If You Won’t Praise Him…. The Rocks Will!

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Photo Credit Divine Creations Photography

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord !’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40 NKJV)

It’s 12:04 A.M. and I cannot fall asleep for nothing. I have this praise on the inside of me that I just cannot keep to myself!

People lets get it together and praise The Lord simply for just keeping His hand over us, for giving us life yet another second, minute and hour. We have done or said nothing to deserve grace and mercy but we have it! Salvation has been made available to all who will receive it. We are no longer enslaved to the bondage sin. Christ has set us free!

So I say praise Him anyway! The sun will not always shine down on you, circumstances may not always change in your favor but God is loving, faithful and deserving of our praise just because He IS!

Seriously can you or would you allow the rocks to praise Him instead?!! He died for YOU. Remember that.

Praise to The Lord From Creation

Praise the Lord ! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord , For He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; Both young men and maidens; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord , For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. And He has exalted the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints— Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. Praise the Lord ! (Psalms 148:1-14 NKJV)

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Be Still: In the Light of His Presence

“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27 NKJV)

Photo Credit : Divine Creations Photography (http://tnewsome2creations.wordpress.com)

God is wonderful and amazing don’t you think? Actually don’t you KNOW?!! The sun goes up and goes down every day. The Creator of the heavens and earth gifts us not only with Life (Christ Jesus) but also with the wonderful things upon this earth that He spoke to be.

I took this raw and unedited picture above a little while ago today as I listened to the weather change course. It’s a rain and ice mixture falling down and it sounds like sand. It started to remind me of the countless granular of sand that our Almighty God placed on the earth. Only He knows exactly how many they are just like He knows the very hairs on our heads and every working cell inside our body. Again….. isn’t that amazing.

On a regular basis, we should ask the Lord to search our hearts. May He open us up and allow light to shine into the innermost parts of our being; of our spirit. We may not want the dark areas of our life to be seen but He sees them for they cannot be hidden. There are also lit areas that benefit our growth as well. Both can be used to lift and encourage another through our sufferings and through our joy.

To sit still and invite the presence of the Lord is a welcomed invitation to Him. There is nothing wrong with having some alone time with God even if it’s in the busyness of your day. Setting aside a more intimate time to dwell in His presence is even greater.

Scripture tells us in James 4:8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

I find this to be true because I have done so many of times.

Through some of the most simplistic ways God will meet you right where you are. Just quiet your spirit and listen.

Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 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. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:27-30 NKJV)

Be still and KNOW that HE is GOD. (Psalm 46:10)

I hope that you enjoy the song just as much as I have. This is one my favorite songs. It really takes me to a place where it’s just me and God. Nothing around me can disturb me. As I lift up my heart, my hands and my voice, I surrender because without Him I am nothing. All that I am and all that I long for is in Christ. Nothing can be better than that.

Love and Blessings,

Terra

Enter Into His Presence Part 1

Today has been so refreshing and delightful as I was in the presence of the Lord.

Have you ever had those moments when you just don’t want to break away into the busyness of life just to sit at the feet of the Lord, to pour of a heart of praise and thanksgiving? Having a Mary heart in a Martha world. ( Luke 10 : 38-42 ) This is how I felt and it was amazing.

How Great Thou Art has been my praise unto Thee this evening and I cannot stop singing! I thought I would share this with you all.

Enjoy.

God bless each heart that craves to eat the spiritual food and drink from the Living Water that is supplied in abundance. Take thereof and be blessed in Him.

Terra

“Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty.” ( Psalm 104 : 1 KJV )

Along This Journey of Ours

Like an onion that is peeled away in layers, God heals, restores, builds up, comfort, grows and strengthens His children as we draw nearer to Him. May our days be well spent as we make time in our hearts and lives putting our Lord first and foremost before any person or tasks this world places before us as we seek His face, His presence and guidance.

I received an early morning text from a relative who has been on my heart for weeks now followed up by some uplifting music that lifted up my very soul as I was getting ready for church this morning. I even tweeted a scripture that was favorited instantly by a fellow blogger who lifts my spirits with such encouragement that the Holy Spirit inspires her to write. Everything was unfolding so beautifully and in such a loving and delicate way that I could not help but tear up and tell the Lord “Thank you.” My heart rejoiced and danced within me. I could not wait to get to church from that point!

What can I say but To God be the glory!

It’s been about a month since I last wrote a post now that I really think about it. Go figure.

While I do not get caught up in stats and such, my thoughts, actions and words are challenged to focus on the Lord and where He leads me. Every day living brings forth good and not so good days. Even some storms mentally and physically will meet us unexpectedly. We never know one minute to the next.

My heart has not left this blog, my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord as well as those seeking Truth. You have been in my prayers and I trust in the Lord to always supply for you what you need from Him through whatever sources He sends your way.

