Fruit of the Spirit – Part 7 Gentleness and Self Control

It has been awhile since I last penned part 6 of this series. Much has happened and I had written most of the part on gentleness in October of last year. I didn’t realize it had been that long. I’ve been neglecting my blog and most of my social media for other interests. I can’t promise that I won’t continue to neglect my blog but for today I’m going to try and get this final part of the series completed. Then I can go on to other subjects even a book review now and again.

Fruit of the Spirit Part 7 Gentleness and Self Control

Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Many versions of scripture translate gentleness in this passage as meekness from the Greek:

Strong’s G4236
πρᾳότης
praotēs
prah-ot’-ace
From G4235; gentleness; by implication humility: – meekness.

I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what gentleness, humility and meekness look like. The humble and meek always seem gentle in their interaction with others.  Gentleness is not a sign of weakness though. I consider the stories of soldiers in war torn areas picking up a young child and carrying them to safety, or the safest place they can take them in those places. The images show a gentleness and tenderness in what we perceive as an otherwise hardened soldier. Maybe not as hardened as we imagine. Those soldiers are certainly scarred for life by their experiences.

There are many stories of people who save lives, and when they are held up as heroes simply say they are ordinary men and women who did what anyone would do in the situation. Humility does not take glory for itself; this is the gentle meekness referred to in verse 23.

References to gentleness in Hebrew seem to have some deeper implications.

Strong’s H6038
עֲנָוָה
‛ănâvâh
an-aw-vaw’
From H6035; condescension, human and subjective (modesty), or divine and objective (clemency): – gentleness, humility, meekness.

Considering the fruit of the spirit comes from having the Holy Spirit within the “divine and objective” aspect of clemency is an important part of gentleness, humility and meekness. To show clemency is to be lenient, forgiving, tolerant and merciful. Yahuah is gentle with us and generous to forgive us. There is almost no sin that he will not forgive. The only sin named that is unforgivable is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 12:31-32King James Version (KJV)
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Yeshua is our perfect example, he was gentle and humble, though not weak. He could have called upon a legion of angels at any time. He had great power but he used that power to heal.

Matthew 11:28-30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
28 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 14:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

However, for us, gentleness can be quite difficult to achieve.  For this reason I’ve put gentleness and self control together because to display gentleness one must also exercise self control.  I know in my own life the vicious tongue that I have often speaks impulsively because I fail to control it. The result is not the gentleness that I want to have in my relationships with others. Instead it creates enmity and strife which are authored by the enemy of our souls.  Thus, self control is essential to the exercise of all other fruit of the spirit.

The Strong’s reference to the Greek word used in Galatians 5:23 is:

Strong’s G1466
ἐγκράτεια
egkrateia
eng-krat’-i-ah
From G1468; self control (especially continence): – temperance.

Strong’s G1468
ἐγκρατής
egkratēs
eng-krat-ace’
From G1722 and G2904; strong in a thing (masterful), that is, (figuratively and reflexively) self controlled (in appetite, etc.): – temperate.

I believe that we are to exercise self-control in all things; over our carnal appetites and behaviors.  Some versions translate self-control as temperance.  With temperance we do not over indulge in food, drink, or worldly pleasures. We hold our tongue when it is prudent and speak correction with gentleness when it is appropriate. Giving encouragement and teaching with wisdom when needed.  When the fruit of the spirit is manifested in our lives then our reaction to circumstances and people will be self-controlled, thereby honoring Yahuah our God.

Proverbs addresses self-control often. We are exhorted to control our speech and temper among other things. Proverbs tells us the result when we fail to exercise self control, broken and unprotected from without. That is we are unrepentant broken vessels that cannot be protected by God because our hearts are following our own passions. The enemy of our soul, he who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour1, has full access to us.

Proverbs 25:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Self-control is difficult to achieve for many of us. But prayerfully with the help of our Lord and Savior, through His Holy Spirit, we can exhibit self-control. Maybe it would be better looked at as Holy Spirit control because we have submitted ourselves to His will and not to our own will.  Our spirit is dead until we submit ourselves to God and he breathes life into our spirit. Until then we are controlled by the lusts of our flesh and there is no spiritual life in us and no actual self-control. To have the life of the Holy Spirit breathed into us we need to turn our hearts and minds to the will of God.

Romans 12:2 King James Version (KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

I’m sure that there is a lot more than can be said about the Fruit of the Spirit and there are teachers who can give you better understanding than I am able. The best teacher is the Word of God through the scriptures, the Bible. Read it daily, pray for understanding, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and teach you. Listen for that still small voice. God is always gentle to those who love him and seek after his will.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

1)  1 Peter 5:8 King James Version (KJV)  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Links:

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All scripture passages are taken from http://www.biblegateway.com

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….and Life Goes On…

Realized that I’ve totally ignored my blog for a couple weeks now. Taking a break from the intensity of social media has been good for me.  We took a trip to the ‘old country’ to celebrate with my father-in-law his 90th birthday.  That was a hard trip because it was so quick. We left on Friday morning the first of December, took two days to drive to southern New Mexico, spent Saturday afternoon to early Tuesday morning with family, took two days to drive back home.

Upon getting home we discovered that the plumbing was backed up and our basement laundry room/bathroom had overflowed when my daughter had washed clothes while we were gone. It was a mess we didn’t want to have to deal with immediately after a long drive. But, things have to be taken care of. Unfortunately a  50′ snake just didn’t do the trick so a plumber had to come out the next day to use a professional snake to clear the drain. I’m not sure that was a long term fix either. The next day I washed clothes and the downstairs toilet bubbled air through it when the washer drained. But, that has since calmed down so maybe there was just air pockets somewhere and that air had to go somewhere. I’m not sure how plumbing works but, at least the toilet flushes, the shower and sink and washer drain without any water overflowing onto the floor anymore. So, life goes on.

That trip was hard on me physically and after over a week I’m still not back to my normal level of aches and pains. As nice as it was to get inexpensive transportation for myself after several years of not having my own car, the little Altima isn’t comfortable for a road trip.  So, I’ve been taking it easy for the most part. Though yesterday someone really had to go grocery shopping and I really wanted to get out of the house. Instead of sending my daughter with a list I spent a longer than usual time out shopping. Thank goodness that Target has electric carts because I used one there because the other two places I went don’t have electric carts and I had to walk, which was quite painful for my bum knee and hip. So, I’m again taking it easy.

In taking it easy I decided to catch up on my social media and discovered that I had scheduled a cover reveal for an indie author a couple days ago and never shared the link in my normal pages and groups. So I did that maintenance and decided to write a post for my blog. Excuse my rambling and I hope everyone has a good weekend coming up.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

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Cover Reveal: Love Notes by Michelle Windsor

COVER REVEAL

 

 

Check out the cover for Author Michelle Windsor’s upcoming release, Love Notes!! It’s a stand-alone, contemporary romance that’s releasing early Spring 2018.

 

You can add it to your Goodreads TBR: https://goo.gl/pZr6ED

 

Check out the blurb below:

Justin Jeffries could be the boy next door. Except for the way he looks when he plays guitar and sings. From the moment I lay eyes on him, I’m lost. Lost in the deep blue eyes that seem to see in me what no one else could.

 

Sydney Porter is everything you’d expect from a small-town girl. But when she opens her perfect, pink mouth and quotes my favorite poet, I’m lost. Lost in the song with a voice that seems to speak just to me.

 

After a perfect summer of endless sunny days, sharing dreams and falling in love, Justin leaves to pursue his dream of becoming a successful song writer. Promises are made to reunite, but when Sydney discovers he’s taken something precious from her, all trust is shattered and love is lost. When they unexpectantly meet five years later, in the most unlikely of places, all Justin wants is forgiveness. But can she? What do you do when more than your heart is stolen?

 

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Michelle Windsor

www.authormichellewindsor.com

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Nothing New Under the Sun

Every morning, at least most days, I spend time reading scripture and praying. I don’t follow any scheduled scripture reading plan, I’m just reading straight through the את CEPHER I gave myself this year. Sunday morning’s devotional reading happened to be Ecclesiastes. This is one of the writings of Solomon, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. When God asked Solomon what he wanted he asked for wisdom. God was pleased with his request and gave him more wisdom than any who ever lived before or would come after. He was a prolific writer and I’m sure that not all of what he wrote is preserved in today’s scripture. That which has been handed down is included works of beauty and wisdom.

Throughout the entire book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, who just calls himself the Preacher, teaches on the vanity of things.   This writing of his covers the entire experience of human kind, from wisdom to foolishness, from mirth and joy to mourning, from hard work to laziness, from youth to old age, from evil to righteousness, the wind the rain, the seasons and everything in it’s season. He examined everything and he  observed that to everyone and every living creature the same fate falls, that is, everyone dies.

I read the entire book of Ecclesiastes.  One has to read the entire book and get to the final conclusion. I love the conclusion of this book. The Preacher’s conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments because everyone will stand before him at the judgement and nothing is hidden from God be it good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
King James Version (KJV)

 

A few hours after I began this post I learned about the shooting in First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX and spent time listening to a live local TV station reporting. The moment I learned tears began to flow and I began praying for that community and the church.  From all reports, as of the time I’m writing, close to half of the congregation have died including the pastor’s 14 year old daughter. This is a devastating event for the church and small community.

On Twitter there is already a bunch of people talking gun control. It saddens me all the more. How insensitive of people to start a political argument over a tragedy of this magnitude.  This sin has been around since since Cain killed his brother Able.  Truly, nothing new under the sun.

Here I will end and just post. What more can I say?

Prayers for Sutherland Springs, TX,

Grandma Peachy

http://www.koat.com/article/texas-church-shooting/13303721

 

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Approaching the Holiday Season Again

Well folks, it is November and we are rapidly approaching that long holiday season. Thanksgiving through New Year. This time of year the blog gets neglected a lot; then in January it takes time to get back into the swing of things. I’m not sure I ever got back into the rhythm of things this past year. The year 2017 was not nearly as productive for blog posts and reviewing books as the prior year was. I’m pretty sure that viewership suffered as a result. A blog cannot be neglected without negative consequences. Like any living thing it has to be tended.

There is a lot to get done over the next few weeks and much of it has nothing to do with reading, writing, or staying connected on social media. My husbands dad will be 90 years old on December 4th and there is going to be a celebration for him at their church on Sunday the 3rd. We are planning on being there. That is a two day drive for us and we have a lot of family there, including our other daughter and her family. That will be a week long trip. It will be at a time that we won’t be able to take the whole family because the grand children will be in school. It’s too bad because the great grandparents may not have that many more years to see them. We live far enough away that it’s hard to make that trip as a whole family.

One of my unfinished quilts

The weather is getting cold again and it’s time to  put the sewing machines to good use again quilting. I’m hoping to finish a couple of my unfinished projects over the winter months. Let’s see if I can complete something before starting another.

Hopefully my grand daughter will want to sew with me, at least on weekends while her brother is at his dad’s house. Her brother wants to learn to quilt too, and told him he could start. He’s 6, the same age as his sister started learning to quilt so it’s time. Maybe after homework is done we can all work on something. I’ve got enough machines for everyone, though the knee pedal Singer is the best for the children.

One of Coral’s unfinished quilts

I don’t have to try and set a foot pedal up high enough for them to reach it and still have the seat high enough so they aren’t sewing at chin level. We use adjustable mechanic stools. They don’t have a back, but, we don’t lean back to sew anyway. They are perfect for use and take up little space in my already crowded sewing room. Living together as a multi-generational family it is easy to schedule time to teach the grandchildren skills that will be useful as they become adults. They spend a lot of time in my basement sewing room with me anyway. Recently they’ve just been playing or coloring and drawing. But we can change that to quilting, easy-peasy.

My vintage machine with 12′ frame.

I am hoping that I can get power to my quilting machine. The old wiring in this house won’t put power to the stitch regulator from the nearest plug. The wall plug is a two prong and the regulator is three prong. An adapter won’t work, I’ve tried it.  Hopefully we can get power to it through an extension cord from the utility room. It will make finishing quilts a lot easier. The bigger quilts are too bulky to do on my small machines and I do have a king size that all I need to do is quilt it and bind it. Well, I do need to square it up before I quilt it. I won’t share pictures of that one; it is a gift. So, those are my plans for the next few weeks and months.

I do have another project I’m working on too. I volunteered to read and comment on a new author’s first fiction book.  It is a bit more than I anticipated, but, I am up for the challenge. It may take longer than originally anticipated, though no time frame was ever discussed. We will see how things progress on that front.

Expect delays and periods of silence from me through the next few weeks and months. But I will try to have at least something once a week even it is just an update on what is going one here in my part of the Heartland of America.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

 

 

 

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Proclaim the Wonderful Works of Yahuah

Psalm 145:3-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Yahweh is great and is highly praised;
His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation will declare Your works to the next
and will proclaim Your mighty acts.
I[a] will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty
and[b] Your wonderful works.

I’ve been thinking of the many scripture verses that tell of the wonderful works of Yahuah. The Israelites were instructed to tell their children about their deliverance out of Egypt. They were to pass the story down from generation to generation. We still have the story today many thousands of years later.

Each of us who are counted among the children of God have a story to tell of the miraculous things Yahuah has done for us. Stories that we need to pass on to our children and grandchildren after them. So today I would like to offer up my praise to what Yahuah had done for me. Truly it begins when he knit me in my mothers womb.

Psalm 139:13-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.

It is a miracle of God that I was ever born. Circumstances were that my mother was  Rh negative and my father Rh positive. She gave birth to another child by my father about 5 years before I was born. At that time there were no shots to administer to Rh negative mothers so they can continue to have children. My mother’s body treated the newly forming baby as a foreign invader and set up antibodies that killed the fetus. My mom lost several babies before me and a number of babies after me. God chose to let me live, he kept me safe in my mothers womb and created my inward parts, knit me together in my mother’s womb, and I am fearfully and wonderfully  made.  I don’t know why God chose me of all the babies my mother could have had, but, I am so thankful and I praise him who created me that he did choose me to live.

I know of many instances where he saved my life when it could have easily be taken from me. As a child,  I could have succumbed to whooping cough when I was but an infant in arms, but I did not.  I remember an instance where I could easily have drown as a toddler, but, God did not let that happen. There was an auto accident or two in my childhood and youth that could have been tragic, but, I was relatively unhurt. So many things in my growing up that could have ended my life, but, God was always there to protect me.

God was not only there to protect me, but he was drawing me to him for as far back as I can remember. I don’t remember a time in my childhood that I was not drawn to church and the stories of Jesus and the stories of God in the Old Testament. As an elementary school child, from the time I was 9 years old, I got up and got myself ready for church and walked to church while my parents slept in on Sunday mornings. I went to Sunday school and stayed for the preacher’s sermon. I actually listened to the preacher too. Unlike other children who were restless at their parents sides I sat by an older girl in her teens and  quietly listened to the young preacher. I can’t today remember any of those sermons but I do remember sitting in listening intently to him speak.

We moved from there to a big city when I was starting Junior High when I was 12. I did not find a church to attend until the second year when I was in 8th grade and we had a neighbor who was attending one of the many Bible colleges in that city. His family began taking me to church with them to a small church in an outlying community. I also had a wonderful history teacher that year who took the time one day to answer my questions after class and to take the secular history we were learning and place it into the Biblical history time frame. Suddenly, all the Bible stories and things I had been learning at church became real to me. The Bible was no longer a series of stories, but, a history of a people. That following summer at the second of only two church camps I ever went to as a child I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized in that small church the Sunday after camp. I was 14 years old.

The same summer or maybe it had been the summer before when I was staying with my oldest brother and his wife for a couple weeks in the summer she took me to a Saturday Sabbath service at the church she went to. I remember that preacher’s sermon to this day, it was about having faith as that of a child. That is probably the only sermon in my whole life that I remember and it was 50 years ago. But the message made a deep impression upon my newly developed abstract thinking and the knowledge that the Bible was real history and Jesus came to be the salvation for all mankind, freeing us from sin and death.

Now I have to admit that for the next ten years I truly fell away.  I lived in places where I did not have any spiritual guidance to mentor me and help me grow and understand. I fell into a sinful lifestyle. I finally met people who brought me back to and helped me grow.  Admittedly, some of the first people I met who brought me to the right people were living just as sinful a life as I was. I suppose that a couple of them, being the children of ordained ministers, should themselves have known better. But, regardless, they were responsible for my being drawn back into the sheepfold. Even so I did not repent of my sins until after my own miracle child was born.

