Freedom & Victory 

Good day to you all! I pray in Jesus name that all worries, fears and stress will be lessened upon you this day. It’s a new day and we should I think more importantly on the things that matter the most this holiday season. Every day for that matter because life is short.

The song I am sharing has been on my heart since early this morning when I woke up so I had to share it with you!

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May you find peace and joy and may you dance before the Lord like me. I’m praying for you. Know that others care about you even when it seems like the walls are caving in. Jesus loves you and wants to set you free from ALL bondage. Don’t allow the worries of this world and the lies of the devil to keep you bound. You can be FREE! 


Let your heart be encouraged today. ((HUG)) 

 



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Reckless Abandon

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Living Simply in Abundance

………………. reckless abandonment.

The exact words quenched my thirsty soul as if I was walking through a desert in search of water.

I found it. Or rather it found me in an email. Can you believe that?!! God has his own ways of getting our attention. Sometimes the most obvious ways I still  don’t catch onto for some reason. I can say that I’m so glad that He doesn’t give up flagging me down.

For a while now I’ve been in prayer about some things seemingly never getting a reply. Countless times it’s been “God, here I am again asking for an answer” in so many words. No reply.

Time passes by, events occur and seasons change in a spiritual sense and yet I still kept asking. Not like an annoying bee buzzing around His face but like a child in need of answers that the heart is longing for. The ache just wouldn’t go away.

“Daddy, Abba Father do you hear me?”

Slowly my questions are being answered. Then again perhaps I missed some that were already answered but I became distracted by other things while in wait.

How easily I allowed myself to get distracted and caught up. Ugh. Frustration showed it’s ugly head and I struggled with sleeping, thinking and emotionally functioning. The problem is that I went down the wrong path in waiting. Shame on me.

Believe me when I say that I don’t always get it right but I thank the Lord for His indispensable grace. I thank him for patiently waiting on his child to get back on track. To get my focus back in line.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 KJV

Now it’s not that I have not been reading my Bible or praying because I have. My focus had been more on the storms than on the One Who calms the storm. (what revelation as I write this. Wow. Thank you Holy Spirit)

Reckless abandon to the Almighty in all my ways. I throw up my hands without a care for the opinions and thoughts of others simply because my loyalty should be to Him, his thoughts and desires for my life. I am to please Him. Not man. My worship, my praise, my prayer and my direction has been thrown into the loving arms of the Savior who beckons the call to my obedience. Whatever He says I’ll do. (prayerfully I am listening carefully and also obeying at all times)

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction,and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily  at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. Proverbs 8:32-36.

By no other means can I get to the Father except through Christ. By no greater means can I be comforted and guided than by the Holy Spirit. I stand in need at all times. May I never forget that.

Reckless abandon and feeling relieved.

Is this your story or can you relate? Dear heart I encourage you on in prayer to be relentless, to have reckless abandonment to the Lord in all your ways. He knows that we will struggle, that we will fall, become discouraged and even tire while waiting but in doing so I rather we err on the side of the Lord than to fall into complete sin never giving an ounce of faith or a seed of hope to He who is able to supply all of our needs. God will not leave or nor forsake us. It’s in the waiting that we grow and our intimacy can grow stronger if we just hold on and don’t give up. These last days are so important. Will we continue to trust and believe that His timing and answers are right for us.  He knows what we need and when we need it. Keep holding on and stay steadfast in prayer.

Your sister in arms,
Terra 

Blessings in the Butterfly

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Quote credit: Power of the Same

Oh how blessed we are when the Lord leads us. When we take self out of the equation and realize that everything is about Him, things will become less complicated. To Christ we give the glory and honor. To Him we give the praise. Our lives are transformed day to day because He lives within us. I know no one who is in the business of transforming lives greater than Christ Jesus. Butterflies fly great distances when their mission serves a purpose.

My dearest brothers and sisters reading this, I encourage you to examine your heart day to day and see what it is that the Lord has for you to do. I will be doing this myself. As humans our flesh craves to be selfish… to do what we want to say and do. It’s natural but it’s not right especially when we belong to Jesus. We don’t belong to ourselves. We belong to Him so our thoughts and desires should align with his will and his purpose.

We are new creatures. We should be dying to self daily. I love butterflies more than you could ever know for various reasons. But when I think about them in the context of my life in Christ, I am changed.
I am transformed.

I am able to bloom, fly and do all that I am empowered to say and do because He’s given me a brand new life. My life song is  different. It should be different. Yours should be also. So let us shift our thought process. What we do should not be of greater concern than Who is leading us. We would not be able to do what we do or be affective in the way that we are without Him. Remember that our life and what we do is not about us. It’s all about Jesus.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Butterfly blessings,
Terra

Hello Mornings

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Lord, I long to be in Your presence when I arise and when I am sleeping. Cause me to always look to you for all my needs, cause me to wake up with a humble heart in the morning desiring to be close, to walk and talk with You. Renew my heart to want what You want and to hate what You hate. Let mercy and grace clothe me, let love pour out like a wellspring that never ends. Cause my heart to long for Your teachings so that I can be the light of the world all the days of my life to build up and edify for the Kingdoms sake. I bless you Lord with honor and glory. Dominion and power resides in your hands. In You I trust…. Amen
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Another Advocate: Receiving the Holy Spirit

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In the mornings when I awake, it’s my goal to set the atmosphere for myself and my family for the day. Indeed we say our own individual prayers that we offer up to the Lord but it’s something about being a woman, wife, mother and child of the Most High that wants my spirit to be aligned with His. To have such intimacy, comfort, teaching and guidance sets my heart ablaze that my inner being rejoices from the inside out!

Thank you, Jesus!!

I can’t help but think about the goodness of the Lord. Jesus came to give us life so that we could have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) When He left this earth, He left us with the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. (John 14:15-18 NLT)
I was reading my Bible earlier in the Book of Acts and I began to think about how much the Holy Spirit does in my life. He guides, convict, teaches, comfort, and leads me in all areas of my life. He was given to me when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior long ago. He was a part of my decision-making to marry the love of my life. Where would I be? How could I make it? I don’t know but Jesus does. He knew exactly what He was doing before leaving behind His disciples. Being a witness to the profound blessings and growth in Christ Jesus has done so much for me in my daily walk and that of others I cross paths with. In person and here on the blog. I am touching lives. I am speaking LIFE and ENCOURAGING in the mighty name of Jesus! Hallelujah!!! When I write, I am led by the Holy Spirit. When a share a word, it is the Holy Spirit who leads me and gives me the words to say. I count myself to be nothing. I credit myself nothing that I would be glorified in it. It all goes to the Lord above. To Him I give my all and glorify His name on high! My soul is blessed when a scripture or song is brought to memory or a new one comes to mind. Now that just blows me away!

I love some praise and worship music as most of you may have to come notice on various posts. It lifts me and stirs up my belly to spring forth an abundance of praise, prayer and worship at times out of my mouth with a joyous dance in my feet! Words simply cannot express my gratitude and love. I’d love to share a song that was placed on my heart this morning that keeps playing in my head.

I still rejoice over and over again!

Dear reader, I lift you up to the Lord today. Whatever it may be in your life, Jesus can fix it. We have the help and comfort from the Holy Spirit. He will lead us into peace, a place of solitude to go into our prayer closet and share our hearts to the fullest even if our lips cannot utter a single word. He understands and speaks on our behalf to the Father. Be blessed and encouraged! If you do not have a personal relationship with Christ, I encourage you to pull away and invite Him into your life. Today. He’s awesome and you too will receive the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

With love,

Terra

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)
Photo credit: self/Divine Creations Photography

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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Value in Wisdom: Chasing the Wind as a Busybody

*Dear Readers, I initially wrote this post Feb 2012. I thought it would be good to share it with those who I did not have the honor of meeting through the blog at the time. Enjoy

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11 NIV)

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Take inventory of what’s going on in your life. Eliminate ( cut and prune ) things that are not profitable. Staying in direct line of the will of God that He has for you will profit greatly and it will bring Him the glory knowing you are acting in obedience.

For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 2:26 KJV)

Stepping back to observe and weigh the things you say and do on a daily basis gives you a broader perspective of what’s really important. Pleasing God should be your first choice; not the last resort if you seek to live righteously for Him. A time of rest may be in order. This time of rest I am referring to is of stepping back from things that are optional and/or not of great importance. If you have a job that pays the bills then that is not what I am talking about. It’s those social gatherings, projects, idle time given or used that is of your free leisure and things along those lines. Now I’m not saying that they are not valuable or of good service to the Lord even if it’s volunteering within your local church. What I am saying though is that there is a season to everything. (Ecclesiastes 3)

Don’t hinder your growth and time with God if He is wanting to spend some alone time with you. This is something you should want as well. Doing so will develop a more personal and intimate relationship with Him as well as building character within yourself.

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Chasing the wind doesn’t give you perfect peace. Jesus does. Running around as a busybody trying to make good on pleasures and vanities of this world, you will continue to search after things in life that brings temporary joy that will soon dissipate. Rich or poor we will all leave this earth with nothing in our hands. The life we live ( in Christ ) the values, integrity, service unto the Lord that is shared with others matters. No treasures, beauty or excellent education will be of gain or profit in heaven.

* spoken by Jesus “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 KJV)

Don’t become consumed with the ways of this world that profit you nothing if you want to truly be grounded in God. It is very easy to get caught up doing “good works” that eventually may lead you astray from choosing ” the better part”; receive the word of God that it may be applied to your life and that of others. With wisdom comes discernment and knowledge. Peace and joy with contentment will be your anchor for it is the Lord Almighty keeping you with a steadfast heart and mind.

Which will you choose?

Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)–[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be). (1 John 5:21 AMP)

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