Today was another breakthrough as the passing days have gone by.

We cannot or should not lean on our own timing of when the Lord should show up and make things happen in our lives. Well we can do it if we choose to but I rather see God’s hand at work to give Him all the glory. I rather see how wonderful the rainbow is at the end of the storm because I know it was no one but The Almighty Himself Who brought me through. This is just my opinion. We all have our own journey and testimonies to think on, live through and come out of with the grace of God that upheld us when we know we could not have done it by ourselves.

People change, seasons change, circumstances change but God never does. He’s the same today, yesterday, tomorrow and forevermore. He cannot go back on His word for His word is truth.

With this said, I encourage you all to keep pressing forward no matter what comes your way. God is our present help, our source of strength, our refuge, our Solid Rock and foundation to draw from. Look up and remember from where your help comes from.

God bless you richly as you continue on this journey called LIFE.

He is always within our reach if we want to live life to the fullest in love, peace and prosperity in Him.

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29 :13 NKJV)

Psalm & Worship Song for Encouragement

I will lift up my eyes to the hills From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8 NKJV)

Sing Unto the Lord! Rejoice!!!

Good day all! It is good to be alive this morning. Praises to our God for breathing life once again into our very bodies. I want to share a song with you that has me about out of my skin when I hear it. You Reign by Christian band MercyMe was one of the favorite songs I heard them sing some years ago when I went to my very first concert. Yep. I have never been to a concert in my life until a few years ago. It was a Christian concert matter of fact with musical artist singing some of my all time favorite songs that I had been listening to on the radio prior to finding out that a concert was coming to town. (MercyMe, Toby Mac, Barlow Girl, NewSong, Skillet just to name a few.) The awesome thing on top of that was God ministering to my soul. I’ll never forget Winter Jam 2008. It was a night to remember. My friend Heather and I had an amazing time worshipping the Lord with a packed coliseum full of people. Many brought friends along who gave their life to Christ by the end of the show. I can only imagine how the heavens were rejoicing!

I want to encourage you all today to be blessed in the Lord. Remember that He loves you. Nothing will ever change that. Live for today. Get a notepad and jot down or just think on things throughout your day as to how favor has been a part of your life. You are alive and breathing, you have a roof over your head, a working brain, food to eat, praying people around the world interceding on your behalf who don’t even know you, etc. Most of all, you have a Savior who already cleansed you of your sins and welcomes you to a life in Him. Salvation is yours if you have not already received it. What an abundance of blessings you have. They are countless.Take a look around you and reflect. Life may not be looking the way you want it to but you are still here. God is on His throne. He is in control of the heavens and the earth. Surrender your thoughts and smile. God has everything under control.

Glory in the Highest!

“Father, I thank you for being the head of my life, I thank you for a sound mind and a peace that surpasses all understanding. I thank you for the desire to wake up delighted to be before You, to partake in sharing a word of encouragement with all who will receive it, to want to stand in Your rooted Word that will not go out void. I am before You with a sensitive spirit wanting to do all that is asked of me. I ask that You show Yourself to those who are lost, lonely, afraid, depressed, fearful, mourning and stressed out. Meet them right where there are. It’s not by this blog post that my prayers are heard. Someone needs You right now. May your angels provide a hedge of protection around them this very moment. May Your children be selfless and comfort a broken heart, be a shoulder to cry on, a mouthpiece of prayer standing in the gap for a dying soul. Let our voices echo in the heavens and on the earth that You reign forevermore! There is power in numbers as we unite for the sake of the kingdom. Let the demons tremble at the sound of your glory, flee when the name of JESUS is spoken and called upon. Today is ground breaking. Let the earth proclaim Your sovereignty and bow down in honor and reverence. Hallelujah! Praise Your name on High. Let us sing and worship like never before. You are our refuge, our strength, our courage and anchor and we bless You today. In Jesus I pray. Amen.”

Invitation to the thirsty: Take me to the King

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35 NIV)

There is a constant struggle of the mind and flesh to live right. Pressure arises from east to west, north to the south. There’s no escaping when we sit in the hope and trust of man. We will constantly be thirsty wanting more and more of this worlds offerings. We will never be content in relationships, content within ourselves, content with our thoughts, content with where we are financially. We are chasing what we do not have…..

The enemy will lie and distract you from going to the Lord to declare what you are in need of, to repent to Him of the transgressions you have committed; the sins that keep you separated from communing and having a meaningful relationship with the Holy One.

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:9, 10 NKJV)

Even those in Christ endure hardships and can fall away or even merely distance themselves when they fall short of God’s mercy and grace. The enemy stays busy. He will not relent. Do not allow lies to deceive you into thinking that you cannot turn back to the Lord after doing wrong, to feel that you will never be good enough, that you will not be on the same level as other believers and followers of the Lord. These are lies.

