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“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7)

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Hello. How are you? How are you doing? I hope all is well as you are taking care of all things in your lives. It is (7) weeks to Christmas and (3) weeks or so to Thanksgiving. Time seems to be moving more quickly since we are approaching the end of the year. It seems like the hustling and bustling of everything starts getting louder and louder and so distracting that one cannot listen to their own thoughts-let alone the voice of God when He is speaking to you.

Why is it is that we say we want to hear from God, but we don’t listen? Why do we make it so complicated to listen to God when He calls out to us? We really don’t have to go far. It’s not like we have to climb a mountain, sit in cloth and enter into a deep meditation in order to get close to God. God is all around us and makes Himself very attainable for us for us to communicate with Him if we choose. Truly, the problem is that we do not make time to listen to Him. Why? Because we are mostly busy about doing things for self-some good, some bad at times (none of us are perfect). We become more self-centered than God centered. We get caught up in our family, friends, jobs, school, grocery shopping, doctor appointments, TV, etc… We try to be everything to everyone and it just creates more clamor inside our head! That’s why we don’t hear God when He call us by our name .(He obviously knows our name). We are too busy doing “stuff” and any form of interruption of our plans makes us angry. So, what do we do? We tune Him out like any other distraction-sometimes completely.

Whether we can admit this or not, we want God on our terms because that’s how we live our lives-everything is on our terms not somebody else’s. Believe it or not, God is a gentleman. He does not force Himself or His will into our lives. We have free will and we will live with the rewards…and the consequences because WE make the decisions and; therefore, cannot blame anyone else for our choices. God is a God a love. But, He is also Just rather than fair. When He sees how crazy and stressed out we can be He may call out to us. Sometimes, He may call us Friend, Lovely, or, His Bride. Unfortunately, as in any relationship, we have the choice to accept or reject love-even God’s love. That’s we He says “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart.” God’s mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23) Every new day can bring change and possibilities-if we do not harden our hearts and keep God out of it.

God is a Holy God and He is our Creator (Elohim). We were made in His image-not the other way around. Can you imagine how it must heart the heart of God when we choose not to have any communication with Him? Can you imagine children (who are the image of their parents) refuse to have any form of fellowship or relationship with them? I can’t imagine the pain or the heart break! Sadly, I am also guilty of behaving like this with God. There’s been many a day (to my shame) when I have chosen not to listen to God because of my mood or my bad choices. The sad part is there were times I chose to live with the guilt of my behavior until I go to God and ask for forgiveness and to start over (repent). He sees everything and knows everything and He says that when we ask His forgiveness, it is thrown into the see of forgetfulness and that is as far as the East is from the West. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)

The best and most direct way to hear God’s voice is through His Word-which is the Bible. Every topic can be found in there-anywhere and everywhere beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. “For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4) Reading the Scriptures reveals the character of who God really is. It is how He directly communicates with those who are His and for those who are looking for Him. By reading God’s Word, it helps us make the correct choices for our lives. You need to realize that God is so infinite to our way of understanding. It’s like taking the ocean and pouring it in to a glass. His direction can sometimes be the exact opposite of how we “feel” we should go. That is where our faith comes into play also. God knows us better than we know ourselves; and like any good parent He may say no in one area so that we may grow or move in another. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:19-20)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I invite you to listen and hear God’s voice when He reaches out to you. Don’t harden your hearts and turn away from Him-rather open yourself up to Him and be willing to hear what He has to say to you personally. He love us enough to Bless us as well as chastise us. Please do not miss any opportunity or direction God may have for you. You may be pleasantly surprised at the depth of His love for you. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

In His Love,

Melody

 

“…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)

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)

image004-4For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God.

Hello. How is everyone? It appears that we, in the Northeast have a reprieve from the snow (at least for the moment) There is a rumor that we are to have snow Sunday into Monday; and Monday into Tuesday-now it may be on Wednesday…oy vey! I find that in addition to the snow, there has been an addition of “angst” in the air. I would say that there is a legitimate amount of stress that is affecting everyone and it seems to be hitting most people in the wallet and in their spirit.  “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives,that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:1-3)

It’s like what my friend Amy says “just leaving the house even to go somewhere local (like a   grocery store) costs so much money!” As we all know, everything is so expensive-gas, food, rent, mortgage, medical bills, co-payments,now there is co-insurances, etc…  Notice, I am not referring to extravagant things like vacations, huge houses or cars-just the everyday cost of living and I am hearing people say the craziest things regarding their expenses. The problem when this situation occurs, is that we focus more on money than on God. Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) So, what can we do?  We cry out to our God. “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:1) We have to be careful when we let circumstances take over our mind and emotions because then we take our eyes off of God and put our eyes on ourselves and then worry and doubt subtly  begin to take over. Then we try to figure things out because we don’t think God will help us or answer our prayers-and that my friends, can open a door for mental and/or physical illness. “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up” (Proverbs 12:25) Worrying is the opposite of trusting God. The reality is God has never failed His children-we just feel that way when we are in crisis mode. We have to be careful when we let circumstances take over our mind and emotions because then we take our eyes off of God and put our eyes on ourselves and then worry and doubt subtly take over our focus. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1Peter 5:7) “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Worrying is the opposite of trusting God. That’s why we try to plot and figure things out. We try to use worldly wisdom and resources and make it a godly application. But God is in control of all things and He will take care of His children. This is the reality for believers in Jesus Christ-God has never failed His children-we just feel that way when we are in crisis mode.“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:30-33) “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”(James 4:8)  In order to remedy our situations during tough times (trials), we must go to God in prayers so that we do not forfeit our souls but instead, protect our souls through our prayers. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippian 4:6-7 NLT) “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)  God will always direct our paths-it is so much better then taking matters into our own hands. We just need to submit to His will and trust Him. “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) “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) 

Please don’t think this easy-it is not. But God loves us and will always care for us. Do not give up your heavenly inheritance for this temporal world and what you think it can offer you.  Even our journey on this planet is temporary.  I encourage you to be heaven bound and heavenly minded because nothing can separate us from God’s love towards His own.“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 8:35-39 NASB)

There is a cost to be a disciple of Jesus Christ: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also]. For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].” (Matthew 16:34-35-Amplified)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave you with some scriptures that are food for thought (and application). Be encouraged knowing that God loves and cares for you and is always there with you in your circumstances.

In His love,

Melody 

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.(1 Timothy 6:6-8)

“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it” (Proverbs 15:16)

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

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:3-5)

“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. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “(Matthew 6:19-24)

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.(1Timothy 6:17-19 NASB)

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” (1Timothy 6:10-11)

“Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. (Psalm 37:16)

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” (Proverbs 28:6)

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:7-8)

“Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? (James 2:5)

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)

“Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,” (Proverbs 30:8)

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”  (Psalm 34:8)

 

 

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

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Hello! How are you? How is the New Year treating you? How are you progressing with your personal changes for your life? (I do not like saying resolutions. One can always change if one chooses)  I have to admit that since I have made some personal decisions, I have already encountered much opposition. I have not discussed my decisions with anyone, but there are some people out there who just want to provoke you to no end. I also know it’s not just physical-it’s also spiritual. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but  against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  (Ephesians 6:12) The enemy of our soul does not want us to succeed in any area of our lives.

As a matter of fact, something happened to me today at work, that provoked to my core. However, I had to choose immediately how I was going to handle it. The situation made me very angry and hurt my feelings deeply, but I had to decide how I was going to process and respond.  As Kay Arthur of Precept  Ministries,(one of my all time favorite Bible teachers) taught years ago: “Do we act or react? ” I chose NOT to react. How? By recalling scripture to help ease my mind and emotions. I also shared this with a friend, (I’m only human) but, I also read my Bible at lunchtime. That’s why I choose the above scripture. ‘Believe me, I wanted to react in so many ways, I would be repenting for a very long time-that’s why I went to my Bible and looked up scriptures that had to with anger. “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” (Proverbs 29:11)  Sadly, I spent many years venting out to everyone-even as a Born Again Believer. It didn’t matter to me-I wanted everyone to know what I had to say. It never even crossed my mind how I looked or what people thought. What’s worse is I never thought about what God thought when I reacted that way only to find out He thought I was acting like a fool. Talk about sobering!  Sometimes I wonder how I had any friends at all because of my behavior. Can anyone relate?

As I read, I came across some other scriptures that referred to anger: “A hot tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calm a quarrel.” (Proverbs 15:18) “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) “Do not make friends with a shot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” (Proverbs 22:24-15) I know I have been hot-tempered. I also know I have been ensnared (riled up) by someone else’s anger.  Have you ever found yourself going from calm to crazy as you join in with someone else’s emotion?

You see the real issue is not the other person. It is our personal action (or, reaction) to a matter.”Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)  “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick tempered man displays folly.” (Proverbs 14:29) How does God want us to respond? Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but, those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” (Psalm 37:8-9)  “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:8) “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18-Amplified) The Spirit of God lives within those who has accepted Jesus as LORD and Savior; therefore, it would make sense that the provoking we experience effects us in our spirit, soul and body. But, God is faithful to His own; He leaves us with His instruction manual (the Bible) as to how we are to conduct ourselves as believers. He loves us so much that He wrote it down for us to study and to imitate. “But Jesus looked at them and said, with men this is impossible, but  all things are possible with God.” (Matthew 19:26)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, please read the scripture below so you can know that only with God we can change and control our behavior and reflect His.

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].”

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”

Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.”

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him”  (Colossians 3:12-17 Amplified)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“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

 

 

 

 

 

“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

“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