During those years of having virtually no spiritual guidance I was married to an abusive man. I never got pregnant for the 5 years that we were married. He had a good job with good insurance and we spent a lot of money to be told that I could not have children. Three and a half years after that marriage I was happy with my life though I was still living in rebellion to God’s commands. God in his infinite wisdom gave me a child, and he gave me a husband and we would raise that child together. Now, coming up on 37 years later with a total for four children and 8 grandchildren we are still worshiping God together.

I see Yahuah in my daily life. Small things as well as big things. I believe that the one thing beyond God’s love and his plan of salvation that has been the greatest blessing to me is the amount of love that God has put into my life.  I had loving and nurturing parents, I’ve been with a loving and nurturing man for over 38 years, he taught my children to love me and I have to say that my relationships with my children and grandchildren are loving. That isn’t to say that sometime we may have disagreements, but, generally those are minimal and there is a lot of love going both ways. The amount of love I’ve experienced in my life makes it easy to know the love of Yahauh, who sent his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. When God said to me, through his Holy Spirit, “Love my people” I find it easy to love others, even some who are not so lovable.

He has filled my life with miracle both great and small and has drawn me to himself all my life. I still have a lot of growing to do and will continue to do so until he calls me home. In the mean time, I will acknowledge what he does for me and depend upon Yahuah and his son Yahushua, Jesus, for all things. Acknowledge God in all things, tell of his wonderful works in your life.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

 

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No Book Review Today – It’s About Books

Unfortunately I haven’t finished any books for review this week although I seem to have started several and have not found the time to complete reading any of them. Interests occasionally fall in other areas instead.

Recently I responded to a new author about beta reading and that will soon be sent to my inbox to read and comment on. I am anticipating this author’s book with some excitement. The author has a nonfiction book out that is somewhere on my TBR list for the next month, after I finish the ones I’m currently reading. This is unusual for me. Normally I am a one book at a time reader and I finish them quickly. For some reason I have gotten distracted and started more than one. Life, I guess, sometimes gets in the way and I start a book then have to set it aside for life demands and forget I’ve started it. Then when the life demands are settled I decide to read again and picked up a new book. The cycle starts over and I repeat the same trend beginning a third book. I do believe that is how many I’ve started and haven’t finished.

This week I participated in some conversations on one of the Facebook groups for readers that I am a member of. Someone asked the group if they read indie authors and I was somewhat amazed at the number of people who actually do enjoy indie authors. The conversation turned to which indie authors they read. I of course had a long list of my favorite indie authors and their books of several genres that I wrote about. I got replies that some of them have read some of the authors I mentioned. I won’t list them here because I read a lot of indie authors and I could not list them all. But I did promote those that I feel are among the best of their genre.

I also had a private conversation with another reader asking about a certain genre and gave that reader the name of an author and a series that I felt would meet the expectation of the reader for that genre.

Am I being vague enough? That is meant to be funny. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings about not mentioning their books even though I may enjoy reading them. One can only promote so many names in a short time and how I choose those I do promote privately has little to do with the quality of other authors work. Thus, my public promotion is of those books I read and review. Even months after my reviews I see that those posts get viewed now and then and there is even an occasional click to the buy link. It sometimes surprises me that a book review I did in my early blog posts will get views. It is my hope that I’m becoming a better reviewer as time passes. Sometimes I wonder though. I’ll have to go back and read some of my earlier reviews and make an assessment myself.

Someone out there in my social media circles was talking about reading traditionally published books and indie published books. I seldom read a traditionally published book anymore. There are so many good indie authors and I like to help that struggling community of literary artists. My budget is limited so for me the best use of my money for reading is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I know there are a lot of people who are dissatisfied with Amazon and I wish I had the resources to buy books outright, but, like many retired grandmas I live on a limited budget. Occasionally at a thrift store or Half Price books I’ll find something that has been traditionally published that I want to read and I’ll buy it. I have four I purchased the last time I bought from a thrift store that I still haven’t read. I’ll get to them one day.

Hopefully this coming week I’ll finish at least one of the books I’m currently reading and have a book review for all my followers and readers. In the mean time, read something and write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or some other forum for book reviews. It helps other readers decide whether they too want to read a book. Happy reading!

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

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