Dirty Laundry

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 

          First an admission; I found a couple of numbers missing so I am not to #975 yet. I will get there soon. As soon as I fill in the missing numbers, it is on to John 12-17 to finish up the 1000 devotionals. 

        My least favorite household chore is laundry. I don’t like to sort it, walk it to the washer, move it to the dryer, fold it, or put it away. Laundry is almost as bad as dishes; it never gets finished. By time I finish the laundry today, the clothes Mathieu, Rick, and I are wearing will be dirty and the cycle begins again… arrgghh!

        When it comes to my personal “dirty laundry,” that part of your life that most people don’t wish to share, I am fairly transparent. There is much in my life that I am far from proud of but, somehow, through the grace of God, I’ve managed to get through most of it unscathed. I will share it with others in an attempt to assist them in understanding the reason it is “dirty laundry.” I want others to learn from my mistakes rather than making the same mistakes and suffering the same pain or, even more, to have them traverse through even worse consequences.

        I remember a young lady in a Junior High Sunday School class asking me, in these exact words that I will never forget, “Aunt El, did you have sex before you were married?” I heard her clearly but in an instant I had to decide – do I answer truthfully, do I skirt the question until I can get her parents’ approval to answer truthfully, or do I answer untruthfully so she will “respect” me as a teacher and adult? I remember my next words beginning with “yes but…” From there I can’t remember any words but I know the class ended up with a discussion, led by the Spirit of God, of “do as I say, not as I did” and the reasons for chaste behavior and maintaining purity before marriage. I remember thinking on my way home, “that is exactly what you get for telling Junior High kids that they can ask (or tell) you anything.

        Yet, there is a major difference between me “airing my dirty laundry” and someone else “airing MY dirty laundry,” regardless of whether it is the truth or not! Sometimes it is hard to remember that, even when you are speaking the truth, sharing information about ANYONE without their prior permission is gossip, pure and simple!! Airing my own dirty laundry can be embarrassing, that’s for sure, but airing someone else’s can be painful to them or those that love them. As the Bible tells us, in Psalm 34:13, “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.”

I would be true, for there are those who trust me;

I would be pure, for there are those who care;

I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;

I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

 

I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;

I would be giving, and forget the gift;

I would be humble, for I know my weakness;

I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.

 

I would be faithful through each passing moment;

I would be constantly in touch with God;

I would be strong to follow where He leads me;

I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.

(lyrics by Howard A. Walter 1906) 

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

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Change is Coming

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray Him, objected, ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.’ He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. ’Leave her alone,’ Jesus replied. ‘It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.’ Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out Jesus was there and came, not only because of Him but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in Him.” John 12:1-11 

        If every Christian, living on the earth right now, was sent a message directly from God with the question, “What is your favorite passage of scripture from My Holy Word and why?” How would you answer on the postage paid, reply card? My guess would be that not one card would be repetitive of another. Not only that, I believe that if we had sent a card back at age 20, another at 40 and another tomorrow; few, if any, of us would have the same choice all three times. One amazingly awesome fact about the Holy Word of God is that it is not a dormant piece of literature. The Holy Bible is a living tool for the Christian and pre-Christian; one can read it over and over again with the verses speaking to our hearts and souls differently every time.

        When I was a young teen, our Sunday School teacher asked us to choose a life verse; he gave us two weeks to prayer about it, write it down, and bring it back to class. I can remember struggling with this choice until I came upon John 3:30, in the NIV the words of John the Baptist are translated as “He [Jesus] must become greater; I must become less.” I have held to the teachings of that verse since the day I committed to it yet, in the last couple of years, 1 John 3:1a, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” is possibly the verse I quote most. Your guess for my favorite book of the Bible would probably be John, right? BOOOOP; wrong… Old Testament is Habbakuk and New Testament is Luke. However, for the next few days, weeks, or months (this is devotional #975) as I approach the 1000th devotional I’ve written, I’d like to use what I believe to be the most moving and meaningful chapters of the Holy Bible, John 12 through 17.

        As usual, there is a method to my madness. I’ve alluded to the fact that I am diligently praying for direction from God; In my mind, I want to write a book. However, I will not begin without my mind, soul, and heart being in one accord and knowing it is in the will of God. If God points me in this direction, it will consume the time I use now to write this blog/devotional. While I will never abandon the blessing of praying for all those who read this or have contact with me through http://www.asistershugs.org, Facebook, e-mail, etc., nor will I discontinue the encouragement, journey-counseling ministry God has called me to, nor the honor of being Rick Boone’s wife, John Gale’s daughter (and therefore sibling/auntie/great-auntie), or Mom/Grammie; I will suspend ChIPS from El which I began writing in March of 2005. Stay tuned…

        My life during these 10 years has taken many twists and turns, detours of my own making, and quiet periods when no words were forthcoming but now I feel like Mary in John 12. I believe it is time for me to pour out, in sacrifice to the Lord, one of my greatest earthly treasures, the words of my heart and the revelations God has opened to me. Mary’s sacrifice of the nard wasn’t the reason for her mention in the scriptures; she was a friend of Jesus and a princess, for she was a daughter of the King of kings! I am no one outside of who I am in God! 

Like oil upon Your feet

Like wine for You to drink

Like water from my heart

I pour my love on You

If praise is like perfume

I’ll lavish mine on You

Till every drop is gone

I’ll pour my love on You

(lyrics: Phillips, Craig and Dean)

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Time

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yetno one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

        Today is the 64th repetition of the day I was born. I’m not sure I want to celebrate them anymore; the years go by much too quickly. When I think about my life; I think of the passage from Ecclesiastes. I’m not exclusive, I believe we can all relate to the “times” we’ve seen over the years. Yet, even though I am not certain of how much time the Lord has allotted for me, I am still reaching and longing for that one moment when I believe I have made a difference. Maybe I will never achieve that or ever recognize it but I will not back down from my desire to follow God’s will; to find that “sweet spot” near to His heart. Changing the words just a little, I can relate to a goal that seems to be unattainable: 

To dream the impossible dream; to fight the unbeatable foe…

To bear with unbearable sorrow; to run where the brave dare not go…

To right the unrightable wrong; to love pure and chaste from afar…

To try when your arms are too weary; to reach the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star,

No matter how hopeless, no matter how far;

To fight for the right without question or pause,

To be willing to march through my life for a heavenly cause.

For I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest

That my heart will lie peaceful and calm, when I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this; that I, scorned and covered with scars,

Still strove with my last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star

(lyrics by Joe Darien) 

Precious Lord; my desire is to serve You, to do Your will, to be Your channel of positive change for my family and all those around me. Please, I pray, whisper Your words of direction to my heart… even at THIS age!!

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Heaven Came Down

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV 

        40+ years ago I became part of a gospel sextet that sang in most, if not all, of the protestant churches in southern NJ. The six of us spent many years loaded into our eldest member’s car on highways and back roads of our area of the world. We were three sets of sisters with six parents; over the years we added husbands and children, 14 in total. Although our lives have moved in totally different directions, even today, if we found ourselves in the same church at the same time, we could sing one of our classics with “old age” perfect harmony. We share very little quality time anymore but our love and respect for each other – and our dedication to our Lord – has grown deeper over the years.

        My mind has dwelt on those years of friendship and service since I heard on Saturday that one of the husbands has moved on to Glory; our dear friend Fred has met Jesus. He has been reunited for eternity with five of our six parents, some of whom have been in Heaven for many, many years. As I pondered the losses that we’ve experienced and the awesome blessings God has rained upon us, I thought of the wonderful promise of God in Jeremiah. God had a plan for those six young girls who traveled around, using the talents He had given, in service to Him! I don’t know if we made a difference in any life we touched but the Lord sure made a difference in ours!

        We trained for different careers and held divergent jobs, some had children at a young age while others waited, we’ve lived through strong, “for life” marriages and traversed through painful divorces, we’ve seen times of prosperity and seasons of poverty yet one thing remains the same … GOD HAD PLANS FOR US. Take a minute; think back to those people who have had “strings” on your lives for many years… Even with detours, side roads, and breakdowns along the way; isn’t God a faithful, loving, kind Lord who keeps His promises? We placed first in a talent show with this song written by John W. Peterson, copyright 1961; it is as true in our lives today as it was then… Praise the Lord!!

 

“O what a wonderful, wonderful day, day I will never forget;

After I’d wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Savior I met.

O what a tender, compassionate friend, He met the need of my heart;

Shadows dispelling, with joy I am telling, He made all the darkness depart.

Born of the Spirit with life from above into God’s family divine,

Justified fully thru Calvary’s love, O what a standing is mine!

And the transaction so quickly was made, when as a sinner I came,

Took of the offer, of grace He did proffer, He saved me, O praise His dear name!

Now I’ve a hope that will surely endure after the passing of time;

I have a future in heaven for sure there in those mansions sublime.

And it’s because of that wonderful day, when at the cross I believed;

Riches eternal and blessings supernal, from His precious hand I received.

 Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,

When at the cross the Savior made me whole;

My sins were washed away and my night was turned to day,

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Friday Frivolity

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

It’s warm but it’s raining,

And blowing like crazy;

Let it storm…,

At least it’s not snow.

 

It’s been quite a winter,

I’m sure it’s not over;

Let it storm…,

At least it’s not snow.

 

This winter’s not over

Quite yet, I am sure

Let it rain…,

At least it’s not snow.

 

This year’s snow and ice

Hasn’t been very nice

Let it rain…,

At least it’s not snow.

 

Life is like nature,

Sometimes it must storm;

Storms aren’t fun but

When winds boldly blow…

 

I hold fast to Him,

I rest in His arms;

He speaks peace…,

Godly comfort will flow!

 

So, rain, snow, or thunder,

I’m never alone;

Let it storm…,

My Lord’s here; this I know!!

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Have a GREAT weekend; protected by HIS love!!!

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Positive Disagreement

Positive Disagreement

 

“Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the Word of the Lord and see how they are doing.’ Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.” Acts 15:36-41 

        When my children (who are now in their mid-forties) were getting to be summer camp age; I volunteered as a counselor at the Christian camp I attended as a child and they came along. The kids’ camp is a ministry of the governing body of a circa 1869 holiness camp meeting where there are also residential homes. When my kids and I moved from our home, I gained approval for membership and we purchased a small cottage on the camp meeting grounds, Being a longtime supporter of the camp and knowing that approval for membership is based on one’s Christian character and church involvement, I moved in with high expectations of life in a small community of Christians. My expectations were shattered fairly quickly; I discovered that all of those who claim the title Christian do not live the Law of Love Jesus taught in Matthew 22, Mark 12, and Luke 10. It is a fact ~ there, in our churches, and ministries ~ Christians disagree! Yet, as I pondered the actions of Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15, if our disagreements are handled with love and the two disagreeing parties can move on without bitterness and animosity, in certain circumstances they can be positive.

        Paul and Barnabas had been traveling together, ministering for the Lord Jesus. Their ministry was successful; their personalities and gifts were complimentary. However, they did not share a trust of John Mark (a young convert who had earlier left them to return home). Although the Bible doesn’t confirm, I believe Paul and Barnabas both prayed about John Mark and his place in their joint ministry. In the end, Barnabas left Paul to work with John Mark; Paul chose to travel, going forward, with Silas. So, one might ask, how is that positive? Travel wasn’t easy then; most travel was on foot. With this split there were four apostles going out to preach the Gospel, going in opposite directions.

        We Christians tend to have our differences; sometimes they are theological, sometimes doctrinal, sometimes deep and unrepairable, sometimes light and sharable. But, unless they are hateful, viral, or personal… we can move forward as brothers and sisters in Christ to spread His message to all people!! 

“Lord You bring us to life.

In You our hope will arise, We are found.

There’s nothing that can hold us down.

With anything against us,

We know Your love will be the difference;

Be the difference.”

 

Lyrics by HILLSONG LIVE 

  

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

I Already Know

“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Matthew 15:18-20

Hi everyone! Somehow I already know that today’s devotional/blog entry is not going to win many positive comments or “likes” and that is ok. However, it is one I believe I need to put on paper. So, let me take care of one thing first; the author of the “do it” words I included the other day at the end of my writing is Christian Women’s speaker, Sally Turozsi (pro-nounced, Too roe see, probably spelled wrong).

I believe there is much in God’s teaching which seems to be the “ideal,” an almost unattainable goal. Seriously, how many Christians (or any human for that matter) can say they have NEVER broken one of the Ten Commandments or, to make it easier, broken one of the two Laws of Love Jesus taught.  Praise God that when we seek forgiveness in the blood of Christ, our sins are not only forgiven but are forgotten! However, I am either old enough, bold enough or naïve enough to believe that we are expected by God to do our very best to live a life according to His Word, the Bible. Just as we make promises to God when we are baptized, when we are married, and when we present our children for dedication/infant baptism, we make promises when we are saved. One of these promises is to maintain sexual purity (^^ouch^^) which the Bible clearly defines. I already know what the world says; I already know that (even in the church) it has become acceptably unattainable, I already know I have not personally held myself to God’s standards; I do know “how hard it is not to,” how sexual desires are “human,” and any other words that can be used in retort. I also already know that many of you reading this are wondering if I have gone off the deep end or why I am “preaching to the choir.” Possibly I have gone off the deep end but I know the TRUTH and I am prayerful that there are many Christians who are unmarried who can still find the joy in getting married “God’s way” or who will be reminded that this is God’s Word and teach it to those under their spiritual influence.

My brother is a pastor and wrote the following words; I could not write it any better so I am stealing his words, “God gave a special gift to couples in the form of intimacy. It is like baptism. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. Well, intimacy is also an outward sign of an inward commitment. Beyond procreation, it is a gift to married couples, to outwardly express the oneness that the Lord created in a covenant marriage. It is something individuals do like out of control beast. It isn’t something a woman, Christian or not, does to hook and hold a man. It isn’t the measure of respect a man, Christian or not, does to hook and hold a woman.
Our Lord can only honor what HE can honor and HE can only bless what HE can bless. Sex is a gift of God for those who are joined in a covenant marriage anything less than that is sin. Keep it precious; keep it pure. Honor the Lord with your body and HE will honor your eventual relationship, and to do anything less is to dishonor the Lord.”

          As transparently as possible, I’ve been married both ways – sexually impure with my mate and sexually pure with my mate; the second is beautiful as the Lord leads you into an intimacy within the boundaries of a life committed to each other and to Him … Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken;” while I know a Christian can love a non-Christian and be with them forever; it sure is easier when the cord of life is woven with God as the first (and strongest) strand, a wife strand, and a husband strand!!

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Restoration

“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 

I am not a big fan of reality TV; aside from Dancing with the Stars. I find most to be filled with characters with few commendable characteristics. The non-actors try very hard to convince viewers that their shows are unscripted and the cast is real people with real issues and real jobs. Sadly, I’ve found, they also have unacceptable but real vocabularies. Some of my family members, on the other hand, love them; they watch everything from survival shows where the two competitors of opposite sexes are dropped, NAKED, into an unknown wilderness to competitive cooking shows. One, however, I can watch (I don’t find the vocabularies totally repulsive) is American Restoration. Supposedly, average Joe Americans bring in an item they have either purchased, inherited, or picked out of a dumpster that is in, usually, very bad shape for full restoration by Rick Dale who works with an expert crew out of Nevada. The transformations are incredible; one of my favorites is an apple dispenser, a vending machine that will drop you a fresh, crisp red apple for a nickel.

