If You Feel That Tug……

Lord, I come humbly before you asking you to take away any fleshly desire that is in me. Remove things out of my life that are hinderances. I wanna do right, I wanna talk right, I want to let the light shine that you put in me. There is nothing in this world greater than you. Temporary joy is not eternal joy. I need you Jesus. I can’t live like this anymore. I fall to my knees with a broken heart… fighting tears. Lord I know you have been calling my name. I know I need to come back to You. It’s where I belong. No love outside of You is unconditonal. I am a sinner, I have backslidden. I have tried so hard to keep You away so that I can enjoy the pleasures of this world. I now see that they do not make me happy.

I feel that burn stirring within me when I know I am doing wrong. Whether it’s a worship song I hear in passing, the Sunday church bell ringing, seeing someone praying aloud ….I feel the tug. When this world weighs me down with issues beyond my control… I feel the tug. The Holy Spirit is nudging me on in such a sweet and kind way. I can’t do this life. I just can’t do anything without You. I NEED YOU LORD.

SPEAK TO ME

Dear Loved One,

I encourage you today to give your life to Christ. Allow him to help you. There is nothing this world can do that will fix your problems for good. It’s only temporary. Nothing is too big that Our God in heaven can’t fix. No sin will keep him from loving you. If you know Christ and walked away, COME BACK, if you don’t know Him at all, COME TO and let Him receive you with open arms. He’s waiting. Just come on HOME. To God be the glory! I lift you up today with a heart wanting you to start a new day in Him. It’s not too late. Let go of the worries, leave behind the people who mean you no good. Don’t look back at what you are leaving because there is no treasure found in it. Keep your heart and mind focused on Christ and move forward. This is my heart’s desire. My heart is heavy and calling out to the Lord on your behalf. We don’t know the day or hour that He’s coming back. May we just be ready when He does. If I never meet you in this life, I pray to see you in glory because I am heaven bound. Hallelujah!! Thank you Jesus!!!

Love your sister in Christ,

Terra

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Following Directions: Just whose GPS are you using anyway?!!

Living Simply In Abundance

I can’t begin to tell you how good God is. Just when we think we can get over a little bit…… NOPE! He will surely put us in our place. Sometimes His discipline may seem harsh but it is done in a loving way and it is for our own good. Trust and believe that I know this. Am I hardheaded? Yes I am and I know I’m not the only one out there who isn’t. Am I trying to become less of that way? Sure! Nothing happens overnight, but putting myself in a position to let God pilot ALONE seems to work much better. He seriously does not need a co-pilot at all!!

When we come to a time of rest on our journey the mode of prayer, reflection and regrouping seems to come into play. We know what we want to do and where we want to go spiritually…

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Breaking Up Fallow Ground: Dig Deep and Wide

Dear Father God, I pray in the name of Jesus that whomever this is meant for will receive this wholeheartedly. There is a breakthrough on the way. I bind any negativity that will try to stand in the way of the souls who need to hear and receive from You. Thank You for another day to make a difference. Bless each and every person who is able to make a change in their life through Christ Jesus if they just deny themselves and surrender to Your will. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Dear believers, it’s time to get to work. Our Lord and Savior needs us to be about His business. Time is of the essence. Turn that uncultivated land into cultivated. There is a great harvest ahead! Scripture tell us :

Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10;12 )

For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: ” Break up your ground left uncultivated for a season, so that you may not sow among thorns.” (Jeremiah 4:3 )

In order to sow good seeds, we must let go of anything that is keeping us from our full potential of walking with Christ. There are things that need to be weeded out….. bitterness, unforgiveness, a hard heart and any matter of such that doesn’t allow us to move forward. You want to bear good fruit right? Ask God to remove anything from you that is just pure junk. I’m calling it junk because it needs to go to the trash. It’s doing nothing more than cluttering your mind and your heart. In no way am I trying to be mean or not understanding because I’ve been there. If you have been following my blog then you know that I have had to release A LOT of things in order to grow. Cast your cares upon the the Lord and let your case be made known. Holding on to matters that is beyond your control will not help you. I can not and will not sugarcoat the Truth. By doing so, I am not helping you at all. Speaking in love and truth is the only way.

In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus tells a parable about a sower. He says that he ( the sower ) went out to sow some seeds and some fell along the path that were devoured by the birds because the Word was heard and not understood.( the enemy will come and snatch was was sown on the heart ), some sown on rocky ground in which the Word was was heard and received with joy but because there was no deep root to keep it flourishing, it died off.( when afflictions, persecutions and troubles come upon you, stumbling happens. You begin to waiver in your trust, your faith, doubting that God will come help you ) Then there were seeds sown among thorns. The Word was heard but the cares of THIS world choked and suffocated it. ( the riches, pleasures, decietfulness, etc.) and it proved unfruitful. Now we come to the seeds that were sown on good soil. The Word was heard and understood. It took ROOT. Now I have paraphrased this as to cut down on typing out the entire chapter. The clue I am giving: please read this chapter in full for yourself. Let God’s Word take root in your heart. Read His Word every day, study it and let it bear much fruit. Gain a clear understanding of His will for you and your purpose in life as a His beloved child. Pray and ask for understanding.  He will provide it for you.

As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty. ( Matthew 13;23 AMP )

Examine your hearts and see what is revealed. It may be a hard thing to do but if you are truly honest with yourself and want to please the Lord, then being obedient to His will and his way rather than your own is the best wayt to go. The Lord wants to do so much for you and through you. Don’t just be a Hearer of the Word, be a Doer of the Word. 

I love you and want to see and hear of your growth in the Lord. May the seeds you sow grow and flourish like never before. I’m praying for you! Now go put on your gloves and prepare to get dirty cause it’s time to clean house! I believe in you. If I can do it, so can you.

Be strong and encouraged in the Lord. You can do all things through Him.

All for His glory,

Terra

 

Following Directions: Just whose GPS are you using anyway?!!

I can’t begin to tell you how good God is. Just when we think we can get over a little bit…… NOPE! He will surely put us in our place. Sometimes His discipline may seem harsh but it is done in a loving way and it is for our own good. Trust and believe that I know this. Am I hardheaded? Yes I am and I know I’m not the only one out there who isn’t. Am I trying to become less of that way? Sure! Nothing happens overnight, but putting myself in a position to let God pilot ALONE seems to work much better. He seriously does not need a co-pilot at all!!

When we come to a time of rest on our journey the mode of prayer, reflection and regrouping seems to come into play. We know what we want to do and where we want to go spiritually but it all should be carefully sought after with guidance of the Holy Spirit, taking none of our own decisions into account because we will likely end up in a ditch somewhere waiting for a tow truck to come pull us out. So the question we should ask ourselves  is “Just whose GPS are we using, God’s or our own?” To follow our own will ( directions ) most likely will put us back at the beginning of our journey in some form. We tend to think with our own thoughts and feelings. We begin to sway back and forth as to what to do, which way seems easier and will get us to our destination the fastest all the while, we are just setting ourselves up to become frustrated and without peace in our heart. To follow God’s will, that path is straight leading us in the right direction the entire time WITH peace. In Colossians 3:15 it says ” And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds,in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

With this personal lesson learned once again, I really need to slow down more and think before I take any action. I thank God for coming to my rescue. He saved me from myself, the stress I was putting myself under and got me back on track. Did I learn something from this? You best believe I did because I hit a pothole big enough to wake me up out of the lane I was traveling in. You too can learn from my lesson if you haven’t already. There is always room for growth in us all. When we make a mistake, admit it and ask God to get us back on course. His GPS works sooooo much better!

My prayer for us both is that we allow God to set our course before us and that we are willing to be compliant. May our hearts and minds be set on Him and all that he has for us leaving no room to be co-pilots on our journey in this life that we live. Obedience is a key factor to moving in the right direction. May the grace of the Most High be enough for us as we realize that he is God and we are not. We don’t deserve but the love shown and given should be appreciated. He’s brought us a mighty long way and He isn’t done with us yet.

