From Thy Lips…..

He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3 NKJV)

Words.

Words have the power to build up or tear down.

Words.

Words have the power to give hope, radiate light and to heal. They also have the power to hurt, breakdown, kill and destroy.

We as a people have a choice to plant seeds of life or death. This is a daily choice. There is no in between. Excuses of saying “Oh I was just kidding” or “You are just overly sensitive” doesn’t cut it.

Do not get me wrong because I am no one to point fingers. I am no saint. I have hurt people unintentionally along this life of mine. No one is perfect. It is our job to choose words carefully. This is done over time with consistency to try and speak in love even if it is in truth.

As parents, we are role models to our children. As adults we can be influential just as well towards one another.

Will it be for the good or for the bad?

Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. (Psalm 34:12, 13 NKJV)

Yesterday and today marked another day of life being taken away and another of being brought into the world. What type of impact have we contributed to society?

I went to bed last night mourning and woke up still mourning over a child I never met yet I stand in hope that peace and comfort will be found in the lives of those who loved the deceased.

My daughter who is 12 yrs old came home in tears yesterday to tell me that a classmate who was bullied committed suicide. He hung himself. It was by WORDS that smothered his heart and mind while trying to fight a battle of evil that he succumbed to death. He could not overcome the pain anymore. Assumptions that he was gay went around in talk when he was not what others claimed him to be.

Gossip leads to destruction if it is not stopped.

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:37, 38 NKJV)

This young man would have turned 13 yrs old next week, his birth mother was coming back into his life and he was trying to learn more about the Lord from what I was told. Life has stopped in his mortal body. The Bible he carried and read in his backpack will not be used any longer. By him that is. I pray that someone else will take the Holy Word and put it to use. It is our manual for holy living. It is our comfort and daily help, it is our guide and armor to use against evil and the dark principalities of this world.

Help.

When will we begin to take life more seriously? When will we start becoming more selfless than selfish? When will we begin to live more like Christ being the hands, feet and mouthpieces?

When will we take a stand for what’s right? When will we take our backs off the wall and stop being cowards? If we love people and seek righteousness then it is time to live it out even if it means losing people in our lives who do not agree with what the Bible teaches us.

Lets not wait until a situation hits close to home before we move or speak out. Tomorrow isn’t promised to you or to myself. In all things said and done, may it be centered around The Lord and prayed about. We have been given common sense as well so we ought to use it.

We will be held accountable on judgement day. How will we answer?

May our words be for edifying rather than tearing down. There is enough cruelty in the world, enough history to reflect upon to hopefully want to make a change. Satan can care less about any of us. He’s about stealing, killing and destroying and will use anything or anyone to accomplish his plans.

God bless those all around the world suffering. Whether its in body or in mind, I pray that we as His children will become more proactive in lip service. Someone’s life can be changed for the better.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 KJV)

 

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Love Drives Me to Press On

The Greatest Gift

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NKJV)

Love and transparency seem to collide a lot in my life. Even through hurt and pain caused directly and indirectly, God always brings me back to a place in my heart that I cannot reject others. The natural man wants to rise up, take control and fully put up a wall of steel to protect my heart and feelings.

I have learned many times that this will never go the way I planned. I can only block and withhold but for so long. Its just a matter of protecting a wounded heart the best way that works for me.

This is not how God would like for me to handle this.

I have known since I was child that I could not hold on to anger, hurt and pain forever, that I could never hate people but that I can dislike their actions.

We all have shortcomings. There is not one man on this earth without blemish. We are a work in progress if we want to succeed. Not just in this life as human beings, but as servants of the Lord.

There is a greater purpose to just being me, being a wife, a mother, daughter, sister and friend. I have been called by the Lord to be a light in a dark world, to be an example of his love that defeats everything else.

No matter the pain, the tears, rejection, answers that have not been supplied….. I have been given an assignment that I must fulfill. I can’t run away from it no matter how hard I try even if that is something that I truly wanted to do. It’s not what I want. It’s just a hard load to carry.

I can’t do it on my own.

I will always need the Lord to carry me because I have had some weary days and nights with a heart full of sorrow and heaviness dealing with various things. It’s not just about my life but that as well of others including you, dear reader. You’d think that I could not drop another tear over the last month or so, but I have.

There’s no boasting at all. It’s hard to be transparent if pride and ego were factors. I can be transparent because it’s a part of who I am. This is how God designed me. I have questioned Him at times why do I have to love others so much when it can hurt so bad.

These were my thoughts when I was younger. Now it’s just about being at His feet humbling my heart and asking for help to never stray away, to never deny love to those who cross my path, to abide in his love and strength always with wisdom to gain because I don’t want to be selfish. I want to be obedient to every thing asked of me.

If we know each other personally and you have not heard from me, I just needed a little time to gather myself. And for those who don’t know me, God has managed to draw me back to the familiar in his own way, lovingly nudging me along that everything will work out just fine.

This journey I walk as a disciple isn’t easy. God did not promise that all my days would be filled with roses and sunshine but he would be there for me when I call out to him.

Love above all else will keep me going. In Him my trust is placed to work out every good and perfect thing that aligns with his word.

Glory be to God for mercy and grace.

Scriptures to think on:

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:12-17
NKJV)

Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them those who are mistreated since you yourselves are in the body also. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:1-3, 5 NKJV)

Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31 NKJV)

Gifts in Abundance

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Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I wanted to take this time to thank each any every one of you for your gifts of love and support shown to me on my blog. Your warm prayers and encouragement as well as Likes and Follows have meant a lot to me since I came to WordPress. I’ve been blogging almost a year now but it has been trying, yet greatly fruitful as I have been sowing seeds and reaping a harvest full of blessings from God and through you.

I want you to know that nothing you have written to me or shared though your own posts have been overlooked or taken for granted regardless if I have commented or not. You’ve spoken into my life and it has stretched me even more to step outside of myself and to touch the lives of others. Thank you.

What an amazing and wonderful God we serve! Praise his name!!

The gifts you have blessed me with as well as my family means so very much. Words really can never express my gratitude. I honestly pray for you all when you come to mind and I ask the Lord to bless you, watch over and protect you and your loved ones, to give you the strength, words, wisdom, knowledge, a stedfast foot and deep roots among other things to prosper you with His abundance as you go forth into the world being the hands and feet, to be that beacon of light unto others, to be a living example of Christ reaching out and sowing seeds of righteousness so that many lost in this world would walk up out of darkness into the great freedom, love, presence and salvation of the King! Be blessed in all you do!

There’s no greater gift (s) you can give me than what you’ve shown thus far. Much love from the Lord from my heart to yours……

The Vine and the Branches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[k] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

The Relationship of Believers to Each Other

12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other. ( John15:1-17 NIV )

Your sister in Christ,

Terra

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