IN His Love

 

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

This was a weekend! I knew going into it that it would be tough on me physically but it was also necessary! When Rick and I bought our home, almost five years ago now, we agreed that we did not enjoy outdoor chores. Seriously, the first person we searched for was a guy to mow the lawn; we found Tony who was awesome… dependable and reasonably priced.

However, life’s seasons change and our financial situation brought us to a place where even just $100+ a month was prohibitive. So, Tony no longer mows our grass, it has become my job and it hurts! With Post Lyme Disease Syndrome and Fibromyalgia being muscular illnesses, pushing a lawn mower hurts; that simple but I know that God has promised that in my weakness, He is strong so – it is ok! However, this weekend Rick and I also needed to scrub and power wash the north and west sides of our house; it simply had to be done… no question, no argument!

I am not seeking pity; I trust in GOD! But I wanted to share with you all how awesome it is to know that we have a LOVING, CARING, UNDERSTANDING, KIND God who “is with ME, the Mighty Warrior who saves ME. He will take great delight in ME; in His love He will no longer rebuke ME, but will rejoice over ME with singing” AND HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU!

I can’t even imagine the sound of God singing 

but it was He who taught the birds to sing.

He taught the brooks to ripple and formed the bells to ring…

The awesome sounds of nature were taught at His command

and while He sings above me,

He guards me with His hand!

 

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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Fleeting

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

Have you ever thought about what beauty is? I am blessed with a passle of nieces, each beautiful of heart. I believe their inner beauty is MUCH more important than their outer beauty (although they are all beautiful outside too) and sometimes my heart breaks when I perceive them to be “buying” into the world’s beauty=skinny=healthy focus. Their beautiful smiles posted on FB are often overpowered by “work-out,” “diet,” or “healthy” pictures.

I’ve been thin; I’ve been healthier but I haven’t always been a woman who fears (“respects” or “is in awe of”) the Lord. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and when I look in the mirror I know they “tell on me.” My days as a young woman are as far in my past as my days as a natural brunette but I am striving to become “healthier” in the Lord every day!! Spiritual exercise has earthly joy and ETERNAL consequences!

I’m trying to be like Jesus; I’m following in His ways.

I’m trying to love as He did, in all that I do and say.

At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,

But I try to listen as the still small voice,

whispers,

“Love one another as Jesus loves you.

Try to show kindness in all that you do.

Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,

For these are the things Jesus taught.”

 (c) 1980 by Janice Kapp Perry.

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Stand Strong

 

“You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. (…) In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” Titus 2:1, 7

         Prior to the revelation of his steroid use, world renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong had begun a foundation called “Livestrong” to raise funds for male cancer awareness. It was based on his beliefs as a physically fit man who had survived cancer. The charity remains strong and healthy without his celebrity endorsement.

Sometimes, whether we like it or not, we are called on to stand strong for the Lord regardless of the circumstances. In my case, this meant standing strong for my belief that Vacation Bible School should always include the salvation message for older attendees as it is the only time some young people come in to the church.

My mother directed VBS for many years; she was the director of the VBS where I, at age 9, accepted the Lord as my personal Savior. She never allowed a VBS to conclude without knowing, for sure, that children from the 3rd grade and up had heard about Jesus dying on the cross for our sin. Last summer, 2015, I excitedly prepared for my first year as the director of VBS for the church Rick and I were attending.

At a meeting between the pastor and I, I raised the idea of presenting the message of salvation to the VBS attendees. I was disappointed when he told me he wouldn’t agree to do it; I told him I was both surprised and sorry he felt that way. However, I could not back down on the importance of presenting the gospel to the kids. Along with the VBS supplies I ordered salvation posters and bookmarks.

VBS came and went; many friends and church members let me know how successful it had been. The kids enjoyed it; I enjoyed it and, in the depths of my heart, I believed the week had pleased the Lord! I still do! But, the pastor did not – for reasons he would not reveal, he let me and the VBS staff that I wouldn’t be asked to direct again. Why? I don’t know but I know this… when I have the opportunity to point kids toward eternal life; I will… I will stand strong for Jesus!

Bring them in; bring them in;

Bring them in from the fields of sin…

Bring them in, bring them in;

Bring the wandering ones to Jesus!

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Custodian of the Legacy

Custodian of the Legacy 

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14b 

I, along with three of my siblings and their spouses, a nephew and his fiancé, and many cousins attended the funeral services of our uncle’s wife, our Aunt Helen on Saturday. Speaking about her love for her late husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, the pastor presenting her eulogy told her children that they are the “custodians of her legacy.” To be very honest, I didn’t hear another word he said. Those words set off a torrent of thoughts in my mind. I sat there surrounded by my generation of “jrs” who, along with the female counterparts are now the custodians of our “Gale” legacy. We have one aunt still with us; she is 89 years old but still spry enough to let me know I was “late.” I wasn’t, I was actually 15 minutes early for the services but she obviously thought I should have been there for the entire visitation time; I smiled!

What characters our grandparents, aunts, and uncles were… physically, emotionally, and spiritually we are carrying on the legacy of a precious diabetic grandmother, a cantankerous hard working grandfather, a philandering uncle and his longsuffering wife, a lifelong bachelor uncle who loved peeking out windows to spy on the neighbors, an uncle who lived the life of the country song – “One Has my Name, the Other Has my Heart”, an aunt who was loved for her sense of humor and laugh that would fill a room – at her own description, “vaccinated with a Victrola needle,” our surviving aunt – always the quieter one with the sweet demeanor, an uncle who married late in his fireman life and my own parents. So, which legacy am I the custodian of??

I’ve thought of this often since my Mom met Jesus in December 2010… I’ve prayed, I’ve cried, I’ve wondered BUT I KNOW ONLY ONE PART OF ANY LEGACY will have eternal ramifications… that of my Mom’s faith, her love and integrity! I choose the narrow path; I choose to make every effort to reflect to those around me… blood family or not… the legacy of faith in the Father, the belief in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus, and walking in communion with the Holy Spirit!

You too are the custodian of a legacy… which are you carrying??

“No, No; it’s not an easy road ~

“No, no; it’s not an easy road

But Jesus walks beside us as He brightens our journey

And carries every heavy load”

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org