Faithful Friday Psalm & Hymn

Draw Me Nearer

Sitting in a quiet space reading the Holy Word filling my cup to overflow. I bless Thee O Lord. I praise thy holy Name.

Come Lord Jesus….

Father God,

I thank you for this faithful Friday. Many have come to see it and then many have not. In this hour that we have may we bless Your name. May we fill the atmosphere with praise. Most Holy One, I say that I love You and I need You always. Come fill me, speak to me and Your people that we can show love to the lost. We are Your vessels. Use us today to do Thy will. Please keep watch over us, strengthen us to do thy service. May the words we speak and meditations of our heart be acceptable in thy sight. Refrain our lips from anything that will hurt, harm and hinder. Be glorified Father. We speak and sing praises with a voice of declaration! In Thee we trust and have hope.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:1-22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/114/psa.103.1-22.nkjv

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Walking and Meditating in the New Year

Let me start by saying Happy Blessed New Year to you! It’s 2019 and you and I are still here to experience a new day. Again. Alive with the new mercies of the Lord showering on us. His grace is everlasting.

As we look back on last year let us not forget to press on into the new. The old us gone but not forgotten. We’ve gained and we’ve lost. You can take a moment to reflect if you like. Sometimes it’s hard to move on but we should anyway. God would not have us to stay stagnated. We will never see beyond where we are if we don’t walk and meditate.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:8-9

We can think on the goodness of the Lord and all that we have been blessed with. We are far from deserving but because of His great love for us and He sees our potential we can achieve so much more. I lost my mother 8mo ago and it’s been hard to move mentally at times. To write to you all and share a word of encouragement. Do I want to stay in a pit? No I do not.

I must walk and meditate because this life of mine is not just about me and how I’m feeling, what I want to do/ can’t do (or think I can’t). You are a part of it. Life will happen. There’s nothing we can do about it. This life is just a temporary dwelling. Passing through meeting others, living life and making a difference. I stand in hope that I can and will continue to do so in the name of the Lord. As a Christian I have a duty so I must say and do all that I can for the sake of winning souls for the Kingdom. We all have a date and we do not know when that time will be up.

*Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
*Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 119:105,133

I would hope that we don’t allow the impact of life’s issues good and bad to cause us to lose sight of the faithfulness of God. He’s the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Staying in His Word allowing it to comfort us, guide us, transform us and all the many other wonderful things it can do for our wellbeing will pay off. Others will see the hope we have in Christ Jesus to see us through every aspect of our lives. Stepping backwards, living in sin and giving up should not be an option.

May we step into the new giving God the praise and honor. He has purpose for you and I. We have much to offer, much to share with the world. May the influence we have in Him be a beacon of light. He is the Word and It is light in this dark world. Be a change, become a hope for the next person so they can see Jesus. I encourage you as I encourage myself to dig deeper in the Word this year. Less of self and more of Him. Pray often seeking to be strengthened to do His will. Meditate on His goodness and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you up with scripture for such a time that you will need to apply it. Whether it’s for self or another the seed planted will produce a harvest.

Today I leave you with a task. Make some time for the Lord. Go to Him with a sincere heart. Pray and ask what He has for you this year. He can bless others through the word of your testimony even while you may still be healing from a hurt. Even if you’ve been blessed greatly and have not given yourself over to greediness overlooking the poor and those in need. Whatever it may be there is still work to be done. There is still hope and an impact can be made.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 NKJV

Walk and Meditate. He will see you through. ❤️

For a Time Such as This

Who knows what lies ahead before you but God. You can be a risk taker by walking up to the door, opening it and walking through. Standing there won’t do much.

Faith without works is dead.

Like Esther, we can choose to do something about a situation we are faced with whether it’s good or bad.

Stepping out into unfamiliar territory can be scary. Even fearful. Ok maybe out of sheer laziness you just don’t want to do it. How about you are simply procrastinating. Raise your hand if I’m taking to you! (I raised mine.)

