Noah

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; …” Matthew 24:36-39 

        TV News has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. As children we couldn’t watch TV at noon or after dinner; Dad watched the news and we knew to be quiet and allow him to do so. Each family seemed to have its favorite; we were an ABC family and still are. Ironically, while we watched channel six in our home, my husband’s father was an engineer at channel six. The credit “Rick Boone, Engineer” probably appeared on our television hundreds of times before Rick and my paths crossed.

        TV News didn’t seem to be as depressing when I was a kid; all of the “evil” seemed separated from our area of southern New Jersey. We lived far away from “the cities,” places like Camden or Newark or Philadelphia; we walked anywhere without fear or anticipation. Today, however, safety is VERY elusive and the world is SO much smaller. Evil and sinful behavior seems to surround us everywhere we are; its existence is broadcast into our lives 24-7, into our own pockets and purses. “As it was in the days of Noah,” sinful behavior is celebrated, for evil reigns.

        Since we know so much of the cultures between Noah’s days and ours, we know God will protect His people (that’s us) and judge the world’s wickedness. That doesn’t mean we should simply sit in our living rooms, confident in God’s protection over and love for us. We must listen for the voice of God, as Noah and his family did, and act as the Lord desires. If He says, “speak up,” we need to use our voices for Him. If He says, “help out,” we need to use our hands, feet, and wallets for Him. If He says, “pray,” we need to carry the world’s burdens to Him and lay them at His feet. We need to live according to His principles and teachings; He has not left us without His Spirit and His servants to open the scriptures to us when we are confused or lack full understanding of His Word, the Holy Bible! 

Just as “up to the day Noah entered the ark,” God is caring for His children!! 

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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Growing

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” II Peter 3:18 

        Today was the last day of school for our grandson, whose school in NJ schedules 200 days rather than the 180 that our granddaughters’ VA school does. Of course, every day that he attends, knowing that his cousins are already on summer vacation, is longer than the last. At this moment, our grandchildren are in grades 4 through 6; they are growing up way too fast. I am amazed at how early our grandchildren are being taught math that I never learned until high school; it is a tremendously fast-paced world we live in.

        I am not a Christian who makes any attempt to guess when the world as we know it is going to end. I assume that if Jesus doesn’t know then I don’t need to know either. But, I can tell that the world is being devoured by the prince of evil more each day. Vocabulary that I would have received punishment for is acceptable and part of the current vernacular. Behavior that I believe is scripturally sinful is politically correct and even encouraged in not only the “adult” world but in its children. Christianity is looked down on as being judgmental and bigoted. There is no “safe” time for children to watch television or listen to the radio and “many roads to God” totally skirts the death and resurrection of Jesus as the basis for forgiveness and redemption.

        I’m sad; the world makes me sad but I KNOW that God will be triumphant! I know the importance of teaching our grandchildren to trust in God for their future; to accept Jesus as their Savior while they are young so they will “growin the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Rick and I take joy in knowing that our children are taking their children to the House of God! Is it an easy world for Christians to live in? Absolutely not but I believe we must run the race to completion always remembering “To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 

To God be the glory…

To God be the glory…

To God be the glory for the things He has done!

(Andrae Crouch)

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

“As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?” Psalm 18:30, 31 

        HIS way is perfect; HIS word is flawless; do you truly believe these words? I do! I also believe HIS will is beneficial for His children and have made every attempt to seek it and follow it. Not always, and even then He was gracious, forgiving, and worked my disobedience, poor choice, or self-driven way into a plan for my life that served HIS purpose. Let’s take my marriages for example:

        #1 – I was young, dumb, and on a quest to get out of the house. Looking back I see this all clearly but at 4 days past 18 yrs. it seemed right. However, my first marriage resulted in the birth of two healthy children who became to focus of the next 20+ years of decisions. These decisions always included staying involved and devoted to the Lord’s service. (Aside from marriage #2)

        #2 – I was lonely, felt unneeded, and virtually desperate for happiness. Looking back I see this all clearly but after working all day then going home to an empty nest, it seemed so right. He needed a nurse and I needed a patient; what I did not need was physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. If nothing else, my second marriage drove me to my knees and I ran back into the wide open arms of my loving Savior.

        #LAST – I was seeking the Lord’s will in every area of my life. I was totally dependent on the Lord for peace, comfort, and stability. My children were both married with wonderful children of their own; I was loved by many, locked in the love of God and learning to value and love myself. Struggling with the imminent homegoing of my Mom, the Lord provided a caring, supportive friend who, over time, became my husband and the world’s best Dad and Grandpa!

        I seek the way of the Lord, even though the path He leads me over may never be compatible with the paths of others. I listen for HIS voice, study for HIS direction, and walk step-by-step in HIS way! 

As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Confirmation

“Let us love one another,for love comes from God…” I John 4:8

      I’m not sure why I missed the last two blogging days; it could be because I was busy but maybe not. I’ve also been a little down since spending hours in my parents’ house “sorting through.” Almost everything I touched screamed “My Mom was the best woman of God ever.”

     Of course I understand that anyone with a wonderful Mom believes that about their mother; that’s ok. A Godly mother’s love is unique for each of her children; just as God’s love is unique for each of His children. However, this child was questioning her purpose lately and I needed Mom’s wisdom deeply. Just touching her notes, her precious treasures, and her keepsakes somehow spoke to me about priorities and trust in her infallible Lord and Savior.

     Mom didn’t have any jewels, she didn’t have expensive collectibles, she owned very little with monetary value; she had no need for anything material. She married the love of her life, they raised six children; not once did we go without a roof over our heads, clean clothes, or food to eat. We weren’t wealthy but we were loved beyond measure; every piece of paper, every bulletin, every program, every card, every treasure she cherished told me that.

     We never had cause to question her love and she taught us early that we never had cause to question the love of God either. I could count on one hand the times she was not with us at Sunday school, worship services, VBS, Girl and Boy Scouts until we were grown. Until the last very few cognitive days of her life she had a smile that lit up the room and she always had a song ~ silly or sacred! Even in her worst pain, I never left her presence without her saying, “I love you.”

     Mom and I were different in many ways but in others we were alike! My prayer and my greatest desire is to reflect God’s love in every area of my life; just like my Mom! 

 “Let us love one another, for love comes from God…”

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Happy

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” Psalm 68:3 

Who, in the modern world, hasn’t heard Pharrell Williams belting out the words to his ultra-popular song Happy?

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you

Because I’m happy

Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

I don’t know about anyone else but just hearing it come on the radio makes me smile! It’s a silly little song but it’s catchy and the artist’s quirky personality seems to jump out of the lyrics! 

I like to be happy, don’t you? Happiness is a great place to be; I’m happy when I hear my husband and grandchildren laugh. I’m happy when I see them smile for whatever temporary reason! But I’ve found that the best way to be happy is to understand that “happy” is temporary; it slips through your fingers and moves on to the next group of people. It isn’t gone; it’s only over for that moment… Happiness is fleeting and that’s ok! 

Notice David’s “but” at the beginning of verse 3, he had just asked “may the wicked perish before God.” The Jews’ happiness here was coming from the death of others; hmmm… God DIDN’T promise happiness! The Lord promises JOY! Note the Psalms… 

Let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. (5:11)

You will fill me with joy in Your presence. (16:11)

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. (19:8)

May we shout for joy over your victory (20:5)

How great is his joy in the victories you give! (21:2)

Surely you have (…) made him glad with the joy of Your presence. (21:6)

 

Happiness is awesome but temporary; it is birthed in the world!!

Joy is abiding and eternal; it is birthed in the Lord!!

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Dryness

 “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 

I’ve shared that my thumb is NOT green but I enjoy a well groomed yard so I “try and try again.” Over the years I’ve learned that hanging baskets do not work in my yard. This year, I purchased two braided dwarf trees that, according to the tag, enjoy full sun; I am amazed by how quickly they dry up, almost to being parched, when the sun is beating down on our home, intensely and without blockage.

We can dry up spiritually just as quickly. We go to church on Sunday morning and leave feeling filled with Living Water and Bread of Life. We are convinced that we are prepared to face a new week dressed in all the spiritual armor we are promised. But then, a friend calls who is a gossiper. After, your child has problems with their car; you stub your toe and need to have an x-ray. Then, at the end of the day, your bestie calls and whines on and on about the amount of money her husband sends to his “ex.” You lie down to sleep and your brain is running on high test. Your back is tight and your toe is throbbing. You try to pray but the Living Water has evaporated and the Bread of Life is dry and crusty. So you turn on the late news and commit yourself to spiritual replenishment tomorrow…

This pattern continues until you fall on your face and ask God, “Where are you?” 

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Preparedness

 “The servant who knows the Master’s will and does not getreadyor does not do what the Master wants will be beaten with many blows.” Luke 12:47 

One of my favorite passages of scripture is when Samuel, who is living in the temple with Eli the priest, hears the voice of God and runs into Eli’s room, ready to do whatever task the priest needs done. Finally, the priest tells the young boy to simply answer the voice with “Speak Lord for your servant hears.” I can share Samuel’s conundrum, it isn’t often that God speaks to His children aloud, God’s is not the first voice one expects to hear. Yet I remember clearly the evening God spoke to me about making myself available to Him.

I have studied and studied, completed degrees; I have studied and studied, obtained my ordination; I have studied and studied, always listening for His voice. All my studying hasn’t been theological or psychological; lately it has been N.J. state law. But, after all of this; approval has finally been obtained to begin the ministry to which God called me almost ten years ago.

I stood on a platform at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO in cap and gown before those gathered, friends, family, classmates, and professors. I was terrified but knew that God was also present and, holding the torch representing preparedness to share the Light of the Word with the world, made this promise:

        “In Luke 8:48 we read that a struggling woman reached out to touch

 the hem of Jesus and found power, peace, and healing. May the Holy

 Spirit enable me to share that same healing power with God’s daughters

 Who struggle today.”

It was at that moment that I experienced, along with Samuel, the voice of God! My promise to Him of availability was affirmed. I also knew that my Mom, 1500 miles away and battling the cancer that would take her life, was praying and smiling!

        So, I am not only prepared but READY! I am open to the women he will send to journey with me; through the wilderness and mountaintop toward a recognizable intimacy with the Lord of lords! THE LORD CALL US ALL, individually and corporately to serve Him… are you preparing so you can say, “Speak Lord for Your servant hears? 

“I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.

I have wept for love of them, They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.

 I will speak my words to them, whom shall I send?” 

“Here I am, Lord.

Is it me, Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.

I will hold your people in my heart”.

Lyrics by Dan Shutte

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Same Same

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 

          Aside from attending my grandson’s end of the year “show” last night, I have no idea where yesterday went but I know it went too quickly. It seems like all of my days go too quickly anymore; can you relate? I can remember when I was a kid, even when I was a teenager and a week appeared to last FOREVER, so slowly that I thought I was counting time by the millisecond.

          But back then I was immortal. I never truly thought about the days when I would be a mother, except that I was going to name my beautiful, perfectly behaved children Lisa Dawn and David Aden. I also dreamed about a May wedding scented with fresh lilacs with bridesmaids in the same pinks and lavenders; my wedding would be right after I graduated from college… ahhh. In reality, I never had a formal wedding, didn’t graduate from college until I was 50, and my children’s names are Edward “D” and Diana Jean!

          Aren’t you glad that the Lord, nor His Son, ever change? When I plan for Heaven (and I do now), I know it won’t be that long and that it will be as perfect as the Lord is! It’s awesome to know that when I pass from this world to the next, it will truly be for an eternity. There will be no disappointments, no backward glances, no fences to mend or plans made to accommodate mistakes already made. I know that the place God has prepared for us is the culmination and perfection of all our dreams and wishes! How do I know these things? Because 

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Glorified

“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you,that our God may make you worthyof His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” II Thessalonians 1:11-12 

I enjoy the internet; it allows me to “speak” (through my writing) to believers all over the United States and sometimes the world. It gives me the opportunity to “speak” (through Facebook) with members of my family and friends I’ve cherished, yet been unconnected with, for many years. It gives me the opportunity to do academic research without leaving home, helped me to achieve my dream of a college degree, and helps me to check out theological opinions, commentaries, and translations at the click of a few keys. However, I don’t like much of the internet too.

In my opinion, both the internet and 24-7 news coverage have contributed to many of the behaviors that have become politically acceptable but remain sinful in the eyes of God. We are inundated with news from around the world and infinitesimal news stories from around our country; copycat behaviors occur because, in many ways, the media has created “superstars” from evildoers.

We, the children of God, hold a “desire for goodness” and strive to accomplish “every deed prompted by faith”. In our current culture, we are fighting a major battle against evil and satan, its leader; it isn’t an easy fight nor is it a clearly visible one. Our culture, and that of many developed countries world-wide, no longer holds the teachings and commands of God as valid; often they are viewed as “old-fashioned” or “out-of date.” We are called bigots, hypocrites, and accused of being prejudiced, intolerant.

Yet, God is faithful. His Word is proven over many generations to be true; His promises and prophecies continue to be fulfilled! The internet has opened many opportunities to speak up for the Lord; to spread His message throughout HIS creation! AND WE CAN PRAY FOR EACH OTHER so that the Lord can be glorified THROUGH us!! 

“The name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him!” 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Complaint

 “You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.” Jeremiah 12:2 

        This verse is part of Jeremiah’s complaint to the Lord about the wicked people in his world. They got rich from their crooked ways and they seemed to have any and all of the material things that people long for. Jeremiah couldn’t understand why the wicked prosper while those who love and follow the ways of the Lord struggle to get along in the world. Jeremiah’s world seems a lot like ours doesn’t it?

       But my thoughts today have more to do with plants and their roots as they compare with those God nurtures, tends, and loves. It’s been rainy in southern NJ for the last week yet three of the plants in my yard looked dry. So I bought a bag of potting soil and decided to transplant them with their roots loosened up in a larger hole. After the next shower I went to look at them and all three looked happier.

        I immediately thought of my grandchildren. At 11, 10, and 9 years old they are like healthy plants. As long as they are kept in a hot house where they are routinely fed, watered, and allowed ample sunshine, they will grow straight and tall. Yet, eventually they must go out into the world and share their beauty. If we put them in too small a container, they will grow beautifully but then slow down or even stop as they become root bound. If we plant them without any care or shade, they will could get burned up by the sun or lack of water. But if we plant them with care, surrounded by shady leaves and water them with love, know what type of soil they need or the hours of sunlight they can handle – they will grow healthy and share their loveliness with the world around them.

        God has planted us in the world and He willingly offers His Word as food, His love and forgiveness as the nutrients we need to grow. The Lord knows how to shade us from the burning of the Sun, the evil of the world, and protect us from the worms that seek to destroy us. All we need to do is allow Him to be the Master Gardener He longs to be!

 

Lord, plant me in the garden of Your love that I may grow and bear fruit for You!

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org