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 

Wellspring of Wisdom 

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Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. Proverbs 16:22 NKJV

We all need counseling whether we think we do or not. The Living Word is filled with thought provoking messages to us. 

Question is will we listen. The Book of Proverbs gives us many insightful lessons to gainfully understand and learn that are worth applying to our daily living. 

Are you willing to draw out the counseling that lies within the heart? To overlook it will only hurt you in the long run. It’s not worth learning after the fact. It’s not that someone will need to say ‘I told you so’ in order to bring you shame but to let you know that wisdom has its purpose and that they’ve  learned some things along the way. 

Don’t run from wise Biblical counseling. The truth may be uncomfortable at first because the flesh and the carnal mind does not want to align with it but I can tell you first hand that the Lord knows what He’s talking about. 

This wellspring of Wisdom continues to flow. It never ends and will bring the light of life into you each day as you seek to follow it. 

Encourage and strengthen your heart always in Christ Jesus. Allow Him to take you into the deep. Live and learn to the fullest. 

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man,  and he will increase in learning. “The fear of the Lord  is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. Proverbs 9:9‭-‬11 NKJV

Oh Deer!

The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments. Habakkuk 3:19 NKJV

……….. yesterday was rough. The day before too. Geez.

Life will bring ups and downs. Things you see and hear can bring happiness or sadness to your heart.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:1‭-‬2‭, ‬5 NIV

Of course we are all for the good stuff. No one wants to feel pain, hurt or go through hardships but they ultimately work out for our good when we trust the Lord. We cannot always have sunny days expecting to see rainbows without a storm.
Oh but how faithful is God! He’s always with us. How blessed I feel when words, sights and wonders are shown to comfort my heart when I don’t understand or comprehend the actions of others. Now it’s not that I personally was affected ,but that my heart was hurting for innocent children and the lack of care by others regarding them.

I am thankful for being created in the image of God because the characteristic traits I have been given allows me to work as His hands and feet for those in need. I use to ask myself as a young girl why do I care so much or even why I cry or become bothered in my spirit when someone is hurting or suffering. No one else I seen acted like me/wore their heart on their sleeve/gave two bits about how others were being treated. I felt like I was the ‘odd man out’ when around them at times.

I digress. But let’s move on.

Lately the Lord has brought butterflies of plenty across my path as reminders that I am transformed in Him. Yesterday it was a majestic looking deer. Can you believe it?!! How I wish that I could have snapped a pic of it as I was driving home with 2 of my daughters. Oh well. At least I was left with a vivid memory of what this beast looked like. Joy flooded my heart as I heard a word from the Lord come to the forefront of my mind. Amazing!

OH DEER!

My daughters were obviously tickled pink by my vocal expression of delight in seeing this deer as it seemingly pranced across one side of the woods onto the other while giving me time to observe it. It actually stood there for a moment the closer I drove near it. I. was. in. awe. 

Such beauty and strength this deer has. I simply cannot put into words how I felt in that moment. My heart was refreshed. A spring of heavenly water washed over me. I was not feeling as if I was thirsting in a dry land anymore… wondering what would happen next in the situation that weighed my heart down.

My heavenly Father has already worked it out. I have to trust and believe that. I pray for those walking in darkness to one day come into His precious Light. All I really can do is pray from a distance and be a light and helping hand when present as well as from afar.

So what am I saying to you dear hearts?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

I encourage you to seek the Lord for that refreshing and flowing water that never ends. It will spring up a well that causes you to dance, to sing unto Him and praise his name. He knows all and sees all before it ever takes place. Nothing is new under the sun. Nothing shocks him. Does it hurt His heart to see wrongdoing? Yes it does. If he cares then so should we. At the end of the day we all have choices and I pray that one day we come to a full realization that God loves us and wants us to live a life pleasing to Him with passion and purpose loving one another and taking care of each other.

He loved us enough to send His Son down to show us and teach us about right and wrong. How we should live and treat one another. He intimately paid the price for his love and actions by going to the Cross to die for our sins. But He rose from the grave with victory! Nothing and no one could keep him down. Hallelujah! He left us with a Comforter to lead and guide us, to bring comfort and support when we need it.

The Word of God is our blueprint. We can navigate through circumstances that will leave us inspired, encouraged with hope and  refreshed in our souls when it’s feeling dry. It will lead us to those quiet waters to take in and become energized once again. We can and we will be strengthened in the Lord like the majestic deer if we continue to trust and allow Him to take the lead through life’s forests and the terrains you may walk across.

God bless you. I will keep you in my prayers day and night.

With a Jesus love from my heart to yours,

Terra 

Enjoy this wonderful song that I just love and allow it to fill you up! Have a happy and blessed day in Jesus.

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

 

My Soul Cries Out A Longing for Thee

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Draw me nearer to Thee O Blessed Lord

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalms 63:1-8 ESV

Road Prayers Are Not Just For You

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Just when you thought your road prayers were all about you and your needs…the Lord had you praying for others you passed along the way.

Now isn’t that just like us to be selfish? Me me and more me.

But then isn’t it just like God to turn our focus and direction towards someone else who’s standing in the need of prayer?

It sure is and I thank Him for it.

While we are encouraged to take our concerns, worries, fears, things we need to get off of our chest to the Lord and lay them at His feet, he desires for us to pray for others too.

It’s not all about me and it’s not all about you.

The Lord laid a road prayer heavily upon me one day as I was driving along casting my cares upon Him. I went from praying about my circumstances to praying and interceding for those I passed on both sides of the road.

Now in society we can be good for griping about slow traffic, someone doing this ,that or the other and fail to look at the blessings. Example: having a vehicle to drive, safety that the Lord has brought you from point A to point B thus far. Many other things to be thankful for that I can name but I’d like for you to start thinking of some yourself to see what you come up with.

The Lord Almighty flooded my heart and my mind as I drove along. It blew me away. My stresses and concerns didn’t seem so big once I started praying for others that are driving. We may never know where they are going but it’s reassuring to know that we can take our prayers to the Father about them with hopes that they will get answered.

Whether it’s rushing to the hospital, contemplating suicide, trying to make it to work before getting written up one more time, trying to stay awake on the road from working that second job to support their family or even just….. trying to figure out where they belong they ALL need Jesus. Someone is standing in the need of prayer. Someone may be seeking Truth and Peace in the middle of chaos. Someone needs to see that there is a Light in their darkness.

Salvation is available to all. The prayer line to God is always available. This road is accessible and free of traffic jams.

Jesus tells us: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 NKJV

So while it may seem easier to just think about ourselves in the moment, may we take a look at our surroundings and begin to wonder what’s going on in the life of the vehicle next to, in front of, behind and those traveling in the opposite direction of yourself. Ask the Lord to show you what He sees and to give you a heart for those in your path.

Prayer changes many things and it just might save someone’s life. Just think about it. Every time a person confesses their sins and receives salvation the angels rejoice. Now that’s grand to me! When I think about the impact prayers makes in the life of another and just not myself my spirit begins to catch fire with hope and joy because of the Living God who is able to do exceedingly more than I could imagine.

I just thank the Father for turning my one lane road prayers from myself to that of multiple lanes praying for others. I may not ever know what impact my prayers had or will ever have in the life of another road driver (biker, walker) but I do know that my God does and that’s quite alright with me.

Hoping to shed a little light from my heart to yours. I give credit where it’s due and it all belongs to the Lord. I thank the Holy Spirit for being ever present and helping me and giving guidance when I couldn’t see.

Be blessed, be a blessing and be encouraged today in Christ Jesus,

Terra

Longing to Stay Thirsty

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O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

Psalms 63:1-8 NKJV

By the illustrated picture and scripture you can begin to understand what we may look like within when we are separated from the Lord. We should always thirst for Him and his righteousness, longing for His presence.

Thinking we can get by today and maybe tomorrow without Him passes your mind. Eh… let’s push it a whole week then stretch it a month or so. Perhaps stress begins to kick in a little more, you’re moody and not handling situations as you once have. There’s no peace at all. No sleep at night. Just tossing and turning becoming agitated at the littlest things. 

Do you wonder why?

As I sat reading the Word, my mind began to wander. It was if I could clutch my heart from the inside and say “Lord please don’t let go! I can’t do everyday without You.” While it is not he who let’s go, it is us who begin to slip away.

Now I tend to look for things to snap a picture of to bring to life with my photography camera or phone time to time. So as I was reading the above scripture I had to find something outdoors. Didn’t take me long at all. (thank you Jesus)

Just a reminder that we must, I repeat must stay in constant fellowship with the Lord. There are days when we need to be “watered” a little more than others so that means getting up a little earlier before we start our day, using our lunch break to hang out with Him by ourselves rather than a co-worker and/or even turning the television off or whatever pass time you use to wind down (social media/gaming, etc..) to spend with Him. Gaining a refreshing is always a good thing. The longer we put this time off the more we dry out.

You don’t want to do this and neither do I.

Remember that laziness and procrastination will do nothing more than hinder and hurt us. So who doesn’t like to feel rejuvenated and at peace? Nobody but the devil who likes nothing but chaos, distraction, anger, fear, false peace and anything else that’s not of God to come from us and out of us. He is the father of lies. Now we can’t blame him for everything but we don’t want to help him out either. So let’s take each new day we are given by The Almighty and soak up and saturate our minds and lives with His living and active Word that is good and nourishing for our souls.

Stay thirsty my friend…