Gale’s Quotes

People have mentioned to us that they have been encouraged by Gale’s Quotes in our e-mail updates— and that’s encouraged us! Below are the quotes we have used in our updates to this point.

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Ours is a God who delivers, not FROM the hour of trial, but OUT of it, out of it’s power; and in the bearing up under it, not in the sliding out from beneath it, there is strength and victory. — Amy Carmichael (used 24Mar05)

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Ministering as opportunity surrounds us does NOT mean selecting our surroundings, it means being very selectly God’s in any haphazard surrounding which He engineers for us. — Oswald Chambers (used 15Apr05)

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We have the idea that we ought to shield ourselves from some of the things God brings around us. Never! God engineers circumstances and whatever they may be like, we have to see that we face them while abiding continually with Him. Do you continue to go with Jesus? The way lies alone, and the way lies until there is no trace of footstep left, only the voice, “Follow Me.” — Oswald Chambers (used 22Aug06)

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The greater the pressure on you, the greater the opportunity for the law of the Holy Spirit to be exercised in you. — Marie Chapian (used 18May05)

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Joy is not the absence of suffering, but the presence of God. — Anonymous (used 13Apr06)

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Meeting God in our trials is better than getting out of them. — Anonymous (used X26Sept06)

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By looking too hard for what we think God OUGHT to be up to, we miss what He’s REALLY doing. — Susan Zitman (used 1Aug05)

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Sometimes a blessing will come with its own set of inherent difficulties. For example, a harvest involves the labor of plowing. — Lloyd Peckham (used 3Aug05)

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God may not answer your questions, but He will show you WHO He is: Faithful, Truth, With me. — Anonymous (used 1Apr2007)

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There is no box
made by God
nor us
But that the sides can be flattened out
and the top blown off
to make a dance floor
on which to celebrate life.
— Kenneth Caraway (used 1Nov06)

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Storms make trees take deeper roots. — Claude McDonald (used 1Feb07)

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I used to think that I wanted to be just like everyone else. I wasted many years and much energy trying to march in step with the rest of life’s great parade. It’s taken me 46 years to accept the fact that I’ll never be a great marcher. And that is OK. Today, with God’s help, I can laugh and say, “I cannot walk, so I’ll learn to dance.” — Carolyn Martin (used 5Nov05)

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Pain and suffering produce a fork in the road. It is not possible to remain unchanged. To let others or circumstances dictate your future is to have chosen. To allow the pain to corrode your spirit is to have chosen. And to be transformed into the image of Christ by these difficult and trying circumstances is to have chosen. — Tim Hansel (used 3Oct05)

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I hear men praying everywhere for more faith, but when I listen to them carefully, and get to the real heart of their prayer, very often it is not more faith at all that they are wanting, but a change from faith to sight. Faith says not, “I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it,” but, “God sent it, and so it must be good for me.” Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely… — Phillips Brooks (used 20Feb06)

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Remember: The goal of all true discipline is to disciple. — Gale while in Beth Moore study (used 11Dec06)

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Your life story is not written in scars. While scars mark us, they do not have to make us. — Beth Moore (used 12Jan06)

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Re. Joseph: Many bad things happened to this good person and God did not immediately free him, nor was the situation due to his “lack of faith.” However, in the midst of it “the Lord was with him,” and “gave him success in whatever he did.” — Gale while reading a Beth Moore study (used 12Jan06)

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I. Difficulties I have in explaining myself to a pet dog or cat:

A. Similarities: Live on earth, in time and space. Breathe, be born, suckled, mature, mate, breed, die. Have 5 senses. Eat & drink, get sick, suffer pain, sleep.

B. Differences: Wear clothes, use fire, cook food, build a variety of houses/buildings, sit in chairs, make furniture, read and write (spend hours looking at black spots on paper), make altars, meet in groups and listen to someone talk, bury our dead, make use of tools & machines, learn and speak a language, suffer from feeling of guilt, make vehicles, create music & art.

II Difficulty God has in explaining Himself to us.

A. Similarities: None of the above apply !
B. Differences: All of the above apply !
C. But…He is a person: has intelligence, will and emotion. He knows, decides, chooses, acts, loves and hates.

