My Name Is………

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My name is _________.

Just when you ask God to open your eyes you get exactly that.

A couple of weeks ago I went to go meet up with my daughter to do lunch just driving along the way listening to the Christian radio channel bopping along and singing praises to the Lord.

Really. That’s what I was doing.

A familiar song came on that I hadn’t heard in a while and it came on me like a warm blanket. Ok no problem. This time the lyrics became just a bit more real to me in that moment. Wow. I pressed on to my destination at that point and I had another person to talk with in the vehicle on the way into town.

So as my daughter and I chatted along the way we waited at the stop light. Then the song came back after I felt like I had just been punched in the stomach.

My name is …… James

Asking for prayer. God Bless you” This is what was on the sign that James was holding as he crouched down to grab warmth against a poll with his face turned away from the cold wind. I pulled forward before the light turned green to ask him what I could pray about for him. At that very moment my heart filled with tears. I couldn’t leave without praying for him.

 

In those few moments I had enough time to learn a name, ask a question and pray for a stranger who grabbed my heart. With no choice but to pull off, I proceeded to leave. Can’t help but thank the Lord that the vehicles behind me didn’t beep their horns or yell at me for holding up traffic.

James is homeless and has been for at least 5 months now. He didn’t ask for money or food but prayer because he believes that prayers work.

(this is where I felt the punch in the stomach and I wanted to cry all at the same time)

Fast forward. I went to lunch with my daughter before she had to get back to campus. All the while, I couldn’t stop thinking about this man whose story had a grip on my heart. The Lord sent me back to look for him. I contacted my husband to share some stuff along the way. He was gone. James was not in the spot I last saw him. My heart panicked as I looked all over the area for him.

I called upon the Lord and asked Him to please PLEASE lead me back to the person put in my path. Whew. My daughter and I spotted him.

Thank you Jesus!!

I went back to fulfill the mission the given to me. To be in another town, I couldn’t see myself traveling back home knowing that I did not do what the Lord placed upon my heart.

Have you ever come across a My name is _____?

I’m sure you have. We all have at some point in our lives if we stopped to give someone the time of day to share their heart. No it doesn’t have to be a homeless person. It could be that mom in the grocery store with a crying kid or some parent with ornery acting children who’s giving them a run for their money, a senior citizen that wants to talk your ear off or who’s moving slow as ever in the line. Maybe it’s a cashier indirectly ranting about her day or that man or woman who’s dressed in such a way that society would turn their nose up to . I don’t know. There is always someone you will cross paths with directly or indirectly.

Everyone has a story. Every heart wants to be heard. Each life has a name and need our prayers.

Pray for All Men
2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:1-5)

Now believe me when I say that I am kinda shy. Well I guess I can be an introvert and extrovert when I want to be. Okay okay. I am a social butterfly by nature to a degree but to just go up and talk to a complete stranger is not in my character or so I thought though many of strangers approach me and just start sharing their story with me. I use to find it weird and strange in the beginning but I welcome those God places in my path. Now I can’t help but pray for them right then and there if it’s possible.

A man’s heart plans his way,But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

We must remember that we are the created and not the Creator. Our heavenly Father knows us better than we know ourselves and know what we are capable of doing. We limit ourselves and our abilities. God does not think that way. We all can come up with reasons as to why we can’t do this or that but if the Lord wants to accomplish something, he can and will use anybody to accomplish his will and purpose.

Are you willing to open up yourself to others with your time, talents and prayers? I personally know that I don’t want to stay the same and in my comfort zone. For the sake of Kingdom building, I want to be used by the Lord, to do His will with my life and the time given to me. I want to one day hear “Thy good and faithful servant”. I really do.

This world is not getting any better. Some many lives are in need of prayer and salvation. That’s what it’s all about. Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel. While we don’t have to push the Bible down someone’s throat, realize that we may be the only Bible some people will see. The Word even tells us:

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Hebrews 13:1-3 KJV

My name is Terra and I felt the need to share my encounter with a stranger with you. God bless you on your journey and faith walk with our Lord and Savior. We won’t always get it right but let us strive daily to die to self and to attain the goal for reaching the lost and misfortunate. Let us love on others just as Jesus loved us right where we were when He found us.

Here’s the song that I’ve always liked to listen to and which grabbed my heart in a whole new light the day I met James.

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Signing Up For Kingdom Work Requires Selflessness

Now this is just a LIE disguised in a pretty Unique word sugarcoated by the enemy until you read the fine print! ( above picture )

“Just because you are unique does not mean you are useful” (LIES LIES LIES of the deceiver!)

