My Name Is………

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My name is _________.

Just when you ask God to open your eyes you get exactly that.

A couple of weeks ago I went to go meet up with my daughter to do lunch just driving along the way listening to the Christian radio channel bopping along and singing praises to the Lord.

Really. That’s what I was doing.

A familiar song came on that I hadn’t heard in a while and it came on me like a warm blanket. Ok no problem. This time the lyrics became just a bit more real to me in that moment. Wow. I pressed on to my destination at that point and I had another person to talk with in the vehicle on the way into town.

So as my daughter and I chatted along the way we waited at the stop light. Then the song came back after I felt like I had just been punched in the stomach.

My name is …… James

Asking for prayer. God Bless you” This is what was on the sign that James was holding as he crouched down to grab warmth against a poll with his face turned away from the cold wind. I pulled forward before the light turned green to ask him what I could pray about for him. At that very moment my heart filled with tears. I couldn’t leave without praying for him.

 

In those few moments I had enough time to learn a name, ask a question and pray for a stranger who grabbed my heart. With no choice but to pull off, I proceeded to leave. Can’t help but thank the Lord that the vehicles behind me didn’t beep their horns or yell at me for holding up traffic.

James is homeless and has been for at least 5 months now. He didn’t ask for money or food but prayer because he believes that prayers work.

(this is where I felt the punch in the stomach and I wanted to cry all at the same time)

Fast forward. I went to lunch with my daughter before she had to get back to campus. All the while, I couldn’t stop thinking about this man whose story had a grip on my heart. The Lord sent me back to look for him. I contacted my husband to share some stuff along the way. He was gone. James was not in the spot I last saw him. My heart panicked as I looked all over the area for him.

I called upon the Lord and asked Him to please PLEASE lead me back to the person put in my path. Whew. My daughter and I spotted him.

Thank you Jesus!!

I went back to fulfill the mission the given to me. To be in another town, I couldn’t see myself traveling back home knowing that I did not do what the Lord placed upon my heart.

Have you ever come across a My name is _____?

I’m sure you have. We all have at some point in our lives if we stopped to give someone the time of day to share their heart. No it doesn’t have to be a homeless person. It could be that mom in the grocery store with a crying kid or some parent with ornery acting children who’s giving them a run for their money, a senior citizen that wants to talk your ear off or who’s moving slow as ever in the line. Maybe it’s a cashier indirectly ranting about her day or that man or woman who’s dressed in such a way that society would turn their nose up to . I don’t know. There is always someone you will cross paths with directly or indirectly.

Everyone has a story. Every heart wants to be heard. Each life has a name and need our prayers.

Pray for All Men
2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:1-5)

Now believe me when I say that I am kinda shy. Well I guess I can be an introvert and extrovert when I want to be. Okay okay. I am a social butterfly by nature to a degree but to just go up and talk to a complete stranger is not in my character or so I thought though many of strangers approach me and just start sharing their story with me. I use to find it weird and strange in the beginning but I welcome those God places in my path. Now I can’t help but pray for them right then and there if it’s possible.

A man’s heart plans his way,But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

We must remember that we are the created and not the Creator. Our heavenly Father knows us better than we know ourselves and know what we are capable of doing. We limit ourselves and our abilities. God does not think that way. We all can come up with reasons as to why we can’t do this or that but if the Lord wants to accomplish something, he can and will use anybody to accomplish his will and purpose.

Are you willing to open up yourself to others with your time, talents and prayers? I personally know that I don’t want to stay the same and in my comfort zone. For the sake of Kingdom building, I want to be used by the Lord, to do His will with my life and the time given to me. I want to one day hear “Thy good and faithful servant”. I really do.

This world is not getting any better. Some many lives are in need of prayer and salvation. That’s what it’s all about. Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel. While we don’t have to push the Bible down someone’s throat, realize that we may be the only Bible some people will see. The Word even tells us:

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Hebrews 13:1-3 KJV

My name is Terra and I felt the need to share my encounter with a stranger with you. God bless you on your journey and faith walk with our Lord and Savior. We won’t always get it right but let us strive daily to die to self and to attain the goal for reaching the lost and misfortunate. Let us love on others just as Jesus loved us right where we were when He found us.

Here’s the song that I’ve always liked to listen to and which grabbed my heart in a whole new light the day I met James.

I Woke Up Like This : Pressing On Because I Have Purpose

I woke up like this: HAPPY!!!!

My Family of 7

You know we don’t have to start our day off so blah. It’s a choice. You’re probably thinking “she must be one of those morning people.” Ummm….I think that I’m well-rounded for night and day. Unless something terrible has happened I usually wake up smiling with joy in my heart.

The Lord God Almighty saw fit for me (Terra) to see another day.

