Another Advocate: Receiving the Holy Spirit

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In the mornings when I awake, it’s my goal to set the atmosphere for myself and my family for the day. Indeed we say our own individual prayers that we offer up to the Lord but it’s something about being a woman, wife, mother and child of the Most High that wants my spirit to be aligned with His. To have such intimacy, comfort, teaching and guidance sets my heart ablaze that my inner being rejoices from the inside out!

Thank you, Jesus!!

I can’t help but think about the goodness of the Lord. Jesus came to give us life so that we could have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) When He left this earth, He left us with the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. (John 14:15-18 NLT)
I was reading my Bible earlier in the Book of Acts and I began to think about how much the Holy Spirit does in my life. He guides, convict, teaches, comfort, and leads me in all areas of my life. He was given to me when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior long ago. He was a part of my decision-making to marry the love of my life. Where would I be? How could I make it? I don’t know but Jesus does. He knew exactly what He was doing before leaving behind His disciples. Being a witness to the profound blessings and growth in Christ Jesus has done so much for me in my daily walk and that of others I cross paths with. In person and here on the blog. I am touching lives. I am speaking LIFE and ENCOURAGING in the mighty name of Jesus! Hallelujah!!! When I write, I am led by the Holy Spirit. When a share a word, it is the Holy Spirit who leads me and gives me the words to say. I count myself to be nothing. I credit myself nothing that I would be glorified in it. It all goes to the Lord above. To Him I give my all and glorify His name on high! My soul is blessed when a scripture or song is brought to memory or a new one comes to mind. Now that just blows me away!

I love some praise and worship music as most of you may have to come notice on various posts. It lifts me and stirs up my belly to spring forth an abundance of praise, prayer and worship at times out of my mouth with a joyous dance in my feet! Words simply cannot express my gratitude and love. I’d love to share a song that was placed on my heart this morning that keeps playing in my head.

I still rejoice over and over again!

Dear reader, I lift you up to the Lord today. Whatever it may be in your life, Jesus can fix it. We have the help and comfort from the Holy Spirit. He will lead us into peace, a place of solitude to go into our prayer closet and share our hearts to the fullest even if our lips cannot utter a single word. He understands and speaks on our behalf to the Father. Be blessed and encouraged! If you do not have a personal relationship with Christ, I encourage you to pull away and invite Him into your life. Today. He’s awesome and you too will receive the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

With love,

Terra

His Presence or His Presents: Which Are You Asking More Of?

Question.

In which direction are you extending your hands more towards Him, up or out? Let’s be honest because I’m quite sure as we have grown in the Lord, we all have been guilty of wanting His “presents” more so than His “presence”. Don’t get me wrong…God loves to bless us with the desires of our hearts, but He also wants us to be in His presence fellowshipping with Him. Wouldn’t you want someone who you love to spend time with you rather than to always be expecting something tangible?

Be Anxious For Nothing
Photo Credit: Divine Creations Photography

Christ tells us in the Book of Luke : “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12: 34)

What brings me to this post today has been my away time in solitude. While I thought that entitling the post about solitude would fit, I seen that above title His Presence or Presents: Which Are You Asking More Of ? pretty much summed up the same thing. Believe it or not, the draft with the question has been sitting since the early part of last year I believe. ( the date changed as I began to type so I cannot say exactly when. Sorry!)

So there has been many moments lately that I have found myself speechless, typeless and clueless in regards to reaching back out to the multitude which is YOU the audience. Back and forth I became stumped so I withdrew once again. There is a season for everything and God’s timing is evidently right when we walk according to His plans. In my solitude over the past month I have drawn closer to the Lord unlike any time that I can remember. Some of it felt like going through a wilderness experience while others have been just about being before Him simply because I need Him, simply because I want to learn and gain some wisdom. With that said my hands have been up towards the heavens praising Him for Who He is and being thankful that He has loved me enough just because I am His child and that He chose ME flaws and all!

Lately I have been behind the lens. Behind the camera lens that is. While I am a big fan of the great outdoors loving to enjoy the beauty of the Lord through His creations, I have found myself deep in thought and awe of His love and His care for those that He loves. I captured these pictures in sport mode (rapid shooting) one day while my family and I was at a local park with walking trails. My heart was calling out to the Lord while my lips did not utter much, yet He knew just what I needed. God has a way of speaking and comforting us in the least obvious ways. I can only hope that I am spiritually sensitive and alert to all these times though I know I will miss some opportunities because of my human nature to expect things in a certain way that’s very apparent and logical in our own thinking. My prayer is that I will seek Him more intimately and more sensitively as I move forward in my daily walk. I pray this for you too.

