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“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD.” (Psalm 33:12)


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Hello! How are you? I hope all is well since I have last spoken with you. Life has way of continuing on no matter what goes on in one’s life.  What’s the saying? “Life happens while you’re making plans”. Many people in many countries make plans but do not necessarily have the freedom to carry out their plans or wishes because they simply are not allowed.

Tomorrow is July 4th-our Independence Day in the United States. American citizens  will celebrate and honor their freedoms by attending barbecues, parades, togetherness with family, friends and, by the end of the day-fireworks.  The Declaration of Independence was written specifically for the CITIZENS of the  United States…not for the “guests” that stay in our country.  The men who wrote the Declaration were all God fearing, God honoring men. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

These men held the Bible, and its’ principles as the highest Authority to govern a nation and the future of that nation.  These men prayed separately and corporately as they sought the counsel of God to write our Declaration of Independence.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776). images

These visionary men knew that this nation could not survive without God governing it. So I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts” (Psalm 119:44-45).  As long as the Unites States continue to acknowledge their Creator in their lives, laws and government, it will be a Blessed and Free Nation under God. So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. (John 8:31-32) One might say “what truth?” The truth that because of God and His Son Jesus, we have freedom-in various ways in our lives and in this country. These truths are also the promise of God to His children and to His Creation; and He cannot deny Himself. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bonds laves of God” (1 Peter 2:15-16).So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). The freedom God offers us exceeds the physical and crosses directly into the spiritual. “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life” (Romans 6:17-18, 22).
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-21).

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I wish you a sobering reflection into our Country’s history and that you will see God in your celebration of our Freedom.

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The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early lighT What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through 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?

On the shore, dimly seen through 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! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave. From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land. Praise the Power 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!

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“… I, the Lord, am your healer.” (Exodus 15:26),

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Hello! How is everyone? Good I hope.The weather is getting colder and the leaves are changing their color.  Can you believe it is mid November already?  Thanksgiving  and Hannukah is just 12 days away!  The fact the Jewish calendar has Hanukkah on Thanksgiving is a whole other story. I believe this event has not happened like this in a little over one hundred years. God keeps things interesting.

Do you realize that God is available to heal you? He is available to heal all different areas of your life.  How, you may ask? Call upon His name. “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me” (Psalm 30:2) “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” (Psalm 107:19-21)  God can and does heal all areas of our lives. One area is illness- “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,” (Psalm 103:2-4) “The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.  The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.” (Psalm 41:2-3)

Have you ever had your heart broken from any major disappointment? God sees it and responds to it.  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3) God is very aware of what happens in our lives. He not only can heal our bodies, but He also saves our soul and brings  our spirit to life to give us the opportunity to choose and enjoy eternal life.” “Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”  (Jeremiah 17:14)

Whenever we go through pain, sorrow, or need healing of any sort, Jesus is there to help us. He understands the frailty of our humanness. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Jesus can heal through various ways. One way is pray to Him and sometimes if have sin in our lives, we need to confess our sins and turn from them (repent) “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) Also, a key for our healing is believing God can in fact heal us.   That is where faith comes into play. There is nothing wrong with going to a doctor, but God supersedes our medication as well as our doctors. After all, Jesus is the Great physician.  “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.   “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”  Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.  Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8: 43-48)

Jesus is our ultimate authority in all situations-including healing. “When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.  “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”  Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”  The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.  When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.  He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.  When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (Matthew 8:5-17)

As you continue to walk Every Day With Grace, please know that Jesus hears our cries and identifies with mankind. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1Peter 2:24). His promise to His children is love them and to heal their past, present and future once they call upon Him. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)  Your ultimate Healer is just a prayer away.

In His Love,

Melody