When Melinda Abersold was first approached about writing a book during a Christian women’s conference, she shrugged off the idea.
The young child jumped up and down as she noticed the wide open field. She desperately longed to go run through the tall blades of lush green grass. Why, all she saw was the field, where she could romp and play. Oh, but the writer saw so much more.
To start, there was the blue sky with only a few white fluffy clouds bouncing here and there. The bright orange-yellow sun shined down so bright that it caused one to squint their eyes as they admired the birds freely flying. Oh wait, just across the horizon there was a small plane, flying way up high in the sky. The writer’s imagination began to work overtime. She saw all types of animals and pretty flowers in the clouds.
Oh wait, is that a banner attached to the airplane? Yes, it sure is! Oh my, the writer recognized the airplane. It was her sweet husband’s. What? He’s declaring his love for her and for the whole world to see? Yes, he is, and the words “I LOVE YOU” are written in bold red letters across the banner. The writer feels a blush creep up her cheeks. She couldn’t believe that the love of her life would do such a thing. Suddenly, she hears the sound of laughter. That’s correct, the child was poking fun at the writer’s shy disposition.
All of a sudden, something in the field caught the eye of the writer. Could it be? Yes, it was the cutest fawn gracefully running across the field. Oh wait, at the edge of the woods was a doe and a buck. No doubt they were waiting for their little fawn.
Wait, look, there’s a rabbit. No, not just one, but two, three, four, maybe even five, or six. And look at the squirrels chasing each other up the big oak tree. Wait, one squirrel is nipping at the others tail, desiring to play. The writer was amazed by all of the beautiful butterflies that enjoyed the pollen from the wildflowers and honeysuckles.
The writer heard the soft sound of water coming from nearby. She could almost feel the cool water on her bare feet. Yes, there it is! There’s the pond just a short distance away. And oh, there are two young lads fishing at the bank of the pond. Why, she noticed that one of the bobbers went completely under the water. Surely the young lad must have a big bite. The writer could hear them giggle as they worked together to pull in the catch. No doubt, their taste buds were watering.
Now, something else has the writer’s attention. What? Can it be? The writer couldn’t believe her eyes. Her sweetheart landed his plane in the middle of the open field. She anxiously ran to her love with the little girl not far behind. The writer fell into his opened arms. He smiled at the young girl and then invited them to go for a ride. At first the little girl was hesitant, but after the writer assured her that she would see the world through a whole new set of eyes, the small child jumped into the airplane. Up, up, up, they went, and from up in the sky, the writer was able to see so much more.
Suddenly, the writer heard the sound of the little girl’s voice, and just like that, everything the writer saw went away. Now, all the writer saw was the wide open field, but in her mind there was so much more than the open space.
Well, you can call me old fashioned if you like, but I still feel a healthy pride in my heart for America. Yet, on the other hand, I miss America as I knew her. Whatever happened to baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolets (Okay Dad, Fords)? Whatever happened to taking time to enjoy the beauty of this great land? Whatever happened to families fighting to work through tough times? Whatever happened to the church being a light? Yes, I love our nation, but I can’t say I agree with the turn she has taken.
As a child, I remember saluting the American flag with much admiration in my heart. However, now we have leaders that refuse to place their hand over their heart while reciting the pledge of allegiance. Before I go any further, I would like to make it clear that I’m not republican or democrat. I’m simply a child of God that stands on the absolute truths of the Holy Bible. I don’t put all blame on President Obama, but I believe that America started going down the tube in 1913, but that’s a whole other blog.
May I be transparent? My heart aches for the days of old. I fear for the next generation. I’m tired of the church sitting back passive while there’s a world that’s full of darkness. We preach to our little clicks, but there’s very little change. I go to church meetings only to see the same faces, no new converts, no fresh anointing, and very little love. It’s time for the church to be liberated by the power of the Holy Ghost. I refuse to be intimated or bound by man. Christ has liberated me from addictions, wounds, fears, suicidal thoughts, sexual sins, and yes, religion.
However, I see a church that is far from liberated. Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t believe I have arrived. However, I know what my Jesus has done for me. I see the hand of God moving in the most astonishing ways. My heart gets overwhelmed with joy when I see a streetwalker walk into our church. I feel absolutely flabbergasted when I see a soul cry out for freedom. Yet, I feel dumbfounded by how far the church has walked from Calvary. I’m reminded of an old song we use to sing titled “At the Cross.”
“Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!
Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine-
And bathed in its own blood-
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.
Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
‘Tis all that I can do.”
My dear friends, we need revival in our land. We as God’s children, need to stand up for what is right. It’s time that we get liberated at the cross, and allow the blood of Jesus to wash us white as snow. I’m appalled by what’s happening around us. Yet, what are we doing about it? I have friends from all different walks of life, and they are aware of what I stand for. I believe in being respectful by not infringing my conviction upon others. But, wrong is still wrong and right is still right. I never thought I would live to see America stand for such ungodly sins.
I don’t believe it’s too late for America. I believe that we Christians can still make a difference without encroaching on the rights of non-believers. You might ask how? It’s really very simple. We simply need to pray, fast, and turn from our wicked ways. Yes, that means stop judging, stop living double standard lives, and start loving. We need to be refilled with the power of the Holy Ghost, and regenerated by the Blood of the Lamb. By doing this, non-believers will begin to come into God’s house, receive salvation, and be liberated by the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Chron 7:14— If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
So, you can call me old fashion if you like. Hey, I’ll still love you! I plan to remain optimistic, which is why I believe it’s not too late for America the beautiful
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With June being the month of Father’s Day, I thought I would focus on the power of a praying man. I would like to start by expressing my deepest gratitude to all of the father’s. I thank you from the very bottom of my heart for stepping up to your God given position. It’s a tremendous responsibility which the Lord has entrusted you with. For all of you father’s that pray, I commend you! As we all know, prayer will keep us from falling outside of the boundaries of God’s perfect will.
I believe that many men are failing in their marriages, finances, and vocations simply because of their lack of ability to pray. God has called the men to be spiritual leaders of the home and to set the example for not only his family, but to all he’s affiliated with on a daily basis. There are men in the Bible that knew how to pray. For the next few moments, I would like to focus on one in particular. David.
2 Samuel 15:30— And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
In this scripture, one can see that David was very humbled and in distress. He recognized that his son Absalom had formed a conspiracy against him. Now, David could have taken matters in his own hand and placed his son in confinement, but he didn’t. David earnestly prayed, and by doing so, his servants wept and prayed with him. Now that my friend, is setting a good example.
David turned to God for guidance for his son, for Ahithophel, and all of those who chose to follow Absalom. David’s heart was broken. But what one needs to realize is that at one point in David’s relationship with God, he allowed his guard to come down and slacked in his prayer life. By doing so, he opened the door for Satan to enter into his family.
2 Samuel 11:2-4— And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
You see, David not only coveted another man’s wife, but he also had Uriah killed.
2 Samuel 11:15— And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
David should have been at battle with his men, and he should have been praying for God’s guidance as he did in times past. But instead, David was allowing his mind to be controlled by, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. However, God sent a Prophet to confront David about his sin.
2 Samuel 12:1-7—And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. . .
You see, David was not able to hide his sin from God. So basically, David pronounced his own judgement when he said the man that committed such an act shall restore fourfold. My friend, David loss four of his son’s, and Absalom being one. The Bible teaches us that the wages of sin is death.
Now, there’s another prayer that David prayed that I would like to focus on for a moment. It can be found in Psalms book 51, but we’re going to only take a look at one verse out of the entire book. By the way, Psalms are broken down in books instead of chapters. Hey, maybe on your own free time, you can read Psalms book 51.
