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How to build up your confidence!

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Let’s have a talk sweet friend. If I could impart to you ONE thing it would be confidence. I believe that it (along with fear as its equal) is most people’s biggest struggle. 

I believe that we are born thinking we can do anything. Ask a 4 year old what they want to be when they grow up. You’ll get all kinds of answers. Some may even want to be the moon itself. They have so much confidence that they don’t even consider limitations!

So what happens? The enemy uses other people to tear our confidence down. We are labeled, told what we can and can’t do, and made to feel insecure. Words spoken over us at an early age sink into our souls and we start to believe them. We develop wrong thoughts and perceptions about ourselves and some are forever trapped in that.

That is NOT how we are suppose to feel. If we really love God we have to believe what He says about us. 

You see, He doesn’t make mistakes. He made you exactly the way you are on purpose. If you’re not confident in who you are, you need to ON PURPOSE change your mindset. You need to feed your brain and ears with the TRUTH about who you really are. Faith it until you make it. Believe the TRUTH, that you are beautiful, unique, worthy, IMPORTANT and beloved, IN FAITH. Choose to believe the good over the bad. Choose to believe that you matter. Choose to believe that the world needs your gifts!

Surround yourself only with people that life you higher. Refuse to be with those that don’t value you.

Learn that we are all just people in the end, trying to figure this thing called life out. You can do anything anyone else can do, you just have to take the leap and DO it!

Get over trying to be perfect. In the end, DONE is better than perfect any day. Don’t get to the end of your life and say what if I had just stepped out. I wish I had not let fear stop me. But instead choose to live boldly so you and look back and say, YEAH, I TOTALLY DID THAT!

Blessings,

Melodye

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How to have a powerful year

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You know I couldn’t leave 2017 behind without a word for you!!! Like many of you the beginning of a new year is a time of reflection for me. The past few weeks I’ve been looking back at 2017.

What a year! I had more challenges this year than I have ever had in my life. Pretty much through to the last minute. Physical, financial and spiritual BUT I knew God was growing me. I knew He had a purpose and I KNOW He is still at work.

Knowing that enabled me not to lose my mind. It enabled me to stay steady and determined. It enabled me to get to the breakthrough He promised me this time last year. I say this because I’ve never been able to do that before. I spent a lot of my life letting my emotions control me and drown out His voice.

So my word to you for 2018 is this. Make up your mind to see what God has planned for you no matter what the year brings.

James 1:6-8 says But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

If God gives you a word, if He gives you a vision but you don’t set your mind on it and BELIEVE IT, you lose it. You miss the blessings because you let doubt, fear, circumstances and other people’s opinions change your mind. That’s on you Boo! Getting a vision comes with responsibilities. YOU have to hold on to it, other people don’t. You have to see it, other people don’t. That’s what faith is. Evidence of things NOT seen.

God’s plans for your life will look crazy to other people. You’ll be called names, judged and attacked. Let me offer you this way of looking at that. It’s CONFIRMATION that you are on the right track. Do you think hell fools with people full of doubt?!?!? Do you think the Lord won’t test you to see if you trust what He has spoken to your heart? To see if you REALLY want it?

Don’t be tossed about this year. Stand firm. Stand steady. Save this post and come back to it all year. This isn’t just a new year message, it’s an every day word! Dig in your heels, put on your armor and hold your vision in your heart. Cling to it. Fight for it. Write it out (I’ll be talking about how to do that in a live broadcast soon!)

A lump of coal only becomes a diamond with time and pressure. Let Him press out your anointing. You can do hard things. Don’t be afraid of them. Have gratitude for them.

With that said my vision is more clear than ever. If you don’t have one, pray for one. He will give it to you. Then go after it with all you’ve got. Don’t get distracted, that’s one of the enemy’s biggest weapons. SET YOUR MIND AND KEEP IT SET!

May your 2018 be blessed. May God give you wisdom and favor in all things. May you find your fire and run with it.

For a free printable of James 1:6-8 to print as a reminder click here—->scripture printable

Blessings,

Melodye

Battle Plan for the Weary

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I recently did a live broadcast where I shared how I fight back when all hell literally breaks lose. When you are a child of God and you start making an impact for the Kingdom you better believe that hell notices. When you are doing good, evil WILL try to stop you. The hits WILL come and sometimes in waves.

I don’t say this to scare you but rather to tell you how to fight back. We are not defenseless, even when we have endured one hit after another, after another. The Lord has given us powerful weapons but it’s up to us to use them. It’s not easy to fight when you are exhausted, disappointed or angry but below I provide a list to keep you from going under and giving up.

BATTLE PLAN

I find that when I’m really wounded I get quiet and zone out. I disconnect. So what I have to be purposeful in doing is speaking truth and life over myself. I have daily biblical and non-biblical (I am not easily offended is one example) affirmations/decrees/declarations that I have written down that I say over myself while anointing myself with frankincense oil. I believe this creates a shift in the atmosphere and reminds me of who I really am. TIP: Having them written helps me to be able to say them when my heart is hurting and my mind is frazzled. Otherwise I might be tempted not to say them.

For the book of biblical affirmations I mention in the video click HERE.

I pray more because it’s harder for me to pray. I get on my knees, literally and pray. When you’re exhausted and depressed and wondering why God is allowing this craziness, it’s not always easy to keep yourself in prayer but that is exactly why it is SO very important. Even if it’s just HELP ME JESUS! And if it involves a person, I pray for them. Oh it’s soooooooo hard when someone has wounded you, but it’s powerful.

I get into the word. It’s hard for me to focus and I may have to reread the verses 10 times but I read my Bible. It’s a sheer act of obedience because when I’m upset it’s harder to pay attention. The Bible brings healing, power and peace. GET IN THE WORD!

I worship. Our biggest weapon is praising God when all hell has broken loose. When we do it in our storms it shows that our worship isn’t circumstantial. I thank God for the peace and resolution that is coming. Praise on credit because although I can’t see it, I know He already has the solution. Worship unlocks so many blessings and confuses the enemy. I thank God and I keep worship music playing as much as possible.

I anoint my doorposts. Just as the Israelites anointed their doors so death would pass over I anoint mine with Frankincense oil. I actually rub the oil on each of the doors that lead into my house. As I do that I declare that the enemy is to vacate. That my house serves God and God alone. That no weapon formed against me shall prosper. And whatever else my spirit stirs up in me. Talk about a shift in the atmosphere.

I fast. Jesus said that some things come only by prayer AND fasting. It is NOT easy to do when you just feel defeated. Your energy is already zapped. But we can do hard things. Suck it up and do it. When I fast I pray and read my Bible more than I usually do.

I felt like someone needed some practical steps to follow during spiritual battle time. We don’t need to just sit and accept defeat. Fight back. Take action. Push! Victory is ahead!

And to help you remember these I created a printable for you. Print it out and hang it up to remind yourself what to do when you are in a spiritual fight! Fill out the form below and CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL to get your printable.

 

 

Blessings,

Melodye

How prayerfully find your word of the year

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Lots of people like to pick a word for each year. A word that will represent what they want to focus on throughout the year. I do too but I do it a bit differently. I pray for my word. I ask the Lord to give me the word HE wants me to focus on for the year. I want to always be in His will and I feel like if I pick the word myself it may not be what He wants me to focus on.

By doing this for the past 2 years, having a divine word has helped me to stay encouraged when I encountered hard times. I guess I see the word as a promise and I know I can always trust that the Lord will bring it to pass.

In this video I talk about how my words of the year have helped me to stay grounded and centered in tests and trials. I also tell you how to simply ask the Lord for your own word and how to keep it in front of you as a reminder.

I pray this blesses you!

For a free printable to help you remember your word of the year click here—–>Word of the Year

Blessings, 

Melodye

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Is Your Spirit Constipated?

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In this Facebook Live I shared a bible study lesson from 1 Kings 3:19 about what things can stop the flow of God in our lives and how to remove them. Check it out and be sure to leave a comment wherever you watch! I love to interact.

To get my free How To Study The Bible eCourse that I mention in the video, click HERE!

I pray this blesses you!

Blessings,

Melodye

Bible Study Could this be the root of your anxiety and depression?

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I recently did a live broadcast in which I discussed what could be the root cause of a lot of anxiety and depression.

If we take a look at the actions of Elijah in 1 Kings 19 we can learn a lot. Elijah had just done some amazing things. Made fools of people worshipping the wrong god, slayed them and then prayed on his knees until a miracle happened. And then he gets a threat and acts irrationally. He runs into the wilderness and prays to God to die! WHAT? Dramatic much? How does that make any sense? In the video I discuss what caused him to sink into this kind of deep depression and it could be exactly what you are dealing with too.

Click HERE if you would prefer to watch the video on YouTube.

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know you watched 🙂

Blessings,

Melodye

 

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What the bible has to say about how safe essential oils are!

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I get this question rather often! Are essential oils really safe? There is a lot of misinformation about essential oil on the internet and it can be confusing so I totally get it.

First of all yes, pure essential oils are safe and I am going to show you how even the bible says so but also keep in mind that many essential oils on the market are NOT pure. They are full of chemicals because there is no regulation on them so they can be labeled 100% pure yet still be full of toxins. So what do you do? You do some research. I only use Young Living essential oils because I know for a fact that they are pure and because I have used them for 4 years with amazing results. It is the only company with a purity guarantee called Seed to Seal. To learn more about that click HERE

But did you also know that the bible itself says that (real, pure) essential oils are inherently safe? The Lord created things by speaking them into existence and He took great care to create plants which is where we get essential oils from. They are extracted from plants, leaves, trees, roots, shrubs…from all different parts of plants.

If you then, believe in God’s word, because He spoke plants into existence He imbued them with His word and His intelligence. That extends to the oils of the plants that He intended for us to use as natural medicines for our bodies, minds and spirits. They contain power from God’s word. Because He is such a good good Father, we can then believe that He created them with a purpose and that purpose was for us to use them to maintain our wellness.

Essential oils have the intelligence to go into the body and do what they need to do without harming other parts. Modern medications do not have that intelligence because they are made by man in a lab and that means you are damaging one part of the body to deal with symptoms from another part. Look at the side effects listed for medications! Ever hear one of those commercials where they talk really fast at the end and tell you the side effects. Scary stuff y’all. 

Many times when you take more than one medication you have to deal with them interacting and causing other dangerous issues. Because essential oils contain intelligence, there is no danger when you use more than one at a time. I usually start my day using at least 3! They actually work in harmony with one another. Essential oils have no serious side effects. (no fast talking end to tell you death can occur)

Essential oils promote healing where as medications only deal with symptoms.

70% of the books of the bible reference essential oils, their uses or the plants that they come from.

Also if you go back to the story of Adam and Eve, where did they live? In a garden full of plants and essential oils. It was God’s intention for us to be surrounded by plants that contained essential oils. That means they breathed essential oils all day long.

