Tag Archive | Every Day With Grace

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:21-25)

30290Hello. How are you? How is life going in your day to day? Can you believe it is the middle of October? For me, this year has been a blur. On the one hand it seems like someone is ripping pages off the calendar; and on the other hand, it feel like time is standing still. 

In any event…for those who are believers and know God’s Word, should know that once they receive Jesus and begin reading and memorizing scripture, the Word becomes part of their innermost being. That is God’s way of keeping us alive-physically and spiritually speaking. When we go through life’s struggles-severe or not, the temptation of the world; desperately tries to pull us away from God.  Sadly, there are times when the flesh wins and we give in. But, we can always have God’s forgiveness if we ask. (“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.) (1 John 1:9)

So what is God saying in the above scripture? A couple of things; first, we need to choose to lay aside the filthiness and wickedness that surrounds us constantly and not let in or succumb to it. How? By receiving,   believing, and applying God’s Word that lives planted within us. Putting ourselves aside and letting God be first is humbling. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Another point is application-so there is no hypocrisy. You may be thinking “hypocritical to who?” Well, when we say we are believers, but, don’t behave as Christians, then we seem to “forget” whom we believe in.” This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me.” (Matthew 15:8) “Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,” (Isaiah 29:13) God knows we only fool ourselves. We need to be consistent with our faith and relationship with God. We need to remember the gift of the Word and not forget the new life God has given to us,

We need to keep looking at God’s Word and remembering His promises that are there available for us whenever we need and want the Holy Spirit to be there for us whenever we ask That is the faithfulness of God.

As you continue Every Day with Grace, I hope you hold on to the promises of God that lives inside you and that you apply them so that you will not want to deceive yourself , your fellow man, or God. Be true and accept the gift God has for you. He loves you and wants you to have truth of His Word always inside you without the hypocrisy. God’s word is our true mirror which reflects what is going on in our lives. We just need to not forget His Mirror of His Word for our refections into our lives

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

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Hello. How are you? I hope all is well with your soul(s). I’m sorry that I have been MIA- (missing in action), but life happens and we all respond to it in our own way.

Anyway…the point is that as a believer, our focus should continually be on Jesus Christ especially since He is the author and finisher of our faith. fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2).  When we take our eyes off God, we keep them on ourselves.  What does that normally mean? It means we start making plans for ourselves regardless of God’s plan or will for us. How many times have we made plans and couldn’t get out of our own way?  Isn’t that ironic? Truly our vision is extremely limited when it is focused solely on self. 

Jesus must increase in our daily lives which means HE becomes the true focus of our existence and the only way that can happen is if we die to ourselves. So, what does that mean? That means that we need to seek the LORD for His Will for our lives and surrender what thoughts, ideas, or plans we had for ourselves. “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13) Believers should want to decrease in order for Jesus to increase-that should exist in our inner most being and hearts. It’s when we surrender to God, we can objectively begin to see our inadequaticies before God. We are unable to serve God and walk in the holiness we are called to do when we do not allow God to increase in our lives.

This is when our faith has to be put in action. Please know this can be a struggle, but our faith is about Jesus and not us. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? (Romans 6:1-2)  We are sinners, but Jesus Christ is sinless. We were separated from God by sin, but Jesus Christ bridged the gap between God and man. We could not atone for our sin, but Jesus Christ paid the price in full when he died on the cross.  

God’s word is true and that is what we must solely stand on. When we put our focus on Christ instead of on ourselves, our whole perspective changes. By ourselves, we are slaves of sin… but in Christ, we have victory over sin. By ourselves, we are children of wrath bound for destruction… but in Christ, we have the hope of eternal life. By ourselves, we are separated from God by sin… but in Christ, we can come boldly before the presence of God, being cleansed of all sin not by our own works but by his holiness.

I know I want Jesus to increase in my life and for me to decrease. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20).  If I ask God to help me decrease, I know He will give me the grace to do so. However, I must obey Him just as much as I ask Him to help me. The time is growing short and I know I want my life to reflect more of Jesus so I can please Him and be a witness to others.  “Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our faith must be centered on Jesus Christ alone. Apart from him, we can do nothing.”

As you Walk Every Day with Grace and you know Jesus, join with me and allow Jesus to increase in our lives as we daily decrease in ourselves and our own ambitions. It’s like what my friend Amy says, “There are good things and there are Godly things”. Let’s always strive to increase Jesus in our lives so, that our lives and choices reflect more of Him and less of us.

In His Love,

Melody

To Be Like Jesus

To be like Jesus
To be like Jesus
All I ask – to be like Him
All through life’s journey
From earth to glory
All I ask – to be like Him.

 

 

 

 

 

“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

slide1-n Hello! How are you? I hope all is well as we are sprinting into summer. This weekend we are celebrating Memorial Day-which means we, celebrate those who fought for the freedoms many of us take for granted.

It is a privilege to live in the United States-that’s why many people still immigrate to this land to take advantage of, or engage in the voice and freedoms of America.  Our History is young in comparison to other countries, but look at what was accomplished.  Our country has had its share of war and bloodshed and God has seen it every bit of it and we are to honor those who chose to lay down their lives for their country and fellow man. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). “Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7).“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18).

God is very aware of who His creation is and who belongs to Him as His children. Death grieves His heart when any of His creation passes away, but, He is there to receive those who belong to Him. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” (Psalm 116:15). However, there are those who purposely did not chose God for their life. “The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.” (Proverbs 10:7).

As believers, we are to have the same loyalty, devotion and steadfastness as a soldier. God views His own as children and soldiers because our lives are always in a spiritual battle and we need to know for whom we are fighting-and more importantly, knowing who are enemy is. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”(1 Peter 5:8). “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13). That is why the scriptures says for us to: “Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4)

I thank God that His mercies are new every morning and I am so grateful for the men, women, fathers, mothers, brothers and sister who chose to serve and protect their lives on for me and my country.  I’m thankful for our police as well as our soldiers. That is why they are continually in my prayers.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, please pray for your military and say thank you when you see a  soldier. You remain free because they are here to protect us from various enemies.

I do want to say THANK YOU to all of our Military Personnel. I salute you and have so much appreciation for your dedication.

I like to leave you with

“THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC”
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

Refrain:
Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on. (Refrain …)

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on. (Refrain …)

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on. (Refrain …)

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free;
While God is marching on. (Refrain …)

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on. (Refrain …)

Footnote:
One of the major poetic products of the American Civil War, the Battle Hymn of the Republic was written by Unitarian laywoman Julia Ward Howe to supply a more uplifting set of lyrics for the stirring tune of “John Brown’s body” which she had heard Union soldiers singing as they marched southward. It was first published in February, 1862, issue of The Atlantic Monthly, though the version printed there lacks the refrain as well as the sixth verse.

Battle Hymn of the Republic is the common title of the text, and commonly used also as a tune name. The original title was The Battle Hymn of the Republic. (1819-1910)

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

comfortHello! How are you? How is life moving along for you? Are you enjoying the springtime? I can’t believe it’s near the end of April. Time marches on-as expected.

I was thinking about the comfort that God gives to us freely. Sometimes I truly cannot comprehend the depth of God’s comfort towards His children and creation. When it comes to one’s mourning, it is very personal. “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. (Proverbs 14:10)

God provides His comfort through His Word, through some very good friends, family and in spending time with Him.  I chose this picture because I love the thought of Jesus carrying a child and holding them tightly and closely to Himself. I also like how the child is surrendered and peaceful as she rests in the arms of Jesus. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 )  Since Jesus is our ultimate Father, it wouldn’t matter how old His children are to show them how much He would love them enough to carry and comfort them.

One’s mourning probably runs deep throughout their body and soul; so people tend to withdraw and deal with or come to terms of their own emotions.  The truth of the matter is that one must hold on to hope and the knowledge that their sorrow will lesson in time. “ Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 ) We are not exempt from hardship or sorrow on this side of the grave. However, when we place our hope and lives in Jesus, He really does gives us inner peace that surpasses understanding. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) The promise God has for us is that one day when we leave this life and we go to be with Him, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) God cares for us so much that He even collects our tears and saves them. That’s how special we are to Him.“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (Psalm 56:8)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, it is my hope that you find comfort in Jesus whether you just met Him for the first time, or if you have an ongoing relationship with Him since you were a child-Jesus will never leave you. You many feel lonely at times, but, you are not alone. “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Even in sorrow, God has a purpose for it in our lives-even when that seems impossible…and for some-unbearable. But God always has a plan for the issues in our lives.

In His Love,

Melody

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

 

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6)

Hello! How arimagese you? Happy New Year! I hope all is well with you as you sprint into the New Year. Its almost the middle of January….how crazy is that?

I would like to give glory to God for the new opportunities He has brought to me in this New Year! The one theme that always surprises me with the LORD (although it should’t) is that we pray for an answer and He provides it. Why do we act shocked when the answers to prayer come? “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Why do I say I pray in faith and doubt that He hears me? That attitude is wrong and more importantly, it reflects a heart of disbelief. And disbelief is sin. Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:12-15) God is good and never lies, so, why not believe that He hears us and delivers us from our trouble and into new areas that are according to His will and filled with New Beginnings?

My encouragement to all of you is to trust God and know that He does hear when you cry out to Him and share your heart with Him.“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

As you Walk Every Day with Grace, I wish you a Happy New Year filled with newness of life that can only come from God. Be open and be ready for when God answers! He doesn’t have to think about your further.  He already knows it and has directed your steps towards. Just know that in order to receive it, you have to say yes to God and walk with Him.

In His Love,

Melody

“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].” (Isaiah 7:14)

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 Hello. How are you? Last night was the first night of Hanukkah and it is (7) days to Christmas Eve-which means (8) days to Christmas? Can you believe it? This year seemed to have moved at such an incredible speed that it’s seems like a blur. It’s crazy that it went by so fast-especially once next week is over with, people might be thinking about new resolutions for their upcoming year-while leaving some old ones behind.

One of the issues we contend with during the Holidays is the false sense of “urgency” to shop and buy gifts NOW! Oh, it may seem to start slowly and subtly- then it steam rolls us like a train flying off the tracks! Then we become overwhelmed and possibly depressed because it doesn’t seem like we have enough time to get it all done. We act this way in the “name of Christmas”. But, do we truly stop to grasp who the Christ is in Christmas? Do we honestly realize the meaning for what we are celebrating? Do we really believe that “Jesus is the reason for the season?” Or, do we just accept Him as part of the “Holiday décor? Think about it. Do we actually comprehend that God is with us?” “Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us. (Isaiah 8:10)

For Christians everywhere, the Christmas season is celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the One and Only intercessor between God and mankind; and He was aptly named “God with us”. He is with us even though He physically resides in the heavens. He inhabits the hearts (and lives) of those who already has received Him as LORD and Savior. Moreover, He is here with us and available to those who will call upon His name to accept Him. Immanuel, is with us. He was with us when we were in sin and He is with us when we repented and turned from our sin so He can continually lead us to everlasting life.  We will most likely stumble and fall when life throws it’s curve at us; but, He will still be with us. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

As you look upon the Manger scene during this Holiday season, notice how the God of this universe chose to be born into humanity so He could identify with us. He is omnipresent. He was, is and always be with us.  Just look for the sign and He will reveal Himself to youBEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave you with the lyrics from Michael Card’s song, “Immanuel”. It beautifully depicts God’s relationship with us this Christmas season and always.

Immanuel By Artist: Michael Card

A sign shall be given a virgin will conceive
A human baby bearing undiminished deity
The glory of the nations a light for all to see
That hope for all who will embrace His warm reality

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

For all those who live in the shadow of death
A glorious light has dawned
For all those who stumble in the darkness
Behold your light has come

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

So what will be Your answer? Will You hear the call?
Of Him who did not spare His son but gave Him for us all
On earth there is no power there is no depth or height
That could ever separate us from the love of God in Christ

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

 

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1 Amplified Bible)”

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Hello! How are you? Getting ready for Thanksgiving? Will you be breaking out the usual traditional recipes? Will you be trying new ones? I just tried a new one for stuffing-it was just ok. I will not be using towards my meal.  Anyway, are you still able to focus on the important things for the holidays even though people start making themselves crazy…which in turn makes those around them  crazy? Has your focus become food any company driven? Is your upcoming Thanksgiving about being thankful or, is it completely stressful?

As a believer in Jesus, I truly appreciate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this holiday gets passed 0ver too quickly. It doesn’t get the acknowledgment it deserves. I guess for many people it starts the Christmas shopping rush extravaganza. Media has put the pressure on for shopping-not the holiday. Thanksgiving is a celebration of freedom and being thankful for all things bestowed on us from God. It should really have on reflect on their life and thank God for His provision. Believe me, I am certainly not naive to the hardships that are out there. Some are definitely worse than others.  But, believe it or not, God has a purpose for that in your life. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

If you say “what do I have to be thankful for this year (or, at all)?” Start really thinking about your life.  Believe me, not everything is ideal all the time, but if you truly search your heart and look at your life, I bet you can up with at least (1) thing to be thankful for. God promises to provide our needs and many times He uses others to meet those needs. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) He can do it supernaturally He chooses to. I remember a time I needed $500.00 to get my care fixed and I received (5) one hundred dollars bills in the mail-anonymously. God provided and I was able to get my car fix and I was able to share with others at my job the next day regarding the wonder of God and how He provided for me just when I needed it.

God is so good-especially when I know I don’t deserve His love or Mercy. Truth be told, according to scripture, the only thing I really deserve is hell and death-because the sinful nature I was born with would keep me separated from God because He is a Holy God. However, because of my acceptance of His Son, Jesus, into my heart and life, I no longer am separated from God. Jesus bridged the gap between God and me and for that I am forever grateful. “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Corinthians 1:4)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace this Thanksgiving, it is my hope and prayer that you realize how blesses you are and give God (and maybe someone in your life) thanks. To be thankful is a choice. One can stay bitter and ungrateful-that is a choice as well. However the Bible says to choose life. Maybe you cannot give thanks for everything, but, I’m sure you can at least give God thanks for the breath you have and that you have lived to see another day because He lives in you.

In honor of Thanksgiving, I would like to give you the lyrics of the song “Give Thanks”, by Don Moen

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Give thanks

We give thanks to You oh Lord
We give thanks

In His Love,

Melody