According to God’s Plans

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Sharing a little bit of my world…….

The young lady seated on the front row (2nd from right) in the group photo is my first-born named Divine Hope. She is my pride and joy. It brings tears to my eyes that she will be graduating this coming school year Lord’s will. She and the other fellow Junior Marshals had the privilege and honor bestowed upon them to participate in the senior graduation ceremony for their high school. This opportunity as a Jr. Marshal comes because of excellency in grades. Divine and her fellow classmates are the in the top ranking of their graduating class. Her father and I are so proud of her and her accomplishments thus far.

I shared a post recently about my family and how my life came to be where it’s at because I chose to follow the leading of the Lord instead of my own thoughts and plans. Check out post here Order My Steps Dear Lord

Now if I may boast a bit about her, I am proud that she first and foremost accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has always been committed to do her best putting her grades above any worldly thing. She’s been playing the violin since elementary school, she speaks fluent French and has taught herself to read, write and speak Korean during her free time. ( the school week is for academics only. Electronics and fun computer things are only allowed on weekends and holidays for all the children. They are privileges, not necessities.) All of this was done without Rosetta Stone! When she puts her mind to something, she commits to getting it done. I look forward to future dreams and accomplishments being fulfilled being that she wants to be in the medical field; primarily leaning towards being a surgeon. (a whole lot of medical terminology I can’t spell nor pronounce but it deals with bones!)

Ultimately, whatever the Lord has for her, I pray she continues to follow his leading whether it’s the medical field or not. She tries her best to lead by example for her siblings without them feeling that they have to live in her shadow. It’s all about doing your best in life, living for God and being a light in this dark world amongst their peers and strangers they meet.

My family values are not to make anyone feel less than, but to let others see that we cannot go wrong if we build our house on thee Solid Rock. That Rock of Ages is Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah! I just have to thank the Lord and praise Him!! You just don’t know how good he has been to me!

Parenting does not come with a manual. We will make mistakes and hopefully grow from them. I can only lean on God to steer me in the right direction as a mother. The best I can offer my kids is the Word of God which is the Holy Bible. This manual for life will help them in all areas.

I stand by this scripture:

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)

I can only do my part. The rest is up to them. I will be there to love, guide and support but every seed they plant seen and unseen will reap a harvest of abundance or destruction.

God gives us a choice. Each and every one of us. It’s up to us which path we choose to take. Choose wisely.

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)

God bless each and every heart that reads this. Be encouraged no matter what when it comes to your life and that of your children. Look to God for everything. You simply cannot go wrong. He mighty and able.

~ Terra

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Fear: Taking Center Stage with Christ…… Don’t Give Satan a Footstool and a Microphone

For a few minutes I sat in silence shedding tears over the unknown and then started to feel some anxiety due to my concern and fear about a mammogram test I have to retake. I realize that I can’t just TALK the talk, I have to WALK it as well. I know God has me in His hands and I shouldn’t fret over anything.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

I believe He is allowing storms to come into my life to build me up. My character is developing more and more on a spiritual level. This I know. It’s just taking those storms head on and not giving way to my emotions for I should not let them rule over TRUTH. God’s Word is bond.

I stand on the promises for my life that He has already put in place for me. I refuse to let the enemy use a weakness I have to consume me. No matter what the outcome may be, I know God is with me. Thinking back to a Bible lesson my husband taught recently, the scripture verses apply to what I’m feeling and thinking at this very moment. Thank you Holy Spirit for bringing this back to my mind:

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 4:8, 9 NIV)

Thank you Lord for being present in my life, for You provide comfort and truth through Your Word.

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [ the land where there is ] silence. 18 When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up. 19 In the multitude of my [ anxious ] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul! ( Psalm 94:17-19 AMP)

I’m just as human as anyone else and I am wanting to continually learn and grow from my mistakes through my storms. I will never pretend to be someone I’m not. Christ knows we have emotions and as humans, we allow them to overtake us at times. Learning from the storms and being of good courage in Lord through them, will help us to overcome, walk and talk in confidence, trust and truth.

