Blog For Month of July!

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

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)

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!

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The Godhead

“In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him.” –Colossians 2:9, 10

All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvellous term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity; but He has done all that can be done, for He has made even His divine power and Godhead subservient to our salvation. His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability and infallibility, are all combined for our defence. Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus yoking the whole of His divine Godhead to the chariot of salvation! How vast His grace, how firm His faithfulness, how unswerving His immutability, how infinite His power, how limitless His knowledge! All these are by the Lord Jesus made the pillars of the temple of salvation; and all, without diminution of their infinity, are covenanted to us as our perpetual inheritance. The fathomless love of the Saviour’s heart is every drop of it ours; every sinew in the arm of might, every jewel in the crown of majesty, the immensity of divine knowledge, and the sternness of divine justice, all are ours, and shall be employed for us. The whole of Christ, in His adorable character as the Son of God, is by Himself made over to us most richly to enjoy. His wisdom is our direction, His knowledge our instruction, His power our protection, His justice our surety, His love our comfort, His mercy our solace, and His immutability our trust. He makes no reserve, but opens the recesses of the Mount of God and bids us dig in its mines for the hidden treasures. “All, all, all are yours,” saith He, “be ye satisfied with favour and full of the goodness of the Lord.” Oh! how sweet thus to behold Jesus, and to call upon Him with the certain confidence that in seeking the interposition of His love or power, we are but asking for that which He has already faithfully promised.

The Women of Faith Series

Hello to all of you bloggers! I pray that you be blessed this year, and that you receive the desires of your heart. I’m anticipating wonderful things for 2014 . . . The BEST is yet to come!

I’m excited to announce that I have completed my third novel, Hadassah’s Cry –yippee!! I emailed my manuscript to Xlibris (my publisher) three days ago. Hadassah’s Cry will complete the Women of Faith Series, and I must confess that it was heartbreaking for me to write the last chapter. I found myself so deeply involved with the characters that it was difficult to end the series. I’m sure that a lot of you writers understand exactly where I’m coming from. Anyway, it’s time to move forward to a new project. In just a little bit I’ll tell you a little about my next book. First, I would like to share with you a little about the Women of Faith Series.

The first novel of the series is titled The Crooked Path. This book laid the foundation for the other two novels. I must be honest, after writing book three, I can see that my writing skills have advanced. Wouldn’t it be nice to have our first novel to be as clean as novel number two, three, and etc.? Nonetheless, The Crooked Path has received a lot of very good reviews from the readers, including a wonderful review from Kirkus.

The second novel of the series is titled Whispers in the Night. In this book the characters are faced with many heartbreaking experiences. So many of my readers have shared with me that they related so much with book two—some have even expressed that the characters became like a part of their family. I believe that every writer loves to hear positive responses like that. Whispers in the Night also received many positive reviews, including one from BlueInk.

The third novel is titled Hadassah’s Cry which is full of real life scenarios, from addictions, to love, and to dealing with pain from past mistakes. I’m anxious to hear what my readers will have to say about this novel, because I personally feel that it will touch the hearts of many folks.
I don’t claim to be the best writer, nor do I desire fame or glory. However, I do put my whole heart into my writing. I desire to be a vessel that the Master can flow through and be a blessing to others. I desire to do the perfect will of my Heavenly Father and give Him all of the glory. So, if you’re looking for perfection—sorry I’m far from perfect. But, if you’re looking for some clean novels to read that lift up Jesus, well you just might enjoy The Women of Faith Series.

Finally, my next book will be a standalone, and will not be fiction. The title will be God Hears Your Silent Cry. The genre of this book will be more of a healing/motivational type of reading. I plan to get started on this book within the next few weeks.
May God richly bless all of you and use you for His glory. Please keep me in your prayers . . . Thanks.

Until next time,
Pastor Melinda
Romans 8:28