If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21 NLT)

God can take anything and any person regardless of what society says or thinks and use it for good. If you are feeling worthless, undeserving, crippled, bound by sin as well as any other thought that may apply to your life as you see it or the above pic of not being perfect or at least equipped to be used by Him, I am telling you right now to REBUKE that lie and to speak truth into yourself.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8 AMP)

Jesus did not die in vain. He did not die AFTER you came into a position to meet him once you have “gotten your life together” enough to be before his presence. We will never have it together enough in this life.

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He will meet you right where you are. Broken, shattered, lost in darkness, and full of sin. Come out from hiding behind your reasons and excuses of why you are not worthy, why you are not ready and your why why why list of reasons for not stepping out and doing what the Lord has called you to do.

He will equip you in every way no matter how you view circumstances with the natural eye. Trust Him. If you say you love him and trust him enough with your eternal salvation to live in heaven versus hell then why not trust him enough to lead you to do Kingdom work?

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Our God is in the business of refining, repairing and restoring.

Our life is not our own. We have been bought with a price. We are not to be lazy or passive and just sit around waiting for Christ to come back and get us, we are not to just live this human life as we do with no greater purpose.

Take the spiritual gifts that you have been given by the Lord and use them. Lives are awaiting to receive the Savior, to receive a word of encouragement, to be blessed with a helping hand with your time and talents. Whatever you have been called to do, do it with love and selflessness and may it be done unto the Lord with joy and a humble heart.

The Great Commission

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.(Matt.28:18-20 NKJV)

God bless you all at you take the courage to step outside yourself and your limitations for they are only of human thoughts of how change will manifest. The Lord will not lead you into the unknown without preparing you. He will send people into your life as well as the Holy Spirit to aid and comfort you.

In Christ I exhort you….

Gifts in Abundance

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Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I wanted to take this time to thank each any every one of you for your gifts of love and support shown to me on my blog. Your warm prayers and encouragement as well as Likes and Follows have meant a lot to me since I came to WordPress. I’ve been blogging almost a year now but it has been trying, yet greatly fruitful as I have been sowing seeds and reaping a harvest full of blessings from God and through you.

I want you to know that nothing you have written to me or shared though your own posts have been overlooked or taken for granted regardless if I have commented or not. You’ve spoken into my life and it has stretched me even more to step outside of myself and to touch the lives of others. Thank you.

What an amazing and wonderful God we serve! Praise his name!!

The gifts you have blessed me with as well as my family means so very much. Words really can never express my gratitude. I honestly pray for you all when you come to mind and I ask the Lord to bless you, watch over and protect you and your loved ones, to give you the strength, words, wisdom, knowledge, a stedfast foot and deep roots among other things to prosper you with His abundance as you go forth into the world being the hands and feet, to be that beacon of light unto others, to be a living example of Christ reaching out and sowing seeds of righteousness so that many lost in this world would walk up out of darkness into the great freedom, love, presence and salvation of the King! Be blessed in all you do!

There’s no greater gift (s) you can give me than what you’ve shown thus far. Much love from the Lord from my heart to yours……

The Vine and the Branches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[k] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

The Relationship of Believers to Each Other

12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other. ( John15:1-17 NIV )

Your sister in Christ,

Terra

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Feeding the Multitude

THIS COULD BE ANY ONE OF US……………….. NEVER SAY NEVER.

Typically this is not like me to write a random post without the leading of the Holy Spirit but then again, this could be such doing and my emotions and compassion for the lost, broken, and hungry have stepped forward in a bold moment. This message in regards to Feeding the Multitude applies to those who need physical nourishment as well as spiritual. We are called to go out and tend to them. The widows, the orphans, the sick and all. Believe me when I say that I am speaking to myself as well as you because we all need to pitch in and help. We are instructed to do this in an act of obedience and love.

The Outworking of Love

“By this we know love, because He laid down his life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” ( 1John 3:16-18 NKJV )

I could easily throw up a Thanksgiving Day picture fully decorated with all the delighful looking food and happy people, but I choose not to. The foundation of this celebration is about giving thanks to the Lord for all that He has done, bringing people together in fellowship and enjoying a meal. At least that is what I think it is. This is what I have learnt over the years as an adult. I didn’t grow up knowing that I was to give thanks unto the Lord and being grateful for my family and friends. It was just food cooked out of TRADITION. We ate and went our way year after year in my eyes and opinion. I am not, in no way throwing my parents under the bus so to speak. Maybe they didn’t know any better, but it wasn’t until I married that I learned the true meaning. It took some getting used to. ( and I still have a hard time getting in the swing of festivities believe it or not for that very reason ) Ok. Enough digressing. Back to getting on track with what I was saying.

Jesus is calling us out to go boldly in His name to preach the Gospel to the world and to take care of those in need. This place we live in isn’t getting any better and more lives are being lost daily. People are becoming more and more selfish by the minute. Where is the love? Where is the compassion? Do you really think it is good enough to look at the television or newspaper, the man standing on the corner, reading the “junk mail” that asks you to consider sponsoring a needy child over in another country, to drive past a food bank or shelter and say “Lord bless their hearts and provide for them” and so forth? NO. It’s not good enough.

