, I finally found what I was looking for in the Bible with the help of Google and the YouVersion Bible app on my phone after praying and the countless times of trying to remember word for word what I said when I was awake for good. (do you see why I need to just get up and write when something comes to me right away?!!)

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4:17 NIV84)

While this particular scripture in Romans is about Abraham, it also is applied in context to how this world came to be. In Genesis, God SPOKE things into existence. He BELIEVED in what He said so therefore it came to pass.

I encourage you to read the story about Abraham and Sarah if you are not familiar with it. ( Abram and Sarai were their names before God changed them.) While I seen this story in a way I had never seen it before, it applied to my life in such a way that it blew my mind. I was beside myself! What an inheritance we have people!

Glory to God! Wow. This may turn into a part 2 but I may try to wrap it up in this one. We will see.

Just to let you know, I have some injury to my shoulder. I believe I initially dislocated it and I heard it pop back into place but I eventually went to the ER to get checked out. I have something going on with my rotator cup. This has been a very painful ordeal to go through. Sleepless nights and hours of being uncomfortable and somewhat frustrated on top of dealing with other things in my life. I really wondered how much more could I take in general before I found myself isolating myself.

Isolation is something I have a hard time dealing with. Now I am not speaking it as if it’s a permanent fixture in my life, but it has been something that has been like a thorn in my side. I can say that I have gotten better with how I deal with matters more than what I use to. Thank you Jesus.

Let me tell you…. I am far from perfect but through my own challenges and storms, I can testify to God’s goodness and His promises. His word is bond. It cannot go out void. Believe me.

Through this season I face, I know the hand of the Lord rest upon me. In moments of uncertainty, I had to put the word of God to use. It had to be spoken with faith and applied with action. Needless to say, here I am. Back doing the mission set out before me. God gave me this gift of exhortation. How can I sit back and not use it? How dare I not trust in Whom can deliver us all from the hand of evil, from the multitude of thoughts that perplex us on a daily basis, the snares laid out to capture, condemn and kill us from living a life thriving and full in Christ Jesus?

We are not promised to have all good days while we live this temporary life here on earth but may our outlook on life and our trust in the Lord be steadfast and immovable. May we find peace in the middle of trouble, rejoice in hardships knowing that in our weaknesses we are made strong for our God is mighty to save. He is our refuge.

With all of this said and thought about even when I felt like I had no one to encourage me, I had no one to reach out to because I started to lose trust in others as well as feeling like I have been nothing more than a pit stop for a dose of encouragement, God provided. I had to rebuke the negative thoughts and lies, separate truth from false, allow the light of the Lord to shine in where I wanted the wounds to be covered and healed in my way and my timing.

As always, my way never pans out. Fighting with thoughts and ways will lead to destruction.

God’s ways stand the test of time. It always has and always will. Forever.

The trip to my prayer closet has been effectual. My fervent prayers for you all, myself and my family has been well with my soul. That of which I labored had not been in vain. Separating myself for the sake of being in communion with the Lord to get myself back on track paid off and will continue to as long as I stay before Him.

Speak life into yourselves dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. Encourage yourself in Jesus. Stay in the Word and allow it to minister to you. Pray without ceasing. Find fellowship with those like-minded whose heart is for you. In due season, the storm will pass and the rainbow will appear.

*My mission was being walked out though I felt as if I was still on the Potter’s wheel. I may still be on the wheel. I’m just not resisting the uncomfortable feeling of being reshaped once again in my life.

There is purpose for every good and perfect way of the Lord when it comes to refining His children. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what best.

The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23, 24 NIV)

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV)

Final Exhortation

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)

Being transparent is not easy but I will set aside my thoughts and ways in hope that you all will find an inkling of encouragement in the Lord. It has been my hearts desire to see lives lived, loved, encouraged and changed in the Lord. We may never meet on this side of life but we will fellowship for eternity in glory.

God bless each set of eyes to see and ears to hear. May your hearts receive the mission plan the Lord designed for you before your life came to be, even before the creation of the world.

With love and prayer I stand in faith that you too will receive and carry out your destined journey.

~ Terra

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)