Just Look Up

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Thank you Lord….. Hallelujah.

Even if we are walking in the valley, Lord you are there. if we are perplexed in our mind we need to only be still. let us listen for the soft voice beckoning us to the reason of truth.

Bless you Lord.

May we acknowledge that You are Truth and our guiding Light. Our heart and minds can become so polluted with doubt and anxiety. Let us look above and receive in Jesus’ name.

Psalms 121:1-2 NKJV
I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth.

Lead Me O Lord: Starting Your Day in Jesus

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Give me Jesus

You know… I just can’t go a day without Jesus in my life. Every aspect of it. I have been singing “How He Loves Us” by David Crowder Band since around 6 a.m. On repeat. Oh how my body cries out in adoration of the King. The lover of my soul. Sweet Jesus. Praises I will sing all my days.

Sometimes reading or drinking my tea is hard to do when all that my body and soul craves for is worship. All I want to do is lift up my hands and give Him the glory and honor, to stand in awe of my Savior because he is jealous for me and His love is abounding.

Psalms 143:8 NKJV
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.

Dear friends I encourage you today to give yourself in its entirety to the Lord. Allow Him to lead you and your day. Let His ways and thoughts become yours when you arise in the morning. If you accomplish nothing more than being before the Lord then you have done plenty. Too often we become consumed with this and that and forgetting about “the better part”. Spending time with I Am that I Am.

I tend to share often a scripture that I hold dear and it’s one that encourages me to see beyond my thoughts and plans because I know that God has far better for me. Plans that go beyond what I could imagine or see. He’s so amazing.

“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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

May today be a new day. One of better beginnings and endings. In Christ. We surely cannot go wrong…. I’ve tried Him for myself. Blessings and an abundance of love from me to you always.

Your Sister in arms,
Terra

In the Morning When I Rise, Give Me Jesus

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In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.

There’s nothing that I can think of that’s better than this. While I am a tea lover and it sits so well with me and my quiet time before or after my family leaves for school and work…. I need Jesus.  I simply need Him to get my day started.

My beginning thoughts prep my day. Doesn’t yours?

Jesus himself on many occasions got up early to go pray. He proclaimed the Word of God to the people,  he healed the sick and done many miraculous things but he still took time away to pray. He gave The Father the firstfruits of the day. If He done it so should we. (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, 6:12 are a few examples)

Mark 1:35-38 NKJV
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who  were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”

As we should, we wake up saying our prayers and thanking the good Lord for blessing us to see another day as well as asking for forgiveness for whatever it may be we still need Him. We still are in desperate need of His presence when we arise.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. It’s easy to fall into our robotic ways of easing into our day but the question I pose to myself and to you is “Am I giving Him my first fruits? Am I choosing the better part?

Now don’t get me wrong! I’m not implying that we can’t have our morning cup of coffee (or tea) as we indulge in our time of devotional and Bible reading at the same time but have you ever thought about allowing His presence to soak deep within your being giving you strength and that invigorating shower of mercy and grace that falls fresh like rain when you arise first?

That kind of brew and jolt of amazing energy I have gained from being in His presence outdoes what I thought I could attain after having had my soothing and relaxing cup of tea.

He’s my cup of comfort that brings peace and settles my anxious thoughts about the new day that is set before me.

As I reflect and gaze upon the picture above that I had my daughter take early one morning this week as we headed into town I fell in awe of just how awesome God is. The Creator of heaven and earth blessed and breathed in me one more time. Seeing the sun rise in the astounding beauty that it holds, it let me know that no matter what the road ahead may look like He’s still in control. With that said I can continue to go forward because my God, your God is already there. Isn’t that wonderful? Oh yes it is.

Thank you Jesus for being there when I rise. My life and my thoughts are yours. Lead me into each and every given day that’s given to me. Bless me so that I may bless others. My Rock and my Fortress I just want to say Thank You. Amen.

Dear hearts, I pray this New Year that we choose the better part and better beginnings and endings to our days. However it is that the Lord leads you, follow Him. If the Holy Spirit is nudging your heart to get up earlier than you normally do, I encourage you to do so. I’ve learned along the way that the Lord wants to talk. We just never know what it is that He has to say. We may never know the importance of the early rise unless we are willing to get up. Just a tid bit of information I thought to share with you. God bless you….

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

A Mind Stayed on the Rock of Ages

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Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

I just have to praise the Lord in the highest form….. Hallelujah!! Hallelujah, Thank you Jesus! We are here today alive and well. Won’t you give Him some praise?

“Dear Father, I just want to give thanks for all that You are and all that you do. My life is worthless without You and your presence. Lord, we as a people need your perfect peace. We need your steadfast and unmovable peace that only You can provide. Lord I thank you for being a hedge of protection over me, my family,  friends, neighbors, the homeless, the sick and shut-in, the weary and downtrodden, the orphaned child walking the streets, the prostitute and girls being freed from human trafficking. I thank you for making a way through your people who bring the Gospel to the foreign lands where You are not known speaking in love telliing of Your love, sovereignty and Son who died for our sins. I speak peace, love, hope and strength and comfort into these very lives today. May our boldness and courage grow stronger daily as we seek You. You are the Rock of Ages. None can compare! Our trust is in you. Our minds are stayed on Your everlasting truths and promise. Jehovah-jireh is Your name.  Indeed You are our Provider. Glory and honor be to Your name always and forever. Be lifted up higher and higher. Amen”

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9 KJV

Seeking Peace: Breaking Away to Be with the Lord

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Photo Credit: Terra Newsome/self

“The Lord  bless you and keep you; The Lord  make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

There are moments and days when I personally have to make quiet time to be with the Lord. I need His peace. I seek His peace so that my thoughts and my walk will align with His.

Do you ever find yourself seeking peace in the most war waging times in your life?

How easily it becomes getting caught up in our thoughts especially when it’s on a battlefield. We cannot always give the adversary credit for a wandering mind filled with thoughts that may turn unpleasant. At times we do this to ourselves. (time for a self check)

Scripture plainly tells us about taking our thoughts captive in II Corinthians 10:5 NKJV:

“…… casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

I encourage you dear reader as I encourage myself, to do some kneeling of prayer and seeking of the Lord when you arise each morning, throughout the day and upon going to bed. We cannot have peace where strife is taking up residence. Get up, grab your Bible and apply it. Call on the Lord and speak His word into your life and the burden that you are carrying.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

As we begin to close out the year 2013, I pray we all begin to take more self evaluations as we learn more to lean not to our own thoughts and understanding. They are to be in sync with the Lords. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Things may not always be as they seem. If they are, I urge you and myself to go to the throne more often so that our walk with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be in unison. Be blessed and be encouraged.

~Terra

Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. Ephesians 6:23-24 NKJV

Hello Mornings

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Lord, I long to be in Your presence when I arise and when I am sleeping. Cause me to always look to you for all my needs, cause me to wake up with a humble heart in the morning desiring to be close, to walk and talk with You. Renew my heart to want what You want and to hate what You hate. Let mercy and grace clothe me, let love pour out like a wellspring that never ends. Cause my heart to long for Your teachings so that I can be the light of the world all the days of my life to build up and edify for the Kingdoms sake. I bless you Lord with honor and glory. Dominion and power resides in your hands. In You I trust…. Amen
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