Many of us can honestly say that we are blessed enough financially that we have a roof over our heads, a job, clothing on our back, good health, a good and sound mind to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, but how about the ones who can’t. Do we just rely on the state to take care of them? How about the volunteers willing to give their time willingly to help those who have less than? The answer should be NO. Who is looking out for their spiritual health at the same time? I am sure that some of them are richly blessed in spirit more so than some of us. They may not have a dime in their pocket but their hearts are rich in faith. That is something to think about.

I am not trying to convict anyone at all and if I have offended you, please forgive me, but realize that any given day your life could go from being on top to hitting rock bottom. Then what?? You will be that very same person that the world turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to. We reap what we sow. Now it’s up to you what you can give whether it’s financially or spiritually but being a bench warmer isn’t going to get it. It’s time to get proactive. Not just during the holiday seasons but during every day life.

This painful post is because I was sitting down eating dinner and my eyes began to well up with tears because of a story I read. A man lost everything and is now living under a bridge. Wife left him, he’s without a job and a home. But he was thankful for whatever food the shelter/ sponsoring businesses that rallied together to feed and clothe the homeless supplied. What caught my attention more than anything was that despite his situation, he was willing to share the Gospel with anyone willing to listen to him. In the mean time, he is holding on looking for that day to come when he can get back on his feet.

That’s HOPE.

Prayerfully, I want the Lord to direct my footsteps in the direction He wants me to go to in ministering to the lost. I can say that I know that I know that I KNOW that He is preparing me for something greater in my ministry. It’s all about Christ. Living who I strive to be in Him and taking care of those less fortunate however it may be. To God be the glory. May I be stripped of anything that is not pleasing to Him so that I may live a righteous life through him and be an example to those living in darkness.

Dear friends, I am not asking you to do a thing except pray and ask the Lord to direct your thoughts and footsteps. Think for a minute if you would and try to imagine yourself in the shoes of a sinner without repentance and salvation as well as the homeless person without. You can think back to the lost sinner you once were before Christ came into your life? Can you just imagine how you could live if you didn’t have the basic needs?

This is just Food for Thought.

May the God is Who is able to do all things but fail bless you and keep you always………

Terra

Reaching For the Stars: Comfort and Encouragement Through All Seasons

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2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

It’s in those quiet moments when I don’t know what to say or do that I find myself staring out the window if I’m not actually outside staring at the stars……. just watching in amazement of the creation God has placed before us. Yes my mind tends to wander off thinking about my day whether good or bad, but I tend to dream, think about those of you out there on the other side of my four walls wondering how you are doing, praying that the Lord continues to be the Light before your path. I think about the homeless, children out on the streets abandoned for whatever reason, those imprisoned in their minds as well as physical bondage. Everyday won’t be peaches and cream but I can’t help but care and hope and pray that God will rescue you in your time of hurt and despair, healing and closing wounds of the past and present hoping you will not give up waiting on Him.

Living simply in abundance. While we wait patiently on the Lord to come through, keep your eyes focused on him and not the problem. He IS our solution and the clock is set on his watch, not ours. Enjoy the life God has given you through all that is freely given to us such as the stars. Please forgive me if I seem to bounce around on this post but I am overjoyed that God has opened up some doors for me. What blessings I’ve received that seem to overflow! I’m grateful for the smallest things that He gives me like a butterfly passing by me, the stars shining brightly on a night I just can’t seem to fall asleep, a beautiful sunset, my wind chime! Can you believe I get excited over such things. God knows that these things make me happy! You’d think I won a bunch of money or a car or something but I find simple happiness in the things we all tend to take for granted. LIFE is another. Yes we may be facing hardship but we are alive right?!! God has blessed us with another day to see things with a different prospective. Waiting on an answer(s) with patience takes effort. Try to look for the positive in your day before you start complaining. Take a look around and see that you are blessed more than you know. God is in control and he WILL come through. Just wait and see. I did. If you could only see the brightest smile on my face. It’s priceless and I owe it ALL to my Heavenly Father. Dear friends, just know on those starry nights that you have a friend out there somewhere praying for you and I happen to be one of them. Much love to you all in Christ Jesus,

Terra

* Dear Father God, I pray for my friends today/tonight wherever they are. I pray that their steps are ordered in Your Word. May your manual for Life be embedded upon their hearts as they journey through their walk with You. Light their path with the great abundance of creation around them. May the sun, moon and stars be theirs, shining brightly upon each step they take. Wrap them in love and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Nourish their souls and give them strength to endure one day at a time, not adding any more stress to the current day for tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. These things I ask and pray in the name of Jesus your Son. Amen