Merry Christmas to All!

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From inside my door I have captured so many great memories, revelations, blessings and friendships.  It’s because of YOU my dear readers from all across the world.  I thank you for your support, love, prayers and encouragement over the year. God surely has blessed me time and time again!

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we reflect on the reason why we celebrate this time of year!! I pray that you and yours enter into a New Year growing more and more intimate with He who has done more than we could ever grasp in a lifetime.

Continue to walk and talk in love, build one another up and serve with a whole heart filled with gratitude as if doing unto the Lord always. Seek His heart and ways that it will be edifying to the Kingdom. May His mercy and grace be with you, His peace and joy reside within yet shine out for the entire world to see! Be that light set up on a hill and tell those who will listen what the Lord has done in your life!

With love, prayers and encouragement I extend to you all so graciously in Christ our King,

Terra

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

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

Facetime with My Lord

Greetings dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

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I pray that you all are doing well in mind, body and spirit. God is truly good to us. (even in difficult times. ) Would you agree?

The last few weeks have been somewhat challenging in my spirit. Keeping things bottled up for the most part has not been a wise choice.

Rolling waves come crashing down on me. Again.

“Lord, I don’t know how I am going to get through this but I trust You with the outcome.” These words have been going through my mind over and over as the days pass.

My family lost a loved one last week. My uncle passed away but God bless His soul…. before he became ill and died from cancer on Monday he gave his life to the Lord! Hallelujah!!

Feeling overwhelmed doesn’t even seem like the right word to scratch the surface of how I have been coping with life. Why was I trying to keep it together and stay afloat the best I knew how without crying out in desperation is beyond me. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and yet I found myself closing up. Not one word to utter out loud to my Savior; the very One who sustains me. My heart cried out and soon I found myself needing face time with my Lord.

I needed to talk. I needed to pour out. I needed to be held and comforted unlike any other time.

Facetime. Something we all need with the Lord. Not only should we go to Him with our heavy hearts and burdens but also to lift Him up and glorify His name. He is to be exalted, praised and lifted up! Let us share the good news of Christ and all He’s done in us and through us. Amen?!!

As I found this time of retreat and solace beginning to take its place within me, I was still having unsettled peace reside.

I wasn’t giving up control.

My sister Patricia (link) contacted me as well as my other sister Dulcinea (link). They were not giving up on me at all! Each one came in at a time to give me a word of encouragement and shown me love when I wasn’t seeking it. Or so I thought. God’s arms stretch wide and His words of comfort come from afar. He knew just what I needed and though I had alone time with Him, He gave me more. He poured into me through others. All I can say is: timely. God shows up right on time. He’s not a minute too early or a second late. He comes right on time.

My God blessed me. He lifted me up from the hollow and dark place that I had been sitting in and fighting. I tell you and I encourage you all to not give up. I encourage you to rise up from the pit that tries to hold you captive. We are free in Jesus. The chains have been broken. We do not have to be enslaved to things that hurt us. I want to share a portion of a message Patricia sent me. I wish I could add the voicemail that Dulci (Sissy as I call her) sent me but I can’t. I love these women with all my heart. Thank you Jesus for them!! Here it goes:

“I know that it truly is a process at times, but be encouraged by the fact that God’s Word never changes and neither does his love for you. He understands every single bit of what you’re going through and every emotion that you  have, and he can dry every tear and hold you stronger and tighter than anybody can!” 

Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30: 5)

Faith Triumphs in Trouble
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 NKJV)


Are you in need of FaceTime with the Lord today? Seek Him today while He may be found. Today is of the essence. Tomorrow may never come. Come one, come all and call upon the Name that’s above all names.

JESUS

Restore Me Dear Lord in Your Presence

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He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 ESV)

In His presence is where I want to be. It’s where I need to be. I pray this for you as well dear brothers and sisters in Christ. I speak this word out to the nations. I speak this word out to those seeking truth and comfort for you will find it all in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

“Heavenly Father let us come before you with an open heart and mind ready to receive all that You have for us. May we triumph any obstacles we face this day. Your Word is our anchor and foundation for life. Let us become still and quiet as we are before You. Strengthen us this new day. Guide our lips to speak edifying things for truly this is something this world needs. As Your humble vessels, may we DECREASE so that You may INCREASE in our lives. Renew, restore and revive us in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen”

I encourage you this day to spend some time with The Lord. You never know what He has to share with you. I may be life changing. Someone needs a word of encouragement, someone needs some wise counsel, there’s a broken heart, an angry soul ready to throw in the towel. But God has a word! He has a word that is meant to raise up and transform! Praise Him, Hallelujah!!

If its not for you, it’s meant to be shared with another! Let us not grow weary in well doing. Let us not just become comfortable in the blessings that the Father has given us. Let us look to the needs of others.

In His presence, we are gifted beyond measure. His words are priceless. Nothing can compare. How mighty is He! Sow the seeds that will reap bountifully in due time Allow The Gardener to water the soil and then wait for the harvest. Be blessed one and all!

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. (II Thessalonians 3:16 NKJV)

Trust and Obey: Life of the Thirsty

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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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We Shall Overcome By Our Testimony!

We overcome by our testimony

Praise the Lord everyone! Praise the Lord! Welcome to the Testimony Corner. As I mentioned in the previous post: (link) In Bloom: Testify to the goodness of The Lord! ,I would be setting up something for us all to partake in. As I give glory and honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for saving my life from myself, I thank Him for you and all that He has done in your life. We are family united by His blood. I look forward to hearing from your heart in your own words, song, inspiration or however you are led to share with the Body of Christ the testament of His faithfulness. Jesus says in the Book of Matthew chapter 18 verse 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” I believe the Word in its entirety and we know that Jesus is the Living Word!

While I am trying to balance my morning with a sick kiddo, cleaning the house and thinking about how to do this Testimony Corner without making it complicated, I thought to share a cardboard testimony video with you all and to share a testimony myself in the comment box below. Please don’t be shy, uncomfortable or feel that your testimony isn’t worth sharing because it is! Do not allow the devil to steal your joy. Be free in Christ Jesus to share what He has done in your life or of someone you know.

God bless each and every one of you today! May His love pour over you like a sweet-smelling aroma coming down from the heavens, may His light shine into the deepest parts of your soul that it radiates for all to see!

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

Please bear with me as you may or may not see adjustments on my page! It’s not about the fancy-shmancy style, it’s about going viral for the Lord!

So let us share our testimony and be a witness to the whole wide world that we are not ashamed because WE OVERCAME!!