Whom shall I fear?

My my. It has been a while since I’ve done anything remotely productive here. 

Anyway

I figured I share something I’ve learned lately. 
(Seems logical, I suppose)

Anyway

It’s common knowledge that through Christ, death and the devil have power over us no longer. Paul boldly announces this in 1 Corinthians 15:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

So it is true. If Christ is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8) 

Sadly, this truth is lost to me in many ways, but my failure is most prominent when I lie down to sleep. 

The devil cannot have victory over me. But he robs me of peace. 

In the dark, my imagination goes wild.
Any image can be used against me. I wimp out, turning every doll in the room so its eyes cannot see. I move anything and everything that resembles any shape that frightens me. 

I could go into much greater detail, but I won’t dwell on it. Simply put, it’s ridiculous. It’s childish. It’s embarrassing. It comes and goes in phases, and I hate it.

This week has been one of those times. It began with a strange dream about one of my images that frightens me. A few odd things later, and I was left fearing the fear I knew would try to overwhelm me once again.

And once again, I was instead overwhelmed by my God. 

I’m not a fan of popular worship songs. They always seem shallow and repetitive, all with the same message, designed to instill the same gushy feeling in the throngs that sing along.

Apparently, though, a simple worship song that suddenly was stuck in my head was all I needed to pound the truth into me. 

“I know who goes before me.
I know who stands behind.
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.

“The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine.
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.”

And only one other line really applied.

“And nothing formed against me shall stand.”

Victory over my fears is only possible through Christ.
Not by pretending I’m not a wimp.
Not by running around in a panic.

Truly, Christ’s power and goodness shines all the brighter in the darkness of my weakness.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8) 

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Awkward and Awesome: 5-10-13

Awkward:

  • Not actually doing A&A on a weekly basis… o.o AE, K, M
  • Going to Publix to buy a cake with your mother, and when she finishes, the lady behind the counter asks you what you want. Probably because you’re tall and have a child in each hand. M
  • Getting called “Sweetheart” and “Honey” by a lady at the dentist who didn’t look a day older than 28. M
  • Shoveling ground-up leaves from a pile and finding a giant King Snake….twice…. M
  • Gong to Target to buy  Mother’s Day presents, and getting asked by a random lady which watch to buy for her 7-year-old daughter for her birthday. You comply, but still at a loss as to why she asked you. AE, M
  • ALL your 15-year-old friends getting their driving permits before you do……… M

Awesome:

  • The strings concert on Tuesday went well. 🙂  K, M.
  • So many awesome concerts coming up! We can’t wait! =D K, M, AE
  • This blog being a year old. Wow….. K, AE
  • Being part of this blog for about 8 months! M
  • Journaling in my spare time to vent feelings. AE
  • Art class. 😀 AE

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Food for the Soul

“Man shall not live by bread alone.”


     Many people know this verse, since Jesus uses it to combat the devil in Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4. I was excited to recently discover where Jesus quoted it from. It can be found in Deuteronomy. I am finding more and more how this verse is really an eye-opener.  


“Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” –Deuteronomy 8:3b (ESV)


Man needs bread to live. This has been a truth for all time. Of course, we don’t really live on mainly bread today, but the truth still stands. Man needs fuel, something to live on, something to give him enough energy to survive and to live. 


Personally, if I don’t eat real food for a little while, I get, well, kinda useless. It makes a difference whether I eat something that is substantial and actually nutritious rather than junk food. I’ve noticed lately that it is very, very similar with food for the soul. If you feed it junk, you will feel junky.   


Scripture is food to our faith, but often, I find that I am filled with lies instead throughout my day. I’m sure you know what I mean. Something along the lines of “You’ll get by without it this morning. You don’t have time, anyway. What’s the big deal?” It can be hard to battle the mindset of the world, that feeding our bodies is more important than feeding our souls. Our bodies are but temporary tabernacles for our eternal souls. How could feeding the temporary be more important than feeding the eternal? 


     Here’s the truth, my friends. We need, more desperately than we could ever begin to realize, the Words of our God. We need it even more than we need bread for our bodies. We need it every second of every minute of every day.


     My pastor recently preached a sermon, in which he spoke of “eating grace” while or even before you eat your daily bread. Feast on Jesus through His Word. He invites us to come to Him in John 6, to feast and never hunger again.


Here’s my challenge for you and me, as Christian young ladies striving to follow Him. When you get up, as you begin your day, eat grace. Feast on Christ. Feed your soul with the only One who could ever satisfy you, for man cannot live by just the food he shovels into his mouth in an effort to satisfy his stomach, but by the Words of his God, revealed in the Scriptures. 


“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” –John 6:35 (ESV)

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When I Survey

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.
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Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All other things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
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See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did ere such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
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Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all!

~~Hymn by Isaac Watts

As I have mentioned before in this post ((see link below)), I am prideful by nature, but as I was praying the other day, I feel that God put this hymn into my head, mainly the first two verses. 

When compared to all our achievements, Christ is far more superior. These are my Tuesday thoughts.

Hope your Tuesday is great,

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Awesome news!

Our very own Melody is now a bloggirl at Altogether Separate! 

We are so excited for her, and cannot wait to see what wonderful things God is doing in her life! 😀

Melody! (if you click this picture it will take you to her introduction on Altogether Separate. 🙂 )

Love you, Melody!

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Awkward and Awesome: 2-7-13

Awkward:

  • Not being able to bite anything because you got your braces adjusted. AE
  • Waking up with your hair looking like you just got swept up by a tornado. AE
  • Watching Pride and Prejudiced. Sooooo many awkward moments. K, AE
  • Going grocery shopping in the rain… AE, M
  • Realizing that you haven’t done this in a looooooong time…. AE, K, M

Awesome: 

  • Kettle-cooked potato chips. 😀 AE
  • Coffee…… AE
  • Donuts. Yummy!!! K
  • The Avengers. Possibly the best movie ever. AE
  • Finally Doing this. 😀 AE, K, M

What was awkward and awesome about your week?

Anna Elizabeth, Melody, and Karen. 

Awkward and Awesome 11/30/12

Awkward:

  • Dancing to Christmas music in public, then realizing that everybody is watching you…. AE
  • Squealing about random things is public…. AE
  • Having most of the awkward moments… AE
  • Scratch that… Having all the the awkward moments…. AE

Awesome:

  • Getting a Christmas tree… K
  • Christmas music… Gotta love it! AE
  • The smell of a Peppermint Mocha Candle… 🙂 M, AE
  • Hot apple cider and candycanes.. AE
  • Winter, my favorite season. AE
  • Christian fellowship with other teenagers. 🙂 K, M, AE

What was awkward and awesome about your week?

In Christ,

Anna Elizabeth, Karen, and Melody

Simply Thankful

I hope y’all have a wonderful day full of food, fun, and family. I thought we’d take a few moments to compile a list of things we are thankful for.

  • Growing up with parents that know the Lord
  • Having more than enough warm, comfortable clothes and shoes to wear
  • Having more than enough food to fill our tummies
  • The privilege of being homeschooled
  • The privilege of being schooled
  • The ability to read
  • Having my own copy of the Bible
  • Writing
  • Words
  • New books
  • Justification (Romans 5:1-2)
  • Adoption (Romans 8:14-17)
  • Sanctification (2 Corinthians 3:18)
  • The ability to worship as we see fit in the USA
  • Music
  • Hugs
  • Friends
  • Chocolate 🙂
  • Movies
  • A clean house
  • Fellowship with other Christians

I could go on, of course. Remember on this day that all the wonderful blessings we have are through Christ.

In His name,

Melody

Awkward and Awesome Friday, 11/16/2012

Awkward:

  • Having the cleaners guy remember you singing… M
  • Not having enough awkward things… M, K, AE
  • Being tired, thus yawning during church, and afterwards, people coming up to you and saying, “You were really touched by the sermon, weren’t you?” AE

 

Awesome:

  • Hot apple juice to soothe your sore throat. AE
  • The cold weather. AE
  • Thanksgiving. M
  • Homemade snickerdoodles. AE
  • Having more awesome things than awkward things (for a change. 🙂 ) M, K, AE

What was awkward and awesome about your week?

 

Anna Elizabeth, Karen, and Melody. 🙂

Mercy Song

Melody has decided to start posting on Mercy Song again! She will still be posting on here, (The Song of the Three Maidens) but Mercy Song will be her main blog. 🙂 Here’s a link to it, (it’s also on the sidebar near the bottom) http://mysongofmercy.wordpress.com/

Congratulations, Melody!

Anna Elizabeth