Give Unto the Lord this Hour

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How blessed we are to reach a new day with endless possibilities. Not by our own might but by the grace of God. It is He who chose to breathe life into us on this present day.

May we praise Him and give thanks even if our bodies are tired and dragging, if it’s aching from muscle and joint pain, or perhaps even our flesh is not cooperating because it’s just not in the “right mood”. 

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms  34:1 NKJV

It’s not about how we feel. Feelings sway like the waves in the ocean. We should posture ourselves in such a way that we come to realize that nothing is about us. There is no you or me without Him. He’s Holy, Righteous, The One, Abba Father, I Am, faithful, merciful, gracious, loving, caring, patient, forgiving and a list of so many more things. You get me?

So once we get out head and heart positioned we can begin to give reverence to The Almighty God, our Creator. He is worthy of praise, honor and glory. 

I’ve had to put myself in that position many of times especially when my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. (Matt.26:41) Once we begin to pray and worship the Lord, our focus changes. But we must press through. We must. Know that the flesh will always try to speak louder to us however it may be to keep us from doing what we know that we ought to. 

Dear hearts, I just wanted to take a coffee/tea break moment to share with you some nuggets of Truth. The weather and season may be changing right now wherever you are living. I know that cooler nights and mornings may cause you to feel more tired but let us shake up our inner man and arise so that the outer man will be obedient and follow. 

We have work to do! I’m not just referring to the vocation you may have but to your work of the Lord. We are here on this Earth temporarily and time is of the essence. May we use it wisely always remembering that someone is standing in the need of prayer and salvation.

Be blessed and be a blessing to someone today with the joy of the Lord upon you! 

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Living Simply in Abundance 

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Me. Jesus. Prayer. Green Tea.

Living Simply in Abundance with the Lord. Nothing complicated at all. Cast your cares aside and share some much needed time with Him.

Watch, listen tentatively and be still.

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
Ps 143:8 NKJV

Exhale right now… everything else will still be there. Quiet the busyness spinning through your head.

At the end of the day (or your time set aside to spend with Him) you will realize that you actually had all that you needed to get your day started. Every little thing after that will just fit into your day as planned when He’s put first on the schedule.

Have a wonderful day in Jesus from my heart to yours,

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At His Feet : A time of prayer

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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.
Psalms 139:1-12 NKJV

It’s the beginning of a new year and I am so thankful to the Lord that I’m here yet another day. Here for a purpose greater than my own thinking can imagine. You too.

We’ve all had our share of joys and sorrows, defeats and victories, open doors as well as closed ones, storms and sunny days.  So while there may have been times when we have wanted to throw in the towel and give up, the Lord didn’t. He knows that we can make it. Just another little push to encourage the heart to keep going.

At. His. Feet. (sigh)

Prayer time because we need You Lord. All day every day. Emotions come and go and there is no surety that we are right but we can stand assured knowing that God is right. All the time.

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21 NKJV

At His feet when decisions are needed to be made, but most importantly to desire to draw closer to Him. He’s the lover of our souls, the I Am who’s able to meet us right where we are and talk. To hear us out as we also take the time to hear Him.

No greater friend we have than in He. The Lord is not just anyone. He’s our Father, Daddy, Jehovah Jireh (our Provider ), Counselor, Peace – maker, Creator and our all in all just to name a few.

While 2015 has had its share of trials we can rest assure that coming into 2016 that the Lord is still beside us. Still wanting us, desiring intimacy with us, still patient and loving as we long to have brighter days attempting to do this life on our own terms at times. He knows us better than we know ourselves so how about a new change this year?

Less of self and more of Him.

At His feet praying and drawing near.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a)

Happy New Year to you dear reader. I pray that you take time daily to reflect on your life and how it’s being used for the glory of God. Some did not make it but we have been counted to be here for another day and with a greater purpose than just coasting through it. The Lord loves you more than you can ever know. May the passing days be filled with love, mercy, hope, grace, perseverance, and all things related to the Fruits of the Spirit so that we can not only show the Love of Christ to others but to be a living example of His presence and faithfulness. Prayer is key these days more than ever. Much can be accomplished when we do it.

Be blessed, encouraged and filled with His joy always,

Terra 🌼

Time to Rest Your Soul

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For the weary heart ….. come sit and talk to the Master. Jesus is He who sustains us. Life will bring us cloudy days, turbulent winds and foggy outlooks that will have us to think that we cannot go beyond what we see out of fear.

Be still.

I know all too well this feeling. I too, must trust the Lord with the unknown. You and I cannot allow our souls to be rocked with fear and anxiety but be filled with truth, belief and faith in our Lord who says that he will not leave us nor forsake us.

Be still.

Take hold of His hand and allow his peace to come over you. Pray and seek Him for all its worth. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Speak praises unto the Father until the roof comes down. Remember that the enemy wants nothing more than to choke you out with fear. Fear that will immobilize you to not pray to the Father. Let this not be so. God is greater than the enemy. The victory has already been won!

Get up and shout with a voice of triumph….Hallelujah!

“I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus! He strengthens me for each day and because of Him I can face what’s in front of me.”

Keep hope and your heart in the hands of Jesus. He loves you enough to meet you right where you are. Invite Him to come sit and talk with you. You won’t be disappointed. It’s time to refresh your soul.

Blessings and encouragement from my heart to yours.

~Terra

5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;my hope comes from him. 

6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 

7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

8 Trust in him at all times, O people;pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. “Selah”

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

You’re a PJ! (Precious Jewel)

image I will greatly rejoice in the Lord , my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 KJV

 If you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ then stand up and give him some praise! Hallelujah for we are sons and daughters of the Most High God who created the heavens and the earth! His Word says that we are CHOSEN, we are ROYAL, we are a holy nation, His SPECIAL people that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The King James Version says that we are a PECULIAR people. Now what does that mean to you?

Brothers and sisters we are different therefore we should act different because we belong to God. (Ladies if you need your invisible crown go put it on right now unless you really have one. Hehe ) All jokes aside I am saying that we truly  need to stand erect and with a confidence because we have just reason to do so.

We are God’s precious jewels. We are PJ’s. We don’t need to be walking around as if we are orphaned and left alone. He is with us! God is for us and he chose you and me. Take heart believers and stand.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV

On this day I am full of joy in the Lord. When I read 1Peter 2:9 I straightened my back right up. I had to realize once again who I am and Who I belong to. I am a daughter of the wonderful Father and the bride of Christ who’s coming back one day for me. (and you) There is nothing on this earth or beyond the grave that can keep me from Him and his love. So if your head and heart is hanging low pick it up. All this week I’ve been dealing with things but I could only do what I know to do. Pray. I had to trust God with it all and I still am. I will not tell you to do something that I haven’t done myself. And even in the mist of your obstacles continue to give praise to the One who is worthy. When we praise Him our eyes become less focused on what’s getting us down for in due time the sun will shine again. Hallelujah! Glory to God saints. Be blessed and encouraged. Let praise fill your mouth and heart with thanksgiving. Remember that you ARE a PJ…a precious jewel.

I dedicate this to my friend and sister in Christ named Vicky D. whom I call PJ. She calls and texts me by that nickname. Long ago when we met in church and shared our hearts, tears and stories we began to rise above the ashes. While I dont know exactly how or when we began to call each other PJ, little did I know that these powerful, yet small set of words were written in the Bible. God is so amazing and brings His truths into light when you need them and are meant to share with all for a time such as this. God bless you always dear friend.

Reckless Abandon

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Living Simply in Abundance

………………. reckless abandonment.

The exact words quenched my thirsty soul as if I was walking through a desert in search of water.

I found it. Or rather it found me in an email. Can you believe that?!! God has his own ways of getting our attention. Sometimes the most obvious ways I still  don’t catch onto for some reason. I can say that I’m so glad that He doesn’t give up flagging me down.

For a while now I’ve been in prayer about some things seemingly never getting a reply. Countless times it’s been “God, here I am again asking for an answer” in so many words. No reply.

Time passes by, events occur and seasons change in a spiritual sense and yet I still kept asking. Not like an annoying bee buzzing around His face but like a child in need of answers that the heart is longing for. The ache just wouldn’t go away.

“Daddy, Abba Father do you hear me?”

Slowly my questions are being answered. Then again perhaps I missed some that were already answered but I became distracted by other things while in wait.

How easily I allowed myself to get distracted and caught up. Ugh. Frustration showed it’s ugly head and I struggled with sleeping, thinking and emotionally functioning. The problem is that I went down the wrong path in waiting. Shame on me.

Believe me when I say that I don’t always get it right but I thank the Lord for His indispensable grace. I thank him for patiently waiting on his child to get back on track. To get my focus back in line.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 KJV

Now it’s not that I have not been reading my Bible or praying because I have. My focus had been more on the storms than on the One Who calms the storm. (what revelation as I write this. Wow. Thank you Holy Spirit)

Reckless abandon to the Almighty in all my ways. I throw up my hands without a care for the opinions and thoughts of others simply because my loyalty should be to Him, his thoughts and desires for my life. I am to please Him. Not man. My worship, my praise, my prayer and my direction has been thrown into the loving arms of the Savior who beckons the call to my obedience. Whatever He says I’ll do. (prayerfully I am listening carefully and also obeying at all times)

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction,and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily  at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. Proverbs 8:32-36.

By no other means can I get to the Father except through Christ. By no greater means can I be comforted and guided than by the Holy Spirit. I stand in need at all times. May I never forget that.

Reckless abandon and feeling relieved.

Is this your story or can you relate? Dear heart I encourage you on in prayer to be relentless, to have reckless abandonment to the Lord in all your ways. He knows that we will struggle, that we will fall, become discouraged and even tire while waiting but in doing so I rather we err on the side of the Lord than to fall into complete sin never giving an ounce of faith or a seed of hope to He who is able to supply all of our needs. God will not leave or nor forsake us. It’s in the waiting that we grow and our intimacy can grow stronger if we just hold on and don’t give up. These last days are so important. Will we continue to trust and believe that His timing and answers are right for us.  He knows what we need and when we need it. Keep holding on and stay steadfast in prayer.

Your sister in arms,
Terra