I’m Not a Writer or Runner. Am I??

“My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
Psalms 45:1 NKJV
https://www.bible.com/114/psa.45.1.nkjv

I’m not a writer or runner… but I have something to say and somewhere to go.

Some years ago I gave in to God’s plan to write. To blog. To reach and encourage the nations. It wasn’t my plan but I jumped in with both feet to make it happen. Eventually with both feet to be quite honest because I never heard of a blog nor did I have a desire to write anything past a line or two regarding my thoughts for the people who took time to read. 

And let’s talk about this running thing. Yeah. Umm hmm. I’m not one of those either. But I got somewhere I’m trying to go. Mentally, physically and spiritually. 

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14 NKJV

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT

I’m not a writer or runner. Or so I think I’m not and yet here I am. Still writing and running for the Lord. I felt like I wanted to kinda toss the blog aside… maybe even delete it. (Girl are you crazy?!!) I wanted to slow down my run but it doesn’t feel right slowing down or simply stopping in the middle. 

Grief grabbed a hold of me in such a way that’s it’s a struggle some days. So if you didn’t know I’ll catch you up . May 3,2018 my Mom went home to be with the Lord. No more cancer to fight. No more. Not ever again. I told God that I was okay with Him taking her because she belonged to Him and knowing that she had salvation which is a key factor for all of our eternity she would be in good hands. 

With that said it still hurt. It still pains my heart to know she’s not here with me. I can’t call her to talk or laugh or even make trips to visit one another. But I know that she would not be happy if she knew that I stopped writing and running. She knew that there was always something special about me as she used to say. She knew I had a desire to uplift hearts and share Jesus in some type of way. I digress. Forgive me.
I say that I’m not a writer or runner but God knew me and his plans for me before my conception. I really need to pause more often and think about this when my low days strike. “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


More important than how my mother saw me is how God sees me and loves me and how there is still purpose in and through my pain even in such a season that I endure. I don’t want to stand still as if in stagnant water. It does me no good. I was sitting in church service yesterday and some things that were said struck me and I really must be proactive about change even when I don’t feel like or it doesn’t feel good. 

Life happens and it will continue to do so bringing the highs and the lows, the good and the bad and the unimaginable. But God… 
He is faithful and just and I can testify to that even in one of the darkest times of my life. I still trust Him and I keep hope even when I can’t see what lies ahead. It’s just hard pushing ahead for me at times. Oh and laziness plays a factor too for me. Just keeping it real. (sigh) 

So if you’ve been with me a while I appreciate you hanging in there and bearing with me. If we are new to one another here on the blog I say Welcome and I thank you for stopping by and taking time to read. It’s still my heart’s desire to pray and encourage all that I meet along the way. My writing and running may be different by my heart is still the same. The leading of the Holy Spirit goes before me so I can never take credit. I am just a vessel wanting to be used to bless others. 

I pray that whatever it is that you may be facing that you will begin to know that the Lord will be with you if you allow Him to be. He will get you through it all. I am still seeing it for myself and I can testify that He is still moving in my life and of those I have met /prayed for. Today isn’t over. Keep hope and faith even when you don’t see evidence of change. It’s coming. 

Warmest thoughts, prayers and love in Christ Jesus for you beloved one. Take care,
Terra 
🦋Writer, Runner, Child of God, Wife, Mother & Friend🦋






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Made to Crave: Praise the Lord

I was made to praise Him. I crave to praise Him even when my flesh doesn’t want to.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
The world is forever changing but God remains the same. I wasn’t sure how life was going to be after my Mom passed away. May 3rd it will be the 1yr anniversary of her going home to the Lord. I can say that I’m still grieving and yet relieved that I’m not in a deep pit of  emotional pain because I have my God to hold on to when the wave of emotions hit me.
I honestly can’t say where’d I be if I hadn’t had the Lord by my side. I don’t know how anyone makes it without Him. Not just during the good times but definitely through the bad.

“Lord help us to seek Your face. Help us to crave the praise that you are worthy of receiving.

Some days I feel like a thread unraveling all the while trying to keep it together thinking on the positive. To think of Jesus and the message of the Cross it’s as if I can see and feel the fibers of my being connecting again. They are broken and busted. Just loose. Heaviness from the weight of affliction has caused me to feel and think that it’s hard to get my life back together. Some of those thoughts are mine and I believe the enemy plays a part in trying to keep me suppressed.

Have you ever felt that way? Is this a season you are currently experiencing? Know that you are not alone. Jesus knows our pain more than anyone. Knowing this I take heart because I know that He is faithful and true and I believe that He will see us through our valleys. (the keyword is through) He saw me through the worse pain I have yet to see and experience. And what seems kinda weird is that when I left my hometown after 2wks to go back to my own home is that I couldn’t wait to get back to my church… to be amongst the saints in corporate worship praising God. I sought God whilst I was home caring for my mother in the hospital, praying for her daily, reading her the Word while she was awake and sleeping and singing praises to Him. Even in the mist of the unknown and unforeseen I craved to praise Him. I did so not just to have Him hear my prayers and answer them but simply because He’s God.

Over the course of a year I’ve cried much, laughed often and sat in remembrance of many things. I’m still here. I made it! God was with me and he still is. My eyes well up with tears right now. It’s that joy that the world can’t steal from me. The Lord has still been faithful and has not left me when the nights become hard but oh I can rise up and praise Him because sweet joy has come in the morning! Life happens. We can’t stop it but we have an assurance to make it day to day with Him if we just lean into his arms and allow him to do what he does best.

I’ve made it (I still am) and I know you can too. Don’t give up on Him. Continue to seek to praise and glorify the Name that’s above all names. Stay hungry. Crave praise and watch what happens.

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Faith Persevering in Trial

“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered. Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly. Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O LORD; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me. For innumerable evils have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; Therefore my heart fails me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; O LORD, make haste to help me! Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor Who wish me evil. Let them be confounded because of their shame, Who say to me, “Aha, aha!” Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The LORD be magnified!” But I am poor and needy; Yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:1-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/114/psa.40.1-17.nkjv

Faithful Friday Psalm & Hymn

Draw Me Nearer

Sitting in a quiet space reading the Holy Word filling my cup to overflow. I bless Thee O Lord. I praise thy holy Name.

Come Lord Jesus….

Father God,

I thank you for this faithful Friday. Many have come to see it and then many have not. In this hour that we have may we bless Your name. May we fill the atmosphere with praise. Most Holy One, I say that I love You and I need You always. Come fill me, speak to me and Your people that we can show love to the lost. We are Your vessels. Use us today to do Thy will. Please keep watch over us, strengthen us to do thy service. May the words we speak and meditations of our heart be acceptable in thy sight. Refrain our lips from anything that will hurt, harm and hinder. Be glorified Father. We speak and sing praises with a voice of declaration! In Thee we trust and have hope.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:1-22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/114/psa.103.1-22.nkjv

Reckless Love of God

It’s so good to know that Jesus will come after us if we’ve wandered away. Sometimes circumstances will cause us to see things differently. To hear things in such a way that we divert from what we know to be truth.

But the reckless love of God will come after you and me. Thank You Lord. It’s an overwhelming thought that Someone would leave the 99 just to come after 1. We are just that important to Him. Ponder that for a few minutes.

The song below is such a beautiful message of encouragement and full of love that comes to us from God. I pray that it ministers to your heart today. Whatever it is you are facing don’t stop believing that God loves you and does not hear your heart’s cry.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

 Matthew‬ ‭18:12-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ 

Life & Death Beyond the Casket

While it is an uncomfortable thing to think about because we know that one day it will be us inside of a box/ urn (or whatever choice is made as to where our body will lay) , while flashbacks come to the front of our minds of a loved one leaving us, while tears and heartache choke us up…….

Life and death are occurring every day right here on earth. A spiritual life and death to be exact.

Choices

Which will we choose? People are dying a spiritual death around the globe near and far.

Have our thoughts become synonymous to seeing a lifeless body in a casket while going through the ritual of saying our goodbyes all the while not thinking that one day it will be our turn and that our eternity will be in heaven or hell?

I don’t mean to come off as being insensitive. Believe me because I have had my share of mourning loved ones. I have a heart for people in general and it hurts me to the core when I see and hear about what’s going on in the world knowing that innocent people are dying.

But for those of us that are still alive and breathing we are at times unknowingly walking around the dead. Those that are spiritually dead. And if we belong to Christ we need to ask ourselves what are we doing to help others go from death to life.

This is such a sensitive topic. Death. But it must be talked about. It must be acted upon. Even through the hardest circumstances I can’t help but wonder if a person has salvation. I can’t help but wonder and literally pray that they have received Jesus Christ into their lives.

None of us know the day or hour that we will leave this earth. Question remains is will we be ready to go? One way or another we will be leaving this temporary dwelling.

Earth is just a pit stop for me. My eternal address and home is up in heaven. I pray that yours is too as well as your loved ones. I pray this for the entire world of mankind. I don’t know you but I am praying for you. I am praying for your life while it’s still here on this side.

