Walking and Meditating in the New Year

Let me start by saying Happy Blessed New Year to you! It’s 2019 and you and I are still here to experience a new day. Again. Alive with the new mercies of the Lord showering on us. His grace is everlasting.

As we look back on last year let us not forget to press on into the new. The old us gone but not forgotten. We’ve gained and we’ve lost. You can take a moment to reflect if you like. Sometimes it’s hard to move on but we should anyway. God would not have us to stay stagnated. We will never see beyond where we are if we don’t walk and meditate.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:8-9

We can think on the goodness of the Lord and all that we have been blessed with. We are far from deserving but because of His great love for us and He sees our potential we can achieve so much more. I lost my mother 8mo ago and it’s been hard to move mentally at times. To write to you all and share a word of encouragement. Do I want to stay in a pit? No I do not.

I must walk and meditate because this life of mine is not just about me and how I’m feeling, what I want to do/ can’t do (or think I can’t). You are a part of it. Life will happen. There’s nothing we can do about it. This life is just a temporary dwelling. Passing through meeting others, living life and making a difference. I stand in hope that I can and will continue to do so in the name of the Lord. As a Christian I have a duty so I must say and do all that I can for the sake of winning souls for the Kingdom. We all have a date and we do not know when that time will be up.

*Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
*Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 119:105,133

I would hope that we don’t allow the impact of life’s issues good and bad to cause us to lose sight of the faithfulness of God. He’s the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Staying in His Word allowing it to comfort us, guide us, transform us and all the many other wonderful things it can do for our wellbeing will pay off. Others will see the hope we have in Christ Jesus to see us through every aspect of our lives. Stepping backwards, living in sin and giving up should not be an option.

May we step into the new giving God the praise and honor. He has purpose for you and I. We have much to offer, much to share with the world. May the influence we have in Him be a beacon of light. He is the Word and It is light in this dark world. Be a change, become a hope for the next person so they can see Jesus. I encourage you as I encourage myself to dig deeper in the Word this year. Less of self and more of Him. Pray often seeking to be strengthened to do His will. Meditate on His goodness and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you up with scripture for such a time that you will need to apply it. Whether it’s for self or another the seed planted will produce a harvest.

Today I leave you with a task. Make some time for the Lord. Go to Him with a sincere heart. Pray and ask what He has for you this year. He can bless others through the word of your testimony even while you may still be healing from a hurt. Even if you’ve been blessed greatly and have not given yourself over to greediness overlooking the poor and those in need. Whatever it may be there is still work to be done. There is still hope and an impact can be made.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 NKJV

Walk and Meditate. He will see you through. ❤️

Dance Before the Lord Like David

Dance like David!

Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 2 Samuel 6:14

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

When the glory of the Lord fills the room… PRAISE Him! Dance Before Him like David. When you think on just how good He has been to you DANCE!

For the Lord is worthy of our praise, worthy of our lifted voices, worthy of our dance that’s unashamedly done in His presence. Glory to God!

You know.. I just have to share for a moment that a couple of weeks ago I had my dance before the Lord. I told Him that I’d give it to him. I had a situation going on in my life and it has been bothering me, worrying me, causing me not to sleep well and so on. While I was praying and trusting Him, the anxiety would not let me go. My problem is that I was still holding on to worry of the unknown. I wasn’t resting in His peace about the issue.

I know that I was in the wrong and that I have the power and authority in the name of Jesus to be set free. I needed to speak the Living and Breathing Word in and over my concern. Now while I thought I was doing my own planning to prepare myself, the Lord was doing His. Long story short is that when I got home one day, the answer I was awaiting was tangibly answered. Hallelujah!! He had already worked it out long ago.

I cried tears of joy, I prayed on my knees, I raised my hands in thanks and adoration of my Father and all he had done. You see, He already answered my prayers. I just had to wait on Him. I needed to trust Him with the unknown. Wow! So much to be said but truly I wish that you could feel what I am still feeling.

Circumstances will cause you to do things differently. I thank the LORD for hardships for they draw me closer to Him.

With that said let me share this as well. The Lord placed upon my heart things about dancing before Him. I couldn’t shake it and I still can’t. Woke up this day and knew that I needed to write. I needed to share some experiences and testimonies. As I was in my room worshiping and dancing before my King, a vision was brought forth. One of which I never saw in its entirety.

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My best friend since childhood who’s really like a sister than anything came into my thoughts and I saw her dancing before the Lord. No one knows her story like Him. No such a person can tell you about all that He has done for but Clareice. As for me, I call her Mickey. When I say we go way back we go way back and have many stories to back up our journey through the ups and downs, sorrows and joy, weeping and laughter, walking in sin to walking in freedom. There is nothing like liberty in Christ Jesus. Salvation means everything. There’s nothing like being set free and being  reconciled back to the FATHER whom loves you and I with an everlasting love.

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Clareice(r) w/ Prophetess Valerie Moore

While I wish that I could do a video interview with my friend, I am not that technology savvy yet! We live states apart but I must say that it doesn’t keep us from chatting away over the phone sharing our hearts with one another. This woman has battled so many illnesses since childhood and having death knock on her door a few times, being wheelchair bound, cane and walker assisting along with a laundry list of other medical issues and financial hardships coming her way and yet she is still standing. It hasn’t been easy but because she knows the goodness of the Lord and has found him to be faithful, she can testify to the blessings, the healing and deliverance over areas in her life still to this day. I had the opportunity to see God work in her life after watching a video. She and her daughter danced before the Lord. I watched in awe as my eyes filled with tears of joy. God is an on time God! He’s a Promise keeper. So when I say that obedience is everything, I can truly testify to that.