A wretch like me.

A woman who messes up daily and fails Him.

But because of His mercy and grace and deep love for me (you too) He sees past our faults and see who we are becoming. While we are stuck in our past or living our present focused on our repetitive sins and hangups He sees our future.Glory Hallelujah!!

With that said, I can rejoice because I am striving. I can’t afford to look back. We repent and keep it moving in Him.He picks us up, dust us off and encourages us to keep going.

I encourage you dear heart to do the same. Today is today and we can’t get it back. It’s a gift for now, so live the best you can in Christ seeking His strength and help in your daily walk and activities.

Blessings in Christ Jesus,

Terra

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I  do,  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV

Today Is It’s Name for a Reason

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We can never get today back so I pray we make the best of it. Worrying won’t change a thing. Lord knows I’m talking to self before anyone else. Love, Peace and Hope are ours today….

Be blessed and encouraged dear hearts for the Lord has seen fit for us to be alive on this green earth one more sweet day for reason and a purpose.

The Lord tells us:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Love in the New Year

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Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

To each and every heart I say Happy Blessed New Year!

What a wonderful blessing it is to be living a new day. The old has passed and the new has come. May we encourage ourselves and one another to walk and live in Love for this is what the Lord commands us to do.

Let’s strive to do better. Let us strive for growth in word and deed unto the Lord. Our work continues as long as we have breath in our bodies. Christ Jesus paved the way for us. If we love Him we will desire to want what He wants and obey.

It may not always be easy and it may take us out of our comfort zone but it will be well worth it. We are the hands and feet. We are the mouthpieces for our God. May the seeds we plant this year be numerous. I pray this for us both and I hold fast to all that can be accomplished in His strength.

With the Love of Christ which dwells deep I look forward to a prosperous and love-filled New Year~ Terra

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)

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Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
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.

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……… Lord, we are not our own. We have been bought with a price. You alone know what’s best for us. Write Your story on our hearts.

Blank canvas. Clean, white and without markings. To the natural eye, we can fill it with what we think is suitable and to our liking. With God, it’s limitless and far beyond our imagination what plans He has in store for us. The Creator of the heavens and earth, the Father of lights pours down immeasurable gifts upon us. His mercy. His grace. His favor.

James 1:17-18 NKJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Salvation. The ultimate gift and sacrifice that’s available for all to receive. This blood stained canvas has covered every inch of our sins that we have committed past, present and future.

We’ve been given an opportunity to start new. Our sins have been washed away. We have a blank canvas that can be filled with an abundance of life- giving blessings, wisdom, knowledge, intimacy with the Lord Himself as we share with others the goodness of the impeccable art grafted into our hearts.

Will you allow the Lord to write His story on your heart? What do you have to lose? From my standpoint….. nothing if He’s the Lord of your life and the lover of your soul. God bless you with all the love and compassion He’s placed within me to see you grow and prosper in Him.

He Whispers

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Sometimes we are expecting God to respond to us in big ways when it is just a whisper that resounds.

He whispers.

Many times we have issues that comes before us and we just don’t know what to do. We do not know what to say or how to react. That’s when it’s time to be still.

Job 3:13, 24-26 NKJV
For now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have been asleep; Then I would have been at rest For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings pour out like water. For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”

This portion of scripture I used is from the Book of Job when he deplored his birth. It stood out for reasons that we all can relate to. Misery besets us. We are encamped with multiple feelings longing for peace and understanding.

In Christ alone our hope is found. Our peace is met. Our storms settle.

Mark 4:39 NKJV
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

Sharing a bit of my own storm, my mind had been flooded and my heart raged like a tumultuous sea a few nights ago. I had just gotten home and was ready to throw myself under the sheets in my bed and call the night quits. I couldn’t though. Spent some time with my family and called myself tidying up a bit downstairs before I retrieved to my room.

Actually, I was merely buying time to gain some peace in my heart. Just going to bed was not going to change anything. So I went into the computer room to sit in the dark. Before I knew it, I heard Him whisper. He was calling out to me through the wind which strummed my heart with the beautiful melody that played on my wind chime right outside the window.

A slight grin came upon my face. My heart leaped with joy as I felt the broken pieces coming back together in the way that He saw fit.

He whispered me to me! His love poured out and lavished me and comforted unlike no other. It was in my stillness that I heard Him calling out to me.

Dear reader, are you listening for the whisper from the Lord Almighty or are you expecting a loud reply regarding your thoughts and prayers? I encourage you to listen for the small and still voice, a whisper in the wind, chirping birds in a tree or simply a spoken word in due season even from the least way you’d think to get hope and comfort. He is our shelter and our refuge no matter what the situation looks like. Be still and wait……

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (Psalms 46:10-11 NKJV)