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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Moving in Strength

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Honestly…we will not always know what life will bring or where it will take us. But rest assured, we are safe when following the guidance of the Lord. Our safety will not necessarily come packaged the way we think.

Do you trust Him enough to walk into the unknown, to move into areas you are not familiar with?

However it may come and whatever it may be we can move in strength. His strength.

Over the past couple months I have found myself moving for Him, stopping for Him, loving for Him and being alone with Him. I want to bring Him glory and honor. I want to be all that I am called to be in this life. I know that I won’t always get it right or do it right the first time but I push myself to go the distance however long it may take.

Dear loves remember that every road taken will not be easy. You may even find yourself facing obstacles and roadblocks. You even may find yourself hurt emotionally and physically along the way.

Believe me. I know all too well.

As children of the Lord, we will suffer because He suffered. Following Him comes with a cost but remember that the reward outweighs it all. In the end our treasures will be greater than what we can ever imagine.

Will you still go? Will you stop when the going gets tough?

Sometimes we will be taken out of our comfort zones. Expect it. You can’t grow doing the exact same thing or stay in the exact same place expecting bigger and better results. Do take note that the small results are just as important if not more important.

Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Obedience stretches us while teaching us some very valuable lessons. So whether it’s a lesson for us personally or a blessing for another to gain, God gets the glory from it all.

Our Lord will sustain you  on your journey. He will not leave you without His strength for the road ahead.

Just take a deep breath, exhale and keep going.

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! (Habakkuk 3:19 AMP)

All I Need for Christmas is Jesus

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I simply cannot explain these feelings that have been welling up in my soul lately as we approach Christmas. While Jesus is the reason for the season, like a flower blooming petal after petal, a swarming of love and adoration for Christ has covered me like an abundance of sweet honey reserved just for the best. Jesus Christ is our best. He is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Not just for Christmas, but for all time.

All I need for Christmas is Jesus.

Teaching my children why we celebrate Christmas is very important. While decorating for the holidays, giving and receiving gifts comes with tradition, the main focus is on Christ and His coming to earth in the form of man. (starting off as a baby of course). Lately I have being drawing closer to Him asking that my eyes be opened like never before and that my ears be tentative to my surroundings. Having a little talk with Jesus is like chicken noodle soup for the soul. That’s just my opinion.

I remember some years ago that I would become overwhelmed with the Christmas season approaching. It was more emotional than physical. I would become saddened and somewhat lethargic. I say this because my eyes were set on the wrong things and I was always “thirsty”.

I’m not one to do the Christmas shopping in my house for the most part. Thankfully it has always been my husband because no one would get anything most likely had it been left up to me to go out in the chaos and mass of people rushing, shoving, cursing and just flat-out been mean-spirited. Plus, I don’t have that kind of patience. Having 5 babies back to back kept me busy so it just became easier for my dear husband to do. I digress but for a moment!

My thoughts always went back to my childhood. While I had a pretty decent life growing up, I always felt something missing.

Jesus wasn’t there. 

Feeling confused and happy at the same time was just weird. Plain old strange and yet I managed to get through another holiday season. I could not wait for the holidays to pass.

Recently, my heart was on a couple of senior citizens who were in need of some items that they needed. It was an article I caught in the newspaper that came from the aid of the Salvation Army. I told my husband about it and that I wanted to sponsor the people’s needs. While my eyes glazed over the many people young and old with a wish list, I wondered even more about those lost. The lost who needed Jesus; the very One who is our ever-present help, comfort and aid.

I began to cry. Not just because some cannot afford material needs and wants, but that many go lacking without a Savior.How often we walk daily without Him. As Christians and sinners alike ,but first as human beings, we find ourselves at times trying to do things on our own. We try to make things happen within our own power and might. We fix our eyes on higher prizes and treasures beyond our means. Some are just desires to want, want,want. Fleshly things. Things that will pass. Treasures that will not go with us on a U-Haul when we leave this old world.

Getting caught up over-shopping and over-spending will give anyone a headache and then possible regret for debt than may take a while to pay off when we “rob Peter to pay Paul”. That’s a saying I got from my Mom. Maybe you’ve heard of it before.

Nevertheless, we need peace and true joy. It can only be found in Christ Jesus. He will make us whole. He can satisfy our deepest needs. Will you invite Him into your life? Will you  allow God to direct your life, your finances, your will, wants and your plans that they will align with His?

While I am not attempting to take away your joy of shopping for your friends and loved ones, I just want to provide you with the opportunity to receive the greatest gift of all this year as we bring 2013 to a close. Health may have fallen, bills may be behind and loved ones may have turned their backs on you but know that there is a risen Savior who is waiting to receive you today.

I want to share with you a song I heard on the radio yesterday. I don’t drive much if I can help it but when I do, I tend to listen to uplifting music to carry me throughout my day. This song about had me in tears. No matter what we are going through, we must know that we cannot do anything in this life without the Lord no matter how hard we try. I know for myself that I cannot walk without Him holding my hand. This song has become one of my favorite and it lingers within me to the point of praise.

All we NEED for Christmas is Jesus Christ. If we trust God, He will provide all that we need and bless us with our wants. By His grace we have what we have. May we be thankful for the little and great. Be blessed one and all. You are loved, cherished and prayed for.

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you  not of more value than they?” But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6: 26, 33 NKJV

To God be the glory now and forevermore,

Terra

There’s No Place Like Home

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Have you ever awakened with a heavy heart? Did you stay in that mood all day long? I can’t lie and say that I haven’t because I have done so for one reason or another.

Typically you will find me in a dress everyday. That’s just my style. Well, I opted to put on sweat clothes and call it a day. That was 5:30 this morning. As tired as I was, I knew that dressing to fit my current mood would likely keep me down so I changed clothes.

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with sweats. I just knew that I could not allow my unforeseen emotions to take me out of character. While my outer clothes do not define me, they do help in a sense because it’s cold and I wanted to be warm and cozy. Yet I changed because I have a long day ahead of me. Being too warm makes me lazy!

I digress.

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

The most important thing I could have adorned myself with this morning was a garment of praise. With that said I placed it on…….

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

The devil is a liar. He was not about to steal my joy. I choose this day to praise God no matter how I woke up feeling. I began to lift up my voice, stir up my spirit thinking on the goodness of the Lord.

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While I have enjoyed watching the classic movie The Wizard of Oz over the years, I do not need to “click my heels” together to go back home. God lives within me and in Him I can have peace and restored joy. If anything, I go to my knees in prayer.

I opened up my Bible and began to read Psalm 84. How my heart rejoiced as a smile came across my face with such delight! The passages of scripture lifted me even more.

Let us read together….

The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young— Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalms 84:1-12 NKJV)

There truly no place like Home when God is present with you. Today I encourage you to take heart and dwell in the blessed presence of the Lord our God. In Him we are welcomed in,comforted, fill with a feast of thanksgiving from the Holy Word and graced in abundance with the pouring of the Spirit.

Fill us Lord until our cup runneth over. Let Your love and presence cover us as a sweet-smelling fragrance as we sing praises to You! Blessed be Your name in all the earth.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days. (Psalms 90:14 HCSB)

Testimony’s Corner

 

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Testimony’s Corner.

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Greetings one and all! As promised, I set up Testimony’s Corner on my front page two  clicks over from the Home menu. I am looking forward to this new addition that God is enabling me to partake in with you all as we share our testimonies with one another while giving praise, glory and honor to God!

Praise the Lord and Welcome!!

~Terra

If You Won’t Praise Him…. The Rocks Will!

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Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord !’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40 NKJV)

It’s 12:04 A.M. and I cannot fall asleep for nothing. I have this praise on the inside of me that I just cannot keep to myself!

People lets get it together and praise The Lord simply for just keeping His hand over us, for giving us life yet another second, minute and hour. We have done or said nothing to deserve grace and mercy but we have it! Salvation has been made available to all who will receive it. We are no longer enslaved to the bondage sin. Christ has set us free!

So I say praise Him anyway! The sun will not always shine down on you, circumstances may not always change in your favor but God is loving, faithful and deserving of our praise just because He IS!

Seriously can you or would you allow the rocks to praise Him instead?!! He died for YOU. Remember that.

Praise to The Lord From Creation

Praise the Lord ! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord , For He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; Both young men and maidens; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord , For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. And He has exalted the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints— Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. Praise the Lord ! (Psalms 148:1-14 NKJV)

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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