Sunday, June 7, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King
Thursday, February 26, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King

Top 25 Favorite Songs!

THE RULES: Once you have been tagged, you are supposed to write down the top 25 recordings you would want with you always. The ones you can listen to over and over and never get tired of. They don't have to be in any particular order. These are the songs that make laugh, cry, think of an old friend, whatever the reason . At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If you were tagged, it's because I want to know more about you. To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 songs, tag some friends, then click publish.

I could really list 100's of songs, but these are some of my favorites!

1) Desert Song- Hillsong
2) You Invite Me In- Meredith Andrews
3) Fight Another Day- Brandon Heath
4) Long Live the King- Aaron Shust
5) Free to Be Me- Francesca Batistelli
7) I Will Rise- Chris Tomlin
8) Draw Me Nearer- Meredith Andrews
9) Give Me Your Eyes- Brandon Heath
10) Why? Nichole Nordeman
11) Held- Natalie Grant
12) Cry Out to Jesus- Third Day
13) When Did you Fall in Love With Me? Chris Rice
14) Love Them Like Jesus- Casting Crowns
15) Mercy Came Running- Phillips Craig and Dean
16) Inside Out- Hillsong
17) Mighty To Save- Michael W. Smith
18) Beautiful- Phil Wickham
19) My Saviour My God- Aaron Shust
20 )You're Not Alone- Meredith Andrews
21) Two Princes- Spin Doctors
22) Don't Get Comfortable- Brandon Heath
23) How Can I Keep From Singing Your Praise- Chris Tomlin
24) Nothing But Th Blood- The Swift
25) Song of Love- Rebecca St. James

This was really fun for me to do. I really had to think long and hard about how to narrow this down. Hope you have as much fun as I did.
Friday, February 20, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King

Desert Song

This is my prayer in the desert
And all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides

And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain

I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

And this is my prayer in the battle
And triumph is still on it's way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be empited again
The seed I've recieved I will sow
Thursday, February 19, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King

Getting Out of a Pit

So I am reading another book by Beth Moore called "Looking Up When Life is Looking Down" (hence the title of my last note) and it's all about dealing with hurt and disappointment in life and about the powerful message of hope and deliverance found in Psalm 40. She boldly declares God's promise to hear your cries, to establish your feet on solid ground, and to graciously, faithfully, and lovingly provide all that you need in every circumstance of your life.
"He has put a new song in my mouth------praise to our God; Many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:3

I was really struck by todays reading as it is the prayer of my heart...........
"When I was a little girl, God already knew the plans He had for me...just as He knew the plans He had for you. in His sovereignty, He allowed a series of wrongs to come to me that had mammoth effects on my life. For many years I reaped a whirlwind of negative consequences and added insult to injury by piling all manner of sin onto my victimization...Then one day, at the bottom of my pit, I raised my weary head, and dirty, tear streaked face to the sky. And redemption drew nigh. God knew the plans He had for me, plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Plans to give me a hope and a future.......I have lived long enough to see beauty exceed the ashes and divine pleasure exceed the pain.
"Dear one, whether or not I say a word aout my past, God uses it every single day without fail. In my ministry. In friendship. In motherhood. In marriage.
Oh beloved, you keep thinking how things might have been had THAT thing not happened. But it is your wealth of experience that makes you rich. (this is the part that I love!) Spend it on hurting people. They need it so badly. If God can use child abuse and family tragedy, He can use anything. You don't have to be in full time ministry for Him to accomplish the kind of redemption I described above. People in your workplace and your neighborhood are dying for hope. Dying to know there's a future Dying to know there's a God......and that He's FOR the not against them.
Should you be willing to leave a legacy of faith, some of those lives you help will grace this earth after you're gone. Lives needing the kind of help you can give are surrounding you right now. Each one of them is worth the work.

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ, and through us dffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place." 2 Corinthians 2:14
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King

Looking Up When Life is Looking Down......

"Why so cast down, O my soul? And why so burdened within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God." ~Psalm 42:11

"Life can be excruciating. Crushing, in fact. The sheer magnitude of our worries can press down on our heads and, one inch at a time, we unknowingly descend into a pit of despair. Something so horrible can happen that we conclude we'll never be ok again. We can blow it so badly we think God would just as soon we stayed under that dirt and out of His sight. BUT if we are willing to let truth speak louder than our feelings and long enough that our feelings finally agree, we can be far more than ok. We can be delivered to a place where the air is crisp, the enemy is whipped, and the view is magnificent.
The Bible teaches that there are no lost causes; no permanent pit-dwellers except those who refuse to leave. Every person can know complete redemption in Jesus Christ, purpose for life, and fullness of joy." Beth Moore

"I waited patiently for he Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD." ~ Psalm 40:1-3
Monday, January 19, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King


This is going to be a LONG one, so hang on tight! I promise though if you hang on til the end, you will be blessed and encouraged, I know I was!

"I was a mess before the Savior set me free. That's why my dearest life passages are found in Isaiah 61:1-2 and quoted again in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus went to His home synagogue in Nazareth and declared both the fact and the Nature of His call and ministry------to preach good news to the heal the proclaim freedom for the prisoner........sight for the release the oppressed.......and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor (Luke 4:18-19). Let's briefly discuss each part of that description:
1.) 'The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has annointed Me to preach good news to the poor' (Luke 4:18). Christ didn't mean the finacially destitue. The Greek word for "poor" is ptochos, indicating 'utter helplessness, complete destitution, afflicted, distressed.' I think God is far too faithful to let anyone make it through life without confronting seasons of utter helplessness. Sooner or later, any healthy individual discovers that autonomy doesn't cut it. Like beggars we go from person to person with our empty cup, crying, "Can't you add anything to my life?' They might throw in a coin or two. But when we shake the cup, the tinny echo reminds us how empty we remain. Until we allow Jesus to fill our cups daily, we simply subsist. Sooner or later, God will make sure we confront the poverty of living on the alms of others so that we may learn to feast on Him.
2.) 'To heal the brokenhearted' (Luke 4:18). Some New Testament translations include this phrase, while others don't. Either way, it is worthy of our consideration. The original word for 'brokenhearted' is suntribo, meaning 'to break, strike against break the stength or power of someone.' The Greek word for 'heal' is iaomai, meaning 'to heal, cure, restore.' I love the Hebrew word translated 'heal' in Exodus 15:26 when God introduced Himself by a new title: 'I am the LORD who heals you.' the word raphah means 'to mend (by stitching), repair thoroughly, make whole.' I picture God focusing steadily on the object of repair. One stitch follows another. It takes time. I picture painful penetrations of the healing needle. I don't know about you, but I am quite sure if my healing process had been painless, I would have relapsed.
3.) 'To proclaim freedom for the prisoners' (v.18). Long after my salvation, I was in many ways like the prisoners in Psalm 107:10-16,20, suffering 'in iron chains, for they had rebelled against he words of God' (vv.10-11). Many people sincerely love God, but I don't think anyone stands to understand the unfailing love of God like the believer finally set free from failure. I know this captive can undoubtedly testify: He sent forth His Word and healed me. Stitch by stitch. But please notice that Christ proclaimed freedom, He didn't impose it. It remains an offer.
4.) 'Recovery of sight for the blind' (v.18). Although Christ would heal many from physical blindness, I believe His intent here was a far more serious kind of blindness. Second Corinthians 4:4 says. 'The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.' I find the original word for blind in both Luke's Gospel and Paul's second letter to the Corinthians to be so interesting. Tuphlos means 'to envelope with smoke, to be unable to see clearly.' Perhaps none of the enemy's attempts to cloud our vision compare to our fiery trials. His job is to keep us blinded to the One who walks with us through the fire. Oh, believer, God is there whether our spiritual eyes discern Him or not.
5.) 'To release the oppressed' (v.18). I looked up every definition for 'oppressed' in the Greek and Hebrew dictionaries. A half dozen original words are translated in the Bible with our single word 'oppressed,' and all but one have the word 'break' in the definition. I'm becoming more and more convinced that heavy-duty oppression is Satan's counterfeit for biblical brokenness. At times I have fought back tears as I've heard testimonies of people who had been utterly unable to function, describing themselves as broken by God. I don't think God's brand of brokenness is total emotional wreckage. God's intent in breaking us is to bend our stiff knees so that we will submit to His authority and take on His yoke. His aim is our abundant and effective life. Being totally unable to function because the mind and emotions are in shambles is Satan's counterfeit. Praise God, Christ can certainly use Satan's counterfeit brokenness to bring us to a place of accepting His own, but I think we credit some things to Christ that He doesn't do.
6.) 'To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor' (v. 19). Those who gathered that year in the Nazarene synagogue were staring in the face of the Lord's favor------His blessed gift of grace, Jesus Christ. The word "year" can be translated as 'any definite time.' God places before each of us a definitive period of time to accept the Lord's favor. He wills for none to perish but for all to come to repentance (see 2 Peter 3:9). The world has until His return. The individual has a definitive period of time known by God alone. I am not past begging people not to wait too long for salvation, because eternal life in heaven is at stake. Neither am I beyond begging them to embrace His freedom, because abundant life on earth is at stake. How he longs to be Your champion now."
~Beth Moore
Saturday, January 17, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King

Temptation and the Word

I was really blessed and encouraged by my Bible study this morning which was about the temptation of Christ and some brief and practical applications we can draw from it.....

"- Seasons of intense temptation are not indications of God's displeasure

-Satan is tenacious. Don't expect him to give up after one or two tries.

-Scripture is the most powerful tool in our fight against temptation. Don't fight back with your words. Fight back with God's!"
~Beth Moore

One of my greatest temptations is to think things that aren't true about God and things that aren't true about myself, such as that God is angry at me and doesn't want to hear from me because I struggle and fail sometimes. I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself through the Word who God is and who I am in Christ. I love the gospel and love to think on it over and over again, and this is what keeps me steady in Christ!
Thursday, January 15, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King


Resting in You Lord Jesus,
Safe from the storms at sea,
Tucked in Your arms and sheltered,
Here You wil steady me.
~Sheila Walsh

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Him will I trust'"
~Psalm 91:1-2
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King

The River

I know I include alot of lyrics in my notes and I don't really know how many people take the time to stop and read them.....they are all songs that God has used mightily in my life to bless, encourage, and even chastise me at times. I write them out here so that you may share in the blessing that I have received from God. This song is another one by my favorite Christian female artist, Meredith Andrews who happens to be just two weeks older than I am. (Fun Fact! :0) I had the privilege of being introduced to Meredith and her music last April at an Aaron Shust (another favorite) concert where she was the opening artist. The beautiful truths in her music brought me to tears, and I have been blessed over and over again by her CD called the Invitation. If you get the chance you should check her out, I promise you WILL be blessed.

everyone is broken and in need of a savior
so He came and was broken for the mocker,
for the shamed
still our eyes are blinded by the culture,
by the lies
we can't see that were filthy, we're fallen
and so dry

but He invites us
can you hear Him say
He invites us
hear Him call your name

welcome to the river
come drink come wade come find your very life
welcome to the river of God
where your brokeness is washed away

everywhere is the sorrow
and the pain of empty living
you can see it, look in their eyes
all the hopelessness of the world
but look closer He is right there
in the midst of every fear

living water is the offer
restoration is the call
and He invites us
can you hear Him say
He invites us
hear Him call your name

welcome to the river
come drink come wade come find your very life
welcome to the river of god
where your brokeness is washed away

welcome to the river
come drink come wade come find your very life
welcome to the river of God
where your brokeness is washed away

find your healing
find your freedom
in the river of God

find your healing
find your freedom
in the river of God

your healing here
your freedom here
in the river of God

your healing here
your freedom here
in the river of God

welcome to the river
come drink come wade come find your very life
welcome to the river of God
where your brokeness is washed away

..washed away

everyone is broken and in need of a savior

~Meredith Andrews
Saturday, January 10, 2009 | By: Melody Joy King


I am in awe of the kindness and mercy of our God and of the way He whispers truth to our hearts in the dark times!