For A Time Such As This

unnamed

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

Construction Beneath the Soil

image

Keep the faith. Don’t look at your circumstances and the timing. God doesn’t work on our clock. When we take matters into our hands we can screw it up. If you believe the Lord for whatever you brought before Him, trust and believe that answers will come. Don’t dig up seeds of faith. Let them grow. You never know what’s going on underneath. God has plans far greater than you can imagine.

Stay encouraged dear hearts…. for the Lord is working out your growth in the very best way that will bring about a bloom in your life which will give Him the glory and you a steadfast spirit that will cultivate many times over for the future. Our testimony can arise from the darkness from which the seeds are under construction. Someone is needing to know how you overcame, how you stayed strengthened and encouraged when you wanted to give up. God is with you. Just wait on Him for the harvest is coming.

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He  is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. Psalm 16:7-9

According to God’s Plans

;

Sharing a little bit of my world…….

The young lady seated on the front row (2nd from right) in the group photo is my first-born named Divine Hope. She is my pride and joy. It brings tears to my eyes that she will be graduating this coming school year Lord’s will. She and the other fellow Junior Marshals had the privilege and honor bestowed upon them to participate in the senior graduation ceremony for their high school. This opportunity as a Jr. Marshal comes because of excellency in grades. Divine and her fellow classmates are the in the top ranking of their graduating class. Her father and I are so proud of her and her accomplishments thus far.

I shared a post recently about my family and how my life came to be where it’s at because I chose to follow the leading of the Lord instead of my own thoughts and plans. Check out post here Order My Steps Dear Lord

Now if I may boast a bit about her, I am proud that she first and foremost accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has always been committed to do her best putting her grades above any worldly thing. She’s been playing the violin since elementary school, she speaks fluent French and has taught herself to read, write and speak Korean during her free time. ( the school week is for academics only. Electronics and fun computer things are only allowed on weekends and holidays for all the children. They are privileges, not necessities.) All of this was done without Rosetta Stone! When she puts her mind to something, she commits to getting it done. I look forward to future dreams and accomplishments being fulfilled being that she wants to be in the medical field; primarily leaning towards being a surgeon. (a whole lot of medical terminology I can’t spell nor pronounce but it deals with bones!)

Ultimately, whatever the Lord has for her, I pray she continues to follow his leading whether it’s the medical field or not. She tries her best to lead by example for her siblings without them feeling that they have to live in her shadow. It’s all about doing your best in life, living for God and being a light in this dark world amongst their peers and strangers they meet.

My family values are not to make anyone feel less than, but to let others see that we cannot go wrong if we build our house on thee Solid Rock. That Rock of Ages is Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah! I just have to thank the Lord and praise Him!! You just don’t know how good he has been to me!

Parenting does not come with a manual. We will make mistakes and hopefully grow from them. I can only lean on God to steer me in the right direction as a mother. The best I can offer my kids is the Word of God which is the Holy Bible. This manual for life will help them in all areas.

I stand by this scripture:

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)

I can only do my part. The rest is up to them. I will be there to love, guide and support but every seed they plant seen and unseen will reap a harvest of abundance or destruction.

God gives us a choice. Each and every one of us. It’s up to us which path we choose to take. Choose wisely.

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. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

God bless each and every heart that reads this. Be encouraged no matter what when it comes to your life and that of your children. Look to God for everything. You simply cannot go wrong. He mighty and able.

~ Terra

20120621-183354.jpg

Order My Steps Dear Lord

20120606-113131.jpg

Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21 AMP)

Let’s go back back in time…a little before 1991, the year I graduated from high school.

I grew up not really knowing the Lord with a solid foundation though I had a taste of going to church and seeing what a bit of it was about.

I had this desire in my heart when I was just a kid (around 10yrs old) to want to live my life for God even though I did not know where, why or how I came to feel the way I did. I even said to myself that I wanted to become a Nun! Little did I know about them, but I knew that they dedicated their lives to serving Him. I went to a Baptist church at the time I believe, so I’m sure I would have surprised them had I asked about becoming a Sister. ( Nun )

I use to dream about one day getting married to this Christian man and our first child was going to be a baby girl. We were always sitting in the pews holding her and listening to the sermon.

I never been to the beach my entire life growing up, but I knew that I wanted to get married on the beach. To a military guy at that. The whole nine yards! Yeah you can say that I was very descriptive as to what I wanted. My friends from high school said I always talked about wanting to have 10 kids. I STILL don’t recall saying that but I always knew that I wanted a lot of children.

Where in the world did all these thoughts come from?!!

For years I dreamed this same dream…. never to see the face of the man I was to marry. He was just a shadow image. Nothing else.

As prissy as I was (I still am by the way) who’d think that I would go off to the Army. My mom could barely get me to do the dishes without wearing gloves simply because I didn’t want to mess up my nail polish! I was respectful and all, I just thought things would work better with protected hands!

Anyway, a year passed after I graduated and l joined the U.S. Army. I signed my John Hancock on the dotted line, raised my hand in oath and before you knew it, this little Ohio girl was off to start her life. Little did I know, the life and career path I chose for myself would ultimately change a couple years later. I met my future husband, we both attended church together with the desire to live for Christ, fell in love and talked about our future.

Everything about my life I wanted and desired, I wanted the Lord to be the head of it. I wanted his perfect will. I remember praying and telling the Lord that I loved Tim and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him BUT if he was not the man for me then I would not marry him as hard as I know it would be to let him go, I would give up my desire and plans just to have his ( God’s ) perfect plan for my life.

As a couple, we waited to hear from the Lord. It was His will that we be joined together as man and wife, it was His will that I was to not re-enlist and commit more years to serving my country as a soldier, it was His will that I become a mother to 6 children and be a stay at home mom while my husband be the sole provider and head of household not just as a man, but a God fearing man who would lead his family in the way God planned him to.

Me becoming a wife, a MOTHER to many when my doctor told me as a teenager that I would likely be infertile and not be able to have children was a dream come true! My heart, my desires, my prayers, my direction wanted to be aligned with the Lords even before I knew him personally.

Man says one thing but the Lord has the final say. My stair-step children are proof that God is ABLE! Though I never worried as a teen, I just knew that I was going to give birth to children one day after I married. No one could tell me any different. It was a confidence and assurance of faith.

As I sat in the car this morning, I began to write this inspiration while waiting for the school doors to open up while looking at my kids as they laughed and talked.

I am where I am suppose to be.

This feels really good to know that I have not totally gone off of my own GPS over the years, but that of the Lord’s. We can never go wrong if we truly want our lives to be successful. The road is long and the journey isn’t always foreseen, but God sees it all. Past. Present. Future.

It’s not about the educational degrees, the finer things in life, the status quo of this world that makes me successful or complete. It’s not even about being married and have children though all the listed above are great blessings, it’s about being a child of The Most High. To have salvation, to live my life serving Him and doing His will until I am called home is the greatest gift I could ever receive. I am complete in God as long as I have Him.

Well I believe I am done right about now. Just thought I would share with you all a bit about my life and the musings that run through my head every now and then.

To God be the glory. I am thankful for another day of life. Speaking of His goodness can go on and on if its the Lord’s will that I see another breath, but if not…my thoughts, prayers and writings are found throughout this blog.

Be blessed and thankful for the small things. Look to God and ask Him to search your heart. Let Him make you over.

Let’s Order Our Steps In The Lord.

In Christ with love,
Terra

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NKJV)

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, 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 fall on me, Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” (Psalm 139:1-18 NKJV)

© 2011-2012 Terra Newsome

All Rights Reserved

MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected

Heart Cries Unto the Lord……YES

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. (Psalm 139:1-4 NKJV)

Singing praises and surrendering my all to You O Lord with open hands and teary eyes! I praise You! I glorify Your name in all the earth! There is none like You!! May the Name that is greater than any other be reverenced and lifted up high. Flood my heart with YES to each and every thing that you ask me to say and do. Let courage be my witness and testimony; shackled no more to fear and bondage of this cruel world. I am renewed and transformed in the light of Your will, your ways and your words. Yes Lord, Yes Lord , YES YES YES! My soul, my heart cries out what words cannot utter forth from my lips. I am so thankful for the aid of the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf. Rest is found in Thee. Wash over me Lord as I am brought to my knees worshipping your holy name. I love you Lord! Bless me with your prescence… that’s what I long for. Hallelujah!!

Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7 NKJV)