Seek Me and You Shall Find

Dear beloved one I come to you today thinking about you and your life. I’m wondering what position your heart stands in today. With all that you may have accomplished in life to this point or even if you’ve gone through some hardships as I believe we all have I would like to know is your heart with the Lord. I asked this question because nothing in this life is permanent. Nothing in this life will complete you except Jesus.

We strive and we strive to attain… we strive to make a better life for ourselves various ways but to no avail we are never truly happy. We just cannot seem to feel full. There will never be a time that any of us can say that we have it all unless we have Christ Jesus in our lives.

Oh how my heart cries for the world as a whole. I can’t help but express how deeply we stand in need of Him in our lives. Not just while we are here in this temporary dwelling here on Earth but also most importantly our eternity. Salvation is very much needed to make it to heaven, to praise, sing, worship and be in the presence of the Most High God never to be in pain again. To never have to worry about sickness, death, finances, sadness, worry, stress and so forth is a blessing. It’s a weight off our shoulders that one sweet day we will forever be free of such things. But while we are here we will unfortunately go through.

Don’t fret dear heart and kick the bucket and throw in the towel. In Christ we can get through life and all that it brings for the good and the bad. Please hear my heart cry for you. Allow your heart and mind to begin to grasp what I’m saying and attempting to convey to you. I love you though I don’t know you. Jesus loves you more. He went to the Cross because He loves you. He died for all of our sins. Every sin imaginable. We aren’t worthy but because of His love He did it. The Father wanted to reconcile us back to Himself but the only way that could happen is by sending His Son to earth to be the perfect sacrifice to separate us from our old life that has been polluted with sin to one that has been washed and cleansed in the Blood of Jesus.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Today is a gift from God. The One True God and Heavenly Father. By no good deeds, gifts or works have any of us been given life today. It was by His choice and abundance of love for us that we are here. His mercy and grace runs deep though it should not be taken for granted. I pray you decide to make a change in your life for the greater good. If you don’t believe me try Him for yourself. I won’t turn back to my old life. There’s nothing back there for me no matter how tempting it may be.

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I thought of you today as I was listening to praise and worship music. With such profound love I had to write you a letter. Enjoy the song below and allow it to infiltrate deep down into your heart to make a decision. I pray you choose Jesus and the blessed life you can have in Him.

Your future Sister-in -Christ,

Terra

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Dance Before the Lord Like David

Dance like David!

Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 2 Samuel 6:14

Oh, taste and see that the Lord  is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psalms 34:8 NKJV

When the glory of the Lord fills the room… PRAISE Him! Dance Before Him like David. When you think on just how good He has been to you DANCE!

For the Lord is worthy of our praise, worthy of our lifted voices, worthy of our dance that’s unashamedly done in His presence. Glory to God!

You know.. I just have to share for a moment that a couple of weeks ago I had my dance before the Lord. I told Him that I’d give it to him. I had a situation going on in my life and it has been bothering me, worrying me, causing me not to sleep well and so on. While I was praying and trusting Him, the anxiety would not let me go. My problem is that I was still holding on to worry of the unknown. I wasn’t resting in His peace about the issue.

I know that I was in the wrong and that I have the power and authority in the name of Jesus to be set free. I needed to speak the Living and Breathing Word in and over my concern. Now while I thought I was doing my own planning to prepare myself, the Lord was doing His. Long story short is that when I got home one day, the answer I was awaiting was tangibly answered. Hallelujah!! He had already worked it out long ago.

I cried tears of joy, I prayed on my knees, I raised my hands in thanks and adoration of my Father and all he had done. You see, He already answered my prayers. I just had to wait on Him. I needed to trust Him with the unknown. Wow! So much to be said but truly I wish that you could feel what I am still feeling.

Circumstances will cause you to do things differently. I thank the LORD for hardships for they draw me closer to Him.

