Choose Joy

Choose what you will but remember that each choice will either help, hurt or hinder you from growing. I Choose Joy and His name is Jesus. My life, my happiness, all that I am and do is found in Him. No one or nothing else. People will fail you because we ALL make mistakes and are far from being perfect.

Life happens and can change from one minute to the next. Today is a gift from the Lord even if it started off bad for you. You are alive and breathing, right? You have a roof over your head, clothing on your back, food in your mouth and obviously a phone/laptop/computer to read this message. Someone is mourning a loved one who didn’t wake up to a new day, someone is stressing how to make ends meet, someone is worrying over a child who didn’t come home last night.

 
With all that is within you, I encourage you to choose Joy today while blood is still running warm through your veins. You can walk, talk, and live in the truth. You have more than some in this world. You are blessed even if you don’t see it or realize it. 

Jesus and the gift of salvation that He paid the ULTIMATE price for us all is the best thing that I could ever attain. Without Him I could not write something positive even when I am going through a hard day. Without Him, I cannot be the best wife, mother, friend and neighbor to the best of my ability. 

Many are about self but I am called to be selfless and to help others and love on them and to let them know that they too have the freedom of choice. 

Choose this day how you want the rest of your day and life to be. It’s not up to anyone else. You have the power and control to filter what goes in and out of your life. 

God bless you this day and all that He gives you for tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. 

In Christ, 

Terra 

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Happiness Today Is A Choice 

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are  noble, whatever things are  just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are  lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there  is any virtue and if there  is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8 NKJV 



I tend to smile A LOT!!! It’s part of who I am and I can’t help but try to bring a little happiness into the lives of others through my perspective. I tend to be optimistic about life and I trust Jesus Christ with my life. My happiness is in Him therefore I choose not to live life negatively.

Too much in the world that brings sorrow so why not look up and enjoy yourself right where you are. Today is a present and tomorrow isn’t promised so choose wisely what to filter in and out of your life.

Be blessed and encouraged one day at a time. 

That’s all you can do. ❤

70 Times 7… Really Lord? Forgiving Your Brother/Sister

That’s a whole lot of forgiving on a daily basis. 70×7. Just think about how many times we sin against the Lord and He forgives us. How dare we not forgive others who wrong us. Forgive and be forgiven. We all have faults and shortcomings, our faith walk levels  vary one from another. I know it’s a hard thing to do.. believe me. But we must do it. 

“Hmm. 70 x 7…. really Lord?!! Geez. I dunno about all that. I mean that’s a LOT of forgiving _______. I don’t know if I can do it.”

Now look at what Jesus had to say in this conversation: 

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21‭-‬22 NKJV


Dear friend, I know that forgiving someone for a repeated offense can really take a toll on you. I really do. But I say that it is better to forgive and release than to walk around in an emotional imprisonment when that person who offended you has already moved on. Let it go. You will not forget what happened or what was said but you can be freed from holding on to something that is contaminating your spirit.

You can be set free from emotional bondage. The enemy always has a plan to keep you offended. It’s a choice to either allow the Lord to help you let go or to continually be a puppet of the adversary who is on the battlefield of your mind. Thoughts will come in but you can take those thoughts and cast them down. (2 Corinthians 10:5) 

Don’t worry about what others will think if you keep forgiving someone or even allow your own thoughts to trump the Word of Truth. In Christ we will not fail. 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NKJV
Be encouraged and stay prayed up. God bless you always,

Terra 

*I thank my Pastor (Al Brice ) for speaking such a great word of truth and encouragement to me and those who were soaking up the Word given to him by the Lord  about forgiveness.

Lawful Yet Not Profitable 

Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims. You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body! God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body. You wouldn’t take the Master’s body off to a whorehouse, would you? I should hope not. 1 Corinthians 6:12‭-‬15 MSG

If this isn’t a motivational, in your face truth, far from being sugar-coated, love-you-with-all-my-heart set of life giving words inspired by the Father then I don’t know what is.
Wow.

 

The daily devotional I am reading called Soul Detox can be found on YouVersion if you care to take a look at it. While I normally read in the NKJV,  I do like to read what other versions say. The Message version above can’t get any more simple to understand.