Ps 51:10— Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Isn’t this beautiful? I realize that people like to refer to David as being a man after God’s own heart because of the way he worshipped God. And I agree that David held a special place in God’s heart because of his worship. The Bible tells us that the Father is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. However, I happen to believe that David really tugged at the heart of God when he prayed this beautiful prayer of repentance.
Yes, when David prayed at mount Olivet, he humbled himself, but it was different. He was crying out in humility and distress for God’s helping hand and guidance. But when he prayed the prayer in Palms 51, he was crying out for God’s mercy. He needed to be free from the uncleanness of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. I feel certain that David would never have found himself in such a dilemma with his son, Absalom, if he would have kept his heart pure with God.
Now, let’s focus on our Lord Jesus. One can read where He prayed against temptation.
Matt 4:1-11— Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
One can see that Jesus prayed against the strategy of Satan with the Word of God. Even though He was God manifested in the flesh, He still needed to maintain a strong prayer life. Why? Because He was just as much man as He was God. He conquered what the first man Adam was not able to conquer; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life.
It’s absolutely imperative that we pray against Satan’s strategy. The closer we get to God, the more Satan will try to distract us. However, if we learn the power behind praying in the Spirit and the Word, we will obtain the victory. The enemy knows our weakness, and that’s why we need to be clothed with the full armor of God. We need to be ready for battle at all times.
Although there are many accounts in the Bible when Jesus found a place of solitude so He could pray, I would like to focus on just one more.
Luke 22:39-46— And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Isn’t it amazing how our Lord prayed at the exact same place that David prayed in 2 Samuel 15:30? I stand in awe of the Word of God! One can plainly see that Jesus was in distress as He prayed. So much so that He sweat great drops of blood. He was in complete agony. He knew that His hour had finally come; yet, He still had His flesh to wrestle with.
Often times, I refer to this mount as being the place where our Lords death began. He died out to His own will. What powerful words when we pray to our Heavenly Father, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”
You see, Jesus knew that He was about to die for the sins of mankind. Our Lord, demonstrated unconditional love for a lost and dying world. At the cross, our Lord made a way for you and me to live victoriously over the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. What an awesome God that we serve!
I would like to cover one more final topic. Did you know that God has called men to lay down their lives for their family? He has, and I will prove to you that it can be found in the Word of God.
Eph 5:25-33— Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
There you have it. Now, the only way a man could ever love his wife as Jesus loved the church, would be by maintaining a strong personal relationship with the Lord. Yes, I believe in happy-ever-after, but I’m also very realistic. When two people live together, from time to time, there will be problems. The only way we can overcome the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life is by allowing Jesus to be Lord of our homes. Many people call Jesus Savior but few call Him Lord.
So, I say to all of you godly men out there, pray, pray, and pray more. If you’re married with a family, then you have a God given responsibility to love, provide, and nourish them spiritually. Your wife needs to know that she’s the apple of your eye and there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for her. Your children need to see you loving their mother, providing for them, and praying. What a tremendous responsibility! Sad but true, many men are falling short of their God given calling, which is why many homes are falling apart.
Men, I’m fully persuaded that if you do your part, your wife will do her part.
Happy Father’s Day!
P.S. A family that prays together, stays together.
Hi, I just want to take a moment to tell you a little about myself. As you already know my name is Melinda, but you can call me Mindy if you like. I love to laugh and joke around. I simply love life! I try to live each and every day to the fullest because life is short.
I can’t say that life has always been easy for me. But, I can say that I’ve been blessed to have two very sweet grandmothers who impacted my life in a positive way. I believe that we all have the capability of being powerful influences. We simply need to tap into the special gifts that God has entrusted us with….don’t worry, I’m not going to preach at you….smile. However this brings me to my next point, (about me).
About twenty years ago, I received the call of God to go into the ministry, and I must be frank, I wrestled with the calling for a long while before accepting the responsibility. I Pastor a non –denominational inner city church. (Not that Enterprise Al. is that big of a city). I do however, face a lot of challenges…being a woman and all…smile. But hey, this is the 21 century! As I said earlier, find your gift and be a positive influence. Even though I face a lot of challenges, for the most part, I enjoy the task of mentoring people. In addition to pastoring, I write Christian Fiction Romance Novels, and I absolutely love it.
My first novel, The Crooked Path is literally my baby. It is the first novel of The Women of Faith Series. The Lord had tugged on my heart for years to write, and once again, I wrestled with Him. But, after more than ten years, I must tell you that I’m so glad that I complied. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this novel. The Crooked Path has been revised and is now titled The Crooked Path Second Edition. In addition, I have complete the series.
The books are as followed:
Book 1 The Crooked Path Second Edition
Book 2 Whispers in the Night
Book 3 Hadassah’s Cry
I also have a Bible study titled, God Hears Your Silent Cry. All of my books are available with Amazon, Barns & Noble, and other online bookstores.
So, now you know a little about me. I thank you for your time and pray that you have a wonderful day!
Until next time,
I believe one of the most touching books in the Bible can be found in John chapter 19. Jesus refused to utter His last words until He made sure someone would be taking care of His dear mother. My, to me this is so powerful!
One could only imagine how Mary must have felt. I’m sure she may have been thinking in her heart. “No, You’re my son, and I don’t want to lose You.” Nonetheless, she realized she had to let Him die the cursed death, so she could be redeemed. Now, that’s a sobering thought. The very woman that found favor in the eyes of God, and gave birth to our Lord Jesus, was in need of salvation.
I’m reminded of a scripture found in Luke chapter 2. The Bible speaks of Mary pondering things in her heart. As she watched the King of kings grow, she pondered every move He made in her heart. Even then, she knew she was going to watch Him die a cursed death, because the Bible says, cursed is every man that hangs on a tree. She must have wanted to shout for the world to hear, “Do you see this young man? He’s going to save you from your sins.” But, she simply pondered everything in her heart.
Even when Jesus lagged behind and stayed at the temple to teach doctors the truths of the Word, she didn’t tell those highly educated doctors that He was God manifested in the flesh or that He was the Word made flesh. No, she simply scolded Him for scaring the daylights out of her. I mean, her and Joseph had already been one day into their journey, when she discovered Him missing. I happened to believe that was all the plan of God. Yes, God purposely kept her mind occupied until He was ready for her to go back for Jesus. I love the way Jesus responded to His fretting mother. He simply declared that He was about His Father’s business.
However, when Jesus became the legal age to become a Rabbi, she made up in her mind that she was not going to keep her mouth shut any longer. They were at a wedding, and the Father of the bride ran out of wine. Mary simply walked up to her dear Son and made it known they needed more wine. I love the way she ignored Him when He told her it was not yet time to make Himself known to the public. I can picture her placing her hands on her hips and looking in the eyes of those in charge as she told them to do whatever He told them to do. She put her Son on the spot, and He complied.
I guess it does my heart good to know that Mary reacted exactly like we mothers react. How often have we pondered things in our heart as we watched our children grow? How often have we put our children on the spot as we bragged and boasted about all they are capable of doing? How often have we cried tears when we knew it was time to release them to this world? Speaking for myself, countless times.
I honestly believe that Jesus holds a special place in His heart for mothers. He has promised all of His children that one day, He will wipe every tear from their eyes. However, I believe that He’s going to take note of every Mother that endured pain as a result of her child. On this Mother’s day, I would like to encourage every Mother. If you’re facing a dark valley, always remember, the darkest hour is just before the dawn. If one of your little ones have gone home to be with Jesus, remember one day, there will be a great family reunion. If God is asking you to release one of your precious little ones, then ask Him to give you the grace to let them go. God’s plan is always so much better than ours.
I love all of you!
John 19:25-30— Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Luke 2:19— But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:43-52— And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
John 2:1-7— And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
Rev 21:4— And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Ps 56:8— Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?