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction  and  delight. (Philippians 2:13 AMP)

Dear friends, SPEAK the Word of God in and over your lives. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. ( Proverbs 18:21 AMP ) We are given power through Christ and the Word. Use it. Encourage yourself  with it. Don’t let it sit off to the side and be ineffectual. The enemy wants nothing more than to use the negative thoughts you harbor against yourself. Refer back to Philippians 4:8,9. Take back the joy and peace the evil one took from you and stand your ground in Christ.

Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful what you say, for your words becomes your actions.
Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny.

” My God, I thank You for sending Your Son down to earth in the form of Man to ultimately  be a sacrifice for our sins that we would have a choice to live in freedom and salvation for eternity. I pray for others who are going through any circumstance at this time ,as it is taking a toll on them, that they would let go and let You take control and guide them into peace. Whether it’s dealing with finances, medical issues, wayward children, marriage, school, people, emotions and the list goes on….. nothing is too hard for You to handle and fix.  No way is greater than Yours O God. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding of worry, fear and distress be mine, be theirs in the name of Jesus. Amen “

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The American Cancer Society ( and all supporting foundations around the world )  I dedicate this to those going through, those who’ve physically won and lost the battle. To the families affected, I pray your strength and support as you travel down this road with them . May you hearts and trust be grounded in the Lord. He can do ANYTHING but fail.

Seeking Help & Rescue from The Lord : He Hasn’t Failed Me Yet

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Sharing my thoughts and God‘s rescue…..
In regards to my memory loss the other day, God let me know that I wasn’t alone for he was with me. Though I have moments of temporary memory loss never to know what was said to me or what event even occurred ( unless someone was around me to know I wasn’t in the current moment ) His Word has been embedded in my heart and that’s something I’ll never forget.

God gave me peace and rest ( physical and spiritual ) even when I could not understand why such things happen for no reason. Scriptures were given to me for comfort and understanding. My tears of fear and anxiety turned into tears of ” Thank you Lord for blessing me, comforting me through my tears when I felt lost and alone, unable to recapture memories I’ll never know of. Thank you for Your everlasting protection before and after my seizure activity. Thank you for Your promises over my life. ”

I can’t sit, ponder and overwhelm myself with anxiety of the ” could have ” moments that never took place, though FEAR was desperately trying to consume my thoughts because God stepped in and rescued me. I was safely sitting down folding laundry not having moved from that spot. I didn’t fall down the stairs, I wasn’t cooking and a fire could have started, I wasn’t even driving….. potentially putting myself or anyone on the road at risk. So why was I really upset and shedding tears? The root of it all:

I WASN’T IN CONTROL!!

Shame on me for I know better. I’m far from perfect and the Lord knows this. I see why He stepped in and rescued me from myself and the road of mental destruction I could have caused myself that day. For by the Holy Spirit my heart was quickened with the Word and my mind shielded from negative thinking.

God didn’t bring me this far to leave me I know. I’ve been through worse times than this and he brought me out so this little situation is nothing in comparison. I’m doing much better. My boat was rocked just enough for God to say ” Hey! Just wanted to make sure you know that I’m still God and you aren’t. I want you to be aware at all times that you are to lean on Me in everything you face even when you don’t see it coming in advance. Trust Me and Me only.” So…………. okay. I hear you Lord. I know You are building me up, strengthening me, preparing me for greater things ahead. I’m fine with that. I’m past the baby stages in my walk with You. I want what You want for my life. I want to grow more and more in You, seeking you on purpose everyday for wisdom, knowledge, a greater purpose than just living on this earth.

Thank you my God for feeding my soul and spirit with the power of the Word that provides nourishment for my daily needs. My needs are greater than my wants and You provide each and every time. Thank you for giving me Your rest. No matter what’s going inside and out, deep within me Your peace and joy is there to sustain me. Righteousness goes before me, a stedfast foot to pursue holiness keeps me as I yearn to grow closer to you. My life is not my own. It belongs to You. Take me oh Lord and use me for your glory.

Scripture References:

 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.(
Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! (Habakkuk 3:19 AMP)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8 NIV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 NKJV)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:15, 16 NIV)

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18 NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whot have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)

Are you facing any physical challenges or afflictions? Take on faith, hope, courage and patience as you wait on the Lord to see you through.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:1-8 NIV)

” Dear Lord, I continually thank You for being The Rock, our Foundation, The Well for the thirsty. I pray asking that we will always draw near to You and seek your face, never to grow weary in well doing even when we don’t see physical change for I know You are operating in the spirit of our beings maturing us. May we wait patiently on You, trusting and clinging to your truths, and as we wait, may the condition of our thoughts lead us to speak and act accordingly. In Jesus name ….. Amen. ”

Be blessed and strengthened in the Lord always,

Terra

Equipped with Armor: Staying Grounded Through Spiritual Warfare

Good day to you all out in the cyber world. I pray that your day is blessed through and through. May the hand of the Lord rest upon you, his protection covers you and peace is in your heart no matter what is going on around you. Lifting you up in prayer for your mental, physical and most importantly your spiritual wellbeing.

During such dark times that we live in and go through we must ask ourselves if we put our Armor on daily. Lord knows there have been days that I have went out not fully equipped. A few pieces here and there, but I need it ALL! I can’t go into battle winging it. I need to be covered all the way around. So do you. So let’s make it a habit of waking up in prayer and putting our armor on as we get our day started and not taking it off even when we go to bed for the night because the enemy is always lurking around the corner plotting and trying to grab us even in our thoughts. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:10-18 about wearing the Armor of God and scripture says as follows:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV)

Now you can’t get more prepared than that! God has made it plain and simple to us as to how to prepare ourselves. It’s a matter of believing Him, trusting what he says and doing it. It’s taking action. His Word ( The Holy Bible ) is our instruction manual for everyday living. He knows what this world is about and nothing surprises him or catches him off guard. So as any loving parent would do, He’s giving us instruction on how to live our lives, not just during the feel good moments, but through those dark times as well as when warfare is making itself known. Preparation is needed daily. So let’s put on our armor that The Almighty has equipped us with and go out and face the world head on with The One who has our best interest in store. With God on side we can’t lose! Victory is ours! So claim it and receive it!

Wow that just stirred an excitement within me! God is an on time God. YES HE IS!!! Dear friends, stay encouraged and don’t grow weary. Stand firm for God is with you. Stayed prayed up for yourself and for others. Bless you from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet in Jesus name. Have a great day in the Lord!

* Thank you Father for allowing me to share your message with your children. Thank you for using me as a vessel, for I am humbled by this, never taking credit for anything I say for it is the Holy Spirit who speaks through me. Oh praise your name for you are HOLY!!! May the hearts of those who read this be touched by Your presence.

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Transforming For the Better : Which Direction Will You Go?

Today’s a new day for me with much in mind. Lord knows I am thankful for another day though I have been going through some things. I must admit that I was supposed to ( in my mind lol ) start writing on this post yesterday but I had things I needed to do to get my girls hair prepared for school this week. That takes time within itself.Well my thoughts were in order and on deck but my hands and body were elsewhere!

Words such as renewing, restoring, repairing, healing, transforming, pruning and letting go came to mind yesterday as I did my thing. My heart was filled with hope and promises and yet I was crying within. Change is hard and it doesn’t come easy at times but it is needed and well worth the sacrifice. Just so you know, it has been a mixture of things going on in my life that are really trying to consume me. I feel as if my cup has run over and it won’t stop. My plate is FULL. I’m not talking about the good stuff either. It’s physical, emotional, spiritual wounds and battles that I have come up against. Not the mere transition of giving up a social network that I am getting ready to speak of. So if you don’t mind, let me talk about Facebook and the course it took me on for a minute. The site itself has it’s pro’s and con’s. While it was good to find and connect with old friends and family as well as playing games that were pretty addicting I must say, I was unknowningly at the time allowing it to sidetrack me and somewhat poison me. You know what? I DID allow it to poison me.

