Morning Dew

Morning Dew Photo Credit: Self/ Divine Creations Photography

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (II Corinthians 12:9, 10 NKJV)

There’s always a lesson to be learned when going through your life journey. Struggle in the mind and body comes and goes. Time passing may even seem as if it will not relent. God sees every tear, every moment that rips the very core of your heart.

Don’t stop now. Keep walking.

Battles are ongoing but the victory has already been won. God already knows the outcome. Wait on His timing! Praise Him while you wait, think on good things of the Lord and where He has already brought you from. You know He’s faithful, right?

Don’t stop now. Keep walking.

You turned my lament into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, so that I can sing to You and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever. (Psalms 30:11, 12 HCSB)

Weeping is temporary but joy is coming in the morning. Wait on the Lord, find peace in chaos, and rest I say in His faithfulness. Our Lord will come through for you. Hold fast to this truth. Wipe your teary eyes and look up…….

The Morning Dew has arrived.

Love, prayers and blessings to every heart and mind on the battlefield. Be encouraged.

~Terra

Optimism vs Pessimism : With God, All Things Are Possible

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And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27 KJV)

While I physically feel like it will take me forever to type out this post, I am adamant to get it done. Whenever I am facing a hardship ( usually ) and I feel that tugging on my heart and conscience to carry out something for The Lord, I tend to think about the scroll story Jeremiah and Baruch had to dictate and write in the book of Jeremiah chapter 36. The fact that he had to rewrite by hand a message from The Lord after the first one was burned up took great effort mentally and physically. Obedience plays a major factor. Its repercussions can result in good or bad reaping and sowing on the life of others as well as yourself. In today’s day and age we have computers and touch screens as well as voice recognition to help us dictate our writings. So though my hands are throbbing like crazy, I have no excuse as to why I cannot go forward.

On to the message.

For some days now, the topic dealing with being optimistic vs pessimistic has been heavily on my mind. I have had a full plate mentally as I have had to make choices as sorrow and tears have come over me. The enemy surely will ride your back when it comes to having to do what’s right, speak what’s right and do what’s right. Doubt kicks in and attempts to take over.

What a conniving liar he is. Spiritual battles are not easy but rest assured they are easier to get through when we wait patiently on The Lord and lean not to our own understanding and thoughts of how we feel things should go. The process may seem long and full of sorrow and suffering but I am here to tell you that the storm shall soon pass. Just hold on!

Like a maze that knowingly puts you at multiple dead ends, it’s easy to give up and call it quits. All you see is NO WAY OUT. You will think and speak negatively.

Do you realize that you are speaking this into the atmosphere?

On the other hand, allowing yourself to stop and think with an open and clear mind, possibilities are endless. Especially when you seek help from God. There’s no way you will be stuck forever if you rely on Him for help.

If we trust God, then why not look UP and believe that He will make a way out of what may seem to be no way.

Speaking truth and promises of The Lord into the atmosphere is what we should be doing no matter how long it takes. This is when our faith needs to be kicking down doubt and standing fast to what we believe.

Obstacles come and go. Some hurdles may be higher than others but allow perseverance to keep you moving especially when you know that God is able to do exceedingly more than what we imagine He can.

I grew up around people with negative attitudes. It felt like it was 24/7. At a young age, I seen that having that type of mindset was not how I wanted to live. Yes, television can give you false hope and perception of having a perfect life and all as a kid , but I must say that I had this inner burning desire to come up out of the mental pit that tried to consume me.

Always staring out of the window or dreaming of how I wanted my life to be gave me hope even before I gave my life to The Lord. I use to talk to God at night or when I was alone asking and begging Him to help me. I felt lost, alone and hopeless at times yet I found myself picking myself up and finding reasons to smile because I just knew that one day…. ONE DAY my prayers were going to be answered!

Despite the influence that was around me, despite what looked like “it’s never going to happen” I chose to believe in the unseen.

Like so much of the horrible things that this life seems to bring, I can always keep an optimistic attitude that one day there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears and no more hatred because God said so.

I believe in Him and I believe what He says! He’s not a liar and He can not go back on His word.

So while I may still ask myself time to time why do I smile so much or why do I choose to have an optimistic attitude about life even when my natural eye sees the worse, its because God placed this attribute; this characteristic way of thinking inside of me for a reason even before I ever came to know Him better than I have so many years ago. I’m still a work in progress but my hope for myself and for you will not stop because I’m a believer!

God has blessed me and favored me many times over. He has seen past my faults and negative thinking and saw the best in me. He knows my potential and what I am capable of doing. He knows this for you too!

So why not decide today to take a leap of faith and a mindset to start thinking positively for yourself and for the future? What do you have to lose?!!