III. How can God reveal Himself to us?

A. He can record His acts and relations with humans: The Bible.
B. He became a human for a time: Hebrews 2:17-18 & 4:14-15
C. He can put His Spirit into a human person: I Cor. 6:19

— Dr. Glen Zumwalt (used 3Mar07)

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As a physician, I have seen men, after all other therapy has failed, lifted out of disease and melancholy by the serene effort of prayer. It is the only power in the world that seems to overcome the so-called “laws of nature.” The occasions on which prayer has dramatically done this have been termed “miracles.” But a constant, quieter miracle takes place hourly in the hearts of men and women who have discovered that prayer supplies them with a steady flow of sustaining power in their daily lives. —Alexis Carrle (from the Berean Baptist bulletin 23July06; we used this on 21Jul07.)

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I am only one. But still I am one.
I cannot do everything. But I still can do something.
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

—Edward Everett Hall (used 27Nov07)

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Walking by faith means that we allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate our eyes so that we can see beyond the here and now. Eyes of faith see every problem as solvable, because they see every problem as spiritual in nature. What is merely physical is confined by the laws of nature, but what is spiritual has no confines except those our supernatural, sovereign God chooses. —Jennifer Rothschild in “Walking by Faith: lessons learned in the dark” [used 2Jan08]

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My experiences are not worth anything unless they keep me at the Source, Jesus Christ. —Oswald Chambers, MufHH Dec21 [used 31Jan08]

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Practical work may be a competitor against abandonment to God, because practical work is based on this argument, “Remember how useful you are here,” or, “Think how much value you would be in that particular type of work.” That attitude does not put Jesus Christ as the guide as to where we should go, but our judgment as to where we are of most use. Never consider whether you are of use, but ever consider that you are not your own, but His. —OC Mar4 (used 10Oct07)

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“The one concern of the devil is to keep saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom. But trembles when we pray.” — Samuel Chadwick (used 15Aug07)

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“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” — Helen Keller [used 7Mar08]

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No matter what changes God has wrought in you, NEVER rely on them. Build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives. Oswald Chambers 5Jan [used 31Mar08]

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In the Bible, clouds are always connected with God… the clouds are a sign that He is there. — Oswald Chambers [used 30Apr08]

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Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.
— Max Lucado in “Who moved the Stone” [used 21Jul08

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No curse can stand against God’s blessing.
                                           — Lloyd Peckham [Used 22Aug08]
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One of the loving ways of love is to prepare us beforehand for
what is coming later on, so that when it comes
we shall not fail. — Amy Carmichael [Used 22Oct08]

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight
of the shore for a very long time.”  —Andre Gide  [Used 10Dec08]

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Whenever we pray with an eye to its answer, we are off the track.
The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not the answer.
 — Oswald Chambers [Uses 20Jan09]

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Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself.            —Owald Chambers, MUFHH, 4 July [used 31Mar09]


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The only thing that will enable me to enjoy (read: survive) the disagreeable is the keen enthusiasm of letting the life of the Son of God manifest itself in me.   — Oswald Chambers [used 4May09]

 
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Question asked of an elderly believer who had many physical disabilities:

Question: How are you?

Answer: I’ve made my mind up, so I’m fine.

— story told at a local Bible study [used 29May09]


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These are by Gale herself:

How close is God? Where is He? He is everywhere and He is with me, even when I don’t feel it. We must get into the habit of shifting our focus from “my problem” to seeing God in the mundane. Thank Him for food for breakfast, a blanket on the bed, the color blue of the sky, the warmth of the sunbeam, eyesight, sense of touch, so many things we take for granted. Shift the focus back onto God! — Gale (used20Jun06)

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My “problem” is a gift from God. He has trusted me with it. He has confidence in me, that I can deal with the “problem” in a right manner, with a right attitude— that I will trust Him and allow myself to grow in Him. He knows I can do it and is giving me the chance to know Him better. And all the while, in the midst of it, He is right there with me, guiding, offering help and a place to lean on and rest, offering everything I will need to make it through the “problem”, if only I will take it. — Gale

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Maybe the “problem” is not really the gift, but only the opportunity to receive the gift. The real gift is God Himself, as I learn to know and trust Him better. — Gale

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It is not that we have to “give up” things to live as Christians, but that God wants to give us so much that we have to loosen our hold on what we think we have, so our hands are empty— ready and able to grab on to God. — Gale (used 14May07)

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