Terrie Lea has gone through a lot in her lifetime, enduring many smiles, laughter and love as well as heartaches, trials, and tears. The Lord called her in 1987 and gave her the gift of song. She was ordained in 1991 as a song minister. In 1992, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In December of 1992, she was in the hospital getting ready to have surgery, but the Lord told her to tell the doctor to check one more time, and when the doctor did, the cancer was no longer there. On through the years, Terrie Lea has had things happened to her, different sicknesses, but the Lord was always there on time to deliver her from all the attacks. She has been healed so many times by her Father God, who loves her so dearly. From the year 2003 to 2007, it seemed there was always something to discourage her, but her vision and the calling God had placed in her life gave her the strength to overcome all the traps the enemy had set before her.
Upon her arrival into the year 2007, everything one could have imaged when it came to illness was thrust her way every four days—but God was there, right on time. In October 2007, Terrie Lea suffered an injury from protecting her granddaughter that led to blood clots in her left leg that traveled to her right lung as well. In December 2007, another blood clot developing in the other leg and traveled to the other lung. Terrie Lea has suffered several physical ailments, disappointments or setbacks that have transformed her life, but she refuses to give into the despair or depression that could weigh her down. She focuses on the positive outlook in life and is sometimes described as too optimistic and trusting, and has come to be known as a “Pollyanna.” Through the many medical conditions, Terrie Lea had to make the difficult choice of moving to Florida to be close to the Mayo Clinic for her health. This was an extremely difficult decision to be away from her family. However, her health and medical care have improved and she visits as often as she can, especially during the holidays. She loves Christmas, and the holidays would not be the same without her family. They know that she is the spirit of Christmas in their home. She strives to a better Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend each and every day.
Terrie Lea believes in the goodness of others and the importance of unconditional love, faith, family and the Lord and Savior in her life. She has been extraordinarily blessed in her life and wants to continue to make her mark upon this earth. It is the Lord within her that sings, not her. When He called her to sing in 1987, she couldn’t talk let alone sing in front of people. He said then it was Him in her and to not be afraid. She has gone through many hardships and trials that have tested her faith and strength in the Lord. She has suffered physically with illness, such as COPD, cancer, and blood clots in both lungs and legs and when she felt like giving up and quitting singing for the Lord, He has spoken to her and said, “Terrie, I am not finished with you yet.” She is so blessed to have always been held in the palm of God’s hands to be protected, loved, guided and inspired. Her family is the most important thing in life and she has fought to protect her husband, her children and grandchildren from life’s hardships. She is not perfect, but she strives to be better each and every day.
Terrie Lea hopes to see her legacy continue with her grandchildren. It is amazing to see how a young girl who was afraid to sing is working on her fifth album—singing, producing, and writing songs. She can see God’s blessings in her grandchildren and how they are touched with God’s love, empathy and grace. Her oldest grandson, Colton, wrote his first song at the age of seven. The younger grandchildren want to work for the Lord and she knows that one day Alyssa, Landon, Laken and the ones waiting in heaven to be born and bless the family, will work for the Lord in one capacity or another. Upon reflecting on the decisions she has made and on what she intends to be a bright future, Terrie Lea said, “I had to move to Florida for my health and to be away from all that I love in West Virginia. However, I know that with my family and God’s unconditional love that I will be okay. My calling has been to sing and speak to the broken-hearted with words and song. I am so blessed to have seen my life experiences, both good and bad, touch others in ways that I would not have thought possible.”