Love is Calling You

Thank you Jesus for being obedient to the Father. You paid the ultimate price for my sin and that of the world in order that we may be reconciled back to Him, set free from the bondage of sin and to one day be with You in heaven for eternity. wp-image-2118270112

Without repentance and receiving salvation we are hell-bound. If you have been feeling the tug in your heart to do away with living life in sin, (which doesn’t have to be so great as killing someone. We are born of sin nature and that alone separates us from God.) then I encourage you today to ask Jesus Christ to come into your life, clean you up on the inside and to live a life unto Him.

Repent of your sins, believe that He died and rose from the grave 3 days later and now sits at the right hand of the Father. He wants to welcome you into the Kingdom. All the angels in heaven rejoice even over 1 person getting saved. Just imagine your name being cheered in the heavens! We as the Body of Christ welcome you and rejoice over you when you decide to give your life to Jesus.

Many are here to support you here on the blog, in your community, workplace and even the church. I pray you take comfort in knowing that you are loved by many especially by the Lord Jesus Christ.

God woke you up with purpose. A great one you have yet to experience in Him. Allow His love to bring you into a relationship with Him by surrendering to His precious One and only Son, Jesus, who died for you. He calls you friend whom He loves dearly.

 

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 

John 15:13 NKJV

 

Choose today what life you want to live. Satan is good at masking sin and feeding us lies. We have been given the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us day to day. Come to Jesus while you still have life in you. God bless you…

Terra

Without Jesus my life is meaningless. No treasures in this world can outweigh the priceless gift of salvation and a eternity of joy in heaven with Him. Day to day He will be never to leave nor forsake you. I’ve tried Him for myself. Try Jesus for yourself and see that He can and will make you whole.

This Christmas: Praying for the Nations

This Christmas…

Praying for the Nations and how the Lord will lead His people to bless them, to share the Gospel with those lost, those walking in darkness and many who chosen to reject the Truth.

This day, this hour, this season.

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Pray. Seek. Ask. Listen 


Oh how my heart yearns for the salvation of many this day, this Christmas season. Jesus is the greatest gift any person can receive that will last and stands the test of time. He will not fade, there is no new program or upgrade. He’s the same past, present and future. The latest and greatest gadgets, fashion and material possessions will be forgotten. Some will attain such things and some will not. Are they really worth stressing over this holiday season? No, but it’s done anyway.

 
My heart is for the Nations. I can’t help but pray and seek guidance in what to do. My mind travels to far away places wondering what groups of peoples have never ever heard the name Jesus. Have never ever heard the Gospel or given the opportunity to receive the gift of salvation.  Many will perish because of lack of knowledge, many will perish because they choose to not receive. How this hurts my heart.

 
Some nights and days I have to just go before the Lord pleading with Him over such people. I literally begin to feel my eyes well up with tears for those I have never laid eyes on let alone know where they live. I care. I can’t help but care because when this life ends we all will be somewhere for eternity.

 

Jesus Prays for All Believers 

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;  that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.  And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:20‭-‬26 NKJV

 

Sharing this message with you all was just presses upon my heart. What you do after reading it is between you and the Father. Many lives are at risk. While it’s a personal decision one must make to take that step of faith to receive salvation we that belong to the Kingdom can play an active role somehow right where we are. I desire to do missionary work afar off but it may not be my season. Perhaps my work can be done right here where I live. The homeless, the women and children who are prostituted that begin to accept this life as acceptable, those on their death beds, those living a life of crime, those living for gods that are false. Many are spiritually blinded with hardened hearts and deaf ears. Oh that the scales would come off.

 
Today is just a raw moment to wear my heart on my sleeve and ask each and every one of you to pray and see what the Lord speaks to you, to see how you can take part in a matter that truly makes one appreciate the Life given to us so that we can be a part of His family.

 

Forever.

 
So let’s all pray for the Nations so that they too can be a part of the family. To celebrate Christmas for what and Who it’s really about.

 
From my heart to yours with love,

Terra

 
Key scripture verses

♡ that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord  is God; there  is no other. 

