Archive | May 2014

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

images 3Hello! How is everyone? How is your week going? Are you looking forward to this holiday weekend? Are you looking  forward to either going away or spending time catching up on things around the house? Maybe, spend time with friends and family? I can’t believe it is already the end of May. It really does seem like yesterday when I was complaining about the snow. Sadly, I know I will probably complain about the heat when it comes (and it will be here much sooner than later).

I don’t know about you, but, these last few months have been exceptionally challenging for me. When life happens, the situations or circumstances can be very draining-not just in the body, but in the soul and spirit as well.  The problem then becomes how our mind operates. We can obsess over whatever is going and that can affect our mind and emotions. One can become negative in a millisecond-but, it can last for hours, or days, or months…and for some–years. Also, our focus becomes self and no longer on God.  And…it affects our attitude and other people’s perception of us. In other words, if we are thinking negative, we project negativity to others. So, what do we do? We have to change our thinking and renew our minds with God’s word. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Hebrews 12:2) By changing our thinking, we will change our behavior. “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 13-16)

When we start renewing our mind and replace our thinking we start to look at other people differently. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) We get to change ourselves and conform more and more into God’s image when we start to focus on things that are true and right versus what we PERCEIVE things are. One is in perception, but the other becomes our reality because the goodness of God and everything He has to offer is a reality.And they sent their disciples to Him along with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that You are sincere and what You profess to be and that You teach the way of God truthfully, regardless of consequences and being afraid of no man; for You are impartial and do not regard either the person or the position of anyone.” (Matthew 22:16)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, it is my prayer that together, with God, we change our focus and start to dwell on those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and good repute so that we see ourselves in the reality of God instead of the vain imaginations that try to lie to us. “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 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.20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9-21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

images-1Hello. How is everyone? How are you enjoying the weather? Enjoy it now because it is supposed to be one hot, sticky, oppressive summer. (Sorry to be the bearer of bad news . 🙁

In any event, I  don’t know about you, but there has been a lot going on by me. My mother just got a good report from her doctors-we had a little scare, but, everything now ok.  There was another issue with one of my nieces, but, she is ok now; and one of my cousins had a motorcycle accident on Easter Sunday.  He seemed only injured and then went into cardiac arrest and is still in the ICU unit. It seemed like we were going to loose him twice, but, he is still holding on. Please pray for him, his name is Michael.  Why tell you all of this?  To let you know that even though the doctors are there to assist in healing, it is only because of Jehovah Rapha (The God Who Heals) and the grace of God who heard my prayers that anyone is truly healed. “Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107: 19-20)  “For I will restore health to you  and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord, Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”  (Jeremiah 30:17)

God does not just heal the body. He heals the mind and spirits as well.  He brings peace to those who are interceding for the sick as well as to the sick ones.  God is God-He is truly the only one who can deliver anyone from any type of circumstance. “For I will restore health to you  and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord, Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.” (Jeremiah 30:17)  Knowing that God is Sovereign over all things brings me peace and comfort because I know that God is in control of all things-even the timing of one’s death. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment..” (Hebrews 9:27) God is merciful, that’s why He heals people. My cousin is not a believer in God-if anything his faith is probably very minimal and he almost died two times in the last two weeks and has spent most of the time in an induced coma. So I, (and some good friends) stood in the gap between him and God and prayed for him. Believe it or not, my prayer was not for God to heal him, it was that God would not allow him to die and slip into eternity without knowing who Jesus really is and that Jesus died for his sins. I’ve tried in the past to speak to him, but the opportunities were always interrupted-and now he is in a coma and I don’t know what he can hear or receive in his heart in this weakened condition. But God does. “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive the, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24)

As for now, I am standing on the word of God and praying His promises back to God.  I had a small opportunity to speak to one of my other cousins in the hospital but, again-it got interrupted. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or, what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how  to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:7-11) “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2-5)

As of now, I will continue to pray for my cousin and for all those who request and/or just need prayer.  Our lives are in God’s hands anyway, why not communicate with him in prayer anyway? “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he hearth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 Joh 5:14-15) So what does God say we should do when we need to meet with Him in prayer” “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:13-16)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I hope you come to know the Lord your healer and let Him heal you and meet you on all levels of your physical, emotional, and spiritual areas so that you know without a shadow of doubt that it is God, and God alone who saves you and heals you.

“:Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 1:20)

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time Don, this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:25-27)

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Hello! How is everyone?  I hope your week is moving along all well and good.  I cannot even believe it is Mother’s Day already! Where does the time go? To some people, it seems that “Hallmark” makes every day a holiday, but in reality, would any of us be here without our mothers?  Not everyone has (or had) a father-but everyone has (or had) a mother. We will not even go in to the types of mothers (or mothering)  but; was is for sure-we all have mothers.

I do believe without a shadow of doubt that God intended to create women to be mothers as a representation of His love. In the Garden of Eden God created man and women in His image so that we would emulate His very nature of love.  Man and woman must be the balance of God’s make-up because the two are so uniquely different-yet complementary-and then become one in flesh when married.  “and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Mark 10: 8-9)

I don’t think that people ordinarily think of the nurturing or “mothering” side of Jesus. Even though He and God, the Father are on, He, also has His protective instinct to protect those who belong to Him. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (Luke 13:34) Do you hear the unconditional love?  Do you hear the deep cry of His heart-almost like a lament over those He loves? Can any of you mothers relate to that?  God wants us to always honor our parents. “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:3)

Jesus also has a compassionate, empathetic side that identifies with our  sorrows as well. “For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:12-13) Comfort is usually from the mother rather than a father, but, like I said God has a nurturing side as well as a protective side-together bring balance. It is amazing to me that even on the cross, Jesus cared enough to provide for His mother’s care that He picked one of the disciple’s (John) to care for Mary as a son…and John accepted the responsibility willingly.  Mary had other children, but, Jesus choose someone else He felt was more suitable and knew would correctly care for His mother. He was being nurturing to His own mother while dying on the cross. God, in human form, prepared care for His mother-whom He created.  That’s how much God loves us-His creation. Amazing, isn’t it?

For those of you who are mothers, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you receive the Mother’s love that God has for you. For those who are not mothers, my wish for you is that you also truly experience God’s unconditional love for you.

As you walk Every Day With Grace

In His Love,

Melody

“The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8)

 

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” (Philippians 3:14-15N

 

imagesHello! How is everyone? How is life going with you?  There are so many things going on in the world and in our personal lives that the only thing to say is that we need to press on  as move forward in our lives.  I probably seem somewhat distracted, but, I too, have been going through things and my mind, time and attention seem to be all over the place. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

As one goes through difficult times, one needs to encourage themselves in the LORD and to press on while holding on to God’s promises.I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD (Psalms 40:1-3) “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalms 34:17)  Friends and family are good to have, but God is truly the only one who can change our situations and help us up when we are down and feel like there is no where else to go. “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.” (Psalm 3:3) ” I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

My blog will be very short this week.  i want to encourage you in some scriptures so I can encourage myself. So, here are some of the promises that are ours to keep and to hold on to: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”  

 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. J0HN 16:33)  “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4;12-13)

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

 As you walk Every Day With Grace,  my heart’s cry for you is embrace God’s truth in His word as you press on in your daily lives.  I leave you with this old time Hymn to encourage you so you can press on:

 

Press On

Press on, my brother, sister,
And face the deadly foe;
Through Jesus Christ we’ll conquer,
While trav’ling here below. Refrain:
Press on, press on,
Says Christ, our loving Friend;
Press on, press on,
“I’m with thee to the end.” Press on, and let thy failings
A blessing to thee prove;
No wave of care or sorrow
Thy trusting soul shall move. Press on, though raging tempests
And fiery billows roll;
While crossing life’s rough rapids,
He’ll safely guide thy soul. 

Press on, ’mid strong temptation,
Tell Satan he must flee;
In Jesus’ name resist him,
And vict’ry thine shall be. 

Press on, forever trusting,
In faith believing, too;
In spite of doubt or feeling,
God’s word will take you through. 

Press on to what’s before us,
Forgetting all the past;
The light of heav’n so glorious
Eternally shall last.