Archive | December 2012

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Hello! Did everyone make it through the holidays ok?  Can you believe they have already come and gone? Just last week was the anxiety of getting everything done and now the holidays are over.  2012 has also come to end and some people are sorry to see it go, but I think most people are happy that it’s over especially because of all the heartbreak and natural disasters we have seen in these last 2 months.

The good thing about the year ending, is that we can leave behind all the things we tried to do, thought we could do, but didn’t do. All of the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” no longer matters because we could only do what we could do with the time, knowledge and strength that God had given to us at that time.  I don’t know about you, but, I tend to punish myself for all the things I wanted to do but didn’t.  Actually truth be told, I actually did the new things I wanted to do.  Where I fall short is where I didn’t “un-do” all of things I wanted to do.  However, I am making the conscious choice to forgive myself of what I didn’t do and put that on my “to do” list for the New Year. Yes, that is my corporate decision.  I think people by nature have good intentions. The problem with that is when we do not fulfill our good intentions, then we get angry or disappointed and we waste a lot of unnecessary energy feeling lousy about it instead of putting that same energy towards something productive.  I wrote myself a proverb many years ago regarding this, so I will share it with you…”Good Intentions do not always bring about good results”. I found that to be true when I did not fulfill my intentions for good towards someone else. That was my expectations-no one put that on me but me.

But here’s the good news…the past is now gone-it’s over! It is a New Year! That means it’s a New Beginning! God is so good because He will cause something new to happen in our lives. I must share (again) one of my favorite scriptures of God’s wonderful truth…”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). Do you see how every morning can mean something new for you through Jesus? All one needs to do is to ask Jesus in to their life.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

As we end this year, I would love to invite you to put your old life behind you and then accept Jesus, who brings everyone newness of life. The only thing one needs to do right now is to ask Jesus to come in to their heart, ask Him to forgive you from all of your sins (past, present and future), believe that He was born of a virgin, that He rose up from His grave after being buried for 3 days, then ascended back to heaven from where He came and believe He is coming again. He automatically gave us the option to accept new life when He died on the cross and took our sins unto Himself so that we can attain His new life once we ask for it.”For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

If you are looking for a church and  not sure where to go, you can stream live the services at Times Square Church every Sunday at 10AM Eastern Standard time at www.tscnyc.org.

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy & Blessed New Year as you get to know Jesus and all the new things He wants to share with you.  I pray that you Walk Every Day with Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23)

Can you believe that Christmas is finally upon us? Even with this bad economy, people are still moving forward with their purchases for their loved ones and even for those certain obligations we all seem to have.  With so much bad that has recently happened to so many (and who knows what issues people may be struggling with behind closed doors), people may not even care about this holiday. The holiday that has become money driven to purchase gifts without much meaning behind it.  People may recognize what this holiday means in their head-but not in there heart, so allow me to clarify this for you-Jesus is the reason for the season.  He is the true reason for the existence for this holiday. Many people celebrate Christmas without having Christ in it. I knew of a pastor who said when he was a kid, his father put out the nativity in their front yard without baby Jesus because they lost him somewhere.  (I wonder what Mary and Joseph were supposed to be looking at?)  You see, many people celebrate Christmas without Jesus in it.

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior-God who choose to become human so that He can live and identify with His creation with all the struggles and temptations that are common to all of us. Jesus even choose to be born in humility and poverty. It was God’s plan that He would be born in a stable.  This definitely would have made headlines in today’s world. People would be horrified at how unsanitary that would be.  I even think in today’s world Jesus would have been taken away from Mary and she would probably be labeled an unfit mother to allow her child to be born in such conditions. Nevertheless, the fact is God choose to bridge the gap between His creation and Himself by allowing His Son to be the mediator between the two. Jesus can surely say that He understands our struggles because He himself went through the same temptations without sinning. That is how He knows He can help us in our every day lives. He lived like us and choose to obey God and His ways rather than submit the temptations that are common to all of us.  For those that have accepted Jesus into their hearts and lives, He will always be our advocate. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.“(1 John 2:1-3)

I would like you to see how God cared enough to write down the birth of His son, Jesus so that everyone would recognize and know who He is.  The story is in Luke 2:1-20:

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

Whether you are visiting loved ones, singing Christmas carols, entertaining, working, or vacationing, I wish you a Blessed Christmas and I want you to know that you are not alone as our loving Lord and Savior is with you as we celebrate His birth so that He could save us from our sins.

I pray you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His love,

Melody

 

 


 

 

“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:13-14)

Hello again.  Sadly, we in the Northeast have suffered another tragedy.  I’m sure by now everyone all over the globe has heard of the 20 year old gunman who went to an Elementary School in a small, quiet community who shot and killed 20 children and 8 adults. One does not have to have children to feel the horror as well as the heartbreak. The Bible tells us “to weep with those that weep”. (Romans 12:15) Tears were not spared regarding this horrible occurrence. I heard and saw many people turning to tears as the news in Connecticut unfolded.

The one word that was used over and over by commentators was the word evil. They said evil had visited that community. Scripture says to us ” Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil”(Proverbs 3:7)  and to “hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1Thessalonians 5:21-22) This 20 year old chose to act evil-from the moment he woke up and killed his mother, went to the school and killed innocent lives, and then chose to take his own life. No one will ever know what brought out this evil act of violence from this kid. The Bible says “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?: (Jeremiah 17:9)  Do not think for one moment that God is not upset by what happened! This is what God’s word says ” Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “ VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19). You may not believe it but, God is our advocate-no matter what and He will avenge on our behalf.

As we move forward, please know that God is here for those want Him-even if it’s to ask why. “For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. (Lamentations 3:32-33)  “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26)

Some of the promises we have from God  to remember are:

“You will keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. ( 1Thessalonians 5:9-10)

“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews :27-28)

For those who may be looking for a church, you can stream Times Square Church live every Sunday, 1o A.M. Eastern Standard time. Their email address is: www.tscny.org.

I pray you reach out to God as you Walk Every Day With Grace,

In His Love,

Melody


“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;…” (Psalm 139:13-14)

Hello.  Can you believe the holidays are already upon us?  Yesterday (12/8) was the first night of Hanukkah-which is the Festival of Lights; and Christmas is coming up rapidly approaching in the next two weeks.  Holidays can be viewed with lots of pressure and loneliness for many people-especially this year because of the storm that devastated so many in the Northeast only 6 weeks ago. I do believe the storm made people a little more aware of the fact that they need to count their blessings especially when I have seen many pulling together and helping one another out. God can and does work through people.

Sadly, during this season when loneliness seems to creep in and become overwhelming, there are some people who don’t think that they have much value as a human being and I am here to tell you that God says in His Word that you are fearfully and wonderfully made because we were created in His image. God has said “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the psalms of my hands;” (Isaiah 49:15-16). God’s love is for those who want it and even for those who don’t.  When Jesus was nailed to the cross paying for the sins of all mankind, those very real nails went through the imprint of you on His hand and straight on to His body in place of you.  All of the devils accusations and lies about you were nailed to Jesus because “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perishbut have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”  (John 3:16-17).

Jesus is the embodiment of true unconditional love. His love gave us real value, the understanding of love and sacrifice and eternal life once one repents (walks away from) sin.  Once we ask Jesus into our lives, we will never have to be lonely again.  God’s word says “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24).

We are never alone as long as we invite Jesus to walk along side of us and remember that we were made in His image-how awesome is that?

I pray that you walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody