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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

image007Hello. How is everyone? How is everyone adapting to this consistent influx of snow?  I think the only place in the United States that has not been hit with snow is Florida. The fact that Atlanta, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee; Texas,  Arkansas, North and South Carolina, and other various places have been hit with snow and ice is historical (not hysterical) and astounding!  During all of this inclement weather got me thinking as to what is God trying to say to His people? This weather pattern is so unusual that I am sure God is trying to get everyone’s attention. One of the things I started to dwell on is faith…mores specifically… my own faith.

I don’t care who you are, I believe everybody is going through some form of struggle. But the issue really is, where is one’s faith as we go THROUGH the struggle?  One of the things my friend Amy and I say to each other all the time is “either we believe God is who He says He is or He isn’t”-which means God is our Heavenly Father and He we choose to believe that He will take care of us for no other reason that we are His children and He loves us.  Please know that as much as I write to you and say “I am believer of Jesus Christ and I know He will take care of me, it still takes an act of faith on my part. In other words, I can believe with my head (intellectually) because I have been reading the scriptures for years and years, but how do I react when trials and struggles arise? Is my faith strong enough to stand? Or, is it weak and faint hearted? “He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” (Matthew 17:20, AMP)

The problem that causes a lack of faith is doubt.  We doubt everything! God, ourselves, our family, our friends, doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs….it doesn’t matter.  Mankind at its best is weak-in all areas when compared to God.  So many of us think of ourselves as “super heroes” and think we have “super human strength” to handle any and all circumstances. That is all a bunch of nonsense. When we depend on mankind (especially self), we exhaust our emotions; our strength; patience; finances and relationships, etc…. Doubting is in our nature… Even John the Baptist doubted who Jesus was and that was his first cousin! After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Matthew 11:1-6)

Why did John doubt? He was discouraged because his proclamation of belief in Jesus landed him to jail! He was probably thinking “Hey! What did I do? I obeyed the call of God and dressed strangely; and preached the message of repentance for the messenger of the Messiah to come. Why am I in trouble? Why am I in jail? “And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen.” (Matthew 21:21)  John was the forerunner (messenger) of Jesus…and his cousin; yet, he found out that obedience does not excuse trials or self doubt, but it will affect one’s faith. Think about it, John was with Jesus-God in the flesh and he doubted his faith after physically seeing Him and being in His presence; and circumstances still caused him to doubt.  That is why we must continue on-in faith. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1Peter 1:3-9)

Faith is the foundation  of salvation because one chooses to believe that God is who He says He is. As hard as it is, we cannot get caught up in circumstances. The way we will not doubt our faith is by keeping our eyes on Jesus.“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was 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) I encourage you to keep the faith and don’t give up when things go awry. Our faith in God is the only thing that sustains us during the bad times.  Hold tight to your faith in God and it will carry you through every day. That is a promise.Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. (Philippians 3:13-16)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, please know that  faith is not something we can see, but it is the evidence of our hope.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,Says the Lord who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

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Hello. How are you? How is your week going? As I like to say, “Slow and steady wins the race.” In other words, I am still continuing on-seeking God for His will in my life as my trial continues. One of the things I am desiring during my life’s inconsistency right now is peace-especially since things are unsettled. The only way one obtains peace is through God. God brings peace to His us because of His great love and compassion for us.

Did you ever realize how hard it is to sleep or rest, or, for that matter concentrate when there is no peace in your life?“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8) Sometimes it is hard to function when life is upside with derision. It can definitely leave one physically and emotionally exhausted. However, God gives us strength when we go through life’s trials. “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)

I know when I go through life’s trials, my temptation is to complain (I don’t always fight the temptation-I go with it. I’m not necessarily proud of this-just honest about it.) I also want to take out my anger on whomever-people at work, family, other drivers…I’m not too picky. Of course during these times, God is NOT pleased with my attitude. “Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. (Psalm 34:13-15) When we act so ungodly (which is what this behavior is), we forget that God sees and hears EVERYTHING we do! In reality all we need to do is turn to the Lord and give Him our cares so He can carry them and give us His peace it its place. “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.(Psalm 55:22)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, my prayer for you is that you seek after the peace God has waiting for you especially during stressful times of trials.  God loves you and wants to share His peace and compassion with you so you grow close to Him while you get to know Him.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“Moses asked, “When I come unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” God said unto him, “I AM THAT I AM … I AM hath sent me unto you “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14)

names-of-god Hello! How is everyone doing? How is your relationship growing with God? I hope you are seeking God on a continual basis. As I have previously stated, I am in transition right now in my life as well as with my walk with God. I think that God will allow us to “revisit” certain areas of our lives so we can see how far we’ve come; or to let us know that we may not have come as far as we have hoped. Nevertheless, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)

I must admit, it is not the easiest thing to wait on God when we are in the “during” stages. You know… the “waiting for change” stage; the “going through” stage. One thing I can say about this period of time with God is, that I get to learn (or re-learn) His character again and apply it to my life. The above scripture was chosen because it is here when God declares who He as well as His character attributes to the Israelites by saying that He is the “I AM”.

Of course you are probably are thinking “what?” I don’t get it. How is “I AM” attributed to character qualities. I will explain. God is eternal and therefore, His love and caring never ceases towards His creation. The reason God introduced Himself as “I AM” was to let the Israelites then (and for the gentiles now) know that He has always been there and cared for them-much like He does today. When the Israelites wandered through the wilderness they had much needs during this journey. When we go through our “wilderness” experiences, we have needs that need attending to met as well. When we feel alone, God, (Jehovah Shammah) is there is to say “I AM” here with you. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) As we continue on in our walk with God, we learn that He is “El Shaddai”-God Almighty-the All Sufficient One. He says “I AM all that you need. When there is a need for provision, He is “Jehovah Jireh” the Lord, our provider. Here He says, I will provide your needs. I think here people get very confused (me included) about wants and needs For example, right now during my trial I had to leave my apartment. I wanted another apartment. God provided a place with family for me to live at this time. My need was met. I needed a place to live and God provided one. Not the way I thought it was going to unfold, but, here I am.God is all things and everything to His own. He is constantly saying, “I AM” your Salvation when you are looking for truth. He is saying “ I AM” Jehovah Shalom, peace when you are looking for peace. “I AM” Elohim, your creator and loved you enough to create you in My image. God is EL Roi-the God who sees. He sees what we are going through and is with us and guides us through our situations. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8)

When Jesus first declared who He was, He used the same content of meaning to the Israelites regarding who He was. “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “ Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  JEAnd they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon  Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17)  You see, Jesus is the great I AM. He has always made Himself  known to us. In  the Old Testament, He was everything man needed. In the New Testament, He confirms  that He  still everything we need and the only way to God so we can have eternal life.

John 6:51:“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;”

John 8:23: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 10:9: “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:11: “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10:36: “do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

John 15:1: “I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

John 19:2: Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”‘”

Acts 7:32: Stephen speaking of Moses’ encounter at the burning bush  “saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look.”

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, this week, try to take hold of the fact Jesus says “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6:). My prayer for you is that you enter into life that Jesus has for you. “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“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 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