Keep Holding on: Christ is our reason to persevere

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Jesus Christ, our Solid Rock and stable foundation has given us every reason to keep the faith and to persevere. “He who promised is faithful.” He’s FAITHFUL!
Doesn’t that sound so good?. I don’t know about you but that revved my soul to press on even in tough times.

My God! I just thank You for such an encouraging word this day.

While it is easy to slack off from reading the Holy Word, praying and being in fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we need it. We really do. Life can pass us by in a blink of an eye.

The Lord desires us to commune with Him and with others. We cannot stand on our own and we surely cannot make this journey without guidance,  encouragement,  hope and faith. We are in desperate need of His strength. We are in desperate need of Him.

Today’s scripture prompted a desire within me for I surely have slacked in being away from you all. While I have my church family here where I live, I desire to be in fellowship with you all and to do the Lord’s will and send a word of encouragement out to those who need it.

While I never want to walk in disobedience,  I still strive daily to do the Father’s business that is set before me. I’m far from perfect. I’ve been reminded that some things are only for a season. When it’s time to let go…. it’s time to let go and move forward.

Our journey may we require us to stop and rest (and witness) for a while in a particular place but soon it’s time to pack up and keep going for each man’s road is not the same though we are prayerfully still headed in the same direction.

What I’m saying is to not give up and do not be deterred.

Be blessed and bless others for the Lord has shown favor to you this day and remember to encourage someone for we never know just how much a kind word or act can affect ones life.

With love and prayers always,
Terra

Merry Christmas to all my Blogging Friends, Readers and Followers!

Dear Reader,

It has been a journey in 2012 as I have come to know some of you personally outside of the blog, though I have been honored to fellowship with you all over time. What a bountiful blessing I have received. Thank You Lord for all these special lives that I have been impacted by in one way or more.

Today as we all celebrate Christmas may we always be in prayer for those whom have lost loved ones this year while keeping our hearts and minds centered on why we celebrate such an occasion.

Jesus is the reason for the season! And as our First wrapped gift, may we always be thankful and content if we receive nothing else. There is no greater gift one can receive than Christ our Savior and Redeemer!

God bless each and every one of you today, tomorrow and every day that is bestowed upon you and your family. Let us continue to go forth sharing the Gospel and being a light in such a dark world. Keep your light lit and not hidden for there are still many souls in need of being saved. Let LOVE drive you to press forward with perseverance, courage and humbleness as you run this Christian race. We will always have HOPE when we keep our trust and faith in God. He believes in you and so do I.

I count it joy, I count it all a blessing for the many friendships I have made, kindred spirits that continue to shape me into the woman/sister in Lord I have been called to be, the many prayers I have shared with you and for you on your behalf to the Father. Thank you for inviting me in with such warm and kind words of encouragement this year.

With love I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

~Terra

*if I had enough postage stamps to go around the world, you all would have received a Christmas card in the mail. This is best I could do. I hope this is suffice! ūüôā

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Fire-starter! Sound the Alarm!!! (re-post)

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SOUND THE ALARM!!
A consuming fire of love and gratefulness is in the air. My Lord and Savior woke many of us up today. No matter what your circumstances may look like, you are STILL here on this earth. Speak praise into the atmosphere for God is worthy worthy WORTHY of our praises!

It’s time to redirect your thoughts. Think on the goodness of the Lord and all that he’s done in your life. His love is sufficient enough don’t you think? He’s been a hedge of protection around you. You have been covered. The heavenly angels have kept guard over you. Affliction may be present, wounds may run deep, but know that you are not alone. He is with you!

BLOW YOUR TRUMPET!

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PRAISE HIM LIKE A CHILD WHO DOESN’T WORRY! CLAP, SING, DANCE………

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Let your fire be contagious wherever you are! Spread it far and wide. It could very well change someone else’s day. God loves a cheerful giver!

Blessings to you! No need to call a park ranger because this is a godly fire that’s worth keeping ablaze!

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. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord, (Psalm 98:4-8 NKJV)

Fire-starter! Sound the Alarm!!!

20120216-074139.jpg

SOUND THE ALARM!!
A consuming fire of love and gratefulness is in the air. My Lord and Savior woke many of us up today. No matter what your circumstances may look like, you are STILL here on this earth. Speak praise into the atmosphere for God is worthy worthy WORTHY of our praises!

It’s time to redirect your thoughts. Think on the goodness of the Lord and all that he’s done in your life. His love is sufficient enough don’t you think? He’s been a hedge of protection around you. You have been covered. The heavenly angels have kept guard over you. Affliction may be present, wounds may run deep, but know that you are not alone. He is with you!

