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“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Isaiah43v19.jpg.w560h396Hello! How are you? Can you believe it is New Year’s Eve already? I don’t know where 2014 went! It seems the older one becomes, the faster the clock turns.

The good news is that with the New Year one has the opportunity to do new things-which means New Beginnings.  I know many people make new resolutions for their new year. I now prefer to look at my new year as looking at new opportunities. Believe me, I wasn’t always like this. If anything, I tend to over-think and over analyze everything. So, what do you think God wanted me to learn?  “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

As my friend Amy reminded me-reflection isn’t a bad thing, but, we need to be aware the about the amount of time we spend on the things that have passed and can no longer be changed. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) It can be very self-absorbing-which means self focused rather than God focused. The truth of the matter is that we walk through seasons within our lives. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

As you Walk Every Day with Grace, know that God has everything new waiting for you should you want His will for your life. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)  “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.” (Ezekiel 36:26-28)

Know that with God comes newness of life but, we need to commune with Him and we do that through prayer…which is basically talking to God. “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,…” (1 Chronicles 16:11-12) “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25-26). Also realize that in order to move forward, we can not keep looking at one was-whether it is past glories, or past regrets.  We need to have continual progression forward. “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

In His Love,

Melody

I wish all of you a Happy, Healthy, Blessed New Year in Jesus! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

“Lord, make me to know my end and (to appreciate) the measure of my days-what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am (how transient my stay here). “ (Psalm 39:4)

UnknownHello! How are you? How was your week? Right now I find life a bit hectic-which is why I chose the above scripture. This scripture caught my attention because it blatantly states how we should measure (appreciate) our time here on earth. I don’t know about you, but, I know I have taken many things for granted –consciously or unconsciously I have taken life and my time here for granted. We always think we have more time than we do. The fact is God has given each of us a certain number of days and we are not promised tomorrow. “Behold, You have made my days as (short as) handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in Your sight. Truly every man at his best is merely a breath! Selah (pause and think calmly of that)! (Psalm 39:5)

I think it could be frightening for ourselves to know this truth when we haven’t confessed our sins to God; and frustrating to try to share it with those who don’t want to know about it. There are many people who do not believe in an after-life and think when you die-you die and go into a void of some sort. I guess that is comforting to those who do not want to face God Almighty and find out if there is a heaven or a hell. But, I assure you, they will find this our first hand at that point. (It is appointed for a man to die and then the judgment) People do not realize how short time really is because they think they are truly in charge of their lives.Surely every man walks to and fro –like a shadow in a pantomime; surely for futility and emptiness he is in turmoil; each one heaps up riches, not knowing who will gather them. And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You.” (Psalm 39:6-7)

We all know we will die one day. But, do we really put our hope and expectation in God all the time? If we don’t, why is that? Sometimes I think it is our own unbelief that stops us. You know what I mean? It’s when we take our eyes off of God that we get in to trouble. What should we say to God during times like this? “Deliver me from all me transgressions; make me not the scorn and reproach of the (self-confident) fool! I ma dumb, I open not my mouth, for it is You Who has done it. Remove your stroke from me; I am consumed by the conflict and the blow of Your hand. When with rebukes You correct and chasten man from sin, You waste his beauty like a moth and what is dear to him consumes away; surely every man is a mere breath.” Selah. (Psalm 39:8-11)

 What can God do? “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not Your peace at my tears! For I am Your passing guest, a temporary resident, as all my fathers were. O look away from me and spare me that I may recover cheerfulness and encouraging strength and know gladness before I go and am no more!” (Psalm 39:12-13)  We get into trouble when we live our lives without God in it. We say He is, but we really like go about our own business and sort of give Him a “heads up” to our plans. “Come now, you who say Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. Yet you do not know (the least thing) about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are (really) but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears into thin air). You ought instead to say, If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that (thing). But as it is, you boast (falsely) in your presumption and your self-conceit. All such boasting is wrong. So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:13-17)

As you walk Every Day with Grace, Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),  Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16) Know that each day is a gift and that life should be lived to the fullest with Jesus. Seek His will for your life and let Him show you all that He has for you because we do not know what tomorrow may bring. Let your life shine with God’s will for you.

 

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:18)

 

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Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well. Sorry, I didn’t write last week, I had technical difficulties.  Moving on… Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday?  Do you realize that there are so many things to be thankful for?  Will you remember to count your blessings?  Can you even recognize your blessings?  If you are able to read this, then thank God you are alive (and that you can read)!

We are to have an attitude of thanksgiving all year round-not just one day a year.  It is so easy to complain about our lives and our circumstances, but for those who are true believers in Christ, we are to purpose to be thankful-in all things. Here is an example from  my own life. I have been praying for a change within my company and I recently applied for two different positions.  My friend, Amy and I pray every week for various things, including these job opportunities for me. We will always pray  for God’s will in our lives and that He would make it very clear as to His direction regarding our prayer requests. When I was thinking and praying for a scripture for this week’s blog, the above scripture kept going around in my head.  Well, today, I found out that God “closed the door” on the two job opportunities I was praying for.  So, what was my immediate reaction? To give thanks to God-for this was His will concerning me.  Was I bummed out? Yes! Disappointed? Yes! But then, I had to take a breath and realize that God has His best interest for my life, therefore, it is His will for me.

I know that being thankful or thanking God is not easy.  It isn’t natural either. “I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.” (Psalm116:7)   It is because of God’s love for us that we are able to thank Him. “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1) It is because God brought salvation to all of us through His Son, Jesus that we are able to be thankful for our very lives. Once we receive Jesus into our lives, He forgives our sins and gives us the promise of eternal life! How does one say thank you to a gift of such eternal value? “You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.” (Isaiah 12:1)  We are truly victorious in Jesus Christ and it is only because of  who He is. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

It is my prayer that you are able to be thankful at this juncture of your life.  I understand about the hard times.  Right now I don’t know many people who aren’t experiencing various hard times or loss (myself included).  There was much loss in my own life this year.  Even still, I submit to the Sovereign will God has for me even though I have no specific “map” for  my journey at this time. I trust in Him and am thankful that He is my Savior, God, and friend. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” (I1 Chronicles 29:11-13)

My prayer for you this thanksgiving season is that you see God in all things and that every good and precious gift is from Him.  Have a Happy, Healthy and Blessed Thanksgiving and in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  (Colossians 3:17)

I would like to leave the following scripture for you to think upon as you continue to walk Every Day, With Grace:

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that he Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good;His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)

In His Love,

Melody