The Apostle Paul writes that everything is permissible for him but not helpful or profitable. Let’s put it this way. Just because something is made available to us it doesn’t mean that it’s for us. The Lord will not be down our throats every second saying “yay or nay ” or “Hmm…. do you really think you should be eating this or doing that”. We should use wisdom in all that we do. This is a choice that we have. All things are lawful but are not edifying.
We have what’s called God’s “permissible will”. Do we just want to get by with that or are we seeking His perfect will? I personally want to honor the Lord with my body and my thinking. The Bible tells us:For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior–one who manipulates]. He says to you, “Eat and drink,” Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost]. Proverbs  23:7 AMP

Today I implore you to count the cost. For whatever it may be realize that there is a consequence behind it. I thank the Holy Spirit for placing this word upon my heart to share with you. I pray that you take it into account. My heart is for you and your well-being in Christ as it is for myself to live a life that’s pleasing and honorable before the Lord.

Be encouraged, blessed and stay  prayed up as you go into you day. Allow the Lord to order your steps. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct you in all that you think, say and do.

I love you but Jesus loves you more. He wants the best for you. ❤

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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

For A Time Such As This

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Waking up to a new day full of possibilities.

So while some grab coffee, I grab chamomile tea, one of my favorite mugs and the Living Word desiring to draw closer to the Lord this day.

Giving my mind and heart over to Him to lead and guide my day because I need it. Yes. I really do. Have Your way Lord.

Continuing on through the Book of Esther which happens to be one of my favorite stories about women in the Bible and the significance of what their roles were in which God already had a plan.

“…… Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Esther 4:14 NKJV

What’s my purpose today? A question we all can ask ourselves since quite frankly, we are living to walk out another day.

See this life we live as believers and followers of Christ makes our living not of our own will, of our own plans, but His. What is our purpose today? While we can make today about us, our families and our busy filled schedules are we seeking to do His will? I mean… are we willing to change our plans and operate in His?

Of course the Lord knows that we have  obligations and responsibilities but we have such a greater task to carry out. Meeting the needs of others.

Yes, sometimes doing so will test our faith, take us out of our comfort zones and cause us to become uneasy but we have been commissioned for greater.

The Lord may not be asking us to save a nation but He’s calling us to step out and do what’s necessary. Lives are on the line. Death comes daily. Salvation is needed like the air we breathe.

Whatever your “come into the kingdom for a time such as this” is, there is purpose for why your heart is being pricked. Your conscience won’t let you rest no matter how you try to dance around it.

It’s time to shake things up. It’s time for the Love of Christ to extend to those in need. So whether you tell someone today that Jesus loves them, you open up your doors to start a ministry, you give of your time and finances to the poor, the widows, the sickly and dying someone needs you whether they realize it or not. You are the vessel needed to pump life into the veins of the hungry.

The seeds you plant today have a purpose. God is the Rainmaker with a plan. What will you do with your gifts and talents given to you by our Father? It’s not by chance that Queen Esther won the heart of the king. The Lord orchestrated it all. All she had to do was  trust the Lord enough to follow through even if it cost her.

For a time such as this, we will never know the blessings to come if we sit back and do nothing.

Dear hearts I am asking each one of you to think on the goodness of the Lord and all that he’s done in your life and in the lives of many you know. Take a few minutes or more if you’d like. The Word gives us so much encouragement. We see how obedience pays off and what happens when we don’t. We do not honor the Lord when we choose to disobey. I know that doing something new can be a little scary but we must remember that God is with us. Let us keep the faith and encourage one another in Christ Jesus .

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

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Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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……… Lord, we are not our own. We have been bought with a price. You alone know what’s best for us. Write Your story on our hearts.

Blank canvas. Clean, white and without markings. To the natural eye, we can fill it with what we think is suitable and to our liking. With God, it’s limitless and far beyond our imagination what plans He has in store for us. The Creator of the heavens and earth, the Father of lights pours down immeasurable gifts upon us. His mercy. His grace. His favor.

James 1:17-18 NKJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Salvation. The ultimate gift and sacrifice that’s available for all to receive. This blood stained canvas has covered every inch of our sins that we have committed past, present and future.

We’ve been given an opportunity to start new. Our sins have been washed away. We have a blank canvas that can be filled with an abundance of life- giving blessings, wisdom, knowledge, intimacy with the Lord Himself as we share with others the goodness of the impeccable art grafted into our hearts.

Will you allow the Lord to write His story on your heart? What do you have to lose? From my standpoint….. nothing if He’s the Lord of your life and the lover of your soul. God bless you with all the love and compassion He’s placed within me to see you grow and prosper in Him.