With that said let me share this as well. The Lord placed upon my heart things about dancing before Him. I couldn’t shake it and I still can’t. Woke up this day and knew that I needed to write. I needed to share some experiences and testimonies. As I was in my room worshiping and dancing before my King, a vision was brought forth. One of which I never saw in its entirety.

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My best friend since childhood who’s really like a sister than anything came into my thoughts and I saw her dancing before the Lord. No one knows her story like Him. No such a person can tell you about all that He has done for but Clareice. As for me, I call her Mickey. When I say we go way back we go way back and have many stories to back up our journey through the ups and downs, sorrows and joy, weeping and laughter, walking in sin to walking in freedom. There is nothing like liberty in Christ Jesus. Salvation means everything. There’s nothing like being set free and being  reconciled back to the FATHER whom loves you and I with an everlasting love.

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Clareice(r) w/ Prophetess Valerie Moore

While I wish that I could do a video interview with my friend, I am not that technology savvy yet! We live states apart but I must say that it doesn’t keep us from chatting away over the phone sharing our hearts with one another. This woman has battled so many illnesses since childhood and having death knock on her door a few times, being wheelchair bound, cane and walker assisting along with a laundry list of other medical issues and financial hardships coming her way and yet she is still standing. It hasn’t been easy but because she knows the goodness of the Lord and has found him to be faithful, she can testify to the blessings, the healing and deliverance over areas in her life still to this day. I had the opportunity to see God work in her life after watching a video. She and her daughter danced before the Lord. I watched in awe as my eyes filled with tears of joy. God is an on time God! He’s a Promise keeper. So when I say that obedience is everything, I can truly testify to that.

I don’t always get it right or move when the Lord says move buy I am still a work in progress. We all are if we are honest with ourselves. Trust and obey is what I encourage you to do. Step out of your comfort zone, bind up the lies that the enemy is feeding you because you are a threat to his kingdom. Remember that.

Dear hearts, I want to encourage you to dance before the Lord however it is that you are lead. Just allow the Holy Spirit to move. Don’t think or care about who’s watching because it’s not for them. It’s for the Lord. Now because we didn’t come into this world saved and sanctified, let us not act as if we have never danced, shouted or done anything worldly to express our happiness over something. We owe it to the Lord. We don’t have to wait for some miracle to take place in our lives. If we simply THINK about Who the Lord God is and take into account the change brought into our lives all because he chose us that is a beginning start to get your dance going.

Praise His Name! We are not who we use to be. His mercy and grace falls fresh on us daily. We are here living and breathing another day. Not by our own doing or anything else we may want to take credit for but because He first loved us and knew us before we were created in our mothers womb.

Your dance will be different than mine, mine different than yours and it’s okay. There is no need to compare at all to what someone else is doing. When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon your heart, just let your mouth and body move. It may or may not seem awkward at first but keep in mind Who you are doing it for. As for me, when I let go any thoughts and directions of what I think I’m supposed to do, I can allow the Holy Spirit to move me from the inside out. This has been a joyful experience and time of connection with the Lord that I live to do on more than one occasion for He’s my Daily Bread, my fountain of refreshing water that I can’t get enough of.

So how about it? Will you join me in a dance?

Bless you all in the Name that’s above all names,

Terra

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.  For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Psalms 149:3‭-‬5 KJV

**Picture and personal comments about Clareice have been used with permission. Please look for her shared words below in hopes that her testimony will bring hope and assurance into your life for whatever it may be that you are facing. Also, here is a YouTube link to the conference and her dance like David danced that she and her daughter experienced before the Lord. To personally know that the Almighty moved in her life following the act of obedience brings me into a state of wanting to draw closer and closer to Him each and every day that I’m given. To God be the glory forever and ever. 

When Change Comes a Knockin’

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Hello there..

On this day that we are now in my heart feels inclined to share a message of encouragement with you. Do you mind? May it wrap around your heart with gentleness and love as it has mine. God is faithful to supply when we call upon Him.

Warmest regards from my heart to yours,
Terra

Cling to the Lord even through the tough times. Wow. This was so befitting today. Change is hard but needed at times. Just like the butterfly which was once a caterpillar, time and people change. Seasons change too. You can’t move forward while still looking back.

Let go and let God.

Sometimes we hold ourselves up from new beginnings or a new season because we cling to the familiar.

Earlier today I actually saw 2 swallowtail butterflies each time I went out the door. Once out the front door and then the back door. Isn’t that something?!!

There are times when the Lord will use the smallest things in nature or what we may not really pay attention to to get our attention.

For me right now in this new day that I am experiencing all I can say is “Thank You Lord for showing me. I hear you and I see what you are saying”

Dear hearts…. sometimes the blessing will come through the change if you are just willing to let change take its course. 

Be encouraged in this new day, season and change that you are facing. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV❤

You’re a PJ! (Precious Jewel)

image I will greatly rejoice in the Lord , my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 KJV

 If you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ then stand up and give him some praise! Hallelujah for we are sons and daughters of the Most High God who created the heavens and the earth! His Word says that we are CHOSEN, we are ROYAL, we are a holy nation, His SPECIAL people that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The King James Version says that we are a PECULIAR people. Now what does that mean to you?

Brothers and sisters we are different therefore we should act different because we belong to God. (Ladies if you need your invisible crown go put it on right now unless you really have one. Hehe ) All jokes aside I am saying that we truly  need to stand erect and with a confidence because we have just reason to do so.

We are God’s precious jewels. We are PJ’s. We don’t need to be walking around as if we are orphaned and left alone. He is with us! God is for us and he chose you and me. Take heart believers and stand.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV

On this day I am full of joy in the Lord. When I read 1Peter 2:9 I straightened my back right up. I had to realize once again who I am and Who I belong to. I am a daughter of the wonderful Father and the bride of Christ who’s coming back one day for me. (and you) There is nothing on this earth or beyond the grave that can keep me from Him and his love. So if your head and heart is hanging low pick it up. All this week I’ve been dealing with things but I could only do what I know to do. Pray. I had to trust God with it all and I still am. I will not tell you to do something that I haven’t done myself. And even in the mist of your obstacles continue to give praise to the One who is worthy. When we praise Him our eyes become less focused on what’s getting us down for in due time the sun will shine again. Hallelujah! Glory to God saints. Be blessed and encouraged. Let praise fill your mouth and heart with thanksgiving. Remember that you ARE a PJ…a precious jewel.

I dedicate this to my friend and sister in Christ named Vicky D. whom I call PJ. She calls and texts me by that nickname. Long ago when we met in church and shared our hearts, tears and stories we began to rise above the ashes. While I dont know exactly how or when we began to call each other PJ, little did I know that these powerful, yet small set of words were written in the Bible. God is so amazing and brings His truths into light when you need them and are meant to share with all for a time such as this. God bless you always dear friend.

The Potter’s Hand

I will sing of Your love forever my Lord. I am yours. Create in me all that is meant to be. Praises ring in the courts, praise will continously be my song! I release tears of joy. My mind cannot fathom the magnitude of Your holiness. How great Thou Art! Oh bless my soul and all that is within me. May righteousness be my guide all my days. May my feet be rooted in Your word springing forth life as I go before man sharing the Gospel for the sake of knowledge and salvation. I am clay wanting to be used. Keep my thoughts O Lord that I may stand firm when evil strikes. Keep my soul stirred and fired up that I may not wander away. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I worship You my God. My Redeemer. My source of living You are. Blessed be Your name is all the earth! Amen.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:13-17 NKJV)

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9 NKJV)

Checkmate! O Death, Your Sting Has Been Nipped In the Bud.

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Our Final Victory

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.

O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58 NKJV)

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ENOUGH SAID. DON’T TALK ABOUT IT… BE ABOUT IT.

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Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV)

God bless each and every heart that loves the Lord and strives daily to be like him. I encourage you to put on your Amor of God ( Ephesians 6:10-18 ) daily and to go out knowing that the victory has already been won!

