Archive | November 2013

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:18)

 

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Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well. Sorry, I didn’t write last week, I had technical difficulties.  Moving on… Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday?  Do you realize that there are so many things to be thankful for?  Will you remember to count your blessings?  Can you even recognize your blessings?  If you are able to read this, then thank God you are alive (and that you can read)!

We are to have an attitude of thanksgiving all year round-not just one day a year.  It is so easy to complain about our lives and our circumstances, but for those who are true believers in Christ, we are to purpose to be thankful-in all things. Here is an example from  my own life. I have been praying for a change within my company and I recently applied for two different positions.  My friend, Amy and I pray every week for various things, including these job opportunities for me. We will always pray  for God’s will in our lives and that He would make it very clear as to His direction regarding our prayer requests. When I was thinking and praying for a scripture for this week’s blog, the above scripture kept going around in my head.  Well, today, I found out that God “closed the door” on the two job opportunities I was praying for.  So, what was my immediate reaction? To give thanks to God-for this was His will concerning me.  Was I bummed out? Yes! Disappointed? Yes! But then, I had to take a breath and realize that God has His best interest for my life, therefore, it is His will for me.

I know that being thankful or thanking God is not easy.  It isn’t natural either. “I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.” (Psalm116:7)   It is because of God’s love for us that we are able to thank Him. “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1) It is because God brought salvation to all of us through His Son, Jesus that we are able to be thankful for our very lives. Once we receive Jesus into our lives, He forgives our sins and gives us the promise of eternal life! How does one say thank you to a gift of such eternal value? “You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.” (Isaiah 12:1)  We are truly victorious in Jesus Christ and it is only because of  who He is. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

It is my prayer that you are able to be thankful at this juncture of your life.  I understand about the hard times.  Right now I don’t know many people who aren’t experiencing various hard times or loss (myself included).  There was much loss in my own life this year.  Even still, I submit to the Sovereign will God has for me even though I have no specific “map” for  my journey at this time. I trust in Him and am thankful that He is my Savior, God, and friend. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” (I1 Chronicles 29:11-13)

My prayer for you this thanksgiving season is that you see God in all things and that every good and precious gift is from Him.  Have a Happy, Healthy and Blessed Thanksgiving and in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  (Colossians 3:17)

I would like to leave the following scripture for you to think upon as you continue to walk Every Day, With Grace:

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that he Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good;His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“… I, the Lord, am your healer.” (Exodus 15:26),

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Hello! How is everyone? Good I hope.The weather is getting colder and the leaves are changing their color.  Can you believe it is mid November already?  Thanksgiving  and Hannukah is just 12 days away!  The fact the Jewish calendar has Hanukkah on Thanksgiving is a whole other story. I believe this event has not happened like this in a little over one hundred years. God keeps things interesting.

Do you realize that God is available to heal you? He is available to heal all different areas of your life.  How, you may ask? Call upon His name. “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me” (Psalm 30:2) “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” (Psalm 107:19-21)  God can and does heal all areas of our lives. One area is illness- “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,” (Psalm 103:2-4) “The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.  The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.” (Psalm 41:2-3)

Have you ever had your heart broken from any major disappointment? God sees it and responds to it.  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3) God is very aware of what happens in our lives. He not only can heal our bodies, but He also saves our soul and brings  our spirit to life to give us the opportunity to choose and enjoy eternal life.” “Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”  (Jeremiah 17:14)

Whenever we go through pain, sorrow, or need healing of any sort, Jesus is there to help us. He understands the frailty of our humanness. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Jesus can heal through various ways. One way is pray to Him and sometimes if have sin in our lives, we need to confess our sins and turn from them (repent) “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) Also, a key for our healing is believing God can in fact heal us.   That is where faith comes into play. There is nothing wrong with going to a doctor, but God supersedes our medication as well as our doctors. After all, Jesus is the Great physician.  “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.   “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”  Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.  Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8: 43-48)

Jesus is our ultimate authority in all situations-including healing. “When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.  “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”  Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”  The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.  When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.  He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.  When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (Matthew 8:5-17)

As you continue to walk Every Day With Grace, please know that Jesus hears our cries and identifies with mankind. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1Peter 2:24). His promise to His children is love them and to heal their past, present and future once they call upon Him. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)  Your ultimate Healer is just a prayer away.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. (Proverbs 23:4-5)

 

image009Hello! How has everyone been? Can you believe we turned the clocks back and it is November already?  Hurricane Sandy was just over a year ago and yet, many people are still feeling the devastation. So many things have occurred in this last year and it has affected the United States greatly as a nation.  Unfortunately, people often “feel” that effect in their wallets.

 

I personally believe that GOD is allowing our economic situation to get our attention because nothing else is doing it. It seems to be that when one has money-one is very self-sufficient; and therefore, does not see (nor want) God in or as part of their lives. The ironic part is that if it wasn’t for God, they would not have money. That’s right, God is in control of finances and it all belongs to Him. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1) When we struggle to meet our needs, God is not mad at us or punishing us. He is trying to get our dependency off ourselves and our eyes on to Him. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”. (Psalm 121:1-2) God always proves to be our sufficiency in all things; whatever the reason-whatever the season. To earn money, or to have money, it is a privilege-and with privilege comes responsibility.How we handle our money is a reflection of where our heart is. It is shows us what we value. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)  Just because someone doesn’t spend their money, but holds on to it, also shows their heart attitude towards money. “There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sunRiches kept for their owner to his hurt.” (Ecclesiastes 5: 13) Jesus gave a powerful parable regarding this: “Jesus replied, Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you? Then he said to them,“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”and he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? (Luke 12:14-20)

The antidote to this behavior is for one to honor God first with their money; and, to be generous towards others.
“Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.”( Proverbs 3:9-10) “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you”  (Deuteronomy 16:17) “He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.”  (Proverbs 22:9) “The righteous gives and does not hold back.” (Proverbs 21:26) God has blessed us with the ability to work and to earn money-one reason is because He knows this is a vital necessity in our lives so we can be a “free people” and now slaves to others; and two, He gave us money so we can bless others and provide for their needs (not wants).  This kind of blessing is given legitimately to a church, or through a ministry or organization. Sometimes God will bless us with finances just so we can bless others because of their needs.  One time I was in need to get my car fixed and it was going to cost $500.00. I was very upset as I did not have the money to fix my car so I was depressed. Then within a short amount of time, I brought in my mail and there was (5) 100 dollar bills with a note that Jesus loves me and wanted to bless me so I could get my car fixed. The note was anonymous and I had the money to fix my car.  God had put it on the heart of someone to give me the money instead of using it for themselves.  “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”  (Matthew 6:3-4)

I am sharing with you the topics that are on my heart at this time because the times we are in are getting a little darker, not just physically, but spiritually and the one truth there is to cling to is through Jesus Christ.  Obamacare may not work, but Jesus will hear my prayers and heal my body.  He is the only true source we will ever need for our lives. I encourage to watch your spending and start paying down any debt you may have and save for y0ur future.  The Bible says “the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Proverbs 22:7) That’s why it also says “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have. (Hebrews 13:5) “But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 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. “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?” (Matthew 6: 23-25)

As you continue on y0ur journey in this place we call life, I encourage you work on becoming debt free so you do not have to owe anyone anything and by doing so, you will get to see the awesomeness of God as He provides for your needs and even gives you those secrets wants that nobody knows about.  He is our provider and His love and truth is our sufficiency. Here i another scripture as you walk Every Day With Grace  “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 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 6:6-10)

In His love,

Melody