If you can clear your mind of what you have been taught about medicine you can then open it to looking at natural alternatives.

So yes, essential oils are safe and the bible says so!

To grab the book I am referring, Healing Oils of the Bible click HERE

To join us for our Essential Oils and the Bible class click HERE

Blessings,

Melodye

 

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How and why to anoint with essential oils like the bible teaches

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Essential oils are not anything new. They have been used for thousands of years and are even mentioned in the bible hundreds of times.

During biblical times essential oils were used for healing, maintaining wellness, spiritual purification (especially in the book of Esther, she used them for 6 months in purification and beauty treatments to prepare her for the king), emotional cleansing and to enhance spiritual states in worship. They were as commonly used as we use Tylenol now. We just forgot about them when cheaper synthetic medications became available, but we are finally getting back to using God’s creation, plants, for our bodies.

I want to share with you another way essential oils were used during biblical times and that was for anointing. To anoint means to “cover, rub or smear the head or body (or object) with oil”. In some cases it meant “to pour oil over the head or body (or object). These are translated from Hebrew and Greek.

In biblical anointing most of the time it was more than just a drop on the head but rather it was large amounts of oil. People mistakenly think that only olive oil was used but usually it was olive oil and aromatic liquids (essential oils) mixed together in large amounts. Think of the oil running down Aaron and dripping off his beard when Moses anointed him. That was no small amount of oil. Such a beautiful moment. Kings were always anointed with fragrant oils. There are 61 royal anointings in the bible and essential oil were part of each of them.

There are other times when there was rubbing or smearing of oils like when the woman anointed Jesus feet before His crusifixion.

Many times anointing the feet of your guests was done as they entered your home. It was massaged on their feet which made them feel welcomed and it also worked as deodorant because when people traveled they often got stinky! No air conditioning! It also soothed any cuts they may have gotten on their feet.

There are other instances of aniointing in the bible as well in which no oil was used but for today we are focusing on the ones that did.

Not only were people anointed in the bible but things were anointed as well. Shields were anointed to strengthen and sanctify them for battle and God’s protection. See Samuel 1:21 and Isaiah 21:5 for examples.

Another example of a thing being anointed can be found in Genesis 35:14 when a stone pillar was anointed to seal a covenant between Jacob and the Lord.

Even bread was anointed in the bible so this means people during that time took essential oils internally. Check out Exodus 29:2, Leviticus 2:4, 7:12 and Numbers 6:15. The oil they anointed bread with contained essential oils.

Moses did lots of anointing of things such as the tabernacle and all that was contained inside (bowls, goblets, knives…on and on). This would have improved the priests health and protected them from diseases.

Moses was given a recipe by God Himself of essential oils to use for Holy Anointing.

All of this to say that we can do the same thing today. In the video I demonstrate how I anoint myself, my family and my home with essential oils and why that is so powerful for spiritual warfare, emotional support and healing. (Skip to 21:53 to see just the demonstration!)

If you would prefer to view this video on Youtube click HERE.

You can grab a copy of the book I am referencing, Healing Oils of the Bible by clicking HERE.

Blessings,

Melodye

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How to protect your energy!

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In my last post I talked about being an empath (with the gift of discernment) and how I know that I am one. If you missed it go  here and watch it first because it will help you to better understand this post.

If you are an empath (a seer/feeler in the kingdom), it is utterly important to learn how to protect your own energy so that you don’t feel drained all the time and so that your emotions are constantly being thrown off by other people. We can’t avoid negative people but there are things we can do to not be so affected by them.

 It took me a long time to learn things to help me to protect my own energy and today I am sharing my top tips with you. These are simple things you can do before you go around other people and after you come back home that will help you to not feel like the negativity is sticking to you. It’s not woo woo I promise.

Be sure to leave a comment and say REPLAY so that I can see your beautiful face over on Facebook!

Blessings,

Melodye

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How to know if you’re an empath with the gift of discernment in the kingdom

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A few years ago I had a business coach call me an empath. A WHAT? Oh noo! I don’t do woo woo stuff. No magic or things like that. I don’t mess with spirits or voo doo!

I laugh now, because I did what I always do, I got curious and started researching it on good ol’ Google. As I read about the characteristics of an empath I nearly jumped out of my seat. It described what I had been experiencing my whole life and I also discovered that it means I have the spiritual gift of discernment. God made me this way and there is a purpose for it. In this Facebook live I share with you what it means to be an empath in the Kingdom and what that purpose is. I know that I am not alone. A lot of you reading this are empaths too and you don’t even know it! Take a few minutes and listen in, this may explain a WHOLE LOT about who you are. Knowing this has given me so much peace and allowed me to step into this gift more boldly. I pray that it does the same for you too.

Blessings,

Melodye

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How to shrink the giants in your life in one easy step!

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We all have giants in our lives. Problems and circumstances can seem so huge that we can’t see how they will ever work out and they become GIANTS to us. In this recent Facebook Live bible study I dig into the word and teach you how to make those giants you are facing get a lot smaller by doing one simple thing.

Check it out and be sure to leave a comment so I can see you! 

Blessings,

Melodye

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How to stop fearing the future!

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In a recent Facebook Live I talked about fearing the future. You know, fearing the unknown. For many of us, it’s what keeps us up at night with worry.

The bible actually gives us step by step instructions for what we are to do when we have those very fears and why going back to what is familiar is a mistake. Take a few minutes to listen in…

Be sure to comment on the video over on Facebook and let me know that you saw it. I love to engage there.

Blessings,

Melodye

Bible Study You can’t heal a wound if you’re always picking at it

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A wound will never heal if you keep picking at it. Do you often revisit old wounds? Is it hard to let go of past hurts? I can totally understand. I’ve struggled with that too. The bible has a lot to say about looking back, listen in on this Facebook live where I discuss what scripture tells us to do.

Be sure to leave a comment on the video so I can see your beautiful face!

Blessings,

Melodye

What to do if you are in an unequally yoked marriage

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This is a topic I get asked about A LOT so I did a Facebook live all about what the bible says to do to if you and your spouse are unequally yoked or at different points in your faith. This can also apply to a believer being married to an unbeliever.

This is something that is an issue in a lot of marriages and we need to address it. The word tells us exactly what we are to do, all we need to do is apply it. One reason I love bible study so much! I also share some of my practical wisdom from my experience in a failed marriage to now having a beautiful one.

Be sure to leave a comment. I wanna see your face pop up.

Blessings,

Melodye

 

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What do you do when you’re too tired to pray?

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Let’s be real, there are seasons of our life that are just plain exhausting. When it seems that everyone needs everything from us all at one time. Or maybe the enemy comes at us in every direction and wears us out. I know you’ve been there.

When you are that tired, it’s hard to function. It’s hard to do the things you normally do and yes, that can even extend into praying. Sometimes you’re just too tired to think of words to utter so you feel like you can’t pray. Many people feel like they need to concentrate or perform when they pray but that is an idea from man. God doesn’t care about us finding perfect words because He knows your heart and when you are being sincere. All He wants is to hear from you, to connect with you, to have a relationship with you. When you ask Him for help, it opens the door for Him to step into your life and work.

So I am going to share with you the most simple and effective prayer I know to pray. Three little words that are powerful and tell the Lord exactly what it is you need. When you can’t think of how to pray, use this prayer as your default. You can pray it at any time of day or night. 

Help me Jesus!

Yep, that’s it. It’s not complicated. It’s not fancy. It’s not eloquent. But it IS effecitve…powerful…and exactly what I need in my most desperate times. I say it many times throughout the day and so can you. 

When I am to the point where I feel attacked in all directions and worn down, I know that I can at least pray those 3 words and the Lord knows that I need Him. Stick it on a post it or on the screen saver of your phone as a reminder on the days when life overwhelms you and words seem to fail you. Then keep your eyes open to how the Lord answers that prayer!

If you would like to learn to read your bible, check out my free How To Study the Bible eCourse HERE. I give you all my best tips and tricks to teach you how to understand your bible.

A Bible Lesson About Self Doubt

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I recently did a Facebook Live where I taught a lesson from Exodus about what the Lord has to say about our self doubt. So many times self doubt holds us back from becoming who we were designed to become but the bible is clear in showing us that the Lord can do mighty things through flawed people. We are to replace our doubts with faith. Listen in as I show my favorite example of this (don’t mind the tears, it really touches me.)

Be sure to leave a comment on the video! I like to see your face.

Blessings,

Melodye

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How to have a peaceful, joyful and yes SEXY marriage!

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I get tons of questions about marriage from a faith perspective so I decided to share my top tips on a Facebook Live and get really honest. Take it from a girl that has made a lot of mistakes but found happiness. I have failed at marriage and succeeded so I discussed practical tips on how to have a peaceful, joyful and yes—SEXY marriage.

Be sure to leave a comment on the video because I love to see your face!

I pray this blesses you!

Blessings,

Melodye

The Key To Finding Your Purpose

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We hear a lot of talk about fulfilling your purpose and the calling on your life, but not a lot about how to find your purpose if you aren’t sure what that is.

I belive the key to finding your purpose lies in your passions. The Lord has placed passions in each one of us. Sometimes we grow up, get responsibilities and have to adult so we forget about what things we loved as a kid. If that is you, I want you to think back to your childhood. What did you love? What made you happy just to be doing it? What did you want to be when you grew up? Read More

You need a vehicle for change

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We have been having some great discussions over on my Facebook page. Too good to just keep on the page so I am sharing here with you in case you missed it. We have talked the past month about how to set realistic attainable prayerful goals and map them out so you can be successful HERE. We then discussed how to create a faith based vision board to keep you focused on those goals  HERE.

So the next step after mapping your goals and creating a clear vision for your life is to consider how you can make that vision you have for your life actually happen. Its great to decide on what you want, but you need to then take action, otherwise that vision becomes a dream and not a reality. Not only am I creating the life I want but I am also creating a legacy that I can pass on to my child. In this video I discuss exactly how I am doing that and how what I do is also a smart option for you.  You can watch the full video by clicking the play button on the image above.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you are doing to help you make your vision happen.

Blessings, 

Melodye

Vision Board For Christians Tutorial

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Vision boards are a great way to keep the vision that God has given you for your life constantly in focus and to help you achieve your goals. (If you would like to learn more about goal setting, check out the video HERE.) This is not your typical law of attraction vision board however, but one that you put together based on where the Lord leads you.

The bible says that we are to have a vision and write it down in Hab. 2:2. In this video I show you exactly how to partner with heaven and create a vision board that can be a powerful tool to help you speak life into what you want to see happen. 

Be sure to leave a comment under the video and let me know what you think? Do you think this is something that would help you?

Blessings,

Melodye

How to be a good steward of your time and make your days count…

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I believe that time is our most precious resource. The bible mentions vision a couple of times. It says that without a vision the people perish and it says not only to have a vision but to write it down. One way that I make sure to keep myself in line with the vision that I believe God has given me for my life is to be a good steward of my time. In order for me to be purposeful with my days, I take the time to plan out what I am doing each week. Check out the Facebook Live I did on Monday to see what I mean. I show you step by step how you can do this too.

Be sure to leave me a comment under the video so I can see your beautiful face. I like to interact! 

You can check out my goal setting video here where I explain how you know what tasks you need to be doing daily to fulfill your purpose (that way you know what to activities to plan out daily, weekly and monthly.)

Blessings,

Melodye

A fresh take on goal setting…

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Many people set goals and they never get them accomplished because they simply don’t know how. Or they don’t bother to set goals at all because they don’t want to be disappointed if they don’t hit them.

In this Facebook Live video I explain how to set realistic goals for the year and how to then break those goals into daily tasks that keep you consistently moving toward each one. The key is progress NOT perfection. I don’t want you to just set goals for the sake of the new year. I want you to set goals that are important to you, that honor who you want to be and then show you how to break those goals down into actionable daily steps to make the most of your time. These tips will help you avoid getting overwhelmed and giving up.

Oh and I include what the bible has to say about goals as well. YEAH, you read that right! The bible is actually specific about goal setting.

Comment below and let me know what your goals are for 2017! I would love to know.

Blessings,

Melodye

I’ve Named My Year, Have You?

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Word for the Year

The new year is here and its a time for new beginnings. I like to have a focus for my year or it makes me feel like my year is chaotic. So about 5 years ago I starting doing a word of the year. I saw others online talking about it and I liked the idea.

Some people choose their word of the year but the Lord seems to always give me mine. Every December I start praying for Him to show me what my focus for the new year coming should be and every year a word begins to pop up in front of me everywhere. 

Now, I’ll be honest. It’s not always a word that I would choose for myself (like abundance or fun) but it is always what I need. You know, Jesus works like that!

It’s usually an indicator of what the year is going to bring but that’s actually a comfort for me. I remember the word throughout the year and I know that it’s one of the ways that the Lord guides me.

This year I am super excited about my word. Last year my word of the year was “love” and boy was it ever correct. I had to learn to love some people in my life that challenge me. I had to learn to love myself more too. To extend myself grace and love who I am without hesitation. I had to learn to love the process of change as the Lord is working new things in my life and well…all.the.change! I have had to learn to love my enemies and practice the art of bless and release. It was the year of love for me for sure.

I am excited to announce that my word for 2017 is…(dun dun DUH…)….BREAKTHROUGH! I am not sure what the year will bring but I know that I am more than ready for some serious breakthroughs in my life. I am aware that breakthroughs often come after a lot of testing and trials so I am keeping a realistic view, but I am excited to see how it’s all gonna happen.

What about you? Do you have a word of the year? If not, why not try it this year. Pray for the Lord to show you your word, then keep your eyes and ears open. He will show you what it needs to be.

Here’s to 2017 y’all!

(Leave a comment below and let me know what your word of the year is! I want to hear from you!)

Blessings,

Melodye

How Knowing Jesus Changes You

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Getting to know Jesus can change you but it doesn’t necessarily happen over night. You can get saved but still feel the same. Still carry the same beliefs, attitudes and behaviors with you but over time, as you walk with Him, little by little you begin to change. Not because you have to but because you want to.

Check out the video where I explain more about that and why bible study is so important.

 

Blessings, 

Melodye

Bible Study: You don’t need a blueprint

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I did a video this past week that really resonated with a lot of people. I love to dig into the bible and share with you the lessons the Lord drops into my spirit. We talked about this verse:

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your fatherʼs household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”

NOW NOTICE THIS…

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭12:1-2, 4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

HE JUST WENT! He didn’t question. He didn’t come up with a list of pros and cons. He was just obedient and faitful.

Watch the video to go deeper into this lesson with me.

Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

 

Thanksgiving

Be thankful for mistakes? WHAT?!

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Yup. You read that right. Be thankful for your mistakes. Thanksgiving has me thinking about gratitude and being thankful for our messes. So today I am sharing a powerful word that I shared on Facebook Live about making mistakes and being thankful for them. God is looking for obedience and not perfection. That one sentence could change your life right there!

Watch the video. Be sure to leave a comment! I love to interact.

Blessings,

Melodye

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What are your spiritual Gifts?

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Spiritual gifts are so important. The Lord has given each of us different gifts, talents and abilities. It is our responsibility to know what gifts we have and to work on developing them so that we can release them into the world.

The bible tells us that there are 15 different spiritual gifts. In this Facebook Live video I list and discuss each gift. Grab a pen and some paper because you will be able to figure out which gifts YOU have and what those gifts look like.

Make sure to leave a comment so that I can say hi and see your beautiful face!

Blessings,

Melodye

Am I being attacked or tested? Encouragement for the weary heart…

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Encouragement

I share a lot here on this site. I share how to’s and lots of information but what I really want to share is my heart. I sit at the computer to write a blog post and many many times my mind goes completely blank. I can’t think of anything to share or that I think is worth sharing anyway. Yet, most nights before I fall asleep I am so flooded with ideas that I literally have to do a brain dump on paper to get everything out of my mind for the night.  

Life is overwhelming at times. I feel as though I haven’t been able to take a deep breath in the last year at all. In the last month alone I have had one major medical emergency, financial difficulties and car trouble (like unfixable car trouble). To say my faith has been stretched would be an understatement. 

