Five Star Reviews For “The Crooked Path”

Here are some five star reviews for: “The Crooked Path”

5 Wonderful book very captivating
“I loved reading this book. I love how it captured me right in like I was there watching their lives unfold. Great read!!”
5 ByBusymomof2

5 Refreshing Christian fiction
“This is such a timeless story of hurt and despair and how God gives us the strength to love and be restored. I enjoyed it so much I want to re-read it and I am anticipating even greater for book two!”
ByDanita Vaughan

5 Wonderful book
“I loved this book! I enjoyed the story it was exciting and just couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read it read it! Great Author! Wonderful lady! Keep writing!”
ByJana

5 GREAT BOOK
“A great book about stuff that can and has happen in real life. It is a great faith building book.”
ByDEBORAH2002

Five Stars
“Great book!”
ByLacey

It’s June!

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.

About Me!

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,
Melinda (Mindy)

Happy Mother’s Day!

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?

April Showers!

I absolutely love this time of the year! Spring and autumn are my two favorite seasons. The month of April always brings a fresh newness. It’s as if God washes the earth clean and allows life to blossom. The beautiful flowers come to life, and the green grass becomes a blanket for the earth. The days become warmer and longer. The hearts of mankind seem to glow with a freshness that comes along with the fresh clean rain. The birds chirp away with a sweet new melody, and the butterflies unfold their wings and fly.

Literally, joy fills the hearts of God’s creation. At least I pray that’s the case for all of you that’s taking time to read this blog.

One of the many aspects I love about God, is that He specializes in fresh new beginnings. It matters not how the dark elements of negative circumstance have influenced our hearts, God always has a plan that will cause the sun to shine once again.

Too often, the undercurrents of life will try to suck us into a dark pit of despair. It’s during these dark times that we must not allow our emotions to be our guide. We must learn the ancient lesson of walking by faith and not by sight. We must not lean on our own understanding, but rather, lean on God. We must trust that the same God who clothed the earth with beauty, after long winter days, will clothe our destiny with the fresh newness of awe-inspiring color. It simply astounds me how God is able to turn every dark season into a spectacular new beginning. Simply amazing!

2 Corinthians 5:7— (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Proverbs 3:5-6—Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

So, it’s my prayer for you, that God blows your mind away with the brilliance of His life changing power. I pray He allows you to see a small glimpse of the fabulous plan He has for you. I pray that you blossom and everything you touch turns into bright sunshine!

Please, be optimistic. God has something so dazzling for you, and it’s just a heartbeat away!

Isaiah 43:19—Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Ecclesiastes 3:11— He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Until next time, stay sweet and God bless!

It’s March!

He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
—Song of Solomon 2:4

Here lately I have been pondering on God’s love for mankind. It completely blows my mind that the God of all creation made a way of reconciliation for us humans.

Genesis 1:1— In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.

I mean, I must admit, I wholeheartedly agree with David when he asked the simple question found in Psalms 8. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?”

Psalms 8:3-4—When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Yet, when God created the heavens, the earth, and man in His image, He stood back and declared that His masterpiece was good.

Genesis 1:27 —So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 1:31—And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Wow! Absolutely amazing!

Throughout the dispensations of time, He saw His Son coming down from glory and becoming the supreme sacrifice for all mankind.

Ephesians 3:2a— If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God . . .

John 3:16-18 — For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
God declared that He Himself would do what all five other dispensations could not:

1. Innocence
2. Conscience
3. Human Government
4. Promise
5. Law

The God of all creation not only gave Himself a body to bring reconciliation for all mankind, but He also became the Head of His glorious church.

Colossians 1:16-20 —For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Now, I’m fixin’ to step on some toes, but I must obey God. I have a question for God’s blood bought believers. Are we really allowing Him to be the Head of His church? I mean, the Jesus that I serve is full of love, grace, compassion, and mercy; yet, we Christians are walking around with such hateful attitudes. Come on already! God has called us to be the light of this world, yet our hearts are full of darkness.

I have to believe that we have fallen into a backslidden state, and the God of all creation is calling us to good ol’ fashion repentance, which is something the church hears very little about. Oh, trust me, I’m feeling conviction in my heart even as I write this blog.

We need to STOP judging others and allow God to shine His light in our own dark heart. Although, we’re striving toward perfection (at least we should be.) Not one of us have reached that place of perfection in God.

Philippians 3:13-14 —Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

As far as I know, there’s only one perfect, and His name is Jesus. My, there are so many fleshly attributes in the body of Christ, and as a result we have frustrated the grace of God. Jesus rebuked the religious rulers rather harshly:

Matthew 23:13-28—But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

I realize I’m using a lot of scriptures, but the Word of God stands true. Now, I ask yet another question, are we really one of His disciples?

1 John 3:14-18—We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

John 13:35—By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

In closing, I thank God He loved us enough to die for us. Now, why can’t we learn to love one another?

Love y’all!

It’s February!

Wow, it’s It’s February! It’s hard to believe that I’m already writing my blog for the month of February! Okay, let’s get the mushy stuff out of the way—you know, hugs, kisses, and lovey-dovey stuff . . . LOL! Please be sure you tell your sweetheart that you love and appreciate them bunches.

As I indicated in my last blog, this month I plan to share with you where I have failed the greatest while traveling down life’s many paths. Ready or not, here it is. I spent many years, more than I would care to admit, worrying about what people thought of me. Yep, this little character flaw has held me back from many wonderful opportunities.

I have learned the hard way that I will never ever be able to please everyone that crosses my path. You see, I spent much time and energy trying to be a people pleaser. Needless to say, I have failed miserably. I had to learn that I will please people some of the time but never all the time.

When I first came to Jesus, I had such an “I don’t care attitude.” However, after a short time of serving the Lord, I came to realize I was being judged by a lot of church folks; so, that’s when I became a people pleaser. Before I go any further, I would like to clarify that if you’re not a Christian, please don’t think I’m slamming Christians. I’m not. Hey, I’m a Christian, just not perfect. Well, God began to show me that I was so worried about what others thought, that I was neglecting my personal relationship with Him. Now that got my attention.

I believe that we all have a divine purpose that God preordained before we were conceived in our mother’s womb. See: Jeremiah 1:5— Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. God was speaking to Jeremiah about the plan He had for him.

The problem is, many of us are hindered from doing God’s perfect will because we’re so busy worrying what folks think or say about us. Trust me, I’m speaking with credibility. I am fully persuaded that the majority of God’s people dye without ever reaching their fullest potential, simply because they are worried about pleasing people. I would like to remind you that when Jesus walked on this earth, He had very few friends. Everything He did went against the religious and political ruler’s way of thinking. Was He rebellious? No! I mean come on, He was God manifested in the flesh. He was simply fulfilling the perfect will of the Father, even if it meant walking alone.

When I decided to be a God pleaser, I had to come to grips with the fact that not everyone will understand or even agree with me. Nonetheless, I was determined to listen to the voice of God. I reminded myself that God is for me. See: Romans 8:31— What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
I also stood on the promise that all things work together for the good. See: Romans 8:28—And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I’m reminded of a character in The Women of Faith Series, Esther. In book one The Crooked Path she was faced with a lot of opposition as she endeavored to pastor a church and raise a teenage daughter. Nevertheless, in spite of the many trails, she continued to trust God. Was she perfect? No. What made her an overcomer was knowing how to be transparent with God. I tell people all the time, if we were perfect, we wouldn’t need Jesus. However, we need to acknowledge our imperfections to a perfect God.

In closing, I would like to share one more scripture.
Deuteronomy 28:13— And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

God Bless!

January: A Fresh New Start!

Wow, it’s hard to believe that 2014 is behind us! It seems only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2013. It’s hard to believe that it’s 2015! Nonetheless, it is and I’m excited. Although 2014 was not a bad year for me personally, I believe this will be a good year, and I’m ready for a fresh new start.

Every year I make a New Year’s resolution that I rarely keep . . . I know, shame on me. This year I decided to make a resolution that I would feel obligated to keep. Why? Well, because I’m going to share it with all of you bloggers out there. Here it is, I plan to write at least one blog a month . . . and, you can call me out if I start to slack. *Smile!

My words of wisdom for 2015 are elementary. Follow your dreams, and please don’t allow negative people to divert you. If it’s positive, I say, go for it. If it’s wild and crazy (within the guidelines of God’s Word) I say, go for it! Stop putting limitations on your God-given potentials. Sad but true, many die without ever tapping into their fullest potential.

I believe that this year will be the year that God will blow our minds away with His blessings, if we allow Him. God spoke into my spirit that His people have hidden treasures within their hearts that they have not yet tapped into.

2 Cor 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

If you have been born again according to the Holy Scripture, then you have the power of God abiding in you. God has placed gifts within you that He is going to begin to manifest. You may think that you’re not qualified. Well remember, the power is not of us, but it’s comes from God.

So, be encouraged. If you feel that 2014 has been a bad year, just get up, wipe the dust off your backside, and start anew.

Lord willing, next month I will share some of my personal failures with you. We have all failed. However, what determines our character is how quickly we bounce back. Until next time, stay sweet and in love with Jesus.

God bless,

Melinda (Mindy)

 

 

 

 

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Hey Everyone,

I hope that this blog finds all of you doing well.  I have been very busy, which is why I haven’t been on my site for a while.

It’s so hard for me to believe that we’re about ready to celebrate my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  I pray that each and everyone of you have a blessed time sharing this special holiday with those that you hold dear to your hearts.

“Their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.” –2 Chronicles 30:27

Prayer is the never-failing resort of the Christian in any case, in every plight. When you cannot use your sword you may take to the weapon of all-prayer. Your powder may be damp, your bow-string may be relaxed, but the weapon of all-prayer need never be out of order. Leviathan laughs at the javelin, but he trembles at prayer. Sword and spear need furbishing, but prayer never rusts, and when we think it most blunt it cuts the best. Prayer is an open door which none can shut. Devils may surround you on all sides, but the way upward is always open, and as long as that road is unobstructed, you will not fall into the enemy’s hand. We can never be taken by blockade, escalade, mine, or storm, so long as heavenly succours can come down to us by Jacob’s ladder to relieve us in the time of our necessities. Prayer is never out of season: in summer and in winter its merchandize is precious. Prayer gains audience with heaven in the dead of night, in the midst of business, in the heat of noonday, in the shades of evening. In every condition, whether of poverty, or sickness, or obscurity, or slander, or doubt, your covenant God will welcome your prayer and answer it from His holy place. Nor is prayer ever futile. True prayer is evermore true power. You may not always get what you ask, but you shall always have your real wants supplied. When God does not answer His children according to the letter, He does so according to the spirit. If thou askest for coarse meal, wilt thou be angered because He gives thee the finest flour? If thou seekest bodily health, shouldst thou complain if instead thereof He makes thy sickness turn to the healing of spiritual maladies? Is it not better to have the cross sanctified than removed? This evening, my soul, forget not to offer thy petition and request, for the Lord is ready to grant thee thy desires.