While socializing I was having times of doing what seemed right and positive such as speaking life, encouraging others through scripture and just the sunny disposition that I seem to carry through my witty conversations and all, I wasn’t feeding myself all too well at times. I am a nurturer in general and always trying to fix what’s broke or damaged. But I failed to see that I was not helping myself. I wasn’t in a position to be God. Duh Terra, you know good and well that you ARE NOT Him, so why try to do more than you are capable of, placing myself in a position to be overwhelmed, at times sponged off of by others as well as being taken for granted and potentially preyed on by wolves in sheeps clothing?!! I can’t take on the weight of the world and be a problem solver when I am not meant to try and do it all. Yeah you can say that I have truly learned the hard way no matter how many times I was warned in various ways. I never took my Superwoman cape off. Now I have. I am not perfect and I don’t profess to be but I try to do my best to do right. People will be people and I am not knocking anyone because no one is perfect. The best I can do is step aside and let God handle matters his way. Do understand that my opinion about Facebook is just that.. my opionion, my experience and what I need to do to better myself and have a closer relationship with Christ requires me to make changes in my life. Some things become a distraction as well as some people. It’s time to assess and make a decision as to what path to choose to go down.
Many thank you’s to my husband for being by side to help me through this journey as well as being stern though I didn’t like it. He sees things that I don’t and tries to give me a better perspective. Thank you to the friends who have spoke into my life and been a great support when I least expected it and they didn’t even know they played a major part. And my greatest thank you and praise goes to The Almighty for having mercy and grace upon me. I am thankful for his love and patience for me. I am thankful to have a Father who loves me enough to dicipline me however he sees fit. He got my attention.  God is an on time God and gives me, gives you what we need when we need it. I encourage you to hold on and don’t give up. I speak this over myself. Applying it, trusting God on his Word and remaining patient is important. I pray for us all that we lean on the Lord with all we have, trusting he will show us, teach us what we need to get us through and keep our spiritual eyes and ears open to change that the benefits of obedience is worth the sacrifice here on earth and for eternity with him in heaven. 
Scripture references:
2Corinthians 12:9-10 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my ifirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
( Thank you my dear friend Laryssa for sharing this with me today )
Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right and or whenever you turn to the left.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Let go and Let God: Handling Excess Baggage

So I am finally getting my “me time” in. For some reason it really doesn’t seem to happen until the kids are down for bed. (Btw, I am liking the fact that I can operate on the iPad right now. This is great! ) Anyway, I woke up really tired this morning and when I foreseen a mood coming on, it just wouldn’t happen. THAT’S A GOOD THING! Ok Lord. I see what you are doing. Shaping me once again. Something didn’t feel right and I couldn’t put my finger on it. My normal routine wasn’t happening. I am not in control. God is. So I shifted my way of thinking and said Fine. I won’t put up a fight. Let’s just see how this morning will go because it isn’t happening the way I am use to it minus the little attitudes from cranky kids every blue moon which isn’t a problem. I can weave in and out of that. Needless to say, I was asked to do something else. I prayed and prayed and prayed some more. Things started to unfold and I seen what He was pointing out to me based upon some issues that were weighed heavily on my heart at the time and I didn’t even know it. He was preparing me. Ok. That’s cool.(sort of, because I felt stumped and lost for words )

James 1:2-4 tells us to “consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking for nothing.”

What I gathered prior to the scripture was the realization that lack of obedience, trust, courage and faith were key problems to carrying excess baggage. It is so easy to run away from our problems than to face them head on, plead our case before the Lord and allow him to guide us in handling it. But no! We want to take over and do it our way, in our timing because He takes too long. Bad choice. How will we ever overcome if we keep taking back something that we say we are handing over to him? Even when we are hurting and are scared of the outcome, trust Him and walk courageously away. Don’t turn around and say “What if”. If we are trusting and believing that He will take care of us then LET GO. Just take your hands off of it and Let God. Be encouraged no matter what your situation may be. There is nothing too big and nothing too great that our mighty and Sovereign God can’t take care of.

 

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