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“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 amplified)

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Hello! How are you?  Even though it’s the beginning of the New Year, I could already feel the change in the air and it seems to be very surreal. It feels like there is pressure pushing in from all sides.  For instance, the holiday bills are beginning to come in; I already found out that I will have to lay out a lot more money regarding prescriptions, co-payments to doctors; and  as we all know education, housing, food and gas is skyrocketing. There is way too much month at the end of the money.  Can anyone identify with that? Or, is it just me?

Sorry if this sounds depressing, but, this is a reality many of us are facing whether we like it or not. Many of these circumstances are a forced reality-not a chosen one. So, is there any good news to what I’m talking about? The only way one is going to manage during such stressful times is through the grace of God. God is the only one who is going of take care of you and me.  “He has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever and imprint it [on His mind].” (Psalm 111:5) “I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.” (Psalm 132:15) God will be the only one to provide anything and everything in our lives-but we need to trust Him and seek Him for His will and provision for our lives. “Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and [yet] God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you than the birds!” (Luke 12:24) “Your flock found a dwelling place in it; You, O God, in Your goodness did provide for the poor and needy.” (Psalm 68:10)  If you don’t know already know, God is a God of relationship with His creation. He will share His provision with His own. He cares for us and will take care of us, but, He also expects our responsibility and accountability to each other and our families. “And let our own [people really] learn to apply themselves to good deeds (to honest labor and honorable employment), so that they may be able to meet necessary demands whenever the occasion may require and not be living idle and uncultivated and unfruitful lives. (Titus 3:14) “If anyone fails to provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his own family, he has disowned the faith [by failing to accompany it with fruits] and is worse than an unbeliever [who performs his obligation in these matters]. (1 Timothy 5:8)

I believe that now is the time that God wants His children to learn to become better stewards in everything they have. He also want us to realize that He owns EVERYTHING. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it.” (Psalm 24:1)  “I will noTtake a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” (Psalm 50:9-12). As God shares with us, He wants us to have our dependency only on Him. He wants to provide for us so we do not have to borrow or purchase anything from a stranger. “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” (Matthew 6:33) ‘The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow” (Deuteronomy 28: 12)  “And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].”  (2 Corinthians 9:10)

I believe this is only the beginning of tremendous change to come for all of us.  As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I want to leave you this word to encourage you if you begin to feel overwhelmed. “Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”  (1 Peter 5:6-7 Amplified)  Another version is written this way “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

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Hello! How is everyone? Are you feeling melancholy as 2013 comes to an end?  Are you prepared for 2014?  I know-too many questions, but there are so many changes that are coming our way (especially in the United States) that I believe it needs to be addressed.  I am one of those people who ponder things (sometimes to a fault); however, I try my best to be prepared and make the best decisions possible when the situation calls for it.

I must admit-I don’t always succeed with my plans or decisions…so, that is when I give it over to God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Another translation of this scripture is written this way: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Common English Bible) I like that-don’t rely on your own intelligence. Do you realize how much trouble we get in to when we rely solely on our own intelligence?  When I walk in humility that notion gives me the chills.  When I walk in arrogance, God’s will is not even a thought in my head. Thank God, His mercies are new every morning! He gives me yet another opportunity to get things right with Him.

I know as I enter this new year, I want to know what God’s thoughts are towards me. I want to know when and where He will make my paths straight so that when I pray and seek Him, He will say to me (and you) “this is the way, walk in it.” I believe the keys to this type of relationship to God are surrender, trust, faith and obedience. That is to say, I willingly want to surrender my plans and exchange them for His. I need to trust to believe His Word is true and that His timing to any and all of my situations is perfect, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24); knowing that God will still act on my behalf if I only have the strength of faith of that of a mustard seed; “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20); and most importantly, obedience to God-whatever the cost-it is only for our benefit. “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel15:22) “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John 1:6-7)

Believe it or not, God has a plan for your life. I don’t know what the future brings, but, I do know that God is in control of the future regardless of what it brings. Hopefully, there will be good things, but as life has proven repeatedly, unfortunate things happen as well and believe it or not, God will not be caught off guard by any of it.  The Bible says: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1) That’s why Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33-Amplified) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John14:27) You see, all one has to do, call upon the name of Jesus and He is there for us. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

As you enter 2014, I ask that you join me in seeking God’s will for our lives and surrender everything (family, job, housing, finances, education, health, etc…) all provision to God and trust that He will take care of us.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave the following promises of God for encouragement as we choose to receive the plans that God has for our the future:

“I call on the LORD in my distress, and He answers me.” (Psalm 120:1)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter5:7)

“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)

” I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

‘You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.  Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!” (Psalm 119:114-115)

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, whois against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28-39)

I wish you a Happy, Healthy, Blessed New Year with Jesus!

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

 

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me, Says the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

 

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Hello! How is everyone? How is the world treating you?  Many people I’ve been speaking with lately are feeling overwhelmed, or a bit down in the dumps-and the negativity people are spewing out of their mouths is out of control!  I tell you the truth, the enemy of our souls is trying to throw us off guard by any means he can. He is trying to get our eyes off of the one true God. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

I have been a Born Again believer for a long time. I have read and studied the Bible for  many years.  One would think that I’ve learned  what it says and applied it to my every day life, right? The answer is “yes” and “no”.  Why?  Because I am ever so far from perfect and I get caught up with the same nonsense that is familiar to all of us-especially when it comes to strife.  I should know better, I really should.  Why should I care about what people say or think.? Why take it to heart?  When I allow others to control my reactions, I no longer am walking in God’s spirit, but, rather my own emotions. “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)  This doesn’t mean one is afraid of people. It’s more along the line of the fear of rejection from people-and that is what ensnares us.  People will make you crazy if you let them.  The problem is we do let them. Basically, it’s like handing over the keys to your mind and emotions and saying “take them for a spin!”  The good new is that we can take all of the authority back from people and give it back to God.

Words and/or actions can be weapons against us when it comes from an enemy or a provoking spirit.  Sometimes (most times) the enemy will use those closest to us to hurt us. Judas was in the “inner circle” of Jesus and he betrayed Jesus with a kiss. That’s a intimate association. These words and actions even come from those of God. I am sure I have been on the other side of the offense myself. But God says “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Nothing against me will dominate, win; or overcome me because I belong to God and that is my heritage from Him as a believer and child of God and that is how He vindicates me. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5).  Do you see how God looks after those who are His? “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). The “right hand” always symbolizes strength. Whenever we come against opposition, God will give us His strength to endure.  Our own strength is much too feeble in comparison to God’s strength.

I hope you now know that being a child of God and walking with Him gives one temporal and eternal value. One is never alone when one has an intimate, surrendered relationship with God. You never have to fight your battles alone again.  God will do that for you.  My revelation (finally) was not to fight back. Instead, I gave the battle to God and asked Him to deal with all of those who were coming against me. “for the battle is the LORD’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47) I surrendered this burden to God and He gave me His peace in its place. God will defend us-that’s definite. But, please realize that there are many times we are not an innocent bystander and that we bring battles upon ourselves.  Through every battle there is a lesson to be learned. Whether it’s repentance, forgiveness, surrender of self to God…whatever it is, there’s a lesson.

I would like to leave you with this scripture to hold on to as you Walk Every Day With Grace…”For He Himself has said,“I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say:The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

 

 

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 6:8)

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Hello! How is everyone? How was your week? It always amazes me how time flies during a three day weekend, but, when you go back to work on Tuesday, it slows down. Hmmm…  Anyway, I have been talking to many people lately and the amount of various struggles people are going through simultaneously is crazy.  People seem to be getting hit from all sides.  I feel that God is bringing certain things to an end in peoples lives-certain seasons or areas that are in desperate need of change. Definitely a change from depending on oneself to depending on God-and only God can bring that change.  Unfortunately, change usually brings anxiety.  I believe the anxiety is caused by the lack of control one has in these personal areas.  The “funny” thing about change is that it is constant-with us or without us life brings change.  However, God and His ways do not change because He is constant. “For I am the LORD, I do  not change” (Malachi 3:6)

The Bible says “The fear of the LORD leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.” (Proverbs 19:23″ To fear God is to honor Him. And how do we honor God? By believing He is true to His word and that He will take care of us. He does this out of love-not obligation.  God has not only shown me His, but, He continues to prove it to me.  You see, Jesus hears the prayers of His children and He brings them to His heavenly Father as He intercedes for us.  Just tonight, my friend called me and told me a tornado was heading towards her town in Mena, Arkansas and asked for prayer because she had less than 20 minutes to take cover. Talk about casting your anxieties on God!! While the clock was ticking, she heard banging on her door-which happened to be her son and grandson. They were traveling home and needed to take shelter so they only had time to get to her house.  Then we prayed. I prayed from New York and she was literally in her prayer closet waiting out the tornado.  After 30-40 minutes, she called me to let me know that the tornado “fell apart” before reaching her town. Coincidence? Maybe. But, we believe it was the answer to prayer.  God changed her immediate circumstances.  Obviously, He doesn’t always respond that way-but He did tonight (May 30, 2013).  This testimony is for the glory of God!  God hears and responds to needs of His children and to His creation.

I have another friend who is also going through a tremendous struggle because she and her husband are losing their Christian school and have to start all over. I am constantly encouraging her because God knows what’s going on but, will only intervene at the appropriate time. “The streps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” (Psalm 37:23-25). I remember about 12 years ago, my job was outsourced. It was an end to a season at the company where I worked.  I had my severance with medical benefits for 1 year.  God provided a job for me at the very end of my severance. My medical benefits ended on June 30th and my new job started July 1st-with health benefits. I did not have to wait to get them. He gave me continuous coverage. Of course I would have preferred my new job at the beginning of the year; but, God wanted me to depend on Him and if I had gotten my job sooner, I would not have developed the intimate relationship I have with God today.I had to depend on Him for EVERYTHING!  “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said  ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13: 5-6). It is through our humility with God we are able to know Him. Usually when things are going well, people are around and we don’t think of God because we act as if we don’t need Him. However, once something bad happens which involves some form of loss, He is the only one standing beside us waiting to lift us up and out of our predicament.

There is just not enough time to tell you how God has loved and cared for me during my life- time. I had to let go of my anxieties of the unknown and trust Him for a better “now” because we do not know what tomorrow may bring.  I did not let go of stuff so willingly. But, God is gentle and a gentleman. He does not rip things out of our hands.  He waits for us to open them instead so He can replace it with something better.

I pray that as you acknowledge some or any of your anxieties, you will humble yourself and get quiet before God and cast them on the LORD.  Let Him show you how much He loves and cares for you as you walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody