Through it all….I Worship You

Words can’t seem to describe the thankfulness that is running through me. Its really hard to do it but I want to allow others to feel what I feel to the best of my ability.

The wonder, the love, the power, the gentleness, endless mercy and grace, peace, joy even through hard times I know that I know that the Lord Almighty goes before me and is a keeper of His word.

He can do all things BUT fail.

I worship You Lord not just for blessing and protecting me but because of Who You are and who I am not. I am nothing without you. I cannot sustain day to day without You. When hard knocks come, when the wind blows extremely harsh in my life it seems and I feel as if I will topple over …You O Lord, my Rock and sure Foundation keep my foot from slipping.

I worship You! I worship You with all that I have within me…. I bless You Lord. Hallelujah!

When I have yet to hear a word back from You I know that I am heard because my faith tells me so. When I fail You time and time and again You continue to love and encourage me. I am not worthy of nothing but You give me your best and that alone brings tears to my eyes O giver of Life. My Creator, Father God, Abba my soul cries out with a heart of thanksgiving.

My life is Yours dear Lord. Please help me to live my days with great love and sincerity as a reflection of my love for You. You are worthy of all of our praise. Not just today but everyday. Glory to God!

Dear beloved as you read my words, I would like for you to reflect on the goodness of the Lord in your life and of your loved ones. He has been quite generous to us all. We do not deserve anything but because of His unfailing love and His remarkable ability to see us past all of our faults He is worthy of  a dance, a shout, a Hallelujah, Glory to God and whatever else you feel led to say and do. A God Who does not love conditionally but unconditionally, a Father and Creator who saw me and called us His own before we were even formed within the womb of our mothers. The Lord saw us in all our mess and still chose us. He has called us His people. I bless Him this day and I desire for my relationship to go nowhere but deeper and more intimate. I pray that you do as well.

Give glory and honor to Him brothers and sisters even when your day is not going it’s best. Sometimes your praise will turn your outlook around. I know this for myself. Hallelujah!

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord , all the earth. Sing to the Lord , bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the Lord , O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Psalms 96:1‭-‬9 NKJV

 

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My Name Is………

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My name is _________.

Just when you ask God to open your eyes you get exactly that.

A couple of weeks ago I went to go meet up with my daughter to do lunch just driving along the way listening to the Christian radio channel bopping along and singing praises to the Lord.

Really. That’s what I was doing.

A familiar song came on that I hadn’t heard in a while and it came on me like a warm blanket. Ok no problem. This time the lyrics became just a bit more real to me in that moment. Wow. I pressed on to my destination at that point and I had another person to talk with in the vehicle on the way into town.

So as my daughter and I chatted along the way we waited at the stop light. Then the song came back after I felt like I had just been punched in the stomach.

My name is …… James

Asking for prayer. God Bless you” This is what was on the sign that James was holding as he crouched down to grab warmth against a poll with his face turned away from the cold wind. I pulled forward before the light turned green to ask him what I could pray about for him. At that very moment my heart filled with tears. I couldn’t leave without praying for him.

 

In those few moments I had enough time to learn a name, ask a question and pray for a stranger who grabbed my heart. With no choice but to pull off, I proceeded to leave. Can’t help but thank the Lord that the vehicles behind me didn’t beep their horns or yell at me for holding up traffic.

James is homeless and has been for at least 5 months now. He didn’t ask for money or food but prayer because he believes that prayers work.

(this is where I felt the punch in the stomach and I wanted to cry all at the same time)

Fast forward. I went to lunch with my daughter before she had to get back to campus. All the while, I couldn’t stop thinking about this man whose story had a grip on my heart. The Lord sent me back to look for him. I contacted my husband to share some stuff along the way. He was gone. James was not in the spot I last saw him. My heart panicked as I looked all over the area for him.

I called upon the Lord and asked Him to please PLEASE lead me back to the person put in my path. Whew. My daughter and I spotted him.

Thank you Jesus!!

I went back to fulfill the mission the given to me. To be in another town, I couldn’t see myself traveling back home knowing that I did not do what the Lord placed upon my heart.

Have you ever come across a My name is _____?

I’m sure you have. We all have at some point in our lives if we stopped to give someone the time of day to share their heart. No it doesn’t have to be a homeless person. It could be that mom in the grocery store with a crying kid or some parent with ornery acting children who’s giving them a run for their money, a senior citizen that wants to talk your ear off or who’s moving slow as ever in the line. Maybe it’s a cashier indirectly ranting about her day or that man or woman who’s dressed in such a way that society would turn their nose up to . I don’t know. There is always someone you will cross paths with directly or indirectly.

Everyone has a story. Every heart wants to be heard. Each life has a name and need our prayers.

Pray for All Men
2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:1-5)

Now believe me when I say that I am kinda shy. Well I guess I can be an introvert and extrovert when I want to be. Okay okay. I am a social butterfly by nature to a degree but to just go up and talk to a complete stranger is not in my character or so I thought though many of strangers approach me and just start sharing their story with me. I use to find it weird and strange in the beginning but I welcome those God places in my path. Now I can’t help but pray for them right then and there if it’s possible.