The attacks have been hard this year. Like nervous breakdown hard and then I was reminded today that it is in these times that I have to dig the deepest and PUSH THROUGH! The enemy expects me to give up. He expects me to get frustrated and give in. He expects me to have a melt down before I see anything God has for me.

Or perhaps, God is testing me. Searching the limits I have in my faith. Do I really trust Him? Like in the dark of night when I feel alone and defeated? Do I still trust that this is all for my good? That there is a purpose and a plan.

I am building a business and I can honestly say that entreprenuership isn’t for everyone. I see now why people give up and go back to their day jobs. I never knew so much went into being a small business owner. So many details and a lot of hard work. (It isn’t just champagne and fast cars y’all!) It’s a lot of work and it requires a lot of FAITH.

I see that I am being called to speak. Called to do real work for God. Called to lead and quite frankly, IT’S SCARY! I am putting myself out there and that’s hard. Some people love me while others are not my biggest fans. There are people who praise me and others that judge me. I always say “I ain’t everyone’s cup of tea!” and most of the time I am ok with that. Other times it hurts.

Family and friends don’t support me in the way I expected that they would. Most friends are “watchers” waiting to see if I really succeed or if I fall flat on my rear! So I have ditched those that see the nut, and not the tree that I am growing into. I want to be surrounded by other trees! But that was no easy task. When people show their true colors it isn’t always pretty. 

God has lit this fire in me and when I look back I’ve always had it. I have always been a take charge, leader kinda girl. I have had situations arise where I had to be the one to take the stand for the right thing and stand alone. I come from a family background filled with disfunction and co-dependency, fear and addiction but none of those have ever stopped me. God has always had His hand on me because I could never be the person I am otherwise. There just is no other way to explain me.

The middle is the hardest they say. I am finding that to be true.  Let me just be real and raw here…I am frustrated, overwhelmed, exhausted and fighting to get to the blessing. 

Without a doubt I have grown more personally in the last year than I have my whole life. If you are in business for very long you will learn about the importance of personal development. I have invested in a lot of it this year and it has shown me a lot of things about myself. What my beliefs and core values really are. What I need in my life in order to be happy. Where I excel and shine. What my gifts and talents are.

I suppose that is why I have had so much thrown my way. Testing or attacks, or perhaps a bit of both, I have GROWN. Growing is painful, that’s where we get the term “growing pains”.

So the point? My point is this…I WILL NOT GIVE UP! I refuse to come this far only to give up. I may have to crawl, but I will move forward. I may cry, but I will get to the laughter. I may struggle, but I will become the person God has created me to be. I WILL NOT miss the blessings because I decided it was too hard half way in.

I encourage those of you struggling today–DO NOT QUIT! Life is hard, relationships are hard, owning a business is hard BUT GOD! (I always love a good BUT GOD, don’t you?) God is there to strengthen you. It takes a LOT OF TRUST. When He says for us to trust Him He means at the core. Like trust Him with your life kinda trust. Trust that scares you. Trust that forces you to close your eyes and let your grip go. Helpless trust. Trust without limits. Trust that overtakes the fear, the doubt and the confusion. Trust that says there is a step there when you only see the black pit.

So I ask you to examine your heart. Do you REALLY trust Him? Are you REALLY willing to let go and let God as they say? Are you willing to believe that this is all for your best?

Stay the course friends. Hold steady if you have to for a while, but continue to move forward. Don’t miss the belssings that are just beyond the trials! HAVE REAL FAITH! I am self preaching here but I wanted to let you join in because I feel that someone besides me needs to know this. If only one person ever reads this post and feels encouraged and hell is even a little bit nervous, well…then I have done my job.

I pray that you are that person!

Blessings,

Melodye 

Essential Oils and the Bible Class!

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Do essential oils seem weird to you? Do they sound kind of crazy? Are you completely skeptical but still a little curious? Then this is the class for you!

Already using essential oils but want to learn more about their biblical history? Already a believer in the power of the oils but want to learn what the bible says about them? Then this is also the class for you!

Essential oils are not in any way new. They have been around since creation and have been used for thousands of years to support better health.

They are not new age, woo woo, voodoo or magic. That is a lie that the enemy wants us to believe. He loves to taint anything that is of God. Essential oils are from plants and are part of God’s original design. It’s that simple.

In this class we discuss the history of essential oils and multiple biblical references where essential oils are mentioned! That’s right, the bible mentions and discusses essential oils and we want to share our research with you.

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Why You Should be in the Word Everyday!

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Why you should be in the word everyday!

It is time. It is time for you to understand that reading your bible is warfare. That’s right! Let me say that again, reading your bible is warfare. When you read your bible you are getting ready to do battle with the enemy. Yeah, sounds kinda scary right!

We have an enemy. A real enemy that is on a misson to kill, steal and destroy as the book of John tells us. He is on a mission to stop us, but we are far from defenseless. The Lord has equipped us with weapons. One of the most powerful weapons we have access to is our bibles. 

Getting into the word every single day is how we can suit up for battle. Literally! Who would knowingly go into a battle unprepared? That doesn’t make any sense to me.

Let’s see what the bible says about it. We read in Ephesians 6:10-1810 Read More

Prayer for Bible Reading and Printable Bookmark!

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Prayer before reading the bible!




I love getting into the word. I have a standing appointment with my couch, my bible and my journal each and every morning and when I miss that appoinment, I find that my day tends to go a lot less smoothly.

I also pray every day. All. day. long. because well, I need His help to get through the day. I have learned over the last few years that combining the two- prayer and the bible- have really changed my walk with God. Praying before I read the bible really opened my understanding of what I read. Read More

How To Hear From God

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Sometimes you feel like it’s been a long time since God spoke to you or perhaps you feel like you have never heard from God. Today I thought I would share some tips for making God’s voice more audible to you. These are things that I do and that have worked for me. It’s all about relationship. The more time you spend with Him, the more clear His voice will be.

1. Get in the word…daily!

I know this is said often, but the truth is usually repeated. The best way to hear from God is to get into the word EVERY single day. The bible is how God speaks to us. It is how we get to know who He is and what He says about things. When you take the time to get to know God better, you can hear Him better. Just like any relationship, the more time you spend getting acquainted with a person, the better the conversation flows. The same thing applies when it comes to speaking to and hearing from God.

When you read God’s word, it isn’t like reading a regular book. It is a living word, meaning it has power. It has the power to heal. It has the power to speak into your life and it has the power to help you hear God more clearly when He speaks to you because you are more familiar with Him. Read More

How To Pray

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How To Pray

Whenever I pray I feel as though I am talking to my very best friend in the world that knows me and all of my flaws and loves me anyway. I am just having a conversation with this friend and pouring my heart out. You can do the same. Your words don’t have to be big or complicated. There is no wrong way to say how you feel. That’s how you pray friends, you talk to Jesus. Be real, be raw, be honest. Be yourself.

There is no set amount of time that you have to pray. Some days all I can pray is “help me Jesus!” and He knows what I need. (There is so much power in His name that just by saying it out loud, you are saying a prayer!) Some days my prayers are longer. It depends on what is going on in my life on any particular day. I pray in the shower, while I’m cleaning, in the middle of working out and while I am working (especially when my electronics aren’t cooperating!) It doesn’t have to be a 3 hour ordeal. Just pray as long as you need to.

I don’t worry about how I say it, I just talk to Him. It’s really THAT simple.

God already knows your needs, your fears, your worries and your troubles. By humbling yourself and coming to Him for help through prayer, you are opening the door for Him to go to work in your life. That’s all He really wants, a relationship with you. That relationship starts with prayer.

I do always make sure to thank the Lord first for allowing me to live another day and for my blessings. Then I tell him that I praise, worship and love Him. After that, it’s just me telling Him what I need or what others need and asking Him to be part of my life.

I posted a short video about this on my Facebook page. I also post a short prayer each night at 10:00 pm EST there. If you would like to read an example of just how simple prayers can be join me over there by clicking here! Make sure to hit the LIKE button while you are there so you can connect with me.

I hope that this encourages you to begin praying without the fear of doing it the wrong way. He is there and always and cares about what you have to say. He isn’t looking for perfection, just connection with you.

Blessings,

Melodye

Periscope Prayer

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Prayerscope With Melodye Reynolds

 

 

I wrote a while back about a new app that I absolutely adore called Periscope. You can find out more about the app here. It is an app that allows you to do a live broadcast at any time. I have been using it to share my faith. One way that I do that is to do a live prayer each weeknight at 9:00 pm EST. I have posted a prayer each night to bless those connected with me on my Facebook page for a long time and I just decided to start doing those prayers live on Periscope a few weeks ago. I love to pray a blessing over people before they go to bed. I think we could all use that and it’s a great way to end the night on a positive note. I have lovingly named them “prayerscopes”

Spreading The Good News On Periscope

I believe that social media is a very powerful way to spread the good news of Jesus and to share the gospel. I believe that God is indeed working though social media and I want to be a part of that. I really want to promote the positive and good and drown out the negative that has consumed so many social media platforms. Read More

Have You Tried Periscope?

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I have found a new social media platform that I am completely in love with. It is called Periscope.

What is Periscope? Periscope is a live streaming video app where you can send out a broadcast. What makes it really amazing is the fact that while you are broadcasting, viewers can chat with you real time. It is super interactive. You can even give “hearts” to let the broadcaster know that you dig what they are saying. It’s kind of hard to explain so I thought I would share one of my “scopes” with you so you can see first hand exactly how it works. 

I share a lot about my faith on all social media platforms so here is a scope where I discussed Deuteronomy 30:19. Read More

3 Ways to Prepare For Questions About Your Faith

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How do you know for sure there is a God? If there is a God, then why do bad things happen to good people? What if you do all this stuff for God your whole life, you die and you learn that He didn’t exist?

Ever hear questions like these? If you have been a Christian for very long I am sure you have. I have many friends that are not Christian but they are curious about my beliefs so questions are a natural part of wanting to understand why it is that I believe what I believe.

On the other side of that, I also have a lot of Christian friends with the same questions. Some are new in their walk, some have been Christians for a long time. Some ask these questions when they are faced with a crisis and their faith is wavering. I have asked the same questions myself and the answers I got when I asked those questions were important. Sometimes they were crucial. That’s why I think its critical to be prepared for questions about your faith. Read More

Bible Study for Beginners- The Benefits of an Online Group Bible Study

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When I first began reading and actually studying the bible five years ago, I studied alone. I found free online bible studies that had outlines of what to read each day and I journaled what spoke to me. This was a time of tremendous growth for me as a Christian. I learned that you can take your time when you read the bible and that is how to really listen to what God has to say through His word. It just worked for me.

After about a year, I was searching for a new study one day and happened upon one that allowed you to join groups of other women to study together. I read about how it worked. Some groups were through Facebook while others were through email or text messages but all of them had one basic idea. You had an outline of what to read each weekday but were asked to check in with your group and share your thoughts once a day.

I will admit, I was reluctant to join. I was use to reading alone with just me and God and I felt no pressure, but I felt like He was leading me to step outside of my comfort zone in order to help me to continue to grow. I posted that I was looking for other homeschooling moms in the forum this online study had and quickly recieved an invitation to join an email group that had already formed that was looking to add a new member. I know now that this was a divine appointment that would forever change my life, but at the time I was a little afraid. I was afraid that I wouldn’t know as much as the other ladies in the group. I was afraid that I wouldn’t have something to share each day. I was afraid that I would somehow be judged as I had before by other Christian women…BUT, I did it afraid. I jumped in and prayed for the Lord to lead me and teach me.

I am still with that group 4 years later. I have learned so much and most importantly I met women that shared real struggles that real Christian women experience but often don’t discuss with people face to face. It has grown me in ways that I never expected. 

So for those of you that have never studied the bible in a group or at all for that matter, I want to share with you the benefits of an online bible study in a group.

Benefits of Online Group Bible Study:

1. It motivates you to get in the word

Studying alone is wonderful but when you know that there are other people that are expecting you to read and share your thoughts, it adds motivation to take the time to do your bible study each day. To be honest there are days when I just don’t feel like getting up early to do my bible study and there are days when I have so much to do that I feel like I don’t have the time to sit down and read the bible let alone write about it. Just keeping it real here. I do know that God should come first before anything else, but sometimes the enemy fills your days with distractions and is successful at throwing you off course. Knowing that I have other people holding me accountable to share what I learn each day helps me to keep my focus. Read More

Spring Is Coming

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Anyone that knows me know that I am NOT a winter person…at all! What a winter we had this year for a person that dreads cold weather. We were swamped with so much snow, ice and the lowest temps that I can remember in my lifetime. I like a little snow at Christmas time and maybe a little (emphasis on the word little) for New Year’s Eve but that is as far as I go in terms of snow. Snow bunnies can have it.

What always carries me through a long hard winter is knowing that spring IS coming. The plants and seeds in my garden will produce new life. The lifeless tress will grow fresh new bright green leaves. The idea thrills me and gives me hope as winter seems never ending. Hope… Read More

10 Prayers For My Daughter

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10 Prayers For My Daughter

As a parent one of the best and most important things that we can do for our children is to cover them daily in prayer. I think we need to take it one step further and become prayer warriors on their behalf by simply praying for them everyday.  In my bible study time today I decided that I wanted to make a short list of prayers to pray everyday for my daughter so that I don’t forget to cover each area that I feel is most important and I thought I would share those with you (along with a printable that you can place in your  own journal to use during your prayer time). I have put together 10 simple little prayers to pray over your daughters each day. (This could easily be adapted for sons as well!)

1. Make Her Bold 

Lord, I pray this daughter of mine be confident in who You are and in who You created her to be. Help her to be bold, know what she believes in and never be afraid to take a stand for it.

2. Cover Her in Grace

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Bible Journaling: A Page From My Journal…

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Bible Journaling: A Page From My Journal…February 9, 2015

In a previous blog post I shared all about how to start bible journaling, so I thought that you might like to see what an actual journal entry looks like for me. I keep it to the point and simple. I don’t have a set of rules to follow. I read, pick out a verse and write about it…and it has changed my life. Read More

4 Ways To Share Your Heart With God

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4 Ways To Share Your Heart To God4 Ways To Share Your Heart With God

Who says Valentine’s Day has to be about romance? If you are single or involved, you can make this holiday a celebration of love in a variety of ways. It doesn’t have to be your typical mushy holiday! Why not spend this Valentine’s Day focusing on ways that we can show the Lord that we love Him and how to share our heart with Him. Now let me just say, that many people believe that going to church every Sunday for an hour is loving God and it is one way. However, loving the Lord should be something you practice each and every day of your life. You should take the message you heard Sunday morning and apply it to your own life. If you truly have a love for Him, it should not be contained in a building but in you. You are a temple for the Lord and if you want Him to dwell there, you have to make Him part of your day. He is a gentleman, so you have to be the one to invite Him in and share your heart with Him. Here are 4 simple ways that you can do just that! Read More

4 Simple Steps For How To Start Bible Journaling

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bible journaling graphic4 Simple Steps For How To Start Bible Journaling

I love to read the bible. I have learned so much about God and about myself through reading the word regularly but for me, just reading something doesn’t mean that I completely process it, so about 4 years ago I began bible journaling. I did a lot of researching on bible journals (because I have to research everything before I commit to it…haha!) and after 4 years of experimenting with journaling, I found that the best way for me to journal is to keep a simple spiral notebook. Now, I have seen elaborate, beautiful journals and they are awesome but for me, a simple little college ruled spiral notebook just works best. After many years I have also discovered how to make bible journaling simple and simple means that I will actually DO it often. So today I am sharing my tips in hopes that it will encourage you to try it! Read More

Bible Study For Beginners: You Don’t Have To Start At The Beginning

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Essential Healthy Life Bible StudyBible Study For Beginners: You Don’t Have To Start At The Beginning

Have you ever made the decision to start reading the bible only to be completely overwhelmed and confused by the first chapter of Genesis? Yeah, me too. Many times, in fact. So I gave up all together…for a long time.

About 4 years ago, I made a life changing discovery…you don’t have to start at the beginning of the good book! Just because the bible starts with the book of Genesis doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. In fact, I personally advise against it.

So where should you start then? Here are my personal recommendations: Read More