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“As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying,“Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” (Matthew 24

IMG_0867 Hello!  How have you been? It is almost August! Where is the time going? It seemed like yesterday when I was complaining about the snow and now summer is half over! The hours may seem to drag; but, the days are flying for sure! Does it seem like the world is going crazy or what? The turmoil in the world is just getting out of hand! If one is a believer in God, how can they not think about the end times; and if one is NOT a believer, what could they possibly be thinking about the world that we live in? “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

I notice there seems to be more and more commercials for apocalyptic movies. Some of them are really frightening. I don’t want to name them because I don’t want to promote them.  Are people thinking about the inevitable? Or, is it just all about fear and money?  That’s why one needs to know where they stand with God-not in 1, 5, 10, 50 years from now, but right now. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. When we wake in the morning, I assure you, that is God’s gift to you because His mercies are new every morning. I understand what it’s like to wake  up and think “I just cannot take another day like this!”  But, I also understand what the alternative is also…death. “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”  (2 Corinthians 6:1-2) God is very gracious to His own children and creation-and He doesn’t have to be because He is God, Almighty and He does not OWE us anything.  The attitude of entitlement is nothing more than laziness and ungratefulness and is completely against the Word of God. Actually we, humans truly deserve hell and death-and that is because of our sinful, un-repented nature because sin separates us from God. And since God dwells in heaven I know He doesn’t need to visit Hell.  Hell was not meant for mankind. Hell was created for the devil and His fallen angels. However, since so much of the human race has renounced God and Jesus, that is where they will spend all eternity.  We do not know what tomorrow may bring, but, eventually we will all meet our Maker. “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27-28)  “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.  Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 19-26)

You  need to understand that God is a Holy God and sin cannot be in His presence. That’s why Jesus died for all of mankind-so that He could bridge the gap between God and man. When we become Born Again, the spirit of God enters our body, soul and spirit. Prior to that ,we are just body and soul. Flesh and emotions without a built in moral compass. I am not saying there are not “good” people out there. As a matter of fact many are good or appear “good” in a human point of view. However, that does make them godly because they do good things.  (sheep and goats/ rich young ruler) As my very good friend Amy always says, ” There are goods things we  ca do and there are godly things we can do.” At one in society, I can understand why this would be similar.  However the “good” standard has changed in today’s world, but the godly standard has not, “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, [l]are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)

The moral compass has changed greatly in the United States; and it is a reflection of the sign of the times. (Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!)  (Isaiah 5:20) (2 Timothy  This could be the reason why people are concerned listening to the news and thinking about where they might be in eternity.  “The truth is this: hey replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” (Acts 16;310)

As you Walk Every Day with Grace, I want you to know that God’s promises are waiting for you to embrace and it will not cost you one cent. Salvation is a free gift Why worry about tomorrow and all of it’s turmoil when you can have the peace and assurance of eternity through Jesus Christ today? God loves you and is waiting for you to become a member of His family. The end of the age is coming.  Why wait for the closing act  to arrive when you already know how it will end? Mankind cannot change the mind of God. He has written it down for us as a stern warning for those who will not believe and as a loving exhortation to those who do. ”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, May peace be within you. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.” (Psalm 122:6-9)

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Hello! How are you? How have you been? I missed writing last week after being away for a few days and then time just seemed to have slipped away because of all the “catch up” one does upon their return.

In any event, I have been listening to the news and everything that is happening in the Middle East and it saddens me. It is so unfortunate there is so much turmoil there. For that matter, there is so much brutality here in the United States. Many people believe in a “god”. However, they truly need to submit to God, Himself, who is Jesus Christ. The very nature of mankind is sinful. “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. “ (Psalm 51:5) If nobody has told you about your human nature, I’m sorry to inform you of that but truth is what it is. This is not my opinion…this is what the Word of God says so if you have any disputes, you need to take it up with Him directly.
God is Holy and God has always made Himself and His ways available to His creation. (I say creation because mankind is God’s creation; but, not all of mankind are His children.) “So man will be brought low and mankind humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled. But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by His justice, and the holy God by His righteousness.” (Isaiah 5:15-16)
As a matter of fact, He has always has warned His people regarding their sinful behavior and He continues to do so today. God (and His ways) do not change. “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6) “Woe to those who draw sin along cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes, to those who say Let God hurry, let him hasten his work so we may see it. Let it approach, let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come, so we may know it. Woe, to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” (Isaiah 5:18-20)

