Trust and Obey: Life of the Thirsty

In Abunance

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38 KJV)
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Daniel 2:21

New King James Version (NKJV)

21And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.

God surely has a divine way of drawing us to Him through various cirmcumstances. Some of us will yeild right away and some of us won’t. I can honestly say that in the last week I have gone through some challenging times emotionally and physically. Good and not so good.

Routinely my family and I always have morning prayer together before we part ways for the day. Christ Jesus is our Foundation. We cannot stand without Him in our lives. This world is so broken and full of evil and idolatry. It would be selfish of us to only pray for ourselves so we always ask the Lord to work in the lives of others who are going through something whether it’s here in America or in another part of the world. My kids pray for their schools, teachers and classmates as well as themselves, asking that God be with them as a light shining around those they encounter personally or from a distance. They know that being a Christian that they are set apart when they choose to live for Him and not others.

In general, it is hard to see people self destructing. My heart aches to see people I love and care about just give up on life, to give up on God, to give up fighting for what’s right especially when it is so easy to follow the ways of the world and what it’s doing.

I have been very sensitive the last couple of days seeing the hand of God moving in my emotions and thought pattern. I am naturally a sensitive person who can cry “at the drop of a dime.” (is that saying correct?) My Lord surely has heard my grief and my prayers. He has also heard my praise and rejoicing. Things have been changing to a point that I really cannot put into words how His PEACE has kept me daily. I have cried out and asked the Lord to provide; to make my path known and clear. I have asked for wisdom and courage. His strength carries me in such a way that I cannot help but sing praises unto Him even if the water seems troubled.

Time after time God will remind me that He is in control. Not I. He will allow things to happen for a reason. I have to step aside and allow Him to do what He does best. All I have to do is trust and obey.

Some things have been going on in the life of my family back home. It has bothered me, it has even angered me and it has also brought me to tears. One thing I have not ceased to stop doing is praying. Not just for my parents and siblings but that also for extended family. As the days have passed and I continue to seek the Lord, I am starting to see more of my purpose and what He has called me to. My life at times seems to be an open book. This transparency seems to pour out with more courage as I share my faith, my hope and my trust in the Lord even when I fall or see myself falling into fear.

Amongst many things that I have faced, I have not stopped praising the Lord. Even when I do not see the outcome or have seen the fruit of my labor for some years now, I STILL trust The Almighty to work things out as He sees fit.

The seeds have been planted.

“Have Your way Lord! May I not trust in my own thoughts, plans and understanding but may they be of Yours for they far outweigh mine!”

Recently I learned that my dear mother has been bleeding internally and has had to get a blood transfusion. That stopped me dead in my tracks as I am listening over the phone to what has been going on. The first thing I thought was Cancer because she has battled various types since I was 13yrs of age. This woman has gone through some stuff. While I have yet to know what is going on, I am relieved that she is doing better. It’s hard not being close to home. She lives in Ohio and I in North Carolina. One thing I rest in is that prayer travels instantly. I do not have to be with someone in the physical for God to hear my prayers and before He lays His mighty hand upon them.

There is POWER in prayer. There is POWER in Jesus’ name which is above every name. Hallelujah!!! When I pray, it’s like a fire shut up in my bones that I just have to release. I can’t keep Jesus to myself. I can’t keep the goodness of the Lord covered. I have to let it out so that the world may know whether they receive it or not.

Dear reader, I encourage you to seek God and praise Him for the unknown and the unanswered. Remember that His timing is not ours and even if He does not answer know that there is a reason behind. So do not worry about things you cannot change. Pray and move on.

Hebrews 11:1

[ By Faith We Understand ] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I hope you take a little time to listen to the words of the songs below. May they minister to your heart the way they did mine this morning.
Blessings,
~Terra

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Weeping & Rejoicing

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Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15 NKJV)

As I sit outdoors listening to the windchime clank back and forth melodically in tune with the warm winds, I find my thoughts passing through the skies with some somber feelings and those of rejoicing.

My sister in The Lord lost her mother recently. I cried and my heart still mourns yet I find comfort and rejoice with her because her mother has gone home to be with our Lord.

Thinking back over the last few weeks as well as the months, she and I have had conversations of laughter and those deep in prayer over various matters.

She is my sister. In Christ we share His blood.

One of the most profound conversations we have had is that of having a kindred spirit. Through one of my dark times I told her that she was like a sister (blood related, earthly type DNA kind of stuff) to me and that I truly appreciated her. You know what she told me?!! She said “Terra, I AM your sister!” While it may not seem like it grabs and clenches the heart to you, it spoke volumes to me and it still does!

Though we have never met in person (yet) we have built this relationship that seems as if it was meant to be and we carry on like we’ve known each other for years! As much as I talk about her to my kids and my husband I think they pretty much know everything I know about her.

My other brothers and sisters in The Lord that I have grown close to have impacted my life as well as I of theirs. My heart is blessed when I am thought of and their lives are shared with me. The in and out, the good and bad are taken up and treasured for in these times, prayers are lifted up over many things that we each face. We weep together and we rejoice together. I find comfort in this.

Kindred spirits…. kindred bloodline. These are the treasures I have through Christ in the multitude of brothers and sisters I have become close to over passing time. I look forward to joining together with many I have yet to meet and bond with.

Who would ever think that such treasure could be found in the “blogdom”. Surely not I a few years ago. I am a believer who’s “cup has runneth over”.

The Blood of Christ Jesus surpasses any earthly blood ties and connections that a DNA test could ever compile. With that said, I am completely satisfied.

Though this life is temporary and shall pass away, I trust and believe that Father God will provide for the motherless, fatherless, those without siblings and those simply in need of love and fellowship with those that they can connect with.

Miles away, distant lands and even language barriers may separate us but it is the bloodline of Christ that unites us forever.

Whether you are weeping or rejoicing I am with you doing the same. I am thankful for the overflow of love that’s been poured out and for that which is received.

If we never meet face to face in this life, I look forward to seeing you in glory!

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Praise Break: Jesus Is On The Mainline

I don’t know what it is about being in the kitchen during the time when I am about to fix dinner plates for the family, but random songs come into my head and I get into this PRAISE mode of singing and dancing! My poor, but patient family! They are about their business unless they are starving as they say or I call everyone to come eat!

A burst of prayer and singing led me from the kitchen to the dining room, to the foyer and eventually the computer. I tell ya, GOD IS GOOD!!

Precious Lord Take My Hand by Mahalia Jackson started me off and things took off from there. I listen to a variety of music that leads me into worship so you will see collection of different videos and scriptures over time.

Dear friends all around the world….. God loves you! Tell him all about your day. Share your life with him on a daily basis. He’s so precious! Words can never express my gratitude, my adoration, my reverence for Him being Supreme in my life. We will have those times when we just need to go into our prayer closet and spend some time with Him. And when you can’t make it there, just pause. Pause and give Him the glory, give him the praise for he is worthy of it. He is available all hours of the day. Just call Him.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul! (Psalm 116:4 NKJV)

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. (Psalm 145:18-19 NKJV)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing his head with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:13-15 NKJV)

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever. (Psalm 145:21 NKJV)

Lord shine down your blessings upon the earth and shall we praise Your holy name

Feel free to share your praise break experience however you feel led! He’s more than deserving because He’s done more for us than we could ever do for ourselves.

And the Lord says: 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Mattthew 7:7-8 KJV)

Butterfly Joy: Living Simply In Abundance of God’s Creations

“Dear Lord, please don’t allow this butterfly to fly away before I can get a picture of it! It’s sooo beautiful!”

*I did not get a chance to grab my camera, but I used my iPhone while it was in my back pocket.

While I was on the phone a short bit ago wishing my best friend a Happy Birthday, my son was going out the door to the backyard . He came right back and told me that there was a butterfly outside.

I had just come home from shopping and its well over 102 degrees…. I’m hot and tired, yet I flew out the door to capture a picture not giving my lack of energy a second thought! Anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy about butterflies and I end up with the biggest smile on my face! (STILL smiling as I type. What a blessing to receive!)

Only the good Lord knows why I become so elated when I see butterflies. This has put the biggest smile on my face today so far. This actually beats buying the pair of shoes I just came home with!

Sounds weird? Maybe so, but it’s the simple things in life that bring me the greatest joy! We have been given so many free gifts from the Lord that we really can not comprehend how or why he did what he did in the Beginning of time. I wonder if we truly appreciate the love, design and creation of His mighty works. Just think about it. All Creation was made at the sound of his voice in a matter of days.

This joy I have the world didn’t give it to me and it surely can’t take it away!

May you all have a wonderful summer!

And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:23-25 KJV)

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According to God’s Plans

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Sharing a little bit of my world…….

The young lady seated on the front row (2nd from right) in the group photo is my first-born named Divine Hope. She is my pride and joy. It brings tears to my eyes that she will be graduating this coming school year Lord’s will. She and the other fellow Junior Marshals had the privilege and honor bestowed upon them to participate in the senior graduation ceremony for their high school. This opportunity as a Jr. Marshal comes because of excellency in grades. Divine and her fellow classmates are the in the top ranking of their graduating class. Her father and I are so proud of her and her accomplishments thus far.

I shared a post recently about my family and how my life came to be where it’s at because I chose to follow the leading of the Lord instead of my own thoughts and plans. Check out post here Order My Steps Dear Lord

Now if I may boast a bit about her, I am proud that she first and foremost accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has always been committed to do her best putting her grades above any worldly thing. She’s been playing the violin since elementary school, she speaks fluent French and has taught herself to read, write and speak Korean during her free time. ( the school week is for academics only. Electronics and fun computer things are only allowed on weekends and holidays for all the children. They are privileges, not necessities.) All of this was done without Rosetta Stone! When she puts her mind to something, she commits to getting it done. I look forward to future dreams and accomplishments being fulfilled being that she wants to be in the medical field; primarily leaning towards being a surgeon. (a whole lot of medical terminology I can’t spell nor pronounce but it deals with bones!)

Ultimately, whatever the Lord has for her, I pray she continues to follow his leading whether it’s the medical field or not. She tries her best to lead by example for her siblings without them feeling that they have to live in her shadow. It’s all about doing your best in life, living for God and being a light in this dark world amongst their peers and strangers they meet.

My family values are not to make anyone feel less than, but to let others see that we cannot go wrong if we build our house on thee Solid Rock. That Rock of Ages is Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah! I just have to thank the Lord and praise Him!! You just don’t know how good he has been to me!

Parenting does not come with a manual. We will make mistakes and hopefully grow from them. I can only lean on God to steer me in the right direction as a mother. The best I can offer my kids is the Word of God which is the Holy Bible. This manual for life will help them in all areas.

I stand by this scripture:

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)

I can only do my part. The rest is up to them. I will be there to love, guide and support but every seed they plant seen and unseen will reap a harvest of abundance or destruction.

God gives us a choice. Each and every one of us. It’s up to us which path we choose to take. Choose wisely.

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. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

God bless each and every heart that reads this. Be encouraged no matter what when it comes to your life and that of your children. Look to God for everything. You simply cannot go wrong. He mighty and able.

~ Terra

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Order My Steps Dear Lord

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Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21 AMP)

Let’s go back back in time…a little before 1991, the year I graduated from high school.

I grew up not really knowing the Lord with a solid foundation though I had a taste of going to church and seeing what a bit of it was about.

I had this desire in my heart when I was just a kid (around 10yrs old) to want to live my life for God even though I did not know where, why or how I came to feel the way I did. I even said to myself that I wanted to become a Nun! Little did I know about them, but I knew that they dedicated their lives to serving Him. I went to a Baptist church at the time I believe, so I’m sure I would have surprised them had I asked about becoming a Sister. ( Nun )

I use to dream about one day getting married to this Christian man and our first child was going to be a baby girl. We were always sitting in the pews holding her and listening to the sermon.

I never been to the beach my entire life growing up, but I knew that I wanted to get married on the beach. To a military guy at that. The whole nine yards! Yeah you can say that I was very descriptive as to what I wanted. My friends from high school said I always talked about wanting to have 10 kids. I STILL don’t recall saying that but I always knew that I wanted a lot of children.

Where in the world did all these thoughts come from?!!

For years I dreamed this same dream…. never to see the face of the man I was to marry. He was just a shadow image. Nothing else.

As prissy as I was (I still am by the way) who’d think that I would go off to the Army. My mom could barely get me to do the dishes without wearing gloves simply because I didn’t want to mess up my nail polish! I was respectful and all, I just thought things would work better with protected hands!

