A Month of Worship Music | Day 22 – 26

Hey there!

Today’s post is going to rather lengthy as we have five songs. And I’m pretty excited about them! I know this is a month of my favorite worship music, so each day previous were favorites, but today is some of my favorites of favorites. πŸ˜€

Excited too? Keep scrolling down!

As always, if the videos don’t play properly, click on the titles to watch them on YouTube!

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A Month of Worship Music | Day 15, 16, 17, & 18

After starting my new job in dining at a retirement community two weeks ago, I’ve begun to realize just how much a cheery smile brightens someone’s day. “Let your smile change the world”, is something I’ve believed for a long time. But I’ve gotten to test it out. Seeing those people every day can get boring if I’d want it to. Living there, probably gets boring too. Giving an extra dose of kindness and cheer makes a noticeable difference in their moods. Old people aren’t the only ones like that! Do you see certain people every day or at least fairly often? Maybe a grouchy or irritating customer? A hard to work with coworker? You might be the only smile they see.

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A Month of Worship Music | Day 6,7,8

I had day six written and ready to post… and my internet connection failed. And then I headed off to my new job to start a few mildly stressful yet fun days of training. Now I’m relaxing at the beach and have the time and resources to connect again and (hopefully) make up for the lost time. Or maybe I should say I’m holed up in an under-lit, outdated hotel room while the wind howls and blows a cold drizzle outside ( #reality ). I hope your mornings haven’t been too mundane without me. πŸ˜‰

I wrote that yesterday. πŸ˜€ So this morning, I decided to get up and be productive. With my amazing sister helping me, I came up with a strategy to overcome the overwhelming feelings of life. She’s pretty great!

I figured out my power word, sentence, verse, and song. Basically, I now have a few things to read and think about that I know will always inspire me beyond just the next few seconds.Β  I’ll probably make all that into a completely different post, but I thought I’d make a note for now… πŸ™‚

So let’s pick up where we left off. I’m planning to post several songs a day so that y’all won’t have to miss any of the amazing ones I’ve picked out.

Your encouraging thought for the day:

“No matter what you’ve gone through, no matter what you’re going to go through, Jesus is always strong enough.”

 

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A Month of Worship Music | Day 4

Here’s an encouraging thought for your day: (even though I’m sure you’ve heard it “too many” times before – hey, it’s timeless! πŸ˜‰ )

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

~ Philippians 3:14 ~

We’re going praise and worship style with our fourth song. It’s calm compared to what a lot of this month’s music will be, but it has such a subtle underlying passion and energy that I absolutely love.

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20 Empowering Verses for Your Quiet Time

Being in need of fresh inspiration is no new problem. Quiet time in the word with Jesus can be such an incredible time. Yet, every once in a while (and a few times in between! πŸ˜‰ ), thoughts and emotions become too overwhelming or simply more appealing than concentrating on what you’re reading. We all know that moment when we suddenly realize we have no idea what we just read (#allthetime).

I’ve pulled together some amazing verses for you to help you refocus your mind, rejuvenate your soul, and empower you for your day. Don’t forget that prayer is also a powerful thing. It’s not just talking; it’s conversing with God! How beautiful is that? πŸ™‚ Continue reading “20 Empowering Verses for Your Quiet Time”

How to Deal With Wanting Acceptance | Vibrant Womanhood

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Welcome back to another Bible study, my lovelies. I’m so delighted to see you! Grab your favorite cup of tea (or coffee), curl up in a cozy chair and join the circle of Vibrant Womanhood. Okay, so now that we’re past that stuff, let’s get to the goodies!

One of the Most Basic Things

I’d say the most sought after thing throughout time and history is the longing to be loved. It is an innate desire that each one of has within us from the day we are born whether or not we have even thought about it! From that most certainly comes the desire to be accepted. It’s perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of. We like to be liked (introverts too! πŸ™‚ ).

There are a lot of times throughout our days when we may feel alone, like no one cares, or don’t think we have any friends. Sometimes in pursuing God, we lose everything when others don’t understand. We all make sacrifices. “Do people think that’s weird?” “What do they think of that?” I’ve asked myself that a thousand times, wondering if those I know really think good of me. You probably have too. It’s a quite natural thing and the dooming fear of not being liked can be a quite annoying little devil.

Does it Really Matter?

Are these desires good, or are they some more of those evil desires that we are born with and can’t seem to conquer? Actually, I’d dare to say that the answer to both would be, “yes”.

God is love. It’s that simple. We long for him which also means longing for his love. We need to love and to be loved. It is so important. Where the “evil little monster” comes into the picture, is when we cause this to consume our thoughts and minds and become self-centered people who think we have to be noticed and deserve to be loved. None of us deserve it, but we desperately need it.

When You Feel That No One Accepts You. When You Think That No One is There For You.

First of all, let me kindly remind you that you are never alone. No matter how alone you are physically, Jesus is always there for you. He is still there even when He is silent. He loves each of us even before we love Him and when we love Him back! That’s amazing.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”Β  (John 15:9)

When there truly is no one around you that cares, that may be a strong sign that it is time to move on. Time to let go of what you know and surround yourself with people that will uplift you, encourage you, and be there for you. This may be moving to a different part of the planet, but it also may mean just opening your eyes to the opportunities that are right around you. Jesus doesn’t want you to feel depressed. He wants you to be free as a bird. And that’s exactly what he’s fixing to do.

You don’t always feel that God is right there in the room, and that’s okay. Just know that He is anyway whether he’s talking or moving or sitting silent while you prepare to go answer the door. πŸ˜‰

Let’s Sum This Up

I’ve struggled with the fear of what “others think” for years. It has kept me up at night as my mind replays slightly embarrassing incidents (why do those moments plague me forever? πŸ˜‰ ). I would lay there and pray that that person (or persons) wasn’t weirded out. I hated this and wished I could just change myself to be like everyone else. (They didn’t do anything embarrassing – ahem- cough- they probably thought they did!). In the end, God is good and looking back I know for a fact that those things actually pushed me to achieve greater heights in my passions and I’m better off for it. Nonetheless, I would love not to have to struggle to get there. πŸ˜‰

When we’re not accepted for doing a certain thing or believing certain things, or just being, that hurts. Let’s be real. I can’t change the next person (annoyingly enough! ) and it’s a good thing or it’d mean they had the power to change me.

I’m not going to tell you to ignore the pain and I’m definitely not going to tell you to “just get over it”. That’s nearly impossible and doesn’t help a thing. You can pray for that person, give them a smile or a hug, or whatever you know you can do. Be Jesus to them in whatever way you can. If they don’t seem to notice the effort, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean that it was useless. If nothing else, it can help us heal to do something sweet for a person who is sour.

And if you ever need a listening ear to rant, cry, or just talk random heart things to, shoot me an e-mail. I’m here, and I know many other women of the faith that would always accept you no matter what you’re like. That’s the beauty of what Jesus does. It’s not just you and me – it’s all of us! We’re here together in spirit, connected by the unity of God, family always and forever!

Have a beautiful rest of your week!

xoxo

Melody

 

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A Glimpse into My Novel: Journey to Love

A Glimpse into my NovelIt’s been quite a long while since I’ve given you an update about the book I’m writing, Journey to Love. You can read that post here! At the time I was fighting writer’s block and pretty much laid the book aside for a while. Recently, I have found renewed inspiration to complete the novel and get it where it’s supposed to go: into your hands. Part 1 is complete and Part 2 (definitely the longest!) is well under way.

Coming from upbringings of pain and rejection, Kirk and Julie discover a love that is far deeper than anything they ever imagined, and redemption far greater than they had ever wished for. They were good people, but God had called them to be great. Through the trial and testing of their relationship, they found forgiveness, love and freedom. The same freedom that sets sunsets on flame and turns the world upside; the powerful hand of God.

In anticipation of this book’s release (which is still months off), I am giving a glimpse and taste of what is coming.

It is (ah – will be) a great resource for teenagers and adults alike to rejoice in the beauty of life and be a fresh reminder of the most powerful force which is love – Jesus’ love! Continue reading “A Glimpse into My Novel: Journey to Love”

Cultivating Truth into Everyday Existence | Vibrant Womanhood

Vibrant Womanhood Bible StudyOften times the hardest thing to do is what we don’t want to do (duh!). It’s especially hard when what we need to do is sure to affect normal routine, make waves, or even put a strain on close relationships. Perhaps none of those are your case and you’re even excited about doing whatever it is, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it or find the time. Whatever the “problem”, you’re not alone – let’s figure it out together!

Today we’ll focus on the root problem, prioritizing, and taking action.Β  Grab your prayer or devotional journal and bible, curl up and let’s get into this! If you happened to miss the first Bible study on Confidence, you can check it out here! Continue reading “Cultivating Truth into Everyday Existence | Vibrant Womanhood”

The Confidence of Christ | Vibrant Womanhood

Vibrant Womanhood #1Hello, ladies! I’m incredibly excited to bring you the first installment of the Vibrant Womanhood Bible study series. The first of hopefully many more to come! I will be sharing my heart, lots of scripture, prayers, and inspiration to help you live in Vibrant Womanhood! It’s also a sisterhood here, not just me talking. Let’s all join in and share our thoughts, prayers, and encouragement with one another in the comment section. Let it be a circle of Vibrant Womanhood!

Though this is specifically for ladies, guys are welcome to read along as well. Grab your your prayer or devotional journal and Bible (I will be sharing references so that you can look them up for yourself!), curl up and dig in! Continue reading “The Confidence of Christ | Vibrant Womanhood”

Quote of the Week | #1

Quotes are popular, inspiration is popular, and there is certainly a reason for both! Psychology says that just by smiling, you will instantly feel a little better. I’ve even tried it to alleviate pain and it works ways faster than any medication! Inspirational quotes come in somewhere close to the smile. There are sooo many quotes out there, lists and lists of them. Not all of them are awesome, so I thought it’d be great to pick out the best ones and lighten up your heavy daily loads with a weekly quote – the ones that are like gold nuggets of inspiration and cheer!

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