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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Sunday Thoughts for the Week 

Here’s to a new week, new day and new walk. May it be full and bright with joy, love, peace, hope and prosperity.

 Blessings always,

Terra  

🦋 Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11 AMP


🦋 Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives  delight by hearty counsel. 

Proverbs 27:9 NKJV

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.

Life & Legacy: The Titus 2 Woman in my life

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For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

2 Corinthians 5:1-9 KJV

*In honor of my beloved Mother-in-law Ruth who went home to be with the Lord April 16th, 2016. I thank her for being a woman of virtue who not only loved the Lord but walked the walked and not just talked the talk. She played a very important role in my life for the 21 years I was her daughter-in-law. I’m honored by the love, prayers and lessons she taught me in word and deed, her honestly and selflessness. One day I will see her again and what a joyous occasion that will be.

My life means nothing if I don’t have Christ and am not living as if I’m His.

Yesterday was a hard pill to swallow. I can call it bittersweet actually. As I listened to hearts sing and share their thoughts about the life and legacy of a mighty woman of God I began to reflect a little deeper about my own life and legacy.

With so many attributes and titles I could say about such a woman who lived her life to the very end in Christ… Life and Legacy stood out to me.

Being in my early 20’s as a new wife and a year later a brand new mother, I was blessed into a family that I know deep within I longed for. Didn’t realize it at the time but little did I know how valuable life lessons as a woman of God would play in my young life. This woman of 12 planted seeds within me that I know and believe are still growing and harvesting to this very day.

Life & Legacy

What am I doing with this life of mine? What legacy will I leave when it’s my time to leave this earthly tabernacle? I speak not only of my children and their future generation but of those I come in contact with everyday.

Am I just taking up space and time? Am I planting seeds into the life of those around me and living a life pleasing to the Lord? What impact am I making? These are the questions that I am asking myself more often.

I desire for my life to be fruitful. Not just thinking about what I can do for myself but also for others. We are suppose to be the “hands and feet of Christ” right?

What about you? Do you think more about these things as the blessed days the The Almighty has bestowed upon us passes us by? I hope you are but if you aren’t I encourage you to do so. (whereas you do not know what will  happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
James 4:14 NKJV
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Tomorrow may never come for you or me. Our days are numbered. Life has so many things and people vying for our attention. For the good and bad. Are we having our steps ordered a little more by the Lord, are we giving up senseless things that will pass away, are we praying, fasting and spending more time on our face in His presence? We are all guilty of how we prioritize our daily living. Please don’t allow your own thoughts and rationalizing to deceive you. Satan is already busy and cunning enough as it is to keep our minds busy. Let us not give him easy access to take up residence in our lives with all that is going on in this life.

It behooves us to choose the better part. Nothing or no one is greater that Jesus.The life he lived and exemplified is of the greatest life and legacy given to us. One for us to mirror, to share and spread to the world.My mother-in-law did that. And for that I am ever so grateful. As a woman, I need and desire training and life application as a woman, wife and mother. To receive such from a loving, wise and God-fearing woman I am forever grateful for her pouring into me for the little time I had her here on earth.

We need not to waste such precious time with this present life we have for our days are but a vapor. Here one day and gone the next. I’m sure you want to stand before the Lord as I do to hear “Thy good and faithful servant.”

Life & Legacy. What will you do with the time you’ve been given? Make good use of it and leave the next person with hope for in Christ we can do all things. We can get through another day all because of Him.. our sure Rock of Ages. My mother-in-law had her share of storms and sunny days but had it not been for the Lord on her side where would she have been? Her love and dedication to live a life for Him though her prayer time and servanthood has bore good fruit. I see it in my extended family and in the community that came out to celebrate her life. She will be dearly missed that’s for sure.

With that said, I do not want her life and legacy to be seen in vain. I must take this time and life I’ve been given and do I’ve been called to do for the sake of kingdom building and most of all because I proclaim that I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, my soul, my strength.

May your heart be encouraged not only today but each and every moment that you have breath in your body.

With the love of Christ, I pray better days for you and yours,

Terra

When Change Comes a Knockin’

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Hello there..

On this day that we are now in my heart feels inclined to share a message of encouragement with you. Do you mind? May it wrap around your heart with gentleness and love as it has mine. God is faithful to supply when we call upon Him.

