Archive | April 2013

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

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Hello. How is everyone?  I hope you had a good week.  I don’t know about you, but, life just seems to keep crashing down on all of us.  Seriously, so many things seem escalated and I have no idea why.  It seems like there is just so much pressure out there-and the pressure is building on everyone and everything.  It can feel overwhelming to say the least.  So what does one do and where does one go when things are crazy and overwhelming?  One should run to God-not from God to seek answers.

I believe that is why God put the above scripture on my heart.No matter what goes on in our lives, God is there-when we want Him and when we don’t. He is faithful to hear His own children when we call upon Him and He is right there when someone genuinely prays ‘God save me!” so, they too can become one of His children.  That’s right, God is everywhere. We cannot escape nor hide from Him. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139: 7-10)  So as you can see, God is everywhere. People think He can’t be there for them because they think He doesn’t see them, but He is there-watching over His entire creation-waiting for us to call upon His name and to seek face.

The time is growing short and the world events are becoming more and more critical. Surely, we do not what a day may bring, therefore we need to know where we stand with God. I know most people think they are right with God. The truth of the matter that there is only one name under heaven that guarantees ever-lasting life.  That is why one needs to “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. (Isiah 55 6-7) Please  know, “And )working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—  for He says, at the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus”.(1 Timothy 2:5)

As you seek the Lord for your life know that Jesus is the lover of our soul.

I pray that you continue to lift your eyes to the Lord as you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

“Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24)

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Hello. How is everyone this week?  Sadly, there has been another tragedy in the U.S. As the world has seen by now- the bombing which took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday. April 15th.  Words cannot express the shock, horror and sadness which we are seeing during our lifetime.  My heart and my prayers are extended to all the people and their families who are suffering. I cannot imagine what any of those people went through and are going through and will continue to go through.  The bombing in Boston reminded me of 9-11. I’m sure people were asking where was God when this happened. Believe it or not, God was there looking down from heaven when this evil transpired. Could He have prevented it? Yes!

Some people may think that this tragedy supports their theory that God does not exist. However, this is what the Bible says  in Psalm 14 1-3 “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God. They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who  seek after God.  They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”  The Bible also says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  Knowing all of this God says to us ‘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) God is here for with us and for us when something this tragic happens and when something not so tragic happens.  We all fight against fears and anxieties-and we don’t have to tell people anything about it.  We know what we are going through, but according to God’s word, we are guaranteed that God is there to strengthen us through our fears.

You may ask, “How does one do that?”  The answer: Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Scripture says “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” (Hebrews 12:2) During the uncertain times in our lives, the one who is certain to be there for us when we call upon His name is Jesus. His name brings love, peace and encouragement. He truly is the lifter of our souls. When we look to God, we take our eyes off ourselves we then are able to receive all that God has for us because we begin to focus on Him.

As you go forward in your week,  I would like to encourage you and share a chorus from the Hymn by Helen H .Lemmel “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”. The chorus is “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.”.

Fix your eyes on Jesus as you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

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Hello. How is everyone? I hope you had a pleasant week.  As far as the above scripture is concerned, I got that from Matthew 6.  That is where God still has me.  Now, what do you think God is saying here? That money is bad? No, He is not. The premise of this scripture is to reveal to us where our heart, time and attention go.  Towards God? Or, towards money which gives us things-many things as a matter of fact.

Don’t think that I (or the scripture) is saying that money is bad. It ‘s not. As a matter of fact, money is a tremendous necessity in our world today and has always been a necessity throughout the ages.  We do everything with money-we buy food, clothes, cars, pay rent or a mortgage, make co-payments towards medical bills, hair appointments, school and so much more. Sadly for most of us, there never seems to be enough money to around. So, what do we naturally do?  We start thinking about how we can get more of it. Some people do this honestly, and  some people do this dishonestly by “wheeling and dealing”.  Have you ever caught yourself day-dreaming about “only if I had more money, then all my troubles would go away.” Where is the focus? On money and on self.  Scripture says “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” ( 1Timothy 6:10)

Where is God in all of this?  It is like anything else in life.  Our time, attention, focus, and loyalty cannot be divided.  When we love money, we forfeit God’s presence.  When we forfeit serving money and begin to serve God, we then see the provision and love of God in every area of our lives. That is when we allow God to prove and show us His love by setting our hearts on Him and opening ourselves up to His love . That is why God says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) He never said we couldn’t have things.  He just wants us to seek Him for what is best for us. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)  You see, we see ourselves as so important and in control of ourselves and our lives-but, we really are not that much in comparison to God.  He owns everything and shares it with us.  “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for He founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” (Psalm 24:1-2)

God loves us so much that He does not want us to drift from Him.  Can you share your loved one with another?  I don’t think so.  Why should we even worry about our needs when God promises to supply our needs (not our wants). You see how bad the economy is now? In reality, money has less and less value with inflation.  But God is always consistent. “For I am the LordI do not change” (Malachi 3:6). I challenge you to re-evaluate your heart and priorities and see for yourself what they are; and then be honest and see where you placed God in all of it.  Make the effort and surrender your divided heart and give it all to Jesus.  Let Him show you how He cares for you. ” I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me” (Proverbs 8:17)

I hope you seek after Jesus this week and Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

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Hello! How was everyone’s Passover and/or Easter? Mine was good as well I celebrated my birthday on Good Friday and communed with family on Easte Sunday. My birthday on Good Friday was pretty awesome especially because I just returned from Israel and the meaning was more alive to me. While I was in Israel, I wanted God to speak to me in such a special way-a very “spiritual” way. I guess my emotional presumptions got the better of me.  So as I read my Bible, I was hoping for a revelation of some sort. Instead, God was dealing with me in Matthew 6-wtih the theme “Do not worry about what tomorrow may bring”. Apparently, my prayer was constantly “What do You want me to do tomorrow?” Should I relocate when I get back? Transfer my job? Where will I go? Where will I live?  What should I do?”  I feel like I need to change things, but not sure where to start?” Do any of these concerns sound familiar to you?  Frustrating isn’t it?

Well, this is what God spoke to me about….“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.: (Matthew 6:25-34) Of course, that is not what I wanted to hear.  I wanted bells and whistles; maybe have the sun beaming down on me; perhaps angels singing…Is that too much to ask? I know, too dramatic.  God is not here to put on show.  He doesn’t have to.  But, He did want me to know that He is in control and is very much aware of the issues and concerns of my heart. This reminded me of the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-13.   Elijah just went through an exhausting time killing false prophets and escaping the wicked, Queen Jezebel.  He felt alone and wanted to know what was next as he sought the LORD.  “Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake,but the Lord was not in the earthquake;  and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.  So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.” My point is that God does not have to be loud or “showy” as the Creator of the universe.  He is in that still small voice that speaks to our hearts as well as our heads and when He does speak to us, it is always clear and specific.  It is not a riddle. I don’t need another person to tell me what God wants to communicate to me.  Don’t get me wrong, it can happen, but never let another person tell YOU what the Holy Spirit needs to speak to you about.  I am still dwelling on Matthew 6 because that is the passage of scripture where the Holy Spirit led me as I was inquiring of God.  God will speak to you as well.  Please, make no mistake in understanding that God always wants us to seek Him first about anything and everything. That’s why God tells us to seek His kingdom first.  He has it covered before we even ask about Him about it.  He will provide our daily needs.  This is probably why the Israelites had to get their manna from heaven every day-so that they would learn to depend on God every day.  That lesson has not changed for us.  We don’t know what tomorrow may bring-but, God does and I have peace knowing that He is there “watching my back” before I know why I need Him to watch my back.

Until we meet again, I pray that you Walk Every Day With Grace.  His grace is sufficient always.  So don’t worry about tomorrow.  Thank God He will be there tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy His presence today.

Love,

Melody