There are no excuses regarding any acts of violence. However, I do believe in defending oneself and more often than not, defense comes with an extreme price. As Americans, we have changed our outlook and opinion of right and wrong, defense and justice ever since our government removed the Ten Commandments from public view. People seem to have had more of a conscience when reminded that not only God had set up His standard, they were accountable to them as well and that was understood and not up for debate.  Now, people seem to not even take a stand for God’s point of view because the “popular opinion” is to be neutral and to observe tolerance to those who do not have “traditional” views. Amazingly, the same respect is not reciprocated and expected. I completely understand Israel’s decision to protect their own people and land and NOT tolerate any actions of war or terrorism against them. They will let everyone know that they are a peaceful people, but when threatened-will defend itself. They also believe and acknowledge that their land is from God and their forefathers when they were brought out of Egypt.  They take their position as God’s Chosen People seriously and cherish their inheritance from God. God gave the people of Israel a land that was once desolate and now it is prosperous and filled with life.  That could only exist with the help of God. What the world does not realize either is that when Jesus comes to redeem His people, He will return to Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. God has a purpose and a plan for Israel.  He also has a purpose and a plan for those who have been engrafted into His Covenant through His Son, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha-mashiach). As believers, we need to keep our eyes on Israel and support because of the Biblical promises God has given to her and to us.  God will deal with His rebellious children of Israel who have not recognized Him as the Messiah in due time and that is His business. Until then, I will love and support Israel knowing that it the homeland of my Savior. “Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.” Those who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from this time forth and forever.” (Psalm 125 Amplified)

There is so much to say about this topic, but I just can’t do it all it one  blog. So, as you walk Every Day With Grace, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and think about where Jesus Himself comes from and read your Bible for yourself to see what God says.  I don’t expect you to take my word for it.

In His Love,

Melody

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;vI gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored,and I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up! and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; Or let them hear and say, “It is truth. “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “that I am God. Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand.I work, and who will reverse it?” Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: For your sake I will send to Babylon, And bring them all down as fugitives—The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships. I am the Lord, your Holy One, Creator of Israel, your King.”Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters, Who brings forth the chariot and horse, The army and the power (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise; They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):  “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. (Isaiah 43:1-21)

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)

5592_pd73758full Hello and Happy Independence Day!  Those of us who live in the United States of America are celebrating the 238th birthday of our country. It is indeed a privilege to live in this country because of the freedom it provides to it’s citizens. This inheritance is from the blood, sacrifice, and vision of our forefathers so that we could have a government by the people and for the people; and not be under any one ruler or dictatorship. Our forefathers who wrote our Constitution were men who strongly believed in God and Jesus Christ.  They actually revered God -and that played such an active role in their guidance for our country and how it should exist long after they were gone. In other words, their integrity was woven into our Constitution.  It amazes me that such interpretation of our Constitution is used for sin and for evil. It provided “rights” for the people…not entitlement and that is where the confusion lies.

I don’t when the feeling or thinking of entitlement crept into the American way of thinking, but that mentality seemed to have spread severely since World War II. Maybe because there have been other wars which have brought loss to families, but, if it wasn’t for those who believed in something greater than themselves, we would still be under England’s Regime. Our founding fathers sought God in prayer-privately and corporately for God to guide them as they created a new nation.  They envisioned a new nation under God Almighty as their right to freely serve Him-not to have a misguided interpretation of God so as to be separate from Him.

In scripture, all nations had a human ruler-except for the Jewish people. God was their ruler until they asked for a human king.  Then the problems really started.  Mankind was created by God-therefore, it cannot truly function without God.  Communism and socialism are governments that do not believe in God and will arrest people (and kill them) if they confess to believing in God-especially Jesus Christ.  America was a nation founded on God and Biblical beliefs. Entitlement is a socialist mentality.  Nobody owes us anything.  To live in the United States is a privilege to obtain all access of what it offers, like freedom of religion, free enterprise, freedom of speech, and freedom to WORK! Many countries do not have employment opportunities-but, we do. And, yes, working is a privilege.  The Bible states “if you don’t work, you do not eat” “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-10)

I am Blessed to call America my home. I absolutely will support my troops, salute my flag,sing the Star Spangled Banner, and take part in the blessings it has to offer.  I will continue to pray with like-minded believers and continually ask God to look out for our nation and to Bless America.  I am grateful that my nation has not turned its  back on God.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace,  I challenge you to truly count your blessings as One Nation Under God and join me as I celebrate my Independence with Jesus as Lord.

In His Love,

Melody

The Pledge of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

National Anthem of the United States of America,  Lyrics by Francis Scott Key :

First Verse

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Second Verse

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream;
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Third Verse

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 Battle Hymm of the Republic, by Julia Ward Howe

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.
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.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
His day is marching on.
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.”
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Since God is marching on.”
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.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Our God is marching on.
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.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
While God is marching on.

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America, the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America! God men thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry grain divine.
O Beautiful for patriot dream
that sees beyond the years.
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.
Verse 1-3 Contributed by: Cecilia Farkas Last verse Contributed by: Joe Blasius

 

“Owe no one anything except to love one another….” (Romans 13:8)

image001Hello! How is everyone? How are you enjoying this warm weather? Are you able to go out and soak up all that Vitamin D from the sun? I love the fresh air and being in the sun (a little)…I just can’t lay out in it for too long when it’s very hot-it drives me crazy.  🙁  The nice thing about going outside in the sun is that it shouldn’t cost you anything. Yet somehow we wind up spending money. Why? Because we all want (or maybe love) money!  What is the verse to the Beatles song “Money”…”the best things in life are free, but, you can keep them for the birds and bees. Now give me money (that’s what I want)”

The problem is we always want what we see! It doesn’t matter what it is or if we need it…we just want it! Of course there are some logical and self-controlled people out there who would rationalize and count the cost for an item; but, unfortunately… many do not. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” (Luke 14:28-30)  I am guilty of that.  How many times have I said to myself “I gotta have it-(then don’t use it). Or, justify myself by saying “If I get this now, then I don’t have to (fill in the blanks) later. Better yet…I can’t afford it all now, so I’ll buy it on “flex pay”!  Does this sound familiar to anyone?  Can anyone relate?  The problem is we cannot pay for something outright, then we OWE that person/company, etc… What does that mean? It means that become a servant to the lender. “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7)

It’s almost humorous how we willingly get ourselves indebted to another with our eyes wide open and not even try to avoid it.  This is a little something that God says about this matter:”Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. (Romans 8:6-8) So you see, the only true allowable thing we can owe is love towards one another.

One of the keys for having this loving attitude is contentment.  As human beings we have to realize that our lives do in fact have limitations. And we have to realize the void we may feel cannot be filled with “stuff” of any kind.  To be sure we cannot take anything we accumulate with us.  No one has ever seen a U-haul at the back of a hearse.  “[And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of [a]inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world; But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied).But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing. For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart.” (1Timothy 6:6-11)

We need to accept the grace of God in all of our circumstances because we were all bought with a price (Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Amplified)

As you walk Every Day with Grace, I ask that you join me in our journey to “owe no man anything except to love one another.

In His Love,

Melody

” I and My Father are one.” (John 10:30)

images-3Hello! How are you? How is your week going?  Are you enjoying the nicer weather?  Are you gearing up for summer since schools are mostly out and graduations and vacations are just beginning?  Do you have plans for Father’s Day? Will you be sharing it with your father or with a positive male role model-perhaps at a barbecue? Maybe you will be fishing? That also seems to be a popular thing to do on Father’s Day.  For those who have the opportunity to share a special day with your father, you are blessed and I hope you continue to make happy memories that you can pass down to your children.

Now, what about those of us who do not have fathers, or do not have a good relationship with their father? Then what?  Well, I am here to tell y9u that God is a Father to the fatherless. My father was not the best role model and then he died when I was a young teenager. We were not very close, but the loss was still made an impact.  It wasn’t until I was 23 yrs old when I met Jesus and found out that I now had a “heavenly Father” who accepted me and called me “daughter”. It was a little confusing at first to learn about God as my Father and what the Bible says about His love as a father.  As a matter of fact, there are many, many scripture references as God as our Father and what His expectations are from His children. It’s sort of amusing how tangible God makes Himself known to us.  Most of us were raised in a family and in that family there were expectations from the parents to their children. Makes sense doesn’t it? It also makes God so much more real than a far away “Godly Being”  As a Father, God is our ultimate protector and provider.

Many people are not sure how to approach God, so they respond to Him the way they do with their earthly father. That can be good…or bad.  If you had a great or loving relationship with your earthly father, then you probably approach God thinking that He loves you more than life itself.  However, if you had a poor relationship with your father; or if he abandoned you and your family, your opinion may be very distrusting of God.  You very possibly may not believe the promises God has for in His Word.  For example, His Word says“He will never leave you never will I forsake you.”  (Hebrews 13:5 ) Or, “The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3) God also understands about sacrifice for His own…”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life. (John3:16)

Whatever type of relationship you have or had with your earthly father, know that you have a Heavenly Father that is waiting with open arms to love you. However, the only way to meet your heavenly Father is through Jesus. “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.  And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. (John 14:1-6)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I hope that you have a wonderful Father’s Day no matter what you do and know that you are not alone and that your Heavenly Father is just a prayer a way.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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