Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

casual christian?

I don’t want to be a casual christian — that is more than I line in a song we sing. It is truth! A casual christian is such a waste of what we are meant to be. We are a part of the army of God. We are a part of something so much bigger than us.
 
“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.
 
 
Compassion, grace, and mercy are indeed quite attractive.
 
Let’s interact in such a way that they feel encouraged and loved after speaking with us. Let the love of Christ flow through you!
 
til next time
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August 23, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my tired is tired

Are you tired today? Maybe every day?  Maybe you are tired of being tired — what do can you do?
 
The obvious should be addressed: Your schedule, your sleep patterns, your diet and exercise, and how much water are you drinking? All of these impact our bodies ability to handle the day to day stresses. If one or more of these is out of whack – don’t be surprised that you are exhausted.
 
There is another aspect that often gets overlooked. Our relationship to God! We were never meant to do things in our own strength.
 
Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak… 31 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.” (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)
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.
 
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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August 22, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a new day

A new day dawns. What will it hold?
 
I choose. I choose whether I will look for the good or fixate on the not so good. I choose if I will spend time at the feet of Jesus. I choose how I will handle the things that come my way. Will I trust God? Will I allow frustration to reign? Oh, life goes so much better when I let God reign.
 
I remind myself at the start of this day that God is in control. Whatever comes my way, He is with me. (Matt 28:20) He is for me. (Psalm 118:6) He is working all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28) His grace is enough to see me through. (2 Cor 12:9) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He is an ever present help in whatever circumstance I find myself in. (Palms 46:1)
 
Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be. Spend some time with Him today. It is the best choice you will make.
 
 
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August 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

doing nothing is still a choice

Is there something you really don’t want to do but know that it needs to be done? Do you tend to put it off as long as possible? When we put off something that needs to be done, it can weigh on us like a ton of bricks.

Doing nothing is still a choice. Consequences can become worse the longer we wait.

Dread is a powerful emotion. It is a joy stealer.

Instead, reroute your approach.

God is your strength. Whatever it is that needs to be done – God knows all about it. Ask Him to help you. Ask Him to turn it into something greater than you can imagine. Ask Him to use you in the situation to bring Him glory.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Eph 3:20-21 ESV

I can’t count the number of doctor visits I have had this year. In the beginning, I was focused on the time and money that each one seemed to be wasting. Thankfully God got a hold of my thought process and now I see them as potential opportunities to give God glory.

Today was such a day. I had a nurse I rarely have and there we were talking about how good God is as she took my vitals. She shared something personal and again we gave God thanks. It all took maybe a minute but it was a power minute. It was a day changer minute.

I have become friends with the Phlebotomist. We played catch up on our lives as she drew blood. I could see joy bubbling up in her as we talked.

Why not make it a goal of yours to leave people a bit better after talking with you? Why not look for ways to encourage?

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25 ESV

 

til next time

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August 19, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hang in there

Let me remind you today of who is holding on to you.

“For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NLT

Colossians 1:17 tells us this about Jesus “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” ESV

I love warm hugs from God – those things that happen that make you go ‘hmmm yep, there’s God using others to reveal a message to me.’

At the Daughter’s the of King luncheon I received the notebook and then yesterday I received the wall hanging. God’s way of reminding me to hang on. The road might get bumpy but He has me — all I need to do is hang on.hang in there

Don’t let worry drag you down. Don’t let stress raise your blood pressure. Hang on to Jesus. He’s holding you together.

 

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August 17, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

peace and joy

Life can be like rain. Sometimes it is a gentle rain. It waters the earth and freshens things up. Other times it can be a torrential down pour that can make driving dangerous.

Life can be like that at times. It can seem to come at us fast and furious. We barely catch our breath and here comes more.

I am reminded that my attitude plays a huge role in how I handle the rain storms and the storms of life.

The Message Bible reminds us in James 1:2-4

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

So, when you feel life coming at you full speed ahead — remember peace is available through Jesus.

Peace and joy go hand in hand.
Joy is peace dancing and Peace is joy resting!

 

til next time

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August 16, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my focus needs focus

When life gives you lemons – make lemonade.
Life is like a bowl of cherries — be aware of the pits.
A rose bush also has thorns.
 
You can focus on the problem or you can focus on the One who is greater than the problem.
 
“Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?” Job 36:22NLT
 
That call from the Dr.’s office, that unexpected repair, that letter of cancellation, that relationship that is strained, whatever it is that the enemy of our soul is attaching a flashing red light to — you don’t have to give in to the fear or frustration.
 
Instead, pick up your Bible and allow God’s Word to refresh and guide you. There are numerous scriptures on trusting God. Do a scripture search on trust. Read all of them, or at least read until you once again sense that assurance that God is greater and you do indeed trust Him.
 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” PHil 4:6-7 NKJV
understand
There are things we just won’t understand. We can waste so much time and energy and still not have an answer. Instead, trust God. Give it to God. Let His peace fill your heart even when you don’t understand.
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August 15, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

today

It can be easy to get caught up in looking down the road on where God may be leading us that we forget today is where we are and where God wants to use us.
 
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)
 
When I am intentional about practicing these three things, my day is so much better.
 
Rejoice always – Negativity is something I battle with more than I would care to admit. It doesn’t win when I remember to rejoice throughout my day. Sure, some days are difficult but my joy is found in Christ and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
 
We do have a choice. I choose joy!
 
Pray without ceasing – to me this is the realization that at anytime and any place I can talk with God. He is with me always. He is my first response, not my last resort.
Giving thanks – here is another huge thing that will have an impact on our day. It is hard to be thankful and selfish at the same time.
 
God does care about how our day goes and He offers to us these three things that will enhance our days and therefore improve our lives.
 
Rejoicing, praying and thanking God as I go through this day.
 
How about you?
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June 29, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

sparkle

“Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9
Hospitality can often require personal sacrifice. When you do something for someone, don’t let your mouth spoil it by complaining.
 
“Do all things without complaining and disputing.” Philippians 2:14
 
That is what I call an attitude check verse. I don’t know about you but, I know I have not perfected this. All things???
 
It is next to impossible to maintain a good, positive attitude and complain.
 
The struggle is real. Remember, God Is ready and willing to help.
 
When I worked at the clinic, a couple of us women held each other accountable. If we heard one of us start to grumble, we would quietly just say “sparkle.” It was our code word.
 
Here is your reminder to sparkle today!
 
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June 28, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

choices

I’ve heard it said that sin will take you farther than you ever expected, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you thought possible.
 
2 Samuel 24 tells us the story of David’s sin, repentance, and the consequences. With David’s repentance, he was forgiven. However, there was a price tag. 70,000 men died. Others were affected because of David’s sin. What a horrible price to pay.
 
“There is a price for sin and we generally don’t see the price tag until it’s too late.” Pastor Curtis
 
From an eternal perspective, when we repent, we are forgiven. Sometimes, though, there are consequences we face here on earth that go on for a lifetime. How much better it is if we choose to not give in to the temptation and make right choices that will in turn reap benefits not consequences.
 
“Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love him.” James 1:12 (TLB)
 
Walking with Christ,
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June 27, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment