Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

making up my mind

Today I received a phone call from a dear friend who has went through a long ordeal that consisted of surgery, followed by emergency surgery, followed by ICU and those are just the highlights. Talking with her was indeed good news from a distant land. Hearing about all the many ways that God revealed Himself to her was wonderful.
“Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is good news from a distant land.” Proverbs 25:25
 
I started my morning by seeing Doctor number seven in the host of doctors that I have seen since I started having various health issues. I don’t even know how many different appointments I have had over the past two and a half years. What I do know is that I had made up my mind before hand that this was going to be a good day and I was going to look for the good.
I have not been disappointed.
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14

 

What about you? What determines your frame of mind?
 
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,” Romans 8:6 or another way to put it is “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
 
Where your mind goes determines whether or not you will dwell in peace, joy, and hope or stress, frustration and dismay.
 
God is in control and I trust Him! My mind is set on Him!
 
You know what?   I am making up my mind about tomorrow also.  I will rejoice and be glad! (Psalm 118:24)  No matter what I face,  God will be right there with me (Psalm 46:1) and He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16)
til next time,
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June 29, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how do you respond?

I interact with numerous people throughout any given week.  Sometimes I can go from talking with someone who has just lost a loved one or lost their job to someone who just got married or just got a promotion.  

Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”  Be careful that you don’t get that backwards and rejoice when something bad happens to someone and be sad when they get a blessing.  Jealousy is behind that line of thinking.

“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 (MSG)

“these qualities active and growing in your lives”

“It takes discipline and character to be a person who responds in a Christ like manner.” Pastor Curt

How do you interact with others?

Would warm friendliness describe you? How about passionate patience? We all have room for growth.

People want to be heard and understood. People want to know you care.  Do you let Jesus love shine through you to others?

Let’s interact in such a way that they feel encouraged and loved after speaking with us.

Compassion, grace, and mercy are indeed quite attractive.

We are in this together!

til next time

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June 28, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how big?

What is your view of God?
For me, He is either in control or He isn’t.  I believe He is very much in control.  God is not made in my image but I am made in the image of God.  (Gen 1:27)  There is none like Him.   (Psalm 86:8-9)   God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present.  He takes multitasking to a level that I, nor you, can fully  understand.  I am way ok with that.
 I also believe:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Some people’s view of God is so small that they think He couldn’t possibly see to it that the Word, that is a representation of Him, says what He wants it to say. In other words, they believe that the Bible only contains the Word of God. The huge problem here (other than the big one I mentioned about the smallness of their God) is just what then do we throw out? I guess they would throw out this scripture that says ALL scripture…
I have no problem believing that God inspired the writers of both the Old and New Testament and that He was quite able to guide the whole process. I believe in the inerrancy of the Word of God.  In the beginning God!
I don’t understand everything and for that I am grateful. I wouldn’t want to serve a God that mortal man could fully grasp. That said, we are to be diligent; we are to be studying the Word. (2 Tim 2:15)
 I close today with Heb 4: 12-13 from the Message Bible.
“God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.”
 Be careful that you don’t put Him in a box or on a shelf only to be taken down when an emergency arises.  God desires a relationship with you.  He has plans for you.  (Jeremiah 29:11)
We serve a Great.Big.Wonderful.God!!
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June 27, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Possibilities

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
“For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;…
Isaiah 43:2-3 (NASB)

Stop a moment and think about that. Our God Is with us every step of the way, in good times and in trials, He is our Saviour!

Where I am the sun shining and a new day is beginning. The possibilities are endless. One thing that I know is whatever comes my way must pass through the hands of my God, for you see He is in control.

Nothing sneaks past Him. When I remember that then I also remember that He will make a way through the difficulties and He holds me in the palm of His mighty hand. (Job 12:10) To God be the glory!

In anticipation I begin to unwrap this day because I know there will be beauty if I but look for it. Our God is an amazing God, who alone does wonders. (Psalm 77:14)

The question is will we have eyes to see the goodness of our God in the land the living? (Psalm 27:13)

God of wonders beyond our galaxy, You are Holy!!

In awe!!

Till next time,

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June 25, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ugh!! why did i do that?

Today has been a hard day for me.  I resisted the temptation to drop everything and go back to bed.  Good first step.  I even managed to fulfill my duties as a chaplain at two different locations.  I, again, am very much aware that in my weakness, God is strong.  (2 Cor 12:9)   Yet, it has been a struggle all day to keep moving forward.

I don’t know what you are facing, or what might be trying to ruffle your peace, but for me I seemed to have hit a wall with all the health issues.   Frankly, I am tired of hurting.  I guess you could say I gave in this morning and took my focus off Jesus and on to the pain, the number of  health issues, and the upcoming doctor’s appointments that are in my future.

I am not done with my responsibilities for today, so I knew I had to do something.  What is it that I truly need at this moment?

Peace.

Yes, that’s it.  Peace!

Why did I do that?  Take my eyes off Christ and fixate on the pain. I know better and yet?

God offers to us peace. In the midst of whatever is going on we can turn to God, giving Him our hurts, confusion, stress, anxiety, struggle, pain… and receive from Him peace that goes beyond our understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7)

“The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (NASB)

If we could market peace, true inner peace, into a capsule form, we would make millions. I believe it would be the hottest selling item. There are just so many miserable, stressed out people in the world today. Sadly, Christians can fall into that trap as well – like I did today.

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
“Trust in the Lord forever,
For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 (NASB)

The key to living a life of peace is to be steadfast, trusting that in any situation that arises, – yes, this includes health issues – God is in control and He is greater than whatever life throws at us. (1 John 4:4) It is when we take our eyes off of Jesus and fixate on the problem that our peace  goes right out the window.

Nothing takes God by surprise. (Psalm 139) He is not off on some vacation unaware of what you are facing. Instead, He is with you. (Matt 28:20) He will make a way. (Isa 43:16) He is for you. (Psalm 118:6) He is working all things out for good. (Romans 8:28) Nothing, absolutely nothing is too difficult for Him. (Jer 32:17, Luke 1:37)

Keep trusting – it isn’t over yet.

Thank You God for peace!

anxiety

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June 22, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

run? walk? weak?

My own strength is insufficient to deal with the many situations that I face. God never intended for you or me to operate out of our own strength. In fact, many times scripture reminds us that God is our refuge and our strength.

“He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak… But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29, 31 TLB)

 

“The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19 NASB)

 

There are times when God pours into us strength in abundance and we seem to run the race before us. (Hebrews 12:1) There are other times when God give us strength bit by bit so that we can walk in His statutes (Lev 26:3) and walk in love (Eph 5:2) leaning on Him every step of the way.

One thing is for certain, He will give us the strength we need when we need it. He is in control and He is for us. (Psalm 118:6)

So as you face situations that seem daunting, trials that seem to never end, heartache, or health issues remember where your strength comes from. Spend time today talking with God and casting your cares. (1 Peter 5:7)

In my weakness, He is strong!

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June 21, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

there is none like You

Sometimes life is so easy, everything falls into place, and you find yourself grinning from ear to ear. Other times life is hard, everything that could go wrong seems to have gone wrong, and you find yourself between a rock and a hard place. Most of the time we are somewhere in between.

The Word tells us that we will experience difficulties. (John 16:31-33)

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” (Romans 5:3-5 MSG)

When you go through difficulties, keep your eyes on Jesus. He will see you through. Lift up your voice and sing!

“There is none like You, no one else can touch my heart like You do….”

God offer grace, mercy, healing, comfort, joy, peace, hope, love…. No one else can compare. He is a good, good Father. He loves us. Nothing will separate us from that love. (Romans 8:35)

Shouting my praise!

 

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June 18, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

walking in the Word

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 NASB)
 
F. R. E. E.
 
F – FAITH IN GOD Psalm 91:3-5
 
“For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;” (NASB)
 
R – RELY ON GOD Psalm 37:5
 
“Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” (NASB)
 
E – ENLIST IN GOD’S PLAN Matthew 9:37
 
“Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”
 
E – ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD John 14:1-2
 
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
 
 
 
Walking in the Word today,
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June 17, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

selah

 “Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8 (NASB)

God is our refuge, hiding place, foundation, peace, shelter in the time of storm, so that we can remain strong, steady, fixed, stable, unfaltering during times of confusion, violence, uproar, and/or utter chaos.

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.” Psalm 46:1-3

Selah – pause and think about that.

God is our peace. (Ephesians 2:14) If we allow the enemy (devil) to get us into fear, he can defeat us and keep us trapped in a vicious cycle of fear and anxiety.

Let your faith arise. As your faith rises, fear flees.  Pour out your heart to God.  He is there to help!  He sees the whole picture and He is for you. (Psalm 62:8, 46:1,  1 John 3:20, Psalm 118:6)

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June 14, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

anxiety

Yesterday I wrote about one reason bad things happen. (life is precious)

After the recent events (the Orlando mass killing and the murder of Christina Grimmie) anxiety (fear) wants to rear its ugly head and dominate.  We have a choice.  We don’t have to give in to fear.

“In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19 (NKJV)

How quickly life as we know it can change. I am grateful for so many things, one of which is that I don’t have to live in fear. Instead, I turn to God and receive from Him comfort and hope.  He quiets my soul.

With a  quieted soul and a confidence in Jesus,  I am better able to  weep with those who weep (Romans 1:15) because I know that God’s peace and comfort is available for them also.    We are not alone.  God is with us always. (Matthew 28:20)

I can say with the Psalmist (94)

94 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs—
O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
Render punishment to the proud.
3 Lord, how long will the wicked,
How long will the wicked triumph?

I encourage you to read all of Psalm 94, memorize verse 19 and refuse to give in to fear.

 

anxiety

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June 13, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment