Keep Holding on: Christ is our reason to persevere

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Jesus Christ, our Solid Rock and stable foundation has given us every reason to keep the faith and to persevere. “He who promised is faithful.” He’s FAITHFUL!
Doesn’t that sound so good?. I don’t know about you but that revved my soul to press on even in tough times.

My God! I just thank You for such an encouraging word this day.

While it is easy to slack off from reading the Holy Word, praying and being in fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we need it. We really do. Life can pass us by in a blink of an eye.

The Lord desires us to commune with Him and with others. We cannot stand on our own and we surely cannot make this journey without guidance,  encouragement,  hope and faith. We are in desperate need of His strength. We are in desperate need of Him.

Today’s scripture prompted a desire within me for I surely have slacked in being away from you all. While I have my church family here where I live, I desire to be in fellowship with you all and to do the Lord’s will and send a word of encouragement out to those who need it.

While I never want to walk in disobedience,  I still strive daily to do the Father’s business that is set before me. I’m far from perfect. I’ve been reminded that some things are only for a season. When it’s time to let go…. it’s time to let go and move forward.

Our journey may we require us to stop and rest (and witness) for a while in a particular place but soon it’s time to pack up and keep going for each man’s road is not the same though we are prayerfully still headed in the same direction.

What I’m saying is to not give up and do not be deterred.

Be blessed and bless others for the Lord has shown favor to you this day and remember to encourage someone for we never know just how much a kind word or act can affect ones life.

With love and prayers always,
Terra

Optimism vs Pessimism : With God, All Things Are Possible

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And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27 KJV)

While I physically feel like it will take me forever to type out this post, I am adamant to get it done. Whenever I am facing a hardship ( usually ) and I feel that tugging on my heart and conscience to carry out something for The Lord, I tend to think about the scroll story Jeremiah and Baruch had to dictate and write in the book of Jeremiah chapter 36. The fact that he had to rewrite by hand a message from The Lord after the first one was burned up took great effort mentally and physically. Obedience plays a major factor. Its repercussions can result in good or bad reaping and sowing on the life of others as well as yourself. In today’s day and age we have computers and touch screens as well as voice recognition to help us dictate our writings. So though my hands are throbbing like crazy, I have no excuse as to why I cannot go forward.

On to the message.

For some days now, the topic dealing with being optimistic vs pessimistic has been heavily on my mind. I have had a full plate mentally as I have had to make choices as sorrow and tears have come over me. The enemy surely will ride your back when it comes to having to do what’s right, speak what’s right and do what’s right. Doubt kicks in and attempts to take over.

What a conniving liar he is. Spiritual battles are not easy but rest assured they are easier to get through when we wait patiently on The Lord and lean not to our own understanding and thoughts of how we feel things should go. The process may seem long and full of sorrow and suffering but I am here to tell you that the storm shall soon pass. Just hold on!

Like a maze that knowingly puts you at multiple dead ends, it’s easy to give up and call it quits. All you see is NO WAY OUT. You will think and speak negatively.

Do you realize that you are speaking this into the atmosphere?

On the other hand, allowing yourself to stop and think with an open and clear mind, possibilities are endless. Especially when you seek help from God. There’s no way you will be stuck forever if you rely on Him for help.

If we trust God, then why not look UP and believe that He will make a way out of what may seem to be no way.

Speaking truth and promises of The Lord into the atmosphere is what we should be doing no matter how long it takes. This is when our faith needs to be kicking down doubt and standing fast to what we believe.

Obstacles come and go. Some hurdles may be higher than others but allow perseverance to keep you moving especially when you know that God is able to do exceedingly more than what we imagine He can.

I grew up around people with negative attitudes. It felt like it was 24/7. At a young age, I seen that having that type of mindset was not how I wanted to live. Yes, television can give you false hope and perception of having a perfect life and all as a kid , but I must say that I had this inner burning desire to come up out of the mental pit that tried to consume me.

Always staring out of the window or dreaming of how I wanted my life to be gave me hope even before I gave my life to The Lord. I use to talk to God at night or when I was alone asking and begging Him to help me. I felt lost, alone and hopeless at times yet I found myself picking myself up and finding reasons to smile because I just knew that one day…. ONE DAY my prayers were going to be answered!

Despite the influence that was around me, despite what looked like “it’s never going to happen” I chose to believe in the unseen.

Like so much of the horrible things that this life seems to bring, I can always keep an optimistic attitude that one day there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears and no more hatred because God said so.

I believe in Him and I believe what He says! He’s not a liar and He can not go back on His word.

So while I may still ask myself time to time why do I smile so much or why do I choose to have an optimistic attitude about life even when my natural eye sees the worse, its because God placed this attribute; this characteristic way of thinking inside of me for a reason even before I ever came to know Him better than I have so many years ago. I’m still a work in progress but my hope for myself and for you will not stop because I’m a believer!

God has blessed me and favored me many times over. He has seen past my faults and negative thinking and saw the best in me. He knows my potential and what I am capable of doing. He knows this for you too!

So why not decide today to take a leap of faith and a mindset to start thinking positively for yourself and for the future? What do you have to lose?!!

Troubles of this world will not end until God brings it all to a halt. Why wait to have optimism later on when you can have it today. God’s word ( Holy Bible) is full of promises and instructions. It’s full of hope for the poor, the weak, the broken hearted, the ailing, the widow, the hopeless and weary in soul. We have been given direction and a peace of mind we can take hold on to. He gave us Jesus Christ, He has given us a Comforter. The Holy Spirit.

Dear Reader, I encourage you to not grow faint and weary. Do not give up. God will show up right on time. His timing is better than any. Patience will take you a long way. The growing process and the knowledge it brings can only bring forth great gain for it can help someone else down the road. God can turn trials to triumphs, losses to victories, tears of sorrow to tears of joy, mourning to rejoicing and negative thinking to positive ones if we take hope and cling to it in Him.

Voluntarily place yourself on the Potter’s Wheel and ask to be made over, refined and made whole with a better sense of thinking, understanding and patience as you count it all joy for His glory and the betterment of yourself as His child and as a living example to the many blessings and miracles that He has done in your life when the world sees no hope.

Hope. Trust. Believe.

O Lord , you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord , you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalms 139:1-24 ESV)

❤Sending You a Love Letter❤

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So who says that I have to know you to love you?!!

Dear Beloved,

I know we are kinda strangers and all….but I have such a love for you that it’s not on the normal side of this life!

God placed this love deep down within me.

I find myself thinking about you, praying for you and even shedding tears. I rejoice with you when you have good news to share and my heart mourns with you when you are sad. I ask myself what is it about you that draws me near.

“Terra, why on earth do you spend time thinking about people in the midnight hour when you could be sleeping? What about when you could just be relaxing and having some Me, Myself and I time?!!” Have you considered your agenda that’s already filled to the max? ( yes I talk to myself in my head of course! )

These are a few of the questions I ask myself and the answer is JESUS.

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You are such a precious and valuable treasure that the Lord loves! I can love you because he loved me first. I sit and wonder how your life is going, wondering if there is anything I can say or do to be a friend, a comforter, a shoulder to cry on or just be an ear to listen and hear you out. I pray for your family and your circumstances. I often pray for your salvation and your wellbeing. You name it and I’ve likely already prayed about it or it’s going to be prayed about.

When you come to mind, I can’t help but ask the Lord to meet your needs. I am so curious about you that I inquire of Him things that I can do as His vessel to be of service to you. I thank the Holy Spirit for guidance. I can’t do much without the greatest GPS to lead me. God is so good.

There is nothing I expect from you in return. It blesses my heart to bless you. Lord knows that I want the best for you and your family. I pray, asking that your life is blessed, that a hedge of protection surrounds you and that every thing you do that is of good standing with the Lord prospers.

Be filled with love, joy, hope and faith!

Beloved, just know that someone in this world loves you even if you think you aren’t loved or deserving of it. God loves you more than anyone on this earth and will never leave you.

Don’t turn your back on Love. God is the Master of Unconditional Love. I can’t love you quite like Him but with all that I have that’s been poured into my soul, I share with you. He gifts me with many blessings that I can’t help but pour back out to you.

Love never stops giving even if you try to fight it. Jesus Christ is the greatest example of Love. I want to be more like him each and every day. May my love and light shine that you will see it and receive it.

Hold on to your faith, cling heavily to the hem of Christ, be stedfast and immovable when life gets rocky. Call on the name of the Lord and he will come to you. Ask Him into your life if you have never met him. Repent and receive. He will welcome you with open arms.

I stand in hope that you are doing well today. I love you and I’m praying for you. If you need me, I’m not too hard to find.

Sincerely,
Terra

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The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV)

My Eyes Look Up to Thee……

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Psalm 121 A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help?

God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord dear brethren for our God is not dead. He’s surely alive living inside of you even if you feel and think as if he is not near. He is! Emotions will get the best of us. Stand on the Word and don’t behave as if you don’t know how powerful and majestic the Great I AM is.

Do not put trust in your emotions. They come and go as the waves in the ocean; up and down. The Bible tells us:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)

Call on Him. Blow your trumpet and let your aid be made known! You need him more than anyone. Some days may grow long and weary and seem as if the light at the end of the tunnel may never shine, but I’m here to tell you that HELP is on the way. Be patient and wait on the Lord. His timing is never too early or too late. He comes right on time! TRUST and BELIEVE that you will be rescued.

Psalm 121 has personally been one of my favorite scriptures that I have embedded in my heart and trusted in since I gave my life to Christ years ago. He IS my help in times of trouble. I look UP and CALL on him because I KNOW HE is able to come through for me when I let my basket of cares be made known.

Friends, whatever it is that you are in need of, it would behoove you to let it go and give it to God. Trust that his hand is already at work. Plead your case and leave it at the alter. Amidst waiting for your rescue, count it joy as your wait with patience. The Lord is doing a great thing on the inside of you.

GOD IS ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS BUT FAIL.

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Keep On Prayin’!

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For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:9-12 NKJV)

If you only knew the joy that cease not within me when I pray for you my brothers and sisters in the Lord! Boasting is not what aim for or what I am doing, but it is to keep one another lifted up and encouraged in the Lord! There is power in numbers as we lift up our voices to the Almighty asking for his presence to be manifested in this life we journey. May the blind see, the deaf hear and those without a voice speak up! O, that healing in the mind, body and soul take place. Let our bones shut up with fire; that consuming furnace of eternal bliss, stir up a bountiful worship and praise of righteousness and joy to persevere in all things we set our hearts and minds to do in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah!!

Seek to gain the spiritual wisdom, knowledge, discernment of the King. Loose the shackles that bind you from only thinking of yourselves. Pick up the phone, send an email or text or even pay a visit to your fellow brethren letting them know they are thought of! Extend a smile and hug if possible! Prayers and encouragement plays a vital role. We are mighty, we are victorious, we are conquerors, we are bold and courageous in THE NAME OF JESUS.

PRAYER WARRIORS STEP OUT!

Authority has been given! Use it. Success has been done! Jesus paved the way! Walk in it with assurance and faith!

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Let your fruit bear witness to everything you do for the sake of the Kingdom! Step out and see how good the Lord is when we love thy neighbor as he loves us! Ask for His love to radiate through you that it may shine into the life of others. There’s no particular way. God made you and knows you better than anyone. He knows the treasures that are deep inside of you. May his anointing fall fresh. Use your gifts and let the joy of the Lord be an invigorating scent of perfume drawing all men to believe that better days are ahead.

God bless you all!

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Let go and Let God: Handling Excess Baggage

So I am finally getting my “me time” in. For some reason it really doesn’t seem to happen until the kids are down for bed. (Btw, I am liking the fact that I can operate on the iPad right now. This is great! ) Anyway, I woke up really tired this morning and when I foreseen a mood coming on, it just wouldn’t happen. THAT’S A GOOD THING! Ok Lord. I see what you are doing. Shaping me once again. Something didn’t feel right and I couldn’t put my finger on it. My normal routine wasn’t happening. I am not in control. God is. So I shifted my way of thinking and said Fine. I won’t put up a fight. Let’s just see how this morning will go because it isn’t happening the way I am use to it minus the little attitudes from cranky kids every blue moon which isn’t a problem. I can weave in and out of that. Needless to say, I was asked to do something else. I prayed and prayed and prayed some more. Things started to unfold and I seen what He was pointing out to me based upon some issues that were weighed heavily on my heart at the time and I didn’t even know it. He was preparing me. Ok. That’s cool.(sort of, because I felt stumped and lost for words )

James 1:2-4 tells us to “consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking for nothing.”

What I gathered prior to the scripture was the realization that lack of obedience, trust, courage and faith were key problems to carrying excess baggage. It is so easy to run away from our problems than to face them head on, plead our case before the Lord and allow him to guide us in handling it. But no! We want to take over and do it our way, in our timing because He takes too long. Bad choice. How will we ever overcome if we keep taking back something that we say we are handing over to him? Even when we are hurting and are scared of the outcome, trust Him and walk courageously away. Don’t turn around and say “What if”. If we are trusting and believing that He will take care of us then LET GO. Just take your hands off of it and Let God. Be encouraged no matter what your situation may be. There is nothing too big and nothing too great that our mighty and Sovereign God can’t take care of.

 

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