Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

violence

Minnesota is hurting. To all my friends and family in Minnesota – you are in my prayers. George Floyd should not have died. My heart hurts for his family, his friends – I can’t even begin to imagine the pain. What has followed is senseless destruction – my heart breaks for all those impacted by the violence.

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As is my custom, I turn to God’s Word for guidance. What do I do now?
 
Isaiah 55:12
“For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
How we approach our day makes a difference in how our day goes. Notice Isaiah says “Go out with joy – be led out with peace.
 
It’s the ‘led out with peace‘ that I want to focus on today. Do your words, your actions, your fb posts promote peace or strife? Are you adding to the hatred or letting love for mankind guide you? Will you go out with peace?
 
Father, lead me out in peace,
til next time
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May 29, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

crumbling?

How are you doing? We are 2 1/2 months into Covid19.
 
Is your ship sinking? Is your house crumbling? Have you had more than enough?
 
It seems that once we start to spiral downward – the spinning goes faster and faster.
 
I ask you to look at your foundation. Foundation – the lowest load bearing part of the building, typically below ground level.
 
For you, what is bearing the load of your life? What are you standing on? What is it that you are depending on to see you through? Where is your anchor? When life is turned upside down, who/what do you cling to?
 
We were never meant to do life on our own. God desires to walk with us. He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
 
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49 ESV
 
If your life is spiraling downward, look up and then build your foundation on the Solid Rock.
 
til next time
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May 27, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, life, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

thirsty

Today was quite warm. I found myself thirsty, really thirsty.
 
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is THIRSTY, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of LIVING WATER’” (John 7:37-38 NASB)
 
This was the last day of the feast, people would be headed home maybe to never all join together again. We see that Jesus didn’t speak in a low voice or only to a few but He stood up and cried out. What He was about to say was important. He wanted to make sure everyone heard. This was His invitation to come.
 
 
“If anyone” shows that the invitation is to everyone. The invitation is still there today. Jesus is saying, “Come.”
 
When we come to Christ, we are changed from the inside out. From our inner most being will flow rivers of living water. Rivers of living water speaks of constancy, life, and abundance.
 
 
How are you becoming more like Christ? Lord, have Your way in me.   May others see Christ is us.
 
til next time
 

May 26, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

relationship

Are you comfortable praying to God? He is not concerned about elegance but heart. He desires a relationship with you.
 
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thess 5:18 NKJV
 
Giving thanks is a part of prayer. Are you a thankful person? When things are good, it is easy to be thankful. Even when things aren’t good, God is still with us. He is helping us and that right there is cause enough to be thankful.
 
How about taking a moment right now to give God thanks? Our conversation with God should include gratitude.
 
Having a heart of gratitude makes a difference in how we handle life.
 
“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,” Colossians 1:3
 
Pray for others. When I tell someone I am praying for them, what that means is I am standing in the gap for them, their health, their children, their marriage, our friendship, whatever is going on at this time in their life and asking God to help them press on. (Phil 3:12)
 
Praying always – (1 Thess 5:17 “pray without ceasing,”) means to become aware of the presence of God. God is everywhere. “We should be cultivating an awareness of the presence of God.” Pastor Curtis
 
Prayer can become as natural as breathing. Have a problem? Pray. Have a ‘just so happens moment” – give thanks.
 
talking to God throughout my day
til next time
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May 25, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what do you talk about?

“What is closest to your heart is what you will talk about. And if God is closest to your heart, you’ll talk about Him.” AW Tozer

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A new day has dawned. What will you do with your words today? What will you post on FB today? As a wife, mother, grandma, friend, co-worker, pastor, chaplain – I wear many hats. There are many topics that I love to talk about. It is no surprise that God fits into each of those topics, if I let Him.
 
“May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 TLB
 
Use your words today to encourage, build up, and point others to Christ.
til next time
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May 21, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what is your anchor?

Hope

“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7 NLT

Our hope is in God.

“Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:4-6 (NLT)

All day long I put — it is a continuous choice we make.

Hebrews tells us that hope is the anchor for our souls. Anchor – holds us in place — provides strength and support

“…Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:18-20 (NLT)

Whatever we face, we have hope in God. He will see us through! Not only will He see us through – He will bring beauty out of ashes. (Isa 61:3)

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May 20, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Way Maker

How’s your day going? How’s your week? Do you even know what day it is? Days have turned into weeks and weeks have turned into months. One thing stays true – God changes not. (Malachi 3:6, Numbers 23:19)
 
Today has consisted of going in for a blood draw – dropping Hurts donuts off at work (It’s been 11 weeks.💔) — writing this devotional and then I will be crunching numbers and paying bills.
 
I have also been listening to WayMaker over and over again.
 
God is here. God is there with you also. (Matt 28:20)
 
He is working in our midst. (Luke 17:21, 1 Cor 12:6)
 
Have you taken time to worship Him today?
 
He is the **Way Maker** (Isaiah 43:16 ESV)
“Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,”
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**Miracle Worker** (Psalm 77:13-14 NIV)
“Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.”
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**Promise Keeper** (2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT)
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.”
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**Light in the Darkness** (Psalm 18:28 NLT)
“You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”
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That is who He is!!!
 
He is making a way for me. He is making a way for you.
 
til next time
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May 19, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

laugh

Laughter
I laugh often, sometimes not often enough. I am learning to laugh more. Spilt milk – laughter is so much better than frustration. Stub my toe – laughter makes it not hurt as much.
 
Laughter is contagious.
 
Just this morning I was watching a video of this woman who could barely talk due to laughing so hard at herself. It was so contagious that it brought my husband into the dining room to see what could possibly be so funny.
 
Negativity, anger, irritation are all contagious but so is laughter. May we be people who spread laughter.
 
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25 ESV (Notice strength, dignity, laughter with worry/fear not mentioned anywhere.)
During covid19 it can be easy to slip into the trap of the enemy and see only bad reports.  The media will give you ample opportunities to focus on what is going wrong.  While we need to be people who are aware of what is happening, we should not become people filled with fear and worry.   Don’t fall for that trap. 
God is still God.  He is still greater.  He has a plan and He is working things out for your good.  Trust Him.  (Romans 8:28)  Raise your shield of faith high and quench those darts of the enemy.  (Eph 6:16)
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21 ESV (Psalm 126:2)
 
If, like me, you have responsibilities and deadlines that need your attention — determine to find things to laugh about. It is a great stress release. Watch a cat video if you can’t think of anything else.
til next time
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May 14, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

darkness needs your light

Darkness -absence of light – wickedness, evil, fear are all associated with darkness.
 
The world we find ourselves in certainly has an abundance of fear. Wickedness – the quality of being evil or morally wrong is also evident. You don’t have to look far to see ugliness and mean spirited people. Hatred breeds hatred.
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As Christians we are called to be salt and light. (Matt 5:13-16)
 
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (verse 16)
 
We are called to be people of love.
 
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Cor 16:13 ESV
 
If you are going to hate something. Hate what is wrong. Hate injustice. When it comes to people, remember what Jesus said. Love your enemy. (Matt 5:43-44) If he is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. (Romans12:20)
 
Yes, we are called out of darkness. (1 Peter 2:9) We are called to love.
 
“Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.” Romans 12:9 TLB
 
They will know we are Christians by our love. (John 13:34-35)
 
til next time
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May 13, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

opening the doors

We are opening Sunday and while I am excited about that, there is also a weight that comes with that decision. There are things that need to be done. Changes that will be implemented. It is one more unknown in this uncharted territory I find myself in.
 
Recently, I became aware that the weight was even heavier than I thought. Sometimes we carry around a heavy load that God does not intend for us to carry.
 
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb12:1-2 ESV
 
I want to focus on laying aside every weight. (Certainly if there is sin that you know is standing in between you and God – get rid of it. Acknowledge it to God and ask Him to help you change. He will.)
 
Laying aside every weight — what is weighing you down? What is that heavy burden that is pressing on you?
 
Jesus has the answer.
 
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. ” Matt 11:28 NLT
 
Take your burden to Jesus – trusting Him to work it out, to give you wisdom, to provide strength, to shower you with renewed hope.
 
Read the rest of Hebrews 12. It will encourage you!
 
Thank you Jesus for the rest you give. Today I choose to walk in Your unforced rhythms of grace. (Matt 11:28-30 MSG)
til next time
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May 12, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment