Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.


My husband and I pastor a small town church in rural Iowa.  There have been many changes in the 20+ years we have been here, both in the church and the community.

When we first came here the church was on the edge of town with a house on one side and fields on the other three sides.  In the fall we would be surrounded by corn.  It truly was rural Iowa.

Now one field has been turned into a car dealership and houses have lined the back of the property.  We still have a field on one side that has had hay planted for the last couple of years.  The owner is holding out – for what exactly – I am not sure, but it is prime property.

Recently I started a new Sunday School class.  Since we are short on teachers I have combined classes.   While I do think that there is a lot to be said for having classes that are specific for a particular age.  I also think that sometimes we separate too much.  There is a lot to be gleamed from having people of varying ages in a group.

As I thought about what it was that I wanted to focus on I came up with four things.

1.   First God loves me — what does that mean?

2.   Loving Jesus  — how do I do that?

3.   Loving me  — why is this important?

4.   Loving others  — why and how?

It is my desire that as a group we will grow in our understanding of God’s love, fall in love even more with Jesus, learn to truly love ourselves and then take all of that and Rock our World with love.

I just couldn’t come up with a group name.    I think  Facebook is a wonderful tool.  I put it out there that I was looking for a name.  I got a lot of really good ideas.  Our new name — Impact!! It is exactly what the group is about – making an impact on our little corner of the world.

impactThat is really what it is all about.  Having a deeper understanding of just how much God loves us and then letting His love flow through us.

We have seen many changes in the past 20 years.  The best changes have been those involving people who are letting God work in them and through them.  Truth is we impact people everyday.  Hopefully that impact is for good.

til next time


February 22, 2013 - Posted by | ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I chose Impact for the name of a children’s ministry magazine. The title says a lot.

    As a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God, I SHOULD have an impact on those I meet. My life SHOULD disclose the CHANGE Christ has made and is still making in me. They SHOULD see the love of Christ shining through me and want what I’ve got. I SHOULD make an impact – not because of me, but because He is in me and works through me.

    Praying that you (Christ in you) will have an impact on your group, and that your group will make an impact on their peers.

    We serve an incredibly amazing God who delights to work in us and through us to reach others with His love, mercy and grace.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | February 26, 2013 | Reply

    • It is a great title. I remind the kids often that we should purpose in our heart to make a great impact. Whether good or bad – will be up to how we choose to live.
      Thank you for the prayer Angela!

      Comment by Gloria | February 26, 2013 | Reply

  2. You are making the world a better place! Thank you for blogging!

    Comment by optimisticgladness | February 26, 2013 | Reply

    • thank you! God is so good. I got on to blog about trusting God to provide and there was your comment. Your encouragement was just what was needed. Thank you!

      Comment by Gloria | February 27, 2013 | Reply

  3. […] Sunday mornings I teach a class called Impact.  It is all about getting out there and  making a […]

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