I CAN 

No matter what version you read it in it still points to Christ right down to the letter “t”.

•I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV
•I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. PHP 4:13‭, ‬23 AMP
•I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NET
I CAN…….

YOU CAN…….

WE CAN…….

                                     IN CHRIST


Be encouraged dear brothers and sisters of mine. If we belong to Jesus we can do all things in His strength no matter what it may be. 

God bless you always,

Terra 

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Moving in Strength

Photo Credit: self/Terra Newsome

Honestly…we will not always know what life will bring or where it will take us. But rest assured, we are safe when following the guidance of the Lord. Our safety will not necessarily come packaged the way we think.

Do you trust Him enough to walk into the unknown, to move into areas you are not familiar with?

However it may come and whatever it may be we can move in strength. His strength.

Over the past couple months I have found myself moving for Him, stopping for Him, loving for Him and being alone with Him. I want to bring Him glory and honor. I want to be all that I am called to be in this life. I know that I won’t always get it right or do it right the first time but I push myself to go the distance however long it may take.

Dear loves remember that every road taken will not be easy. You may even find yourself facing obstacles and roadblocks. You even may find yourself hurt emotionally and physically along the way.

Believe me. I know all too well.

As children of the Lord, we will suffer because He suffered. Following Him comes with a cost but remember that the reward outweighs it all. In the end our treasures will be greater than what we can ever imagine.

Will you still go? Will you stop when the going gets tough?

Sometimes we will be taken out of our comfort zones. Expect it. You can’t grow doing the exact same thing or stay in the exact same place expecting bigger and better results. Do take note that the small results are just as important if not more important.

Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Obedience stretches us while teaching us some very valuable lessons. So whether it’s a lesson for us personally or a blessing for another to gain, God gets the glory from it all.

Our Lord will sustain you  on your journey. He will not leave you without His strength for the road ahead.

Just take a deep breath, exhale and keep going.

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! (Habakkuk 3:19 AMP)

There’s No Place Like Home

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Have you ever awakened with a heavy heart? Did you stay in that mood all day long? I can’t lie and say that I haven’t because I have done so for one reason or another.

Typically you will find me in a dress everyday. That’s just my style. Well, I opted to put on sweat clothes and call it a day. That was 5:30 this morning. As tired as I was, I knew that dressing to fit my current mood would likely keep me down so I changed clothes.

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with sweats. I just knew that I could not allow my unforeseen emotions to take me out of character. While my outer clothes do not define me, they do help in a sense because it’s cold and I wanted to be warm and cozy. Yet I changed because I have a long day ahead of me. Being too warm makes me lazy!

I digress.

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

The most important thing I could have adorned myself with this morning was a garment of praise. With that said I placed it on…….

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

The devil is a liar. He was not about to steal my joy. I choose this day to praise God no matter how I woke up feeling. I began to lift up my voice, stir up my spirit thinking on the goodness of the Lord.

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While I have enjoyed watching the classic movie The Wizard of Oz over the years, I do not need to “click my heels” together to go back home. God lives within me and in Him I can have peace and restored joy. If anything, I go to my knees in prayer.

I opened up my Bible and began to read Psalm 84. How my heart rejoiced as a smile came across my face with such delight! The passages of scripture lifted me even more.

Let us read together….

The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young— Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalms 84:1-12 NKJV)

There truly no place like Home when God is present with you. Today I encourage you to take heart and dwell in the blessed presence of the Lord our God. In Him we are welcomed in,comforted, fill with a feast of thanksgiving from the Holy Word and graced in abundance with the pouring of the Spirit.