Anyway, a year passed after I graduated and l joined the U.S. Army. I signed my John Hancock on the dotted line, raised my hand in oath and before you knew it, this little Ohio girl was off to start her life. Little did I know, the life and career path I chose for myself would ultimately change a couple years later. I met my future husband, we both attended church together with the desire to live for Christ, fell in love and talked about our future.

Everything about my life I wanted and desired, I wanted the Lord to be the head of it. I wanted his perfect will. I remember praying and telling the Lord that I loved Tim and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him BUT if he was not the man for me then I would not marry him as hard as I know it would be to let him go, I would give up my desire and plans just to have his ( God’s ) perfect plan for my life.

As a couple, we waited to hear from the Lord. It was His will that we be joined together as man and wife, it was His will that I was to not re-enlist and commit more years to serving my country as a soldier, it was His will that I become a mother to 6 children and be a stay at home mom while my husband be the sole provider and head of household not just as a man, but a God fearing man who would lead his family in the way God planned him to.

Me becoming a wife, a MOTHER to many when my doctor told me as a teenager that I would likely be infertile and not be able to have children was a dream come true! My heart, my desires, my prayers, my direction wanted to be aligned with the Lords even before I knew him personally.

Man says one thing but the Lord has the final say. My stair-step children are proof that God is ABLE! Though I never worried as a teen, I just knew that I was going to give birth to children one day after I married. No one could tell me any different. It was a confidence and assurance of faith.

As I sat in the car this morning, I began to write this inspiration while waiting for the school doors to open up while looking at my kids as they laughed and talked.

I am where I am suppose to be.

This feels really good to know that I have not totally gone off of my own GPS over the years, but that of the Lord’s. We can never go wrong if we truly want our lives to be successful. The road is long and the journey isn’t always foreseen, but God sees it all. Past. Present. Future.

It’s not about the educational degrees, the finer things in life, the status quo of this world that makes me successful or complete. It’s not even about being married and have children though all the listed above are great blessings, it’s about being a child of The Most High. To have salvation, to live my life serving Him and doing His will until I am called home is the greatest gift I could ever receive. I am complete in God as long as I have Him.

Well I believe I am done right about now. Just thought I would share with you all a bit about my life and the musings that run through my head every now and then.

To God be the glory. I am thankful for another day of life. Speaking of His goodness can go on and on if its the Lord’s will that I see another breath, but if not…my thoughts, prayers and writings are found throughout this blog.

Be blessed and thankful for the small things. Look to God and ask Him to search your heart. Let Him make you over.

Let’s Order Our Steps In The Lord.

In Christ with love,
Terra

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NKJV)

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall fall on me, Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” (Psalm 139:1-18 NKJV)

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Gifts in Abundance

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Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I wanted to take this time to thank each any every one of you for your gifts of love and support shown to me on my blog. Your warm prayers and encouragement as well as Likes and Follows have meant a lot to me since I came to WordPress. I’ve been blogging almost a year now but it has been trying, yet greatly fruitful as I have been sowing seeds and reaping a harvest full of blessings from God and through you.

I want you to know that nothing you have written to me or shared though your own posts have been overlooked or taken for granted regardless if I have commented or not. You’ve spoken into my life and it has stretched me even more to step outside of myself and to touch the lives of others. Thank you.

What an amazing and wonderful God we serve! Praise his name!!

The gifts you have blessed me with as well as my family means so very much. Words really can never express my gratitude. I honestly pray for you all when you come to mind and I ask the Lord to bless you, watch over and protect you and your loved ones, to give you the strength, words, wisdom, knowledge, a stedfast foot and deep roots among other things to prosper you with His abundance as you go forth into the world being the hands and feet, to be that beacon of light unto others, to be a living example of Christ reaching out and sowing seeds of righteousness so that many lost in this world would walk up out of darkness into the great freedom, love, presence and salvation of the King! Be blessed in all you do!

There’s no greater gift (s) you can give me than what you’ve shown thus far. Much love from the Lord from my heart to yours……

The Vine and the Branches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[k] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

The Relationship of Believers to Each Other

12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other. ( John15:1-17 NIV )

Your sister in Christ,

Terra

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