Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

got peace?

How would you describe your level of peace? high, so-so, medium, low, non-existent?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NLV)

Peace is something that God gives to His children. There is something we must do though. We must trust Him and keep our mind steadfast on Him.

That is where the problem comes in. Frustration, irritation, annoyance, worry, fear, anger, offense — all impact our peace. The longer we hold on to these emotions, the less peace we will have.

When you find yourself getting worked up, step back for a moment, see it in the light of eternity. See it for what it isn’t. It isn’t greater than God. It isn’t a surprise to God.

Let your faith and trust in God arise!

Say with me — “God, You are good. You are greater. You are with me. I trust You.” Then pray about whatever it is that is going on and give God thanks for who He is. (Phil 4:6-7)

Selah,

til next time

———–advertisements placed here by WordPress———

Advertisements

October 16, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

make them feel loved

I’ve heard it said “People may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.”

I dislike it when I hear someone say something that makes another person feel stupid. I know who I am in Christ so when that happens to me – I shake it off and actually feel bad for the person that was doing the talking.

Something to keep in mind is that insecurity is generally behind a know-it-all attitude. Tearing others down is the exact opposite of what we are called to do as Christians. A good rule of thumb is that unless it will cause harm, correcting people in a public setting may do more damage than good.

Today I read this quote:

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” ~Nouwen

1 Peter 3:8-9 tells us to:

Sympathize – have compassion
be tenderhearted – kind, loving
keep humble – not sarcastic or puffed up
Be a blessing – make a difference

1 John 3:17-18 (NLT) If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Take a moment and think about how you treat others. Maybe there needs to be some changes. God is right there ready to help you to be a blessing to others. The more I give, the more I understand the profound truth that it is more blessed to give than receive. (Acts 20:35)

Selah,

til next time

 

———-advertisements placed here by WordPress————–

October 10, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

trouble – peace?

I scrolled facebook this afternoon and once again noticed that there many who are facing some pretty big issues. Sadly there are those who leave God out of the solution.

When my peace is lacking, I can trace it back to a lack of rejoicing on my part, or my gentleness has been replaced with harshness, or I am entertaining worry, or I am ungrateful at that moment or I probably haven’t prayed about it, or I have allowed my thoughts to become negative. Sometimes all of the above are evident. All of these things do seem to go together.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:4-8 (NIV)

Want peace? God’s Word gives us instructions.

 

phil 4 4 7

Selah,

til next time

—-advertisements are placed here by WordPress————

October 3, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

rules?

Some people think rules don’t apply to them. I am sure you have met some of those people. However, it will catch up with them sooner or later. Truth is God sees. God knows. You can’t get away with it when it comes to God.

Jesus tells us:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,” John 14:15-16

A Helper – the Holy Spirit — this is such a relief. We don’t have to do it on our own. The Holy Spirit is with us – helping us.

This also takes away our excuse that we just can’t help it, or that’s just the way we are. No, we are able to change because the Holy Spirit helps us to change and to grow. We are over-comers! We are victorious!

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:2-4 (NASB)

What are these commandments?

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

All that God’s Word asks of us comes down to living out these two commandments.

 

psalm 40 8

Selah,

til next time

–advertisements are placed here by WordPress———

October 2, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

wonder

live out loud

 

PERSPECTIVE – GRATITUDE – WONDER
 
Some songs are as powerful the 99th time you hear it as it was the first time you heard it.
 
“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.”
 
PERSPECTIVE – GRATITUDE – WONDER
Psalm 136:3 (NKJV)
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever:”
 
PERSPECTIVE – GRATITUDE – WONDER
 
“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.”
 
Psalm 136:4 (NKJV)
“To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;”
 
Our God is so creative!
 
PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!
Psalm 136:5 (NKJV)
 “To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;”
 
When was the last time you looked up at the sky and thought about how vast it is?
 
PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER.
 
“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance…….. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance — I hope you dance.”
 
Don’t fear those mountains. Keeping things in perspective reduces stress. Does it really matter? Is it worth getting frustrated? In the scope of the next five years – will it even be remembered?
 
Have a heart of gratitude. Take time to pause.
 
I don’t want to miss out on living because I was too busy to notice. I don’t want to settle for good enough.  I want to dance!!
I challenge you to stop, look around you, and really take in the moment. Allow yourself to be right where you are, not looking ahead to the next thing on the agenda or playing the “I’ll be happy when” game.   Dance!
 
PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!
Selah!
til next time
—————-advertisements placed here by WordPress——————-
 

 

August 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hiking

We like to go hiking.

Some trails are clearly marked – some are not marked at all. Some trails are wide enough for 4 people to walk side my side. While other trails are barely wide enough for one person to carefully pass. Some trails are filled with stairs. What goes up must come down. While other trails are mostly level.

The trails that drop off on both sides are the ones that make my heart skip a beat and find me forgetting to breathe. Recently, my husband kept telling me to just look at the trail, one step at a time, don’t look down, follow his footsteps………..

Life can be like that sometimes. Only we have God leading us, reminding us to take it one step at a time, to follow Him, to stay focused, to not look at the problem….

Following God!

Psalm 18:32-34 (ESV)

“the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.”

hinds feet

Following God!
til next time

———-advertisements placed here by WordPress———-

April 28, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

a monkey?

“Hey, isn’t holding a monkey on your bucket list?” my husband asked me.

Yes, yes it is!

Here was a chance, possibly of a lifetime.

However, the lady informed me that this monkey, Lucian, did not really like women or children.

She was more than surprised that he took to me right away.   In fact, I am sure that I was given more time with him because I was very good for business.

Lucian started jabbering and had eye contact with me from the beginning.   He took a moment to pose for a picture. (3rd picture)   Then He decided to groom me.  (4th picture)  After that there were snuggles and of course more jabbering.  Finally, she told him it was time to go.

He grabbed on to my neck and hugged me tight.  He was having none of that.  He didn’t want to let go.  He did have a pretty good grip on me.   She had to pull out the big treat to get him to go back to her.

In the most unexpected places, at unexpected times, God smiles a blessing on us.  Holding a monkey is a small thing.  Yet, it was something I have always wanted to do.  I may have been hugged by a monkey but the whole process was a warm hug from God.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”  Psalm 37:3-5 (NASB)

My first and foremost desire is for God’s will to be done in my life.  I think that is the primary application for these verses.  As we delight in the Lord our desires will be for His will to be done and for Him to be glorified in us and through us.  As we trust Him, commit our lives to Him, do good and strive to be faithful – God will do the rest.  God is good!  All the time!

Yet even as our earthly father wants to bless his kids in many ways.  God also looks for ways to bless us.  For me, this time it was holding a monkey.  What a blessing it was.

Now about that trip to Israel that’s also on my bucket list??  I’ll keep you posted.

til next time

————advertisements placed here by WordPress——————

January 9, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

spring time, horses, and Carter

P1080509

“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,

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Any advertisements that you see on this blog are placed here by WordPress.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

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

reminders are good

Sometimes I just need to be reminded.

Some days getting out of bed is an accomplishment.  Yet, it is important to remember that I only have one opportunity to live this day.  When the day is done I want to look back on it and know that I chose wisely, that I didn’t let my ‘feelings’ control my day, that I didn’t let my physical pain have the upper hand, and that I walked with God.

P1080733

This next lesson is one many people could benefit from.   When my life is seeming to resemble chaos, when stress is high, and it seems I just can’t get a handle on things — God leads me beside still waters.   He leads me but this means I choose to follow or I choose to continue down the stress highway.  God’s path is so much better.   Which path are you choosing?

still waters

Sometimes things happen that are out of my control.  The thing to remember is nothing takes God by surprise.  The question is – how long will I allow my heart to be overwhelmed before I cry out to God?   The sooner the better.

psalm 61

Anxious, worried, stressed, this is a good ‘go to’ scripture that is powerful to meditate on.

daisy

Sometimes people can be hurtful.  Recognizing that how I treat them is a reflection of me and my walk with God.   Yes, sometimes I badly need to remember this prayer.

my prayer

Finally, remembering that the center of God’s love is where I want to stay means exchanging my will for His.  What a wonderful trade off.

word pic 5

til next time,

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Any advertisements that you see on this blog are placed here by WordPress.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

February 5, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

what are we missing?

I received this in the mail yesterday.

cell phone

We have had our cell phones for 14 years – I barely remember what it was like before cell phones.

My husband did not want a cell phone.  An emergency situation was the final determining factor in seeing the need for a pastor to have a cell phone .

I enjoyed greatly the fact that our boys had cell phones when they got their first vehicles.  There was a sense of relief that they were only a phone call a way if they had problems.

Then came texting. How did we get along with it?  Yet, how has it impacted conversations?

Somewhere in there I became a blogger.  Next I jumped on the Facebook bandwagon.  I have not joined any other social media site, nor have I joined pintrest.  Yet social media has impacted my life.

I talked my husband into getting smart phones when we were taking our old motorcycle to the Grand Canyon.   A GPS and google came in very handy.

I love my phone.  As of this moment, I have 1,240 pictures on it.  I say this moment because before the day is over I will probably have at least one more.

That said, I also hate my phone.  I seemed to be chained to it.  Yes, I have checked Facebook before getting out of bed.  It has consumed more of my life than it should.

I saw an article about the simplicity of flip phones and mentioned it to one of my sons.  He has refused to get a smart phone and still uses his flip phone.  He then showed me this YouTube video.

The guy starts out with “I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.  I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me…....”

It has griped my heart and I am not a great abuser.  That said, I will be making some changes.

There is a line in this that jumped out at me.

We are a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.  So look up from your phone, shut down the display, take in your surroundings, make the most of today……..”

Has social media replaced human contact?  Is it easier for you to ‘talk’ on Facebook than to carry on a conversation eye to eye? When with others, are you ‘with’ them or are you more concerned about what is going on in social media?  I do think we have become a society that is too accessible to a device that should connect us but just might be isolating us.

For me, I am making some changes.  I will let you know how it goes.

My phone is meant to be a tool not a noose around my neck.

What are we missing by looking down at our phone and not around at our surroundings?

till next time

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Any advertisements that you see on this blog are placed here by WordPress.com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

June 23, 2015 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, motorcycle, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment