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

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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)

Final Destination: My Letter to You About Meeting Love Along the Way

Enter the Narrow Gate

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“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go by in it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7: 13-14 NKJV)

For the last few days my mind and my heart has been thinking about you.

“Who? Me?!!”, you may be asking yourself. My answer is “Yes, it’s you that I’m talking to.”

As I sat and thought about life, the people in it and where we are all headed for our final destination, I could not feel anything but love and compassion for those without Love. This Love goes by the name of Jesus the Messiah, Lord and Savior, Prince of Peace, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Lamb of God and the Truth. He has many other names but I am just naming a few.

Oh how I wish that I could tell you this in person so that you could hear and see my face when I talk about Jesus! I want to hug you, hold your hand and tell you about the Love who changed my life a long time ago because I know He can do it for you. This is how much I care about where you will be when your time expires on this earth; this temporary dwelling place until we reach our eternal home.

Heaven or hell. One of the two is where we will be sent depending on what we choose to do in this life. It will be too late afterward. I’m just being honest.

This Love came to earth in the form of man to teach us many things and to ultimately take our sins upon His shoulders and die for us so that we could be reconciled back to God. I say that because sin separates us from the Father. We cannot go before God or even make it to heaven without Jesus. His love and sacrifice is unlike any other.

What person is willing to take on the sins of humanity and die a humiliating, horrific and painful death just to save a people who did not love or care about Him and what He came to do? Many of us may lay our lives on the line to protect our loved ones but that kind of love will not get us into eternity gracing the presence of God the Holy One.

Good deeds will not get us into heaven.

Believing, repenting, and receiving salvation in to your life will get you on the right path. Faith can do exceedingly great things beyond your understanding. Believe in Jesus the Christ who died yet was resurrected from the dead 3 days later. Death could not hold Him! Repent of your sins. Let me stop right here for a second.

Do you know that no matter what sins you have committed, Jesus already paid the price? Well He did! So whether it’s lying, murder, adultery, stealing, rape or serving false gods He already paid for your sins on the cross. All you have to do is confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that your sins have been washed away. Remembered no more.

Receive salvation and know that the angels are rejoicing in the heavens! Every time a life changes for the better, the devil has no reign over you. You have been set free from sin bondage by Satan.

Jesus came to give life and to set you free that you would have it in abundance. Being a child of God is truly rewarding. We are received unto Him. He will not look upon us and see our past sins but see us with love.

Had it not been for the shedding of pure and sinless blood, Jesus’ blood, we would all be hell bound.

We may not know each other, speak the same native tongue, live in the same country or even believe in the same things but I love you. God loves you more.

I don’t want you to live this life in vain. I care about where you will end up one day. I want to rejoice knowing that I will be with a host of fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord up in heaven than to not see you knowing that your eternity will be spent in pain and agony with the evil one.

Remember that the devil means you no good. His goal is to steal, kill and destroy. The things of this world is temporary. People, money, sex, desires and treasures of this life will soon fade. Lies and deception is Satan’s craft.

Tomorrow may be too late. You don’t know the day, hour or exact time that you will exist no more.

Will you receive Jesus into your life today? Will there be one? Even if you’ve accepted Christ a long time ago and are in a backslidden state, it’s not too late to come back. Come on back home. Come back to the true Love that can change your life forever. I wrote a post last year about the Blood. Read for yourself what The Blood Transfusion (link) can do for you and I.

Be blessed, be encouraged and know that I am praying for you no matter where you are in this big world. God understands every tongue and knows what’s in your heart. He is our Creator.

Just call on Him.

Dear reader,
I’m trusting the Lord to work everything out. I am only one person but I believe in God and his power. My faith trusts that a seed has been planted in your life. I will leave it up to Him to water it however He sees fit that a work may be done in you that will bring an everlasting change.

To God be the glory now and forevermore…. Amen. ❤️

~Terra

Scriptures to meditate on


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-18 NKJV)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7, 8 NKJV)

Ambassador for Christ

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We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20, 21 NIV)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

God Knew Me: The Before, After & In Between of Abortion

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..."(Jeremiah 1:5)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”(Jeremiah 1:5)

Lord, I thank You for my life and that of all of the children I given birth to. I even thank you for the life created in me that did not survive. Every thing has its purpose and its time. May my lesson in life, loss and hope be of treasure to one if not more for Your Word does not go out void.

*The above picture is of one of my Bibles, my oldest daughter Divine Hope’s umbilical cord clip, one of her first pair of socks and her first pair of church shoes! This young lady is 17 years of age soon to graduate from high school and then off to college. I thank the Lord for her always.

(sigh) While I know abortion is a very sensitive and touchy subject I am willing to share my story, my pain and my healing. I pray for the hearts, minds and bodies of all women who have endured various types of abortions. Please know that I am not here to condemn one soul but to inspire and encourage. I am not God nor am I a medical advisor. What I am is a living and breathing testimony to the love of the One who saved me through my sins, my past and my pain. No one can lead us and guide us into doing what is right except He Who is the Giver of Life. PRAYER CHANGES EVERYTHING

The Holy Bible tells us that God knew us before we were born. He knew us before we were even conceived.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you. (Psalms 139: 13-18)

With teary eyes and a heart that still aches from time to time over the life I never got fully embrace, I am being obedient to the Lord to share with you my loss and my hope. About a month ago this subject was placed on my heart and I began to write but could not finish. I barely got through it without crying. Though the Father has blessed my husband and I many times over with a womb to carry and deliver and raise up 5 children, I still remember the baby I lost. I was in my 1 trimester. Now though in the medical world, it’s not considered a baby at that point it is still a life being formed. I am not going to attempt to try to break down the gestation so bear with me. My point is to say that LIFE is growing and developing inside the womb NO MATTER what it (baby) looks like.

As I was saying before, I miscarried (spontaneous abortion). My baby was not to be seen ever again. While not trying to be too graphic as the reminder still sits fresh with me I thought I was having a bad monthly period until I seen an unusually large clot fall into the toilet. Being that I was a young woman in my early 20’s and still maturing mentally and physically something in my heart didn’t feel right. A part of me wanted to scoop what dispersed out of my body into a bag before calling my husband into the bathroom to tell him that something was wrong with me. I thank God for Tim and his profession. He is a RN so I am always asking questions to this day. Anyway, I got myself together and off I went to see a doctor just to find out that I was actually pregnant but was miscarrying at that time.

That was one of the saddest days of my life. I cried, I wept and I mourned for the longest. Only God knew why my pregnancy did not continue. Maybe my baby was sick. I really don’t know. The only thing I was assured of was that God was in control and I trusted Him through it all. I was so grateful and thankful that I had my husband by my side to comfort and console me as I did him. I remember us going home, getting down on our knees and praying.

Gosh this is so hard to tell and relive all over again. “Father God I am truly trusting you as I open up my life once more to a bunch of folk I do not even know because  as You already know, I do not talk about this with anyone or share it unless I really have to and it’s usually only a doctor when I am doing medical history type of stuff. I pray Your will be done in my obedience because it’s really not about me. It’s about You. I lay my tears before the throne and cast my cares and concerns at Your feet. Touch the woman, the young girl who has miscarried or had chosen to abort her baby for whatever reason. Let them know that You love them no matter what. Lord provide a ram in the bush for the one considering the pill or the clinic to rid their body of the life You knew; the life that was created for Your glory. God You are the giver and taker of life. Not us. You knew us all by name and we are alive to see it. The unformed child and the one growing deserves a chance at life, a chance to make a difference in this world. We do not know the plans You set in place for the unborn. I ask that someone or some thing comes into the path of the brokenhearted ,misguided and blinded. I bind up the lies the enemy plans and carries out. Let the weary soul be set free to do what’s right. May the mind be placed in rest and in peace when they choose to seek You before carrying out such a tragic procedure that could cost them their life just as well as the unborn child that will have a heartbeat soon to stop. May Your light shine, Your love fill up and Your arms cover and shelter the mother-to-be as she makes one of the biggest decisions of her life. Once the human life is gone, there’s no turning back. The only thing left is a bunch of pain and memories even if they are suppressed. Lord, I seek Your face on behalf of hurting. I pray that they turn not to the human first for guidance but to You because I know that You can not and will not steer us wrong. In the mighty Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”

I had to say a prayer in the middle of this post. I refuse to allow the enemy to deter me from speaking up and speaking out. Ok I suppose I can get back to ending my personal story and ending it with a word of encouragement. This is my hope.

Needless to say, God brought healing and filled my womb once again with love that spilled over into life after my loss in due time. He is my Rock, my Shelter, Great Physician, Healer, Deliverer, Redeemer and Love. What He has done for me, I know that  He can do for you too. I believe it because I am a witness to all He’s brought me through. Now your story may be worse than mine especially if you have had an abortion by choice. God forgives you. His love does not change like the wind. He is Divine. Do not allow the world and the ways of it to deceive you into doing something that is wrong. Indeed it is a sin to kill and it is one of  God’s commandments. (Exodus 20 verse 13 Thou shalt not kill.)

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalms 127:3

I do not condemn you for your past or your choices for we all have sinned in one way or another. 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:3-4

I am not your judge and I will not judge. Only God who reigns above brings judgement. He is THEE JUDGE. I am called to love you like Christ. This is the One  who gave up His life on the cross for all of our sins past and present. So even if the love of the world does not show it like it should, He is the One who does not love like the world. Is does not sway and it does not change. It is unconditional.

I do pray that those who are believers and followers of Christ Jesus strive each and every day to show His love to all just as He has shown to us. May mercy and some grace be given and shown to those who have done wrong in the sight of the Lord because He is mighty and able to save and deliver just as He has done already for so many of us.

To God be the glory forevermore. Amen.

Be encouraged, strengthened renewed. Seek the Lord today and allow Him to order your steps….

Love and Blessings in Christ the Savior,

Terra

If You Won’t Praise Him…. The Rocks Will!

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Photo Credit Divine Creations Photography

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord !’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40 NKJV)

It’s 12:04 A.M. and I cannot fall asleep for nothing. I have this praise on the inside of me that I just cannot keep to myself!

People lets get it together and praise The Lord simply for just keeping His hand over us, for giving us life yet another second, minute and hour. We have done or said nothing to deserve grace and mercy but we have it! Salvation has been made available to all who will receive it. We are no longer enslaved to the bondage sin. Christ has set us free!

So I say praise Him anyway! The sun will not always shine down on you, circumstances may not always change in your favor but God is loving, faithful and deserving of our praise just because He IS!

Seriously can you or would you allow the rocks to praise Him instead?!! He died for YOU. Remember that.

Praise to The Lord From Creation

Praise the Lord ! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord , For He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; Both young men and maidens; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord , For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. And He has exalted the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints— Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. Praise the Lord ! (Psalms 148:1-14 NKJV)

Weeping & Rejoicing

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Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15 NKJV)

As I sit outdoors listening to the windchime clank back and forth melodically in tune with the warm winds, I find my thoughts passing through the skies with some somber feelings and those of rejoicing.

My sister in The Lord lost her mother recently. I cried and my heart still mourns yet I find comfort and rejoice with her because her mother has gone home to be with our Lord.

Thinking back over the last few weeks as well as the months, she and I have had conversations of laughter and those deep in prayer over various matters.

She is my sister. In Christ we share His blood.

One of the most profound conversations we have had is that of having a kindred spirit. Through one of my dark times I told her that she was like a sister (blood related, earthly type DNA kind of stuff) to me and that I truly appreciated her. You know what she told me?!! She said “Terra, I AM your sister!” While it may not seem like it grabs and clenches the heart to you, it spoke volumes to me and it still does!

Though we have never met in person (yet) we have built this relationship that seems as if it was meant to be and we carry on like we’ve known each other for years! As much as I talk about her to my kids and my husband I think they pretty much know everything I know about her.

My other brothers and sisters in The Lord that I have grown close to have impacted my life as well as I of theirs. My heart is blessed when I am thought of and their lives are shared with me. The in and out, the good and bad are taken up and treasured for in these times, prayers are lifted up over many things that we each face. We weep together and we rejoice together. I find comfort in this.

Kindred spirits…. kindred bloodline. These are the treasures I have through Christ in the multitude of brothers and sisters I have become close to over passing time. I look forward to joining together with many I have yet to meet and bond with.

Who would ever think that such treasure could be found in the “blogdom”. Surely not I a few years ago. I am a believer who’s “cup has runneth over”.

The Blood of Christ Jesus surpasses any earthly blood ties and connections that a DNA test could ever compile. With that said, I am completely satisfied.

Though this life is temporary and shall pass away, I trust and believe that Father God will provide for the motherless, fatherless, those without siblings and those simply in need of love and fellowship with those that they can connect with.

Miles away, distant lands and even language barriers may separate us but it is the bloodline of Christ that unites us forever.

Whether you are weeping or rejoicing I am with you doing the same. I am thankful for the overflow of love that’s been poured out and for that which is received.

If we never meet face to face in this life, I look forward to seeing you in glory!

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