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

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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)

The Runaway Bride

If you are thinking about the movie The Runaway Bride featuring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, I am so far from that! Sorry. Not sure if it is a good movie or not but…… when I get a word from the Holy Spirit I either move in obedience or I don’t. The title came to me out of nowhere. I was sitting down minding my own business when a spoken word came. Things that make you go Hmmmm.

The video will do all the talking for me but as a fellow sister and blogger, I wanted to reach out through typing as well. I’ve missed writing to you all! Please know that I continue to write but I will also be sharing messages through my YouTube vlogs. I’m becoming a bit more comfortable doing it so here we go! Remember that God loves you and adores you. I did not speak or emphasize this portion of scripture on video but I wanted to share it with you  here. And the Word tells us in the book of Ephesians:

Instructions for Christian Households

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33)

So I implore you brothers and sisters in Christ to cleave to Him as the Head of your life whether you are single or married. Be the best bride you can be and do it with all your might and strength in the Lord with love and adoration.

Be blessed and encouraged always in the Lord,

Terra

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23 ESV)

Butterflies: Transforming to be Christlike

Hi Everyone!

Surprise!! I am doing something new in 2014. I have been led to start vlogging along side of my blogging. I think vlogging is the right word….. (Happy New Year by the way! My nerves are getting the best of me so forgive me for not saying it in the beginning!)

Well I am on my 3rd video so far. I completely forgot to share with you all as I initially began this new and added way/ journey to reaching and encouraging hearts. This is something new to me and totally out of my element. Believe me when I say that I am camera shy! I really am!! To even get up in front of an audience and talk makes me really nervous so to do this is because I love the Lord and want to be obedient.

This is not about me. It’s all about Jesus. I aim to reach people all across the globe. Lives need to hear about the Christ who came to this world to save and set free. So though I am just starting out with many technical and verbal kinks, my focus is getting the message out and across to all that wil listen. Over time I believe I will get better as I learn this new way of doing things on the computer. All I can do is trust the Lord and go forward.

I would have never thought that I would be on YouTube making videos. This is the Lord’s doing. If you could have seen the look on my face and how my heart trembled when this word was given to me. I even broke down into tears. That’s just how nervous I was. But to know that the Lord gave me vision and saw something in me that I do not see or envision in myself makes my challenge all the worthwhile. He equips the called so I need not worry about it.

Baby crawls leads to walking and taking leaps! I am committed to stepping out of my comfort zone. If I did it with the blog, then I know He will help me with making videos.

God bless each and every heart today. Be courageous, stay faithful to the end of your race and be encouraged always in the Lord!

~Terra