The word, restoration, is used in a few places in the Bible; notably in this passage from II Corinthians, “Strive for full restoration.” In this case, the apostle Paul is writing to the Christians of the church at Corinth about interpersonal relationships. (As a trained counselor, I must take this moment to offer that some relationships are, and always will be, viral, especially those established with non-Christians. Although we are called to love and to forgive others, even those who have hurt us emotionally, spiritually, sexually, or physically; we are not called to restore VIRAL, DYSFUNCTIONAL relationships). Restoration is defined as “returning, usually through a labor intensive process, to an unimpaired or improved condition.” The restoration of relationships is NOT always easy but we are to make a God-initiated, sincere effort to maintain our positive relationships with our Christian brothers & sisters and restore those that are negative. I can think of two fragmented relationships in my own life that need mending; even though I don’t want to.

     I have a plaque I bought at a Christian’s women’s retreat many years ago that says: (I have tried to identify the author/speaker but have been unable to)

Do the right thing;

Not because it’s convenient, there are times

when it won’t be convenient to do the right thing.

Do the right thing;

Not because you want to, there will be times

 when you don’t want to do the right thing.

Do the right thing;

Not because you feel like it, there will be times

 when you don’t feel like doing the right thing.

As Christians, we do the right thing when it is not convenient,

        when we don’t feel like it, or even because we want to…

WHY? We do the right thing because GOD SAYS SO!!

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Jesus’ Love

“’A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.’ John 13:34-35” 

        As a Christian who has a deep desire to do the will of God, I will admit to being confused by the cultural climate of the United States, also dismayed. I truly believe that the “new command” Jesus gave His followers over two thousand years ago are the words on which we need to build our lives. I believe we must show love in everything we do and say; I believe we are to reach out to others in love. Yet, I also see record of Jesus’ addressing the sins of His peers. In Matthew there is a series of “whoa” verses, the strongest of which (in my opinion) is chapter 23:15, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”

“Lord Jesus, teach me YOUR love.

Teach me to reach out in love to others

Without accepting sinful behavior by my silence.

Show me how to determine

Truly sinful behavior from generational nuance;

To recognize that “different” isn’t wrong.

Open my life to Your examination

And bring my prejudices and traditions to Your light.

I want to be true to You and to Your command. 

In Your Holy Name, amen.”

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Heart Insurance

“Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31:23 

        One Sunday morning, as I sat on the front row of the choir loft, I saw a big guy come quietly into the back of the church and sit in the rear pew. No one else seemed to notice him; it was a little late and the greeters had already taken their places in the pews. I hadn’t seen him before but my heart seemed to know him already! Long story, short version … today that big guy is the central person in my life: my husband Rick. Not only do I love him but I consider him my life’s greatest blessing. He loves me and has been a better “dad/grandpa” than I could have ever imagined possible; most important, Rick is a man of God, a rock for the Lord and for me!

        I read in the “virtuous woman” blog lately, “Protect your marriage. Protect the heart of your husband!” On this Valentine’s Day eve, I wonder, how can I protect Rick’s heart? Loving him, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, is a given… of course a wife must love her husband if his heart is to be protected… but what else? Proverbs 31 mentions many ways to protect a husband’s heart:

        1. Be trustworthy ~ no secrets (11)

        2. Bring him good ~ give him no reason for embarrassment/shame (12)

        3. Provide food ~ feed him well but healthily (15)

        4. Be vigilant ~ take care with words, money, and things (16-19)

        5. Reach out ~ care for others as he cares for you (20)

        6. Be his best friend ~ listen, really listen, make shared decisions (25-27)

We all have an innate need to be loved, respected, and cherished… anyone who says differently is deceiving only themselves. If I desire those important emotions (plus a compliment now and again), I must open my heart in order to protect his; how easily, in the hubbub that is life, I forget to thank him for being the best husband ever!!

        BeBe and CeCe Winans wrote and recorded “I Found You” (Cindy’s Song), I’m including some of the lyrics as a Valentine’s Day reminder for any married Christian reading this today … Protect your marriage. Protect the heart of your spouse:

When I found you…I found somebody who cares

When I found you…Found my most intimate prayer

When I found you…I found what every heart dreams of

When I found you…I found love

When I found you I found the rest of my life

When I found you I told all others good-bye

When I found you I saw my fears fly away like a dove

When I found you I found love 

When I found you I knew this love was a gift from above

When I found you, I found love.

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org