Fill us Lord until our cup runneth over. Let Your love and presence cover us as a sweet-smelling fragrance as we sing praises to You! Blessed be Your name in all the earth.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days. (Psalms 90:14 HCSB)

Parched and Weary

“Heavenly Father, I thank you for waking me up with a sound mind thirsting to get my day started in You. Lord, I thank you for shaking my soul to cry out in prayer for the precious sheep that are dearly loved by Thee. Lives are living in despair, hopelessness, bondage and fear. This is not how You would have us to live. Day in and day out we can choose You! Day in and day out we can choose to have our thirst quenched from the pain and sorrow, the anger and frustration that we endure from this old world. Father, I don’t want to see your people give up. I do not want to see them live in mental torture. Our physical bodies shall perish one day but Lord our minds can be kept in You. I know this to be true. Hallelujah!! I am standing on faith that those who are parched and weary come to You. I pray that no matter what life brings that we can find the strength to crawl and receive rest, regain a new strength, a peace of mind just beyond the river. Jesus, Your precious Son, is waiting for us! This is our hope. He is our Hope. We will not be left nor forsaken. It is time to come. It is time to stop trying to do things on our own. We need you Lord. We need you right now. May the lame, the deaf, the leper, the sinner, the prisoner, the one fighting addiction, the one who is trapped in their mind come. Let all who are sick and in need of a Savior come. He’s waiting to take us in His arms to love on us and heal us. Just beyond the river we will find rest. Thank you Father God for waking me up and stirring my spirit to call on You. Not just for myself and my family within my walls but for all of Your children around the world who are crying out and are lost. Receive my prayers this day O Lord in the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”

Jesus says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)

My fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, I come lifting you up in prayer praying for your strength and steadfastness in the Lord to be a light in this world sharing the love of Jesus with many. Pray for the nations, pray for the hearts that have turned away from the Lord for whatever reason. Pray for yourselves that you would not lose hope on your own journey with Christ. Though we all grow a little weary and parched at times we know where to go. Jesus is our eternal rest and peace. He will quench our thirst when we are running low. This is a time of refreshing! Let us all follow through with the purpose that God gave each of us. Let us feed His sheep. This is His will. We would not be where we are today had it not been for someone sharing the Gospel with us however it came to us. He chose us so let us show our love and faithfulness back to Him out of obedience and draw men unto Him for salvation, peace and rest in Christ Jesus. Much love to you I send this day,

Terra

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14 KJV)

Mission: Possible

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A LIFE FILLED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT, LOVE, PROSPERITY, TRUTH and INTEGRITY IN CHRIST JESUS.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

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* give about 10 min later out of sheer laziness to pick up my phone to make notes because I’m prone to forget things placed on my heart by the Lord.

20120914-083712.jpgIf you choose to receive this mission, know that you will not go through it alone. Our heavenly Father above has already planned this course.

You will be equipped, strengthened and comforted as you proceed. The Comforter ( The Holy Spirit ) will be your Help and your guide to see you to the end.

This mission will not always be smooth. There will be bumps and unforeseen roadblocks along the way. The Deceiver (Satan) will try to get you to abort your mission through discouragement, lies and false truths. DO NOT fall into this trap.

Go in faith believing that the Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. (Psalm 119:105 NKJV)

faith
[feyth]

– noun
1.
confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2.
belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3.
belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4.
belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.

SCRIPTURE: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

FAITH has a wide spread base to effectually bring about change in your life if you hold fast to it.

Allow me to share with you my own challenges and sufferings wrapped up in a short form if you will. Over the last month I have been going through some changes and challenges spiritually, emotionally and physically. It has not been comfortable at all.

I remember one late night/early in the morning encounter with the Lord. I found myself repeatedly speaking a set of words as I woke up. Getting up frequently through the night is nothing out the norm for me but this was different. It was something I had not experienced in a while. In my heart, I knew it was biblical but it was something I could not recall reading before. Perhaps I did and it never surfaced as a means of how it affected my life, especially at the current time.

“Speak of things that are not as though they are.”

While I was speaking this set of words/scripture in my head and with my mouth in what seemed to be a different translation/tongue, I finally found what I was looking for in the Bible with the help of Google and the YouVersion Bible app on my phone after praying and the countless times of trying to remember word for word what I said when I was awake for good. (do you see why I need to just get up and write when something comes to me right away?!!)

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4:17 NIV84)

While this particular scripture in Romans is about Abraham, it also is applied in context to how this world came to be. In Genesis, God SPOKE things into existence. He BELIEVED in what He said so therefore it came to pass.

I encourage you to read the story about Abraham and Sarah if you are not familiar with it. ( Abram and Sarai were their names before God changed them.) While I seen this story in a way I had never seen it before, it applied to my life in such a way that it blew my mind. I was beside myself! What an inheritance we have people!

Glory to God! Wow. This may turn into a part 2 but I may try to wrap it up in this one. We will see.

Just to let you know, I have some injury to my shoulder. I believe I initially dislocated it and I heard it pop back into place but I eventually went to the ER to get checked out. I have something going on with my rotator cup. This has been a very painful ordeal to go through. Sleepless nights and hours of being uncomfortable and somewhat frustrated on top of dealing with other things in my life. I really wondered how much more could I take in general before I found myself isolating myself.

Isolation is something I have a hard time dealing with. Now I am not speaking it as if it’s a permanent fixture in my life, but it has been something that has been like a thorn in my side. I can say that I have gotten better with how I deal with matters more than what I use to. Thank you Jesus.

Let me tell you…. I am far from perfect but through my own challenges and storms, I can testify to God’s goodness and His promises. His word is bond. It cannot go out void. Believe me.

Through this season I face, I know the hand of the Lord rest upon me. In moments of uncertainty, I had to put the word of God to use. It had to be spoken with faith and applied with action. Needless to say, here I am. Back doing the mission set out before me. God gave me this gift of exhortation. How can I sit back and not use it? How dare I not trust in Whom can deliver us all from the hand of evil, from the multitude of thoughts that perplex us on a daily basis, the snares laid out to capture, condemn and kill us from living a life thriving and full in Christ Jesus?

We are not promised to have all good days while we live this temporary life here on earth but may our outlook on life and our trust in the Lord be steadfast and immovable. May we find peace in the middle of trouble, rejoice in hardships knowing that in our weaknesses we are made strong for our God is mighty to save. He is our refuge.

With all of this said and thought about even when I felt like I had no one to encourage me, I had no one to reach out to because I started to lose trust in others as well as feeling like I have been nothing more than a pit stop for a dose of encouragement, God provided. I had to rebuke the negative thoughts and lies, separate truth from false, allow the light of the Lord to shine in where I wanted the wounds to be covered and healed in my way and my timing.

As always, my way never pans out. Fighting with thoughts and ways will lead to destruction.

God’s ways stand the test of time. It always has and always will. Forever.

The trip to my prayer closet has been effectual. My fervent prayers for you all, myself and my family has been well with my soul. That of which I labored had not been in vain. Separating myself for the sake of being in communion with the Lord to get myself back on track paid off and will continue to as long as I stay before Him.

Speak life into yourselves dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. Encourage yourself in Jesus. Stay in the Word and allow it to minister to you. Pray without ceasing. Find fellowship with those like-minded whose heart is for you. In due season, the storm will pass and the rainbow will appear.

*My mission was being walked out though I felt as if I was still on the Potter’s wheel. I may still be on the wheel. I’m just not resisting the uncomfortable feeling of being reshaped once again in my life.

There is purpose for every good and perfect way of the Lord when it comes to refining His children. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what best.

The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23, 24 NIV)

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV)

Final Exhortation

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 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 4:4-9 NIV)

Being transparent is not easy but I will set aside my thoughts and ways in hope that you all will find an inkling of encouragement in the Lord. It has been my hearts desire to see lives lived, loved, encouraged and changed in the Lord. We may never meet on this side of life but we will fellowship for eternity in glory.

God bless each set of eyes to see and ears to hear. May your hearts receive the mission plan the Lord designed for you before your life came to be, even before the creation of the world.

With love and prayer I stand in faith that you too will receive and carry out your destined journey.

~ Terra

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. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)