Archive | August 2012

“But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:6-9)

Yesterday, I went to Jeremy and Mishell’s wedding. I have known Jeremy since he was born and it was a blessing to watch him grow into a man and choose his beautiful bride.  The two of them and now “Mr. and Mrs.” They have entered into a covenant of marriage and are now “one flesh” according to the Word of God.  What some people may not understand is that God makes things very tangible to His creation.  What I mean is,  just as this couple is now considered “one” by way of their new relationship. It would be hard to think of them as completely separate people since they are now husband and wife.  People do not and should not lose their personalities because of their union, but most likely will enhance one another and bring out the best in each other- which is actually complimenting to each other.

My relationship with the Lord is similar.  When I accepted Jesus, He started to bring out the best in me. He did not ask me to give up my personality.  He wooed me!. He said “come as you are.”  I didn’t have to change first. I started to change as I grew in my relationship with the Lord.  My first Pastor said something to the effect “that God loves us to save us as we are.  But, He also loves us enough not to let us stay as we are.”  Every relationship grows and changes in this life.  Jesus is the groom and His church is the bride; and it is through this relationship we begin to transform into Jesus’s image.  Once we accept Jesus into our hearts, it is then God sees us and He also sees His Son. Two are now one.  In marriage, there seems to be a point when the couple start resembling one another,. So it is when we accept God’s proposal and enter into God’s covenant  of marriage with Him.

I encourage you to call upon the name of Jesus (if you have not done so already) and enter into a marriage that cannot be broken by Him. God’s word says ” …I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)  Who else can make a promise like that?

In His Love,

Melody

“A man who has many friends must himself be friendly, But, there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 NKJ

Friends. Where would people be without friends?  There are so many songs that reference friends-like, “but, you gotta have friends….” and “people who need people”.  Sounds nice doesn’t it?  Sentimental even. However, to me these types of songs have hints of codependency . What can I say ? That’s where my mind takes me, but I digress. In reality, I love my friends and would not be where I am without some of the friends that I have in my life,  This blog came to life because of these precious gems that God has given to me as friends.  Therefore, I would like to publicly thank Frank, Amy, and Millie  for their encouragement for me to move forward in life.  I also cannot forget Valerie who cheers me on almost daily. Sometimes friends are all we have-especially for those who may not have family.

Believe it or not, my life has not always been happy, peppy, and bursting with love.  I lived those moments-which turned in to days of  utter despair and worry. I remember a few years back when my job was outsourced and the apartment in the house I was living was sold; and my church was going through a very strained transition.  Since I had no job and income was not guaranteed, I had to move home for the first time in years and my mother was a recent widow!  Talk about losing all of one’s security in life.  I was at a major crossroad and did not want to entertain the thought of change at at the age of 38.  Some of my friends were supportive to me by way of listening to my distress and some others…well, let’s just say their conversation went like this “me, me, a little more about me. Ok, enough about me. So what do you think bout me?’   Friends like that will always be there to help you fail. So the questions became, “why are we friends?” and  “do I still want to have any alleged friendships like that?”    The answer was no. Standing alone is never easy, but I chose my sanity over other’s opinions.

During this season of my life I felt so alone trying to figure out what to do, where to go, etc….  My only true constant in my life was God. I felt like I let Him down and couldn’t even pray to Him because of what had transpired in my life.  On some level I must have thought I did something wrong (like I have any control in major corporations or someone else’s house!).  Still, these were my feelings. But, guess what? God is bigger than our feelings and praise God for that!  It was during this time that God led me out of New York and sent me to Charlottesville, Virginia. I went there in obedience to Him and  I cried all the way there because I left everyone and everything I knew until I showed up  in Thomas Jefferson territory. I thought it was to start my life over. God opened every door for me to be there because I contacted a church to see if anyone would rent a room (instead of  going to a hotel) and God provided through a woman who only charged me $50.00 per week!  It turned out that God took me out of my familiar surroundings and put me in a place that I could not possibly relate to.  Seriously, an older gentleman heard me speak and said “you’re a yankee! ” In which I responded “yes; and we won the war.” It was then another former New Yorker told me not say things like that unless I wanted to start another civil war. So I did my best not to say too much too soon.

Anyway, it was during this time that I got to decompress and  let my spirit and soul heal.  God gave me real life object lessons to glean from-like watching sheep. He made me  lie down in “green pastures”, He led beside still waters to restore my soul.  God did not leave me at any point during this time.  He truly did stick closer to me than a brother. I finally was able to let go of my circumstances so that I could be ready to change-and embrace new opportunities. Letting go was not easy, believe me-it never is. I spent 1 month in Virginia until I began to run out of the money I brought. It was then I knew it was time to return to New York.  I really did think I would just change my life by leaving my old one behind.  In reality, I got to spend one on one time with God alone; without anyone telling me what they thought I should do-especially those people who couldn’t even handle their own lives.  I got to know God in a whole new, personal way that no one could have told me.  More importantly no one now can ever take that away from me.  You see, my identity is now in Him-not what someone said they think it should be. God showed me it was ok to be me with my (sometimes zany) personality because now when He sees me, He also sees His Son, Jesus.  I care more about what God thinks of me than what people say about me.  People can say what they want, they can even come and go, but GOD remains constant. One of the promises of scripture I hold on to when things start to change is Jeremiah 29:11 “For, I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Change is inevitable, but now I know that hope is always there for those who want it.

God’s invitation  for salvation is a free gift through His Son Jesus. It is in this relationship  that you too can walk every day with God’s grace.  Please know that I pray for everyone who comes across this blog.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Beginnings

Thanks so much for leaving such thoughtful comments!  I definitely will be updating this site every week.  The next time you come back we will continue our communication regarding having a relationship with God.His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness to us!

New Beginnings-Knowing that God’s Love is Here For You

Hello! My name is Melody Elias.  Did you know that God loves you and is waiting to have a relationship with you? I invite everyone who knows the Lord Jesus or is seeking God’s truth- maybe for the very first time to write to me so that we can discuss it.  Many people think that having a relationship with God is for the weak.  People also think you have to be what the world considers “good” in order to communicate with God.   Nothing could be further from the truth.  God is a gentleman who never forces Himself on anyone.  He knocks on the door of your heart and waits to be invited in.  Mankind is created in God’s  image. Therefore, everyone is welcome to inherit His salvation.

Just a little tidbit about me: I am a born again Christian-with Jewish heritage and was recently in a Born Again Biker Church!  Yep, can’t make this stuff up and that my friends only begins my diversity.  Who says God doesn’t have  a sense of humor?

Once we begin to walk with Jesus, He gives us His grace so that we can walk through our every day lives one day at a time knowing that He is there to carry our burdens because He loves us.  Jesus said “Come to me who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.  No conditions. Just an invitation to come and that applies to whomever would like to participate.

I look forward to sharing with you and praying for you.  Until we meet again, I pray that you walk every day with God’s grace.

In His Love, Melody