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