Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

saturday’s song

“Count your blessings – name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done…”

 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;” (Psalm 103:1-2)

 

David started out with praise. Then in verse 2 he reminds his soul (will, mind, emotions) to not forget all of God’s benefits. God has done great things!

Take a look at verse 12. When we come to Him with a repentant heart, look what happens. “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

How far is that? Well, when you are heading east, you will never see west. Yet, how often we continue to beat ourselves up over mistakes in the past. Accept the forgiveness that God offers.

“Depart from evil and do good.” Psalm 34:14

David ends the Psalm the same way he begins it with “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

“….For He has done great things, He has done great things, He has done great things bless His holy name.”

 

Let’s follow David’s example and take some time today to give God praise for all that He has done, is doing and will do.

Counting my blessings,

til next time

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April 30, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

fantastic friday

 FANTASTIC FRIDAY! – looking at the greatness of God

——In The Palm Of God’s Hand——

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in Your hand;

Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,

And from those who persecute me.” Psalm 31:14-15 (NKJV)

My times are in Your hand.” Stop a moment and think about what that means.

God cares about you! He is not off somewhere unaware of what is happening. He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He will work things out for our good. (Romans 8:28) He will turn our mourning into dancing. (Psalm 30:10-12) We are in His embrace. (Song of Solomon 2:6) He holds us up. (Psalm 63:8)

Trust God!  Follow Him.  God’s got this.  He is in control.

NOW…THAT…IS…FANTASTIC!!!

 

til next time

coffee and Jesus

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April 29, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

eight weeks

Eight weeks ago I started a daily devotional on our PAC facebook page.   I gave it some serious thought and prayer before starting it.  A daily commitment is big deal.    Yet it was right along with what God has been leading me to do when I left  my job at the eye clinic.

Here are the daily topics:

  • Sunday Special
  • Memorization Monday
  • Tuesday’s Teaching Moment
  • Wonderful Wednesday
  • Thirsty Thursday
  • Fabulous Friday
  • Saturday’s Song

I try to keep it at 175 words or less which is a great discipline for me.  It forces me to schedule study time  into my day.  This is in addition to my own devotional time.   Who would have thought finding time to study would be an issue?  God is so good.  He knows my heart and my desire.

He gave me the push I needed.  He does that, we need only to pay attention.

Eight weeks — It sure doesn’t seem like eight weeks.

Today,  Tuesday’s Teaching Moment (my 57th post) was a bit of a challenge.   It had me wondering if I had truly counted the cost.  When I realized that with God’s help I had already done 56, it made me pause in Awe of the daily help that comes from God.

I am in Awe of His Word and how life changing it is.  I am in Awe that God would continue to use me.  Me – with all my imperfections and hang ups.  I am in Awe that God’s unending love continues to mold me.  Because of Jesus, I can share the hope, love and joy that I know is mine and available to all.  To God be the glory,  in my weakness He is strong!  (2 Cor 12:9-10)

In the beginning, I opened it up to the other four ministers at our PAC church.  While I would most certainly welcome the help, I am grateful that God enables me to do what He puts in my heart to do.

We are not all called to do the same thing but we are all called to represent Him.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

til next time,

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April 12, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

spring time, horses, and Carter

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“Behold, I make all things new .”  Rev 21:5

It is Spring, isn’t it?

It was a cool 23 degrees this morning when I woke at O’ Dark Thirty.    Last Friday there were a few snowflakes in the air as we toured an Amish community.  I was reminded of how grateful I am for warm vehicles when I saw this coming toward us.

amish

The horse must know where it is going.   I remember all to well when the horse I was riding  (Jim was his name) took off for the barn.  It appeared I was just along for the ride.  There was nothing I could do to stop him and he even attempted to scrap me off as he ran past the house.  He was quite the spirited horse.

What did I do?  When the horse finally stopped at the fence, I regained control.  Jim and I turned around and went back out.  We walked (he hated to walk) past the house, down the lane and to the railroad tracks.  Then I turned him around and we walked back to the barn.   He never tried that trick again.  The consequences weren’t worth it for him.

April is Child Abuse Awareness month.  I know a sweet little boy who suffered at the hands of  his biological father.  Carter’s only crime was crying – 4 month old babies will do that.  The consequences for Carter are severe.  He is now blind, tube fed, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, along with global mental and physical delays.  His biological father served 2 years of a 7 year sentence.  Is that justice?

It seems that our country has stricter punishment for animal abuse than for child abuse.

Carter loves worship.   He has taught me much about worshiping with abandonment,  giving it my all.  He loves Gloria kisses and I love him!

Spring time, horses and Carter might seem like an odd combination for a blog but it is what is on my heart this morning.

Spring is here – no matter what the temperature says.   So I brought a little springtime inside.flowers

Horses remind me of the consequences of choices made.  Consequences remind me of the price others pay for choices beyond their control – Carter.  Carter reminds me that God takes something that was broken and reveals beauty that is there.  God’s grace is enough.

spring

til next time,

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April 12, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment