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“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJ)

I don’t know about you, but, I believe change is in the air and it is making many people crazy! It is definitely in the atmosphere and it feels very unsettling.  I don’t know if it’s because we will have our election next month and the future of our country may bend toward socialism (God forbid!), or  it will go towards what the foundation of this country was built upon.  Either way, change is in the air and many people are anxious.

Keeping this in mind, I, too am trying to change things in my life.  Some things are easier to change and/or replace…some other things… not so much. But I am trying to be proactive and I am choosing to go forward. However, even though my intentions are good, I need to make sure they are godly.  I am so busy (especially in my mind) that I do not want to miss what God may have for me.  I know many decisions are born out of emotion. Emotion is what I think I should do.  When I go before the Lord and pray and ask for His guidance and listen, then I am able to obtain God’s peace.  It’s funny-emotions usually make one act hastily, but, when you enter God’s presence with prayer (which is just talking with God) then one may experience a stillness in spirit, soul and body.  That stillness is God’s peace.  His peace is amazing and it connects you to Him.

I have a couple of friends who are extremely self sufficient, so the thought of waiting on God seems almost silly to them because they are always figuring out what to do in their own circumstances. I was taught to wait on the Lord because you did not want to get ahead of Him.  The problem with that was people would then step in and tell you what they think you should do. I am not saying God can’t speak through somebody, but, it has been my experience that it can turn into a glorification of man’s will and God is not even entered in to the equation of your decision. Just recently I heard the most Godly practical advise from the Late Bob Cooke on Family Radio. He said “first we pray, then we plan, then we obey”. How fabulous was that?  I finally got it and I have been moving forward ever since. God may tell us to go, He may say wait .But the best part is the obedience because if we start to move in a direction that God does not want us to go, He will close that door.  Our responsibility is not to throw open the door once He closes it.  People have to realize that God does say “no”.  No is an answer.  Ever hear your parents or others in your life say no?  God is allowed to say “no” too.  We may not like it but, that’s ok.  I feel a thousand times better knowing God is in control and He has His best interest in my life.

How awesome is it to know that God has thoughts towards us and they are thoughts of good to give us a future and a hope?  Everyone needs hope. Therefore, we put our hope in God because we know He cares for us.  I don’t k now what my future holds; but, I do know God holds my future in His hands.  So, i will continue to pray, to plan, and to obey whatever His will is for me in my future.  I pray that you too will come to know God’s grace everyday for your life.

In His Love,

Melody

 

“The LORD has looked down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek after God,” (Psalm14:2)

Do you remember the song “Looking for love in all the wrong places?” That song was such a hit because so many people were able to relate to it. I will take some liberty here and say that I can remember when I was looking for God in all the wrong places.

First, let me start off by saying that I was not raised in any form of religion.  Technically, the background I was born into is 3/4 Jewish and maybe 1/4 Catholic. I probably would have been considered an agnostic. I believed God existed and that was as far as it went. My only “religious” upbringing was watching “The Ten Commandments” by Cecil B. DeMille. I cannot even tell you how shocked I was when I read the story in the Bible for the first time. I was so confused!  That is what happens when we view Godly things from the TV instead of picking up a Bible and reading it ourselves. Anyway, I digress.

I believe most people are looking for God because they are seeking truth in this crazy world we live in. When I started my “search”,  I didn’t realize I was seeking God’s truth.  I thought I was evolving as a person. Let’s see… I went to psychics, astrologers, dream interpreters, I did metal bending and who knows what else.  I had (2) very different close friends at this time.  One, took me to all of the activities I just mentioned and the other was a born-again Christian. I would go to psychics by day and would watch televangelist, Jimmy Swaggort on Sunday nights. (Oh no, my age is showing!)  It seemed that searching for truth was pulling me and my soul in two extreme directions-almost like a tug of war in what I was going to believe in.  I was hearing two very different opinions. One day as my friend and I were driving home after seeing an alleged world renowned psychic, I asked God (2) things: 1) if He was real; and 2) who was telling me the truth?  The friend taking me to visit psychics or, the one watching the televangelist?  I asked God to reveal Himself to me in a personal, private way and He did.  That’s when I was introduced to God the Father, God the Son, and  God the Holy Spirit. I will tell you one very important fact I learned from seeking truth-whether we realize it or not, God is in control of everything in this life. I take comfort knowing that God cares so much for me that He is always looking out for me. His word says so.

There is a scripture that says “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 of you declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 29;12-14)  I finally knew that I was actually seeking God’s truth because His truth is the only one that matters and His truth does not change with the times. His word also says “I love those who love Me; and those who seek Me will find Me.”(Proverbs 8:17)  So many people think that God is unattainable-when in reality He is looking down from heaven to see who is looking for Him so He can extend His hand to them so they can receive a loving, everlasting relationship.

It is important to realize that God and Jesus are one. In scripture when Jesus was asked who He was, He  answered, “i am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John14:6)  Therefore, the next time you may think God is too far off in the galaxy to hear you, you can “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6). God is always near and always answers when one calls upon His name.

In His Love,

Melody