Checkmate.

Unforgiveness Swept Under the Rug

As I was in the bed unwinding for the night, two men came across my mind. One I forgave immediately and the other……. well let’s just say that I did forgive him years ago but I swept it under the rug. I didn’t want to relive emotional pain over some words and lack of understanding and compassion I felt so many years back.

Over 25 yrs ago I was struck by a car driven by an 18 yr old driving 75 mph in a 25 mph school zone. I was at the cross walk in front of my middle  school. From what I can remember and what I was told, I was knocked about 30 feet. The only thing I suffered was a broken femur. ( thigh bone ) I know it was no one but God who saved me.

I endured 2 years of being on crutches and rehabilitation to learn how to walk again between 2 surgeries. One to fix my thigh and the other to remove the plate and screws attached inside. Wow… these were the years I was just beginning as a teenager and I had a complex about my long and ugly scar.

The day of the accident, all I could think about was the good citizen who came from across the street to cover me with a blanket until the paramedics arrived and thanking God that I was alive. Nothing else mattered then. I take that back! I was wearing a brand new pair of Lee jeans and I was upset that they had to be cut open to see if any broken bones were openly present.  ( excuse my way of thinking as a new teen just beginning to like fashion back in the 80’s in hope that my pants could be spared. Lol ) Between blacking out and coming to, the lingering screams I heard from friends are still with me to this day.

I never knew what happened to the guy who hit me, other than my parents taking legal action against him. Believe it or not, I had no ill feelings towards him. I wasn’t even mad at him for all the pain I endured mentally and physically. I forgave him. I was ok. It was my school principal that I had bad feelings against, all because he made an issue about the school flag coming down because of my accident.

“Are you serious?!!” I couldn’t believe that a flag had precedence over my life. Well that is how it made me feel. It hurt me bad. Oh believe me, it became a big issue enough that resulted in my mom going up to the school to address the principal.

Well to speed this up, I moved on with my life, became a Christian, asked God to forgive me of my sins and along my walk for me to forgive others I harbored unforgiveness towards. Well at least I thought I’d forgiven them all. TRULY forgiven them. Obviously I didn’t.

Needless to say, the other night I truly forgave the man who I harbored anger and unforgiveness towards. I also prayed for him hoping that his life has turned out well in general. I hope and pray he believes in God and has excepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I also hope and pray the same for the guy who hit me. I can only hope he doesn’t have any bad feelings towards me for any repercussions he had to face for his negligence. I hope he knows that he is forgiven. My prayers for their salvation has nothing to do with me but the fact that we all have not accepted Christ into our heart. The way we live our lives until we die plays a part as to how we live this life and treat others.

We all make mistakes. We learn and forgive as well as ask for forgiveness. I thank the Lord for placing them on my heart as I chose to act in obedience to forgive immediately. No questions asked. It’s a wonderful feeling to let a wound completely heal. I had the right prescription to heal me though I didn’t realize I was still carrying the pain. Thank you Jesus!

I don’t know why I’ve taken another step in opening up my personal life but I rather be obedient than not. There has to be a reason behind this. All I can say is Thank You Lord for second chances. Thank You for awakening my heart to check under my rug that may harbor anything I have not completely given up. I want a clean temple for the Lord to reside in. My purpose is to be a light unto the world as a child of the Most High and share salvation with others. Sharing my experiences will hopefully let others see that Christians aren’t perfect, yet we strive daily to be Christlike. I’m not perfect but I’m made perfect in Him. It reminds me of why I love butterflies so much. So much is going on inside the cocoon to transform the caterpillar into a beautifull butterfly. Once the transformation takes place, it is then I can truly spread my wings and fly.

Dear friends, if you have any unforgivenness swept under a rug, pray and ask God to reveal it to you so that you will be released from anything that keeps you from being totally set free.

Bless you all on your journey to becoming a better person in the Lord.