Life & Legacy: The Titus 2 Woman in my life

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For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

2 Corinthians 5:1-9 KJV

*In honor of my beloved Mother-in-law Ruth who went home to be with the Lord April 16th, 2016. I thank her for being a woman of virtue who not only loved the Lord but walked the walked and not just talked the talk. She played a very important role in my life for the 21 years I was her daughter-in-law. I’m honored by the love, prayers and lessons she taught me in word and deed, her honestly and selflessness. One day I will see her again and what a joyous occasion that will be.

My life means nothing if I don’t have Christ and am not living as if I’m His.

Yesterday was a hard pill to swallow. I can call it bittersweet actually. As I listened to hearts sing and share their thoughts about the life and legacy of a mighty woman of God I began to reflect a little deeper about my own life and legacy.

With so many attributes and titles I could say about such a woman who lived her life to the very end in Christ… Life and Legacy stood out to me.

Being in my early 20’s as a new wife and a year later a brand new mother, I was blessed into a family that I know deep within I longed for. Didn’t realize it at the time but little did I know how valuable life lessons as a woman of God would play in my young life. This woman of 12 planted seeds within me that I know and believe are still growing and harvesting to this very day.

Life & Legacy

What am I doing with this life of mine? What legacy will I leave when it’s my time to leave this earthly tabernacle? I speak not only of my children and their future generation but of those I come in contact with everyday.

Am I just taking up space and time? Am I planting seeds into the life of those around me and living a life pleasing to the Lord? What impact am I making? These are the questions that I am asking myself more often.

I desire for my life to be fruitful. Not just thinking about what I can do for myself but also for others. We are suppose to be the “hands and feet of Christ” right?

What about you? Do you think more about these things as the blessed days the The Almighty has bestowed upon us passes us by? I hope you are but if you aren’t I encourage you to do so. (whereas you do not know what will  happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
James 4:14 NKJV
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Tomorrow may never come for you or me. Our days are numbered. Life has so many things and people vying for our attention. For the good and bad. Are we having our steps ordered a little more by the Lord, are we giving up senseless things that will pass away, are we praying, fasting and spending more time on our face in His presence? We are all guilty of how we prioritize our daily living. Please don’t allow your own thoughts and rationalizing to deceive you. Satan is already busy and cunning enough as it is to keep our minds busy. Let us not give him easy access to take up residence in our lives with all that is going on in this life.

It behooves us to choose the better part. Nothing or no one is greater that Jesus.The life he lived and exemplified is of the greatest life and legacy given to us. One for us to mirror, to share and spread to the world.My mother-in-law did that. And for that I am ever so grateful. As a woman, I need and desire training and life application as a woman, wife and mother. To receive such from a loving, wise and God-fearing woman I am forever grateful for her pouring into me for the little time I had her here on earth.

We need not to waste such precious time with this present life we have for our days are but a vapor. Here one day and gone the next. I’m sure you want to stand before the Lord as I do to hear “Thy good and faithful servant.”

Life & Legacy. What will you do with the time you’ve been given? Make good use of it and leave the next person with hope for in Christ we can do all things. We can get through another day all because of Him.. our sure Rock of Ages. My mother-in-law had her share of storms and sunny days but had it not been for the Lord on her side where would she have been? Her love and dedication to live a life for Him though her prayer time and servanthood has bore good fruit. I see it in my extended family and in the community that came out to celebrate her life. She will be dearly missed that’s for sure.

With that said, I do not want her life and legacy to be seen in vain. I must take this time and life I’ve been given and do I’ve been called to do for the sake of kingdom building and most of all because I proclaim that I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, my soul, my strength.

May your heart be encouraged not only today but each and every moment that you have breath in your body.

With the love of Christ, I pray better days for you and yours,

Terra

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My Soul Cries Out A Longing for Thee

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Draw me nearer to Thee O Blessed Lord

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalms 63:1-8 ESV

Road Prayers Are Not Just For You

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Just when you thought your road prayers were all about you and your needs…the Lord had you praying for others you passed along the way.

Now isn’t that just like us to be selfish? Me me and more me.

But then isn’t it just like God to turn our focus and direction towards someone else who’s standing in the need of prayer?

It sure is and I thank Him for it.

While we are encouraged to take our concerns, worries, fears, things we need to get off of our chest to the Lord and lay them at His feet, he desires for us to pray for others too.

It’s not all about me and it’s not all about you.

The Lord laid a road prayer heavily upon me one day as I was driving along casting my cares upon Him. I went from praying about my circumstances to praying and interceding for those I passed on both sides of the road.

Now in society we can be good for griping about slow traffic, someone doing this ,that or the other and fail to look at the blessings. Example: having a vehicle to drive, safety that the Lord has brought you from point A to point B thus far. Many other things to be thankful for that I can name but I’d like for you to start thinking of some yourself to see what you come up with.

The Lord Almighty flooded my heart and my mind as I drove along. It blew me away. My stresses and concerns didn’t seem so big once I started praying for others that are driving. We may never know where they are going but it’s reassuring to know that we can take our prayers to the Father about them with hopes that they will get answered.

Whether it’s rushing to the hospital, contemplating suicide, trying to make it to work before getting written up one more time, trying to stay awake on the road from working that second job to support their family or even just….. trying to figure out where they belong they ALL need Jesus. Someone is standing in the need of prayer. Someone may be seeking Truth and Peace in the middle of chaos. Someone needs to see that there is a Light in their darkness.

Salvation is available to all. The prayer line to God is always available. This road is accessible and free of traffic jams.

Jesus tells us: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 NKJV

So while it may seem easier to just think about ourselves in the moment, may we take a look at our surroundings and begin to wonder what’s going on in the life of the vehicle next to, in front of, behind and those traveling in the opposite direction of yourself. Ask the Lord to show you what He sees and to give you a heart for those in your path.

Prayer changes many things and it just might save someone’s life. Just think about it. Every time a person confesses their sins and receives salvation the angels rejoice. Now that’s grand to me! When I think about the impact prayers makes in the life of another and just not myself my spirit begins to catch fire with hope and joy because of the Living God who is able to do exceedingly more than I could imagine.

I just thank the Father for turning my one lane road prayers from myself to that of multiple lanes praying for others. I may not ever know what impact my prayers had or will ever have in the life of another road driver (biker, walker) but I do know that my God does and that’s quite alright with me.

Hoping to shed a little light from my heart to yours. I give credit where it’s due and it all belongs to the Lord. I thank the Holy Spirit for being ever present and helping me and giving guidance when I couldn’t see.

Be blessed, be a blessing and be encouraged today in Christ Jesus,

Terra