Happy Blessed New Year 2018

May the hand of the Lord rest upon you, bless you, strengthen and bless you in abundance. May your health become better, your mind become sharper, your heart become stronger and filled with more love and peace and less with stress. You’ve been BLESSED to see a new day… a new YEAR! Take care of yourself, love on others more and extend a helping hand to those less fortunate however it may be. From my heart to yours I pray this new year is prosperous and full of joy. Peace and safety for the path that your foot follows. Guidance and light toward what is good for you mentally, physically and spiritually. 


In Christ, 

Terra 

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Birth, Blessings, Wisdom & Friendship 

​For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as  yet  there  were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. Psalms 139:13-18 NKJV

Two days ago was my birthday. Yup. September 6th… 

Another day to be a little wiser, a little stronger, more loving and thankful. Another day to live the life created for me by my heavenly Father. 

Staying awake until midnight to pray and thank the Father for many things before catching some zzz’s, a peace came over me as I pondered about this life of mine. Getting older and growing wiser isn’t a bad thing. In society we tend to focus on particular numbers when we celebrate a birthday and anniversary but what’s really wrong with the in between numbers?

Nothing. Nothing at all. 

Life can pass us by if we wait to have celebratory times to cherish based upon a particular year or age to do so. What if that day never comes? I pose this question because of a comment made to me. Not that I took offense to it but it just made me think.

“Why not celebrate where I am in life, why not make a big deal to be age __?” 

My Father has counted every hair on my head and has ordered my steps before my life came to be so why not celebrate today each day that I’m given because tomorrow isn’t promised to no one.

Just think about that for a minute.

As a believer and lover of Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior my life is not my own. It is He who lives within me. I am to live this life for Him, to love others and be a light. I’m a wife, mother, daughter and friend. I want my days on this Earth to reflect my life in Him.
Am I living to my fullest potential? Are you? Some of us may feel or believe that we are at the peak of success or have reached a plateau or even still climbing from the bottom but what does it really matter if it’s not done in Christ giving glory and honor and loving with all of our heart, mind, body, soul and strength. What has one hand extended to do for another in His name that wasn’t about you? I have asked myself these questions just as well. 

Daily I desire to be all that I can be in Jesus. I work some days with more emphasis than others but my goal.. my mindset is set on reaching hearts for Him all across the globe. It’s set on being an obedient daughter of His, the wife, mother, neighbor and friend who models the life of the One who chose me and gave me life. Not just my earthly life but most importantly my spiritual life for without Him I am nothing. I am ineffective. I’m suppose to be the hands and feet of Jesus. So when I leave this world at whatever age that may be I pray that what I have left behind is a life worthy of Him that others will want to live the same. 

I’m not here to follow the ways of the world and place a higher regard to what society thinks and feels. This life has a constant measure that changes like a shifting of the wind. The emotions of humans sway one moment to the next. One thing is valued more than the other. It’s not like that with God my Father. His weights and scales are not the same. What’s important to Him is not on the same level of us. 

With that said  I want to see with His eyes, love like Him, allow what’s important to Him to be important to me. Yes life will throw curve balls but I want to celebrate my life in the now, rejoice in the fact, the known Truth that He got me. There’s nothing that comes my way that the Lord has not already taken care of. So I thank Him for the years I’ve seen so far, the wisdom gained, the blessings given and the friendships along the way that steer me in the right direction. 

I encourage you to live and love your life today. Celebrate the husband/wife/children you have been given. You are here today. There is a reason for it. Those ‘golden years’ that society has deemed a day of celebration or that year that it’s okay to party it up because your the age __ may never come. Life can be golden now. Today. Simply because you have Jesus. 

Today the Father has blessed you with life, given you the Son that’s the best gift ever and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you through this life. Nothing can be more grand. 

God bless you on your path. Be thankful along the way for He’s been good to you more than you’ll ever realize. 

Good Morning Beautiful People!

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This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Happy Monday one and all. Today may not look like you want it to but remember that your steps are ordered by the Lord all you who belong to Him. Not one step, word or thought has been missed by Him. Not everyone has made it to see a new day but YOU have. Take heart beloved! Look to the Lord of our salvation and ask Him to plan out your day. Someone is standing in the need of prayer, a blessing, a hug and a kind smile. You have more to offer than you know. Be blessed and be a blessing! ❤🙏

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV

Life Withers and Issues Fade Except The Word of God

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The Lord is Everywhere

I Peter 1:22-25 NKJV

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Do we recognize that God is everywhere and in all things? He is the Creator of heaven and earth and all things in it.

This morning when I was reading a devotional plan that I follow on YouVersion called “Now Is The Time: Acts Adult Journey” today’s devotional sat a little deep with me today. It really gave me a lot to think about.

Do our words and actions seem fit for the Holy One that surrounds us? The scripture for this Bible reading was Acts chapter 7. (Stephen was stoned to death for speaking truth.) At the end of the reading a reflection and respond was posed:

REFLECT :

Where do you think God dwells? In church buildings or in the whole universe—including the places where you live, labor, or enjoy leisure? Can we feel God’s presence everywhere? Can we be faithful anywhere?

RESPOND:

Ask God to help you acknowledge him wherever you are, and to be faithful to him. In four different places today, thank God that it is his space—God’s Personal Space (GPS). You do not need to close your eyes to tell him. Take a moment to share this divine experience with others!

Gracious God, thank you that my family, friends, and I are all in your personal space. Please help me to know your personal presence – your GPS – as did Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Stephen and so many other men and women.

While I was beginning to feel some kind of way as my morning progressed I went outside to pull weeds. ( I tend do a lot of thinking outdoors for various reasons and to also capture a pic of a butterfly if possible ) Anyways, I walked up the driveway to clean out another flower bed and noticed an overgrown lawn since the neighbors moved out. The real estate company has not been by to maintain the grass. I digress.

The pretty yellow and tall standing dandelions setting against the sky……..

Amazing

Breathtaking

GOD IS IN EVERYTHING.

His presence surrounds me and I’m feeling it in this very moment. It washes away the thoughts of things bothering me. Loving that sibling in the Lord that’s hard to love, putting another kid through college this coming fall as well as accepting the fact that my nest of 5 children will go down to 3, the heartache I bear of knowing that my very best friend lost her mother over the weekend and the list goes on and on.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Life changes in some shape or form but God never does and neither does His Word. I can take hold of that and stand firm because it’s true. If I love and trust the Lord with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind and all my strength then I can follow through accordingly with all things. He’s there with me.

He’s present. Right here with me. And you.

Dear friends,  do you feel the presence of the Lord here with you today? Just take a look around and see Him. He’s there. How worthy He is to acknowledge and spend time with. God bless each and every heart this day.  I pray that you are encouraged today in some way. I know that I am.

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

Blessings in the Butterfly

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Quote credit: Power of the Same

Oh how blessed we are when the Lord leads us. When we take self out of the equation and realize that everything is about Him, things will become less complicated. To Christ we give the glory and honor. To Him we give the praise. Our lives are transformed day to day because He lives within us. I know no one who is in the business of transforming lives greater than Christ Jesus. Butterflies fly great distances when their mission serves a purpose.

My dearest brothers and sisters reading this, I encourage you to examine your heart day to day and see what it is that the Lord has for you to do. I will be doing this myself. As humans our flesh craves to be selfish… to do what we want to say and do. It’s natural but it’s not right especially when we belong to Jesus. We don’t belong to ourselves. We belong to Him so our thoughts and desires should align with his will and his purpose.

We are new creatures. We should be dying to self daily. I love butterflies more than you could ever know for various reasons. But when I think about them in the context of my life in Christ, I am changed.
I am transformed.

I am able to bloom, fly and do all that I am empowered to say and do because He’s given me a brand new life. My life song is  different. It should be different. Yours should be also. So let us shift our thought process. What we do should not be of greater concern than Who is leading us. We would not be able to do what we do or be affective in the way that we are without Him. Remember that our life and what we do is not about us. It’s all about Jesus.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Butterfly blessings,
Terra

Merry Christmas to All!

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From inside my door I have captured so many great memories, revelations, blessings and friendships.  It’s because of YOU my dear readers from all across the world.  I thank you for your support, love, prayers and encouragement over the year. God surely has blessed me time and time again!

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we reflect on the reason why we celebrate this time of year!! I pray that you and yours enter into a New Year growing more and more intimate with He who has done more than we could ever grasp in a lifetime.

Continue to walk and talk in love, build one another up and serve with a whole heart filled with gratitude as if doing unto the Lord always. Seek His heart and ways that it will be edifying to the Kingdom. May His mercy and grace be with you, His peace and joy reside within yet shine out for the entire world to see! Be that light set up on a hill and tell those who will listen what the Lord has done in your life!

With love, prayers and encouragement I extend to you all so graciously in Christ our King,

Terra

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

All I Need for Christmas is Jesus

Photo Credit: outreach.com

Photo Credit: outreach.com

I simply cannot explain these feelings that have been welling up in my soul lately as we approach Christmas. While Jesus is the reason for the season, like a flower blooming petal after petal, a swarming of love and adoration for Christ has covered me like an abundance of sweet honey reserved just for the best. Jesus Christ is our best. He is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Not just for Christmas, but for all time.

All I need for Christmas is Jesus.

Teaching my children why we celebrate Christmas is very important. While decorating for the holidays, giving and receiving gifts comes with tradition, the main focus is on Christ and His coming to earth in the form of man. (starting off as a baby of course). Lately I have being drawing closer to Him asking that my eyes be opened like never before and that my ears be tentative to my surroundings. Having a little talk with Jesus is like chicken noodle soup for the soul. That’s just my opinion.

I remember some years ago that I would become overwhelmed with the Christmas season approaching. It was more emotional than physical. I would become saddened and somewhat lethargic. I say this because my eyes were set on the wrong things and I was always “thirsty”.

I’m not one to do the Christmas shopping in my house for the most part. Thankfully it has always been my husband because no one would get anything most likely had it been left up to me to go out in the chaos and mass of people rushing, shoving, cursing and just flat-out been mean-spirited. Plus, I don’t have that kind of patience. Having 5 babies back to back kept me busy so it just became easier for my dear husband to do. I digress but for a moment!

My thoughts always went back to my childhood. While I had a pretty decent life growing up, I always felt something missing.

Jesus wasn’t there. 

Feeling confused and happy at the same time was just weird. Plain old strange and yet I managed to get through another holiday season. I could not wait for the holidays to pass.

Recently, my heart was on a couple of senior citizens who were in need of some items that they needed. It was an article I caught in the newspaper that came from the aid of the Salvation Army. I told my husband about it and that I wanted to sponsor the people’s needs. While my eyes glazed over the many people young and old with a wish list, I wondered even more about those lost. The lost who needed Jesus; the very One who is our ever-present help, comfort and aid.

I began to cry. Not just because some cannot afford material needs and wants, but that many go lacking without a Savior.How often we walk daily without Him. As Christians and sinners alike ,but first as human beings, we find ourselves at times trying to do things on our own. We try to make things happen within our own power and might. We fix our eyes on higher prizes and treasures beyond our means. Some are just desires to want, want,want. Fleshly things. Things that will pass. Treasures that will not go with us on a U-Haul when we leave this old world.

Getting caught up over-shopping and over-spending will give anyone a headache and then possible regret for debt than may take a while to pay off when we “rob Peter to pay Paul”. That’s a saying I got from my Mom. Maybe you’ve heard of it before.

Nevertheless, we need peace and true joy. It can only be found in Christ Jesus. He will make us whole. He can satisfy our deepest needs. Will you invite Him into your life? Will you  allow God to direct your life, your finances, your will, wants and your plans that they will align with His?

While I am not attempting to take away your joy of shopping for your friends and loved ones, I just want to provide you with the opportunity to receive the greatest gift of all this year as we bring 2013 to a close. Health may have fallen, bills may be behind and loved ones may have turned their backs on you but know that there is a risen Savior who is waiting to receive you today.

I want to share with you a song I heard on the radio yesterday. I don’t drive much if I can help it but when I do, I tend to listen to uplifting music to carry me throughout my day. This song about had me in tears. No matter what we are going through, we must know that we cannot do anything in this life without the Lord no matter how hard we try. I know for myself that I cannot walk without Him holding my hand. This song has become one of my favorite and it lingers within me to the point of praise.

All we NEED for Christmas is Jesus Christ. If we trust God, He will provide all that we need and bless us with our wants. By His grace we have what we have. May we be thankful for the little and great. Be blessed one and all. You are loved, cherished and prayed for.

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you  not of more value than they?” But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6: 26, 33 NKJV

To God be the glory now and forevermore,

Terra