1 Kings 8:60 NKJV 

 

♡ The Lord  is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.

 Psalms 145:18‭-‬19 NKJV


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

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

Longing to Stay Thirsty

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O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

Psalms 63:1-8 NKJV

By the illustrated picture and scripture you can begin to understand what we may look like within when we are separated from the Lord. We should always thirst for Him and his righteousness, longing for His presence.

Thinking we can get by today and maybe tomorrow without Him passes your mind. Eh… let’s push it a whole week then stretch it a month or so. Perhaps stress begins to kick in a little more, you’re moody and not handling situations as you once have. There’s no peace at all. No sleep at night. Just tossing and turning becoming agitated at the littlest things. 

Do you wonder why?

As I sat reading the Word, my mind began to wander. It was if I could clutch my heart from the inside and say “Lord please don’t let go! I can’t do everyday without You.” While it is not he who let’s go, it is us who begin to slip away.

Now I tend to look for things to snap a picture of to bring to life with my photography camera or phone time to time. So as I was reading the above scripture I had to find something outdoors. Didn’t take me long at all. (thank you Jesus)

Just a reminder that we must, I repeat must stay in constant fellowship with the Lord. There are days when we need to be “watered” a little more than others so that means getting up a little earlier before we start our day, using our lunch break to hang out with Him by ourselves rather than a co-worker and/or even turning the television off or whatever pass time you use to wind down (social media/gaming, etc..) to spend with Him. Gaining a refreshing is always a good thing. The longer we put this time off the more we dry out.

You don’t want to do this and neither do I.

Remember that laziness and procrastination will do nothing more than hinder and hurt us. So who doesn’t like to feel rejuvenated and at peace? Nobody but the devil who likes nothing but chaos, distraction, anger, fear, false peace and anything else that’s not of God to come from us and out of us. He is the father of lies. Now we can’t blame him for everything but we don’t want to help him out either. So let’s take each new day we are given by The Almighty and soak up and saturate our minds and lives with His living and active Word that is good and nourishing for our souls.

Stay thirsty my friend…

At His Feet : A time of prayer

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O Lord , You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there  is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord , You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, 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 fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to  You.
Psalms 139:1-12 NKJV

It’s the beginning of a new year and I am so thankful to the Lord that I’m here yet another day. Here for a purpose greater than my own thinking can imagine. You too.

We’ve all had our share of joys and sorrows, defeats and victories, open doors as well as closed ones, storms and sunny days.  So while there may have been times when we have wanted to throw in the towel and give up, the Lord didn’t. He knows that we can make it. Just another little push to encourage the heart to keep going.

At. His. Feet. (sigh)

Prayer time because we need You Lord. All day every day. Emotions come and go and there is no surety that we are right but we can stand assured knowing that God is right. All the time.

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21 NKJV

At His feet when decisions are needed to be made, but most importantly to desire to draw closer to Him. He’s the lover of our souls, the I Am who’s able to meet us right where we are and talk. To hear us out as we also take the time to hear Him.

No greater friend we have than in He. The Lord is not just anyone. He’s our Father, Daddy, Jehovah Jireh (our Provider ), Counselor, Peace – maker, Creator and our all in all just to name a few.

While 2015 has had its share of trials we can rest assure that coming into 2016 that the Lord is still beside us. Still wanting us, desiring intimacy with us, still patient and loving as we long to have brighter days attempting to do this life on our own terms at times. He knows us better than we know ourselves so how about a new change this year?

Less of self and more of Him.

At His feet praying and drawing near.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a)

Happy New Year to you dear reader. I pray that you take time daily to reflect on your life and how it’s being used for the glory of God. Some did not make it but we have been counted to be here for another day and with a greater purpose than just coasting through it. The Lord loves you more than you can ever know. May the passing days be filled with love, mercy, hope, grace, perseverance, and all things related to the Fruits of the Spirit so that we can not only show the Love of Christ to others but to be a living example of His presence and faithfulness. Prayer is key these days more than ever. Much can be accomplished when we do it.

Be blessed, encouraged and filled with His joy always,

Terra 🌼