Archive | October 2013

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.”(Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)

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Hello,

How is everyone? I hope your journey during this life is well. Every week I contemplate on what I want to communicate to everyone (as well as myself) and God is always faithful to lead in a specific direction.  One of my personality traits is analyzing everything.  I did not ask to be this way; to think about things in life in various ways and angles, alas, it is a very big part of me and who I am.  You’re probably thinking “Ok?” “Good story…what does this have to do with anything?” My point is…because I tend to be a logical/analytical thinker I try to figure out God. I don’t mean just my circumstances, but God Himself. Have you ever done that?  I have been doing that for years. Sometimes I don’t mean to, but I catch myself pondering as to why such and such is this way versus that way.  I also tend to ponder why God has not sent me a memo to let me in on His doing. (See, how important I am in my own head?)One of favorite books of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. It is in the Old Testament and I would encourage everyone to read it. One reason is all of the practical advice that was given during his reign (970 to 931 BC) and is still very much applicable to situations we deal with today. Have you ever heard the saying “there is nothing new under the sun?” It comes from Solomon (he is the son of David), he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes before Jesus was ever born. “The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.” (Ecclesiastes 1:8-11) There are no new concepts or circumstances that can catch God off guard.  He knows everything and is in charge of everything. Too many people blame the devil, their parents, their boss, the weather, their favorite sports team for not winning, or whatever.  Too much time is wasted on the “what ifs”. “What if took money out of the stock market?”  “What if I put money in to the stock market?” “What if I married someone else?” “Why didn’t I marry when I had the opportunity?” “What would my life be like if I didn’t lose my mother? Father? Sister? Brother? Child? Friend? Spouse”? “What if I didn’t get this illness?” and so on and so on and so on. Here is the reality to all of this: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14)

You see, God is very aware of all of our frailties and cares for us while we go through these trials. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22) A lot of times when things are near, that can open a door for confusion. But, this is what God says about when someone wants to confuse us when we waiting on Him  and His directions for our lives The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.” (Galatians 5:10) No matter what we go through, God knows and is standing by waiting to see if we ask for His help and guidance. Only God knows the beginning and the end of all things, so we need to be alert  when we are at crossroads in our lives. God knows all of our “missed opportunities” as well and only He can open and shut doors pertaining to our lives. However, we do have freedom of choice to listen to Him or not. That’s why He says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9) We cannot know the very deep things of God may have for our lives-but, we do have His promise that He will reveal Himself to us if we seek Him. “I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.” (Proverbs 8:17) Only God can reveal to us His will and plan for our lives-no one else. When should thank Him in thee good and even in the not so good and cry out to Him no matter what. He is only a prayer away, so call out to Him-He ‘s always available. “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121 1-4)  

I would like to leave you with this scripture as you walk Every Day With Grace “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. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:6-9)

 In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,Says the Lord who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

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Hello. How are you? How is your week going? As I like to say, “Slow and steady wins the race.” In other words, I am still continuing on-seeking God for His will in my life as my trial continues. One of the things I am desiring during my life’s inconsistency right now is peace-especially since things are unsettled. The only way one obtains peace is through God. God brings peace to His us because of His great love and compassion for us.

Did you ever realize how hard it is to sleep or rest, or, for that matter concentrate when there is no peace in your life?“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8) Sometimes it is hard to function when life is upside with derision. It can definitely leave one physically and emotionally exhausted. However, God gives us strength when we go through life’s trials. “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)

I know when I go through life’s trials, my temptation is to complain (I don’t always fight the temptation-I go with it. I’m not necessarily proud of this-just honest about it.) I also want to take out my anger on whomever-people at work, family, other drivers…I’m not too picky. Of course during these times, God is NOT pleased with my attitude. “Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. (Psalm 34:13-15) When we act so ungodly (which is what this behavior is), we forget that God sees and hears EVERYTHING we do! In reality all we need to do is turn to the Lord and give Him our cares so He can carry them and give us His peace it its place. “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.(Psalm 55:22)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, my prayer for you is that you seek after the peace God has waiting for you especially during stressful times of trials.  God loves you and wants to share His peace and compassion with you so you grow close to Him while you get to know Him.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“Moses asked, “When I come unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” God said unto him, “I AM THAT I AM … I AM hath sent me unto you “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14)

names-of-god Hello! How is everyone doing? How is your relationship growing with God? I hope you are seeking God on a continual basis. As I have previously stated, I am in transition right now in my life as well as with my walk with God. I think that God will allow us to “revisit” certain areas of our lives so we can see how far we’ve come; or to let us know that we may not have come as far as we have hoped. Nevertheless, “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 must admit, it is not the easiest thing to wait on God when we are in the “during” stages. You know… the “waiting for change” stage; the “going through” stage. One thing I can say about this period of time with God is, that I get to learn (or re-learn) His character again and apply it to my life. The above scripture was chosen because it is here when God declares who He as well as His character attributes to the Israelites by saying that He is the “I AM”.

Of course you are probably are thinking “what?” I don’t get it. How is “I AM” attributed to character qualities. I will explain. God is eternal and therefore, His love and caring never ceases towards His creation. The reason God introduced Himself as “I AM” was to let the Israelites then (and for the gentiles now) know that He has always been there and cared for them-much like He does today. When the Israelites wandered through the wilderness they had much needs during this journey. When we go through our “wilderness” experiences, we have needs that need attending to met as well. When we feel alone, God, (Jehovah Shammah) is there is to say “I AM” here with you. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) As we continue on in our walk with God, we learn that He is “El Shaddai”-God Almighty-the All Sufficient One. He says “I AM all that you need. When there is a need for provision, He is “Jehovah Jireh” the Lord, our provider. Here He says, I will provide your needs. I think here people get very confused (me included) about wants and needs For example, right now during my trial I had to leave my apartment. I wanted another apartment. God provided a place with family for me to live at this time. My need was met. I needed a place to live and God provided one. Not the way I thought it was going to unfold, but, here I am.God is all things and everything to His own. He is constantly saying, “I AM” your Salvation when you are looking for truth. He is saying “ I AM” Jehovah Shalom, peace when you are looking for peace. “I AM” Elohim, your creator and loved you enough to create you in My image. God is EL Roi-the God who sees. He sees what we are going through and is with us and guides us through our situations. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8)

When Jesus first declared who He was, He used the same content of meaning to the Israelites regarding who He was. “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “ Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  JEAnd they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon  Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17)  You see, Jesus is the great I AM. He has always made Himself  known to us. In  the Old Testament, He was everything man needed. In the New Testament, He confirms  that He  still everything we need and the only way to God so we can have eternal life.

John 6:51:“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;”

John 8:23: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 10:9: “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:11: “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10:36: “do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

John 15:1: “I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

John 19:2: Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”‘”

Acts 7:32: Stephen speaking of Moses’ encounter at the burning bush  “saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look.”

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, this week, try to take hold of the fact Jesus says “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6:). My prayer for you is that you enter into life that Jesus has for you. “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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How is everyone?  My week has been interesting since I moved.  As I stated last week, I am in a transition at this time in my life. In these last few years, God has been removing or stripping certain things from my life.  Some friends, churches-even some family-whether it be through natural causes or not.  There has definitely been a clear “divide” regarding what I perceived as normality, rather “Christian normality” in my life.

In order to understand what I mean, I will go back a little bit to explain. Some years back I had prayed and asked God to help me understand more clearly what it was like to be more like His Son, Jesus.   I wanted my faith in Christ to be real-not hypercritical.  Believe me, I am a real sinner and I have failed God miserably more times than not, but He never gave up on me-especially when I wanted to give up on myself.  It was during this time that I went through a lot of loss and it seemed like my life was only filled with darkness.  I lost my job, my apartment, I had to move home as an adult in my late 30’s, I was surrounded by “friends” who blamed me for my circumstances and some were telling me that I was not living a “love walk” which is why these things were occurring.  I felt lost, misplaced and completely unsure about life. I cried out to God asking if this was all there was? Was there any hope?  No one offered any hope-only despair.  Where was proof of God’s love for me during this time?  I said to God, “I can’t be wrong ALL the time!” SHOW ME WHO YOU ARE!

Then God showed me in His Word: “What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?  Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge”(Romans 3:3-4).  I think one of reasons I became distressed was because I was allowing others to tell me how God viewed me. The view was based upon their own idols of their hearts and minds. I since then have established a much stronger relationship with God-and this includes hearing His voice and obeying His will.

When I was a new believer, God gave me this Word from the Bible: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran” (Genesis 12:1-4). God has given me this same scripture several times over the years and I have not listened.  Mostly because of my own security (or false security) of me being in charge of my life, fear and unbelief.  In this scripture Abraham was 75 when obeyed-there’s hope for me (and you) yet! I choose the above scripture because we are to trust and acknowledge God with a whole heart in ALL things because He truly is our guiding force in life. It says not to “lean on our own understanding”. Why? Because God’s ways are not our ways and frankly, many times it doesn’t make sense how HE pull things off! “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55: 8-9)

If you are also dealing with changes and transitions in your life, I want to encourage you to know that while we are going through difficulties and it seems like God is very far away, I want you to know that He has not forgotten us. “…but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; (Isaiah 49:15-16) As we maintain our trust in Jesus, He will not only direct our paths in this life, He will also make the paths straight for us to follow. 

As you continue to walk Every Day With Grace, I want to leave you with these words of encouragement:

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. (Matthew 6:25-33)

In His Love,

Melody


“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

Hello everyone! I miss writing to you! My life is in transition right now.  I am in between places to live. I received a letter from my letter stating she wants to put her house up for sale, so long story short, I had to move.  I am staying with family for the moment while trying to find a place to live.  I know this too shall pass, but, if you remember me, please pray for me. God is faithful to His children, so, I know He will provide a place for me (hopefully sooner than later 🙂 I am actually writing this while I am at my doctor’s office because He has Wifi.  To God be the glory for the things we have become accustomed to. 🙂

Clock to Blog I would like to let to encourage you in whatever that you may be going through to know that God has not forgotten you in your trials either. “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50) God preserves us as we go THROUGH the trials of life…and I thank God it does not last forever-even though it may feel like forever.  That’s why there are seasons in life. God gives the four seasons as object lessons.  We have Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall; four seasons in (1) year. So it within our life. The summer that just passed was so hot for so long-it seemed like it would not end.  But, it did…and now it is October! “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!  The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!” (Psalm 118:14-16)

Even though I do not know where I will find a place to live, I know God has me in the palm of His hand. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22) I stand on the promises of God’s Word. That is the only thing we have that is a sure thing. “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8) One of the true things my dear friend, Amy says is this”who or what else do we have as these days get darker and scarier? We only have God to protect us, provide for us, heal us and deliver us.” These trials are preparing God’s people to rely on Him and Him alone. It’s not the government that will come to our aid, but the LORD God, Jesus, Himself! “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

My blog will be a little short this week, but, I will try to get a little more stability to write and encourage you all in the love of God.  Time is a funny thing. Ever person gets the same amount of time every day-24 hours in one day. Sometimes it seems to fly away, sometimes it seems to drag and so many time we waste it on silly things. I believe that how we handle our time during our trials will affect the “season” that we are currently experiencing. That is why the Bible says “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5: 15-16) God is there with us in every season of our lives.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, ask God to guide you in the season that you are in and know that He is there with every season that changes.

In His Love,

Melody