Archive | November 2012

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, His love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1)

Hello. How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?  I hope well.  Since the storm last month in the Northeast, I’m sure many people think they have nothing to be thankful for-let alone even think why would God allow such devastation that effected so many people at this time.  Again, not sure why God allows certain things to happen. One thing I do know is that when life is going well, people don’t seem to reach out to God or seem to include Him in their lives but, when bad things or tragic circumstance happen, then (hopefully) people will run to God to inquire as to why it happened

What people don’t realize is that God still loves them during these hard times and that His love is endless. God also shows His love through others.  People are still coming together to meet the needs of those inside and outside their communities.  Even on Thanksgiving Day, there were those willing to come together to serve and feed their fellow man. Crisis will also show people what they themselves are made of; and hopefully it will take the focus off of self and put the focus on others.   It is also a time for reflection into one’s one life and to re-evaluate where they are at and possibly do an “internal spring-cleaning” or at the very least, an attitude adjustment.  The scripture says ” Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes…It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” (Psalm 119:67-68,71)

There are many things in life to be thankful for. Sometimes, we really have to look at our blessings and thank God for them because we take them for granted.  We are not entitled to anything in this life-even the very air we breathe, but, because of God’s love He blesses us with good things if we want them.  God always gives us the freedom to choose His blessings or to reject them. And He always gives us the opportunity to start over with Him. “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

I leave you with this word of encouragement “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”         (Romans 15:13)

Until we meet again, I pray you begin to walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

“I have chosen you and not rejected you.‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Hello to everyone who may still be recovering (or knows someone who is still recovering) from Hurricane Sandy.  My heart and prayers continue to go out to you.

During a time like this it is very difficult to understand and to explain why God would allow something like this to happen,  God is in control of everything in this life and He will allow even terrible things to get our attention so that people realize how majestic He really is.  “That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah 45: 6-7)  But even during these times of calamity God is still with us and will use this as an opportunity for people to cry out to Him for salvation as well as provision.  One’s faith is the door that opens up the communication to God. But for those that do not have any form of faith and do not believe God is in control of our circumstances, than that person will mostly likely remain in anger, bitterness and anxiety. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Again, I would like to state that I do not know why God allows calamities except for the fact it makes people go to Him one way or another.  Believe it or not, when you have faith and believe in God there is a peace that comes over you that is hard to explain-unless you have experienced it.  “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27).  For many people God truly is all they have-especially now.  I would encourage everyone to go Him tell Him what’s on your heard.  He can take it. He does not get offended like people do.  If anything, He wants to commune with you and have a relationship with you if you do not know Him; and even if we do know Him, sometimes we let too much junk in our hearts and minds and we need to renew our relationship with Him.  “Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)

I know many of you are hurting physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, but I hope you come to realize the depth of God’s love that is waiting for you.  His love is endless and limitless.

I want to leave you with word of encouragement “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6)  “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

I pray that you will Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

“For He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU. AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”- (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Hello everyone out there!  How is everyone in the Northeast doing?  Since, I live on Long Island, I am only too acquainted with the Triple storm we got on October 29th and the Nor’easter we got on Wednesday (11/7).  I lost all power for 1 week and truth be told, that is nothing compared to many of the very sad stories I have been hearing.  My prayer for anyone who was affected by this storm is that you would come to know the comfort that only God can bring during this time because He truly does care for you.

As many of you know, all of the boroughs were warned by their local governments to take appropriate shelter and/or to leave their dwelling because of the triple storm threat that was coming their way-especially for those living near the water.  Almost every news anchor and meteorologist said they have never seen a storm like this in their entire lives or careers.  One of the issues with this storm was that it was incredibly slow moving-which caused more damage at a slow and steady pace.  Sadly many people didn’t take the warning seriously and lost not only their belongings, but some lost their lives as well. I cannot help but wonder about those people’s eternal lives. Did they make their peace with God?  Did they ask Jesus to forgive them of their sins?  Did they know beyond a shadow of doubt that they were going to heaven?  I wonder. I really, really wonder.

What many people don’t realize is that they are already in the midst of a storm-a stormy battle for the salvation of their souls. Even through this kind of calamity and sorrow, God is there reaching out to His children and creation longing to comfort them as a father. “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10).  It is through God’s salvation that one is redeemed from their sins and that is what gets one into Heaven. Unfortunately, when everything is going well, one rarely turns to God because of their own self sufficiency; but when tradegy hits and things are destroyed, people will begin to look for God-maybe for no other reason but to say “thank you for saving life. My possessions may be gone, but I still have my life, my family and my salvation”

Why does God allow these things? I don’t know.  But, I do know that He is in control of all things-even the storms. God warns us what things are coming through His Word (the Bible) so that His people would be prepared. But many do not heed the warning-just like those who choose not to go to higher ground when the waters started to flood. Provision was made available. It may not have been what most people wanted, but there was provision. God will always provide a way of escape-but many times our pride gets in the way of what is the right thing to do.  Our human nature and reasoning never wants to think that things are going to be that bad. Scripture says it this way  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27). Does this mean God doesn’t want you to live near the water?  Of course you can live by the water. But, we also need to use the God given common sense God gave us to make correct decisions for our lives-especially when there are warnings; spiritual as well as physical. That’s why today is the day of salvation-we never know what tomorrow may bring. “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

 

For those who may wish to contribute either by volunteering or donations and are not sure who to turn to regarding Hurricane Sandy; I strongly recommend Times Square Church, located at 50th and Broadway, New York, NY.  Their website is: www.tscnyc.org. This church truly has God’s heart and love for all people.
May you walk every day with grace.
In His love,
Melody