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Hope everyone had an awesome Sunday and that your week beginning tomorrow will be blessed and peaceful, Spirit filled and profitable.

 

Writing Op for Bloggers

Hey friends,

A couple of blogging friends are collaborating on a project called More Than Conquerors.

Keep watching for updates here. The series will begin sometime in July and I plan to submit a story of my own heart healing.

If you would like to participate you can sign up at http://www.vision61.com/ or https://communitymoms.wordpress.com/

If you have any issues with where or who to submit your story, feel free to let me know and I’ll get you hooked up.

Guilty As Charged

Hope everyone had a restful weekend last weekend. I really took advantage of it myself. I’m getting ready to visit children and grandchildren this week. I’ve also been helping with my 82 year old mom as she prepares for major back surgery on 5/3. I’m the oldest of nine and sometimes I can feel sorry for myself because it seems all her care is left up to me. I’ve learned that all I have to do is ask. Most of the siblings will help if I will just ask. That’s a subject for another post.

What I want to address today is the fact that I stayed home from church Sunday. I was raised in a very legalistic family and religion so I’ve had to talk to God often, over the years, about this guilt I often feel if I’m not at church every time the doors are open. Yes, scripture does tell us not to forsake the gathering of ourselves together. (Hebrews 10:25) And yes, scripture does tell us to take a day of rest.

Think about this…..My weekend of rest included time with my Lord. I don’t think that Jesus died on the Cross to cause us to live with the guilt of not following his commands. Quite the opposite….He died and took on all of our shortfalls, including guilt. We need to keep this in mind. I need to keep this in mind. He loves you and I so very much that He would never want us to live feeling condemned and guilty.

I’m not saying we need to forget gathering with like-minded brothers and sisters as Scripture teaches. I’m just saying that when we need a break from normal routine, He’s okay with that! Thank you Jesus for always having my back which includes my feelings, relationships, emotions, etc.

What are your thoughts? Do you sometimes live with the guilt of not doing all you’ve been told you “should” be doing? I had a counselor, who told me flat out to stop “shoulding” on myself. Wise words from a wise woman of God.

You Are So Loved!

HESED

A few years ago, I had been studying Psalm 25. In the course of my research, I discovered a word, hesed or chesed. It’s a Hebrew word generally translated as loving-kindness and refers to God’s attitude and dealings with the people of Israel. But the word encompasses much more than love or kindness. The word implies a 2 way relationship but even more than a relationship, a sacred agreement, or covenant such as Jehovah God had with the people of Israel in the Old Testament and with us now through His son, Jesus. But I’m am focused today on the hesed from God toward us. In one place the following expanded definition is given: the consistent, ever-faithful, relentless, constantly-pursuing, lavish, extravagant, unrestrained, furious love of our Father God! (www.hesed.com) Oh, I love that! When I read that I began to understand the depth of my heavenly Father’s love for me. He is consistent and scripture does say that He never changes. That’s so comforting to me. He is ever faithful, never forgetting me as he blesses me daily. Oh and constantly pursuing? Wow! At the age of 23, I asked Jesus to come into my life. I really meant that! I was so sorry for the my sins and determined to turn my life around with the help of my Savior. To live for Him only! So, a few years later, when I strayed, I always felt His pursuing presence. If we agree to it, this covenant, His presence will never leave us. The Holy Spirit constantly prodding me along.

Ok, so, His love is lavished on us, unrestrained, and extravagantly in all the large and small blessings of each day. And yes, sometimes, I have to really focus on how He has blessed me because life does seem tough at times. And a father who loves that much! I never had an earthly father like that, so it took a while to understand that my heavenly Father could love me so intimately. When life does get tough, He has given us words to uplift us and set us straight. For instance, Philippians 4:8 which says, “Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.” (New Century Version)

Dear all loving Father God, we thank you that you are ALWAYS there for us, even when we don’t realize it. We ask you to help us see and feel the depth of your love. We ask your help in extending your love to others, that you would open our eyes and hearts to the need of others who surely would welcome your kind of hesed-love.

My Top 5 Character Traits Needed in Life

I wrote this 2 years ago when I was working part time at a contract post office. I think I still struggle with the being teachable part but God helps me with this and often points out what I need to improve.

I had a Post Office customer ask me the other day what I thought, as a Life Coach, is the most important trait for a person to have. I told her I really believe that a positive outlook would be ranked in the top 5 best traits. Of course, that began a discussion as to whether a person is born with this or does a person develop this trait. I’m certainly not a modern day Pollyanna and I have had some bad things happen that weighed me down, sometimes for long periods, but I don’t stay down. For one thing, I have a Savior who picks me back and His Word says that anything bad that happens He can turn around for my good.  How about you?

The next of the top 5 best traits to have, I would say is being teachable. I don’t care how old you are, how educated you are, what you know about a particular topic, we can always learn something from each other. I try to be teachable but sometimes my pride gets in the way. Especially if someone comes across as a “know-it-all”. You might want to keep this in mind when you are tempted to tell someone what you know. Here’s what I try to do. I examine my motives. Am I trying to sound smart, funny, got it all together, etc? Or am I truly interested in helping that person? And sometimes the other party just needs to be heard. She doesn’t want your advice or know-how just yet. Maybe later. Are you teachable? Do agree or disagree? Why?

Straightforward

Say what you mean and mean what you say. No word games here.

Honest

Let your yes mean yes and your no mean no.

Love

Do everything with love and compassion. It’s not always about you. We all have bad days and sometimes you may have to put your bad day away for someone else.

As of today, these are the top 5 traits I think are important in the life of an effective woman. This doesn’t mean that I only think these 5 are needed and three years from now I may change this list to what I find important in that season of my life.

Leader or Servant?

I had promised a follow-up to last Thursday’s post but last night I was reading Luke 22. This is about the last time Jesus spent with his best companions. It was probably a bittersweet Passover Meal. Jesus announced that that one who would betray Him and hand Him over was sitting right there with them. Of course, everyone suspected each other and/or became defensive in their responses. Not me, not me, not me. I can hear the whispered denials going around the table, pointing fingers at each other as well.

Wonder how many times I have pointed to another Christian and secretly, or publicly accused that another Christian of not loving the Lord because they think out of the box. I’m talking Christian, Jesus loving, Holy Spirit filled people.

We have denominations for this very reason. Even within denominations we have church splits. Yes, we are all different but what hurts my heart the most, is when these disagreements and sometimes, bitter fighting, ends up in social media like newspapers, online, major networks. I can imagine the enemy rejoicing.

Read further in Luke 22, starting at verse 24, but specifically, verse 26. “But it is not to be this way with you; on the contrary, the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest [and least privileged], and the [one who is the] leader, like the servant.”

Jeus is the King of Kings, yet He became the least on that day when He was willing to be treated as the lowest criminal.

Just some things to think about as we move into this Holy weekend.

Let’s Get Acquainted

My name is Gloria Boone and I’m a Life Coach and Biblical Counselor. This is my first time at blogging and I hope to write at least once a week. Please share with me any feedback to make this a successful blog!

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