Warmest regards from my heart to yours,
Terra

Cling to the Lord even through the tough times. Wow. This was so befitting today. Change is hard but needed at times. Just like the butterfly which was once a caterpillar, time and people change. Seasons change too. You can’t move forward while still looking back.

Let go and let God.

Sometimes we hold ourselves up from new beginnings or a new season because we cling to the familiar.

Earlier today I actually saw 2 swallowtail butterflies each time I went out the door. Once out the front door and then the back door. Isn’t that something?!!

There are times when the Lord will use the smallest things in nature or what we may not really pay attention to to get our attention.

For me right now in this new day that I am experiencing all I can say is “Thank You Lord for showing me. I hear you and I see what you are saying”

Dear hearts…. sometimes the blessing will come through the change if you are just willing to let change take its course. 

Be encouraged in this new day, season and change that you are facing. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV❤

This Faith Walk Way of Life

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But without faith it  is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

So about 2 weeks ago I was tagged in a giveaway contest by a fellow sister in Christ  blogger who happens to be a dear close friend of mine. And can you believe it? I won! Lol. Thanks Dulcinea ! (she was blessed too)

While reading the story behind the design of this tee, I really didn’t realize how much it was going to play into my life recently. Not that it shouldn’t everyday but when you are going through some things, this “faith walk way of life” really gets real. Either you are weathering the storm or it’s going to topple you over.

Also, I tend to wear a butterfly necklace daily. Not simply because I love butterflies but because I need and want the reminder that I am transformed in Christ and this should be my life story on a daily basis.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 KJV

Jehovah Nissi- The Lord is my Banner….. Oh Lord how I know that YOU are my protector, my refuge, my shield that keeps me when my mind and my heart begins to go to war within me when conflict arises. Whatever the case may be, You are there with me to give me peace when my eyes see something different in front of me. Faith isn’t faith if I can see what’s in front of me. May I continue to trust You Lord and wear such truths upon my heart as if etched in stone. Never to be removed or replaced.

Dear hearts, as Believers we will have some some sunny days, some cloudy days, stormy, and even foggy. God never promised us that we won’t ever face hardships but that He will be will us when we do. He will not leave us nor will he forsake us. He knows that the hard days are going to be tough and there may be some tears and some sorrow and heartache but he promises us His presence. He’s walking with us. I’m encouraging you as I encourage myself during this faith walk to not handle life matters like the world does. The word tells us this about faith:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV

We don’t want to act as if we’ve never seen or had the Lord act on our behalf before or that of a loved one. Right? We obviously trust Him enough that we gave up our sinful life so that we could be reconciled back to the Father through the repentance of our sins and receiving salvation through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ. Correct? (just giving us a little pep talk and reminder that’s all).

Now we surely do not want to waver in our faith or in our faith walk. When we start to doubt God we begin to give the adversary (the enemy ) a platform to start speaking into our life. We begin to sink like Peter who walked on water until the winds began to blow harshly until the Lord plucked him up. He took his eyes off of Christ and began to focus on the storm. Believe me, I’ve fallen short myself so I am not the pot calling the kettle black. But when I see my own weaknesses I want to help and encourage you to press on past yours and not stay in a pit of despair because we have help!

CALL ON JESUS!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
James 1:2-8 NIV

On this faith walk we have a Best Friend walking beside us the whole time. We just need to take His hand and have a long talk with him. He doesn’t mind at all. But when we do… let us walk in faith believing Him for everything for He is Truth and Light for our path. God bless you today.

~Terra

I just want to thank the Lord in closing for giving me my husband. He’s not just the man who protects and provides for me, but one gives wise counsel when I am feeling like I am getting overwhelmed with my thoughts and emotions. He’s a God-fearing man who will give me truth even during hard times but in a way that’s still loving. I need that. My life and everything in it has been known to the Lord long ago. He planned and ordered my steps before I came to be. He chose me. With that said, I ought to know that everything will work out for my good because I love Him.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV

For the Love of Jesus: Pouring out my heart

Bless the Lord oh my soul…..

My heart, my everything is full of Jesus in the mist of good days and not so good days. I love this song by Bethel Music and I wanted to share it with you all. Listen to the words will you. Really listen and allow them to flood your being. Be blessed dear hearts. Have a beautiful day in Christ our King.

~Terra

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