You’re a PJ! (Precious Jewel)

image I will greatly rejoice in the Lord , my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 KJV

 If you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ then stand up and give him some praise! Hallelujah for we are sons and daughters of the Most High God who created the heavens and the earth! His Word says that we are CHOSEN, we are ROYAL, we are a holy nation, His SPECIAL people that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The King James Version says that we are a PECULIAR people. Now what does that mean to you?

Brothers and sisters we are different therefore we should act different because we belong to God. (Ladies if you need your invisible crown go put it on right now unless you really have one. Hehe ) All jokes aside I am saying that we truly  need to stand erect and with a confidence because we have just reason to do so.

We are God’s precious jewels. We are PJ’s. We don’t need to be walking around as if we are orphaned and left alone. He is with us! God is for us and he chose you and me. Take heart believers and stand.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV

On this day I am full of joy in the Lord. When I read 1Peter 2:9 I straightened my back right up. I had to realize once again who I am and Who I belong to. I am a daughter of the wonderful Father and the bride of Christ who’s coming back one day for me. (and you) There is nothing on this earth or beyond the grave that can keep me from Him and his love. So if your head and heart is hanging low pick it up. All this week I’ve been dealing with things but I could only do what I know to do. Pray. I had to trust God with it all and I still am. I will not tell you to do something that I haven’t done myself. And even in the mist of your obstacles continue to give praise to the One who is worthy. When we praise Him our eyes become less focused on what’s getting us down for in due time the sun will shine again. Hallelujah! Glory to God saints. Be blessed and encouraged. Let praise fill your mouth and heart with thanksgiving. Remember that you ARE a PJ…a precious jewel.

I dedicate this to my friend and sister in Christ named Vicky D. whom I call PJ. She calls and texts me by that nickname. Long ago when we met in church and shared our hearts, tears and stories we began to rise above the ashes. While I dont know exactly how or when we began to call each other PJ, little did I know that these powerful, yet small set of words were written in the Bible. God is so amazing and brings His truths into light when you need them and are meant to share with all for a time such as this. God bless you always dear friend.

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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 

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)

In Bloom: Testify to the goodness of the Lord!

In one of those moments when I am unsure of myself, God sends reminders that He will be with me if I just be obedient. I don’t have to wait to see the outcome to trust Him. Faith is the step I take when it comes to the unknown. A couple of days ago I noticed my purple iris flowers budding and then one in full bloom early this morning as I got the kids off to school so I grabbed my camera as I gave kisses, hugs and words of blessings in route to them walking up the driveway.

This is the second part of my testimony.

The first part began a few years ago as I found myself always posting a message of encouragement to others on Facebook. Little did I know or realize that I was being watched. My words were taking root in the heart of many. My passion had always been in the children’s ministry at church. Babies have pretty much been my soft spot since a teen so I found myself nurturing that profession. Well one day a pastor’s wife that I am friends with pointed out this gift of exhortation that I seemingly carry.( this just shows how much I pay attention or at least paid attention to what I was saying and doing because it flowed naturally out of me. The pure joy I felt inside every morning I could not help but pour out to the world of Facebook people I encountered so I had no motives to gain attention of self but of the joy of the Lord.)

Before I knew it, things began to change as I learned things about myself in the Lord. Not exactly like a snowball effect but to some extent it seemed that way. Facebook would become something of the past for me. Little did I know I would be blogging and getting into photography. Now please hear me out. I am not tooting my horn because I have not one to toot! I went through some thangs! Happy, sad, frustrated, a little depression, lack of patience and confusion all mixed up into one. God was shifting me and taking me out of my comfort zone.

“What do I know about photography and blogging?” I asked myself. “Nothing!” All that I knew was that things were changing and I was uncomfortable with it initially. The blogging came first. The photography a little ways down the road. Oh my gosh! Tylenol became my BFF for a little while but in the process God brought people into my life to help me along the way! Thank you Lord!

Okay I see that I have 15 minutes to wrap this up before it hits midnight my time so let me get to my point.

I have a purpose for this post. God has placed upon my heart to open up a Testimony page/corner. Now I am still a bit lost at times on this blog set-up page but I know that I will figure it out soon. Now the reason is to encourage His children to always remember that His hand has been on you. Not just during the good times but just as much during the hard times. Our words carry weight. Our words can empower one another to press on and push through. We all have a testimony to at least ONE thing He has done in our lives right?!! I know there are more than just one because if we think back on how He saved us, provided for us and our families and our friends, the events we see on tv knowing that it was no one but Him who brought a miracle to light right before our very own eyes.

He has healed the sick when a doctor cannot begin to explain how someone’s body turned around miraculously. It was Jesus! It was He who placed it on the heart of others to financially bless someone who was in need. The spoken word, the seeds planted, the many prayers calling out to Him for a loved one to give their life over to Him for years had been answered, rebellious children, addiction to drugs and alcohol, broken relationships, homelessness, widowed etc. Do you see where I am going with this? I hope so!

We need to share with one another the goodness of the Lord. Whether it’s something that He done in our lives or that of someone we know we ought to share it. Give Him the honor and glory!! May we as brothers and sisters lift one another up in prayer and to also rejoice with one another when God has done great things!

With this said, had I not complied with the Lord and followed His guidance, I would not be here blogging today. I would not be finding myself outside in the rain, the heat and the snow taking pictures of any and everything! What I thought would never be possible for myself to say or do when put on the spot (in my own thinking) , God already provided. I just needed to walk in the direction He sent me and He would speak for me. He would show His love through my typing, my heart and my compassion as well as my desire to capture the nature of His creations on camera that was freely given to us. There are so many things that we take for granted. It’s good to sit still and just listen instead of telling Him what we think we can not do like Moses for example.

