Who Told You It’s Not Okay Just To Be YOU?

It was April 12th, 1993, at 3:55 pm., He was a bitter, sarcastic old man wearing Birkenstock and a condescending attitude like an old hat. I still remember the lecture he gave me that day, criticizing my lack of altruism and my over abundance of self-absorption. He was supposed to be my coach. He was supposed to know what was best for me and but instead had a list of the reasons I was so wrong in my optimism. I was shocked. Ugh. Just thinking about how he tried to intoxicate me with negativity makes my head swim.

This was not the first time that happened, nor would it be the last. It would happen again and again and again. Every time there is a hit like that, I’d go into introspection mode. As I’m sure many of you do. The last time I had a blow like this was a few weeks ago, the culprit, was me. I told MYSELF that I wasn’t okay, just being me. How did that happen? I suppose it came from years of outside influence. But now I see it. Now I see how my own accusations have changed me. Maybe even stopped me from reaching for a goal or trying something new.

What does God think about me?

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2,3-4

Look at all the wonderful things God put inside me? God gave me a way to be right. Look at these verse. I am a partaker of the divine nature. So when I criticize myself, I am partly criticizing that nature. That’s GOD’S Nature. There is never anything to criticize about Him! That means I need to start seeing that I have more potential, more love, more of something special inside me then I realized. Why do I have to put myself down? Because I don’t have respect and love for what God is doing inside me. It’s like the fifty things someone says you did right but the one place you need self-improvement eats at you like a canker sore.

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I went to my son’s graduation last night. Being five years old and graduating kindergarten is a big deal! But I sat saddened by the comments of one particularly religious looking Grandma in the crowd. Her toxic remarks kept coming and coming. “He’s so tired! Look at him yawn.” “His mother should’ve given him a nap today.” “That teacher needs to learn how to control those kids.” “He picks his nose too much.” And then after an especially adorable comment from her grandson, she criticized sarcastically, “Oh, my what a genius.” She was poking fun at him. This thread of acidic comments went out into the universe and I prayed that my son never heard them. It was bad enough that I heard them.

It made me feel sorry for the bitterness down in her heart. She couldn’t even say two nice things about the boy. Then I realized,  I was raised that way too. No wonder I fight with cutting myself down and staying positive. I had no chance when I was young. All that optimism was smothered.

I decided today, those things would change. I would watch what I think, and watch what I say with more care than I ever have.

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain” James 1:26

It’s time to take my words more serious. It’s time to change history going forward. I will not waste my breath on idle criticisms and belittling thoughts about myself. I will control my tongue.

God Bless You Today!

Welcome to Radio Supporting Godly Women!

Or Podcasting that is! I’m so excited to announce our first ever podcast. Click on the link below to listen now to one of our recent Supporting Godly Women Meetings. You’ll hear all kinds of feel-good and heart-felt talk.

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Podcast Episode #1: “Our Experiences are No Guarantee for Truth” by Terri Porta

Just think of how many times you’ve looked under the Christmas tree and tried to guess what was in those different sized boxes. Are you close to being right? God has so many great blessings for us to unwrap and enjoy in our lives but sometimes we don’t recognize them. Sometimes the adversary distracts us with experiences we could swear were God working in our lives. So how do we recognize them? How do we avoid being tricked? Kick back and click on the podcast below to start listening.

Approximately 1 hour. Please bear with the quality of recording, I didn’t have my hi-tech mics and studio there. It’s just us and the Word of God.

God Bless You Today!

Bucky the Lucky Puppy and You

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Do you ever wonder why everything seems so dark?

Is there anyone you can trust? Or anywhere you can go where there aren’t terrible things going on?

Have you ever seen those dogs that get their head stuck in a sand bucket from the kids playground? They are featured often times on America’s Funniest Home Videos. We laugh at them floundering around in their own perceived darkness. But boy, are they scared! And have you ever tried to get the bucket off? They fight you don’t they because they don’t trust and can’t see you.

Well, the devil does this to people all the time. He sales them on a gimmick of God, and puts a black bucket over their head. They run head-long into trouble. They are scared and everywhere they look they are surrounded by cramped darkness that just will not end. We might even hear a voice from outside the darkness trying to tell us to stop for a second so they can help, but they don’t trust it.

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Can you imagine that?! For two months that poor dog was suffering but didn’t know how to get help. How many of us are like that? We stop going where we get the help and get tricked into having a bucket put around our head. Our view of the world becomes skewed.

Light always dispels darkness.

ALWAYS! Darkness cannot dispel light. It has no power over it. The light just is. God just is. I’ve noticed that the more I publish darkness, or allow darkness to rule in my life, through media, evil thinking, unprofitable conversations, the less good I feel about myself, life and everyone around me. I focus on the dark, then my world becomes dark. That doesn’t mean the whole world is dark or there isn’t any light. It means I need to get back to the light. Or maybe, I just need to have someone help me get the bucket off my head.

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:2-6

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” John 10:10

 Have you heard the phrase,

“When you’re down, bury your head in the Word and don’t come out until you feel better.”

