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

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At His Feet : A time of prayer

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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.
Psalms 139:1-12 NKJV

It’s the beginning of a new year and I am so thankful to the Lord that I’m here yet another day. Here for a purpose greater than my own thinking can imagine. You too.

We’ve all had our share of joys and sorrows, defeats and victories, open doors as well as closed ones, storms and sunny days.  So while there may have been times when we have wanted to throw in the towel and give up, the Lord didn’t. He knows that we can make it. Just another little push to encourage the heart to keep going.

At. His. Feet. (sigh)

Prayer time because we need You Lord. All day every day. Emotions come and go and there is no surety that we are right but we can stand assured knowing that God is right. All the time.

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21 NKJV

At His feet when decisions are needed to be made, but most importantly to desire to draw closer to Him. He’s the lover of our souls, the I Am who’s able to meet us right where we are and talk. To hear us out as we also take the time to hear Him.

No greater friend we have than in He. The Lord is not just anyone. He’s our Father, Daddy, Jehovah Jireh (our Provider ), Counselor, Peace – maker, Creator and our all in all just to name a few.

While 2015 has had its share of trials we can rest assure that coming into 2016 that the Lord is still beside us. Still wanting us, desiring intimacy with us, still patient and loving as we long to have brighter days attempting to do this life on our own terms at times. He knows us better than we know ourselves so how about a new change this year?

Less of self and more of Him.

At His feet praying and drawing near.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a)

Happy New Year to you dear reader. I pray that you take time daily to reflect on your life and how it’s being used for the glory of God. Some did not make it but we have been counted to be here for another day and with a greater purpose than just coasting through it. The Lord loves you more than you can ever know. May the passing days be filled with love, mercy, hope, grace, perseverance, and all things related to the Fruits of the Spirit so that we can not only show the Love of Christ to others but to be a living example of His presence and faithfulness. Prayer is key these days more than ever. Much can be accomplished when we do it.

Be blessed, encouraged and filled with His joy always,

Terra 🌼

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 

Are you Available?

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I know that the Lord is speaking to me. Prayers that I have lifted up to Him are being answered. My life should first and foremost be about living for God and walking His Word out in my life.

If you don’t mind, I would like to speak to the ladies for minute. (though this applies to the Body of Christ as a whole)

Ladies, may we not be complacent. There is so much out in this world that we can be doing. We have influence to use for all the right reasons. As godly women will we just sit back or become the active hands, feet and mouthpieces for Christ ? Pray and ask the Lord to stir up the desires that may be dormant in your heart, to wash away any thoughts that tell you that you are not capable of doing a certain task.

If God brings you to it He will bring you through it.

The Word tells us:

Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So…………..Are you available?