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 

In Whom Do We Trust?

In Whom Do We Trust?

My Lord, I pray that we take our eyes off of man, his words and actions and place our full trust in You. Your word says : Every way of a man  is  right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. (Proverbs 21:2 NKJV)

There is a way  that seems  right to a man, But its end  is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV)

Now that many have gotten their undies in a bunch and twist over this USA election, we should ask ourselves In Whom Do We Trust. Are we trusting man or are we trusting God?  I personally do not get caught up in politics. Am I for justice? Sure I am but I side with God as my leader. Not President  Barack Obama and not Mitt Romney had he won the election instead. People would still find something to be angry and upset about had Romney won and we know it to be true.

Nothing that is going on takes God by surprise so why should it surprise you? People are panicking and stressing all about the economy and issues with morals and values when this is something that has been a part of society since the world became corrupt. Sin stepped in and messed things all up.

Yes we live in a land that’s free and I wonder have we become spoiled. Think about all these third world countries that are still suffering, all the lives that are paying the cost for not siding with their countries beliefs simply because they want justice.

Christians will be persecuted for the sake of belonging to Christ as we already know. The Bible tells us this. Now think for a moment. If we all lived in physical bondage and poverty ,would we still slam authority for putting us in this position regardless if we disagree on religious beliefs since homosexuality and abortion issues are hot topics?

Maybe I’m losing myself in this post a bit but I am frustrated and hurt to see how some people ( saved and unsaved alike )are acting and how they are responding on these social media sites.

As Christians we are called to be the salt and light of the earth. We are ambassadors for Christ. Lets act like it.

How effective are we being as a whole when negative seeds are being planted against our authority with our words? How can we win souls if we are acting just as worldly as those still in darkness? Who wants to be a Christian if they see us so-called righteous folk acting just as foul as they are?

As a side note, look at how easily people can confuse their salvation based on their good works. Sinners can still do good things and have compassionate hearts but they lack the key element that secures their eternity in heaven. Lets stay on the straight and narrow. We are to be examples bearing good fruit not speaking ill words that produce death. Remember that there is power of life and death in the tongue. (Proverbs 18 : 21, 17: 28, James 1 : 26-27, Proverbs 15 : 1-4)

There will always be evil lurking,plotting and carrying out unrighteous plans and as human beings we fall bait to the distractions instead of the bigger plans that belong to The Lord.

A man’s thoughts and actions sway like the ocean. It can change at any given moment. We are not to put our hope in man but in The Lord at ALL times. We are called to pray for the nations. May we truly pray that the lost be found, that those in darkness come into the light, may we earnestly pray for those who speak and do evil whether they realize they are doing it intentionally or not. We are to bless and not curse.

Scripture says:
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but  rather  give place to wrath; for it is written,  Vengeance  is  Mine, I will repay,  says the Lord. Therefore  If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21 NKJV)

Only God knows the true heart of us all and it is His judgement alone that has the final say. Let us cry out to God for justice, let us cry out to Him for leadership, wisdom and righteousness. Not just the United States of America but all nations.

May all the energy and time put into our opinion written on Facebook and Twitter and such on how bad things are and will get,instead how about us praying and lifting up one another and asking God to show mercy and grace, to open doors that no man can shut, to remove the blinders and deaf ears that they may be restored and to also rid us of self-righteous thinking because though we are not the President or an influential leader over this country, they need prayer and guidance too.We are all individuals who came from the dust of the earth. God made us. We did not make Him and only He has the right to toot His own horn.

God knows what’s going on. Realize that will you. Step aside and let God be God. If we trust Him, then trust Him no matter what is going on in this world. The Lord can change any situation in a blink of an eye if He wanted to.

Remember that we all have fallen short no matter who we are or what position in life we have, we were sinners before being saved by His grace.

These may be the end of the days as the Bible speaks of. Who knows. But ask yourself will you be ready. If circumstances changed so drastically and you had to choose between surviving just to receive daily necessities to live or choose Jesus Christ, do you really know without a shadow of a doubt that you would choose Christ and believe that you would be taken care of because His word tells us so or not? Our mouths say one thing and our actions can say something totally different when faced with choices. Never say what you won’t do because we have prime examples in the Bible of believers who betrayed ( Judas Iscariot ) and denied (Peter) Jesus. Does throwing Him under the bus sound more modernized for you? We throw Him under the bus more than we know when we sin, when we make the wrong decision when we KNOW that it is wrong. We don’t speak up when we are called to all the time because we get caught in people pleasing and trying to win favor with others. Remember that Pilate washed his hands before the multitude as to cleanse his hands of the blood of an innocent man named Jesus. (Matthew 27)

Honestly, no one really knows what a person’s motives really are and why they make the decisions that they do when a history of principles, values and integrity have been a foundation for years except for God Almighty. The best we can do is take a look in the mirror and ask the Lord to show us just how jacked up we are inside before we go passing judgement on someone else’s decisions. We all are in need of help to be fixed and cleaned up. That is why we have Jesus. Only He is pure and His walk is that which we strive to live like.

Be rooted in the Word, have faith and trust in God to provide.


Pray without ceasing and believe that anything is possible with The Lord as our Sovereign leader for He is the Chief of Staff over this entire universe. No one, I say NO ONE can win or take His position ever.

God bless every eye and ear to receive His truth and know with certainty that it comes from above.

Following Directions: Just whose GPS are you using anyway?!!

I can’t begin to tell you how good God is. Just when we think we can get over a little bit…… NOPE! He will surely put us in our place. Sometimes His discipline may seem harsh but it is done in a loving way and it is for our own good. Trust and believe that I know this. Am I hardheaded? Yes I am and I know I’m not the only one out there who isn’t. Am I trying to become less of that way? Sure! Nothing happens overnight, but putting myself in a position to let God pilot ALONE seems to work much better. He seriously does not need a co-pilot at all!!

When we come to a time of rest on our journey the mode of prayer, reflection and regrouping seems to come into play. We know what we want to do and where we want to go spiritually but it all should be carefully sought after with guidance of the Holy Spirit, taking none of our own decisions into account because we will likely end up in a ditch somewhere waiting for a tow truck to come pull us out. So the question we should ask ourselves  is “Just whose GPS are we using, God’s or our own?” To follow our own will ( directions ) most likely will put us back at the beginning of our journey in some form. We tend to think with our own thoughts and feelings. We begin to sway back and forth as to what to do, which way seems easier and will get us to our destination the fastest all the while, we are just setting ourselves up to become frustrated and without peace in our heart. To follow God’s will, that path is straight leading us in the right direction the entire time WITH peace. In Colossians 3:15 it says ” And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds,in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

With this personal lesson learned once again, I really need to slow down more and think before I take any action. I thank God for coming to my rescue. He saved me from myself, the stress I was putting myself under and got me back on track. Did I learn something from this? You best believe I did because I hit a pothole big enough to wake me up out of the lane I was traveling in. You too can learn from my lesson if you haven’t already. There is always room for growth in us all. When we make a mistake, admit it and ask God to get us back on course. His GPS works sooooo much better!

My prayer for us both is that we allow God to set our course before us and that we are willing to be compliant. May our hearts and minds be set on Him and all that he has for us leaving no room to be co-pilots on our journey in this life that we live. Obedience is a key factor to moving in the right direction. May the grace of the Most High be enough for us as we realize that he is God and we are not. We don’t deserve but the love shown and given should be appreciated. He’s brought us a mighty long way and He isn’t done with us yet.

Blessings to you in the name of Christ our Risen Savior……..