God has been chasing you around His property. He’s out looking for you every night and day. He won’t give up. Let Him help. Get into a place that will teach you the rightly divided Word of God without apologies. Go back to the Word! If you’d like to join us tonight and every Wednesday night for our hour in the Word, please do.  Below is an invite that is a clickable link. It will go live at 6 pm tonight MST. Come and have some laughs, learn a little and enjoy the fellowship of some lucky puppies just like you. :)

God Bless You Today!

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042: Happy Birthday to the Church!

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Today is the Day of Pentecost!

What does that mean? Today, is the day we recognize the founding of the Church of the Body of Christ. Approximately 2,015 years ago Jesus Christ died and the apostles waited for power from on high. It was fifty days after the Passover and the death of Jesus Christ.

In Luke 24:49 Jesus Christ instructed his apostles to wait.

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

That power from on-high, was power from God.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Acts 2:1

The day of Pentecost was already a Holy Day.

It was celebrated like we celebrate and observe Easter. We go to service and pray. Well the apostles all went to church too, but back then they did this at the temple, which was also called the house of God. It was also where there were many, many other people. Everyone in town would have come to the temple. People from all over the world in fact. IF you think about this from God’s perspective, what’s a better way to have a large number of people learn about the gift of power from on-high He was about to give the world then at the temple? Ha! Of course that’s where the apostles were. Look what happened next.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

“Oikos,” is the Greek word for house, it literally means, building, dwelling and the house of God, or the tabernacle. It was the house of God and the hour of prayer had come.

“Heaven” is any space above the earth, and the words, “rushing mighty wind” literally mean “heavy breathing” or the “mighty breath of life”. God was putting a new creation into being inside those apostles. It was a phenomenal event. Each time a new believer is born – again it is an act of creation inside them. When Adam was given a soul, God breathed the breath of life into him. Here again, we have the breath of life being given. Isn’t this incredible?! They were now given incorruptible seed or DNA that stamped them forever as God’s children. His adopted children.

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

What happened next?

“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” Acts 2:3

“Cloven” means split or divided. God wanted them to know that they had now received the power from on-high. It was a special sign just for them.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” vs. 4

This was also a sign, but it was not just for them but for the unbelievers, this also shows every believer from this day forward that they are born-again, just like the apostles were. It proves that we too have the gift of holy spirit that God poured out on every believer and would continue to give to any who believe Romans 10:9-10.

“Wherefore tongues are for a sign:..” 1 Corinthians 14:22a

Here’s what happened next.

” 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. ” Acts 2:5-12

This was an incredible event!

Men and women from all over the place could hear them speak in their own language. Tongue is the old English term for language. Talk about exciting!

It was so exciting that look what happened next in verse 41!

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41

Three thousand people were born-again. Three thousand were now able to speak in tongues!

Speaking in tongues became a sign that someone had been born again. So if someone got born-again, but didn’t speak in tongues right away, there was a great concern among the apostles. They began referring to it as “receiving the Holy Ghost, (or Spirit)” because it always accompanied being born-again. Look at this record later in Acts.

“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might (also) receive the Holy Ghost:” (Or speak in tongues) Acts 8 14-15

Simon the sorcerer, in this case, had bewitched the people for so long that they heard the word of God and believed it but did not manifest speaking in tongues. This was so inappropriate and wrong that the apostles sent the two head Apostles down to see what the problem was and get them back on track. If those men could only see what happens today! Whole denominations rebuke this wonderful sign and manifestation! Is that what God would have wanted or does want for His children today? Not by all accounts here. We are supposed to be born again and then immediately manifest the power from on-high.

“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39

How far off base have we allowed ourselves to live and be taught the accuracy of God’s Word?

My GoD! How much more in error could we be? IF you learned this from your church, pastor or fellow believer then now is your chance to change and manifest the wonderful gift inside you.

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3

We all have the same measure. God handed it out in the same size scoop-fulls to everyone.

Today, on this Day of Pentecost, why don’t we do what the Apostles did. Why don’t we speak with tongues more today, than we ever have.

God bless you today!

P.S.

Want to learn how to manifest God’s power from on-high by speaking in tongues? Here is a simple handout that explains the whole process in simple easy steps. Today is your day to fuel the growth of your inner man and begin speaking in tongues!

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041: About this Sunday…

This year, after Easter, I tried to blog a post here everyday for the fifty days. I have hit almost every day over this period. I wanted to honor the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost, Sunday May 24th. Pentecost is the birthday of the church of God.Pentecost used to be called the Feast of the Harvest. It was a celebration of new beginnings! I can’t think of a more appropriate sentiment for the birth of the Church.

Why did God’s People Need a New Beginning?

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For four hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ there had not a light in Israel. There were no prophets. Evil spread into the temple and to all the pharisees. There was not one prophet who could speak for him. Look at John the Baptist’s dad, Zacharias. He was a priest in the temple. God sent Gabriel to tell him that he and his wife would bear a son. Zacharias questioned and doubted the angel. AN ANGEL! Because of his unbelief Zacharias was struck mute until the baby was born. Wow!

Israel needed a light!

That light was Jesus Christ. We have no idea the billions of souls that have been changed because of that one man. He was a man. A man who lived a life in fellowship with God the creator of all men. Thank God for Jesus Christ too, because God had bigger plans for all mankind.

“And he (Jesus Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled” Colossians 1:18:21

Reconcile? What does that mean?

Reconcile is translated from the Greek word, apokatallassō which is a verb.

It literally means to:

  1. bring back a former state of harmony.

  2. to reconcile completely.

What former state of harmony did we have, that we lost?

When Adam and Eve were created they had body, soul and spirit. When they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden they did not die physically, so what happened? They lost their connection to God which is Holy Spirit. They had to live without it. And from then on, the people of the world had to earn, through works, their connection. On the Day of Pentecost we received the gift of Holy Spirit which gave it to us permanently when we believe Romans 10:9-10. We got this gift by grace. It cannot be ripped, tricked or tempted out of us. It’s there forever. Do you know what that means? We have sealed the Devil’s fate! He will never again have the complete authority in this world. We have it. Now we just have to learn how to use it!

I hope your Sunday is full and you take a moment to thank God for all He did on that day over two thousand years ago.

God bless you today!

040: Never Give Up On Your Dreams!

Big dreams seem like running a syndicated broadcast are made up of tiny daily commitments. Big dreams like painting a mural that gets positive national media attention, requires daily commitments. And big dreams like owning the highest producing brokerage in the state takes big-little daily commitments. Every day, we have to have our eyes on our dreams. They can’t be a foggy. They must be a clear picture. It must be in focus and in must stay relevant.

Relevant?

What do you mean by relevant? Relevant is the dream that is flexible and do-able. It has immediate pay-offs as well as long-term pay-offs. It is big enough to move you. It feels like, if you don’t get up and do something everyday, then you aren’t going to get there. It feels like such a pull that your day isn’t quite complete without doing it. You feel funny if you haven’t done something for your dream.

The best thing about knowing God is, He can direct you to the dreams that are available, do-able, positive and most beneficial in your life. Why waste your time and life on dreams that will harm you in the end, or take away your morality with compromises? Who would want that? Yet, many people strive towards joy-sucking dreams and goals. God would never like that! He wants you blessed and having fun while you’re doing it!

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Who told you that?

The one challenge I see many women face is; they don’t believe they are worthy to receive or achieve. Who told you that? And did you realize they are lying?

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” Colossians 1:12-13

“Hath” is past tense. God already delivered us from darkness and put us in the kingdom of his Son. Why not embrace our new reality? Why let the devil convince us of a lie? We ARE worthy because God made it so. We have every bit of power, wisdom and strength and it’s already available.

In a world full of question marks, we have the exclamation point!

Dreams and goals let us live that exclamation point. What if your big goal, that scares you, is praying in front of other people for the first time? That is an amazing goal!

But I’m going to warn you the faster you get to that goal and overcome it, the further ahead you need to look. Make your goals happen fast, make deadlines for yourself so you get up and do something about them in the immediate world. You can only give in the present. So there’s no reason to condemn your past, and no reason to blow off your future. GIVE to this moment. And don’t assume you know what you’re giving will produce. Just give. Give liberally, without judgement to the second, minute and hour you’re in. Do that consistently and nothing will stop you!

God bless you today!

039: We Should Rename Wednesdays to…

Win-Days!

 

What do you think? It’s a way to think positive about the day at the middle of the week.

How are you doing on this Win-day?

Have you ever seen the movie Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium? I saw it the other night and heard this quote. The quote so moved me that now I have it written down somewhere that I can see it always.

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37 Seconds well used is a life time! Why should we wait for life? Why not live it? Why not embrace every second to its fullest capacity! Why not make it the very best 37 seconds of our lives?

Some of you will say, “But how Terri?”

There are 37 Ways, but for now how about just 1.

Appreciate the moment you’re in!

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Today is a day of possibilities!

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24

Here’s another quote from Mr. Magorium.

“Life is an occasion, rise to it!”

Today is your day to set the record books on fire. It’s a day to accomplish more than you ever hoped and dare to dream bigger than you’ve ever dreamed. Go ahead, reach out and connect with someone. Be vulnerable, be genuine, be real! Guard your heart, but love without limits. How can you do that? Isn’t loving someone and guarding your heart the opposite thing? Not when you do it right.

People think that when they love, they must wear their heart on their sleeve. Instead, it’s as simple as this. Ask God, “If you were me, how would you show them love?”

The reason this is different is, you are loving them with God’s love, agape; not human emotional love. Of course, it’s very hard to tell the difference at first. SO here’s the difference. God fills you with His love for His people of that child of His standing in front of you. He shows you how to see the very best in them and their potential…things you could’ve never seen on your own. You fall in love with Him and His perspective about them. He will never fail you. They might, and probably will. But your heart was safe so it doesn’t break. God just keeps on loving them, so can you. And you love them for all the right reasons.

It’s truly a Win-day for me. How about you!?

God bless you today!

 

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