BLOW YOUR TRUMPET!

20120216-081556.jpg

PRAISE HIM LIKE A CHILD WHO DOESN’T WORRY! CLAP, SING, DANCE………

20120216-081930.jpg

Let your fire be contagious wherever you are! Spread it far and wide. It could very well change someone else’s day. God loves a cheerful giver!

Blessings to you! No need to call a park ranger because this is a godly fire that’s worth keeping ablaze!

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. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord, (Psalm 98:4-8 NKJV)

Unforgiveness Swept Under the Rug

As I¬†was in the¬†bed unwinding for the night, two men came across¬†my mind. One I forgave immediately and the other……. well let’s just say that I did forgive him years ago but I swept it under the rug. I didn’t want to relive emotional pain over some words and lack of understanding and compassion I felt so many years back.

Over 25 yrs ago I was struck by a car driven by an 18 yr old driving 75 mph in a 25 mph school zone. I was at the cross walk in front of my middle  school. From what I can remember and what I was told, I was knocked about 30 feet. The only thing I suffered was a broken femur. ( thigh bone ) I know it was no one but God who saved me.

I endured 2 years of being on crutches and rehabilitation to learn how to walk again between 2 surgeries. One to fix my thigh and the other to remove the plate and screws attached inside. Wow… these were the years I was just beginning as a teenager and I had a complex about my long and ugly scar.

The day of the accident, all I could think about was the good citizen who came from across the street to cover me with a blanket until the paramedics arrived and thanking God that I was alive. Nothing else mattered then. I take that back! I was wearing a brand new pair of Lee jeans and I was upset that they had to be cut open to see if any broken bones were openly present.¬† ( excuse my way of thinking as a new teen just beginning to like fashion¬†back in the 80’s in hope¬†that my pants could be spared. Lol ) Between blacking out and coming to, the lingering screams I heard from friends are still with me to this day.

I never knew what happened to the guy who hit me, other than my parents taking legal action against him. Believe it or not, I had no ill feelings towards him. I wasn’t even mad at him for all the pain I endured mentally and physically. I forgave him. I was ok. It was my school principal that I had bad feelings against, all because he made an issue about the school flag coming down because of my accident.

“Are you serious?!!” I couldn’t believe that a flag had precedence over my life. Well that is how it made me feel. It¬†hurt me bad. Oh believe me, it became a big issue enough that resulted in my mom going up to the school to address the principal.

Well to speed this up, I moved on with my life, became a Christian, asked God to forgive me of my sins and along my walk for me to forgive others I harbored unforgiveness towards. Well at least I thought I’d forgiven them all. TRULY forgiven them. Obviously I didn’t.

Needless to say, the other night I truly forgave the man who I harbored anger and unforgiveness towards. I also prayed for him hoping that his life has turned out well in general. I hope and pray he believes in God and has excepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I also hope and pray the same for the guy who hit me. I can only hope he doesn’t have any bad feelings towards me for any repercussions he had to face for his negligence. I hope he knows that he is forgiven. My prayers for their salvation has nothing to do with me but the fact that we all have not accepted Christ into our¬†heart. The¬†way we live our lives until we die plays a part as to how we live this life and treat others.

We all make mistakes. We learn and forgive as well as ask for forgiveness. I thank the Lord for placing them on my heart as I chose to act in obedience to forgive immediately. No questions asked. It’s a wonderful feeling to¬†let a wound completely heal. I had the¬†right prescription to¬†heal me though I didn’t realize I¬†was still carrying the pain. Thank you Jesus!

I don’t know why I’ve taken another step in opening up my personal life but I rather be obedient than not. There has to be a reason behind this. All I can say is Thank You Lord for second chances. Thank You for awakening my heart to check under my rug that may harbor anything I have not completely given up. I want a clean temple for the Lord to reside in. My purpose is to be a light unto the world as a child of the Most High and share salvation with others. Sharing my experiences will hopefully let others see that Christians aren’t perfect, yet we strive daily to be Christlike. I’m not perfect but I’m made perfect in Him. It reminds me of why I love butterflies so much. So much is going on inside the cocoon to transform the caterpillar into a beautifull butterfly. Once the transformation takes place, it is then I can truly spread my wings and fly.

Dear friends, if you have any unforgivenness swept under a rug, pray and ask God to reveal it to you so that you will be released from anything that keeps you from being totally set free.

Bless you all on your journey to becoming a better person in the Lord.