Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

but as for me…..

“But as for me…”
This is a phrase that is repeated often in the Bible. It is my battle cry.

In a world where sin abounds – what we do matters. We are all broken – just in different ways. Being broken isn’t the end. What we do with our brokenness is the point.

We can allow our brokenness to turn into judgment, self-righteousness, bitterness… Or we can turn to God and allow Him to mend our brokenness with His peace, joy, love… We can choose to let God shine through our brokenness.

But as for me – I need You, God
But as for me – You are my provider
But as for me – I will not fear
But as for me – You are my strength
But as for me – I trust You
But as for me – You are my shield
But as for me – I choose joy
But as for me – You give me life
But as for me – I will praise You
But as for me – You are in control
But as for me – I want to be more like You
But as for me – use my brokenness for Your glory

What about you? What is your battle cry?

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Selah,

til next time

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December 8, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

go

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
Mark 16:15 (NLT)

How do we do that?

We pray. Prayer is communication with the Father. Prayer changes things. Something to remember, though, is that Jesus said, “Go!” Prayer with action is powerful. God will direct your steps but you must take those steps.

One thing you can do is to be intentional about getting out there. Meet people where they are: those you work with, see at the grocery store, your neighbors, at the park…. be intentional.
Look for ways to bring Jesus into the conversation. Listen to what they are saying and look for ways to share hope in Christ. Using your own story, reveal ways Jesus has made a difference.

Don’t let fear stop you. The more you step out, the easier it will become. Just start.

Go and share.

Serving Jesus together

til next time

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December 4, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

let.it.go

Just. Let. It. Go!

No one likes to be forgotten or taken for granted and yet it happens. Some have said that an afterthought is better than to be completely forgotten. For me personally, having experienced both, completely forgotten is easier to process. Life is busy.

I was talking with a friend whose family completely missed her birthday – not a text, call, card – nothing. How do we handle it when we are forgotten or realize we were just an afterthought?

I am so very grateful that we are never an afterthought to God.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

When situations arise and you feel left out – don’t dwell on it – instead, extend grace. Easy? No, especially when your feelings are hurt. This is when it is so important to rule your emotions and not allow your emotions to rule you. Ask yourself if five years from now will it matter? What about one year? one month?

You have a couple choices – dwell on it and be miserable with resentment and bitterness on your heels or Just Let It Go. Extend grace (knowing they will possibly not even realize you are extending grace) and then peace and joy will be on your heels.

Remember God hasn’t forgotten you. God is on your side always. Don’t dwell on what could have been or what wasn’t but dwell on what is! God is for you! God is working all things for your good. God is with you!

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Selah,

til next time

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December 3, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

real love

When I think about how much Jesus loves me – i am in awe. It is because of Him that i am able to love others.

The more my ability to express love and concern for others grows – the more fulfilled I find myself. The more love I give – the more I receive. That’s just how it works. We are able to express love because we are loved by the One who matters most.

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“…where they helped the believers to grow in love for God and each other.” Acts 14:22

love for God – Here are a couple choruses that I have found myself singing lately.

“I keep falling in love with Him over and over and over and over again… He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by….”

“I fall in love with You all over again. You constantly amaze me. You reach out and embrace me…..”

I hope that you, too, are growing in your love for God. It is the foundation.

Growing in our love for each other is evident in so many ways. May it be said of us as it was said of the church in Thessalonian “Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully.” (2 Thessalonians 1)

Galatians 5:6 tells us – “…for all we need is faith working through love.”

Let’s do that!

til next time

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November 29, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

gratitude

I have been doing a gratitude journal for quite awhile now. It has impacted my life in a powerful way. It should come as no surprise that intentionally being thankful for little and big things would greatly impact a person life, but yet, I find myself amazed and surprised often at the difference it makes.

“always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;”
Ephesians 5:20 (NASB)

“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thess 5:18 (NASB)

Things I would have rushed by or overlooked, now make me smile and even more important than that – it makes me think of how much my Jesus loves me and cares.

How about if you stop right now and think of three things you are thankful for?

Here are the last 3 entries in my journal:
1808   pinkish, purple, blue color in the sky around the moon and clouds with darkness surrounding
1809   “Just so happens” encounter and hug from a dear friend i haven’t seen in ages
1810   coupon for biscuits and gravy

On the cover of my journal I have written:
“Making a big deal out of every little thing God does for me.”
That is so much better than making a big deal out of nothing or worrying about something that will likely never happen.

I choose to see the good, to be thankful and to ‘cultivate an awareness of the presence of God.’ (Curt Girod)

What do you choose?

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Selah,

til next time

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November 23, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

white out

A problem with spell check is when the word is spelled correctly but it is the wrong word. When you then copy and paste that section 3 more times and totally miss that it is the wrong word, you have a problem. In my case ‘were’ is not ‘will’. Also there is a difference between weighted and weighed. Spell check doesn’t care.

Along comes white out. What a great invention. Although when you have 30 books – that’s 150 words that need to be corrected. Oh, how much easier it would have been to have used the right word in the first place.

While taking care of this issue I thought about Jesus. Jesus, the ultimate white out. Psalm 103:12 tells us that our sins are removed as far as east is from the west.

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“and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelations 1:5-6(ESV)

Then my thoughts turned to people. White out applies to people too.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)

Love covers a multitude of sins – I have given this much thought. There is much I could say but I challenge you to talk with God about how He wants this to play out in your own life.

Love in words, in tone, in actions, in body language — Let’s allow God’s love to transform our lives into a display of HIS LOVE! Oh, how He loves us!

Selah,

til next time

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November 18, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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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

 

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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.

 

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Selah,

til next time

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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.

 

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Selah,

til next time

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