Troubles of this world will not end until God brings it all to a halt. Why wait to have optimism later on when you can have it today. God’s word ( Holy Bible) is full of promises and instructions. It’s full of hope for the poor, the weak, the broken hearted, the ailing, the widow, the hopeless and weary in soul. We have been given direction and a peace of mind we can take hold on to. He gave us Jesus Christ, He has given us a Comforter. The Holy Spirit.

Dear Reader, I encourage you to not grow faint and weary. Do not give up. God will show up right on time. His timing is better than any. Patience will take you a long way. The growing process and the knowledge it brings can only bring forth great gain for it can help someone else down the road. God can turn trials to triumphs, losses to victories, tears of sorrow to tears of joy, mourning to rejoicing and negative thinking to positive ones if we take hope and cling to it in Him.

Voluntarily place yourself on the Potter’s Wheel and ask to be made over, refined and made whole with a better sense of thinking, understanding and patience as you count it all joy for His glory and the betterment of yourself as His child and as a living example to the many blessings and miracles that He has done in your life when the world sees no hope.

Hope. Trust. Believe.

O Lord , you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord , you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, 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 cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalms 139:1-24 ESV)

Breaking Me of My Own Will

Heavenly Father, I pray that your will, your way and your Word be embedded within my heart to reach out to those who need and seek you. I pray that your strength, comfort, blessings and your abounding love moves gently yet swiftly over your children. Remove the spiritual blinders that we carry that blocks us from receiving all that you have for us. Break us of our own will that we may be made perfect in You. May we seek righteousness, show compassion, be merciful and show grace towards others even when we feel that that they don’t deserve it. We are not in a place to judge anyone. You are the Judge, the Ruler. My God in heaven, remove the shackles that weigh us down and slows up our process in doing your will for our lives. May we strive to be a living example to those around us in a Christlike manner. I speak with authority in Christ Jesus that any negative seeds planted be uprooted and removed. I bind up everything that Satan tries to use against us to keep us from doing your will. I pray healing and deliverance from the crown of our heads to the souls of our feet. In Jesus name, Amen.
Where do I begin from here. Well today (actually this morning) has been challenging within itself to some degree. Emotional roadblocks here and there. Detours, twist and turns from out the blue. Geez, I wasn’t sure if things were going to get better. Well, I knew they would as long as I stayed focused and didn’t allow the troubles of the world to control and dictate my day. I know I can always count on God to bring me through the smallest things, knowing that He has moved mountains in my life before as well as storms that raged and blew mightily when I didn’t think I could recover from, but He did. Okay Terra, here we go again with being shaped and molded. I didn’t realize it at the time. He is creating a new woman in me. I am being refined by The Potter. It sounds lovely but it ain’t pretty y’all! Just think about pottery and everything that needs to take place in order to make it what the creator designed it to be! Amazing. 
Whoa, let me save that subject for another time. That sounds like some good stuff. ( smiling )
Let me get back on track. God is breaking me of my own will. This must take place in order for me to change bad habits, ways of thinking and doing. I must tell you that He is right up in my face! God may show himself in suttle ways and then BAM! There are times when you know he is on your case. That was me today. Feeling a litte flustered and moody. Sometimes it can be the smallest things that can set us off. Dumb stuff at that! I can laugh about it now, but during a time of stubborn mind thinking I wanted to have MY WAY. It felt good to feel that way though I know it was wrong and I was determined to have just that. ” Oh no you won’t ” is what  I heard as I was driving down the highway. As a parent corrects a child for their own good, God was doing just that in me. He was not about to let me throw a fit over something that I just needed to take time to pray about and let go until a way was found to deal with such matter. In my mind I was thinking and kinda acting bratty saying ” Omgosh, are you serious?!! Ugh. Fine then. Good grief! ” Needless to say, I let the matter of the heart go because I know His plan has a greater purpose than letting me have my way. Yes conviction set in and I just road the rest of the way to my destination reflecting. It was for my own good that I yielded. Ahh. I relaxed and smiled from that point. Why fight. I wasn’t going to win anyway! Might as well hear, receive and learn an on-the-go lesson. A seed was planted. Now as to how I care and tend to that seed is up to me. I want to reap a good harvest, so I will choose to take care of it properly day by day. 
In this, I want you to know that there is nothing wrong with having your will broken. We don’t know what’s best for us. Thankfully God does. Breaking of our own will is truly needed to grow. If we want to see a change then just ask God to help you do something you can’t do own your own if He doesn’t do it for you. I think he gives us chances to do it the easy way in so many words but if we chose to ignore, he will likley break us down to get our attention. Just like a good parent should do, He will dicipline us for our own good. Be encouraged and know God will work it out. Whatever it may be.
Thank you Lord for showing and allowing me to see where I was wrong so I could move forward. I pray the same for everyone that they too shall receive and reap a good harvest after their will has been broken and yours has taken it’s place. In love I thank you for teaching me what’s right.