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“The man of many friends [a friend of all the world] will prove himself a bad friend, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24-Amplified)

hugsHello! How are you? How has your week been?  Are you beginning to enjoy the warmer weather with friends and/or family? Lately I have been thinking of friends/friendships and having a “support system” in life when life throws a curve ball and there is nothing you can do…except just “go threw” the circumstances.”Two are better than one, because they have a good return 
 for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls down and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)

Life definitely has its ups and downs…and it is usually during those times that we find out who are  friends really are. Some people are fortunate and have what  I would call “reliable back-up”. “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10) But, I also know that there are many people who don’t have any form of “back up.”  So the only one they can truly rely on is Jesus. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15) Jesus has made Himself continually and eternally available to us.“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)

Once we accept Him as LORD and Savior, He not only connects with us, He abides within us and promises to never leave us nor forsake us. As our friend, He can forgive our sins when we ask to be forgiven. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20)  You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)  As many of us already know, friendship comes with responsibility and sacrifice on both parts. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13) “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3;16)

I want you to know we are never alone with God and His Son, Jesus. That is the promise of His relationship with usSince we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:14) God is faithful to us because He loves us. Jesus is always a friend to us and because of that we will never again walk alone or be alone. His love transcends boundaries, cultures, and generations. His love and friendship is forever and He will not not rescind it.  We may not want God as our friend; but, we always have a friend in Jesus.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that “ A friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17) and that when in doubt, we always have a friend in Jesus.

In His Love,

Melody 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886
Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918
Tune: CONVERSE, Meter: 87.87 D


 

1.	What a friend we have in Jesus, 
	all our sins and griefs to bear! 
	What a privilege to carry 
	everything to God in prayer! 
	O what peace we often forfeit,
	O what needless pain we bear, 
	all because we do not carry 
	everything to God in prayer. 

2.	Have we trials and temptations? 
	Is there trouble anywhere? 
	We should never be discouraged; 
	take it to the Lord in prayer. 
	Can we find a friend so faithful 
	who will all our sorrows share? 
	Jesus knows our every weakness; 
	take it to the Lord in prayer. 

3.	Are we weak and heavy laden, 
	cumbered with a load of care? 
	Precious Savior, still our refuge; 
	take it to the Lord in prayer. 
	Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? 
	Take it to the Lord in prayer! 
	In his arms he'll take and shield thee; 
	thou wilt find a solace there.

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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How is everyone?  My week has been interesting since I moved.  As I stated last week, I am in a transition at this time in my life. In these last few years, God has been removing or stripping certain things from my life.  Some friends, churches-even some family-whether it be through natural causes or not.  There has definitely been a clear “divide” regarding what I perceived as normality, rather “Christian normality” in my life.

In order to understand what I mean, I will go back a little bit to explain. Some years back I had prayed and asked God to help me understand more clearly what it was like to be more like His Son, Jesus.   I wanted my faith in Christ to be real-not hypercritical.  Believe me, I am a real sinner and I have failed God miserably more times than not, but He never gave up on me-especially when I wanted to give up on myself.  It was during this time that I went through a lot of loss and it seemed like my life was only filled with darkness.  I lost my job, my apartment, I had to move home as an adult in my late 30’s, I was surrounded by “friends” who blamed me for my circumstances and some were telling me that I was not living a “love walk” which is why these things were occurring.  I felt lost, misplaced and completely unsure about life. I cried out to God asking if this was all there was? Was there any hope?  No one offered any hope-only despair.  Where was proof of God’s love for me during this time?  I said to God, “I can’t be wrong ALL the time!” SHOW ME WHO YOU ARE!

Then God showed me in His Word: “What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?  Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge”(Romans 3:3-4).  I think one of reasons I became distressed was because I was allowing others to tell me how God viewed me. The view was based upon their own idols of their hearts and minds. I since then have established a much stronger relationship with God-and this includes hearing His voice and obeying His will.