Here are a few scriptures that continue to feed my soul every time I glance at these pictures or think back on how His lovingkindness has wrapped me in the gentleness of His love and in the security of His love, truth and promises.
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)

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:26, 34 NKJV)

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life ? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (Luke 12:22-31 NIV)

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10 NKJV)

To my brothers and sisters in the Lord as well as those seeking and in need of a Savior, I beseech you to always trust in the sovereignty of God for He is most faithful and our very best friend in times of need and comfort. Every day will not be sunshine but trust and believe that if you stay under His cloud of direction that you will come out just fine no matter the situation whether it is a matter of the heart or worldly needs that He has not taken a blind eye to. Seek His presence more than His presents and remember that all other things will be added unto you. It is good to suffer for righteousness and holiness when we want to live out our lives for the Lord and to deal with matters in a way unlike the way the world would. Jesus went away many of times to pray often to His Father. We should too so solitude is not always bad when we have perspective. Allow your tears of mourning to become tears of joy and the aches of your heart to become rays of sunshine overflowing into the lives of others as you walk in midst of the Most Holy One. In that they will see that God is more than able to provide. (Jehovah- Jireh) Be patient in all things and wait on the Lord.

Blessings, love and prayers to you all in Christ Jesus,

Terra

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Fear: Taking Center Stage with Christ…… Don’t Give Satan a Footstool and a Microphone

For a few minutes I sat in silence shedding tears over the unknown and then started to feel some anxiety due to my concern and fear about a mammogram test I have to retake. I realize that I can’t just TALK the talk, I have to WALK it as well. I know God has me in His hands and I shouldn’t fret over anything.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

I believe He is allowing storms to come into my life to build me up. My character is developing more and more on a spiritual level. This I know. It’s just taking those storms head on and not giving way to my emotions for I should not let them rule over TRUTH. God’s Word is bond.

I stand on the promises for my life that He has already put in place for me. I refuse to let the enemy use a weakness I have to consume me. No matter what the outcome may be, I know God is with me. Thinking back to a Bible lesson my husband taught recently, the scripture verses apply to what I’m feeling and thinking at this very moment. Thank you Holy Spirit for bringing this back to my mind:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8, 9 NIV)

Thank you Lord for being present in my life, for You provide comfort and truth through Your Word.

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [ the land where there is ] silence. 18 When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up. 19 In the multitude of my [ anxious ] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul! ( Psalm 94:17-19 AMP)

I’m just as human as anyone else and I am wanting to continually learn and grow from my mistakes through my storms. I will never pretend to be someone I’m not. Christ knows we have emotions and as humans, we allow them to overtake us at times. Learning from the storms and being of good courage in Lord through them, will help us to overcome, walk and talk in confidence, trust and truth.

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction  and  delight. (Philippians 2:13 AMP)

Dear friends, SPEAK the Word of God in and over your lives. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. ( Proverbs 18:21 AMP ) We are given power through Christ and the Word. Use it. Encourage yourself  with it. Don’t let it sit off to the side and be ineffectual. The enemy wants nothing more than to use the negative thoughts you harbor against yourself. Refer back to Philippians 4:8,9. Take back the joy and peace the evil one took from you and stand your ground in Christ.

Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful what you say, for your words becomes your actions.
Be careful what you do, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful what becomes habitual, for your habits become your destiny.

” My God, I thank You for sending Your Son down to earth in the form of Man to ultimately  be a sacrifice for our sins that we would have a choice to live in freedom and salvation for eternity. I pray for others who are going through any circumstance at this time ,as it is taking a toll on them, that they would let go and let You take control and guide them into peace. Whether it’s dealing with finances, medical issues, wayward children, marriage, school, people, emotions and the list goes on….. nothing is too hard for You to handle and fix.  No way is greater than Yours O God. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding of worry, fear and distress be mine, be theirs in the name of Jesus. Amen “

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The American Cancer Society ( and all supporting foundations around the world )  I dedicate this to those going through, those who’ve physically won and lost the battle. To the families affected, I pray your strength and support as you travel down this road with them . May you hearts and trust be grounded in the Lord. He can do ANYTHING but fail.