Loved in Weariness

Loved in Weariness
 
“The one who keeps God’s commands lives in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.” I John 3:24
 
It’s been an odd 24 hours for me; I’ve prayed a lot about the altercation yesterday with the young man at the post office. God – who is always honest yet loving – let me know the morning might have been gone a lot differently if I’d just quietly stood back and said nothing. Was I wrong? Was I behaving sinfully? I’m not certain that I know the answer to those questions but I’ve prayed it through, ask God to forgive my sin within the altercation, and withdrawn my complaint. I had been wronged and the young man does need my prayers; which he will have. But, by voicing my inner judgement about his rude behavior instead of simply showing love and meekness was wrong. It’s an inner battle I wrestle with a lot; I don’t like evilness. I want to confront it; I want the world I grew up in ~ one where people showed respect, manners, and kindness to return but it is not coming back. The behavior of others is not something I can change nor is it my battle; it is God’s. I am beginning a march into a battle with myself – to fully accept the depth of God’s love!
 
“The power of darkness comes in like a flood,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
He’s raised up a standard, the power of His blood,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
I sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord!
I sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord!
 
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone
Ministry website: http://www.asistershugs.org

Weary?

Weary??

“let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12: 1b-3

Are you weary of this world we live in? I am. I had a young man push ahead of me today in a line at the post office and exclaim to me that “the line doesn’t form in the parking lot,” when I pointed out to him that I should have been first in line. His language was flooded with profanities. When I told him I was offended by his choice of words, he looked at me and said, “__, ___, ___” then smiled at the others in line. I asked him to leave as he had left a child in the car; his answer was, “I left two in the car.” I decided to leave in order to avoid further banter but he continued his verbal barrage – with even more profanity – giving me his opinion of my appearance with nastiness and continued escalating profanity. NOT one person in the post office; two behind the counter and two others in line did or said a word. He came out as I was writing down his license plate number and told me, in front of his two children, to “watch my back” and “my house,” continuing with profanities.

I left the lot and stopped down the road to pray. I thanked God for His protection. I prayed for the two little children. I prayed for the man and the evilness he revealed. I called Rick and asked what I should do. We agreed that I should file a police report; especially because in my role as a professional counselor I am, by law, required to report negative incidents involving children or the elderly. I entered the local police dept. and told the policeman behind the desk my story. His answer, he would enter the report and I should come in tomorrow to sign it, “if I wanted to go to court.” I don’t know the man and he doesn’t know me but – the policeman said – my address would be included in the summons… the policeman shrugged when I reminded him that I had been threatened.

None of this comes even close to the pain, suffering, embarrassment, or humiliation that Jesus endured but He loved His Father and knew He would sit with Him in Heaven. I know I have a room in the mansions God has prepared for us so what do I do from here? I don’t know; still praying about it but I am so weary and the evilness just gets worse… I AM HOLDING ON TO GOD’S PROMISES FOR HE IS GOOD!!

 

So, I’ll keep holding on to Jesus,

I’ll keep holding on to Jesus,

I’ll keep holding to His precious, nail scarred hands.

Though I cannot see the way too clearly,

My steps become so weary,

I’ll keep holding to those precious nail scarred hands.

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

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

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

Revolving Life

Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.” I Samuel 20:42 

Many years ago, Michael W. Smith wrote a song named “Friends” that has become a standard for Christians as a description for everlasting friendship between us and our Christian brothers and sisters. One line says, “for a lifetime’s not enough to live as friends.” Even King David had a friend like that; his enemy King Saul’s son Jonathon.

Do you have a friend who fits the description “revolving door friend?” These are the friends who come and go in our lives YET the love you share is a real if you see each other every day or once a year or (in the case of one of my dearest friends) maybe never face-to-face. Even more importantly, are you that kind of friend?

I am currently counseling two pre-teen girls who are perfect examples of “fleeting” friendships. From one week to another, they have new best friends or they make comments like, “oh well, if she doesn’t like ____ about me, I will just find a new friend.” That is not the type of friend I am thinking about today!!

I am blessed with a couple of friends like Jonathon was to David and I am extremely grateful for them but sometimes I let the cares of the world get in the way. I don’t think that is what God has in mind… I need to work on being a better friend; my friends are worth it. I need to keep reminding myself that when the Lord blesses us with a godly friend that he means it to be FOREVER!

“And friends are friends forever

If the Lord’s the Lord of them.

And a friend will not say never

‘Cause the welcome will not end.

Though it’s hard to let you go,

In the Father’s hands we know,

That a lifetime’s not too long to live as friends.

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Struggling

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

I hate struggles. I love peace. I love “enough.” Even when I realize that my mistakes have led to the struggles; I hate struggles. Sometimes I find myself wanting to blame “rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil” for struggles when, in actuality, my sinful selfishness set the scenario for them.

Yet, we, as Christians, must be realistic enough to accept that we do struggle against the forces of evil. In those times we need to spend time in prayer and the study of the Scriptures for a multitude of reasons – to strengthen our foundational beliefs, to share the truths of God’s Word with our sisters and brothers in Christ, and to defend them to the world when necessary.

However, all of my “brain knowledge” doesn’t help when my world feels like it is caving in around me. It doesn’t soothe my heart or mind when I wake up in the middle of the night with a “busy brain” and can’t go back to sleep. I also confess to being a worrier BUT God is able, faithful, and loving! God is good, all the time… all the time, God is good!! 

It’s love so undeniable; I, I can hardly speak.

Peace so unexplainable; I, I can hardly think.

As You call me deeper still into love, love, love

You’re a good good Father; it’s who You are…

And I’m loved by You; it’s who I am!

©2014 WorshipTogether.com ~ Writer(s): Pat Barrett and Tony Brown

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Earth Day

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

Most of us will remember Joni Collins iconic song, Both Sides Now, with the chorus:

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now;

From up and down and still somehow…

Its clouds’ illusions I recall, I really don’t know clouds at all.

My Mom spent hours lying on blankets with us simply looking up at the sky to find animal shapes in the clouds. Like most children, when the sun would stand behind the clouds we would wonder if Heaven was hiding there? Clouds… one of nature’s indicators; off a list too long to write down… the list of unexplainable, unduplicatable, natural wonders!

The writer of Romans speaks of nature as the reflection of “God’s invisible qualities.” Yet, scientists of all fields spend unfathomable hours and dollars seeking ways to refute that there IS a Creator. Have you ever wondered why humans continually seek reasons, answers, and methods instead of simply trusting in God?

The Garden of Eden must have been unspeakably beautiful; nature perfected ~ no weeds, no pollen, no dying vegetation. Yet, humanity could not accept the power in perfection of God and simply rest in His presence. This morning I woke up with worldly worries on my mind. I must ask myself, WHY? The beauty around me reflects ETERNAL POWER and DIVINE NATURE; the Creator of All is caring for His children… including me!!

Thank You for Your love so true,

Thank You for the skies so blue,

Thank You for the birds that sing,

Thank You, Lord, for everything!

 

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

Still

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Being still is tough for me; not quiet but still. Today, however, it is necessary because I hurt… a lot. When I first encountered the pain that would become the “norm” in my life, it was easy to be still; pain medicine will do that… it will knock you out. However, my choice was to leave the pain medicine in the cabinet and will myself to learn and bear with my new normal. I try not to talk about it much; it is what it is. But Rick and I have taken back the raking and lawn mowing ($100+ a month was prohibitive right now); let’s just say I had to break out the pain meds. Taking it very slow AND still today.

One of the “Gale curses” that my siblings and I talk about it a “busy brain.” When I am still my brain can’t rest. Of course, the evil one uses that time to whisper words about my weaknesses and every day struggles so I pray him away; a lot! I loudly whisper the name of Jesus and praise Him for all the wonderfulness in my world! I rewind the tapes of the last few months and pause on the beauty.

Have you ever noticed that we Christians sometimes quote half of a verse, commit it to memory, and rarely look at the words that follow? “Be still and know that I am God;” we see those words on patches, stickers, photographs, and sweatshirts but continue… God spoke PROMISES to David following that can bring the bright light of His presence into the darkest world… even to our darkest days! I WILL be exalted among the nations, I WILL be exalted in the earth. These are words of strength, of power, of assurance, of ultimate victory! I will be still today, I will rest but my Lord will always be in charge; ALWAYS!!

In the darkest days of World War II, Wendell Loveless wrote these words; no matter what the battle… GOD IS ON THE THRONE!

What though wars may come, With marching feet and beat of the drum,

For I have Christ in my heart;

What though nations rage, As we approach the end of the age,

For I have Christ in my heart.

God is still on the throne, Almighty God is He; And He cares for His own through all eternity.

So let come what may, whatever it is, I only say that I have Christ in my heart,

I have Christ in my heart.

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

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

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org