Jesus Himself was tempted by the evil one but He sinned not. ( Hebrews 2:18, 4:15, Matthew 4:1-11)

Stand guard and be prayerful at all times.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NIV)

Someone will always have better, greater or less than. Whatever it may be that we long for, we are chasing after it. It’s a busyness that leads to nowhere. We are too busy trying to keep up with “The Joneses”, too busy trying to outdo others, too busy scheming and hustling to make way for our light to shine.

We become so caught up in ourselves while failing to realize that we will never be content or happy right where we are.

Now I’m not saying that we cannot have great material wealth and gain but there should be balance. Are we sharing with those who have less or are we harboring the blessings God gave us? Nothing we have came by chance or luck. God blessed you and I. No amount of worldly wisdom and gain will bring much fortune if Jesus Christ is not the center of your life.

This fortune I speak of is spiritual. Worldly fortune will pass and be remembered no more. Spiritual wealth is for eternity.

Emotional turmoil will have you closing off your thoughts. Like a bottle of shaken up soda, it eventually will burst. You try to twist the cap off but with no avail, not much takes place. Frustration and anger, depression and hopelessness begin to face you. This is because you are working in your own strength.

Someone greater, Someone stronger and wiser is needed. His name is King Jesus.

Take all that you are and all that you are not to the throne. Only Jesus can fix you. Only He is able to heal you, repair you, mend your brokenness, provide stability in your life in how you think and act.

It’s time to stop chasing the wind. It’s time to stop chasing after meaningless things of this world. They are not conducive. Jesus is.

If you know you thirst for righteousness and are looking for peace, Jesus is the answer. He is the Great Physician. Allow Him to come into your life and heal you beginning right now.

Do not put off this very moment. Stop fighting and debating within yourself. Stop reasoning within your mind. Stop reasoning with society. Satan wants nothing more than to destroy you. He will continue to rob you of peace if you allow him to.

If He (Jesus) has come into my life and saved me from myself many times over, I know and I believe with all of my heart that He can do it for you too!

Salvation awaits you today. Will you accept the Invitation?

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“but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”(John 4:14 NKJV)

 

Meeting in the Clouds

While I’m not really sure where my recent fascination with clouds came from, I do know that I have always enjoyed looking at them since I was a kid. As of late, I have been going outside taking pictures of the sunsets or any type of cloud formation that I find interesting around the perimeters of my home. Occasionally I will take pictures if I am out with my family and my camera just so happens to tag along. This photography hobby has been keeping me preoccupied and it gives me a broader outlook when I capture God’s creations in still form.

I have noticed that the more I think about creation, it was and is by One source that all this came to be.

God created the heavens and the earth! I enjoy living simply in abundance of His blessings. Truly!!

There are some days that I find myself going to sit outside during the day or as the sun starts to set and have a “meeting in the clouds” with the Lord. I find myself singing or praying while smiling with a heart filled with gladness knowing that I have favor upon my life. What a reason to be thankful….. because He surely did not have to give me anything.

I take the time to converse with the Lord about my day, my thoughts and prayers for others who are in need of Him. Many are laying up in hospitals, some are literally lost due to being kidnapped, children are being forced in sex-trafficking, someone is plotting to take the lives of innocent people for no just cause, a new life has been brought into this world, a lost soul just gave their life to Christ after fighting the desire to live by the ways of this world. So much to think about. So much to be in prayer about. Much to rejoice in as well as times to mourn with others.

We only have one life to live. May we not take it for granted. It can disappear before our very eyes.

PRAYER IS KEY. It is our lifeline of communication with the Lord. It’s a time of communion and fellowship with our Creator.

Will we forsake the glorious ways of our God, his majestic splendor, his love and mercy? How awesome is He?!!

Our God is “the Man with the master plan”. He’s “all that and then some”. You get what I am saying.

Jesus tells us : Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:30-34 NKJV)

My front porch

So whether it is on your front porch, outside taking a stroll or just sitting still thinking, take some time to thank the Lord for all He has done. Today may not be all that it could be but at least you are still here. You can choose to make the best of it or wallow in pity. Someone has it worse right about now. Someone is on their death-bed and the clock still keeps ticking. When they pass on….. they will never be able to say that they wish they could have done things differently in their life. We all will go through various things in our life time. Storms do not last always. You cannot have a rainbow without the rain.

Make the best of today and live it like there is no tomorrow. God is good. He is faithful and He is present.

Creative photshop editing after a thunderstorm

Will you go meet Him in the clouds today?

Enjoy the slideshow of pictures (< link) amongst others that I have taken over time. I stand in awe of the works of His hands. What a wonderful God of heaven and earth!

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*Here’s a song I’d love to share with you. I can’t help but lift up my hands and worship the Lord for He is Glorious!