For a time such as this you may be called out to reach out to an enemy to bless them and pray for them.

For a time such as this the Lord may be calling you out to do a home Bible study, start a mens/womens ministry, go into the mission field where it may be dangerous. Thinking about giving up on love after a messy divorce? He can restore that calloused heart back to one that’s softened to one day bless with you that future spouse that was meant for you.

I can list a number of scenarios but the question that remains is: will you do it? Will you step forward no matter the cost? If God has called you to it He will equip you to get you through it. The Lord had a friend speak into my life many of times about some things and I kept brushing them off. I began to get the same things spoken into my life from others who didn’t know. The Lord even began to speak to me through devotionals.

I was like “Are you serious?!!”

I thank God that He’s loving, kind and patient. He won’t give up on you and the purpose for why He chose you.

God can do all things but fail. Trust Him even when you can’t see what will happen next. It’s not faith when you can see it. Step forward even if you are afraid to. If I can you can too.

Obedience is key. We will never know the impact that can be made in someone’s life if we choose not to move. I encourage you to move forward even if you have to do it afraid .

Blessings to you,

Terra 🦋

I CAN 

No matter what version you read it in it still points to Christ right down to the letter “t”.

•I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV
•I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. PHP 4:13‭, ‬23 AMP
•I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NET
I CAN…….

YOU CAN…….

WE CAN…….

                                     IN CHRIST


Be encouraged dear brothers and sisters of mine. If we belong to Jesus we can do all things in His strength no matter what it may be. 

God bless you always,

Terra 

The Treasures of Wisdom

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I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.“The  Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. When there  were no depths I was brought forth, When there  were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primal dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth, Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.“Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are  those  who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord ; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”(Proverbs 8:17‭, ‬22‭-‬36 NKJV)

A few days ago I was reading this chapter in the Book of Proverbs and I was totally drawn in.

Wisdom is far better than anything we desire or obtain. No riches, fame or glory can compare. That’s something deep to ponder. Just think about that for a moment.

Nothing is greater to have than wisdom. It can save us from many disasters that can be avoided. It can also bless us in ways we would not even expect. Anything is possible with the Lord when just adhere to his truths and ways . King Solomon asked for wisdom when the Lord appeared to him in a dream.

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it  is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how  to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (I Kings 3:5‭-‬14 NKJV)

C’mon now… he was just a kid! And he asked for wisdom?!! Just look at what the Lord did in his life. He gave him wisdom and some. A lot of it actually.

Who wouldn’t want godly wisdom? Well a foolish person wouldn’t of course. But really, who would not want wisdom. I personally asked the Lord for it. Not that I would obtain riches or anything but that I would have a mindset to live right, make decisions that were pleasing to Him, to be help to others any way that I could. It’s not about me. It’s about Him and I can’t see any other reason behind desiring to have it.

In the book of James he says: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.( James 1:5‭-‬8 ESV)

Stated in the passage above in Proverbs, Wisdom was already present before the world was formed. “The  Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. Proverbs 8:22‭-‬23 NKJV

Are we making a connection here? Knowing what we know about the Father and what He had done with all that our minds can comprehend, wisdom existed. It already was! God had a master plan and his blueprints were ready to be put into motion. With that said, we have some pretty serious stuff going on. We have something to work with that’s worthwhile because it comes from above. This is godly wisdom. Not earthly. It’s already been approved by God to pass on to us if we desire to have it.

The Word tells to not be wise in our own eyes. (Proverbs 3:7, Romans 12:16) There is nothing profitable in worldly wisdom compared to what the Lord offers us. In this human flesh we reside in, the carnal thoughts that become lofty thinking that we know it all it can actually get us into trouble. We were born into sin and our flesh desires to do the opposite of the Spirit so we have to pray and fight and desire to do what right and holy.

Look at this:Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.(Isaiah 5:21 NIV)

When we start looking, examining and giving birth to worldly wisdom and taking our eyes off of what is right in the eyes of God we are setting ourselves up for trouble. Remember that the devil comes as an angel of light. He can make things appear like they are glitter and gold. Now I’m not blaming him for everything but what I am saying is that when we are not walking in the way of the Lord through his eyes and understanding, we give a foothold to the enemy to blind us to true wisdom that is from above. It’s not temporary. It’s everlasting from one generation to the next.

Thought I’d just share some thoughts on wisdom and my daily need of it for on this life journey of mine, I walk and stand in desperate need of Jesus. Dying to the flesh, dying to my way of thinking, knowing and understanding keeps me at the feet of the Savior.

He saved ME and he saved YOU. Let us not get it twisted for we can never ever save ourselves.

Choose today Wisdom that produces good fruit in your life. Look to the Lord for all your help, desires and needs. Watch, wait and see for He will provide.

If you have the YouVersion app on your smartphone take a look at this devotional that I am currently doing. It has given me a lot to think about lately and to put into effect. God bless…

*you can download the app on your PC as well

Longing to Stay Thirsty

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

Psalms 63:1-8 NKJV

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

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

Do you wonder why?

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

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

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

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

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

Stay thirsty my friend…

Reckless Abandon

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Living Simply in Abundance

………………. reckless abandonment.

The exact words quenched my thirsty soul as if I was walking through a desert in search of water.

I found it. Or rather it found me in an email. Can you believe that?!! God has his own ways of getting our attention. Sometimes the most obvious ways I still  don’t catch onto for some reason. I can say that I’m so glad that He doesn’t give up flagging me down.

For a while now I’ve been in prayer about some things seemingly never getting a reply. Countless times it’s been “God, here I am again asking for an answer” in so many words. No reply.

Time passes by, events occur and seasons change in a spiritual sense and yet I still kept asking. Not like an annoying bee buzzing around His face but like a child in need of answers that the heart is longing for. The ache just wouldn’t go away.

“Daddy, Abba Father do you hear me?”

Slowly my questions are being answered. Then again perhaps I missed some that were already answered but I became distracted by other things while in wait.

How easily I allowed myself to get distracted and caught up. Ugh. Frustration showed it’s ugly head and I struggled with sleeping, thinking and emotionally functioning. The problem is that I went down the wrong path in waiting. Shame on me.

Believe me when I say that I don’t always get it right but I thank the Lord for His indispensable grace. I thank him for patiently waiting on his child to get back on track. To get my focus back in line.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 KJV

Now it’s not that I have not been reading my Bible or praying because I have. My focus had been more on the storms than on the One Who calms the storm. (what revelation as I write this. Wow. Thank you Holy Spirit)

Reckless abandon to the Almighty in all my ways. I throw up my hands without a care for the opinions and thoughts of others simply because my loyalty should be to Him, his thoughts and desires for my life. I am to please Him. Not man. My worship, my praise, my prayer and my direction has been thrown into the loving arms of the Savior who beckons the call to my obedience. Whatever He says I’ll do. (prayerfully I am listening carefully and also obeying at all times)

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction,and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily  at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. Proverbs 8:32-36.

By no other means can I get to the Father except through Christ. By no greater means can I be comforted and guided than by the Holy Spirit. I stand in need at all times. May I never forget that.

Reckless abandon and feeling relieved.

Is this your story or can you relate? Dear heart I encourage you on in prayer to be relentless, to have reckless abandonment to the Lord in all your ways. He knows that we will struggle, that we will fall, become discouraged and even tire while waiting but in doing so I rather we err on the side of the Lord than to fall into complete sin never giving an ounce of faith or a seed of hope to He who is able to supply all of our needs. God will not leave or nor forsake us. It’s in the waiting that we grow and our intimacy can grow stronger if we just hold on and don’t give up. These last days are so important. Will we continue to trust and believe that His timing and answers are right for us.  He knows what we need and when we need it. Keep holding on and stay steadfast in prayer.

Your sister in arms,
Terra