Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

cantankerous?

Are you the type of person to be argumentative for the sake of arguing or the type of person who looks to defuse an intense situation?  Do you give thought to what your words are producing?

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 ESV

We talked about rejoicing yesterday.   Click here to read part one

Today the rest of the verse:

Aim for restoration — use your words to bring unity not division, healing not pain, harmony not strife…

Comfort one another — look outside your situation, reach out, be God’s hand extended

Agree with one another — find things that you can agree on, don’t be that person who takes the opposite side just because you can, don’t let cantankerous describe you….

Live in peace — as much as possible live in peace with all people (Romans 12:18) Be that person who overlooks an offense, gives the person the benefit, and looks for the good. (Proverbs 19:11)

And the God of love and peace will be with you. Thankfully we do not have to do this on our own strength. We only need to let God take the lead and flow through us.

Something to think about and grow in,
til next time

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January 17, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, just thinking about stuff, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

do you stir the pot?

Are you the type of person to stir the pot or to reduce the pressure? Do you give thought to what your words are producing?

Truly there is power in what we say and how we say it.

Things can go from bad to worse or from bad to better. We can ignite a situation (just go ahead and tell someone something that you know will get their dander up) or we can calm a situation. I prefer to bring peace, as much as is possible, into the turmoil.

As Paul closes out his second letter to the Corinthians he says this:

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 ESV

Paul mentions rejoicing often in his letters. Here we see it again. Rejoice (period)

Don’t be stingy with your rejoicing. I challenge you to look for new things to rejoice about. Today I was overjoyed as a toilet tank filled up with water. (We’ve had some issues with it.) I rejoiced in a vacuum that quit working so I could go to lunch. (Hopefully it just overheated but whatever – God will help me figure it out.) Be a person who rejoices. I know my life is way better because of it.

Tomorrow we will look at the rest of the verse. For today, let’s work on rejoicing and using our words for good.

til next time

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January 16, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

choose to make the most of it

christmas

This year I put up less than ¼ of my Christmas decorations. I didn’t make a single Christmas treat. (That has not happened since I started baking with my mom as a young child.) There were no Christmas rehearsals at church this year – no choir – no production. I even missed one Wednesday night Bible study.  I hear Fred showed up.  Maybe I will meet him one day.

However, what I have not missed is the joy that this season is all about. I have spent much time with a cup of coffee and the Christmas lights twinkling in the background as I meditated on how much Jesus loves me.  His grace is enough.

Whether my healing comes this side of heaven or it doesn’t, whether circumstances change or they don’t – the fact that God loves me, truly loves me is enough. There is so much to be thankful for and I hate it when I waste moments with a negative attitude.

My prayer is that God get the glory. No matter what is going on, may God be praised in how I handle it.

I’m gonna fight the good fight of faith. I am not going to let health issues or circumstances define me or stop me.  My God is greater. (1 John 4:4) My God is able. (Psalm 138:8) His grace is enough. (2 Cor 12:9) To God be the glory. (1 Cor 10:31)

This Christmas season is a little different in our household in the sense of festivities.  We are grateful for Chris, Kim and Carter spending it with us.  We miss Andrew and Lisa as they are celebrating with her family.   I’m heading to our Christmas morning service where we will celebrate with our church family.  We are blessed.

In what is truly important – we’ve nailed that!   It’s all about loving Jesus and loving people.

christmas quote

til next time

 

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December 25, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 6

Count it all joy – step 6
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we count it all joy?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (11/21/19 post)
Step three – Draw near to God (11/22/19)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
 
Step four – Cleanse your hands (11/23/19)
Step five – Purify your heart (yesterday’s post)
Step six – do not be double minded
 
I can’t talk about counting it all joy and not address double mindedness. This gets in the way of living the abundant life. (John 10:10) It gets in the way of walking in joy and peace. It creates an internal conflict. It destroys our witness.
 
Double minded – unstable – hypocrite – wavering – insincere – compromising beliefs – keeping all options open – one foot in the world’s camp and one foot in God’s camp — a chameleon – causing a constant internal conflict.
 
Ask God to help you recognize the first signs of a double-minded attitude trying to creep in. Guard against it.
 
Where is your mind set
 
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 ESV
 
til next time
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November 25, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 5

Count it all joy – step 5
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we count it all joy?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (11/21/19 post)
Step three – Draw near to God (11/22/19)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
 
Step four – Cleanse your hands (yesterday’s post)
Step five – Purify your heart
 
Purify your heart – this has to do with your inner life. Be sincere. Seek to please God. 1 Peter (1:22) tells us we accomplish this by obedience to God’s truth.
 
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 NLT
 
 
counting it ALL joy,
til next time
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November 24, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 4

Count it all joy – step 4
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we count it all joy?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (11/21/19 post)
Step three – Draw near to God (yesterday’s post)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
Step four – Cleanse your hands
 
Cleanse your hands — this is an action we take. When Isaiah talks about washing yourself – ceasing to do evil is listed.  In 1 Tim 2:8 Paul tells us to lift up holy hands without wrath and doubting.
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Make choices that please God.
Are you dabbling in sin? Quit it. Cleanse your hands from things/actions that will zap your joy.
 
counting it ALL joy,
til next time
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November 23, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 3

Count it all joy – step 3
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (yesterday’s post)
Step three – Draw near to God
 
Draw near to God. Simple and yet so often neglected. When life’s problems heat up – kick up your time at His feet. The harder the trial- the hotter the fire – the more time is needed at the feet of Jesus.
 
Sadly too often we waste precious time fretting and fixating on the problem instead of looking to the one who is able to help. (Psalm 46:1) When we look to Jesus, (Hebrews 12:2) for His joy in our strength, (Neh 8:10) there is a shift in our attitude.
 
“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.” Psalm 4:7 NLT
 
til next time
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November 22, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 2

Count it all joy – step 2
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (yesterday’s post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
 
Resist – withstand the action of
 
Jesus tells us in John 10:10 the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. That is the devil’s action. Don’t get in agreement with him by believing his lies. Don’t go there.
 
When we submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee. When we are not entertaining the lies of the devil, we can ‘count it all joy’ because our joy is found in Christ. Jesus is the way, truth and the life. (John 14:6)
 
Tests are the things testimonies are made of.
 
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November 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy -1

James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
 
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
 
Today let’s look at submit to God.
 
Don’t get trapped in the small picture. God sees the whole thing. We can trust Him and we display that trust when we submit to Him. Reaffirm your dependence on Him. Offer up a sacrifice of praise.
 
 
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Heb 13:15-16 ESV
 
Continually – this is important to counting it all joy. Before the problem arises we should be praising Him. During the trial we continue the sacrifice of praise and on the other side of the trial – praise.
 
(Tomorrow step 2.)
 
Offering up praise,
til next time
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November 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

chronic stress?

Stress can be a big deal.  Some of us are walking around in chronic stress.  What can we do to reduce stress?
 
The Bible tells us:
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 ESV
 
Where our mind is, where our thoughts go will impact the amount of stress we deal with.
 
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” Romans 8:5-7 ESV
 
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  There is the key to handling stress. Where is your mind set?
 
Meditation and memorization of the scripture are huge tools to setting your mind on the things of God. When is the last time you meditated? (Rehashing negative things is a form of mediation. It is not a good form and it will not lead you to peace.)
 
Here are a couple great scriptures to memorize and then meditate on when you feel stress knocking.
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11 NASB
 
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 ESV
 
 
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Setting my mind on the Spirit!
til next time
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November 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment