Monday, June 1, 2020

What are we full of?

We hear reports of crazy stuff constantly via the internet.   There are memes, gifs, videos, blogs, songs, and on and on and on.  Information overload.  We can look on Facebook and know what our friends are doing at any given time.  We can read about every side of every argument.   Our brains can only contain so much.  We are constantly filling them full, full, full.  But wait.  What if this was your last day on earth.  Would you get on social media and read all you can?  Would you watch all the netflix you could?  Would you watch all of Fox News you could watch?  What would you fill your mind  with?

God's word is filled with truth.  Wisdom is found on the pages of the Bible.   How much do we fill up with scripture?   If you find yourself burnt out, cynical and depressed, check up on what you are filling up with.  Do you want freedom?  Do you want to find true love?  God has an answer in His Word.  Check it out!

Praying for you!

Melaina

Sunday, May 31, 2020

WE have a job to do!

My heart is heavy as I write today's post.  It seems that this past week has brought so much pain, suffering, hate, and confusion across America.  No doubt the news headlines alone will send our emotions spiraling down.  My heart breaks for George Floyd and his family.  My heart breaks for the officers that have made front line news, not for doing heroic acts, but for evil, anger, poor judgement and hatred.  Not only that, but the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting us at the very core of our hearts; we can not visit, hug, fellowship, etc.  I am not afraid for me.   If I get COVID-19 and die, so be it.  However, I want to respect other human beings and give them space.  Nonetheless, it's like a dark rain cloud hanging over us and things are stressed.  On a closer level,  just this past week I have learned of someone that is terminally ill, a young person that lost all hope, and children that are hurting because of their parent's decisions.  Bad news!!

We can't ignore the bad news.   However, let's not forget the good news.  Yes, there is still good news! The Good news of the gospel is my salvation.   Christ died for my sins and rose again so I can live.  He gave me His Holy Spirit to be able to live in His power.   In this world we will have trouble, but take heart Jesus has overcame this world!  It seems that many of us are waiting for certain people to change their minds and do what is right.  However, if we claim we are a Christian, we are called to battle in prayer and repentance.  WE are the ones.   2 Chronicles 7:14 says:  If my people who are called by MY Name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  In Christ, we are always loved.  In Christ, we have a future and a hope.   In Christ, although we may suffer as Christ did, we will be victorious in Him.  I want to encourage you to look at things through your spiritual eyes.   When all seems evil and hopeless, it is more important than ever to stay in God's Word.  The Bible describes the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 like this:  people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God!  Yes, we are facing very hard times.  However,  we don't have to sit and wait for others to change.  We have a job to do!  Repent, cry out, and seek His face! We may feel called to join the battle here on earth by standing up for right, however, don't forget the most important battle; the spiritual battle and duty we are called to do!

In Christ,
Melaina

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

He's Enough

Do you struggle with feelings of sadness?  Do you sometimes wake up and feel like the best parts of your life are over?   Feelings can be so overwhelming.   They can seem to be true at times when they are really fooling you.   For example, you may feel you are unloved; however, the Bible tells us that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Nothing. 

Not a day goes by that we don't hear some sad or bad news.   Young people die too young.  Older people suffer.  Babies are born with great problems.  The world as we once knew it is passing away.  It can be overwhelming.   However, there is someone that knows how we feel......not only understands but can actually carry the burden and give us rest.   Jesus is that person.   By His Holy Spirit He can give us strength we didn't know was possible.  By His Spirit He can redeem our past and brokenness. 

So, if you feel like you are drowning in sadness and hopelessness today, please don't hesitate to cry out to Jesus.   This old world and all it's pain and negativity can make us callus and critical.  However, as we cry out to God, He will fill us up and give us hope to carry on.   No human can do that for us.   No amount of money can do that for us.   He's enough.

In His Grace,
Melaina

Friday, May 22, 2020

Photo Albums & Legacy


One of my favorite past times is looking in old photo albums.  Each picture tells a story; some good and some bad.  Nonetheless, photo albums are filled with visual reminders of memories stored in our heart.  Sometimes it is shocking how time flies by so fast.   I don't realize how much life is changing until I flip through one of our albums and see how our once toddler boys are now grown men.

Life is bittersweet.   It's sweet in that we have loved ones to share it with; bitter in that our time is passing quickly.  My Dad died 7 years ago.  What a sad and shocking day for me.   He had been battling health issues for years and as much as I thought I was forewarned, I was not prepared for his passing. At the time of his death, we lived 9 hours away.  I had just gotten out of church when we got the call that his time was near.  I argued with myself for an hour whether or not it was really time.   You see, for years I thought my Dad might pass at anytime, but he never did.  So, in the back of my mind, I wondered if this was not going to turn out the same.   Nonetheless, we packed up and began our 9 hour journey home.   He took his last breath when we were 30 minutes outside my hometown.   He is not with me here on earth anymore, but He is with God and more fulfilled then ever.   Now I only have memories, but oh how sweet the memories are.  I have many pictures of my Dad and I.  Pictures keep his memory close to my heart.

When I am 80 years old and my boys look through my pictures,  I long for them to remember the good things about me.   I hope they remember how I loved to celebrate their birthdays and accomplishments.  I hope they remember that I made signs and honked my car when they came home from camp.  I hope they remember that I tried to encourage them to do their best in everything.   Maybe they won't think of the times I nagged, threw a fit, was too busy or distracted for them, or the times I cried for an hour because I was overwhelmed.   Most of all, when they look at my picture, I hope they see a woman that loved God above all and loved their Dad and them very much.   Life is bittersweet.  The sweet is worth tasting the bitter.   The days you are living now will be in tomorrow's photo albums.  What legacy are we leaving?

Melaina





My Calling

I can remember that even as a little girl I struggled with feeling responsible for everyone's happiness.   No one told me I was responsible, I just loved deeply and wanted everyone around me to be happy.   It wasn't long until the drive to please others became unhealthy.  I wanted to fit in and be loved.   I was told I was loved by my family but I just didn't feel loved.   As I got older and entered school life, it wasn't long before the lie of being unlovable became confirmed.   In Kindergarten I struggled with my speech and was made fun of  often.  As I was picked on my response was to cry.   I wasn't mad, I just silently agreed with them that something was wrong with me.   I grew into a young woman believing this lie and living out this lie.   I did not respect or love myself and allowed others to disrespect me as well.

It wasn't until I became a Christian at age 22 that the  grip of the lie, that was planted so long ago, slowly began to weaken.   I realized that God knew me before I was even born (Psalms 139) and He had plans for me.  By His Spirit, I began to see myself as His child; redeemed, complete, free, God's workmanship, loved, set aside, called and more.   I would love to say I am completely free from the pull of wanting to pleased my loved ones at all cost.   I sometimes fall back into that trap, but it doesn't take long to see "making everyone happy" is not my purpose.   I can't complete others......I can't meet all their needs or longings.  However, Christ can and I am called to point others to Him as long as I live.

Melaina

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Did You Hear What They Said About You?

Did you hear what they said about you?   Hearing those words can cause anxiety to fill your heart and mind.  Maybe you are the subject of vicious slander....or maybe you are the subject of a story that's true but has been twisted slightly.   Or maybe you really have messed up royally and people are reporting every detail.   Whichever the case, it does not feel good to hear that you are being discussed negatively.   What's worse is when you agree with what is being said.   You have made a mistake or are experiencing a failure and you feel your life is over.   Can you remember a time someone said something mean about you?   Did you believe it?   Did you receive it?  Maybe they said you will always be a loser or that you would never be true to one man.   Maybe they said you were a fake and not really a changed person at all.   Words can hurt and handicap our hearts. 

On the other hand, words can bring life and hope.  What does God say about you?  If you are not a Christian, the Bible says He loves you so much that He gave His son for you.   The Bible also says that he longs for you to believe in Him , receive Him as your Lord and be made a new creation through His Spirit.   If you are a born-again child of God,  the Bible has alot to say about you as well.  You are God's child, a friend of Jesus, a member of Christ's body, redeemed, forgiven, loved, free and so much more.

So, next time you hear those words, "Did you hear what they said about you?"   You can reply, "No, but what really matters is what God says about me."

In Christ,
Melaina

Thursday, May 14, 2020

It's Gonna Be Worth It

 
Do you ever feel pressure?  Do you ever feel confused about your life?  Do you ever feel as if your enemies seek you out only to make your life miserable?  Do you ever feel like life knocks you down?   Well, I have good news.  Paul, in the Bible, felt that way too.  However, He knew true victory in Christ. When he met Christ, He was radically changed.   Life for the Apostle Paul was not "business as usual" after his salvation.  He surrendered all by trading in his old identity for a new identity in Christ.  True victory doesn't mean all your problems have to go away.  True victory is found when your life is found in Christ.

In Christ, you are an overcomer.   What you can't do on your own, you can most certainly do as a child of God, by His strength.   This life will bring trouble but in Christ you can have victory.   When you accept Jesus as your Savior, He exchanges your sin for His righteousness.  What a bargain!  So, no matter what you face today, remember when you give your life to Christ and you experience hard times, that He is really bringing forth His life in you!  It's gonna be worth it.

Hang on to hope,
Melaina

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Wildflowers

As I sit here writing, I can't help but be in awe of the wildflowers displayed in a jar on my table.  My husband picked them for me.  I am amazed at how beautiful and unique they are.  The flowers are God's special handiwork.....such detail....such beauty.  Yet, they are very temporary.  They sprout up quickly and bloom only for a short time.  I am reminded of Isaiah 40:5-8:  

Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.  A voice says, "Call out."  The he answered, "What shall I call out?"  All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the WORD of GOD stands forever.

Life is short, friend.   This flesh is failing and aging.  However, the Spirit of the Lord is strong and eternal.   Spend your days investing eternally.   Don't run after things that will fade away.  Things of this world are temporary.  However, living in Christ and letting His Spirit fill you is really living. 
Enjoy the flowers but know they only last a short time.   Enjoy each day on earth but know that in comparison to eternal life, we are only passing through.

Melaina

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Who Needs Rescuing?

Life is full of troubles, isn't it?  It seems that as you get over one trial,  another is waiting close behind.  When I was a young teen, I remember thinking that as I turned 25 or so, life would be smooth sailing.   I remember asking my older sister at what age life settled down.  Her reply was "never"!

Now at 50, I do agree that life indeed is filled with trouble.   However, troubles don't have to take all your joy.  When you are a Christian (someone who receives Christ as their Savior and follows Him) the fruit of the Spirit can be present no matter what you face. Galatians 5 tells us the fruit of the Spirit is:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  When Christ fills our hearts with His Spirit we have the ability to overcome hard times.    Psalm 34:19 tells us that the righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to rescue each time.   Now, I can hear someone say......"Well, that's awesome for the righteous but I'm not good enough to fall into that category."  I've got good news for you!   You cannot be righteous on your own at all.  No matter how hard you try.  However, you can let Christ make you righteous by receiving His sacrifice for you. He lived a sinless life, died and rose again for us to have hope and a new life.

No matter what you are facing today, know that as a child of God, He will rescue you.  You may envision your rescue to look a certain way.  You may feel like God doesn't care for you. You may doubt He will really rescue you.  However, He truly loves you and He keeps His promises.  Look to Christ for every need you have.  He is faithful.

Praying for you,
Melaina

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Are you in the Dark?

Have you ever been in the dark?   I am not talking about at night when you go to bed...Or when the lights go out during a thunderstorm.   I am referring to a dark time in your soul; a time that you didn't know where to turn.   I'm thinking of a time where your heart is confused, burdened, and hopeless. Have you ever been there?  I have.....in fact, I have been there many times.
When we find our self in a dark place, our first tendency is to try to "turn on the light" with something we think will help.   Some people turn to alcohol, relationships, music, sex, food or anything that seems to promise relief.  However,  the darkness comes back again.  Sometimes we find it hard to even pray.   Our minds are spinning out of control with what if's.  I think back on a particularity hard emotional time for me.  It felt as if it was an effort to breathe, much less carry on as normal.   One morning, I sat on my couch crying out to God and I came across Isaiah 50:10-12:

Who among you fears the Lord    and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,    who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord    and rely on their God.11 But now, all you who light fires    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires    and of the torches you have set ablaze.This is what you shall receive from my hand:
    You will lie down in torment.

I was speechless.  It was as if God spoke to me audibly saying: I realize you are in a dark place, but TRUST ME.   Don't go try to fix your own darkness.....run to Me and trust Me!

That day was the beginning of much healing for me.   You see, God knew where I was.  He wasn't hiding from me.  He still loved me and cared for me.....He was teaching me trust.   And guess what?  He still loves and cares for you too!  Don't give up.  Cling to Him and His promises.

Praying for you,
Melaina

Monday, April 27, 2020

Quarantine Life Lessons

What has God taught you during the COVID-19 Quarantine?   Are you peaceful?  Are you fearful?  Have you been both?   Yeah, me too.

During this time we have made some sweet memories.   My grown children and grandsons were here alot.  We spent time playing Croquet and doing other activities together..  We have taken many walks together in our neighborhood.   We have cooked together, laughed together, watched movies, worshiped together, and more.   On the other hand, there were times that I thought my house had shrunk and I felt like I couldn't move without bumping into to someone.   It was loud, hectic, messy and chaotic!  There were days I wanted to retreat to my closet and just breathe.  Isn't that just like life?  Good and bad.....messy and neat...up and down?  However,  as a daughter of the Most High King,  I can trust that all these things, good and bad, will work towards my good.

During times like this, our true self, struggles and heart are shown clearly.   Under pressure we act out what we believe. It's alot easier when things are smooth and calm to have faith.   However, Faith is the assurance of things hoped for , the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)  God is faithful and when we have faith in HIM and HIS WORD, we can be hopeful.

To go a step further, we need to remember that God is still here and loves us deeply.  Romans 8:28 tells us:

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

What comforting words!    No matter what is happening, God is not on vacation.   He is not looking the other way!  He is working!  He is working things together for our good! He cares about you and what you care about.  He loves you deeply and wants His best for you.   Wouldn't it be awesome if instead of stressing and worrying how this pandemic will affect us, we just surrendered our fear and worry and trusted our Heavenly Father to keep His Word?

Let's keep our eyes on our Father.   He's got our back and He knows what He is doing.
Melaina


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Why do I blog?

Why do I blog?  First, I love to write.  I can express myself better through writing than speaking most often.   Secondly, I feel it is my calling.....to write and encourage others in Christ.   Do I always feel like writing?  Do I feel I have all the answers?   Do I have it all together?  No, no, and no!  I don't feel I am wiser than anyone else.  However, I do feel, in Christ, I have something to offer....hope. 

About 32 years ago, I was on life's journey stumbling and bumbling through.  I was trying the best I could but kept coming up short.  I was battling with rejection, depression, and hopelessness.   I kept doing things that led to more pain and hopelessness but couldn't find the strength to change.  One day I hit a solid wall.  I didn't think I could make it one more day.  It was at that time I attempted to take my life.  I simply had no hope in things ever getting better.   Have you ever felt that way?  Do you feel that way right now? Let me tell you that there IS HOPE IN JESUS.   He is the answer.  He took our place on the cross to cover all our sin and make a way possible to be in close fellowship with God.  He made the way!  He can give you hope and peace where there is nothing but hopelessness and sadness left.  He can take your mistakes and past and turn them into something beautiful.  If God could redeem me from all my brokenness I know He can you too.   Cry out to him today.  If you need more info or prayer, please message me. 

I Blew It!









Have you ever felt like you just blew it?  You were feeling fairly peaceful and out of nowhere you find yourself reacting or acting in a way that did not glorify Christ?  Well, I have.....more times than I would like to admit.

When I find myself reacting in ways that later embarrass me, it is often a sign that I have my priorities out of order.  God has to be first in my life...Spending time with Him...Praying and reading my Bible.  My motive to do these things isn't that I'm afraid God will get mad.  I long to spend time with my Heavenly Father and be refreshed and restored.   However, even in the times when my heart feels cold and out of sorts, I know I can ask the Lord to restore the joy of my salvation.   I am weak.  He is strong.   Where I get into trouble is when I think I am strong on my own.  I am just weak.  I am so imperfect.  I cry, gripe, and throw fits.  However, God's strength can be made perfect in me.  I just need to surrender and give Him room to do the work in me.

So, if you have recently blown it......don't waste time having a pity-party.   Just run to God and tell Him your heart....ask Him to restore the joy of your salvation and allow Him to make His strength perfect in your weakness.

Praying for you!
Melaina

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Please Don't Give Up

Hey you!  Don't give up!  I know this is hard. We are all journeying in a territory we have never been before.  You are tired and worn.  You can't see things ever getting better.  You have no rest and no refreshment.  You feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. 

Let's get back to the basics:

1. Get some rest:   You may not can take a nap today, but you can take a 5 minute break to count your blessings and thank God.  Ask God to give your mind and spirit peace.

2. Ask for prayer:  With all that is happening in this world sometimes we feel our burdens are trivial.  However, God cares about us and we are called to share each others burdens and pray.  Don't be afraid to ask a Christian sister to cover you in prayer.

3. Ask God to show you a verse of encouragement:   I have had several verses over the years that have literally carried me through some horrible times.  One of my favorites is 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

With God, we can be overcome, live in power and love and a sound mind.  Let's press into Christ and His Word.

Keep pressing on!
Melaina



Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Got the Quarantine Blues?

Sometimes I wake up and just can't believe that we are in a quarantine over a dangerous virus.   Although I am enjoying family time, I am missing my extended family and friends.  I miss meeting together with the youth group that my husband pastors.  I miss Sunday morning worship with our whole church body.  I miss these things.  I have days that I feel sad and I wonder how life will be after the quarantine is over. 

I recently joined a Zoom meeting for Christian women that discussed this topic.  It is perfectly normal that we have sad days.  Why?  Because being sad is a part of the grieving process and we are grieving.  We are grieving that we can't see our loved ones,  celebrate a college graduation nor have a birthday party.  We are mourning the loss of interaction with others.  Let's be patient with ourselves.  We can still trust God and have a day we deeply miss our loved ones and feel sad.   However, we don't have to stay sad because we have a hope.  Jesus is our hope and He keeps His promises! He loves us and won't leave us.  This season will work together for our good. 

Please know you are not alone.  God is still in control and He keeps His promises!

In this together,
Melaina

Friday, April 10, 2020

Power Down and Unplug

Each notification on my phone brings some kind of report; some good and some bad.  I am well-trained to respond to the familiar sound that notifies me of a new message.   I couldn't imagine life with a cell phone before and now I can't imagine life with out one.  My phone is my connection to  others.   On the other hand, what if suddenly all cell phones and computers were gone?  What would our life consist of?  What would our normal routine look like?

When was the last time you sat quietly and watched a sunset?  When was the last time you rocked your grand-baby with no sound besides your own voice singing?  When was the last time you and your family played a board game?  When was the last time you went a whole day without looking at your phone, social media or news?

I believe as a society we are really craving quiet and peace.  I believe that our minds are over-loaded with info and news. One part of the Holy Spirit's fruit is peace.  When was the last time you felt peace?  As we enter this weekend celebrating Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, I want to encourage you to "unplug" and be still.  Let God fill our hearts with His Word and His fruit.

Have a peaceful weekend!

Melaina


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dear Hurting Heart









I just want to encourage you.   You are not alone.  You are not a mistake.  You are not a failure.  You were planned....maybe not by your parents, but by God.  Every hair on your head is counted.  God knows your thoughts, your hurts, your struggles.  Life is not a cruel joke.  You are loved by a real God.  He can make beauty out of ashes.  He can take the broken pieces of your heart and create a brand new one; a heart that seeks Him and loves Him.  He is waiting for you.  He still loves you.
Come home running......

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Yes, you can!









What are you needing to do today that you feel you just can't ?  Do you know that the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:13, that as a child of God, we can do all things through the strength of Christ?  Are you struggling to be at peace during COVID-19?  Do you feel that you can't be content staying home everyday during a quarantine?  Are you having trouble with the fact that we can't find certain comfort foods or toilet paper at the store, nor get our nails done or hair cut? 

Don't despair.....let God work in your heart during this time. This time in history could be a game-changer in your spiritual life. What is really important right now? Surrender all the anxious thoughts to Him.  Surrender your need to be in control.  Be still as much as possible.  He WILL give you the strength to do what you need to do.   However, we must start at His feet.....praying, praising and waiting.  Look up!

Praying,
Melaina

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How are you doing?

How are you doing?  We are well into our 3rd week of quarantine.  So much has changed over the last several weeks.  I have changed over the last several weeks.  Have you?

This is such an unique time in our lives.....we have never walked this way before.   Everything is new and life seems so fragile.  Our normal routines have been altered greatly.  So, how are you doing with all this change?  I admit I have my days of crying, fretting, and having melt downs.   Being in a house with 5-7 people every day has it's challenges.  However, the simple truth that Jesus never changes is carrying me through.  He still loves me.  He still loves you.  He still knows you have needs.  He still has plans for us.  We are still breathing, aren't we?  We are given today.  What will we do with it? 

I want to encourage you to love and laugh with the people God has you with now.  Be gracious, knowing you are all in this together.  I feel we will look back on these days of quarantine and have fond memories with our loved ones.   Really, when was the last time we all spent this much time together?   

Each day we are praying for the sick ones.  Each day we are praying for the well ones.  Each day as we allow God's spirit freedom in our hearts, we are becoming more like Him.  Hang in there friend.
Love and prayers,
Melaina

Saturday, March 28, 2020

How's your Faith?

How's your faith?  Is your faith in the Lord today as strong as it was the day you met Him?   Is your faith in the Lord today as strong as it was before you ever heard the word COVID-19?  Is your faith in the Lord today as strong as it was before that loved one became an addict?  Is your faith in the Lord today as strong as it was before your spouse walked out?  There are so many times when our faith can be shaken.  The world is always giving us new reasons to worry.  However,  is God less faithful just because we are facing trouble?

When we become a Christian, God gives us new life, forgiveness, his Holy Spirit and salvation.  We find it no trouble to follow him.  However, if we don't continue to follow Him, stay in His Word, and meet with other Christians, we will become stagnant and our growth will be stunted.  I want to encourage us all to dig deeper into God's Word and in prayer.  During this COVID-19 Quarantine, God has provided many of us extra time at home.  How will we spend this extra time?   

The Lord is my personal Savior and friend.  He's not someone far off that may or may not have time for me.  He loves me and has called me for a purpose.  He longs for me to sit with Him and be filled up.  I can get so easily distracted with life that I forget to spend quality time with my very source of life.  

Therefore , since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)

Let's press in and grow deeper together!
Melaina

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

You still have a purpose








Good Morning Friends! If you are reading this you are still alive!  Do you know what that means?  God still has a purpose for you!!  Even though this is a trying time in our world, God is still on his throne!  Please read all of Psalms 46 today.  Wow!  It really encouraged me.  Of course, verse 10 is one of my favorites.   Take time today to "be still" and think on the fact that God is God and not only that, He loves YOU.  I would love to hear from you.  Please comment with your encouragement in scripture! You may also send me a prayer request!  It would be a blessing for us to pray for you!
Melaina

Monday, March 23, 2020

Don't forget to Rejoice

So by now most of us are getting a little cabin fever.  Attitudes can wane and we can feel as if the house is shrinking.   Bad news seems to be everywhere.   What should we do?  Rejoice of course!  Philipians 4:4-7 says:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is [a]near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [b]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Does this mean to rejoice about the virus or to rejoice that we can't find toilet paper?  No, however, it does mean to rejoice IN the Lord.  We can still rejoice IN the Lord when things are bad because we can trust the Lord.  We can trust His love and heart for us.  Instead of reacting to anxious thoughts,  turn to the Lord in prayer and give thanks.  After giving thanks then pour out your heart to Christ.  Tell him your fears and worries.  After that, TRUST in the Lord and His ability to take care of things and you will have peace.   Focusing on the problem always creates anxiety.  Focusing on Christ always brings peace.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Covid-19 has not caught God off-guard!









What a interesting time to be alive!  Most of us are experiencing situations we have never had to face; stores not having groceries,  church buildings empty and services online,  strange sicknesses and more.  You can almost see the anxiety looming in the air.  Will I get sick?  Will my loved ones get sick?  Will I keep my job?  Will there be milk to buy tomorrow?  The questions are flooding social media and our hearts.

I want to share with you some things on my heart during this crazy time:

1.  God is still in control:  This statement is a fact.  Even though we don't understand all that is going on, we can rest assured our Creator does.  This is when we trust His heart towards us.  He loves us dearly.

2.  You don't have to be perfect:  We are embarking on a territory that most of  us have never been.  We may not do it all perfectly.  We may get upset, cry or lose our temper.  We may have a sad day where we feel the best is behind us. We may feel we can't take another day with a house full of people and noise.  However, when we are weak don't forget that it's God's strength that will carry us through, not ours.  God's word is SO important to battle the negativity that rages on during a time like this.  Rely on God.  Lock yourself in a bathroom and pray.  Turn on Christian music and put up postcards filled with scripture. We all need God.  We are all weak.  It's Christ in us, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

3. This too shall pass:  Believe it or not we will not always be in this exact position of life.  This time next year we will be facing different situations.  Better times will come again and hardships will come again as well.  Will things be like they were before the Corona Virus Epidemic?  No they won't because we won't be the same.  God is growing us and teaching us through the things He allows us to go through.  If we surrender to Him and trust Him, He can do great things in our hearts and minds.

Please know we are praying for you and you are not alone.  God is with you.  He sees your needs and has the resources.  He sees your pain and has the remedy.  He sees your heart and can fill you to overflowing.  The Corona Virus did not take God off guard.  We are in good hands.

In His Grip,
Melaina