In Bloom: Testify to the goodness of the Lord!

In one of those moments when I am unsure of myself, God sends reminders that He will be with me if I just be obedient. I don’t have to wait to see the outcome to trust Him. Faith is the step I take when it comes to the unknown. A couple of days ago I noticed my purple iris flowers budding and then one in full bloom early this morning as I got the kids off to school so I grabbed my camera as I gave kisses, hugs and words of blessings in route to them walking up the driveway.

This is the second part of my testimony.

The first part began a few years ago as I found myself always posting a message of encouragement to others on Facebook. Little did I know or realize that I was being watched. My words were taking root in the heart of many. My passion had always been in the children’s ministry at church. Babies have pretty much been my soft spot since a teen so I found myself nurturing that profession. Well one day a pastor’s wife that I am friends with pointed out this gift of exhortation that I seemingly carry.( this just shows how much I pay attention or at least paid attention to what I was saying and doing because it flowed naturally out of me. The pure joy I felt inside every morning I could not help but pour out to the world of Facebook people I encountered so I had no motives to gain attention of self but of the joy of the Lord.)

Before I knew it, things began to change as I learned things about myself in the Lord. Not exactly like a snowball effect but to some extent it seemed that way. Facebook would become something of the past for me. Little did I know I would be blogging and getting into photography. Now please hear me out. I am not tooting my horn because I have not one to toot! I went through some thangs! Happy, sad, frustrated, a little depression, lack of patience and confusion all mixed up into one. God was shifting me and taking me out of my comfort zone.

“What do I know about photography and blogging?” I asked myself. “Nothing!” All that I knew was that things were changing and I was uncomfortable with it initially. The blogging came first. The photography a little ways down the road. Oh my gosh! Tylenol became my BFF for a little while but in the process God brought people into my life to help me along the way! Thank you Lord!

Okay I see that I have 15 minutes to wrap this up before it hits midnight my time so let me get to my point.

I have a purpose for this post. God has placed upon my heart to open up a Testimony page/corner. Now I am still a bit lost at times on this blog set-up page but I know that I will figure it out soon. Now the reason is to encourage His children to always remember that His hand has been on you. Not just during the good times but just as much during the hard times. Our words carry weight. Our words can empower one another to press on and push through. We all have a testimony to at least ONE thing He has done in our lives right?!! I know there are more than just one because if we think back on how He saved us, provided for us and our families and our friends, the events we see on tv knowing that it was no one but Him who brought a miracle to light right before our very own eyes.

He has healed the sick when a doctor cannot begin to explain how someone’s body turned around miraculously. It was Jesus! It was He who placed it on the heart of others to financially bless someone who was in need. The spoken word, the seeds planted, the many prayers calling out to Him for a loved one to give their life over to Him for years had been answered, rebellious children, addiction to drugs and alcohol, broken relationships, homelessness, widowed etc. Do you see where I am going with this? I hope so!

We need to share with one another the goodness of the Lord. Whether it’s something that He done in our lives or that of someone we know we ought to share it. Give Him the honor and glory!! May we as brothers and sisters lift one another up in prayer and to also rejoice with one another when God has done great things!

With this said, had I not complied with the Lord and followed His guidance, I would not be here blogging today. I would not be finding myself outside in the rain, the heat and the snow taking pictures of any and everything! What I thought would never be possible for myself to say or do when put on the spot (in my own thinking) , God already provided. I just needed to walk in the direction He sent me and He would speak for me. He would show His love through my typing, my heart and my compassion as well as my desire to capture the nature of His creations on camera that was freely given to us. There are so many things that we take for granted. It’s good to sit still and just listen instead of telling Him what we think we can not do like Moses for example.

Exodus 4:

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

We really have no excuse now do we? God will equip His servants. He will not leave us stranded or abandoned. He provides and is faithful as always. He keeps His word. I stepped out so here I am! Far from being a public speaker or famed writer but I speak from the heart and with truth of the things placed upon me to do. I am just a willing vessel wanting to share the goodness of the Lord and what He has done in my life in hopes to inspire another soul to be encouraged.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Can I get an AMEN?!!

I look forward to setting up a page or at least a continual post so that we can fellowship with one another and share our testimonies! God is good all the time and all the time God is GOOD!

*My time has run out 29 minutes ago. Sorry!

Blessings one and all in Christ Jesus….

~Terra

I posted these pictures on my photography blog if you care to follow or take a look a more I have not posted here. Thanks in advance. 🙂

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Weeping & Rejoicing

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Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15 NKJV)

As I sit outdoors listening to the windchime clank back and forth melodically in tune with the warm winds, I find my thoughts passing through the skies with some somber feelings and those of rejoicing.

My sister in The Lord lost her mother recently. I cried and my heart still mourns yet I find comfort and rejoice with her because her mother has gone home to be with our Lord.

Thinking back over the last few weeks as well as the months, she and I have had conversations of laughter and those deep in prayer over various matters.

She is my sister. In Christ we share His blood.

One of the most profound conversations we have had is that of having a kindred spirit. Through one of my dark times I told her that she was like a sister (blood related, earthly type DNA kind of stuff) to me and that I truly appreciated her. You know what she told me?!! She said “Terra, I AM your sister!” While it may not seem like it grabs and clenches the heart to you, it spoke volumes to me and it still does!

Though we have never met in person (yet) we have built this relationship that seems as if it was meant to be and we carry on like we’ve known each other for years! As much as I talk about her to my kids and my husband I think they pretty much know everything I know about her.

My other brothers and sisters in The Lord that I have grown close to have impacted my life as well as I of theirs. My heart is blessed when I am thought of and their lives are shared with me. The in and out, the good and bad are taken up and treasured for in these times, prayers are lifted up over many things that we each face. We weep together and we rejoice together. I find comfort in this.

Kindred spirits…. kindred bloodline. These are the treasures I have through Christ in the multitude of brothers and sisters I have become close to over passing time. I look forward to joining together with many I have yet to meet and bond with.

Who would ever think that such treasure could be found in the “blogdom”. Surely not I a few years ago. I am a believer who’s “cup has runneth over”.

The Blood of Christ Jesus surpasses any earthly blood ties and connections that a DNA test could ever compile. With that said, I am completely satisfied.

Though this life is temporary and shall pass away, I trust and believe that Father God will provide for the motherless, fatherless, those without siblings and those simply in need of love and fellowship with those that they can connect with.

Miles away, distant lands and even language barriers may separate us but it is the bloodline of Christ that unites us forever.

Whether you are weeping or rejoicing I am with you doing the same. I am thankful for the overflow of love that’s been poured out and for that which is received.

If we never meet face to face in this life, I look forward to seeing you in glory!

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Sweet Melody Resonating

Lord I worship and rejoice with a heart of thanksgiving. I love it when songs are placed on my heart to worship You! Whether it be with or without music, let it be a sweet , sweet sound in Your ear.

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:1-2 NKJV)

How full of abundant blessings, mercy and grace I receive from King Jesus. This moment I share leaves me wanting more of His presence. How I long to be with Him one day in heaven praising and rejoicing for eternity with my brothers and sisters in Christ! One day we will all be together. God bless each and every soul that cleaves unto the Lord for He is worthy of our praises.

I thank Him for giving me such a blessing in this video. The song stands all by itself in how I feel about Him, but to incorporate it with the very things that make me smile has me feeling quite giddy. Butterflies and flowers!

Amazing……Butterflies have my face beaming from one cheek to the other!

Thank you Lord for the every day creations that we were given to enjoy! ~ Living Simply In Your Abundance!

Shift In the Atmosphere

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If only you could only see the smile on my face……. the Lord is GLORIOUS!!

There is a shift in the atmosphere. The Lord calls us to worship Him in song and dance. It’s been some days now that I have been posting worship songs and sharing my experience. I tell ya…. God is moving His children! Change is taking place.

It’s as if I have butterflies in my stomach! When I think about the goodness of the Lord, it warms my soul. It stirs my spirit and I fall deeper in love.

Now I’ve been married almost 18yrs Lord willing that my husband and I live to see this coming August. I love my husband dearly. He makes me smile and laugh. I still get butterflies when he looks at me or I greet him at the door coming home from a long day at work. The more we’ve grown to know each other intimately, ( not just sexually ) the more united we’ve become as one.

I say this as I think about Jesus being the lover of my soul. I’m sitting at the wellspring drawing knowledge and truth from our Lord and Savior. I’ve asked for wisdom and it’s been given to me. To read more on a post I’ve written about being at the feet of Jesus, click the following link to Wellspring At His Feet

He loves me and I love Him.

Just like my earthly husband, Jesus is my Groom. I yearn to please Him, to sit down and share my heart’s thoughts, dreams and desires. My heart shares prayers of those near and dear to my heart as well of those all around the world. I need intimacy with the Lord. I need to worship. I need to sing His praises in song and dance. Not because I think or feel its the right thing to do but I want to have a closer relationship with Him.

Worship brings so much out of me! It’s more than words could ever describe! It’s a divine connection that I do not want to be without. Just like today at church, the presence of the Lord was felt. Permission for the Holy Spirit to be present was amazing. The love of the Father surpassed any hurt and pain felt. We allowed our emotional walls to come down and have the Lord into our hearts. Now I can’t speak for everyone but I seen a great amount of people stepping away from themselves just to glorify the Lord.

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. (Psalm 33:1 NKJV)

He reigns on high! How the angels above sing praises to him just as well as we do here on earth!

Hands went up and hands went out and praised our Father in heaven. There was no worry or concern for who was watching. It was all about surrendering. Surrendering all that we have and all that we are to Him Who alone can help us, Him alone who can bring an inner peace to us that no one else can give.

Voices lifted, tapping of toes, murmurs under the breath and dancing! Being free to be amongst other fellow believers worshipping God! However people felt led to praise the Lord, it was done!

I can sing of His love forever!

Today has just been another day that I can testify to the goodness of the Lord. Worship does not happen within the church-house and stay there. It’s meant to be an every day act of love and reverence even if we don’t “feel” like it. We have so much to be grateful for. Worship does not mean we only do it when we feel happy or are having a joyous moment over something that took place in our life, but to see the hand of the Lord at work in our lives and that of others.

When there is a shift in the atmosphere it could likely be because you chose to worship the Lord regardless of what your circumstances say, regardless of how you feel, regardless of the lies and hurt before you. When we stand in faith and choose to believe that our God is bigger, our God is greater, our God is stronger than our problems, we know that He is mighty and capable of carrying us through any storm, even if the storm does not cease any time soon. We trust Him with our life and are reassured that all will be well.

Peace is ours.

To God be the glory forever and always. Hallelujah!!

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 KJV)

Morning worship: Watch your head Satan…. I’m about to step out the bed and crush your head

My foot has not even hit the floor yet to get up and get ready for the church house but these songs came into my heart things morning and I was rejoicing in the bed!

Praises be to God! Hallelujah!

Sing a new song to the Lord today! Speak your love into the atmosphere and shake the devil OFF!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 KJV)