Lift Every Voice Giving Thanks Unto the Lord!

I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” (Psalms 122:1)

Joy unspeakable joy!!

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You know, it does not take for Sunday to come around for us to praise God, to have a joy come over us as we are filled in abundance with the presence of the Lord. We can achieve that all week long when we go before His presence.

This is something I like to experience everyday as much as possible. You can too.

Moments upon standing back up on my feet after my morning prayers, a smile surfaced. My heart began to melt in the love of Christ. This longing to commune with Him started dancing inside of me. Wow. “It’s not even 6am yet and I want to sing and dance! Thank you Lord! Today is going to be awesome. Yessss!”

I encourage you today to allow the Lord to minister to your heart. If a scripture or song comes over you just let it pour out and saturate you. Don’t fight it. Sing a new song unto the Lord. Thank Him for this new day you have. Think about where He has brought you from, think about the things that could have stolen your life but God blocked it. Praise Christ in all things be it good or not so good. You are alive. You are here today for a reason. God has allowed His sun to shine down on you one more day. The Word tells us: Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NKJV)

Lift up your voice and give thanks to Jesus!

Below is a song that I would like to share with you all. It’s been around a long time and I still find myself getting goosebumps and teary-eyed as I lift up my hands and praise the Lord. He has been better to me than I have been to myself. He never turns His back on us when we choose to turn our back on Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. I am nothing without Him. I cannot take this journey in life by myself expecting to come out fine. Snares are waiting to trap us; waiting to keep us bound and hopeless. The enemy is a lie! Rebuke the lies of the adversary; the evil one and tell them to flee. Nothing is too powerful or strong that the Lord cannot set us free from. Claim freedom! Claim your liberty and sing! Tell the captives that you are free and it’s all because of Jesus!

Praise ye the Lord everyone! Praise Him for He is truly worthy of it all.

Scriptures of praise:

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.(Psalm 98:1)

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; (Psalms 96:1-4)

Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them! (Isaiah 46:10)

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Double Rainbow: God never ceases to amaze me!!!

ALL I CAN SAY IS : WOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!

Well I am sure I have a bit more to say but I am overjoyed, smiling and full of happiness right about now. We had another storm come through this evening. I had taken a shower and went downstairs to the kitchen when my kids said that the sky looked yellow from the front and back door. Of course I am usually ready to snap any interesting pictures so I stepped outside and BAM……..a BEAUTIFUL DOUBLE RAINBOW stretched across the sky! I caught it initially from my backyard and then I headed to the front. It’s getting dark and I surely couldn’t care less who seen me in my black/white/teal animal print pj’s! Hey it looked like I was wearing a tank top and capris so who cares! I seen one of the greatest wonders God ever created! The Bible itself mentions such wonders.

“And God said: This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all the flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-17 NKJV)

My daughter Faith was capturing a picture on the iPhone as I was capturing it with my camera! An amazing moment God blessed us all with! His love is everlasting!!

The quality of the pictures and proper settings on the camera were not always correct but I didn’t care……… it was a memory maker for me. The rain was beginning to sprinkle again and I had to wipe my lens off at times. I am still fairly new to doing photography at it’s best but it I can say that there was a greater and deeper meaning for me in this moment of seeing the storm, adoring the beautiful rainbow all the way to seeing the sun set. It is something that the Lord knew that I needed. Every good and perfect blessing comes from heaven. He blessed me once again. My heart leaps, dances and rejoices in His goodness. Faithful is He from the beginning to the end. Praises be unto He Who not only resides in heaven but in my heart.

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Blessings to you all in Christ Jesus,

Terra

*pics taken by my daughter of rainbow over the side of my home and that of next door neighbor!

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Praise The Lord While You Can Because It Cannot Be Heard From The Grave

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For the grave cannot praise you,
death cannot sing your praise;
those who go down to the pit
cannot hope for your faithfulness. (Isaiah 38:18 NIV)

May we not take it upon ourselves to think and rationalize that we only need to praise the Lord when only the good is going on in our lives. We should praise him at ALL times. What good can be done from the grave?

What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit. (the grave)? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth and faithfulness to men? (Psalm 30:9 AMP)

Jesus reigns. He lives forever. He’s our shelter during the storms, our Refuge when we are in need of help and an everlasting Friend Who loves us unconditionally. He deserves more than what we give him and the mere fact that it’s conditional. May we break away from selfish thinking of our wants and needs and see to the desires and plans He has for us and those of others that we are called to go out and attend to.

Call out to Him and just tell him that you love him, praise him through adversity, praise him through your healing and deliverance for its on the way! If you believe on the Word of God and know it to be true, praise him even when you can’t see the outcome!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

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As an ambassador for Christ, I pray to go all the way doing the very things that he asks me to do, to say what needs to be said as I fall into alignment with the Holy Spirit. Whether I’m writing, blogging, emailing, conversing over the phone or ministering out on the streets, I ask the Lord to be my all and all even if I feel myself growing weary and falling apart.

May I take my place to rest in him until I am rejuvenated and ready to continue my journey. My life isn’t over yet. There is work still to be done. I may feel like a bag of bones if my body is ailing me but it’s my spirit and love for others that drive me to press on in Christ.

How blessed I am to see another day. (you are too) It’s a new day to do work, to go out and plants seeds in hope that they will bear fruit when it is harvest season. I work not to gain reward from man but that of our heavenly Father. My prize awaits me in heaven though many blessings have been showered down upon this earth for us who are called His.

I can wake up and smile, singing within my soul and professing with my mouth that God is good! Don’t you know?!! Don’t you know this for yourself to be true?

Hallelujah!! Praise be to our Lord!!

I thank You Lord for being the head of my life! I thank you for being my solid ground on sinking sand. My Rock, My Fortress, My Strong Tower, My Redeemer, My King, My first Groom. What a Foundation I have in You that my life can continue to grow upon.

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Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22 NKJV)

He’s praiseworthy so let’s rejoice! God bless you brothers and sisters in the Lord. Let your light shine!

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Rejoice O Earth! Sharing Monday’s Thoughts From My Front Porch

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This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Hannah’s Prayer ( first 2 verses that inspired me )

Then Hannah prayed and said:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.

“There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you
there is no Rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:1, 2 NIV)

So I just thought I would share the joy in my heart this morning with you all. I’m feeling the rays of the sunshine fall fresh over my face though it started in my heart when I opened my eyes.

The Lord woke me up this morning!

Not an alarm clock, not the dogs barking at something in the woods or just waking up because I’m tired of sleeping but because of the goodness of the Lord, because of his mercy and grace, breath has been put into my body yet another day! Oh how we take life for granted! The hustle and bustle of getting up and getting your day going not even realizing to the fullest that nothing we have done no matter how good it was, granted us life.

THIS IS ALL ABOUT GOD!

If you don’t know, I am a wife of 17 years with 6 children. I’m blessed to be able to be at home and take care of my family while my husband goes off to work to provide for us. It’s a blessing to be able to wake up SMILING, to have a heart to pray, spend time with the Lord and get my husband off to work. After that, it’s about the kids and the chores. ( can’t forget about having some fun either. Making memories is the best. )

It’s Spring Break so my kids are sleeping in for just a little bit. Wow. I have 6 kids! Yeah I know it already, but these are lives that God created! We were all known before conception. How amazing is that?!!

Perhaps you may be wondering why on earth is she so happy! At times I ask myself the same thing but I know that it’s the joy of the Lord that is in me! He woke me up. I have all my senses, I am in my right mind and I have a willing and able body to make choices for the good or the bad. ( and my goal is to make the right decisions every day )

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. The next breath isn’t either, but I CHOOSE to make the best with what I have been given. May we be thankful over the small things in life and just be content with what we’ve been blessed with. If we are blessed with more be thankful and if not, still be thankful. Your pocket and bank account can be plenteous yet you can be poor in spirit. On the flip side you can be poor in finances and the wealthiest is spirit.

Just take some time and think on these things would you please? Life can change in a blink of an eye and you can never be fully prepared.

Listening to the birds tweet, the wind chime slightly clanking as a breeze passes through and soaking up the sun rays for this brief moment I have to myself gives me many reasons to rejoice. There’s no Manic Monday living here. Just another day to gain perspective and to grow in the Lord and to live my life the best I know how with His help.

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Lord I am so thankful and blessed that I arose to see another day, to bask in the beauty of your earth creations, to have a heart’s desire to choose to make the best of this life given to me. Living Simply In Abundance….. my life, my love and my joy is found in Your presence. Thank You ❤

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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)

Alabaster Box: Know your worth regardless of what the world says

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“O praise Your holy name for you are worthy of it all. No one knows the cost of our Alabaster Box, the oil within that holds the deepest feelings and praises that are poured out upon your feet. Tears shed, heart-cries and pains that ache so much have been wrapped in your precious love. This world doesn’t know unconditional love; only judgement and criticism. You see past that and save. Forgiving and encouraging us to live in You and for you. Sin is remembered no more by God. Thank you Jesus. You are forever worthy of great praises.”

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Mary’s Alabaster Box

With the love and forgiveness of the Savior my friends, do not let this world’s view or opinion of your past/present sins dictate who you are in Christ. If He has forgiven you, then LIVE in freedom and not bondage. Praise the Lord through your tears, your shame and pain. Go before his feet and let it all out. God is for you. What love you will find when He wraps his arms around you! Hold on and hang in there. You are victorious in Christ Jesus. Walk with your head held high and press on. No one, I mean NO ONE can place you in heaven or hell but God himself. Pick and choose what you will allow to reside in your thoughts and life. I pray it’s Jesus all the way! Think on the goodness of the Lord. He’s brought you a mighty long way. Pour your praises on Him. He’s WORTHY!!

My prayers and support are with you. I am a friend who will stand by your side and help you carry the weight. For who am I to judge? I’m not God. My job is to love you and be of assistance the best I know how in Christ. Praise the Lord and live! Life is too short. Let go and let God.

In Christ be blessed, strengthened and encouraged.

Scripture References: Luke 7:36-50 tells the story of the woman with the alabaster box. It was her faith that saved her. She did it and so can you! Be of good courage.

Lyrics to Alabaster Box

The room grew still
As she made her way to Jesus
She stumbled through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain
Some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper
There’s no place here for her kind
Still on she came
Through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet
And though she spoke no words
Every tear she she shed was heard
As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of Alabaster

Chorus:
And I’ve come to pour
My praise on Him-like oil
From Mary’s alabasterbox
Don’t be angry if I wash His feet with my tears
And dry them with my hair
You weren’t there-the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When He wrapped His loving arms around me
And you don’t know the cost
Of the oil in my alabaster box

I can’t forget
The way life used to be
I was a prisoner
To the sins that had me bound
I spent my days
Poured my life-without measure
Into a little treasure box
I thought I had found
Until the day-when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonders of-His love
So now I’m giving back to Him
All the praise He’s worthy of
I’ve been forgiven
And that’s why
I love Him so much

Repeat Chorus

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