Blessings to you in the name of Christ our Risen Savior……..

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.

Breaking Me of My Own Will

Heavenly Father, I pray that your will, your way and your Word be embedded within my heart to reach out to those who need and seek you. I pray that your strength, comfort, blessings and your abounding love moves gently yet swiftly over your children. Remove the spiritual blinders that we carry that blocks us from receiving all that you have for us. Break us of our own will that we may be made perfect in You. May we seek righteousness, show compassion, be merciful and show grace towards others even when we feel that that they don’t deserve it. We are not in a place to judge anyone. You are the Judge, the Ruler. My God in heaven, remove the shackles that weigh us down and slows up our process in doing your will for our lives. May we strive to be a living example to those around us in a Christlike manner. I speak with authority in Christ Jesus that any negative seeds planted be uprooted and removed. I bind up everything that Satan tries to use against us to keep us from doing your will. I pray healing and deliverance from the crown of our heads to the souls of our feet. In Jesus name, Amen.
Where do I begin from here. Well today (actually this morning) has been challenging within itself to some degree. Emotional roadblocks here and there. Detours, twist and turns from out the blue. Geez, I wasn’t sure if things were going to get better. Well, I knew they would as long as I stayed focused and didn’t allow the troubles of the world to control and dictate my day. I know I can always count on God to bring me through the smallest things, knowing that He has moved mountains in my life before as well as storms that raged and blew mightily when I didn’t think I could recover from, but He did. Okay Terra, here we go again with being shaped and molded. I didn’t realize it at the time. He is creating a new woman in me. I am being refined by The Potter. It sounds lovely but it ain’t pretty y’all! Just think about pottery and everything that needs to take place in order to make it what the creator designed it to be! Amazing. 
Whoa, let me save that subject for another time. That sounds like some good stuff. ( smiling )
Let me get back on track. God is breaking me of my own will. This must take place in order for me to change bad habits, ways of thinking and doing. I must tell you that He is right up in my face! God may show himself in suttle ways and then BAM! There are times when you know he is on your case. That was me today. Feeling a litte flustered and moody. Sometimes it can be the smallest things that can set us off. Dumb stuff at that! I can laugh about it now, but during a time of stubborn mind thinking I wanted to have MY WAY. It felt good to feel that way though I know it was wrong and I was determined to have just that. ” Oh no you won’t ” is what  I heard as I was driving down the highway. As a parent corrects a child for their own good, God was doing just that in me. He was not about to let me throw a fit over something that I just needed to take time to pray about and let go until a way was found to deal with such matter. In my mind I was thinking and kinda acting bratty saying ” Omgosh, are you serious?!! Ugh. Fine then. Good grief! ” Needless to say, I let the matter of the heart go because I know His plan has a greater purpose than letting me have my way. Yes conviction set in and I just road the rest of the way to my destination reflecting. It was for my own good that I yielded. Ahh. I relaxed and smiled from that point. Why fight. I wasn’t going to win anyway! Might as well hear, receive and learn an on-the-go lesson. A seed was planted. Now as to how I care and tend to that seed is up to me. I want to reap a good harvest, so I will choose to take care of it properly day by day. 
In this, I want you to know that there is nothing wrong with having your will broken. We don’t know what’s best for us. Thankfully God does. Breaking of our own will is truly needed to grow. If we want to see a change then just ask God to help you do something you can’t do own your own if He doesn’t do it for you. I think he gives us chances to do it the easy way in so many words but if we chose to ignore, he will likley break us down to get our attention. Just like a good parent should do, He will dicipline us for our own good. Be encouraged and know God will work it out. Whatever it may be.
Thank you Lord for showing and allowing me to see where I was wrong so I could move forward. I pray the same for everyone that they too shall receive and reap a good harvest after their will has been broken and yours has taken it’s place. In love I thank you for teaching me what’s right.