You may or may not believe in the One True God, you may or may not choose to receive the love and freedom in Christ Jesus but believe me when I tell you that there is no in between. There is no other way to heaven except through Jesus. There is no reincarnation, there are no levels you must pass to receive enlightenment, empowerment or whatever you have come to believe. These are lies of the devil. I’m not sorry to say it. He is the father of lies and will use anyone and anything to trick you. Do know this. Satan believes in God and he knows that he is only a little god. With that said he loses in the end. Actually he has already lost but will continue to do what he does to grab as many lost souls as he can before his time is up.

Forgive my rant. I just can’t stand him. I can’t sit by without speaking the Truth (Jesus) to you in love. If you have a relationship with Him , if you have accepted Him into your life through the gift of salvation I encourage you to keep pressing on and don’t stop. We have a call on our lives to go into the world and make disciples.

If you do not have salvation in your life and have welcomed Jesus into your heart know that it’s not too late. Today is your day. Tomorrow is not promised. Make up in your mind if you want true life in Christ beyond the physical body which will perish one day. Jesus can and will give it to you. Just ask Him!

Overall my message to you is that we need to see beyond the natural eye and the routine that we do of sending a loved one away at a funeral to truly realize that it’s time to get our lives in order, to stop playing Russian roulette with time because we have no control of when we leave this body. Only God has time in His hands and we all have an appointment. Each of us have been given an appointed time of living. May we do our best to live it in Him and not in vain.

Until the sweet day that I will stand before my Lord I will keep praying for you. I will keep praying for myself and this dark world we live in. Times won’t get any better so we need to live it in love and in Christ Jesus until He comes back.

Choose wisely for life and death stands before us all. God bless you dear heart. From my heart to yours I pray you receive what has been written in love and truth for the sake of winning souls for the Kingdom. In Christ we can do all things for it is He who sustains us day to day helping to getting through the ups and downs that life will bring.

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”

‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭2:1-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

http://bible.com/114/1ti.2.1-7.nkjv

Nothing Else Matters

When we look over our lives and the things we have attained……Nothing else matters. 


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Success of having a house, the glorious career, increase in wealth, college degrees, where you stand amongst your colleagues, and peers, spouse and children do not matter if you don’t have Jesus. The same applies even when we have less or not at all.

 

Above all else having Christ Jesus is the greatest, most treasured and valuable asset you could ever have in your life and He should matter the most. What we attain beyond having Him are just additional blessings.

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:15‭-‬18 NKJV


We live here on this side of heaven temporarily. It’s not our permanent dwelling nor the treasures that we store up and collect here on Earth. Do we truly realize the importance of how we place people and possessions in relation to our lives? Greatest to the least.

 

It’s something to think about and process. Dare I say that the order of what we think is most important in our lives should be switched around? Indeed I do.

 

Believe me when I say that I love my husband and children and all that the Lord has given me but I am nothing without Him. All mankind will perish (unless you’re swept up when He comes back) and every treasure rotted out or forgotten but our relationship with the One who saved us from perishing is eternal.

 

How wonderful that is to know and live out. Our hope, faith, joy and fulfillment is found in God alone. It does not matter how much we try to build, grasp, achieve and succeed at if He is not the center of it all. Every hole that’s empty we will always try to fill up to make us feel better and bring a sense of completion and yet we are not ever full. This is how we humans are. Never full, never satisfied UNTIL we come into realization that we have it all, we have EVERYTHING we could ever need once we place the King of kings and the Lord of lords first and foremost in our lives.

 

May today’s thoughts and God’s truths speak volumes into your life. Ask Him to help you prioritize the order of your living for you cannot fail. What you will be is full, satisfied and successful in Him. Stay in the Holy Word, prayed up, extending a helping hand and loving others all of your breathing days.

 
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. II Corinthians 9:8 NKJV

Nothing Else Matters But Jesus 



Living Simply in Abundance 

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Me. Jesus. Prayer. Green Tea.

Living Simply in Abundance with the Lord. Nothing complicated at all. Cast your cares aside and share some much needed time with Him.

Watch, listen tentatively and be still.

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
Ps 143:8 NKJV

Exhale right now… everything else will still be there. Quiet the busyness spinning through your head.

At the end of the day (or your time set aside to spend with Him) you will realize that you actually had all that you needed to get your day started. Every little thing after that will just fit into your day as planned when He’s put first on the schedule.

Have a wonderful day in Jesus from my heart to yours,

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