A man’s heart plans his way,But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

We must remember that we are the created and not the Creator. Our heavenly Father knows us better than we know ourselves and know what we are capable of doing. We limit ourselves and our abilities. God does not think that way. We all can come up with reasons as to why we can’t do this or that but if the Lord wants to accomplish something, he can and will use anybody to accomplish his will and purpose.

Are you willing to open up yourself to others with your time, talents and prayers? I personally know that I don’t want to stay the same and in my comfort zone. For the sake of Kingdom building, I want to be used by the Lord, to do His will with my life and the time given to me. I want to one day hear “Thy good and faithful servant”. I really do.

This world is not getting any better. Some many lives are in need of prayer and salvation. That’s what it’s all about. Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel. While we don’t have to push the Bible down someone’s throat, realize that we may be the only Bible some people will see. The Word even tells us:

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Hebrews 13:1-3 KJV

My name is Terra and I felt the need to share my encounter with a stranger with you. God bless you on your journey and faith walk with our Lord and Savior. We won’t always get it right but let us strive daily to die to self and to attain the goal for reaching the lost and misfortunate. Let us love on others just as Jesus loved us right where we were when He found us.

Here’s the song that I’ve always liked to listen to and which grabbed my heart in a whole new light the day I met James.

Are you Available?

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I know that the Lord is speaking to me. Prayers that I have lifted up to Him are being answered. My life should first and foremost be about living for God and walking His Word out in my life.

If you don’t mind, I would like to speak to the ladies for minute. (though this applies to the Body of Christ as a whole)

Ladies, may we not be complacent. There is so much out in this world that we can be doing. We have influence to use for all the right reasons. As godly women will we just sit back or become the active hands, feet and mouthpieces for Christ ? Pray and ask the Lord to stir up the desires that may be dormant in your heart, to wash away any thoughts that tell you that you are not capable of doing a certain task.

If God brings you to it He will bring you through it.

The Word tells us:

Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So…………..Are you available?

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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.

Butterflies: Transforming to be Christlike

Hi Everyone!

Surprise!! I am doing something new in 2014. I have been led to start vlogging along side of my blogging. I think vlogging is the right word….. (Happy New Year by the way! My nerves are getting the best of me so forgive me for not saying it in the beginning!)

Well I am on my 3rd video so far. I completely forgot to share with you all as I initially began this new and added way/ journey to reaching and encouraging hearts. This is something new to me and totally out of my element. Believe me when I say that I am camera shy! I really am!! To even get up in front of an audience and talk makes me really nervous so to do this is because I love the Lord and want to be obedient.

This is not about me. It’s all about Jesus. I aim to reach people all across the globe. Lives need to hear about the Christ who came to this world to save and set free. So though I am just starting out with many technical and verbal kinks, my focus is getting the message out and across to all that wil listen. Over time I believe I will get better as I learn this new way of doing things on the computer. All I can do is trust the Lord and go forward.

I would have never thought that I would be on YouTube making videos. This is the Lord’s doing. If you could have seen the look on my face and how my heart trembled when this word was given to me. I even broke down into tears. That’s just how nervous I was. But to know that the Lord gave me vision and saw something in me that I do not see or envision in myself makes my challenge all the worthwhile. He equips the called so I need not worry about it.

Baby crawls leads to walking and taking leaps! I am committed to stepping out of my comfort zone. If I did it with the blog, then I know He will help me with making videos.

God bless each and every heart today. Be courageous, stay faithful to the end of your race and be encouraged always in the Lord!

~Terra

Seeking Peace: Breaking Away to Be with the Lord

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“The Lord  bless you and keep you; The Lord  make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

There are moments and days when I personally have to make quiet time to be with the Lord. I need His peace. I seek His peace so that my thoughts and my walk will align with His.

Do you ever find yourself seeking peace in the most war waging times in your life?

How easily it becomes getting caught up in our thoughts especially when it’s on a battlefield. We cannot always give the adversary credit for a wandering mind filled with thoughts that may turn unpleasant. At times we do this to ourselves. (time for a self check)

Scripture plainly tells us about taking our thoughts captive in II Corinthians 10:5 NKJV:

“…… casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

I encourage you dear reader as I encourage myself, to do some kneeling of prayer and seeking of the Lord when you arise each morning, throughout the day and upon going to bed. We cannot have peace where strife is taking up residence. Get up, grab your Bible and apply it. Call on the Lord and speak His word into your life and the burden that you are carrying.

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

As we begin to close out the year 2013, I pray we all begin to take more self evaluations as we learn more to lean not to our own thoughts and understanding. They are to be in sync with the Lords. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Things may not always be as they seem. If they are, I urge you and myself to go to the throne more often so that our walk with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be in unison. Be blessed and be encouraged.

~Terra

Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. Ephesians 6:23-24 NKJV

All I Need for Christmas is Jesus

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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