I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; ~ Deuteronomy 30:19
I have a new grand-daughter! Her name is Melody Adeline! She is beautiful, head to toe! I do not just say that because she is my grand-daughter but she is a wonderful creation. Black hair and dark eyes. Her name means music, song and it rolls off your tongue like a song. Her middle name, Adeline, means noble. In German it means of nobility and pleasant. How sweet! She is our ‘noble song’. She is the smallest of all babies born into our family, 6 lbs. 9 oz. Look at her sleeping like she is praying! I love this picture!
Holding her yesterday she was so content, curled up in a little lump laying on Grammy’s chest. I could have held her all night long. Her big sister Daniela Jade, our little “jewel,” came and went visiting with me. It wasn’t but three and half years before I was holding her the same way. She is a big girl now with her funny way of talking to all of us. She is precocious at times but she is an innocent little girl with eyes wide to the world around her. She mimics the adults around her and wants to be seen. There are moments I see her vulnerability to the harshness of the world. As we all are vulnerable. But she has a sweet heart. I pray God protects that! I pray for both of them the way a Grandmother’s heart does. First to see God in all things and know Him in their lives. Melody is my 4th grandchild and just like the ones before her I have sung Psalm 103 over her so she could hear the words and they would cover her heart and soul.
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
I heard a message on this passage the other day. And I loved how the preacher listed the benefits when we honor God. I had read them, sang them and prayed them but I am not sure I really stopped to list them on paper as they applied to my life.
1) He forgives my sins (when I ask & repent)
2) He heals my diseases (mental as well as physical)
3) He redeems my life from destruction (many times over)
4) He crowns my life with love, kindness and tender mercies (His daily grace)
5) He satisfies me when I am hungry for something to fill my soul which in turn renews my strength & ability to serve Him (if and when I go to Him only for satisfaction)
All these benefits are mine daily if I do something first. Bless Him with my life. Honor Him. Walk in His ways. Give Him praise & worship.
And sometimes I am overwhelmed by these truths and the simple fact that God loves each and everyone of His creations in this way. So this is the prayer for each one of my grandchildren. Brodie, Ann Marie, Daniela and Melody, that they would bless the Lord with their lives and would partake in the benefits He gives, so that they may LIVE well!