Friday Praise! Jesus Gave the Best for Me

 

Happy Blessed Friday Beloveds!

Let us worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) on this day that has been given to us! Aren’t you excited that Jesus lives and that He gave His best for you and me?!!

May the hand of the Lord rest upon you and your loved ones. Sing praises and take delight in the Holy One for His mercy and grace are poured out daily. Hallelujah!

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
 Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King. – Psalms 98:4-6 NKJV

God, You are Amazing!

 

Happy Blessed Friday to you all!

My hope and prayer is that today be one filled with praise and adoration of our Lord. Many are not here to see today but YOU are. Though the world is going through some chaotic times, may we look to the One who is able to sustain us, give us peace beyond all understanding and strength to love and support one another as we are called to do for nothing is too hard for God. Nothing! Let us worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

This day I’d just like to share a song with you that is currently blessing me in the moment as I am going about my morning. Sing along and allow the words to saturate your mind,body and soul. Be blessed and be a blessing to someone every chance you get. Enjoy!

17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV

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.

The Runaway Bride

If you are thinking about the movie The Runaway Bride featuring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, I am so far from that! Sorry. Not sure if it is a good movie or not but…… when I get a word from the Holy Spirit I either move in obedience or I don’t. The title came to me out of nowhere. I was sitting down minding my own business when a spoken word came. Things that make you go Hmmmm.

The video will do all the talking for me but as a fellow sister and blogger, I wanted to reach out through typing as well. I’ve missed writing to you all! Please know that I continue to write but I will also be sharing messages through my YouTube vlogs. I’m becoming a bit more comfortable doing it so here we go! Remember that God loves you and adores you. I did not speak or emphasize this portion of scripture on video but I wanted to share it with you  here. And the Word tells us in the book of Ephesians:

Instructions for Christian Households

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33)

So I implore you brothers and sisters in Christ to cleave to Him as the Head of your life whether you are single or married. Be the best bride you can be and do it with all your might and strength in the Lord with love and adoration.

Be blessed and encouraged always in the Lord,

Terra

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23 ESV)

Treasure up Wisdom

Wisdom

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; (Proverbs 2:1-10 ESV)

 

It is worth counting the cost of having godly wisdom. God’s Word gives us valuable words of wisdom that can keep us from going in places and speaking of things that can impact us greatly. Ask yourself “Where is my treasure stored up?” I am reminded of King Solomon and all the vast wealth that he had yet the one thing that he wanted the most was wisdom.

That impressed me.

When I came to read about him long ago I really don’t think that it hit me until a few years ago when I was really wanting more of the Lord in my life and seeking for His ways that were holy and righteous. It came to me like a panting deer in search of water. I wanted this wisdom. I needed this wisdom. So with that said I asked the Lord for it. I have been gifted with some great things from the Lord but I wanted this wisdom with all my heart. What a treasure indeed it has been in my life.

Let me share an excerpt from the Bible in regards to King Solomon request for wisdom….

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

3 Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. 2 The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.

3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (1 Kings 3:1-14)

How does that grab you?

Now we may never mount up to become a king or queen somewhere but who we are in Christ Jesus is just as prestigious. Actually more prestigious in my opinion. In the Bible there were great rulers yet they went down in destruction. Having knowledge is one thing and yet having knowledge and wisdom is another. To have both is rewarding especially when they come from the Lord. Who wouldn’t want that? Acquiring these things are weighty, yes, but they are truly valuable. Indispensable.

The choices we make in life can cost us greatly. The path we take will lead us in a direction of good or evil. This is basic and fundamental information for all whether we are born again believers or not. Integrity is on the line. I choose the way of the Lord and I pray you do as well. We are human and we will make mistakes along the way but if we intently seek the Lord with all our hearts wanting His guidance for all that we say and do than let us go forward in His strength and power trusting that we will receive all that we ask for in His name.

Jesus tells us believers “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV)

Today I hope I have shared a word with you that makes you think. The Lord wants the best for us as His children. Will we choose to do right? Will we choose to make wise choices and use discernment on a daily basis? I pray so. May the Lord bless you this day.

Peace and love in Christ Jesus

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matt 6:21, Luke 12:34 NLT)

* Dear Readers, I am sharing this post of mine from my new website: livingabundant.us The Lord has spoken to my heart and I can only be obedient. I do pray that you will continue to follow my blog over there. I am still in the beginning phase of this transition so please know that this site will still be left up and active because I am still being fed by your ministries. I love the community I have here. I have been blessed with many new brothers and sisters in Christ and have grown tremendously from insightful writings that you all have shared. I am looking forward to all that He has in store for me in my ministry for the kingdom. God bless you with love in Christ , Terra

God Knew Me: The Before, After & In Between of Abortion

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..."(Jeremiah 1:5)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”(Jeremiah 1:5)

Lord, I thank You for my life and that of all of the children I given birth to. I even thank you for the life created in me that did not survive. Every thing has its purpose and its time. May my lesson in life, loss and hope be of treasure to one if not more for Your Word does not go out void.

*The above picture is of one of my Bibles, my oldest daughter Divine Hope’s umbilical cord clip, one of her first pair of socks and her first pair of church shoes! This young lady is 17 years of age soon to graduate from high school and then off to college. I thank the Lord for her always.

(sigh) While I know abortion is a very sensitive and touchy subject I am willing to share my story, my pain and my healing. I pray for the hearts, minds and bodies of all women who have endured various types of abortions. Please know that I am not here to condemn one soul but to inspire and encourage. I am not God nor am I a medical advisor. What I am is a living and breathing testimony to the love of the One who saved me through my sins, my past and my pain. No one can lead us and guide us into doing what is right except He Who is the Giver of Life. PRAYER CHANGES EVERYTHING

The Holy Bible tells us that God knew us before we were born. He knew us before we were even conceived.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you. (Psalms 139: 13-18)

With teary eyes and a heart that still aches from time to time over the life I never got fully embrace, I am being obedient to the Lord to share with you my loss and my hope. About a month ago this subject was placed on my heart and I began to write but could not finish. I barely got through it without crying. Though the Father has blessed my husband and I many times over with a womb to carry and deliver and raise up 5 children, I still remember the baby I lost. I was in my 1 trimester. Now though in the medical world, it’s not considered a baby at that point it is still a life being formed. I am not going to attempt to try to break down the gestation so bear with me. My point is to say that LIFE is growing and developing inside the womb NO MATTER what it (baby) looks like.

As I was saying before, I miscarried (spontaneous abortion). My baby was not to be seen ever again. While not trying to be too graphic as the reminder still sits fresh with me I thought I was having a bad monthly period until I seen an unusually large clot fall into the toilet. Being that I was a young woman in my early 20’s and still maturing mentally and physically something in my heart didn’t feel right. A part of me wanted to scoop what dispersed out of my body into a bag before calling my husband into the bathroom to tell him that something was wrong with me. I thank God for Tim and his profession. He is a RN so I am always asking questions to this day. Anyway, I got myself together and off I went to see a doctor just to find out that I was actually pregnant but was miscarrying at that time.

That was one of the saddest days of my life. I cried, I wept and I mourned for the longest. Only God knew why my pregnancy did not continue. Maybe my baby was sick. I really don’t know. The only thing I was assured of was that God was in control and I trusted Him through it all. I was so grateful and thankful that I had my husband by my side to comfort and console me as I did him. I remember us going home, getting down on our knees and praying.

Gosh this is so hard to tell and relive all over again. “Father God I am truly trusting you as I open up my life once more to a bunch of folk I do not even know because  as You already know, I do not talk about this with anyone or share it unless I really have to and it’s usually only a doctor when I am doing medical history type of stuff. I pray Your will be done in my obedience because it’s really not about me. It’s about You. I lay my tears before the throne and cast my cares and concerns at Your feet. Touch the woman, the young girl who has miscarried or had chosen to abort her baby for whatever reason. Let them know that You love them no matter what. Lord provide a ram in the bush for the one considering the pill or the clinic to rid their body of the life You knew; the life that was created for Your glory. God You are the giver and taker of life. Not us. You knew us all by name and we are alive to see it. The unformed child and the one growing deserves a chance at life, a chance to make a difference in this world. We do not know the plans You set in place for the unborn. I ask that someone or some thing comes into the path of the brokenhearted ,misguided and blinded. I bind up the lies the enemy plans and carries out. Let the weary soul be set free to do what’s right. May the mind be placed in rest and in peace when they choose to seek You before carrying out such a tragic procedure that could cost them their life just as well as the unborn child that will have a heartbeat soon to stop. May Your light shine, Your love fill up and Your arms cover and shelter the mother-to-be as she makes one of the biggest decisions of her life. Once the human life is gone, there’s no turning back. The only thing left is a bunch of pain and memories even if they are suppressed. Lord, I seek Your face on behalf of hurting. I pray that they turn not to the human first for guidance but to You because I know that You can not and will not steer us wrong. In the mighty Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”

I had to say a prayer in the middle of this post. I refuse to allow the enemy to deter me from speaking up and speaking out. Ok I suppose I can get back to ending my personal story and ending it with a word of encouragement. This is my hope.

Needless to say, God brought healing and filled my womb once again with love that spilled over into life after my loss in due time. He is my Rock, my Shelter, Great Physician, Healer, Deliverer, Redeemer and Love. What He has done for me, I know that  He can do for you too. I believe it because I am a witness to all He’s brought me through. Now your story may be worse than mine especially if you have had an abortion by choice. God forgives you. His love does not change like the wind. He is Divine. Do not allow the world and the ways of it to deceive you into doing something that is wrong. Indeed it is a sin to kill and it is one of  God’s commandments. (Exodus 20 verse 13 Thou shalt not kill.)

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalms 127:3

I do not condemn you for your past or your choices for we all have sinned in one way or another. 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:3-4

I am not your judge and I will not judge. Only God who reigns above brings judgement. He is THEE JUDGE. I am called to love you like Christ. This is the One  who gave up His life on the cross for all of our sins past and present. So even if the love of the world does not show it like it should, He is the One who does not love like the world. Is does not sway and it does not change. It is unconditional.

I do pray that those who are believers and followers of Christ Jesus strive each and every day to show His love to all just as He has shown to us. May mercy and some grace be given and shown to those who have done wrong in the sight of the Lord because He is mighty and able to save and deliver just as He has done already for so many of us.

To God be the glory forevermore. Amen.

Be encouraged, strengthened renewed. Seek the Lord today and allow Him to order your steps….

Love and Blessings in Christ the Savior,

Terra