Exodus 4:

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

We really have no excuse now do we? God will equip His servants. He will not leave us stranded or abandoned. He provides and is faithful as always. He keeps His word. I stepped out so here I am! Far from being a public speaker or famed writer but I speak from the heart and with truth of the things placed upon me to do. I am just a willing vessel wanting to share the goodness of the Lord and what He has done in my life in hopes to inspire another soul to be encouraged.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Can I get an AMEN?!!

I look forward to setting up a page or at least a continual post so that we can fellowship with one another and share our testimonies! God is good all the time and all the time God is GOOD!

*My time has run out 29 minutes ago. Sorry!

Blessings one and all in Christ Jesus….

~Terra

I posted these pictures on my photography blog if you care to follow or take a look a more I have not posted here. Thanks in advance. 🙂

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Weeping & Rejoicing

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Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15 NKJV)

As I sit outdoors listening to the windchime clank back and forth melodically in tune with the warm winds, I find my thoughts passing through the skies with some somber feelings and those of rejoicing.

My sister in The Lord lost her mother recently. I cried and my heart still mourns yet I find comfort and rejoice with her because her mother has gone home to be with our Lord.

Thinking back over the last few weeks as well as the months, she and I have had conversations of laughter and those deep in prayer over various matters.

She is my sister. In Christ we share His blood.

One of the most profound conversations we have had is that of having a kindred spirit. Through one of my dark times I told her that she was like a sister (blood related, earthly type DNA kind of stuff) to me and that I truly appreciated her. You know what she told me?!! She said “Terra, I AM your sister!” While it may not seem like it grabs and clenches the heart to you, it spoke volumes to me and it still does!

Though we have never met in person (yet) we have built this relationship that seems as if it was meant to be and we carry on like we’ve known each other for years! As much as I talk about her to my kids and my husband I think they pretty much know everything I know about her.

My other brothers and sisters in The Lord that I have grown close to have impacted my life as well as I of theirs. My heart is blessed when I am thought of and their lives are shared with me. The in and out, the good and bad are taken up and treasured for in these times, prayers are lifted up over many things that we each face. We weep together and we rejoice together. I find comfort in this.

Kindred spirits…. kindred bloodline. These are the treasures I have through Christ in the multitude of brothers and sisters I have become close to over passing time. I look forward to joining together with many I have yet to meet and bond with.

Who would ever think that such treasure could be found in the “blogdom”. Surely not I a few years ago. I am a believer who’s “cup has runneth over”.

The Blood of Christ Jesus surpasses any earthly blood ties and connections that a DNA test could ever compile. With that said, I am completely satisfied.

Though this life is temporary and shall pass away, I trust and believe that Father God will provide for the motherless, fatherless, those without siblings and those simply in need of love and fellowship with those that they can connect with.

Miles away, distant lands and even language barriers may separate us but it is the bloodline of Christ that unites us forever.

Whether you are weeping or rejoicing I am with you doing the same. I am thankful for the overflow of love that’s been poured out and for that which is received.

If we never meet face to face in this life, I look forward to seeing you in glory!

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❤Sending You a Love Letter❤

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So who says that I have to know you to love you?!!

Dear Beloved,

I know we are kinda strangers and all….but I have such a love for you that it’s not on the normal side of this life!

God placed this love deep down within me.

I find myself thinking about you, praying for you and even shedding tears. I rejoice with you when you have good news to share and my heart mourns with you when you are sad. I ask myself what is it about you that draws me near.

“Terra, why on earth do you spend time thinking about people in the midnight hour when you could be sleeping? What about when you could just be relaxing and having some Me, Myself and I time?!!” Have you considered your agenda that’s already filled to the max? ( yes I talk to myself in my head of course! )

These are a few of the questions I ask myself and the answer is JESUS.

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You are such a precious and valuable treasure that the Lord loves! I can love you because he loved me first. I sit and wonder how your life is going, wondering if there is anything I can say or do to be a friend, a comforter, a shoulder to cry on or just be an ear to listen and hear you out. I pray for your family and your circumstances. I often pray for your salvation and your wellbeing. You name it and I’ve likely already prayed about it or it’s going to be prayed about.

When you come to mind, I can’t help but ask the Lord to meet your needs. I am so curious about you that I inquire of Him things that I can do as His vessel to be of service to you. I thank the Holy Spirit for guidance. I can’t do much without the greatest GPS to lead me. God is so good.

There is nothing I expect from you in return. It blesses my heart to bless you. Lord knows that I want the best for you and your family. I pray, asking that your life is blessed, that a hedge of protection surrounds you and that every thing you do that is of good standing with the Lord prospers.

Be filled with love, joy, hope and faith!

Beloved, just know that someone in this world loves you even if you think you aren’t loved or deserving of it. God loves you more than anyone on this earth and will never leave you.

Don’t turn your back on Love. God is the Master of Unconditional Love. I can’t love you quite like Him but with all that I have that’s been poured into my soul, I share with you. He gifts me with many blessings that I can’t help but pour back out to you.

Love never stops giving even if you try to fight it. Jesus Christ is the greatest example of Love. I want to be more like him each and every day. May my love and light shine that you will see it and receive it.

Hold on to your faith, cling heavily to the hem of Christ, be stedfast and immovable when life gets rocky. Call on the name of the Lord and he will come to you. Ask Him into your life if you have never met him. Repent and receive. He will welcome you with open arms.

I stand in hope that you are doing well today. I love you and I’m praying for you. If you need me, I’m not too hard to find.

Sincerely,
Terra

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The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV)