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“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

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Hello! How are you? How is the New Year treating you? How are you progressing with your personal changes for your life? (I do not like saying resolutions. One can always change if one chooses)  I have to admit that since I have made some personal decisions, I have already encountered much opposition. I have not discussed my decisions with anyone, but there are some people out there who just want to provoke you to no end. I also know it’s not just physical-it’s also spiritual. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but  against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  (Ephesians 6:12) The enemy of our soul does not want us to succeed in any area of our lives.

As a matter of fact, something happened to me today at work, that provoked to my core. However, I had to choose immediately how I was going to handle it. The situation made me very angry and hurt my feelings deeply, but I had to decide how I was going to process and respond.  As Kay Arthur of Precept  Ministries,(one of my all time favorite Bible teachers) taught years ago: “Do we act or react? ” I chose NOT to react. How? By recalling scripture to help ease my mind and emotions. I also shared this with a friend, (I’m only human) but, I also read my Bible at lunchtime. That’s why I choose the above scripture. ‘Believe me, I wanted to react in so many ways, I would be repenting for a very long time-that’s why I went to my Bible and looked up scriptures that had to with anger. “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” (Proverbs 29:11)  Sadly, I spent many years venting out to everyone-even as a Born Again Believer. It didn’t matter to me-I wanted everyone to know what I had to say. It never even crossed my mind how I looked or what people thought. What’s worse is I never thought about what God thought when I reacted that way only to find out He thought I was acting like a fool. Talk about sobering!  Sometimes I wonder how I had any friends at all because of my behavior. Can anyone relate?

As I read, I came across some other scriptures that referred to anger: “A hot tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calm a quarrel.” (Proverbs 15:18) “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) “Do not make friends with a shot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” (Proverbs 22:24-15) I know I have been hot-tempered. I also know I have been ensnared (riled up) by someone else’s anger.  Have you ever found yourself going from calm to crazy as you join in with someone else’s emotion?

You see the real issue is not the other person. It is our personal action (or, reaction) to a matter.”Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)  “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick tempered man displays folly.” (Proverbs 14:29) How does God want us to respond? Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but, those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” (Psalm 37:8-9)  “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:8) “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18-Amplified) The Spirit of God lives within those who has accepted Jesus as LORD and Savior; therefore, it would make sense that the provoking we experience effects us in our spirit, soul and body. But, God is faithful to His own; He leaves us with His instruction manual (the Bible) as to how we are to conduct ourselves as believers. He loves us so much that He wrote it down for us to study and to imitate. “But Jesus looked at them and said, with men this is impossible, but  all things are possible with God.” (Matthew 19:26)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, please read the scripture below so you can know that only with God we can change and control our behavior and reflect His.

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].”

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”

Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.”

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him”  (Colossians 3:12-17 Amplified)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

imagesHello!  How is everybody? How was your Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah? I hope it was blessed with lots of love from family and friends.  It’s crazy how quickly Christmas is coming!  For those who are getting their best buys, please be mindful of your surroundings as well as your spending.  Sometimes I think bills catch up to us before the holidays even begin.”More importantly to the shopping and running around  and all the craziness that comes with this season is the real reason for this holiday specifically.  I’m sure many of you have heard “Jesus is the reason for the season”.  We celebrate a holiday called Christmas. Sometimes people forget that Jesus is in fact, the Christ in the meaning of Christmas.  He is Messiah-Savior to all of mankind. It was His birth that was foretold way before He made His appearance on this earth.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was  God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4) His name is God With Us! How awesome is that? The God of this universe left his throne in heaven to be with His creation.  GOD WITH US!  “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (1 John 1:14) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  

GOD is with us! That is what we are truly celebrating-God’s communion with mankind. God chose to be with us! How awesome is that?  And just so we wouldn’t miss it, He even announced to us. “the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) The fact that God is with us is is His present to all of us. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift”                           (2 Corinthians 9:15)  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)

 As we enter into this Christmas season, know that all one has to do is to receive and embrace the gift of God With Us. His eternal love is available for all those who knowingly will accept His gift. 

As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that God is With Us because Jesus is the Reason for the season.  “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:21-23)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

“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