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“For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.” (Proverbs 5:21)

IMG_0493Hello! How are you? How is your week? Mine has been a very long week-life happens and circumstances occur that affect one’s family. So of course, when things happen people may think “where is God in all of this?” “I didn’t see anything like this coming…so how can God allow this to happen?” “Didn’t He know?” “Doesn’t He care?” Well, the truth of the matter is this…Yes! God does see specifically what is occurring in one’s life. He doesn’t get distracted and He is able to listen-regardless of how many people are on the planet. God’s part is not new and it has not changed. He is still sitting on the throne  because NOTHING and NO ONE  can remove Him from it.“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

Believe it or not, God has a plan and a purpose for your life. It could be something big like an Astronaut; maybe a scientist who discovers a cure; maybe the purpose is to be a Pastor or a leader of a congregation who truly has a Godly influence. It could be a “celebrity,” but, I’m a little hesitant to use that term because people tend to idolize people who have somewhat of a public face-even within some religious organizations. Anyway, one’s purpose could also be a mother  or grandmother who teaches and raises children to love and obey God; or to care for a sick child. It could be a faithful father, who works three jobs to support his family and to put food on the table and goes to church and worship together as a family. I know many today, do not have a family situation like this, but the family (father, mother, children) was God’s perfect design-for a purpose and with a purpose. The family relationship is something tangible that God uses for us to identify with Him. The purpose: “to be fruitful and multiply.” Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28) Please do not confuse having a family or a large family for that matter as breeding. I know there are people who cannot comprehend having more than “2.5” children in the United States, but God distinctly says that children are a gift and a heritage from the LORD.  “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them” (Psalm 127:3-5) So what else am I saying?  We have choices in our decisions; no matter what they are-the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Some choices may be clear cut; some may be difficult; and still-some may be confusing; and God sees how we choose-especially since He gave us free will. ‘For [God’s] eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps.” (Job 34:21 Amplified) “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15)

God is there for us no matter what-even we go through bad or sad times. You know those times when it feels like the world is closing in on you and you feel all alone and you don’t think you can go on. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) We should take comfort that God is there for us whether we need to make a decision or if we enter into trials; either way, He is there. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  (James 1: 2-8)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that everything comes from God. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:16-18) As we get to know God and His Word, we need to apply what He is teaching us and learn to be more Christ minded instead of earthly (or fleshly minded). “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of( all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:19-27)

In His Love,

Melody

“…Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? ” (Romans 2:4)

images  Hello. How is everyone? Are you enjoying this consistent inclement weather? I don’t know about you but I am so done with this weather! Here in New York/Long Island, the icy snow mix is slightly tragic for traveling to and from the home. It is certainly has been affecting my attitude…and we are supposed to get another snowstorm in a few more days!  I don’t know about you, but, I am so ready for spring!

I realized my attitude during all of this weather mess…it was making me cranky, anxious and stressed.  I found myself more short-tempered  and it seemed like the world was one big provoking machine. The issue is that I gave in to the emotional aspect of circumstances that I have  no control over and I gave into the temptation of sin-in thought, action, and in some cases-deed.  It affected my attitude, but, more importantly, it offended my God.  As a believer, I don’t want my actions to be un-Christ like. So, when I choose or give in to my own bad behavior, I remember that it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. (Romans 2:4) As I have said before, repentance  is to turn from one’s sin. That means you turn (180 degrees) and walk directly away from sin. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19)

God’s is constantly reaching out to His children and His creation to receive His gift of salvation, but we have to accept His gift. Sadly, many do not repent and accept God’s gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30:15) “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.” (Romans 2:5)

Repentance is something Jesus constantly preached. “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17) “Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32) Do you see God’s love for you in this? Can you feel it?  Anyone who thinks they do not or cannot sin is deluded. You know, one does not have to be a “church/religious” person to receive God’s kindness towards repentance for salvation.  “For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.” (Matthew 21:32)  “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21) “He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,  and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48)

Join me and accept the goodness and kindness of God that leads us to repentance so that we can live holy, Christ-like lives that brings praise and glory to God. “After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” (Jeremiah 31:19) “When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.” (Acts 11:18). God will even use friends, family, and the family of believers to help us to stay on the straight and narrow path. “So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” (Luke 17:3) “...yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)

The God I serve is a God of accountability. “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matthew :8) He is faithful to us even when we are not. He does expect us to be faithful to Him by obeying His commands-and if we don’t, there are consequences. “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:5) “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” (Revelation 3:3)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I leave you with this promise of God’s goodness and kindness: “But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer.  Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:18-19) It is only in Christ Jesus that there is no condemnation.

In His Love,

Melody

“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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

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Hello! How is everyone? Are you feeling melancholy as 2013 comes to an end?  Are you prepared for 2014?  I know-too many questions, but there are so many changes that are coming our way (especially in the United States) that I believe it needs to be addressed.  I am one of those people who ponder things (sometimes to a fault); however, I try my best to be prepared and make the best decisions possible when the situation calls for it.

I must admit-I don’t always succeed with my plans or decisions…so, that is when I give it over to God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Another translation of this scripture is written this way: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Common English Bible) I like that-don’t rely on your own intelligence. Do you realize how much trouble we get in to when we rely solely on our own intelligence?  When I walk in humility that notion gives me the chills.  When I walk in arrogance, God’s will is not even a thought in my head. Thank God, His mercies are new every morning! He gives me yet another opportunity to get things right with Him.

I know as I enter this new year, I want to know what God’s thoughts are towards me. I want to know when and where He will make my paths straight so that when I pray and seek Him, He will say to me (and you) “this is the way, walk in it.” I believe the keys to this type of relationship to God are surrender, trust, faith and obedience. That is to say, I willingly want to surrender my plans and exchange them for His. I need to trust to believe His Word is true and that His timing to any and all of my situations is perfect, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24); knowing that God will still act on my behalf if I only have the strength of faith of that of a mustard seed; “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20); and most importantly, obedience to God-whatever the cost-it is only for our benefit. “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel15:22) “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John 1:6-7)

Believe it or not, God has a plan for your life. I don’t know what the future brings, but, I do know that God is in control of the future regardless of what it brings. Hopefully, there will be good things, but as life has proven repeatedly, unfortunate things happen as well and believe it or not, God will not be caught off guard by any of it.  The Bible says: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1) That’s why Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33-Amplified) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John14:27) You see, all one has to do, call upon the name of Jesus and He is there for us. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

As you enter 2014, I ask that you join me in seeking God’s will for our lives and surrender everything (family, job, housing, finances, education, health, etc…) all provision to God and trust that He will take care of us.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave the following promises of God for encouragement as we choose to receive the plans that God has for our the future:

“I call on the LORD in my distress, and He answers me.” (Psalm 120:1)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter5:7)

“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)

” I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

‘You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.  Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!” (Psalm 119:114-115)

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, whois against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28-39)

I wish you a Happy, Healthy, Blessed New Year with Jesus!

In His Love,

Melody