Archive | March 2013

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6)

IMG_0905Hello everyone!  How are you?  I am back from my trip from Israel and I must tell you…it was wonderful. The people, the history, the culture-all of it. It is amazing to me that Jesus walked all over this country! I was on a tour bus and that was exhausting.  The hills are all rocky-no wonder it took Jesus 3 years to walk it-there was so much territory to cover.  The architecture is amazing considering everything was built without machines. I found the people in Israel to be very hospitable and warm.  The take such pride in the maintenance of their country and it shows because the country is so clean.

There is so much to talk about, but, since this Sunday (March 31st) is Resurrection Sunday also known as Easter Sunday.  On my last day in Israel, we went to the historic site where the Garden Tomb is and we were told that we were at the alleged tomb that Jesus was brought to by Joseph of Arimathea after Jesus was crucified on the cross. “Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” (John19:38-42).

It was pretty surreal being at the Garden Tomb in Israel. But, guess what? It was empty! There were no remnants of bones or anything in there.  It made the scripture very real to me-“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” If people came to see a memorial. they would be very disappointed.  How much more awesome is it to know that Jesus, Son of God and man lived; died, and was resurrected? Who else in recorded history is celebrated for their life and more importantly, their resurrection? No one but Jesus! In the early church believers would say “He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!” This salutation was an encouragement to those who believed in Jesus as their Messiah.

As you celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus this Sunday, reflect on how He lived and died for your sins and how He bridged the gap between you and God. For those who do not believe that Jesus is God, please tell me who else is celebrated for their birth (Christmas) and who else was recorded as coming back from the dead!  I’ll wait-let me know.

Until we meet again, I hope you Walk Every Day With Grace knowing that He (Jesus) is Risen. He’s Risen, Indeed!

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

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

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Hello to everyone!  I hope I find you well.  We had yet another Nor’easter-but, thankfully no where near as bad as it has been in the last few months.  Movin’ on..Tomorrow I leave for my trip to Israel.  My emotions are a little up and down, so that’s why I believe  God gave me the above scripture to dwell on. This whole trip came together in 7 weeks. God saw the desire of my heart and opened a door of opportunity-so I had to walk through it.

I am expecting amazing things from this trip because I am allowing myself to come out of my comfort zone and do something new and different.  I have made major changes in my life the last few years and now I am going to make room and receive whatever God may have in store for me.  I have been praying for change and asking God what is His purpose for my life at this time . When we pray and seek God’s direction for our lives, we do not just sit and wait for the phone to ring. There is an active participation on our side. As we begin to move in God’s leading or direction. we will know by the peace that He gives. God opened every door for this trip-and I can feel His peace within my whole being.  It’s like He wrapped me in a blanket of His peace and you can feel it in the core of your body. It just seems to make life easier when one has His peace. I got everything done that needed to be done prior to this trip without all of the crazy stress and interruptions that life can bring.

I will show you in God’s word how Jesus expresses His love to us. In the Gospel of  Luke it says “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If a son asks for bread, from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or, if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:9-13) Remember, if we belong to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us since the day we asked Jesus into our hearts.

I am not sure if I will have an opportunity to write when I am away. However, I know I will much to share about the things of God upon my return.  So, now tomorrow, I begin my journey with Jehovah Shalom-the God of Peace.

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

Shalom,

Melody

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; May those who love you be secure.” (Psalm 122:6)

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Hello! How is everyone?  Next week I will be going to Israel for 2 weeks! I am excited and in awe of seeing the land Jesus himself dwelt.  His ministry started there-and before this world comes to a complete end, He will return there again.

Just so you know, the Hebrew word for peace is Shalom.  As I was researching what this part of scripture meant, I found that the  Hebrew words for “peace,” “security” and “Jerusalem” are all related..Shalom (peace) comes from a root meaning “whole” or “complete.” In addition, Jerusalem probably means “City of Peace.” Therefore, David wrote a play on words when he asks prayer for the shalom of the city of shalom.  Also, in modern terms we may think that “peace” has a more of a negative association in that it may imply the absence of wars. The implication to pray for Jerusalem is more like a blessing one may receive from God.

Think about it, I will be walking through Biblical history and see it come alive for me.  I will see Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home, I will be on the road to Damascus-that’s where Peter had his revelation of who Jesus, was;  I will be at the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum-Jesus’ hometown during his ministry years; I will be in Qumran-where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; and I will see the Zion Gate up to the Upper Room.

When we  pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we pray for the kind of peace that only God can bring — the peace which, when it comes, will produce the end to wars and strife. This is the only lasting peace, the peace of Jesus the Messiah, a right relationship between God and all humanity. To pray for the peace of Jerusalem is to pray for that which God wants most of all to bestow upon it — Himself. Prayer for the peace of Jerusalem includes prayer for His coming and for His Kingdom.

I look forward to going to Yeshua’s (Jesus) home. I can’t wait to see how the scriptures come alive as I walk through the land that is most holy in the world.  I will open my mind, heart and spirit to what God has in store for me there.  I know that I will probably be more in love my Savior and will want to share that with everyone upon my return home.  Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem and see how it will open you to another level of God’s love.

Until we meet again, I pray that you Walk Every Day With Grace,

Shalom,

Melody