I don’t always get it right or move when the Lord says move buy I am still a work in progress. We all are if we are honest with ourselves. Trust and obey is what I encourage you to do. Step out of your comfort zone, bind up the lies that the enemy is feeding you because you are a threat to his kingdom. Remember that.

Dear hearts, I want to encourage you to dance before the Lord however it is that you are lead. Just allow the Holy Spirit to move. Don’t think or care about who’s watching because it’s not for them. It’s for the Lord. Now because we didn’t come into this world saved and sanctified, let us not act as if we have never danced, shouted or done anything worldly to express our happiness over something. We owe it to the Lord. We don’t have to wait for some miracle to take place in our lives. If we simply THINK about Who the Lord God is and take into account the change brought into our lives all because he chose us that is a beginning start to get your dance going.

Praise His Name! We are not who we use to be. His mercy and grace falls fresh on us daily. We are here living and breathing another day. Not by our own doing or anything else we may want to take credit for but because He first loved us and knew us before we were created in our mothers womb.

Your dance will be different than mine, mine different than yours and it’s okay. There is no need to compare at all to what someone else is doing. When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon your heart, just let your mouth and body move. It may or may not seem awkward at first but keep in mind Who you are doing it for. As for me, when I let go any thoughts and directions of what I think I’m supposed to do, I can allow the Holy Spirit to move me from the inside out. This has been a joyful experience and time of connection with the Lord that I live to do on more than one occasion for He’s my Daily Bread, my fountain of refreshing water that I can’t get enough of.

So how about it? Will you join me in a dance?

Bless you all in the Name that’s above all names,

Terra

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.  For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Psalms 149:3‭-‬5 KJV

**Picture and personal comments about Clareice have been used with permission. Please look for her shared words below in hopes that her testimony will bring hope and assurance into your life for whatever it may be that you are facing. Also, here is a YouTube link to the conference and her dance like David danced that she and her daughter experienced before the Lord. To personally know that the Almighty moved in her life following the act of obedience brings me into a state of wanting to draw closer and closer to Him each and every day that I’m given. To God be the glory forever and ever. 

For A Time Such As This

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Waking up to a new day full of possibilities.

So while some grab coffee, I grab chamomile tea, one of my favorite mugs and the Living Word desiring to draw closer to the Lord this day.

Giving my mind and heart over to Him to lead and guide my day because I need it. Yes. I really do. Have Your way Lord.

Continuing on through the Book of Esther which happens to be one of my favorite stories about women in the Bible and the significance of what their roles were in which God already had a plan.

“…… Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Esther 4:14 NKJV

What’s my purpose today? A question we all can ask ourselves since quite frankly, we are living to walk out another day.

See this life we live as believers and followers of Christ makes our living not of our own will, of our own plans, but His. What is our purpose today? While we can make today about us, our families and our busy filled schedules are we seeking to do His will? I mean… are we willing to change our plans and operate in His?

Of course the Lord knows that we have  obligations and responsibilities but we have such a greater task to carry out. Meeting the needs of others.

Yes, sometimes doing so will test our faith, take us out of our comfort zones and cause us to become uneasy but we have been commissioned for greater.

The Lord may not be asking us to save a nation but He’s calling us to step out and do what’s necessary. Lives are on the line. Death comes daily. Salvation is needed like the air we breathe.

Whatever your “come into the kingdom for a time such as this” is, there is purpose for why your heart is being pricked. Your conscience won’t let you rest no matter how you try to dance around it.

It’s time to shake things up. It’s time for the Love of Christ to extend to those in need. So whether you tell someone today that Jesus loves them, you open up your doors to start a ministry, you give of your time and finances to the poor, the widows, the sickly and dying someone needs you whether they realize it or not. You are the vessel needed to pump life into the veins of the hungry.

The seeds you plant today have a purpose. God is the Rainmaker with a plan. What will you do with your gifts and talents given to you by our Father? It’s not by chance that Queen Esther won the heart of the king. The Lord orchestrated it all. All she had to do was  trust the Lord enough to follow through even if it cost her.

For a time such as this, we will never know the blessings to come if we sit back and do nothing.

Dear hearts I am asking each one of you to think on the goodness of the Lord and all that he’s done in your life and in the lives of many you know. Take a few minutes or more if you’d like. The Word gives us so much encouragement. We see how obedience pays off and what happens when we don’t. We do not honor the Lord when we choose to disobey. I know that doing something new can be a little scary but we must remember that God is with us. Let us keep the faith and encourage one another in Christ Jesus .

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

Are you Available?

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I know that the Lord is speaking to me. Prayers that I have lifted up to Him are being answered. My life should first and foremost be about living for God and walking His Word out in my life.

If you don’t mind, I would like to speak to the ladies for minute. (though this applies to the Body of Christ as a whole)

Ladies, may we not be complacent. There is so much out in this world that we can be doing. We have influence to use for all the right reasons. As godly women will we just sit back or become the active hands, feet and mouthpieces for Christ ? Pray and ask the Lord to stir up the desires that may be dormant in your heart, to wash away any thoughts that tell you that you are not capable of doing a certain task.

If God brings you to it He will bring you through it.

The Word tells us:

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So…………..Are you available?

Moving in Strength

Photo Credit: self/Terra Newsome

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)

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