Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

how would you describe you?

If someone would list four things that describe you – what would it be?

I have always been fascinated with how God describes Job.

“Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Job 1:8 ESV

1. blameless — honest

2. man of integrity — true to his word

3. fears God –totally devoted to God

4. stays away from evil — avoids evil

If you are familiar with the story of Job you know that he goes through a trial like no other.  He lost all oxen, donkey, sheep, camels, servants, sons and daughters and finally suffered boils from his head to his feet. His wife was of no help. Three friends showed up to sympathize and comfort him but their method was anything but comforting.

Yet we find Job declaring this profound truth.

“For I know that my Redeemer lives,

and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25 ESV

In the midst of suffering, Job holds on to his Redeemer.  He holds on to God.

What about us?

What four things would describe you? Me?

What do we do in the midst of suffering?

Let’s declare like Job does in 42:2 ““I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.” NLT

Our God is greater!

til next time

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February 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

priorities

I am certain that we all, at one time or another, have had our priorities messed up. It can be easy to get distracted. Maybe you don’t want to disappoint someone so you say yes when you know you should say no. Too many of those moments and you will find yourself frustrated. You might even want to blame someone else. Yet, we are responsible for our own choices.
 
What does God’s Word have to say about choices? Plenty!
 
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph 3:20 NLT
 
It is clear that we cannot do all the things that we want to do, nor all the things others would like us to do. I find that fulfillment comes when I seek to do those things God has planned for me to do. His grace is enough to do all that He calls me to do. The problem comes in when I am trying to do more – or do something other than what He intends for me to do.
 
I want to do it all — all that God has planned for me.
 
How do we know what He wants?
 
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 NLT
 
Read the Word. Study the Word. Pray and ask God for direction.
 
“He will give you wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it.”  Curtis Girod
 
I want to make the best use of the time and energy that I am given. This requires being intentional about what I spend my time doing. When I set my priorities to line up with God’s leading, I can relax and focus on what is at hand. I can walk in His peace even in the midst of difficulties.

Intentional
How are your priorities?
til next time
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February 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

disappointment

If you have been reading very many of my blogs, you know that I see God’s fingerprints in everything. I write about struggles and triumphs.
Today’s topic — disappointment.
 
How do you handle disappointment? Disappointment is a part of life. Plans change – of that we can be certain.
 
This morning I woke up at home. That was not the plan. We had planned a much needed night away — some shopping at my favorite store and a leisure (work free) Saturday.  That didn’t happen.
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Two hours into our motel stay I found these.  I saw five crawling around.  That was five too many.
 
Other than being grossed out, (thankfully we didn’t find the bugs in the morning) I handled the return home like a champ. However, I woke this morning feeling the full weight of disappointment.
 
So I am giving you a glimpse into what I do when disappointment seeks to settle in to my heart.
 
2 Cor 1:3 tells us that God is the God of all comfort.
 
First step – look to Him.
“My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2
 
I gave Him my disappointment. (1 Peter 1:5-6) When the change overwhelms me, I know that He hears my cry. (Psalm 61:1-2) As I wait on Him, His peace replaces the discouragement. (Phil 4:6-7)
 
I wait in His presence for however long that takes. I am determined to not let things dull my sparkle. When I try to rush this step, dullness sets in. (Good news — when this happens, God is greater and He will pick me up, dust me off and set my feet on higher ground. It’s just that the time wasted in dullness, is unnecessary.)
 
Second step – a look back at the week. Seeing God in my week always encourages me.
 
Here’s my glimpse back.
Meeting with ministers from Southeast section 🙂
Chaplain visits 😍
A friend’s father’s funeral 🙏
Witnessed the sentencing of Carter’s step-mom🤔
County is taking responsibility for the RR crossing, putting up a sign and will fix it in the future 🥰
Winter weather cancelled services 😞 but cooperated for the gathering of women ministry leaders 💃🤸❤️
Checked into motel 💕
Checked out of motel 🤢🐜
Woke up with both animals on the bed 😮❤️
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Third step – gratitude.
As I look back over this list, my heart is filled with gratitude. 1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (NIV) 1 Thes 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) God will turn ashes into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3) Make a way in the wilderness. (Deut 8:2) Take what is meant for evil and turn it into good. (Genesis 50:20) To God be the glory. (Psalm 57:11)
 
What a week! Plans change – that’s life. How you handle it – that’s you.
Choose today to allow God to help you handle it like a champ for we truly are victorious in Christ. (!Cor 15:57)
 
til next time
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February 9, 2019 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what replays in your mind?

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him” Psalm 62:5 NLT
 
Yesterday this verse landed in my lap, so to speak. God’s Word has a way of doing that.
 
“For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.” Hebrews 4:12 TLB
 
Psalm 62:5 was just what I needed. So many situations in my life were coming to a head at the same time. The only way I know to fight off stress, frustration, discouragement, deadlines, pressure… is to turn to God’s Word, to lift my eyes to the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 123:1, Gen 1:1)
 
Meditating on this verse brought: renewed joy, peace, hope, strength, resolve, perseverance… Nothing we face is bigger than our God. Our God is greater!
 
What about you? Do you turn to God’s Word to find help for today? What are you meditating on? What is it that you dwell on, meditate, rehash, go over and over again in your mind? When we choose to dwell on the things of God, our lives are richer for it.
What replays in your mind?
 
My hope is in God,
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February 7, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

death is not the end

Death can seem so final. Our heart grieves the loss. We must learn how to go on without the person. It can seem so overwhelming.
 
“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 KJV
 
Who is the rock?
 
“No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Sam 2:2 NLT
 
Death is not the end.
 
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:8 NKJV
 
One of the thieves dying on the cross next to Jesus was told that that day he would be with Jesus in paradise. (Luke 23:43) Death is not the end.
 
Today, my friend will bury her father’s body. She will cherish the memories and mourn the loss. However, her father, who accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, is rejoicing with His Savior. There is a celebration going on in heaven.
 
“Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15 ESV
 
“It is in the plan that all men die once. After that, they will stand before God and be judged.” Hebrews 9:27
 
What about you? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? (Acts 4:12, John 14:6)
 
 I have decided to follow Jesus!
til next time
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February 6, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

take my hand

“Take my hand.” Three words often said to children as an intersection is approaching or in a crowded store. Holding hands is a safety measure.
 
Did you know that God takes us by the hand?
 
“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand, who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I’ll help you..” Isaiah 41:3
 
The Message bible says it this way — “I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’
 
Don’t panic. Don’t be afraid. He is not letting go. He is right there. He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
 
Whatever you may face today or in the days to come — remember who is holding your hand.
 
til next time
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February 5, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment