Episode #207 || Resetting Your Journey || T’era Burton

This week’s episode features, Mrs. T’era Burton.
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Wife, mother, artist, writer and founder of Concealer And A Prayer Life, T’era Burton shares with us how God shaped her life from trauma, lack of identity, fatherlessness and more to a beautiful walk and journey with Him.
Tune in as she shares with us her story about how God pressed the reset button on her journey.

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A Special Note From Jaz

Queen T’era! You are a light black barbie. Thank you so much for shinning on and being the creative creator that God has perfectly crafted you to be. This episode was amazing and a highlight in my mind because of our parallel stories. Thank you for being an example for what to look forward to in my future of wife-life and mommyhood, as a “mommy in waiting” I will continue to build, grow and allow God to strengthen my relationship directly with Him, because as you said, and what I aspire, is to let it pour into all the other areas of my life. Thanks again for interviewing with RYJ! May God be with you and continue to blow on all of your endeavors!
God Bless You!
-Jaz💖👑
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What is the challenge you faced before God pressed the reset button?

“I feel like for me, I know that a lot of people by looking at me probably wouldn’t think I’ve faced most of the things that I’ve faced.
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It was definitely a period in my life where I felt very unworthy just in the presence of God. Very unworthy of His promises over my life. I battled with depression and suicidal thoughts and He really had to bring me into a place where I can say that I was very angry at God because I was told a lot of times that He was angry at me. I felt like I’m just going to be angry back. I had a lot of resentment towards Him.
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I was over church. I was over church people. I didn’t want anything thing to do with God at that point in my life. I was in my early 20s and I was just going through a really hard time again just battling with being depressed, not knowing my worth, not knowing where I was going a lot of things weren’t really falling through for me as I thought that they would at the time. It was just a really dark place for me.
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I remember telling Him, “Lord, you have to make yourself real to me,” because I was in church but I wasn’t really a part of it. You know, I was just going because it was the right thing to do or because my mom told me told me that I had to go. So I was just there. I was just still going through the motions. Even when I would leave church I would still have this much hardness in my heart. So I told Him, “You have to make it tangible for me. I have to feel you.”
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I kid you not, I like to tell everybody that a phone call saved my life, literally.”
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What obstacle did you overcome/testimony? What was the pivotal moment in your life thus far that changed everything?

“I’ll never forget this, the night before I had this encounter with God, I was writing in my journal and again, I think I was about 21, writing in my journal, it was a Saturday night, I just had a huge altercation with a loved one. So I was just pretty much over it.
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I was pretty much telling God, “Take my life right now because it’s not worth living because I don’t see an end to this turmoil that I’m going through. I don’t know why I’m going through this. Why do you hate me so much Lord to have me go through this again and again?”
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At that moment, I literally wrote the words out, “I’m done. I don’t want to live anymore.”
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Then I got a phone call asking me if I wanted to visit a church.
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Mind you, this was from a friend I had been avoiding for months. I had been living my life, still tryna party, clubbing, drinking. Anything that I could do to kind of numb the pain that I was feeling. I was running.
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I was avoiding this girl. She’s like, “hey my church is having a conference, do you want to come?” I’d be like no, um I’m doing something that day but she was very persistent. I can tell you this when God wants to get you He will get you! He will pursue you and that’s exactly what He did through her. Because she really did not give up, as many times as I rejected her and just made up stories about anything I could to get out of going to church because I didn’t want to meet God really, face to face.
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I didn’t know what I was gonna be into. At the time I wasn’t driving so I was really trying to use any excuse in the book. I’m like, “I can’t visit your church because I don’t have a car.” She was like, “oh, I’ll come get you. I was like man,” You’ll come get me?” I was like, “okay.” Still tryna come up with somethin’. I didn’t have any excuse. That was my main excuse is that I don’t have transportation.
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I’ll kid you not, that Sunday I’ll never forget it, God met me and I remember just feeling the [tangible] presence of God and He literally wrapped His hand around my heart and really never let me go from that point on.
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I remember the words that He told me, just verbatim. Because coming from the background that I came from, I felt very unworthy, just from my past, just being promiscuous and just trying to find my value in things that weren’t of God. I did a lot of that. It was a lot of searching and I was searching and tryna fill a void with different things and different people like I said alcohol, partying, just being wild. Just being wild, I was just tryna fill these voids that only God could fill.
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I remember the pastor telling me that God was wiping my slate clean. To hear that versus God was mad at me, it just broke something in me to where I was like WOW! He still wants everything to do with me. He never changed His mind about me. From that day on I really feel like He reset my journey for me. It was just that experience with Him. I had my woman at the well moment, after that I was like whoa! Come see about a man who told me about myself. I fell recklessly in love with Jesus and from that moment I feel at that moment He has been recklessly pursuing me and He just hasn’t stopped. My life is evident just of His faithfulness of His grace so that’s how He reset the journey for me. He had to make it tangible for me. I told Him and He met me there!”

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How has that shown you the path God has prepared for your life? Steps along your journey.

“I really frequently think about it a lot honestly. From the time that I walked through the doors of my church that I’m at until now, it’s like I’ve been on a beautiful journey with God, it’s no matter the dips and the turns and whatever I can say that my trust in Him has definitely grown and just to know that I can depend on Him more than anything. It’s just evident that His hand has been on my life. Just from the 21-year girl to the almost 30-year-old woman that you’re talking to now, He’s definitely been there.
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I know for a fact that I been through most of the things that I’ve been through just so that I can be an inspiration to other people. Just going through loses. I’ve had a miscarriage, I’ve just recently lost my mom in July.
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He’s been there every step of the way.
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When I tell people that God is faithful. I stand on that because my life is just evident that His hand is upon me and that His hand is upon my family. Just with the shaping of my mind, just to be someone who clearly could have lost her mind, to stand here with a sound mind and sound thoughts and not really be someone that’s still in bondage with depression and suicide.
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Even though mourning and grief is hard just the testament of His faithfulness, the scriptures are true. “He will not let the waters overtake us!” Just what the word says, “He won’t let these things consume us.” It’s just evident that’s He’s just been with me.
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I’m a worshipper so I like to just describe myself as lovesick. Anything-JESUS, worship, prayer, that is just like all me because that is how I got to know Him. I built my relationship with God through prayer. When I first got saved I didn’t really know how to pray because I was so used to going to my mom and asking her to pray for me and pray for certain things for me.
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I had to learn that all by myself.
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When I first got saved, this story cracked me up because secular music used to be like a real stronghold for me when I first, first got saved. It was like I didn’t know that I could have a worship experience at home like I did at church because my music was very different. It was like, “Okay, I can’t put on Lil’ Wayne and expect to have JESUS walk through the room!”
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My friends were like, “no gir,l you need to change that it still has a stronghold on you.” So it’s like once I learned home to cultivate an atmosphere of just worship and prayer in my own home, I really believe that it set the tone for who I am today, right now, with knowing that I can be a presence carrier.
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That time with God has really shaped me and got me through a lot of battles and journey’s that I’ve faced, even from being 21 to being married and being a mom, that it a whole nother ballgame. That is just completely different. I thank God that I had my single years with Him to cultivate my prayer life and my worship life so that when times do get hard I know who to run to.
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I’m not running to things that I did before in my past for temporary comfort. I’ve built that altar to where I know that He is my source. He is the one that sustains me. It’s just been me and God. At the end of the day, it’s just me and Him.
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My relationship with pours into everything that I do.
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No one can take that from me. Like it says it in the word, “nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” You have to guard it like you guard anything else.
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It’s been only by the grace of God! It’s been only Him.”
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Can you share your favorite scripture?

The Book of Psalms
“I tell anybody if you have trouble reading The Word of God or not knowing where to start, open the book of Psalms. I’m telling you it’s my go to. Literally, every human emotion or experience that we may be going through can be found there. It just blows my mind. No matter how many times, I can read the same passage or the same scripture in the book of Psalms and it just, ahh, that sweet spot!”
Psalm 94:19 [NIV]
94“When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.”
“That scripture pretty much, anytime that I’m feeling just anxious or letting worry get the best of me, I go back to that scripture because it speaks of God’s comfort and how it brings us joy. So I can just let my guards down. Whatever it is that I’m worried about and just think about the times that He’s just wrapped His arms around me and just wooed me, loved me, taken care of anything that it is that I might be going through. It’s just knowing that He cares that much about us to kind of just console us when we are anxious and having anxieties. That can, whether you’re a mommy, wife, single, we all have anxieties, so that’s just one of my favorite ones to go to.”
Philippians 4:13[NKJV]
13“I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.”
“I learned when I was very little. I like to say that one when I’m doing something that I haven’t done before. I love, love love that one.”
Psalms 54:4[NKJV]
4“Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is with those who uphold my life.”
“That’s one of my favorite ones. He is the one who sustains me. He is my source. Again, that one goes back to just guarding your relationship with Him. I know if everything is going crazy in the world I can go back to the one who sustains me. When it’s all falling apart He’s going to put me back together.”
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What do you do daily to let your light shine?

“I like to just be as motivational and inspirational as I can. I like to be the hope addict if I can, if I can be an ounce of hope to somebody else every day then I feel like I’ve done my job. If I could motivate somebody to do something or think differently then I know that my light has been shining and my work has been done for the day.”
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Name (3) things that you would tell your younger self?

  1. I am worthy.
  2.  FOCUS
  3. Never give up!
  4. Know your worth girl!

Why do you love you some you? What makes you extraordinary?

“I LIKE TO THINK THAT I DO HAVE A GIFT OF MAKING PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE. I LOVE TO LAUGH. SO THAT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY GIFT OF MINE. I TRY TO LIGHTEN UP CERTAIN CROWDS, CERTAIN ROOMS & AGAIN MY NATURE GIFT OF INSPIRING PEOPLE. [INSPIRATION & HOPE]”
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Recommended Books/Resources

Beyond the Veil by
Dreaming with God by Bill Johnson
Concealer And A Prayer Life: The Mommy Prayer Journal by T’era Burton
Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
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10 Seconds of Motivation

“Follow your heart. Partner with God. Whatever it is that He’s pressing upon you, even if it scares you, DO IT AFRAID, You are worthy of a dream, You are worthy of a purpose!”
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Contact Info

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Twitter:: TeraRochelle

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