When I was a new believer, God gave me this Word from the Bible: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran” (Genesis 12:1-4). God has given me this same scripture several times over the years and I have not listened.  Mostly because of my own security (or false security) of me being in charge of my life, fear and unbelief.  In this scripture Abraham was 75 when obeyed-there’s hope for me (and you) yet! I choose the above scripture because we are to trust and acknowledge God with a whole heart in ALL things because He truly is our guiding force in life. It says not to “lean on our own understanding”. Why? Because God’s ways are not our ways and frankly, many times it doesn’t make sense how HE pull things off! “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: 8-9)

If you are also dealing with changes and transitions in your life, I want to encourage you to know that while we are going through difficulties and it seems like God is very far away, I want you to know that He has not forgotten us. “…but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; (Isaiah 49:15-16) As we maintain our trust in Jesus, He will not only direct our paths in this life, He will also make the paths straight for us to follow. 

As you continue to walk Every Day With Grace, I want to leave you with these words of encouragement:

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? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.  And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:25-33)

In His Love,

Melody


“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

Hello everyone! I miss writing to you! My life is in transition right now.  I am in between places to live. I received a letter from my letter stating she wants to put her house up for sale, so long story short, I had to move.  I am staying with family for the moment while trying to find a place to live.  I know this too shall pass, but, if you remember me, please pray for me. God is faithful to His children, so, I know He will provide a place for me (hopefully sooner than later 🙂 I am actually writing this while I am at my doctor’s office because He has Wifi.  To God be the glory for the things we have become accustomed to. 🙂

Clock to Blog I would like to let to encourage you in whatever that you may be going through to know that God has not forgotten you in your trials either. “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50) God preserves us as we go THROUGH the trials of life…and I thank God it does not last forever-even though it may feel like forever.  That’s why there are seasons in life. God gives the four seasons as object lessons.  We have Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall; four seasons in (1) year. So it within our life. The summer that just passed was so hot for so long-it seemed like it would not end.  But, it did…and now it is October! “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!  The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!” (Psalm 118:14-16)

Even though I do not know where I will find a place to live, I know God has me in the palm of His hand. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” (Psalm 55:22) I stand on the promises of God’s Word. That is the only thing we have that is a sure thing. “I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8) One of the true things my dear friend, Amy says is this”who or what else do we have as these days get darker and scarier? We only have God to protect us, provide for us, heal us and deliver us.” These trials are preparing God’s people to rely on Him and Him alone. It’s not the government that will come to our aid, but the LORD God, Jesus, Himself! “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)

My blog will be a little short this week, but, I will try to get a little more stability to write and encourage you all in the love of God.  Time is a funny thing. Ever person gets the same amount of time every day-24 hours in one day. Sometimes it seems to fly away, sometimes it seems to drag and so many time we waste it on silly things. I believe that how we handle our time during our trials will affect the “season” that we are currently experiencing. That is why the Bible says “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5: 15-16) God is there with us in every season of our lives.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, ask God to guide you in the season that you are in and know that He is there with every season that changes.

In His Love,

Melody

 

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2)

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Hello. How are you? I hope your week is going well.  It seems apparent that God has me dwelling on and writing from Psalm 23.  Considering what I am going through, I find it odd that I kept coming back to the above scripture because the last thing I think I should be doing is lying down-green pastures or not. As I was researching “peaceful” n the Bible, I noticed a “recurring theme” God has regarding pastures and peace. They seem to go a little hand in hand.”O they went to the entrance of Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks. And they found rich, good pasture, and the land was broad, quiet, and peaceful; for some Hamites formerly lived there.” (1Chronicles 4:39-40) “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places…” (Isaiah 32:18)

As I write to you God shows me about myself and I gain my own revelation towards what I am going through.  A pasture is where sheep rest. God calls His children sheep as well. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) I think it would be safe to say that it is when we “lie down” and rest, we can then rest in God-should we choose. I guess that is the place where we have to let go of ourselves and grab onto God. “Or let him take hold of My strength, That He may make peace with Me; And He shall make peace with Me.” (Isaiah 27:5)  I remember when Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island last October-First, let me say that I was no where near effected as many other people were. I was without power for 1 week; even my job was shut down for 1 week. At night it was a little chilly in my house, but, I’ll tell you-I slept the best during that time. Why do y9u think that is? Because I had no control of anything and had to rely soley on God for everything. For those who went through it, you can remember the food stores running out of bread’ gas stations ran out of gas and some stations  who had gas were gouging the people who need to buy gas for their cars and generators. During all of this, I was able shower and share meals and spend most of the days with my friend at her daughter’s house because she had power. I felt so peaceful during that crisis. “The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me  Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. (Psalm 116:6-7)

Another theme I am also seeing is this: when one is walking and trusting in God, they have peace. But, if one is not walking and trusting Him for everything, then,there is no peace so, God in His mercy and love will create opportunities for His sheep to “lie down” so we can rest in Him and His strength and not figure out and manipulate a way out of our present situation without Him. God loves and will always provide a way of escape during our trials. It is the trials that our faith gets tested. “So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness” (Hebrews 3:7-8)  God allows us to grow and learn during and from our trials. I would say it is definitely harder to learn during a trial, but, when we look back and reflect at that time in our life, then we can see what God was trying to accomplish in our lives. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:2-8)  God is so faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. He always gives us an opportunity to come back to Him so we can participate in His rest throughout our spirit, soul, and body.  You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal” (Isaiah 26:3-4)

As we Walk Every Day With Grace, let us learn to “lie down” with God and possess the peace that can only come from His presence.  The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.

In His Love,

Melody

“For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all he does.” (Psalms 33:4)

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Hello! How is everyone?  I hope well.  I was thinking about what I was going to write about and while I was thinking, I was overcome with the loving faithfulness of God. I am going away in 2 weeks to Israel and God helped with finances-not because I deserved it; but because He delights n bestowing His love on His child.  Doesn’t that sound like a loving father? I didn’t have a father or father figure in my life, so seeing God as my Heavenly Father was difficult for me in the beginning of my relationship with Him. “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:5) God let me know from my very first day of salvation that He will never leave me or forsake me. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

To really get to know who God is, one needs to read the Bible because in it is where His true character is. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word  was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. ) You may be reading this and thinking “what? Why are you doing this?” I’ll tell you why.  I want you to realize that God is not far, far, away so that He cannot commune with His children or creation.  I want you to know that God has always been here from the inception of His creation. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” ( 1 John 1:14)  The promise we have because of this is “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:9) Remember, He is a holy God and  when we confess our sins, it’s as if our “slates”are wiped clean and we are now in a new life that is to purified from sin.  Try to picture wearing a white shirt. Your appearance is clean and bright.  Now picture that same white shirt with a little black stain from a pen.  That little bit of black stain (like our sin) ruins the purity of the new shirt we put on (the holiness of new life in Jesus/Yeshua) That’s why “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9)

God is so very faithful to those He loves.  He has a purpose and a plan for those that belong to Him. God’s purposes do not change. “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11). God “wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised” (Hebrews 6:17). We become His heirs the minute we receive Jesus into our hearts and with that come all of His promises towards us.  We now bear the name of Christ because we entered into a covenant with God. Immediately His Spirit dwells within us. “God is not a man,that he should lie, nor a son of a man that he should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) God’s truth does not change. “The word of God stands forever. (Isaiah40:8) Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”(Matthew 24:35)

If you find the time, start reading the Bible and start in the Gospel of John.  This is where you really begin to see God’s love for you. The faithful promises of God were written down so that we would a) know what they are; and b) know that they are ours for the taking because they are now available to us.  God does not go back on His word or His promises.  He is very clear as to His “yes” and “no”.  He does change His mind either.  He is not a God of confusion-one day He means one thing and a different opinion on another day.  As a matter of fact He says “I the Lord do not change.” (Malachi 3:6).

God is faithful and so is His love for you.  He is here for you whenever you want to commune with Him. Remember, “Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Until we meet again, I pray that you walk Every Day With Grace.

In His love,

Melody