Optimism vs Pessimism : With God, All Things Are Possible

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And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27 KJV)

While I physically feel like it will take me forever to type out this post, I am adamant to get it done. Whenever I am facing a hardship ( usually ) and I feel that tugging on my heart and conscience to carry out something for The Lord, I tend to think about the scroll story Jeremiah and Baruch had to dictate and write in the book of Jeremiah chapter 36. The fact that he had to rewrite by hand a message from The Lord after the first one was burned up took great effort mentally and physically. Obedience plays a major factor. Its repercussions can result in good or bad reaping and sowing on the life of others as well as yourself. In today’s day and age we have computers and touch screens as well as voice recognition to help us dictate our writings. So though my hands are throbbing like crazy, I have no excuse as to why I cannot go forward.

On to the message.

For some days now, the topic dealing with being optimistic vs pessimistic has been heavily on my mind. I have had a full plate mentally as I have had to make choices as sorrow and tears have come over me. The enemy surely will ride your back when it comes to having to do what’s right, speak what’s right and do what’s right. Doubt kicks in and attempts to take over.

What a conniving liar he is. Spiritual battles are not easy but rest assured they are easier to get through when we wait patiently on The Lord and lean not to our own understanding and thoughts of how we feel things should go. The process may seem long and full of sorrow and suffering but I am here to tell you that the storm shall soon pass. Just hold on!

Like a maze that knowingly puts you at multiple dead ends, it’s easy to give up and call it quits. All you see is NO WAY OUT. You will think and speak negatively.

Do you realize that you are speaking this into the atmosphere?

On the other hand, allowing yourself to stop and think with an open and clear mind, possibilities are endless. Especially when you seek help from God. There’s no way you will be stuck forever if you rely on Him for help.

If we trust God, then why not look UP and believe that He will make a way out of what may seem to be no way.

Speaking truth and promises of The Lord into the atmosphere is what we should be doing no matter how long it takes. This is when our faith needs to be kicking down doubt and standing fast to what we believe.

Obstacles come and go. Some hurdles may be higher than others but allow perseverance to keep you moving especially when you know that God is able to do exceedingly more than what we imagine He can.

I grew up around people with negative attitudes. It felt like it was 24/7. At a young age, I seen that having that type of mindset was not how I wanted to live. Yes, television can give you false hope and perception of having a perfect life and all as a kid , but I must say that I had this inner burning desire to come up out of the mental pit that tried to consume me.

Always staring out of the window or dreaming of how I wanted my life to be gave me hope even before I gave my life to The Lord. I use to talk to God at night or when I was alone asking and begging Him to help me. I felt lost, alone and hopeless at times yet I found myself picking myself up and finding reasons to smile because I just knew that one day…. ONE DAY my prayers were going to be answered!

Despite the influence that was around me, despite what looked like “it’s never going to happen” I chose to believe in the unseen.

Like so much of the horrible things that this life seems to bring, I can always keep an optimistic attitude that one day there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears and no more hatred because God said so.

I believe in Him and I believe what He says! He’s not a liar and He can not go back on His word.

So while I may still ask myself time to time why do I smile so much or why do I choose to have an optimistic attitude about life even when my natural eye sees the worse, its because God placed this attribute; this characteristic way of thinking inside of me for a reason even before I ever came to know Him better than I have so many years ago. I’m still a work in progress but my hope for myself and for you will not stop because I’m a believer!

God has blessed me and favored me many times over. He has seen past my faults and negative thinking and saw the best in me. He knows my potential and what I am capable of doing. He knows this for you too!

So why not decide today to take a leap of faith and a mindset to start thinking positively for yourself and for the future? What do you have to lose?!!

Troubles of this world will not end until God brings it all to a halt. Why wait to have optimism later on when you can have it today. God’s word ( Holy Bible) is full of promises and instructions. It’s full of hope for the poor, the weak, the broken hearted, the ailing, the widow, the hopeless and weary in soul. We have been given direction and a peace of mind we can take hold on to. He gave us Jesus Christ, He has given us a Comforter. The Holy Spirit.

Dear Reader, I encourage you to not grow faint and weary. Do not give up. God will show up right on time. His timing is better than any. Patience will take you a long way. The growing process and the knowledge it brings can only bring forth great gain for it can help someone else down the road. God can turn trials to triumphs, losses to victories, tears of sorrow to tears of joy, mourning to rejoicing and negative thinking to positive ones if we take hope and cling to it in Him.

Voluntarily place yourself on the Potter’s Wheel and ask to be made over, refined and made whole with a better sense of thinking, understanding and patience as you count it all joy for His glory and the betterment of yourself as His child and as a living example to the many blessings and miracles that He has done in your life when the world sees no hope.

Hope. Trust. Believe.

O Lord , you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord , you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalms 139:1-24 ESV)

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Merry Christmas to all my Blogging Friends, Readers and Followers!

Dear Reader,

It has been a journey in 2012 as I have come to know some of you personally outside of the blog, though I have been honored to fellowship with you all over time. What a bountiful blessing I have received. Thank You Lord for all these special lives that I have been impacted by in one way or more.

Today as we all celebrate Christmas may we always be in prayer for those whom have lost loved ones this year while keeping our hearts and minds centered on why we celebrate such an occasion.

Jesus is the reason for the season! And as our First wrapped gift, may we always be thankful and content if we receive nothing else. There is no greater gift one can receive than Christ our Savior and Redeemer!

God bless each and every one of you today, tomorrow and every day that is bestowed upon you and your family. Let us continue to go forth sharing the Gospel and being a light in such a dark world. Keep your light lit and not hidden for there are still many souls in need of being saved. Let LOVE drive you to press forward with perseverance, courage and humbleness as you run this Christian race. We will always have HOPE when we keep our trust and faith in God. He believes in you and so do I.

I count it joy, I count it all a blessing for the many friendships I have made, kindred spirits that continue to shape me into the woman/sister in Lord I have been called to be, the many prayers I have shared with you and for you on your behalf to the Father. Thank you for inviting me in with such warm and kind words of encouragement this year.

With love I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

~Terra

*if I had enough postage stamps to go around the world, you all would have received a Christmas card in the mail. This is best I could do. I hope this is suffice! 🙂

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Come Lord Jesus!

*I am reposting this from my other blog site Wellspring At His Feet . Enjoy and be blessed.

Come Lord Jesus for we are in desperate need of a Savior. We are in need of direction that is holy and righteous. With You as our Great Shepard our lives will be filled in the fullness of Your presence and with an abundance of teachings, love, knowledge and wisdom. Patience, humbleness, kindness, mercy are ours to gain when we come sit before You.

Sheep needing Shepard

Sheep looking for their Shepard

Teach us how to love one another with sincerity, to treat one another with respect and not with judgement of our words and actions. Who are we to judge? Who are we to cast stones without first looking at the speck in our own eye?

My Lord, these words You have spoken have fallen onto fertile ground before so I pray it does again:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5 NKJV)

There is never a time that will pass upon this earth that we will not hear of heinous crimes and activity, idolatry, sexual immorality, evil corruption, and even disastrous weather events.

Those who deny Father God deny You, Jesus, for nothing we ask of/for can be made possible without Your intercession on our behalf. They call upon this “heavenly and sovereign source” above crying and pleading for help when fear and sorrow meets them at their door.

“God help us! Save us! Why would you allow such terrible things to take place?” These are pleads, cries and questions that want comfort and healing but all things will not be understood or answered. Since the fall of man this world is a sinful playground to all who will partake of it.

I pray that this nation, all nations wake up and realize that we cannot call upon a “part-time, as needed God” Who beckons at our every whim. We need You! Our lives are nothing without You in it.

Many innocent lives are taken each day because evil resides. Hearts and minds are flooded with great sorrow as loved ones leave this world in some form.

We need to have respect for all mankind, empathy and understanding for the broken in spirit. We need LOVE.

Sin permeates the grounds we walk upon and saturates the mind, body and soul of the wicked BUT……..

O’ praise the One Who paid our debt, shed His blood and died for us that we would be pardoned and set free! King Jesus! King Jesus! King Jesus!

No longer are we who are saved by salvation bound by sin! We are free! No longer are we condemned by our past sins. Mercy and grace have clothed us. How gracious and selfless! It was LOVE that made a way. It was LOVE that opened our eyes and ears!

Thank You Christ Jesus!

Dear people of the world reading this open letter right now, I speak to you out of love and concern in urgency that we wake up. Let us wake up and take heed to The Word of God. In a time of uncertainty it’s time to draw near to The Lord. It’s time to call upon the Great Name that’s above every name and asked to be reconciled back to Him before we leave this earth or before His return.

We know not the day or hour of His coming or that of when our time expires. We are not God nor should we attempt to play God. He is the giver and taker of life. Lack of wisdom, truth and respect continues to destroy us as a people.

A lack of Jesus in our lives leaves us in an utter state of destruction. This is a spiritual battle we are up against. Only God can lead us to victory.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

Children of God, put on your armor. (read Ephesians 6:10-18) For those who have yet to become believers and followers, seek The Lord while He may be found. Repent and receive salvation today and when you do so with a contrite heart the angels in heaven will rejoice! Your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ will rejoice with you!

So let us come before The Lord with a humble and open heart to receive all that we can. He is our portion, our Daily Bread and our Fountain of Life.

Come…….

Let the Word go deep down covering you in the truth of God’s holy word. Allow it to manifest in your heart that it may radiate and affect those you encounter.

The River of Life

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

The Time is Near

Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

Jesus Testifies to the Churches

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

A Warning

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

I Am Coming Quickly

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

(Revelation 22:1-21 NKJV)

Jesus our Shepard

Jesus our Shepard

Time & Seasons

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV)

Nothing in life has a guarantee but Jesus and all that is given to us from the Father. Like seasons… people, places, circumstances and health changes.

There is a season to every matter in life. God allows this to happen for a reason. We may not always understand the “when/where/why” part of it all, but if we allow The Lord to do what He does for our healthy wellbeing then I pray we trust in the outcome even if it hurts.

Letting go will not always be easy. Looking back seems tempting but will not help us one bit. Sorrow is temporary but joy will return. Pruning is needed at times for new fruit to bear and flourish. Prayerfully and patiently we should trust in what God is wanting to do in our lives. Attempting to do things our own way and with our own understanding can harm us in the long run.

Scripture says: There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

Always remember that Father knows best. He knows us better than we know ourselves so may we stand back and allow Him to work in our lives for the sake of building us up and growing us far beyond the human thought of attainment.

Be blessed and encouraged as you pass through your season. Jehovah-Jireh ( God our Provider ) will supply and bring comfort.

In Christ Jesus I urge to to keep hope, faith and belief in all that our Lord promises to do for those who love Him and are called His.

Love and blessings,

Terra